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Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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110 Reviews
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Reviews: 110
Hads: 176
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Appearance is as per the BA Database Photograph. A 16 fluid ounce brown glass bottle with the word ‘Sprecher’ embossed into the bottles neck profile. Twist off cap, which I actually noticed before I used my Bottle Openers for once as it nicely labeled as such even with some red arrows. A yellow dot matrix code and date of 12/18/03 appears on the neck also, with a note on the label that says that this beer is best 120 days from this date.

Appearance: A massive light tan head forms easily and has excellent retention. The unlit dark brown body has a refined mahogany body with dark ruby flashes when held to the desk lamp. The smooth creamy head and solid body give this a very nice look in my McEwan’s Scotch Goblet.

Nose: Like a malted hot drink mixed with the smell of cooling freshly made dark bonfire toffee. Burnt odors mixed with a soothing comfortable malt heaven smell.

Taste: Yet again, home-made Bonfire Toffee and a thick Ovaltine Maltiness dominate the beer. Some caramel and a light bitterness occasionally trances the sweetness. But the malt is always the main player here, however, it finishes with a fantastic splash of raisins and plums all entwined in a luxurious dark malt and fruity finish. Nicely balanced and neatly done.

Mouthfeel: Chewy at times, which endeared me to this Dopple Bock. Quite the scrumptious beer all round with a very comforting mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easily dispatched, the sign of a good beer for me is one that has disappeared by the time I get to this part of my review. I finished this before I even got to typing the Mouthfeel part!!

Overall: A solid offering to finish a late Friday Night and a very busy week at work with.

Thanks to an exceptionally patient BigHuge for this one!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Deep, Bready, Sweet, Warming

Perhaps a classic now as it has been winning over beer geeks for over 20 years. Even with a massive maltiness there is a lot of balance here with a touch of roasted grain and alcoholic warmth. Drinkable as the size does not hinder the sipping at all. A prime example of the style and a must have.

STYLE: Dopplebock | ABV: 7.85% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of cokes
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A picturesque doppel. Pours deep, dark ruby with a pale khaki head that does not go away.
Faint raisin, and an almost tropical fruit smell. Nothing huge (per the style) in the nose dept.
Roasted malts up front, then runs the gamut from raisin to carmel before giving way to quiet, yet somewhat citric hops at the finish. Nice tasting, but I wish I could squeeze a little more out of this one. The malts do not jump out and ring my neck like I was hoping they would.
Afterwards, a subtle coffee flavor lingers. Hmmm, not what I expected.
Goes down fairly creamy, but too thin for the style .
Nonetheless, this is one I could drink all night...but it would be a short night. If there is such a thing as a session Doppel, here it is.
Somewhat pleasing, but not overwhelming. However, sometimes I like to be a little overwhelmed by my doppels. Still, good stuff.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a bottle today (10DEC05) which was given to me by Randy Sprecher after the BA ABF in June, 2005. Thoughts mostly echo what's below, though I'd kick the appearance up to 4.5... gotta love those glimmers of garnet in that deep chestnut color. Also feel the taste is worthy of a 4.5 as well, with the super caramel malt sweetness playing nicely off the floral hops at the end. A verry nice bier, perhaps in my second tier of DBocks...
Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

*** ***

(Original review of 03APR04). Doppelbock is one of my favorite styles, one of the first non-mainstream styles I got into in the early 80's. Sprecher's version (with a bottled date of 18DEC03) pours a deep, dark, clear chestnut hue, with a thin, light tan head. This layer of bubbles is quite fine, and tends to ring the edge of the glass, with just a tiny bit of lacing. Nose is malty and sweet, with toffee/caramel notes lurking within. It gives a nice idea of the taste to come. Body is a solid medium, and it has a creamy, velvetty feel on the tongue, as a Doppel worth its weight should. This Bier has great malt all the way through; a solid foundation. It is roasty yet sweet with caramel, and with a touch of chocolate making an appearance as well. It has a lovely touch of late hops which take the edge off of the malt just enough to not let it be cloying. Verrry nice, and it gets better as it warms, too! Das Bier schmecht sehr gut!
Vielen Dank, Herr jeffboo!!! (4.0/4.0/4.0/4.5/4.5 = 4.10)


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Photo of tpd975
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kiefdog for this one.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a very small head. Very little retention and no lace.

