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
Reviews by TruePerception:
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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 oberon
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some people have noted on "other" sites that this is the same as their dunkel lager,I totally disagree with that assumption.Poured a brilliant clear bronze with a large fluffy white head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving globs of lace behind as it settled oh so slowly.Big dark toast and iron in the nose,the German malt profile is HUGE in this be expected.Flavors are toasty and quite dry with some dusting of cocoa powder,a tinge of herbal hop in the finish.This doesnt have alot of dunkel traits but isnt quite a bock in heft,hmmm,Iam perplexed.Iam staying with bock,just a lighter bock.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml swing style flip top beer from Franconia, this one appears a deep crystal caramel copper hue with a light beige tinted color head forming thick. Head is speckled evenly with thin lacing around the sides of the glass. Aroma a nice nutty superior flavor than most Germans, super malt grain breadiness with a lively hint of nobles hops in the background. Flavor has dark fruit roasted malts a bit of nut edge with a soaked plum alcohol infused flavor going on. Dark caramel with a hint of vanilla from the sweet malts and a dry herbal hop finish and nutty roasted caramel malt edge. Mouthfeel is medium bodied fuller bodied lager with a dry finish and sweet rounded sides to it. Very drinkable beer going down with a slew of malt infused points of view, one for the German bier enthusiast to enjoy.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of offwhite head. A bit of lacing, and a hazy brown body.

Nose has sour malt , orange, fig, much like a holiday fruitcake.

Serious malt character and plenty of sweet dark fruit. It's German, but the style suggests a cross between English and Belgian. Really very fruitcake-like, that's the best way to describe it, but in a good way, of course.

Feel is very smooth and doesn't coat your mouth on the aftertaste, which is nice for something so sweet.

I wasn't sure what to expect, the answer was a fruity dunkelweizen, and I rather enjoy it.

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Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is like the smell, malts, grains, spices, just a touch of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of logicalparadox
4.94/5  rDev +35%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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 peabody
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear ice tea color with three fingers of very foamy off-white suds.
Smell is very weak for this beer is not that cold. Malt yeast and slight spice aroma.
Taste is the same as the smell. Weak spices and just a touch of bitterness from the yeast or malt.
Mouthfeel is just so so. Not a lot of stickyness or anything.
Drinkability would be better if the flavor was better.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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 metter98
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that slowly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and toffee in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste has flavors of bready malts, caramel and toffee along with some notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied, a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink but I'm not sure if I would get this again because it tastes like an average dunkel lager and doesn't seem to have any special characteristics that would make it a special beer for Christmas.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, dark toned amber wiu a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty bits of lacing ate left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, cracked caramunich malt, toffee, caramel, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and herbal hops.
Taste is of the aromas with toffee, caramel, grain, and chocolate flavor coming together.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi dry, fizzy up front and smooth and mellow in the swallow.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of FlandersNed
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of runningjoke
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery brown and a bit thin in appearance, but leaves a nice foamy head. Smells malt and yeast are prominent in the initial smell, savory spice in the background. The taste is a bit thin, a watered down version of the nose. The beer bypasses the front of the tongue and focuses its efforts on the back portion.
In a blind taste test, i would not characterize this as a bock, the only similarity between this beer and that style is the smell and maybe the alcohol content.
I was expecting something different; however, preconcieved notions aside, it's really a decent beer. I don't see why this would be a "special" Christmas brew, it would stand up all through tailgating season.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel is the only tone detectable by the nose.

Taste: big caramel flavors with some hints of milk chocolate. Ripe plums and brown sugar arrive late. Bitterness is moderate, and there is a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this one goes down smoothly and surprisingly quickly. If you are into a maltier beer, this one will do.

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Photo of KevT
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of DefenCorps
2.59/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from Franklin's from their Christmas/Holiday beer section.

Pouring a clear mahogany with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous beer. However, that's about all that's appealing. The nose has a nice Munich malt character, moderately bready, with a bit of caramel as well. However, that's about it. A touch dusty, a touch of earthy hops. Cleanly fermented, there's no off-aromas here. I've had a few good bocks, and this isn't one. The palate opens with light bready flavor with a definite Munich malt flavor. However, this is very thin, making this taste rather stale. A little bit of hop bitterness and light hop flavor are present. The finish is rather poor,drying and mildly grainy with a mildly husky tannic character. This beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and a little watery to boot. The carbonation is high enough to add a mineraly, carbonic acid character to the finish Not recommended.

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Photo of Wiessmonkey
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

served at 52 degrees in a goblet, needs to be served warmer than this maybe 58-62 degrees
A. golden amber
S. spiced butter, lite malt
T. dough, lite malt a slight spice then just falls and leaves nothing to reside
M. sringy, zealous
D. I think that this beer has a good smell and got my hopes up. i was let down at the end since there was no finish.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: a clear mahogany brown with fluffy creamy white head; one of the thickest and longest lasting i've seen in a while; leaves nice sticky coat of foam on the glass; has some fast moving tiny columns of delicate bubbles in the redish body

s: a slightly medicinal flavor; the roastiness of the malts; a sweet scent of syrupy malts as well; light hay

t: dryer grain/wheat; light wateriness; a tad of bitterness; not overwhelming; light burnt toffee; lacks backbone; light cherry

m:actually pretty creamy and smooth with just a little bit of carb; not bad at all

d: i haven't been too impressed with this beer; very mild; maybe worth a try but wouldn't go out of my way

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