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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 151
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a bottle from the store at the abbey.
Quite a dark dunkel, bigtan head. Was expecting some dark malt and German hops on the nose, but really didn't get much. The flavor was much bigger. Lots of malt, some burnt caramel, and fairly sweet overall. A bit more complexity as the slightly cloying sweetness fades.
Bottom line: little nose, big flavor, too sweet.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very subtle hoppiness with very slowly drying after taste. The aroma is basically non existent a common trait of beers in this style what does emerge is pure malt goodness. Deep malt flavor with a smooth and thin body. It goes down by gallon easy.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Super dark dunkel going on here. Deep mahogany red, with dark brown and walnut edges. Excellent clarity with a moderate amount of carbonation rising through it's body. Head is fluffy to creamy like retention with a small head of about two fingers. Manages to settle slowly to a one finger puck, and stick around looking real inviting. Excellent looker.

Solid notes of clove and spice, with a caramel and sticky lager yeast. A little bit of noticeable sourness, maybe some acrid grain hiding but very small and almost comes off like a fruity ale ester, or possibly some sweet balsamic vinegar interestingly. Pretty solid.

The palate comes off with a nice thick malt action, but not horrifically sweet. Some hint of chewy hazelnut, but also a bit of sour twinge going on as well. Some mild molasses like sweetness, but missing a bit of bready toast and some anticipating bready character.

Overall though very solid brew here, with a hint of classic German character but has a bit of an odd sour quality that I can't seem to ignore. It's definitely not compromised or infected, but a decent beer with a character that sort of distracts me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear mahogany colour with a firm 1" head of white foam.

The smell is that of what dark malts bring to the table. An aromatic mix of roasted and grainy malts that has a lovely sweetness to it. The sweet almost smells fruity, like black cherries.

No fruit in the taste at all. Just solid roasted malt flavour with grain ad a light sweet note here and there. Not particularly bitter nor sweet. In between I'd say.

Medium body, lightish carbonation.

A solid if not great example of the style, imho.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lost my ratings on this beer, but I remember it was pretty good overall. The flavor was pretty tasty and mostly spot on for a German Dunkel.

I had it with dinner at the Hotel Restaurant across the street from Kloster Ettal.

Good beer.

Disregard the A, S, T, M scores. I didn't want to affect the overall score.

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Photo of mtnasty116
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great dunkel in my opinion. Not too pricey for the delicious taste of this brew. I am no pro with beer tasting but with dunkels I get this almost banana like taste and this one delivers in that respect. Sugary and smooth. Highly recommended by this nobody.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle, just out of date when poured into my 'Judas' stemmed massive tulip glass on 4 Apr 2013.

Looked really great: a reddy, mahogany brown body with a very large head of foam on top.

Malty notes hit your nose: sweet molasses, caramel and toffee hints come through more and more as the beer warmed in the glass.

Those same sweet malty aromas are also within the taste, this is a sweet brew:most likely the sweetest beer in this style I've had so far.

Body suits the alcohol content and overall a pleasant and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of guityler83
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Fine, fluffy egg shell coloured head. Dark redish brown apperance at first glance, when backlit it displays a briliant ruby red color. crystal clear. nice lacing.

S: Carmel, toffee and bread crust malt in the nose. A bit of fruity german lager yeast.

T: Cleeean! The first sip was so smooth and easy drinking it brought a tear to my eye. Toffee and carmel notes are prominent and subtle at the same time. I get a touch of a woody spicy hop bitterness (hallertau?) but overal the sweetness overpowers the hops. Typical german lager flavor that i can only identify as fruity.

M: Crisp, clearn, moderate carbination, very light body.

O: If I had to drink one style of beer for the rest of my life, i think it would be Munich Dunkel's. This was a great example of the style. get it, drink it, share it, Prost!!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright and clear brown with red tints. Steady carbonation.

S - Sweet bready notes, brown bread with fig jam. Rich farm honey and dried dates. Brown sugar sweetness in the nose. Sweetly malty and inviting.

T - The taste matches the scent. Hearty bread flavors, sweet wheat bread, soft pumpernickel. Honey sweetness with some molasses and again some dried dark fruits. Sugary dates and preserves. A good deal of flavor and body for a drinkable 5% abv session beer.

M - Body on the lighter side of things but the flavor profile gives the illusion of a richer brew. Semi dry at the end with an grainy aftertaste. Pleasant soft carbonation.

O - The Germans have session beers down pat. Packing much flavor and great body into an easily drinkable beer. The dunkel has the richness of a much bolder style as well.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 16, 2012.

