Tucher Bajuvator Doppelbock - Brauerei Tucher Brau
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3.65/5 rDev -11%
Bronze in color with ruby lighting, pretty cool color, but not nearly as attractive as it should be due to a super-fizzy head and sheer lack of lacing. Bubbles like a soda and fizzles out..
Aroma contains some dark fruit but more of a ripe phenolic fruit character. Lots of brown banana alongside raisin. Munich-style malt for sure.
The flavor is really aggressive, and a little off-putting to me. Very sweet, with overripe fruits such as macerated date and bruised banana taking the lead. Finishes with a sharp metallic bite of carbonation and a hint of herbs to offset the malts even the tiniest bit.
Body is fine, carbonation is strangely active given the head situation. For style it's maybe on the light side of medium. I find the black tea-sweet dark fruit flavor here to be a little overwhelming and not up my alley, but no one can deny an interesting brew. Try it for yourself.
09-26-2011 02:24:40 | More by BretSikkink
4.1/5 rDev 0%
a doppelbock that was a tad on the sweeter side but still had that nice fall out on the tongue of any lingering sweetness. this is was toasty and a bit sour. the meatiness was a bit subdued to the fact that it was a bit fruiter than usual. they as the fresh pop subsided the ding and smoke revealed it self a tad. i would say that is on par with most other great doppels and much easier to find in europe.
03-11-2011 19:23:22 | More by rtepiak
4.95/5 rDev +20.7%
Not a lot of head on this one, but the nose is incredible. Chewy as all, you get malts, smoked malts, just a nose full full nice grain. Hints of molasses and chocolate.
Like mos doppelbocks, not a lot of head, but what it does have, it can carry aroma.
Flavor is everything you want out of a doppelbock. Chocolate, smoke, malt. Agricultural love my friends. Yum
Mouthfeel is smooth, but also chewy. A lot going on here. Slight warmth for alcohol.
Overall, a grat beer at a great price. I snagged a pint for three bucks, and I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes solid dopplebock or some smoke. Rich, and roasty.
02-11-2011 15:31:56 | More by minishfinish
3.35/5 rDev -18.3%
Pours very dark red-brown with a two finger mocha head that dies too quickly.
The aroma is very odd - bitter chocolate, toffee and coffee with just a little malty sweetness.
The flavor left me going back to the bottle to make sure this wasn't coffee infused. The coffee notes are very, very strong, with some chocolate thrown in - mocha beer. Unfortunately it all tastes a little too burnt and bitter. Some hoppy sweetness but it's not a major player.
It feels a bit watery, far thinner than I expected. The carbonation is fine but if it were creamier it would have added apparent body to the beer.
Nothing special for me. Too bitter and the flavors aren't the caramel/toffee malt that I've come to look for in a dopplebock. Not offensive, but definitely not a favorite.
01-30-2011 21:45:34 | More by mariposafan
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
.5L, Germany, best by 9/17/11.
Pours a brilliant dark amber with ruby highlights and a soda-like head: fizzy and short-lived. Sticks to the glass a tiny bit, but basically no lacing.
Aroma is quite excellent: toffee, chocolate chip cookies, and rich malt. Touch of clean hoppiness cuts through.
Flavor is good, though I must say I do really notice the alcohol on this particular Doppelbock-- there are others that do a much better job of integrating this. Lots of chocolate and overripe, dark fruit on the palate, with a surprisingly dry, bitter finish. Notes of dulce de leche and caramel. The mouthfeel seemed a tad thin and soda-like at first, but it really creams up with the fine carbonation. Despite the detectable booze, this stuff drinks real easy.
This is a nice chocolatey Doppelbock, perfect for the winter. Another great example of the style from Germany.
01-17-2011 01:27:12 | More by dasenebler
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Picked this bottle up in Chicago.
Pours medium brown with a bit of a garnet hue to it. Good off-white head with a touch of lacing around the edges. Bubbly cap on top as it settles down. Nose is really quite nice with a good amount of sweetness along with some toffee, caramel, and fruit character. The flavor isn't quite as impressive. It lost a bit of the sweetness from the nose and also has a noticeable level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is really nice and I like the overall level of sweetness in this. Slightly bitter. Drinks quite well; glad drabmuh was looking for this and I was able to pick it up, as it's quite good.
01-04-2011 11:50:31 | More by Thorpe429
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottle shared by Thorpe during the Outback Bowl, thanks Mike, you knew I was looking for this one. Poured into a DFH signature glass.
Beer is dark brown but clear at the corners, almost red. Big head of small bubbles that leaves lacing, head has some retention on it but eventually gives into peer pressure and collapses, carbonation appears moderate to low but steady. Looks good.
