Reutberger Export Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Reutberg

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Klosterbrauerei Reutberg

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2004

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
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

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Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very nice dunkel, light but tasty.

It's dark copper borwn with a very big light tan head slowly shrinking to a lasting head and a little lace.

The aroma is toasted bread, burnt crust, feed, and hints of chocolate and toffee.

The taste is grain, coffee, hint of cola, dark toasted bread, lightly sweet with a litght spicey bitter finish. It's smooth and tatsy, with a nice range of flaovurs that hold up well but it is a bit watery.

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Photo of mwckiltedsavage
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.


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Photo of acevenom
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of dmberger
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of buckiflyer
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Whole Foods on sale for $1.50, figured it was worth a try. Poured a huge white foamy head with tons of carbonation. Long lasting head with lacing. Foggy dark brown color. Chocolate and coffee smell dominated by malt. Very smooth malt flavor with hints of chocolate. I am very impressed. I am excited to try more dunkels. I will be heading back tomorrow to buy sevearal more bottles.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear amber brown with an almost tan head which rose well and fell slowly lacing the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong fruity component of dark fruits, raisins, and a strong melanoidin character. The aroma was caramel, almost chocolate, but not quite. The melanoidins were so strong they gave off a honey/molasses vibe.

The flavor was nicely dry and crisp with an impression of dark caramel and a smidge of dark fruit. The bittering was substantial and well done to keep the melanoidins in check. The flavor was exactly what a Dunkel should contain although this one may be just a smidge over bittered.

The finish was dry with a lasting crisp dark caramel and bready character into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation made for a bit of creamy character on the palate.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code dating L4145.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of longarm
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a random purchase (the only available dunkel at the local beer store) originally bought to go with the recipe for Bavarian Roast Pork (

It pours into the glass with a dark amber hue, while the darkest tinges of red appears from the depths of the glass. Carbonation is light and delicately fluffy and continues to regenerate itself with every sip.

Aroma has hints of toffee and lightly roasted, earthy German malts. An aromatic touch of noble hops reveals itself in the finish. A nice balance of aromas that entices a sip.

Flavor is full of complex malt character. Initial dose of toffee noticed on the nose makes an early arrival on the palate, while a very mild and smokey sweetness coats the finish. An enveloping layer of earthy malts holds the malt profile together, while bitterness is just enough to keep things balanced.

The mouthfeel is off-flavors, gentle aftertaste and a reminder of what the upcoming sip will bring.

I'm not traditionally a dunkel drinker, but this was a tremendous surprise and extremely drinkable. It's very well balanced and smooth. I'm almost sad to use the second bottle for the pork roast, but the lack of a back-up plan means that I must.

(Footnote: Made a nice glaze for BiermanVA's roast.)

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Photo of MusicmanSD
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

From the upper Bavaria region, my first dunkel, a bit surprised at the flavors coming out of this beer for being supposedly all munich malt. Very nutty and fruity, like raisins. Looks great, almost bock-like in flavor, but not as boozy. Seems like it's decocted, but it's very slight profile if so. Maybe just a double-decoction and not triple. Definitely has some goodness going on, but has a surprisingly thin mouthfeel, maybe some roasted malt for the dark color (all munich wouldn't be this dark). Has a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but this beer is great. I could drink this for DAYS. Un-offensive, smooth, flavorfull, and not hoppy enough to get burnt out on. Good job.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been seeing bottles of this popping up at the better beer stores and it's a style I like, so it was a natural purchase.
Pours a light brown color that's a few shades lighter than most dunkels. It's not cloudy or unfiltered, but the shade makes it look a little like it is. A thick head forms and settles just right.
It smells like chocolate and grain, but with a light coffee note.
Taste is sweet up-front, but with a bitter roasted coffee and bakers chocolate flavor on the back end. I can't recall a dunkel that has had the same roasted character that this one has. Everything finishes dry and leaves you wanting more.
It's got a great mix of thick (to retain flavor) and thin (to go down easy) elements. You could make this a beer for all occasions.
I only had one bottle, but I plan on buying more. It's a nice take on a style that doesn't make it to the US enough.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of PGVG
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ckk527
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Reutberger Export Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Reutberg
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 74 ratings