Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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4.04
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Wolfgang Doppelbock LagerWolfgang Doppelbock Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 06-20-2012

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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 432
Photo of BoilerMo
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a: Rich browns

s: Carmel and roasted chocolate

t: complex with carmels. chocolate, and roasted wood.

m: very good tasting beer. Nice complex flavors but no over powering. The wood overtones were real nice.

o: this is a very good dopplebock and a great beer to put in the fridge. It was very much like the german dobbelbocks but had a nice addition of local flavors to enhance the taste.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Doppelbock and it was an extremely enjoyable experience.

From other reviews, I was expecting a little more of a head to the beer, the beer has a relatively thick consistency on pour

The smell was caramel-like with what I thought was a hint of grape/berry-like smell, but as I drank it, the predominant smell was caramel-toffee-like.

I bought it in the bottle cold, and I drank it slowly over about an hour - as it warmed, the sweetness of it came out.

My favorite part is that bready taste that kicks in just as you swallow.

Although a high ABV, it didn't taste like it did. I wish I had had some cheese to have with this, this is the perfect beer to enjoy over a period of time - I think it would greatly benefit with a food pairing.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Steamer
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Beautiful deep amber color with red hues, rich looking. the color of the head compliments the liquid nicely and recedes to a thin layer across the top; lacing clings to glass for awhile. The aroma is a bit thin; hints of fruit and sourdough bread. Toffee flavor up front, light hops, very little bitterness. Tastes as rich as it looks. An excellent balance. Silky smooth mouthfeel; light carbonation. I enjoyed this beer immensely. A very nice break from the stouts and porters I usually load up on.

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Photo of pkalix
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, kind of ruby colored with almost no head. I love the way the soapiness slides back down the side when tilted. smell of sweet malts and bread? dark fruit. some nuttiness. and, sweet again.
taste is sweet and malty; little hop bitterness. some alcohol in the taste I think this is an excellent version of an American dopplebock. some places just seem to do a LOT right- Deschutes, The Bruery.... Russian River. Green Flash... even Stone and Lost Abbey. among others. I have come to feel Great Divide is another one of those places. I love the dopplebock and that is a style most of those other breweries just listed don't seem to have a great one of, if even one at all.

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Photo of lsummers
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had my doubts that this would live up to the hype, I had tried the lips of faith dopple and had lost some faith in american dopplebocks altogether. First sip of this was amazing.

It poured a very nice dark reddish brown with a tan head and a little bit of lacing. Pretty, and kind of expected for a good beer.

Smell is good, it didn't lead on to what was actually in store next. It told me the usual roasted caramel raison but it was a little subtle.

The taste blew me away, I wasn't expecting such a great meld of flavors, yet highly drinkable. I would choose this beer with my brat or burger anyday.

Overall, I think I want to pick up another! I enjoyed the beer from start to finish. A fantastic brew.

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Photo of IronLover
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in June 2012. Maple syrup brown with a reddish hue and good clarity. Pours with a strong, stiff off-white foam with excellent staying power that leaves wet sheets of lacings on the glass. Sweet caramel malt, ripe apple, fig, and chocolate aromas with subtle herbal hop and nutty aromas in the background. Velvety, smooth delicate feel. Sweet, sticky caramel malt flavor draped with herbal hop bitterness up front. Ripe fruit and fig flavors follow with dark bready, nutty and light boozy flavors to the finish. Wonderful earthy flavors and aromas with a sesational feel. Wish Great Divide would put this is 12 oz bottles. A fabulous autumn/winter sipper.

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Photo of drpimento
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dopple! I let it warm a bit too much before pouring with a huge, foamy, then frothy, tan head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is an nice, clear cherry brown. Aroma is fantastic with roast, malt, fruits. Flavor's like nose with lots more going on. True to style. Lots of depth. Plenty of malt with muscle and the carbonic tang and bitter perfectly balance. Body is full and generally round but with some sharp points. Finish is like flavor, long, and very drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep dark mahogany color. A foamy cream colored head recedes to large bubbles and wisp. Webbed sticky lacing coats the glass. The aroma is toffee and caramel sweetness followed by an oak wood note with a faint smokiness. The taste is much like the aroma with delicious sweet caramel and buttery sweet bread starting off. Toffee comes in the middle with a slight woody quality to finish it. Faint hops in the finish that leaves a slight tang. Mouthfeel is sticky and otherwise medium in weight. Overall, this is truly delicious. I need to drink more Dopplebocks.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had chilled in ale glass, chez White

A: very dark cola color; good steady head; fantastic lacing; excellent carbonation
S: caramel, sweet, molasses
T: rich caramel, chocolate; treacle, molasses, but not overly sweet (a tendency in this genre); hint of smoke; hops subdued; fantastic balance of elements

Solid, great beer!

