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Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.85% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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Reviews by Fish113d:
Photo of Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a snifter, the dark brown and amber colored lager left a very lacey and "thin" looking head which dissipated to absolute nothing within 20 seconds. My buddy Sulldaddy's was a bit more lasting, possibly due to dust or dirt in my snifter...damn Sully letting me drink out of a dirty snifter! (may as well Cleveland Steamed me...jerk!)

Anyway, to smell it though was pretty appealing. It was very malty and caramely but was mild in potency of aroma...had to spend a minute or 2 on this one to get anything out of it. However, it was quite nice.

The taste proved to be also mostly malty, but mild w/ a bit of dry oak flavor towards the swallow, and with sweet toffee or caramel flavoring, w/ some nice alcohol burn as well, which was mostly mild.

The carbonation was quite bitey up front, medium-bodied throughout w/ a nice sweet alcohol burn at the end. Drinkability was pretty decent...not my favorite dopplebock by any means, but a nice find as well.

Fish113d, Oct 31, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say this is one of the better American doppelbocks I have had.Poured a rich dark brown color with some ruby tint,smell was sweet and caramelly with some fruity esters,taste was sweet a little earthy and caramelly.Alcohol came through as it starts to warm.I have really liked all the Sprecher beers I have tried,each time I come home I get as many Bells and Sprecher brews I can get my hands on.

oberon, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a very big looking dopplebock. dark mohagony pour with a medium tan head. looks yummy.

Smell: big sweetness in the nose of both black licorice and molasses. roasted malt. anticipating a very sweet brew.

Taste/Mouthfeel: sweet right off the bat. again, molasses and black licorice are present as well as some candy-cane sweetness. the mouthfeel is fairly smooth and the body is much lighter than i had anticipated. the finish offers up some alcohol bite and even some smokey notes that weren't detected in the nose.

Drinkability: a little light for my liking giving this beer questionable drinkability considering the style. a good beer but not a Paulaner Salvator either. overall, nice complexity and balance.

Popsinc, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut with a thin but full tan crown. Very Belgiany. Lively flavorful yeast. Vinous in the extreme for a bock. Dark fruit front, toffee middle, and spicy/citric hop finish that improves as the beer warms. Very drinkable for a bock as well. A tad thin but still creamy enough to be enjoyable.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of yankeeheel
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strong dark garnet with a minimalist off-white head. Zero retention and scant lacing. Served at cellar temp.

Smells solidly of fig and raisin.

Tatses quite malty up front. The initial burst is interspersed by gobs of fig, smoke, currant, and whiskey. Has quite a strong medicinal ending which is a little bit od a downer.

Mouthfeel is bordering on quantam for a doppelbock.

Drinkabale, but maybe two at a sitting, tops.

yankeeheel, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +29.9%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish sienna color with a creamy 1/4 inch head on a hard pour. Coats the glass lightly, little lace. Malty aromas, some sense of fig and raisin. Decent mouthfeel, consistent but somewhat lighter than stickier Doppels. Very pleasant taste, slighlty buttery caramel with even some chocolate notes. Well-balamced, hops are background players but are noticeable in the light raisin tones. Overall, this strikes me as meeting style, but middle-of-the-road -- in the Salvator category with slightly more limited body. A drinkable beer for sure, though.

ADR, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body that is pretty dense with a thin wisp of off-white head on the top. A gentle carbonation rises on the sides of the glass.

S- The dark malt flavor is soft with a hint of coffee in the there.

T- The taste of dark malt has some pot caramel flavors with a dry bite in the finish. There is a faint note of hops but it is pretty non-descript.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice features but they are balanced by just as many off-flavors.

rhoadsrage, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of DerekQXQX
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Continuing being underwhelmed with Sprecher beer, I had this one. Maybe it is just that nothing stood out. Maybe I was just in a weird headspace (my dog had just eaten my sofa), or maybe the beer just wasn't anything special. This beer again, was okay. It hit the low standard I have for craft beer. Is it a macro? no? then it's okay. I'll drink it.

DerekQXQX, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of InVinoVeritas
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

InVinoVeritas, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A picturesque doppel. Pours deep, dark ruby with a pale khaki head that does not go away.
Faint raisin, and an almost tropical fruit smell. Nothing huge (per the style) in the nose dept.
Roasted malts up front, then runs the gamut from raisin to carmel before giving way to quiet, yet somewhat citric hops at the finish. Nice tasting, but I wish I could squeeze a little more out of this one. The malts do not jump out and ring my neck like I was hoping they would.
Afterwards, a subtle coffee flavor lingers. Hmmm, not what I expected.
Goes down fairly creamy, but too thin for the style .
Nonetheless, this is one I could drink all night...but it would be a short night. If there is such a thing as a session Doppel, here it is.
Somewhat pleasing, but not overwhelming. However, sometimes I like to be a little overwhelmed by my doppels. Still, good stuff.

cokes, May 02, 2002
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think this style gets extra points and there is a narrow range on the main suppliers of it, not always deserved. Yes, this particular beer was roasted and gave off a roasted and licorice aroma, and was black and in fact smooth mouthfeel. But it was fairly ordinary and certainly a bomber was too much. I have enjoyed this style produced by others.

Sammy, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black and brown brew with a one finger tan head that eventually reduces to a collar. Whipping this beer around in my big ass snifter brings a big thick finger back up, where it sits for quite a while. Some nice wet lace is left on the glass.

S - Double chocolate chip cookies and tawny port. Dark baking chocolate, oatmeal cookies with raisins, and those oatmeal based Powerbars. This smells like a certain type of Kashi "Go-Lean" breakfast bar that I've had before...I think it was oatmeal raisin flavored. An outstanding nose!

