Ettaler Kloster Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
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 Mitchster
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 for a 1pt, 0.9fl oz bottle. 5.0% ABV. Pours out to a very clear mahogany, forming a creamy light tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate brisk. The aroma opens with caramel, toasted sugar, light molasses, grassy hops and slightly toasted grain husk. Cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is vibrant and crisp with a medium body. Taste opens with grassy hops, followed by caramel sugars, and finishes with leather, toasted grains, and grain husk. Bitterness is mild to medium and herbal in nature. Mineral water, lightly chalky.

For the style, this is probably the most enjoyable I've had. Easy to drink and definitive for the style.

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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 monoXcide
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Beerzebub
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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 LordHarris
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 1 pint .9oz bottle.

Appearance: a nice dark chocolatly color, not quite as dark as guiness, but, pretty close.

Smell: Very nice, smells of a choclate/ carmel beer, hardly any or no hop smell at all.

Taste: Carmel and sugar taste are there, but not overwhelming, as well as a slight hint of hops on the way down. Leaves a slightly less strong after taste than one would think.

Mouthfeel: a pleasent feel in the mouth, not too much carbonation, but, just enough to let you enjoy the beer, goes down with a smooth finish.

Drinkabilty: very high for me, i've almost finished the entire bottle just writting the review, had to pace myself.

A very good beer for only $2.99 a pint.

Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Jredner
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big whiff of honeycakes and brown sugar in the aroma. Quite appealing smell. Dark brown to copper with a pinky thin white head. Fore is honey, malt sweet. Very substantial tasting like the aforementioned honeycake though the mouthfeel isn’t thick or at least no thicker than it should be. Some caramel malt notes in there as well. The range is narrow, but the beer is very tasty.

Photo of biergeniesser
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This .5l bottle of Ettaler Kloster Dunkel had a born on (I hope) date of 10.10.05 on it and poured a crystal clear deep reddish brown. It had a thin white head, which dissipated slowly and left no lacing. Tiny bubbles evolved continuously from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was a fine blend of sweet toasty malt and alcohol with a hint of molasses… I was surprised to find that the aroma was quite bock-like.

The Flavor was dominated by clean sweet toasty malt in the beginning. Kloster Dunkel had a relatively low and nicely balanced hop bitterness with a slight degree of hop spice evident in the background flavor which was quite pleasant. Alcohol flavors were also noticeable and reminiscent, once again, of bock bier. A late earthy toastiness , which I can only describe as Munich malt flavor lingers pleasantly.

Kloster Dunkel has a medium body… it is sweet but not syrupy, that is to say it has a lighter mouth coat. It also has a light, but noticeable carbon dioxide bite.

Ettaler Kloster Dunkel is a great beer… if you can find it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it at one of the better liquor stores in my area, as I had never expected to see it again after my visit to Kloster Ettal a year and a half ago. If you like malty, sweet, clean lagers you’ll definitely like Ettaler Kloster Dunkel.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up on a whim @ the local shop (buy rite, edison nj), had no idea there were so few reviews...

eyes..
deep amber/brown solid hue, one finger head strong and holding making a nice miniscus (been looking to use that word since 9th grade physics class...) which clings to the glass, this beer looks like a photo even on a very non carefull pour (hey, I can be a klutz). solid in all aspects.

nose...
caramel, a small hint of roast, mild chocolates, dough, fresh morning mountain yeast (if there is such a thing), shot and concise but powerfull. really good.

taste etc...
reminds me oddly of a mild ESB except great carbonation action (prickly) and the aftertaste is sweet roasted malts, smooth and creamy without being heavy in the least, it reminds me of so many styles it's crazy, very drinkable to say the least. the carbonation really is perfect on this one.. we're talking milk mustache variety that works.

Verdict?
solid in all categories. It doesnt blow me away in any one but it really is just plain all around very good. I will definitely be getting this again now that I know it is right down the street @ the store!