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Photo of jpro
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle from NBPW...

A: Pours mahogany-brown; light ecru, one-finger head; good retention leaves a few strands of lace.

S: Rich, sweet malts; toffee; pumpernickel; dates; raisins; lightly spicy... cinnamon / ginger bread.

T: Dark bread; caramel malt; hints of dark fruit and fig; light hoppiness and a touch of alcohol help balance things a smidge.

M: Full body; textured mouthfeel with crisp carbonation provides some snap - maybe too much(?).

O: A delicious doppelbock and a great winter lager; “meal in a glass” is true for this one.

*from notes 12.14.13

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Photo of SHerninko
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bomber at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA on 3/13/13.

*Appears very nice in the glass. 5 oz pours to share the bottle. Darker golden color. Nice slight head, some bubbles, carbonation just right.
*Smells include: Some muffin/bread, semi sweet, malty but balanced.
*Taste is: toffee, dark candy, sweet but not too sweet, balanced, very unique taste.
*Mouthfeel is thicker than thin, creamy, low carbonation smoothness, no bite,
*Overall a very enjoyable DB. Need to sip it a bit, its true to it's style and slightly thick. "bread is a glass".

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a nice 2 inch foamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, bready, dark fruits like rasin, plum. A little chocolate nutty aroma also. Some nice yeasty sweet smells with molasses and burnt sugars.

Taste - Nice huge flavors of roasty malts and chocolate/caramel flavors. Very sweet, added brown sugars, molasses and almost a chocolate syrup flavor also. Dark fruits and a little spice add some more flavors. A little hop even comes at the finish. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel - Thick, sweet and tons of flavor. Tounge gets the malts, sweets and spices, were palate gets more malts, dark fruits and some hops. Afertaste is sweet, malty and long lasting.

Overall - WOw this is nice. Sweet, easy to drink, and pakcs a punch. Very balanced even with it being sweet, and it gets real sweet once it warms up. Alcohol is masked very well. A great beer, one of the best doppels ie had in a long time.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wolfgang poured a deep burgundy amber with ruby highlights, very clear with a creamy off white head that while it fell quickly to a thin surface covering left nice thick swathes of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is all about freshly baked dark bread with some hints of sun ripe plums.

The flavor mirrors the aroma, sweet richly dark bready malts with a distinct woody tone and hints of sun ripened orchard fruits, and a touch of caramel. Earthy somewhat spicy hops moderate the malty sweetness and bring a welcomed modest bitterness and light drying to the finish. Alcohol is perfectly masked.

The mouthfeel is smooth. thick and somewhat chewy with just enough carbonation to lighten things a tad.

While sweet this is not an overly sweet beer, (my wife however disagrees, leaving me with the full bomber all to myself) and I find the level of hops nicely balances things out. A very agreeable beer, but I would expect that from Great Divide.

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Photo of SamN
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July 2013, poured into dimpled stein.

This beer has such a great, rich color-- a dem-like deep reddish bronze, deep deep coloring. Very beautiful to light. Thick beige head doesn't last, but makes a lovely topping to the beautiful glowing liquid. Smell is all German lager; bready malts, candied nuts, ripe fruits and an overall earthy hop aroma. Sweeter, but lots of complexity. No alcoholthat I noticed, just that rich doppelbock aroma. Wolfgang enters the palette on a slighty herbal note, with more hops upfront. A malty middle brings on lots of those fruits; plums, apples, I've seen some people mention raisins/licorise and I see where they could taste that. I like a sweeter, less hoppy doppelbock and Great Divide has seemingly tailor-made this for me. Lots of rich malty tastes, with a wonderful lager body. Lots of complexity but it is still easy to sip and savor.

