Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -3.7%
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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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 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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 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 Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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 smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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 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 jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Monchshof pint glass from a 1 pt. .9 oz flip-top bottle.

Pours cloudy light brown with a towering off-white head that descends to a lasting thin head that leaves traces of lacing down the glass.

The smell is of caramel, honey and slightly roasted grains.

The taste is of sweet caramel and honey with grassy notes. Toasted grains come through as it warms. Some floral hops take an edge off of the honey-like sweetness, though the sweetness stays well ahead of the bitterness. Woody, cedary hints come through in the finish.

Fuller side of light bodied. Smooth and refreshing.

An easy drinking beer with a nice complexity for a lighter-bodied beer. On the sweet side, but it does not become cloying. Recommended for a beer with a nice taste and a lighter body.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kulmbacher Monschof Naturtrubes Kellerbier. I recall buying some Monschof beers domestically, but this one was imported "by hand" directly from Deutschland. Nothing but Deutsch on this label, so will pass on repeating it to you. ("Unfilterierter Biergenuss!") Oddly, the label info is in several languages. Did you know this is bier, beer, bier, birra special, cerveza, as well as miiypa? I could go on, but will not, so let us enjoy this product of Bavaria.

Clouded, opaque, dark amber, nearly brown, with off-white head, leaving lace.

Malt and yeast-forward aromatics, some cereal grain, some sweetness.

Taste: again, yeast and dark malts are in large supply. Lightly fruity, just a little bit juicy. I'm immediately reminded why I like kellerbiers, that yeast really brings a lot of flavor.

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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 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 tempest
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. The malt was smoother than other kellerbiers or pilsners, more like a Vienna lager with a light caramel, bready barley character. I don't get any of the yeasty or earthy notes of most kellerbiers, but I do like the subtle spicy floral hop character that sink in to the finish. Aside from the hops, this beer doesn't resemble the style much, but it's a fine lager worth trying.

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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 John_M
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their German beer festival.

The beer pours a hazy golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is attractive in this beer, consisting of sweet malt and pepper. The beer has no more then moderate sweetness on the palate, and it finishes somewhat light and dry on the palate. Mouthfeel is light and actually a bit watery, although there is still what I would call plenty of flavor in this beer. Alcohol is no more then an afterthought in this beer, and so drinkability is exceptional. Very nice stuff here.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL swing-top bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a full frothy white head, great retention, minor lace.

S: Great full malty German nose with a dose of minerals thrown in there for good measure.

T: Sweet Vienna style malt with clear mineral notes that are the hallmark of this style. Good complexity, light noble hopping on the back end leaving some bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth and easy to drink. Crisp.

O: Another classic keller. I don't know why more breweries don't do this style, their sure fun to drink.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My brown flip-top 0.5 litre bottle stated 5.4% alc and a best before date of 23 May 2009.

Poured into a UK pint sleeve glass, it could have been a British bitter (only slightly cloudy). A good amber/light brown body of misty beer sat below an inch of biege foam, the inch soon fell away to less than half an inch though.

The aroma was of hops mostly, but with a sweetnes not normally present in a hoppy smelling beer. Maybe the malts added more to the smell than I realised? Could still have been a Brit bitter at this stage.

The taste was tart and crisp, it ain't Brit, it ain't a bitter either. Lager carbonisation levels, almost fizzy, well actually it was fizzy. Perhaps it was a bit young and needed more time in the bottle, it was fine, just a little too lively for me.

I've already mentioned the over carbonisation, the alcohol is there for all to feel and it gets into your bloodstream quicker in fizzy drinks (as we all know). So I knew I'd had a drink half way through drinking it!

I thought this a very pleasant beer, not great, but above average for the style and price I paid (in Germany, while on a beer run).

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 18-10-06.

A: Copper-gold; White head, very little retention, some lace.

S: Fresh hop aroma is grassy, with a slightly clean-soapyness. A little malty caramel & bread.

T: Slightly sweet toffee and caramel flavour (quite malty). Well rounded hop profile (floral, earthy and grassy flavours) is nicely balanced with the malt flavour.

M: Moderate body is a little syrupy for its weight; Moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good, but fairly malty (heavy and sweet). Easily approached, but might be a little much for a session.

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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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