Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
2.85/5 rDev -24.4%
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."
03-07-2008 01:32:41 | More by Windigstadt
2.98/5 rDev -21%
I have had this beer for the better part of a year, and decided that it was time to start moving some of this stock out. This is my next victim for the night...
Appearance: Pours a very dark garnet color that, when held to the light, looks like it is pretty clear. There was a 1/4" head of tan bubbles on top of the beer for the better part of a minute, and then they faded back into the beer.
Aroma: The aroma is a bit fruity for a Bock, but this could be due to the age and cellaring conditions that this beer has suffered...my closet isn't ideal. I get some oxidation that is coming out as some sherry notes. I get a dark
sweet molasses in the aroma as well...that is also a bit odd for a Bock.
Taste: The flavor is malty, but a good bit thin for this style. There is quite a bit of sweetness in this beer, and the hops are not really even noticeable. I get a whole lot of toffee and some melanoidins, along with a sweet molasses-like impression to linger on the palate long after the sip. As the beer warms up some, there is even more fruitiness that is coming out, that I am sure is the cellaring.
Opinion: Well, I am not sure what to say, really. I know that this beer has seen better days, and this is partially my fault. The mouthfeel and overall impression of the beer falls short of my expectations of a Bock...even when it is this old. I like a bit more resiny mouthfeel with less adjunct-tasting sweetness and more rich toasty notes from the malt. I'll finish the bottle, but I am glad that I don't have a whole bunch of this beer.
04-10-2008 01:49:56 | More by SkeeterHawk
3/5 rDev -20.4%
Pours a nice rich color exactly what you expect from a doppelbock. The nose is a sweet and malty smell, it's nice. The taste is a good sweet flavor with some nice malt. Overall it is a drinkable and nice beer. It's a standard doppelbock.
11-21-2008 06:16:52 | More by beckje01
3.1/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
09-26-2006 01:56:09 | More by ppoitras
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
11-08-2006 16:10:59 | More by Lnedrive14
3.56/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
01-30-2014 23:02:25 | More by steveh
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
04-02-2009 14:27:06 | More by Naugled
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
03-20-2011 20:24:57 | More by mariposafan
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
09-28-2007 00:01:34 | More by garymuchow
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
Reviewed from session notes.
A. Dark mahogany (yet clear) in color with a half finger of fizzy tan head that lasts for a little more than a minute, leaving no real lacing behind.
S. Figs and raisins on a sweet toffee malt aroma.
T. Sweet malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, a touch of garnish-level smokiness in the finish. No real discernable hopping stands out but that's okay by the style. Not the richest volume of flavor I've had in a doppelbock but it hits an accessible intro sort of flavor concentration for the style. The smokiness is a nice little flourish on the back end.
M. Only medium thickness with lighter-medium carbonation levels. Could stand to have some more carbonation action.
If it was just slightly amplified and better carbonated this one could have been amazing.
05-01-2012 20:03:49 | More by WastingFreetime
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-24-2006 20:10:45 | More by clickpush
3.76/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
04-24-2014 00:17:05 | More by chinchill
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-22-2008 22:18:06 | More by NOOGIE
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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!
01-31-2009 21:50:33 | More by fosterific
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
A wax dipped, 22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon. Poured into matching mugs, the doppel appears a clear, deep chestnut color with about two fingers of pillowy light ecru foam. Aromas and flavors of dark fruits, dates, raisins, sweet caramelized malt, dark bread, rich toasted grain and a hint of chocolate. Rather thick and nearly full bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Any doppelbock fan should seek this one out.
05-26-2009 17:07:03 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
A: pours burnt umber into my goblet with red highlights appearing when held to the light. Retention is minimal, as well as carbonation and haze.
S: molasses, raisins, and prunes dominate this malty-sweet bouquet.
T: bitter-sweet, with sweet raisins and molasses in the front , and hops and alcohol in the back to balance things out.
M: full bodied and slightly sticky from residual sugars.
D: A well-made doppelbock. Nothing more, nothing less. Check it out of it's around you, but not really worth seeking out.
03-28-2010 23:56:11 | More by Avagadro
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
06-09-2007 04:15:43 | More by tempest
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-24-2010 19:22:09 | More by metter98
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from a 33.8 oz bottle into base dimpled chalice.
Pours a lovely cola color with a minimal head that may be attributed to the glassware choice. I just can't fathom drinking a beer this big in a Pils glass. Sticky lacing is left on the glass, but it recedes down to the beer.
Aroma is figs and dates, candy and turbinado sugar. Sweet abundant malt and molasses.
Taste is roasted malt giving way to a fig and date sweetness that presents a smallish chocolate flavor. Very sweet on the finish, almost cloyingly so. The sweetness can be forgiven though as this is a double bock and it's supposed to be a big beer. The 8.0 ABV is hidden well drowning in the toasted and sweet malt flavors that run rampant. Dusty yeast peeks it's head in and disappears almost instantly. Coffee and a small amount of char come in just to visit.
Mouthfeel is full and thick, almost oily. The carbonation is a little thin, maybe from the way it's bottled. The malt makes this one chewy and substantial, very nice.
This is a very good American Dopple. Very substantial and full of flavor. Worth looking for.
(edit after investigation) I just read the other reviews and I must say that this beer may have been chillin' out for AWHILE so, my review may be age biased, but I'm not sure.
01-31-2009 05:07:44 | More by wheatyweiss
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
04-15-2008 03:34:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
09-22-2007 02:01:23 | More by brdc
Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.