Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)
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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #52
Ranked #20,510
3.84 | pDev: 11.46%
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Very Good
Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fliptop bottle poured into a dimpled mug.
The appearance was a nice muddy/murky amber to brown color with a sturdy finger and a half's worth of white foamy head. Dissipated finely to leave some wavy lace, sly cling to it.
The aroma had sweet toffee wafer malts with butterscotch, sweet wheat/grains, earthy hops and an ever so slight touch of meaty tones. Subtle fruity esters (pomme-like).
The flavor leaned towards the sweet end by combining all of those prior mentioned aromas. Rich and malty running through a rugged aftertaste of dry woody to butterscotch qualities.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. Semi-clean finish of butterscotch, toffee wafers and biscuits. Some chewy malt.
Overall, I believe most of the kellerbiers I have reviewed on BA have been American versions in which I have liked fairly well. However, I believe that this is the real deal for the style of how they are supposed to be brewed. I like this for me and would love to come back to.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color with a massive crown of thick head.

Smell is bready and floral with notes of wheat dough, hops and some citrus.

Taste is floral and slightly yeasty. Nice bready base with a bit of sweetness, and a soft bitterness over top. Some citrus and dough are present as well.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly undercarbonated.

Overall, a nice, clean Kellerbier.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear mug. Opaque honey/roasted caramel color, very thick pillowy head about two fingers with great retention and lacing.

I smell baking bread, grains, candy, caramel, raspberries, yeast, roasted nuts, mildly grassy hops, and spices. Very floral and herbal.

Roasted nuts and fruit are upfront on the palette. Very much like the aroma, although I also taste dates, nutmeg, and cloves as well. Quite florescent and herbal, combined with the roasted malts and bread malts it's complex yet pleasant.

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Photo of SABERG
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at Armsby Abbey in .5 liter slow pour format
A - Hazy dark straw color, huge pillowy froth on top
S - Warm rising bread, earthy grains and beautiful noble hop nose, with grassy element.
T - Follows the nose to a tee, add a malty thread that accentuates the bready quality.
M - Soft mouth feel, excellent start with sweet malts leading directly to nice hop bitterness. The pouring here was fantastic, accentuating the beers finer points.
O - A very good Keller, with the bready yeasty and hops all well presented.

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Photo of MarkCoon
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel color. Slight root beer barrel candy smell and taste to start. Finishes with well balanced flavor and little after taste. I really enjoyed this beer and would get it again.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pokal style glass.

Creamy khaki to off white topped colored head on the pour. It forms very fluffy and nicely, with some very good retention. Body color is a muddy but pleasant chestnut looking brown, maybe a bit of orange color thrown in there too. Very very fine carbonation as well.

Very nice nose. Quite a good fruity sense off this brew. Smells almost like a bit of strawberry character which is quite nice! Light classic touches of caramel but not sweet sensing, almost more of this raspberry fruit tangy quality which is quite a bit impressive.

Nice palate if a little less than I was expecting. Light bodied nearly wet with a good sense of minerality, but not holy supportive of the passing flavors. Mid palate has a touch of herbal spice and clove, nearly comes off minty in a way. Finish just barely hints at some creamy fruity qualities, strawberry and raspberry particularly. Clean, particularly tangy fruit, but finishes quickly.

Interesting keller with some neat unexpected flavors, but seems to not really last on the palate. A bit more body to this and we have a real neat tasting brew.

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Photo of FBarber
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy brown color. Remains cloudy even after its had time to settle. Thin off white head dissipates leaving no residual head but sticky tan lacing is left along the glass.

Smell is rather bready with some nutty malts, a hint of spice, and some lager yeast. Simple but good.

Taste is somewhat bready with some roasted nut notes. Spicy finish with some grassy floral notes. Surprisingly complex flavor for a rather simple beer.

Feel is thick and almost chewy. Mild carbonation. Smooth and somewhat dry finish.

This is really a nice kellerbier - surprisingly complex given its simplicity. Ill definitely revisit this one in the future.

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Photo of janubio
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hazy amber colour, with a normal head that fades leaving a good lace. Aroma is weak, I only detect some grains and caramel. Medium body, correct carbonaton. Taste of caramel and fruits. Correct beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, golden in color. Little to no head. Grain sweetness and some bitterness. Wheat. Short finish. Lower end for carb. Clean and crisp. Pretty good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly dark amber, with a tight foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like faint grassy hops, and doughy, and slightly gummy, malt.

This is much more faint, and honestly bland than I would've hoped. There just doesn't feel like much to it. It's watery, with faint grassy hops, and a slight malt backbone. It's puzzling how little to this there is.

It's certainly drinkable, though, easy to put down, and refreshing. The carbonation level is normal.

I just wish there was more to this, though. There are better domestic and imported kellerbiers on the market.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beige meringue head reaches three inches before gradually settling over an almost clear, honey amber (SRM 10-12) beer. Lazy columns of random carbonation meander within, while a quilt of lacework never fully diminishes.

The Stiegl stange showcases fresh bread dough with undercurrents of caramel malt, sweet wax-laden honey, and a modest floral perfume.

While this one lacks the hop characteristics of a Kellerbier, robust flavors of honey and cookie dough are clearly present against a very sweet backdrop. Caramel is prominent, with some earthy notes. The finish is sweet, with honey as it peaks quickly with a drawn-out fade.

The body is medium to full with a slick texture, similar to wet clay. Carbonation is modest and there is no trace of alcohol.

