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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnW on 10-14-2005

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Photo of sim0n17
2.32/5  rDev -39.3%
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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Photo of janubio
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
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 stevoj
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Flavor is kind of nutty, some wood, burnt toast. Aroma is faint, seems kind of sour, musty. Color is dark amber with thin, oily head, lots of lacing. Not the best keller I’ve tried....

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded hazed amber hue with off white head fine coated lacing left between sips. Aroma is a bit flat not much going on, semi malt bready tones a bit of a nutty edge to it with the yeast sediment. Doesn't taste off just a bit dated stale non lively brew going on. A touch of caramel malt crispness to it, nutty yeast grassy finish. Pretty boring. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation is soft and smooth, nothing crazy here. Pretty forgettable stuff here, go find another fresh German lager to compare this with.

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Photo of kinger
2.94/5  rDev -23%
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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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

hazy dirty copper color, minimal and fleeting off white head and lacing. caramelly, honeyish bready, nutty malt aromas follow through on the taste, but this lacks enough hop bitterness to balance it out. finishes sweet. light to medium in body, smooth, slick mouthfeel from the too light carbonation. becomes cloying rather quickly, diminishing drinkability.

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Photo of MattRiggs
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-Sweet malt aroma, with just a bit of hay
-Poured a nice frothy head that dissipated somewhat quickly
-Hop bitterness is overwhelmed by the malty sweetness
-Enough of a German hop aroma to remind you of its origin.
-Flavorful: sweetess up front turns into s bit of fruit and then into toffee, bread, roasted nuts
-A wonderfully complex yet drinkable beer
-Proof that "Bayerisches Reinheitsgebot" allows for quite a bit of variety

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Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 1 litre stein at Bergkirchweih in Erlangen, Germany in June 2011. Reviewed from notes. Cost was obscenely high given festival pricing.

A: Pours a 2-3 finger slight tan colour head of nice but light cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. I can't see the colour due to the nontransparency of the stein. A poor serving vessel choice; I'd take points off presentation if that was a category.

Sm: Slight cream alongside weak barley.

T: Body is more hoppy than expected, with some limited underlying cream. Not a complex beer by any means. Badly handled amber hops plague the plateau before the climax. Little fills out the body; it's just plain malted barley.

Mf: Smooth, but with adequate coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours. Nicely wet. Matches the flavours somewhat.

Dr: Decent drinkability, but nothing to write home about. Priced very highly by German standards. Acceptable, but nothing special or unique. I might try it from the bottle at a low price.


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Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The elusive and rare Keller Bier, always a treat. I've only reviewed one other of this style and I really enjoyed it. This was served on draft at a local beer bar.

Beer is hazy and has a thin white head. The overall color is amberish and there is a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is steady and moderate.

The aroma is overall bready / yeasty in nature. There are some fruity flavors in the aroma but they are taking a backseat to this other almost grainy aroma, that's unfortunate.

This beer is thin and bland. Not what I expected at all. Seriously, this beer is practically water, there is a slight wheat flavor at the end but only if I hold the beer in my mouth for a long time. My palate is either zapped which it should be or this beer is bland. High drinkability, very quenching, overall not impressed.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours muddy light amber with a white thick head that slowly sinks into decent lacings.

S: Malty smell, bitter hops in the back. There's some honey and grass and even banana.

T: Rather mild taste for a Kellerbier, the malt and the hops are both kind of weak (for this style). Some honey.

M: Medium body and mild carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for a little while holding some bitterness.

O: For a beginners Kellerbier, this could be a nice introduction to the style, but it really doesn't stand out in any way.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
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 Douberd
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown bottle of 500 ml, bought in Germany. ABV is 5,4%. Poured into a lager glass.
Colour is light amber/deep copper orange, big white headof almost three fingers that unfortunately goes down rather fast and minimal activity in the glass.
Pleasant aroma, well balanced between maltiness and hoppiness.
Taste is sweet with the sweetness coming from the malts mainly, along with some sugars. Some caramel and metal on the aftertaste.
Very low carboantion, almost watery, thin body and very dry on the palate.
First one for the style for me, so I don't have anything to cmpare it with, but I think it was a good one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Mid-town Tulsa pick up

Pours a slightly hazed amber 4+ fingers of fluffy khaki colored head. Hazes more & becomes darker= caramel colored as the bottle is drained. Good head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty with hints of brown bread, most of this fades as it warms

T: Fruitty, much pear & apricot with crackery notes, herbal & leafy hops up front. Getting slightly smoked malt & toffee as this warms, starts to skew a bit butterscotch-like, yikes, plus more apricot, cardboard forms on the edges of the throat as well, some herbal hops tries to rescue this to no avail. Finishes fruitty, somewhat herbal hoppy & dryish, almost pulled a 3.0

MF: Medium bodied, smooth, pretty creamy

Drinks okay despite some big flaws. I love kellerbiers, but this one either had a rough crossing & or got the shit kicked outta of it here. Approach with caution! I will re-review if I can find confirmed fresh product, this could just be a bad bottle

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Photo of abrand
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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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Photo of rjplumer
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with a mild spicy malt aroma. Rich caramel taste with a thick feel. Mild carbonation. Medium sweet dark fruit taste. Has a sweet start but finishes clean with little negative aftertaste. . This is an alright brew but not too exciting.

