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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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Reviews: 109 | Hads: 174
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a fancy looking 22 oz bottle with black and gold for a label with a wax covering that goes over the bottle cap.

It poured a 1/4 inch head that didn't stick around too long and it looked like a dopplebock should. It had a nice dark brown color and was surprisingly clear.

The only problem this beer had was that the smell wasn't up to par. That doesn't mean that it smelled bad but it just didn't smell as strong as I think it should have.

The taste was very nice, real smooth and chocolatey. Not a lot of complexity there but very nice. It had a medium-heavy body for a lager and the carbonation enhanced that a bit as well. Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown color with a single-finger off-white head that fades quickly into a fairly-thick collar. The nose has a bit of caramel and dark fruits along with some bread and a fair amount of sweetness. The flavor is pretty sweet without much else accompanying that aspect. There's some dark caramel and brown sugar plus a bit of fruit. Medium body with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Decent example of the style.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap says "premium reserve" but the label is identical to the one pictured.

Rosy burnt umber tone, high clarity, two fingers of sticky foam initially. Sticky arcs of lacing adhere to the glass. Very fruity esters up front, raisin, currant, plum. Lightly sweet and pleasant, but later the booze shows through as it warms.

Fruity again on the palate, with plum, raisin, and fig notes. Full bodied and very malty in the middle with some nutty almond and amaretto traces. Lingering aftertaste of amaretto and raisin. Seems to have ample carbonation though it comes off as hidden. Easy to finish a pint, it's a touch sweet and boozy, which can be expected for a strong Doppelbock. Overall this is one of the better Sprecher beers I can remember.

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this extra!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull black cherry with bright orange trim. The top half of the glass is filled with a sandstone colored cap that looks whipped creamy rather than dense and milkshake-like. Thin sheets of lace are starting to form and are beginning to fissure and tear as they lose contact with the falling head. All in all, Dopple Bock is a better than respectable looking doppelbock.

The nose is fruity above all else, with aromas of bruised apples and ripe pears. Interestingly enough, it isn't dark in the least. There's no roasted maltiness that I can detect and no hint of cocoa or molasses. It certainly doesn't smell as dark as it looks.

This is a much better beer on the palate that I had anticipated after the sniff test. It's on the lighter end of the style spectrum in terms of flavor, intensity of flavor and mouthfeel. What gets through makes a positive impression, though. Baker's chocolate, dark caramel, raisins, light treacle and well-toasted nuts fill the mouth with each upending of the glass.

Dopple Bock is the sort of beer that makes it easy to remember that doppels are lagers. It isn't heavy in the least and has a simple, clean, refreshing quality that makes it a pleasure to drink. While an ABV of 7.85% isn't stratospheric, the brewers have done an admirable job of hiding it. All in all, this is a well-constructed lager.

As alluded to above, the mouthfeel is on the light and airy side, especially given the style. That would usually give me pause, but it works well here because it matches the rest of the beer's attributes so beautifully. This is one the best 'light' doppelbocks that I've had in quite some time.

Dopple Bock may not be Sprecher's finest accomplishment (see Black Bavarian), but it's a damn fine beer in its own right. I wonder, for the millionth time, why the Wisconsin breweries don't distribute to this state when we're a mere Mississippi River's width away.

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a thin, bubbly beige head.

Smell: Aroma of dark fruits and cherries stewed with a hefty dose of sugar. Plenty of sweet-smelling dark maltiness.

Taste: Rich dark malt flavor with notes of toffee and molasses and a ton of sweetness. Nice fruitiness with the taste of prunes and cherries. Lightly smokey. Sweet, spiced candy-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Remarkably tasty. So good, the police got involved.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet hue , deep, nearly opaque, with a full, frothy, creamy head.
Aroma: sweet, soft, but mild, yet deep in maltiness.
Taste: big in the malt department, yum, delicious, loaded with toffee and caramel, thick malt, little hop, just a perfect kind of dopplebock.
Very sweet and very solid malty lager...very tasty, too.
Yum, yummy, yummers, ..but for dopplebocks, rather par for the course.
Still, as I sip, rather, how was it put, "yum, yummy, yummers."
Darkly, but fully, flavored, ...ah, delicious!
Hoorah, for Sprecher, again!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,'

A: Pours a dark brown, mahogany colour, with a full, off-white head, limited lacing, however.

