Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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4.95/5 rDev +21.3%
Unfortunately I dont know as much about this brewery as I would like. After testing this Bier, this fact will change soon. I will set off to visit their area soon. Not far from where I live as this Bier speaks volumes to me. I was very impressed and look forward to reviewing their other Biers. I have tried the Dunkles before and remember it being very good but hard to find here in München. They actually sell a variety pack with all their Biers in it. Guess Ill have to pick one up soon. On to the Bier
Pours up a deep dark brown mass with a fine red hue. The Bier is very clear and is topped by a very big and creamy Mocha head. From the first whiff I think I fell in love. It featured a smooth creamy malt aroma that in all my Bier life I have never encountered. Roasted Malt with Chocolate backgrounds. I can best describe this aroma by comparing it to roasting marshmallows and smelling them just at the perfect moment before they are burnt. Those seconds between perfection and trash. This one is perfection! A definite sweetness is found to round out the first impression. The sweetness is malty and also of perfectly deeply caramelized sugar. The first taste can only be described as a malt explosion! Unimaginably smooth malt character that was sweet and balanced by roast bitterness at the same time. The Bier finishes slightly dry with a beautiful lingering roasted malt flavor and bitterness. The Bier is also slightly fruity. The alcohol is present but never overly warming nor does it overwhelm any of the subtleties of this Bier. The carbonation level is low and it has a medium mouth feel. This Bier never overly chewy but rather perfectly a Bock!!! I want more and I know where to get it!
07-01-2007 17:33:54 | More by Ungespundet
4.93/5 rDev +20.8%
Paid $1.50 for a 20 oz. bottle. Nice smoky black color, shallower parts are a very deep red-brown. Smells amazing, chocolately and burnt sugary molasses. Tastes equally awesome. Much more flavor than the usual bock. Caramel and heavy toasty malts. This may be the session beer of all session beers. Excellent.
08-22-2005 01:26:19 | More by benmiliron
4.93/5 rDev +20.8%
A: Deep mahogany in color, great clarity, and lacing is hard to see through the dark body, but is present at a mediocre level. The head is mocha colored, and has decent retention.
S: Great presence of figs, brown sugar, and raisins in this assertive bouquet.
T: As promised in the nose, a delicious combination of raisins, brown sugar, and a combination of holiday spices make up thed flavor of this brew. It is highly flavorful, rich, and bold, without the word cloying even crossing the mind.
M: Medium body, with a slight chewiness. carbonation is faint, leaving the delicious flavors to linger on the tongue.
D: An amazingly well done doppelbock, and at 3.19 a bottle, an affordable luxury. This is probably only outdone by Celibrator, but it definitely comes close. This is surely a doppel worth seeking out.
02-15-2011 23:51:43 | More by Avagadro
4.9/5 rDev +20.1%
A: Pours a dark brown cola color with normal sized white head...no lacing down the glass
S: Smell is sweet...brown sugar/molasses, and fruity of dark fruits
T: Taste is of dark roasted malts...sweeet not bitter at all. Fruity....tastes of figs, raisins. The alcohol is very well hidden.
M: Smooth and creamy, goes down too well...couldn't get much better in this catergory.
D: I love the Dopplebock style of beer and this is one of the better ones i have ever tasted.
03-11-2009 22:01:30 | More by loren01
4.9/5 rDev +20.1%
This is everything beer should be, pours a deep brown with a two finger khaki head, nice lacing. Ruby highlight when held to the light. Phenomenal nose; figs, plums, candy sugar tobacco, it's all dark fruit and deep, DEEP malt. And the flavor delivers a home run, malty deliciousness, not but conjuring depths of character and flavor. Swirl, smell and taste; pipe tobacco, walnuts, dates and swirl again. Next you know your ready for another. Watch the ABV.
07-08-2009 03:35:01 | More by templar316
4.83/5 rDev +18.4%
Appears almost black, unless you put the glass in front of a light bulb, when you'll see that really it's a dark ruby red. This is my favorite color in a beer. I don't know why it appeals to me so much.
The light tan head is rather small, but releases an absolute malty aroma explosion. This is the way a bock SHOULD smell! No hops, all malt, no apologies. Yeah! If you don't know what malt in a beer smells like, than go sniff out an Asam Bock. You'll be confused no longer.
Of course the taste is all malt as well, as one should demand in a bock. However, there's a decent amount of hop bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. The complexity tells me there might be a hint of black or roasted barley in there, but most likely it's just due to an insane amount of quality German Munich malt. There's a silky smoothness in the mouthfeel that perfectly complements all that malt goodness. Oh man, I really enjoy this beer. Strangely, there's almost no aftertaste on the palate. As soon as you swallow there's nothing there lingering. But that's OK, it just means you'll have to take another sip ASAP!
I could find nothing wrong with this beer, only that I don't have another one to follow it up with! It's aroma and flavor are perfect opposites to that of the IPAs I've been drinking for way too long. This beer convinces me it's time for a change to German bocks!
07-26-2008 04:31:38 | More by MikeWilson
4.72/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
08-21-2007 00:33:10 | More by elinash
4.72/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
01-29-2008 23:00:18 | More by DarrellK
4.72/5 rDev +15.7%
The foam was wheat in color (2 fingers high), frothy, lacey and stuck to the glass. Smell was rich and aromatic with hints of fruit. The color was deep red, almost carmel. The taste - rich and aromatic, complex, a hint of carmel and hoppy. It's mouthfeel was smooth and deep. Drinkability was good.
