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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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours slight hazy golden colour with a tight white head that dies slowly.

S - Biug aromas of green fruit and banana and malt. a little cinnamon and clove also present.

T - Plenty of green fruit present, and the cinnamon is more present. Quite a bitter finish.

M - Low carboantion and medium body.

O - Very nice beer and would make a great session beer on a hot day

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Photo of amccormi
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice yellow gold that has red highlights when held to the light. The head recedes quickly but leaves sticky lacing on the sides.

It is still pretty cool, but I can pick up some bready malt and a bit of honey sweetness in the aroma.

The Flavor is rich in malt. Very bready with a little bit of grain and sweet honey. It finishes with just the right amount of hop bitterness. It has that distinctive "lager" taste which I attribute to the yeast, but have a hard time explaining. It is very refreshing and tasty.

The mouthfeel is smooth and light. I like this beer very much. It has a little more flavor than a pure quencher like stoudts Gold.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dull amber. Nice chunky head with spiderweb lacings to the finish. Slightly cloudy.

Big malt aroma, loads of honey with some grassy undertones.

Malt straight away. Caramel gives way to honey gives way to some pretty subdued grassy hops. Acheives a balance in the finish.

Lightly carbonated, could have used a tad more.

Not the best Keller I've had, but as far as bottled versions go it's okay.

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Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz swing top bottle into a tall mug. The label has no other info.

Appearance: It has deep amber to copper colored body with a heavy haze and visible carbonation. A two finger, creamy light beige head sits on top and hangs on well. On the way down the glass it makes lots of cool sticky lace patterns.

Smell: The nose has notes of bready malt and bready yeast with leafy hop notes and a light mineral edge.

Taste/Palate: There is a clean lager character running up the middle of the tongue with mellow bready malt and yeast notes coming in from the sides. A flash of leafy/herbal hop flavor and bitterness finishes it off with just the slightest hint of something mineral like. On the palate it has a solid medium feel with smooth mellow carbonation.

Notes: Overall this is a very enjoyable beer.

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

.5L bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A: Took a little work to get up a half inch of egg-shell white, fine creamy head that settles quickly. A slightly hazy body the color of apple juice, this looks just about right.

S: Smell was almost overwhelming upon opening--bananas, pear, and malt. Very dominant and quite pleasant--just enough breadiness reminds me of baking pie, complete with cinnamon and clove. Lovely smell. No hops.

T: Not as sweet as the nose, but still similar in taste. A tad tart, very much in line with the apple pie description. A bit oxidized as per style, and with some bittering at the end. I wish a bit more of the spicy nose came through on the palate, but eh...still quite good for the style.

M: Good body and low carbonation, as befits the style. Very cider-like, really.

D: High. Moderate alcohol, great flavor, excellent nose, all delivered without any irritating carbonation. I could drink this all day, an excellent example of kellerbier.

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

A- , dark copper body with a two finger white head. Retention is good, maintaining gobs through the experience.

S- Yeasty banana, peppery and above all bready as hell.

T- The bread crust malt is nearly overwhelmed by the hops presence (almost the exact same hops profile as Kulmbacher Bock). It's peppery and was a surprise, considering Keller is usually a cross between Hefeweizen and Helles. Banana phenols sneak in somewhere in the middle, but are only faint with such an overwhelming hop profile.

M- Medium carbonation, much like the Bock from Kulmbacher. Not nearly as substantial though, but not atypical of the Keller style.

D- The drinkability is pretty good. Despite the slightly unbalanced character of the hops, I can imagine enjoying this with a spicy meal, using the hops bitterness to my advantage to cut through a stronger flavor.

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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 Adamthome1
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

This is an unfiltered Lager, I am used to unfiltered wheat beers. It has the same mouthfeel but is much less hoppy.

In fact almost a lack of Hop. Lowe carbonation....Very easy drinking, one that you could have more than one at a time.

It's not bad, would have liked a little more flavor, very malty beer.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L, Germany, best by 6/11.

Pours a hazy light amber, with an epic, craggy head. Creamy, clingy, and just beautiful. Chunky lacing.

Aroma is yeasty and bready, with a bit of citrus zing.

Flavor is unexpectedly bitter, as I was anticipating more of a sweet brew. I like this surprise though, as it helps to dry the beer out, making for a more refreshing quaff. Not a ton of malt flavor: hay, grains, biscuits. Yeasty. There is a nice earthy complexity to this brew, kind of a citrus rindy, woody thing. Good hop flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, the lack of filtration definitely helping here.

