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Andechser Export Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-26-2003

Characterised by its firm and fine pored head. Even before the first sip, the beer epicure will register the soft aromas of dark malt carrying caramel and cocoa accents with a nuance of smokiness.

Andechser Export Dunkel is pleasantly tangy with a full, round, malty body. The nuance of quality plain chocolate marries well with the soft bitterness of the smoky undertone.

It concludes on a mild, harmonious note.
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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 73
Photo of mtstatebeer
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.5l bottle, best by 11 May 2010. Pours a completely clear copper color with a decent creamy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale and caramel malts, bread, roasted, and a little spicy. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, roasted, a little bit of fruits, and a bit metallic. Mouthfeel is light to moderate, oily, slightly acidic, and a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of ischer
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer has a very nice, nearly white foam.
the color is ruby to reddish brown.
it has little to no smell, like the most dunkel, if you really search for it, you can sense a light smell of bananas.
the mouhtfeel is good, not too sparkling, not too moldy, a bit creamy perhaps.
the taste is malty, for a south-german beer relatively much hop.
bits of chocolate and lemon, but overall to little sophisticated.
all in all, it is a viable dunkel with no surprises if you already drank one.

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Photo of stcules
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown-reddish color. Cream colored foam, two fingers, average compactness.
Caramel smell, light, with pleasant touches of lightly burnt. And a light hint of liquorice.
Same in the taste, but more full and rounded, with bitter notes in the back.
Drinkable and pleasant.
A bit of burnt again in the aftertaste, and bitter in the back.
Well balanced.
After all, pleasant.

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Photo of jmhart
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a bottle, poured into pilsner glass at Café Abseit in Bamberg.

A- Deep amber-brown, no sediment but a slight haze. Head was a long lasting toasted almond in color, one finger thick, and left a really intricate lace.

S- Pretty standard: roasted malt with hits of molasses and nuts. A decent sweetness on the smell, with a bit of plum.

T- The flavors on the nose were pretty standard and average, but the taste really exemplified all of those flavors and the style. Rich toffee, brown sweet fruits like prunes and figs, and a great earthy hop finish. The tastes starts sweet and finish with a perfect hobby bitterness that leaves your mouth ready for the next sip.

M- Firmly medium bodied, bubbly. Silky.

D- I really enjoyed this beer, but I'd have to say pretty average drinkability. It was really tasty, but by the time I finished the bottle (33 cL), I was ready for something else. I'd be happy to have a six pack in my fridge, but would only have one per sitting. I guess I'm saying this is far from a session beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark copper beer with a big head.

Smell is malty with a dark crystal malty smell and whiffs of sulfur. A very interesting smell, which comes out after warming up.

Taste is malty with very light roasted notes. The yeast adds a nice sulfuric taste which adds to complexity. The beer has a slight wort taste. A very drinkable beer with a light aftertaste that is a bit lingering bitter.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No real head to speak of, just a ring, but it poured a beautiful ruby-brown. Tart aroma, the slightest hint of soy sauce and malts.

Tart, tangy taste as well. Nice mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Good roasted malt aftertaste. Not sweet; barely bitter. It has a good drink, and, as one of the lighter dunkels I've tasted, it is quite refreshing. Neither extraordinary nor problematic traits with this brew. Good.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the monastery, May 31, consumed June 2

Clear light amber with frothy off white head and champagne-like streamers of tiny bubbles.

Aroma of sweet toasted caramel with some light smoky malt.

The taste is clean sweet malt behind medium hoppy bitterness. A not-unpleasant metallic note rises as it warms.

Wish I could have had this on tap at the monastery, but I was driving, and the two I had there were my limit.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear mahogany color with brown head. Aroma has roasted malts and dark bread crust. Taste is on the sweet side with caramel and bready malts. Body is medium and crisp. A really nice dunkel overall.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nice head and retention, classic.
Smells of roasted malts, toasted nuts, malty and a tiny whif of herbs.
Tastes straight up of dark toasted (not roughly roasted) malts, like dark bread, with some low coffee bitterness. After the malty richness there are a few notes of dry plums and raisin, but not enough to bring a strong fruitiness. Dark spices, cocoa powder, very low cinnamon, but lots of nuttiness (hazelnuts, chestnuts, all roasted). Hops are felt nicely in the finish, bringing a leafy bitterness.
Carbonation is typical, neutral to the flavours.
A good Munich dark, by the book.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance: Clear dark reddish-brown with a fair sized off white head.

Smell: The only think I smeel is of malt, and even that is faint. As it warms a stronger smell of caramel appears.

