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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 38
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-06-2002

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Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 290
Photo of mdagnew
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from beersofeurope.com... the bottles i have list the alcohol as 6.9% ABV not the 7.2% listed here...

Poured a deep mahogany brown colour. Creamy tan head poured tight, thick and meringue like then faded slowly to good thick covering.. lots of big carbonation bubbles shoot to the surface... nice thick lacing coats the glass..

Aroma - Deep toffee / caramel malts, strong roasted nuttiness, rich (maybe dried) fruits (raisins, figs, prunes), light pepperiness, leathery notes, toasted malt loaf (smells a bit like a Northern Ireland specialty bread called Veda !!), dark brown sugar / treacle notes, some light alcohol rears its head underneath the sweetness, woody traces... outstanding...

Taste – Like drinking liquid toasted malt loaf... spicy dark fruits (figs, raisins, currents), deep nutty sweetness, toffee, light nutmeg notes, very light smoky / dusty traces, burnt sugar / butterscotch notes, light pepperiness, some very light hop bitterness balances out the malty sweetness, some very faint metallic notes, alcohol not really noticeable...

Feel - Pretty rich, smooth and creamy with just a little sharp bite underneath... medium / full bodied... amazingly drinkable for a 6.9% beer !!

Overall - An outstandingly rich and complex beer... also incredibly drinkable.... highly recommended...

Photo of sockeye101
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As soon as I started the pour the complex aromas wafted up towards my nose and I thought...ahhh, this is going to be good.

Appearance is a deep, deep red, crysal clear. Head was nice, about a 1 finger and dissapated quickly. Lacing was very sparse.

Smell was outstanding. Malts, and dried fruits, raisins, prunes, etc, very complex and really builds the base for the beer.

Taste is best after letting it warm just a bit. Right out of the the fridge there was a twinge of metal on the back end, but as it warmed it seemed to go away. Sweet candied fruits, cherries, dates, and bready malts. Very, very nice. No bitterness to speak of and a lingering toffee sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost thick, very chewy and just joy to drink. Overall an excellent doppelbock, right up there in my top 3. Attaway Weltenburger!!

Photo of IntriqKen
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost a coffee brown with a hint of amber red in the bottom of the glass. Nice 2 fingers of off white bubbles tops the glass.
Aroma is sweet amber malt and caramel.
Taste is first dark chocolate, then some dark fruits like raisins and finishes to a light citrus hop bite with a hint of smokiness.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and aftertaste remains slightly sweet with hints of the chocolate and dark fruits lingering a long time.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, deep red color. Nice tight white head on top. Somewhat malty and coppery aroma to it. Deep, deep malt flavor. Very soft tasting. Slight hop bitterness to it. Good blend of a caramel and toasted flavor. Nice body-very filling yet not heavy. Very, very drinkable beer. A real winner in my book. The caramel sweetness blends the whole thing right together. Nice...

Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A generous pour to a snifter from a 500ml bottle, La Bodega 3/11/07.

A: Dark caramel brown/cola-colored with warm maroon highlights. Dusty tan head, thin & quickly fading to a permanent ring. Shows some carbonation when held to strong light, but too dark to seen otherwise.

S: Caramel maltiness and a bold cocoa/chocolate.

T: Dry cocoa flavors with a chewy caramel candy core. Light ripe fruit, mild banana, charred grain husks. Alcohol is undetectable.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of sticky syrupiness in the finish.

D: Tasty - easy to drink. A good, solid doppelbock. I'd look for this again.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.99 from Hollingshead. Purchase with the thumbs up from Mr. Senior Ken himself.

Excellent pour with a huge frothy khaki dense headcap three inches atop a midnight chestnut brown pour hardly allowing any but a scant bit of light through when held to the light.

Brisk scents of roasted smoky malt with toasty bread and burnt pie crust. There is even a left over scent reminder of some butter pecan ice cream.

First swigs: Bold flavors of sugary roasty malt and residual sweetness. Red grape, light pear and ripe banana. Custard bread pudding. Lightly smoky, with that real true gritty grainy deep chewy bite that almost can sit side-by-side with a Celebrator.

Feel is full bodied and lingering aftertaste of red apple and grain set this one apart from the pack.

Last swigs: This is a raw unbridled doppel with a sweet over-ripe banana and GrapeNuts grain punch. Label 6.9% ABV.

Beer is good. Happy big bold doppelbock beering.

Photo of Minkybut
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from bottle to a tumbler at 48 degrees. The beer was a nice rich brown color with a tan head. The taste was of roasted malts and toasted grains. The beer had a slightly sweet taste and I thought slightly peaty. alcohole was evident on the exhale and though not overdone, I was glad it was no higher. I will purchase again.

Photo of theopholis
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burgandy/mahogany color with a dark beige head with little staying power and just a touch of lace.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness, reminescent of ripe, dark fruits soaked in alcohol (ala cordials). Yum. Some breadiness to.

Taste- Wow. This stuff tastes like a really good dopplebock. Lots of malt sweetness with some dark fruit and caramel. Just a hint of bittering hops in the sft-taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full body with just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability- Very nice. Certainly not sessionable, but great on as cold night after dinner.

