Mönchshof Weihnachts Bier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof Weihnachts BierMönchshof Weihnachts Bier

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by paterlodie on 11-04-2006

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kulmbacher Brauerei AG "Mönschof Weihnachts Bier"
,5L brown glass swing-top bottle

Notes: Clear deep golden body beneath a full head of frothy white. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy malt and grassy hops. The flavor follows. It's fairly matly, and lightly sweetish, but backed by a solid bitterness that balances it and brings it to a dry conclusion assisted by some spicy hops. Medium bodied with a fine-bubbled moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of windowside
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of clarknova
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

-pours a clear golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-cinnamon,spicy,orange zest,honey,grainy,lemon
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
o.k. Winter Festbier

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Photo of Tomais
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber; big head, frothy lacing.
Too carbonated in spite of an aggressive pour (stein glass). Very drinkable due to the clean and well balanced malts and bitterness; bitter in the finish; bit of a bready after-taste. No complexity but satisfying.
[8 months before sell-by date]

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber into the glass with a generous head. Malty taste. Interesting example of a Christmas beer, drunk late in the spring, before it's "best by" date.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of samEBC
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of rredshift
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pastramionrye7
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rale
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium golden with thin head. Aroma is malt and hay, taste is sharp and hoppy with nice malt underneath. Palate is right, with some tingling in the mouth at finish. This is the sort of spiciness I expect from a Christmas seasonal.

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Photo of jonb5
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle. A bit darker in colour than other Märzen beers I've sampled. More foam as well, clear. Smelled grassy, with strong hints of hay and straw. Fairly sweet taste with some red cabbage. Normal mouthfull. An ok example of a Märzen but I've had better.

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Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jeremybrown
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of atis
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark yellow with one finger dense head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is soft light malt with hints of grassy hops.

Taste is grainy and bit sweetish malt, balanced by grassy hops and long lingering mild hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth medium/full with moderate carbonation.

Overall, not your typical Christmas brew, as I bought it in the end of October, but enjoyable nevertheless.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Crystal-clear, brassy yellow with a decent, frothy and clumpy head. Retention and lacing are average.

Aroma is lager-like and lightly grassy.

Sweet, grainy and doughy, with a decent hop tang. Earthy, grassy finish. Very clean. Smooth lager character makes for some easy drinking, and that's really the best feature this beer's got going for it. Mouthfeel has spritzy carbonation and a medium-light weight.

It's basically just an Oktoberfestbier. Good, but nothing special.

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Photo of stcules
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep yellow color, almost bronze. Almost white foam, compact, beautiful, two fingers.
In the smell it is quite sweetish, malty, but not cloying. A bit of grassy hop in the back.
Quite full taste, a good maltiness, but here again, well balanced by the hop. Full, as a christmas beer sholud be.
Average body, quite short aftertaste, but again with a bit of balancing hop.
It could be drank.

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Photo of beerdrifter
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden yellow pour with a beautiful white fluffy head and great lacing. Lots of grass and malt in the nose similar to many Helles I've had. The taste is also reminiscent of a Helles. Not what one typically thinks of as a Christmas beer. Very faint hop bite, and a tinge of sourness, but also the sweetness of most German fest beers. Never been a fan of fest beers so didn't really care for this. Had a little more complexity than the fest beers which made it slightly more tolerable.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im not really sure why this is labeled as an Oktoberfest bier as the back of the bottle states that it is "exclusiv fur die Weihnachtszeit gebraut"..which means "brewed exclusively for Christmas time"
With a loud top from the bugelverschlussflache(flip-top) immediatley catch a whiff of maltiness.
Poured aggressively into my glass yields a light golden orange-brown bier, really nice foamy head, lightly rocky, active carbonation, actually looks alot like an Oktoberfest, so we'll leave it at that, I guess its made for the whole fest time.
Smells..like a great Festbier. Light, slightly spicy earthy malts upfront, a touch of mineral-hard water bitterness, bitter hops, light grassy-hay like notes, a bit of a sweet earthyness that reminds me of a winter squash or pumpkin as I find in Festbier,finishing with a light peppery spicness of white pepper and ginger. this type really is a celebration of the HArvest-time, encompassing the aromatic profile of the fall season in a glass much in the same way as Belgian Saison smells like a glass-full of an early summers day, really good and nicely balanced
Flavor begins with a nice sweet opening of roasted malts, envoking a light caramel flavor, or touching the roasted squash flavor aformentioned. Subsequent flavors give a a light maple maltiness, bittering hops, light mineral water and finishes with a light spiciness of pepper, ginger, and orange. Drank at room temperature really helps to find the lighter notes in the brew
This is much lighter bodied than expected from when I first purchased the bottle. Instead of a sweet, rich Christmas beer, I have found a last reminder of the Fall season. Well balanced, malty, yet finishes with spicy yeast and hops, I would have a Mass of this at Oktoberfest, or Christmastime as often as possible

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Photo of seanyfo
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - aggressive pour of 50cl bottle poured into 50cl seidel. 3 finger rocky white head, slight chill haze, but with lively beading, minimal lacing. Body is a pale orangey amber.

S- A little musty, a bit spicey aswell, faint malts, fresh grass cuttings.

T- Pretty bland, if anything a bit sweet, syrupy malt flavour, a bit of hop bitterness in the background and finish. I feel like i can taste popcorn in there aswell.

M- low carbonation, syrupy, chewy

D- Pretty poor, seems lifeless and stale with the syrupy texture. and far too sweet, even for a marzen, no thanks.

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