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

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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator 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 Toddv29424
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit stupefied by this being denoted as "US Import Version" on this site... I wasn't aware that there would be two different brews for special imports. Nonetheless, this beer pours with a deep, deep red color, thats translucent only when held up to a bright light. Smell is deep and malty, mostly of the dark kind. Taste is terrific and heavy, with nothing really developing until about half way through the trip down, then it really bursting with malty goodness.

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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 Mitchster
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.79 for a 1pt .9fl oz bottle. Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep mahogany with ruby accents, forming a nice yellow head with good retention and adequate lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma opens with noble hops, fresh hay, and followed by dark fruits and a clean ferment. The mouthfeel is initially pringly but goes down smooth and velvety. Medium-dense body, very lightly syrupy. The taste opens with cloves and grassy hops, followed by abundant amber malts, raisins and prunes. Bitterness is mild and herbal in nature, and the finish is redolent with moist earth and tobacco. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste and a brief peppery flash of alcohol tinges the back of the tongue and has a mild pleasant warming sensation on it's way to the stomach. As it warms, early on, it displays pronounced alcohol, much of it isopropyl in nature.

This is a decent enough dopple, but it's rought around the edges, a little unpleasant at times, kinda like Salvator. I'll stick with my Korbinian which seems to be the smoothest dopple I've had.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, visual bown hue with lots of maroon highlights. Decent head at the start but eventually trickles to nothing. The aroma has a light alcohol raoma. But this adds to warm an already toasty/roasty malt character.

The flavor profile is a great, complex and sweet malt. Hints of prunes and lightly burnt peahces mixed with vanilla and black cherries in the pit.

The palate was nice and warm, but not too sweet to cloy the taste buds.

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Photo of xymyl
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is very dark red/mahogany with a short lived off-white headand medium/light carbonation with mostly big bubbles.

Aroma is Faintly sweet fruit with aromas of dark malts and earthy spices along with a light burnt note. It is all of what you would expect from a Doppelbock and a lot of what you would expect never to find in a Doppelbock, but in a Belgian Abby Ale.

Even with the cloves and other spices on the nose I was unprepared for the estery punch of the first sip. After that initial surprise that all faded into the background and I was able to enjoy the beer based on its other characteristics.

Flavors of chocolate, coffee, smoke, burnt sugar, alcohol, nearly burnt dried fruits and of course the earthy and spicy notes already mentioned.

Body is medium.

Other notes: Carbonation ran out before I could finish the beer. The beer is quite light for a Doppelbock. I would expect that it would be more dry or more rich, but it just sat in the middle. The recipe is supposed to be from 1609 so I guess if they called it a Doppelbock back then, they are grandfathered in on the convention. I like it quite a bit, I just wasn't expecting what I got. It does go great with a good sausage though. Also, this beer doesn't seem quite at 9% Alcohol.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on this 500 ml. bottle of Dunkler Doppelbock claimed to be brewed from an historic recipe of 1609 created by the Benedictine Monks. Since Paulaner Salvator, the first commercially brewed Doppelbock, didn’t become available to the public until 1780, this recipe must either go back to the origins of this style as food during Lenten fasting.

Poured out into a flute, this was quite dark in color, and had a two finger head at first. The head faded quickly to a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. As can be expected with a 9% ABV beer, there was not much lacing. The aroma was very rich, with the dark Munich style malts allowed to emit a toasty sweet smell. The taste was also sweet, but not cloying. The dark fruit ester taste was very dominant here, and was followed shortly by a spicy phenolic kick. Although they did not use any malted wheat in this recipe, this was somewhat similar to a Weizenbock. This was quite an easy beer to drink considering all the complexity and strength. No wonder this Abbey/Brewery has been around since 1330.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with some reddish hue with fluffy off-white one finger head,first thing that stuck out to me in the nose was the smokiness that goes along with the dark fruit and brown sugar and caramel sweetness the alcohol whafted a little but its not strong.Sweet up front quite sweet in fact raisins and caramel with some dark brown sugar as well a little bit of an alcohol burn going down.I notice just a slight spiciness and earthy note in the finish,its a smooth,slick doppelbock glides down easily if you like big malty sweet beers to me this would be a good winter sipper to take the chill off I ll be looking for this again come December I think.

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Photo of BRoss242
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown with lots of ruby red coming through when held up to the light. Nice 1 finger white head which slowly fade to a thin film.

