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Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.85% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
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!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16ozer bottle from mixed 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2 inch tall beige head. Would like a bit longer head retention time, but for a dopplebock, we'll forgive and move on. Amazingly deeply reddish brown in shade, a thing of beauty in front of the light. Heavy malt nose, with alcohol apparent. Sweet malty flavor, with undercurrent of berries or cherries, and that alcohol that was present in the nose is only found here in the warming feelings of the mouth and tummy. Exactly what I'm looking for in a dopplebock. Mouthfeel is excellent as well, and the drinkability drops down just a tad, because although I want more and more, I know it'll kick my ass later... So glad Sprecher is now getting distributed in MA!

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Photo of jj21
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap
Pours out a Dark, dense brown with a good off-white head leaving great lacing. Great malty aromas with hints of caramel. Big but balanced mouthfeel with a hint of sourness of dark fruits. As it warms, it gives off even more spiciness. One of the finest Dopple bocks I've tasted.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Splendid dopplebock from Sprecher, not to be missed. This weekend was "Cookie Weekend," where my sister-in-law comes in to town to visit and bake hundreds of cookies, in about a dozen different styles, with my wife. Oooohhh, boy. I like to call it "Fudge Weekend," because they make killer fudge, and I could eat a couple pounds if left alone.

Sprecher's Dopple Bock went very nicely with a couple pieces of fudge, for future reference. The 16 oz. bottle poured well into the pint glass, a nearly black hue leaving little froth, but giving lots for the nose to contemplate--plenty of chocolate, caramel, and yeasty good tidings. The taste is rich and smooth, smoother than many dopples, in fact, and somewhat (though a little less) comparable to Sam Adams' first-rate Double Bock. I also get a nice hint of berry. Decent carbonation deprives this of what would be a better mouthfeel, but this is a terrific beer, a great dopplebock with sweets on a very cold Midwestern day. Cheers!

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Photo of jtinks
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Went to the Sprecher Brewery in Milwaukee over the weekend. Kind of a madhouse, as they were having an annual "Sodas with Santa" event for local kids and there was a Packers game on to boot. If you want to see how Wisconsin families throw down on a Sunday afternoon, this is it.

Anyway, I tried four or five of the beers they had on tap (very generous samples by the way, and only $4 for the privilege) and this was easily my favorite so I got a $10 growler to bring back to Chicago.

After getting it home, I let it be for about 24 hours then cracked it open and poured into an Imperial pint glass. Still had good carbonation and produced a nice foamy half-inch head. Dark amber in color, very malty. Very high alcohol content, but with a misleading sweetness...I could have finished the entire jug on my own if I hadn't reminded myself that I had a paper due the next day.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgandy color. Nice frothy head. Roast Malt aroma. Sweet and roasty taste. Some stout qualities in this one. Sweet taste. High quality Dopple. I would include this one in my top tier of Dopples (with Bell's Consecrator, S.A. and Ayinger Celebrator).

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a bottle today (10DEC05) which was given to me by Randy Sprecher after the BA ABF in June, 2005. Thoughts mostly echo what's below, though I'd kick the appearance up to 4.5... gotta love those glimmers of garnet in that deep chestnut color. Also feel the taste is worthy of a 4.5 as well, with the super caramel malt sweetness playing nicely off the floral hops at the end. A verry nice bier, perhaps in my second tier of DBocks...
Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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(Original review of 03APR04). Doppelbock is one of my favorite styles, one of the first non-mainstream styles I got into in the early 80's. Sprecher's version (with a bottled date of 18DEC03) pours a deep, dark, clear chestnut hue, with a thin, light tan head. This layer of bubbles is quite fine, and tends to ring the edge of the glass, with just a tiny bit of lacing. Nose is malty and sweet, with toffee/caramel notes lurking within. It gives a nice idea of the taste to come. Body is a solid medium, and it has a creamy, velvetty feel on the tongue, as a Doppel worth its weight should. This Bier has great malt all the way through; a solid foundation. It is roasty yet sweet with caramel, and with a touch of chocolate making an appearance as well. It has a lovely touch of late hops which take the edge off of the malt just enough to not let it be cloying. Verrry nice, and it gets better as it warms, too! Das Bier schmecht sehr gut!
Vielen Dank, Herr jeffboo!!! (4.0/4.0/4.0/4.5/4.5 = 4.10)


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Photo of bigbeard
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Dopple Bock pours a deep copper/amber and has a thin tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet with dark fruit and a bit of alcohol (not bad). Dark fruit continues into the flavor profile and is complimented nicely by a nutty sweetness. The beer finishes sweet and fast with dryness lingering on the back of the tongue. There is a slight alcohol warmth which goes great on a cold evening. If I ice-fished, this might be the beer I take along.

