Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnW on 10-14-2005

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Realale
4.89/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep slightly hazy full gold. Beige head dissipates to a thin cap that leaves lovely lace.

Rich, pure lovely malty goodness on the nose. There is a warmth to the malt that I've rarely encountered. Absolutely captivating.

Medium full in the mouth. Again, intense, pure malt flavors dominate. There's some mineral supporting, and some bitterness keeping it in check, but this is all about the malt. Such a gorgeous balancing act.

Very low carbonation gives a velvety impression as the malt seeps into every corner of your mouth. I could drink this beer forever.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"monschof kellerbrau!!!"
"monschof kellerbrau!!!"
"monschof kellerbrau!!!"

after my foul german caricature accent is tired, i drink the beer.

rich orange rind color, cloudy, rising carbonation with brownish highlights and yellow thinning. perfect creamy head and a rich, grainy nose. smells like baking bread and burnt pizza crust. something underlying evokes pumpkin pie.

this beer has some serious body, and backs that up with a rich, complex flavor. malty sweetness is front-and-center, gentle additions of fresh, low-alpha hops remind the drinker that this is alive with botanical goodness. candied nuts and delicate, richly flaked pastry accent the palate here. really a top notch beer and an excellent recommendation by unionmade.

drinkable? hell yes. creamy and tasty, low alcohol percentage and boatloads of appeal. my only caution is to buy this NOW (check my review date) as its been in the US for a month already and isn't getting any BETTER. walk.. no, RUN to your local good beer store and indulge in a ZUPER KELLER!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one gave off a beautiful white head and the bier was a thick, cloudy dark orange.

Smell – The grain and malts here at the nose work together so well that it's hard to distinguish the two components. There's a light, aromatic sweetness to the nose that gives this KB a wonderful bouquet.

Taste – To me this is the perfect lager. The malty grain flavor is exactly what I think of when I think of German lager. There is a hint of mature sweetness here. It's not sweet like candy or fruit but like the sweetness that you can taste from a carrot or ear of corn only after having abstained from artificial sugars for a week. I can't see any way that you could make this taste better.

Mouthfeel – This is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had from a bottle. It's a bit bigger than light-bodied but not yet medium. It leaves a wonderful aftertaste and is a pleasure to slide around in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is German Keller Bier at its best. You won't find a better sample stateside.

PS: I grilled up some big, fat Italian sausages and some Hungarian, Anaheim, and Thai red peppers with white onions and tossed it all in between a couple split brotchen and used this KB to wash it down. Man that was tasty.

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4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the flip-top bottle (saved for my collection). Kellers are new to me; and I now wonder why I hadn't tried the style before. I love the Mönchshof Schwarzbier, so I thought I'd try this one. Wow. Slightly hazy amber color, with a nice fluffy head in the glass. Mostly malt in the nose, then the taste. Phenomenally rich malt, with a very nice and very subtle (slightly fruity?) hops flavor that really rounds out the flavor. I'm glad the bottle was larger than 12 ounces. I was very happy to "top off" my glass about half-way through. Unfortunately a bit pricey, but well worth trying.

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4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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.

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.

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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4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fucking amazing beer, taste is very malt, yeast. Smell is great.

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4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh(ish) 500ml swingtop. Pours hazy dark gold with a fluffy white head that eventually disappears to leave nice lacing. Smells strongly of wet hay and grain. Sweet malt primarily with some grassiness. Big, very grainy, almost bready taste. Plenty of aromatic hop character without all of the bitterness. Surprisingly strong yeast notes for a lager. Rich and characterful. Full body and carbonation that suits it brilliantly. The kind of thing one could drink all day.

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4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tea brown liquid with soapy, irregular white on top. Nuts and moist brown bread aromas are illuminated with shadings of iron, lemon and herb. Full flavors with astonishing agility and pace render impressions of chestnuts, granitic minerals and floral, herbal hazelnut meal. Bracing, bitter/tart grip on the finish makes it super dry and refreshing. A great beer for a deli sandwich.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown, lightly hazy, topped with a fat white head. Great retention and lacing, layers of sheeting lace down my half liter willibecker tumbler. The head thins a bit, but sticks around for the duration. Spicy, floral hop aroma. Very clean. Minerally. A bit of lemongrass and apple skin. Pils malt. Smells quite fresh. Toasty pils malt in the front of the sip, a bit of moderately kilned grain in there. Very clean, with a soup cracker breadiness. A very hard water quality, nearly flinty, with persistent mineral character. Kinda like real mountain spring water, and it gives the beer a very precise, straight-to-the-point character, exactly what you'd expect of the finest german beer. A touch of honey, nuttiness and faint grassy esters. Restrained malty sweetness into the finish, met with an assertive german hop bitterness. Floral and brisk, somewhat metallic in that particular noble hop way, cutting off clean with very little aftertaste. Sturdy, bustling carbonation with a fairly light body bordering on medium. Somehow, this beer reminds me of one of those severe, stern german schoolteachers with a very tight bun and horn-rimmed eyeglasses. Somehow uncompromising and unwilling to suffer a weak palate, this is quality stuff for the more serious german beer fan. A bit more complex than usual, and cleaner than most. It just screams Germany and gives you a disapproving glare. I'll have to get this again. A knockout.

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4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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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4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing lager. Although the look of it is a little deceiving, the flavor is great. Poured in the glass, it’s a nice amber color without much head. The aroma picks up with fresh clean malt notes. The taste really hits hard, great malt profile, tending to a little toastiness, that fills the mouth with pleasure. The hops are well balanced with the malt and there is a bit of sweetness that completes the overall flavor. These flavors linger and are followed but a hop tang that highlights the thirst quenching drinkability of this beer. I would consider this one of the best, if not the best, lager I’ve ever had. A really great beer.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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