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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 463
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 57
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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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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Reviews: 303 | Hads: 463
Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A nice aroma of malt, chocolate, and light hops.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, light hops, chocolate, and dark fruit. A very focused, direct and surprisingly complex flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An extremely well made, flavorful and easy to drink beer. Very well done.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark brown color with a thick, foamy beige color. The aroma is very bold with malts. The taste is sweet, complex, and malty. There is a decent amount of carbonation mixed in with the hints of fruit and dried fruit. Very interesting taste and quite well made.

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Photo of mactrail
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, some ruby hues when held into the light. One finger beige head, low retention, but long lasting sticky lace.
Smell is not so strong really. Surprisingly subtle roasted malts. Nuts, dark chocolate, faint toffee and raisin.
Taste is stronger than the smell, with nice burnt caramel, milky chocolate, molasses, not extremely sweet, but just enough. It's crisp from some nice juicy plums, dark grapes and figs, also citrus zest, which keeps the nutty earthiness from the nose way in the back. Sweet coffee towards the finish, along with some German hoppiness (tiny hint of metal too).
Medium carbonation, velvety smooth. Warm alcohol. Clean almost dry finish.
A great refreshing doppelbock, lacks the "heaviness" of others and is really quite tasty.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Very dark brown color, deep ruby tints to the light. Light beige froth shows good retention. Caramel & sweet toasted malt aromas, chocolate & extract of licorice hues as well as notes of prune & dats to the nose. Creamy & roasted upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture & silky palate. Chocolate & licorice all over. Sweet toasted finish & fruity aftertaste with hints of burnt malts. Good job !!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle
L - deep brown colored beer with a tall creamy tan head that holds good retention
S - raisins, dark malts, burnt caramel, brown sugar, molasses
T - rich and complex flavors of molasses, dark brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, bread crust, raisin, prune, chocolate, faint coffee, nice spicy hop on the sharp and clean finish
F - creamy, very smooth, fullish mouth feel
O - I'm blown away by the quality of this beer. I've had it once before and thought it was good, but this is excellent! A must try.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.69):
Dark brown with a finger-sized, foamy head that is tan brown & holds well with some nice lacing too.

Sweet & loaded with caramel malts and chocolate notes upfront. A typical bock aroma but a good one at that with some figs and prunes coming through alongside a few subtle hops.

Sweet with strong caramel malts that mirror the nose well, along with some lighter chocolate & darker fruits that include some prunes, figs and raisins. There is also some roasted malts & the beer is quite rich with a hint of bitterness & a warming, boozy finish.

Smooth & full bodied with light carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel that goes down well. There is a lot of sweetness to this one although it manages not to overpower or completely dominate things thankfully and there is a touch of bitterness at the end.

Very filling and chocolaty beer with a fair amount of sweetness. Smooth with a good combination of roasted and sweet malts & although some was noticeable, the alcohol content was well blended with the beer & came as a welcome addition in this case.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - slightly darker than your typical bock out of the light; a dark brown more akin to a stout than a bock; yet under the light there is a distinct ruby hue to the beer. Really nice head (three fingers) which filled the rip of my stange with a nice eggshell color. Very attractive beer.

S - Smell was not overt; malty with a hint of molasses; a very earthy smelling beer. Not the deepest smelling bock, but solid.

T - not an overly complex taste, but a very nice malty taste hinted with dark fruits, molasses, and an almost coffee-like ending. Unlike some bocks, which err on the side of sweetness, this Asam-Bock is quite balanced and remains so throughout the entire beer.

M - slight carbonation, really great texture and thickness, slight residue of sugar.

O - to be honest, a really great beer. For those who enjoy a sweeter bock, this will not be your cup of tea, for those looking for a nice mix of sweet fruits and depth, this is definitely a beer you'll want to try. Definitely a re-drink.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml glass into 400ml Radeburger branded seidel.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown color with a large brown-tinted white head that dissipates slowly and yields some small spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt is dominant with plum notes and just a hint of grassiness.

Taste: Begins with plum and grape flavors, rounding out to sweet caramel and brown sugar. Finish is still mostly sweet with more bready notes.

Mouthfeel: Thicker body with light carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: A great doppelbock- surprised I have never heard of this one before. Worth it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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).

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very dark cola brown to blackish doppelbock with a pungent sweet aroma and decent amount of brown head to match. Dried dark fruits dominate both smell and taste, raisins, dried currents, dates, prunes ... Combined with the bread in the malt one gets a fig or date newton effect. Also present are treacle toffee and dry chocolate flavors to add a lower end to all those fruit effects riding up top. Very heavy sweet finish with some alcohol to yield a brandy effect. Not hoppy or particularly bitter. Some doppelbocks are less sweet and yield more complexity but I am not complaining.

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Photo of jonb5
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany, almost opaque, small tanned head which disappeared quickly.

S: Raisins, molasses, dark chocolate.

T: Raisins, prune, dark chocolate, sweet molasses come through as it warms, booze well hidden, hint of burned caramel at the finish.

M: smooth, thick but not overly heavy. Minimal carbonation.

O: Very well made dopplebock, a sipper, could have used a touch more bitterness but hard to find fault.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Wow what a rocking two inches of mocha head. Sticks around forever with a bit of good lacing. Clear in color but such a deep shade of brown its almost black.
S - Smell is musty at first like old residual malts. Has a nice sweetness to the nose with some raisin and fig with some dried apricot goodness.
T+M - Very smooth and tasty dopplebock. ABV is well hidden with some chocolate malts and caramel sweetness highlighting. It's rather simple and never gets too in depth with the dried fruit flavors but they are there. Very smooth.

