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

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

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very good

226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%

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 t8s8l8


3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 04:52:22 | More by t8s8l8
Photo of flagmantho


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:13:20 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 22:40:31 | More by Stunner97
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 20:31:03 | More by chinchill
Photo of fsvan


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:24:28 | More by fsvan
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 00:38:49 | More by MoreThanWine
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 18:05:38 | More by Knapp85
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 22:27:55 | More by puboflyons
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 22:17:28 | More by BeerForMuscle
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:26:51 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 22:55:59 | More by raszputini
Photo of Dubbledown


4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:00:19 | More by Dubbledown
Photo of 05Harley

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 22:36:36 | More by 05Harley
Photo of OtherShoe2


4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:14:55 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of LtCracker20


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 01:11:33 | More by LtCracker20
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 06:13:51 | More by womencantsail
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 04:45:20 | More by largadeer
Photo of keithmurray

New York

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

beer pours a dark mahogany color, tan head

smell - molasses, malt, cocoa

taste - rich molasses, malts, cocoa, hazelnut, raisins, prunes

mouthfeel - creamy, medium bodied beverage, medium carbonation, slight booze in the aftertaste, but not overpowering

drinkability - this is a really good dopplebock, one worthy of a re-visit

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 19:52:50 | More by keithmurray
Photo of jmdrpi


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1pint .9 oz brown bottle. glass is stamped 0.5L

it pours out all fizzy, a deep chestnut brown color. but very little head.

big sweet malty aroma. caramel, candied walnuts, raisins.
as expected, the taste is all malts, no trace of hops. sweet brown sugar taste. by the bottom of the glass, its a bit cloying.

oddly, even though tiny bubbles stream to the surface, it doesn't taste that way on the tongue, instead more flat. thick, coats the mouth.

while there is no indication of the 9% abv, it is too sweet to have good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 03:13:16 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of speter

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a medium to dark brown with barely any head whatsoever. The thin layer present leaves only a trace of lacing.

S: Roasted Munich malts and noble hops. The hops, very German in their scent, are more forward than I've typically experienced with bocks.

T: Quite average, almost bland. There is little of the maltiness up front that one expects from a bock. The finish has nice noble hop character, but seems almost more like a run of the mill Dunkel or even a good Pilsner rather than a bock or a doppelbock.

M: This is by far the thinnest doppelbock I've ever had. It's too thin even for a plain bock. The low carbonation gives this the mouthfeel of a Coke that's been sitting out too long.

D: Could hit the spot if you want a Dunkles, but can't otherwise find one.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:12:39 | More by speter
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

Having been one of my favorite doppelbocks, I figured it was time to pour a bottle into my Celebrator glass and give it a review.

This beer is dark brown with a slight crimson tinge. the cream colored head dissapates quickly and turns to a thin film. Lacing is not real prominent, as the alcohol probably reduces it. Aromas consist of dried grains, caramel, toffee, some chocolate, and roasted notes. Hops aren't real present on the nose. Flavors are awesome! Dried dark fruit, horsefeed, toast, caramel, and even a slightly earthy quality envelop the tongue the minute this beer hits it. Hops round out the finish with a slightly dry, grassy character. Full bodied and chewy, this beer has alot going on. One of the creamiest doppelbocks I have tasted. Very easy to drink, despite its ABV. This beer could be dangerous. I want more!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 07:18:05 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown; carbonation visible with a very think off white slightly coffee colored head which quickly dissipates because of the ABV most likely.

Aromas are inviting; nuttiness is the big one, with some booziness and some chocolate and some burnt notes as well.

Tastes are much smoother than the aroma suggests. Light roasted malts with contributions of hazelnuts, molasses, chocolate and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is quite chewy and extremely full bodied and quite filling.

I can't say better than Celebrator, not even close actually, but still great and worth consuming/ I wouldn't go out of my way for it but worth a purchase if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 20:07:34 | More by claspada
Photo of metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 16:48:15 | More by metter98
Photo of generallee

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint .9oz bottle into a dimpled mug. The abv is listed at 9% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a dark brown, almost black body with deep reddish highlights. On top it has a small one finger tall tan head which quickly fades to a ring of foam around the edge of with a thin film covering. Buy the end there was no head at all and lacing was nil.

Smell: Deep malty sweetness dominates the nose. There are hints of burnt caramel, dark brown sugar and herbal earthy hops.

Taste/Palate: It has a firm full body with a heavy slick texture and light carbonation. This gives it a coating effect with its deep rich malty sweetness. For me it seems a bit too sweet but complex as well. It has notes of deep caramelized sugar, bread crust, light toast, brown sugar, raison and lots of prune notes. It finishes with lots of residual sweetness then a short herbal/leafy/earthy bitterness which struggles to add some sense of balance.

Notes: For me it was a bit on the sweet side and yet it full of complexity which I do like.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:34:39 | More by generallee
Photo of DIM


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, moderately dark cherry tinted brown color. It poured with a smallish fizzy head.

s: Big chocolate aromas that have an earthy, peaty quality. Maybe a little fruit as well. Not as hugely complex as some doppels, but this is very appealing.

t: Rich, dark chocolate up front. Milder dark fruits and some toffee or caramel sweetness at the finish. Not alot of layers perhaps, but this is extremely satisfying. It feels "big" without any actual alcoholic heat. This doesn't taste like it has an abv of anywhere near 9%.

m: Big bodied with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Great beer, damn near world class. Not quite on par with Celebrator, but it comes close.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 10:49:45 | More by DIM
Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.