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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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3.89/5
Very Good
170 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,522
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
170
pDev:
10.28%
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Photo of shbobdb
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh, now this is beer!!!!

It pours a rich garnet with a thin, tight head that just won't leave.

The smell is very nice, a light wiff of grains and a touch of toffee.

The taste is near perfect! The rich grains, with rich dark candies, perhaps even some dates. Some powdered chocolate as well. I love it. I love it.

The mouthfeel is wonderful! The carbonation perfectly compliments the very thick, rich, malty nature of this beer. Thick, rich sugars and subtle carbonation is amazing.

Man, this is one good drinker. Not perfect, the mouthfeel, while wonderful, is a touch thick for a true session.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL Do yourself a favor and check this place out!

The beer was served in a .51L mug. The color is dark brown bordering on black. The beer has a nice clingy beige head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, fresh bread, fruit and more than a hint of chocolate.

The taste tracks very close to the smell. The malts are roasted but not charred. The beer is sweet with toffee and chocolate notes. Ripe apples in the background. The taste stays solid as the beer warms.

The mouth is silky smooth with a nice low level of carbonation. This is a great session beer.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weiss glass at just under cellar temperature... date on reverse reads 10 10 05.

Appearance- Pours the color of light cola, very clear. Head stands a full three fingers high, with a rocky, soapy presence. The foam is packed nicely, and gobs of chunky lacing are left behind. Plenty of gentle carbonation is happening in the glass.

Smell- Solid Munich malt aromas with just a tinge of metal, damn this reminds me of the smells wafting through my nose at Traubenfest every year in Tappan, NY. I want bratwurst now. Faint notes of chocolate and peanut butter come through as the beer breathes, gradually intensifying to a dessert-like weight. The metal I noticed before is now completely gone.

Taste- Malts which take on a dry, mildly roasted character carry through from start to finish... not too complex, and the swallow is especially drying. A crisp hop bitterness (Hallertau?) wipes away the malt driven beer right at the end, and leaves the mouth clean and refreshed.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very, very easy and smooth... just the right amount of carbonation, yet it remains particularly light in the mouth. For the style, which I am certainly no expert, it seems appropriate. Drinkability is effortless and enjoyable, and I want another one of these to join me at this year's local Traubenfest... October can't arrive soon enough!

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a goblet, the beer has a beautifully clear chestnut brown color, though the head is disappointingly short-lived.

The signature toasted bread scent of Munich malt is evident here, but I also pick up whiffs of earth, licorice and lightly roasted coffee. It's a mild, muted aroma, but not an unpleasant one.

The taste makes up for the somewhat flat aroma. Very flavorful, but surprisingly light in body and quite dry on the whole. Toasted and caramelized malt flavors hit the tongue first, leading into a briefly sweet mid-palate of toffee. It dries up in the finish, leaving a mild bite of hop bitterness and burnt malt.

I really enjoyed this one overall, and I plan to revisit it soon to see if different glassware improves the appearance and aroma.

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

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Based on notes from my trip to NC (purchased in Charlotte)

Pours chestnut/red with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, with brown sugar & some caramel & licorice present

T: Caramel with slight gingerbread & licorice notes up front. Roasted malts show up as this warms

MF: Medium-bodied with low a little slickness & low carbonation

Drink easy, not as good as at the source, but worth seeking out. IMO this is the best offering from this scenic Kloster brewery

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I'm having this rarity in about 2 months. I feel privileged. Chris split one with me and then I found this at Chevy Chase, so I had to grab it.

Beautiful reddish brown with copper colored highlights, there,s a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk leaving little lace. The nose is quite excellent. Toasty, nutty and a little caramel-like, this has a moderate sweetness on the nose. A little weak coffee is also present. Solid.
The palate is just wonderful. Rather rich with a blend of toasted bread, caramel and a little burnt sugar, this beer is very flavorful. This is rather grainy, but in a way that makes me think of brown rice, if that makes any sense, with delicate flavor but very clean and not particularly husky, like wheat can be. Despite the sweet flavors, this is really light on the palate, and dries up on the finish with crisp carbonation, a little burnt sugar and some toast. Hops aren't really noticeable, but that might be because of age. Carbonation is medium-high and is pretty much perfect for this beer. Very drinkable, this is one I look forward to revisiting.

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

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 RedHaze
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque brown, with very little light shining through. There's a two inger off-white head that settle very slowly to a solid cap, that leaves behind a nice shetting of lace.

Smell; lots of raosted malts, with toffee and caramel. There was a little bit of chocolate and some hints of rasins, and nuts.

Taste; very malty, with caramel, chocolate and bread dough. The raisins and nutty flavors came through, but were not very strong. There was almost no bitterness to speak of, and the finish was on the sweet side. While this wasn't the most complex beer out there, it was a very enjoyable drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very drinkable.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid auburn with a dark umber glow. Medium and compact light tan foam. Lace sticks in skimpy strings but keeps a solid skim and collar the entire session.

Aroma is pretty solid with light roasty malting and nutty breads. A bit toasty and drizzled with caramel; always dry yet sweetly sided with the bread tone.

Taste is about the same as what the smell eludes to which stands among a good caramel, nutty bread tone with dustings of cocoa, wood, and drying nuttyness and pretzeled breadings.

