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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

243 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-12-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The real Mccoy of a German beer. Licorice, some roast barley, mollasses, caramel and chocolate malt. Well balanced, very smooth drink, despite slightly noticeable but not obstrucive alcohol. Picked up in Orlando, thanks to the store's website alerted me to look out for it.

Sammy, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a moderate brown color that is pretty transparent. Thin tan head forms and then falls away very quickly. The nose has a bit of chocolate and mild malt sweetness. Pretty plain. Mild dark fruits in the background. The flavor is really plain and the mouthfeel is fairly watery for a beer of this style and strength. Mild malt sweetness and a touch of caramel. Really bland and disappointing. Moderate carbonation on a too-light body. Not a very good example of the style.

Thorpe429, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.3%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a beige head that quickly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles, which nearly consistently cover the surface with a thin layer of bubbles.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and dark bready malts in the aroma, which is slightly sweeet. There are also some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and becomes more complex and sweet as the beer warms up. There are also flavors of brown sugar, caramel, nuts and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer isn't overly difficult because the alcohol doesn't prominently stand out, however this is one that you should definitely sip considering its strength. This is a perfect beer when you need some alcohol warming on a cold night but don't want to taste the alcohol.

metter98, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a orange highlights and a thick head that splashes some lace around

Smell: Muscat-soaked raisins, fruitcake spice and a hint of tobacco

Taste: Opens with raisin, caramel and allspice flavors; by mid-palate, there is a bit of brown sugar sweetness that comes into focus; but the surprise is when the tobacco arrives, after the swallow, to add another dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, creamy carbonation

Drinkability: By keeping the cloying tendencies in check, this beer ranks among the better doppelbocks out there

brentk56, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark walnut brown (with generous orange highlights) that becomes dusky ruby when backlit. The head is the color of toasted wheat and is a good contrast to the lucent liquid on which it sits. A short collar of lace has appeared, with more, perhaps, to follow once the stubborn cap finally relents.

The nose is gently roasted malty, dark fruity and lightly spicy. It isn't as bombastic as the biggest members of the style, but it's enjoyable all the same. Actually, repeated sniffs convince me that this is one of the spicier doppels that I've smelled. It'd be nice if that characteristic translates to the palate.

Curator is full of flavor and is a wonderful example of the style. As I'd hoped, it tastes like it smells, for the most part. I often forget that doppelbocks are lagers and shouldn't really be stout-like in the mouth. While this one isn't the biggest doppel in the race, it's in the lead pack.

Sweet, well-roasted barley is the unchallenged focal point. There aren't a huge number of accessory flavors bathing the taste buds, but then there doesn't need to be when the beer is this well-crafted. Buttery figs, dark caramel, cracked coffee bean and a wee smattering of cinnamon play supporting roles is this impressively complex lager. Delicious.

I don't know why Klosterbrauerei Ettal decided to give the American import version a higher ABV, but the alcohol is so well-buried that it doesn't really matter. If it helps depth of flavor, so much the better. The mouthfeel is medium-full with an impressive amount of lightly silky smoothness. The next highest score is only a hair's breadth away.

Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock is fantastic and should be enjoyed by lovers of quality doppelbocks and by most others as well. The fact that the recipe was created by Benedictine monks in 1609 proves that good beer is timeless.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a couple sample half pint glasses

A - Poured a nice caramel brown color with a smallish off white head. Quick fade left behind a somwhat flat looking brown liquid with no head, lace, or side glass contribution.

S - Aroma was decidedly smoked with a nice hint of caramel in the back. There was some earth grain present and more of a dark grain tone.

T - The flavor was nice, classic dopplebock with lots of smoked flavors and a great overall malt profile. Thick flavor with a somewhat tangy finish it had that little bit of a coffe grind kind of finish to it.

M - Very smooth with little in the way of carbonation. It had a bit of slickness to it but nothing that was terribley bad or even distractable. Overall just a nice smooth feel.

D - Very very nice. An easy drinker with smoot feel and absolutly no hint at the 9% alcohol that was hidden inside. I easily could have had a few more of these with ease.