Aroma is a poster boy for doppelbocks everywhere. It's sweet but much darker than expected. There is almost a bitterness to the aroma but mostly the candy is coming through. Caramel and toffee, those are the winners.
Beer is medium in body and lead off is sweetness, malt syrup but not in a cloying way. It's good and clean with a decent finish. There is some bitterness in the back from the grains and the finish is a little dryer than I hoped but overall it's a very good beer and I'd have it again.
01-03-2011 19:48:53 | More by drabmuh
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
A: Very nice brown color with some reddish glances when against light, good head beige color that dissipates slow enough leaving not much behind.
S: You can smell the alcohol inside and behind that a faint sweet aroma also you can sense the toasted grain.
T: Very nice flavor, balanced, an slow transformation between sweetness and bitterness, also a bitter chocolate combined with alcohol sensation.
M: As doppelbock you can feel alcohol in the mouth, bitter and then dry sensation at the end that lasts some time.
07-27-2010 03:26:33 | More by karait95
4.72/5 rDev +15.1%
A: Caramelized red hue with a thick head joint bubble, good retention and presents some residues. Constant and continuous carbonation
S: With a sweet aroma, fruity. Where is seen a bit of caramel, chocolate and raisins with honey
T: In taste the roasted malt is noted from the outset, beginning with a slightly sweet,
obtained a bitter end, roasting, and ethyl-tinged, which highlights the caramel and fruity touch
The roasted flavor remains all the time, very nice
07-19-2010 21:53:38 | More by treque
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
A - Dark mahogany brown with some dark brown and ruby hues on the edges. Large, creamy, frothy, fizzy, light beige head with decent retention with a thin film of lace left.
S - Dark malt with slightly burned caramel and molasses along with a touch of bready malt. Slight tartness with some date, raisin, and prune. Smells like a sweet molasses cookie with some dates in it.
T - At first there is a touch of slightly roasted dark malt with some caramel and molasses. This provides a sweet base for the dark fruit that comes up a bit later. Dates, prunes, and raisins provide a sweet sticky taste along with an increase in the molasses taste. The fruit also has a very subtle tartness and there is a faint hoppy bitterness that comes out. Overall, like the aroma, it reminded me a bit of a molasses cookie with chunks of date in it, or a sticky dark fruit molasses syrup. Finishes with a touch of spice (particularly pepper).
M - Full to medium body with moderate carbonation. Rich with a slight creaminess that becomes more sticky toward the finish.
D - Decent drinkability. The sweetness brings it down a bit, but it is enjoyable to drink and doesn't kill the palate. A nice beer to sip that I would enjoy every now and then.
Notes: Best before 13/09/10. Well made and a solid example of the style. A fairly sweet beer that made for a nice sipping beer. I enjoyed drinking this, although I wasn't necessarily blown away, rather just continually pleased. Worth trying as it is a tasty beer and a good Doppelbock.
05-24-2010 23:34:01 | More by FreshHawk
2.95/5 rDev -28%
Reviewed from notes--
Poured into pint
Nice deep reddish brown. Tan head is thick and frothy with decent lacing.
Really sweeet caramel smell... slight fruit/banana/herb smell
Taste isn't as sweet as smell leads me to believe. Still sweet, but thought it smelled better than it tasted.
This coats my mouth with a medium body that seems a little undercarbonated to me.
Not bad, but I probably won't get it again. It could be worse, but this one just isn't for me.
05-24-2010 02:15:50 | More by AleWatcher
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
Served from a 1 pint 1 fl oz brown bottle with freshness date on back.
Appearance: Translucent dark brown that with a fizzy tan head that leaves an ok lace.
Smell: Aromatic black treacle with dark fruit similar to prunes and raisins Some bread qualities as well.
Taste: Malty. Black treacle again along with the same bread and dark fruit qualities that were in the nose. I can't really make out much in hops except for a slight hoppy type dryness toward the end. Twang of alcoholic acridness and maybe a bit of smoke and unsweetened chocolate also on the end.
Mouthfeel: Rich. Pretty full bodied and smooth. Could be described as syrupy but not in a bad way.
Impressions: Very nice. Bold flavors and lots of them. Bit strong on the alcohol though, so be careful
04-28-2010 18:07:04 | More by irisier
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
Doppelbocks are so delicious. I don't know why I don't drink them more often.
A - Pours a chestnut-brown, with a good two fingers of froth and nice retention, some spotty lace.
S - The aroma is pungently raisiny, malty, with a slight cherry nuance, and a tinge of alcohol
T - The flavor is rich and malty, with a sublime sweetness tempered by a caramelized-roasted malt, imparting tons of dark fruit and bread, pumpernickel, raisin, fig, date, cherry, etc. Doppelbocks, in general, are so rich and complex; this is no exception.
