Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)
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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #28
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,679
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
311
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SCORE
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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)
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Beersnake1 from California

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with light tan head. Dark fruit, plums, cherries, raspberries, wheat, molasses. Taste is really nice – the dark fruit really comes through. Some maple, toffee, and rich malts also come through here. Nice robust mouthfeel.

May 01, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No canning date shown

Pours a clear, dark mahogany-ruby body capped with a finger of creamy, tight, light khaki foam; decent head retention fades to a vague veil of cap, a slight, frothy collar, and a light sparkling of tight, webby lacing.

Aroma features a fresh brown bread crust crispness to start before quickly becoming overrun with dark fruit overtones; largely plummy, with accents of toffee; a vague cherry liqueur note along the middle; jammy Concord grape with a backing of demerara sugar coursing through the backdrop; hints of Merlot grape on the close.

Taste opens with earthier notes of crisp bread crusts and toasted caramel as a soft dark fruit rind acidity glides in the background; plum skins and pithy blackberry embrace an almost nutty tone on the back end, while a chocolate dusting fades into a semi-watery swallow.

Mouthfeel has a semi-crisp medium body sporting a progressive, subtle thinness across the palate and belying its higher ABV; a moderate-high carbonation enables a subtle, spongy/spritzy grit to guide easily along the mid-palate as a burgeoning stickiness peaks into the swallow steadily.

A uniquely fruity doppelbock, this one forgoes the typical malt/bready dominance in favor of a more prominent dark fruit saturation; the result isn't perfect, at times sacrificing its crisp, roasty edge, and yet remains solidly enjoyable due in large part to an effortlessly masked booziness.

Apr 29, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml brown bottle from Capital Market in Salem OR.
$4.49
Pours a clear bodies dark brown colour with a nice thick and frothy beige head.
Roasty /toasty malts..marbled rye bread comes to mind somehow..demerara sugar and spicy hops. Nice.
Taste similar but a bit sweeter..some brambles and figs going on in the sweetness. little too hot.
Mouth feel is weak to be honest..carbonation really low which lets the sweeetness become cloying and the alcohol show.
Started off good..but this is not a top class d-bock by any means

Apr 17, 2020
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crenegar from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just finished up a 30L barrel of this here at the house, was wonderful. One of the keys to bringing out the full flavor of this beer is of course keeping it around 50 degrees, or at least not too cold . Super rich maltiness that wraps itself around your tongue without any roasted or chocolate character, straight up sweet viscous richness that's drinkable at he same time. East to get carried away with more than 3 or 4 while playing darts and listening to tunes. Certainly not as "gooey" as one might expect at 9%.

Mar 11, 2020
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sokol_1993 from California

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a 500ml bottle from Bine and Vine, SD.
A good doppelbock, but quite flat. The taste was somewhat metallic, and there was some phenolic taste to it as well, as if there was some dead yeast. Would rather have a Celebrator or a Korbinian.

Apr 26, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown color.

Large khaki head; minimal lace.

Raisin bread nose; hint of cherries.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel, cherry & raisins in the taste; a nice dessert vibe but too heavy to drink very much.

Mar 17, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a bottle for around 5 bucks into a pint glass
A - Not much in terms of presentation got a very deep dark ruby brown color but it poured with little to no foam that settles to just some mild bubbles on the rim.
S - Smells of dark fruit raisin sweetness with very mild bread and no ethanol smells which are always appreciated.
T - Biscuit caramel quite sweet with some apricot fruit and a touch of raisin. No sourdough aspect which is nice just a sweet and malty brew.
M - Semi dry but mostly sweet finish this beer despite the ABV drinks rather medium quite smooth.

Overall a very tasty surprised I never had any of their brews may have to seek out their other offerings!

Dec 26, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fig, dark bread and a touch of rye perhaps. Moderate feel and something lower carbonation. Not as sweet as some in this style. Toasty with hints of raisin.

Sep 01, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark, slightly orange red with a thin, off-white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of biscuit and lightly caramel malt, fresh and dried plums, figs and raisins; a little boozy. Flavor is biscuit and mildly caramel malt, dried plums, dates, figs, a hint of nuts and cocoa; a little more bright raisin and fresh fruit flavors pop out in the finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation, almost undercarbonated. A classic doppelbock profile with the expected maltiness and dark dried fruit. Flavors seem a little understated for the massive ABV, although the flavor balance and interest is good. The light carbonation did not help the moderate flavor depth. Good, but not stellar, classic German doppelbock.

May 09, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly sweet doppelbock, dark brown/ruby with thin silky beige head. Aroma is mostly roast grains with a hint of molasses. Taste has the sweetness come on full bore, with dark grains sharing the palate. Sweet nature hides the high ABV. This is a real gem.

