Andechser Export Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany
andechs.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Characterised by its firm and fine pored head. Even before the first sip, the beer epicure will register the soft aromas of dark malt carrying caramel and cocoa accents with a nuance of smokiness.

Andechser Export Dunkel is pleasantly tangy with a full, round, malty body. The nuance of quality plain chocolate marries well with the soft bitterness of the smoky undertone.

It concludes on a mild, harmonious note.

Added by Bierman9 on 09-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 46
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Naerhu
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has to be the greatest dunkel ever made. Before I had this beer, I thought the entire style was totally lame. I am glad curiousity got the best of me and I tried this one out.

Thick off white head, cola brown body.
Slight cocoa aroma with rich malty (pumpernickle?) warmth and a bit of caramel thrown in.
This a mildly bitter very malty dunkel. Light, clean and tasty. Ever so slightly sweet, but only so that it balances the robust malt. There is something in the flavor that reminds me of instant coffee, though it does not come accross in a bad way in this beer.

This is replacing Rogue's Mocha Porter in my weekly beer rotation.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dd53grif
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HyperBeeria
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of blenderhead
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Evan47
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of TKempe
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has an attractive brown appearance, bordering on very dark red, with a thin beige head, some lively carbonation and creamy lacing.

The aroma is sour-sweet and dry, very nutty and slightly spicy. Malt profile is strong and nicely balanced out between some dryish, almost chocolate-like notes on the one hand and a slightly burned note on the other. Support comes from a touch of dark fruits and the slightest bit of hops. Kind of a peculiar nose, but a very enjoyable and interesting one.

After a good dose of roasty malts pleases the palate, a fruitiness that is sour initially but deliciously sweet after warming takes over, which then makes way for a very enjoyable bitter and dry finish in which hops and roast flavors shine through delicately. A rather modest taste altogether, but in fact a very rich one full of nuances.

Stingy carbonation adds vitality to the medium body and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very comfortable and lovely beer, with a bite to it.

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Photo of germanbeer1
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As any true Bavarian-beer loving person knows, the best beer from Munich is outside the city limits in small towns like Aying and Andechs. My roommate whom I studied with in Bamberg, Germany invited me to check out the Andechs Kloster and it was by far one of my best beer-drinking experiences I've ever had. The beer garden overlooks the tiny town of Andechs at the top of a large hill. The beer is a dark brown with a very small, light-colored head. The smell of the beer is consistent with its taste, as it gives off scents of nuts and chocolate. The beer is very friendly to the palate and does not leave any undesired after-taste like many German Dunkels. Great beer and great environment.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle hand-carried just a day ago from Germany by C,N & E (Thanks!!). Part of a multi-pack souvenir selection. They got to go to the Andechs Monastery, but this was the next best thing for those of us that didn't go to Oktoberfest. The bottle had a May 2012 freshness date. Yeah, that fresh. Gorgeous brown in the glass with a nice tan foamy head. Light carbonation. A hint of sweet biscuity malt with a hint of caramel in the nose. Initial taste was incredibly smooth, balanced, a touch sweet (but definitely in balance), with a very subtle roast malt flavor--the classic "Dunkel" taste. What I didn't taste were any of the off flavors that sometimes accompany older, imported Germans (not referring to myself there). I see why they raved about the drinkability of the local beers on tap in country. They are incredibly fresh tasting and go down oh so easily. Looking forward to the other bottles in the selection. Thanks again C,N & E (and K too).

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Photo of rastaman
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh, this is nice. Bread dough, with some caramel and some nuttyness in the nose. Really soft and full mouthfeel. The balance is amazing. Nicely nutty and bready, some drying hops towards the finish isa touch grassy/herbal, medium bitterness, beautiful.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown half-litre bottle, best before 20 Oct 2010, drank during my German tasting evening 2 July 2010. Poured into my tall Wolnzacher Brauhaus (Hopfenperle) glass.

Very suprised to find I've never reviewed this beer before!

The beer has a redwood tree, brown hue to it, the head is a healthy cream coloured crown.

Malty aromas rise from the glass and a sweet malty brew hits your lips as you dive into the beer, to be completely engulfed by its charms.

This is a very drinkable beer, a little on the sweet side for some, but I really like it and have one whenever our paths cross.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep redish brown with an average sized off-white foamy head. Decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

S - Lots of bread and caramel malt. A little nutty roasted smell. Pretty faint smell.

