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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 38
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-06-2002

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Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 290
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This "heavenly" beer from the oldest monastery brewery in the world is generally given high praise amongst many beer aficionados. But that may not mean it's really going to be your cup of tea.

It pours a dark brown. There's some reddish highlights but I would not call it a good looking brew. The head dissapates quickly, there's no lacing and a tiny ring of foam is all that remains to remind you the beer has any life to it at all.

The smell is primarily of raisins, figs and other malted sweetness. It's neither bad, nor good.. it just is. And the taste has the same mannerisms.. lots of malted sweetness initially and carrying through towards the end with a small amount of hops to balance it out. There's little complexity to be had and while it's not off putting you probably won't be gulping it down either.

The mouth-feel as a whole is fairly soft and average. Carbonation is very low. Drinkability, at least for me, scores low. The beer is sipper - and I enjoy plenty of those - but this one doesn't have enough to offer to make me consider having another. In the end, there's nothing really to figure out.. it's just sip upon sip of dark fruit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a rather large rocky head that settles pretty quickly wow just nice to look at the color of this brew.Big aromas of brown sugar and unsweetened chocolate and raw nuts as well.Taste is sweet but not as sweet as other doppel's I have had,molassis,brown suger and dried fruit flavors are intense with that doppelbock alcohol burn coming as it warms to room temp,this a bad ass beer man I love doppelbocks wish I had more readily available to me.

Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 2nd, 5pm, Brampton, Canada and it's about minus 7 degrees out right now. The perfect time to crack this dopplebock from my fridge.

A dark brown brew with a decent foamy head. The nose is immediatley remenicsent of raisins and dark, un-sweetened chocolate. I found the first sip to go down smooth and relativley creamy. The finish lingered nicely and was highlighted by flavours of molasses, black licorice & plums.

Not a classic but a great treat on such a bitterly cold day.

Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a deep, dark dunkel brown with a big, retentive head on top. I drank this out of my favorite German stein but poured a bit in a smaller glass to get a better sense of the appearance.

Smell – The strong, sweet, Doppelbock aroma jumped out of the stein. This is like smelling liquid brown sugar. The molasses is huge here as well. The malts seem almost like an afterthought.

Taste – The malts are much bigger on the tongue. They are stiff and complex and filled with molasses. The sugars from the nose wait to pounce out at the end and are very distinct from the beer’s body.

Mouthfeel – This is only medium-bodied but very sticky. The bittersweet flavors give this one a very busy mouthfeel.

Drinkability – Wunderbar! This went terrific with VENOM’S DOPPELBOCK CHILI.

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of elinash
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one for the first time at Old Heidelburg in Bethel, CT. A separate review is required for the restaurant, which was well worth the hour drive from New Haven.

I was amazed at this beer's complexity. The aroma came off with molasses, coffee, chocolate...and not surprisingly, the taste carried through with deep coffee and chocolate. This wasn't the usual coffee/ chocolate combo, though. The flavors here were more deep and real than in other run-of-the-mill doppelbocks and stouts. It was rich without being too heavy. I was getting some rootiness out of it, too.

A solid, staple doppelbock.

Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark chestnut body with a medium sized, beige head that is creamy and lasting. Sticky sheet lacing left on the glass. Aroma of bready malt, toffee, caramel, herbal and spicy hops. Body and carbonation are medium. Hop bitterness is more prominent in the taste than expected, with an herbal feel that is a bit disconcerting. Malt presence comes to the rescue with assertive notes of toffee and raisin bread. Yeast has a slight twang. An interesting Doppel, but not one I would return to.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pub glass,a deep ruby red color,very clear.The head was very creamy,off-white a tannish hue to it. A lasting head,a very tempting looking beer.
The aroma was caramelly,roastey,toffee-like,fruity,fig-like,with notes of chocolate,a complex malt profile,a tempting aroma,also.
The taste was chocolaty,roasty,fruity,bisquity,a hint of alcohol.An extremely tastey beer.Very delicious,indeed.
The mouthfeel was medium,cloying,very clean tasting.A perfectly balanced taste,and a great bittness in the finish.
A very tastey beer,very smooth and enjoyable
A sign hanging under the beer said ratebeer.com rates this beer a 98.
A great classic bock beer,a must try beer!

