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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Ettaler Kloster DunkelEttaler Kloster Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005

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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 156
Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper with good clarity and mild carbonation from tiny bubbles. The soapy cream head starts strong, but doesn't stick around long. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Dominated by dark sugars with toffee, caramel and molasses aromas. Some grassy noble hops are in the background.

T: The dark sugar theme continues. Bittersweet toffee, bolstered by molasses starts things out. A peppery bitterness comes on to provide just enough of a bite to balance the sweetness. Finishes with lingering bittersweet flavors.

M: The beer feels thick and syrupy in the mouth. Carbonation feels about right.

D: This is a nice beer to me. The thick body impedes the easy quaffing normally associated with a low ABV beer like this, but it didn't bother me. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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).

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

Appearance – This MDL is a dark brown in color with a light orangish hue. The head is unsurprisingly modest.

Smell – The malt aroma here is light but shows complexity. The toasted grain and caramel stand out proudly. I can also pick up some molasses and maybe some sort of dark refined sugar.

Taste – The malts really pick up the pace at the tongue. All of the characteristics from the nose come out 3X at the taste. There is a big toasted flavor here that struts some bitterness and a nice, bready character throughout.

Mouthfeel – This Dunkel Lager is almost light in the body with some light carbonation and a bittersweet finish.

Drinkability – This was an enjoyable and credible example of the MDL style.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Super dark dunkel going on here. Deep mahogany red, with dark brown and walnut edges. Excellent clarity with a moderate amount of carbonation rising through it's body. Head is fluffy to creamy like retention with a small head of about two fingers. Manages to settle slowly to a one finger puck, and stick around looking real inviting. Excellent looker.

Solid notes of clove and spice, with a caramel and sticky lager yeast. A little bit of noticeable sourness, maybe some acrid grain hiding but very small and almost comes off like a fruity ale ester, or possibly some sweet balsamic vinegar interestingly. Pretty solid.

The palate comes off with a nice thick malt action, but not horrifically sweet. Some hint of chewy hazelnut, but also a bit of sour twinge going on as well. Some mild molasses like sweetness, but missing a bit of bready toast and some anticipating bready character.

Overall though very solid brew here, with a hint of classic German character but has a bit of an odd sour quality that I can't seem to ignore. It's definitely not compromised or infected, but a decent beer with a character that sort of distracts me.

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

I actually had this on tap a few nights ago, and now I am enjoying the bottle version (I'll have to add the tap version at some point). Nice chocolate color, the 1/2 inch head left pretty quick. I am picking up some rich malt, actually almost a low vinous and pleasant note in there as well. Drinking this is like eating a hearty dark bread, although the mouthfeel is actually rather light. The carbonation is also rather modest. Nice hint of milk chocolate in the aftertaste.

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Photo of akokandy
3.86/5  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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 16, 2012.

The pour is a beautiful dark mahogany brown to dark amber with a long-lasting foamy off-white head. Plenty of lacing.

The aroma is not upfront like other Dunkels. It is more subtle with its sweet dark malts.

The body is about medium and smooth.

The taste begins with a full toffee-caramel malt note followed by a a slightly biting bitter finale. But overall it is a balanced, drinkable beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottel at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA

A: A dark red tinted amber. Pours with a clear off white head that dissapates to around a quarter of an inch.

S: Roasty toasted malt aroma. Not too pronounced.

T: Mild malt toasted flavor. Moderately sweet taste with a strong malt backbone.

M: Medium light body. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable "dark beer". A great beer to initiate people into drinking something better than macro swill.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze-like brown that becomes fiery red-orange when backlit with morning sun. The large cap of beige foam looks good immediately after the pour and as it deflates. It lasts longer than expected and deposits a surprising amount of bubble bath-like lace. A clean, refined look.

The nose is clean as well. In fact, it's too clean and could use a bit more personality. Dark caramel-toffee is central, with a wee whiff of earthy hops on the periphery.

