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

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190 Reviews
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Reviews: 190
Hads: 268
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-12-2006

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of BrownNut
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I like doppelbocks. I like Celebrator and Maximator a lot. Sam Adams is pretty good. I like Korbinian well enough. Spaten, one or two others. The style seems like a nice one. But this one tasted like balsamic vinegar mixed with something sweet. So did the Samichlaus doppelbock I tried after that to a somewhat lesser extent. Both were sour and vinegary. Do not like. Couldn't get through a 4 oz taster. I wonder what makes these two come out like this.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got Dayum!

This beer brings it. I dunno what I'm missing that I think it's exceptional while the craft-beer community hasn't esteemed this to level of cult favorite.

A - Slightly darker than your lighter Brown Ales. Not as dense in body as many Brown Ales. No real head, even with an aggressive pour.

S - Maybe my bottle has some time to it, but there's no hops aroma and virtually no pronounced malt aroma. Pretty pedestrian.

T - This one makes you wanna curl up into the fetal position. It borders creaminess with drinkability. It's not a heavy beer, but definitely what most folks imagine when they think of "dark beer". It has all the chewy continental malts that you hope for in German Lagers but so seldom get. There's plenty of sweet caramel notes, though this beer is never cloying. Not only is the sweetness contained, so are the metallic bite and graininess so notorious in Lagers.

As it drinks some alcoholic heat and graininess in the finish emerge, but they're actually welcome since they're qualities that restrain this beer.

M - This spilled over into the taste review above. It masterfully balances that delicate line between heavy, burdensome body and drinkability. Really, this is a cold weather beer that never turns into liquid concrete like other beers I know.

O - The 9% ABV is hidden by some ancient spell, I suppose. The flavors are complex while approachable. It's everything the stereotypical dark German beer should be, and then some!

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Photo of Gobigvt7
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle from Grape and Gourmet in VB, VA into pils glass

pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a hint of amber when held up to light. there is very little head despite adequate carbonation, and it is very close to white. Lacing is very loose and watery.

chestnuts, light milk chocolate, leather

rich malt character with a warm, boozy finish. hops very light, seems like they might potentially have been more prominent when brand new. Caramel, figs, vanilla.

Not syrupy, but not far off. Coating, creamy mouthfeel. Hides the abv well, despite my previous comment. The booziness never feels harsh, but very round and smooth.

overall, this could be the best doppelbock I can ever recall tasting. Intense malt bill without being too sweet, especially with the 9%abv. Artfully crafted, beautifully made. Utterly delicious!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown and w/ low lighting at bar almost black w/ a large tan head that disipates quickly and left spots of lace. A good blend of smells in the aroma as I pick up roasted malts as well as raisins and figs (the raisins I think is power of suggestion from the bartender) and some dark fruit like black cherry. Taste is more complex as a medium-bodied brew passes over my tongue remaining smooth, almost chewey, while finishing w/ a dry snap thanks to the alcohol flex. The high ABv gives the beer a warming sensation as you drink but doesn't overpower your tongue as you will def taste some sweet sugariness, some spiciness and minor citric/floral hopping and a good chunk of roasted malts in there. I found it very balanced and it is a hearty sipper to relax with.

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Photo of liamt07
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 500ml into some tulips. Night of Schwarzenegger and brews.

Poured a dark reddish brown, with a translucent body. Transient tan head fades to some whisps and a thin collar. Nose of black licorice, molasses - big, rich malts and some generous sweetness. I can already feel the warmth. Taste is rich and comes across as almost syrupy initially, more molasses and licorice as the nose suggests. Sweet and sticky throughout, lingering sweetness and some dark fruits come through on the back-end. Sweetness is large and just borders on being inhibitive, but I was in the mood for this as I rated this. Quite drinkable for the alcohol content (beers just went down too easy that night), which isn't readily evident. Good, bone-warming stuff.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Pours a massive, off-white head that deflates fairly quickly. Body is dark amber brown.

Scent is of heavy malt sweetness mingling with light cherry undertones. Slightest hint of floral hops. Alcohol undertones are present and become more so as beer warms. Typical or average for the style.

Taste opens with malt sugars, secondary metabolites resembling alcohol-soaked cherries, almonds, slightly sour and floral by hops. Alcohol courses throughout this beer, though it's not too strongly detectable, but always lingering in the background. Fairly harsh aftertaste of very light hops, alcohol, and sugars. Not particularly pleasant, but not too unpleasant, either.

Medium-heavy body, which is somewhat surprising given the ABV, that deals well with moderate carbonation. Finish is semi-dry, a little sticky.

