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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Ratings: 322 |  Reviews: 167
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%

Photo of Jeremybrown
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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 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 codynevels
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.82 out of 5 based on 322 ratings.
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