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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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3.89/5
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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

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#9,561
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
170
pDev:
10.28%
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Photo of Beertracker
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ettaler Kloster Dunkel (Munich Dunkel) is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (45-50F). This one pours up nice & easy into a traditional becher glass with a thick creamy head that generously tops the deep mahogany-brown body. The sweet, bready aroma is envitingly rich with lots of melanoidins & toasted grains. Hints of fruitiness (e.g. black licorice, cherry cola & chocolate covered nuts) and some light alcohol interplay nicely at the rim of the glass. The flavor starts off somewhat sweet, toffeeish & bready with a lightly cloying malty sweetness which gives way to some underlying bitterness from the Noble hops. The rich, satisfying body is medium-medium full with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Extremely quaffable!

This is a wonderful classic Munich Dunkel from one of Germany's remaining monastic breweries. Try pairing Kloster Dunkel 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 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 neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty decent beer. I really wasn't expecting anything good, honestly, but this is quite drinkable. Reminds me of a brown ale, but with the crisp mouthfeel of a lager and a distinctly German malt profile.

The beer pours to a great rusty brown color that seems to shimmer amber and gold as the lighting changes. Has a huge brownish head with loose knit bubbles that fade away within minutes. Leaves a decent film over the top, though no lacing sticks to the glass. A bit of carbonation is apparent when held to the light.

The aroma is of toasted biscuity malt, heavy with caramelized sugars. Some fruity berry undertones. Hints of vegetal aroma. No hops bouqet.

The taste is decent, and very close to the nose. Tastes like Victory and Munich malt and a hint of Pils. Very bready and biscuity, almost cereal-like. Lots of burnt caramel. Earthy berry aftertaste, almost pruney.

Very light and crisp mouthfeel. Hint of metallic in the finish. Fairly balanced between sweet and dry. Easy to drink. I'd probably pick a brown ale over this most days, but it is a decent change up.

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

Photo of captaincoffee
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a bottle from the store at the abbey.
Quite a dark dunkel, bigtan head. Was expecting some dark malt and German hops on the nose, but really didn't get much. The flavor was much bigger. Lots of malt, some burnt caramel, and fairly sweet overall. A bit more complexity as the slightly cloying sweetness fades.
Bottom line: little nose, big flavor, too sweet.

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Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm monastic beer from Germany, when i heard this i had to try them!

the Dunkel:

A- Deep red, small off white head

S- Roasty toasted toffee goodness

T- Great balance, very smooth an almost perfect dunkel. The hop character is very subtle but there if youre looking.

M- Pleasant, a gulper

i was told by another group of beer geeks to look out for sediment in Ettaler beers, if you see floaties, you've gotten yourself a bad bottle.

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Photo of brutalist
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of geexploitation
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mmmm, dunkel. Pours a caramelly dark brown with a luscious tan head that sticks around throughout drinking. Smell is all dark malts, with molasses and caramel present, but highly attenuated by a dry, roasty malt note. The taste of this beer is quite pleasant and malty, with caramel and dried date leading the way in the flavor department. This beer is very, very smooth and easy drinking. I can't think of a better example of the dunkel style that I've tried. Highly recommended.

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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 Jredner
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big whiff of honeycakes and brown sugar in the aroma. Quite appealing smell. Dark brown to copper with a pinky thin white head. Fore is honey, malt sweet. Very substantial tasting like the aforementioned honeycake though the mouthfeel isn’t thick or at least no thicker than it should be. Some caramel malt notes in there as well. The range is narrow, but the beer is very tasty.

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Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up on a whim @ the local shop (buy rite, edison nj), had no idea there were so few reviews...

eyes..
deep amber/brown solid hue, one finger head strong and holding making a nice miniscus (been looking to use that word since 9th grade physics class...) which clings to the glass, this beer looks like a photo even on a very non carefull pour (hey, I can be a klutz). solid in all aspects.

nose...
caramel, a small hint of roast, mild chocolates, dough, fresh morning mountain yeast (if there is such a thing), shot and concise but powerfull. really good.

taste etc...
reminds me oddly of a mild ESB except great carbonation action (prickly) and the aftertaste is sweet roasted malts, smooth and creamy without being heavy in the least, it reminds me of so many styles it's crazy, very drinkable to say the least. the carbonation really is perfect on this one.. we're talking milk mustache variety that works.

