Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)
Klosterbrauerei Ettal

Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)
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Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Ranked #63
Ranked #15,196
3.92 | pDev: 10.97%
Oct 06, 2022
Jan 12, 2006
Very Good
Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)
Notes: Also Known As: Ettaler Curator Historic Recipe

From one of the last authentic German monastic breweries Klosterbrauerei Ettal, Bavaria comes its famous Doppelbock Curator. As over the past years many of the classic bottom-fermenting Doppelbocks have been "adjusted" to make them "easier to drink", we have begged the monastery to re-brew for our U.S. customers its authentic recipe which was created in the years after 1330 when the monastery was established.

While its "everyday home version" is about 7% ABV, its historic brew goes back up to over 9%!

53 IBU
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Reviewed by beeragent from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep mahogany, forming a half inch off-white head, with light spots of lace. The aroma is of rich caramel and dark bread. No hop aroma. The taste follows the nose, consisting on a complex caramel/dark bread combination, with enough bitterness to keep it from being cloyingly sweet. The mouthfeel is thinner than expected, partially from a lower carbonation level. Overall this is a great example of a doppelbock! Full flavor, but still retaining that lager crispness. And the high 9% abv is very well hidden!
Oct 06, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Recently bought a bottle of this beer at a Dallas beer store.

Poured into a tulip glass, dark clear brown color with decent initial head and lacing. Subdued earthy roasted malt smell and taste. Some sweet caramel notes, rustic and slightly metallic. A bit thinner than expected. Wondering if I got an old bottle.
Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from the Packie
Dark copper color with a decent sized off white head that persists.
Rich bready toasty maltiness with huge raisin and fig and an earthy spicy hop to counter. Pretty nice and I had no clue this was 9% abv.
May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
pours a cola brown body with a short, tanned froth head that has moderate retention and leaves occasional lacing behind as it settles to thick murky patches of a cap with thin defined halo

aroma is sweet caramel malt, candied peach, and dark stone fruit

taste is a follow up of the nose, a very fruited sweet caramel malt

mouthfeel is medium carbonation and medium bodied that runs smooth with a little chewiness

pretty solid and easy malt bomb
May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep, reddish brown appearance with a small, off-white head and little lacing. Fantastic earthy aroma with lush, dark fruits, spices and molasses. Full bodied, moderately carbonated, mildly hopped mouthfeel. Roasted malts highlight the taste, with notes of dark fruit, dried fruit, toffee, spices and a modest amount of smokiness. Long lasting, slightly sweet finish.
Apr 05, 2022
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 3.34 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle. Lot number '14.08.20B014'.
Amber brown colored body with floating particulates throughout. Brief off white head. Very little lacing.
Aroma has roasted malts but lots of peach, date, and fig, which make it sweet.
Taste is fruity - fig, date, and peach. Has a big expression of highly toasted malts, close to caramel. Sweet and malty. The aftertaste continues and fades.
Medium mouth feel. No alcohol expression - for the higher ABV%. Okay carbonation.
In the end this is fruity and sweet, but with a bready nature. Expresses as an experienced and accomplished brew. The yeast must be a big part of the fruity flavor.
Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by mpipe from Minnesota

Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Curator Dunkler Doppelbock from Klosterbrauerei Ettal. Purchased 18/9/21 from Shangy’s, Emmaus, PA for $4.23 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.264/oz). On room temperature shelf at store. Stored at home at 40 degrees. Reviewed 1/10/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated can. Served at 50.9 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 56.8 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Medium Amber (SRM 12), hazy.
Body – Brown (SRM 18), murky and opaque. When rear-lite, ruby, and translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), almond, high density with a rocky top, average retention, diminishing to a three to four mm crown and a rocky, thin complete cap. Second pour produces a 0.5 cm head.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4.25 – Initially sweet chocolatey malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Flavor follows nose - no yeast, no hops, lightly sweet. Chocolate malt and raisin. No direct ethanol (9 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma, but it is detectable on the aftertaste. Mild gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, approaching creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 (After deducting 0.25 point for an undated can) Deceptively easy drinking doppelbock – the alcohol seems innocuous. The overall flavor is lightly sweet and dark fruity. Just a good doppelbock – my thanks to B. United for importing and canning this excellent true German brew!
Oct 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Purchased at the German store in Falls Church, VA. This beer is the 9% ABV version. Poured into a stemmed tulip. I like this beer, in part, because its so different that the everything all the time IPA's that crowd the shelves. 4.0

A - Pours a almost clear brownish amber, but in the glass it is dark brown with some reddish highlights. Half a finger rocky tan head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing (-). Some legging but not necessarily representative of what a typical high ABV beer might have (-). 3.75

S - Brown bread, oats, nuts/cashews, dark dried fruits/raisins, maybe prunes. 4.25

T - Malty goodness. Brown bread or even raisin bread soaked in alcohol. The ABV is evident but balances nicely with the other flavors. No discernable hoppiness. 4.0

MF - Medium heavy body with a slight sweet finish. The ABV provides a bit of heat in the finish. 4.0
Jul 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
"Historic Recipe Curator." 9.0% ABV. 500ml brown glass bottle with a red pry-off crown cap and a tan & purple label. Imported by B. United International Inc. Lot number 14.08.20B014.