S: Bold caramel aromas with hints of toasted malt. Just a touch of alcohol can be detected as well.

T: Nice roasted caramel malt flavors with a nice blast of dark fruit. Bold raisin with hints of bread.

M: Medium in body pretty smooth.

D: Not bad.

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

On tap at McGrath's, Harrisburg, PA on 4/16/09.

A - Walnut brown body with almost two fingers of creamy beige head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and minimal lacing.

S - Subtle nose with woody notes, sweet caramel malt and slight dark fruit notes suggesting raisin, prune and dried apricot. A light smokey character and hint of coffee emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Chocolate and caramel malts with hints of dark fruit, especially raisin and prune. Slight earthy hop notes and an oaky, woody character develops in the middle, followed by a subtle alcohol presence. Finishes dry with mild bitter and faint nutty astringent notes.

M - Medium bodied, almost a bit too light for a Dopplebock, though. Lite syrupy texture with a soft carbonated mouthfeel. Finish is pretty dry with a touch of wood and hop bitterness on the palate.

D - This is an easy drinking Dopplebock with a well-concealed ABV, especially for the style. Next to the Black Bavarian, this might be the best brew I've sampled from Sprecher thus far.

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Photo of Vancer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good fall brew while watching some football. Clear, deep amber with a tan head, nice lacing. Hints of spice on top of a malty aroma. Some notes of pepper in the quaff, which starts malty sweet but balances out and finishes dry and earthy.

Medium bodied, still a fairly rich brew. At $1.70 for a pint bottle, it won’t break the bank.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brownish caramel copper with a body with a thin tan head that reduced to a thin veil and left minimal lace.

S-strong sweet caramel malt and a bourbon-esque quality. Dark fruit notes of raisin and prune. A touch of alcohol fusels and a touch of oak dryness.

T-Rich caramel malts with a nice bourbon touch. Notes of dark fruit, with raisin and prune. Hints of chocolate, cofffee and spicy, earthy hops in the finish. Not sickly sweet at all, in fact finishes rather dry.

M-Medium bodied with a dry finish that makes it feel lighter than it really is. Quite smooth and easy to drink. Lingering flavours of oak and prune quite prevalent.

D-Quite possibly the best American dopplebock I have had. Not to sweet, dry finish and not lacking flavour....a great combination!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling this brew with fish113d. Beer is room temp and I am using a snifter. Not the dirty one! HAHA
The beer pours a chestnut hue with garnet tints and develops a light beige head that fades quickly to an edge layer. Mild toffee aroma and some general fruitiness mixed in berries and pears I think. First sip reveals a small yet prickly carbonation and average body. The flavor is sweet and sugary up front with toffee and brown sugar dominant, some ripe fruit as well. The finish is rather dry and allows some hints of vanilla. There is a bit of a sweet coating on my tongue after the swallow almost a syrupy feel to it. Overall a very nice brew and easy to drink. Wish I had bought more than one bottle!

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Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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

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Photo of beerguy101
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish sienna color with a creamy 1/4 inch head on a hard pour. Coats the glass lightly, little lace. Malty aromas, some sense of fig and raisin. Decent mouthfeel, consistent but somewhat lighter than stickier Doppels. Very pleasant taste, slighlty buttery caramel with even some chocolate notes. Well-balamced, hops are background players but are noticeable in the light raisin tones. Overall, this strikes me as meeting style, but middle-of-the-road -- in the Salvator category with slightly more limited body. A drinkable beer for sure, though.

