Reutberger Export Dunkel
Klosterbrauerei Reutberg

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Style:
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #58
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,838
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
75
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Klosterbrauerei Reutberg
 
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Year-round
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Gots
  10
SCORE
84
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wattoclone from California

4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Retired to Lompoc CA in 2017 from Philly and was surprised to find a variety of German beers in the local shops. Guess I am not the first German beer lover to retire here. The Reutberger Export Dunkel was on the shelf at Liquor Emporium so I cleaned them out, storing them in my beer fridge. Generally not a huge fan of dunkel lager unless fresh draft from Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh or Brauhaus Schmitz in Philly, but this one was very flavorful and has aged well at 38F in my cooler. Pours a dark brown with tan foamy head. The taste was full of caramel, malt and brown sugar. Very much hoping they will resupply this delicious beer.

Sep 09, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was on a short trip to The Bottle Room in Downingtown, PA recently in support of PHL Beer Week 2017 when I saw this bottle on their shelves. I am reluctant to build up the dwindling Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but my efforts have made enough room that I do not feel TOO guilty about its purchase.

From the bottle (translated from the German): "Brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516"; "Brewing tradition of over 300 years"; "1677 A.D."

Having Pop!ped the cap, I began a slow, gentle pour into an awaiting 0.4L stein. I was amazed and fascinated by the amount of dense, foamy, light-tan head that formed in spite of my gentleness, puffing up to greater than three fingers before slowly falling away to wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was bready with the banana esters of a hefeweizen and if you don't think that I am going to say "banana bread", then you would be sadly mistaken. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, but very soft in spite of all of the carbonation evinced by the head. I would venture to guess that a Hefeweizen yeast strain was used in the production of this beer since it had not only banana esters (aplenty), but also a light clove spiciness and a bready maltiness. I am becoming more tolerant of banana esters than I was in the past, but they still do not really excite me like bitter hops are wont to do. Finish was semi-sweet, but I still found it to be a pleasant, enjoyable excursion into German beer.

Jun 08, 2017
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is not very impressive. Kinda light brown and semi clear with a fizzy 1 finger head that quickly disappeared. Smell is pleasant caramel/brown sugar and bread, but all very light. Taste is light yet very pleasantly flavored. I taste the German/European water that distinguishes it from any American attempts. Light caramel sweetness and bready. Nothing heavy here at all but just a nice pleasant easy drinking brown ale from German. Recommend but not blown away.

Oct 18, 2015
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(code L1334 - Dec 2011? Dec 2013? when? - poured into a 20 oz British pint)

A: dark coppery hue, clear, with an attractive creme-colored head that slowly recedes, coating the glass with a sheet of foam film that gradually contracts into webby streaks... keeps a solid little collar around till the end

S: beautiful, bold, dark malts... mildly sweet, moderately toasty, chocolate-coated biscuit... roasted grain lurks beneath... undercurrent of apple-y fruitiness... overall, textbook aromas for the style

T: sweetish, toasty, cereal-like grain foundation... balanced, soft, rounded roastiness... fairly assertive hop/roast bitterness... perhaps a touch smoky in the finish... lightly nutty, chocolaty aftertaste

M: feels a notch or two lighter than it should... very pleasing medium-bodied core... perfect degree of fade-away dryness in the finish to compliment the initial swell of fullness

O: I'm actually a bit surprised how damn good this is... dopplebock flavors at dunkel lager strength... I could easily drink a whole Maß of this... can't always judge a beer by its label

Apr 29, 2014
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lsummers from California

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber dark black/brown. Minimal head with some subtle lacing and some fairly nice carbonation. It actually looks like a darker colored beer I might reach for on a hot day.

Smell has some roasted oats and toffee notes. With some slightly burnt brown sugar notes. It's subtle but still good. Not overly assertive or offensive in any area.

Taste reminds me why I like this style. Creamy, toffee, slight nuttiness, with a hint of dark fruit. Subtle chocolate/roasted coffee beans. Light in the taste and mouth-feel with is very pleasant. Fair amount of carbonation makes this one very drinkable.

Overall, It's a great example of the style. A beer that someone exploring moving from weissbiers to porters/stouts should try. It's great for that roasted and dark beer craving that you can get on those particularly hot days.

