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 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 Beast35
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a wine? Deep mahogany with no head. Disappointed I love suds.

Smells like a wine too on the dry side with some fruit notes too.

Taste is very good. Malt up front with dark fruits farther back on the palate. One of the drier beers I've had.

Not as carbonated as i would like it to be but a decent mouthfeel.

It is fairly drinkable for a 9% abv.

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Photo of cnally
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gosh, I have been in the mood for a good doppelbock lately. Must be the season change and cold weather. Gotta make it better somehow.

The appearance is a dark leather brown with tints of red around the edges of the glass. A very unsubstantial, soap bubble head ends up settling down to a sticky white ring.

The aroma is very malty and also extremely fruity. It has qualities of apple, grape, black cherry, currants...some molasses in there, some brown sugar.

The malt is the first burst of flavor, slightly, hard crack sugars. This flavor subsides into a sundried fruit based one, with dates and raisins as the main components. Finishes slightly bitter and caramel malty.

Creamy feel, low carbonation. Slightly astringent. Alcohol hid well.

Very tasty, hits the spot on a lot of cylinders. I will say the appearance leaves much to be desired, with an unimpressive head and blah coloring. But the aroma is massive and enticing and the flavor is on par with the style, and it lacks the oversweetness that kills so many doppelbocks. Highly drinkable, due to its balance and intangibles.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, not ebony, low head retention

smell: sweetness for some drak fruits

taste: too sweet, loads of raisin flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied.

drinkability: celebrator is still king this beer was on the sweet side and a little thin on the body.

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Photo of crossovert
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a nicely decorated reused 1 pint .9 ounce bottle. Brewed according to is historic recipe of 1609, created by the Benedictine Monks. This is the U.S. import version.

Pours a nice dark brown with hints of burnt golden orange. A small tan head forms and quickly dissipates with a vigorous pour.

The smell is the smooth, sweet chocolate malt of dopplebock we've come to know and love. Some dark dried fruit in there as well. Also a slight nuttiness. One of the better smelling doppelbocks.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a small amount of carbonation. Taste is of fruits, cocoa, coffee, and hops. Alcohol is present with a bit of burn in the throat. Like others have stated the word "juicy" comes to mind, not in the fruit juice sense but in the overall feel and scent of this masterfully crafted brew.

For doppelbocks it is pretty high up there, a solid one for this category. I am itching to try the German version as it has less abv.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a pittance of head that dissipates to nothing! No lacing or anything. Very light carbonation, almost tastes like a cask ale. Nose is full of heavy malts, some alcohols, smells rather strong without being too strong. Taste is full as well, somewhat malty but not very heavy, alcohols are a little bit noticeable. Also, slight chocolate notes are discernable. For a 9% goes down pretty frickin' easy. Overall a pretty good beer.

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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 deg
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer into a pint glass. Dark and black. A little bit of a head to it, which felt creamy when I took a sip. I picked up a little malt when I smelled the beer. The taste was wonderful, raisins, malt, a little roasted character. Despite the beer being 9%, I didn't notice any alcohol warmth, so be careful when you drink it.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a little German bakery when I saw the "Dunkeler Doppelbock." I haven't had very many of the style, but it's up my alley.

Pours a clear dark red-brown with a late arriving fizzy head that fades immediately and doesn't leave any lacing. Not the most amazing entrance, but looks can often be only skin deep, right?

Nice complex aromas of sweet malts and ripe fruit... kind of like banana bread. I opened this one kind of cold; I would suggest letting it warm up a fair amount before enjoying. I definitely noticed more intensity and complexity with some warmth. 9% ABV contributes to some alcohol on the nose, kind of reminding me of the smell of soaking vanilla beans in vodka.

Flavors are full and complex, just what I was hoping for. Definitely a malt bomb, tons of sweetness that reminds me less of regular bready malts in beers I more typically drink and remind me more of a quick bread sweetness. Yeast-imparted banana, maybe some spices, some bittering hops on the finish. I have a harder time isolating the flavors on beers like this that I don't have very often.

It doesn't have the chewy, thick feel that a bit ale might have, but this has enough density to match up to the big tastes, especially for a lager. Long, drawn out finish that mixes and mingles the flavors very well.

