Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 431
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 19.31%
Wants: 39
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: oberon on 06-20-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive coppery color with a big foam to start. Pleasantly carbonated though not exactly creamy. Malt and caramel in the nose.

Rich and rather sweet with smokey and spicy flavors. Nutty with a little roasted marshmallow. Somewhat buttery, but seems appropriate to the style. So mellow and malty, it borders on being too much of a good thing. If you like plenty of malt, but with some complexity, this is a good one to try.

Dangerously drinkable. Spicy with some gently hops along with the sharp flavors provide a nice balance to all the malt. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Philnor Liquor in Lakewood for $8.99.

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Photo of Jason
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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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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 smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewery as Old Wolfgang. I'm not sure if there is any notable difference to the "Wolfgang".

Ruby brown color where the can penetrate. Great lasting head that leaves ring lace after each sip.

Toasty, darker malt aromas; very little hop to the nose as the style suggests.

Lots of toast and biscuit on the tongue. There's a touch of burnt malt, but it's in the background. Light hop and even a lighter body. Carbonation is fine. Overall, easy to drink but not that complex.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/5/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep mahogany color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, dark bread, biscuit, nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark malty flavors with well balanced fruitiness. Taste of caramel, raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, chocolate, biscuit, nuttiness, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, biscuit, nuttiness, and light earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of dark malty flavors with moderate fruitiness; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Great balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering; one of the better examples I have had in the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark garnet red to mahogany in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a thick ring around the edges of the glass (both wide and tall) and a medium sized patch of extremely thin film. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a moderate strength malty aroma with some toasted malts, brown bread, and nutty notes. There are also some additional notes of floral hops and a lighter presence of grassy hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer also has a strong malt flavor - there is the strongest presence of brown bread along with some more moderate notes of toasted and nutty malts. The beer is only lightly sweet, not cloying... There is a light presence of floral and grassy hops with light amounts of bitterness that does not linger.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Unlike many American versions of this style, it is not cloyingly sweet - this is much more true to the German version of the style. This beer is very easy to drink and hides the 8% ABV extremely well. Very enjoyable and definitely a beer I would get again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a brown color with some reddish highlights. A 1" head slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness is nice on the nose.

Taste: a nice malty backbone with ripe dark fruits, toffee, a mild bitterness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother towards the finish.

Overall: a very enjoyable doppelbock that has a nice focus on the maltiness without being overtly hoppy. Easy to consume this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid doppelbock this side of the pond. Everything about it is like its German counterpart, but just a bit lighter. Looks great. Deep hazelnut and clean. Head is 2 fingers of off white nice foam that settles to dusting. Sticky lacing.

Aroma contains nuttiness, sweet light caramel malt, and solid strength toffee.

Tasting it finds a nice break up of parts. At first, the malt and toffee come in to sweeten the palate. Nuttiness and earthy hops are next, followed by a more grassy hop flavor. Overall, though, it's a sweet beer. A touch of smoke. Lighter touch of leather/tobacco.

For a robust summer beer, this isn't bad at all. A nice doppelbock from GD. Would go well with some BBQ dark meats.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I, another new GD beer, it seems like every 3 months there's a new one to try,

A: Pours a clear mahogany with a medium light tan head. Limited lace, average head retention.

S: Sweet crystal type malt, some roast, molasses.

T: Nice sweet malt flavour with a mild noble grassy hoppiness. This is quite well done. Not overly sugarfied at all. Fairly one-dimensional, but a good flavour.

M: Medium full body, not cloying at all which is impressive in an American dopplebock, pretty smooth, some crisp carbonation.

O: A solid lager for sure, the price is problematic when compared with Germany, but surely worth a try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark reddish brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly to a smattering of bubbles on top. The aroma is sweet with burnt sugars and light sweet dark fruits along with a bit of toffee that seems a bit out of place. Faint floral hop aroma provides little balance to the malty sweetness. The flavor is sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar flavors and a bit of burnt sugar sweetness. Light prune flavor along with a weak coffee type melanoid thing going on. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet crisp mouthfeel. I find that so many American breweries try to replicate the dopplebock style and can't seem to pull it off. This is a fine beer, but compared to some of the hallmarks of the style it just doesn't compare. The smooth melanoid and rich dark dried fruits are lacking in this example.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with copper edges and a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt notes. Hints of charcoal, coffee bean, cocoa, caramel and toffee followed by bread and some dark fruit. There's also a subtle earthy hop presence.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, sweet and roasted malt and dark fruit notes. Slightly earthy and bitter up front with some resinous hops that linger throughout. Surprising for the style. Although the hop character is stronger than expected, the complex malt character dominates. Nice balance of sweet and roasted notes with subtle smokiness. Hints of bread yeast and roasted coffee bean followed by chocolate, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. ABV is very well masked with no heat to speak of. Complex, flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also fairly pleasant, albeit simple, as I pick up some cherry, brown sugar and some underlyng chocolate. The flavor profile is more of the same, though I appreciate the fact that the beer is not overly sweet and the finish is pretty dry. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, but the beer delivers considerable flavor and the finsh is fairly long and smooth. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile... I'm really not picking up the 8% abv. in this beer.

A nice enough domestic version of the style, though for the life of me, I cannot imagine why I'd want to drink this over some of the better versions readily available from Germany.

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