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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 33
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 Zorro


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby red top brown colored beer with not much head but good carbonation.

Smell is the scent of Spanish Sherry wine, wall to wall walnuts. Additional nut and sweet scents of almonds and figs. Liquor odors float on the alcohol fumes, mostly cognac brandy scents.

Taste is sweet but not as sweet as expected from the scent. Flavor begins with walnuts in brown sugar flavors, like a good dry Spanish Sherry. Buttery flavors in the after taste: vanilla, butter and almonds. Slight amount of bittering shows up later but this is all a wonderful dance of nuts, vanilla and butter on your tongue like a ice cream flavor. Mildly astringent after taste like walnut skins that is pleasant and drying in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is good but not great and avoids being syrup.

Nicely drinkable bock beer here. This is an absolutely PERFECT match for a sweet desert containing nuts like Baklava or even strong enough to stand up to the flavors in fruitcake.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 04:33:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of germaniac


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a distinct reddish brown, right on for the doppelbock style. Smells like a German chocolate cake, only muted enough to let the roasted maltiness shine thru. The taste starts out dark and malty, but slides seamlessly into a toasted sugary sweetness. Smooth, but rich, with enough original Teutonic flavor to keep me interested for several bottles worth.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 06:15:08 | More by germaniac
Photo of Mitchster


4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"From the oldest Monastery Brewery in the world. Since 1050"

Clear ruby mahogany, forming a modest beige head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rich with dark fruits and vanilla...prunes, raisins, sticky dates and figs with a delicate floral hop nose. Smells thick and sticky. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a medium-dense body. The taste is wonderful...no off-flavors and not too heavy to become burdensome. There are a ton of dark fruits here with a well-balanced bitterness that lets you put your feet up and savor them. The bitterness is herbaceous and the finish is redolent of tobacco, leather, and spices. Cocoa, dark molasses, nuts, and toast are delicately intermingled. The alcohol is barely perceptable and adds a peppery flourish to the dry tobacco finish.

This is an excellent dopplebock without much in the way of faults. It's easy drinking, enjoyable, true to style and never burdensome. High on the list of classic dopplebocks.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 00:20:08 | More by Mitchster
Photo of kingjames1

South Carolina

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

Pours with a minimal, tan head. This looks just like coca cola in a glass. Smells wonderful: yeasty, malty, dark, rich bread with a note of sugar. Taste is faithful to the nose, with definite caramel, yet, though starting strong, midway loses its backbone, and seems to collapse a bit, leaving very little aftertaste to enjoy. Taste doesn't seem to 'follow through'. Good nevertheless. Mouthfeel is solid for the style. Very drinkable for the style (less syrupy than typical doppelbocks - a strength or weakness?).

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 04:32:24 | More by kingjames1
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of roasted and crystal malts. It has a sweet caramel aroma wit some light toastiness. The taste is good. It has a sweet and rich malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes slightly earthy with residual sugars. The elevated abv. is well hidden with the malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine doppelbock. It has excellent aroma and a rich warming flavor. This is a good drinker anytime.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 01:54:47 | More by WesWes
Photo of quasimoto


3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown with and off-white head. There is very little lace, but it think that is because the glass was kinda wet.

S- Sweet taffy, chocolate, and of all things whipped cream. It had a smell like cool-whip. I liked that.

T- Sweet, sweet dark malts. I couldnt get any hops out of it at all. I don't know what they are.

M- Light and very easy on thew palette.

D- For its style it's very light. I expected a lot more body.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 15:53:09 | More by quasimoto
Photo of benmiliron


4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 01:26:19 | More by benmiliron
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scored this bottle from my distributor. Gooo Team!

Not too impressed with this one. The best doppelbock I ever had was when I was in the Netherlands. I bought a bottle of phenomenal stuff from Bierkonig and brought it back stateside. It had a picture of two deer butting horns on it with some German text. I drank it with my old man and loved it.

