Mönchshof Kellerbier
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #57
Ranked #23,910
3.84 | pDev: 11.46%
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name, ABV% and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Deep amber and notably cloudy, despite being well rested and with minimal handling. This is not at all a negative FWIW, I just think it's the default look even with care taken so... those who don't do notable haze/sediment might not get on with this. Pours with 1Cm white foam cap. ps @ +15mins, the head holds really well.
S- Quite malty.
T- Initially brighter than expected, into deep malts with some toasty richness, then a minor dry hoppy lick into the finish.
F- It's well balanced between pretty full malts and balancing hops. Net result is it's a pretty 'solid' beer, perhaps even beyond it's quite meaty ABV%. Carbonation in the mouth remains really good.
O- It's very pleasant, ideal for colder months as it's pretty robust. Sessionable probably. But then sessionable also because there's not much here to get worn out or jaded with - little of individual character notes beyond the deep 'wall of malts'. - I wouldn't buy this again as it's just not standing out versus other Kellbiers I've had recently and can buy for a similar price.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the lables to see what I missed!
500ml bottle £3 BB: 31/12/21 Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

May 12, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Labirratorium. En copa hefe de Bavaria. Jugando a Fortnite. Algo menos corpulenta de lo habitual en el estilo pero muy fácil de beber, animando a repetirla

Feb 06, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: amber with a medium white head

Smell: malt, yeast, slight hop smell

Taste: follows the nose, nice roasted malt taste

Feel: nice smooth bubbles

Dec 23, 2020
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DvdP from Netherlands

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, with plenty of off-white foam. Smells malty, light, with a hint of something sour mash'ish. Light mouthfeel, quaffable. Taste is nicely bitter, with some subtle roasty sweetness, malty. Chestnuts. Solid.

Nov 22, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Wood brown. Hazy. Heavy carbonation. The swing top really pops off when appreciated warm.

S: Buttery and malty. Faint grassy hops. No skunk at all. German yeast.

T: Good warm or cold. Very forgiving. Tastes traditional and a little sweeter than most. It has a character of it's own, I'm supposing due to it's bottle conditioning. Buttery biscuity malts that give the hop and yeast flavors plenty of room to introduce themselves.

F: Easy to drink and well balanced. Medium weight.

O: Highly nuanced yet moderate in all aspects.

Jul 21, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden brown coloration with a medium, fluffy head. Smells of bready, grainy, slightly toasted malt with much lighter accents of herbal hops. Taste is a great balance of bready, grainy, slightly toasted malt and grassy, earthy, herbal hops, with a certain nuttiness and accents of dark fruits like date and raisin. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some grainy, toasted malt and earthy, herbal hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A rather nice Kellerbier featuring a great balance of grainy, toasted malt and bitter, herbal hops, with some nutty, fruity accents lending a certain complexity to this. A very enjoyable brew that bridges the gap between crisp drinkability and subtle complexity very nicely and is kinda impressive coming from Kulmbacher. I've had better Kellerbiers, but not many.

Apr 24, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jan 01, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

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.

Sep 10, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

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.

Feb 16, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 10, 2019
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MarkCoon from New York

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.

Dec 29, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Jan 05, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

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.

Jun 15, 2017
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janubio from Spain

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.

Aug 13, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 21, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy darker straw body.
The aroma has lots of dry grain and a little earth.
The taste mild malt and bitterness. Super drinkable.
The texture is fairly crisp and a little fizzy.

Apr 15, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Apr 07, 2016
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SLeffler27 from New York

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.

Jan 31, 2016
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Malt_Man from England

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.

Aug 02, 2015
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DerAtomsmasher from Washington

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.

Aug 02, 2015
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Roguer from Connecticut

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.

Jul 19, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

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.

Jul 04, 2015
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djura from Serbia

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.

Apr 12, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

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.

Mar 29, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

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!

Jan 01, 2015
Mönchshof Kellerbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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