Well-made brew. I don't have a ton of experience with Kellerbier, but I enjoyed this.

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

Served in a Stange glass (a tall slender glass). Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The number on the bottle is 1925192

Appearance: As served the beer is a hazy russet color (like unfiltered apple cider) with a ¼" white head that recedes slowly leaving a ring and an island patch of foam. Sipping leaves foam and leggy lacing, most of which slides back down into the beer, but some clings to the sides of the glass. The small ring and some scattered lacing continue to the end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, a bit bready, and has a touch of light caramel or brown sugar.

Taste: The flavors include lightly sweet caramel and bready malt without much trace of hops at first. However, eventually there is some light grassy and herbal bitterness. Throughout the entire beer some malt sweetness is ever present but it never cloys.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy and smooth with the soft, prickly, persistent carbonation. The finish has no bitterness at all until the very end. It begins with the sweetness and malt flavors disappearing into some dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a beer I've enjoyed sipping and I'd be quite happy to have this one again. While I'd not give it top marks overall it has a nice drinkability and I'd not hesitate to have another.

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Photo of rarbring
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clouded orange brownish beer with an off-white head that leaves some lacing.

A malty earthy smell, nettles and grass.

The taste is sweet, slightly spicy, and a good hoppy bitterness.

Low carbonation, soft and refreshing, small bubbles and a dry finish.

Rather elegant and intriguing but easy to drink, sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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

a solid keller without much of a broadness in flavor. or i would say just lean. qualities are there... mild funk of something tight on the palate... apple nose, pilsner brisk and floral pollen sweetness. palate is just that exactly. better a bit warmer. recently has become one of my favorite styles. this one is good to develop a rubric understanding. its a tad dark orange cloudy. but at best a tangy pilsner to the oblivious. not as wheat based bright as i've had. not at tangy.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From my mom's trip to Germany.

Nice, interesting half-liter bottle Poured into oversized snifter.

A- Hazy copper with highlights ranging from caramel to orange. Off-white head. Thined out pretty quickly but stayed 'til the very end. Always good. Reminds me a bit of some Belgian Strongs.

S- Received this one a little while ago but it smells very fresh. Seems to me like a classic Kellerbier/euro lager smell. I'm getting a bit of rubber - (could it have just been skunked by the ray of afternoon sun coming through my window?) Alcohol comes on strong for the ABV once it's at room temp. Citrus.

T- Tastes like a very good mass produced euro lager but has that little kellerbier touch. Not as much caramel as expected, a bit more of a grainy, slightly sour malt. Noble hop bitterness. Maybe a bit of a berry taste (very subtle).

M- Crisp but foamy. Very dry. Low carbonation rounds out nicely.

D- Quite good. Easy to drink but not interesting enough for me to want tons.

Very happy to explore this style more. A very good beer, but I would not make an effort to score some more. thanks mum.

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Photo of BeerShirts
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy Orange with a pinky think head

S- Grassy hops. Caramel, Metallic

T- malt comes through first with bread/caramel/ and spices. Finishes with a very light grassy hops that a little bit sweet

M- light-medium carbonation that goes down silky smooth

D- Nothing too grand, would not turn it down if offered one but not worth going out of your way for one. If you come on one do try though. This one just was not as much for me but not bad at all

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9 ounce bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Off-white head, big bubbly, moderate and sticky lacing. Cloudy, amber body with aroma of dark fruits. Raisiny, brown sugary in flavor. Delicious and interesting in style. Easy to drink and a great overall experience.

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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 selecter70
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorites! A lager-esque-Pils like highly drinkable beer that stays in the traditional German manner. Nothing too fancy or complex, just a grand beer for beer's sake. A hazy bright copper yellow pour with white fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving little lace behind. A nice fresh bread, mild caramel malt aroma with fresh-cut hay, and a minute amount of hops. Clean, fresh and brisk with a light body, and a basic flavor of simple malt balanced by bitter, this is a fantastic beer that you want more of. Nothing special or complex, just done right.

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Photo of brownbeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice array of big bubbles float about in the bronzy liquid sporting a tightly compacted white head.

Aromas of soft caramelized grains, hazelnut, maybe a hint of nectarine. The nose does have some subtle, yeasty fruit esters.

The flavor is malty without being to sweet. Maple and caramel notes blend well with off and on nutty flavors, and a round yeastiness. A faint herbal hop presence is found in the quick, clean finish. Mellow beer overall, not packin' huge flavors, but has a certain finesse that makes me want to drink more.

