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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 151
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website

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 TheSarge
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ettaler Dunkel pours with a vast amount of carbonation, which produces massive amounts of light tan head. The head sticks around for a good while. The body of this brew is clear, and has a nut brown color, with deep reddish hues.

Sweet bready aromas dominate the smell, but there is an odd metallic character here too.

There is a slight chocolate flavor here, along with a slight bitter finish.

This brew is a little bit more than light in body, but quite thirst quenching. This wasn't too bad, and is an added incentive to visit the Ettaler Monastery.

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Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm monastic beer from Germany, when i heard this i had to try them!

the Dunkel:

A- Deep red, small off white head

S- Roasty toasted toffee goodness

T- Great balance, very smooth an almost perfect dunkel. The hop character is very subtle but there if youre looking.

M- Pleasant, a gulper

i was told by another group of beer geeks to look out for sediment in Ettaler beers, if you see floaties, you've gotten yourself a bad bottle.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nutty brown amber color and very clear with an off-white head. Almost nothing on the nose - a faint whiff of caramel and metal. Uh oh, is it stale? is it oxidized? Is it old? It doesn't taste old or stale, but it is slightly oxidized. There is a faint nutty caramel character that is nothing that Shiner bock couldn't achieve with a little effort, but the stand out is the smooth, clean "roundness" That is mostly reserved for German and Czech lagers. Pretty drinkable due to the lack od serious flavor, but the body is there medium to full body. Finishes with that same distant nutty caramel flavor.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a 2.5 finger thick head into a Pilsner glass. The head settles down to about 1/4 inch very quickly.

S: A sweet malt smell mixed with a musty earthy smell mixed in. Its not the most inviting of aromas.

T: Roasted malt with a hint of sweetness is the main flavor. There is a slightly bitter hop flavor that makes it very well balanced between sweet and dry. There is no alcohol burn as expected from the ABV level. This is a good but not great version of a Munich Dunkel.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth. It has a nice thickness but rolls around very easily. Unfortunately, there is no carbonation or spicing that gives it extra complexity.

D: This one is very drinkable. There is no nothing overwhelming that forces you to sip it.

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Photo of morimech
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber with an attractive off-white head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap with a lot of sticky lacing.

The smell consists of sweet malt, a musty earthy type aroma, and cane sugar.

I expected more from this beer than what was delivered in the flavor. Too one dimensional. It does have a great creamy mouthfeel even with a lively carbonation. Feels medium body and goes down easily and the ABV won't sneak up on you. Worth a try but I won't revisit.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of casadebia
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/amber color with 1 finger tan head and moderate head and lacing. Nice smell with complex notes to it of fig and plum and roasted chocolate. Roasted coffee with a chocolate finish. Well balance of smooth malt with a hop tickle. Smooth medium-full body that retains throughout. Very drinkable for a dark.

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Photo of barleyman
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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,


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Photo of Beerzebub
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive red amber color, some frothy beige head, classic looking lace.

Smells like sweet wet malted grain, Christmas pudding, with a dry sharp note a bit like wild rice, and a touch of spicy, earthy hop aroma.

Tasty malt flavor, just barely sweet like brown bread, well rounded and balanced, with a classic hop profile for a German lager. Medium length finish of pleasing hop bitterness and smooth malt.

Great smooth creamy texture. Totally drinkable.

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Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL Do yourself a favor and check this place out!

The beer was served in a .51L mug. The color is dark brown bordering on black. The beer has a nice clingy beige head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, fresh bread, fruit and more than a hint of chocolate.

The taste tracks very close to the smell. The malts are roasted but not charred. The beer is sweet with toffee and chocolate notes. Ripe apples in the background. The taste stays solid as the beer warms.

The mouth is silky smooth with a nice low level of carbonation. This is a great session beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich brown, clear with some red hints. Decent tan head forms and falls but no lace is left, or very little anyway.

Aroma is malty light caramel some bready notes also chance fruity notes from malt. Overall aroma is to subdued for my taste.

Taste is nice malty, bready but with a nice caramel kick to it also. Light fruits appear along with light hops and light dry metal finish, which i like. It is a decent tasting easy drinking brew nice and enjoyable, nothing to exciting going on but probably more enjoyable then my score indicates.

Mouthfeel is light crisp enjoyable and easy to go down the hatch. Carbonation level is just right with a light pep but not much more.

Drinkability is good easy drinking not complex at all no master piece and probably wouldn't repurchase but not a bad little beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sitting outside of a German pub, in the middle of Ettal. Nice warm day, the girls were shopping. So my Dad and I sat down to have a beer. I had never heard of Ettaler, until I got to the town. This beer had a huge white head on it (german pour). Brown color was typical. Aroma was lacking, this one needs to hit the mouth. Very malty, carmel backbone, easy to drink and nice on a warm afternoon. Not to mention the feeling you get drinking a local german brew in southern Bavaria.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bright, brown color with a very small head. Some nice brown, red hues.

Smell is roasted and somewhat burned like chocolatemalt. There is a light molasses and some maltiness but overruled by the roast malts.

Taste is sweet and roasted (molasses) with a light maltbitter. There is no real hop bitterness or hop aroma present. The malt is more pronounced in the taste than in the smell. There is very little carbonation in the beer, which interfere the drinkability of the beer. I don't know if I had a bad bottle, but it doesn't seem right.

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Photo of Mechphisto
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately I'm still getting over a small cold, so I'm not sure I can properly comment. I only got one bottle from my local shop, just to try it on a whim (having not looked it up before I bought it,) and found it to be enjoyable--so I'll certainly buy it again and give it a better review.
In brief:
Nice, dark, nearly opaque brownish-black appearance.
Had to pour kind of hard the last half of the bottle to get a good head on it, which didn't last long and didn't lace, but what was there was a nice tan color.
As for aroma and taste, I can't guarantee my senses aren't a little off, but I detected a slight sour smell, and something woody. Odd, maybe a chocolate plumb. Not at all unpleasant, and the slight sour note did not last long nor was too prominent.
Not too hoppy, either. I prefer a rich, roasted hop in a beer as dark as this, but that's not the fault of the beer that it didn't have it, just my expectations. It had a good mouthfeel. A little light, but no oily film feeling or back of the palate linger I usually seem to have when there's a slight sourness.
No, this was a fine beer, and I could tell there's a slightly richer complexity to it that I just was not in the best state to appreciate.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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..

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Photo of DogFood11
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
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).

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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!!

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Photo of Minkybut
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of dherling
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of bdupree
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.