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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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87
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005)
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Reviews by lefty:
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

lefty, Jan 06, 2013
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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its been awhile since I had a good German dunkel so I picked this up yesterday,poured a nice clear medium brown/bronze with smallish light brown head that was gone pretty fast.Light aromas but pleasant milk chocolate,cookie dough,and some raw earthy nut mainly,soft malty flavors to this beer from the get go a lightly sweet cookie dough base over top of milk chocolate with a very noticable and nicely suprising herbal anicy note in the finish.A very easy drinking "soft" beer with real character,recommended if you like traditional dunkel lagers.

oberon, May 15, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This MDL is a dark brown in color with a light orangish hue. The head is unsurprisingly modest.

Smell – The malt aroma here is light but shows complexity. The toasted grain and caramel stand out proudly. I can also pick up some molasses and maybe some sort of dark refined sugar.

Taste – The malts really pick up the pace at the tongue. All of the characteristics from the nose come out 3X at the taste. There is a big toasted flavor here that struts some bitterness and a nice, bready character throughout.

Mouthfeel – This Dunkel Lager is almost light in the body with some light carbonation and a bittersweet finish.

Drinkability – This was an enjoyable and credible example of the MDL style.

RoyalT, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of stewfnrocker
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

stewfnrocker, May 21, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Ettaler Kloster Dunkel pours carefully into my Franz Joseph Jubelbier glass a deep brown cola color with hints of red and active carbonation. A small bubbly head emerges atop the brew and lingers. Nice. Aromas of toasted grains marinated in caramel along with an underlying cocoa powder. Touch of raisin as well.

First sip brings a toasted bread maltiness that's coated in caramel tones. Light cocoa flavors mix with some raisins and nuts. Slightly astringent herbal hops on the back of the palate. Burnt brown sugar sweetness. An enjoyable dunkel with good balance.

Mouthfeel features a creamy, medium body with a mellow carbonation that makes this an easy drinking beer. The bottle is almost empty and I could easily drink another. Not an incredible brew..but tasty, refreshing and drinkable. Worth a try.

orbitalr0x, Jun 12, 2005
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

chinchill, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of monoXcide
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of this style so please take that into consideration.

Appearance - No head or lacing (unless I poured it wrong?). It has a dark amber look to it.

Smell - Kinda sweet, malty, a little fruity and pleasing

Taste - Sweet and malty with hints of bitterness throughout. It taste good and clean and goes down easy. Has a bit of quality to it.

Mouthfeel - Not enough carbonization for my taste unless again, I didn't pour it right or I got a flat bottle.

Drinkability - Very drinkable but again, I would enjoy it more if it had a little more carbonization.

This would be a great choice for people who like the Belgium style or dopplebocks. Paid about 3 bucks for a bottle at Magnolia here in Lynchburg, VA. It is almost worth it...almost. I do like the big bottle so maybe I got a little more beer, but I still don't think I quite got my moneys worth, unless I got a bad bottle.

monoXcide, Dec 29, 2008
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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reasonably dark into a glass, though was surprised the head disappeared almost immediately. Aroma as expected, malty, hint of burnt caramel and chocolate, though fairly light. Texture was much lighter than I expected, and taste is similar, tasty, but not at all heavy, slightly sweet, but more hints of bitter chocoate and burnt caramel in the finish. Have to confess to be just a little disappointed, I was expecting something with more body in the taste, but did enjoy this and certainly would have it again.


JohnW
(B'ham UK) tried while in Tampa FL May 2006

JohnW, May 22, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strange head -- big soapy bubbles make it look more like dish soap than the head of a beer. They dissipate quickly (in about a minute) and leave a skim on top. The color is gorgeous, a glassy burnt ruby-brown. Resembles home-brewed root beer with way less bubbles.

Smells like a pumpernickel bagel sprinkled with brown and white sugar. Big caramel/toffee notes work their way in too. Big and bready, also kind of nutty. Very, very nice.

Flavor is many things: hazelnut, toast, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, root beer, chocolate birthday cake (ie. faintly chocolate) and cola. Absolutely wonderful at first, but it fades quickly. Leaves almost nothing in its wake; the finish is just a ghost of nuttiness and toasted bread.

Some might not like this beer's relative lack of carbonation, but I think it's a refreshing break from the many over-carbonated beers that do little more than sting the tongue. Has a thinness that glides over the tongue without feeling watery.