The mouthfeel really shines for me. It's soft and smooth, delicate and chuggable. Great lager. Fill up the bucket and pass it over here.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lord Hobo.

Mönchshof Kellerbräu poured a cloudy copper, and was topped by a nice, white head that faded to a film, leaving patchy lace. The aroma was moderately malty with a light bit of hops. The malts were toasty, bready, and had a hint of caramel, while the hops were grassy with a light, bright, citric note

Toasty malts upfront let through a mild bready sweetness. The breadiness comes to the fore in the center, and meets the mild grassy and citric flavors from the hops. The hop bitterness appears in the finish and lingers, but isn't strong. Its presence is enough to cut the malts, and give a nice finish. This Keller Bier is crisp, and light with a seltzer like carbonation in finish and mild dryness.

I thought that this beer was very nice. It was crisp and light, but balanced.

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Photo of abrand
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

swing top bomber poured into the german style mug. This is from batch 1819111. New style for me.

The kellerbau pours a light amber/copper color. Not much lacing lines the glass but the head is white and pillowy. Some noticeable sediment from the unfiltered german lager. Smell is musky with some hints of bready doughs and yeast. Taste is slightly watery with a sweet finish. Quaff is made up of caremel and toffee with little grainy tastes. Mouthfeel is thin bodied and watery. Drinkability is mediocre. This is really lacking in the taste and aromas categories. Will skip on this in the future.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to see a beer of this relatively obscure style at my local health store...

A - It pours (out of a nice bottle with a stopper and metal hinge-mechanism, like a Grolsch) like iced tea, with a thin head, and some spotty lacing.

S - The smell is of honey sweetness and a bready malt with a slight grassy hop.

T - The taste profile is of sweet honey, pumpernickel malt, grassy and hay-like hop, with slight sour finish. Not estery. Very tasty in a mellow brown sense.

M - The beer is thin and flat, not a great texture.

D - I found it to be exceptional paired with spicy food.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first experience with a Keller Bier and this comes from a 5 liter mini keg.

A: Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a generous one finger head. Very nice looking. Lots of lacing.
S: Lots of bready, yeasty scents. Some slight fruits as well, but not very pronounced. Little to no alcohol smell.
T: It's semi-sweet and little to no bitterness at all. Very bready. It overpowers any fruits that came through in the aroma. Nothing spectacular, but very straigtforward as a lager.
M: Mild cabonation and very smooth. Ends pretty cleanly with little to no aftertaste. Unremarkable.
D: You could drink this all night and not tire of it. Is it session worthy? Absolutely. However, it's nothing thats going to impress the hell out of you. Just a solid, easy drinking, rare brew.

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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 soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper in color with an impressively long-lasting head. Buttery and somehow wholesome to smell, full of fresh bread and honey, plus some floral hop tones and a bit of cracked grain. Deliciously honeyed flavor, full, sweet, bready and spicy. Toffee waltzes with bitter lemon rind to a score of popcorn, caramel, and herbs. Soft yet crisp, malty yet dry, simple yet elegant.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy dirty orange amber with a very nice dense creamy off-white head. some slow rising bubbles of all sizes are visible through the brew. foam has an attractive surface of little pock marks in the leathery skin. excellent retention and waves and rings of lace as well.

S- malty and funky, with some strawberry type fruit aromas and brown sugar and caramel sweetness and some floral hops, much like a good oktoberfest. cedar and tobacco, sandalwood, white pepper, banana, some basement type aromas, hay, and oatmeal raisin cookies. i could use a little more funk, but this one smells pretty good.

T- mild flavor, a little cardboard, perhaps the bottle is out of date. some tart yeast esters, mild funk and cobweb, old wood, with a nice herbal hop edge. some sweet caramel as well as some stale cracker. flavor profile improves as it warms, seemingly becoming deeper and more complex. good lemony-floral noble hop flavor in the finish, tastes much like an oktoberfest with the hop bite of a czech pils, although bitterness and sweetness are in a great balance.

MF- tight prickly carbonation, just under medium bodied and a little chalky and dry, but still with an unfiltered softness. some astringency from the hops.

D- not on par with the other kellerbier i've had, still a decent brew, just kinda uninteresting. i expect a more nuanced flavor from something barrel aged. mild and easy drinking, i could do this all day not knowing it was what it is aside from some peaks in the aroma.

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