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:
13
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from Getranke Oase in Munich. Paired with bockwurst and Savora. Regrettably brief notes below:

4.90% ABV.

HEAD: ~6-7cm wide. White colour. Excellent retention - ~10+ minutes.

BODY: Translucent transparent amber of above average vibrance. No yeast/lees can be seen within.

Looks nice for a dunkel, but lacks any unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Bready dunkel malts, caramel, brown bread, amber malts, Munich malt sweetness. Liquid bread comes to mind, but it doesn't seem as filling as, say, a doppelbock.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has a lovely softness to it. Bready, with a toasty undertone. Brown bread, rich dark/dunkel malts, malty sweetness, burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, amber malt syrup/treacle. Balanced if simplistic.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, unrefreshing, and of moderate heft and thickness on the palate. Not syrupy or sticky, but filling and bready definitely. Well-carbonated.

There's not quite a harmony of texture and taste here, but the softness of the mouthfeel coupled with the dominant brown bread flavour works well for it.

OVERALL: Its softness does elevate it above most dunkel lagers, but I can imagine a better example of the style. This is nice for what it is, and it's well worth trying for enthusiasts of the style. Certainly drinkable. I'd sooner reach for Andechs' weissbier (or maybe the doppelbock in the winter time), but this is a likable dunkel with plenty of flavour.

Low B- (3.29) / WORTHY

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear mahogany color with brown head. Aroma has roasted malts and dark bread crust. Taste is on the sweet side with caramel and bready malts. Body is medium and crisp. A really nice dunkel overall.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nice head and retention, classic.
Smells of roasted malts, toasted nuts, malty and a tiny whif of herbs.
Tastes straight up of dark toasted (not roughly roasted) malts, like dark bread, with some low coffee bitterness. After the malty richness there are a few notes of dry plums and raisin, but not enough to bring a strong fruitiness. Dark spices, cocoa powder, very low cinnamon, but lots of nuttiness (hazelnuts, chestnuts, all roasted). Hops are felt nicely in the finish, bringing a leafy bitterness.
Carbonation is typical, neutral to the flavours.
A good Munich dark, by the book.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt for another Andechs brew. Served in a pilsener glass. Best before February 26th, 2010. My bottle says 4.9%

A - Nice two fingers of tan foam that dissipates slowly and leaves nice splotchy lacing. Golden nut brown body with lots of bubbles lazily rising upwards.

S - Clean, fruity, and loads of nutty caramel malt. There's also some light spiciness and bread. Almost a little natural cola-like. As it warms it picks up a little lager twang and notes of chocolate.

T - The taste is a little more roasted malt, with some chocolate and nuts as well. There's some earthy bitterness in the finish, and some clove as well.

M - Carbonation is quite soft, but still present and slightly tingly. Residual stickiness is moderate. Medium body that's quite chewy.

D - This was quite the surprise. I wasn't expecting much, but this is an excellent session brew. The residual bitterness gets a little intense, but otherwise it was super-easy to put down the half-litre.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

AROMA: coffee, cola,roasty, APPEARANCE: brown, black, clear, minimal head, TASTE: light sweetness, roast grain flavor, hints of coffee PALATE:light body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, OVERALL: Nice dunkel from Andechser, smooth and mild, pleasant taste with slightly aftertaste

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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 Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pour is clear brown with a large but a bit soapy beige head. Decent lacings.

S: Smells roasted sweet malt, with some bitter hops. Dark bread, rye. Some chocoalte and even some hay. Faint coffee.

T: Very bready, almost like swedish crisp-bread. Roasted. Well balanced with bitter hops. Faint notes of chocolate. Crisp.

M: Rather thin body, but that's not such a big problem when it comes to this style. Medium strong carbonation, very smooth though. Aftertaste is short but holds nice chocolaty bitterness.

O: Nice and well balanced. This is a nice beer.

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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 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 mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of stcules
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown-reddish color. Cream colored foam, two fingers, average compactness.
Caramel smell, light, with pleasant touches of lightly burnt. And a light hint of liquorice.
Same in the taste, but more full and rounded, with bitter notes in the back.
Drinkable and pleasant.
A bit of burnt again in the aftertaste, and bitter in the back.
Well balanced.
After all, pleasant.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BAsbill
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance: Clear dark reddish-brown with a fair sized off white head.

Smell: The only think I smeel is of malt, and even that is faint. As it warms a stronger smell of caramel appears.

Taste/Mouthfell: Malty with caramel. Enough bitterness at the end of the sip to balance the brew. The mouthfeel is mudium and very dry.

Drinkability: This is the first Munchen Dunkel Lager that I've had, so I'm not comfortable giving it a huge thumbs up or down. This was certainly not a bad beer, however, I personally will try other beers in this style before I drink this one again.

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Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sample bought while in Germany recently.... This Andechs Bier has a clear, copper color with a very thin head. Some lacing lines the glass, though not much. Body checks in a smidge under medium, though a soft feel on the tongue keeps the mouthfeel in the good range. Nose is quite understated, with a light caramel and roasty aspect present. There's a lot of roasty malt here, with slight coffee and bitter chocolate notes. It has little in the way of hoppiness to me, with a dry finish. Flavor is nice, though doesn't light things up in any way. Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 L brown bottle. Purchased in Bamberg. Best by 11.02.05.

This dunkel poured a clear, coffee brown color with creamy, tan foam that persisted. The smell was malty and lightly sweet. There was a touch of light hoppiness in the aroma as well. The taste was malty with some caramel and a nice hoppiness to balance. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The malty and hoppy flavors lingered on the palate. This was a smooth and very easy to drink dunkel lager.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite clear reddish-brown in color, with a small, persistent off-white head, lots of broken lace.

Aroma: Pleasant toasted malt aroma, which was quite mild, but omnipresent.

Taste: Rich toasted malt flavors carry throughout finishes with a mild, lingering herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and full, with a slight carbonation at the finish.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant beer, quite drinkable, and would be a great session beer. It is a pity that it is not available in Texas.

Many thanks to my fiancée’s parents, Marlis and Bill, who went to considerable effort to obtain this beer in Germany and hand-carry it back to me.

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Photo of South2NW
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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