"Dark beer." $4.49 USD plus tax per bottle at a beer store in Colorado.

APPEARANCE: Deep dark ruby body. Has an appealing glow to it. Head is ~8-10 cm in my Paulaner stange. Head retention is excellent - ~8 minutes.

Appears well carbonated. Certainly true to style.

AROMA: Mouthwatering, redolent of fresh baked bread, toast, bread crust, and dark fruits (date, fig, grape, sugarplum). Brown sugar, caramalt, 2-row.

Seems sweet (in line with style conventions) and malty.

Aroma suggests a balanced albeit very filling brew that calls to mind beer in general's "meal in a glass" reputation.

Aromatic intensity is above average overall but probably below average for the doppelbock style specifically.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Fig rolls, baked bread, toasted malt, caramalt. It's actually more redolent of rich dark fruits than it is of breadiness, tipping it more towards something like a Belgian quadrupel in that respect than a bready German (doppel)bock. On the sweeter end for the style, which helps disguise its high ABV.

Smooth, heavy-bodied, wet, unrefreshing, filling, bready, thick. A bit more dryness in feel would help coax out its bready/malty flavours.

OVERALL: It's a drinkable and enjoyable doppelbock despite its 9% ABV, but its focus on dark fruit comes at the expense of the more traditional bready and malty flavours I look for in a top tier German doppelbock, and the dark fruits that are most dominant (fig, plum, grape) are less interesting than those that are subsidiary (prune, date). I have nothing against dark fruit flavours in a doppelbock - in fact, they're to be expected - but the main draw should be rich malty flavours, and they get eclipsed here.

A bit underattenuated.

May 18, 2021
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks brown until you hold it up to the light and see that it is really a deep amber/ruby. The aroma is mild caramel and toffee. The flavor builds on that with dark caramel, toffee, raisins, dates, and hearty brown breads. There's a solid earthy/floral hop presence that keeps the sweetness in check and prevents any syrupy stickiness. A very food friendly doppelbock.
Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review 1492

The beer is 44 degrees and served in a tulip glass. Not sure what makes this beer so special to be called the Curator. The pour created a light tan head with fair retention. The creamy head did not leave any lacing on the glass as it dissipated. I was disappointed not seeing a persistent head. The color of the beer is SRM 20, deep mahogany with ruby hues. The beer is clear as glass. Other than the head not lasting, it has a standard appearance for this style.

Initial aromas in the beer are caramel, chocolate, toffee, and raisin. Nosing further in the glass, I detect roasted malts, floral esters, a hint of Maillard, some smoke, bready, and a touch of solvent.

The flavors in the beer are caramel, bread, light Maillard, smoke, floral esters, raisins, caramel, light chocolate, a smidge of toffee, molasses, and a hint of solvents.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and slightly warming.

The body of the beer is medium-plus, low carbonation, and a medium finish.

The alcohol is hidden in the beer. I get a little warmth in the mouthfeel but not the nine percent it is. The beer is wonderful. The Maillard in it is not overpowering and the subtle roasty notes are distracting. The body of the beer is a bit thicker than a porter. Awesome beer!
Apr 14, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the half liter bottle, it pours a dark brown color with a reddish hint and a modest light brown head that lasts. Lacing.
In the nose, it is dark fruits, roasted malts - very smooth. In the mouth, it is smooth and creamy, the flavor is dark fruits and roasted malt. Nice!
Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by MattSn from Oregon

Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by qqq from Rhode Island

Jan 24, 2021
Rated: 4.01 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by beerrat from Virginia

Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
500mL undated bottle poured into a teku glass at fridge temp 9% ABV. The beer pours bright medium brown in color with ruby highlights and khaki head. The head recedes quickly to a medium sized ring of fluffy bubbles. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mild with sweet toasted bread, toffee, brown sugar, raisin and a hint of ethanol. The taste is semisweet burnt sugar caramel raisin toast with just a hint of earthy hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with less than medium carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Not cloying, but getting as close as possible without crossing the line. Minimal alcohol taste or bite for 9%. Overall, very good to great. Almost like the German version of an English Barleywine.
Sep 21, 2020
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown with a wisp of foam. Sipping from the St. Bernardus globe, it seems to have adequate carbonation. Aroma of fruitcake and a licorice note. Dark roasted grain is the flavor, with a hint of molasses.

While sturdy with malt the finish is rather dry. Certainly less sweet than a lot of big Bocks. Some tastes of raisins and plums without the sugary sweetness. There's a a plentiful dark bready taste like really dark pumpernickel. Overall this is much more interesting than so many sweet doppel brews. Bine & Vine has the 500 ml cans.
Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Jul 13, 2020
Rated: 3.82 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

May 16, 2020
Rated: 4 by steverx8 from England

May 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
500ml brown bottle from Capital Market in Salem OR.
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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Reviewed by crenegar from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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
Rated: 4.01 by cozmo from New York

Jan 12, 2020
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Rated by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A brace of draught 12oz snifters at Wet City
Nov 07, 2019
Rated: 3.72 by Avitra from California

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 10, 2019
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Reviewed by sokol_1993 from California

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
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
Rated: 3.88 by DOCRW from Washington

Oct 28, 2018
Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 336 ratings