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Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
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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2/5  rDev -47.9%

spoonhawk, Dec 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

durwood64, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
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 BrownAleMale
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

BrownAleMale, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Crosling
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark burgundy color, with a collar of light tan foam. Wort-like nose, with some nice malt elements of caramel and raisins, butterscotch and honey. Flavor is tremendously lacking and poorly flavored, doesn't have the intensity I would like. Not extracted well.

Crosling, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of FrankSchramm
3/5  rDev -21.9%

FrankSchramm, Oct 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

NeoZaZ, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -21.9%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.9%

XmnwildX12, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of Westuh
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Westuh, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of expatsteve
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chocolate brown, with black and ruby hues. Big 1/2 inch head settled to a thick suds cover. Medium viscosity, with no real visibility.

Aroma: Chocolate malts and light raisins, along with metallic zing. A little milk development as it warms.

Taste: Raisins, toffee, balanced with espresso notes. Bitter finish gives away the booze, which gets a little more oppressive the more I drink. Not much middle palate development, which doesn't help the boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected, though the finish became more and more inky as I drank; tough with the booze.

Drinkability: Not a bad doppelbock, with good sweet malts and toffee profiles. But the imbalance with the booze and odd thinness leave this a little harder to drink than other doppelbocks. However, the woman I spoke to from Sprecher said that the brewer was working on the recipe, so this is a beer I'll return to. This is definitely one to try, though it doesn't stand up to German or other Wisconsin doppels.

expatsteve, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a deep reddish brown with a thin tan head. Slightly metallic aroma to start. Mostly caramel malt in the aroma along with some noble hops. Malt dominates as would be expected. Fairly rich with a long dry malty finish. Malt is a little muddled for my tastes, but that is pretty typical of an American dopple.

homebrewhawk, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$4.99/ 4-pack

As I have said before, Sprecher doesn't have the ability to knock your socks off, but they are truly one of the greatest, low-priced, breweries in the country. This seasonal dopplebock was decent overall, but didn't have the normalities that I look for in a dopple bock. It seemed a little too dark for this style. It was remnant of a porter in both appearance and taste. The was a nutty, roasted presence that seemed a little off-balance, but the finish was very nice and malty. A great seasonal that is definately worth a try!

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of DerekQXQX
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

green_plastic, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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 falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hyvee in West Omaha, NE
No obvious bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Sprecher's doppelbock focuses on traditional sweetness and some untraditional smoke flavors in their recipe. Despite this, the brew turns out to be about average, somewhat lacking in complexity of flavors, particularly dried fruits, and not particularly deep in richness or flavor, both of which I find appealing in doppelbocks. Generally, I don't think I'd seek this out again.

Pours a 1 cm tan head, descends rapidly to a 0.5cm ring around glass with a thin island in middle. Minimal lacing, but leaves some good washes of foam after a sip. Body is a very dark brownish color away from light; in it, it is a dark ruby hue.

Aroma opens with very sweet malt, bread, a bit of yeast, and ethanol. Also offers slight caramel and toffee scents, light fruitiness, and curiously, a bit of bubblegum. Scent is good, but not particularly strong or exciting.

Tasting begins with brown sugar, dark malt, and some caramel flavors towards the front of the tongue. Strong sweetness has largely overwhelmed by mid-palate, slightly estery, a dash of old black pepper. Back of the palate picks up light smoke flavor and ethanol. Seems to be lacking dark, dried fruit complexity, much intensity, and the ethanol detection is a bit unexpected in a doppelbock due to the heavy malt backbone. Also, not much "depth" to the flavor; seems to be about halfway "deep."

Medium to medium-heavy body with fairly modest carbonation, creating a smooth, but slightly stagnant mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry and slightly sticky.

falloutsnow, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 beerguy101
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and bready. A full-bodied bock. Deeply roasted malts, the malt flavors are really quit complex, nutty, sweet, fruity and woody. There is also a touch of bourbon like quality to this beer. Hops are very mild, only slightly bitter. Smooth taste. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce black and gold bottle with a brewmaster premium reserve tag around the cap, purchased from Cooke's for $4.29, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Deep dark brown with some amber red highlights, small 1/2 inch light tan head that did not last long, minimal retention, not much lacing

S-Dark fruits including prunes and plums, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, burned accents, various aromas of sweetness, caramel, toffee, berries, and candy

T-Big raisin flavor right off the bat which was odd because I could not smell them, malt and sugary accents in the middle, finish was sweet with caramel and some chewiness, taste did not change much over time, got slightly sweeter but nothing worth getting worked up over, lots of roasted malt towards the end, also some maple syrup, complex brew with complementing flavors

M-Thick and creamy body, not syrupy but definitely on the verge, taste did not last too long, sweet and roasty mouthfeel, needed more carbonation

D-Drank a pint of this and that was just right, more would not be ideal because of its heaviness, ABV is right below eight and alcohol is hidden well, smooth

First beer from this brewery and got it because it was on sale, look forward to try new beers from this brewery, might drink again, recommended to try once at least

Floydster, Apr 29, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

DavidGross, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of bsherb
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The way it looks belies it all-around if you ask me. In a glass and held up to a good light, the ruby red color screams, " Drink me!" Lacing when poured is quite spider-webbed - nice!

S - Curious because nose is light. Malt but with some citrus notes and coriander. Alcohol present but not overwhelming.

T - Again, a little strange like the smell. Mirror image of smell. Cellared maybe, but this one is a twist-off so probably not wise.

M - A bit thin for a doppel. Somehow, this beer is falling a bit short of it's style high points.

D - I've had it before and been more pleased. Maybe it was the batch, and maybe the "small batch" difference is why I can't write more to its praise. Still, I ain't dumping it down the drain (not that I would any beer). Actually, after a glass, it seems a little more satisfying - just not quite.

bsherb, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Kahlerbock, Jan 17, 2012
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Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.