M - A little slick for my liking. The only negative.
D - Awesome. Pair it with rich food, or guzzzle it out of a paper bag like a hobo, great either way.
04-21-2010 02:26:14 | More by ktrillionaire
4.18/5 rDev +2%
16.9oz bottle, pilsener, no freshness date, but who ever heard of such a thing on a doppelbock?
I poured this softer than I often do and got an OK but not towering lager head. What is there comes in the standard cream color that often pairs with rich red, woody brown brews such as this.
The nose is full of buttery toffee and plump fruit. Plum, caramel, lead, raisin, buttered toast, and alcohol.
Bready malt drizzled with caramel, buttered, and spread with a layer of plum marmalade judiciously sweetened. A very rich package with some, but not as much as I taste in many doppelbocks, clean lager yeast. This is a deep beer. It is loaded with dark overripe fruits and salted caramel but is tempered by a noticeable hop bitterness and leafy noble flavor.
Good carbonation where it could have gone over the top in a lager sort of way.
I wish very much that this were distributed widely. I found it in Springfield, MO several weeks ago and I believe it was the cheapest imported doppelbock on the shelf. Well worth the $2.39, it would be a staple at that price.
04-10-2010 03:40:26 | More by brewerburgundy
4.63/5 rDev +12.9%
Beer is a deep mahogany color with a full head and nice carbonation. It has a sweet aroma that is a mixture of caramel & a trace of fruit. Taste is creamy with some sweetness. A great full body that bathes the mouth and goes down smooth and easy with no alcohol kick you might expect. This is the most drinkable beer I have had in Germany.
Had this beer on tap in a small pub just outside of Nurnberg, Germany.
Bier gersmackt gute!
03-30-2010 22:17:44 | More by soju6
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Pours with two fingers of light brown head on top of a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles at an average rate and leaves nice lace.
S - Rasiny malt aroma with lots of toffee and dark bread crusts. Some caramel and brown sugar as well. Otherwise very clean with no yeast or hop character, nothing but malt.
T - Sweet, creamy malt up front with toffee and dark caramel flavors. Some raisin and plum notes in the middle that darken in the finish as burnt caramel and light roasted malt character takes over. Lingering dark sugar character in the aftertaste with a hint of spicy alcohol.
M - Thick, smooth body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish with some alcohol warmth.
D - Nice doppelbock, the aroma is spot on, but the flavor is just a little lacking. There is a complex blend of rich malt characteristics in the aroma, and while some of this complexity carries over into the flavor, it is not as enjoyable. There is a bit too much roasted grain taste and the finish could be smoother than it is. There are a few superior examples of the style, but this is likely better than most.
02-17-2010 06:25:30 | More by nickfl
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
Tucher Bajuvator Doppelbock was a medium brown in color with a modest beige head that rapidly faded to a thin collar.
The aroma was largely a sweet malt with a prunish background.
The taste was caramel malt sweetness and biscuity. Bajuvator really had an enjoyable flavor to it.
It looked to be a little thin in mouth feel, but as it warmed, it firmly established itself as medium bodied. Carbonation was sufficient for the style.
Drinkability was very good, the ABV was reasonable and the flavor excellent. I would have loved to have another.
02-12-2010 05:28:46 | More by kegger22
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
A - Poured into a big mug. Dark mahogony body with some deep ruby hues. Dark brown in the dead middle of the beer where light can't quite make it through. Foamy 2-finger off-white/khaki head that fades pretty quickly settling to a 1/8-inch cap on top. Very nice sticky lacing on the glass.
S - Dark ripe fruits, especially cherries. Strong malty backbone with some chocolate notes. Just a touch of alcohol in the back. Somewhat bready and more so as it warms.
T&M - Big and malty up front then the sweetness of ripe cherries comes through. Medium carbonation lends a slight dry feeling. Chocolate notes on the tail end of the malt. The alcohol is noticable only in the way that it lends a really nice spiciness to this beer. Other spice flavors in this beer I can't quite put my finger on.
D - Hardly notice the ABV. It is well hidden in this beer and lends a great spiciness to it. Great flavors all around and not overpowering in the cherry department. I'd love to sip this all night.
12-07-2009 15:04:59 | More by MrIncognito
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
Tucher makes an exceptional Weiss and especially a dunkel that is the most delicious of all German beers I have tried so I was open to a dopplebock, and not only for the higher alcohol count.
The dark flowing and medium carbonation of this beer lured me in and its smells included fruit, yeast, oats and grains, a little lemony hint.