The pour is a beautiful dark mahogany brown to dark amber with a long-lasting foamy off-white head. Plenty of lacing.

The aroma is not upfront like other Dunkels. It is more subtle with its sweet dark malts.

The body is about medium and smooth.

The taste begins with a full toffee-caramel malt note followed by a a slightly biting bitter finale. But overall it is a balanced, drinkable beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid off-white head. Slow to recede. Some spotty lace. A bit lumpy. Deep, dark amber. Clear.

Slightly sweet with a bit beef stew smell. A bit of vegetables (broccoli) to the nose as well. There's also the distinct smell of pre-fermented mash aroma. Slightly sweet.

There's a bit of pre-fermented malt flavor as well--sweet malted sugar. Some darker bread tastes. No notable hop. Below average body with a reasonable level of carbonation.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 2cm head of foam that's light tan in color, composed of small, fine bubbles, appearing quite frothy. Retention is above average, the head very gradually reducing to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. What lacing is left is fairly modest: a few small dots and thick lines scattered about the glass' sides. The body is a deep brown color with reddish-orange undertones, transparent, and with very minor carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Light brings out strong red-orange hues. B+/A-

Aroma of pleasant, mildly intense chocolate and caramel atop a general scent of cereals like "Grape Nuts". This really smells like the perfect beer for a warm (60F) day in the late fall.

Tasting opens with grainy cereal and caramel flavors, which lead to a mid-palate of subdued chocolate, caramel, and light fig and date tastes. Mid-palate also experiences some modest bitterness and herbal hop components, no doubt from European hop selections. Back of palate picks up deeper roasted malt flavors along with subdued caramel, fewer dried fruit flavors, and continued modest bitterness. Pleasant aftertaste of well-blended caramel and roasted malts bringing sweetness, which is then tempered by lightly peppery and bitter European hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with fairly high levels of carbonation. This leads to a mouthfeel that is marginally prickly, quickly becoming moderately light, foamy and smooth across the palate. Closes in a surprisingly dry fashion, with very modest stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L vom fass (on tap) at Kloster Gasthof across the street from the monastery.

Clear deep orange-brown with a very creamy tan head. The wonderful head contributes to the creation of a superb mouthfeel of this very smooth, medium-bodied beer. Fine textured carbonation rises continuously and re-establishes some head and re-coats the lacing on the glass with every sip. The very appealing medium malt aroma is simple and clean, if a bit more subdued than i would prefer [3.75]. Nonetheless, there is no shortage of rich malt flavor, and the sweetness is kept in balance by some otherwise subtle hopping [4.25].

O: Excellent dunkel and, unfortunately, much better than the version I have had as a bottled import in the US.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, nuttiness, biscuit, molasses, raisin, prune, light chocolate, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, raisin, light chocolate, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toast, light chocolate, and biscuit on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robust flavors with great balance and very clean; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is an excellent Dunkel lager. Very nice balance and complexity of flavor; and extremely smooth and easy to drink. Very well done.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear amber brown, a one finger white head builds, but dissipates fast into nothing.
The smell is toffee, caramel and malty notes.
Tasting the beer, up front there is a bread like feel, sweetened by caramel and toffee notes. In the middle the malt is the backbone.
The finish is a typical lager finish.
Very drinkable lager beer, just what the style is supposed to be.

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/4 at The Beer Garden in Portsmouth, VA
Served in a pilsner glass

A: This beer pours a nice ruddy brown with a one finger of light brown foamy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves big chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a touch metallic that never truly clear up, sweet toffee and caramel, and bready notes.

T: Taste has the same metallic flavoring that was present in the nose. Very sweet toffee notes at the forefront mingled with a hearty bready backbone. Finish has a caramel note flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium to high carbonation, crisp, a touch slick in the middle with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, somewhat tasty, not too filling, not much of a kick, ok representation of style. Save for the metallic presence, this would be a pretty quaffable beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a head of foam that displays decent retention and leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Brown bread, malted milk, toasted nuts, caramel and grain

Taste: Brown bread, toasted nuts and malted milk, up front, with the caramel and grain flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy flavors become more dominant, providing a bit of lager twang on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent enough Dunkel, though I have had better; still, it is hard to know how fresh this might be

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Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a deep reddish brown with a foam off-white head that only leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell on this one is pretty potent as far as dunkels go. It has some rich earthiness, caramel, herbal notes, roasted notes, and dark fruit.

The flavor is a bit less robust. It has a lot of breadcrust, earthiness, some tartness, decent hops, and some cocoa.

