Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
500ml bottle, a rare find at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO: Nick found out I was looking for some of this and beermailed me that he was getting a case in last Friday. Thanks, Nick!
NOTE: the bottle I had indicated 6.9% ABV, not 7.2% The website also says it's 6.9%.
Rocky 2 inch off-white head settles to a firm thin cap over a pretty ruby-mahogany body. Smell of chocolatey malt, toasty malt, rye bread, cherries and prunes. Taste is dominated by toasted biscuity malt with a sour cherry edge, and a residual piney-floral hop finish. There's some pepper and allspice going on here too. Lots of flavor. Let it warm up. This is good stuff. Mmmm. Mouthfeel just a bit thinner that I might expect from a D-B. Also, not too strong for the style, and thus very drinkable. Wish these were more widely available -- this is a smooth and quaffable D-B. Get some when you can.
02-27-2006 19:24:09 | More by ColoradoBobs
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
Appearance- Poured a dark mahagony brownie color withe a three finger head into my big family guy beer mug. Lacing was hardly decernable. Head retention was alright, but faded into nothingness about halfway through the beer.
Smell- Smell-was of oak, sweet, ssswweeettt malts that remeinded me of cherries and vanilla with a sprinkling of milk chocolate.
Taste- Stats out with a chocolate malt that segues into a more sugary sweet malt that reminds me of vanilla, cherries and latte creamer. Very complex flavors throughout my entire consumption of this beer.
Mouthfeel- A mix of chocolate and wood prevailed with this palate. Went very well with my steak topped with mushrooms, onions, and garlic. A spritzy, well carbonated body that seems to be very dynamic in flavor.
01-30-2006 01:22:34 | More by scruffwhor
4.53/5 rDev +11%
Bottle Inspection: Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock, listed as a Dinkle-dopplebock and a recommendation to store cool and dark.
Aroma: Deeply toasted malt and the classic German baked black bread smell of the style, topped by a hint of sweetness and alcohol, and a hint of rye
Appearance: Black clarity! Glass looks dark as night, but back lit it just seems to glow. Thin cover of head and thick collar last through the beer and even seems to grow as the level drops.
Flavor: Aroma forecasts this fairly well. Rich, deep, dark, roasted flavor fades out quickly to a nice balanced and clean lager finish. The bread characteristic holds, but much smoother and easier to drink than I expected.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, low to medium carbonation level
Overall Impression: Easy drinking, flavorful, liquid bread! This is a classic example of the style for my money, but a bit lighter in feel and easier to consider a session. Highly recommended!
Big thanks for Rick & Betty for bring back the bottle!
01-15-2006 06:07:01 | More by HardTarget
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
Label states; " From the oldest monastery brewery in the world since 1050". I'm not beer geek enough to research whether thats completely true so I accept their synopsis. Pour is uneventfull. Forms a nice head but nothing lasting, typical dark amber/brown color.
Odd dopplebock for sure. Smokey aroma and middle to this beer really dominate any dark fruit presence. Mouthfeel has that dry chalky bakers chocolate type feel. An odd touch of floral in the nose, but it doesn't translate into the taste which turns out to be a good thing as the toasted features are allowed to come through without interruption.
Notes: Almost like a smoked porter in some ways. Nice brew. Sample if you see it.
12-29-2005 01:09:30 | More by DogFood11
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-14-2005 04:33:51 | More by Zorro
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-10-2005 06:15:08 | More by germaniac
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
"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.
12-08-2005 00:20:08 | More by Mitchster
4.08/5 rDev 0%
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?).
11-17-2005 04:32:24 | More by kingjames1
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-07-2005 01:54:47 | More by WesWes
3.2/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
10-06-2005 15:53:09 | More by quasimoto
4.93/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
08-22-2005 01:26:19 | More by benmiliron
3.55/5 rDev -13%
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.
07-28-2005 02:48:15 | More by Sixpoint
3.28/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
07-08-2005 01:24:57 | More by palliko
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
06-28-2005 23:28:09 | More by horndecker
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
05-19-2005 23:43:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
05-19-2005 03:51:36 | More by AltBock
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-25-2005 02:22:32 | More by SaunaKing
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
03-23-2005 01:28:19 | More by Goldorak
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
03-21-2005 22:33:18 | More by Beersignal
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
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....
02-08-2005 02:03:29 | More by GClarkage
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
01-27-2005 06:55:54 | More by oggg
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
12-25-2004 20:36:08 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-22-2004 02:24:56 | More by DrJay
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
12-17-2004 15:43:26 | More by Phyl21ca
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
12-17-2004 04:59:48 | More by baiser
Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.