Price was great @ $6.49/4

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Photo of indy169
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Sprecher Dopple Bock pours a deep copper and has very decent lacing. The smell is bright for this style and resonates of a deeper substance. Flavor is really pleasing. Cocoa hints as well as coffee with a slightly nutty finish. This beer strikes a unique balance of interest and style. One of Sprecher's best.

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Photo of Jon
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Offering

A -- Very nice, deep chestnut color with a light tan head.

S -- Alcohol, earthy malts, some mild dark fruit and even molasses.

T -- Rich, dark bread malts, mild dark fruitiness, maybe a touch too much roasted malt to style, but not at all stout-like. Dry alcohol warming finish.

M -- Soft and almost syrupy mouthfeel -- medium full to full body.

D -- Scary good. Starkbierzeit ist gut, ja?

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good caramel toasted malt and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced bittersweet malty flavor with a moderate smooth balanced finish of moderate to long duration.

Standout doppelbock.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sprecher glass during the first intermission of Sharks/Flames Game 6. The game sucked, the beer did not.

Appearance: Very dark with a small but creamy and unwavering tan colored head

Aroma: Roasted malt, coffee, prune.

Taste: Rich and malty, notes of toffee, coffee, and a nice hop bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, very smooth.

Drinkability: I should say so. No wonder my brother won't leave Milwaukee.

Note to self: visit brother more often.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours an office coffee black/brown leather mix. Head was pretty climactic in every sense. Overflowed the glas and gradually goes from foamy film to big ring o' foam. Of all the dopplebocks I've had so far, I really like this one look.

Smell- Pretty dark smelling compared to most dopplebocks I've tried. More focus on the malts than the sweet.

Taste- The contrast between the malty sweet and hop bitterness is very clear here. Strats out with gourmet coffee notes mixed then with dried apricots and German hops. Was pretty surprised actually. Pleasantly surprised I should say.

Mouthfeel- What a nice blend of dark and sweet and bitter and sweet. Definetly an American interpretation of the German dopplebock. But very well done I must say.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brownish caramel copper with a body with a thin tan head that reduced to a thin veil and left minimal lace.

S-strong sweet caramel malt and a bourbon-esque quality. Dark fruit notes of raisin and prune. A touch of alcohol fusels and a touch of oak dryness.

T-Rich caramel malts with a nice bourbon touch. Notes of dark fruit, with raisin and prune. Hints of chocolate, cofffee and spicy, earthy hops in the finish. Not sickly sweet at all, in fact finishes rather dry.

M-Medium bodied with a dry finish that makes it feel lighter than it really is. Quite smooth and easy to drink. Lingering flavours of oak and prune quite prevalent.

D-Quite possibly the best American dopplebock I have had. Not to sweet, dry finish and not lacking flavour....a great combination!

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Photo of Vancer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good fall brew while watching some football. Clear, deep amber with a tan head, nice lacing. Hints of spice on top of a malty aroma. Some notes of pepper in the quaff, which starts malty sweet but balances out and finishes dry and earthy.

Medium bodied, still a fairly rich brew. At $1.70 for a pint bottle, it won’t break the bank.

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Photo of nickynick
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher Dopple Bock poured a very dark brown, even appearing black, with a fluffy nice tan white head. Smell was of brown sugar and chocolate. Taste was excellent. Chocolate and sweet dark malt. Wasn't overly sweet though. Mouthfeel was good. A little thick but very nice. Drinkability was good. Didn't feel overly filling, but with almost 8% ABV have to be careful with this one, because it goes down really easy. Overall this is a great doppelbock. One of my favorite styles, from a brewery that is becoming one my favorites. Well done.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Appearance is as per the BA Database Photograph. A 16 fluid ounce brown glass bottle with the word ‘Sprecher’ embossed into the bottles neck profile. Twist off cap, which I actually noticed before I used my Bottle Openers for once as it nicely labeled as such even with some red arrows. A yellow dot matrix code and date of 12/18/03 appears on the neck also, with a note on the label that says that this beer is best 120 days from this date.