Monchshof is a fantastic beer to enjoy with friends and casual conversation. Relaxing like a warm coat on a brisk afternoon, this would easily pair with summer sausage and Gouda or the strong flavor of pheasant.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served cold from 500ml swing-top bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Light brown colour, opaque cloudy, fluffy white head.

S) Fruity malt and a bit of yeast.

T) Lightish slightly roasted malt flavour, very slight hop bitterness. Fairly clean lager flavour when you consider the look of it. A bit of sweetness on the aftertaste.

F) Very clean taste, no yeast funkiness, carbonation is on style; fairly muted but adds some acid bite to the feel.

O) A good kellerbier. Not always my favourite style but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly serviceable Kellerbier if that's what you're in the mood for. With its color and yeast, it could easily be mistaken for a Dunkelweiss. It does have the banana esters going on and it is a little heavy, especially for a lager. That's what happens when you leave your yeast in, I suppose.

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber brew, rather lively, fairly clear. Creamy head, decent retention, and nice lacing.

Sweet, clean, bready aroma. A touch each of banana and fig.

Flavor follows, with a fair amount of banana (but nowhere near Hefe levels), dark bread, and fruitcake.

Despite the flavor profile, it goes down crisp, clean, and easy. Light drinking beer at a relatively low ABV. It's a remarkable format for the flavors, which are normally represented in a bigger, darker beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dirty cloudy brown/amber beer, huge golden head, loooong retention. Aroma - yeasty, dusty, malty. Flavour - the same with light bitter finish. A bit cloying beer.

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Photo of djura
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost amber, tick one finger foam, no bubbless in the glass.
S - Caramalt, dark fruits, grains, excellent.
T/M - Some special malts, chocolate, very good. Bitter finish.

O - Very, very good.

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Photo of drmeto
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

-metallic,grassy with a slight caramel note upfront
-slightly spicy
-well carbonated
-very watery on the back-end with faint caramel and citrus notes

very disappointed here,Kellerbiers are one of my fave styles but this fell flat.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 12/31/14. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) single bottle with a ceramic stopper for around $4.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass French jelly glass stein.

Pours a reddish-mahogany in color with a good 5-finger foamy/creamy head that finally settled down to around 5mm after a good while! I even poured it very slowly. Most I have seen I believe! A good amount of lacing was seen when sipped. Like a good German brew that was fresh on tap. The aroma is only of malts and yeast for the most part. Pretty much the same is said for the taste with just a very light finish of hops. Wasn't overdone at alll and actually just added some character to this brew. Don't think I have ever had this German style of beer either but was really good. Medium-bottled with perfect carbonation. Overall a great brew! PROST and BEST WISHES for 2015!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i still think the price point to quality ratio of some of these german beers is profoundly awesome. this bottle was less than five bucks. a much thicker, denser german brew than i am used to here, hazy with yeast sediment and a flat looking tan orange hue. the beer is real heady, white and bubbly and lasting. german malty flavor here, with a warm yeast character and a speck of brown sugar in the finish. its definiely grain driven, but there is a light bittering hop in the finish with the sweetness of the grain that balances well, and the beer feels quite light for how dense it looks. creamy texture and a lot of carbonation help that. its maybe not the most dynamic malt profile in german brewing, but its definitely unlike american made beers in the same style, and i quite like it, different than what i am used to.

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Photo of dmberger
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A beer that has a little bit of character--nice maltiness on the forefront of taste, with a little hoppy kick in the end. While I've enjoyed other kellerbiers more than this one, this good be a good start for someone who wants this type of lager but likes a little hops to be apparent.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow brown color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Doughy, caramel, lager yeast, grassy hops, and some sweetness.

Taste: This beer is like a mixture between a bock and a lager with some haziness to it. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a little sweet, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice lager/bock beer also know as a kellerbier. Will be revisiting this one again in the future.

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Photo of Zormac
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a small snifter with a two finger slighty off white head that fades quikly to a thick creamy cap with a nice hazy walnut color.

S-the nose is syrup and molasses, rasins, dates and dryied fruit.

T- Rasins, Dates, Prunes, Resin, fermented fruits and a hint of mint on the back end.

M- Light and heavy all at the same time with a slight bite on the sides of the tounge on the finish.

O- not a bad beer would be great to talk over with friends would purchase this beer again

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Photo of DIM
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Murky looking golden tinted brown; served with a small fizzy cap.

s: Caramel, biscuits, bready yeast, and surprisingly strong grassy hops.

t: Pretty sweet overall, plenty of caramel and bread. Yeasty, grassy finish.

m: Nicely chewy for the abv.

o: Really nice on warm evening outside.

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Photo of imscotty
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml Bottle with ceramic swing top cap

A: Nice light amber color, cloudy. off-white head that dies down after a minute. Some lacing.

S: Very light malt and yeast scents. Not picking up much hops. Hay.

T: Some malt and oak. Nothing too complex happening here. Straight forward clean flavors. A nice lasting slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

O: This is my first experience with a Keller beer. Let me say that I am not a big fan in general of Lagar beers, I really enjoy the complexity of yeasty flavors in ales. So that is why my ratings may seem a little low.

Having said that, this Keller beer did show some character, especially when it warmed up.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with light beige head. Aroma has bread crust, toasted malts and some earthy, dried leaves bitterness. Taste is sweetish and bready at first, continues with light burnt caramel notes and bread crust, finishes with a light old hop bitterness. Medium plus body with medium carbonation and quite smooth feel. I also had this a long time ago but now it's not as good as I remembered it.

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 346 ratings