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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 35
Gots: 13 | 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 DrJay
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

DrJay, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of baiser
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

baiser, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.03/5  rDev -1%

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.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

tatterdash, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +2%

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

SeanChouffe, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

RoyalT, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of Doppel07
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Doppel07, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of sublimesipping
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

sublimesipping, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

rkhaze, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

RedDiamond, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of pootz
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Dopplebocks are my favorite drink with ripe cheese and/or wild game….I’m a deer hunter so this one was a no brainer….had to buy them up. I was lucky to get the last of the stock of this great Kloster- made dopple for the year (or possibly ever) shipped to the government liquor store.
The pour was a clear but dark cola-red color with medium effervescence and a rocky frothy tan head that reduces to a capping lace. Strong aromas of hazel nut brittle, fruit preserves and a hint of cinnamon. Starts very rich...silky-oily mouth feel with a massive malt wallop...sweetness pervades in the rich malty body with distinct notes of burnt toffee, some berry and spice mingled with the very rich malts ( the hops at this point sit in the background preventing this from tasting overly sweet). The finish is beautifully lazy as the big malts and sweet spiciness mutate on the tongue to a more complex mix and the hops make this a semi sweet finish like raw baker’s chocolate with fruit and nuts in it….. then the lingering after taste leaves the metallic hops on the back of your tongue to mingle with a detectable "warming". A superbly complex and well crafted dopplebock. I have the last of this to come in cellared but I wonder how long that will last when the nights turn cold and the venison comes out of the freezer.

pootz, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours a very deep mahogany that's almost opaque at the center of the glass but reveals glowing ruby and chestnut hightlights along the edges. Its creamy, yellowish tan head drops fairly quickly, but that's to be expected for the style. It does leave some minor spotty lace about the glass, but for the most part it simply maintains a thin, whispy surface covering. Dark, cocoa-ish malt and a combination of dark & red-berry fruitiness greet you in the nose. It's clean and inviting without a hint of alcohol. Brewed from an initial gravity of 18 degrees Plato, the body is medium-full and glides smoothly across the palate with a gentle caress from its fine-bubbled and slightly restrained carbonation. More chocolatey and dark toffee notes appear in the flavor and become more creamy and cocoa-ish at the swallow along with some quickly passing notes of fruit. Some nutty, deeply-toasted and almost roasty notes appear in the aftertaste as it's low-key bitterness begings to rise. It's rich and sweetish but extremely well balanced by an underlying bitterness that keeps everything in check. It never becomes truly bitter, but it does dry very quickly. Hints of black licorice appear towards the end of the serving. And although its alcohol is very well cloaked, some alcohol does appear later on, but it never build on the palate and only helps to dry the finish. Exceptionally well done! An impressive doppelbock that easily rivals the most famous examples from Germany!

NeroFiddled, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Part of my recent German beer haul while on vacation, I opted for what I hoped would be a nice tasty doppelbock to settle in after my first day back to work. *sigh*
Poured from a 500ml bottle like the one depicted, Asam Bock had an impenetrable brownish-ruby red color and a large mocha toned head that left streaky lace. The aromas came roiling out of the goblet before I even got my nose close: strong caramel and dark fruit notes, a vinous aroma and a slightly smoky malt scent all crowded around. Tasting it, I realized I had picked the right beer for the night. Up front was a hefty fruity sweetness composed of prunes and plums and their smaller cousins, raisins and grapes. A hearty malt base bucked up against the competing toffee and caramel sweetness. The finish yielded a sherry-esque alcohol flavor with an increasing hops bittering that lingered quite a while. Complex, yet well blended. The feel was full, round, and possessing a silken creaminess.
Overall, this was a nice, easily drinkable doppelbock. Tasty and smooth; one of the more hoppy d-bocks I've had and pretty darn enjoyable.

Boilermaker88, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of Shiloh
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

That is one fine beer, the taste alone is worth the price of admission. Regretfully not one of my favourite styles.
The taste of this brew is what makes it, how can you improve on exellence? Fruit mash, very heavy on the raisins, sweet with a
short hoppy burst.
Redish/brown in colour with a short crown leading to a large bubbled ring.
Medium body with light carbonation.
Nose of raisins.

