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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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A brisk pour produces an almost four-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head that just crests the top of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a murky, dark amber / red color but shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry stained, bright amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malt focused as this is noticeable upon pouring the beer. Sweet, caramelized malt notes are backed by ample toasty malt notes. Aromas of biscuits, lightly toasted - yet hardy dark German bread, light raisin / berry notes and even a touch of lightly roasted coffee in the finish. I really like how malty and rich this beer's nose is; quite satiating all by itself.

Sweet tasting up front, but actually surprisingly light bodied for how rich the aroma was. Quaffable just like a good Dunkel should be and it has a nice, persistent carbonation that adds a bit of a prickly texture to the brew. Richly toasted malt notes evoke flavors of chewy, whole grain bread, light raisin notes. Perhaps a bit thin up front, but the rich, albeit not thick, malt character soaks into the palate and boosts the perceived richness of this brew. A touch of age is starting to show through the malt here; it contributes a light sherry note that only seems to add to the complexity more than anything.

A tasty brew, I really like the deep maltiness that this beer attains. Definitely a satisfying drinking experience.

Purchased: Bevmo, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Mryup
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Appears a deep yellow with an orange/brownish hew. An inch and a half of white head off of an average pour. Settles down to an 1/8 inch sheet with some good lacing. Impressive.

S: Probably the most metallic beer I've ever smelt. Hints or orange and subtle spices. Other weird scents for some reason I can't get a hold of. I sense some dark beer attributes to this. I say its the Crystal Clear Pepsi of beer.

T: God damn it this is a hard beer to place. Iron metallica mixed with fruity spice...

M: A balanced mouthfeel with a slightly high CO2. I think this was intended though.

D: Ya I could drink a couple of they were the only beers in my fridge.

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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 GooberMcNutly
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange, not golden, with tall bright white head and good carbonation to bring the aromas of chocolate, dried apple and apricot and a slight burnt aspect. Wheaty body and zero astringency with sweet backbone almost make me think of a bock, but the low ABV makes a second glass much more drinkable.

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Photo of Drew966
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reutberger Export Dunkel pours a mahogany brown with a thick tan head from a brown 500 ml bottle. Definitely some cocoa in the aroma. Taste starts off with some cocoa, and ends with it too, with some other flavors in the middle, including a brief metallic note. I think this is pretty good, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a shiny and clear brown in color with a dark, blackish-white head.

Smell – The light fragrance of toasted grain is about all I can get here.

Taste – The grain is nice but there’s a yeasty character to this Dunkles that seems more at home in a Weizen.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger in the mouth than their light-bodied Helles but far from medium-bodied.

Drinkability – I know simplicity is the key to a good German lager but this was just boring.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was busy when hubby poured this beer, so by the time I got to it, the massive head had gone and left amazing lace all the way down my glass. The beer was a golden amber color.

The smell was firm and earthy; wet straw, burnt malt and tomato paste fragrances mingled together.

The first sip surprised me at it's initial blast of flavor. Which was kind of a mixture of root beer and tincture of benzoin. Whoa. Not what I expected. Alcohol overwhelms in the aftertaste.

While I could look at and smell this beer all day, I'd find it hard to drink more than one in a setting.

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Photo of Jredner
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet malts with very faint molasses notes that effect a molasses/browm sugar infused bread aroma. Body is a transparent mahogany amber and holds a fluffy tan head that is a full two fingers thick. Fore is crisp and slightly biting (unexpected) then sweet smooth malt flavors follow. Sweet bread, sugary syrup notes, toasty malts and mashed bannana/vanilla wafers. Fairly aggressive hopping for the style leads to a mildly bitter and dry finish.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark warm brown crystal clear body with a nice carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a creamy very light tan head that last and last.

S- The smell of roasted malt with notes of biscuit, chocolate and caramel are very fresh and pleasant.

T- The flavors of biscuit malt and some dark roasted biscuit are strong at the beginning with notes of caramel and toast in the background. There is a slight tartness or earthiness to it that could be from wheat, but it stands out over the other flavors. The finish is dry with some carbonic acid really dominating with no hops noticeable.

M- Even though this beer has a medium-full mouthfeel it has a bit of a watery texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- The aroma was wonderful but the taste just didn't hold its own. The dry biscuit malt took over and there wasn't much depth. The biscuit was nice and it is a very drinkable beer, but with a little adjustment it would be a great beer.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. This beer pours out a dark brown color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is bread dough and cocoa. This beer has a very bland flavor. Some sweet malt flavor, but it tastes watered down. Just a touch of chocolate and clove spiciness. No hop flavor and very little bitterness. Light mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability. This beer is nothing special, but it's a better choice than the Helles.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium brown body with a bit of a dirty white head; some lacing

Smell: A bit of roasted malt and some lager yeast

Taste: A flavorful malt profile, with a touch of chocolate that kicks in towards the finish; subtle noble hops balance at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well-carbonated

Drinkability: A pleasant enough dunkel but there are better examples out there

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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 DogFood11
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a nice representation of a dunkel. chocolaty with some heavy malt flavor and really smooth mouthfeel..oily perhaps.