Mar 05, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

U.S. version. 9.0%.

This one pours a dark brown, with slightly reddish tints- this is seriously one of the darker dopplebocks I've ever seen. This has a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like very sweet dark cherry, port, booze, simple syrup, caramelized sugar, and toffee.

This is definitely one of the sweeter dopplebocks I've ever had. This is still tasty, but a little syrupy, with lots and lots of dark fruit- cherry and raisin, mostly. There's caramel syrup too, kind of like the stuff you'd put into Starbucks coffee, with toffee as well.

This is medium bodied, but very syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is decent, but pretty far from the best German brewed dopplebocks.

Nov 07, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This dopplebock says it is vintage 2009 and I am drinking it in 2017, so that should be taken into consideration. It pours an opaque very dark brown color with a very slight red tint and almost no head. Never really seen a beer with this little head and I hope it is not something off because of the aging. The smell is very bready; a heavy, dark bread scent mingles with molasses and a mild alcohol scent. The smell is very nice, nothing off about that. The taste is also extremely reminiscent of heavy dark bread and molasses. A raisin flavor has also emerged. The sweetness from the scent has mostly disappeared though it comes back with a mild caramel flavor as it warms a bit. The alcohol flavor on the other hand has done the opposite. It is fairly assertive, but that is actually a positive in this case because it has the malt backbone to stand up to that. The lack of carbonation I think must be a bit of a flaw. It makes it taste a little flat, but to me that only detracts slightly from the mouthfeel. The body is on the heavy end, even for a dopplebock, only being surpassed by many stouts and porters. The flavors are excellent if you are a lover of big, bold dopplebocks, which I am.

Jul 14, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: moderate to moderately low malt, dark bread, dark sugar and dark fruit aromas. There are no caramel, hop, chocolate, roast or burnt aromas.

L: The beer pours brilliant auburn with ruby highlights generating very little head with poor retention. Very tiny bubbles continue to slowly rise to the surface.

T: It starts mildly sweet with traces of light roast, toast, nuts, and dense dark bread. Some anise or horehound flavors along with the malt recall Dr. Pepper. Some soft alcohol flavors meld with malt derived dark dried fruit. the finish is on the sweet side.

F: The body is medium full and the carbonation is medium low.

Mar 28, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

From the bottle: "Dark Beer".

This will be my only entry for today as I am coming off of a twelve-hour shift & I have to go back in about eight hours. My Pop! of the cap was followed by a gentle pour since I definitely do NOT want to deal with a mess at this hour. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) but closer to 22 with NE-quality clarity and gorgeous garnet highlights. Nose smelled strong & sweet, like dried dark fruits soaked in alcohol. Whoa! I thought of rum-soaked raisins, but it could have been any fruit in that realm and I was also reminded of fruit cake at the holidays. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was big and full on the tongue & in the mouth with only moderate carbonation, so it seemed even bigger. The taste was still of dried dark fruit, but now I was also getting notes of milk chocolate & caramel along with a light nuttiness. It was a liquefied Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar! No wonder my brother monks invented this to hold them over during the fasting hours in Lenten season. It has me ready for a lie-down & I am not even a quarter of the way into it. Warming, the fusel alcohol began to take a foothold & become more assertive, making me think even more of those Christmas cakes. There was a definite dark breadiness to it that brought the term "liquid bread" to mind. Finish was once more in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. There was an inherent sweetness from the malt, but the yeast's action in getting it to 9% also dried it out nicely. On that note, I shall retire as the snow falls outside of my window.

Mar 14, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16.0 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, copper color with a minimal, bubbly head, no retention or lacing.
S: Aromas of raisin, fig, and cocoa blend with dark roast malt and licorice.
T: Semisweet with dark chocolate, toffee, licorice, and raisin/prune flavors. Bitterness understated relative to the malt.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
O: A solid Doppelbock Dunkel without necessarily being all that top shelf.

Jan 11, 2017
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours brown with Ruby highlights. There is not much of a head.

Smell: The aroma is a malt parade with caramel, roast, coffee, toffee, and molasses.

Taste; There are many malt flavors in the mouthful that include caramel, roast, coffee, toast, molasses, and a bit of coffee. In spite of the ABV, this is a very smooth lager. There is a slight dark fruit taste as well.

Feel: It is full bodied and thick. It has low carbonation and some alcohol warming.

Overall, this is an array of malt showcase and very clean. There are some hints of dark fruits but the malts showcase is what this lager is about.

Dec 03, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

2.97/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Literally no head. There are a few bubbles on the surface but nothing that would serve as a head. The body is a dark mahogany brown with hints of red.

