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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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88
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 7
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town.

Pours chestnut brown wihout much of a head at all. A good swirl doesn't do much to rouse anythig up. Nose is muted with hints of light caramel and not much else. Taste is much better. Good dose of caramel, raisins, toffee, dark fruits, and light yeast. Feel is light to medium and is quite smooth. Drinks quite well; Amyliz4 stole a good portion of my glass. Hopefully this is on tap around here again.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rustico Restaurant & Bar, Alexandria, VA

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. There's a very light amount of carbonation and just a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark caramel malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is much stronger than the smell and has lots of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth. Not much carbonation is evident and the finish is very clean.
D: The beer is extremely easy to consume.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze-like brown that becomes fiery red-orange when backlit with morning sun. The large cap of beige foam looks good immediately after the pour and as it deflates. It lasts longer than expected and deposits a surprising amount of bubble bath-like lace. A clean, refined look.

The nose is clean as well. In fact, it's too clean and could use a bit more personality. Dark caramel-toffee is central, with a wee whiff of earthy hops on the periphery.

Kloster Dunkel is a good, light, dark beer. It isn't explosive on the palate, but makes one work a little bit to appreciate its nuances. The malt load is acceptable for the style and contributes flavors such as cocoa powder, dark caramel and toasted walnuts. A mineral-like hard water character is noted as well.

The beer becomes more approachable with time and warming. I would suggest drinking it barely cool, drinking it prior to any bigger styles and avoiding food in order to appreciate it fully. The mouthfeel is light and airy, which is probably exactly where it should be for the style.

Ettaler Kolster Dunkel is good beer if given a chance. It's the antithesis of big beer, but calling it little beer is an undeserved slight. There can't be too many versions out there that are superior to this one.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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 largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ettaler's Kloster Dunkel pours a clear mahogany body with a reddish cast that's topped by a creamy head of light-tan that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The nose delivers some caramelish, toasty, chocolatey, and lightly roasty malts with just a background air of floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's delicately brisk, and then somewhat creamy as it warms.

The flavor offers a bready, lightly toffeeish malt that has an edge of mildly acidic, dark-kilned-malt character. It's laced with floral and spicy hops, and balanced by a solid bitterness.

It finishes dry, with a flash of toffee that's followed by a note of mild, bitter, dark chocolate; raspy, grassy hops; and a long-lingering, dull bitterness.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a large 2" head that lasts quite a while. Some mild lacing developed.

Smell: pretty clean except for hints of malt sweetness that the nose picks up.

Taste: big malt profile with boatloads of caramel sweetness. A bit on the bready side too. Mild bitterness brings this around nicely to a well balanced beer. This is just what you expect in a German Dunkel.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and a touch dry throughout. Clean aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one, and for me this can be a long session beer. Enjoyable and I will be picking up more of this.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle, just out of date when poured into my 'Judas' stemmed massive tulip glass on 4 Apr 2013.

Looked really great: a reddy, mahogany brown body with a very large head of foam on top.

Malty notes hit your nose: sweet molasses, caramel and toffee hints come through more and more as the beer warmed in the glass.

Those same sweet malty aromas are also within the taste, this is a sweet brew:most likely the sweetest beer in this style I've had so far.

Body suits the alcohol content and overall a pleasant and easy drinking beer.

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a thick foamy 2 finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Spicy aroma with a huge clove presence and a nice malty backbone with hints of caramel, chestnut and toffee.

The flavor is quite spicy as well with a nice cove presence as well as some ripe banana notes, smokey caramel malt and a subtle bitterness in the finish. Slightly watered down but still pretty flavorful and easy drinking.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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 DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.