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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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very good

137 Ratings
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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

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 alexwag

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Trying to explore more German beers, so I picked one that others had obviously purchased. Fact that it was only $2.75 didn't hurt either. Got at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan.

A- Dark red, clean and fortified-looking -- very inviting. One finger of attractive white foam peaced out quickly.

S- Not very powerful: malts with a bit of spice. A tad yeasty, a little bite, some sweetness, molasses maybe.

T- Taste also lacks intensity. Pretty light -- some Munich malts with their distinct muskiness and richness, which is good stuff. More stuff emerging now ... a little nuttiness, a hint of sweetness. Finishes cleanly, not much aftertaste.

M- Got some fizziness, but it's crisp and refreshing ... obviously made with real ingredients, vs. the "crisp and refreshing" of Bud. I viscerally think of drinking this on a summer afternoon. It's got some body too, a little thickness with is nice.

D- A more than decent offering. As I mentioned, would be good in summer. Could use some more punch I think. I might buy it again, but there are so many other Germans to try.

[As I edit this -- the more I drink it, the more I like it. Still not above good, but enough to bump the score. Solid option.]

12-08-2005 00:50:42 | More by alexwag
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

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

12-01-2011 02:04:14 | More by brentk56
Photo of barleyman


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

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,


12-10-2007 01:35:53 | More by barleyman
Photo of stcules


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

07-01-2008 19:53:44 | More by stcules
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

12-29-2005 00:25:37 | More by jdhilt
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

pours a ruby brown.. very clear and visibly carbonated. aroma is very light and lagery with clean hints of freshness. overall malty beer but not substantial at all in flavor.. i guess that's the point. kolsch-like crispness and a fresh tart green element add to the experience. finishes with a smokier malt taste left on the tongue briefly, but not sweet or heavy.

im left with a clean mouth.. yummy but not my favorite style. a noble effort though, and should be recognized as such.

07-13-2005 18:52:46 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of albern


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

This beer is quite flat, so I'm not sure if some of the carbonation didn't make it over across the pond, or if this is just one of those lagers that doesn't have much of a head or carbonation. Needless to say, the beer pours a deep mahogany color with zero carbonation and little if any head. The nose is a big whiff of molasses, caramel, toffee, some roasted sweetish malts too.

The taste pretty much follows the nose on this one. It is a fairly watery beer lots of molasses, caramel, toffee, maybe a touch of brown sugar, very light bodied, some roasted notes, but nothing to rave about. The beer is a pretty straightforward dark lager beer with a flatness that I guess works. The finish has a touch of some undefined nutty flavors, but it is all washed back with the thin wateriness of the beer. This one is okay, I wish I knew whether more carbonation is part of its true character.

Update November 2010: I had a bad batch when I first reviewed this beer. The beer is plenty carbonated, not flat at all. The beer is a touch watery, but has sufficient lagery caramel flavors to make it a decent choice. I'm upgrading the points on this beer.

06-27-2009 19:16:01 | More by albern
Photo of bcm119


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Medium brown/amber with a small whitish head. Sweet malt aroma, hint of chocolate. Crisp roasted flavors; nutty and slightly sweet mid-palate. Lacks much depth of toasted malt, and finishes a bit thin with some mineral qualities. Not a bad quaffer or food beer, but seems a little deflated. I suspect the bottle isn't the freshest.

07-22-2009 02:34:38 | More by bcm119
Photo of Jayli


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

01-18-2012 14:37:42 | More by Jayli
Photo of Minkybut


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

12-09-2006 15:53:47 | More by Minkybut
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9%

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.

02-03-2008 15:01:57 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of crossovert


3.53/5  rDev -9%

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.

11-03-2011 22:26:41 | More by crossovert
Photo of Tone


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight hop, and some roasted malt. Overall, a decent beer, better than most.

06-30-2009 06:20:59 | More by Tone
Photo of bigred89


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-22-2013 12:12:50 | More by bigred89
Photo of Duff27


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-01-2013 15:44:07 | More by Duff27
Photo of KAF


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-05-2014 11:52:03 | More by KAF
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

05-02-2006 02:31:27 | More by Sammy
Photo of mntlover


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

08-31-2007 15:59:14 | More by mntlover
Photo of Mechphisto


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

03-31-2007 18:42:50 | More by Mechphisto
Photo of akorsak


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

04-30-2006 01:26:36 | More by akorsak
Photo of smcolw


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

12-15-2012 21:11:46 | More by smcolw
Photo of Absumaster


3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

05-05-2007 08:34:10 | More by Absumaster
Photo of TheSarge


3.33/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

04-11-2008 13:49:57 | More by TheSarge
Photo of morimech


3.3/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

02-14-2008 23:51:45 | More by morimech
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

02-06-2011 13:55:51 | More by KTCamm
Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.