S: Light, some maltiness, molasses.

T: Very rich flavour, as George Costanza would say, "It's like a flavour explosion." Tasty, rich malt and molasses/treacle bombard the tastebuds, very sweet.

M: The mouthfeel was surprisingly really light and thin, needs a lot more body for this style of beer.

D: Overall, I think it's a really good beer, the taste makes up for some of its flaws, easy to drink, I'd like to delve more into this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: 12 oz twist off cap. Brown with an off white soapy foam. Recedes to a ring and leaves behind no real lacing.

SMELL: Bready toasted malts. A hint of smoke and fruity yeast. Malty dark lager beer.

TASTE: Caramel malts and a small note of dark fruits. Nutty, powdered cocoa notes from the malt are welcome here. Really no hint of alcohol, this is a deceiving brew. Hops are mild and provide a light citrusy note and soft bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium level of carbonation. Sweet malty flavors linger into a pleasant finish.

OVERALL: A nice malty bock from Sprecher. I could easily drink mass quantities of this. Good flavor!

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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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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger bubbly head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Medium carbonation. Deep ruby color. Nose is malty. Starts with a sweet molasses flavor and finishes sweet especially as it warms. Light to medium bodied. $1.95 for a 16oz bottle that was brewed on 12/18/03.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.

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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 cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 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 DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if 12oz bottles are new but it was decently priced at $2.50 a single.

A - Ow wow a twist off. Color is darker than expected for a dopplebock but a nice dark clear ruby amber. Head is a half inch that turns to a creamy opaque colored head.

S - A nice bit of caramel like bread with slight fruity yeasts, berries, and maybe a touch of roast.

T - Sort of like a dopplebock porter I get liquid smoke then caramel sweetness that leads to a bready malt. Finish Smooth but kind of chalky with yeast and bittering hops.

M - Medium mouthfeel but not as heavy as some other examples of the style.

Overall a different take on the style with an assertive bit of smoke and hop bitterness. I like it.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle with a "born on" date poured into a Pilsner Glass.

A - A Very little tan head emerged from this guy but went away almost instantly leaving only a ring. The color is an incredibly deep amber, almost opaque at first glance.

S - A heavy, sweet malty smell overruns anything else for the most part. In the background you can find a bit of buttered sourdough bread, yeast, honey, a hint of vanilla, and some cocoa.

T - The heavy malting lends itself to a plethora of flavors in this beer. It's striking feature is obviously the strong malt and the sweetness it brings, but there are other things at work too! Molasses, mineral hints, dense bread, and slight oatmeal with honey.

M - Despite its appearance of no carbonation, its actually level is quite high. If left in your mouth unagitated if feels like soda. It's a full bodied beer certainly but while being thinner and not so viscous, it also borders on thickness.

D - This beer certainly has it's place but when it comes to drinkability in quantities more than one you may want to look elsewhere. Its definitely a sipper.

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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 ZAP
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review 5/5/05-

A little thinner than I remembered....sweeter but a slight off taste...decent but I thought the new Glarus Uff da regular Bock I had just before this was more substantial and better tasting...

Very dark brown/blackish...fruity on the nose with some alcohol and raisens...great brown sugar taste on the finish...very sweet, but not syruppy or oversweet..balanced...on the sweet side but not overdone...would make my top 7-10 doppels...definitely worth trying if you see it..

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Photo of tavernjef
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red chestnut color with a nice deep glow, thin tannish head that sits for a good time before simmering down to a very thin haze and ring, lacing is drippy leaving sparitic spots and globs behind. Aroma is a bit like purple grape juice with a tangy sweetning sense, with touches of caramel, raisin, and alcohol with some roasty tones to it, but overall a bit to light and subdued. Taste is mildly malty with a dull sweetness of fruityness upfront that flows right into a nice roasty end that has some cocoa and burntish notes. Moderately rich and creamy feel with a solid medium body and a touch of chalkyness and restrained sweetness intermingling with roastyness in the finish. A very drinkable brew with a clean, soft smoothness and quiet roasted character.

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Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber pour, off white head. Large amount of small carbondation permeating throughout. Malty/sweet malt aroma. Lively mouthfeel. Good mix of roast and sweet malt flavor. Strong toffee/caramel, hints of raisin. Very medium bodied, with a little stickiness to it. Excellent version of the style, better than some German versions I've had.

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Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.