04-14-2009 00:43:01 | More by Monsteruss
4.7/5 rDev +15.2%
been about a year since I reviewed this & happened across a fresh shipment, so here goes:
Pours rich ruby red to light mahogany with a 4 fingers tan puffy head. Good lacing & okay head retnetion
S: Slight malt & molasses notes
T: Rich malt, a slight alcohol & caramel burn up front. Shades of oakyness & toffee co-mingle with breadyness. Slight vanilla notes also follow. Some date & brown sugar profile. Rich dry, woody& fruitty finish
MF: Rich, full bodied, with perfect carbonation & superb balance. Some prickleyness keeps it from perfection
Wow, drinks too easy! More impessed with this the 2nd time around. More what I remeber it tasting like in d'land! As far as dopplebocks go, this one of the most sessionable with a great drinkabilty & flavor to match
09-20-2006 04:38:48 | More by russpowell
4.7/5 rDev +15.2%
1pt .9 fl oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No freshness date.
A: Pours a great looking dark cherry and stained wood look with an inch and a half creamy and tight pure sandy head. Looking closely nice veins of carbonation can be made out. The head fades down into a thin cap and ring but leaves a good amount of sticky lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Big big big ass malt! Wow I could smell it coming out of the bottle. Super sweet bread, ginger and clove and herbal mixture with a nice interplay between chocolate and faint vanilla, just remarkable.
T/MF: Powerful hit of dark cherry coupled with fresh grains, I mean this is one fresh tasting beer and that really does not bother me for a beer of this size mixed with a strong bready finish. Coupled with this is a mellow chocolate undertone that balances out the grainyness of the main body. There is a hop presence here but really only evident with prickles on the tongue. The malt bitterness is much more apparent (as it should be I imagine) on the roof of the mouth. The beer is immediately felt on the tip of the tongue, teasing the sweet receptors on the taste buds. The body is full bodied but not so thick that carbonation cant spread flavor across the pallet, its just very active from the time it hits the tongue through the long and protracted finish.
D: This is a easy drinking beer for its size and style, not refreshing in any sense but it really isn't meant to be I imagine. It is a wonderful complex as well as intense big beer, one that demands your attention if you want to take everything this beer has to offer. A fantastic beer to be sure and a wonderful pick up at 2.50 a bottle.
01-23-2008 21:30:34 | More by bluemoonswoon
4.7/5 rDev +15.2%
Poured from a big bottle to a big glass mug. Ooo ooo oo this baby is looking good! Nice and dark liquid. chocolate and caramel aroma really caries. The Head is small but a beautiful mocha color that fades and leaves a grade A laceing.
The taste is just great, this is a classic old world Dopplebock. The caramel and toffee really stand out nice, notes of smooth dark chocolate and hints of espresso. The malt expertly roasted is very rich and chewy. Reminds me a lot of Weihenstaphan Korbinian only less tang. The alcohol is not covered completely but is complimented nicely, there is absolutly no stale taste to it. The finish has a very complex hop taste that has some slightly sweet notes. I wish some stouts were this refined.
The mouthfeel is silky smooth and carbonation is just right. The finish is suburb, leaving a coating that prompts you for another taste.
For a Dopplebock of this pedigree it is very drinkable, I do not know how it could be more delicious. This is top of the line in its class. I don't like it overall better then the Ayinger celabratore, it is different. IMO celabrator/Maximator, Asambock/Korbinian, and Salvator are all (3 groups) too different to be judged against one another.
Zum Wohl! MK
06-12-2006 04:26:03 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.68/5 rDev +14.7%
This sample I'm trying is labeled 6.9% ABV, so perhaps an updated recipe.
The appearance of this doppelbock is on key to the style. There is a massive amount of light tan head, with a dark ruby red body that is ultra clear. Head retention sticks around for a good amount of time, and lacing sticks beautifully to the glass.
The aroma is vivid with sweet bready malts, and a slight metallic hops aroma. There is a slight herbal fragrance detectable here too.
The taste is on par too. There are maple syrup characteristics, but the mouth feel is not syrupy at all; subsequently, kind of refreshing like a soft drink. In the end there is a slight herbal smack, with a barely detectable alcohol warming effect... Very sneaky!
This bottle boasts of being brewed by the oldest monastery in the world dating 1050, which is just 10 years younger than Weihenstephan I believe.
04-06-2009 14:17:38 | More by TheSarge
4.65/5 rDev +14%
Pours a very deep mahogany that's almost opaque at the center of the glass but reveals glowing ruby and chestnut hightlights along the edges. Its creamy, yellowish tan head drops fairly quickly, but that's to be expected for the style. It does leave some minor spotty lace about the glass, but for the most part it simply maintains a thin, whispy surface covering. Dark, cocoa-ish malt and a combination of dark & red-berry fruitiness greet you in the nose. It's clean and inviting without a hint of alcohol. Brewed from an initial gravity of 18 degrees Plato, the body is medium-full and glides smoothly across the palate with a gentle caress from its fine-bubbled and slightly restrained carbonation. More chocolatey and dark toffee notes appear in the flavor and become more creamy and cocoa-ish at the swallow along with some quickly passing notes of fruit. Some nutty, deeply-toasted and almost roasty notes appear in the aftertaste as it's low-key bitterness begings to rise. It's rich and sweetish but extremely well balanced by an underlying bitterness that keeps everything in check. It never becomes truly bitter, but it does dry very quickly. Hints of black licorice appear towards the end of the serving. And although its alcohol is very well cloaked, some alcohol does appear later on, but it never build on the palate and only helps to dry the finish. Exceptionally well done! An impressive doppelbock that easily rivals the most famous examples from Germany!
07-06-2004 23:38:09 | More by NeroFiddled
Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.