Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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very good

111 Reviews
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 146
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 2cm head of foam that's light tan in color, composed of small, fine bubbles, appearing quite frothy. Retention is above average, the head very gradually reducing to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. What lacing is left is fairly modest: a few small dots and thick lines scattered about the glass' sides. The body is a deep brown color with reddish-orange undertones, transparent, and with very minor carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Light brings out strong red-orange hues. B+/A-

Aroma of pleasant, mildly intense chocolate and caramel atop a general scent of cereals like "Grape Nuts". This really smells like the perfect beer for a warm (60F) day in the late fall.

Tasting opens with grainy cereal and caramel flavors, which lead to a mid-palate of subdued chocolate, caramel, and light fig and date tastes. Mid-palate also experiences some modest bitterness and herbal hop components, no doubt from European hop selections. Back of palate picks up deeper roasted malt flavors along with subdued caramel, fewer dried fruit flavors, and continued modest bitterness. Pleasant aftertaste of well-blended caramel and roasted malts bringing sweetness, which is then tempered by lightly peppery and bitter European hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with fairly high levels of carbonation. This leads to a mouthfeel that is marginally prickly, quickly becoming moderately light, foamy and smooth across the palate. Closes in a surprisingly dry fashion, with very modest stickiness across the palate. (1,615 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L vom fass (on tap) at Kloster Gasthof across the street from the monastery.

Clear deep orange-brown with a very creamy tan head. The wonderful head contributes to the creation of a superb mouthfeel of this very smooth, medium-bodied beer. Fine textured carbonation rises continuously and re-establishes some head and re-coats the lacing on the glass with every sip. The very appealing medium malt aroma is simple and clean, if a bit more subdued than i would prefer [3.75]. Nonetheless, there is no shortage of rich malt flavor, and the sweetness is kept in balance by some otherwise subtle hopping [4.25].

O: Excellent dunkel and, unfortunately, much better than the version I have had as a bottled import in the US. (722 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear amber brown, a one finger white head builds, but dissipates fast into nothing.
The smell is toffee, caramel and malty notes.
Tasting the beer, up front there is a bread like feel, sweetened by caramel and toffee notes. In the middle the malt is the backbone.
The finish is a typical lager finish.
Very drinkable lager beer, just what the style is supposed to be. (386 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -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. (815 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (582 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of nschueller
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the bavarian lodge in lisle Il

A : clear with a cherry cola hue. Bubbles nucleating in thetwenty oz mug and rising beautifully to the two finger yellow white head.

S: very maplelike strong, touch of brown sugar like air. Obvious use of roasted and.caramel malts.

T: pleasing roasted flavor. Maple and brown sugar again. Very similar to the aroma. No alcohol

M: thin for the style but in a good way. Accompanied by a moderate plus amount of carbonation that puts a little bit of bite on the tongue in just the right way.

O: blew me away. One of the best funnels I've had in some time. I'm a sucker for roasted tastes and biting carbonation and this shot right for it. A good session beer that one could have three plus of (740 characters)

Photo of stewfnrocker
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I poured the Kloster Dunkel from the bottle into my Aventinus weizenbock glass it poured a clear light brown with a reddish hue. There was a slight head that quickly dissipated with a slight lacing on the glass. I took a good sniff and smelled roasted malts and some burnt chocolate. When I took that first mouthful the taste was pretty much like it smelled, roasted malts, a little bready with a burnt chocolate taste. The mouthfeel is a medium feel, a little thinner than some of the dunkels, but not light on taste. Not an abundance of carbonation. Also there isn’t a hint of alcohol. This Dunkel is a nice easy drinking Dunkel. I could have drank a bunch of these for sure. The taste is very nice with a sweeter taste. I highly recommend this if you haven’t had it by now! (785 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, small tan head soon thins to foamy ring and some foamy wisps.

Aroma is rich toasted barley, sweet brown bread, light woody-earthy character, hint of gingerbread.

