Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Not Rated.
Ettaler Kloster DunkelEttaler Kloster Dunkel

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 112
Hads: 148
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (12) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 112 | Hads: 148
Photo of bdupree
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm a big fan of German beers, and probably drink more wheat than anything. Two trips to Germany helped solidify my craving for the great Deutsch brews. Above all, my favorite style is the Dunkel. For some reason, the Dunkel style is hard to find, even in the best American specialty stores.

I spotted this in my local store (Brawley's) and gave it a whirl. It poured with a little head, showing that it wasn't overly carbonated. The aroma immediately gave me hints of chocolate, some toasting, and a little floral tones. It had a great malty taste right away on the palate, a little nutty and with a nice chocolate finish. In the aftertaste, you get some of the hops, but a good continuing malty flavor. So smooth. When in Germany, I had the pleasure of going to Kloister Andechs. That was probably my favorite Dunkel of all, but this Ettaler stacks up nicely. If you find it, definitely pick one or ten of them up. (920 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.68/5  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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time I've seen this in my beer haunts so it was an easy choice. This beer is about a year old but shows no signs of any problems. Poured into a small tulip it forms an easily managed loose tan head that has good retention. Deep and rich ruby red body is a joy to take in.

Toasty malts are the theme and incredibly smooth. Mild hop level is just right as it snaps this into shape towards the finish. In the middle I get some darker, earthy fruitiness. This has me baffled with how incredibly smooth and complex this offering is. Super easy to drink and I would buy this by the cases if I could find more than a stray bottle or two around here.

Notes: This is the best Munich Dunkel I've had to date. I simply couldn't find one thing to harp on (try as I might). (773 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mmmm, dunkel. Pours a caramelly dark brown with a luscious tan head that sticks around throughout drinking. Smell is all dark malts, with molasses and caramel present, but highly attenuated by a dry, roasty malt note. The taste of this beer is quite pleasant and malty, with caramel and dried date leading the way in the flavor department. This beer is very, very smooth and easy drinking. I can't think of a better example of the dunkel style that I've tried. Highly recommended. (480 characters)

Photo of oracle
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of mtnasty116
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a ruby-brown color with an off white head. Leaves good lacing. The aroma is of toasted malts, a bit of caramel and spicy nobel hops.

The flavor is malty, toasty and caramelly. Nice light hop flavor. Clean and smooth. Light in body and easy drinking.

A nice drinking brew...friggin yummy for my tum, tum, tummy.

Not much to say, but I likes it. (362 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Reddish brown...looks inviting

S-Great aroma...rich in molasses, caramel, toffee, nougat, and sweet cocoa.

T-Nicely flavored....sweet malt stands out but not sticky sweet like a doppel...toffee....caramel....dark cocoa...and then a spicy but subtle hop finish.

M-Medium bodied...on the light side of medium probably...really slides down easy.

D-Hell of a session beer....great nose...nicely flavored....body is about right for the style....this is a dandy.. (471 characters)

Photo of nschueller
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
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 (740 characters)

Photo of casadebia
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/amber color with 1 finger tan head and moderate head and lacing. Nice smell with complex notes to it of fig and plum and roasted chocolate. Roasted coffee with a chocolate finish. Well balance of smooth malt with a hop tickle. Smooth medium-full body that retains throughout. Very drinkable for a dark. (313 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Ayinger Celebrator glass from a 16.9 ox bottle.

A: Dark amber hue with a cream colored head that settles quickly to a thin film on the surface. Sticky lacing coats the glass walls. The brew is almost transparent with very fine bubbles.

S: Caramel, toffee, and grainy "Horsefeed" malt dominate the nose, folloewd by subtle grassy hop notes. "Horsefeed" is not a bad thing by any means. One of my favorite smells is when I wander into a rural town and smell the grain in the air.

T: Much like the nose, but much more intense. Caramel, cola, and toasted grains, followed by a fruity note coat the palate. Floral, grassy hops give the beer a nice dry finish. One of the most balanced Dunkels I have ever tried!

M&D: This is a rather full-bodied dunkel. Flavors are rich and remain on the palate for some time. Very smooth. This beer is extremely easy to drink. Good thing it's priced where it is, because this in quantity could get quite expensive. A very sessionable brew, indeed! (996 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A kind gift from my flatmate who brought this bottle along all the way from hometown Stuttgart. BB 23/02/2007, served chilled in a weizen glass. (Ingredients: water, barley malts, and hops--thankfully no hop extracts are used~~)

A: bright and elegant dark caramely brown in colour; the 2cm thick creamy beige head sustains well, on top of gentle and constant streams of carbonation. Alles Gut.
S: the caramely and brown-sugary malts sits on a par with delicate and soothing sourness of bread doughs... a fine but deeper touch of dark chocolates and boiled chestnuts lingers behind. Overall, the nose is well-structured, not too complex, but clean and elegant.
T: a dryish-sweet flavour of roasted Munich malts and caramel stays clean and cool, closely followed by a slowly manifesting dryish-bitter hoppyness, a more subtly bitter-sweet taste of caramel or sweetened nuts, and something akin to a bitter aftertaste of black tea and licorice... clean finish with well-tuned, lingering bitterness.
M&D: full of body yet extremely clean on the mouthfeel, while the carbonation remains soft and soothing without being intrusive... For this style, I think I've finally found something that impresses me big time... well-balanced and well-structured b/w a quiet but significant input of hops and moderate entry of dark malts, while the body and flavour both are retained from the beginning to the last drop. A really cool and enjoyable Dunkel this is... all thanks to my lovely German flatmate's kindest offer!! (1,512 characters)

Photo of stewfnrocker
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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! (785 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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 (1,234 characters)

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this while beer shopping, never seen it before so I'm giving it a shot. Pours dark brown, smells sweet. Tastes like burnt malt and caramel. If theres any hops they are hidden but who cares. Nice mouthfeel and finish. I'm looking for more of this. Easy drinking and yummy!! (276 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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!! (813 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL Do yourself a favor and check this place out!

