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Andechser Export Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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88
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-26-2003)
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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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~~

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of stcules
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Bierman9
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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

638

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rastaman
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  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!

Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of Domingo
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Andechser Export Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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