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Beer #37 – February 6, 2010: Ettaler Kloster Dunkel

February 6, 2010

Beer: Ettaler Kloster Dunkel

Brewery: Klosterbrauerei Ettal, Ettal, Germany

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Serving Type: 500 ml (16.9 oz) bottle

Price: $3.99 / bottle

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Pilsner glass

Strength: 5.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Easy to drink while still interesting and flavorful.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, cola-colored brown with a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Pumpernickel, molasses, raisins – smells like a Black Russian bagel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Taste: Initial short but sweet raisin and doughy, chewy bread flavor.  Moves into subtle spice notes of clove and nutmeg.  Finishes with a drying spiciness… a rye bread like flavor… but apparently there is no rye in this beer.  Much like the aroma, the overall taste reminds me of a Black Russian bagel.

Pairing: Smoked ham, smoked pork loin, grilled sausages.

Trivia: I try to notice on TV shows and movies what beer is being consumed on screen, which is not always easy since often the label is obscured in some way, unless there is a paid endorsement.  On this week’s episode of “The Office”, while sitting in the hot tub, David Wallace is drinking a Yuengling Lager, while Michael Scott is drinking a Yuengling Black & Tan.  Since the show is set in Scranton, I give the show kudos for choosing local Pennsylvania beers.


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