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 potownbill
2.37/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Strangest taste I have ever experienced in a beer. I poured this one down the drain after a half glass.
Appearance:Deep reddish brown, Tan head that dissipated very quickly. No lacing.
Smell: Strong sweet caramel malt. Very nice.
Taste: Malt, but with a strong taste of fish oil. Yes, fish oil. Salty, funky, not pleasant. I managed to get through half the bottle before the taste got to be too much.
Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated.
Drinkability: Yuck!

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.46/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

*did not like would buy to soak burger meat in*

app: dark dark garnet, dark and luxurious evil look. small to no head, lil eggshell suds.

smell: dark fruits, brown sugar molasses mix with some produce, smells sweet and thick, no hops.

taste: soy earthy sour brown dark flavor, offensive.. should be labeled as a marinade not a drink. hard to place. good flavors, like a thick sweet marinade, but not a basting sauce. to much of what it is with no balance.

mf: to thick sweet and coating.

drinkable?: nope, it could be so good.. if it was cut or cooked.

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Photo of BrownNut
2.51/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I like doppelbocks. I like Celebrator and Maximator a lot. Sam Adams is pretty good. I like Korbinian well enough. Spaten, one or two others. The style seems like a nice one. But this one tasted like balsamic vinegar mixed with something sweet. So did the Samichlaus doppelbock I tried after that to a somewhat lesser extent. Both were sour and vinegary. Do not like. Couldn't get through a 4 oz taster. I wonder what makes these two come out like this.

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Photo of dgallina
2.64/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle without freshness dating. Poured clear mahogany with no head or lace whatsoever. Sugary molasses, caramel, a touch of burnt toast, clove, and alcohol in the nose. Very clean, but nearly empty of flavor; slightly sweet syrupy malts up front with hot fusel alcohol finish. Almost still oily and syrupy body. Not a beer I'll revisit. The aroma is OK, but the flavor is almost entirely missing apart from the over-strong alcohol.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wine Expo, Santa Monica purchase. Brown 16.9oz bottle poured into a barleywine glass. I poured it aggressive and got a 2 finger Mcgill followed by average lace.

For a dopplebock its too laid back. Dark fruits are evident but very subtle and without much depth. Watery comes to mind. Mild woody backdrop. Alcohol is a large factor. Not for me.

Notes: This doesn't stack up against most dopples I've had in my time. I feel that I'm being generous giving it a 3 range but the lack of anything offensive it has to be at least decent.

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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 waughbrew
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[2.99 for a .5L at downtown wine and spirits]
I didn't recognize the name, so I went for a wild card.

Clear plum. Nice head is partially creamy and partially fizzy. Great retention! Very Belgian in the nose, with yeast products dominating - some fusels, apple, phenolic pepper. A little brown sugar, black berries, and wood, but overall very lacking in malty aroma expected from a doppelbock. Flavor is a lot less complex than I would expect from a 9% doppelbock - where is the malt complexity? Like dirty maple syrup, a bit of roast, and a decent hop bite to balance things. Feels thick and chewy.

Overall this beer is respectable, though on the boring side. Malt flavors are lacking and the fermentation flavors could be tamed a bit more. The bitterness was pretty cool, but was not enough to make me want to import this one again.

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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 speter
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a medium to dark brown with barely any head whatsoever. The thin layer present leaves only a trace of lacing.

S: Roasted Munich malts and noble hops. The hops, very German in their scent, are more forward than I've typically experienced with bocks.

T: Quite average, almost bland. There is little of the maltiness up front that one expects from a bock. The finish has nice noble hop character, but seems almost more like a run of the mill Dunkel or even a good Pilsner rather than a bock or a doppelbock.

M: This is by far the thinnest doppelbock I've ever had. It's too thin even for a plain bock. The low carbonation gives this the mouthfeel of a Coke that's been sitting out too long.

D: Could hit the spot if you want a Dunkles, but can't otherwise find one.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Doppelbock was a little different than I expected. It poured out like a normal Doppelbock with a really nice deep amber color and yellowish white head. The smell of the beer had some sweet malt aromas and and some subtle hops in the background. The taste was strange to me, it gave off this sour flavor for some reason. Perhaps a bad bottle but I'm unsure. The tase I was getting from this brew kind of hindered my thoughts of what started out as a good looking brew. The mouthfeel was medium and had a light carbonation to it. If it wasn't for the taste I would have enjoyed this much more. Perhaps having it again would be a good choice.

