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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
156
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
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Photo of stewfnrocker
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I poured the Kloster Dunkel from the bottle into my Aventinus weizenbock glass it poured a clear light brown with a reddish hue. There was a slight head that quickly dissipated with a slight lacing on the glass. I took a good sniff and smelled roasted malts and some burnt chocolate. When I took that first mouthful the taste was pretty much like it smelled, roasted malts, a little bready with a burnt chocolate taste. The mouthfeel is a medium feel, a little thinner than some of the dunkels, but not light on taste. Not an abundance of carbonation. Also there isn’t a hint of alcohol. This Dunkel is a nice easy drinking Dunkel. I could have drank a bunch of these for sure. The taste is very nice with a sweeter taste. I highly recommend this if you haven’t had it by now!

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Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 StoutHunter
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a single of Ettaler Kloster Dunkel for $3.99 at The Lager Mill. I have been on the search for the ultimate dunkel and thought I would give this one a try to see if its the one. No visible freshness date. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label is nice and has a cool looking picture of what looks to be some old German buildings. It poured a clear amber brown color with two fingers worth of off white head that quickly died down to a little lump.

S- The aroma is dominated by lightly roasted caramel malts that imparts a brown bread like aroma to this beer. There some spices and clove like aroma from the yeast and some brown sugar like sweetness followed by a slight amount of dark fruits. There was some grassy and earthy hops at the end.

T- The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma. The dark brown sugar comes through from the aroma and mixes nicely with the toffee and brown bread like flavors. The spices come out a little more with cloves sticking out the most, I wish the cloves were toned down a little. The finish leaned more towards earthy hops and had a slightly bitter finish.

M- Medium light bodied, could be just a little thicker. Crisp and slightly under carbonated.

Overall this was an OK dunkel that I didn't mind but didn't go crazy over. As far as Dunkels go this one was on the lighter side of the spectrum. I would prefer it to be a little thicker and flavorful but the lightness makes it a refreshing easy drinker and good selection for a hot afternoon. For $4 a bottle I don't think I will be revisiting it but if I just have to have a light Dunkel I might be inclined to buy this, but it would help if it was a dollar cheaper. If you want a lighter dunkel give it a try but it isn't worth going out of your way to find it. Not the ultimate dunkel I was searching for, the search continues.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown, cola-like color with a little white foam that vanishes. No trace left behind. Maple syrup like smell mixed with maltiness. Sweet. Taste is a faint malt. Nonexistent carbonation, feels very flat. Watery mouthfeel, like I was drinking the wort, not the beer. Meh.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear brown with an initial foamy white head. No lacing, no real retention.

Rich malt aroma, with a touch of brown sugar and a cocoa-like edge.

Smooth brew, with some brown sugar sweetness up front in the toasted malt. Grain fights through this with wonderful brown bread elements, and clearing to a light lingering bitterness. A touch thin in flavor, but just barely.

Medium body, but a little on the thin side. Soft mouthfeel as carbonation is present but not assertive.

Easy drinker here. Not the best of the style, but very worth trying. A bit light in intensity, but this is still one more example of what is turning into one of my favorite styles to drink year round.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town.

Pours chestnut brown wihout much of a head at all. A good swirl doesn't do much to rouse anythig up. Nose is muted with hints of light caramel and not much else. Taste is much better. Good dose of caramel, raisins, toffee, dark fruits, and light yeast. Feel is light to medium and is quite smooth. Drinks quite well; Amyliz4 stole a good portion of my glass. Hopefully this is on tap around here again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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 flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: clear, rich medium brown hue. Lots of apparent effervescence contribute to two thick fingers of deep ivory head. Head is a nice consistency but moderate retention.

Smell: rich malt aroma with notable amounts of biscuit and caramel characters; there's also a slight bit of roasted malt aroma and a little bit of an acidic twang. I'm not a huge fan of biscuit, normally, but this is alright.

Taste: nice, well-rounded flavor. The biscuit drops back at the beginning and when it asserts itself more toward the middle, there is actually a nice complementary chocolate flavor. Hops play a back role, showing up with a little vegetable flavor at the end and a nice finishing bitterness. I'm quite pleased with the dynamic flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a healthy amount of carbonation. It's refreshing and almost creamy: good stuff!

Drinkability: a very refreshing beer on a hot day like today; there's a good flavor and it's definitely a sessionable brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rustico Restaurant & Bar, Alexandria, VA

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. There's a very light amount of carbonation and just a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark caramel malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is much stronger than the smell and has lots of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth. Not much carbonation is evident and the finish is very clean.
D: The beer is extremely easy to consume.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm going to Munich's dark side tonight. On to the beer:

Autumn brown color, with a shiny orange hue at the bottom of my stange glass. It's reddish down there as well. The head is modest, shrinks to a thin lace on top. Raisins and residul sugar in the aroma, spicy hops, also getting some raisinettes (chocolate covered raisins). That raisinette note makes the aroma.

Flavor intensity is lower than expected from this dunkel. Raisins and brown sugar are the most distinctive and easiest to spot. A little hop bitterness is leftover. Light in the mouth, easy in there like water, seems a little seltzery. I feel like some bigger flavor is ready to jump out of the closet, but it tastes like a light dunkel.

