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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-BockWeltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock

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BA SCORE
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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%


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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Ego

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle code: 069C0750

eyes...
2 full fingers of head on an easy pour, caramel brown hue, carbonation takes its time traversing up the backbone of malt to keep the head afloat, this displays both lacing and legs, a really nice looking brew, if this were a photo it would be a good example for other beers of the style to adhere

nose...
dry and malty with hints of molasses. a touch of bready oats, a tiny waft of chocolate underneath. nothing overwhelming but very nice.

taste etc...
pretty close to the nose, drinks very smoothly, the grainy flavor is quite present, the last time I had this I remember the malts being a bit more .. chewy. The background flavors are quite nice, almost a slight burnt chocolate molasses thing happening, not huge, just sitting there on the bready blanket. This one drinks a bit thinner than most DBs but that is not automatically a bad thing, it also is not as heavy handed on the ABV as others. The carbonation is just right floating the brew over your palette.

verdict?
a very smooth middle of the road DB, do you need monster beers every moment of every day ? or a beer with really nice character that is also easy drinking ? I think some overhanded beers lack the subtlety displayed here. A solid beer.

on the tele via torrent while tasting: The Fisherman's Apprentice with Monty Halls E4

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 04:06:52 | More by Ego
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dansmcd

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark molasses-coke colour, active yet short lived pocked tan head. No real lacing.

S - Grainy, sweet roastiness, plum, faint pilsner malt.

T - Sweet plum, port, cola, some ash, sweet and tasty.

M - Moderate to high carbonation, thin body, a bit watery.

O - Lovely flavours but I cant help but feel this could've been a monster. Nearly a classic.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:38:38 | More by dansmcd
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xylophonica

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby coloured drink with a finger of head.

S - Dark roasted malts with some rum and port.

T - Loads of rich dark flavours abound; big hits of rum and sweet port with a hint of plum & cherries. There's also some bitter caramel hiding in the background.

M - The sweet port flavours work well to give a soothing aftertaste. Other than that it's quite smooth.

O - Some great flavours here make this is a great example of the style. Soothing and pleasant to drink with just a touch of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 08:57:09 | More by xylophonica
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Raven3464

Japan

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful dark brown body with a foamy, almost stout like, head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Grape juice, sweet malt, and freshly baked bread aromas fill the nose.

Taste: The taste is even more robust than the smell. A nutty, slightly bitter, taste is present throughout but along the way there are bread and licorice flavors to be enjoyed. There is a slight alcohol hint at the end.

Mouth taste: Heavy and creamy with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall: A good Doppelbock I would definitely have again. The grape juice aroma and hint of licorice in the taste make this an appropriate holiday brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 11:43:25 | More by Raven3464
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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ever since I discovered it last year, I've come to affectionately call this beer the "Awesome Bock". It's one that I return to every so often, if I'm in a German kind of mood.

Poured into my usual pint glass, the first thing you notice is a delicious-looking finger of fluffy light tan head. Decent head retention, just a bit of creamy lacing. The body is dark, deep brown, with minimal light making its way through.

The smell, interestingly, does have a pretty strong grape or, lets say, spiced raisin presence. There's also subdued, dark German malt to the smell. Chocolatey, bready. It smells like a meal in a glass.

Wow, I had forgotten how much this beer tastes like grapes. It's almost like a wine blended with a bock. On top of the grape, there is a certain spiciness which in my opinion makes this beer an ideal winter seasonal, without the beer actually being explicitly called a "winter seasonal". That being said, the malts just aren't quite as prevalent as I would like. I feel that more malt would help to balance the fruitiness. Also, the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would like for a doppelbock.

All in all, this is a tasty, unique offering from the second oldest brewery in the world. You can also pick it up for pretty cheap in Pittsburgh. I'll probably continue to purchase more "Awesome Bock" when I'm in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:36:48 | More by troysoy2
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gorgeous. It's brown with ruby hues and a never-ceasing tan head. There's great clarity, but the beer is very dense.

A -Not as interesting as I would have expected. German beers really pale to English-American Ales, but even by the standards of other Bocks, this one lacks the pronounced caramel and bready notes I have come to expect.

T - Chewy and sweet without erring on cloying. It's more like dessert than a main course, in that it's simple and straight forward. I like this beer a lot, but nothing about it blows me away.

M - It's not as creamy as other Bocks, but it's got a huge profile. Very substantial for a beer under 7% ABV

O - Compared to other Bocks, it suffers. Still, it's a great beer for those who find Stouts too roasty and IPA's too hoppy, Barleywines too hot and fruity, and Belgian Ales too funky.
It IS ok to like a simple beer. This one offers a lot of enjoyment without demand much in return.

