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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2006)
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Reviews by Windigstadt:
Photo of Windigstadt
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

S: All sweet. Candy sugar, cotton candy and molasses with a hint of citric acid reminiscent of Sprite. No hops.

T: Caramel-like maltiness up front is balanced by a pronounced alcohol burn. It almost seems barrel-aged with its hard-alcohol character. Slight hop bitterness in the background and in the finish keeps the beer from being too cloying, but lack of dark/roast malt character makes it seem one-dimensional.

M: Very thin (as I suspected from the lack of head), particularly for a Doppelbock. This thinness only serves to further accentuate the lack of depth in the grain bill as well as the alcohol burn.

D: I suppose the one good thing about the thin body is it makes the beer that much more drinkable. At 8% ABV (high by German standards), it needs it to keep that balance of richness and drinkability that I expect from a Doppelbock.

Overall: This is a good beer, but not really to style. Much like their Scotch Ale, it comes off as thin and simple. I expect more from Sprecher, especially from a beer labeled as a "Brewmaster's Premium Reserve."

Windigstadt, Mar 07, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, black and gold theme, waxed/rubbery cap top. Pours dark, murky mahogony, with a 1/2 inch tan head that departs pretty quickly and then leaves just some minor spotty bits of lacing. The nose is full of malt, vanilla, honey and herbal goodness. This is a rich, malty brew, plenty of flavor and character. Notes of more caramel, herbal sweet malts. Just a hint of balancing hops and a hint of smoky bourbon. Nice, bold, flavorful, warming Doppelbock. Well worth a try and MUCH better then the Russ. Impy Stout that is packaged the same way!

Purchased @ New Beer Distributors/NYC, NY

Billolick, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle with new label displaying 8.0% ABV; served in a snifter.

Pours clear, dark, ruby-brown, with a small off-white head that never completely covers the body and is soon gone. Some lacing nonetheless.

Aroma is sweet, with hints of black bread, brown sugar, and dried plums.

Flavor: Sweet up front, but balancing bitterness kicks in at the finish.

Medium body and near medium carbonation.

Overall: very good example of style.

chinchill, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this might be the same beer as the other Sprecher doppelbock. My bottle looks nothing like the image on this page, I'm just going off what Sprecher's website and my bottle says.

A tasty doppelboch no doubt. A little thicker than the likes of Optimator and smoother. There's also a bit more bitterness (though not much) and a dash of spicy hops flavor at the end of the beer. The rest of this doppel is dominated by the rich, dark, fruity malt. There's the typical licorice edge and that's backed by rich caramel and cherry.

tempest, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Bauer Wines. Glad to have another doppelbock on the shelf.

Not quite as malty as I would have liked - lacked the balance that many of the best doppelbocks have. the result was a beer that's alcohol presence was a bit too strong as the beer hit the back of the palate. Dark fruits dominate the taste - no real hop bitterness or sweetness.

I think the result is a fairly one dimensional brew. Not bad, by any means, but certainly not one of the greats.

Lnedrive14, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a huge mass swing top bottle to a tall steamed glass. the liquid is dark brown but clear. It has good head and some lace but fades to just a ring.

The smell is light mild fruity but has some alcohol burn to it.

The taste is very nice. This is quite good, dark fruit and some alcohol with some interesting chocolate notes most unlike the huge stouts I've been drinking. This one is a very nice change of pace.

The mouthfeel is good smooth and creamy, with quite nice carbonation. The body is lighter then most DBs but it is very enjoyable.

This is a welcome suprise I'm really liking this brew.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

And a big thanks to objectivemonkey and NFLMVP for letting me have a good supply of this brew.

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of jdkitchi
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jdkitchi, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

bigbeers84, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black) and has lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. Some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There are sweet aromas of raisins and other dark fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is rather sweet and has flavors of dark fruits such as cherries and raisins.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate. It isn't as thick and full-bodied compared to other types of doppelbocks.
D: This beer goes down rather easily because it doesn't have a heavy body. The alcohol is also well masked from the taste.

metter98, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but well-balanced with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar up front, but it's not overly sweet. There's a little bit of smokiness that comes in next and further pronounces the roasted malt character. There's a little bit of an alcohol sting and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, since I never had this beer fresh, it's hard for me to tell what an approximate year and a half of aging has done for this beer. However, overall, it's good beer that is worth sipping for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Gold wax sealed cap, with hangtag that further IDs it as the "Brewmaster Premium Reserve".