Fluffy and firm carbonation thats clean and gripping to the point of good natured drinking. Medium body with a solid finish of nuts, toasty breadyness, and a light mineral spicey woodish hop thing.

A very solid beer. Munich malts make the bread tones evident and the extra darker toasty nuttyness gives it an almost porter-esk character. Quite a nice treat. Spendy though.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, nuttiness, biscuit, molasses, raisin, prune, light chocolate, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, raisin, light chocolate, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toast, light chocolate, and biscuit on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robust flavors with great balance and very clean; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is an excellent Dunkel lager. Very nice balance and complexity of flavor; and extremely smooth and easy to drink. Very well done.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 for a 1pt, 0.9fl oz bottle. 5.0% ABV. Pours out to a very clear mahogany, forming a creamy light tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate brisk. The aroma opens with caramel, toasted sugar, light molasses, grassy hops and slightly toasted grain husk. Cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is vibrant and crisp with a medium body. Taste opens with grassy hops, followed by caramel sugars, and finishes with leather, toasted grains, and grain husk. Bitterness is mild to medium and herbal in nature. Mineral water, lightly chalky.

For the style, this is probably the most enjoyable I've had. Easy to drink and definitive for the style.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L vom fass (on tap) at Kloster Gasthof across the street from the monastery.

Clear deep orange-brown with a very creamy tan head. The wonderful head contributes to the creation of a superb mouthfeel of this very smooth, medium-bodied beer. Fine textured carbonation rises continuously and re-establishes some head and re-coats the lacing on the glass with every sip. The very appealing medium malt aroma is simple and clean, if a bit more subdued than i would prefer [3.75]. Nonetheless, there is no shortage of rich malt flavor, and the sweetness is kept in balance by some otherwise subtle hopping [4.25].

O: Excellent dunkel and, unfortunately, much better than the version I have had as a bottled import in the US.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, caramel-y appearance, lush head above, dotted with brownish flecks, lace-leaving, but reigns in with a quickness...

Wide open aroma, ripe with nuts, cocoa, cream, and mild vanilla...nice.

Taste: Boards the palate boldly, but doesn't intimidate, leaves lightly...jettisoning a slightly roasty, nutty flavor...fullish, but dry, in the end. Full bodied, long, nutty finish, but, overall, dry. Cleans right out.

Rich and tasty, this, smooth yet fully flavored. Not bad at all. Can be consumed with ease, while delivering a certain dollop of deliciousness. And that's a good thing.

Since 1330, eh? Wow! I will try the rest of this brewery's offerings, and hope that they all measure up as well.

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Photo of monoXcide
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of this style so please take that into consideration.

Appearance - No head or lacing (unless I poured it wrong?). It has a dark amber look to it.

Smell - Kinda sweet, malty, a little fruity and pleasing

Taste - Sweet and malty with hints of bitterness throughout. It taste good and clean and goes down easy. Has a bit of quality to it.

Mouthfeel - Not enough carbonization for my taste unless again, I didn't pour it right or I got a flat bottle.

Drinkability - Very drinkable but again, I would enjoy it more if it had a little more carbonization.

This would be a great choice for people who like the Belgium style or dopplebocks. Paid about 3 bucks for a bottle at Magnolia here in Lynchburg, VA. It is almost worth it...almost. I do like the big bottle so maybe I got a little more beer, but I still don't think I quite got my moneys worth, unless I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive red amber color, some frothy beige head, classic looking lace.

Smells like sweet wet malted grain, Christmas pudding, with a dry sharp note a bit like wild rice, and a touch of spicy, earthy hop aroma.

Tasty malt flavor, just barely sweet like brown bread, well rounded and balanced, with a classic hop profile for a German lager. Medium length finish of pleasing hop bitterness and smooth malt.

Great smooth creamy texture. Totally drinkable.

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

Photo of LordHarris
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 1 pint .9oz bottle.

Appearance: a nice dark chocolatly color, not quite as dark as guiness, but, pretty close.

Smell: Very nice, smells of a choclate/ carmel beer, hardly any or no hop smell at all.

Taste: Carmel and sugar taste are there, but not overwhelming, as well as a slight hint of hops on the way down. Leaves a slightly less strong after taste than one would think.

Mouthfeel: a pleasent feel in the mouth, not too much carbonation, but, just enough to let you enjoy the beer, goes down with a smooth finish.

Drinkabilty: very high for me, i've almost finished the entire bottle just writting the review, had to pace myself.

A very good beer for only $2.99 a pint.

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

Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, small tan head soon thins to foamy ring and some foamy wisps.

Aroma is rich toasted barley, sweet brown bread, light woody-earthy character, hint of gingerbread.

Taste is a very good, solid dunkel, caramelized toasted barley, gingerbread, woody spice. It is lively and engaging, slightly on the sweet side, excellent with good well-rounded character.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle, just out of date when poured into my 'Judas' stemmed massive tulip glass on 4 Apr 2013.

Looked really great: a reddy, mahogany brown body with a very large head of foam on top.

Malty notes hit your nose: sweet molasses, caramel and toffee hints come through more and more as the beer warmed in the glass.

Those same sweet malty aromas are also within the taste, this is a sweet brew:most likely the sweetest beer in this style I've had so far.

Body suits the alcohol content and overall a pleasant and easy drinking beer.

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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 170 ratings
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