Photo of wjimson
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a stein glass gently but a ~1.3 inch head effortlessly surfaced. Filtration is evident from the beer clarity. The smell is clean overall, with a smoky aroma coming from the dark coloured malts but not too fruity. The taste inevitably reminds me of the Paulaner Salvator, with that metallic smoky flavour, rich in melanoidan, and finishes quite clean with a slight bitterness and soy-sauce like aftertaste. The body of the beer is not heavy. Malty aftertaste of the dark malts is very evident.

Great, I will drink this again, but not too much.

Photo of Thrasher
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sublime doppelbock, with a beautiful chestnut brown color and appropriate fluffy head. It's quite smooth and refined. The hops are pleasantly sharp on the tongue but it's the malts that really give this beer character. Sugary, tangy with vague hints of cinnamon and dark rum, and the requisite doppel undercurrents of oats, apples, potatoes... Thinnish mouthfeel but gets nice and chewy and sticky as it warms. Subdued, mellow but with some real heft. One of the best doppels I have tasted.

Photo of kingjames1
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a minimal, tan head. This looks just like coca cola in a glass. Smells wonderful: yeasty, malty, dark, rich bread with a note of sugar. Taste is faithful to the nose, with definite caramel, yet, though starting strong, midway loses its backbone, and seems to collapse a bit, leaving very little aftertaste to enjoy. Taste doesn't seem to 'follow through'. Good nevertheless. Mouthfeel is solid for the style. Very drinkable for the style (less syrupy than typical doppelbocks - a strength or weakness?).

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As authentic as German doppelbocks come folks...appears with a ruby brown body with a large tan head that leavees behind specks of fine evenly coated lacing. Aromahas sweet fruit with mild alcohol notes very robust version comes correct with raisins dark chocolate reminds me of slivo (serbian plum brandy) but so much smoother. Taste has heavy fruit with figs, plum, raisin, even a vinous character roasty chocolate notes from the big malt smack has herbal leaft mild tobacco essence to it really a rockin bock. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied very creamy with slow chugging mellow carbonation that just fits the beer. Drinkability is all day except for the fact that eventually one will fall of the stool but damn the glass emptied so quick I want another...I guess I'll have to make it happen.

Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

.5l bottle purchased near brewery in Bavaria. Dated BB Feb. 2013.

Pours a clear but very dark brown with mahogany highlights and a medium tan head. The head has good retention and leaves spotty lacing.

A refined malty aroma with a hint of liqueur. The flavor [4.25] is parallel, albeit with a more pronounced and richer dark malt component. Lasting, lightly bitter, dark malt aftertaste.

M: nicely smooth yet it has enough carbonation to impart a significant liveliness.

O: Superb, and notably better than the nice Kloster Ettal dopplebock I had earlier in the day.

Photo of timontheroad
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep reddish-brown color, nice half inch head that receded to a quarter inch thick creamy foam. Aroma was sweet molasses, toffee and caramel with just a hint of dark stone fruits and some faint chocolate notes. The flavor was pretty close to the aroma, with a very sweet flavor, some prune, plu, caramel and chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel was luxuriously creamy and smooth, like drinking a glass of butter! This was an outstanding beer, but then again, it has been perfected for almost a thousand years, and it shows!

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't as soy saucy and sweet as i thought it might be. Still on the sweet side (brown sugar, mollasses) and with a touch of soy, but it had some nice chocolatey, caramelly flavours, with a slight dry-ish finish, easy to get into, but still not a style that totally convinces me, sweet at times, but quite tasty.

Photo of DarrellK
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice head and just slight carbonation from the bottom which is proper for the style.

The nose was not at malty as I would have expected and the only blemish in the pour. However as the brew warmed the aroma made a comeback and came up to the style.

The mouth is just chewy enough to overcome the highisg grvity.

The finish is nicely complex and moved froma coffee to vanilla.

The brew is definitely better had at a 60ish temp to release the character.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a thick dense dark brown body that only gives a hint of light around the very edge of the glass. The head is a thick light tan head that last and last. There is no hope of seeing any carbonation through that thick body.

S- Even during the pour the smell of sweet molasses cookies comes through. On closer smelling this beer has strong notes of dark brown malt with nice caramel flavors and some sweet molasses without the harsh bitterness. Notes of darker dates and raisins come through aswell.

T- This beer has a dark malt flavor with some toasted notes that are not overly sweet. The malt is only slightly sweet with some nice notes of chocolate with a good nutty quality. No sign of alcohol or hops in the finish just a nice smooth neutral finish. There might be a slight molasses in the finish with just a touch of dried fruit.

M- This is a full body beer with a nice creamy texture. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth and it finishes pretty smoothly.

