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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
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
665
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
14.89%
 
 
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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up at the Augsburg Haus in Augusta, GA.

Poured from a 500ml swing-top bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours very dark, though not quite Schwarz in color, with deep ruby highlights showing through when held to the light. A large off-white head rises to a mountainous peak and falls slowly, leaving thick rings of lace behind.

A wonderfully delicious roasty, toasty, chocolaty aroma wafts into the nose.

Medium-bodied, this one caresses the mouth with its incredibly rich smoothness and light carbonation. Roasted and chocolate malt flavors perfectly complement the roundness of mouthfeel, being balanced by just a hint of hops in the middle and falling down smooth with a slight roasted bitterness.

Oh, what a quaffer. This brew goes down smoothly, easily, and delightfully. Light in alcohol, this makes the perfect session beer, with enough flavor and feel to keep you wanting more. A superb example of a decidedly difficult-to-find style.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny brown with mahogany tones and a low creamy tan head whcih leaves light bits of lace. Light sweet, roasty, and hoppy aroma. Rich roasty malt flavor balanced nicely by classic european noble hops. Light bitter chocolate finish and lingering aftertaste. Light-medium bodied with a light dry finish.

Per M.J. - B.C. book: Color 55 EBC, 12.5 Plato, 1050 O.G., 26 IBU.

(16.9 oz Swingtop)

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Photo of kraypd
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flip-top bottle poured into a glass in Germany.

A – Pours nice with deep black color with a strong off-white head. The retention is good with nice lacing.

S - A nice roast aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T – Very balanced taste with roast malt, chocolate, coffee flavoring. Residual sweetness adds a very slight fruity flavor which is balanced well against the roasted flavor.

M - Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

O – This beer was a nice surprise to me. Definitely one of the best Schwartzbiers that I have been able to try. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Redbones and was very impressed!

Rich dark mahogany in color, nice head, but it faded a bit quickly. The aroma was a mixture of malty-fruitiness.

David refered to the taste as 'Aventinus meets Salvator.'

I found it very fresh, very mild, very Germanic. I mean that the beer was so fresh and tasty, it was like I was drinking it in Germany...the beer had been handled very well.

Again, the taste was very mild. It was not sweet (yay!), and the carbonation was just right, not over the top at all. The malt flavor was there, but the body was so smooth, not cloying at all.

The drinkability of this beer was awesome. Would get again in a second. pat

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Photo of bboven
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark brown body with ruby highlights and a great head and lacing.

Strong roast, caramel, chocolate, and molasses in the aroma.

Very sweet taste with caramel and butterscotch throughout.

Smooth, mellow carbonation.

This is a hell of a beer. I will definitely be seeking it out in the future.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: Very cool swing-top bottle. States that it's brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Reading that it's "malt liquor" makes me chuckle a bit but whatever keeps the government happy.

Aroma: A light biscuity sweetness, toasted rye bread, light fruity notes that all meld wonderfully together. Nothing is prominent and all is well balanced here.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown with a sudsy off-white head.

Flavor: More biscity, bread-crust flavors. A bit of background sulfur but nothing off. Just adds to the complexity. Some light hop bitterness that helps balance all the dry malty flavors. Finish is clean, slightly bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, moderate carbonation with medium body. No alcohol heat and no astringency.

Overall impression: Wow. A very impressive beer. I love the malt complexity with the background hop bitterness to balance. No harsh roastiness and a rich color. Immensely enjoyable and strongly recommended.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear deep translucent brown color with hints of red and a dense two-finger tan head. A thing of beauty.

Bouquet is mild yet thoroughly enjoyable with a nice blend of dark caramel, raisins, mocha and some grassy hops.

The flavor features a nifty little tug of war between the caramel and mocha flavors. The finish is crisp and bitterness is at a very respectable level. This is a hell of a session beer- nothing becomes dominant, everything is in perfect balance and there is enough complexity to keep it interesting even after a couple. A classic.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at my local place for 5.00

A - Greeted with a "pishhh" from the Grosh type swing top which locks in the freshness. A nice semi dark brown (lighter than expected) beer with a hefty inch of head.

S - Slight coffee and cocoa nips on the nose with a mild hint of burnt coal and leather.

T - MMM. Chocolate assault that easily rounds to a bitterness of coffee and malt in the finish. Really wanted more flavors but they are vivid and constant. Very nice.

M - I really appreciated that it drank like Guinness with less bitterness.

D - Man do Germans got this down! It was a surprise to find this much flavor in a beer but it might be able to use more smoke, but DON'T change a thing! A perfect brew! Shame it's 5.00 a bottle but one must pay an imported price for a great brew!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarzbier has a very thick, frothy, tan head, a clear, yet dark, ruby-brown appearance, and a lot of splotchy lacing left down the glass. The aroma is mild- toasted malt, dark coffee, dark bread, and sweetness. Taste is mild as well- sweet, malty, toasted, chocolaty, some coffee, and a bit of hops, but not too much. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarzbier finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and delicious. Another winner from Kulmbacher, this gets an excellent score from me. Get some!