Jul 06, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4.8% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and roasted nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted malt and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid toast and roast aromas and flavors.

Jun 19, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a finger and half of head on a red to brown colored body.
The aroma is a sharp malt and grain with a touch of toffee. Quite nice.
The taste is well balanced. It has a nice malt side that is not overpowering due to a moderate pine bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It is really enjoyable and drinkable.

Jun 11, 2013
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acevenom from Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours caramel brown with a soapy tan head. There are a moderate about of visible bubbles rising in the beer. I pick up aromas of roasted malts and some caramel sweetness that is almost chocolately in nature. The Munich malts come through well in the taste, bringing some nice breadiness to the table. There's some nice background sweetness that does remind me of chocolate. There's some hop bitterness in the back end, but mostly just for balance. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp, but not clean. Some of that aftertaste does linger. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer and a fine example of a dunkel.

Sep 21, 2012
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A kind of weak aroma of malt, caramel and that's about it.

T: Like the smell, the taste was pretty one-dimensional: Malt, caramel, and little else. This is a thin, watery flavor without much going on.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an unfortunately mediocre beer that I forgot about the second I finished it.

Jul 29, 2012
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reutberger Export Dunkel has a thick, off-white head, and a dark, clear, copper appearance, with some streaming bubbles. The aroma is very sweet and malty, and it has almost a cane syrup aspect. Taste is medium-roasted, sweet, syrupy barley malt, a bit of turned fruit, and a slight hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Reutberger Export Dunkel finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

RJT

Feb 28, 2012
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BerkeleyBeerMan from California

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright brown with ruby red undertones. No head. Medium opacity and light bubbles.

Smell: Coffee. Nuts and dark fruits. Date. Apricots and wheat.

Taste: Maple syrup, tobacco and tart cherry. Chocolate finish with a lingering fruity sweetness. Unique array of roasted malt flavors. Bittering hops in the back give the beer a slight tingle.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, light but feel flavored.

Overall: A delicious high quality treat. Drinkable and full of flavor. My favorite Dunkel lager so far.

Oct 13, 2011
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rtepiak from Poland

4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not a particularly chic style on BA for one reason or another still a great accompanyment with food. Pours like most every filtered german lager... Clear. Dark mahogany. Nose is predominantly toasty with a core meatiness of a mild sweet, as if an unsalted steak. Palate is toasty dry with a hint of fruit, not dessert like. Too dry to have a sweet side. Mineral clear finish. Notes of apple but grain foremost.

Would go well with buckwheat and liver sausage... Or pate at large.

Aug 22, 2011
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TheBear11D from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 pt 9oz bottle

Pours a mostly cloudy dark amber to brown with a light tan foamy head that was easily induced.

Smells of raisins and roasted malt.

The flavor is heavily malted with raisins and various berries. The profile is deep and hard to distinguish individual flavors, but enjoyable.

Medium body with light carbonation.

A pretty solid brew. The flavor is the high point of this brew which is by no means a bad thing. Worth giving it a try.

Jul 11, 2011
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theboozecruise from Louisiana

3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter bottle into a pint glass. This beer is a clear copper color with a couple fingers of off-white head.

It has a nice roasted malt flavor, caramel and Munich malts probably. It has a pretty nice aroma in my opinion.

The taste is a lot of the same. Malty and roasted with definite caramel flavors.

A very nice drinkable tasty dunkel.

Jul 10, 2011
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Francepants06 from Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a milk brown beer with a good slightly creamy head.
I smelled some residual sugar, caramel notes.
I tasted some sugar cane, malt, and a slight bitter hop at the finish. It was medium body and slightly creamy.
I would definitely drink again because it is a nice all around dunkel .

Jul 06, 2011
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with an off-white, short lived head. Aroma is balanced between caramel malt and noble hops. Medium, smooth body. Grainy, caramelly, sweet malt is balanced on the palate by bitter, peppery hops. Long, dry, spicy finish. Nicely made dunkel.

Jun 04, 2011
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Halcyondays from California

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a medium brown with a solid white head no lacing.

S: Strong caramel smell, pastry.

T: Nice sweet dark malt, brown sugar with a nice bit of hops on the back end. Well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, fairly long aftertaste, though it is a bit cloying.

