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Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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4.03/5
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684 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 03-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,298
Reviews:
393
Ratings:
684
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flip-top bottle. Clear dark burgundy color with a fine, frothy tan head that leaves some lace. Has a dusty dark roasted malt aroma, with powdered cocoa and subtle noble hop notes. Nose opens up with dry roasted chocolately malt with a soft herbal hop astringency. Dry and roasty mid-palate; slightly coffee-like. Richly flavored, smooth mouthfeel but fairly thin; turns slightly grassy towards the finish, which is quick and clean. Leaves a nice roasty aftertaste. Flavors harmonize well and are difficult to differentiate, which is something I like about lagers. I'd happily drink several of these if they weren't $3.50/bottle.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 16 oz brown bottle, with fliptop. Label calls it the Black Pils. Murky dark brown color to black color. Shiny and Clear. Tight, fizzy, brown head. Moderately bitter smells. Taste is slightly toasted carmel malt. Hints of coffee bitterness. Light hop snap, much like a snappy refreshing pilsner as advertised. Dry finish, crisp and clean. Light to medium bodied, easy going down. The toasted carmel and tight bitterness matched with snappy hop finish, makes this an extremely interesting and tasty brew. Recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

I knew that I had another Schwartzbier held in abeyance so when I spied this one on the shelf at Hunger-N-Thirst, I decided to pull the trigger. That, and it is a snazzy bottle!

From the bottle: “World Classic [-] The Original Black Beer”; “Brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516”; “’**** - WORLD CLASSIC’ – Michael Jackson”; “Monchshof Schwartzbier – ‘the Black Pils’ – is a brewing wonder, and a beer lover’s dream. Supremely drinkable, dry and beautifully hopped, yet loaded with dark roasted malt flavor.”

I hated to break the seal on this wonderful bottle, but once it was Pop!ped and the swing top swung, I began the pour in earnest. The pseudo-cascade was quick and formed a finger of dense, deep-tan head that looked like a muffin top. Color was Opaque/Black (SRM = 44) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights at the edges. Nose had a pronounced maltiness, almost like being in the malt room itself. It was earthy, slightly grassy and exactly what I was hoping for. Mmm. I broke out the pretzels for this one! Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste was chocolaty, slightly grassy, eminently drinkable. Finish was semi-sweet with the malt really leading the way, but not so aggressively as to be cloying.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark brown color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very malty aroma - as you might expect - with some hops as well.

T: Tasted primarily of malt, with a strong (but not too strong) hops presence in the finish. Not a super-dynamic flavor, but very focused and true to its style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this isn't a beer that will totally knock your socks off, but it is very drinkable, especially if you like schwarzbiers.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 684 ratings
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