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

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 265
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 9
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 jmdrpi
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of speter
3.01/5  rDev -23%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (835 characters)

Photo of claspada
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. (659 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of Naugled
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful clear chestnut body, thin head.

Very intense sweet malt aroma.

Sweet malt in the flavor as well. A little hotness comes through. But the malt flavors are delicious, a malt bomb. Sweetness is candy like, less caramel and more dark syrup like.

Mouth feel is full but a bit sticky sweet.

Tastes great, but not an exceptionally drinkable beer. (354 characters)

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. (874 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich but transparent chestnut body with lively carbonation and a frothy tan head that leaves a steady lacing behind.

The aroma is of prosperous sweet malt, cherries, and plum. The aromas are very rich and well pronounced.

The sweet malt hits the palate first, followed by the sweet fruits that really linger on the palate.

Quite smooth for a higher abv beer with a medium to thick body and medium carbonation.

This is a very nice beer. The traditional flavors and aromas are fantastic and it seems to be quite well put together. Given the higher abv and somewhat intense flavors, I may be sticking to just a sampling of this, but it sure is tasty. (659 characters)

Photo of sliverX
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:
Poured a nice rich brown with a small light brown head which was a bit lacking. Smell was extremely malt sweet with a big caramel note. The taste was a bit extreme on the malt bomb side of things, barely hinted at the booze, but became a bit cloying on its own, fared much better with Easter "dinner". The mouthfeel was thick and coated the mouth felt as though it left a film coating. As stated earlier the beer was a bit much on the sweetness but paired with food became much easier to handle. Not sure if I would seek this out again But wouldn't turn it down either. (581 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of having this twice on two separate occasions at the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ. As of today, April 27, it's still available.

From the first sip, my immediate impression of it was that it wasn't a doppelbock, but more like a rich black ale or something similar to Old Engine Oil or Orkney Dark Island. I think the second time around I tasted more of the bock, slightly.

The flavor is of dark chocolate, dried plum - could see this as perfect with a sliver of chocolate-covered cheesecake. Mouthfeel is velvety and light-smooth and therein I think also lies some of the doppelbock character. Not much head but the lacing is choco-brown. After the first few sips, the alcohol creeps up, but only a bit.

I do enjoy this beer. (756 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz US import version into a Bud Light/Philadelphia Flyers pint glass watching Marley & Me, awwww.

Gutted tree bark brown with some plum red accents. I poured this sucka hard, I mean a straight downward pour out of the bottle and I still only came out with a faint cap of vanilla foam. The small bubbles breaking the surface actually resemble a weather pattern as seen on tv, no lace.

Ettaler smells like a dopple and has some pungency to it. Of course the malt rules the roost with caramel coated chocolates left on a pillow at a fancy hotel. Caramel #1, Chocolate #2, plums #3(they are ever so slight).

Curator is a malty son of a bitch, that's kind of the point, I get it. Malts galore with caramel allure and toffee pieces str8 out the candy store. Hops are not in the picture, they did not survive the trip overseas. Getting some peppernickle bread and a chocolate hit to the head. I usually pick up roast/coffee in dopple's, but not this one.

Well to say this is smooth and kind of slick would be a understatement. This dopple is all smooth with no interference from hops or the like. A malty ride with a above medium feel and just a slight hit of carb, but im kind of being nice with that, the feel on this is kinda dead, sort of like my viewpoint on life.

This is my 1st from this brewery and klosterbetriebe peeked my interest. This may not be my favorite dopple(far from it), but it's pretty authentic in style, one that's not all that complex. At 9% this runs high as is the body so this is not a guzzling beer, more like a big gulper every 7 minutes or so. I'll try more from this brewery in the future, i'll just need to check out the German section more often, one that I tend to overlook alot. (1,714 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmmm mm! Gooood beer! Poured a beautiful huge tan foamy frothy textured head and lots of lace. Color is a rich ruby tinged mahogoney. Aroma is malty and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's that and a lot more: pick out figs, dates, plums, prunes, raisins, sweet cherries, a little pear, lots of malt, a little roasty, and booze at the end. Body is very good as is the carbonation. Almost a session, but ya better be careful. (415 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours very dark, almost stout-like with a whit head

S - very chocolaty with toasted malts and sunflower seeds

T - the taste follows the nose. There are some chocolates and a bit of metallic taste to it. Leaves some burnt malt on the finish.

M - medium bodied that is very smooth

D - not bad for a dopplebock. I prefer korbinian or celebrator better, but this is a very good example of the style. (403 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 0.5l bottle at Half Time, setting me $4.99 arrears. Have already had the German version at the Kloster, so I'm interested in comparing the two versions.