S- Nice blend of roasted malt , caramel, and chocolate along with some fruit.

T- Chocolate and caramel malts blend well some roasted malt gives it a burnt aftertaste.

M- This beer is very smooth but thick all at the same time you almost have to chew your way through it.

D- Very good drinking beer which hid the alcohol well, I will drink this beer again in the future.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very understated for a Doppelbock; however, it is also just about the only DB that I could see myself drinking over the course of an evening without thinking about it. I guess that is this beers flaw, I *like* it when my DB's make me think.

The taste is a muted Korbinian. The darker fruits (figs, plums, ect) are all there, but they are married to a light maibock-like taste. The strong German pils-malt comes through more than anything.

It drinks like a much lighter beer than it is, if that makes sense.

A good, but not a great, DB. It actually reminds me more of Mahr's Weihnachtsboock than any regular DB.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Maroon/red when held to light, the head is full and thick, off white. The body is crystal clear with only a couple bubbles of carbonation. Smell is sweet, very sweet with brown sugar and a little banana fruitiness. Alcohol is evident, makes it a little spicy. Smooth and subtle up front, many earthy and spicey flavors reveal themselves. Sweetness is carmel and molasses, and a strong shot of alcohol. A little cloying as you keep drinking. Not sessionable at all, but has a nice moderate-to-thick mouthfeel, and is not a bad beer.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, drink this one warm - cold it is way too harsh, and the alcohol is overwhelming.

It's an ok doppel. Strong caramel, toffee, and alcohol presence. I felt it lacked carbonation and malt. It had the body of a barleywine, which I felt was offputting for the style.

Not a bad price though, and certainly a beer worth a try.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow...16.9 oz. of 9% Dopple for $3.99, good deal. It pours a deep, clear, chestnut brown with a surprisingly nice head of dense, tan froth.

Aroma is rich, scorched brown sugar, creamy caramel, pumpernickle bread, fruity esters, raisins/prunes, and smoky, woodsy hops. Offputting undertones of cheap, American malt liquor vaguely get in the way of things.

Flavor is perfectly bittersweet, caramel and chocolate upfront with dark fruit preserves and sticky molasses cake, malted milk, and pine and herbal hop bitterness with notions of dried flowers.

Body is nearly medium and needs a little addeed oomph to support the chewy malt structure and bittersweet complexity. Carbonation is easy with a creamy mouthfeel and slick, almost sticky texture.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear brown with an almost tan frothy head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel presence. The aroma contained a slight DMS (corn) character. Also present in the aroma was a slight smoke and dark fruits, cherries most notable.

The flavor was malty with a strong presence of molasses. The flavor was rich and contained a strong caramelization and melanoidin with caramel, biscuit and dark fruits. The dark fruits were cherries and raisins and the bittering was strong enough to be noticeable and lightly spicy and enough to keep the malty flavors at bay. The flavor also contained a good chocolate presence and a light bit of roasty and smokey character.

The finish was dry with a lasting malt impression and caramel long into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium full and very nice with a low carbonation level. Probably the most interesting dopplebock I have had in a long time. The DMS in the aroma was a bit off base and the initial molasses flavor almost put me off, but all in all, a wonderful beer.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull brown with a murky glow thats heavy in the middle getting slivers of dark gold at the edges and bottom. Huge topping of dark ivory foam thats loose, puffy, fluffy, and thick. Didn't sit for too long before slipping to its always present thick skim and concentrated bubbly center. Lots of great looking inky lacing coats the glass. A beautiful bock to behold!

Aroma is tenderly dark and sweet with semi tanged molasses thats deeply centered in a root beer soaked fruit bread dusted with cooked brown sugar and currants.

Taste is seemingly similar to what the smell leads ya too. A good thing here as this is quite solid in taste, flavor, and body. Smooth and luscious in a thickly coating dark maltyness that brings in a nice molasses tang thats mildly tanged and slow. Nice notes of brown sugar, dark fruity chewy things, caramel, chocolate, and a good portion of length into the finish. By far the best area of the beer. It transcends into its own as it finishes very lengthy with a stretched out dark malty coating and tiny warming.

Nearly perfect for a Doppel in body. Nice easy front with a steady medium body gaining a very complex tone into the finish as the dark malts gain in flavor, body texture, and warmth. Very easy goin' down with a great gooey little texture of smoothness. Ahhh, malts, malts, and more malts. Solidly good.