Verdict?
solid in all categories. It doesnt blow me away in any one but it really is just plain all around very good. I will definitely be getting this again now that I know it is right down the street @ the store!

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. While pouring it it looked like cola. When finished pouring it and holding it up to the light it had a creamy amber brown color to it. There's a pretty bubbly head with lots of different sized bubbles that goes away pretty quickly, not much lacing, a few little blotches randomly stick to the glass. Not much of an aroma to the smell. It smells very sweet. Caramelized malts seems too weak of an argument, I'd go with caramel soaked or topped. The taste is pretty good, again it's pretty sweet. Caramelized malts take the bulk of the flavor with some toffee notes. There's also a hint of nuts to it, candied though with the slightest taste of alcohol. Slight hop on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good, very clean with decent drinkability.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was a good beer,, it had fair head though went awayy quick. It was a pretty dark brown and tasted slightly of roasted something. But it just did not stand out greatly. While I liked it okay I will still have to say that I will not purchase gain.

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Photo of steveh
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a light tan head that holds up just okay.

S -- Earthy maltiness with some mild caramel notes.

T -- Same earthy maltiness with some sour-astringency back. Not terrible, but definitely not the bready and toasty characters I was hoping for.

M -- Soft mouthfeel, but somewhat thin body to style.

D -- The drinkability isn't so bad, the astringency doesn't overpower. There's no best-by date on the bottle, so I'm questionable about the freshness.

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Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually had this on tap a few nights ago, and now I am enjoying the bottle version (I'll have to add the tap version at some point). Nice chocolate color, the 1/2 inch head left pretty quick. I am picking up some rich malt, actually almost a low vinous and pleasant note in there as well. Drinking this is like eating a hearty dark bread, although the mouthfeel is actually rather light. The carbonation is also rather modest. Nice hint of milk chocolate in the aftertaste.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a ruby-brown color with an off white head. Leaves good lacing. The aroma is of toasted malts, a bit of caramel and spicy nobel hops.

The flavor is malty, toasty and caramelly. Nice light hop flavor. Clean and smooth. Light in body and easy drinking.

A nice drinking brew...friggin yummy for my tum, tum, tummy.

Not much to say, but I likes it.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Ayinger Celebrator glass from a 16.9 ox bottle.

A: Dark amber hue with a cream colored head that settles quickly to a thin film on the surface. Sticky lacing coats the glass walls. The brew is almost transparent with very fine bubbles.

S: Caramel, toffee, and grainy "Horsefeed" malt dominate the nose, folloewd by subtle grassy hop notes. "Horsefeed" is not a bad thing by any means. One of my favorite smells is when I wander into a rural town and smell the grain in the air.

T: Much like the nose, but much more intense. Caramel, cola, and toasted grains, followed by a fruity note coat the palate. Floral, grassy hops give the beer a nice dry finish. One of the most balanced Dunkels I have ever tried!

M&D: This is a rather full-bodied dunkel. Flavors are rich and remain on the palate for some time. Very smooth. This beer is extremely easy to drink. Good thing it's priced where it is, because this in quantity could get quite expensive. A very sessionable brew, indeed!

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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 dedrinker
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nutty brown amber color and very clear with an off-white head. Almost nothing on the nose - a faint whiff of caramel and metal. Uh oh, is it stale? is it oxidized? Is it old? It doesn't taste old or stale, but it is slightly oxidized. There is a faint nutty caramel character that is nothing that Shiner bock couldn't achieve with a little effort, but the stand out is the smooth, clean "roundness" That is mostly reserved for German and Czech lagers. Pretty drinkable due to the lack od serious flavor, but the body is there medium to full body. Finishes with that same distant nutty caramel flavor.

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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 IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lost my ratings on this beer, but I remember it was pretty good overall. The flavor was pretty tasty and mostly spot on for a German Dunkel.

I had it with dinner at the Hotel Restaurant across the street from Kloster Ettal.

Good beer.

Disregard the A, S, T, M scores. I didn't want to affect the overall score.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of dherling
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark clear caramel color with an ok white head that dissipates into a thin coating, but with big lacing. Has some toasted malt notes and a little cherry int he nose, but not much else. Taste starts with a light mollasses, takes a left turn towards a metallic hop monster, but stops short of overbearing then finishes clean and refreshing with a slight malt/metallic aftertaste. Lovely mouthfeel.

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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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