This tastes wonderful...for about 5 seconds per sip. Its greatness is fleeting. I tried to hold each sip in my mouth as long as possible. It worked well enough that I enjoyed this quite a bit. It certainly has its charm, but not sure I'd return. Ettaler's doppelbock (Curator) is way better (one of the world's best, in my opinion).

Metalmonk, Mar 03, 2009
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slate black and nice initial head with bubbles. Sweet malt, including chocolate malts, and molasses with appropriate carbonation and creamy, then just plain and bitter finish. On-tap taste. Fresh and a new brewer found at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Sammy, May 02, 2006
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3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Rootbeer brown with some deeper auburn highlights. This one has a downright disappointing head. It's flimsy, soapy, and grey and it lasted all of thirty seconds. Whipping it around in the glass builds up a little head, and leaves a small amount of wet lace on the glass.

S - Light chocolate notes (like a few dark chocolate shavings that they might sprinkle on your latte or ice cream cone. Toffee and mixed nuts.

T - Light nutty notes, with some light toffee and a hint of woodsmoke. This is very relaxed and mellow, as is par for the style. A slightly lactic sour note comes out towards the finish, and this is slightly more hoppy than others of the style, but that's not saying that this is hoppy in the least.

M - Light in body, firm, and only slightly carbonated. This is very mellow and easy going. No flavors linger after the swallow, and...

D - For a super-session a lack of power and lingering finish can actually be a good thing. Sadly, I only have one of these and when I only drink one beer I'd prefer that it be a little more interesting. Actually, due to it's very mellow and light flavor profile (almost like Newcastle) this would be a very good beer to give to a BMC fellow who thinks that all dark beers are "a meal in a bottle." Very easy to drink; this one does nothing wrong but it's just easy going and pretty tasty.

pmcadamis, Feb 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ettaler's Kloster Dunkel pours a clear mahogany body with a reddish cast that's topped by a creamy head of light-tan that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The nose delivers some caramelish, toasty, chocolatey, and lightly roasty malts with just a background air of floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's delicately brisk, and then somewhat creamy as it warms.

The flavor offers a bready, lightly toffeeish malt that has an edge of mildly acidic, dark-kilned-malt character. It's laced with floral and spicy hops, and balanced by a solid bitterness.

It finishes dry, with a flash of toffee that's followed by a note of mild, bitter, dark chocolate; raspy, grassy hops; and a long-lingering, dull bitterness.

NeroFiddled, Jun 23, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

cliff1066, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Based on notes from my trip to NC (purchased in Charlotte)

Pours chestnut/red with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, with brown sugar & some caramel & licorice present

T: Caramel with slight gingerbread & licorice notes up front. Roasted malts show up as this warms

MF: Medium-bodied with low a little slickness & low carbonation

Drink easy, not as good as at the source, but worth seeking out. IMO this is the best offering from this scenic Kloster brewery

russpowell, Aug 08, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh, now this is beer!!!!

It pours a rich garnet with a thin, tight head that just won't leave.

The smell is very nice, a light wiff of grains and a touch of toffee.

The taste is near perfect! The rich grains, with rich dark candies, perhaps even some dates. Some powdered chocolate as well. I love it. I love it.

The mouthfeel is wonderful! The carbonation perfectly compliments the very thick, rich, malty nature of this beer. Thick, rich sugars and subtle carbonation is amazing.

Man, this is one good drinker. Not perfect, the mouthfeel, while wonderful, is a touch thick for a true session.

shbobdb, May 15, 2006
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3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber with an attractive off-white head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap with a lot of sticky lacing.

The smell consists of sweet malt, a musty earthy type aroma, and cane sugar.

I expected more from this beer than what was delivered in the flavor. Too one dimensional. It does have a great creamy mouthfeel even with a lively carbonation. Feels medium body and goes down easily and the ABV won't sneak up on you. Worth a try but I won't revisit.

morimech, Feb 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with a good amount of carbonationt; but is not overly carbonated. The head last a bit and drops to a thin layer of foam. The aroma has hints of rye bread, among yeasty, musty bits and caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and accentuates the subtle toasted rye bread character of the caramel malts. The finish is just slightly sweet and a touch tawny. A very clean tasting dunkel with excellent drinkability.