Drinkable and then some. Only a slight hint of warmth after a while begins to settle in as ya go and tends to slow it down. But for a Doppelbock, this is very solid and a showcase of the style. Import version or not. Me likey! ...yum...

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Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tenacious tan head. Smells of sugared prunes, cloves, molasses, and raw alcohol. The alcohol aroma is quite strong. On the palate, this beer is sweet first off, with a twinge of sourness and then bitterness. This beer is medium bodied, finely carbonated, and smooth. Overall, Ettaler's new entry in the U.S. beer market is smooth and flavorful, and a worthy entry in the doppelbock genre, but it's not going to unseat big boys in this style.

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

Appearance: Crystal clear dark mahogany. Medium sized cap of beige froth. Lacing is adequate. Inviting brew.

Aroma: Sludgey molasses. Chocolate. Currants. Rich dark malts. Brown Sugar.

Flavor: Dark fruits. Plums, blackberries and dark cherries. Molasses. Cane sugar residue. Rich malts.

Mouthfeel: No sign of EtOH. Carbonation is appropriately low. Body is medium-full.

Drinkablility: Good. This is a good dopplebock. Nothing more, nothing less. Enjoyable and one I'd gladly have again sometime.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque, cocoa-toned top, slowly evaporating.

Dark and deeplyrich aroma, caramel notes, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit...maple, anise, ...sweet, but not too, very well played balance.

Fully flavored, but mellow in the mouth. Very smooth and drinkable, despite the 9% abv. Slips tasty, tastiness all 'round the senses. Plums pop up in the flavor department, dates, blackberries...very interesting, this dunkler doppelbock.

"Brewed according to it's historic recipe of 1609, created by the Benedictine Monks." Yea, for that!

A slick and delicious doppel, smooth and very welcome. Yum.

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Photo of Ego
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 @ oak tree buy rite, I left 2 at the store and bought the rest :)
been waiting for this for awhile as I hella enjoy the ettaler kloster dunkel

ok, the head crackles. I know that isnt "eyes" but damn..ok? the head fades from one finger strong to near nada very quickly, very dark brown nearing opaque, light can pass through when held up to a light ... but barely... lacing is very minimal with a nice film trace left behind but not gods of beer goo. OK looking.

toasty clean caramel roast, well water, a subtle dry yeasty type of aroma is also present balanced well with the delicious sweet roasty tones wafting up the ole schnozz. mild hints of dark fruit like prune are in there but very subdued. a slight chocolateness tries to mask the alcohol scents.. and does a pretty damn good job. A very nice sniffer, not overpowering in any way, just well balanced.

taste etc...
ok, now to the good part.
carbonation = perfection, you would never know from looking at it.. but man it bristles in the mouth. The alcohol is CERTAINLY warming in the gullet (especially as served here @ cellar temp). First blast is very sweet, then roasted flavors, then a fading sweetness with some bitterness in the aftertaste. It leaves your mouth "wet" but wanting more. Definitely needs something salty with it to bring out the bitter notes more, otherwise it might be a bit too sweet on it's own. Very much medium to light mouthfeel and drinkable.

a classic dop flavor for sure. The alcohol is not hidden here too much but this is so tasty you may just overlook it. very tasty.. glad I picked up a bunch of them!

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Photo of ohmybock
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer first arrived in the States in 2006, I bought some and thought it had an unusual, spicy character...almost like a weizenbock.

I haven't had it since then until now in June 2008. (I wiped out my old review and replaced it with this one.) This new bottle tastes much more like a traditional doppelbock than what I found back then. I'm not sure if the difference is with me or with this bottle. Whatever the case, I like this bottle quite a bit better. This brew (still) pours with almost no head, but the aroma is nice. It smells sweet with a dark, dried, fruit aroma. The taste further expands on the aroma. The body is quite heavy, and there's very little carbonation. There's a slight spiciness, but otherwise it tastes of long-boiled toffee/melanoidin malts and dark stewed fruit. This beer definitely has "that special German bock character" which rarely seems to find its way into bock beers produced in other countries. It has that lovely dark, malty flavor, but without a roasted character which you sometimes find in other inferior non-German bock beers. This Curator is the real deal. Add some more carbonation and this d-bock might be one of my all-time favorite bocks.

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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
3.91 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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