Yeah, like a light dunkel. Not really exciting, and I like this style. But in the overall picture, it is decent.

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Photo of drpimento
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid dunkel. Poured with a small to medium tan head that quickly subsides and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear amber -copper red. Aroma is roasty and very malty. Flavor is like aroma and very sweet up front then a heavier slightly roasty bitter finish. Good full rounded body and carbonation. Session beer.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Dark with amber hints shining through. Minimal head.

S - Toasty caramel & bready scents.

T - A meal in a glass. Caramel, toffee, bready malts work well together. Hops are evident as well for a well balanced Dunkel.

M - Heavy bodied yet very smooth....almost creamy.

D - Decent representative of the style. if you like this it is very drinkable.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Arbitrator
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from the monastery in Ettal and consumed a few days later.

A: Brown body with purple highlights against the light. The pour produces 2 fingers of beige head, which deposits sticky bubble lace as it recedes.

S: Caramel, nuts, honey, and some plums. A fairly unimpressive nose, although it was pretty pungent.

T: Following the nose, the taste begins with caramel malt and honey. The mid-taste has a light sensation of plums, finishing with a nutty, roasty flavor.

M: Thin-bodied, kind of watery.

D: Meh.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a thick foamy 2 finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Spicy aroma with a huge clove presence and a nice malty backbone with hints of caramel, chestnut and toffee.

The flavor is quite spicy as well with a nice cove presence as well as some ripe banana notes, smokey caramel malt and a subtle bitterness in the finish. Slightly watered down but still pretty flavorful and easy drinking.

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Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper with good clarity and mild carbonation from tiny bubbles. The soapy cream head starts strong, but doesn't stick around long. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Dominated by dark sugars with toffee, caramel and molasses aromas. Some grassy noble hops are in the background.

T: The dark sugar theme continues. Bittersweet toffee, bolstered by molasses starts things out. A peppery bitterness comes on to provide just enough of a bite to balance the sweetness. Finishes with lingering bittersweet flavors.

M: The beer feels thick and syrupy in the mouth. Carbonation feels about right.

D: This is a nice beer to me. The thick body impedes the easy quaffing normally associated with a low ABV beer like this, but it didn't bother me. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of bcm119
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown/amber with a small whitish head. Sweet malt aroma, hint of chocolate. Crisp roasted flavors; nutty and slightly sweet mid-palate. Lacks much depth of toasted malt, and finishes a bit thin with some mineral qualities. Not a bad quaffer or food beer, but seems a little deflated. I suspect the bottle isn't the freshest.

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Photo of steveh
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Tone
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight hop, and some roasted malt. Overall, a decent beer, better than most.

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Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is quite flat, so I'm not sure if some of the carbonation didn't make it over across the pond, or if this is just one of those lagers that doesn't have much of a head or carbonation. Needless to say, the beer pours a deep mahogany color with zero carbonation and little if any head. The nose is a big whiff of molasses, caramel, toffee, some roasted sweetish malts too.

The taste pretty much follows the nose on this one. It is a fairly watery beer lots of molasses, caramel, toffee, maybe a touch of brown sugar, very light bodied, some roasted notes, but nothing to rave about. The beer is a pretty straightforward dark lager beer with a flatness that I guess works. The finish has a touch of some undefined nutty flavors, but it is all washed back with the thin wateriness of the beer. This one is okay, I wish I knew whether more carbonation is part of its true character.

Update November 2010: I had a bad batch when I first reviewed this beer. The beer is plenty carbonated, not flat at all. The beer is a touch watery, but has sufficient lagery caramel flavors to make it a decent choice. I'm upgrading the points on this beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored lager with a small tan colored head. Nice ruby colors when held up to the light.

Smells sweet and malty with a fair amount of bread and yeast in the scent. Nice fruity aroma smells slightly like British ale with a faint hint of chocolate.

Starts out sweet and malty with a slight astringent quality. Fruity with a good bitterness and some nutty bock qualities. Some dark bread flavors and a bit of rye in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable beer especially if you like a little bock in it. Not all that remarkable, this one gets lost amongst all the others like it from Germany.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent brown, with a soft cap of an off-white head. Fair retention.

S: Fragrant molasses, baked dark bread, brown sugar, sweet, loving the nose.

T: Baked brown bread again, baker's chocolate with a fair amount of roast. Quite bitter for the style.

M: Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, prickly with a smooth finish.

D: Great nose, solid taste, in the end a nice effort, it needs more sweetness to be really good, it definitely has potential.

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Photo of ralree
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with an off-white head, nice retention, good lacing.

S: Lots of hops, a little bready, caramel, some dark fruit. Brown sugar.

T: Brown sugar and bready flavors are up front, with some hops in the background. Hops come out a little stronger after swallowing, as well as some of the dark fruit. Not overly sweet. Clean flavor after swallowing, with just a bit of hop bitterness hanging around. Overall, a little too bready and not quite sweet enough for my palate.

M: Leaves mouth clean and dry. Carbonation is good. Non-astringent.

D: Definitely seems to bloat the stomach, so it's hard to down a lot or drink a lot fast.

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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.
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