A great go at probably my favorite style of beer. So yummy, masterfully brewed. Another home run from Great Divide. A whole bomber to myself, lucky me.

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Photo of slammo
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors Jersey City. 22oz. Bottled on June 25. I am very happy with this Doppelbock. Pours a beautiful dark cherry color with a tan firm head. It looks delicious. Caramel nose and maybe some chocolate. The taste is of darkened fruit and toffee, some hops as it recedes. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany w/cardinal shimmer, finger khaki head,
patchy lacing

S: biscuit, malt, toffee, nutty

T: caramel, toffee, nutty, big malt, ripe fig,
mild roasted biscuit finish

M: med/heavy body, creamy/smooth mouth

O: WOW! Love this brewery and style, BUT
this is one of the best doppelbocks
I have ever enjoyed. So complex and delightful.
Will seek out more bottles and highly recommend.

AMAZING, MUST TRY!

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Let's see how this panes out. Pretty stoked since I haven't really had a doppelbock all winter to really enjoy.

Appearance: at first pours a somewhat cloudy, amber brown, but that quickly changes as it settles into a muddy, brown, opaque coloring. I dare you to hold back and resist this great looking beer. Tan, frothy head settles to about 2 inches and takes its time fading all the way to the bottom. Impressive lacing down the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted, caramel, little hop goodness is quickly noticed. Somewhat cocoa roast is also noticed and is quite inviting. Possible dried fruits like fig are noticeable. Some graininess balances out the whole aroma department. Delicious and inviting. Can't wait to take a sip.

Taste: First sips reveal an instant rush of caramel and roasted malts goodness. Hints of chocolate and molasses are definitely noticeable and gives a sweet flavor to the roasted malts. It's a pretty big pop of malty goodness. But towards the end, the malts turn to an almost bready flavor. Bit of a downer, but not trying to bash the whole thing. Good overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus body with medium carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I wasn't really expecting much. But boy, was I blown away. Not just another boring bock, but something special. The sweet cocoa and malty bitterness really balances out the flavors and brings everything together. Delicious and goes down quite smooth. I would try again and would totally recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of L0ne
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with golden highlights. One finger of sticky, bubbly, off-white head.

Bready, doughy, burnt-sugar sweetness (bordering on maple even? mmm), some dark fruit, faint bittersweet chocolate. Light spiciness alongside herbal hops in the finish cut the richness with just enough bitter and freshness to keep you wanting another sip.

Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, maybe just a touch of warming alcohol.

Loved it! Wish it was something I had regular access to.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dopple! Huge, foamy, then frothy, tan head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is an nice, clear cherry brown. Aroma is fantastic with roast, malt, fruits. Flavor’s like nose with lots more going on. True to style. Lots of depth. Plenty of malt with muscle mildly bitter perfectly balance. Body is full and generally round. Finish is like true to flavor with no unpleasant surprises.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. Bottled on June 14th 2013.

A: Dark brown, barely garnet in the light. Nice tight tan head with good retention. Carbonation is visible on the sides of the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty, baked pizza dough, caramel malt sweetness

T: Heavy, slightly sweet, very lightly bittered just enough to balance. Slightly sweet finish is smooth and filled with caramel malt fruity flavor, but somehow nice and dry.

M: Filling but also nice and dry. Great job keeping the sweetness down on this one.

O: Great example of this style, and non metallic tasting, which seems to plague doppelbocks for me.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love seeing a summer seasonal beer that isn't your normal/cliche style nowadays (I've had enough APWAs, thank you very much.)

This a 22 oz. bottle dated June 5th, 2012 that is poured into a pint glass.

A: Looks great. Clear brown with a two-finger khaki head. Retention is good.

S: Smalls very malty. I pick up notes of dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, and a bit of spice.

T: The heavy dose of malts continues in the taste. Loads of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, and a splash of dark fruit. Not as estery as I was expecting. Slightly phenolic. Ends with a touch of hops and spice. Reminds me of my good friend, Celebrator.

M: Silky smooth. Medium-heavy body. Really perfect for the style. Way too easy to drink.

O: This one hits its mark. Most American doppels tend to be way too crazy. This one is reminiscent of traditional German doppelbocks. A good summer beer, but not really sessionable due to the high ABV. I wish I had a big ceramic mug for this bad boy..that would be perfect!

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