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Andechser Export DunkelAndechser Export Dunkel

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Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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

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Photo of dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No real head to speak of, just a ring, but it poured a beautiful ruby-brown. Tart aroma, the slightest hint of soy sauce and malts.

Tart, tangy taste as well. Nice mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Good roasted malt aftertaste. Not sweet; barely bitter. It has a good drink, and, as one of the lighter dunkels I've tasted, it is quite refreshing. Neither extraordinary nor problematic traits with this brew. Good.

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Photo of TKempe
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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 wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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 stcules
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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 CharlesDarwin
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks for sharing Chris! Aroma percolate of soft, supple caramel and toasted german malts. Plenty of earthy sugars, yet subdued in a lager fashion. Sweet. Clear mahogany with gold edges and a rim of off-white. A well, attenuated dunkel, brimming with woody grain sugars, baked cookies, light chocolates and toothy candy. A bit of peaches, plums and sweet sheeting. There’s some sense of flavor reduction through heavy filtering.

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Photo of BrotherJon
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of enjoying this brew in a Irish pub called Shamrocks in Munich. Prost to Jackson the bar tender.

Initially the aroma indicated notes brown toasty malts. A delightfully quenching dark malt flavor (chocolate) balanced excellently with an appropriate bitternes no doubt imparted by subtle german hoppiness. Had an overlying essence of smokiness. Rich in a very good way.

My first dunkel tasted in Munich (I'm not counting the one I guzzled at Hofbrauhaus due to inebriation) and one that I was quite pleased with!

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Photo of ischer
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer has a very nice, nearly white foam.
the color is ruby to reddish brown.
it has little to no smell, like the most dunkel, if you really search for it, you can sense a light smell of bananas.
the mouhtfeel is good, not too sparkling, not too moldy, a bit creamy perhaps.
the taste is malty, for a south-german beer relatively much hop.
bits of chocolate and lemon, but overall to little sophisticated.
all in all, it is a viable dunkel with no surprises if you already drank one.

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Photo of Andreji
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dunkel I tasted right after the helles on the very same train from Liege to Brussels.

The pour was fairly dark toned but lacked that thick body that, for me (and this is just my hunch, nothing factual), makes an ale. but for a lager, this was pretty impressive.

The smell was fairly complex, roasted, with a slight chocolatey feel to it. like the only other andechser I've tried, it was quite soft, so it requires quite a bit of concentration to pinpoint only a few of the notes. (thank god trains are becoming more and more smoke-free nowadays).

The taste was pretty decent, predominanty sweet but that roasted feel, combining very slightly with chocolate and coffee was there again, a milky feel in the mouth.

very decent beer, nothing too pompous but it's quite tasty.

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Photo of Domingo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Bier Spezi Hamburg. ABV is 4.9%. Typical dunkel clear reddish brown colour, very good and lingering light tan head. Very nice aroma of moderately roasted malts, flaked nuts, caramel and bakery. Flavour is malty and nutty with notes of dark bread and caramel, not too sweet. German dunkels are not "big" beers, but are, when well made, a truly enjoyable drinking experience. This is one of them.

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Photo of Skidz
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out amber brown and sits bright ruby brown in the glass with a large frothy tan head, fading to a faint skim and few lacings around the glass.

Smells rich and toasty, heaping doses of caramel and toffee. Bright greenery in the top of the nose. Biscuity build, very pleasing.

Malts come out up front, toasty and spiked with rich toffee. Grassy hops push through with a bit of spicy, peppery flavors. Clean finish with moderate bitterness.

Quite light and refreshing in the mouth. Solid carbonation and a medium-light body.

Fairly appealing, though it seems a bit lacking flavor-wise. Not a bad choice, just not the best, or even near the top.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the monastery, May 31, consumed June 2

Clear light amber with frothy off white head and champagne-like streamers of tiny bubbles.

Aroma of sweet toasted caramel with some light smoky malt.

The taste is clean sweet malt behind medium hoppy bitterness. A not-unpleasant metallic note rises as it warms.

Wish I could have had this on tap at the monastery, but I was driving, and the two I had there were my limit.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Bottle in German, but I can make out 4.9% abv and a best by date of (08 12 05).

Aroma: Toasted malt, slightly bready with a hint of hop

Appearance: Great clarity in the amber glass, a light cover of tan fed by many small carbonation streams. Left lace; a very good looking beer.

Flavor: The toast in the nose translates nicely to a rich toasted malt base supporting a fair hop snap. Hops are bittering but allows a good balance that lets each side shine.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin in the mouthfeel, strong carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Overall Impression: Quality beer. Germans know their stuff, and the taste shows it. This would be a great session beer, full of flavor but not overwhelming.
Thanks again to Christine’s parents for bringing it back and to Pegasus for sharing!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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 UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Rastacouere
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burgundy to orange coloured. Light 1cm off-white head. Tiny bubbles. Quite the truckload of malt in there! The lager light weight fights to offer more flavours than it has and almost succeeds. This is almost smoky, almost spicy, almost fruity. Almost hard to describe actually since unexpected flavours tha shouldn’t necessarily be found in a dunkel seem to come up every sip. Blue grapes hints, berries etc.. Malt seems powdery to me on the tongue. Pleasant roastiness, cerealic, flake-like. Fairly long malty finish. Great flavour balance. Excellent light body, moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
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 elmocoso
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of a strong iced-tea. Kind of rubyish.

a finger of head - slightly off-white.

A nice bready malt smell with slight sourkrout? but not in a bad way. Smell crosses to taste. Full boddied and enjoyable. Leaves a lingering aftertaste that becons for another drink.

Not bad - a solid session bier.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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 rastaman
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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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Andechser Export Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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