Poured into a large chalice, formed a 3/8" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head fades down at a moderate speed, with minimal, quick-falling lace. Aroma is dark fruits and hearty booze, although lacking a bit of the sweetness I'd look for. Taste is also light on sweetness upfront, quickly transitioning to a quick shot of the dark fruitiness, a hot fusel-type alcohol flavor, and then closing with bitterness coupled with alcohol heat. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not quite what I was looking for or expecting here. It's probably not as bad as this all paints it to be, but many of the Sprecher products I have enjoyed had led me to set the bar high for them. Hopefully this one will do well with some age.

ppoitras, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured so easily with a minimal amount of head that I nearly filled my 50 CL glass with it. It's deep brown to black coloring was comforting to my wife as she really likes malty beers and we were standing around in the kitchen while baking a salmon steaks. I could almost taste it just by looking at it.

The first taste was as fine as the last with the pronounced malty character upfront and personal amid a few dark fruit and caramel flavors. The mouth feel and taste left me begging for more like some....I shouldn't mention that here...

I think this could only be outdone with a tap or even a cask serving.

bonbright7, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Estarrio
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from an attractive black and gold bottle with an elegant mystique. The cap is sealed with gold wax, which prevents oxidation and looks very, very cool. There seemed to be a date but unfortunately, it was illegible.

Poured a very dark, translucent amber with a large, off-white head. The head was foamy and chunky with decent retention and impressive lacings.

The aroma is very sweet malt with chocolate, dark fruit and some bread scents.

The taste is sweet, roasted malt and plum/raisin up front. Chocolate, burnt caramel, oats and a slightly bitter finish balance the sweetness. Suggestions of alcohol are noticeable in the aftertaste and a warming in the throat; otherwise it is very well masked for 8%. As this warms to room temperature, the sweetness yields to a more complex array of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, toffee, dark fruit and a bitter, doughy finish. The different roasted malts are present throughout, leaving a pleasant roasted aftertaste. This is a very complex, big beer that rewards a patient drinker for letting it breath.

This has a nice mouthfeel and is well carbonated. I imagined it being creamier but it is still very nice on the palate. This is surprisingly drinkable for a full-bodied brew.

This is an extremely impressive Dopplebock. In fact it rivals my favorite Celebrator at a small margin of the cost. I’m looking forward to aging several more bottles.

Estarrio, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Naugled
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with wax seal. A PITA to open! Served in a small chalice.

A: very nice walnut brown color, clear but not transparent, nice medium tan head that dies off quickly.

S: roasted malts up front, with smokey sour notes in the background

T: malt up front with a pleasant tangy sourness, and a little sweetness. Flavor is reminiscent of unripe plums. Not sure if it was meant to be based on other reviewers. There was a little peaty smokiness in the background as well. Very complex profile, but not sure if it all worked together as well as it could.

M: nice medium body, rich silky feel but still spritzy on the tongue.

D: not bad, a peculiar dopple bock with too much character. A very memorable beer.

Naugled, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep chestnut/mohoganny, light-tan head, not much retention, initially a nice lace.

S: Dark bready malt, dark fruit, demerara sugar, light spice.

T: Taste is just like the aroma: Dark bready malt, dark fruit, demerara sugar, slight caramel, well-balanced bitterness, alcohol is lightly warming. (almost a 4.5).

M: Moderate-full body is well-attenuated without much residual sweetness at all. Moderate carbonation.

D: Great.

Derek, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of mariposafan
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a swingtop one litre bottle (numbered 9174) into a Duvel tulip.

Dark garnet colored with a fluffy, biege two finger head that recedes with unseemly haste. A little lacing persists.

The aroma is very sweet and malty with a definite raisany character.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely but there's a coffee presence, both in the flavor and in some excess bitterness, that I could live without.

The mouthfeel is very pleasant - viscous enough to be satisfying but thin enough to be drinkable. Very nice carbonation, too.

If not for the lingering bitterness this would be a very, very nice dopplebock. As it stands, it's still very drinkable but I'd probably pick something else off the shelf next time.

mariposafan, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of NOOGIE
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apperance: Poured straight into a mug with thin layer of foam which hangs around for a couple of seconds. Dark browns and reeds in the color.

Smell: Smell hits you right away with the twist of the cap. Numerous smells appear, bread grains, malts, caramel, chocolate, and a little fruity.

Taste: The taste along with the smell has numerous effects. The main taste is chocolate along with caramel, and the woody malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is kind of disappointing, mostly your left with the woody taste of chocolate that lingers in your mouth.

Drinkability: Drinkability is above average. Not to heavy in the mouthfeel, which makes it a quick drink.

Not sure if this is the same beer, but it is named such, but two rams on the bottle. Worth a try.