Taste is a very good, solid dunkel, caramelized toasted barley, gingerbread, woody spice. It is lively and engaging, slightly on the sweet side, excellent with good well-rounded character. (372 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (1,857 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear brown with an initial foamy white head. No lacing, no real retention.

Rich malt aroma, with a touch of brown sugar and a cocoa-like edge.

Smooth brew, with some brown sugar sweetness up front in the toasted malt. Grain fights through this with wonderful brown bread elements, and clearing to a light lingering bitterness. A touch thin in flavor, but just barely.

Medium body, but a little on the thin side. Soft mouthfeel as carbonation is present but not assertive.

Easy drinker here. Not the best of the style, but very worth trying. A bit light in intensity, but this is still one more example of what is turning into one of my favorite styles to drink year round. (690 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I'm having this rarity in about 2 months. I feel privileged. Chris split one with me and then I found this at Chevy Chase, so I had to grab it.

Beautiful reddish brown with copper colored highlights, there,s a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk leaving little lace. The nose is quite excellent. Toasty, nutty and a little caramel-like, this has a moderate sweetness on the nose. A little weak coffee is also present. Solid.
The palate is just wonderful. Rather rich with a blend of toasted bread, caramel and a little burnt sugar, this beer is very flavorful. This is rather grainy, but in a way that makes me think of brown rice, if that makes any sense, with delicate flavor but very clean and not particularly husky, like wheat can be. Despite the sweet flavors, this is really light on the palate, and dries up on the finish with crisp carbonation, a little burnt sugar and some toast. Hops aren't really noticeable, but that might be because of age. Carbonation is medium-high and is pretty much perfect for this beer. Very drinkable, this is one I look forward to revisiting. (1,116 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Ayinger Celebrator glass from a 16.9 ox bottle.

A: Dark amber hue with a cream colored head that settles quickly to a thin film on the surface. Sticky lacing coats the glass walls. The brew is almost transparent with very fine bubbles.

S: Caramel, toffee, and grainy "Horsefeed" malt dominate the nose, folloewd by subtle grassy hop notes. "Horsefeed" is not a bad thing by any means. One of my favorite smells is when I wander into a rural town and smell the grain in the air.

T: Much like the nose, but much more intense. Caramel, cola, and toasted grains, followed by a fruity note coat the palate. Floral, grassy hops give the beer a nice dry finish. One of the most balanced Dunkels I have ever tried!

M&D: This is a rather full-bodied dunkel. Flavors are rich and remain on the palate for some time. Very smooth. This beer is extremely easy to drink. Good thing it's priced where it is, because this in quantity could get quite expensive. A very sessionable brew, indeed! (996 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: clear, rich medium brown hue. Lots of apparent effervescence contribute to two thick fingers of deep ivory head. Head is a nice consistency but moderate retention.

Smell: rich malt aroma with notable amounts of biscuit and caramel characters; there's also a slight bit of roasted malt aroma and a little bit of an acidic twang. I'm not a huge fan of biscuit, normally, but this is alright.

Taste: nice, well-rounded flavor. The biscuit drops back at the beginning and when it asserts itself more toward the middle, there is actually a nice complementary chocolate flavor. Hops play a back role, showing up with a little vegetable flavor at the end and a nice finishing bitterness. I'm quite pleased with the dynamic flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a healthy amount of carbonation. It's refreshing and almost creamy: good stuff!

Drinkability: a very refreshing beer on a hot day like today; there's a good flavor and it's definitely a sessionable brew. (1,038 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid dunkel. Poured with a small to medium tan head that quickly subsides and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear amber -copper red. Aroma is roasty and very malty. Flavor is like aroma and very sweet up front then a heavier slightly roasty bitter finish. Good full rounded body and carbonation. Session beer. (316 characters)

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.75/5  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. (785 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.76/5  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. (471 characters)

Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.