This one? Well, it's from Germany. It poured a turbid? brown color with little to no head and light carbonation. The aroma was nice... classic chocolate and brown sugar, very clean. No hops present.

The taste was ok. Very dry and not complex for a doppelbock... kind of disappointing. Maybe I just like ales too much.... booya!

The mouthfeel was ehhh... ok. Pretty thin-bodied for a doppelbock. Minimal forced carbonation didn't help either.

Overall, pretty drinkable, but not too impressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 02:48:15 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of palliko


3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a murky deep ebony, that resembles Worchestershire sauce, and the aroma is redolent of prunes, raisins, molasses and a hint of chocolate. The word SWEET comes to mind. Wow! This is a great dessert beer! Very filling! Caramel and chocolate finally drift into hops in the after taste, leaving one with a dry finish. I might try this again if I had a sweet tooth attack.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 01:24:57 | More by palliko
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep reddish brown, bright and clear, with a dark tan fine and clumpy head. The head lingers for a few minutes and then leaves a light covering of suds.

Odd nose. Stewed fruit, grilled meat, chocolate, butterscotch and caramel, and a funky roasted, earthy malt. It's a riot of dark aromas but they all work together and it's all pretty interesting and pleasing. The hops are quiet and herbal, not contributing much to the picture.

The flavors are toasty malt, lots of it, and bittersweet chocolate, maybe a fig or two, a raisiin here, a hint of cabbage there. It has a mildly bitter herbal aftertaste.

Medium bodied, with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel, a buttery flush of fizz.

As the beer warms, other aromas develop: sweet yams, baking bread and a funky barnyard thing. Pretty nice. Pretty distinctive.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 23:28:09 | More by horndecker
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 23:43:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of AltBock


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 1pt .9 fl oz. it poured a dark reddish-brown with an inch of foam with small traces of lace in the glass. The smell is a pleasant caramel roasted chocolate. The taste is sweet like chocolate with a hint of caramel that is excellent. You can taste the strong alcohol content after the chocolate caramel taste. The drinkability is high for me because it's not expensive and this is an excellent dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 03:51:36 | More by AltBock
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice dark ruby brown with a smallish head that leaves just a little lacing. aroma is of caramel, toffee and other such sweets eminating from a malty base. The first taste is sweet on the tounge from the rich malts with a hint of coffee in there. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than you'd think with a bit of a finishing kick. This is a decent beer to have once in a while but not really a session drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 02:22:32 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a whim during my last trip to Ottawa, the city that never sleeps...weekdays 9am to 5pm

Appearance: Bloodlike, burgandy dark red, with only a cola-like fizz on top. Nice color, dissapointing head, but hey, it's a lager.

Smell: Roasted grain, and caramel.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, with a little faint chocolate bitterness. Low carbonation and somewhat chewy. Decent body.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 01:28:19 | More by Goldorak
Photo of Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep brown (reminescent of a Celebrator) with chocolatey highlights, a very attractive colour with unfortunately no head or lacing present.

The aromas were simple but pleasant and were mostly dominated by a soft malt backbone surrounded by hints of chocolate and demerera sugar.

A firm and weighty mouthfeel were accompanied by straight forward malty, chocolatey flavours properly balanced by a pleasant bitterness. No detectable hop aromas or flavours were present.

An honest dark, rich and satisfying lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 22:33:18 | More by Beersignal
Photo of GClarkage


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/07/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Poured into a dimpled mug style glass (20oz)???

Appearance- Black and Reddish brew with a fat white head and decent lacing.

Smell- Lots of dark fruits such as plums and raisins. Lots of sweetness involved with this one.

Taste- Mmmmm, mucho caramel and maybe a bit of toffee. A small about of the dark fruits I smelled, but mostly nice and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel- A thicker feeling beer due to the sweetness. Low to average carbonation level.

Drinkability- This is a great doppelbock. Ranks right up there with Celebrator with me if not a tad higher. Wasn't expecting a taste this good. Very impressed....

