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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 33
Gots: 10 | 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 rkhaze


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
Photo of RedDiamond


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
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 04:13:19 | More by pootz
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 23:38:09 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 05:10:43 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 00:12:31 | More by Shiloh
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 18:14:17 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of jackndan


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 23:23:01 | More by jackndan
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 01:29:19 | More by TerryW
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 02:49:01 | More by Sammy
Photo of Naerhu


4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 16:18:58 | More by Naerhu
Photo of beerguy101


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 02:03:46 | More by beerguy101
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 03:02:30 | More by rastaman
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 05:06:30 | More by Mustard
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 22:41:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of jcalabre


3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled 14 June 2002. Nice aroma w/ a slightly sweet finish. This is my first doppelbock. According to the other reviews, this represents one of the flagship beers of the style. For me, it was a good beer, but nothing spectacular. I'll have to try more doppelbocks

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 21:06:24 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Sigmund


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

Depending on the source of light, colour changes from dark brown to dark ruby. Good tan head that doesn't last very long but leaves a good lacing. Moderate aroma of oak, caramel and English pipe tobacco. Well balanced malty flavour with roast notes. Not too sweet. Roast bitterness in the aftertaste, maybe slightly too bitter/tart in the end. All in all a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 13:43:54 | More by Sigmund
Photo of the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours out a deep brown, with ruby tinges and a fairly limited head. The label states "Dunkler Doppelbock", so I was expecting something a little thicker and syruppy. As it was, a very thick, heavy, malty taste dominates. No hops detectable. The finish is also sweet, and the nutty flavours are restrained as well. Overall, this is less distinctive than Salvator, but probably more drinkable overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 12:05:53 | More by the42ndtourist
Photo of Gusler


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it slides from the bottle into the glass a beautiful deep limpid ruby red color, the head modest and the leftover lace decent sheets that coat the glass. The aroma of peat and or smoke with the underlying malt and caramel sweetness makes it quite a treat to the senses. Start is malt and slightly sweet, the top skimpy in feel with the finish meaningful in it acidity, the hops pleasant and the aftertaste droughty and long lasting. A quite drinkable beer, and well worth the sampling, not the greatest bock, "Celebrator, Optimator, Salvator", top my list, but quite good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 13:40:29 | More by Gusler
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 2nd, 5pm, Brampton, Canada and it's about minus 7 degrees out right now. The perfect time to crack this dopplebock from my fridge.

A dark brown brew with a decent foamy head. The nose is immediatley remenicsent of raisins and dark, un-sweetened chocolate. I found the first sip to go down smooth and relativley creamy. The finish lingered nicely and was highlighted by flavours of molasses, black licorice & plums.

Not a classic but a great treat on such a bitterly cold day.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2002 14:17:22 | More by Popsinc
Photo of mickeymac


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's just plain brown. The head fades rather quickly. The smell is very nice, with traces of apple, raisins, toffee, and a just noticeable chocolate smell. This has a very pleasant array of flavors and a happy-making smoothness. Thanks again to all the monks.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2002 20:19:50 | More by mickeymac
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely chestnut color, with a bit of ruby thrown in for good measure. Poured a big, creamy beige head, shrinking down to a fine, thin layer, with hardly any lacing. Definite malty notes in the nose, with some roasty qualities and hints of alcohol as well. Body was medium, and it was fairly smooth, though I come to expect a D-Bock to be more velevety over the tongue. Taste reminds me of Celebrator a little, in that it has roasty, chocolate, bitter notes, as well as some semi-sweet malt. The bitterness in the finish lingers a bit.... Pretty good, though I'd go with Celebrator, Andechs, Salvator or Sammy first. Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 04:49:06 | More by Bierman9
Photo of aracauna


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body, ends ups being almost black but is really like Okeefenokee swamp water but darker. Light chocolate milk head. Deep malt aroma - chocolate - and slight citric quality. Smooth malt flavors. The taste is earthy and gritty, but the mouthfeel is almost creamy and really smooth. This last part confused me: I picked up some esters in the flavor and by the end of the beer I was convinced I was drinking a weissbock.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2002 00:32:40 | More by aracauna
Photo of Murph


4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby color with a huge, pillowy, dark tan head that leaves a nice lace on the glass. Big malty nose with some nice dark fruit qualities to it. Great bicuity maltiness that isn't too overpowering and cloying. There is an almost earthy quality that I assume comes from the hops. Subtle dark fruit qualities are present in the background, including a nice vinous character. Great medium to medium full body without the cloying stickyness that I often associate with the style. The less intense sweetness also makes this beer excellently drinkable for the style. This is probably my favorite of the style so far. It may not be quite sweet enough for some of the doppelbock purists but I could personally drink this one all night.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 23:15:35 | More by Murph
Photo of Thrasher


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sublime doppelbock, with a beautiful chestnut brown color and appropriate fluffy head. It's quite smooth and refined. The hops are pleasantly sharp on the tongue but it's the malts that really give this beer character. Sugary, tangy with vague hints of cinnamon and dark rum, and the requisite doppel undercurrents of oats, apples, potatoes... Thinnish mouthfeel but gets nice and chewy and sticky as it warms. Subdued, mellow but with some real heft. One of the best doppels I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 16:02:21 | More by Thrasher
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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
91 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.