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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 Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a moderate brown color that is pretty transparent. Thin tan head forms and then falls away very quickly. The nose has a bit of chocolate and mild malt sweetness. Pretty plain. Mild dark fruits in the background. The flavor is really plain and the mouthfeel is fairly watery for a beer of this style and strength. Mild malt sweetness and a touch of caramel. Really bland and disappointing. Moderate carbonation on a too-light body. Not a very good example of the style.

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

A-Deep russet brown body with ruby highlights. Beige head quickly disappeared.

S-Hints of brown sugar, dark fruit, raisins and cinnamon.

T-Sweet molasses and chocolate. Tastes of unfermented malts.

M-A bit chalky throughout. Dry finish with bittersweet chocolate on the tongue.

D-A bit unbalanced for me. Not my favorite dopplebock. I personally like a bit more body and rounded sweetness.

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Photo of bruachan
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

chasmically dark garnet with a short head.

grainy, (munich malt) raisin flavor. the dried fruit element is a little strong for me, actaully. the horse seems to be pretty well dead. i would like more complexity, with some tasty bready or nutty flavors

alas, i am stuck with uberraisin juice. the aroma is a little more dynamic

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Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep brown colored beer with a good short-lived tan colored head. Lots or red Highlights when held up to the light.

Sweet smell with a trace of soy sauce smell. Smoky and fruity but lacking nut aromas. Malty and boozy, this has the smell of cherry brandy.

Starts out neutral tannin and bitter nutty. Boozy aspects come on strong like nut liqueur. Chocolate, soy sauce, faint vodka. Not all that flavorful.

Mouthfeel is thin.

An OK beer seems a bit thin and lacking in flavor to my tongue.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Pours a massive, off-white head that deflates fairly quickly. Body is dark amber brown.

Scent is of heavy malt sweetness mingling with light cherry undertones. Slightest hint of floral hops. Alcohol undertones are present and become more so as beer warms. Typical or average for the style.

Taste opens with malt sugars, secondary metabolites resembling alcohol-soaked cherries, almonds, slightly sour and floral by hops. Alcohol courses throughout this beer, though it's not too strongly detectable, but always lingering in the background. Fairly harsh aftertaste of very light hops, alcohol, and sugars. Not particularly pleasant, but not too unpleasant, either.

Medium-heavy body, which is somewhat surprising given the ABV, that deals well with moderate carbonation. Finish is semi-dry, a little sticky.

An OK doppelbock, not super complex, too alcohol heavy (I think), and $4 per bottle. Something to try, but I'm not sure I'd get another given how many other tasty varieties are commonly available.

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Photo of livingregret
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 1 pt .9 fl oz

Appearance: Pours a very dark amber colour w/ no head to speak of. Very little lacing around the edge

Smell: I get dark fruit, molasses and crystallized sugar. No real smell of alcohol which is surprising because it's 9%

Taste/mouthfeel: Big malty flavour w/ lots of sweetness. Molasses comes through as does the dark fruit w/ a touch of alcohol at the end. You don't really feel the warming alcohol till after you have swallowed the beer. It stays w/ in your throat which is rather nice. No hops to speak of and nothing to balance out the sweetness beyond the warming alcohol taste. Goes down smooth though but does leave a light, almost syrup taste in your mouth.

Drinkability: Well it's touch to sweet for me and the 9% hits you if you drink it to quickly. Still a bit enjoyable as long as it's not in excess.