Overall not at bad Dopplebock by any means. This was really a good choice and something that was really cool to enjoy. I really look forward to trying it again.

mikesgroove, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ygtbsm94, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jaydoc, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing another fine product of Germany.

A: The pour is a dark brown/cola colored elixir with a small off-white head.

S: A nice fruity sweetness to start things off. I get plums, figs, cherries, and raisins. There's some caramel maltiness as well as a hint of toasted bread and cola.

T: The flavor is much the same, perhaps a bit more "bread forward". Lots of sweet cola and caramel along with very ripe dark fruit flavors.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation that fills the mouth nicely.

D: I love me a good doppelbock and this one certainly fit. Definitely worth a tick.

womencantsail, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a murky maroon and brown body. Rich molasses and dark fruit, mostly with a fresh melted carmel note. Flavor is more like a Wild ale with a musty dark fruit note with caramel and syrupy background. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall reminds me of a wild ale too much but still a good beer.

kylehay2004, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Doppelbock was a little different than I expected. It poured out like a normal Doppelbock with a really nice deep amber color and yellowish white head. The smell of the beer had some sweet malt aromas and and some subtle hops in the background. The taste was strange to me, it gave off this sour flavor for some reason. Perhaps a bad bottle but I'm unsure. The tase I was getting from this brew kind of hindered my thoughts of what started out as a good looking brew. The mouthfeel was medium and had a light carbonation to it. If it wasn't for the taste I would have enjoyed this much more. Perhaps having it again would be a good choice.

Knapp85, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep mahogany body with a bubbly, effusive off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, rich aroma of syrupy malts along with notes of cinnamon, sugar-soaked dark fruits, and molasses.

Taste: Sweet, sticky maltiness with flavors of toasted toffee, brown sugar, and just a drizzle of molasses. Copious amounts of lush darks fruits like figs and raisins. Hints of cinnamon and tobacco. There's a faint mint character that emerges near the fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Ample carbonation. Nicely warming.

Drinkability: I may not remember much, but I will never forget the time I shared an Ettaler Curator with my pal, AndoBrew.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with some reddish hue with fluffy off-white one finger head,first thing that stuck out to me in the nose was the smokiness that goes along with the dark fruit and brown sugar and caramel sweetness the alcohol whafted a little but its not strong.Sweet up front quite sweet in fact raisins and caramel with some dark brown sugar as well a little bit of an alcohol burn going down.I notice just a slight spiciness and earthy note in the finish,its a smooth,slick doppelbock glides down easily if you like big malty sweet beers to me this would be a good winter sipper to take the chill off I ll be looking for this again come December I think.

oberon, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown, dark but very clear, topped by a small head that settles to a collar pretty quickly.

Rich aroma of dates, raisins, toasted malt, a little caramel and mineral.

Similar on the palate, caramelized and toasted malts backed by fruity notes of dates and prunes. There's a mineral-metallic character mid-palate that leads into a grainy, husky and bitter finish.

This is a pretty solid doppelbock. Maybe not the best out there, but great stuff.

largadeer, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark reddish brown color with a very bubbly, light brown, two-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of malt, chocolate and light grasses.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a nice roasted malt flavor. It also had a strong chocolate and caramel taste, plus a candy sugar flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dopplebock. Despite a fairly high ABV, the alcohol isn't noticeable.

zeff80, May 15, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Devil's Den in Philly. From notes.

Appearance: Delivered with the expected dark chestnut body capped by a frothy head of light tan foam. It's hard to tell if it's clear or not as the beer is dark and the bar is dark. The head holds quite well and leaves some thin lacing about the glass.

Aroma: The nose displays a toasty and caramelish malt. Clean. Subtly spicy (seemingly more from yeast or hops than alcohol).

Mouthfeel: It's full and creamy across the palate with a full body and very fine, median carbonation.

