Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (Original German Version) | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (Original German Version)Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (Original German Version)

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Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 34
Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the shop outside the monestary (not brewed by the monks, however).
Pours a lovely brown with red hues. Good khaki head and good lacing. Nose has nice malty fruits and is a bit earthy. Flavor...especially as it a powerhouse of dried fruits and sticky malt. Pretty much what you are looking for in a dopplebock and the best of the brews I've had from this place. Downside is that it is too sweet.

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Photo of CaptFrothy
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeing only 25 reviews for this, decided to review. Looks smells like a any other 'ator' brown, low carbination tastes sweet figs/raisens/malty. Smooth malty and very similar to all the other good Doppelbocks, right up there with Optimator, Celebrator etc, very worthy dopplebock to my tastebuds.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5l bottle dated 25 Oct. 2012 purchased at Kloster store in Ettal.

Pours a clear, mahagany with orange-red highlights and a well-proportioned tan head. The head is moderately dense and has very good retention.

A nice floral/malty aroma with pleasant notes from the alcohol. The taste (3.75) is not quite as nice as the aroma, but still about as good as can be expected for the style, at least until the finish/aftertaste. Highish ABV is partially hidden in the aroma, taste and feel.

O: excellent example of the style - note, this belongs in the subcategory of Dunkle Doppelbock.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle poured into Paulaner Seidel

Best before 27 Feb 2011

A- 1 finger tan head sits atop a ruby red body with excellent clarity. Head retention is poor and lacing is minimal

S- Light toasted almond note, hint of biscuit malt with a slight medicinal aroma.

T- Touch of biscuit sweet malt is taking over by a bitter medicinal quality that lingers with some malt sweetness coming through in the finish again. Finish is lager clean

M- Medium carbonation, medium body and retains lager cleanliness

D- Not the most attractive brew. Perhaps at the harsher bitter end of the doppelbock spectrum. Lacks the complex maltiness of Korbinian. Mouthfeel is good but not one id seek out again as i prefer the sweeter malt profile.

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Photo of teromous
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown, but pretty much black in the glass except for some slight hints of brown. Very little carbonation, leaving only a thin head that goes away rather fast.

S: Smells like rich caramel and even some chocolate. Smells very malty and brings memories of Malta in a bottle. The chocolate smell is a bit like a tootsie roll.

T: It has a very strong malt flavor and the caramel flavor is as rich as the smell. There's a bit of a coffee flavor but not much. Bitterness is very low, but there is a bit of roasted flavor that is separate from the flavor that comes from what tastes like coffee.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and pretty sticky. It feels under-carbonated, nearly like drinking syrup. I am not too happy with it. There is some bitterness which lends to the complexity in the mouth, but it's washed out with the sticky syrup-like texture. I have had worse.

O: Overall it's not quite what I'd hoped for. It's really hard to judge US imports because it could be a product of poor transportation or storage, which does not really reflect the true quality of the beer. As for this one, I can't say that it's horrible but it's not much more than average. From my experience I wouldn't recommend the beer, but with imports it's really a toss-up. I would love to give this one a try in Germany and see how it really tastes.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Unfortunately I don't remember this one too much, but I'll go with what's in my notes, as it's unlikely I'll see this on tap again any time soon.

Poured mahogany with a slight tan head. Smooth malts in the nose with some caramel notes. Similar taste: malty, caramel and molasses, some nuttiness, some earth, little to no hops coming through. Medium body and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of cbak999
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Kickbacks...little carbonation from this very sweet beer. Sweet molasses and earthy tones dominate the smell, although very little hop bitterness is present. This beer is almost like drimking a Decent but only in small doses.

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Photo of jmhart
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in Ettal.

Dark mahogany in color, even held up to the light. No head what so ever.

Rich caramel and toasted nuts on the nose. Hints of spice, perhaps ginger(but not gingerbread). The spice is nice, and gives the nose almost a bit of a bite. Edit: I saw in another review the suggestion of cloves; that is exactly it, not ginger but cloves.

Strong roasted malt in flavor and hints of toffee and prunes. No hops present. Not overly sweet, but definitely a malt beer.

