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

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very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-12-2006)
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Photo of alexgash


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect pour into a tall Emerson's glass reveals a clear, dark, root beer/maple syrup brown-amber topped by a dense, soft cushion of beige foam. Slightly smoky, rich malt, with stewed fruits, brandy, and a tartish, vinous character. Sugary, malty, dark fruity flavors dominate up front. Toasted, spicy, vegetal hop edge flashes here and there around mild chocolate, licorice, and tobacco. Light, vinous tangy to it; maybe even a little tart and sour creamy in the otherwise woody, bitterish finish. Nice complexity to this doppel and I'm pleased that it's not too sweet. Medium-bodied with an almost dry feel. Goes down very easily!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 02:42:59 | More by alexgash
Photo of maundythirsty


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear dark garnet color with one finger of cream-colored head that thins to a light skin and sparse, slippery lacing. Raw and smoky, caramel and toasty malt smell spiked with booze.

Deep roasted malt flavor. Not-so-sweet caramel, sour grapeskin and herbal hops round it out. Nine percent ABV is certainly there, but not obtrusive. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation, and a dry finish.

Wow. Goes right down -- despite the alcohol -- doesn't it? Very drinkable stuff. The doppelbock is making my winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 05:12:50 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of neonbrown82


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good doppelbock. Pours with very little head -- a centimeter at most, over a nearly opaque dark brown liquid that almost appears black. Little carbonation to speak of, and no lace.

The smell is rich and malty. Mostly caramel with a hint of burnt maltiness. Smells as though it will be quite sweet and not too muddy.

Just as I expected, it is very sweet up front. Has a boatload of caramelized malt sweetness, accompanied by a very nice balancing roast. Only a hint of spicy noble hops in the finish, though this beer (like all doppelbocks) is more of a malty beast than anything. A bit nutty and bready from munich malts. Could stand to be a little more balanced on the sweet side.

Very thick in body, and it lacks the crispness of most lagers, which might stand to increase the drinkability a bit, even despite the cloying caramel sweetness. Quite nice overall, though I don't often drink doppelbock, so I may not revisit any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 01:36:16 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of BuckSpin


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a muted, slightly watery rudy brown (at times it actually had a more reddish quality than brown). Head was a pencil's worth of mixed, lively almond hued bubbles more than foam that added a nice epervescent quality but faded rather quickly with little to no lacing.

Nose was classic - clove, rich malts, licorice, perhaps a little sweet, sour raisins, some sharpness...nice.

The initial taste is crisp, with the clove & spice quality immediately noticable over the malts. Maybe a wisp of old, bitter milk chocolate (the grey kind thats been in the fridge door butter tray too long). The malts rise as it warms, some syrupy sweetness of English toffee, a little hoppy. The aforementioned meld & dance on the pallete as it warms thoroughly, more sugars, not as sharp. The throat is slightly echoed of the clove and crispness, dry, some biscuits and a slightly warm, somewhat bittersweet aftertaste.

Its good, and like most of the genre delivers a nice, crisp, spiced mirror to the malts & sugars. Not a boring beer by any means, but not in the league of a Aventinus. Nice thing is that I think this could be both a winter and summer beer, which is not easy. I'd certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 00:52:30 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of pentathlete


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation is active and tiny-bubbled releasing a bouquet of roasted malts and toasted walnuts. Not much in the way of fruits. Taste is malty, but the bitterness of the walnut that was in the nose comes through in the taste. This might be a welcome and interesting flavor for some, but I am not a bitter nut fan. The mouthfeel starts off fine, but the oils in the finish thin this out too much. Good, but not great. One or two at most is plenty. Certainly affordable though. My 500ml bottle was $2.50.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 21:33:00 | More by pentathlete
Photo of Minkybut


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer into tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer had a nice brown head that smelled slightly nutty. Very dark beer tasted great with my t-bone. It was a good blend of toasted chocolate/coffee taste with a hint of nuttyness. After taste was harx=sh though and I attribute that to the high Alc. content. It kinda blew away the great taste. I would buy again though.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 16:01:00 | More by Minkybut
Photo of RedHaze


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown, almost black with a two finger head that settles quickly to a thin cap. Even with the head fading so quickly the cap stays around for a long time, and there's more lacing than I expected.

Smell; mild hints of chocolate with a sweetness that reminds me of honey. Darks fruits are definitely present, but I can't see to pick anything out specifically.

Taste; chocolate cake and prunes are the first things that come to mind on the first couple of sips. And I'm surprised to say that the combination works for me. The honey-like sweetness is there, as well as a slightly nutty bitterness in the finish. This is different than any other dopplebock that I've ever had, and I like it alot.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with a fairly low carbonation, and the drinkability is good, especially since I can't detect any alcohol, other than a slight warming in my stomach.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 02:26:57 | More by RedHaze
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real German Doppelbock. Perhaps the first I've had since I began reviewing beers on this website a few months back. German beers intrigue me; probably because I simply haven't sampled more than one or two. Dopplebock is one of my favorite styles, so I'm looking forward to describing this drink.

