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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 29
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 06-20-2012)
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

ctrevino, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

strongaf, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MarcWP, Dec 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Kahlerbock, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Kearney at Boogaarts market just on a whim, thought a doppelbock sounded good and hadn't had this before... may have even been the only or one of the few available.

Anyway.

Pours a nice deep reddish brown, deep rust red. Very nice. Has an off white creamy head. It's not overly carbonated but is t be expected, seems just about right. And is, I'd say they hit a perfect mark for style and carbonation. Low to medium...

Smells bready, doughy a bit, dark fruits. Kind of a plum/prune smell. A bit of a spicey booze hint to it which is nice. The smell is a bit mute and subtle.

On taste it is also pretty mellow, no one flavor is extraordinarily aggressive. Which is good, there are several things going on in this doppelbock. Some good caramel notes in the front with a dulled down sweetness. Which is good, the sweetness is one thing that it really has going. It is there but is not at all overly or under done. Its a perfect suit. The dark fruits come in, a bit of prune, dried black cherry. There is a really nice dry dark chocolate taste going on which mingles and lets out into a bitter coffee. Bitterness comes apparent to be a happiness which is very subtle and is good for this beer. It gives it a nice dryness.

It's on the medium thick body side but is still very drinkable. For 8% ABV it is incredibly drinkable. The alcohol just doesn't really seem to make an appearance. It has that German malt thing going on. You know by the taste it is a German style beer. I also detect a certain Belgian -e- ness sort of thing happening. It is not out there but I think it may have to do with the dark fruit notes. I don't know what it is. But everyone should know that certain Belgian "thing". Whatever it may be.

Kind of sticky in a way, but a nice bread dough kind of a sticky.

Overall this is a pretty damn good doppelbock. I rated it on the higher side because I have been trying to pay special attention to style. For the style this was probably one of the best done doppelbocks I have ever had or have had for quite some time. I have to say that it rubs elbows with a personal favorite... Korbinian from Weihenstephan.

I'll likely purchase another bottle of this when I get a hankering for a doppelbock again... or just need a good, easy drinking beer with a bit more malt and a bit more character to it.

Misanthropy_Sipping, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

AverageWhiteGuy, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DavidGross, Nov 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

leodarko, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

johnnnniee, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

erlenmeyer, Nov 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

bent, Nov 06, 2012
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.

Mora2000, Nov 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Twal, Nov 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

benfairbank, Nov 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

EyePeeAyBryan, Oct 31, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a dimple mug

A- brown colored, Ruby high lights on the edges. Thick off white head that sticks around for ever... eventually goes to a pillow over the beer.

S- bready malts, caramel malts earth funk at the end.

T- sweet caramel malts, sweet bready malt like Easter bread. Very delicious....liduid bread.

M- medium body with.. moderate carbonation... earthy hop bite... a lingering sweetness all the way through

O- this might be my favorite offering from GD. For once a American brewery can make an exceptional German dopplebock! Find it, drink it, its liquid bread. A meal in its self.

warrenout330, Oct 29, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark amber color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a bit below average, but a ton of lacing is left.

3.0 S: The nose is a bit underwhelming. Toasty with a hamster bedding type of mustiness. Caramel sweetness, but dry overall. Booze is well hidden. Lacking in complexity and not enough potency in the aromas presented to make up for it.

3.0 T: Same goes for the taste. Closer to boring than exciting, but well made. Lots of toastiness, with a mild caramel sweetness and a bit of mustiness. Not as dry as the nose, but not sweet either. Booze is again hidden well. I'd be a little more impressed if this was a 4% amber ale, but it isn't so I'm not.

3.5 M: Medium body. Dry, crisp carbonation that works well enough. Lacking creaminess, but again, it works with what is presented.

3.0 D: It's not a bad beer and it's definitely drinkable, but there isn't enough flavor to put this anywhere above average.

DavoleBomb, Oct 27, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

smcolw, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Boilerfood, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Gerasimos, Oct 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dumptruck81, Oct 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Leschber, Oct 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

videofrog, Oct 17, 2012
Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.