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Photo of KeefD
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass, dark brown with ruby red highlights, with a yellowish-orange hue at the edges. Big bubbled-foam on top of the body, fades quickly, leaving behind light lacing. Strong floral, sweet, fuity, grassy aroma with slight nuances of roasted malt and dark fruits. Taste is roasty and toasty, hints of coffee and chocolate, semi-sweet, light dark fruit, some grape, a bit of burnt caramel. A bit astringent for my taste. Bitter and dry on the finish. Lightbodied, almost too thin for the style. Carbonation is overly-lacking, doesn't give the light a body a real pop. A bit thin, a bit watery, not enough body for a good Dopple. What flavor is there just doesn't lend any complexity to an overly-thin body.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1pint .9 oz brown bottle. glass is stamped 0.5L

it pours out all fizzy, a deep chestnut brown color. but very little head.

big sweet malty aroma. caramel, candied walnuts, raisins.
as expected, the taste is all malts, no trace of hops. sweet brown sugar taste. by the bottom of the glass, its a bit cloying.

oddly, even though tiny bubbles stream to the surface, it doesn't taste that way on the tongue, instead more flat. thick, coats the mouth.

while there is no indication of the 9% abv, it is too sweet to have good drinkability.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark brown color, few fingers of offwhite head that diminishes quickly and leaves little lacing. Smell is of carmel, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, brown sugar. Taste is a somewhat over-sweet combination of camrmelized sugar and dark dried fruit (mostly raisin). The flavors are all good, but the sweetness should be toned down a notch or the grain presence boosted. Body is somewhat thin for the style, carbonation could use a boost. Ok beer, nothing fantastic, but still flavorful.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown color with a medium tan head and patchy lacing. The aroma is bready malt and fruit. Medium-bodied and creamy with roasted malt, fruit (raisins) and caramel flavors. The finish is tart and fruity with touches of malt. A decent enough beer, although it doesn’t really fit into the Doppelbock flavor profile that I prefer.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


I thought perhaps I missed something - maybe tasted too much last time around before coming to this one, maybe was in the wrong mindset, maybe even the wrong mood. After seeing the New York Times review that held it in high esteem with in combination with typical reviews here, I decided to give it a another go to be sure:

A: Deep, raisin coloured pour... creamy head, maintains a little lip around the edges.

S: Quite sweet, something of a burnt brown sugar and dark fruits.

T: Prune/raisin, something of a bitter, almost medicinal taste, but not quite - just a bit tart. Rather similar to the first time around, though kind of noticed a little spicy, alcohol finish that I think was overlooked last time.

M: A bit sticky... a bit of coating, but overall a bit wet and lacking.

D: Unfortunately, things didn't change a great deal. Maybe a little more body than last perceived, but kind of unsure about the taste and overall experience. It could almost use a little more oomph for its class. Just seems a little bit unbalanced. Not my thing, I guess, but could offer a little score improvement on some points.


Original review: Jan. 16, '08
scores: 3 / 3 / 3.5 / 2.5 / 2.0 (C+)

A: Deep chocolate pour, not a bad looking brew, though the head was a little disappointing. Quite pale and quick to dissipate.

S: Very mild hops, notes of caramel, but not anything that really stood out. Not a bad aroma, but not a great deal to it.

T: What it lacks in aroma, it tries to take back in flavour. Raisin, light caramel, but rather light, overall. Not a great deal of caramel, toffees, malts / toasted grains, chocolate, or other flavours that I might have expected. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, considering.

M: Very light for its class, in my opinion. Overall, it's very mild, somewhat flat, with no carbonation there to make up for a lack of body.

D: All in all, quite disappointing. 'Watery' comes to mind to describe it... the mild carbonation of a typical dopple, but the lighter body of perhaps even a substandard lager. While it performs better than some of the beers out there, it's not up to par for its class. Sorry, Ettaler, I hoped and expected for more.

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Photo of t8s8l8
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look- Very dark, beer glass brown. no head retention, good amount of lacing though. was anticipating something darker. Its a more comforting color.

Smell- Real sweet, a malty sweetness, a caramel aroma and slight chocolate and dark fruit notes.

Taste- The malt sweetness kicks in, almost giving a fruit like character but probably closer to a licorice sweetness, medium to full mouthfeel, not much hop flavor but gets slightly bitter in the finish. finishes thicker than it starts, with an alcohol bite.

Overall experience- Its not a bad beer i would probably have this closer to the winter time to warm up with, but i feel it is lacking something. i would purchase again but would not go out of my way for it. Its hard to compete with an Ayinger Doppelbock.

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