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Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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 shbobdb
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too often American breweries fall into two catagories when they attempt European brews: either they Americanize the brew into something unrecognizable (see Pale Ale and IPA for extreme examples) or they merely clone an existing beer.

Neither description fits Sprecher -- they are a truly generative brewery. Take this Doppelbock as an example, it is clearly not a clone of a DB on the market, yet it easily could be. Give it a German name ending in -ator, put it in a 500ml bottle and in a blind taste-test, no one would know it wasn't German.

And here's the stat breakdown:

Look: A deep garnet body with a coffee-and-cream head whose lifespan is far too short.
Smell: Muted malt with a surprising hop presence.
Taste: Very good. A dominating biscuit flavour coupled with rum raisin.
Mouthfeel: Round and pleasant. Not as thick as some DB's, but not too thin. After a while, the alcohol numbs the tongue slightly, but it works.
Drink: Nice and easy. Not too thick, but loaded with flavour. I like.

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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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!

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.

Photo of tapman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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

Black wax capped bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Hazy muddy brown with ruby tints with minimal ecru head. Bit of lacing here and there.

S: Dark fruitiness hints of cocoa and malts. With a wee bit of vanilla booziness in the background.

T: Oaky almonds with hints of bitter chocolate and raisins. Ends with an oak sappy bitterness.

M: Light for a double, but good nonetheless. The light body matches nicely the woodiness of this brew.

D: Good.

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

Dark tan head sits atop this deep, dark brown beer.
Aroma of roasty malt, an earthy character, alcohol, and a hint of spice.

Taste shows a mildly sweet, medium roasty malt backbone. Earthy hop balance, although still malty overall. Spicey alcohol bite. Hint of raisin and dark fruit. Spicey alcohol and malt sweetness linger on the palette at finish.

Good mouthfeel.
Above average drinkability, but the alcohol is to evident to score higher IMO.

Overall, a solid Dopplebock. Dopplebock fans will likely rate this a bit higher than I did.
Big thanks to Jeffboo for the bottle!

Photo of green_plastic
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of DrIPA
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of durwood64
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of chris1919
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jabo134
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Jon
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Popsinc
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a very big looking dopplebock. dark mohagony pour with a medium tan head. looks yummy.

Smell: big sweetness in the nose of both black licorice and molasses. roasted malt. anticipating a very sweet brew.

Taste/Mouthfeel: sweet right off the bat. again, molasses and black licorice are present as well as some candy-cane sweetness. the mouthfeel is fairly smooth and the body is much lighter than i had anticipated. the finish offers up some alcohol bite and even some smokey notes that weren't detected in the nose.

Drinkability: a little light for my liking giving this beer questionable drinkability considering the style. a good beer but not a Paulaner Salvator either. overall, nice complexity and balance.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Sprecher Brewing Company in Glendale as part of a fundraising dinner for WFB Kickers SC. Go, Fireflies!

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a one-finger, caramel head that doesn't linger.

S: Sweet caramel malts, hops, spice, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Robust malt and sweet caramel with notes of oatmeal and raisin. A hint of licorice. Plenty of hops to balance things out. A flash of alcohol on the finish.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: Relatively easy to dispatch for the style.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of JeffSK
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wakajawaka76
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Pours a strong dark garnet with a minimalist off-white head. Zero retention and scant lacing. Served at cellar temp.

Smells solidly of fig and raisin.

Tatses quite malty up front. The initial burst is interspersed by gobs of fig, smoke, currant, and whiskey. Has quite a strong medicinal ending which is a little bit od a downer.

Mouthfeel is bordering on quantam for a doppelbock.

Drinkabale, but maybe two at a sitting, tops.

Photo of moulefrite
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time out for a cup of coffee! Typical deep chestnut color. The head fades very fast. Aromas start malty, then quickly head towards coffee. In the mouth more coffee. The alcohol comes off slightly out of balance and overwhelms the flavor and warming richness of the style. Finishes with a bitter burt sugar note and a touch of sweet malt and raisin. A bit too carbonated-almost soda like-maybe they intended it for the root beer and it got mixed up? All in all a pretty good beer despite.

Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.