D- I just noticed the back of the bottle says 09.01.01 in small print on the label. Now that I see that the chocolate notes might have a very faint oxidation note but it is a nice flavor in this beer. There are nice dark complex notes and this is a smooth tasty bock.

Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 088B0B12

Purchased through Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa, CA

Price - $2.97/bomber

Appearance: A deep mahogany color with a ruby tint in the edges. A 1" thick creamy head with some leggs follows the pour.

Smell: Raisins, figs, dark sugar and bread, a pleasent aroma.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with some caramel added to it. Not overly malty. A pinch of hop bitterness is there to keep it balanced.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with very little alcohol presence. Lightly carbonated with a slight dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and a fine example of a quality dopplebock. I will certainly be revisiting this gem.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost a coffee brown with a hint of amber red in the bottom of the glass. Nice 2 fingers of off white bubbles tops the glass.
Aroma is sweet amber malt and caramel.
Taste is first dark chocolate, then some dark fruits like raisins and finishes to a light citrus hop bite with a hint of smokiness.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and aftertaste remains slightly sweet with hints of the chocolate and dark fruits lingering a long time.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Hard to ascertain the gender of the figure on the label. Also, 'Asam' doesn't really sound all that German, does it?

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely bubbly beige head, which leaves but a few weak instances of seaspray lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of lightly astringent caramel malt, a touch of butterscotch, dried, slightly vinous black fruit - prune and fig, mostly - damned near inert noble hops, and a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is much bigger, with a well-rounded caramel/toffee/bready malt backbone, still sturdy dark, well aged fruitiness, mild cellar mustiness, and earthy, kind of leafy hoppiness. The alcohol seems to have found an outside distraction, or something.

The bubbles are there, sure, but quite verily hidden for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, no cracks, really, and with strong aspersions to creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt still obviously the star here, in conjunction with the fruity esters, to be sure, while the booze and hops sit bristling at the kids' table.

Another decent doppelbock on a hot summer day (call me contrarian, I surely don't mind). Like wine pairings with food - I'm more of the opinion that you should drink and eat what you like, and just hope that they get along, with a few obvious caveats. So it is that I'm enjoying a drinkable, well-flavoured strong bock, while sunshine filters into the room. S'all good.

Photo of umtox
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice big creamy creamy head for a doppel. Nice dark brown/tawny color.

S: Roasted nuts, caramel, and a hint of earthieness.

T: Smoky, and roasted nut up front, leading into caramel and molasses.

M: Viscous, sweet. Rolls across the palate.

D: A definite warmth partway through the glass hints of the 7.2%. A bit of a meal in itself.

Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle stamped 17.01.02. God I hope it's not that old...

Served cold into a pint glass. Asam Bock has a very dark brown color but, when held up to the light, a redish tint is evident as is it's very good clarity. Head is thick and creamy with good retention but hardly any lace.

Aroma is sweet and malty. Pleasant German yeast provides some fruity, spicy funk. Very nice.

Flavor is really quite good too. Great balance of flavors and the profile is all over the place. Sweet fruits like cherries and apples, mild warming spices like cinnamon and clove, caramel, toffee, toasted malts, earthy hops, and so on. Crazy complex but somehow very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower carbonation; just how I like it.

Overall an excellent beer. Nicely balanced, very complex, easily drinkable all times of year. This is an excellent example of how great doppelbocks can be.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label claims "From the oldest Monastery-Brewery in the world." I swear we've heard that before, but who's gonna argue with a well-respected German brewery?

Pours a thick two-finger head that sits and holds its ground atop of deep burgundy/ruby brown. Head dies after awhile, but a good swirl brings it back to life. Small trails of lace.

Aroma is lightly nutty, faint berry, peat, and the tiniest trace of toffee in the back. It's nice, but far from bold.

Flavor has some Scotch Ale trademarks (as does the aroma), less chocolatey than my favorite Doppelbocks, but I do like the roasted and peat-like characteristics. A wonderful berry-ish sweetness takes hold at the back of the sip and finish. A stealthy flavor, it takes awhile to creep up on you and impress, but once it does, it's marvelous.

A kindler, gentler D'bock, with all the well-made class you'd expect from a reputable Germany brewer.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malt toffee, on sweet side, very refreshing in this 110 degree heat. Alcohol wasn't posted and didn't taste it. Tops in mouthfeel because of lightness and easy to drink. Was not complex which I didn't find a plus yet would make it popular. .cinammon apple all restrained. A great representative of its style.

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