Shiloh, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Took parallel to Celebrator. Aroma of the weltenburger is pretty much owned by celebrator's. Lighter than expected, but still doppelbock-ish, corpulent malt with notes of ashes and smoke. On the appearance side, it's brown with ruby reflects and pretty much comparable to Ayinger's. In mouth, we're dealing with vinous chocolate and vanilla. It's the malt fest, beware! Very sweet, but restrained by underexpressed smoke. Medium-full body. Very good, but my malt-head was expecting more and this was definitely not up to celebrator in my book, it could only dream of approaching ayinger's labyrinth of scents.

Rastacouere, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of jackndan
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock: Poured from a thick brown half liter euro-style bottle. Not much head, and what little there was dissipated fairly quickly. The color was a very deep brown, when held up to a strong light, you could tell the beer was clear. The aroma is very strong, sweetly of malts. In fact the scent hit my nose the second I opened the bottle. The taste is nice, strongly of malts, sweet raisin flavors with a blast of mocha/coffee toward the middle/end. Long lasting aftertaste of butterscotch and coffee. Not at all bad, but not within the top five double bocks I’ve had.

jackndan, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of TerryW
3.38/5  rDev -17%

Good looking beer, handsome red-brown colour, good head that settles into a littel more than a film. Not much by way of lace.

Tons of malt on the nose that carries right on through to it's taste. This beer is quite sweet, but still drinkable. A poorly done sweet beer just hurts to drink, but this one works inspite of a reasonably high alcohol content.

Tasty, but basically just a one trick pony – sweet malt. Tried it, wouldn't rush out to buy another. Just not intersting enough.

TerryW, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Malt toffee, on sweet side, very refreshing in this 110 degree heat. Alcohol wasn't posted and didn't taste it. Tops in mouthfeel because of lightness and easy to drink. Was not complex which I didn't find a plus yet would make it popular. .cinammon apple all restrained. A great representative of its style.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Extremely dark brown, with low tan-grey head.

Aroma of malt and slightly of molasses and toffee.

Strong molasses taste up front, followed by a complex licorice/vinous and super malty finish. The finish lasts forever.

Medium body, with slick texture.

I am ordering the remaining stock of this brew from my local retailer.

Naerhu, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Very dark brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, malt and toffee. A full bodied Dopplebock. Malts are deeply roasted, flavors of chocolate, toffee and dark fruit abound. Hops are very mild, and slightly floral. The maltyness of this beer is the focal point. Very smooth creamy taste. Very soft carbonation. An excellent dopplebock. Very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Wasn't as soy saucy and sweet as i thought it might be. Still on the sweet side (brown sugar, mollasses) and with a touch of soy, but it had some nice chocolatey, caramelly flavours, with a slight dry-ish finish, easy to get into, but still not a style that totally convinces me, sweet at times, but quite tasty.

rastaman, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date. Coy little dude with a powdered wig on the label -- I could do without this.

Appearance: Ruddy tinged chocolate brown in hue with a respectable two-fingered head; mild sheet lacing.

Aroma: Molasses.

Taste: Heavy black-bread taste up front; ever-so-mild woody/flowery hop bitterness in the molasses finish; subtle notes of clove and smoke pervade. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel; a tad over carbonated for the style -- a rough pour will take care of this, however.

Notes: A tasty little dopplebock. Not great, but certainly quite good. I find the style in general somewhat low on the drinkability scale -- hence the 3.5.

Mustard, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +2%

Presentation: A 1 Pint 9 fl.oz brown glass bottle. Has a different label to the landscape one that usually appears on their bottles. This one has the picture of a medieval wigged dude.

Appearance: Darkish brown with a red auburn twinkle when back-lit. Massive tan head forms when first poured. It laces well as it quickly disappears to a thin broken halo like collar head. Excellent inherent carbonation levels.

Smell: Simply gorgeous. Strong aromas, that initially reminded me of the smell of a freshly opened packet of Dates. Also has Caramel, Toffee, Prunes, and a slight Roast Coffee.

Taste: Lovely smooth toffee and caramel beginnings work their way to a sweetish malty middle. Dark fruits and a mild dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation on the tongue gives a smooth, silky often chewy feel.

Overall: One of the better Weltenburger beers. A very nice Doppelbock, not the best I have ever had, but a rather delicious last beer for the Night.

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 27, 2003
Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.