Decent beer, but if you have others to chose from I wouldn't recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:43:46 | More by MONKandTUCK
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This doppelbock pours a clear, dark mahogany brown with tall, creamy, light brown foam that settles but clings a bit to the glass. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, molasses, raisins, and figs. Very nice. The taste is lightly sweet and richly malty with flavors of chocolate, molasses, grape skins, roasted malt, a hint of hops buried deep, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat dry (light sweetness) with full body and modest carbonation feel. A dry, chocolatey, lightly bitter flavor lingers pleasantly. Overall a very nice, dark doppebock.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 06:10:19 | More by UncleJimbo
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hoppyweasel311

California

2.7/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Dark brown with tan one finger head that doesn't last long.

Aroma- Molasses, dark roasted malts and grape juice.

Taste- Sweet, malty, and extremely grapey

Feel- Smooth with moderate carbonation

I really wanted to like this one but it ended up being a little sweet and there was this overpowering grape taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 03:22:37 | More by hoppyweasel311
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A flat black is actually a dark ruby when backlighted exposing a heavy dense show of effervesce that was rapid within. A creamy tan head is sturdy at a finger high leaving a lasting impression 10 minutes in, while maintaining good coverage throughout.

S: Chocolate covered cherries upfront moves to dry chocolate flakes on the close. Soft nutty brown ale tones as well.

T: Soft fruit undertones open things up but only briefly before succumbing to a deep palate of chocolate flavor. Nutty, malty base has a noticeable bitterness appearing midway, but is amped up a bit and more noticeable on the swallow leaving some hints of dark licorice upon warmer temperatures.

M: Creamy, foamy mouthful feels bigger then it actually is because of its bubbly creamy texture. More of a light-medium base of malt with a flowery nobel bitterness coming on strong upon the swallow.

O: Overall some very noticeable chocolate malt character, perhaps with some brown ale tones about. A stronger then usual hop bitterness on the swallow. Solid, decent drinkability like a cross between a brown ale, and a bock.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 22:34:32 | More by beerthulhu
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skypup

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Kaufman Getranktmarkt; Sulzbach-Rosenburg, Germany.
.5L bottle served in Stone Beer Krug

A- Deep brown; one finger head with mild lacing.

S- sweet malts and a touch of yeast

T- caramelized malts and toasted nuts. Mellows into a deep nutty bitterness and a hint of sweetness.

M- Medium boy, mild carbonation.

D- Great beer from a great brewery. Good drinkability, alcohol is barely noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 18:41:43 | More by skypup
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like cola. Fizzy brown with a nice layer of cream foam.

S - Smells very sweet and dark. Lots of molasses and thick malt syrup. Some salty, earthy notes balancing the nose. A strange spice note, possible cheese aroma as well. Sharp twang to it.

T - This beer has a rich taste. Its complex and smooth all at once. A big malty base with sweet, chewy, and dry sides. Dark molasses and mollasses taffy chews, like sugar daddy candy. Once again, the earthy notes shine through as you swallow. Nice pungent, earthy spice flavors.

M - Creamy and smooth all the way, with perfect balanced carbonation. Medium bodied.

O - A great Doppel, with some unique flavoring, leaving it a step to the side from most DBs. The malt is the highlight but varies and gives a complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 22:49:53 | More by BeerForMuscle
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from EskimoDave, cheers brother. Best before of 17/10/11. Pours a pretty dark auburn with two fingers of lightly khaki head which recedes to some islands. Classic.

Nose is malty and fragrant, just a hint of cocoa and earth along with the toffee, a dash or roasted malt. Not an over the top take on the style but a classic, toffee, toast, earth, cocoa, wood, leather, prunes - a light sweet body, could perhaps be a little rounder, that is easily overwhelmed by a strong dry finish. Drinkable and complex, delightful on this fall evening - just superb.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:32:50 | More by ritzkiss
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janubio

Spain

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Dark brown colour, like if it was oak aged. Nicd dark thick foam that that does't hold much, no lace. Sell is earthy,roasted, spices, chocolate, dark fruits but also apricot, toffee. Maybe a bit light body and not much carbonation, taste of licorice, roasted, dark fruits, I think I detect a hint of tobacco. Chocolate and caramel too. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 16:33:15 | More by janubio
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speter

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark ruby red with a two-finger off-white head (big bubbles) that fades to a thin layer. Not much lacing.

S: Brown sugar coated prunes.

T: Lots of dark fruits---raisins, prunes, black currant, dark cherries, plus brown sugar, rich cocoa, and a hint of vanilla. Beautiful rich sweet malt. The finish is almost all prune.

M: Smooth and full-bodied.

