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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website
Germany

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 ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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..

Photo of DogFood11
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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).

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown body with ruby-red highlights and about a half an inch of off-white head. Smells like malt, caramel, and brown sugar mostly. Tastes sweet and malty, roasty, like brown sugar and molasses. Medium in body. Rather drinkable. A really tasty decent little beer.

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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!!

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.

Photo of dherling
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark clear caramel color with an ok white head that dissipates into a thin coating, but with big lacing. Has some toasted malt notes and a little cherry int he nose, but not much else. Taste starts with a light mollasses, takes a left turn towards a metallic hop monster, but stops short of overbearing then finishes clean and refreshing with a slight malt/metallic aftertaste. Lovely mouthfeel.

Photo of bdupree
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of hanco005
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10 10 05 poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid brown with a 1 inch fluffy cream colored head that slowly collapses into a thick blob on top, laces in spots

S—caramel, biscuit, mild chocolate, faint alcohol as well, some toasted malts aroma, too

T—toasted malts and caramel are up front, some bready yeasty taste lingers, not bad

M—smooth, light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D—good. Easily a session beer, the $4.99 bottle makes it too expensive to do so (for me anyway)

Photo of Nipitato
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottel at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA

A: A dark red tinted amber. Pours with a clear off white head that dissapates to around a quarter of an inch.

S: Roasty toasted malt aroma. Not too pronounced.

T: Mild malt toasted flavor. Moderately sweet taste with a strong malt backbone.

M: Medium light body. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable "dark beer". A great beer to initiate people into drinking something better than macro swill.

Photo of LordHarris
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 1 pint .9oz bottle.

Appearance: a nice dark chocolatly color, not quite as dark as guiness, but, pretty close.

Smell: Very nice, smells of a choclate/ carmel beer, hardly any or no hop smell at all.

Taste: Carmel and sugar taste are there, but not overwhelming, as well as a slight hint of hops on the way down. Leaves a slightly less strong after taste than one would think.

Mouthfeel: a pleasent feel in the mouth, not too much carbonation, but, just enough to let you enjoy the beer, goes down with a smooth finish.

Drinkabilty: very high for me, i've almost finished the entire bottle just writting the review, had to pace myself.

A very good beer for only $2.99 a pint.

Photo of Mitchster
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 for a 1pt, 0.9fl oz bottle. 5.0% ABV. Pours out to a very clear mahogany, forming a creamy light tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate brisk. The aroma opens with caramel, toasted sugar, light molasses, grassy hops and slightly toasted grain husk. Cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is vibrant and crisp with a medium body. Taste opens with grassy hops, followed by caramel sugars, and finishes with leather, toasted grains, and grain husk. Bitterness is mild to medium and herbal in nature. Mineral water, lightly chalky.

For the style, this is probably the most enjoyable I've had. Easy to drink and definitive for the style.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
2.07/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

Photo of RedHaze
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear brown with an amber hue. The head was white an rose slightly falling slowly to try and lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel malt presence and a bit of chocolate. The aroma contained some dark fruits, raisins, but not at a high level. The aroma was also bready and nutty.

The flavor was matly with a spicy and lightly metallic bittering component. Caramel malt and chocolate led the charge with a decent level of bitterness keeping things in check. The flavor was nutty with a light biscuit flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting light chocolate, nuttiness, and very light hop character into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. A nice Dunkel, but missing complexity.

16.9 ounce bottle.

Photo of JohnW
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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.

Photo of shbobdb
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, caramel-y appearance, lush head above, dotted with brownish flecks, lace-leaving, but reigns in with a quickness...

Wide open aroma, ripe with nuts, cocoa, cream, and mild vanilla...nice.

Taste: Boards the palate boldly, but doesn't intimidate, leaves lightly...jettisoning a slightly roasty, nutty flavor...fullish, but dry, in the end. Full bodied, long, nutty finish, but, overall, dry. Cleans right out.

Rich and tasty, this, smooth yet fully flavored. Not bad at all. Can be consumed with ease, while delivering a certain dollop of deliciousness. And that's a good thing.

Since 1330, eh? Wow! I will try the rest of this brewery's offerings, and hope that they all measure up as well.

Photo of geexploitation
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of biergeniesser
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This .5l bottle of Ettaler Kloster Dunkel had a born on (I hope) date of 10.10.05 on it and poured a crystal clear deep reddish brown. It had a thin white head, which dissipated slowly and left no lacing. Tiny bubbles evolved continuously from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was a fine blend of sweet toasty malt and alcohol with a hint of molasses… I was surprised to find that the aroma was quite bock-like.

The Flavor was dominated by clean sweet toasty malt in the beginning. Kloster Dunkel had a relatively low and nicely balanced hop bitterness with a slight degree of hop spice evident in the background flavor which was quite pleasant. Alcohol flavors were also noticeable and reminiscent, once again, of bock bier. A late earthy toastiness , which I can only describe as Munich malt flavor lingers pleasantly.

Kloster Dunkel has a medium body… it is sweet but not syrupy, that is to say it has a lighter mouth coat. It also has a light, but noticeable carbon dioxide bite.

Ettaler Kloster Dunkel is a great beer… if you can find it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it at one of the better liquor stores in my area, as I had never expected to see it again after my visit to Kloster Ettal a year and a half ago. If you like malty, sweet, clean lagers you’ll definitely like Ettaler Kloster Dunkel.

Photo of Beertracker
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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!)

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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.