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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

apintofknowledge, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

lackenhauser, Nov 26, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Slatetank, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

GatorBeerNerd, Mar 08, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DaveMiller, Mar 28, 2014
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...

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.

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.

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!

Ego, Nov 27, 2005
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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.

falloutsnow, Dec 09, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

metter98, Jun 12, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

ColoradoBobs, Feb 28, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

EPseja, Feb 11, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

BeerForMuscle, Dec 25, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

orbitalr0x, Jun 12, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

drpimento, Mar 24, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Gavage, Sep 07, 2007
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3.93/5  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.

Rayek, Jul 25, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 03, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

ATPete, Mar 28, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

PatandDavid, Aug 29, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

akokandy, Dec 27, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

flagmantho, Jul 09, 2010
Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.