Mönchshof Kellerbier
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Style:
German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #54
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,037
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.46%
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
351
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Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by ludachris:
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nieghbour brought this back from Germany for me as well as a couple other goodies. I'm excited about trying an authentic German lager that came right from the source.

Its body is a golden amber with just a touch of haze. You can still see that it's well carbonated. Just over a finger's worth of big bubbled flat white head displays good retention before falling to a thin ring. Thick strings of lace stick to the glass as the beer recedes.

Ahh, it's got that "beery" smell. Fresh dough and a soft cereal malt sweetness come out first. Oatmeal comes to mind. Hay and pepper add a subtle mustiness. A bit of wet grass adds to the more natural, raw, and rich character that I associate with both Kellerbiers and Kolschs. As the beer warms and opens up, sweet caramel notes come to the surface with equal intensity as every other character in the beer. Apple skins, with just a touch of tartness comes through as well. How the nose develops over time is great.

The bitterness in the taste is more developed than I had anticipated but not at all in an offensive way. Peppery, grassy, and earthy. A little bit of pepper on the middle of the tongue. Cereal sweetness with a touch of honey lies beneath. Fresh dough and rye bread await in the finish with the earthy and grassy hop notes following close behind.

Light to medium bodied with a perfectly crisp level of carbonation. Paired with the well rounded bitterness, this is very refreshing.

I have very little experience with Kellerbiers and that could be why this didn't blow me away. Overall, it's well rounded, flavourful, and very, very refreshing. I have some work to do in appreciating a well made lager. And until I fully do, I'm comfortable with my review of this beer.

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ludachris from Ontario (Canada), Dec 10, 2011
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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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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a persistent, creamy foam. Extremely light and subtle aromas, almost imperceptible malt and nut-like. Flavors are in a similar vein, very subtle but gradually develop a richness and complexity that never overpowers. This is the closest to a session beer you can get with very clean and refined flavors.

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mj001jk from California, Nov 19, 2008
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3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

swing top bomber poured into the german style mug. This is from batch 1819111. New style for me.

The kellerbau pours a light amber/copper color. Not much lacing lines the glass but the head is white and pillowy. Some noticeable sediment from the unfiltered german lager. Smell is musky with some hints of bready doughs and yeast. Taste is slightly watery with a sweet finish. Quaff is made up of caremel and toffee with little grainy tastes. Mouthfeel is thin bodied and watery. Drinkability is mediocre. This is really lacking in the taste and aromas categories. Will skip on this in the future.

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abrand from Illinois, Feb 05, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz swing top bottle into a tall mug. The label has no other info.

Appearance: It has deep amber to copper colored body with a heavy haze and visible carbonation. A two finger, creamy light beige head sits on top and hangs on well. On the way down the glass it makes lots of cool sticky lace patterns.

Smell: The nose has notes of bready malt and bready yeast with leafy hop notes and a light mineral edge.

Taste/Palate: There is a clean lager character running up the middle of the tongue with mellow bready malt and yeast notes coming in from the sides. A flash of leafy/herbal hop flavor and bitterness finishes it off with just the slightest hint of something mineral like. On the palate it has a solid medium feel with smooth mellow carbonation.

Notes: Overall this is a very enjoyable beer.

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generallee from Virginia, Mar 17, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clearer than I expected, pale copper in hue, with an admirably-sized persistent head leaving some lacing.
Aroma is mostly German malt: biscuity, bready and slightly toasty notes. Not much else, quite clean. Little in the way of hops, just a slight grassy noble note.
Flavours are similarly malt dominated: sweet bready notes with a light bitterness showing later.
Moderately high carbonation with a light body - nice.
My first beer of this style. Nice, but I would have liked higher hop presence.

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CrazyDavros from Australia, Oct 23, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Mönchshof range, produced by Kulmbacher, is generally very good but I reckon their Kellerbräu is my favourite. It has a darker, more amber appearance than the other Kellerbiers I've sampled but this just reflects its maltiness. Although its clearly on the malty side, the taste isn't too sweet or overpowering, it goes down very well, and it's got a mildly spicy aftertaste. All in all, a first-class Keller!