Flavor: The flavor is far more rich and malty than the nose suggest, and it's caramelish with a thin strand of delicate cocoa and perhaps a bit of butterscotch. Some dark fruit is present as well, but it's more on the caramelish with underlying chocolate side. It's very straightforward rich malt, and there are no hints of roastiness or smokiness or any dark malt acidity to interupt its smooth passage. In fact, there are barely any hop flavors either, excepting the spiciness, which may be coming from alcohol and /or yeast, or a combination of both. Some floral, and perhaps grassy hops do dance about in the background but they are minor in comparison to the dark maltiness. It's bitterness is also restrained, allowing the malt to shine, but it remains superbly balanced and never appears sweetish, only richly malty. Very cleanly fermented. Very nicely rounded. The alcohol is very well-cloaked and it never appears 'hot'.

Drinkability: One of the best doppelbocks I've tasted. Some go too strong, some go too complex, some are just too thin... this is very direct and very drinkable without becoming strong or heavy on the palate. Worth seeking out!

NeroFiddled, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Dark caramel, sour cherry, and brown sugar.

T - Brown, sour malt up front. Some caramel and brown sugar in the middle with vanilla and cinnamon in the finish.

M - A medium thick body, average carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Comes across more like a Flemish red than a bock, but it is balanced and enjoyable.

nickfl, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/11/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, lager yeast, brown sugar, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with some lager yeast breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(purchased at Brawleys in Charlotte, NC) Pours ruby/chestnut with a 1/2" of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Licorice, breadyness, & booze as it warms

T: Licorice, cinamon & breadyness up front. Brown sugar & doughyness show up as this warms along with some black currant. Finishes with pecans, boozey dryness & breadyness

MF: Chewy, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drank very easy for the abv. A solid dopplebock, I will say I enjoyed the 7.0 abv German version just as much, if not more

russpowell, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap @ Ebenezers.

A: Creamy bubble head fades quickly over a dark brown semi clear beer.

N: Lots of dark wheat, banana, slight creamy, lots of syrupy sweet and toasty malts aromas, touch of coffee and smoke, molasses, and a little candi sugar.

T: THick and syrupy, molasses galore! This is what would happen if you brewed a mead with molasses instead of honey! It has a spiced cookie flavor too, with some dark wheat, touch of warming booze, fresh caramelized brown sugar, and candi sugar, sweetness galore! A little smoke, chewy, touch of bitter creamy flavors too.

M: Medium body with syrupy feel and decent carbonation.

F: Long molasses sweetness and syrupy, with brown and candi sugars, some earthy bitterness, little smoke, dries well but keeps that hint of sweetness, dark wheat too, with no real stickiness, caramel, toasty malts, and a looong finish.

jlindros, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque, cocoa-toned top, slowly evaporating.

Dark and deeplyrich aroma, caramel notes, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit...maple, anise, ...sweet, but not too, very well played balance.

Fully flavored, but mellow in the mouth. Very smooth and drinkable, despite the 9% abv. Slips tasty, tastiness all 'round the senses. Plums pop up in the flavor department, dates, blackberries...very interesting, this dunkler doppelbock.

"Brewed according to it's historic recipe of 1609, created by the Benedictine Monks." Yea, for that!

A slick and delicious doppel, smooth and very welcome. Yum.

feloniousmonk, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I had this beer on draft at a local beer bar in the US I'm assuming that what I had was the US version and not the European version. I will do more research and if this turns out not to be the case I will transfer my review to the other beer entry.

Beer served on draft in a tumbler. Beer is brown but clear, carbonation is moderate and a white thin head forms made up of small bubbles. There is no lacing.

There is almost no aroma, but what little aroma there is I can detect some malt and a slight tinge of acyl.

Overall the beer is neat and clean. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carry through and connectivity. There isn't a lot of sourness from the carbonation in the body but there is an odd bitterness at the back of the mouth. There is some sweetness up front that is 100% malt followed by a slight tinge of alcohol. Overall, drinkability is good and mouthfeel is good. I've tasted better doppelbocks and this one has a couple of obvious flaws. I would recommend it but probably wouldn't order it again.

drabmuh, Jan 05, 2010
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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.