Alrighty... into a Spaten stange goes the bottle's contents... The bier is a clear, striking mahogany color, with a minimum of carbo within, as well as a thin, beige head. Bubbles are fine and tight, and cling mostly to the rim. Not much lacing to speak of, though. Aroma is full of malty caramel and toffee. Smell is A-OK! Body borders on medium, at best, though it is rather smooth across the tongue, with only light prickliness.

Flavor? Nicely sweet yet never close to being cloying. There's an abundant measure of caramel and toffee coating the tongue, and quite well at that. Anything more? Maybe a touch of roastiness and dark fruit, but the sweet malts dominate. There's only a subtle suggestion of floral hopping present here, with the malts being the item to write home about. And as it warms? More malt comes your way. Hard to find the 9% ABV, too, which is a scary thought. Flavor seems to be on par with the homeland edition, though appearance and mouthfeel are slightly behind. Overall? Solid; quite solid indeed. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

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Photo of Brettster
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle to a glass. Poured a dark cloudy brown with very small head that faded very fast with a little lacing. Smells very sweet and malty. Tastes very sweet with hints of alcohol and fruits. Very smooth mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable. (250 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap into a chalice at the Map Room.

The beer pours a medium brown with a light tan head, good retention and lacing.

The aroma is light and malty with a little caramel. The taste is light not a on there with ok feel and drinkability. (250 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a rust color with a slightly cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head, but not much lacing at all.

S: A strong aroma of malt and sweet, almost sugary quality.

T: Tasted of malt (more than anything), with a caramel-like flavor in the finish. Flavorful and easy to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Drinkable. If you're into Doppelbocks, give this one a shot. (448 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass (almost 2 times). Pours a nice deep brown color with cherry/oak highlights. Had white colored head that went away pretty quickly. Almost no lacing on this beer. Smell is good, heavy on malts and darker fruits like dates and figs, sweet smelling. The taste picks up where the smell leaves off. Same tastes of dark fruits and a big malty flavor. Also notes of roasted barley with and with a toffee and buttery finish. Could have been power of suggestion, but I feel like you can taste a bit of the alcohol too, but not bad for being 9%. The mouthfeel is good, as light as a full bodied beer could be in my opinion, it's smooth. A pretty drinkable beer, more of a sipper though in my opinion. Cracked it open Christmas evening of 09. Very nice on a cold day, warmed me up nice. (817 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ettaler Curator Doppelbock pours up with a creamy tan head that generously tops the deep reddish-brown body. The sweet, sugary aroma is envitingly rich with melanoidins, toasted grains & hints of fruitiness (e.g. black licorice, dried cherries & chocolate pudding) while the Kahlua-laced alcohol interplays nicely at the rim of the glass. The flavor starts off rather bready with some lightly cloying maltiness upfront which gives way to an underlying bitterness that give balance to this sophisticated doppelbock. There's just a touch of cheek warming in the bittersweet, chocolate finish. This medium-full bodied has the perfect amount of carbonation, but lacks some depth & complexity of the purely German version.

PROST! Beertracker (738 characters)

Photo of glamphetamine
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a stained-glass brown, only slightly translucent, with about a finger of head that fades away to a light layer of foam. The color has just a tinge of coffee brown and red.

S - Sweet and malty. Has the scent of prunes and maybe other dark fruits.

T - Oaky, hints of dark fruit and a hint of bran muffin. Seriously, bran muffin, but just a hint. You can taste a bit of the alcohol, but it adds pleasantly to the flavor.

M - No carbonation. The aftertaste is smooth and pleasant, not at all overpowering.

D - Delicious. No recoil or unpleasantness in this one, for sure. Definitely worth the cost ($4.25/pint in my case). I'd definitely recommend checking this one out. (680 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark brown color, few fingers of offwhite head that diminishes quickly and leaves little lacing. Smell is of carmel, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, brown sugar. Taste is a somewhat over-sweet combination of camrmelized sugar and dark dried fruit (mostly raisin). The flavors are all good, but the sweetness should be toned down a notch or the grain presence boosted. Body is somewhat thin for the style, carbonation could use a boost. Ok beer, nothing fantastic, but still flavorful. (498 characters)

Photo of Beast35
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a wine? Deep mahogany with no head. Disappointed I love suds.

Smells like a wine too on the dry side with some fruit notes too.

Taste is very good. Malt up front with dark fruits farther back on the palate. One of the drier beers I've had.

Not as carbonated as i would like it to be but a decent mouthfeel.

It is fairly drinkable for a 9% abv. (359 characters)

Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.