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Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 108
Photo of happygnome
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark brown almost black color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a sticky ring of lacing around the edge of the glass and remains stuck to the glass as the level of beer drops
s: cocoa, oaty, very sweet thick malt aroma
t: strong flavors of cocoa and oatmeal
m: medium to full bodied beer, ranging more towards the full range

overall, i really enjoyed this brew, nice strong malt aroma

Photo of pmcadamis
4.69/5  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!

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

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of tayner
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle

Poured very dark, nearly opaque chestnut brown with a off white head that quickly settled to a heavy ring. not much lacing however.

nose is raisin and molasses sweetness, overwhelmingly so.

Taste follows smell. up front lots of raisin flavor, like i was chewing on a mouthful. there is some molasses/brown sugar sweetness mid palate. not much in the way of finishing hops to cut all the sweetness. this one says all over your mouth and tongue after swallowing, not atypical for a german dopplebock i guess.

I couldnt drink more than one of these at a time since it is so sweet and raisin-y, but it was pretty tasty nonetheless.

Photo of malcontent
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding frothy finger of head atop a beautiful, nearly opaque mahogany body. Looks the part to a "t".

Toasty, roasty, hazelnut sweet with a slight burnt scent on the back waft.

Brown sugar sweetness carries into a mildly roasty, vaguely butterscotch aftertaste. Rich yet straightforward and without the slightest hint of alcohol.

A little too thin for my liking but damn, if I don't love the flavor. For my money Sprecher and their brothers at Capital are churning out the best German beer outside of the Rheinland.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of botham
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a deep chocolate color with brilliant garnet highlights. three fingers of toffee colored head top it off.

aroma is malty, with caramel and a bit of chocolate and a distant roasted character. an earthy base of plum and raisen offsets the malts. good breadth of aroma here.

taste is strong on the malts up front, with the same caramel and a bit of chocolate. the earthy base is present here as well, providing a great contrast to the malts. finishes smooth with lingering dark fruits.

mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a creamy texture. no alcohol is present until a bit of warming takes place. very refined.

drinkability is good. the high alcohol makes this one a good warming winter brew, but may shy some drinkers away. all in all, this is a solid doppelbock, on the upper half of the bell curve. another solid brew from Sprecher. cheers!

Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Photo of Pauly2X
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good reddish mahogany color, with a quarter inch of head on top. Nose consists of lightly-toasted caramel. Good malty flavor, toasty enough to offset the sweetness despite the low hop presence. Finish is a little nutty. Oddly, there seems to be a little fruitiness, but it doesn't detract much. The noticible alcohol at the finish does, though. Big bodied but not too "thick".

Nice beer. I gotta start hitting up friends more often to bring back new beers when they travel.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one out of the bomber that has thick brown wax(like) sealing the top, which made it hard to even get it open. But when open finally, pured with a rich, brown, bubbly head that lingers. Matly nose with some of the 8% alcohol showing up, and a bit of spice, like anise--fairly sharp. Creamy chocolate taste and extremely smooth, the kind of smooth that I imagine got people to switch to lagers from ale once upon a time. But, in spite of the exceptional smoothness, the beer isn't light in the mouth, but very solid and full.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle 8.0% ABV. Plain gold font on black label.

Pours with a frothy densely packed khaki beige spongy head cap over a chestnut cherrywood deep nearly eggplant hue.

Nose ofers up a light vegetal and spice cake initial start, leaning over towards a slight copper penny metallic side, and ginger snap.

First swigs: Caramel, Earthy lightly smoked porter-esque with a residual table sugar and syrup sweetness. Malt flexed muscle of raisin, ripe apple, and ripe banana finished with a mild bitter drying flour ending.

Feel is slightly unrefined as far as doppelbocks range. Maybe this could have benefited from a more Earthy nature and a drighter nose. Soft frothy carbonation which adds to hide the 8% ABV completely.

Last swigs: Moderate doppel that behaves withing the rules of the doppel sandbox. Surely worth a shot for doppelbock fans. Too much banana ester in the flavor department.

Beer is good. Happy doppel beering.

Photo of maundythirsty
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown, clear beer with ruby highlights. No bubbles, but an aggressive pour makes a fat, sudsy head. Once it falls, no lacing. Smells of toasty, roasted malt. Nutty and rasiny. Some hint of the alcohol and a musty caramel smell.

Tastes like yeasty, roasted malt and alcohol. Sweet in a dark fruit sort of way. Very smooth mouthfeel. Substantial, but a little featureless. This stuff is carbonated?

A big and hearty beer? I guess it's pretty good. Pretty hard-charging alcohol. If in the mood for doppelbock, though, I may go a different route.

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.

Photo of indy169
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Some malt sweetness with maybe a hint of plums. Very subtle aroma.

T - Very sweet and malty. Some caramel with a hint of toffee and dark fruits. Not as complex as other dopplebocks.

M - Full and chewy. Nice mouthfeel.

D - A little too sweet and lackluster to be really enjoyable.

Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/30/2006 $4.99 22 oz. 8.00% No best by date.


Pours a clear dark brown with hints of orange topped by a quarter inch of tight tan head that settles very slowly.


Nicely roasted malt aroma with hints of ripe plum.


Rich creamy mouthfeel with a tinge of alcohol and ripe fig/plum characteristics. Very smooth and satisfying, with a warming sensation as the temperature rises. Another winner from Sprecher. Not the most complex of beers, but an excellent representation of the style.

Photo of Fuller
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a small light beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma is of sweet malt and fruit. Thick, rich & sweet malty taste along with some molasses and caramel flavors. A hint of alcohol taste is also present. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but the body is much lighter than other doppelbocks I've had. A warming alcohol bite is noticeable as it goes down.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass a hazy dark brown color, ruby highlights were noted when held to the light. The head was a finger of firm creamy tan foam that fell to a cap. The lace was spotty, but sticky.
The smell was more more subtle than expected for the style. The scent was very much like a chocolate malt with roasted malts and alcohol.
The taste is real story here. Dark fruits, raisins, dark roasted malts, faint chocolate notes, fresh roasted coffee beans, light hop bittering, and ethanol.
Medium bodied, lighter than expected for the style. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.
This one is worth finding. Don't be put off by the weak nose, the taste more than makes up fo it.

Photo of expatsteve
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.