Very easy drinking for a big brew. Too bad it's so hard to find and at a fairly high price point. Additionally, its flavor profiles better stand on their own, as opposed to drinking this with food. Those factors make this beer a likely try again, but not for probably a while.

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

Transluscent amber pour. Small amount of white head, disappears pretty quickly. Malty, bready aromas. Taste is similar, but with much more prune and plum tones. Smaller amounts of toffee, brown sugar. Would have liked just a bit more malty grain. Fairly lively mouthfeel, could be a little thicker, but not bad. Finishes with just a bit of hop bitterness.
Drinkability is good for a 9% abv, which is non-existent. Not quite as good as the Ayinger, but still not bad.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle
Purchased for $3.99

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan head that quickly forms into a thin ring around

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet toasty malt, brown sugar and caramel.

T- The taste starts off very smooth and malty with a good amount of sweet malt and caramel with dark fruit and brown sugar.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty decent dopplebock that is worth a try. However, there are plenty of better dopplebocks out there.

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Photo of ajs4bd
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 2-18-09 in a snifter

A - Poured a clear, dark amber with an average head. Lacing was very good.

S - Excellently complex aroma. Heavy malts, including molasses, hay and toasted nuts, raisins or plums and some brown sugar. Very sweet.

T - Good taste, with all the aromas coming through. The molasses and raisins come through the most. Also very sweet in comparison to some other doppelbocks.

M - A medium finish with a somewhat creamy feel. Not as creamy as Samichlaus. The aftertaste is sweet and lingers well.

Overall, a very good doppelbock. The aromas were excellent, but the taste was not as strong as I expected. I concluded this was a good thing, because there was a lot going on in this beer.

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Photo of droomyster
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany with a small tan head. Smell is very interesting - almost port-like, ripe cherries and berries and raisins, with an anise/licorice quality that is very intriguing. Fascinating on the nose! All of these aromas carry through to the flavor, which is quite sweet and brown sugary. It's very good but might be too sweet for such a large bottle...I'd be content to just have half this much!

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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 roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pokal glass.

Appearance is dark brownish copper with a one and a half inch off-white fluffy looking head. It sinks down to a cap after a while and leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma is typical of most Doppelbocks with a strong caramelly malt backbone coming across very sweet up front, with some dark fruitiness. This one is strong on the figs, with a bit of raisin and black cherry in there subtly. A bit of alcohol spice in there too.

Taste is actually pretty different from many Doppelbocks though in subtle ways. It starts with the usual caramel maltiness with dark fruits coming in next, but there is an added nuttiness coming through much stronger than many other examples of the style. Towards the finish there is a slight earthy bitterness that comes through before the sweetness returns in the linger.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture brought on by a very nice level of carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one. There are still others that I would take over it but I think I might be getting this one again sometime.

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

Got this beer at ye olde forge in Lanesboro, MA. Served in a small challace. The appearance was dark amber. The smell was that of a higher alcohol content beer with a hint of brown sugar. The taste was smooth and crisp. This was a good yet pricey beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500 mL bottle.

A: The doppelbock is a mahogany color, dark and concentrated to the point of blackness. As light shines through, bright ruby red highlights emerge. Not much head.

S: Vegetal aroma, deep with thick concentrated malts; grainy to the extreme. A touch of smokiness is evident as well.

T: The body is incredibly sweet, loaded to the hilt with caramel malts. Nuts and light molasses are heavy up front, coating the palate. Toffee and caramel follow, treacly and rich. A smoked peat flavor, wee heavy-like, adds a full sweetness that mixes with the caramel/toffee combo. Alcohol is readily apparent but it never gets in the way.

M: Rich and decadent, this is a good sipper. The maltiness is warming with a nice nutty finish.

D: A well-hidden whopper at 9%, a nice beer for a cold night.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby-tinted brown, with very little head, and little dabs of lace here and there. Rolls around in the glass with an almost syrupy patience.

Nose is semi-sweet and vinous; dark berry, lots of fig, cocoa. A slight bit of alcohol helps give it an edge. The marriage of toasted malt sweetness and succulent dark fruits is outstanding in depth and balance.