The mouthfeel was a let down, almost like of a dark soda that's gone flat. Not much body to it and a little syrupy. There was a nice punch at the beginning, but zero follow through.

The lack of body and the intensity of flavors make this a highly drinkable beer.

Overall, I wish it had more body even at the risk of reducing drinkability. Despite that, it was delicious, so much so that I brought home a few bottles.

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Photo of ralree
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Caramel-colored and mostly transparent. Nice tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Bready and alcoholic, like most German beer. Nothing overly interesting.

T: Rich barley/grain flavor with a smokey kick. Alcohol comes through afterwards, along with a nice dark fruit flavor. A good example of the style indeed.

M: Thick and chewy, like the dark beer one gets at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Oily, doesn't leave the mouth clean. Carbonation is good, and it's non-astringent.

D: Goes down smooth, but is very filling. This stuff is dangerous when served in a very large mug. I could drink it all night.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, nice head but no visible carbonation. Carbonation is what makes me think beer wants to play. This beer didn't seem particularly friendly.

Smell: Sweet molasses

Taste: Moasses mixed with nuts

Drinkability: A little sweet, but easy to drink anyway. This beer has character that is original, and is worthy of respect.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very small and thin off-white head that quickly disappears. Lower level carbonation evident, which quickly ceases as well. Colour is more brown than red, like a sienna with some faint hints of rust on the sides. Zero film stays and no lacing. Relatively lack luster, even for the style.

SMELL: A medium strong nose of sweet caramel malt, a bit of toffee and maybe some red fruit in the back. A little one dimensional, but nice enough.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt in the front with some toffee as well, and finishes with a burst of spicy alcohol at the end. Aftertaste is nice, mild and long lasting, consisting of some spicy alcohol and a slight touch of bitterness. Not bad; more impressive than the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Relatively creamy on the palate, goes down quite smooth with a small alcohol bite at the very end. Finishes on the stickier side of the spectrum.

OVERALL: Not bad, but not memorable. The look was certainly disappointing, but it was pretty average other than that. Drinkable enough, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Lupin
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very clear bottle-brown into a celebrator glass, minimal head and overwhelmingly malty notes. No lacing.

Essentially, this is a one-dimensional doppelbock. Very sweet and sticky, with friendly sea salt/seaweed notes that I have never encountered this strongly before. Sits all over the tongue and gets into the nose with the sea stink during an otherwise palatable finish. Still a little too sweet for me, though.

Not bad but would probably not try again. Maybe I'll drink it cooler next time.

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Photo of TKempe
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Bock appearance, but with hardly any head to speak of, minimal carbonation.

Smell is very sweet (almost candy-like) and has a pretty unique malt character that is slightly roasted and sort of spicy. A gentle touch of hops completes the aroma.

The taste starts of sweet and burned at the same time and then makes way for a bitter and long-lasting finish that has a nice grainy and salty touch to it. A pretty decent flavor, fairly dry and a bit raw; maybe just a bit too bold when it comes to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is just fine, delicately carbonated and thankfully not sticky.

A terrific but somewhat simple Bock that needed a little growing on me.

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Photo of stcules
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish, almost mahogany. Beige foam, not bad.
Toasted malt smell, a touch of caramel, and light herbal notes. Not bad.
A good maltiness in the taste too, with a touch of caramel, and with some liquorice and bitter roots. Pleasant.
Moderate body.
Quite short aftertaste, with roast, and again liquorice.
Not bad at all.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Doppelbock produces very little head, but has a richly carbonated appearance. The body is dark and cola like. Also it is quite clear.

There is not much fragrance here, but I can detect a slight sassafras characteristic.

The taste is quite good. It is sweet, with overtones of cola and finishes with an herbal bite.

Even with the moderate amount of alcohol, this feels very wet and refreshing, definitely not complex. This could easily sneak one up on you.

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Photo of barleyman
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1/2 liter brown glass bottle into my cold mug. Appearance is a little thin for the style. Smell is quite nice, and more complex than the sight would indicate. The taste reveals malt, date, raisin, clove, and a slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is light for the style, as is the drinkablility. Wonderful medium bodied doppelbock.

