Brewed by Kulmbacher Brauerei (Schörghuber)
Style: Schwarzbier
Kulmbach, Germany


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RATINGS: 844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Mönchshof Schwarzbier- "the Black Pils"- is a brewing wonder and a brew-lover's dream. Supremely drinkable, dry and beautifully hopped, yet loaded with dark malt flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JesSayan (9) - USA - JAN 18, 2007 does not count
This beer is one of the best examples of the balance and refinement present in German brewing. It pours a deep, deep ruby. In the broad part of the glass it’s black in narrower parts it’s reddish brown. The head is a tan sticky beauty. Nose is of soft, clean malts, a nice chocolate roastiness and a fair smattering of noble hops. It smells so good, yet so refined. This is not a big beer, not at all, but it’s still so deep. It’s dry, but somehow still has a malty sweetness rounded out with a refreshing bitterness coming from the roast and the perfect level of hopping. Finish is smoth and clean with a subtle lingering bitterness. It’s so nice. Round and smooth, but still dry and refreshing. There’s a faint, metalic tang of the water in here as well. That’s right you can taste the water. What’s wrong with that? Soft and subtle yet flavorful and deep. Perfect. What craftsmanship.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Ruby red with a solid rock head. Caramel, nutty aroma. Smooth character and nice flavors: roasty malt, hint of java, relaxed bitter finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gizmo_ber (190) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2012
a delicious brew that goes down very easily. Great flavor makes it hard to believe that it’s alcohol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle wob cap hill. Black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is strong coffee and slight dark chocolate. Body is medium light, spritzy carbonation. Dark malt flavor and light roast up front. Middle leads into a bready toasty malt flavor and it finishes moist and malty sweet. Overall a mostly bitter, roasted, pronounced bitter Sessionable dark lager. Molasses malt flavor lingers. Very awesome brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
A super deep brown color with flickering ruby high lights. A tan and tall and fluffy cloud of a foam topper. Great lacing and well carbonated. Aroma has a rich and velvetty feel. Lots of roasted malts and molasses in the scent. Richly malted with roasted malts and molasses. As an added bonus there is also a sutle smokiness in the taste...excellent. Has a medium feel thats quite smooth going down. An easy drinking smooth flowing killer of a beer. Definitely one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Wonderful, dark, rich, warm, everything you want in a dark beer. Nothing heavy or cloying -- smell, taste and finish are all clean, almost crisp if that makes sense with such a rich brew. Just delicious. Sip on its own or pair with strong tasting foods -- I tried it with Huntsman cheese (stilton and gruyere) and roasted brussels sprouts and although it sounds odd, it was a superb match. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeracoon (500) - - AUG 22, 2013
Black colour, huge dark brown head. Gorgeous roast aroma. Mild taste and a lasting caramelly roast palate. An excellent Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Schwarzbier or "black beer" is a German beers style, that I enjoy quite a bit. This beer style, made popular in Eastern Germany, is a very dark, slighty roasty lager, very similar to Munich Dunkles. There really isn’t a whole lot of examples of this style being brewed today, and even in its native Germany, schwarzbier, is very much a regional speciality. So, I was very happy while beer shopping this weekend, to find that Kulmbacher Monchsof Schwarzbier was back on the shelf of my local good beer store. This is a smooth, delicious dark lager with lots of clean malty flavors, and just a touch of coffee and roast. It is marketed in beautiful 1/2 liter swing top bottles retailing for $2.95 a bottle. Kulmbacher Monchsof Schwarzbier pours to a beautiful, bright, black color with a bubbly white head, and a good bit of carbonation. When held to the light, you will see that this beer is actually a beautiful, deep chestnut brown color. The nose on this beer is wonderful with aromas of toast, nuts, sweet malt, and just a touch of roast. The body is very smooth and round, with flavors of dark malt, coffee, toast, nuts, and undertones of roast. Monchsof finishes with more sweet malty, toasty, and nutty flavors, and ends with just a touch more roasty bitterness that slightly lingers. This is a delicious, smooth, drinkable dark lager with lots of flavor and character. I love this beer style, and Monchsof is a stellar example. Schwarzbier is a very food friendly beer that works will with a number of dishes, especially roasted, grilled, and smoked meats. Match this beer with barbecued chicken and hot German potato salad. Kulmbacher markets this beer as "Black Pils" which is somewhat confusing for a novice. This beer doesn’t resemble German pils, and hop character in this beer is only present to balance. This is a very malt accented brew, with a signature roasty note. If this beer is in your market, seek it out. If not ask your retailer to get you some, its that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
RochefortChris (8) - Taylors, South Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2012 does not count
Poured black into a weizen glass with a nice creamy off white head. Nice roasted aroma and full mouth feel. Taste consisted of coffee notes with roasted chocolate and slight licorice. The best part was it was not overly heavy making it a great session beer. Overall a very delightful beer and one I will definitely have again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerbarella (348) - - AUG 22, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours dark chocolate/coffee brown with a high, brown head. Roasty, sweet caramel aroma. Mildly bitter, roasty taste. Not heavy. Likewise roasty palate. Exquisite.

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