Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnW on 10-14-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
327
Reviews:
168
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
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15
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Ratings: 327 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a thick head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of malt and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and its unfiltered nature makes it very complex. There are slight hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. Although the beer is very malty, it isn’t that heavy due to the lighter-bodied nature.
O: I enjoyed this kellerbier because it is easy to drink but offers rich and complex flavors of malts in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After following the Mahr's Kellerbier, this one is hands-down better. A hazy golden hue shows colors of rust and straw. A foamy head reatains well and laced well later in the session. Aromas of heavy pilner malts show light signs of fruitiness and vegitables reminescent of more bohemian-type lagers. Flavors of clean, caramelized pilner malts shine with more sweetness and fruitiness than expected. Apples and pears make up the soft ester profile. A grassy, herbal hop flavor is also present at mid-palate and gain intensity into the finish. Quite bready and yeasty in flavor as well. Softly carbonated for a heavy, slightly oily feel. Otherwise clean and refreshing brew. I'd gladly take another.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

C+

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flip-top bottle opens with a "phup" and the lager pours a deep amber, with a dense rise of foam. Low level of tiny bubbles indicate carbonation. Swirling the yeast sediment and adding it to the glass gives it an opaque muddy tone.

Subdued aroma of malt and mineral water, basically inoffensive.
Taste is smooth malt, bready and slightly sweet, with a slightly bitter, dry finish. Hop is downplayed and only comes out as a herbal note after the swallow. Addition of yeast dregs seems to contribute a shade more to the mouthfeel and bitterness.

The mild carbonation and smooth malt flavor really boost the quaff factor. On a warm day, 3-4 of these would make the perfect session.

Price is a little prohibitive though, at $4 a bottle in my area. I'm guessing the ABV may be around 6%, due to the moderate buzz it provides.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head that quickly drops to a film but still manages to leave some lace

Smell: Bready malts with an underlying aroma of caramel wort

Taste: Starts out caramel wort dominating along with some bready/yeasty elements; after the swallow, the sweetness is overwhelming, though the yeasty bread remains underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While this is a good drinker, the underlying sweetness from the malts would put me off it after a while

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with amber highlights. It's two finger, tan head receded slowly to leave some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled malty and of sweet caramel. Mild grassy hop presence.

T - Very nice sweet bready caramel malts with a grassy bitterness that balances it all out.

M - It was very crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied lager.

D -This is a very nice Keller Bier. Glad this one showed up in town this week.

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Photo of mothman
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep bronze with a fluffy white head that takes its time settling,clean aromas a tough of pizza dough and herb, with an underlying German iron note.A big malt backbone doughy and light caramel sweetness with a soft herbal finish very clean and goes down easy.In a sea of ales I drank today this was the cleanest beer of the day quaffable man I wish I had more.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The head receeds slowly and leaves a thick lattice of lace.

S - Rich, bready malt character with some toasted malt notes. Earthy, noble hops linger in the background with some peppery notes and a hint of licorice.

T - Thick, grainy malt with biscuit and toasted grain notes. Some earthy hop flavor in the middle followed by more round, bready malt character with moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-thick body, moderately light carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very drinkable beer with thick malt character. It does not have the honey sweetness of a pilsner or the fruity, caramel thickness of a bock, but instead it has a doughy, biscuit flavor that coats the palate. The malt is a bit one dimensional, but it has a certain zen elegance and the beer seems to disappear rather quickly.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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 smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive, tight off-white head that leaves ring lace. Cloudy because it is unfiltered. Nice amber color.

Brown sugar sweetness in the aroma. A touch of chocolate.

Better balance in the taste--I note a touch of hop, but this is a malty beer. Surprisingly little yeast bite. I taste a little chocolate malt in the background. Excellent body for a lager...okay, it may be little too thick, but I like it that way. Proportionate carbonation.

This is a smooth beer that is very easy to drink. Full of flavor and without flaws.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this flip-top at State-Line Liquors in Elkton MD, enjoyed chilled in a glass mug.

The color is dark amber with light off white head with hazed appearance in general with tight bead and thick lace collecting. The smell is lots of bready malt with a gentle yeast ester and light hop accent with slight sweetness in the aroma. The feel has a sweetish full feel with moderately high carbonation and light bitterness with semi-sweet finish.

The taste is slightly toasted with lightly spiced flavor from both the hops and yeast with a subtle sweet bready malt balance and yeast creaminess in the taste. There is a mild mineral note with an earthiness of German pilsner malt with mild creamy yeast taste in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this, it is a good lager with nice maltiness but not exceptional -just a good take on the style butt not overly complex

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
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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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.83 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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