An OK doppelbock, not super complex, too alcohol heavy (I think), and $4 per bottle. Something to try, but I'm not sure I'd get another given how many other tasty varieties are commonly available.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a nice, shiny brown in color with some orangish hues. The head is a gorgeous whitish-brown and very dark and beautiful.

Smell – The malts are raw and unadulterated as they should be and there’s a bit of spicing to this bad boy. There’s some dark fruity sweetness here as well but this one is all about the malt as it should be.

Taste – This is a heavy-hitter. The raw molasses and heavy spicing fill the palate with explosive flavors and the dark fruits, which are rich but not overly sweet, hit the taste buds before the liquid even gets to the lips. The wonderful malt flavor is right on style and the spices, though a bit unique for a DB, provide a welcome compliment.

Mouthfeel – This is just shy of medium-bodied though you may want to call it that and of course flat with some lingering bitterness.

Drinkability – This is one of the best DBs that I’ve had here in the US. A lot of people don’t understand how this style should be, it’s relatively thin and lacks complexity, but if you want a lesson buy this beer. This sample has some big spicing that, while thoroughly enjoyed, I don’t remember the character in Bavaria. Other than that, this is a classic example of the style.

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Photo of t8s8l8
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look- Very dark, beer glass brown. no head retention, good amount of lacing though. was anticipating something darker. Its a more comforting color.

Smell- Real sweet, a malty sweetness, a caramel aroma and slight chocolate and dark fruit notes.

Taste- The malt sweetness kicks in, almost giving a fruit like character but probably closer to a licorice sweetness, medium to full mouthfeel, not much hop flavor but gets slightly bitter in the finish. finishes thicker than it starts, with an alcohol bite.

Overall experience- Its not a bad beer i would probably have this closer to the winter time to warm up with, but i feel it is lacking something. i would purchase again but would not go out of my way for it. Its hard to compete with an Ayinger Doppelbock.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber-brown hue with very little, if any, haze. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam without a lot of staying power.

Smell: rich, sweet malt with a woody character. Nice fruity aroma of raisins and dates; very nice indeed.

Taste: sweet, heady flavor; great malt character with more of those raisin and date flavors. The alcohol is a bit more evident here in the flavor than it was in the aroma -- you definitely know you're having a big beer. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: huge body with a somewhat low level of carbonation. It works in this beer -- it doesn't need to be creamy, because the silky smoothness of the thick body is quite good enough. Mmmmm.

Overall: from stem to stern, I'm impressed by this beer. I think the whole is better than the sum of its parts; this beer is very well put together and I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very dark dark brown with nice tan head off the pour quickly fades away to lacing, carbonation appears very low

Smell- very sweet malty and rummy nose, raisins and very sweet toffee caramel notes, delicious nose

Taste- sweet malts and delicious sweet notes that are nicely balanced by a bit of dryness on the end, great finish and overall really enoyable balance, sweet but not to point of being to much

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy bodied, low carbonation

Drinkability/overall- really really great balance and delicious flavors, alcohol is so hidden, this is a beer i loved when i brought it in to my store the first time cuz i liked it years ago and it still is just as good to me now, still feel very confident i will continue recommending this beer to customers and visit my self again, possibly my favorite german brew

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated larger bottle served in large glass goblet.

A - a dark, clear mahogany brown with excellent reddish-orange highlightSmall head of limited duration.

Aroma: The nose is mainly roasted malts with hints of dark fruits and a dose of spiciness. After a little warming, the higher ABV starts to become more apparent -- it was more or less completely hidden when cold -- and more spice notes appear.

Curator Dopplebock is very flavorful. It tastes like it smells, for the most part, although there's a richness to the roasted malt flavor that exceeds the expectation built on aroma. The high ABV is partly hidden and hicely integrated with the other flavor components.
Sweet, well-roasted barley is the dominant flavor, withenough minor spicy, floral and brandy notes to make for a satisfying level of complexity. Too sweet, at first, but a more bitter ant earthy toasted malt flavor soon takes over.

The mouthfeel is medium-full with an impressive smoothness.

O - I stopped at this Kloster about 4 years ago, but was unable to sample the beer there because it was a Sunday. Glad to have thechance some years later, even if now getting a bottle rather than a fresh draft. Well, this bottled beer is good but slightly disappointing; I still want to make a return visit to sample the beers on tap at the source. You should too: the monastery is wonderful. Meanwhile, this brew does taste like it is actually from a recipe from Benedictine monks in 1609.

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Photo of fsvan
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #1. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep mahogany. Not much in the way of head. No lacing to speak of.

S- Not a huge aroma to start with, but definitely opens up as it warms. As anticipated, this is going to be a malt bomb. Some caramel. A little heat from the alcohol as it warms. Very nice smelling.