O: A classic dunkel, very much to style. I'm not as in love with this beer as I was in 2006, but I still like it very much.

May 05, 2011
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper with an off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: Grassy & floral aroma with underlying bread, caramel & nut.

T: Nice malt hop balance. Very nice breadyness, floral & grassy hopping with hint of herbal & peppery spice. Some underlying caramel & nut, a little mineral, gentle bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a slight residual sweetness.

D: A well-rounded, easy drinker.

An all around good brew that has traveled well. I'm sure it'd be great at the source.

May 05, 2011
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largadeer from California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. No discernible freshness date on the bottle. 5.2% ABV.

Appearance: Clear dark brown, the color of crusty rye bread. Pours with a finger of fleeting off-white froth. While the head doesn't last long, it does leave surprisingly thick patches of lacing.

Smell: Nice breadiness on the nose, toasted and caramelized with a bit of raisin sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lighter than the nose implies, but still malt forward. Grainy and bready with a touch of earthy fruit and caramel sweetness that fades into a finish that brings to mind rye bread. Residual sugars are reigned-in, this is light and quaffable for a dunkel while remaining very flavorful.

Overall, a very good, very drinkable dunkel. Not quite on the level of, say, Weltenburger Kloster Dunkel, but pretty close.

Mar 17, 2011
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Nerudamann from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Darker red than I would have expected. But still a dark ruby color. Two fingers worth of foam that dissipates pretty quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Fairly wheaty smelling. Actually reminds me a nice piece of bread. Also a bit sweet smelling, but from a darker source like a grape.

Taste - More malty. I still taste something along the line of a sweet, darker fruit like he grape. Very easy on the palate and little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, good balance between watery and creamy in texture.

Drinkability - Probably the 2nd best Munich Dunkel that I've tried. Would love to sample this on tap. Easy to drink, and complex enough to really allow you to enjoy each sip.

Aug 19, 2010
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brown with a strong, frothy head that left lace down the glass on top of a bready, sweet malt smell along with a little hoppy dryness. Taste is more of the same as the malts are sweet and bready and more powerful than the hops but still a medium, slightly sticky body that passes over tongue and finishes with a bit of dryness. Not the most complex dunkel or anything but an enjoyable beer.

Jul 06, 2010
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metter98 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a medium-sized foamy head that is light beige in color. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, caramel malts.
T: The beer has lots of caramel malty flavors and a slight amount of sweetness, but this is nicely balanced out by the underlying hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a perfect amount of carbonation.
D: It's relatively easy to drink but I can't see myself having more than one of these in a session given the lack of complexity in the taste.

Apr 23, 2010
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BeerIsland from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I, too, had high hopes when seeing this 25 ozzer in the case at the bierkraft. The Reutberger has a dark nice malty nose with a frothy head. It's mild, decently balanced, maybe a quick banana hit in the flavor. It seems somewhat on the sweeter side than I'd prefer but is not cloying. Showing a little more grit as it warms. It's a good beer but it'd probably look for something else.

Mar 16, 2010
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crossovert from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh an abbey-brewed Munich Dunkel, I have high hopes. 500ml bottle.

Pours a nice orange/reddish brown with a nice foamy off-white head that stays awhile leaving behind intricate lacing as it recedes.

The smell is much bready and grainy than most. It has hints of rye bread, raisins, and dark sugar.

It is not as sweet as most Munich Dunkels and I like it alot. It is also hoppier on the palate than most which is a nice change of pace. It retains a lot of the breadlike qualities of the smell. All in all there could be more flavor (sweetness) here but the low sweetness makes it incredibly drinkable. This would be a killer summer beer.

Overall maybe an oddity for the style but a good one.

Mar 15, 2010
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dbruce86 from New Mexico

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Caramel notes right away. Pleasant light hop and malt odor. Euro hops, definitely not American.

Appearance: Light brown beer, off-white creamy head. Head falls fairly quickly with little lacing.

Flavor: First impression - caramel/munichl malt, medium low bitterness. not particularly sweet. Clean lager aftertaste with quickly dissipating bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lighter than Oktoberfests or Bocks.

Impression: Good German Dunkel with a distinct caramel character.

Drinkability: Good stuff.

Sep 28, 2009
Reutberger Export Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Reutberg
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 75 ratings