NOOGIE, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, flute, mug or pilsner glass? I think I'll go with the later. It looks the best. A twist off waxed cap - don't recall ever seeing that.
Nice complex, yet soft and mild aroma. Darker malts. Toasty with softer fruit (pushing plum). Nice and steady presentation.
Very clear with pretty garnet highlight. Head is cream colored and smallish. It quickly moves to a schmear and a ring.
Pleasing rich beginning. Alcohol is notable pretty quickly (in flavor and warmth) and possibly a little too strong (dominant). Sweet and toasty up front. Pushes burnt in back leaving not as pleasing as I'd like finishing flavor. Fruit presents in background and is milder than in aroma.
Smooth, but not quite enough. Nicely carbonated (soft and full). Moderate overall feel.
Disappointed in the flavor. Seems muddled and too hot. Everything else I liked quite a bit.

garymuchow, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of mixnslam
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

mixnslam, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of clickpush
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip. Lays a thick one and a half inch active dark tan head that goes away quickly amid vigorous bubble activity. Body is dark brown with ruby edgings and no visible bubbles within. After head has subsided a flat cap of healthy foam remains.

Nose: Pungent yeast and fresh grains. Dark sweet notes of plum and brown sugar. Weak aroma of lager type hops and fading thick hay. An aura of overripe fruits adds some undesirable thickness to an otherwise appealing smell.

Mouth: Unlike the smell, the mouth is full of roast malt flavors. The mouthfeel enters well but foams up a bit as it moves back and the swallow is weak. Excellent roasty after tastes that define the difference between burnt toast and a subtle roast. Some sweet flavors linger with fruity esters, and the after taste is extremely well balanced between the bitter roast flavors, the sweeter characters, and some peppery yeast qualities.

Good, but the mouthfeel really kills the drinkability of this one.

clickpush, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of fosterific
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was dark amber with a 2 finger head at the top. A large malty aroma filled the room with the pour, not kidding.
So as you can imagine there was caramel, chocolate aroma with just a touch of fruity hops smell if you try hard.
The taste is smooth and well balanced with a finish of dry alcohol. This is an easy drinking dopple bock.
The mouth feel starts creamy then quickly switches to a medium body.
I might only have at most 2 of these at a sitting; it is a good slow, easy drink, perfect for a Saturday afternoon in January.
I really liked the balance for the beer, it was well done. I guess that is why it premium reserve!

fosterific, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Joefisherman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Joefisherman, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, with an unusual cap attached to a metallic hinge, I have only seen a few like this.
Dated spring 2007.
Nice looking very dark brew, with multiple red overtones and a fluffy tan head that unfortunately has almost no rentention or lacing.
Aroma is caramelized and alcoholic, powerful bourbon and oak notes.
Taste is as expected, warmingly alcoholic, some sweetish caramel notes, perhaps a bit more alcohol than it should have, but still pleasant.

brdc, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of steveh
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Went looking for Sprecher's Winter Fest and found this instead. Tried their previous Doppel a few years ago and liked it well enough, let's see how this one goes down.

12 ounce brown bottle with a myriad of coding -- none of which tells me anything outright.

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

S -- Earthy, bready, spicy, light dark fruit nose. There's some mild caramel or milk chocolate up front, but it's too light to discern. Very nice all around.

T -- Hmm... a mellow malt roastiness up front, reminiscent of Schwarzbier, black cherry characters follow, finishes with a very hot, peppery alcohol that's not terribly smooth. The alcohol dominates the aftertaste with a touch of fusil character. The roastiness mellows with the duration of the drink, but not the hot alcohol.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, somewhat syrupy with warmth, with a medium-robust body and very dry finish.

O -- This beer is trying too hard to be in-your-face. The roasted malts and hot alcohol aren't to-style for a good Doppelbock; which ought to lull you into a sense of false security with mellow, sweet malt and smooth drinking -- before you discover the bar stool is too tall for your legs. This beer slaps you in the face from the first sip. I like many of Sprecher's beers, been a fan since the beginning, but this beer seems like a new home-brewer's take on Doppelbock -- throw everything into the pot and wait until it kicks you in the teeth.

steveh, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cola color with a rather small head (though foam billowed from the lip of the bottle, initially); not much lacing left behind, either

Smell: Dark fruit and caramel, redolent of figs and

Taste: Date and fig flavors, up front, buttressed by caramel and chocolate elements, underneath; the promising flavors flatten out a bit, after the swallow, and fail to follow through in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: Although not a top flight doppelbock, this is a pretty nice example of the style, with some complexity and moderate sweetness

Note: This bottle was the 22oz capped with wax, and though I suspect it may be the same brew as the regular doppelbock, I reviewed it here as it is the Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Series; I have cellared this bottle for several years and it held up rather nicely

brentk56, Oct 01, 2011
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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.