Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Reviews: 296
Hads: 446
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 43
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Germany

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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Photo of Raven3464
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful dark brown body with a foamy, almost stout like, head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Grape juice, sweet malt, and freshly baked bread aromas fill the nose.

Taste: The taste is even more robust than the smell. A nutty, slightly bitter, taste is present throughout but along the way there are bread and licorice flavors to be enjoyed. There is a slight alcohol hint at the end.

Mouth taste: Heavy and creamy with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall: A good Doppelbock I would definitely have again. The grape juice aroma and hint of licorice in the taste make this an appropriate holiday brew. (632 characters)

Photo of troysoy2
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ever since I discovered it last year, I've come to affectionately call this beer the "Awesome Bock". It's one that I return to every so often, if I'm in a German kind of mood.

Poured into my usual pint glass, the first thing you notice is a delicious-looking finger of fluffy light tan head. Decent head retention, just a bit of creamy lacing. The body is dark, deep brown, with minimal light making its way through.

The smell, interestingly, does have a pretty strong grape or, lets say, spiced raisin presence. There's also subdued, dark German malt to the smell. Chocolatey, bready. It smells like a meal in a glass.

Wow, I had forgotten how much this beer tastes like grapes. It's almost like a wine blended with a bock. On top of the grape, there is a certain spiciness which in my opinion makes this beer an ideal winter seasonal, without the beer actually being explicitly called a "winter seasonal". That being said, the malts just aren't quite as prevalent as I would like. I feel that more malt would help to balance the fruitiness. Also, the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would like for a doppelbock.

All in all, this is a tasty, unique offering from the second oldest brewery in the world. You can also pick it up for pretty cheap in Pittsburgh. I'll probably continue to purchase more "Awesome Bock" when I'm in the mood. (1,342 characters)

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gorgeous. It's brown with ruby hues and a never-ceasing tan head. There's great clarity, but the beer is very dense.

A -Not as interesting as I would have expected. German beers really pale to English-American Ales, but even by the standards of other Bocks, this one lacks the pronounced caramel and bready notes I have come to expect.

T - Chewy and sweet without erring on cloying. It's more like dessert than a main course, in that it's simple and straight forward. I like this beer a lot, but nothing about it blows me away.

M - It's not as creamy as other Bocks, but it's got a huge profile. Very substantial for a beer under 7% ABV

O - Compared to other Bocks, it suffers. Still, it's a great beer for those who find Stouts too roasty and IPA's too hoppy, Barleywines too hot and fruity, and Belgian Ales too funky.
It IS ok to like a simple beer. This one offers a lot of enjoyment without demand much in return.

Decent beer, but if you have others to chose from I wouldn't recommend this. (1,005 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This doppelbock pours a clear, dark mahogany brown with tall, creamy, light brown foam that settles but clings a bit to the glass. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, molasses, raisins, and figs. Very nice. The taste is lightly sweet and richly malty with flavors of chocolate, molasses, grape skins, roasted malt, a hint of hops buried deep, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat dry (light sweetness) with full body and modest carbonation feel. A dry, chocolatey, lightly bitter flavor lingers pleasantly. Overall a very nice, dark doppebock. (567 characters)

Photo of hoppyweasel311
2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Dark brown with tan one finger head that doesn't last long.

Aroma- Molasses, dark roasted malts and grape juice.

Taste- Sweet, malty, and extremely grapey

Feel- Smooth with moderate carbonation

I really wanted to like this one but it ended up being a little sweet and there was this overpowering grape taste. (327 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A flat black is actually a dark ruby when backlighted exposing a heavy dense show of effervesce that was rapid within. A creamy tan head is sturdy at a finger high leaving a lasting impression 10 minutes in, while maintaining good coverage throughout.

S: Chocolate covered cherries upfront moves to dry chocolate flakes on the close. Soft nutty brown ale tones as well.

T: Soft fruit undertones open things up but only briefly before succumbing to a deep palate of chocolate flavor. Nutty, malty base has a noticeable bitterness appearing midway, but is amped up a bit and more noticeable on the swallow leaving some hints of dark licorice upon warmer temperatures.

M: Creamy, foamy mouthful feels bigger then it actually is because of its bubbly creamy texture. More of a light-medium base of malt with a flowery nobel bitterness coming on strong upon the swallow.

O: Overall some very noticeable chocolate malt character, perhaps with some brown ale tones about. A stronger then usual hop bitterness on the swallow. Solid, decent drinkability like a cross between a brown ale, and a bock. (1,100 characters)

Photo of skypup
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Kaufman Getranktmarkt; Sulzbach-Rosenburg, Germany.
.5L bottle served in Stone Beer Krug

A- Deep brown; one finger head with mild lacing.