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Photo of Crosling
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby brown, shimmering… smallish tan head, soapy retention, no lace. Pleasing alcoholic, rummy-raisin, sweet malty nose… inviting. The prevailing flavor is rich, roasted malt with vague sweetness, surprising chalky bitterness (which balances the sweetness well), plus some plums, the alcohol is noticeable. This doppelbock has a pleasant finish… toasted malt, interwoven sweetness, exceedingly dry. Slight warming of the belly. The body is a little thin, it does seem to bulk-up as it warms. Drinkable, I’ll gladly have another one. Good stuff.

My bottle was two months past its “best before” date, it has held up very well. Sprecher makes a damn good doppelbock.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprise of a dopple for sure, this beer poured out very dark with a small amount of head. I couldn't decipher the bottled on dates of these bottles, but I will guess they are over a year+ old, but i didn't notice any ill affects because of that fact. The taste was very malty, but not with the syrupy brown sugar flavors that many young dopples have. A dryer, more porter -like flavor with increased acidity and coffee flavors. Alcohol is very present. Mouthfeel is right on, and I proved to myself that the drinkability is very high.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks go out to BeerFMAndy for this bottle!

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thick luscious tan head capping it off. Great retention; left some sticky lace globs on the glass edge. Scents of raisins, prunes, tart grapes, and alcohol. Different.

The body is creamy and smooth. Thicker than many of the Dopple's I've had. I like that. Flavor profile starts out mimicking the scent with some tart fruitiness, raisins, and a light alcohol burn on the backend. But the finish is very full and bready. Some mild toasted bread crust and crackers. I like that finish!

Decent beer. Probably my favorite of the style so far, and I will admit, this is not one of my favorite styles in general. Recommend.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a nearly opaque dark brown...ruby hues...with a a short lived tannish head. very little lace. sweet sugary aroma...lots of maltiness abound...slightly solvent...very pleasant. lots of yeast and malt induced flavours...a delicate balance of cocoa and caramel...toffee and coffee...alcohol spice and a lingering boozy bitterness. very smooth. mouthfeel comes off as slightly thinnish but the brutish alcohol makes up for it by making the body seem larger than it really is. this is a nice doppelbock. especially as it warms a bit. very drinkable. i like it!

cheers to zap for letting me sample this enjoyable brew!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of granger10
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep crimson color with moderate carbonation showing. A bit of a nutty caramel aroma with some burn but its none of the flavors are too prominent in the smell. Taste is loaded with malts and rich deep dark malts at that. Lots of plummyness here. Quite figgy with toffee undertones. A shot of some liquer thrown in. The initial roastiness subsides to a creamy feel at the top. The finish comes back with some roasty and spicy notes but the maltiness is always there. Intriguing, tasty, quite good. Those Wisconsin brewers can sure brew their lagers right.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
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!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently at Whole Foods on Houston St because it's March and this is the time of the year to enjoy a beer like this! Although this isn't the best Dopplebock that I've had, it was a great buy and I was getting tired of all the heavy beers from the winter. This one packs quite a wallop in terms of the alcoholic content, but at no time did I feel that this was too strong or that the flavors were out of whack.

This had a nice pour to it - a nice garnet brown hue to it and just a bit of head and no lacing and carbonation...like I expected. The mouthfeel was balanced well with notes of plum, chocolate, and a bit of lambic-like sourness. The alcohol, as I said before, is there, but I've had beers that were just as strong where I had to take it slow due to the taste. Not the case here, as this goes down pretty easily and leaves a nice, slightly roasted aftertaste.

Although a lot of the Bock and Dopplebock beers taste the same to me, this is the time of the year to have them as the days are milder and the nights are cool. This beer fits the season well since it's dark, strong, but not heavy and warming like other dark styles are. While nothing in particular stands out about this, it's worth finding if this style is up your alley!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good caramel toasted malt and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced bittersweet malty flavor with a moderate smooth balanced finish of moderate to long duration.

Standout doppelbock.

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Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.