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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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91
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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 37
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-06-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a good light tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward a bit of light caramel, some mild nuttiness, and mild earthy hops. Great malt presence all around. The flavor ramps things up with a bit of extra sugar sweetness and strong, dark caramel. A bit of an earthy presence in the dry finish. Slight bit of dark fruits there as well. Good medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Thorpe429, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.7%

metter98, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a beige head that dots the glass with lace

Smell: Dark rum soaked fruit dominates with a brown bread malty tone underneath

Taste: Starts with a dark fruit and caramel base with a touch of apple tartness that becomes more discernable over time; finishes with a grainy twang that is a disappointment

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A different take on a doppelbock and certainly enjoyable - just a bit too bready and that twang thing keeps it from being top notch

brentk56, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark walnut brown with fiery orange highlights... unless backlit. When held up to the waning sun, the beer appears an especially eye pleasing shade of faintly orangish crimson. Up top is a sturdy cap of light caramel brown with a dewysmooth surface and a thickly ruffled edge. A gently undulating king's crown of lace is the final piece of the puzzle. Beautiful.

I'm not as smitten with the nose, but it's still a good one. The beer smells dark malty (as well it might, given the style) and dark fruity. Figs and black currants come to mind, although it isn't quite sticky-sweet enough to brings dates into consideration. It also reminds me of dark sugar syrup, but doesn't quite achieve that pungent molasses tang. If there are any hops present, they're keeping to the shadows.

The flavor is something less than full-throated. Don't get me wrong, I like what I taste, I just wish there was more of it. I've been dawdling a little over this review, so the beer has had a chance to warm a bit. Let's try this again... same thing. I'll do my best to describe it, but the beer and my taste buds seem to be communicating via two cups and a string rather than a crystal clear telephone line.

Asam-Bock is richly malty with a restrained sweetness and now more molasses-like flavor. It's also fruity with a little rum-soaked plum, dark caramel and a hint of cocoa. While there isn't much hop flavor, a semi-firm hop bitterness appears on the back end and sets up shop. The flavor profile changes a good bit over the course of each mouthful and the final constellation of components may be the best; perhaps because the malty sweetness is countered by some semblance of hoppy bitterness.

Back to the mouthfeel. It is, in a word... wonderful. It's as creamy, as smooth and as lightly silky as a medium (edging toward medium-full) beer can possibly be. As the beer approaches room temperature, the flavor blossoms just enough for me to rate it kindly. A few more notches on the 'flavor volume' knob would go a very long way.

WKAB (sounds like a radio station) starts out with a tad too much static, but with warming, the signal becomes much clearer and a good bit louder as well. I'm not sure that it's classic radio, but I'm certainly glad that I tuned in. A better than good doppelbock for sure.

BuckeyeNation, May 20, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color beer with a brownish head with average retention. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts and lack the usual doppelbock banana feel. Taste is a bit deceiving with again the roasted side taking a lot of place and lacking the more sweet/banana and chocolate/coca feels in this beer. A bit disappointed and not even nears the greatness of the Ayinger.

Phyl21ca, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: Pours a dark brown color with a nice off-white head.

S: Plenty of chocolate and cola notes come through immediately. Big time aromas of dark fruits, caramel, and toffee with a slight nuttiness. A little bit of toasted bread and molasses.

T: Very similar characteristics on the tongue. Plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness along with some dark fruits and chocolate. Just a faint nuttiness to it in the background.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: A very solid bock (sort of low on the ABV scale to be a doppelbock). Enjoyed this one a lot.

womencantsail, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ygtbsm94, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice deep brown color with a yellow white head on top. The lacing and retention are pretty good. The smell of the beer is very malty with a slightly sweet aroma. The taste of the beer had an earthy flavor to it with lots of malt in there. The mouthfeel has a good thickness to it. Overall I think this beer is very good and worth trying.

Knapp85, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

oberon, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Dark, almost opaque - just a bit of light shines through. The color is a dark shade of brown with amber highlights. Carbonation is at an upper-moderate level, visibly effervescent around the edges of the glass, with a lasting tan head.

It smells of brown sugar and toasted nuts, faint molasses and spice. It's decadent, but not necessarily rich. The signature toasted malt character that I find in all of Weltenburger's dark beers is noticeable here as well, lending a solid malt backbone.

Deliciously malty on the tongue, toasted malt interplays with flavors of brown sugar and dates. There's a bit of nuttiness, coffee, dark fruit - a lot of depth for a doppelbock. The body is medium-full and the alcohol pleasantly reserved, making for a highly drinkable yet complex and delicious beer.

A must-try, this is every bit as good as Celebrator and Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel; the only thing it lacks is the hype.

largadeer, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, dated 09.01.01. Could this be a 5-year-old bottle?

Lots of carbonation and foam produced by a steady pour. Mocha foam rises above the glass, looks like a milkshake from a bird's-eye view.

Initial smell is of dark fruit (plum, raisin, prune), malt, and a light chocolate. First sip is impressive! Spicy nutmeg, clove, cocoa, prune, and hearty malt. Next sip is a little lighter on the palate, bitter chocolate and spice in the finish still. Has a quality that reminds me of my great aunt's "prune whip" dessert. Velvety, dark fruit, complimented nicely by spices. A little sweet, but very balanced overall.