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Photo of BeerShirts
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy Orange with a pinky think head

S- Grassy hops. Caramel, Metallic

T- malt comes through first with bread/caramel/ and spices. Finishes with a very light grassy hops that a little bit sweet

M- light-medium carbonation that goes down silky smooth

D- Nothing too grand, would not turn it down if offered one but not worth going out of your way for one. If you come on one do try though. This one just was not as much for me but not bad at all

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Photo of July2Nov
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Got that pale apple juice color to it, with minimal head that soon disappears, as quick as it was poured. the lace is non-existent on this one. Was expecting a bit more with the look.

Smell: As it was being poured, the smell was very strong. Now taking a whiff, I can get hints of sweetness (there's that apple juice creeping up again). Has a floral scent to it, much like a very mild perfume...interesting.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This is one of the weaker "German" biers that I've tasted in a long time. It's so light that it's virtually a step above water. Has a slight buttery biscuit flavor, then ends with a bit of an alcohol taste. Not much diversity in this one....pretty much a one-note beer. Leaves the mouth with a bit of a "spongy" feel and lingers ever so slightly.

Drinkability: When i think of "German" biers, I usually picture something with a bit more kick to it. This is by no means a bad beer, it's just not the style i go for. This would be great for summer picnics or barbecues with the in-laws, where your more interested in hydration and food, than sitting down and studying a beer and doing some research on it. Not a favorite, but definitely not a drain-pour either.

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Photo of Adamthome1
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

This is an unfiltered Lager, I am used to unfiltered wheat beers. It has the same mouthfeel but is much less hoppy.

In fact almost a lack of Hop. Lowe carbonation....Very easy drinking, one that you could have more than one at a time.

It's not bad, would have liked a little more flavor, very malty beer.

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Photo of drmeto
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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 stcules
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light brown color. Cream color head, good amount, compact.
Maltiness, some caramel (light), hop not in evidence.
Anyway, a delicate and pleasant smell.
At the taste dark malts, and light caramel. Lightly powdery.
In the aftertaste, after the notes of malt and caramel, some herbal hop.

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Photo of imscotty
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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 TexIndy
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml swing top bottle into a pint glass. Bottling code which appears to be Julian and if so would be 5/24/12 so guessing that's bottled date as this just entered the TX market. It was a very cloudy honey color with slight carb streams. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into a very thin collar. Minimal lacing with none sticking.

My first keller bier so nothing to compare to as to style. The aroma was caramel malt, light fruit and bready malts. Good lager aroma to it. Smells sweet. The taste follows the aroma with a bready and caramel backbone and fruit and yeast highlights to add some character to it. It is pretty sweet but, for me, stops short of being too sweet. Light and bit watery mouthfeel. Could use some more carbonation as well.

Overall, an easy drinking lager that hits the spot if you are looking for something smooth with moderate flavor (i.e. not wanting a hop bomb). Recommend if you can get it especially since this is one of the rarer styles and hard to find (I know - been trying for several yrs). New to TX market. Rotation - would like to try on-tap at least once. Not sure if I'd buy again in bottle unless the mood struck me.

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Photo of vrazionale
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. .9 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a very cloudy dark brown body with spotty, laced head.

S - The first whiff smelled a bit funky - dank-basement funky, in a surprising but pleasing way. As the brew opens up a bit, the nose develops into lots of roasted malt flavors, well accented by roasted nut aromas and bready, biscuity yeast. There remains a bit of basement funk, but it works well for the nose.

T - Starts off big with a sturdy malt and hop profile, but the flavors quickly disintegrate. There is a slightly bitter finish, but without much of a malt structure, the bitterness falls flat for me.

M - The watery, weakly bitter finish doesn't lend this brew the best mouthfeel, but the good carbonation level extends this brew's mouth-life a bit.

D - One of those brews where the smell is decidedly more interesting than the taste. The complexity of the nose is undermined by the lack of integration of the hops and malt, in my opinion.

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Photo of beerthirtysa
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich, medium-brown color, with taupe color, long-lasting head.
S: Malty, but not sweet.
T: Medium body, plenty of hops, crisp start and mildly hoppy finish.
M: Robust, medium-high carbonation.

Very true to type, this medium-bodied kellerbier is a nice way to enjoy a fall or winter evening.

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Photo of mareth01
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured nicely leaving a large dirty white head, the color was a very cloudy light brown, which is a little different since am use to seeing kellers a little more golden. As you drink it leaves a nice lacing throughout.

The smell was like a loaf of fresh baked bread

The taste was like it smelled, pretty toasty with a hint of hops at the end. It was medium body with a nice smooth finish.

This is a very drinkable brew that is refreshing, it is a decent keller if you are looking to try one.

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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