S- sweet malts and a touch of yeast

T- caramelized malts and toasted nuts. Mellows into a deep nutty bitterness and a hint of sweetness.

M- Medium boy, mild carbonation.

D- Great beer from a great brewery. Good drinkability, alcohol is barely noticeable. (414 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like cola. Fizzy brown with a nice layer of cream foam.

S - Smells very sweet and dark. Lots of molasses and thick malt syrup. Some salty, earthy notes balancing the nose. A strange spice note, possible cheese aroma as well. Sharp twang to it.

T - This beer has a rich taste. Its complex and smooth all at once. A big malty base with sweet, chewy, and dry sides. Dark molasses and mollasses taffy chews, like sugar daddy candy. Once again, the earthy notes shine through as you swallow. Nice pungent, earthy spice flavors.

M - Creamy and smooth all the way, with perfect balanced carbonation. Medium bodied.

O - A great Doppel, with some unique flavoring, leaving it a step to the side from most DBs. The malt is the highlight but varies and gives a complexity. (775 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from EskimoDave, cheers brother. Best before of 17/10/11. Pours a pretty dark auburn with two fingers of lightly khaki head which recedes to some islands. Classic.

Nose is malty and fragrant, just a hint of cocoa and earth along with the toffee, a dash or roasted malt. Not an over the top take on the style but a classic, toffee, toast, earth, cocoa, wood, leather, prunes - a light sweet body, could perhaps be a little rounder, that is easily overwhelmed by a strong dry finish. Drinkable and complex, delightful on this fall evening - just superb. (565 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Dark brown colour, like if it was oak aged. Nicd dark thick foam that that does't hold much, no lace. Sell is earthy,roasted, spices, chocolate, dark fruits but also apricot, toffee. Maybe a bit light body and not much carbonation, taste of licorice, roasted, dark fruits, I think I detect a hint of tobacco. Chocolate and caramel too. Very good. (362 characters)

Photo of speter
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark ruby red with a two-finger off-white head (big bubbles) that fades to a thin layer. Not much lacing.

S: Brown sugar coated prunes.

T: Lots of dark fruits---raisins, prunes, black currant, dark cherries, plus brown sugar, rich cocoa, and a hint of vanilla. Beautiful rich sweet malt. The finish is almost all prune.

M: Smooth and full-bodied.

O: A very tasty example of a Doppelbock. I can't really think of anything I'd change on this one. (467 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 15/7/11

A clear bright with a little purple when held to the light, large three finger tan head falls rather quickly to a thin film leaving little lace

S some rye bread, dark fruit both fresh and dried, some brown sugar and molasses

T what I smell but with some chocolate, nutty raisin, just a hint of booze and a little sweetness with some faint cola flavors, great representation of the style

M medium bodied with good carbonation, just a little stick on the lips and I could taste it for some time

O the nearly perfect flavor sold me on this one, its a tasty doppelbock what more can I say

I can see why this is rated as one of the best of its style, this ones worth looking for especially if your a fan of the style. Big thanks to EskimoDave for hooking me up (803 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark and rich bock. Deep reddy-brown, light tan head. Malt, toffee, liquorice allsorts and light wine in the nose. Grape, malt, toffee, milk chocolate, allsorts, fruit all come through in the taste. Low carbonation, slightly oily. Could be a bit more carbonated. Light alcohol and candies in the aftertaste. A nice, creamy, tasty bock. (340 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice deep brown color with a yellow white head on top. The lacing and retention are pretty good. The smell of the beer is very malty with a slightly sweet aroma. The taste of the beer had an earthy flavor to it with lots of malt in there. The mouthfeel has a good thickness to it. Overall I think this beer is very good and worth trying. (353 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good nose here. Very rich deep prune and brown sugar once opened with a salivating roasty meaty quality. Nice deep brown colour too which formed a decent but bubbly (ie you knew it just wouldn't maintain over time) tan head.
Rich dark chocolate on the palate ending with an earthy dryness. The feel is full but there are some overcurrents of supporting fizziness but this doesn't take away from the rich elements here. (425 characters)

Photo of sfsean28
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour into a nonic glass. Color is dark brown leaving a good size head. Small bubbles and foamy leaving a nice lace on the glass.

the smell is of roasted malts. A great smell which is immediately noticeable as soon as you bring the glass towards you.
the taste is also of roasted malts and black licorice. the taste lingers and makes me want more. Carbonation is low but as I continue to drink more I'm feeling full. Medium to full body.

overall I think this is a great brew. i just wish weather was cooler while drinking it. (529 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- dark brown almost like a porter.
S- roasted, malt, sweet smell. Nice.
T- sweet, roasted malts. caramel dark flavours. Loving it.
M- medium mouthfeel, quite thick but not obviously as much as an IRS.

