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

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 02-25-2005

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sixpoint
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mottarapp
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of igypoly
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of 6string
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of toddicus13
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of CaptFrothy
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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 BGdad
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Jdangelo03
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of seanyfo
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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 -8.5%
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 -9.6%
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 -4.1%
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 +2.6%
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 +4.4%
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 -1.8%
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 -16.3%
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 -18.6%
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 +1.8%
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 -12.7%
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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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (Original German Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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