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2005 02:03:29 | More by GClarkage
Photo of oggg


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at HiTimes Cellar

This beer pours black with mahogany tints. On a harsh pour I get about 1 fingerbreath of head, but it's a rich thick tan head. Aroma is of raisins, dark fruit, and sugar. Hits the tongue with caramel, raisin, and chocolate. Tiny bit medicinal. Not roasty or burnt. Hop presence minimal. Smooth. Lusciously full bodied. Alcohol subtle -- I slept like I was dead later on. Finish is a bit oily.

Overall: I'm still trying to understand this style. I've had a couple of dopplebocks that were just "eh", but this one was so easy and yummy.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 06:55:54 | More by oggg
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 20:36:08 | More by oberon
Photo of DrJay


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly opaque, rich mahogany colour. Looks to be quite clear. Average light brown head that has adequate retention and decent stickage to the glass.

Smell: Caramel and toffee sweetness is quite prominent with some roasted malts and nuttiness. A very light hop aroma is present, along with a plum-like quality.

Taste: Malty and complex. Starts with a good degree of sweetness (again, caramel and toffee), followed by a combination of dark, ripe fruits and heavier sugars, almost like molasses. Nutty and roasted flavours are present throughout. Light bitterness is hidden by these flavours until the end, where it shows up in the balanced finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and the carbonation balances perfectly to produce a creamy, smooth texture. Slightly dry finish with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a very nice beer, especially for over the holidays. Although it's definitely not a session, it's something that I'd purchase again and recommend to others.

500 mL brown bottle with freshness date printed on the rear label.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 02:24:56 | More by DrJay
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 15:43:26 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of baiser


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown, with a copper tinge. Thick, creamy and smooth. Aroma of caramel, plums, nuts. Truly great tasting. Malty, caramel, toffee and very toasty. Hints of fruit and nuttiness. Above all, extremely drinkable. Smooth mouthfeel. Slight bitterness, but otherwise very sweet. Although I'm not a big fan of doppelbocks, this one was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 04:59:48 | More by baiser
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I couldn't believe I'd found one of the great doppels of the world, but there it is, and without an "-ator" name on it! A very complex and captivating beastie. Looks almost like a stout, though I can see the brownish head from the underside. Big aroma of molasses, malt, and... blueberries, it seems, or maybe canteloupe. Taste has an up front bitterness that calls a stout to mind again, but then is replaced by roasted malt sweetness, lager yeast, woodiness and another fruit overtone. Finally, there's a smooth alcohol finish like a scotch and soda. Just incredibly pleasing all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 21:05:04 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impressive dark mahogany with a yellowish head that is very thick and long-lasting. Smell was dark fruits and malts with a slight trace of alcohol. Taste was a velvety smooth toffee malt with a nice dry slightly hoppy finish with a bit of roasted flavour. This is a very rich and smooth Dopplebock, hard to believe Dopplebocks are lagers sometimes. I would love to have this all winter long.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 00:56:53 | More by tatterdash
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im not big on doppelbocks. I find them too malty and unbalanced. That being said, this is one really good doppelbock. Its much more balanced than the typical example.

It pours a pure ruby color of astonishing depth. Its very dark and almost looks black in some lights. The head is big and rocky and leaves swathes of great lace. The aroma is of prunes, toasted raisin bread and husky malts. The taste is malty and biscuity with a hefty dark fruit flavor. Theres an oaky, peaty slightly smokey character as well as a mild hoppyness in the finish. The mouthfeel
is thick and mouthcoating. This an exceptional doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 05:26:03 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty red/mahogany color, lively with effervescence, transparent and a full tan head. Lace is sticky and the retention is fair. The aroma is of malt (earthy), caramel, and oak and lightly acrid. Flavor has a malty sweet start, an acerbic middle and a tart/dry finish. No strong hop finish. Palate is medium bodied, syrupy and surprisingly flat. An enjoyable double bock without the sharp acrid finishes of other brands.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 00:21:37 | More by SeanChouffe
Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.