T - A lot like the smell. Good amount of sweet caramel, bread malts. Toasted malt and some mild sugar. Some dark fruit (mostly cherry). A bit of grassy and floral hops provide a bit of balance to the sweetness.

M - Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Pretty creamy and smooth.

D - Easy to drink and goes down smooth. Really nice, malt forward beer with enough balance that it doesn't get too sweet.

Notes: Good darker malt beer. Good filing bread like taste and smooth mouthfeel make drinking this quite pleasurable.

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Photo of Domingo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another winner at Andechs, and from a style that doesn't get a lot of recognition over here in the US, but likely should. Dunkel Lager is my default brew of choice in most situations where it's available.
Came out a nice dark color with a little bit of reddish highlights, but fewer than most. Head was a perfect 3/4 inch.
Smell is caramel, cola, chocolate, grain, and even a little hops buried in there.
Flavor is rich and malty. Some dunkel's seem to taste just like an overmalted helles lager, but not this one. This is a bold brew that can take on bock-like flavors.
Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I'd like (this is the only flaw from Andechs, IMO...they tend to go against the grain with the thickness/thinness of their brews), but it's still nothing to complain about.
Drinkability is limited only by the hours the Monastary or hall in Munich are open!

EDIT: I think I was being a little too kind to this beer in my first review. It's really good, but there are better dunkels out there. Augustiner and Ayinger in particular come to mind.
After my 4th visit, I definitely think I overstated this one a bit...BUT it's still a great beer and one of the better ones around. It's probably worth noting that this beer is usually only available at the smaller biergarten about halfway up the hill at Andechs. It's not available in the bierhall on top of the hill or at Am Dom at all.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of herrburgess
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of captaincoffee
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up from the monestary. Pours a lovely mahogony with a solid head that faded to nothing. Nose is more than expected for a dark lager. Grain, tea, caramel, and even a little soy sauce. Flavor is...damn...how is this a 4.9% lager? Full bodied, maltly, dark fruit, and some porter-like flavors. Overall, very good and more than expected.

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Photo of drmeto
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear copper-ruby with a medium,foamy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-bready,plums,raisins,dates,strawberries,rose hip
T:
-plums,raisins,dates,rose hip,strawberries
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Great Dunkel.
Reminded me of Rose hip Tea

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark caramel and semi cloudy with good carbonation. It seem to be darker then most Dunkels Weizen I have had. The head is 3 fingers light off white and leave some lace.

The smell is light toasted bananas and a hint of cloves and some other spice.

The taste is nice ripe banana, pepper and cloves.

The mouthfeel is very vice as well, good carbonation and great body.

Prosit MK

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Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle at 4.9%abv.; BB 03/12/08, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark but still bright russet brown in colour, coming with a tight and well-lasting dark beige froth on top of a decent level of semi-lively carbonation.
S: the aroma comes astringently sour, even like marinated black prunes initially, almost like yeasts in the beer?! The sour fruitiness gets a touch of tart cherries as well as a decent lager's natural sour edge, backed by a richer backdrop of Munich malts - lightly roasted, nutty, and burned sugary, rich but just about right - and plenty of jammy prunes and dates... Unlike most other Dunkel I've tried, this beer shows a richer and sweeter profile overall, even a bit like Baltic porter.
T: the initial mouthful of toasted dark malts is balanced with lightly sour-sweet berry fruits, the bitter edge of burned sugar and hops, then the aroma of caramelised sugar expands along with powdered-herbal bitterness (licorice), cocoa, jammy dates, soothing roast nuts, lightly aromatic flavour of dried berry-fruits and raisins, plus a soothing palate of hop bitterness lingering in the end...
M&D: extremely refreshing and soothing in terms of carbonation, this Dunkel is as sour-fruity as toasted-malty on top of a lovely support of hop bitterness, showing a lovely balance in the flavour profile. A very well-crafted, assertively fruity Dunkel that is delicious and quaffable in every sense~~

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This dunkel pours a brown color with a deep ruby tint. It has a somewhat high amount of carbonation and a thin white head. The smell is highly malty with a sweet caramel scent. The taste like the smell is malt heavy with flavors of caramel and dark chocolate dominating. It is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. This has a medium body, similar to their dopplebock, but in this case that body is more appropriate. It’s definitely not as complex as the dopplebock, but the flavors in my opinion are more cohesive and I actually prefer it. This is an excellent dunkel. Probably one of the best examples of the style that I’ve had in fact.

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Photo of zmeik
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Andechser Export Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
3.92 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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