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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

422 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 32
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted and toasted malt, brown sugar, and some slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity flavor. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Great Divide. Pours a moderate brown. Light toffee and dark fruit. Some sweetness. Medium body. Fairly good.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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 kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with poor retention on a clear deep mahagony brown body.

S: plum and raisin dark fruit, chocolate, mollasses and caramel malts.

T: Senisweet caramel malts up front with molasses and brown sugar fading to a dark chocolate with light semisweet dark fruit finish.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: full bodies beer for the season. Fairly complex and nice beer for the style.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear auburn color with a very nice head that turns rocky while leaving a fair amount of squiggly lace behind

Smell: Rich caramel and toasted brown bread aromatics with some fig and date elements

Taste: Opens with the caramel and toasted bread while adding the dried fruit, in the middle; moderately sweet, after the swallow, with a bit of graininess in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Better than most of the domestic examples of the style I have tried as it avoids the cloying sweetness; still it lacks some of the malty depth and complexity of the best of the German examples

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not usually a huge bock or derivative fan, but this one is perfectly true to the style, and i love it for the fall. it pours deep and alluring low glow red color like cherry wood. its got a one inch thick caramel colored head that lasts the whole glass. smell is big big german malts, autumnally appropriate, maple sugary. the flavor is more than just the malts, although they are there in a big way. there is also an earthy yeast that makes me feel like raking leaves, carving pumpkins, and smoking a turkey all day. its just that kind of beer and flavor profile. the feel is outstanding. its got a huge body on it, but its still plenty drinkable. the sweetness up front and not in the finish, which i am not used to but really liked in this beer. the finish is bready and quick. its a lovely bomber of beer for less than 8 bucks. ill be enjoying this all fall.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: Well, it's regrettably illegible, though, I can make out 2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a wispy, sudsy layer of yellowed froth.

Smell: In the nose, a sizable pile of brown sugar, slight nuttiness, and toasted dark breadiness with the faintest hint of chocolate powder. Resounding fruitiness in the nose of candied dates and prunes. Even-handed dose of spicing. Some alcoholic wafts noted.

Taste: Fairly sweet upfront, with plenty of caramelized sugars, brown sugar, toasted (dark) bread crusts and some nutty, grainy hints. Very faint chocolate, molasses. As with the nose, there's a big 'pop' of fruitiness present. Herbal-toned, leafy hops, low bitterness. Wolfgang remains malty, fruity, and sweetish until the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slightly chewy, fluffy mouthfeel.

Overall: I liked it better than I thought I would. Worth a try.

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3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO - 7/26/12

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of toffee, caramel and floral notes.

T - Good toasty malt flavor with toffee and caramel. Just enough hop bitterness for balance.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty dopplebock. Nice to find it on tap in Columbia.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jason
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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 WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.