Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple BockBrewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Soneast
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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.

Photo of bigbeers84
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of jdkitchi
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dmilewsk
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Joefisherman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JRdaSconnie
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of mixnslam
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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

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.

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.

Photo of Avagadro
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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!

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beckje01
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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."

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classy lookin' black and gold bottle label that says 8% alcohol on there somewhere. Gold colored wax covering the bottlecap.
Lookin good, both inside and outside the bottle. Pours nearly black in color, with a generous creamy tan head which leaves plenty of foam and lacing on the glass; the body of the brew is a deep brown or mahogany when held to strong, direct light.
The odors are good, strong, and appropriate for a doppelbock. Rich, malty scents, sweetened bread scents, dark fruit scents... all of which advertise something deep and rich in flavor.
Said flavor isn't quite as deep and rich as the scents would lead you to believe, but they are still pretty ballsy. Chocolate raisin bread is what comes to mind for me. Maybe a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Still reasonabley light for something with pretty strong flavors which bumps up the drinkability on this.
This doesn't strike me as being very German, but this does strike me as a very good American rendition of a very German style. Plenty of tasty, roasted flavors; has a nice sweetness without it being cloying. Fans of the Baltic porter should take a look-see at this one.
Good stuff. I look forward to other offerings from this brewery.

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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
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