Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

429 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 26 | 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 BlackBearForge
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Love the brewery and love the style, expecting big things from this bad boy.

A: 1/4" tan head over mahogany liquid.

S: Toffee, figs, pears, green grapes, chocolate.

T: Pears, walnuts, figs, toffee, green grapes and grass.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Kudos for Great Divide for even making a doppelbock. This under-appreciated and under-represented style needs more brewers to step up to the plate and deliver. For "liquid bread" the viscosity of this doppelbock was a little thin, and the flavours were a little uncharacteristic. However, this is still a good doppelbock that is worth trying. But, so far my favourite North American take on the style is from Les Trois Mousquetaires in Quebec.

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of warrenout330
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Pours a clear red copper, with off-white and horizontal patches of lacing.

S - Toasted cereal grains, very clean, brown sugar, earthy molasses, hazel nuts, baked brown bread.

T - Follows the nose with heavy cereal grain, reminds me of Total cereal. Sweet molasses coated grain. Some grassy hops on the back end creates a peppery bitterness. Brown fruit bread crust rides through the middle along with an hazel nutty flavor. Finishes dry and bready.

M - Heavier side of medium body, moderate carbonation,

Very clean and bready. Nothing complex but very precise malts. It drinks very new but i like it. Not sure why they called this Wolfgang for a Dopplebock.

Photo of IronLover
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clear, deep reddish mahogany color with a single finger of sand colored head that lasts for several minutes and leaves fairly decent loops of lacing behind on the glass. Lighter side of medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells of chocolate and yeasty bread with just the right amount of herbal and earthy hopping to accent the sweet aroma. Taste is centered around toasted bread in front with medium amounts of nuttiness and lesser quantities of chocolate and yeastiness in the background. As the glass warms, the herbal and earthy hopping aspects gain enough volume to make one of the more strikingly dry finishes I've ever tasted in a Doppelbock. In fact, overall this beer seems to be balanced more towards being savory and bready than being about caramel and toffee, and I'm totally OK with that. However, on the other hand, there is only the merest ghost of a presence of dark fruits in either nose or flavor, which could stand to be somewhat bigger relative to all the other elements.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Bottled June 15, 2012
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass

Great Divide's doppelbock features well-balanced flavors between sweetness and bittering European hops, perhaps the most balanced I've experienced in a doppelbock. Blending herbal, green, and bitter hop components with a subtle caramel, roasted, and chocolate malts, the beer is decidedly appealing to whatever one's interests are. That being said, I felt like this could use more malt depth and complexity, for being a doppelbock, such as using more chocolate or nut-like malts.

Pours a 1cm head of medium tan foam, made up of small bubbles, that has above average retention, gradually decreasing to a thin ring around the glass and an island of wispy foam atop the body. Lacing is above average, with some spiderwebs and smaller constellations of spots elsewhere. Body is a transparent ruby-brown color, with slightly active carbonation visible, stemming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of mildly sweet caramel, a bit of brown sugar, light cocoa, a hint of orange esters, yeast, deep brown European breads. The aroma is sweet, but not particularly so, partly due to its generally moderate, average-intensity nature, but also because it is very well balanced by the European hops.

Overall, flavor is not as sweet or caramel-rich as some doppelbocks, instead looking towards a blend of roasted, caramel, and chocolate malts that is well-balanced by the European hop usage that adds notable bitterness and green, leafy flavor to the beer. Opens with some brown sugar sweetness and not overly sweet caramel flavors, Mid-palate features heavy malts with a bit of roast and noble hop bitterness and herbal character. Back of palate picks up continued roasted malt, a bit of chocolate malt, noble hop bitterness, and some caramel flavor. Aftertaste of European hop bitterness and lesser residual caramel-like sweetness.

The beer is medium-bodied, with fairly low amounts of carbonation, leading to a smooth, though too-placid mouthfeel. Finish is expectedly dry, from hop usage and residual sweetness of the beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and toasted bread.

Tastes of the fruits with some backing sweetness. Notes of figs, dark cherries, and some plums. Toasted bread notes fill out the middle along with some syrupy sweetness. Some slight spiciness comes through on the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is good doppelbock, that is another good offering from Great Divide.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wolfgang is a deep chestnut brown colored lager. There is about an average size head sitting on top and is pretty dense. Plenty of lacing around the glass. Lots and lots of carbonation.

Aroma is all malts. Sweet and sticky smelling with dark fruits and graham crackers and toffee.

Complex tasting malts with sweet malts toffee and stewed fruits.

Drinks bitter upfront and mellows out towards the end with some alcohol warming.

There is a very slight metalic taste present but not a factor for me.

Photo of denver10
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a caramel looking brown with a nice beige head. A nice bready aroma filled with some toffee, caramel, a little nutty. Flavor was very smooth also filled with bread, toffee, caramel, and a little nutty. It never gets too aggressive and offered a great balance. A nice fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, totally hit the spot at the bar tonight. I'd put this right behind the Yeti series for my favorite offering from Great Divide, might have to go out and grab myself a bomber of this.

Photo of DavidST
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, bottled on July 03, 2012. This pours a clearish dark brown with a smaller short lived tan head. The smells are good, toffee, caramel, roasted nuts. The feel is medium to a little thicker and creamy. The taste is pretty great roasted nuts, caramel, dark fruit, quite nice.

Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy tanish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of toasted caramel malts, bready and chocolate malts, some smoke and a touch of dark fruit, coffee, and lager esters.

T - Starts out with some toasted caramel malts, with some chocolate and dark fruit notes. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with some smoke and coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, some smoke and dark fruit, and a hint of coffee and booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, roasted, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malty backbone with some good roast and body to balance.

Photo of bump8628
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a tulip. Clear russet brown, thin head of khaki foam forms from a mild carbonation. Dark rye bread, raisin, and toffee. Clean, mellow and dry which is something American brewers typically don't achieve with this style. A well-aged musty character creeps in and adds some depth. Light floral hoppiness adds balance. Another well done, balanced yet big beer from Great Divide.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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 shand
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a deep ruby color with a small head. The aroma is malty and chocolatey, with some bread. The taste follows the nose, with a robust amount of malts. There's roast and bready aspects here for sure, along with some chocolate and caramel flavors. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and decently carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is one of the best American Doppelbocks I've had, easily. It's not up on Celebrator's level or anything, but it's a great stab at the style.

Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish cola, small tan head, leaves pretty fast. No lace.

S - Dark chocolate, bread and malt.

T - Taste matches smell pretty well. Very malty, with a hint of chocolate and dark bread in the background.

M - Light to medium body, good balance, clean finish, good carb.

D - Very drinkable, especially at the ABV.

Photo of Sweasty
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide brings us a doppelbock. It looks the part of a nice doppelbock. Wolfgang pours a nice dark mahogany. Things are topped off by a fingers worth of light khaki head. Head settles to a ring leaving some lacing down the glass.

Wolfgang has a classic malt centric nose. Light floral hops hit first. Plenty of sweet caramel notes. A fair amount of brown bread present as well. Some toasty bready malt notes rounds things out.

Flavor is no less malt centric. Plenty of sweet caramel hit first. Brown bread notes are much stronger on the palate. Strong molasiss notes blend with the bready qualities. Floral hops show just enough to add a little balance to the sweetness. The finish is lightly floral with a barest hint of alcohol spice. All in all a very clean lager.

Wolfgang is nice and full-bodied, but not overly chewy.

Great Divide never ceases to pump out quality brews. This is one of the most drinkable doppelbocks brewed on this side of the pond. The alcohol barely makes its presence known. I'm not quite sure this lives up to the German greats, but it comes damn close.

Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.