Overall a very good beer, my favourite Doppelbock. (301 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: Pours a dark brown color with a nice off-white head.

S: Plenty of chocolate and cola notes come through immediately. Big time aromas of dark fruits, caramel, and toffee with a slight nuttiness. A little bit of toasted bread and molasses.

T: Very similar characteristics on the tongue. Plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness along with some dark fruits and chocolate. Just a faint nuttiness to it in the background.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: A very solid bock (sort of low on the ABV scale to be a doppelbock). Enjoyed this one a lot. (584 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Best before 04.02.2012.

It pours a great color, a dark brownish0red with a huge fluffy tannish off-white head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell on this one is great, you can smell it from a long distance away. When you get up close to it you get a bready, roasty, carmally scent that just beckons you to chug. Fresh doppelbock just smells beautiful.

The flavor is right on. It is perhaps a bit roastier than most but that is what makes it unique. Big dark bready flavors meld with a caramel sweetness and a hint of bitterness.

It is definitely a solid doppelbock. (606 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown in color with a 1" head that falls rather quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness, some earthy qualities, and a hint of alcohol are detectable by the nose.

Taste: bready malt profile with some brown sugar, plum sweetness, and a partially nutty and earthy tone are most prominent. Alcohol is noticable but mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: a good doppelbock that is easy to drink and has a great flavor. Worth picking this one up. (507 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to find a local place carrying these beers as I've liked all the others I've tried from the brewery -- and it looks like there are a few at the new place that I haven't tried, such as this Doppelbock.

A -- Clear, deep, dark chestnut color with a very dense tan head.

S -- Earthy, clay-like malts up front. Some sweet breadiness and mild caramel back.

T -- Dark bread crust with notes of molasses and that mellow earthiness. The finish is mildly peppery from alcohol, but there's no big hotness from a fairly high ABV.

M -- Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy with a light heavy (between medium and heavy) body.

O -- This is not Optimator or Salvator, nor do I think it should be, and the clay characters* remind me of aged strong ales -- so I have to wonder about the freshness, but otherwise this is a tasty, smooth drinking beer. As so many breweries in Germany make their own interpretation of a style, I can't second-guess this one as it's very tasty.

*An update on 10/16/12 -- having another Asam Bock today and there is none of the clay character I experienced previously, quite nice. -- Taste & Overall scores updated. (1,133 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle brought back from Berlin in April 2011, this half litre one as reviewed on 28th April, some three months before it's best before date.

Poured into an Abbot Ale tankard it showed a deep, dark almost black body with a good well built tan coloured head which had a good, lasting retension.

Toasted granary breads, burnt malts and roasted nuts came to me in the smell stakes.

The taste was more coffee and chocolate than the toasted, roasted, burnt aromas I was getting from my nose.

The beer was smooth, warming and rich in wintery chocolate flavours, very drinkable in deed. (591 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up along with a few other Weltenburgers on a recent beer run in Jersey.

Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light and a two finger frothy, light beige head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, hazelnut and toffee as well as some subtle spice and earthy hops. Slightly chalky smelling and the earthy hop presence balanced out the sweeter/roastier notes in the nose.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a good balance of bitter roasted malt and sweeter chocolate flavor. Dry and roasted up front with hints of dark chocolate, hazelnut, caramel and toffee. There's also some faint hop bitterness that compliments the roasted character. Some nice bready yeast underneath adding to the body and a ton of chocolate sweetness make this beer very quaffable. ABV well masked with a slight dry finish. Pretty good! (974 characters)

Photo of brewdenver
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So here I am cleaning my keg and thinking to myself why not drink a brew. I had just done a run the other day and picked up some bocks I have not had. Redish brown when held in the light. On the table more of a dark brown. Very light head from the poor. Minimal lacing and fingers around edges. So far looks fab. I love the smell of Caramunich malt. Light hop aroma what is there is pleasant and only subtle. Taste is magnificent with very malty taste with caramel. Sweet on the tongue and cheeks but not so much so. The hops really bring out the flavor profile of the grain. Medium to slight thickness in the mouth with little carbonation to tickle the tongue. One of the best bock I have had. (694 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a good light tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward a bit of light caramel, some mild nuttiness, and mild earthy hops. Great malt presence all around. The flavor ramps things up with a bit of extra sugar sweetness and strong, dark caramel. A bit of an earthy presence in the dry finish. Slight bit of dark fruits there as well. Good medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Quite drinkable. (519 characters)

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
92 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.