Taste/Mouthfell: Malty with caramel. Enough bitterness at the end of the sip to balance the brew. The mouthfeel is mudium and very dry.

Drinkability: This is the first Munchen Dunkel Lager that I've had, so I'm not comfortable giving it a huge thumbs up or down. This was certainly not a bad beer, however, I personally will try other beers in this style before I drink this one again.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark amber colour, almost Rudy brown even. Tan head that dies to lace cover pretty quickly. CO2 presence is very light.

Smell - Musty and grainy aroma, so that this one smells very like chalk or concrete. Over all under the musty aroma this one is herbal and the malt also boasts some prune and raisin.

Taste - Sweet and malty up front with a light touch of dark fruit and very mild caramel leanings. There is a slight sugar element here and some very mild hop leaning that run towards the earthy espresso end of things.

Mouth feel - Plenty of CO2 tingle in an otherwise mild body with slight solvent evidence and a tiny bit of a cloying end.

Overall - Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination but equally not their best. This one is well balanced but it let down by a poor mouth feel more than anything else.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle slightly over its freshness date (27. January 2011), into tulip. Deep coppery, clear body is topped by rather low yet well-sustained creamy, light tan head that sticks to the walls and leaves only a bubbly patch of lace as it slowly dies out. Nose lacking any overt hop aroma is rich Munich malt sweetness with melanoidins reminiscent of a bread crust, hint of chocolate and nutty notes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. The beer is moderately sweet from unfermentable sugars but not cloying or sticky, with bread crust flavor (from the melanoidin-containing Munich malt) and mild roastiness in the background. The balance is leaned towards the malty side and hoppy bitterness remains hidden until the semi-dry finish when it shows up.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks for sharing Chris! Aroma percolate of soft, supple caramel and toasted german malts. Plenty of earthy sugars, yet subdued in a lager fashion. Sweet. Clear mahogany with gold edges and a rim of off-white. A well, attenuated dunkel, brimming with woody grain sugars, baked cookies, light chocolates and toothy candy. A bit of peaches, plums and sweet sheeting. There’s some sense of flavor reduction through heavy filtering.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark bronze; clear; big, cream-colored head

Aroma: Malty; peppery; dried fruit

Taste: Juicy malt on start; quickly turning to slight bitterness; slightly dry, slightly bitter finish; not bad

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sample bought while in Germany recently.... This Andechs Bier has a clear, copper color with a very thin head. Some lacing lines the glass, though not much. Body checks in a smidge under medium, though a soft feel on the tongue keeps the mouthfeel in the good range. Nose is quite understated, with a light caramel and roasty aspect present. There's a lot of roasty malt here, with slight coffee and bitter chocolate notes. It has little in the way of hoppiness to me, with a dry finish. Flavor is nice, though doesn't light things up in any way. Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of Skidz
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out amber brown and sits bright ruby brown in the glass with a large frothy tan head, fading to a faint skim and few lacings around the glass.

Smells rich and toasty, heaping doses of caramel and toffee. Bright greenery in the top of the nose. Biscuity build, very pleasing.

Malts come out up front, toasty and spiked with rich toffee. Grassy hops push through with a bit of spicy, peppery flavors. Clean finish with moderate bitterness.

Quite light and refreshing in the mouth. Solid carbonation and a medium-light body.

Fairly appealing, though it seems a bit lacking flavor-wise. Not a bad choice, just not the best, or even near the top.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of a strong iced-tea. Kind of rubyish.

a finger of head - slightly off-white.

A nice bready malt smell with slight sourkrout? but not in a bad way. Smell crosses to taste. Full boddied and enjoyable. Leaves a lingering aftertaste that becons for another drink.

Not bad - a solid session bier.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Worldwidespirits.de
Date: Best by 08/22/2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a >2cm head of light tan bubbles, small in size and fairly dense, with good retention, head lasting over a minute as it settles to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Head leaves some splotches of lacing along the sides of the glass. Beer's body is dark amber brown, with light bringing out the reddish amber hues. Body is transparent, with visibly active and substantial carbonation.

Aroma of modest toasted hazelnuts, toasted bread, and very light chocolate. Not bitter, tangy, or detectably acrid, mostly smooth and sweet.

