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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of plaid75
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger foamy off white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a powerful caramel malt sweetness with elements of burnt grain and smoke.

The taste was upfront malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and black malts. Flavors of dark fruits as well. Great burnt grain finish.

The mouthfeel was chewy and coating.

Overall a solid heavy beer. Liquid sustanance.

Photo of tcfishler
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark brown, with a voluminous and pillowy light tan head that sticks around stubbornly.

Rich but not excessively sweet nose of raisins and molasses.

Flavors are slightly sweeter than the nose, with plenty of the same notes (raisins, molasses). Body is medium, with somewhat low carbonation. There's a yeasty cast to the flavors here that I haven't found in other doppels. I can't say I care for this last characteristic much.

Not my favorite doppel - too sweet and yeasty in the mouth. However, it's a joy to look at and smell this beer.

Photo of rebel1771
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish color with a huge head.

The aroma consists of toasted malts along with hints of chocolate and mollasses.

The flavor is very nice with rich toffee flavors up front along with the chocolate from the aroma and sweet toasted malts. The flavor fades into an almost buttery flavor at the end.

This is one fine brew very glad I picked this up will probably get more than one next time.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Photo of czechsaaz
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong sugary malt aroma with hints of molasses or treacle. But there's also a little bit of coffee and chocolate. Hops and yeast are not a factor which is how it should be for the style.

Deep brown, black looking when away from the light. Good small tan head but it doesn't really last. or leave lacing.

First sip I thought very tasty but I couldn't really pick out the flavor compnents. More critical sips later I get chocolate and melanoidin and good brown sugar malt. I get a hint of darker malt munich type flavor too. All of it blends very well together. After picking out the individual flavors it's back to just a tasty beer with each later sip.

Medium bodied with a subdued carbonation level.

Overall, this is a really nice beer with a great flavor profile. Not quite as big as some other doppelbocks but I think that's why I like it. It's a very approachable beer for something this strong.

Photo of emerge077
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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 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 HappyHourHero
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A message on the front label says something to the affect that it's the oldest Kloster brewery in the world having made beer since 1050. Goldish colored label on a 0.5L bottle that has a feaky Mozart looking man leaning over a wall towards the bottom of the label. Interesting tidbit, the O.G. Is listed on the back in fine print as being between 1074 and 1078. Best before December 7th. On to the good part. Poured a solid, chestnut colored head that faded slowly leaving four specs of lace. Dark cola colored beer is almost black, and the edges glow like moltent caramel. Aroma is very sweet. Lots of caramel and plums. Aroma reminds me of the taste of Samiclaus. It doesn't taste as sweet as the aroma suggest. The dry bitterness of dark malts cuts the sweet caramel maltyness. There are hints of cocoa along with cherries and plums. Moderately full mouthfeel, but nothing too much. It's not so thick you need to wash it down. A tasty beer with a rich aroma. A little different the most doppelbocks, and worth keeping an eye out for.

Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +14%
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

Photo of crwills
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In general, a good doppelbock. Available in Canada: fantastic!

Pours a very dark black/brown, but shows red/mahogany when held up to the light. Big bubbly Guinness-like head, with a little lacing but not too much. Opaque, but some 'floaties'.

Aroma is reasonably complex, although not "blow your mind" or anything. Dark fruits, raisins, and currents, plus bread (the usual doppelbock palette). In addition, some spritzy lemon in there you don't usually get, and maybe a little bit of sweet cake.

Initial sips are mildly metallic. I'm not sure if this indicates that the bottle wasn't fresh... bought it at the LCBO recently, but there's no date on it. Metallic flavours fade as it warms, to be replaced by roasted or burnt chocolate, raisins, prunes, and hints of something artificial, or maybe corn syrup.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, if a little on the thing side. Aftertaste is bready and mildly hoppy.

Wonder if the LCBO still has any of this left...

Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Intense malty aroma with some toastiness. Dark ruby-brown, clear with reasonable head.

Moderately strong malt aroma again with toasty notes and some rich plummy caramel. Bitterness just noticeable and is smooth. Body is medium bordering on too light, low carbonation, good alcohol warmth.

Good example of the doppelbock style but lacking slightly in the the serious punch required to suit.

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

Appearance: Delicious-looking clear chocolate/caramel. Rich tan head rises slowly like a loaf of bread and, oddly, has tremendous retention.

Smell: Mouthwatering scent of cocoa powder, wort, caramel, toffee and tart cherry. Smells almost exactly like a Tootsie Roll at times. Has a faint herbal undertone -- hops? Boozy fusels float around the top.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sumptuous mouthfeel, just fantastic. Flavor of chocolate, burnt coffee, tangy plum and cherry. Surprisingly, dries out quite nicely. Slight hop bite. Dry, dark chocolate at finish.

Drinkability: Very, very nice. Great example of the style, delicious and affordable. Definitely one of the best dopplebocks I've had.

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to doppel07 for this...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue and a 2 finger tan head that slowly fades out. Scattered lace is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, cocoa, and malty syrup.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin in a medium bodied brew featuring the cocoa, caramel with a sweetness up front.

Photo of lrbradshaw
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up randomly in a german supermarket, and was very pleasantly surprised when i opened it tonight for dinner. while the head did not stick around too long, the rich malty smell and taste only got better as the beer warmed up a little bit. When i first tasted it, i was struck by the chocolate and burnt flavors blended with a firm, but slightly understated background of hops. as it sat in my mouth, the flavors mellowed out to a slightly sweet coffee-like flavor with background notes of cherries. Even with so much flavor packed into each sip, the lighter mouthfeel for such a large beer made it very enjoyably drinkable. Altogether, this is one of the the more impressive german beers that i have had.

