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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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BA SCORE
87
very good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005)
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Photo of beerthulhu
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
Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

crossovert, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Jayli, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Minkybut, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of bcm119
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

bcm119, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a three-finger white head that leaves some lace. Deep clear amber color. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Slightly malty nose. Starts sweet, nice malt/hop balance finishes mellow and not dry. $2.79 for a 500ml bottle from Tulley's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a ruby brown.. very clear and visibly carbonated. aroma is very light and lagery with clean hints of freshness. overall malty beer but not substantial at all in flavor.. i guess that's the point. kolsch-like crispness and a fresh tart green element add to the experience. finishes with a smokier malt taste left on the tongue briefly, but not sweet or heavy.

im left with a clean mouth.. yummy but not my favorite style. a noble effort though, and should be recognized as such.

goodbyeohio, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is quite flat, so I'm not sure if some of the carbonation didn't make it over across the pond, or if this is just one of those lagers that doesn't have much of a head or carbonation. Needless to say, the beer pours a deep mahogany color with zero carbonation and little if any head. The nose is a big whiff of molasses, caramel, toffee, some roasted sweetish malts too.

The taste pretty much follows the nose on this one. It is a fairly watery beer lots of molasses, caramel, toffee, maybe a touch of brown sugar, very light bodied, some roasted notes, but nothing to rave about. The beer is a pretty straightforward dark lager beer with a flatness that I guess works. The finish has a touch of some undefined nutty flavors, but it is all washed back with the thin wateriness of the beer. This one is okay, I wish I knew whether more carbonation is part of its true character.

Update November 2010: I had a bad batch when I first reviewed this beer. The beer is plenty carbonated, not flat at all. The beer is a touch watery, but has sufficient lagery caramel flavors to make it a decent choice. I'm upgrading the points on this beer.

albern, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of barleyman
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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,

barleyman

barleyman, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of stcules
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, mahogany edges. Beige foam, quite abundant, beautiful and longstanding.
Toasted malt, caramel, and burnt. Notes of coffee powder.
A good resolute dunkel, for sure not too sweet. A sharp note of burnt, and toasted. Pleasant.
Almost feelings of coal dust.
Good body, not too much, but relevant.
Aftertaste very long, wih again burnt, coal, coffee.

stcules, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of alexwag
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying to explore more German beers, so I picked one that others had obviously purchased. Fact that it was only $2.75 didn't hurt either. Got at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan.

A- Dark red, clean and fortified-looking -- very inviting. One finger of attractive white foam peaced out quickly.

S- Not very powerful: malts with a bit of spice. A tad yeasty, a little bite, some sweetness, molasses maybe.

T- Taste also lacks intensity. Pretty light -- some Munich malts with their distinct muskiness and richness, which is good stuff. More stuff emerging now ... a little nuttiness, a hint of sweetness. Finishes cleanly, not much aftertaste.

M- Got some fizziness, but it's crisp and refreshing ... obviously made with real ingredients, vs. the "crisp and refreshing" of Bud. I viscerally think of drinking this on a summer afternoon. It's got some body too, a little thickness with is nice.

D- A more than decent offering. As I mentioned, would be good in summer. Could use some more punch I think. I might buy it again, but there are so many other Germans to try.

[As I edit this -- the more I drink it, the more I like it. Still not above good, but enough to bump the score. Solid option.]

alexwag, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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

brentk56, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of JohnW
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
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, big head, medium duration. Nose is malty, sweet. Taste is toasted malt, sweet, big bready character. Medium body. Highly carbonated, almost effervescent. Finish is sweet, malty. No detectable bitterness. Could drink this one all night.

JohnQVegas, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

erialbill, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Dark with amber hints shining through. Minimal head.

S - Toasty caramel & bready scents.

T - A meal in a glass. Caramel, toffee, bready malts work well together. Hops are evident as well for a well balanced Dunkel.

M - Heavy bodied yet very smooth....almost creamy.

D - Decent representative of the style. if you like this it is very drinkable.

BeerisfoodLLC, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

pknyc, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored lager with a small tan colored head. Nice ruby colors when held up to the light.

Smells sweet and malty with a fair amount of bread and yeast in the scent. Nice fruity aroma smells slightly like British ale with a faint hint of chocolate.

Starts out sweet and malty with a slight astringent quality. Fruity with a good bitterness and some nutty bock qualities. Some dark bread flavors and a bit of rye in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable beer especially if you like a little bock in it. Not all that remarkable, this one gets lost amongst all the others like it from Germany.

Zorro, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent brown, with a soft cap of an off-white head. Fair retention.

S: Fragrant molasses, baked dark bread, brown sugar, sweet, loving the nose.

T: Baked brown bread again, baker's chocolate with a fair amount of roast. Quite bitter for the style.

M: Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, prickly with a smooth finish.

D: Great nose, solid taste, in the end a nice effort, it needs more sweetness to be really good, it definitely has potential.

Halcyondays, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of brutalist
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

brutalist, Aug 18, 2012
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 neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty decent beer. I really wasn't expecting anything good, honestly, but this is quite drinkable. Reminds me of a brown ale, but with the crisp mouthfeel of a lager and a distinctly German malt profile.

The beer pours to a great rusty brown color that seems to shimmer amber and gold as the lighting changes. Has a huge brownish head with loose knit bubbles that fade away within minutes. Leaves a decent film over the top, though no lacing sticks to the glass. A bit of carbonation is apparent when held to the light.

The aroma is of toasted biscuity malt, heavy with caramelized sugars. Some fruity berry undertones. Hints of vegetal aroma. No hops bouqet.

The taste is decent, and very close to the nose. Tastes like Victory and Munich malt and a hint of Pils. Very bready and biscuity, almost cereal-like. Lots of burnt caramel. Earthy berry aftertaste, almost pruney.

Very light and crisp mouthfeel. Hint of metallic in the finish. Fairly balanced between sweet and dry. Easy to drink. I'd probably pick a brown ale over this most days, but it is a decent change up.

neonbrown82, May 07, 2007
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. While pouring it it looked like cola. When finished pouring it and holding it up to the light it had a creamy amber brown color to it. There's a pretty bubbly head with lots of different sized bubbles that goes away pretty quickly, not much lacing, a few little blotches randomly stick to the glass. Not much of an aroma to the smell. It smells very sweet. Caramelized malts seems too weak of an argument, I'd go with caramel soaked or topped. The taste is pretty good, again it's pretty sweet. Caramelized malts take the bulk of the flavor with some toffee notes. There's also a hint of nuts to it, candied though with the slightest taste of alcohol. Slight hop on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good, very clean with decent drinkability.

AndyAvalanche, Nov 05, 2009
Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.