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Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Ettal, Germany

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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A dark beer, light and sweet and full bodied, highly fermented, very malty aroma. The slight Hpfennote rounds out the flavor and gives this drink a monastery special character. A beer in the good old custom of the monastery.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
0.5l bottle. I love a good Dunkel, and this is one of the few around these parts that I can get my hands on. Clear brownish orange, tan head, decent lacing. Fantastic dark breaddy aroma. Flavor is huge smooth Munich malt. Pudding-like, it is so smooth. Excellent extraction. Liquid bread. Why can’t American brewer’s make their Dunkels like this one? Hmmm? I guess the people rating this beer have access to tons of Dunkels or don’t like them much, because this is fantastic!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
o.5 ml bottle. Deep clear brownish orange in color with a nice tan head. Nice malty breddy aroma. Smooth tasting. Smooth malt character. Full bodied. Creamy. Great beer. Enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
This one was a nice surprise. Served in a 10 ounce glass at the Drafting Room, Exton (I’m not sure why this one was a 10 ounce serving). Nice deep brown hazy pour with aromas of heavy caramel malt, almonds, brown sugar, toffee, cabernet. Dense velvety palate, with great caramel/toffee malt flavor, coupled with nuts, brown sugar, cabernet, and even a dark chocolate sensation. Wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Clear chestnut brown color, topped by a couple inches of soft foamy light tan suds. Decent head retention and spotty lacing. Smooth sweet and creamy malt aroma. Well rounded blend of sweet and drier malt flavors - caramel, chocolate, toasted grain, and an earthy rye-like taste. Lightly spicy and floral hop bitterness through out, a little more prominent in the finish. Great balance. Medium body, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
translucent red mahogany with a dense beige head. beautiful. creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation.

aroma: stoney sour minerality, bready roasty malt.

taste: sour minerality, bready malt, lots of caramel. some candy-like fruity esters (watermelon).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Solid auburn with a dark umber glow. Medium and compact light tan foam. Lace sticks in skimpy strings but keeps a solid skim and collar the entire session. Aroma is pretty solid with light roasty malting and nutty breads. A bit toasty and drizzled with caramel; always dry yet sweetly sided with the bread tone. Taste is about the same as what the smell eludes to which stands among a good caramel, nutty bread tone with dustings of cocoa, wood, and drying nuttyness and pretzeled breadings. Fluffy and firm carbonation thats clean and gripping to the point of good natured drinking. Medium body with a solid finish of nuts, toasty breadyness, and a light mineral spicey woodish hop thing. A very solid beer. Munich malts make the bread tones evident and the extra darker toasty nuttyness gives it an almost porter-esk character. Quite a nice treat. Spendy though.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pacman (9) - muncie, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2006 does not count
Pours a nice ruby brown color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is toasty and caramelly with a light hop presence. The malt aroma is not a big as I thought it would be. Flavor is of the same toasty, caramel at first that gives way to a nice malty aftertaste that lingers for some time. Medium-low body. A very balanced beer. Very easy drinking and flavorful. I can’t get over the maltiness that lingers in the aftertaste. Wonderful. I would definitely buy this beer again!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Pours dark mahogany with a thin wispy, mostly tan head. Aroma of very sweet caramel, dark bready, chewy malt. Taste is chewy, bready, malty, chocolate, and toffee. Mouthfeel medium to full bodied and slightly sticky with lush carbonation. Very nice, an excellent dunkel!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Another solid Ettaler offering. Rich chocolate malt nose on the orange brown beer. Faint head. Caramel, roasted malts, biscuit and faint chocolate on the body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, nuttiness, biscuit, molasses, raisin, prune, light chocolate, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, raisin, light chocolate, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toast, light chocolate, and biscuit on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robust flavors with great balance and very clean; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is an excellent Dunkel lager. Very nice balance and complexity of flavor; and extremely smooth and easy to drink. Very well done.


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