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Reutberger Export Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Reutberg

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Halcyondays


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a medium brown with a solid white head no lacing.

S: Strong caramel smell, pastry.

T: Nice sweet dark malt, brown sugar with a nice bit of hops on the back end. Well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, fairly long aftertaste, though it is a bit cloying.

O: A classic dunkel, very much to style. I'm not as in love with this beer as I was in 2006, but I still like it very much.

05-05-2011 04:02:23 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Copper with an off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: Grassy & floral aroma with underlying bread, caramel & nut.

T: Nice malt hop balance. Very nice breadyness, floral & grassy hopping with hint of herbal & peppery spice. Some underlying caramel & nut, a little mineral, gentle bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a slight residual sweetness.

D: A well-rounded, easy drinker.

An all around good brew that has traveled well. I'm sure it'd be great at the source.

05-05-2011 00:49:37 | More by Derek
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev +7.5%

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. No discernible freshness date on the bottle. 5.2% ABV.

Appearance: Clear dark brown, the color of crusty rye bread. Pours with a finger of fleeting off-white froth. While the head doesn't last long, it does leave surprisingly thick patches of lacing.

Smell: Nice breadiness on the nose, toasted and caramelized with a bit of raisin sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lighter than the nose implies, but still malt forward. Grainy and bready with a touch of earthy fruit and caramel sweetness that fades into a finish that brings to mind rye bread. Residual sugars are reigned-in, this is light and quaffable for a dunkel while remaining very flavorful.

Overall, a very good, very drinkable dunkel. Not quite on the level of, say, Weltenburger Kloster Dunkel, but pretty close.

03-17-2011 03:47:34 | More by largadeer
Photo of Nerudamann


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Look - Darker red than I would have expected. But still a dark ruby color. Two fingers worth of foam that dissipates pretty quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Fairly wheaty smelling. Actually reminds me a nice piece of bread. Also a bit sweet smelling, but from a darker source like a grape.

Taste - More malty. I still taste something along the line of a sweet, darker fruit like he grape. Very easy on the palate and little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, good balance between watery and creamy in texture.

Drinkability - Probably the 2nd best Munich Dunkel that I've tried. Would love to sample this on tap. Easy to drink, and complex enough to really allow you to enjoy each sip.

08-19-2010 04:46:17 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured a light brown with a strong, frothy head that left lace down the glass on top of a bready, sweet malt smell along with a little hoppy dryness. Taste is more of the same as the malts are sweet and bready and more powerful than the hops but still a medium, slightly sticky body that passes over tongue and finishes with a bit of dryness. Not the most complex dunkel or anything but an enjoyable beer.

07-06-2010 13:44:22 | More by clayrock81
Photo of metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a medium-sized foamy head that is light beige in color. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, caramel malts.
T: The beer has lots of caramel malty flavors and a slight amount of sweetness, but this is nicely balanced out by the underlying hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a perfect amount of carbonation.
D: It's relatively easy to drink but I can't see myself having more than one of these in a session given the lack of complexity in the taste.

04-23-2010 01:55:11 | More by metter98
Photo of BeerIsland


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

I, too, had high hopes when seeing this 25 ozzer in the case at the bierkraft. The Reutberger has a dark nice malty nose with a frothy head. It's mild, decently balanced, maybe a quick banana hit in the flavor. It seems somewhat on the sweeter side than I'd prefer but is not cloying. Showing a little more grit as it warms. It's a good beer but it'd probably look for something else.

03-16-2010 17:28:44 | More by BeerIsland
Photo of crossovert


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Ahh an abbey-brewed Munich Dunkel, I have high hopes. 500ml bottle.

Pours a nice orange/reddish brown with a nice foamy off-white head that stays awhile leaving behind intricate lacing as it recedes.

The smell is much bready and grainy than most. It has hints of rye bread, raisins, and dark sugar.

It is not as sweet as most Munich Dunkels and I like it alot. It is also hoppier on the palate than most which is a nice change of pace. It retains a lot of the breadlike qualities of the smell. All in all there could be more flavor (sweetness) here but the low sweetness makes it incredibly drinkable. This would be a killer summer beer.

Overall maybe an oddity for the style but a good one.

03-15-2010 20:31:51 | More by crossovert
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New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

Aroma: Caramel notes right away. Pleasant light hop and malt odor. Euro hops, definitely not American.

Appearance: Light brown beer, off-white creamy head. Head falls fairly quickly with little lacing.

Flavor: First impression - caramel/munichl malt, medium low bitterness. not particularly sweet. Clean lager aftertaste with quickly dissipating bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lighter than Oktoberfests or Bocks.

Impression: Good German Dunkel with a distinct caramel character.

Drinkability: Good stuff.