O: A very tasty example of a Doppelbock. I can't really think of anything I'd change on this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:16:25 | More by speter
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 15/7/11

A clear bright with a little purple when held to the light, large three finger tan head falls rather quickly to a thin film leaving little lace

S some rye bread, dark fruit both fresh and dried, some brown sugar and molasses

T what I smell but with some chocolate, nutty raisin, just a hint of booze and a little sweetness with some faint cola flavors, great representation of the style

M medium bodied with good carbonation, just a little stick on the lips and I could taste it for some time

O the nearly perfect flavor sold me on this one, its a tasty doppelbock what more can I say

I can see why this is rated as one of the best of its style, this ones worth looking for especially if your a fan of the style. Big thanks to EskimoDave for hooking me up

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:11:20 | More by wordemupg
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark and rich bock. Deep reddy-brown, light tan head. Malt, toffee, liquorice allsorts and light wine in the nose. Grape, malt, toffee, milk chocolate, allsorts, fruit all come through in the taste. Low carbonation, slightly oily. Could be a bit more carbonated. Light alcohol and candies in the aftertaste. A nice, creamy, tasty bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 05:01:57 | More by BDTyre
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 22:08:31 | More by Knapp85
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good nose here. Very rich deep prune and brown sugar once opened with a salivating roasty meaty quality. Nice deep brown colour too which formed a decent but bubbly (ie you knew it just wouldn't maintain over time) tan head.
Rich dark chocolate on the palate ending with an earthy dryness. The feel is full but there are some overcurrents of supporting fizziness but this doesn't take away from the rich elements here.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 08:14:57 | More by Zimbo
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sfsean28

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour into a nonic glass. Color is dark brown leaving a good size head. Small bubbles and foamy leaving a nice lace on the glass.

the smell is of roasted malts. A great smell which is immediately noticeable as soon as you bring the glass towards you.
the taste is also of roasted malts and black licorice. the taste lingers and makes me want more. Carbonation is low but as I continue to drink more I'm feeling full. Medium to full body.

overall I think this is a great brew. i just wish weather was cooler while drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 19:44:50 | More by sfsean28
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- dark brown almost like a porter.
S- roasted, malt, sweet smell. Nice.
T- sweet, roasted malts. caramel dark flavours. Loving it.
M- medium mouthfeel, quite thick but not obviously as much as an IRS.

Overall a very good beer, my favourite Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 19:05:24 | More by CwrwAmByth
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 04:28:12 | More by womencantsail
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crossovert

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Best before 04.02.2012.

It pours a great color, a dark brownish0red with a huge fluffy tannish off-white head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell on this one is great, you can smell it from a long distance away. When you get up close to it you get a bready, roasty, carmally scent that just beckons you to chug. Fresh doppelbock just smells beautiful.

The flavor is right on. It is perhaps a bit roastier than most but that is what makes it unique. Big dark bready flavors meld with a caramel sweetness and a hint of bitterness.

It is definitely a solid doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 07:53:46 | More by crossovert
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown in color with a 1" head that falls rather quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness, some earthy qualities, and a hint of alcohol are detectable by the nose.

Taste: bready malt profile with some brown sugar, plum sweetness, and a partially nutty and earthy tone are most prominent. Alcohol is noticable but mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: a good doppelbock that is easy to drink and has a great flavor. Worth picking this one up.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:13:46 | More by Gavage
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steveh

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to find a local place carrying these beers as I've liked all the others I've tried from the brewery -- and it looks like there are a few at the new place that I haven't tried, such as this Doppelbock.

A -- Clear, deep, dark chestnut color with a very dense tan head.

S -- Earthy, clay-like malts up front. Some sweet breadiness and mild caramel back.

T -- Dark bread crust with notes of molasses and that mellow earthiness. The finish is mildly peppery from alcohol, but there's no big hotness from a fairly high ABV.

M -- Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy with a light heavy (between medium and heavy) body.

O -- This is not Optimator or Salvator, nor do I think it should be, and the clay characters* remind me of aged strong ales -- so I have to wonder about the freshness, but otherwise this is a tasty, smooth drinking beer. As so many breweries in Germany make their own interpretation of a style, I can't second-guess this one as it's very tasty.

*An update on 10/16/12 -- having another Asam Bock today and there is none of the clay character I experienced previously, quite nice. -- Taste & Overall scores updated.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 21:25:19 | More by steveh
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle brought back from Berlin in April 2011, this half litre one as reviewed on 28th April, some three months before it's best before date.

Poured into an Abbot Ale tankard it showed a deep, dark almost black body with a good well built tan coloured head which had a good, lasting retension.

Toasted granary breads, burnt malts and roasted nuts came to me in the smell stakes.

The taste was more coffee and chocolate than the toasted, roasted, burnt aromas I was getting from my nose.

The beer was smooth, warming and rich in wintery chocolate flavours, very drinkable in deed.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 20:15:56 | More by BlackHaddock
Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.