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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | 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 CH3CH2OH
2.07/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance and mouthfeel were typical for the style. The aroma and flavor were awful. As I poured, I thought something must have gone bad in my kitchen, but a stale malt flavor was rising from the glass. The flavor reminded me most of rancid raisins. The date on the bottle was 10 10 05 (not sure if that is a drink by, or a made on date.) I will try re-reviewing this in the future, as I may have had a bad bottle, but I doubt it. One of only two or three beers I have ever dumped.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from the monastery in Ettal and consumed a few days later.

A: Brown body with purple highlights against the light. The pour produces 2 fingers of beige head, which deposits sticky bubble lace as it recedes.

S: Caramel, nuts, honey, and some plums. A fairly unimpressive nose, although it was pretty pungent.

T: Following the nose, the taste begins with caramel malt and honey. The mid-taste has a light sensation of plums, finishing with a nutty, roasty flavor.

M: Thin-bodied, kind of watery.

D: Meh.

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Photo of DeepSix
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Max's during their German Beer Fest. Pours brown with a small little head. The head stayed with MY beer the whole time, with some minor lacing.

I didn't smell a lot here, maybe some slight malts, but maybe it was just hope.

The taste was just eh, not what I was expecting, but this is my first dunkel (yeah i know wow) A malty, not so much sweet like others are saying, and a hint of hop taste to it. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a medium bit of carbonation.

Was kinda disappointed with this beer, doubtful I'll be back for this one, but I'm not giving up on the style.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nutty brown amber color and very clear with an off-white head. Almost nothing on the nose - a faint whiff of caramel and metal. Uh oh, is it stale? is it oxidized? Is it old? It doesn't taste old or stale, but it is slightly oxidized. There is a faint nutty caramel character that is nothing that Shiner bock couldn't achieve with a little effort, but the stand out is the smooth, clean "roundness" That is mostly reserved for German and Czech lagers. Pretty drinkable due to the lack od serious flavor, but the body is there medium to full body. Finishes with that same distant nutty caramel flavor.

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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 pmcadamis
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm going to Munich's dark side tonight. On to the beer:

Autumn brown color, with a shiny orange hue at the bottom of my stange glass. It's reddish down there as well. The head is modest, shrinks to a thin lace on top. Raisins and residul sugar in the aroma, spicy hops, also getting some raisinettes (chocolate covered raisins). That raisinette note makes the aroma.

Flavor intensity is lower than expected from this dunkel. Raisins and brown sugar are the most distinctive and easiest to spot. A little hop bitterness is leftover. Light in the mouth, easy in there like water, seems a little seltzery. I feel like some bigger flavor is ready to jump out of the closet, but it tastes like a light dunkel.

Yeah, like a light dunkel. Not really exciting, and I like this style. But in the overall picture, it is decent.

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Photo of steveh
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a light tan head that holds up just okay.

S -- Earthy maltiness with some mild caramel notes.

T -- Same earthy maltiness with some sour-astringency back. Not terrible, but definitely not the bready and toasty characters I was hoping for.

M -- Soft mouthfeel, but somewhat thin body to style.

D -- The drinkability isn't so bad, the astringency doesn't overpower. There's no best-by date on the bottle, so I'm questionable about the freshness.

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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 morimech
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of ralree
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with an off-white head, nice retention, good lacing.

S: Lots of hops, a little bready, caramel, some dark fruit. Brown sugar.

T: Brown sugar and bready flavors are up front, with some hops in the background. Hops come out a little stronger after swallowing, as well as some of the dark fruit. Not overly sweet. Clean flavor after swallowing, with just a bit of hop bitterness hanging around. Overall, a little too bready and not quite sweet enough for my palate.

M: Leaves mouth clean and dry. Carbonation is good. Non-astringent.

D: Definitely seems to bloat the stomach, so it's hard to down a lot or drink a lot fast.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ettaler Dunkel pours with a vast amount of carbonation, which produces massive amounts of light tan head. The head sticks around for a good while. The body of this brew is clear, and has a nut brown color, with deep reddish hues.

Sweet bready aromas dominate the smell, but there is an odd metallic character here too.

There is a slight chocolate flavor here, along with a slight bitter finish.

This brew is a little bit more than light in body, but quite thirst quenching. This wasn't too bad, and is an added incentive to visit the Ettaler Monastery.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bright, brown color with a very small head. Some nice brown, red hues.

Smell is roasted and somewhat burned like chocolatemalt. There is a light molasses and some maltiness but overruled by the roast malts.

Taste is sweet and roasted (molasses) with a light maltbitter. There is no real hop bitterness or hop aroma present. The malt is more pronounced in the taste than in the smell. There is very little carbonation in the beer, which interfere the drinkability of the beer. I don't know if I had a bad bottle, but it doesn't seem right.

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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 akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich brown, clear with some red hints. Decent tan head forms and falls but no lace is left, or very little anyway.

Aroma is malty light caramel some bready notes also chance fruity notes from malt. Overall aroma is to subdued for my taste.

Taste is nice malty, bready but with a nice caramel kick to it also. Light fruits appear along with light hops and light dry metal finish, which i like. It is a decent tasting easy drinking brew nice and enjoyable, nothing to exciting going on but probably more enjoyable then my score indicates.

Mouthfeel is light crisp enjoyable and easy to go down the hatch. Carbonation level is just right with a light pep but not much more.

Drinkability is good easy drinking not complex at all no master piece and probably wouldn't repurchase but not a bad little beer.

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Photo of Mechphisto
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately I'm still getting over a small cold, so I'm not sure I can properly comment. I only got one bottle from my local shop, just to try it on a whim (having not looked it up before I bought it,) and found it to be enjoyable--so I'll certainly buy it again and give it a better review.
In brief:
Nice, dark, nearly opaque brownish-black appearance.
Had to pour kind of hard the last half of the bottle to get a good head on it, which didn't last long and didn't lace, but what was there was a nice tan color.
As for aroma and taste, I can't guarantee my senses aren't a little off, but I detected a slight sour smell, and something woody. Odd, maybe a chocolate plumb. Not at all unpleasant, and the slight sour note did not last long nor was too prominent.
Not too hoppy, either. I prefer a rich, roasted hop in a beer as dark as this, but that's not the fault of the beer that it didn't have it, just my expectations. It had a good mouthfeel. A little light, but no oily film feeling or back of the palate linger I usually seem to have when there's a slight sourness.
No, this was a fine beer, and I could tell there's a slightly richer complexity to it that I just was not in the best state to appreciate.

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Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight hop, and some roasted malt. Overall, a decent beer, better than most.

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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 beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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

Beer poured into tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was a good beer,, it had fair head though went awayy quick. It was a pretty dark brown and tasted slightly of roasted something. But it just did not stand out greatly. While I liked it okay I will still have to say that I will not purchase gain.

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Photo of bcm119
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown/amber with a small whitish head. Sweet malt aroma, hint of chocolate. Crisp roasted flavors; nutty and slightly sweet mid-palate. Lacks much depth of toasted malt, and finishes a bit thin with some mineral qualities. Not a bad quaffer or food beer, but seems a little deflated. I suspect the bottle isn't the freshest.

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Photo of barleyman
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 1/2 liter brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler. The white head quickly dissapates down to lace along the sides to the glass. The Mahogany color is clear and attractive. The aroma is of grass and malt. This bottle sent to me by the son in the USAF stationed in Germany, and what a fellow his is!!!! The taste is quite pronounced, malt, raisins and port wine, Mouthfeel is picture perfect for a dunkel. Drinkability is spot on and could handle a few of these in an evening.

Just a thought,


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