What Celebrator has in drinkability, this excels in it's complexity of flavor in my opinion. A tasty, killer doppelbock.

11/2007 notes: Just had another with the same date stamp (09.01.01 vintage), cellared 1 more year. I have to say this is better "fresh" as the older bottle was a bit dull and muted. A bottle stamped 08.01.02 was still doing fine.

emerge077, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

russpowell, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

heck of a dark bock here, really is. and like most german stuff, or I should say much german stuff, the price is outstanding for the quality. my second beer from this brewery, and I like it better than the first. very dark color to this, looks brown but glows the deepest of ambers when held to a bright light. the head is magnificent, like something sam smiths would do in their Yorkshire squares, and I mean that as a compliment to the germans. lacey and rising and bubbly and thick and lasting and it makes an outstanding beer moustache. like nearly perfect in my mug. the nose is quite sweet from the dark malts, notes of red earth and smoke too, complex and dark, wintery, but I smell lager yeast too, making it a little cleaner than a winter warmer type of ale. the flavor is of course malt forward, and there is an astringency to it that doesn't come from alcohol, grassy and hard to place, but almost smells like the kind of fermentation you get when vegetables sit on the counter for too long. pleasant though, in a really organic sort of way. the finish is cleaner, sweet, and robustly roasted, a glorious combination. I just wish it had as much body as it does flavor. carbonated well enough and very satisfying, save for a want of more body. its knit picking though with such a fine glass of beer. as authentic as they come, and one I will go back to at this price (in the 4 dollar neighborhood).

StonedTrippin, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this stuff on a long-ago trip to St. Louis. Served in a pilsener glass. Date of 18.3.09 - not sure if this is the bottling date or a best before.

A - Pours with a reverse-cascading-waterfall-type foam that eventually settles to about four fingers and then slowly dissipates to a solid cap, leaving spotty lacing. The body is a transparent raisin-brown that has nice reddish orange highlights. There is obvious carbonation, with small bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - The smell is an eruption of malted chocolate, maple syrup, caramel, raisins & dark fruits, a touch of nutmeg, and a bit of that twangy lager deal that I pick up in most doppelbocks. It's nice, but intensely sweet - could use a little more in the way of roastiness.

T - The taste is also quite sweet, but has a little more roast multi-grain character that keeps things from becoming overly cloying. Still, this is definitely a slow sipping dessert style beer. Lots of maple, raisins, chocolate, and dark fruits, and maybe even a touch of smokiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - There's a slight tingle of carbonation on the upper lip, but it's not burny or bloaty. Medium body that seems a touch thin for the intensity of flavor, but is still appropriate for the ABV. Slightly roasty and intensely sticky residual feel.

D - I wish this came in a 12oz bottle, as a half-liter was a little bit too much considering the intense sweetness. I'm curious if a fresher bottle would have a touch of hops to offset the slightly over-the-top saccharine quality. Still it's a pretty enjoyable brew and one of the better doppelbocks I've had.

MasterSki, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I still think German beers rival just about anything the U.S. can put out. Especially wheat beers. Got this one thanks to thebouch01.

A: Forms a big bubbled 1 finger head over a very clear but very dark maroon reddish-brown color.

N: A very nice toasty malt aroma. Lots of nice caramelized malts and molasses. A lighter dark wheat aroma. Some sweet malts and bits of roasty porter like aromas. A very much dunkel/doppel bock aroma.

T: Just as expected, a big shot of nice toasty malts, some sweet malts, a nice wheaty flavor. More caramelized sugars, pretty sweet but nice. Slight roasted porter flavor. The toasty malt flavor is very nice. Light nutty flavor as well.

M: semi syrupy with medium body and good carbonation.

F: Still pretty sweet on the finish, would have liked it to dry off a bit but that's the style really. A long caramelized malt and molasses flavors with roasted porter flavors lingering. A slight wheat linger too, but not much.

jlindros, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is dark brown and clear. Carbonation is steady and moderate with tiny bubbles that rise at a medium velocity through the beer until it gets to the thin off white / tan head. The head started out big but fell away leaving some lacing on the glass. Beer looks good.

Sweet sweet malt aroma. Does not smell like a malt bomb but there's a nice subtle sweetness to this beer.

Sweet, full bodied, slight syrup flavor with a hint of roasted malt at the back end. Beer is smooth, really smooth. Great palate connectivity. There isn't much carbonation in the mouth but overall a great and highly drinkable beer. A wonderful doppelbock, one of the best I've ever had.

drabmuh, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of mactrail
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark auburn color with a ruby glint. Plenty of foam in the big chalice. Rich, smooth, and endlessly malty. It may be sticky on the countertop but it's a pleasant mouthful of suds with that warm Sugar Daddy taste. Aroma is pure caramel and hot grainy baked pastries.

Sweet like a pecan roll but tangy with the bitter edge of hops and the dark roasted grains. Flavors of unfermented malt with a whiff of alcohol and the beery tang. Marvelous dark caramel flavor that goes on and on. This must be one of the best sweet beers ever devised.

This really defines the style of the massively malty German beer. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

mactrail, May 31, 2014
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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.