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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

373 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 33
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-06-2002)
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quasimoto

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
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
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benmiliron

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
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
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Sixpoint

New York

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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
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palliko

California

3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
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
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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AltBock

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10%
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
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SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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
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Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +10%
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
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oggg

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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
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baiser

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – This one poured a deep, dark dunkel brown with a big, retentive head on top. I drank this out of my favorite German stein but poured a bit in a smaller glass to get a better sense of the appearance.

Smell – The strong, sweet, Doppelbock aroma jumped out of the stein. This is like smelling liquid brown sugar. The molasses is huge here as well. The malts seem almost like an afterthought.

Taste – The malts are much bigger on the tongue. They are stiff and complex and filled with molasses. The sugars from the nose wait to pounce out at the end and are very distinct from the beer’s body.

Mouthfeel – This is only medium-bodied but very sticky. The bittersweet flavors give this one a very busy mouthfeel.

Drinkability – Wunderbar! This went terrific with VENOM’S DOPPELBOCK CHILI.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 00:55:09 | More by RoyalT
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Doppel07

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive ruby body with delicate carbonation and a velvety tan head. Organic, dark honey aroma plus some wood and hints of nuts and butter. Fresh sweet, malty, nutty flavor. Zero detectable hops. Body is rich and smooth. A very good and interesting doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 20:25:51 | More by Doppel07
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sublimesipping

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany red color with shades of dark black red/brown. color establishes a richness that is built upon in smell and taste . Aromas of burnt coffee beans, sweet toffee and licorce. Flavor profile follows with hints again of licorace and toffee strong malt essences throughout smell and taste but with complex spic profiles of nutmeg, pepper, and anise. A beer to savor and linger over. A fine balance of malt and hops that gives one hope of a long full life(and full glass). A great beer to reminisce by and savor it, and life by.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 00:56:30 | More by sublimesipping
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rkhaze

California

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

Pours a nice mahogany color with a big, active bubbly brown head.
Smells of sweet roasted grainy malt, caramel, chocolate, a bit of nut and a slightly tart yeast presence.
Unique flavor. Sweet earthy/musty roasted malt, dark caramel, cocoa and a fruity/spicy flavor that bordered on the banana/clove profile of a hefeweizen. A mildly bittersweet molasses taste in the finish ended it nicely.
Lighter bodied for the style with a rich full mouthfeel.
I liked the different flavors in this beer and the fact that it wasn't cloyingly sweet. Great drinkability.
I really enjoyed this doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 00:56:34 | More by rkhaze
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RedDiamond

Oregon

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

It’s hard to beat a good doppelbock for the lush range of spice it extracts from malted barley. Who would imagine that an ordinary grain could yield such an exotic palette of flavors?

The Asam-Bock is silky, spicy, animated, and sensual. It’s more of a festive heathen brew than something you’d expect from a group of cloistered monks. The color is a deep, morose mahogany. Profuse carbonation sustains a slender finger of dust-colored head. A seductive malty aroma entices the appetite.

With all the architectural restraints imposed by the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, the monks at Weltenburg still manage to create a very sexy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 21:41:19 | More by RedDiamond
Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.