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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

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Added by JohnW on 10-14-2005

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Photo of kornkid8600
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is hazy coppery-orange - more orangey when backlit. Small whitish head with good staying power settles on top. Good splotchy lace.

S: First impression: yeasty. I would've guessed there was some wheat malt in there, but for the German purity law advertised on the bottle. Floral hops, mild biscuity malt.

T: Sweet malt foundation, followed by orangey (orange peel) citrusy hops. Hops are modest, however, not overwhelming like an American beer. Finishes with a smooth feel and lingering sweetness - slightly cut by a minerally/metallic hop bitterness. Florally hops noted (as in the nose). Easy drinking.

M: Very smooth. Carbonation is modest, allowing this beer to go down easy.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; cloudy amber with a nice creamy white head. Big strips of off white lacing left behind, even a bit chunky.

smell; very pleasant malts, some vanilla bean comes to mind or maybee sugar/honey coated oats in vanilla milk. Some grassy hops blend subtle with the slightest hint of alcohol, blunt yet gentle. Smells just like a Zwickelbier and yeast is present start to finish, one of the finest smelling to date in my experience.

taste; dry grains and warming yeast, almost like a stale München malt. Not much sweetness comes about as a biter aftertaste takes dominance in the aftertaste. What malts are still present blend nicely with some yeasty blandness. All in all, reminds of a whole grain bread with a bitter bite.

mouthfeel; lower end of medium bodied, creamy and velvety, so smooth and slick, oh so refreshing with a semi-dry finish.

overall; this is a nice one, would definitely buy again. Try with a bit of celery salt sprinkled Limburger and the yeast in this beer takes on a lactic, ice cream-like aftertaste.

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Photo of pchalk
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of SalMineo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 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 Keegan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kurgan3
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark copper to amber color with a frothy off white head around two inches thick.

Aroma: Bready, toffee, large malty sweetness that's near caramlized sugar. Light notes of dried dark fruits.

Taste: Bready and sweet maltiness in the front with toffee notes. Dried dark fruits some raisins and figs. The mouthfeel is rather smooth with a light stickiness.

Notes: An interesting beer inside and out a nice lager all the way. Cheers.

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Photo of Sailracer
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Baldpacker
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of FloppyDog
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at an Ulrich's in Berlin.

Pours a hue between straw and caramel, with a tight 1.5 inch of head. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma is of faint malt and becomes more pronounced as it warms where the funk / wet dog characteristic begins to come through as well. You can tell there is some open fermentation employed in this one.

Taste is dominated by a dry maltiness and a balancing bit of hop bitterness and funk to round it out.

Mouthfeel is dry and prickly, which adds a refreshing quality to the finish.

Overall, a nicely complex beer with lots of little nuances that develop as it warms.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dirty brown color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. below average lacing.

S: An extremely malty aroma - seemed like it was that and nothing else.

T: Like the aroma, the taste was dominated by malt, but did have a slight hoppiness in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but terribly one-dimensional.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't necessarily a bad beer, but is definitely a forgettable one.

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Photo of plfahey
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Burnished copper hue with moderate cast of haze. Moderate cream colored head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Light grainy sweetness with slight estery profile with light notes of pears and cherries. Yeasty sourdough aroma as well with faint background notes of breadcrusts.

Flavor-Bready/grainy sweet with light orchard fruit and yeasty/earthy undertones. Finishes with a toasty bread crust flavor and earthy herbal hop notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderate carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy for a lager. Still, refreshing.

Awesome kellerbier-full of flavor and character, while retaining the refreshing smooth characteristics you'd expect from a lager. Charming and delicious.

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Photo of dcurrin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 treque
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: it has a rare color, i would say its a brownish gold, semi hazy, not too many carb, but the head is richy with good retention and off white in color, unfiltered.

S: bread, some roast, malt and noble hops

T: perfect body not so light not so heavy, good taste to malt, and a little burn bread, nice bitterness for the style

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Photo of ludachris
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of contec
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Had his here in Germany, poured into a glass. The color is a hazy amber with a white head building about one and a half finger high.
Very complex aroma, lot of sweet notes like caramel , but also hops.
Taste confirms the richness of this beer. A great Keller beer!

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Photo of YoItsBeerTym
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 328 ratings
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