Decent dunkel, a bit on the heavier side.

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Photo of nschueller
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the bavarian lodge in lisle Il

A : clear with a cherry cola hue. Bubbles nucleating in thetwenty oz mug and rising beautifully to the two finger yellow white head.

S: very maplelike strong, touch of brown sugar like air. Obvious use of roasted and.caramel malts.

T: pleasing roasted flavor. Maple and brown sugar again. Very similar to the aroma. No alcohol

M: thin for the style but in a good way. Accompanied by a moderate plus amount of carbonation that puts a little bit of bite on the tongue in just the right way.

O: blew me away. One of the best funnels I've had in some time. I'm a sucker for roasted tastes and biting carbonation and this shot right for it. A good session beer that one could have three plus of

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Photo of stewfnrocker
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I poured the Kloster Dunkel from the bottle into my Aventinus weizenbock glass it poured a clear light brown with a reddish hue. There was a slight head that quickly dissipated with a slight lacing on the glass. I took a good sniff and smelled roasted malts and some burnt chocolate. When I took that first mouthful the taste was pretty much like it smelled, roasted malts, a little bready with a burnt chocolate taste. The mouthfeel is a medium feel, a little thinner than some of the dunkels, but not light on taste. Not an abundance of carbonation. Also there isn’t a hint of alcohol. This Dunkel is a nice easy drinking Dunkel. I could have drank a bunch of these for sure. The taste is very nice with a sweeter taste. I highly recommend this if you haven’t had it by now!

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Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, small tan head soon thins to foamy ring and some foamy wisps.

Aroma is rich toasted barley, sweet brown bread, light woody-earthy character, hint of gingerbread.

Taste is a very good, solid dunkel, caramelized toasted barley, gingerbread, woody spice. It is lively and engaging, slightly on the sweet side, excellent with good well-rounded character.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a single of Ettaler Kloster Dunkel for $3.99 at The Lager Mill. I have been on the search for the ultimate dunkel and thought I would give this one a try to see if its the one. No visible freshness date. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label is nice and has a cool looking picture of what looks to be some old German buildings. It poured a clear amber brown color with two fingers worth of off white head that quickly died down to a little lump.

S- The aroma is dominated by lightly roasted caramel malts that imparts a brown bread like aroma to this beer. There some spices and clove like aroma from the yeast and some brown sugar like sweetness followed by a slight amount of dark fruits. There was some grassy and earthy hops at the end.

T- The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma. The dark brown sugar comes through from the aroma and mixes nicely with the toffee and brown bread like flavors. The spices come out a little more with cloves sticking out the most, I wish the cloves were toned down a little. The finish leaned more towards earthy hops and had a slightly bitter finish.

M- Medium light bodied, could be just a little thicker. Crisp and slightly under carbonated.

Overall this was an OK dunkel that I didn't mind but didn't go crazy over. As far as Dunkels go this one was on the lighter side of the spectrum. I would prefer it to be a little thicker and flavorful but the lightness makes it a refreshing easy drinker and good selection for a hot afternoon. For $4 a bottle I don't think I will be revisiting it but if I just have to have a light Dunkel I might be inclined to buy this, but it would help if it was a dollar cheaper. If you want a lighter dunkel give it a try but it isn't worth going out of your way to find it. Not the ultimate dunkel I was searching for, the search continues.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown, cola-like color with a little white foam that vanishes. No trace left behind. Maple syrup like smell mixed with maltiness. Sweet. Taste is a faint malt. Nonexistent carbonation, feels very flat. Watery mouthfeel, like I was drinking the wort, not the beer. Meh.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear brown with an initial foamy white head. No lacing, no real retention.

Rich malt aroma, with a touch of brown sugar and a cocoa-like edge.

Smooth brew, with some brown sugar sweetness up front in the toasted malt. Grain fights through this with wonderful brown bread elements, and clearing to a light lingering bitterness. A touch thin in flavor, but just barely.

Medium body, but a little on the thin side. Soft mouthfeel as carbonation is present but not assertive.

Easy drinker here. Not the best of the style, but very worth trying. A bit light in intensity, but this is still one more example of what is turning into one of my favorite styles to drink year round.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town.

Pours chestnut brown wihout much of a head at all. A good swirl doesn't do much to rouse anythig up. Nose is muted with hints of light caramel and not much else. Taste is much better. Good dose of caramel, raisins, toffee, dark fruits, and light yeast. Feel is light to medium and is quite smooth. Drinks quite well; Amyliz4 stole a good portion of my glass. Hopefully this is on tap around here again.

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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.