The color is a dark amber/brown with red highlights. A thin head appeared briefly. Afterwards, a thin lacing around the surface/glass edge continued until the beer was gone.

A wonderful aroma of sweet bread, dried fruit, honey, and a sugary essence provides a nice anticipation of the flavor. Malts are very discernable as well, but the alcohol--which, at 9.0% should be noticable--doesn't really make its presenced known.

One expects the flavor to match the aroma, and it sure does! Strong malts and sweet fruits dominate the flavor, while the alcohol is barely evident, until you've finished the bottle! A nuttiness is present as well; much more so than the aroma betrays.

"Very nearly chewy" is probably the best way to describe the texture of this beer. The carbonation is thankfully low, and the beer fills the palate while not becoming obstrusive to the feel. Very nice!

I hope this is a great example of a German Doppelbock. I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying others like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 03:55:38 | More by CWiggins
Photo of shivtim


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites from this month's beer club.
Pours a clear but dark and intense red/brown. Has a big foamy tan head. The nose is sweet apple; maybe some grapes, and some spice coming through. A bit of alcohol. The taste is soft and complex, with a nice bready maltiness, a gentle plum sweetness, and an interesting smoky flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is good, with a nice carbonation. Drinkability is up there.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 04:48:49 | More by shivtim
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish-brown/black, light tan head; very little retention, some lace.

S: Very malty: Bread, dark raisin, dark caramel, brown sugar

T: Very malty: Dark bread, dark raisin, brown sugar (light molasses), chocolate, nut; mild spicyness from hops is pleasant. Balanced slightly to the bitter side. Some warmth to the finish (though I wouldn't have guessed it was that strong). Taste is bordering on exceptional.

M: Full, chewy body. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate.

D: Very good, especially considering the strength.

mmmm... liquid bread!

I suspect it might be more attenuated than it was in 1609... but it's definitely fuller/chewier than a lot of its southern Bavarian counter parts.

Highly recommend it!

I've had more than 20 other doppels, and I'd put this on 4th, behind:
Domhof Doppelbockbier

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 20:51:14 | More by Derek
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 15:45:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a small head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma is quite malty with a good bit of caramelly notes in the nose. Kind of reminds me of a caramel pudding. Taste is quite malty with a good bit of toasty malt flavors and spicy, clovy hops in the finish. As the beer warmed I could also taste a good bit of molasses along with some burnt malt flavor. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied. Hard to believe this beer is 9% cause I sure as hell can't taste it. Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength. I've had better doppelbocks, but this one is pretty good and not expensive at all in my area.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 19:07:36 | More by rodrot
Photo of weeare138


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Firewaters in Atlantic City...
Appears a deep mahogany toned brown with crimson toned edges when held to the light. A nice, fluffy, light tan head slowly fades out into a rocky film. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rich, doughy, roasted nuts, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, molasses, caramel, cocoa, and even a hint of light cherries, along with tropical fruit highlighted by mango.
Taste is of the same wonderful aromas. It definitely lives up to the true German Doppelbocks that many crave in the U.S.
Low carbonation makes this one very smooth but at the same time a tad bit slick along the palate. It starts off biscuity sweet and sort of fades out with a mildly thin slickness that I wish had a bit more backbone for substantiation.
Overall, not bad. Not really on par with Celebrator, IMO, but a good backup to seek out when craving a doppelbock.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2006 22:10:40 | More by weeare138
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a large steamed glass, just right for the occasion. The liquid is a dark brownish red, with the correct DB carbonation, Very nice. The Head rises up slowly lagging the pour, about 1 thumb, tan and creamy looking. little lace is the result.

The smell is very fruity, lots of plum, fig, and raisin. Some sweet malt and a good cover of the 9% ABV.

The taste follows the nose, Dark fruits, sweet malts but no roasty, or toasty flavor, this brew is about the fruit. The Hopy finish is nice and balances out well.

The Mouthfeel is very good, nice full body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, no defects in this robust DB offering. Prosit MK

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 18:36:32 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 03:59:15 | More by Sammy
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit stupefied by this being denoted as "US Import Version" on this site... I wasn't aware that there would be two different brews for special imports. Nonetheless, this beer pours with a deep, deep red color, thats translucent only when held up to a bright light. Smell is deep and malty, mostly of the dark kind. Taste is terrific and heavy, with nothing really developing until about half way through the trip down, then it really bursting with malty goodness.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 02:34:16 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of dgallina


2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle without freshness dating. Poured clear mahogany with no head or lace whatsoever. Sugary molasses, caramel, a touch of burnt toast, clove, and alcohol in the nose. Very clean, but nearly empty of flavor; slightly sweet syrupy malts up front with hot fusel alcohol finish. Almost still oily and syrupy body. Not a beer I'll revisit. The aroma is OK, but the flavor is almost entirely missing apart from the over-strong alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 01:56:11 | More by dgallina
Photo of Mitchster


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.79 for a 1pt .9fl oz bottle. Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep mahogany with ruby accents, forming a nice yellow head with good retention and adequate lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma opens with noble hops, fresh hay, and followed by dark fruits and a clean ferment. The mouthfeel is initially pringly but goes down smooth and velvety. Medium-dense body, very lightly syrupy. The taste opens with cloves and grassy hops, followed by abundant amber malts, raisins and prunes. Bitterness is mild and herbal in nature, and the finish is redolent with moist earth and tobacco. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste and a brief peppery flash of alcohol tinges the back of the tongue and has a mild pleasant warming sensation on it's way to the stomach. As it warms, early on, it displays pronounced alcohol, much of it isopropyl in nature.