Taste is, upfront, of lightly toasted bread and nuts, with some malt sweetness, with a background of mildly bitter chocolate. Aftertaste is of mild hazelnut-flecked chocolate

Beer is medium bodied, with a slight wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is noticeable, though not stinging on the palate, resulting in an overall mouthfeel being crisp and smooth, very lager-like. Finish is wet, not dry at all.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle poured into a shaker pint glass BB July 2010

A - Dark ruby colour, when held up to the light, the red coppery colours are apparent. 3 finger creamy tan head that disappates relatively quickly to a crown. Lacing is average to minimal.

S - Lots of nutty munich malts in here. Roasted bready nuttiness. Metallic note

T - Very tasty and smooth, Starts with lots of roasted bitter munich malts that balance into a sweeter malt in the finish, nuttiness in the aftertaste lingers on.

M - Moderate carbonation, full on the tongue, nearly creamy

D- A very pleasing munich dunkel. I found some other examples very bitter in the malt, nearly abrasive! This is very smooth with lots of malty character, i would drink this again quite happily.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burgundy to orange coloured. Light 1cm off-white head. Tiny bubbles. Quite the truckload of malt in there! The lager light weight fights to offer more flavours than it has and almost succeeds. This is almost smoky, almost spicy, almost fruity. Almost hard to describe actually since unexpected flavours tha shouldn’t necessarily be found in a dunkel seem to come up every sip. Blue grapes hints, berries etc.. Malt seems powdery to me on the tongue. Pleasant roastiness, cerealic, flake-like. Fairly long malty finish. Great flavour balance. Excellent light body, moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of Andreji
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dunkel I tasted right after the helles on the very same train from Liege to Brussels.

The pour was fairly dark toned but lacked that thick body that, for me (and this is just my hunch, nothing factual), makes an ale. but for a lager, this was pretty impressive.

The smell was fairly complex, roasted, with a slight chocolatey feel to it. like the only other andechser I've tried, it was quite soft, so it requires quite a bit of concentration to pinpoint only a few of the notes. (thank god trains are becoming more and more smoke-free nowadays).

The taste was pretty decent, predominanty sweet but that roasted feel, combining very slightly with chocolate and coffee was there again, a milky feel in the mouth.

very decent beer, nothing too pompous but it's quite tasty.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Bier Spezi Hamburg. ABV is 4.9%. Typical dunkel clear reddish brown colour, very good and lingering light tan head. Very nice aroma of moderately roasted malts, flaked nuts, caramel and bakery. Flavour is malty and nutty with notes of dark bread and caramel, not too sweet. German dunkels are not "big" beers, but are, when well made, a truly enjoyable drinking experience. This is one of them.

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Photo of Tomais
4/5  rDev +1.5%

6 months before sell-by date
cellar temperature, pokal glass

This is a lovely burnt-sienna red-brown. Pours a big unbleached tan to off-white head that settles quite quickly. Little or no lacing.

Smell: burnt caramel - but not sweet; metal: iron, yet not 'metallic', black tea tannin. Spicy winter spices burnt caramel/tea as it goes down the glass. Keep going back for another sniff.

Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is wonderful -
carbonation so gentle I initially thought it was flat, but it comes through like a wave getting stronger popping bubbles of tasty goodness. Has to be bottle-conditioned - but I dont see any mention on the label.

Tastes follow smell - and that strong but subtle carbonation make the tastes surge. Fruity, sweet, yet there's enough hops in the popping carbonation to completely balance any sweetness. Tea towards the finish and again, with some clove, in the swallow. After-taste a little thin, but I definitely want more of this one.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Bottle in German, but I can make out 4.9% abv and a best by date of (08 12 05).

Aroma: Toasted malt, slightly bready with a hint of hop

Appearance: Great clarity in the amber glass, a light cover of tan fed by many small carbonation streams. Left lace; a very good looking beer.

Flavor: The toast in the nose translates nicely to a rich toasted malt base supporting a fair hop snap. Hops are bittering but allows a good balance that lets each side shine.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin in the mouthfeel, strong carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Overall Impression: Quality beer. Germans know their stuff, and the taste shows it. This would be a great session beer, full of flavor but not overwhelming.
Thanks again to Christine’s parents for bringing it back and to Pegasus for sharing!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite clear reddish-brown in color, with a small, persistent off-white head, lots of broken lace.

Aroma: Pleasant toasted malt aroma, which was quite mild, but omnipresent.

Taste: Rich toasted malt flavors carry throughout finishes with a mild, lingering herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and full, with a slight carbonation at the finish.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant beer, quite drinkable, and would be a great session beer. It is a pity that it is not available in Texas.

Many thanks to my fiancée’s parents, Marlis and Bill, who went to considerable effort to obtain this beer in Germany and hand-carry it back to me.

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Andechser Export Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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