The taste blew me away with an abundance of bold wheat and oats, tiny spice, very little hop, then sweetness. What a tasting experience.
Drinkable and smooth, worthy of another try, and another.
Actually I stumbled upon it and I can't find it other than one little store I was in. I have to go back and set it up for my beer club as this month's winner.
11-11-2009 12:44:45 | More by chetripley
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
A - Poured a deep, rich copper with ruby highlights when backlit. A minor head quickly broke down.
S - Some good malts. You pick up some sugar and alcohol notes as well. At first, I detected some soy sauce but that has subsided as it warms up.
T - A chewy malty-ness. Nicely sweet but not cloying. I've had sweeter dopppelbocks. Notes of caramel, smoke, and alcohol. Some roasted notes get through at times.
M - Medium leaning towards light mouthfeel. Slight carbonation. very drinkable especially for the style.
Overall, I could probably have a few of these, so tread lightly. I'd love to try it on tap. Very tasty and recommended.
10-02-2009 02:20:04 | More by longdivision
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
I wanted to try some of the better German bottles out there, and found this picked this dopppelbock up from the beers of Europe website and consumed it at my dad's house on a visit to the UK.
An dark amber coloured pour quickly produces a frothy tan coloured head, which shows good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet bread, dark fruit, toasted nuts and caramel. The flavour is much the same, which in this case is a good thing, as the nose is excellent. Rich layers of raisin, chocolate, pecan and brown sugar overlay a strong sweet bready malt background. Above all else its an intensely fruity doppelbock, and as rich as any fruitcake. A moderate bitterness helps to keep the sweetness in check. The finish is both slightly drying and warming. In spite of the high sugar level the body thankfully never strays above medium and a nicely active carbonation keeps things interesting.
This is an extremely drinkable doppelbock, and I can see why its highly regarded. The sheer intensity of its fruitiness sets it apart from its rivals and the malt is the star of the show here. If I had ready access to this gem it would certainly be a regular in my fridge.
09-09-2009 13:24:06 | More by bobsy
3.18/5 rDev -22.4%
Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty with a touch of sweetness. Taste is rather mild with some maltiness and finishing bitter. Feels creamy in the mouth. A bit heavy on the stomach for continued drinking. Overall this is an average brew.
08-30-2009 23:40:06 | More by tone77
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
pours a dark apple cider brown with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing
smells of fruit and some sweet malts
taste is sweeet fruits and roasted carmel malts
mouthfeel is light but with ample carbonation - somewhat sticky
drinkability is good for a full flavored beer but one is enough for me
08-20-2009 04:36:01 | More by jsh420
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
(Served in a stemmed Pokal)
A- This beer pours a dark walnut brown clear body that is a bit dense. There is a thick light tan head that is supported by strands of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The dry caramel notes smell like cold wort with a mellow roasted hint and a slight biscuit malt note.
T- The rich malty caramel notes is a bit sweet with a toasted flavor that dries out the finish. There is a soft green note in the finish that increase just a bit as the beer warms.
M- The medium mouthfeel has more of a fullness on the tongue when the head is full and no real alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer is delicious. There is a great rich flavor of blended malt flavors and is just sweet enough to give it depth without being sugary.
07-24-2009 17:59:05 | More by rhoadsrage
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.
Into a beer mug.
APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium looking fluffy off-white head that quickly pops and fades down to a thin film. Colour is a dark brown, kind of burnt umber with rust hues. Some carbonation evident. A thin ring of film remains and leaves a bit of splotchy lacing on the glass. A bit better than the norm.
SMELL: A mild nose of toasted and caramel malts. A touch of toffee and some dark fruits as well, such as plumbs and grapes. A nice nose, but a little too mild to be really noticeable.
TASTE: This was much more impressive. A bold and pronounced taste profile including toasted and caramel malt with hints of sweet toffee up front. Some plumbs, raisins and dark grapes round out the middle, along with a touch of nuts as well. A bit of hop bitterness at the end with hints of pure chocolate as well. The bitter-sweet aftertaste is strong and long lasting. Maybe the best taste profile I've had in the style so far. Good stuff.
PALATE: Medium-full body, thick and creamy smooth with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth with a slight bit of a scratch at the end and finishes with a touch of stickiness. Pretty nice.
OVERALL: A great doppelbock for sure; drank away very easily. Perhaps the best taste profile as of yet, but unfortunately the weak nose held it back a tad in the ratings. This is one I'll be picking up again for sure. Recommended.
07-06-2009 15:52:21 | More by Jeffo
Tucher Bajuvator Doppelbock from Brauerei Tucher Brau
91 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.