09-28-2009 02:13:33 | More by dbruce86
Photo of MusicmanSD


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

From the upper Bavaria region, my first dunkel, a bit surprised at the flavors coming out of this beer for being supposedly all munich malt. Very nutty and fruity, like raisins. Looks great, almost bock-like in flavor, but not as boozy. Seems like it's decocted, but it's very slight profile if so. Maybe just a double-decoction and not triple. Definitely has some goodness going on, but has a surprisingly thin mouthfeel, maybe some roasted malt for the dark color (all munich wouldn't be this dark). Has a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but this beer is great. I could drink this for DAYS. Un-offensive, smooth, flavorfull, and not hoppy enough to get burnt out on. Good job.

06-17-2009 05:26:14 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a cola color with a fairly dense khaki head that settles into an uneven cap. The aroma is of doughy roasted munich malt, honey and a light raisin sweetness. The taste is of slightly roasted malt, not very doughy as I had expected, slightly metallic, hints of wet wood. Even though it didn't really have the munich malt flavor, I found that the flavor was really nice. Moderate feel with tingly carbonation, finishes malty sweet. This is a real nice munich dunkel. Very tasty roasted malt flavor, slight hint of the munich malt to give some sweetness. Easy drinking brew, recommended.

05-16-2009 04:19:29 | More by Gmann
Photo of illidurit


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

500 mL bottle. Pours a nice umber/mahogany shade with a creamy beige head. Leaves some fine spotty lacing. Aroma is nutty with some fresh baked dark bread and caramel. Toasted grain flavor with sweeter toffee/caramel notes. A little bit of earthy character and a slightly metallic note on the finish. Light and dry, but could use more body. Finish is on the watery side. Smooth carbonation, easy to drink. Decent dunkel but not robust enough.

03-01-2009 07:16:49 | More by illidurit
Photo of magictrokini


3.15/5  rDev -15.3%

Pours clear brown with a decent off-white head and nice lacing. Straw, caramel, metal, and toasted bread in the aroma. Taste is watery and weak. More straw with bread crusts, caramel and roasted malt, just not a lot of it. Some earthy nuttiness when it warmed, but not enough to get excited about.

12-10-2008 17:15:36 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Offa


4.43/5  rDev +19.1%

This is a very nice dunkel, light but tasty.

It's dark copper borwn with a very big light tan head slowly shrinking to a lasting head and a little lace.

The aroma is toasted bread, burnt crust, feed, and hints of chocolate and toffee.

The taste is grain, coffee, hint of cola, dark toasted bread, lightly sweet with a litght spicey bitter finish. It's smooth and tatsy, with a nice range of flaovurs that hold up well but it is a bit watery.

09-17-2008 18:35:27 | More by Offa
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

A brisk pour produces an almost four-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head that just crests the top of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a murky, dark amber / red color but shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry stained, bright amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malt focused as this is noticeable upon pouring the beer. Sweet, caramelized malt notes are backed by ample toasty malt notes. Aromas of biscuits, lightly toasted - yet hardy dark German bread, light raisin / berry notes and even a touch of lightly roasted coffee in the finish. I really like how malty and rich this beer's nose is; quite satiating all by itself.

Sweet tasting up front, but actually surprisingly light bodied for how rich the aroma was. Quaffable just like a good Dunkel should be and it has a nice, persistent carbonation that adds a bit of a prickly texture to the brew. Richly toasted malt notes evoke flavors of chewy, whole grain bread, light raisin notes. Perhaps a bit thin up front, but the rich, albeit not thick, malt character soaks into the palate and boosts the perceived richness of this brew. A touch of age is starting to show through the malt here; it contributes a light sherry note that only seems to add to the complexity more than anything.

A tasty brew, I really like the deep maltiness that this beer attains. Definitely a satisfying drinking experience.

Purchased: Bevmo, Tucson AZ

07-03-2008 02:42:46 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Mryup


3.15/5  rDev -15.3%

A: Appears a deep yellow with an orange/brownish hew. An inch and a half of white head off of an average pour. Settles down to an 1/8 inch sheet with some good lacing. Impressive.

S: Probably the most metallic beer I've ever smelt. Hints or orange and subtle spices. Other weird scents for some reason I can't get a hold of. I sense some dark beer attributes to this. I say its the Crystal Clear Pepsi of beer.

T: God damn it this is a hard beer to place. Iron metallica mixed with fruity spice...

M: A balanced mouthfeel with a slightly high CO2. I think this was intended though.

D: Ya I could drink a couple of these...it they were the only beers in my fridge.