Overall this was a good find for 5 bucks and is pretty tasty. Not sure why I didn't like it as much as the dunkel but its pretty world class.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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 and 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, a mild cellar mustiness, and an 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, and smooth - no cracks, really - 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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark chestnut; medium head; dissipates quickly

Aroma: Malty; sweet; dried figs

Taste: Malty, creamy, tangy on start; warming alcohol in mid with a semi-sweet, slightly bitter finish; pretty well balanced overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a fine, half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of dark bready malt, dark dried fruit, molasses and a hint of soy sauce. Flavor follows, complex integrated molasses, bready malt, dark dried fruit and hints of chocolate. Flavor is somewhat subdued compared to the aroma, but in the moderate flavor, there is a lot going on. Nice creamy medium body. Probably the darkest malt doppelbock I've encountered and although the flavor is not intense, it still feels rich and satisfying. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml. Dark rusty brown pour, cream colored head. Retained pretty well.

Aroma, caramel, butterscotch and some lift red fruit, though there is nothing light about the aroma.

Taste, liquid caramel, but there is a nice earthy note to it. Gets breadier as it warms. A faint herbal bitterness. Fades to a slight molasses and cocoa. Finish is more tea and tobacco like.

Medium body, quite a creamy carbonation. Drinks Extreamely easy.
Belongs among the top of the German representations of the style.

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Photo of sfprint
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: like a very dark cola with almost a finger head, remarkably slow rising carbonation.
S: nutbuttery malt, soy nuts, soy sauce. interesting and different.spicy corn nuts
And a side note, very loud carbonation! sounds almost like rice krispies but lower in pitch
T: woah. smokey malt, fairly thick and somewhat heavy. a fairly unique flavor. porter like.
M: in the direction of a nitro beer. thick creamy and a hair chunky like a milkshake.
O: interesting, pretty good in the porter direction. one of the better dark german beers

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice doppelbock right mhere

Dark brown and ruby pour, looks rich. Nice barely off white head, foamy and thick. Some rocks.

The aroma has the usual; prune, plum, sugared candy, leather and apple. Some roastiness and bread. Yet none of those are overpowering and "too much". Just about right

The flavor is less sweet than most doppelbocks I've had. Most others seem like a Jolly Rancher candy, but this isn't quite that concentrated. Leather and plum wrap around the roasted bread center. Some red apple here and there, too.

A very drinkable doppelbock. Soft and cleansing on the end. Perhaps a bit bready, but still not all that sweet, which is fine by me.

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Photo of mick303
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark chestnut brown colour. Head of creamy tan head that recedes slowly. Leaves quite a nice lacing. 500 mL bottle with freshness date.

Smell is suggestive of a rich dark maltiness, apple aromes, dark caramel. A lot of roastiness, leather, slightly boozy, but really intricate and rich. Grapefruit, and a vinegarry prickle.

Taste is thick, a caramelly boozy dark maltiness, leather, grapefruit with plums and dark fruits. Bitterness is light, but there is a ton of fruitiness and a touch of bitter chocolate towards the finish. Some mild almond nuttiness, with a nice pervasive roasty malt body, really rich. Finish has some sour apple, toast malt, sticky caramel with a bit of rummy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is quite full bodied but not overpowering, nice soft carbonation. Toasty dryness on the finish. Quite pleasant and drinkable. Not too alcoholic, and goes down quite satisfying.

A nicely interesting doppelbock. Not too malt heavy in that there are an interesting array of boozy fruit and roasted notes. It is interesting and not too heavy. It is quite rich, and maybe could improve by a bit more balance all the things going on here. Comes across as a bit boozy, which is probably my main issue, but it still drinks very nicely and is worth a try.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thin, brilliant layer of tan foam on top of molasses-thick beer. The thing is, the foam is really heavy, but really thin, which is quite cool. Color is about the same as well. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Yeasty sourdough bread. Plums and raisins. Molasses and caramel are evident too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Toasted marshallows and chocolate. Some strong coffee in the finish. S'more-like. Feels a bit flat compared to smell and flavor. Full-bodied.

Overall Drinkability: The best doppelbock I've had.

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Photo of schleprock
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured from a bottle this beer pours a molasses like colored brown. It has a decent half inch head at first but it quickly shrinks to jost a bit on the top of the beer. There seems to be little carbonation making me wonder how old my bottle is.

S - Smells of raisins and roasted malt

T - Sweet raisin or prunish notes, very malty but not thick.

M - Pretty low carbonation, feels thinner than it looks when poured but not watery, just right.

O - Good flavor overall but I don't think I got the freshest bottle given the thin carbonation. I would definitely buy it again and recommend it to others.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of foles
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weltenburger dimpled mug. Lovely aroma of dark bread, munich-y malt goodness and clean richness. Taste is much the same. Not a hint of caramel sweetness or toffee - which is why I love it (and the style) so much. Such a powerful Bavrian dark beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows caramel, bready melanoidin malt, toasty and nutty malt and brown sugar.
Flavours almost perfectly mirror the aromas, focussing on sweet bready, toasty, nutty and melanoidin malt. The alcohol is very well-integrated, showing just a little in the finish to balance things out.
Nice creamy body, could use a little more carbonation though.
Very easy to drink!

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Photo of thepeter
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Brown with a nice tight finger head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma of sweet brown bread, dark fruit, with a hint of nuttiness. Taste again Caramel malt, rich brown bread, raisins and figs, and the nuttiness at the end. Palate is rich medium to full bodied nicely carbonated creamy and just really nice.

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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.