Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

429 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 06-20-2012

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An odd choice for a summer seasonal maybe but hey maybe not.Bottled on June 5th 2012.Poured into a 1/2 leter stein a deep amber tinged mahagony with great looking sticky off white crown atop.Alot of bready malt and molasses in the nose,a whiff of alcohol and caramel as well.Caramel and molasses flavors with a tinge of dark fruit,an underlying bready maltiness is the main component of the flavor profile.Just a tad thin in the feel but this is a real nice doppelbock,maybe not a beer I would wanna drink in the heat of summer but very good none the less.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/5/12.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a turbid orange/brown color with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

A nice aroma of dark fruit and caramel.

Great taste. Lots of toffee. Raisins and plums. Very smooth.

A rich beer, very enjoyable.

Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours light ruby brown with a small light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel / toffee and chocolate malts with a little fruit and smokiness.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malts with some dark fruits and some smokey alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice rich and sweet doppelbock.

Photo of mverity
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof. Pours a deep reddish amber brown with a decent amount of light tan head. Collar holds really well. Aroma is caramel, some medium roasted malt, and a little bit of dark fruits. Taste is very earthy, some caramel. Very low carbonation and medium-high body.

Photo of Jason
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, bottle on date on the label.

LOOK: Deep reddish brass tone, epic lacing

SMELL: Clean, floral, toasted dark bread, clean alcohol, nutty, grassy

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, mild crispness, full-ish body, loaf of bread, toasty, nutty, hay, very malty, light sweetness, herbal hops, warming clean end

This beer does not get in you face like many other American brewed versions, very well balanced and drinkable for its size. On par with its German counterparts, hunt this one down.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle, Bottled on 6-14-2012, about 8 months in the bottle.

Pours a nice warm shade of darker brown, hazed, medium tan head, soft, fluffy and loose. Head stays nicely, leaves a thicker colar, and plenty of high, fine and scattered lacing.

Nose is bready, with a hint of nuttyness, and some sweet malts

Taste is full of toffee, dark breads, caramel and dark, ripe fruits. Deeply flavorful and tasty brew.

mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with carbonation on the lower side and feeling just about right.

Overall an enjoyable and worthy take on the noble style. Happy to get to try this slightly aged bottle.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has some roasted malt with a hint of chocolate mixed in. The flavor is very similar. There is some roasted malt and a very light hint of smoke. I also get some chocolate and some dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant ruby tinted chestnut under a clingy 1” light tan head.
S: A hint of tobacco that transforms into earthy aromas joins bread, prune, and plum on the nose.
T: Brown bread, dark kettle sugars, big malt character, light earthy bitterness on the finish.
F: Very smooth, creamy and soft in the mouth with above average body and slightly below average carbonation.
O: A big but easy to drink doppelbock.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great to find a bottle of this I was kind of pissed when I missed it's release last summer, pours a turbid plum brandy cola tinted color with caramel beige head forming thick with large bubbles of flowing carbonation. Aromatics offer up hints of plum, raisin, dark malts over ripened fruit, beautiful beer almost cider like tartness amongst the dark roasted malts. Flavor rustic lager flavors, smoke meat, just a hint of that, with big ripe dark fruits, plum juicy raisins, and plum that dark juice you can only get from the source. A definite German style lager from Colorado, excellent take by all means I'm just so spoiled to have tried so many great doppelbocks from PA they are the kings of the German beer styles brewed in America with minor exceptions along the way. Hints of dark chocolate and toffee as I take a few more sips with the dark fruit a mesmerizing beer experience, I'm glad I'm digging in now a year later. Mouthfeel is great smooth easy going each sip easier than the next I'm glad I found it subdued and refrigerated for a year it's been truly lagered, easy going carbonation great chewy dopplebock medium to full bodied. Overall I can't stop talking about this beer, excellent stuff nails the style truly good drinking doppelbock they better still make this stuff.

Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

Wolfgang is a deep redish brown with good clarity seen around the edges. The head is tight and creamy. It settles slowly and leaves nice Laing behind.

Aroma is malty and sweet and that comes through in the taste as well.

Flavor has toasted malt, biscuit, rye bread, and hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with great balance and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really nice beer and perfect for the fall season. Now they just need to make it a six pack.

Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - pours a light purplish amber with a soft, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - smells only of toasted malts

T - faint dark fruit, big toasted malt, a hint of caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was disappointing. The toasted malt notes dominated throughout. There were subtle hints of a solid doppelbock underneath the toasted malt, but it had no hope of coming out. I'll pass on this in the future.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager
22 oz. / 650 ml bottle
"BOTTLED ON: JUN 25, 2012"
$8.99 @ Whole Foods Regency Circle, Omaha, NE

Great Divide's Wolfgang pours a clear deep-russet brown that appears to be a deeper mahogany in the full pint glass. The frothy khaki head has a lightly yellowish cast to it. It rises up to a rounded pillow that wants to escape the confining walls of glass, and then slowly settles into a much denser, foamy cap. As you sip it leaves almost solid walls of lacing behind. They eventually slide back down into the brown liquid, but overall the head retention and lacing are quite good.

The aroma displays a distinct caramel maltiness, and not much more. There are some hops behind it, and you could toss about descriptors such as toffee, cocoa and chocolate, but basically it's one rich aroma rather than a more complex mix of items.

The flavor is similar in that way, but certainly more complex... the label says it all: "caramel, dark fruit and toffee balanced by a subtle hop character". The caramel and toffee appear right upfront, followed by the dark fruit across the middle. It's a softer fruitiness than you might find in an Imperial stout or a dark Belgian, but it remains dark fruit. There's at least less dark fruit "skin". Beyond that you find a welcome waft of minor floral hops that helps to balance it by giving it a little something more than malt and fruit, and a truly balancing bitterness. At this point you have four different components working almost in unison, but still standing on their own: the caramel/toffee malt, the 'light' dark fruitiness, the soft floral hops, and the balancing hop bitterness. There's one more addition to that, which is a note of chocolate that appears in the dry finish. The alcohol is superbly cloaked, lending just a light bit of pepperiness.

Overall, this as a remarkably balanced example of the style. Worth seeking out for fans of the style.

Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wolfgang pours a darker copper color. It’s relatively clear. Lots of light cuts through. Really nice crimson highlights are noted with a little light behind it. It’s topped with a light tan head that stands about a finger or so tall. It’s rather quick to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good, but is lacking a little in strength. More would definitely help. It features a nice chocolate malt scent up front. Smells like cocoa. There’s a hint of toasted malt, but it’s subtle. It’s a tad grainy, earthy, and grassy. Yeast is noted and works well into the mix. There’s a bit of alcohol and praline nuttiness on the tail. Light, hoppy notes are also present. Smell mostly floral and grassy. It’s not bad at all. Just needs more strength.

The flavor is definitely a notch (or two) better. The malt base is very nice and smooth. It’s mostly chocolate and toasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Very flavorful and strong. There are definitely some earthy and grassy notes that linger throughout. They could be attributed to some noble hops. Tough to say. Secondary flavors include yeast, bread, praline nuttiness, and alcohol. The alcohol is pretty well integrated and isn’t warm or hot at all. Finishes malty and earthy. This is very tasty stuff, indeed!

Wolfgang has a medium body that’s all kinds of smooth. It actually leans a little full. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels really nice and creamy. This is very good stuff, but mouthfeel is probably its strongest point. Goes down very smooth and easy.

It’s been a while since I’ve been really impressed with one of Great Divide’s bomber releases. Today…I’m really impressed with Wolfgang. This is very good stuff. It’s very flavorful and is extremely enjoyable. Great Divide did a great job with this one. Keep this one in the rotation, please! Easy recommendation.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy brown colored body.
The aroma is dry hay, caramel and grain.
The taste starts off with a mild lemon bitter and quickly moves to caramel and malty sweetness that carries through to the end. The finish is long and sweet.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
A solid drink.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Jun 05 12

Pours chestnut with a thumb of tan head. Super lacing & average head retention

S: Breadyness, some peppery notes, some dark fruit once warm

T: Brown bread, some figs & raisins up front, some dryness. Dark fruit, brown bread & slight peppery hoppyness as this warms. Finishes with dark fruit, dryness & a bit of leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, wanted a little more malt back bone

Very drinkable, a good, not great dopple. Was hoping for a little more from this brewery...

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty clear deep tarnishes amber hue with a big frothy off white head. Clean bready nose with notes of caramel, biscuit and earthy hoppiness. Subtle notes of chocolate and espresso.

Wow. Extremely good! Smooth and creamy with a strength that's masked excellently. Rich breadiness and clingy carbonation with a massive full mouthfeel. Rich chocolate covered honey roasted peanut like taste. Lingering savory saltiness in the mouth. Hands down excellent. So damn good. Lots of perfectly roasted malt.

Great divide does not make bad beer. It's official.

Photo of philbe311
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - A very active pour yields just about two fingers worth of slightly late to develop rich and creamy khaki colored frothy goodness... Limited retention gives way to a full uniform slightly thick veil of creamy lacing... The color is a slightly murky medium-to-dark mahogany... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble or two seen streaking at the top of the glass... A very nice looking brew and spot on for the style...

