Monk's Christmas | Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by oberon on 12-11-2009

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. This was listed as Monk's Winterkindl, which I believe is the same as this one.

This one pours a clear dark reddish color, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like caramel, honey, clovey yeast, wheat, dark breadiness, etc.

This is a really solid weizenbock. It's got a killer malt profile to it, dark bready and mildly sweet, like a honeyed bread with nuts. There's a solid clove and wheat character to it as well, but it's all about the dark breadiness for me- so tasty.

This is medium bodied, fairly chewy, with a good level of carbonation.

This was quite good- I don't get to try good weizenbocks very often, so it's a treat for sure.

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Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.94/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours black and viscous into a pint-sized tulip glass. A rich, thick frothy head rolls upward (and downward) with a moderately aggressive pour, creating a picture-perfect head that lingers in my glass. Brew is dark like a lighter porter or dark Belgian. Very impressive looking in the glass. Rarely am I think enticed just by the sight of a brew.

S: Mmmmm. Dark brown sugar, with those lovely molasses overtones. Baked bread crust. Underbaked soft pretzel. Bread dough, proofing on the counter, waiting for the over. Light wisps of raisin and subtle suggestions of dried sugar plum preserves or candied dates. Almost a hint of dried berry. Pavlovian responses are uncontrollable at this point, I'm drooling like a rabid dog over this brew before it's even hit my lips.

T: Wow! Crazy pronounced flavors of dark bread. Like a glass of pumpernickel dough juice. The malts and grains just dance across the palate on this one. Christmas? Sure. That fits. This is comfort and joy and celebration in liquid form. Slight spice notes on the finish, along with plums. Would go wonderfully with a nice cheese plate. Less sweet on the palate than on the nose, only a mild, bready sweetness, so if you aren't a fan of syrupy sweet doppelbocks, this single bock here is a great reason to not shy away from this branch of the beer family tree.

M: Much lighter than it looks, yet chewy and doughy all at the same time. Gives the sensation of decadence, like a real meal in a glass. Yet, not nearly as filling as most beer styles with that reputation.

O: Absolutely love this one. Like a rich, dark stew served in a pumpernickel bread bowl, which I bet would pair very nicely with this.

The monk on the bottle looks at

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Photo of tedho21
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +10.2%

new label with old faded style paper that gives it an aged/antique look. Nose is delightfully malty with toasty, bready components in there. Good balance of malty flavors on the palate, bready, and a hint of candied nuts. Medium to light bodied and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of KevT
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New format I believe: still a 500ml but no flip-top, named "Monk's Christkindl", 7.1% ABV listed.

Bottle poured into a Weissenohe mug, awesome glass. It's a dark copper color with an off-white head that retains mostly as a thin ring.

Smell is a nice mix of toasted and sweet malts. Some earthy, roasted and grainy tones as well.

Taste brings baked bread, dusty caramel, molasses, dark bread, some light grassy and fruit hints. Solid German malt-centric flavors.

Uber-malty mouthfeel, though maybe a little thin and under-carbonated. Just a hint of booze there.

Haven't had a straight-up bock in a while, this reminds me to try some more of them. The malts weigh you down a bit, but that's the way of the bock.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weissenohe Monk's Christkindl has a medium, crackling, spongy, cream-colored head, a clear, copper, bubbly appearance, and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of brown bread crust, some syrup, and a little sweetness. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and Weissenohe Monk's Christkindl finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, one would not suspect that it is a 7.1% lager. I like it!


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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a very strange beer, light copper in color with minimal head. the nose is an international confusion, being brewed in Germany, but smelling more like English caramel malts, and having a defined American hop profile, its really is strange. I am most disappointed by the flavor though, which is muted and dull, almost nothing to it. granted, this is a 2011 vintage, and has undoubtedly sat beyond its peak, it just doesn't taste like much more than watery or otherwise diluted English malt. the feel is fine and all, and I could see myself liking this fresh, but so much of it has died off. if you have on in your cellar, drink it now, it doesn't age well at all. I will have to acquire a fresh one and compare, but I was extremely disappointed with this beer that seemed so promising from the nose. a real curiosity here.

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Photo of brandonld23
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TruePerception
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of nick0909
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of redleg411
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not too late for a Christmas beer, is it? 500 ml of bock on the way. On to the beer:

A half-inch of fuzzy head sits on top of this carmelized orange beer. Visible bubbles run through its body, head retention is nothing to shout about. Its aroma is very sweet. If you like your bread and dough with a very strong, sweet scent, you've come to the right place. Bits of raw caramel and grass are mixed in too.

Grass dusted caramel makes much of the taste. There's a soft pudding note and lots of liquid bread found behind the strong caramel. Touch of cooked banana comes around. I can sense a small bit of the alcohol on the palate, which cuts a little of the sweet flavor away. less sweet and more grassy as the beer dries and goes into the aftertaste. Regarding mouthfeel, the body is medium full with a slight syrupy texture spotted and moderately crisp bubbles.

Pleasant bock overall. The sweetness mellows out as it warms, which helps this beer go down.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a half-litre Hallertau glass at Gourmet Haus Stadt from a small, unchilled firkin.

A: Flat, translucent amber. A bit reddish.

S: Fruity sweet. Burnt sugar. Rather nice.

T/M: Molasses. Smooth, sticky, sugary, slightly burnt molasses. Hop or roasted bitterness fades to a dry-bitter-fruity aftertaste.

O: I enjoyed it quite a bit. Recommended and consumable. Would have again.

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Photo of diverite
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter.
Pours a nice red brown color with a rich, long lasting tan head. Mild aroma of dark and sweet malts, spicing. Extremely muted flavors. Light malt, a hint of roasted malts, light caramel. Flavors well balanced, but faint. Nice medium to heavy mouth feel. Seems like this should be an outstanding beer, but not assertive enough.

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