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Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
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:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

TimRasmussen, May 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

allstar255, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of thegreekdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

thegreekdog, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kahlerbock, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of durwood64
2/5  rDev -48.1%

durwood64, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

DrDemento456, Jan 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

spoonhawk, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Profane, Dec 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep brown body and some nice lacing left from a solid head.

S - Worcestershire alongside alcohol and berries.

T - Sharp bread flavor with an interesting subtle mesquite flavor. Not what I was anticipating but it is certainly unique.

M - Watery and rather light in the beginning. It offers some slight abrasion one I get past halfway the halfway point of each sip.

~ The more i drink the better it gets. Try it by a fire in cold weather for a nice winter treat.

cdkrenz, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint. Bottled Oct 1, 2010.

A: Pours a translucent, dark mahogany color with 1/2 finger of fizzy, pale tan head. Little retention or lace.

S: Caramel aromas and good floral hops, very nice.

T: Like the smell, mostly caramel flavor, also dark fruits with a little spice, somewhat one-dimensional and a tad too sweet. Not bad, but a little boring.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel, a tad under-carbonated.

O: Not bad, but really a pity that the flavor couldn't live up to the smell. Still, worth a try.

AmericanGothic, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of sublimesipping
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drained last night with Marquette's final four hopes. Solid offering from Sprecher who specializes in German style offerings. Toasty caramal malts with a nice balance long finish and quite smooth drinking ability. Very nice beer and one that I would seek out again in Milwauke or Philly.

sublimesipping, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

weeare138, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of tapman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, sand colored head that got to three fingers, fizzled down to a 1/2 and then maintained that 1/2 finger for quite a while. Body is a dark brown with ruddy highlights.

Raisins and toast is the aroma. Maybe a little allspice.

Cinnamon, allspice, ark toast, though no astringent roastiness. Hops are earthy and minty and the darker malts give that raisiny taste. I prefer less raisin, but still big on good flavor.

Pretty good, smooth though a little thinner than I like, though I'm used to doppel bocks on draught. I mean, DOUBLE bocks. sorry.

Sprecher makes good beer at a good price, plus it's more local to my hometown of Chicago than beer from California or Europe. Less shipping equals less fuel used and the savings are passed onto me, the consumer. Not great, but pretty damn good.

tapman, Mar 03, 2011
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 bsherb
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 mariposafan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice tall creamy head that gradually fades to persistent lacing. In my Duvel tulip the color is very dark but a light shining behind it reminds me of a red laser - very bright and a brilliant red. Not at all what I was expecting.

Some sweet malts and dark fruitiness in the aroma. Maybe some aromatic hops as well.

The taste isn't as sweet but there's still some sweetness. Lots of dried fruit flavors with some roasty bitterness on the backend. Some alcohol dries things out as well.

The mouthfeel is very nice - not too thick, not too thin, with smooth carbonation that doesn't advertise itself but does its job perfectly. If there were a little less drying alcohol it would be a 5 for mouthfeel.

Drinkability suffers a little from the noticeable alcohol and from the slightly excessive bitterness on the backend. Not that it's not drinkable, but it's definitely not something I'd go for more than one of at a sitting.

mariposafan, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

emerge077, Aug 19, 2010
Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.