S - Malt bomb!!! Yes, please... Bursting at the seems with toffee and caramel goodness... Brown sugar... Fruit cake... Candied pecans... Some light milk chocolate notes... A very subtle smoke presence... Very enticing...

T - As expected this one is all malts through and through... Sweet rich caramel... Brown sugar... Toffee... Fruit cake... Light maple syrup... A faint woody component... There is a subtle but pleasant smoke presence that emerges and lingers on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Very limited carbonation... Smooth and sleek... Perhaps a bit on the thin side of the ledger...

D - A most outstanding Doppelbock which shouldn't be a surprise coming from a fine brewery like Great Divide... The only real constructive criticism is that a bit more of a robust mouthfeel would go a long way to making this offering truly world class... With that aside, this is still an terrific well rounded lager with lots to offer to all those who encounter it...

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and toasted bread.

Tastes of the fruits with some backing sweetness. Notes of figs, dark cherries, and some plums. Toasted bread notes fill out the middle along with some syrupy sweetness. Some slight spiciness comes through on the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is good doppelbock, that is another good offering from Great Divide.

Photo of fourstringer
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a flared pilsner with a moderate hand. Label reads bottled June 25 2012. Festive red foil cap.

A: Dark amber-red with good clarity. 1 finger of off-white head with ok retention. Lots of lacing!

S: Very sweet malt, raisin, dried cherry, dates. Caramelized sugar. Slight booze.

T: Roasted malt with a full sweetness. Light spice. Raisin, toffee and dark chocolate. Semi-dry finish with mild hop bitterness. I appreciate the subtle hopping. Some unusual apple juice flavors occasionally pop up. Light alcohol. Does get a bit cloying by the end of the big bottle.

M: Low-moderate carbonation with moderate body. Smooth and only faintly sticky. Nice.

O: Pretty good doppelbock. Drinks well. Rather sweet. Lacks the complexity and depth of something like Celebrator, but definitely worth trying out if you like doppelbocks. Or Great Divide. Or both, like I do.

Prost!

Photo of Vec2267
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - mahogany, with a thick head that falls to a subtle lace

S - caramel, chocolate, malty sweetness

T - semi-sweet, the hops give it just a bit of bittersweet balance, caramel, toffee, alcohol well hidden

M - thin for the sweetness but rich, very drinkable

O - rich without being overly sweet, lots of cookie/caramel/toffee flavors

This brewery tends to go over the top (Yeti in all its variants), but this is spot on for the style. Rich and sweet but considerable complexity. Not sure why this is a summer release - not ideal for Florida heat in the dead of summer.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a pilsener glass, clear medium brown beer with ruby highlights - couple of fingers of tan head

S: sweet chewy nuts, like pecans, toffee and caramel, earthy and musky

T: rich and deep malt flavors, treacle, brown bread; suggestions of spices from baked holiday fare

M: medium body, slick/smooth, flash of subtle fuzz from carbonation

O: a very nice beer - not a style I have great familiarity with, but I found this similar in feel and presentation to the Ayinger doppelbock, but the sugars were a little more forward and there was less complexity to the flavor. A rewarding drink in any event.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark red amber. One finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, hint of chocolate. Flavor is dominated by sweet malt with a hint of cocoa and a pleasant sweet finish of nuts, malt and light hops. Nice flavor progression and very pleasantly malty. Medium bodied with a good mouth feel. A great take on a doppelbock that I will return to.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep brown with red highlights. Fairly full head on the pour with thick lacing that reduces to zilch.
Smell: Toasted bread. Hints of chocolate. Pleasantly mellow.
Taste: as the nose. Very mellow, pleasant roasted malt.
Overall: very nice dopplebock. Enjoyed very much.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light aromas of brown bread and earthy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some added hints of raisins and a light amount of bitterness with bits of spices in the finish. Only faint traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer seems quite balanced and drinkable compared to other doppelbocks because it isn't as heavy on the palate and doesn't have any stickiness.

Photo of SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown/mahogany with a nice light tan head with decent retention into a Lagunitas Mug
S: smells awesomely sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. slightly bready and toasty as well. there was a little alcohol on the nose at first
T: caramel, toffee, toasted and bready malt, a little chocolate, slight alcoholic fruitiness. slight hop bitterness at times. swallow brings more toffee and toasted malt. a little nutty as well
M: a little over medium with nice and soft carbonation
O: very good. nice complexity and very well done. Great Divide makes some great beers and this one doesn't disappoint

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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.