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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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very good

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
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 SLeffler27

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fills a pilsner glass with a dark garnet to brown beer with lots of carbonation clinging to the glass. A fizzy, beige head slowly blooms to half an inch and leaves little lacing.

Toasted malt with dark chocolate and some dark spices, similar to spiced rum.
Has a flavor of dark chocolate, is moderately sweet, with some hot buttered rum. Malted milk balls and crisp flavors are throughout. The finish is subtle and long.

This is a smooth, full-bodied beer that is almost creamy with soft carbonation and alcohol as expected.

A relaxing beer that pairs well with Groundhog Day. This one is comfortable like flannel warm out of the dryer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 18:36:08 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of Spider889


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Winking Lizard Lizardville on 1/17/12.

Apparently this beer is aged in a blend of whiskey and pinot noir barrels.

Dark brown with a tall frothy head. Nice homeycomb of lace is left behind.

Smells immediatly of fresh figs and dates.

The flavor is a tad sour actually Red wine with strong oak flavors that add a whopping dryness to the brew. Fig and date are the only thing that clue you into the style. Black raisin can also be found but this beer is just way too sweet.

Dry feel with lingering sweetness. Boozy.

Overall this was interesting, but also out of my comfort zone from normal drinking. Not a true doppelbock.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 03:16:53 | More by Spider889
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

02-16-2012 05:35:52 | More by koo10t
Photo of Kahlerbock


4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-07-2012 15:30:42 | More by Kahlerbock
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

02-05-2012 19:02:32 | More by jfcaa193
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brownish red color thats appears to be somewhat clear when held to the light with a thin head that disappears fast.
Smells of molasses, caramel, maybe raisins.
Taste is the same as smell but the taste is more full than youd expect from the smell. Some booze in there as well but I never would have guessed 9%.
The mouthfeel is syrupy in a good way for this beer with mild to low carbination but the booze gives it a slight "bight".
Overall it was worth the $4 or whatever it cost, I know it wasnt too pricey. Not the best doppelbock Ive had but it holds its own for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:15:04 | More by RyanLigeia
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being from Germany, I might not judge this beer like I should, but I try to be fair.
It poured a deep, almost black, clear mahogany brown. The almost not existing head dissipates fast, with no lacing.
Smelling the beer, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits like raisin, plum , mixed with molasses.
The taste is accordingly, caramel and molasses up front, fruits following, and a malty finish.
Overall a full bodied beer, which is very balanced and very drinkable. The 9 percent ABV will sneak up on you!
Great monastery brew! Especially since I have been there and tasted the real stuff fresh from the wooden keg.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:41:08 | More by Hopfenpeter
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-28-2012 00:49:51 | More by HoistinBrews
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 02:43:23 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nickfl


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 02:28:15 | More by nickfl
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2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 04:01:27 | More by BrownNut
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-22-2012 10:59:01 | More by dprophet
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-14-2012 00:16:29 | More by Cougar990
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-12-2012 18:12:12 | More by bonbini26
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-01-2012 17:15:25 | More by johnnybelgians
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-27-2011 21:11:59 | More by Marc33
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New York

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-04-2011 05:10:10 | More by josefnewsong
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-29-2011 03:33:15 | More by JAHMUR
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-23-2011 23:33:45 | More by spoonhawk
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-19-2011 03:17:22 | More by bigdaddypolite
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-18-2011 01:14:28 | More by nmann08
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4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 19:42:18 | More by MONKandTUCK
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4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:56:30 | More by Gobigvt7
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 13:25:22 | More by clayrock81
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 00:28:02 | More by liamt07
Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.