Just a thought.


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Photo of thierrynantes
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2004.
One of the Germany's remaining monastic brewers.
Appearence : Dark bock
Smell : Dates, toffee, liquorice aroma
Taste : lots of fruit, dark malt and swetness but balanced with bitterness
Mouthfeel : bitter finish with chocolate
Drinkability : Absolutely delicious, like a doppel bock should be.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, brown beer with a thin head and no visible carbonation.

Smell is full of sweet caramel and has a strong malt smell. The yeast adds a spiciness which has some clovey notes.

Taste is very strongly malty with some husky astringency. There is caramel and mild dark chocolate. The taste reminds me of dark canesugar, which also has a earthy and 'unrefined' taste. Very little hop presence, at least not notable, with this big maltiness. Body is medium to full and mouthfeel is slightly sweet, less sweet than other doppelbocks I had. Also some stickiness on the lips, but again not to the extent I had with other doppelbocks.

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Photo of JulieRFoster
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a beautiful color, which I would describe as a rich raspberry iced tea that was surprisingly translucent. The lovely vanilla head is quite robust when first poured, and then falls to about 1/5 cm.
The nose is very malty; slightly burnt but distinctly sweet deep malts. This deep malt comes through on the taste, which has a slightly bitter aftertaste. There is also a hint of vanilla or even caramel. The taste is smooth and round with a good balance of bitter and sweet flavors.
The carbonation consists of pixie-sized bubbles and is very well done as it perfectly complements the almost-chewy mouthfeel.
To be honest, I am not very well versed in this style, but I would certainly order this beer again.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ettaler Curator (Dunkler Doppelbock) is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (45-50F). This one pours up with a thick creamy, mousse-like head that generously tops the deep reddish-brown body. The sweet toffee, almost brown sugary aroma is envitingly rich with lots of melanoidins & toasted grains. Hints of fruitiness (e.g. black licorice, dried cherries & chocolate pudding) and Kahlua-laced alcohol interplay nicely at the rim of the glass. The flavor starts off very sweet & bready with a cloying malty sweetness upfront which gives into some slight underlying bitterness from the Noble hops that add some balance to this fine doppelbock. There's just a touch of cheek warming in the bittersweet, chocolate finish. The body is very full & rich with just the perfect amount of carbonation.

This is a wonderful classic doppelbock from one of Germany's remaining monastic breweries. Try pairing Curator with some traditional spit-roasted Schweinshaxn (pork knuckles) seasoned with caraway seed & white pepper, served with a plate of red cabbage sauerkraut, mushroom-gravy covered spätzle and thinly sliced sweet onions & radi (white radish). How about some cinnamon glazed apple dumplings for dessert? "Dem Himmel so Nah!" (So close to heaven!)

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle, bought in Germany). Another traditional Kloster Dunkler Doppelbock, ABV is 7%. Colour is dark brown to ruby, good light tan head. Fine aroma of oak, coffee and cigar box. Heavily roasted to burnt malty flavour, alcohol shines through. Roast bitterness in the aftertaste. Not quite as good as the Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock, but still very good.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a few bottles of this at a shop across from the Kloster. Cost 1.50EU for a 0.5l bottle.

A rocky tan head of 1" tops a clear, richly-hued mahogany liquid. Head thins but lasts well at about 1/4", leaving lovely lace behind. Has a bold, malty sweet aroma with caramel milling around. Mmmm. Body is medium-plus, almost chewy, and this is a very smooth bier.

Malty sweetness is all over, yet not cloying at all. Caramel and toffee riches coat the tongue and linger oh so well. Floral hops cut the sweetness at the finish, but are more an afterthought than something up front. A verry nice DBock! Those Klosters do them quite well!!


overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of paterlodie
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 24-03-05. Poor in fine with nice yellowwhite head thats thick and solid. Beercolor is very darkbrown but clear.
Nose is sweet, litle burnt and malty. Taste is sweet, malty with litle yeastspice and lilte roast. Aftertaste is sweet and misses hops in my eyes. Runs down your throat like oil though and no off-tastes noticeable. Good beer but litle too sweet for me.

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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (Original German Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
3.85 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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