1101. Mönchshof Kellerbräu

1101. Mönchshof Kellerbräu

In early December Jadyn and I went to Lord Hobo for dinner. Lord Hobo opened in late November in what was, until recently, the B side Lounge, after what seemed like an endless licensing process. The new spot is a (perhaps unfortunately named) project of Daniel Lanigan, who was behind The Moan and Dove, a beer bar in Amherst.

Having been lukewarm on the B Side (great blue cheese fries and cocktails, but overpriced food) I have to say that I'm happy with the change. Lord Hobo has an upscale Gastropub feel, with a menu that has an upscale pub fare feel, and a stellar beer list. The B Side's booths have been replaced with tables, giving the space a more open feel, and the maroon walls lined with art give it a more polished feel. My only complaint was the two flat screen televisions, that really just serve to distract.

We started with the artisanal cheeseplate with bread, coarse salt, truffle honey, a fruit preserve, and three rather pungent cheeses.

For our entrees Jadyn had the wild mushroom polenta with grilled vegetables, and I had the oxtail gnocchi in a parmesan cream sauce. The gnocchi were surprisingly soft and yielding, and the oxtail was prepared in a slightly sweet sauce that complemented it well.

I had two half-liter steins of Mönchshof Kellerbräu, one ordered while we waited, and the second with dinner.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Kulmbacher Brauerei
Alcohol: 5.40%
Serving: Tap
Style: Keller Bier

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 4.5 | Drinkability: 5.0


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.