Thanks go to RedBaron for the bottle.

marcobrau, Oct 08, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ettaler Kloster Dunkel (Munich Dunkel) is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (45-50F). This one pours up nice & easy into a traditional becher glass with a thick creamy head that generously tops the deep mahogany-brown body. The sweet, bready aroma is envitingly rich with lots of melanoidins & toasted grains. Hints of fruitiness (e.g. black licorice, cherry cola & chocolate covered nuts) and some light alcohol interplay nicely at the rim of the glass. The flavor starts off somewhat sweet, toffeeish & bready with a lightly cloying malty sweetness which gives way to some underlying bitterness from the Noble hops. The rich, satisfying body is medium-medium full with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Extremely quaffable!

This is a wonderful classic Munich Dunkel from one of Germany's remaining monastic breweries. Try pairing Kloster Dunkel with some traditional spit-roasted Schweinshaxn (pork knuckles) seasoned with caraway seed & white pepper, served with a plate of red cabbage sauerkraut, mushroom-gravy covered spätzle and thinly sliced sweet onions & radi (white radish). How about some cinnamon glazed apple dumplings for dessert? "Dem Himmel so Nah!" (So close to heaven!)

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

KTCamm, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5 L bottle to a tall steamed glass. A velvety smooth thick white head rises then fades slowly from a deep dark auburn liquid. Shining through the glass is an array of sunset colors capped by a delicate lace.

The aroma is of soft flowery candies over a toasty malt.

The taste is just awesome. The predominate trate is a mild sweet chocolate, finishing with carmeled toffee, and a flowery note that is in perfect harmony with a choir of complex tastes emitted from the expertly roasted malts. The hops well balance this beer with mild yet assertive bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very good indeed. The carbonation is perfectly balanced with the malt and hops producing a crispness that is unsurpassed in this style.

The drinkability offering is superior, It is crisp and clean with out the slightest of objections the alcohol is all but undetectable, making this the best example of this style i have ever tasted.

Zum wohl!

And 'Ich danke Ihnen vielmals' to the monks that brew this fine prize and who are the answer to the songs question 'Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen'


Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen,
Den schickt er in die weite Welt;
Dem will er seine Wunder weisen
In Berg und Wald und Strom und Feld.

MuenchenerKindl, Jun 16, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

erialbill, Mar 11, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

puboflyons, Dec 16, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with no visible head.

S: Sweet raisny and caramel aroma with some alcohol.

T: Very sweet caramel flavor. Way to sweet, some brown sugar and molasses notes combine with a sweet raisiny caramel presence. Theres only a slight roasted character, no big bread notes, or dry chocolate usually associated per style. Upon warming of the tongue some warm molasses sneaks through with a slight sweet stickiness. Overall a really sweet beer perhaps to much so.

M: Mouthful is light with a warming toasted malt sweetness and light bread notes finally coming through.

D: Drinkability is therefore limited to and hindered by its sweetness.

beerthulhu, Feb 03, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a 500 mL bottle, served in a Lancaster Milk Stout tumbler. The lager is served at just below room temperature, having warmed in the glass.

Appearance: The lager is a deep red-brown color. Orange hints come out when light shines through it. There is a slight head, but not much.

Smell: The lager has a very strong malt aroma, biscuity but not so strong that it resembles a bock or a barleywine. There are also some clear roasted barley notes that come out.

Taste: Sweet, cookie like malts really grab the tongue. As they start to fade away, the deeper tones of the roast kick in, giving this beer a nice transition from sweet to heavy malts. There is little hop presence, but enough to keep this from going malt crazy.

Mouthfeel: The lager sits well in the mouth, although the sweetness of the barley can be a bit too much.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but not soon to be my go-to either.

akorsak, Apr 30, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap (at the best beer bar I know), serverd in a tall narrow Ettaler labeled beer mug.

Beer arrived deep but clear brown, lacking the reddish tinge common in many darker beers. It was crowned with a .5 to .75 inch creamy dense head.

Smell was faint, but detectible. Note of crisp european hops, faint sweent that seemed slighty carmelly.

Taste was simply outstanding.

In general, I'm an ale man, with a strong preference for IPAs and barley wines. The stronger the better. I love beers that make you sit up and take notice.

This beer was absolutely nothing like that. Like many other lagers, there is a subtle blending of flavors and hops that begs for your attention rather than commands it from a positition of power.

Much milder in flavor than the dark color might make you suspect it would be, it is a delicous blend of sweet nuttiness and crisp eurpean hops.

Very little to no after taste, finishes clean and simple. I could have sit and drink the keg but didn't have the time.

Highly highly recommended on draft.

oracle, Jul 25, 2005
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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.