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Andechser Export Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 72
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt for another Andechs brew. Served in a pilsener glass. Best before February 26th, 2010. My bottle says 4.9%

A - Nice two fingers of tan foam that dissipates slowly and leaves nice splotchy lacing. Golden nut brown body with lots of bubbles lazily rising upwards.

S - Clean, fruity, and loads of nutty caramel malt. There's also some light spiciness and bread. Almost a little natural cola-like. As it warms it picks up a little lager twang and notes of chocolate.

T - The taste is a little more roasted malt, with some chocolate and nuts as well. There's some earthy bitterness in the finish, and some clove as well.

M - Carbonation is quite soft, but still present and slightly tingly. Residual stickiness is moderate. Medium body that's quite chewy.

D - This was quite the surprise. I wasn't expecting much, but this is an excellent session brew. The residual bitterness gets a little intense, but otherwise it was super-easy to put down the half-litre.

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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 BlackHaddock
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown half-litre bottle, best before 20 Oct 2010, drank during my German tasting evening 2 July 2010. Poured into my tall Wolnzacher Brauhaus (Hopfenperle) glass.

Very suprised to find I've never reviewed this beer before!

The beer has a redwood tree, brown hue to it, the head is a healthy cream coloured crown.

Malty aromas rise from the glass and a sweet malty brew hits your lips as you dive into the beer, to be completely engulfed by its charms.

This is a very drinkable beer, a little on the sweet side for some, but I really like it and have one whenever our paths cross.

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Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle at 4.9%abv.; BB 03/12/08, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark but still bright russet brown in colour, coming with a tight and well-lasting dark beige froth on top of a decent level of semi-lively carbonation.
S: the aroma comes astringently sour, even like marinated black prunes initially, almost like yeasts in the beer?! The sour fruitiness gets a touch of tart cherries as well as a decent lager's natural sour edge, backed by a richer backdrop of Munich malts - lightly roasted, nutty, and burned sugary, rich but just about right - and plenty of jammy prunes and dates... Unlike most other Dunkel I've tried, this beer shows a richer and sweeter profile overall, even a bit like Baltic porter.
T: the initial mouthful of toasted dark malts is balanced with lightly sour-sweet berry fruits, the bitter edge of burned sugar and hops, then the aroma of caramelised sugar expands along with powdered-herbal bitterness (licorice), cocoa, jammy dates, soothing roast nuts, lightly aromatic flavour of dried berry-fruits and raisins, plus a soothing palate of hop bitterness lingering in the end...
M&D: extremely refreshing and soothing in terms of carbonation, this Dunkel is as sour-fruity as toasted-malty on top of a lovely support of hop bitterness, showing a lovely balance in the flavour profile. A very well-crafted, assertively fruity Dunkel that is delicious and quaffable in every sense~~

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pour is clear brown with a large but a bit soapy beige head. Decent lacings.

S: Smells roasted sweet malt, with some bitter hops. Dark bread, rye. Some chocoalte and even some hay. Faint coffee.

T: Very bready, almost like swedish crisp-bread. Roasted. Well balanced with bitter hops. Faint notes of chocolate. Crisp.

M: Rather thin body, but that's not such a big problem when it comes to this style. Medium strong carbonation, very smooth though. Aftertaste is short but holds nice chocolaty bitterness.

O: Nice and well balanced. This is a nice beer.

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

0.5 L brown bottle. Purchased in Bamberg. Best by 11.02.05.

This dunkel poured a clear, coffee brown color with creamy, tan foam that persisted. The smell was malty and lightly sweet. There was a touch of light hoppiness in the aroma as well. The taste was malty with some caramel and a nice hoppiness to balance. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The malty and hoppy flavors lingered on the palate. This was a smooth and very easy to drink dunkel lager.

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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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Photo of rastaman
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh, this is nice. Bread dough, with some caramel and some nuttyness in the nose. Really soft and full mouthfeel. The balance is amazing. Nicely nutty and bready, some drying hops towards the finish isa touch grassy/herbal, medium bitterness, beautiful.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep redish brown with an average sized off-white foamy head. Decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

S - Lots of bread and caramel malt. A little nutty roasted smell. Pretty faint smell.

T - A lot like the smell. Good amount of sweet caramel, bread malts. Toasted malt and some mild sugar. Some dark fruit (mostly cherry). A bit of grassy and floral hops provide a bit of balance to the sweetness.

M - Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Pretty creamy and smooth.

D - Easy to drink and goes down smooth. Really nice, malt forward beer with enough balance that it doesn't get too sweet.

Notes: Good darker malt beer. Good filing bread like taste and smooth mouthfeel make drinking this quite pleasurable.

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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 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 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 MuenchenerKindl
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark caramel and semi cloudy with good carbonation. It seem to be darker then most Dunkels Weizen I have had. The head is 3 fingers light off white and leave some lace.

The smell is light toasted bananas and a hint of cloves and some other spice.

The taste is nice ripe banana, pepper and cloves.

The mouthfeel is very vice as well, good carbonation and great body.

Prosit MK

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Photo of Domingo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another winner at Andechs, and from a style that doesn't get a lot of recognition over here in the US, but likely should. Dunkel Lager is my default brew of choice in most situations where it's available.
Came out a nice dark color with a little bit of reddish highlights, but fewer than most. Head was a perfect 3/4 inch.
Smell is caramel, cola, chocolate, grain, and even a little hops buried in there.
Flavor is rich and malty. Some dunkel's seem to taste just like an overmalted helles lager, but not this one. This is a bold brew that can take on bock-like flavors.
Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I'd like (this is the only flaw from Andechs, IMO...they tend to go against the grain with the thickness/thinness of their brews), but it's still nothing to complain about.
Drinkability is limited only by the hours the Monastary or hall in Munich are open!

EDIT: I think I was being a little too kind to this beer in my first review. It's really good, but there are better dunkels out there. Augustiner and Ayinger in particular come to mind.
After my 4th visit, I definitely think I overstated this one a bit...BUT it's still a great beer and one of the better ones around. It's probably worth noting that this beer is usually only available at the smaller biergarten about halfway up the hill at Andechs. It's not available in the bierhall on top of the hill or at Am Dom at all.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has to be the greatest dunkel ever made. Before I had this beer, I thought the entire style was totally lame. I am glad curiousity got the best of me and I tried this one out.

Thick off white head, cola brown body.
Slight cocoa aroma with rich malty (pumpernickle?) warmth and a bit of caramel thrown in.
This a mildly bitter very malty dunkel. Light, clean and tasty. Ever so slightly sweet, but only so that it balances the robust malt. There is something in the flavor that reminds me of instant coffee, though it does not come accross in a bad way in this beer.

This is replacing Rogue's Mocha Porter in my weekly beer rotation.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Andechser Export Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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