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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

Wolfgang Doppelbock LagerWolfgang Doppelbock Lager

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BA SCORE
89
very good

378 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%


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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Cheshire_Crew_Al

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Doppelbock and it was an extremely enjoyable experience.

From other reviews, I was expecting a little more of a head to the beer, the beer has a relatively thick consistency on pour

The smell was caramel-like with what I thought was a hint of grape/berry-like smell, but as I drank it, the predominant smell was caramel-toffee-like.

I bought it in the bottle cold, and I drank it slowly over about an hour - as it warmed, the sweetness of it came out.

My favorite part is that bready taste that kicks in just as you swallow.

Although a high ABV, it didn't taste like it did. I wish I had had some cheese to have with this, this is the perfect beer to enjoy over a period of time - I think it would greatly benefit with a food pairing.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 15:06:19 | More by Cheshire_Crew_Al
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kaufmaal

Alabama

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with some beautiful crimson highlights. A substantial one-finger, tan head that reduced to a 1/4" but that holds its own. Ripe, dark fruit scents: plum, dates, raisins, banana; some caramel and toffee notes, too; dark rum. The taste is a bit more one-dimensional: sweet, sugary, booze-soaked fruit cookies. Fig Newtons come to mind, and there is a breadiness to it. The lacing is exceptional, and the carbonation is understated. Not too syrupy or viscous.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:59:26 | More by kaufmaal
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown in color with a one fingering white head that has great retention.

Nose has loads of Caramel bready notes with mild toffe and a fig like fruity undertone. Some nice spicey hop is also detectable.

Lots of bready flavors meld in with subtle Carmel sweet dark fruit and a mild spice possibly from the hops. Really well balanced.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a good caramel like stickyness to it. medium carbonation and very slight dry finish

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 22:34:13 | More by Fcolle2
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Tone

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, earthy malt, hint of hops, hint of pale malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight earthy malt, hint of hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, not enough hops to balance the high levels of malt, but good flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 20:17:26 | More by Tone
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a pilsener glass, clear medium brown beer with ruby highlights - couple of fingers of tan head

S: sweet chewy nuts, like pecans, toffee and caramel, earthy and musky

T: rich and deep malt flavors, treacle, brown bread; suggestions of spices from baked holiday fare

M: medium body, slick/smooth, flash of subtle fuzz from carbonation

O: a very nice beer - not a style I have great familiarity with, but I found this similar in feel and presentation to the Ayinger doppelbock, but the sugars were a little more forward and there was less complexity to the flavor. A rewarding drink in any event.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:47:29 | More by Greywulfken
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:30:08 | More by Gavage
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/25/12 so it's just over a year old. Picked it up discounted to 8 dollars at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Ah good a pop of the top is smokey and rushing of carbonation. In the glass A deep amber red color very dark with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head.
s - A year really has rounded this beer out no strong alcohol smell it smells of plenty of raisin and plum really ripe dark fruit, bready malts, and some caramel malt to boot.
T - Right of the bat the yeast still vibrant smacks the palate with dry bread crust. Sweetness does try to balance with mild fruity plum and raisin and I can till taste the hops even as they come off very earthy. Great!
M - Very smooth drinking with a medium body, somewhat thick yet smooth hiding the ABV well.

Overall worthy of the 8 dollar price tag but I kind of wish this was bottled in 12 oz singles since the price would rival Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock and I could pull the trigger easier. Regardless they do make a great Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:35:52 | More by DrDemento456
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 04:33:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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lancecenter

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

220z bomber bought at the local Gabriel's. Bottled on date of July 03, 2012. Drank Sep 07, 2013. Poured in to a Victory pilsener glass and a Boulevard tulip. I preferred the latter.

A - Dark red to brown. Two fingers of creamy head with excellent retention. Very good lacing.

S - Dark bread, dark fruits, caramel, and toffee. A little bit of alcohol on the backbone.

T/M - The fruit and bread hit me up front with caramel and toffee on the tail end. Soft, with minimal crispness.

O - This is surprisingly balanced. There is nothing obscene about this beer. And the 8% alcohol? Not even noticeable. The drinkability of this beer is off the charts.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:53:19 | More by lancecenter
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/5/12.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a turbid orange/brown color with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

A nice aroma of dark fruit and caramel.

Great taste. Lots of toffee. Raisins and plums. Very smooth.

A rich beer, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 19:15:05 | More by lordofthewiens
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 18:14:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bomber at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA on 3/13/13.

*Appears very nice in the glass. 5 oz pours to share the bottle. Darker golden color. Nice slight head, some bubbles, carbonation just right.
*Smells include: Some muffin/bread, semi sweet, malty but balanced.
*Taste is: toffee, dark candy, sweet but not too sweet, balanced, very unique taste.
*Mouthfeel is thicker than thin, creamy, low carbonation smoothness, no bite,
*Overall a very enjoyable DB. Need to sip it a bit, its true to it's style and slightly thick. "bread is a glass".

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 14:56:32 | More by SHerninko
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:21:04 | More by superspak
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:30:49 | More by scruffwhor
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AltBock

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 05:18:10 | More by AltBock
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 00:57:32 | More by JuicesFlowing
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 01:31:24 | More by brentk56
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:20:29 | More by Billolick
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chickenflea

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 22:58:46 | More by chickenflea
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Ego

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 06:12:52 | More by Ego
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Steamer

Missouri

4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 01:00:34 | More by Steamer
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slammo

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 23:45:35 | More by slammo
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:29:20 | More by drpimento
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 03:52:10 | More by Thorpe429
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An amber color with ruby highlights. Tan head as a thin layer of creamy carbonation sticks around. Slight lacing and the color is clear.

S- Classic bready component found in a dopplebock. Caramel very noticeable as it lingers in the malt sweetness. There seems to be a slight weird smell. I want to say piney, but that is not exactly it.

T- A very rich malt taste that is abundant in bready character with slight amounts of nut. Seems to be a hint of roasted malt in the finish of the beer and that is where the nutty flavor seems to become most apparent as well. A caramel sweetness also compliments the malt character.

M- Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Sweet flavor as expected.

O- A great dopplebock, and I have to admit I was not expecting it to be this enjoyable, especially after the one strange component of the smell. Glad to see a great dopplebock released by an American brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 03:41:37 | More by Lolli1315
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