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Madigan from Ireland, Feb 01, 2009
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2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1st Kellerbier I've tried. Pours a murky river water brown with a decent off white head, golden color around the edge of the glass. I was not expecting a lager to be this dark so this was indeed a nice surprise. Aroma is faint and a little funky. There is a bland breadiness quality mixed in with some grassy aroma. Mouthfeel is decent watery yet crisp I can't complain. The flavor is decent, slightly sweet with the bread quality rounded out by some light malts. Drinkable but not very exciting it's a decent brew.

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kinger from Ohio, Aug 05, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice array of big bubbles float about in the bronzy liquid sporting a tightly compacted white head.

Aromas of soft caramelized grains, hazelnut, maybe a hint of nectarine. The nose does have some subtle, yeasty fruit esters.

The flavor is malty without being to sweet. Maple and caramel notes blend well with off and on nutty flavors, and a round yeastiness. A faint herbal hop presence is found in the quick, clean finish. Mellow beer overall, not packin' huge flavors, but has a certain finesse that makes me want to drink more.

The mouthfeel really shines for me. It's soft and smooth, delicate and chuggable. Great lager. Fill up the bucket and pass it over here.

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brownbeer from Missouri, Apr 02, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

hemorhoidzz from North Carolina, Jun 02, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an off-white head. No lacing, but a skim of head throughout the pint.

Toasted malt, bread crust, some earthy notes.

Bread crust is the key word here. Earthy and over-browned bread, with some notes that might be grassy or sweet, and others that feel like earth or cocoa. Long over-toasted bread bitter finish. Very drinkable.

Medium body, Nice body and ok carbonation.

I liked this alot. Nice and different complexities. You can taste the minerals in the water in this one. Just a great change in style and great balance in flavors. Go for it.

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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts, May 21, 2011
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3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dgilks from Australia, Aug 02, 2015
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swing top bottle (pint)...poured a hazy yellow golden shade, with 1 finger head. Looked full & attractive
Aroma & taste were grassy, caramello, chocolate & sweet. Some burnt notes also, plus a little floral in aroma. Finishes with just the right bitterness
Moderate mouthfeel, with light carbonation. Little creamy.
Definately enough going for this to sit on for a while...fine balance.

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WHROO from Australia, Oct 14, 2008
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4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer struck me as cheap because it was, well, cheap at 0.79 euro per bottle, and the crappy label suggests this is something bums drink. I tried it once or twice to wash down a döner kebap and didn't take the time to focus on the flavor. I admit to passing it by the next few visits until I had a thirst for that toasty beer with the brown label that would go so well with my roasted maultaschen. I tried a third bottle and was captivated. As I drink it I wish I could put it back in the bottle, latch the flip top, and save it for something really important. Like the second coming of Christ. It is quite good.

For some time I have thought all the loves of my life were Hefeweizens, but this incredible keller bier has captivated me. Now for the details.

Eyes:
Poured briskly into a shaker pint, it yields a thick layer of frothy ambosia that quickly settles into a sweet creamy head, thin but exquisite. trails from the pour are evident for a minute or so, maybe longer but I was anxious. Left thin lace panties on the walls of my glass. Schwing. Dark orange amber with distinct yellow highlights, ample sediment that must be firmly coaxed from the bottom with the last swig. Not that I drink it from the bottle.

Nose:
Malty, as has been said repeatedly. Heavy creamy scent with an underscore of ripe butter and cave-aged fromage. I could drink this through the nose I am quite certain.

Tongue:
hearty, yeasty tang backed by a formidable hearth-baked bready wall of malt. Front and center is the golden roast seedling. Bringing up the rear is a cultured, yeasty cheese note that's hard to put a finger on. It's a touch musty; but a cultured must, and charming in its subtlety. I'm not ashamed to admit that the back end is what I look forward to.

Wet and milky on the tongue, with a certain strangeness of proportion that is both perplexing and unexpectedly beautiful.

Shamelessly drinkable, I consider this an excellent session beer.

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jayjay1976 from Germany, Oct 04, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is like buttery caramel, with a tiny head and light carbonation. The smell is tacit, grapey sweetness.

