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

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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)

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Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of hman43
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of teromous
2.97/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Craigory
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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!!!

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Photo of ordybill
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A deep brown golden brew, nice head of foam that shrinks quickly but not all the way. Good lacing.

Strong grainy and caramel malt nose. Some choco.

Tastes just like it smells, big malt monster that's perhaps a tad too sweet, but it is a joy to drink none the less.

Creamy mouthfeel, over all, a very nice Doppelbock.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a mug.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown amber color with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Aww man, liquid bread baby. Caramel, toffee, lager yeast, grassy hops, raisins, figs, toasted, and bready malts.

Taste: Nice and malty like a doppelbock should be. Extremely tasty and delicious. A little warm booze too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little chewy, some booze alcohol, low to medium carbonation, some sweetness, and like eating a meal. Very delicious.

Overall: Got to love German doppelbocks. Especially monks brewing this beer sine 1330. Cheers to the monks who brew this beer and cheers to all the other people who have had the chance to enjoy this treat of a beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/11/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, lager yeast, brown sugar, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with some lager yeast breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of rx-beer
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured two inches of cream colored head and a dark ruby body. Decent head retention: head gradually fades to a thin ribbon and leaves sparse sudsy lacing. Smell is of roasty malt and heavy on the dark fruit - some figs, some raisins. Alcohol present. Taste follows the nose. Little bit of booze comes through. Medium-bodied with light carbonation and slightly bitter-sweet. Would maybe have this beer one more time, but no more than that. Not to crazy about tasting those dark fruits in my hocks.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Chestnut brown; no head retention

Aroma: Malty; dried fruit; slight hop notes

Taste: Roasted malty flavor; hoppy; not bad, but nothing special; drinkable, though.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, biscuit, herbal, toast, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of raisin, biscuit, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, toffee, toast, light chocolate, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toast, nuttiness, toffee, light chocolate, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of flavors with good complexity; almost zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock! Nicely balanced with good complexity; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the typical dark brown of a doppel with red highlights. It develops an eggshell-colored head just over a finger tall that fades off a bit quickly but not too much, leaving a pretty thick foam that deposits spotty lacing as it recedes.
The smell offers up the dark fruits I expect along with the typical molasses note, with more of a raisin than anything and a sugary but not cloying sweetness. There's a touch of cocoa and roast here as well. Just enough hops to balance add a b it of a floral note and possibly a ghost of spiciness.
The flavor's a bit lighter than I expected; everything from the nose is here, but with less force. It ends up being a bit too mellow for the style.
The feel is likewise light; this could use just a touch more thickness and body. Otherwise it's pretty smooth.

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Photo of Ueberales
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in at bottle at 42 deg F.

Appearance: Poured into a hefe glass. Dark mahogony color. Absolutely no head, despite an attempt to create one with an aggressive pouring technique. No bubbles or lace appeared during the drink.

Smell: As others have noted, a very fruity, raisiny smell, but I sense a very malty nose as well. Definite presence of alcohol in the aroma.

Taste: Very cloying. However after the sugar overload wears off, there is a rather pleasant malty aftertaste. Alcohol is also rather dominating.

Mouthfeel: This beer excels in this category. It is a thick, robust beer, and asserts itself well here. Alcohol provides a gentle warming sensation.

Overall: Comparing my review to others, it appears I got a stale version. There simply was no carbonation whatsoever. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this beer locally, but wouldn't turn one down if offered. Overall a middle-of-the-road Doppelbock. I've had worse, but as most others would probably attest, I'd prefer a Salvator over this one. If I can find this beer in-country, I'll post a comparison review.

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Photo of jhartley
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep mahogany brown with a decent 1/2 finger light tan head.

S-Dark fruity smell with some malts, don't pick up any hops

T-Raisins and ripe fruits. Nice malt flavor.

M-Sweet and Malty with a alcohol burn in the throat once it warms up.

O-A decent doppelbock a little too much sweetness up front for me but overall not bad for the price, I got it from a friend for free. Not something I would search out in the future.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, deep mahogany color. Large, bubbly, fairly thick, meringue like, off-white head. Very nice retention finally reducing to a nice layer of lace.

S - Rum and sugar soaked dark fruit (raisin, date, plum, and fig). Some licorice and dark bread. Hints of spice. Fruitcake like aroma.

T - Dark fruitcake with a brown sugar/molasses glaze. Date, plum, cherry, raisin, and fig. Some sweet spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg). Touches of licorice. Caramel, cocoa, nutty, and cola flavors provide balances of sweet and earthy flavors.

M - Medium to light body. Average carbonation. A touch thin for the style. Slick.

D - Sweet but not overpowering or cloying. Goes down pretty easy as a nice dessert beer. A sweeter doppelbock.

Notes: Nice doppelbock. Would make a very nice dessert (as it reminds me a bit of a fruitcake). Nice sweet, dark fruit flavors are quite strong.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/garnet with a brown head into my glass. I like the color here better. Seems closer too.

Sweet and spicy with plum, molasses and raisin in the nose. A lot more complex.

More flavor here. Well-rounded. Plum, spice and alcohol heat. You'd think it was extreme but it's mellow.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Well-defined.

I prefer this over the previous example that I had. There's more alcohol and it has a "fuller" feeling.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is dark brown with tints of ruby and caramel. Initially, I tilted the glass while pouring. However, very little head developed so I poured it straight. About a finger of buttery, tan head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a thin skim and bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Lots o’ fruitiness. Raisin, raspberry, dark cherry (that kind of syrupy, chocolate-covered version), red licorice (cherry or strawberry flavored), plum, a little apple, a little molasses, and maybe brown sugar. I assume sweet caramel is in there, too, but I really cannot pick it out; there is so much other stuff going on and the fruit burst is distracting.

Taste: The fruitiness is taken down a notch but still dominates: raisin, plum, dark cherry (the syrupy kind), red licorice, and a little green apple tartness. The ABV is noticeable with a little boozy edge, but it is not too distracting. Elements of toasted caramel and a little cocoa are also noticeable in the flavor, as well as the molasses.

Drinkability: It’s doppelbock — albeit very fruity. Frankly, it is a kick in the teeth the Trix Rabbit would be envious of.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into Sierra Nevada tumbler,

Dark ruby/brown with a tiny beige head; both are to style. Smell is very sweet with some bready/grainy notes barely coming past the sweet. Tastes like sweet liquid bread, one of the maltiest beers I have ever had. This one is so sweet that it approaches cloying, wayyy too sweet. There are some light liquorice notes and delicate hops but a late taste of overripe fruit kills this. The sweetness and relatively low carbs almost give the beer a syrupy consistency.

Way too sweet, though it does avoid the other main pitfall of doppelbocks, the dreaded soy sauce taste. Not something I would get again, Spaten and Paulaner make a better doppel.

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