Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 37
Gots: 17 | 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 HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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

The Asam-Bock pours a body that's thick, semi-hazy, dark brown-orange, and bubbling with moderate carbonation. The head is about two centimeters in height, full of densely packed bubbles, and dark tan in color. It eventually fades to a thing ring of bubbles around the glass with no islands; lacing is fair, leaving some streaks and clusters of bubbles on the sides of the glass.
Swirling the cup releases aromas of rich brown sugar, heavy maltiness, and a bit of toast. Sipping ushers forth full, heavy tastes of burnt caramel, toffee, malt, a bit of fig and raisin, all with a decent amount of bitterness. Aftertaste is of brown sugar and malt, very rich and all-consuming of the mouth.
The beer, in my mouth, has a medium body with a carbonation level that's a bit too high for the lighter thickness of the body. Finish is dry and tight, quite satisfying. Drinkability is high, though a bit difficult to take more than one due to the higher alcohol content and intensity of all the flavors. Still, with the amount of malt used in doppelbocks, perhaps that's to be expected.

Photo of nickss
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If that is a born-on-daye on the back of the label, this one was brewed way back in 2002!... we'll see how well it has held up.

Pours a gorgeous dark brown... almost black, but with some ruby tint and highlights. Big 1.5" head of light brown color.... obnoxiously loud... gradually settles back down to the 1/2" level.

Big dark musty aroma... one filled with cinnamon and brown sugar.... chunky thick maltiness.... is that some fig I detect? A tinge of mocha as well? Quite nice.

Huge flavour... lots of malt and brown sugar dominate this brew. A bit of dark fruit brushed with cinnamon as well. Big and rich and very nice... tastes exactly as the aroma would have led me to believe.

Moderately thick with a small amount of carbonation... chewy and wonderful.

Insanely drinkable... what a fantastic DB... only $3 for a 16.9oz? Madness. A big thanks to Spencer and the City Beverage crew for bringing this one in.

Photo of JanM
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from a cardboard box hidden in a corner of the local Systembolaget. When I opened it it did not smell much except of dark, sweet bread. The color was very dark brown. It poured with a finger of creamy foam. The taste was of burnt caramel, very sweet but also with a strong bitterness and some ginger. I guess you could say that the overall taste was predominantly bitter and caramelly. A tight and dry beer with medium carbonation, but not in the premier league of its style.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear, but very dark, red. Big spongy head that doesn't retain well.

S - Sweet malty aromas with a touch of toastiness.

T - Very sweet up front. Roasted bitterness is present, but not so much with the hops. Seems a little too sweet, even for the style.

M - Heavy/chewy. Very viscous mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D - High in alcohol and overly sweet. Not the most drinkable beer. Limit is probably 1 or 2 per sitting.

Photo of Crosling
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Handsome brown in color with hints of burgundy. Large, mostly diminishing light tan head with an alluring aroma of deep fruitiness (raisins, plums, overipen fruits), chocolate and coffee grounds. Chewy malty flavor with hints of fruits, caramel and dark malts. A lovely beer. One of the best imported German bocks.

Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in Ontario. Best before 10.11.06.

A: Ruby-black; not much off-white head, some initial retention with hints of lace.

S: Malty, dark fruit (prune & raisin), dark bread, dark/burnt caramel, with the obvious presence of alcohol.

T: Prune, raisin, sherry (alcohol is very warming), slightly bitter, with a slight hint of tartness. There's a slightly clean, grassy hop flavour and a little burnt caramel.

M: Moderate to full body is somewhat creamy, chalky and acidic. Moderate carbonation.

D: Despite the relatively low alcohol (for the style), it is very assertive.

Perhaps it could use a little time to bottle condition (perhaps 3-6 months lagering?).

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber brown with a tan and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly malty with a deep caramel aroma and a bit of chocolate. The aroma was dark caramel with a dark fruit, namely raisins with some prunes.

The flavor was nice, but a bit lighter than expected after the aroma. The flavor was malty with more dark caramel, a bit of biscuit, and some chocolate. Dark fruits, mostly raisins, were present.

The finish was even heading toward dry with a lasting bit of bittering lon in the aftertaste. The body was just above medium and the carbonation was on the lower side. A nice dopplebock, could be a bit more malty in the flavor, but still very nice.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code date on label 12.01.02 H.

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a thick dense dark brown body that only gives a hint of light around the very edge of the glass. The head is a thick light tan head that last and last. There is no hope of seeing any carbonation through that thick body.

S- Even during the pour the smell of sweet molasses cookies comes through. On closer smelling this beer has strong notes of dark brown malt with nice caramel flavors and some sweet molasses without the harsh bitterness. Notes of darker dates and raisins come through aswell.

T- This beer has a dark malt flavor with some toasted notes that are not overly sweet. The malt is only slightly sweet with some nice notes of chocolate with a good nutty quality. No sign of alcohol or hops in the finish just a nice smooth neutral finish. There might be a slight molasses in the finish with just a touch of dried fruit.

M- This is a full body beer with a nice creamy texture. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth and it finishes pretty smoothly.

D- I just noticed the back of the bottle says 09.01.01 in small print on the label. Now that I see that the chocolate notes might have a very faint oxidation note but it is a nice flavor in this beer. There are nice dark complex notes and this is a smooth tasty bock.

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91 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.