Aroma: Light buttery caramel and a touch of alcohol. Light aroma of roasted grains.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor with a bit of toasted caramel.

Mouthfeel: Not enough carbonation in this; it feels completely flat. The body is on the heavier side of medium and while it does have a dextrinous feel it is not thick or syrupy.

Overall: As an overall experience it borders on the lower side of average. While the flavors are nice the beer has this flat carbonation that kills the drinking experience. The only way I would buy it again is if I could see somebody pour it first to verify that it is carbonated. It's not a beer I would recommend, as it did not feel like a complete beer.

Sep 11, 2016
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John_Beeryman from Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This beer was almost completely flat. I don't know if I had a bad bottle or water, but this was like drinking beer-flavored water. Good beer-flavored water, far as I could tell.

Jun 20, 2016
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark copper in appearance with minimal head that fades to nothing. Aroma of bread pudding, overripe dark fruits, and sweet cooked sugars - fantastic. Flavor is nearly as good with sweet malty notes of prune and raisin dominating. I like sweet beers, and this one is near the far end of that spectrum. Very smooth with just a hint of alcohol and slightly syrupy/cloying, though finish is quite clean. Great stuff.

Feb 20, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark breads, malts, caramel. Taste is very malty, dark breads, raisins, some alcohol is present. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

Oct 12, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A straight across the board "" for me! Sampling right now on 10/11/15 while watching NFL football. Picked this up at Hy-Vee for just $2.99. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) nice looking bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L "dab" glass-handled stein.

Brew pours a pretty deep mahogany in color with ruby highlights. A good 1+-finger creamy egg shell head is seen with some very light spotty lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts and yeast for the most part. Pretty much the taste follows the nose with with a hint of some dark fruits (maybe fig?) in the mix also. So very smooth and you don't taste the alcohol at all. Medium-bodied with perfect lower carbonation. Overall, one hell of a tasty brew and gonna go with a perfect "10". It has all you want in this style of brew! PROST!

Oct 11, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Practically perfection in a glass. Deep red chestnut brown, dark but crystal clear. Even lines of fine carbonation slowly rising to the top to meet a supper creamy three finger head. Light tan and soupy a bit with meringue like retention, minor details, but with a glowing piece of antique furniture the beer looks amazing, dark, mysterious, bloody almost, and just alluring as all get out.

Excellent interesting aroma. Dry and airy grain. Mild milk chocolate but very powdery. A real nice sense of hazelnut and nutty character to this too. Slightly creamy mild very tiny vanilla on the nose, but the dryness really brings out a grainy and clove lightness with a bit of nut. Very interesting.

Woah… who invited the sugar police? First palate sip brings classic toffee malt thickness that comes with a bit of caramel and then just takes over. Huge rushes of maple syrup and sugar. Thick coating malts which surprisingly aren't that bad, even hinting a little cream like texture, but boy do the sugars on this just go overboard. A boozy character really starts to develop just making the sugars emphasis this like crazy. Much of the diversity on the nose is completely gone in the taste.

It's one of the best looking German doppels I've ever seen but it's just far to sweet for my tastes. Still drinkable, but if you are into that thing you'll dig this one for sure.

Jan 25, 2015
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Craigory from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Green's PG. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a deep ruby body, approaching cola; forms a quickly-dissipating beige head. Looks like a good doppelbock should.

S: Strong aroma of figs and prune juice, with some bready malt and booze accompanying. Dark and fruity, even for the style.

T: Follows the nose, with deep and juicy fig and prune flavors. Sweet, bready malt back it up--reminiscent of banana bread, almost. Striking.

M: Full-bodied, but seriously lacking carbonation. Almost flat. Apart from the carbonation issue, each sips feels nice across the palate.

O: A nice sipper, with standout fruit flavors--even for a doppelbock, this is complex and rich. I will seek it out again.

Jan 17, 2015
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JayQue from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive Doppelbock. Pours a clear dark amber/mahogany color with a medium size beige head that fades fast. Strong aroma of roasted malt, and dark fruit.

Taste is very good. Rich malty presence with sweetness coming from dark fruit (plums and raisins) and a molasses flavor. No alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. There is a warming presence from the alcohol but no "burn". A smooth very inviting beer.

I would seek this one out again!!!

Jan 11, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from A 50cl bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A great nutty malt aroma.
Appearance- Pours a reddish tinted brown with a large off-white head.
Taste- A sweet malty flavor that I really enjoyed.
Palate- An almost heavy bodied brew with mild carbonation. It has a real creamy texture that lends its self well to the flavor.
Overall- A thoroughly enjoyable beer, this is hard to find in GA so if you can find it, give it a try.

Nov 30, 2014
Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 311 ratings