Appearance: A massive light tan head forms easily and has excellent retention. The unlit dark brown body has a refined mahogany body with dark ruby flashes when held to the desk lamp. The smooth creamy head and solid body give this a very nice look in my McEwan’s Scotch Goblet.

Nose: Like a malted hot drink mixed with the smell of cooling freshly made dark bonfire toffee. Burnt odors mixed with a soothing comfortable malt heaven smell.

Taste: Yet again, home-made Bonfire Toffee and a thick Ovaltine Maltiness dominate the beer. Some caramel and a light bitterness occasionally trances the sweetness. But the malt is always the main player here, however, it finishes with a fantastic splash of raisins and plums all entwined in a luxurious dark malt and fruity finish. Nicely balanced and neatly done.

Mouthfeel: Chewy at times, which endeared me to this Dopple Bock. Quite the scrumptious beer all round with a very comforting mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easily dispatched, the sign of a good beer for me is one that has disappeared by the time I get to this part of my review. I finished this before I even got to typing the Mouthfeel part!!

Overall: A solid offering to finish a late Friday Night and a very busy week at work with.

Thanks to an exceptionally patient BigHuge for this one!

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark maghogany, the two finger head faded slowly.

S- Chocolate with hints of toffee.

T- The chocolate and toffee come through joined by solid malt and light notes of dried fruit. This is all balanced out nicely by the hops.

M- Solidly smooth.

D- Cold winter night and a 4 pack of this, nice.

A must try if you like the style.

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Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher beer has always been available at the airport in Milwaukee, and has been there to keep me company in flight delays. I was very happy when this beer became available here in MA. This dopplebock has a deep brown color with a medium tan head , not too much lace. A candy, malty aroma from the roasted malt dominates the nose. A thick, rich malty taste with a light alcohol back. No hops to be found in the flavor. Heavy mouth feel with a great drinkability. Many dopples are dominated by alcohol, this one really puts the malt forward. Nice beer.

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Photo of marburg
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown-burgandy, fairly clear. Not much in the way of head; what's there certainly fades quickly. Caramel and sweet, wet malts. Deep down there's an almost fruity sensation that reminds me of a squished fig newton. Smacks of roasted bitterness in the middle through the end. Somehow remains "light" and drinkable. Stays very smooth even through the hop bitterness; never gets astringent, something I've found common in some bock and dopplebock beers that are trying too hard for balance. Just a trickling of prune juice across the tongue washed away by more dominant "pure" malt flavors. Quite a nice doppelbock.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a siedel. Bottled sometime in Nov. '09.
Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick hazy brown amber with reddish highlights. Surprisingly, it produced no head whatsoever even after a vigorous pour; just some gray bubbles.

(S)- Has a toasted nuttiness of almonds with a slightly sweet molasses & caramel background. Bits of vanilla.

(T)- Dry, with more of those roasted nuts with just the right amount of raisin-like molasses sweetness. Just a tiny twinge of hop bitterness in the background.

(M)- A nice balance of the above flavors; nothing overpowering or harsh. A good carbonation level. Thick, but fits the style.

(D)- A solid Dopplebock that is perhaps one of my seasonal favorites from Sprecher. A good drinker for a style that I usually dont typically find very drinkable. Definitely one I will always look forward to each Fall!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprise of a dopple for sure, this beer poured out very dark with a small amount of head. I couldn't decipher the bottled on dates of these bottles, but I will guess they are over a year+ old, but i didn't notice any ill affects because of that fact. The taste was very malty, but not with the syrupy brown sugar flavors that many young dopples have. A dryer, more porter -like flavor with increased acidity and coffee flavors. Alcohol is very present. Mouthfeel is right on, and I proved to myself that the drinkability is very high.

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Photo of karengarys
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the midwestern winters (call me nuts, everybody else does), and this beer just adds to the enjoyment and anticipation!

Pours nice and clear black with a red hue to it. It appears flat in the glass though, making it less attractive than I would want.

Smells nice and malty and sweet. I love beers like this.

Taste is nice. Really rich in malt. Heavy body, not thin at all. Syrupey.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick. Dispite the lack of fizz, the mouthfeel shows lots of creaminess.

Finish is oily and ends up with sweetness.

This is one of my favoirte offerings from this brewery. Get it if you can find it!

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2005...
Appears a a russett brown with a ruby hued edge. A tan head slowly fades out into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Taste is of mollasses, caramel, anise, oxidation, peanuts, and sweet cocoa.
Mouthfeel is of medium bodied, sweet, raisiny, and lingering.

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