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with a good amount of carbonationt; but is not overly carbonated. The head last a bit and drops to a thin layer of foam. The aroma has hints of rye bread, among yeasty, musty bits and caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and accentuates the subtle toasted rye bread character of the caramel malts. The finish is just slightly sweet and a touch tawny. A very clean tasting dunkel with excellent drinkability.

Thanks go to RedBaron for the bottle.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous chestnut brown color with a great tan head. Nice mellow,somewhat bready, soft malty aroma. Very nice, sweet malt flavor-almost caramel and chocolate like. No real hop presence. Finishes sweet. Very good body for style. Extremely drinkable beer. Has to be the best dunkel I have had. I have heard almost fantasy-like stories of having Ettaler beers in Germany-sampling this makes them very believable!

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 EPseja
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 25oz. brown bottle in a pilsener glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a clear medium amber brown with decent action in the class. Head rises to a full finger in height; creamy and solid. Dimishes after a minute or so to a thin film atop the beer. Lacing is sparse but evident.

S - Sweet, caramel toastiness. Medium bodied, clean smelling molasses and raisins. Very nice maltiness, much like a Malta Goya.

T - Sweet toasted malts are the first thing to come off. Very nice... much sweeter than I would have originally anticipated. In the middle a dark fruitiness steps in - raisins and prunes... figs. Big flavor! The end is only mildly hopped and/or bitter, and the aftertaste leaves only a tinge of the lingering sweetness.

M - Watery going in, smooth and creamy as it opens up. The finish is somewhat sudsy, but not too gassy.

D - An all around very nice performer in all categories. This is an excellent beer for the style, although admittedly, I need to seek out and try more for comparison. I hope they are all this solid.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright and clear brown with red tints. Steady carbonation.

S - Sweet bready notes, brown bread with fig jam. Rich farm honey and dried dates. Brown sugar sweetness in the nose. Sweetly malty and inviting.

T - The taste matches the scent. Hearty bread flavors, sweet wheat bread, soft pumpernickel. Honey sweetness with some molasses and again some dried dark fruits. Sugary dates and preserves. A good deal of flavor and body for a drinkable 5% abv session beer.

M - Body on the lighter side of things but the flavor profile gives the illusion of a richer brew. Semi dry at the end with an grainy aftertaste. Pleasant soft carbonation.

O - The Germans have session beers down pat. Packing much flavor and great body into an easily drinkable beer. The dunkel has the richness of a much bolder style as well.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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 ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO

An aggressive pour in my 23 ounce pilsner glass resulted in a HUGE off-white head, which faded into a soft ring that left nice lacing. Malt and pine hops on the nose, with rye bread. Smells kind of like a bock. Taste is clean hopped malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dry finish, with light hop bitterness. Really pretty nice. Mouthfeel is good and round, pretty outstanding for a lager. Very easy to drink, with not too much carbonation and only 5.0%. This would make a nice session beer!

Photo of Theheroguy
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very subtle hoppiness with very slowly drying after taste. The aroma is basically non existent a common trait of beers in this style what does emerge is pure malt goodness. Deep malt flavor with a smooth and thin body. It goes down by gallon easy.

Photo of drpimento
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Ettaler Kloster Dunkel pours carefully into my Franz Joseph Jubelbier glass a deep brown cola color with hints of red and active carbonation. A small bubbly head emerges atop the brew and lingers. Nice. Aromas of toasted grains marinated in caramel along with an underlying cocoa powder. Touch of raisin as well.

First sip brings a toasted bread maltiness that's coated in caramel tones. Light cocoa flavors mix with some raisins and nuts. Slightly astringent herbal hops on the back of the palate. Burnt brown sugar sweetness. An enjoyable dunkel with good balance.

Mouthfeel features a creamy, medium body with a mellow carbonation that makes this an easy drinking beer. The bottle is almost empty and I could easily drink another. Not an incredible brew..but tasty, refreshing and drinkable. Worth a try.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.