This is a decent enough dopple, but it's rought around the edges, a little unpleasant at times, kinda like Salvator. I'll stick with my Korbinian which seems to be the smoothest dopple I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 01:16:59 | More by Mitchster
Photo of scruffwhor


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, visual bown hue with lots of maroon highlights. Decent head at the start but eventually trickles to nothing. The aroma has a light alcohol raoma. But this adds to warm an already toasty/roasty malt character.

The flavor profile is a great, complex and sweet malt. Hints of prunes and lightly burnt peahces mixed with vanilla and black cherries in the pit.

The palate was nice and warm, but not too sweet to cloy the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 04:02:18 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of xymyl


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is very dark red/mahogany with a short lived off-white headand medium/light carbonation with mostly big bubbles.

Aroma is Faintly sweet fruit with aromas of dark malts and earthy spices along with a light burnt note. It is all of what you would expect from a Doppelbock and a lot of what you would expect never to find in a Doppelbock, but in a Belgian Abby Ale.

Even with the cloves and other spices on the nose I was unprepared for the estery punch of the first sip. After that initial surprise that all faded into the background and I was able to enjoy the beer based on its other characteristics.

Flavors of chocolate, coffee, smoke, burnt sugar, alcohol, nearly burnt dried fruits and of course the earthy and spicy notes already mentioned.

Body is medium.

Other notes: Carbonation ran out before I could finish the beer. The beer is quite light for a Doppelbock. I would expect that it would be more dry or more rich, but it just sat in the middle. The recipe is supposed to be from 1609 so I guess if they called it a Doppelbock back then, they are grandfathered in on the convention. I like it quite a bit, I just wasn't expecting what I got. It does go great with a good sausage though. Also, this beer doesn't seem quite at 9% Alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 01:05:25 | More by xymyl
Photo of rajendra82


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on this 500 ml. bottle of Dunkler Doppelbock claimed to be brewed from an historic recipe of 1609 created by the Benedictine Monks. Since Paulaner Salvator, the first commercially brewed Doppelbock, didn’t become available to the public until 1780, this recipe must either go back to the origins of this style as food during Lenten fasting.

Poured out into a flute, this was quite dark in color, and had a two finger head at first. The head faded quickly to a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. As can be expected with a 9% ABV beer, there was not much lacing. The aroma was very rich, with the dark Munich style malts allowed to emit a toasty sweet smell. The taste was also sweet, but not cloying. The dark fruit ester taste was very dominant here, and was followed shortly by a spicy phenolic kick. Although they did not use any malted wheat in this recipe, this was somewhat similar to a Weizenbock. This was quite an easy beer to drink considering all the complexity and strength. No wonder this Abbey/Brewery has been around since 1330.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 04:40:03 | More by rajendra82
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 22:52:16 | More by oberon
Photo of BRoss242


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown with lots of ruby red coming through when held up to the light. Nice 1 finger white head which slowly fade to a thin film.

S- Nice blend of roasted malt , caramel, and chocolate along with some fruit.

T- Chocolate and caramel malts blend well some roasted malt gives it a burnt aftertaste.

M- This beer is very smooth but thick all at the same time you almost have to chew your way through it.

D- Very good drinking beer which hid the alcohol well, I will drink this beer again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 15:10:45 | More by BRoss242
Photo of shbobdb


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very understated for a Doppelbock; however, it is also just about the only DB that I could see myself drinking over the course of an evening without thinking about it. I guess that is this beers flaw, I *like* it when my DB's make me think.

The taste is a muted Korbinian. The darker fruits (figs, plums, ect) are all there, but they are married to a light maibock-like taste. The strong German pils-malt comes through more than anything.

It drinks like a much lighter beer than it is, if that makes sense.

A good, but not a great, DB. It actually reminds me more of Mahr's Weihnachtsboock than any regular DB.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 01:53:12 | More by shbobdb
Photo of TastyTaste


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Maroon/red when held to light, the head is full and thick, off white. The body is crystal clear with only a couple bubbles of carbonation. Smell is sweet, very sweet with brown sugar and a little banana fruitiness. Alcohol is evident, makes it a little spicy. Smooth and subtle up front, many earthy and spicey flavors reveal themselves. Sweetness is carmel and molasses, and a strong shot of alcohol. A little cloying as you keep drinking. Not sessionable at all, but has a nice moderate-to-thick mouthfeel, and is not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 16:48:09 | More by TastyTaste
Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.