RJT

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Photo of TheSSG
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, soapy, tan head that has excellent persistence. Sweet, toasted malt and slightly floral hops in the nose. Deep, deep burnt umber color is practically black. Starts with a slightly acidic toasted malt. Notes of cocoa and a little bit of coffee as the hops create a mild bitterness that has floral notes. Smooths out to a ridiculously creamy, cocoa flavor that blends with toasted malt. Finish is a touch of floral hops wafting over toasted malt. The mouthfeel on this is hilariously smooth and creamy; absolutely perfect.

This pretty much sets the standard for Schwarzbiers. One of the first biers I really fell in love with, and it's still excellent to this day.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Toffee hue with significant red highlights. Nice just off white head with good and thick retention. Sticky lacing left behind on glass as beer is imbibed.

S: robust and hearty sweet malt aroma with slight caramel and bready notes. Subtle coffee like roasted aroma. Clean lager yeast character balances.

T: Good malt flavor that is sweet and rich. Roasted flavor is very subtle with nice lingering finish. Some hop bitterness at the end. Again, clean lager character balances. This is a great tasting beer.

MF: Smooth, very smooth. Medium light body. Moderately high carbonation.

D: A very good beer. Quite drinkable. To me an ideal gateway beer to turn BMC drinkers on to their different options.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Monchshof Rauchbier pours a deep opaque black hue with an off white puffy head. Great lacing and overall appearance. I've had this a few times, once on tap, now I am reviewing the bottled experience. The aroma is so full of roasty malts, it's almost savory. Very mouth-watering. The splendid taste had more of the aforementioned aspects, as well as chicory and coffee, and some faint hops. All very, very balanced and smooth. What a full mouth feel one gets with this for such a low ABV beer! Truly a triumph of a Schwarzbier, definitely my new favorite of the style (I love German Beer). Order it with confidence, and have a couple at only 4.9%! Prost!

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Photo of Jsteez
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a humpen German beer mug and a pint glass.

A-Deep black with some hints of deep red, but very black; nice tan and creamy 1 finger head; nice sticky lacing left on the glass and on the surface of the beer.

S-quite malty; semi-sweet chocolate; perhaps some ground coffee beans. Fresh.

T-Black licorice, semi-sweet chocolate, and black coffee. Hints of toffee. Very balanced. It was bitter-sweet and that's exactly the way I like them! The aftertaste had a mix of sweet choco, bitter choco from the hops, black licorice, slight alcohol; creamy and malty.

M-I have had several schwarzbiers that range from light, medium, and full bodied. This beer was medium to full bodied, but crisp and easy to drink. Could easily have a couple in one sitting. So creamy, smooth, and soft!

Overall, I recommend this to everyone. I felt like drinking another on my way home in the cab, but I didn't' have one to drink. It's quite a nice brew and it complements German schnitzel and kraut. It's one the best schwarzbiers I've had. Cheers!

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Photo of Boto
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A suprise find at the CT River Brewers Festival.

This beer poured a very dark black color. There was a thick tan head along with it. There was a big malt sweetness to the nose. Nice hint of roastiness and chocolate in the aroma. Full bodied beer with a hint of chocolate to the taste. Not really sweet at all. This was excellent! It might be one of the best of this style.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one "sinister" beer due to it's dark, black appearance....yet it is wickedly tasty!!

S = Caramel, roasted coffee, and woodsy element in the background.

T = Fantastic mixture of sweetness (caramel with a hint of butterscotch) and a very faint hop bitterness near the end. The slight bitterness quickly disappeared, leaving a long finish of semi-sweet caramel bread.

MF = Thick, creamy, and smooth as velvet. The carbonation was moderate.

Overall, this is the best Schwarzbier that I've ever tasted, and one of the best beers, regardless of category, that I've had.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma - Low munich malty aroma. Worty; smells like the mash tun. I didn't pick up any hop aroma.

Appearance - Clear dark brown with nice ruby highlights. Tan head with good head retention. Head poured about 1 finger width.

Taste - Munich maltiness, low roast, low bitter chocolate. Not astringent. Extremely low perceived bitterness. Very low noble hop flavor. Dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very smooth all the way through.

Overall Impression - This a really good beer. I do much of my evaluations of beer based on the BJCP guidelines. I use BJCP because I feel that they are the most defined, and this Schwarzbier fits the BJCP guidlines perfectly. It's not very often that I find a beer that fits so well into the style guide. Give this beer a try.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a caramel ruby color, nearly two fingers of light mocha froth on top.

Aroma - rich roasted grain aroma, hints of coffee beans. Captivating!

Taste - lots of roasted character, I can almost taste the fire this malt was kilned from. A trace of sweetness on the leading edge, the swallow brings out a flood of roasted flavors once more, warming up this time with roasted coffee and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, medium carbonation, a good solid beer body to this one.

