1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Not Rated.
Weltenburger Kloster Asam-BockWeltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

394 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 394
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 37
Gots: 12 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 394 | Reviews: 279 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of shamus
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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!

shamus, May 25, 2006
Photo of BeerNutta
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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

BeerNutta, May 09, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

davidchollar, May 06, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

falloutsnow, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

nickss, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of JanM
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

JanM, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

allergictomacros, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Crosling, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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?).

Derek, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear , dark orange-brown ...frothy head, drops to a film.
Very doughy smell...vanilla, malt, prunes and a hint of alcohol.
Tastes very good ...sweet, malt ,prunes, port wine...yeasty...alcohol evident...citrus hops way in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium to full...low carbonation....slighly cloying.
Pretty drinkable...this is a half liter..probably one will do..but if I were out for the evening, I'd want another.
This is a doughy, sweet dessert in a bottle....very good.

Hautacam, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ColoradoBobs, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

scruffwhor, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

HardTarget, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

DogFood11, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Zorro, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of germaniac
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

germaniac, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Mitchster, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of kingjames1
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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?).

kingjames1, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

WesWes, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

quasimoto, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of benmiliron
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

benmiliron, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Sixpoint, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

palliko, Jul 08, 2005
Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.