T - Again, oatmeal raisin cookies washed down with a glass or port. This has a really nice hop tang to it that balances the thick malt sugars nicely. There are truculent fruit flavors going on here too...dried apricot and prunes.

M - Thick and malty, with a soft dryness from the hop flavors. The carbonation is silky and lush, and the finish is all tootsie roll and double chocolate chip cookies. A minute or two after swallowing, a glowing ember of alcohol warmth rises from the center of my gut. Nice

D - I'm super-impressed with this one! Maybe my enthusiasm stems partly from the fact that I haven't had a doppelbock (one of my favorite styles) in a while, but this is nevertheless a really tasty beer! This was perfect for a rainy and slightly cool day like today!

pmcadamis, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz single, Woodman's

appearance: stubby 16 oz bottle from sprecher...pours a very dark cola color, tinted garnet, with a frothy beige head that with nice retention...very dark and fully body

smell: heavy malts, very rich, toffee, apple sweetness, faint dark chocolate, thick and chewy caramel, light sugary sweetness. a subtle yet inviting doppelbock

taste: one of the better brews i have sampled from this nice milwaukee-area brewery. very malt heavy, thick and sweet, toasty, extraordinarily well balanced. not that i would even know, but this one strikes me as more authentic to style then some of the other american doppelbocks i have had. slightly buttery, big time apple sweetness, abv pretty well disguised, bready. very nice doppelbock

mouthfeel: full body, creamy, very nice

drinkability: 16oz is the ideal serving size

dirtylou, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high expectations for this beer but came away disappointed. The smell was muted and the taste was not robust with a bit of astringency. Mrs. Marvin was so put off by the taste that she didn't finish her glass (which is quite uncommon).

I have had several great Sprecher beers (most notable the Russion Imperial Stout and Black Bavarian) but this won't find its way back into our house.

MarvinTheMarzen, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle

A- Pours a very dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel with not much hops and just a hint of alchol.

T- The taste is very sweet and rich with a lot of malt and caramel. Very good stuff.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable considering the higher ABV. Overall, Sprecher Dopplebock is a solid beer that is definitely worth a try.

cjgator3, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Jon
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sprecher's dopplebock is a solid, well-crafted brew. Pours a deep ruby color, although the head is absent, leaving no remnants behind. Smell is mainly of sweet malt, toffee, etc. Taste is similar, albeit a well-balanced blend of the malt, toffee, a touch of alcohol and a hint of fruitiness. Very smooth and a bit creamy in the mouth. A classy dopplebock, for sure, this one could be consumed often.

Jon, Dec 24, 2002
Photo of eliz108
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My 1 liter blue bottle is gorgeous, opens with a whoosh & pours a garnet hued chestnut with 1 finger of tan colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Rich breadyness, chocolate & licorice, gingerbread

T: Cakey, a bit of licorice, baker chocolate & some cardboard up front. Dryness, plums, boozey warmth, peppery spices, leafy hops (not helping), as this warms. Finishes dry, with some caramel, vanilla-cola & a bit of leafy hops again

MF: Chewy, some traces of carbonation

drinks fairly slow, would try this again closer the source, obtained from liqorama, bit I rate this a pedestrian DB at best. I do wonder if it's a bit old? No matter, DBs should hold up

russpowell, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby brown, shimmering… smallish tan head, soapy retention, no lace. Pleasing alcoholic, rummy-raisin, sweet malty nose… inviting. The prevailing flavor is rich, roasted malt with vague sweetness, surprising chalky bitterness (which balances the sweetness well), plus some plums, the alcohol is noticeable. This doppelbock has a pleasant finish… toasted malt, interwoven sweetness, exceedingly dry. Slight warming of the belly. The body is a little thin, it does seem to bulk-up as it warms. Drinkable, I’ll gladly have another one. Good stuff.

My bottle was two months past its “best before” date, it has held up very well. Sprecher makes a damn good doppelbock.

bditty187, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark tan head sits atop this deep, dark brown beer.
Aroma of roasty malt, an earthy character, alcohol, and a hint of spice.

Taste shows a mildly sweet, medium roasty malt backbone. Earthy hop balance, although still malty overall. Spicey alcohol bite. Hint of raisin and dark fruit. Spicey alcohol and malt sweetness linger on the palette at finish.

Good mouthfeel.
Above average drinkability, but the alcohol is to evident to score higher IMO.

Overall, a solid Dopplebock. Dopplebock fans will likely rate this a bit higher than I did.
Big thanks to Jeffboo for the bottle!

PhantomVodoo, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

DavidGross, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of shbobdb
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too often American breweries fall into two catagories when they attempt European brews: either they Americanize the brew into something unrecognizable (see Pale Ale and IPA for extreme examples) or they merely clone an existing beer.

Neither description fits Sprecher -- they are a truly generative brewery. Take this Doppelbock as an example, it is clearly not a clone of a DB on the market, yet it easily could be. Give it a German name ending in -ator, put it in a 500ml bottle and in a blind taste-test, no one would know it wasn't German.

And here's the stat breakdown:

Look: A deep garnet body with a coffee-and-cream head whose lifespan is far too short.
Smell: Muted malt with a surprising hop presence.
Taste: Very good. A dominating biscuit flavour coupled with rum raisin.
Mouthfeel: Round and pleasant. Not as thick as some DB's, but not too thin. After a while, the alcohol numbs the tongue slightly, but it works.
Drink: Nice and easy. Not too thick, but loaded with flavour. I like.

shbobdb, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of DrIPA
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrIPA, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Keith_R, Feb 07, 2013
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Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.