Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 03-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
679
Reviews:
393
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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98
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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my book, this Monchshof does two things well that a good schwarzbier should do:
1) be refreshing when the weather is not so warm; and
2) balance the sweetness in the malt without roasting them as in British dark styles such as porter.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" sets right the 4-star hype still used on the label and gives it 3 of 4 stars commenting that Monschof "was the sole Black brew in West Germany. This beer has lost some color and fullness of body in recent years but still has an almost crunchy dark-malt palate."

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Photo of CodeBlack7
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scratch69
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fscottkey
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.25] Looks dark brown in the glass. Has some red tinges ont he sides. The head is about 1/2 a finger of tan creamy bubbles. The head has fair retention The bottle lacks ABV and date info (boo!) [The ABV is 4.9% - I had to look it up]

S: [3.50] Caramel, the smell a room has about 1 hour after bacon was cooked in it, chocolate

T: [4.25] Chocolate and roasted malts up front. Bitter chocolate. Charred wood.

M: [4.25] Very smooth and drinkable. Lower carbonation contributes to a richer body. They did a lot with the 4.9% alcohol.

O: [3.75] There is some smoke but it plays a back seat to bitter chocolate flavor. The combination is really nice. If I was handed this in a glass I would guess it is a porter (similar color and flavor profile). The nose is not as strong as the taste. The body is quite nice given the low ABV. I am disappointed that there is no info on the bottle for ABV or date.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoneguy
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobus79
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JTuomi
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moodenba
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swing top half liter bottle of Kulmbacher Monchshof Schwartzbier tasted one afternoon at a very quiet restaurant off the highway near Kulmbach, Germany, spring of 2014.

The beers in Germany are usually good, but not exceptional. This one is a standout. In the "old days" in California, Monchshof Bock was an occasional (expensive) treat, and this beer holds up the good name. This Schwartzbier has an intense body with roasted malt and a definite hoppy bitterness throughout It is a real mouthful, and the taste lingers. This was a jolt of flavor at the end of a two week vacation in Germany after a succession of just OK German brews.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L- Jet black with a fluffy tan head with low retention.
S- Toasted grains and chocolate. Easily recognized but faint and weak.
T-Slightly sweet espresso and dark chocolate with a faint lingering bitterness.
F- Light, easy drink.
O- Definitely the best out of the Monchshof beers Ive tried. Even though everything is a bit weak, all the notes are very good. Needs more body.

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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 sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drmeto
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a big,foamy,beige head
S:
-coffee,licorice,mocha,oats,burned toast
T:
-Follows the nose plus chocolate,syrup and nuts
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Good Schwarzbier

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T-34-85
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. A relatively unique niche beer versus my more typical fare of IPAs, DIPAs, Stouts, and Porters.

This beer had a much more smooth, drinkability to it, but still had a surprising level of aroma from the malts that was not anticipated. In addition, the taste had a combination of dark malt bitterness paired with some malt sweetness, for a nice balance.

Lastly, the beer had some great color to it, with a deep turbid brown character that looked a lot like a French Press coffee in the glass.

Overall, a pretty cool beer, that sits off the beaten path of the wave of bigger, better, stronger, hoppier beers that continue to hit the market. A good change of pace.

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Photo of Zylod
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown and not clear with a creamy tan head of foam that while thin did persist. Nose is neutral really. Malty but auspiciously clean. No fruity esters, no caramel. Just roasty malt and a mild coffee like impression. No hop scents.

Taste is full malty and roasty. Nothing burnt and and only a mild bit of caramel to creep onto to the nose as the beer warms. It ha s a depth that is a surprise because it is not complex. it is creamy. The mouthfeel is medium and I think touches fuller but the hops give an impeccable bitterness at the finish. A very clean bitterness with no hop flavor at all just grazes the finish of hte beer to leave it dry and show you that despite all that creamy softness this was dry and roasty. A touch of bitter chocolate develops on the nose and on the palate it remains a subtle hint. Almost as much a part of the mouthfeel as is the roasty dryness. The residual sweetness on this one is noticeable and adds to the perception of fullness.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cleve1212
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donspublic
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BenBreeg
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leansean88
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.03 out of 5 based on 679 ratings.
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