The taste is exceedingly level-headed and balanced. Only the hint of tartness, hops and malt, but at the same time (in some mysterious way I cannot fathom) a very full flavor, like olfactory velvet. There's no competition here between the elements. A subtly refreshing flavor combination, especially when compared to the structure of most other beers.

The mouthfeel is even and pleasing.

This beer is a great surprise, and one of my all-time favorites so far. It's passively eloquent. I don't know if I got a sample bottled on an exceptionally good day, or if this beer is always so nice, but I will definitely try it again.

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etherashe from Germany, Nov 06, 2008
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3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorites! A lager-esque-Pils like highly drinkable beer that stays in the traditional German manner. Nothing too fancy or complex, just a grand beer for beer's sake. A hazy bright copper yellow pour with white fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving little lace behind. A nice fresh bread, mild caramel malt aroma with fresh-cut hay, and a minute amount of hops. Clean, fresh and brisk with a light body, and a basic flavor of simple malt balanced by bitter, this is a fantastic beer that you want more of. Nothing special or complex, just done right.

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selecter70 from Massachusetts, Apr 16, 2010
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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apellonious from North Carolina, Jan 15, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

RobertColianni from Pennsylvania, Feb 04, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

flip top 500ml bottle into brooklyn brewery pokal

A - hazy dark orange colour, maybe like a dark honeyed mustard, with a large medium white head. the yeast can be seen in the body, floating around. the head settles down in a reasonable amount of time to a thin layer. it is a most rustic, unfiltered looking beer; quite appealing (though I have no idea what is in store!)

S - malty with a pinch of hops added in. sweet malts blend with some grassy/herbal notes coming from the malts; yeasty as well. the yeast occupied the midground with the more obvious hop notes, primarily a bitter twang. the front is the malts and the grassy side of the hops. no discernible bottom notes. the brew could smell stronger, but maybe thats because it is cold.

T - yeasty hops. I beginning to think this is not the most complex of all styles, and that sturdiness and consistency is going to be the virtue. initial taste is an almost even blend between malts and hops, the malts come out just a bit ahead; the malts make it seem as if the beer has had honey added, they are quite sweet in a very trenchant manner. the yeast is also noticeable during the initial tasting. the finish is almost a picture perfect replica of the initial taste save the one fact that the hops have gained a slight edge over the malts; the brew is slightly more bitter than it was in the initial. other than that the tastes remain the same. the aftertaste has the sweetness come back in a big way, the malts dominate the hop bitterness 3:1. this is a bit unappealing. there is also some lingering yeast flavour.

MF&D - what affects this beers drinkability is that it is simply to sweet to keep drinking. I would be happy with a Maßkrug of this guy, but I would stop drinking it after that. that would be enough. the body is medium-light, a bit more on the medium side. carbonation is light, but not lacking. I have a feeling this style is not supposed to be too extreme in any manner.

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erz316 from Indiana, Aug 08, 2009
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4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9 ounce bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Off-white head, big bubbly, moderate and sticky lacing. Cloudy, amber body with aroma of dark fruits. Raisiny, brown sugary in flavor. Delicious and interesting in style. Easy to drink and a great overall experience.

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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NightINgale from Russian Federation, Feb 16, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA

Poured into a pint glass a murky amber with a small white head that receded to almost nothing, leaving little to no lace. Bready aroma, with caramel malts, yeast, and some honey sweetness. Smooth malt taste, grassy, with flavors of toasted bread, caramel, honey-roasted peanuts, and a nice floral quality coming through midway, and maybe a touch of orange. Nice and smooth, medium body, and very drinkable.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, Jun 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

wattoclone from California, Sep 12, 2012
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2.32/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

VERY disappointing. It tasted stale and very homebrew-gone-bad. Smelled a bit yeasty and was cloudier than should be... Poor aftertaste - again this stale, blech finish. I should've known there was an issue when it was on sale at Kaufland for 8 euro for a case of 20 X .5 liter bottles. Don't waste your time as there are SOOO many other more interesting ales/keller biers.

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sim0n17 from Germany, Nov 08, 2011
Mönchshof Kellerbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 351 ratings