Big flavor here, with superb balance. Juicy, succulent fig is the highlight, followed by dark berry, light nut husk, molasses and a gooey yet subtle layer of chocolate syrup. Very grape-y throughout, and yet again the word "juicy" comes to mind. Grape bubblegum, grape juice, red wine, many variations on the mighty purple fruit are right here in this righteous doppelbock. And I can't forget the big bready doughy pumpernickel vibe. Earthy, almost woody finish, but far from dry, with tartness creeping in but ultimately keeping the whistle wet and glazed; has an almost holiday-like feel. Germany's equivalent of those big holiday Belgians? Sort of.

Slick and soft in the mouth...buttery, lightly syrupy, just the right balance of carbonation. Remarkably smooth.

Curator might be the biggest ABV German beer I've ever had. That won't make any beer an automatic winner, but in this case the higher alcohol highlights a recipe that's apparently generous with the ingredients. And wouldn't you know, with all that flavor I hardly noticed the alcohol, which is merely a bit player in the flavor. Big malts rule here; its complexity and depth make this a must-try for any fan of German beers, no matter the style. Das ist ein zehr gutes bier!

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this brew while in Alpine Helen, GA for the 2008 Oktoberfest celebration.

Pours a nice mahogany hue with a creamy light-tan head that leaves behind relatively little lace on the glass.

The nose is fairly simple, with mostly sweet caramel/toffee/chocolate malt aromas.

Thick in mouthfeel, though not quite as thick as many Doppelbocks, this is a traditional full-bodied brew with flavors dominated by sweet caramel and chocolate malt flavors with very little hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol coming through in the middle as the beer warms a little. Finish is medium-long and rather sweet.

Drinkability suffers from the whopping 9.00% ABV of this brew, as the content hides itself well in the flavor but makes its presence known in the light-headedness and heavy-liddedness that it imparts.

Overall, an excellent, though potent, Doppelbockbier.

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Photo of Vancer
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An authentic German dobblebock, pours a clear mahogany with a wispy tan bubble top. Not much in the way of lace either.

The aroma was very different from other bocks. Some of the standard caramel malts, but with a big kick of woody spices. Tasted different too, almost like a weak RIS - with the anise mixed with a bit of smoked peat. A sour grape finish through me for a loop. I will say the 9% is not a factor, and well hidden.

This one was decent, but I'm not very impressed. Better dopples out there.

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

Purchased at Stateline with Robert's recommendation. Proust! Pours with a thin head. Almost black in color. Very sweet nose. Malty and sweet in flavor with some fruit in it. Very drinkable with the ABV. Smooth mouthfeel. A good dopple which I will be purchasing again.


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

Was pleasantly surprised to see this beer on tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a very dark color, looking more like a porter then what I usually associate with doppelbocks. Head retention and lacing are fair, though the head had almost completely dissipated half way through my beer. I didn't get a lot on the nose, just some sweet malt and a touch of burnt toast and licorise. This beer is fairly complex on the palate, with flavors of brown sugar, cherry, vanilla and more licorise. It's moderately sweet, but has an interesting dry, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the abv. does not come across as excessive.

This is a nice beer, though I can't say it wowed me. Nevertheless, it was fun to try, especially on draft.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 PT .9 FL OZ bottle of brew from a recipe formulated by Benedictine Monks in 1609... ;)

A - Dark ruby/mahogany with an off white head that sticks around.

S - Smells of raisins and dates are noticed initially with a light bread ending. Soothing.

T - Caramel sweetness with some raisin from the smell. Nice balance with the hops bitterness without the 'bite'. This dark beer masks the 9% ABV amazingly well.

M - Medium to rick in body with a great clean feel. Very good.

D - Moderate with the high alcohol, but this is worth keeping around.

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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 MTNboy
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A deep dark color with a little red in it when held to the light.

Smell- I thought it had sort of grape or currant smell.

Taste- It has a nice roasted flavor that is somewhat toffee/coffee like. Sweet with a very slight hop bitter aftertaste. There is a little alcohol bite but not as bad as thought it would be given that it is 9%.

Mouthfeel - It has a full medium bodied.

Drinkability- Not bad but I would probably chose other double bocks if given the choice.

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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
3.91 out of 5 based on 290 ratings.
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