The beer was served in a .51L mug. The color is dark brown bordering on black. The beer has a nice clingy beige head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, fresh bread, fruit and more than a hint of chocolate.

The taste tracks very close to the smell. The malts are roasted but not charred. The beer is sweet with toffee and chocolate notes. Ripe apples in the background. The taste stays solid as the beer warms.

The mouth is silky smooth with a nice low level of carbonation. This is a great session beer. (619 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weiss glass at just under cellar temperature... date on reverse reads 10 10 05.

Appearance- Pours the color of light cola, very clear. Head stands a full three fingers high, with a rocky, soapy presence. The foam is packed nicely, and gobs of chunky lacing are left behind. Plenty of gentle carbonation is happening in the glass.

Smell- Solid Munich malt aromas with just a tinge of metal, damn this reminds me of the smells wafting through my nose at Traubenfest every year in Tappan, NY. I want bratwurst now. Faint notes of chocolate and peanut butter come through as the beer breathes, gradually intensifying to a dessert-like weight. The metal I noticed before is now completely gone.

Taste- Malts which take on a dry, mildly roasted character carry through from start to finish... not too complex, and the swallow is especially drying. A crisp hop bitterness (Hallertau?) wipes away the malt driven beer right at the end, and leaves the mouth clean and refreshed.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very, very easy and smooth... just the right amount of carbonation, yet it remains particularly light in the mouth. For the style, which I am certainly no expert, it seems appropriate. Drinkability is effortless and enjoyable, and I want another one of these to join me at this year's local Traubenfest... October can't arrive soon enough! (1,359 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a goblet, the beer has a beautifully clear chestnut brown color, though the head is disappointingly short-lived.

The signature toasted bread scent of Munich malt is evident here, but I also pick up whiffs of earth, licorice and lightly roasted coffee. It's a mild, muted aroma, but not an unpleasant one.

The taste makes up for the somewhat flat aroma. Very flavorful, but surprisingly light in body and quite dry on the whole. Toasted and caramelized malt flavors hit the tongue first, leading into a briefly sweet mid-palate of toffee. It dries up in the finish, leaving a mild bite of hop bitterness and burnt malt.

I really enjoyed this one overall, and I plan to revisit it soon to see if different glassware improves the appearance and aroma. (796 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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 (520 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I'm having this rarity in about 2 months. I feel privileged. Chris split one with me and then I found this at Chevy Chase, so I had to grab it.

Beautiful reddish brown with copper colored highlights, there,s a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk leaving little lace. The nose is quite excellent. Toasty, nutty and a little caramel-like, this has a moderate sweetness on the nose. A little weak coffee is also present. Solid.
The palate is just wonderful. Rather rich with a blend of toasted bread, caramel and a little burnt sugar, this beer is very flavorful. This is rather grainy, but in a way that makes me think of brown rice, if that makes any sense, with delicate flavor but very clean and not particularly husky, like wheat can be. Despite the sweet flavors, this is really light on the palate, and dries up on the finish with crisp carbonation, a little burnt sugar and some toast. Hops aren't really noticeable, but that might be because of age. Carbonation is medium-high and is pretty much perfect for this beer. Very drinkable, this is one I look forward to revisiting. (1,116 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque brown, with very little light shining through. There's a two inger off-white head that settle very slowly to a solid cap, that leaves behind a nice shetting of lace.

Smell; lots of raosted malts, with toffee and caramel. There was a little bit of chocolate and some hints of rasins, and nuts.

Taste; very malty, with caramel, chocolate and bread dough. The raisins and nutty flavors came through, but were not very strong. There was almost no bitterness to speak of, and the finish was on the sweet side. While this wasn't the most complex beer out there, it was a very enjoyable drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very drinkable. (661 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid auburn with a dark umber glow. Medium and compact light tan foam. Lace sticks in skimpy strings but keeps a solid skim and collar the entire session.

Aroma is pretty solid with light roasty malting and nutty breads. A bit toasty and drizzled with caramel; always dry yet sweetly sided with the bread tone.

Taste is about the same as what the smell eludes to which stands among a good caramel, nutty bread tone with dustings of cocoa, wood, and drying nuttyness and pretzeled breadings.

Fluffy and firm carbonation thats clean and gripping to the point of good natured drinking. Medium body with a solid finish of nuts, toasty breadyness, and a light mineral spicey woodish hop thing.

A very solid beer. Munich malts make the bread tones evident and the extra darker toasty nuttyness gives it an almost porter-esk character. Quite a nice treat. Spendy though. (876 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,094 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.