Photo of Reidrover
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time I had seen this in Salem. 1pt.9oz bottle. Very nice looking beer mahogany with hints of garnet round the edges, lovelly looking thick creamy tan head. Aroma is rather subdued with the malts giving a breakfast cereal like smell..not unpleasant, but unusual indeed. Taste is very malty and creamy ,hints of semi-dark chocolate in the after taste. But its mostly luxuriant creamy maltiness..I like it. Very nice on the palate a very full and pleasing mouthfeel. Not the best Doppelbock I have had but probably the smoothest and most drinkable in quantity( within reason).

Photo of AlexJ
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice surprise at $2.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle, this pours beatuifully, a deeply charred chestnut brown with crimson highlights. The mocha colored head rises to an inch and loiters a bit before falling to a lasting veil.

Aromas of sweet, toasted malts, molasses, charred brown sugar, powdery chocolate, and light hints of fruit are shadowed by light herbal and noble hop notes.

Flavor more robust than the nose. A great malt entry of toffee, chewy caramel, chocolate covered raisins, dates, and chewy oatmeal cookies gives way to a dry, earthy note of green herbs and buttery hops. Nuanced, but not overly complex.

Body is just medium, perhaps a wee bit too slight for the flavor payload. The mouthfeel is silky and chewy with a smooth and creamy texture. Very smooth with no trace of alcohol lends to terrific drinkability. An affordable, sessionable Dopplebock.

Photo of funkengruven
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This I picked up as one of three new offerings at the LCBO I decided to sample.

This poured beautifuly into my pilsener glass a deep chestnut brown with a slight ring of head and some lacing. Smell is a tad metallic but has some deep roasted malt notes in there. This stuff tastes very good, roasted malts make their way through the flavor with a bitterness that quickly subsides to a remarkable smoothness. Very easy to drink, goes down very nicely.

This is a great beer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of slitherySOB
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once finished pouring, the beer looked remarkably a bit like Guinness without the head. Very dark in colour, with a bit of red shining through. The head was perhaps a fingers width, which slowly disipated to a thin patch. Sweet smell, without it being overpowering. Bitter dark chocolate, bready malts, caramel, toffee, bit of coffee and raw hide. I like it. Taste is great! Plenty of sweetness, but enough natural bitterness to not make it nauseating. The question is, does the bitterness come from the hops or the dark chocolate and coffee? Hmm... Something to ponder over. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and creamy. Highly drinkable. Could be used as a session brew, if not for the 7.20%.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep mahagoney brownish red. Translucent, allowing awesome crimson kicks to occur. Head is a quality, beigeish white that is at a very respectable level

S: Molasses, leather, caramel

T: Sweet and malty. Flavors lean towards raisin, caramel, brown sugar, plums with a very sublte hop profile towards the end.

M: Thick and somewhat cloying. Leaves a heavy layer of sugar on the tongue.

D: Well, I have a mini keg of this so we'll find out. I'm not too worried about it though

Photo of TheBungyo
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent pour ... nothing too special. Head is minimal and body a warm mohagany color. Leaves just the tiniest trace of lacing. Nose is caramel mingled with molasses. Taste is pretty much identical but in the tail end I get a splash of fruity hops. Alcohol is almost entirely masked. Mouth breaks in thick waves over the tongue. Drinkability is ok but I can't help but think that there's something MISSING here!

Photo of shamus
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a tough one for me to review. I usually drink pale ales, stouts and wheat beers. This one tastes something like a very sweet stout. In fact it's far to molasses for me. That being said I will acknowledge that it is well balanced and of good quality. It has a deep burnt umber colour and tan head that laces nicely. It grows on me with each sip. There is a nice chocolate that comes out as I drink. If you like a good boch then I'm guessing that this is will do the trick. My rating is a bit lower because I don't like the sweetness. I am dedicated to bitter fragrant hops. No complaints however. It has integrity but strangely it also has a dog kibble scent too!

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

Weltenburger Kloster.

A = Poured a dark brown/black with alot of violent carbonation. The foam was tan coloured and quickly dissapated into nothingness.

S = Smell is of sweet prunes and and dark sugar. The smell is oh so sweet but I can't seem to pinpoint the exact nature of the smell other than sweet prunes and a slight maple syrup characteristic.

T = Initial caramel sweetness transforms into a slight burnt sugar/bitterness.

M = Slightly waterey. But still there is a slight viscous smoothness to the bock. Very nice mouthfeel.

D = Very drinkable

Photo of davidchollar
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i almost shouted - yes! (fist pump) when i found this at my local store. they had just about every other weltenburger beer before, but not this one, until today. and i haven't had a doppelbock in ages.

looks like coca-ma-cola. dark, almost solid brown, barely transparent upon closer inspection. nice big beige head lasts a while. the SMELL, whoa. i smelled it immediately after the crack of the cap, before the pour! the first smell you detect is malt. then more malty malt. there's more to it than that, it's complex and i wish i could get more detailed but the 5 for smell says a lot.

tastes good. it seems to have a bit of coffee-tasting stout flavor that i didnt detect with the nose. a definite malt bomb but by no means sweet, nice bitter finish. great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy. i could drink this all night, but at 7% i better not. i haven't had a lot of doppelbocks, but i really like this and i will get it again.

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.