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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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BA SCORE
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005)
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Photo of Metalmonk
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strange head -- big soapy bubbles make it look more like dish soap than the head of a beer. They dissipate quickly (in about a minute) and leave a skim on top. The color is gorgeous, a glassy burnt ruby-brown. Resembles home-brewed root beer with way less bubbles.

Smells like a pumpernickel bagel sprinkled with brown and white sugar. Big caramel/toffee notes work their way in too. Big and bready, also kind of nutty. Very, very nice.

Flavor is many things: hazelnut, toast, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, root beer, chocolate birthday cake (ie. faintly chocolate) and cola. Absolutely wonderful at first, but it fades quickly. Leaves almost nothing in its wake; the finish is just a ghost of nuttiness and toasted bread.

Some might not like this beer's relative lack of carbonation, but I think it's a refreshing break from the many over-carbonated beers that do little more than sting the tongue. Has a thinness that glides over the tongue without feeling watery.

This tastes wonderful...for about 5 seconds per sip. Its greatness is fleeting. I tried to hold each sip in my mouth as long as possible. It worked well enough that I enjoyed this quite a bit. It certainly has its charm, but not sure I'd return. Ettaler's doppelbock (Curator) is way better (one of the world's best, in my opinion).

Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Rootbeer brown with some deeper auburn highlights. This one has a downright disappointing head. It's flimsy, soapy, and grey and it lasted all of thirty seconds. Whipping it around in the glass builds up a little head, and leaves a small amount of wet lace on the glass.

S - Light chocolate notes (like a few dark chocolate shavings that they might sprinkle on your latte or ice cream cone. Toffee and mixed nuts.

T - Light nutty notes, with some light toffee and a hint of woodsmoke. This is very relaxed and mellow, as is par for the style. A slightly lactic sour note comes out towards the finish, and this is slightly more hoppy than others of the style, but that's not saying that this is hoppy in the least.

M - Light in body, firm, and only slightly carbonated. This is very mellow and easy going. No flavors linger after the swallow, and...

D - For a super-session a lack of power and lingering finish can actually be a good thing. Sadly, I only have one of these and when I only drink one beer I'd prefer that it be a little more interesting. Actually, due to it's very mellow and light flavor profile (almost like Newcastle) this would be a very good beer to give to a BMC fellow who thinks that all dark beers are "a meal in a bottle." Very easy to drink; this one does nothing wrong but it's just easy going and pretty tasty.

Photo of monoXcide
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of this style so please take that into consideration.

Appearance - No head or lacing (unless I poured it wrong?). It has a dark amber look to it.

Smell - Kinda sweet, malty, a little fruity and pleasing

Taste - Sweet and malty with hints of bitterness throughout. It taste good and clean and goes down easy. Has a bit of quality to it.

Mouthfeel - Not enough carbonization for my taste unless again, I didn't pour it right or I got a flat bottle.

Drinkability - Very drinkable but again, I would enjoy it more if it had a little more carbonization.

This would be a great choice for people who like the Belgium style or dopplebocks. Paid about 3 bucks for a bottle at Magnolia here in Lynchburg, VA. It is almost worth it...almost. I do like the big bottle so maybe I got a little more beer, but I still don't think I quite got my moneys worth, unless I got a bad bottle.

Photo of akokandy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A red amber color with 1-finger tan head and good retention. Head leaves little lacing.

S-A somewhat fruity, yeasty nose vaguely reminiscent of other monastic brews.

T-Fruity yeast taste along with a nutty, caramel-toffee taste, which comes to the forefront as the beer warms.

M-Smooth in the mouth with good carbonation, but not too much. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste which coats the mouth.

D-This is where the beer really shines. A true session beer.

Photo of DeepSix
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Max's during their German Beer Fest. Pours brown with a small little head. The head stayed with MY beer the whole time, with some minor lacing.

I didn't smell a lot here, maybe some slight malts, but maybe it was just hope.

The taste was just eh, not what I was expecting, but this is my first dunkel (yeah i know wow) A malty, not so much sweet like others are saying, and a hint of hop taste to it. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a medium bit of carbonation.

Was kinda disappointed with this beer, doubtful I'll be back for this one, but I'm not giving up on the style.

Photo of stcules
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, mahogany edges. Beige foam, quite abundant, beautiful and longstanding.
Toasted malt, caramel, and burnt. Notes of coffee powder.
A good resolute dunkel, for sure not too sweet. A sharp note of burnt, and toasted. Pleasant.
Almost feelings of coal dust.
Good body, not too much, but relevant.
Aftertaste very long, wih again burnt, coal, coffee.

Photo of TheSarge
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of ATPete
3.9/5  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.

Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4/5  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.

Photo of morimech
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of casadebia
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of barleyman
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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,

barleyman

Photo of Beerzebub
4.05/5  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.

Photo of Redrover
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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 mntlover
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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 mnstorm99
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Mechphisto
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  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..

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