The pour was extra inviting almost too inviting as from there it went slightly downhill but not much...poured a thick whip cream style head that maintains a one finger frothyness for most of the drinking.

smelled some burnt wheat/grain and tasted similair with some dark chocolate background.... I really liked this brew but it was anticlimactic. Like your expecting a car for christmas and you get a bike.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A father's day present....

As this beer poured into my glass, the most noticable aspect was the big, creamy, moussy head, which lasted a good long time. The color in a clear bronze with definite reddish hues.

Aroma was chocolate malt, bready, earthy, with a hint of plum.

Good balance in the flavor...German hops and malty sweetness. Toasty, grainy. A mineral aspect to the flavor profile.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Not a very common style. I'd get one again.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich amber color with a big fluffy head leaving a nice amount of lace behind,malty aromas of cocoa and bread dough I do pick up a light peppery hop note but its very light.Lighter flavors in this brew some chocolate and cookie dough with some spicey hop presence late.Well not an earth shattering brew but tasty a good food pairing beer I think as well.I have never seen this brew before,I also purchased the Hell.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear auburn with a beige fluff.
Nose of cocoa powder and smoked plums.
Begins with dark bread, like pumpernickel, before turning towards chocolate and roastedness. Smoky in a porter-ish sense. Cleans out with a lingering burnt fig and raisin note. The hops are minor scale and leafy. Turns fruitier as it warms with an uprising of black cherry, though still cloaked in smoke.
It feels a bit sparce in the mouth. Thinly flavored and over-bubbled. Harkens to a Celebrator cut 60/40 with seltzer water.
But what's here is fairly tasty and has a good amount of mindless drinkability.
Not a classic, but not bad.

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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 merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear, copper mahogany body, with a large, tightknit, beige head. The head is quite rocky and retains well, before depositing a massive amount of sheet and patch lace on the glass.
Aroma is mostly bready, chocolate malt with a prominent, floral hops balance.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a peppery, hops bite.
The taste features an earthy, but sweet, maltiness that highlights a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Floral, German hops add a pleasant bitterness. The finish is more of the same, and winds up on the bitter side of the scale.
A very nice example of the style. No offnotes, and a very tasty brew.

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Photo of moulefrite
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours mahogany and displays a solid one finger head with good retention. Husky, grainy aromas redolent of straw in a horse barn. Creamy in the mouth with brisk carbonation. Flavors strongly favor caramel corn and butter, not really too pleasant. A very gamey brew that features too much straw and butter for this taster. Yeehaww, this is somewhat difficult to palate.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When first poured, the color was of a medium golden brown with very little foam. The smell was of freshly mowed rye grass with a hint of malty grains. The taste was of a spicey nature, which was a surprise. The finish had a creamy, grassy taste on the palate with just a hint of sourness. Not really that bad of a Bock beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear pinkish brown brew.

Smell is a bit sweet and malty with a bit of a grassy smell.

Taste is sweet and a bit bitter with a bit of chocolate malt taste to it. The effect is a kind of burned bock flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I can drink this as in swallow but really kind of sucks. I suggest that you don't buy this.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 16.9oz bottle like the one shown. Even with a gentle pour, this dark lager produced a large, frothy mocha-colored head that towered over a clear reddish-brown beer.
The nose was sweet, slightly fruity, and loaded with caramel malt and light earthy notes. The taste was uniformly bland, with a ho-hum malt and caramel flavor. Really no hops evident anywhere. The feel was medium-bodied, rather creamy thanks to the large amount of carbonation, and had a dry finish.
Overall, this was a pretty one-dimensional beer. Rather bland and lackluster, it wasn't anything that got me wishing I had more than one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pt 0.9 fl.oz) brown glass wide bodied short necked bottle. Teutonic label, colorful with a hint of tradition, just like the BA Database picture. The reverse label lists the beer at 5.2%, no freshness date but a stamped ‘L3322’ code.

Appearance: Gorgeous looking deep drown burgundy body. Lucid, the massive initial head soon settles down to a rather calm looking ¾” pillowy light tan color. Fantastic lacing is formed as the beer drinks, little carbonation but this does not affect the head retention at all. Excellent looks.

Nose: Grainy malts, sweet malts, freshly cut wood and some mild hot chocolate aromas.

Taste: Barley, grains, sweaty oats, sweet malts and grainy woodchip. Overall though, this is a relatively sweet malty beer that is clean drinking. Has a dry ending with a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Wood and grains add texture to the delicate body lending a very average feel overall. Clean lines though.

Drinkability: Barely above average Export Dunkel, worth trying, but I always seem to find these German styles boring very quickly, which detracts from their quaffability for me after a while.

Overall: Not bad, not great, just average.

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