Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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678 Ratings
Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 03-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
678
Reviews:
392
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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Photo of BarleyMine
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with red hues. Had a decent head with sticky lacing. Initial aroma was of coffee that turned to slightly burnt chocolate with hints of black peppercorns. Tastes like a light Porter with a toasty/chocolaty finish. Great carbonation with a surprisingly light mouth feel.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pour, thick creamy beige head on an almost black body. Aroma is molasses and burnt toast, taste of dark chocolate, espresso, dark roast grains with some nice lasting bitterness on the roof of the mouth. Mouthfeel and weight are perfect. Definitely a keeper!

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Photo of JayQue
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9 oz swing top bottle into a pint glass. Served it with gouda and Alaskan smoked salmon on crackers. Good appearance, chestnut brown color with reddish highlights. Big off-white head with good retention. Heavy ladder like lacing.

Smell not that dramatic, mild malty aroma. The taste is good: malty, a little sweet at first but the sweetness is cut back by semi-sweet chocolate and (probably) some mild hops for balance. Mouthfeel is about average, crisp and smooth not thin or watery. Drinkability is good. Low abv combined with a good balanced taste make this one a winner.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been meaning to review this for awhile now. Brought two bottles to a tasting months ago, didn't drink them/left them there accidentally, one wound up getting drank without me, the other eventually wound up back in my possession, it sat in my fridge for over a month, now here we are.

A - 500ml swingtop bottle poured into bad-ass 1L Monchshof mug. The color is dark brown-leaning towards-black but definite translucence there. Big puffy+bubbly beige head retains decently, a slight cap and thick ring remain by the end.

S - Smell is pure German malt with toasted nuts, dusty caramel, slight roast, earthiness and some maple notes. Somewhat reminiscent of a good doppelbock.

T - Taste is less sweet and leans a little more towards chocolate malted milk balls, toasted grains, and roasty coffee-ish tones. Some nuts and earthy hop. Good but unfortunately seems muted and kinda plain when compared to the scent.

M - Good body considering the ABV, full of smooth malts, kind of on the watery side with lowish carbonation. Easy-drinking like a good schwarz should be.

O - Mad appreciation for the style and I love a good schwarzbier. This one is nice, and though the scent is very promising the taste unfortunately winds up feeling too watered down.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight roast, toffee, and caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, slight sweetness as well. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, surprised me.

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Photo of biggmike
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with ruby hints and decent tan head that lasted a little while. Aroma was of roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Flavor was also of roasted malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I had expected. Drinkability was high at 4.9% abv. Good beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of superspak
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark brown color with a small foamy light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, molasses, light dark fruit, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, molasses, light dark fruits, and roast/yeast earthiness. Light amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, molasses, light dark fruit, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice schwarzbier style. All around good robustness and complexity of roast/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of donzilake
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SFC21
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwar
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bighuge
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear burgandy tone. Big bubbly light tan head with great retention. Lacing is full. Some roasted malt goodness blends with a munich maltiness on the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and the body is close to full. The taste is a decent blend of slightly burnt malts, coffee bean, roasted nut and a somewhat smooth, pils like maltiness. Pretty decent taste. One of the better schwarzbiers I've had.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany color, flat tan head

S: Faint aroma of roasted malt and dried fruit (raisins).

T: Some smokiness and woody tones for flavor. Smooth roasted malt taste and bread in the start with a slight spicy fruitiness in the middle. Nice dark roasted malt and sweet chocolate lacing for a finish. nice overall per style.

M: medium bodied, creamy.

D: Good drinkability nice roasted flavor.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Super dark red, in indirect light, black. Thin, creamy light tan head. Smells of over-ripe fruit and molasses. Taste is maltier than I expected, with a hint of coffee. A touch of sourness as well. The finish is slightly bitter from the roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation. Quite drinkable, a good example of a Schwarzbier.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a topper of tanned but thin foam. Color is rich with copper lighting and otherwise deep blackness. Nice but nothing special.

Aroma offers a hint of molasses, roasted barley, and walnut. Somewhat faint, but the roasted sweetness is enticing.

The flavor is more assertive with caramel sweet malt coming right up your nose, somewhat chocolatey and the nuttiness again. Bolder than the nose would lead on, but also somewhat watery in the finish.

Carbonation is pretty high here, and the low abv leads to a mostly modest palate impact. However, for the style it's still pretty roast-forward on the tongue, and quite an enjoyable ride.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent dark brown with generous contributions from red and orange so that it appears dark copper when backlit. The sand colored head is respectably firm and, although it at first appears to be somewhat sticky, doesn't grace the glass with much lace.

The nose is comprised of gently roasted malt, cocoa powder and nuts. It's enjoyable, but is too laid back. The flavor profile is a bit bolder and is more enjoyable yet. It's a relatively light commingling (consistent with the style I assume) of mild milk chocolate and toasted walnuts. I don't taste hops per se, although a modest amount of bitterness appears late in the mouthful and accompanies the clean, dry finish.