06-22-2008 05:51:46 | More by Mryup
Photo of Domingo


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

I've been seeing bottles of this popping up at the better beer stores and it's a style I like, so it was a natural purchase.
Pours a light brown color that's a few shades lighter than most dunkels. It's not cloudy or unfiltered, but the shade makes it look a little like it is. A thick head forms and settles just right.
It smells like chocolate and grain, but with a light coffee note.
Taste is sweet up-front, but with a bitter roasted coffee and bakers chocolate flavor on the back end. I can't recall a dunkel that has had the same roasted character that this one has. Everything finishes dry and leaves you wanting more.
It's got a great mix of thick (to retain flavor) and thin (to go down easy) elements. You could make this a beer for all occasions.
I only had one bottle, but I plan on buying more. It's a nice take on a style that doesn't make it to the US enough.

07-18-2007 15:49:31 | More by Domingo
Photo of GooberMcNutly


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Orange, not golden, with tall bright white head and good carbonation to bring the aromas of chocolate, dried apple and apricot and a slight burnt aspect. Wheaty body and zero astringency with sweet backbone almost make me think of a bock, but the low ABV makes a second glass much more drinkable.

01-19-2007 16:28:50 | More by GooberMcNutly
Photo of Drew966


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Reutberger Export Dunkel pours a mahogany brown with a thick tan head from a brown 500 ml bottle. Definitely some cocoa in the aroma. Taste starts off with some cocoa, and ends with it too, with some other flavors in the middle, including a brief metallic note. I think this is pretty good, definitely worth a try.

10-22-2006 00:15:31 | More by Drew966
Photo of RoyalT


3/5  rDev -19.4%

Appearance – This is a shiny and clear brown in color with a dark, blackish-white head.

Smell – The light fragrance of toasted grain is about all I can get here.

Taste – The grain is nice but there’s a yeasty character to this Dunkles that seems more at home in a Weizen.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger in the mouth than their light-bodied Helles but far from medium-bodied.

Drinkability – I know simplicity is the key to a good German lager but this was just boring.

09-26-2006 01:39:54 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Guinness4me


2.93/5  rDev -21.2%

I was busy when hubby poured this beer, so by the time I got to it, the massive head had gone and left amazing lace all the way down my glass. The beer was a golden amber color.

The smell was firm and earthy; wet straw, burnt malt and tomato paste fragrances mingled together.

The first sip surprised me at it's initial blast of flavor. Which was kind of a mixture of root beer and tincture of benzoin. Whoa. Not what I expected. Alcohol overwhelms in the aftertaste.

While I could look at and smell this beer all day, I'd find it hard to drink more than one in a setting.

07-17-2006 04:42:48 | More by Guinness4me
Photo of Jredner


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Aroma is sweet malts with very faint molasses notes that effect a molasses/browm sugar infused bread aroma. Body is a transparent mahogany amber and holds a fluffy tan head that is a full two fingers thick. Fore is crisp and slightly biting (unexpected) then sweet smooth malt flavors follow. Sweet bread, sugary syrup notes, toasty malts and mashed bannana/vanilla wafers. Fairly aggressive hopping for the style leads to a mildly bitter and dry finish.

07-10-2006 23:11:33 | More by Jredner
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

The beer poured into the glass clear amber brown with an almost tan head which rose well and fell slowly lacing the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong fruity component of dark fruits, raisins, and a strong melanoidin character. The aroma was caramel, almost chocolate, but not quite. The melanoidins were so strong they gave off a honey/molasses vibe.

The flavor was nicely dry and crisp with an impression of dark caramel and a smidge of dark fruit. The bittering was substantial and well done to keep the melanoidins in check. The flavor was exactly what a Dunkel should contain although this one may be just a smidge over bittered.

The finish was dry with a lasting crisp dark caramel and bready character into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation made for a bit of creamy character on the palate.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code dating L4145.

04-18-2006 22:26:44 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.83/5  rDev +3%

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark warm brown crystal clear body with a nice carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a creamy very light tan head that last and last.

S- The smell of roasted malt with notes of biscuit, chocolate and caramel are very fresh and pleasant.

T- The flavors of biscuit malt and some dark roasted biscuit are strong at the beginning with notes of caramel and toast in the background. There is a slight tartness or earthiness to it that could be from wheat, but it stands out over the other flavors. The finish is dry with some carbonic acid really dominating with no hops noticeable.

M- Even though this beer has a medium-full mouthfeel it has a bit of a watery texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- The aroma was wonderful but the taste just didn't hold its own. The dry biscuit malt took over and there wasn't much depth. The biscuit was nice and it is a very drinkable beer, but with a little adjustment it would be a great beer.

02-23-2006 00:32:42 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

500 ml bottle. This beer pours out a dark brown color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is bread dough and cocoa. This beer has a very bland flavor. Some sweet malt flavor, but it tastes watered down. Just a touch of chocolate and clove spiciness. No hop flavor and very little bitterness. Light mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability. This beer is nothing special, but it's a better choice than the Helles.

10-22-2005 23:36:19 | More by beveragecaptain
Reutberger Export Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Reutberg
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