T- Falls in line with the smell, but more intense than expected from that. Caramel, a touch of spice, and some dark fruit that comes through more as it warms.

M- This a thick beer that coats the mouth, and gives a bit a of tingle from the 9%, but it isn't off putting. I really love the way it coast the tongue.

O- I can probably count the dopplebocks that I've had on two hands (maybe three), but that needs to change, as I seem to enjoy each one more than the next. This is a damn tasty beer that I will be picking up again.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1/4" off-white head which soon completely dissipated. Clear burnt umber brown in color but when held to the light it had maroon highlights. Both smell and taste are mega-malty. The higher alcohol has a burn presence plus there's a slight acidic zing which gives a pretty long finish. Body was medium light and less than I expected. All in all a very tasty rich doppelbock.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on May 10, 2011. It begins with a gorgeous deep mahogany brown-red pour with an inch of hed that settles down to a small, long lasting ring and leaves considerable lacing. These aromas are all over the place and quite exceptional with figs, molasses, licorice, dark fruits, and toffee. The body is medium to full. The taste has this voracious sharp raisin-figgy sweetness followed by a dry, flavorful hopped finale. Something out of the ordinary.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep maple syrup brown with a nice foamy beige head in the mug. Red hues on the perimeters.

S - Licorice, toffee, caramel, molasses, dates, figs and brown sugar. Dark bread yeast. A crazy complexity of everything tasty and dark.

T - The taste goes hand in hand with the smell. Toffee, dark caramel, molasses, date sugar, fig meat. Malty sweet and bready, with a nice sweet warm alcohol aftermath. Faint chocolate.

M - A rich, soft, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Just viscous enough but not syrupy. Chewy but smooth. Well balanced.

O - A superb Doppelbock.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of raszputini
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Green Life for $3.99! Nose is primarily yeast with some light chocolate notes. Pours nearly jet black with lighter carbonation and a very thin whitish head that dissipates very quickly. Once it dissipates it almost looks like a cola in my stem glass. The taste is intense - chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt and some sort of wood note - then finishes with a blast of hop bitterness to cleanse. The mouth feel is very nice and almost milky. This is an incredible dopplebock - maybe my favorite so far.

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Photo of Dubbledown
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Freely poured into a 14.9 oz nonic.Quarter inch crown of creamy brown. First smell just water and yeast. Mouthefeel rich and luxurious, slighty oily with good weight. Great big malt-chocolate taste that slides down the sides of the throat turning from almost milk chocolate to black bitter baking chocolate followed by strong flavor of liquid malt. Next comes dark cherries, currants and other dark fruits I can't identify.There is just the right amount of bitter hop taste to let the flavor evaporate on your palate correctly.

To me, this is a near perfect example of the dark Doppelbock. It's 28 degrees outside, overcast with no wind. Everything is in stasis. Spring is still two weeks away and this beer takes all the flavors of the winter holidays and brews them into a near liquid meal that will sustain us until its warm and time for an IPA.

Grade A Purchased at Stony's - $4.99 ea.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle dating.

Purchased @ Tulley's, Wells, Maine

Price - $4.10/bomber

Appearance: Dark ruby color with some fines in suspension. Remnants of a creamy head in the form of a ring around the glass that comes back to life after each sip. Some dotted lacing.

Smell: Raisins, black licorice, cherries, brown sugar and a hint of smoke.

Taste: Molasses and burnt malt with an underlying flavor of cherries. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive. It sort of adds to the flavor in a positive way.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with little to no carbonation. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry feel.

Drinkability: These go down surprisingly fast, especially for 9.0%. It's not too sweet or bitter so I can put these down one after another with ease. A beer I enjoy on a regular basis.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown with a slight ring of foam. Clear, no lacing.

Chocolate covered cherries? Boozy fruit? Sweet toasty malt? That's the nose.

Sweet dark fruit and booze, then some toasted malt that leads to bitterness and more alcohol. Fruit and light bitterness in the finish, with some brown bread crust notes. What's not to like?

Full bodied, but some carbonation. It works.

Very drinkable, but not overly complex. A solid version of the style.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep ruby/mahagonay with a two finger off-white head that quickly falls to a cap of at least 1/4 inch! Not great lacing, but it's there.

S- Sweet dark fruits, molasses, and a little bit of an aroma I can't quite describe. A little smokey.

T- Just like the smell, with just a hint of warmness coming through in the end. Also a little toffee and caramel. None of the ABV shows. Also, a little cocoa shows up as it warms up more.

MF- Very creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied beer.

D- I really like this beer, hate me if you must, but I liked it more than Celebrator.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.