While Monchshof Schwarzbier fails to bowl me over, it does impress with quiet competence. In fact, it would be the perfect beer to show drinkers of Michelob Amber Bock, St. Pauli Girl Dark, Heineken Dark, etc. the error of their ways.

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Photo of ThomasKoren
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tavernjef
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark muddy burnt orangy brown color with slivers of bright orange along the bottom and edges. Tall dark ivory head thats firm and pretty thick with good consistency of a whipped cream frothy look. Lacing in thick strings and large blobuels. Not much on the nose here, just an openness that has some light roasty tones and dryness to it. Some small phenol and sweet notes sneak in as it warms. Taste is mild with a roasted sweetness, has a dryish cocoa under tone and it survives a fairly sufficent descent throughout its tenure. Which menas it seems to last a good while eh. It has a very slight burntness gettting close to coffee with some heavy roasted nuts. A gentle but raw husky grassy finish helps out a bit and late effecting cocoa notes subside. Easy, clean feel, medium bodied, nice mild little sweetness and roasty tone. A good drinkin' beer. Not much for the nose but it makes up for it with a nice, easy going pace with flavors and body. On another note, I'll be keeping this bottle with the swing top stopper for the reason that it has three labels on it? Must of got stuck in the labeling machine or something, so that makes it unique and collectable in my book.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice appearance with a clear deep-burgundy/dark-mahogany color and a full tan head. The head dissipates shortly to a thin collar but it can be brought back up with a simple swirl of the glass, and it continues to leave spotty lace throughout the serving. The nose is limited but clean, and displays only a mildly nutty touch of caramel and some minor deep roasted malt. It doesn't do anything to draw you in, but it certainly doesn't push you away - it's simply neutral. The body is light/medium with a very fine carbonation that's gently crisp in the mouth. Again, it doesn't add to the beers character, but it doesn't detract either. The flavor, thankfully, offers more with some light toffee and caramel upfront, followed by a mildly chocolate note that dissolves into gentle roastiness and light acidity in the finish. It's dry with some lingering maltiness and a touch of leafy hops that leave you looking for more - and yet that adds to its drinkability! However, I'm not sure if there's enough there overall to make me want to ask for another...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown-ish black, with a 2 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, smoke, and some roasted malt.

This is pretty tasty, with some roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a tiny bit of smoke, and some mild lager yeast. It's not incredibly bold tasting, but it's very tasty and pretty crushable.

This is medium bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a fairly crisp mouthfeel.

This is tasty, but not the best schwarzbier I've ever had.

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Photo of jmc44
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown - a bit light for a schwarzbier.

Aroma is rather light, a bit of a malty sweetness is evident.

Taste is better; slightly bitter and pronounced flavor of roasted malts, with hints of chocolate and coffee swirling around in there.

Body is lighter than expected, moderate at best.

The brew is very smooth and quite drinkable, almost like a lager or pilsner that forgot what color it should be. Surprisingly light, but unique. Worth a taste, though I don't know that I'd buy another.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Schwarzbier pours a very dark almost black color with a nice large lacing head. There is a rich smokey malt aroma with small hints of chocolate. The taste has a very rich thick and creamy malt flavor, good peated flavors. The body is rather watery, but still some nice flavors. Overall a very flavorful beer, the only knock is the watery body.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a rich tan head that holds up very well and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smells of roasted malt with a touch of chocolate.

Taste is mostly similar to the smell with a distinct roasty profile with notes of chocolate and caramel. The taste is a little watered down and not as strong and lively as the aroma.

Medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel but feels a little watered down. Overall pretty solid, worth a try and an easy drinker.

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Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

As advertised, this is a dark brew, although it leans far closer to a dark caramel with red highlights than a true black. In typical lager fashion, it seems quite clear upon close inspection. Insanely firm and large head; great retention and lacing.

Aroma is overall mild. There's a hint of roasty bitterness, a touch of banana and figs, and bread.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, but much stronger. Fruitcake, dark bread, figs, and bananas up front. There's a touch of bitter chocolate and roast behind, just enough to make a showing. Earthy bitterness from the hops.

Quite a bit more chocolate and roast emerges as the beer warms and opens up. I recommend not drinking this at refrigerator temperatures, as it's a much deeper and more complex beer as it warms.

Lively and easy-drinking feel. Silky, oily coating for a long finish after an initial effervescence. Well balanced, with the hop bitterness nicely matching the sweet malt profile.

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Photo of Maestro0708
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9 fl oz bottle into a glass mug.

Pours very dark brown, nearly black, and produces a nice foamy head that leaves some pleasant lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted grain.

Flavor is roasted malts accompanied by chocolate. Mild hop bitterness is balanced by a bit of sweetness.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth.

I'm not usually a huge fan of lagers but this one is very good and I'm glad I picked it up.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.03 out of 5 based on 678 ratings.
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