Photo of seanyfo
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in my Ayinger Seidel

A: Dark mahogany colouring with ruby colours when held up to light. Solid 3 finger wholemeal bread coloured head that reduces to 1 finger that is constant throughout. Brussels lacing is very good

S: Lots of tasty munich malts. Fresh bread, not a lot of hop content. Roasted malt notes, wholemeal.

T: very tasty indeed. The flavour i always get with the roasted malts is that of a metallic wholemeal toast flavour, its very hard to describe, but it balances well with the sweet munich malts in the finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M: Lively carbonation but settles well not making me feel uncomfortable. No wateryness.

D: a classic doppelbock, salvator is just too sweet for me now, i would go for the asam bock over it. Still has the sweetness but the roasted malt character balances it so well. A great example

Photo of plaid75
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger foamy off white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a powerful caramel malt sweetness with elements of burnt grain and smoke.

The taste was upfront malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and black malts. Flavors of dark fruits as well. Great burnt grain finish.

The mouthfeel was chewy and coating.

Overall a solid heavy beer. Liquid sustanance.

Photo of tcfishler
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark brown, with a voluminous and pillowy light tan head that sticks around stubbornly.

Rich but not excessively sweet nose of raisins and molasses.

Flavors are slightly sweeter than the nose, with plenty of the same notes (raisins, molasses). Body is medium, with somewhat low carbonation. There's a yeasty cast to the flavors here that I haven't found in other doppels. I can't say I care for this last characteristic much.

Not my favorite doppel - too sweet and yeasty in the mouth. However, it's a joy to look at and smell this beer.

Photo of rebel1771
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish color with a huge head.

The aroma consists of toasted malts along with hints of chocolate and mollasses.

The flavor is very nice with rich toffee flavors up front along with the chocolate from the aroma and sweet toasted malts. The flavor fades into an almost buttery flavor at the end.

This is one fine brew very glad I picked this up will probably get more than one next time.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a beige head that dots the glass with lace

Smell: Dark rum soaked fruit dominates with a brown bread malty tone underneath

Taste: Starts with a dark fruit and caramel base with a touch of apple tartness that becomes more discernable over time; finishes with a grainy twang that is a disappointment

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A different take on a doppelbock and certainly enjoyable - just a bit too bready and that twang thing keeps it from being top notch

Photo of czechsaaz
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong sugary malt aroma with hints of molasses or treacle. But there's also a little bit of coffee and chocolate. Hops and yeast are not a factor which is how it should be for the style.

Deep brown, black looking when away from the light. Good small tan head but it doesn't really last. or leave lacing.

First sip I thought very tasty but I couldn't really pick out the flavor compnents. More critical sips later I get chocolate and melanoidin and good brown sugar malt. I get a hint of darker malt munich type flavor too. All of it blends very well together. After picking out the individual flavors it's back to just a tasty beer with each later sip.

Medium bodied with a subdued carbonation level.

Overall, this is a really nice beer with a great flavor profile. Not quite as big as some other doppelbocks but I think that's why I like it. It's a very approachable beer for something this strong.

Photo of emerge077
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, dated 09.01.01. Could this be a 5-year-old bottle?

Lots of carbonation and foam produced by a steady pour. Mocha foam rises above the glass, looks like a milkshake from a bird's-eye view.

Initial smell is of dark fruit (plum, raisin, prune), malt, and a light chocolate. First sip is impressive! Spicy nutmeg, clove, cocoa, prune, and hearty malt. Next sip is a little lighter on the palate, bitter chocolate and spice in the finish still. Has a quality that reminds me of my great aunt's "prune whip" dessert. Velvety, dark fruit, complimented nicely by spices. A little sweet, but very balanced overall.

What Celebrator has in drinkability, this excels in it's complexity of flavor in my opinion. A tasty, killer doppelbock.

11/2007 notes: Just had another with the same date stamp (09.01.01 vintage), cellared 1 more year. I have to say this is better "fresh" as the older bottle was a bit dull and muted. A bottle stamped 08.01.02 was still doing fine.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As authentic as German doppelbocks come folks...appears with a ruby brown body with a large tan head that leavees behind specks of fine evenly coated lacing. Aromahas sweet fruit with mild alcohol notes very robust version comes correct with raisins dark chocolate reminds me of slivo (serbian plum brandy) but so much smoother. Taste has heavy fruit with figs, plum, raisin, even a vinous character roasty chocolate notes from the big malt smack has herbal leaft mild tobacco essence to it really a rockin bock. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied very creamy with slow chugging mellow carbonation that just fits the beer. Drinkability is all day except for the fact that eventually one will fall of the stool but damn the glass emptied so quick I want another...I guess I'll have to make it happen.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pub glass,a deep ruby red color,very clear.The head was very creamy,off-white a tannish hue to it. A lasting head,a very tempting looking beer.
The aroma was caramelly,roastey,toffee-like,fruity,fig-like,with notes of chocolate,a complex malt profile,a tempting aroma,also.
The taste was chocolaty,roasty,fruity,bisquity,a hint of alcohol.An extremely tastey beer.Very delicious,indeed.
The mouthfeel was medium,cloying,very clean tasting.A perfectly balanced taste,and a great bittness in the finish.
A very tastey beer,very smooth and enjoyable
A sign hanging under the beer said ratebeer.com rates this beer a 98.
A great classic bock beer,a must try beer!

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.65/5  rDev +14%
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
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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).

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