Drinkability - great flavor, fine sessionability, and a reasonable price.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Being as I am a self-professed intuitist and a novice cockswain on the draught boat I go by a completely different set of beer standards than some dude who makes love to a row of barley like it's a buxom and swanky woman. I'm in it to become more ignorant and farcical than I presently am. Plus I'm thirsty and heading for diabetes, amputation, adult diapers and musty white pubes so I might as well get some olfactory bliss and whatever the hell the pansophist's euphemism for sense of taste is while I'm able. This stuff is akin to Samuel Adams Black Lager but with some thousand dollar black licorice stuffed into its pretty mouth. I could see me waltzing with this beer and settling down in Denmark to raise my fourteen illigitimate cyclops sons all named Adolph with her (again with this humanizing!). To and fro, my arm lifting the swingtop and spinning the little lusty tramp around and around my mouth like a mouthful of liquid gold and black jelly bird eggs. Happy birthday little ones! All the rings of Saturn and a milky way of stars for this special one.

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Photo of frazbri
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured almost black, with deep golden accents, topped by an abundent white head. Bread and clover honey aromas, somewhat fruity. Sweet starting. Carmel and hazelnuts with a mild bitter finish. Light in body, medium carbonation and a dry finish.

The label on the Monchshof Schwarz proclaimed it to be a world classic. The beer didn't disappoint. The body was a translucent deep brown, accented by bronze. The head acted as a billowing cumulous cloud. The taste was sublime. I believe the label was right. World Classic or damn near it.

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Photo of Haus
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet flip-top bomber.

Inviting brown colored beer with a nice tan to light brown colored head.

This beers aroma is mostly of grain and patent malt with hints of chocolate/charred malt and smoke.

Starts out almost dry with a strong malt flavor. Very much a heavily roasted malt beer, a bit of sweetness coming through with the ample carbonation hits your tongue. The flavors become really more pronounced once you let this one warm up.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer that I will definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

seems like the color of cola as it is poured...but held to light, it is much more transparent and reddish, like an extreme cream soda. beautiful thick lacing and a head that settles very slowly, retaining a jelly, jolly sort of consistency. very nice to gaze at...

first nose notes are the maltiness, followed by that slight burned/coffee/chocolate aspect. catching some yeastiness and perhaps hops. a little fruit.

i don't know, but if i was blindfolded, i would've immediately guessed i was having a Guinness Draft. In Ireland...even the head's retention looks creamy like GDraft. always right on the edge of going bitter or burnt, those playful elements hold back and keep things incredibly tasty and smooth. not challenging, but i wouldn't want that here. nothing to search for...let it find you. this is definitely a delight. not a beer for simple palates at all. i'm impressed.

the quote on the back from expert MJackson is fitting: "a brewing wonder"...creamy mouthfeel plays on the one extreme with the carbonation. just simply quite drinkable and quite a session brew for sure.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Photo of selecter70
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic schwarzbier in a 1pt. 9oz bottle with ever-so fun flip top. Greatly anticipating this offering from the lovely folks at Monchshof, the pour was a smooth dark brown bordering on black, with crimson-red edges where the light shone through. A full tan head of 2 fingers sat and left some good lace while drinking. The aroma was a deeply roasted malt with nuts and a hint of toffee in the vein of a nice porter. The flavor was a great rich continuation of the aroma with the hint of espresso added and a nice hop edge at the end with a wee tad of lemon. A fantastic, smooth & rich delicious beer that I could drink all night. I'm sad to say that I only had one.

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Photo of Lynux
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice creamy two finger head poured into a stemmed goblet style glass. Dark mahogany color and sticky lacing on the glass

Smells of sweet caramel malt, roasted carafa malt and toffee

Taste is delicious caramel/toffee with some roastiness and a little hop in the finish.

Nice slick mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. Great example and the best I've had of the style.

This just beat out Kostritzer for my favorite schwarzbier!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super deep brown color with flickering ruby high lights. A tan and tall and fluffy cloud of a foam topper. Great lacing and well carbonated. Aroma has a rich and velvetty feel. Lots of roasted malts and molasses in the scent. Richly malted with roasted malts and molasses. As an added bonus there is also a sutle smokiness in the taste...excellent. Has a medium feel thats quite smooth going down.
An easy drinking smooth flowing killer of a beer.
Definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of beergynt
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle... Served in a Mönchsof mug (0.3L, I think), Beautiful dark molassas colored beer. Help up to the light, it reminded me of root beer. Just enough head for full coverage with little to no lacing. I loved the smell of this beer! Light and sweet roasty malt and a nice nuttiness that reminded me of hazelnuts... I love the taste even more! Perhaps it was complimented by the delicious roast duck tenders that arrived at the same time, but this just seemed almost too refreshing for a beer with it's dark color. Maltiness up front, mixing with the hazelnut mid palatte, finishing clean with noble hops... My mouth was very happy with me for choosing this beer. Smooth and refreshing; velvety and clean at once... I would love to have this beer again and again... Next time I think I'll get a liter!

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.03 out of 5 based on 665 ratings.
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