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Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 6
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of brewcrew76


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 20:15:45 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of granger10


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 19:44:00 | More by granger10
Photo of pmcadamis


4.7/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 15:40:52 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of OldTime


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-16-2012 02:08:48 | More by OldTime
Photo of sneaks2210

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-21-2012 02:38:44 | More by sneaks2210
Photo of Keith_R


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-07-2013 00:32:33 | More by Keith_R
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:44:12 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut with a thin but full tan crown. Very Belgiany. Lively flavorful yeast. Vinous in the extreme for a bock. Dark fruit front, toffee middle, and spicy/citric hop finish that improves as the beer warms. Very drinkable for a bock as well. A tad thin but still creamy enough to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 06:06:29 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of tmoneyba


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:42:38 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of bump8628


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-10-2014 20:30:19 | More by bump8628
Photo of BeerResearcher


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle. Brewed on 12/18/03
Pours a dark garnet brown with a 2" fading beige head and some patchy lacing.
The aroma is a sweet and nutty malt with notes of toffee. A distant alcohol and whiff of smoke are detected.
A full, almost buttery malt body has a rich toasty malt flavor. A slight smoky taste mixes with flavors of toffee, coffee and brown sugar.
A tart lemon/lime bitterness and over-ripe apple taste balance the malt sweetness. A bit of bourbon-like alcohol fuminess gives this brew a different angle of the Dopple Bock style. It ain't bad!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 01:48:55 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Kahlerbock


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-17-2012 15:00:22 | More by Kahlerbock
Photo of TonyTalon


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-29-2012 04:37:12 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of jzlyo


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-05-2013 00:29:39 | More by jzlyo
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 23:06:37 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Gehrig


4.43/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 02:37:45 | More by Gehrig
Photo of maxpower


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright dark amber-brown with a decent foamy lasting off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Has a sweet fruity and bready aroma. Sweet and malty fruity and caramel flavors, medium body with a slick and smooth mouthfeel, finishes sweet, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 19:44:15 | More by maxpower
Photo of grahamboudreaux


4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2012 11:36:03 | More by grahamboudreaux
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 01:44:17 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Lemke10


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a medium brown color with not too much of a head. The aroma is very malty. The flavor is very well balanced with a delicious toasted, malt flavor and a bit of carbonation to give it some volume. Probably one of the better seasonal offerings from Sprecher's. Overall very nicely made.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 02:33:52 | More by Lemke10
Photo of botham


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 02:36:26 | More by botham
Photo of Winter


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with ruby hues. Light tan head. Aroma primarily consisted of malt. Not much else that I noticed on the nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied. Rich oily, roasted malt flavor with coffee-like tones. Hints of a mild fruit sweetness (raisin and plum). Finish has a mild bitterness to it. A fine example of the style from Sprecher and a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 20:39:10 | More by Winter
Photo of marburg


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown-burgandy, fairly clear. Not much in the way of head; what's there certainly fades quickly. Caramel and sweet, wet malts. Deep down there's an almost fruity sensation that reminds me of a squished fig newton. Smacks of roasted bitterness in the middle through the end. Somehow remains "light" and drinkable. Stays very smooth even through the hop bitterness; never gets astringent, something I've found common in some bock and dopplebock beers that are trying too hard for balance. Just a trickling of prune juice across the tongue washed away by more dominant "pure" malt flavors. Quite a nice doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 01:56:03 | More by marburg
Photo of objectivemonkey


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark blackish ruby with a decent white head, shrinking to a thin film, with lacing in thick sheets cascading down, strings catching on the glass here and there. Aroma is slighly sweet toffee on top of heavy malt base, some toffee and caramel hints. Taste is heavily malty, nice hints of toffee and even brown sugar. Can slightly get alcohol hints, in both taste and aroma, nice. This is one of those beers that is just good, all around, no weaknesses, but no real strong points.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 23:44:26 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 02:44:25 | More by cbl2
Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
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