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Ettaler Kloster Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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BA SCORE
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:
#9,561
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
170
pDev:
10.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 LJWalker
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BierBliss
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

This .5l bottle of Ettaler Kloster Dunkel had a born on (I hope) date of 10.10.05 on it and poured a crystal clear deep reddish brown. It had a thin white head, which dissipated slowly and left no lacing. Tiny bubbles evolved continuously from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was a fine blend of sweet toasty malt and alcohol with a hint of molasses… I was surprised to find that the aroma was quite bock-like.

The Flavor was dominated by clean sweet toasty malt in the beginning. Kloster Dunkel had a relatively low and nicely balanced hop bitterness with a slight degree of hop spice evident in the background flavor which was quite pleasant. Alcohol flavors were also noticeable and reminiscent, once again, of bock bier. A late earthy toastiness , which I can only describe as Munich malt flavor lingers pleasantly.

Kloster Dunkel has a medium body… it is sweet but not syrupy, that is to say it has a lighter mouth coat. It also has a light, but noticeable carbon dioxide bite.

Ettaler Kloster Dunkel is a great beer… if you can find it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it at one of the better liquor stores in my area, as I had never expected to see it again after my visit to Kloster Ettal a year and a half ago. If you like malty, sweet, clean lagers you’ll definitely like Ettaler Kloster Dunkel.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of apintofknowledge
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kvnstfrd
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Brown body with ruby-red highlights and about a half an inch of off-white head. Smells like malt, caramel, and brown sugar mostly. Tastes sweet and malty, roasty, like brown sugar and molasses. Medium in body. Rather drinkable. A really tasty decent little beer.

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Photo of DaveMiller
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 2cm head of foam that's light tan in color, composed of small, fine bubbles, appearing quite frothy. Retention is above average, the head very gradually reducing to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. What lacing is left is fairly modest: a few small dots and thick lines scattered about the glass' sides. The body is a deep brown color with reddish-orange undertones, transparent, and with very minor carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Light brings out strong red-orange hues. B+/A-

Aroma of pleasant, mildly intense chocolate and caramel atop a general scent of cereals like "Grape Nuts". This really smells like the perfect beer for a warm (60F) day in the late fall.

Tasting opens with grainy cereal and caramel flavors, which lead to a mid-palate of subdued chocolate, caramel, and light fig and date tastes. Mid-palate also experiences some modest bitterness and herbal hop components, no doubt from European hop selections. Back of palate picks up deeper roasted malt flavors along with subdued caramel, fewer dried fruit flavors, and continued modest bitterness. Pleasant aftertaste of well-blended caramel and roasted malts bringing sweetness, which is then tempered by lightly peppery and bitter European hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with fairly high levels of carbonation. This leads to a mouthfeel that is marginally prickly, quickly becoming moderately light, foamy and smooth across the palate. Closes in a surprisingly dry fashion, with very modest stickiness across the palate.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ettaler's Kloster Dunkel pours a clear mahogany body with a reddish cast that's topped by a creamy head of light-tan that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The nose delivers some caramelish, toasty, chocolatey, and lightly roasty malts with just a background air of floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's delicately brisk, and then somewhat creamy as it warms.

The flavor offers a bready, lightly toffeeish malt that has an edge of mildly acidic, dark-kilned-malt character. It's laced with floral and spicy hops, and balanced by a solid bitterness.

It finishes dry, with a flash of toffee that's followed by a note of mild, bitter, dark chocolate; raspy, grassy hops; and a long-lingering, dull bitterness.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with a good amount of carbonationt; but is not overly carbonated. The head last a bit and drops to a thin layer of foam. The aroma has hints of rye bread, among yeasty, musty bits and caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and accentuates the subtle toasted rye bread character of the caramel malts. The finish is just slightly sweet and a touch tawny. A very clean tasting dunkel with excellent drinkability.

Thanks go to RedBaron for the bottle.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous chestnut brown color with a great tan head. Nice mellow,somewhat bready, soft malty aroma. Very nice, sweet malt flavor-almost caramel and chocolate like. No real hop presence. Finishes sweet. Very good body for style. Extremely drinkable beer. Has to be the best dunkel I have had. I have heard almost fantasy-like stories of having Ettaler beers in Germany-sampling this makes them very believable!

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

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