Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
167 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnW on 10-14-2005

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 308
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

 431 characters

Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a liter mug, this is a very hazy brown beer with a modest, frothy head. The aroma offers a nice amount of malt, bready with a light toast. Flavor is pretty similar to a light-bodied Oktoberfest, with more toastiness than the nose, giving a hint of bread crust. Bitterness is moderate so there's little sweetness, but there's not any flavoring hops that I can pick up. The body is somewhat thin and watery--I'm not a fan of these swing-tops for beers that are not consumed right away.

An alright Zwickel, but not good enough for me to go seeking out again.

 569 characters

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.

 1,180 characters

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

A: Deep red, brownish. Darker than I thought it was going to be, and also not as cloudy. Nice rich creamy head. Inviting.
S: Noble hops, flowery, a bit spicy. Bread and caramel malts in the background. Maybe a bit cidery as well, but not out of place for a lager.
T: The taste is fairly different than the aroma, much more malt character. Rich toffee and honeyed bread. Then the hops come back, the flower and spice notes are in the background, with some lingering bitterness. This is almost like a sessionable bock, but a bit more interesting.
M: Light, not very carbonated, seems appropriate.
O: This is not a beer that will blow you away, but a very solid choice for a lager, tasty and just interesting enough. I would recommend it.

 735 characters

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.

 686 characters

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.

 734 characters

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.

 1,034 characters

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.


 1,012 characters

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.

 797 characters

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.

 445 characters

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.

 593 characters

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.

 538 characters

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.

 767 characters

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.

 253 characters

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

 326 characters

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.

 1,732 characters

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!

 264 characters

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.

 421 characters

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....

 186 characters

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.

 373 characters

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.

 538 characters

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.

 516 characters

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.

 458 characters

Photo of bylerteck
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at House of Beer in Krakow. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy light amber colour. No visible carbonation. One finger white head. OK retention with a ring around the top and no lacing.

S - Floral, grassy hops. Some lemon too with a crackery malt.

T - Floral, and grassy again with that lemon and cracker. More hops which even out that crackery/biscuity malt. Quit floral.

M - Medium carbonation and a light to medium body. Nice little bitterness in the finish.

O/D - I could definately session this. Nice and drinkable and very soft, subtle, and tasty.

 559 characters

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an off-white head. No lacing, but a skim of head throughout the pint.

Toasted malt, bread crust, some earthy notes.

Bread crust is the key word here. Earthy and over-browned bread, with some notes that might be grassy or sweet, and others that feel like earth or cocoa. Long over-toasted bread bitter finish. Very drinkable.

Medium body, Nice body and ok carbonation.

I liked this alot. Nice and different complexities. You can taste the minerals in the water in this one. Just a great change in style and great balance in flavors. Go for it.

 563 characters

Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.82 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!