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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Wolfgang Doppelbock LagerWolfgang Doppelbock Lager

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BA SCORE
89
very good

410 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 06-20-2012)
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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

superspak, Mar 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

champ103, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

G-Hawk, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

roostor07, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dbone_has_biers, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Clear, garnet and rust color mix. About one finger of head after a hardy pour. Tan foam eventually recedes to nothing.

Smells like a lot of dark fruit, rich, toasted and roasted bread crust. Sweet, roasted and rich aroma overall.

Rich, syrupy palate with a little abv.% heat that cuts through the palate on the finish.Rich, dark fruits, caramel and some dark toffee all mix together with a faint Earthy hop undertone. Rich, malty, sweet, and strong. A pretty good Doppelbock if I do say so!

scruffwhor, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of AltBock
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%

22oz. red foil capped bomber bottle. Simple, but informative recycled paper label with a silhouette of a German man with mug of beer chasing a wiener dog with a sausage chain in its mouth. Right above them in a big red sash is the name of the beer. Off to the sides is a bottle date, food pairing suggestions, and a paragraph that has a brief history of the style and tasting notes in it.

Poured into a simple Pilsner glass. This Doppelbock appeared to be a mahogany color, but I believe it was more of a cherry wood color. No real highlights in this beer. Solid cherry wood color. On top was a 1/2 an inch dirty white head of foam. It wasn't white, but it wasn't tan either. Good retention that left behind a small skim of foam and tiny spots of lace around the color. Above average Doppelbock appearance.

The aroma just wasn't popping out. Even when it warmed up and it was swirled around, the aroma still didn't come up that much. I got a whiff of roasted malt, dark chocolate, a raisin or two, and a little caramel in the background. Not bad, but the aroma could have came out more.

It tasted like it smelled. And like the aroma, something was holding it back. The first taste that came to me was the roasted malt. That taste was then washed away by a gentle taste of dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, and then it finishes up with a dried hop taste. The dried hop taste at the end made it a little interesting. I think some caramel or molasses sweetness would have been better than a dried hops.

This was a medium bodied Doppelbock with a faint aftertaste. This faint aftertaste only consisted of a pinch of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and more dried hops. This aftertaste doesn't bother to stick around. 8% ABV? Felt more like it was between 5-6% ABV.

I'm on the fence with this beer. It looked nice, but it smelled and tasted like something was holding it back. I might try it again in the future. That's because it's a solid Doppelbock.

AltBock, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

JuicesFlowing, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

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

brentk56, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

Billolick, Feb 13, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +8%

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.

chickenflea, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

gatornation, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

CDBrew, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Ego
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%

cold winter nights demand something a touch darker... I wasn't in the mood for a stout so perusing the old cellar I ran across this which I have neglected to try until this moment...

bottle marked 6/25/2012 as a born date

eyes...
this has been sleeping in my cellar some months now but still produces a big fluffy head of 2 fingers tall on an easy pour, the slightly craggy head has a lazy audible sizzle to it, the head maintains a decent size for the duration here, lacing is good, the carbonation does not seem to be in any rush as it saunters up in fairly organized columns of gas, sort of a brown tone with ruby glow, pretty good looking

nose...
lots o' prunes, bitter chocolate bars in the fridge, the bready-ness of the malts is hard to detect but definitely there, slight whiffs of a roasty cousin come a swishing by here and fro, interesting but nothing to write home about

taste etc...
for a moment there I thought the carbonation would be off putting.. but then it was OK on the swig but then it did get a bit too prickly on the aftertaste, bummer, this sips pretty smooth with a light medium body, definitely a bit lighter than many DBs I have encountered, that DB warming kick from the ABV is definitely there though, the malty dusty taste is present where the grains are really shining, it falls a bit short on what follows, instead of a deep roast flavor of coffee tone or perhaps chocolate it sort of peters out, not totally however... just a bit mild for my tastes.

verdict?
a good beer, definitely not an americanized version of the style and yet not as refined as the stalwarts brewing in germany

Ego, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bifrost17, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

DrJoe82, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

Steamer, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

BentLegBrewer, Jan 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

wo87810, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of slammo
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

slammo, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

muskiesman, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

drpimento, Jan 17, 2013
Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.