Kloster Dunkel is a good, light, dark beer. It isn't explosive on the palate, but makes one work a little bit to appreciate its nuances. The malt load is acceptable for the style and contributes flavors such as cocoa powder, dark caramel and toasted walnuts. A mineral-like hard water character is noted as well.

The beer becomes more approachable with time and warming. I would suggest drinking it barely cool, drinking it prior to any bigger styles and avoiding food in order to appreciate it fully. The mouthfeel is light and airy, which is probably exactly where it should be for the style.

Ettaler Kolster Dunkel is good beer if given a chance. It's the antithesis of big beer, but calling it little beer is an undeserved slight. There can't be too many versions out there that are superior to this one.

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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 captaincoffee
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a bottle from the store at the abbey.
Quite a dark dunkel, bigtan head. Was expecting some dark malt and German hops on the nose, but really didn't get much. The flavor was much bigger. Lots of malt, some burnt caramel, and fairly sweet overall. A bit more complexity as the slightly cloying sweetness fades.
Bottom line: little nose, big flavor, too sweet.

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Photo of hanco005
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10 10 05 poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid brown with a 1 inch fluffy cream colored head that slowly collapses into a thick blob on top, laces in spots

S—caramel, biscuit, mild chocolate, faint alcohol as well, some toasted malts aroma, too

T—toasted malts and caramel are up front, some bready yeasty taste lingers, not bad

M—smooth, light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D—good. Easily a session beer, the $4.99 bottle makes it too expensive to do so (for me anyway)

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear brown with an amber hue. The head was white an rose slightly falling slowly to try and lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel malt presence and a bit of chocolate. The aroma contained some dark fruits, raisins, but not at a high level. The aroma was also bready and nutty.

The flavor was matly with a spicy and lightly metallic bittering component. Caramel malt and chocolate led the charge with a decent level of bitterness keeping things in check. The flavor was nutty with a light biscuit flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting light chocolate, nuttiness, and very light hop character into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. A nice Dunkel, but missing complexity.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent brown, with a soft cap of an off-white head. Fair retention.

S: Fragrant molasses, baked dark bread, brown sugar, sweet, loving the nose.

T: Baked brown bread again, baker's chocolate with a fair amount of roast. Quite bitter for the style.

M: Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, prickly with a smooth finish.

D: Great nose, solid taste, in the end a nice effort, it needs more sweetness to be really good, it definitely has potential.

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

Its been awhile since I had a good German dunkel so I picked this up yesterday,poured a nice clear medium brown/bronze with smallish light brown head that was gone pretty fast.Light aromas but pleasant milk chocolate,cookie dough,and some raw earthy nut mainly,soft malty flavors to this beer from the get go a lightly sweet cookie dough base over top of milk chocolate with a very noticable and nicely suprising herbal anicy note in the finish.A very easy drinking "soft" beer with real character,recommended if you like traditional dunkel lagers.

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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 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 Frozensoul327
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out to more of a amber red, than a dark brown. Short lived head resulted in a thin layer of foam after a few moments. Minor lacing around the glass. Medium carbonation. Aromas of, well, not much. Traces of sweet malt and light hops were noted. Woulda been a helluva lot better if i didn't have to struggle to get some type of smell. Flavor was a nice pick-up point area for this brew. Notes of un-sweet caramel, medium malt and some smoke-like spice was also noted toward the finish, albeit weak. Nice mouthfeel, very crisp and refreshing. This could be a nice place to start for those looking for a gateway into German Dark Beers. Recommended.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnW
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reasonably dark into a glass, though was surprised the head disappeared almost immediately. Aroma as expected, malty, hint of burnt caramel and chocolate, though fairly light. Texture was much lighter than I expected, and taste is similar, tasty, but not at all heavy, slightly sweet, but more hints of bitter chocoate and burnt caramel in the finish. Have to confess to be just a little disappointed, I was expecting something with more body in the taste, but did enjoy this and certainly would have it again.


JohnW
(B'ham UK) tried while in Tampa FL May 2006

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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.