Ettaler Kloster Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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3.89/5
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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Germany
klosterbrauerei-ettal.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005

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Ranking:
#14,761
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
173
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
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9
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5
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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bringing an old world and refined charm of the Bavarian devout, the masterful beer makers of Klosterbrauerie Ettal bring a traditional dark lager that trends as much toward the northerner's altbier as much as it does southern dunkel.

Deep amber and lightly of copper, the bright beer, Ettaler Dunkel, an airy eggshell froth caps the lager with the scent of bread crust, toasted pecan and a delicate floral drift of honeysuckle draws in the nose. Gentle sweetness rests on the tongue with an extension of honey, candied nuttiness and crisp peanut brittle character.

As the floral nature of the beer's upstart subsides, the more toasted edges of the grains emerge. Bread crust, croissant and peanut skins offer a lightly rustic taste of toasted grains to bring out a slim caramelization and tepid earth. Trending pleasantly peppery, the beer balances with a woodsy, tea-like bitterness with a playful lemongrass finish.

Medium bodied and malty dry, the beer's richer color suggests something of a firmer beer, but its peppery hop finish keeps the session refreshing and highly palatable. A medium long extension of peanut skins and sun tea outlive the sweetness to keep the palate dry, toasty and quenching. Its a nice and understated beer that favors altbier much more than it does dunkel.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Beer Temple. Seems like a classic dunkel. Malty nose. Added to that richness, I also Taste some molasses and hops. A full mouth and smooth finish.These monks have known what they are doing for seven centuries. And this dunkel was a reasonable value given many of the other 20 taps seem to be working at the upper margins. C'mon guys. Give the classics more love... particularly when there is value, too.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Brown color with rocky beige head. Aroma is malty with bread crust, dark rye bread and a hint of caramel. Taste is mostly malty, slightly nutty with a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Light body, medium plus carbonation. Overall it's a really well made dunkel.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours dark copper with a pillowy tan-ish head of good retention. The aroma has a lot of coffee notes which I did not expect at all. The taste is well balanced between the malts and hops but there is also a lingering burnt toast element to it (and some metallic notes too). The mouthfeel is pretty light and with a fairly string carbonation bite.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber brown with a white head. Smells of sweet malts, German yeast, and nuttiness. Tastes of roasted malts, earthiness, bread, and some sweetness. Medium in body and carbonation. This is a great German Lager. One of the better I've had.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was recently at Hunger-n-Thirst's bottle shop, noodling around as I am wont to do, when the duty attendant asked if I was interested in a German series that had recently arrived. My ears perked up and my curiosity piqued, especially knowing that I was close to a German horizontal anyway. Once I saw them & their relatively inexpensive cost, I was sold! I am now continuing where I left off last night.

From the bottle: "Dark Beer".

Once again, a fresh bottle means a heavy-handed pour following the Pop! of the cap. I kind of get a rush from the excitement of watching the head come rushing up & (hopefully) stopping at the lip of the glass. In this case, I had two-plus fingers of dense, light-tan head with decent retention that provided me an opportunity to measure its color. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27), although closer to 22 with copper highlights. Nose had a bready maltiness with a nutty, chocolaty overtone. Mmm. I am really glad that I picked up these beers on my last visit. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very chocolaty, more towards milk chocolate, with a light nuttiness & a biscuitiness that rendered it drier than it might have been otherwise. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. It was another pleasant German beer & a very good example of the style, but again, nothing to open the windows & begin shouting about. Still, at the price point, it was definitely worth a try.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) brown bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information or codes.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark copper color with a half inch, foamy tan head, but limited retention or lacing.
S: Aromas of molasses, toast, and cocoa predominate.
T: Taste basically follows the nose, but more caramel than molasses. Bitterness present, but in the background.
M: Light to medium bodied with light effervescence. Smooth and creamy.
O: A top notch Munich Dunkel. Drinks well and could pair with nearly anything.

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Photo of SeanVonMorrison
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zylod
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barleycorn
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

these old world lagers like this get absolutely no love from the new wave beer geek, they just care about barrel aged sours, huge ipas, and stouts with funny ingredients. beers like this are like the beatles. all this other stuff isnt possible without these, and they rock awfully hard in their own right, so lets give them some love. this is a pretty darn textbook example of the style, rich decadent malt base, past caramel almost crimson brown in color, with a short and short lived white head, soda bubbles, and a lot of clarity. smells and taste nice and nutty, sweet crystal malts and maybe some vienna type malt as well, it has that filling sweeter vibe to it, but a nice earthy backbone and then the bready german lager yeast, less dusty than some, but with that ancient sort of thing going on as well. its all here. it dries out a little in the end, but there is a lingering molasses finish with the yeast there too. smooth and easy drinking though too, very classically german, and one of those beers that i would be overjoyed to have a fridge full of. the price points on this and beers like it are amazing too. $3.99 for a large bottle. hard to overlook this intersection of quality and value. pretty stoked on this overall

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweenz
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 173 ratings