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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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marcobrau

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 23:22:59 | More by marcobrau
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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)

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 18:30:06 | More by hanco005
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 23:54:47 | More by Nipitato
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LordHarris

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 00:06:20 | More by LordHarris
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Mitchster

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 20:25:21 | More by Mitchster
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CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

2.08/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 01:26:03 | More by CH3CH2OH
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RedHaze

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 03:16:45 | More by RedHaze
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 07:45:33 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 00:05:36 | More by GCBrewingCo
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

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

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 18:26:47 | More by JohnW
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 12:01:13 | More by oberon
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shbobdb

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 00:50:43 | More by shbobdb
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 02:31:27 | More by Sammy
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 01:26:36 | More by akorsak
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 05:23:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 01:46:03 | More by geexploitation
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biergeniesser

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 16:52:32 | More by biergeniesser
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 07:05:47 | More by Beertracker
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 16:42:41 | More by yelterdow
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Jredner

Florida

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

Big whiff of honeycakes and brown sugar in the aroma. Quite appealing smell. Dark brown to copper with a pinky thin white head. Fore is honey, malt sweet. Very substantial tasting like the aforementioned honeycake though the mouthfeel isn’t thick or at least no thicker than it should be. Some caramel malt notes in there as well. The range is narrow, but the beer is very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 16:15:21 | More by Jredner
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO

An aggressive pour in my 23 ounce pilsner glass resulted in a HUGE off-white head, which faded into a soft ring that left nice lacing. Malt and pine hops on the nose, with rye bread. Smells kind of like a bock. Taste is clean hopped malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dry finish, with light hop bitterness. Really pretty nice. Mouthfeel is good and round, pretty outstanding for a lager. Very easy to drink, with not too much carbonation and only 5.0%. This would make a nice session beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 01:11:03 | More by ColoradoBobs
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EPseja

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 25oz. brown bottle in a pilsener glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a clear medium amber brown with decent action in the class. Head rises to a full finger in height; creamy and solid. Dimishes after a minute or so to a thin film atop the beer. Lacing is sparse but evident.

S - Sweet, caramel toastiness. Medium bodied, clean smelling molasses and raisins. Very nice maltiness, much like a Malta Goya.

T - Sweet toasted malts are the first thing to come off. Very nice... much sweeter than I would have originally anticipated. In the middle a dark fruitiness steps in - raisins and prunes... figs. Big flavor! The end is only mildly hopped and/or bitter, and the aftertaste leaves only a tinge of the lingering sweetness.

M - Watery going in, smooth and creamy as it opens up. The finish is somewhat sudsy, but not too gassy.

D - An all around very nice performer in all categories. This is an excellent beer for the style, although admittedly, I need to seek out and try more for comparison. I hope they are all this solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 23:40:23 | More by EPseja
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 03:29:59 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 19:59:34 | More by BeerBuilder
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 00:25:37 | More by jdhilt
Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.