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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good

410 Ratings

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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 SamN
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July 2013, poured into dimpled stein.

This beer has such a great, rich color-- a dem-like deep reddish bronze, deep deep coloring. Very beautiful to light. Thick beige head doesn't last, but makes a lovely topping to the beautiful glowing liquid. Smell is all German lager; bready malts, candied nuts, ripe fruits and an overall earthy hop aroma. Sweeter, but lots of complexity. No alcoholthat I noticed, just that rich doppelbock aroma. Wolfgang enters the palette on a slighty herbal note, with more hops upfront. A malty middle brings on lots of those fruits; plums, apples, I've seen some people mention raisins/licorise and I see where they could taste that. I like a sweeter, less hoppy doppelbock and Great Divide has seemingly tailor-made this for me. Lots of rich malty tastes, with a wonderful lager body. Lots of complexity but it is still easy to sip and savor.

A great go at probably my favorite style of beer. So yummy, masterfully brewed. Another home run from Great Divide. A whole bomber to myself, lucky me.

SamN, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of LouDogg114
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

LouDogg114, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Jah_Json, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Irrationalist
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Irrationalist, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of BrewCaveDweller
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

BrewCaveDweller, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

NonicPanic, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

WynnO, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of sleepyteacher
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

sleepyteacher, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of quid
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really interesting brew. As fortune has it, a local shop was letting 22 oz bottles go at $3.99, so I bought the four remaining. For me, the most prevalent flavor is black licorice a la old school Panda boxed black licorice more than anise. I started with the beer right out of the refrigerator and drank the second half of the bottle closer to room temp. The licorice faded on the front end but lingers long after drinking, for me.

What I've noticed most about this beer is that the various characteristics are evident but subtle and passing, each quality presents itself and then fades into another. After the initial black licorice I tasted a suggestion of currants, which was later followed by a good natural vanilla with faint molasses and cherry notes.

I actually picked up on something like dank rotting wood, but in a really nice way - maybe that's just the Pacific Northwesterner in me. The alcohol is present but, like the rest of the various aspects, not cloying or at the front. Everything moves in and out. I'm the type to eat and drink slowly, for the most part, so I'll take a few deep drinks and then let the beer sit on the table for five minutes; I think the tortoise had it right, slow and steady wins the race. My second or third time lifting the glass actually presented a kind of soy or tamari quality, with salt lingering. I also get tar, if that makes sense, kind of as a deeper extension of the licorice. Interesting beer, no doubt.

quid, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of AHeaston8
4/5  rDev +0.5%

AHeaston8, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Greg_Nall
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Greg_Nall, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

tneenan1, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of mverity
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof. Pours a deep reddish amber brown with a decent amount of light tan head. Collar holds really well. Aroma is caramel, some medium roasted malt, and a little bit of dark fruits. Taste is very earthy, some caramel. Very low carbonation and medium-high body.

mverity, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of jpro
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle from NBPW...

A: Pours mahogany-brown; light ecru, one-finger head; good retention leaves a few strands of lace.

S: Rich, sweet malts; toffee; pumpernickel; dates; raisins; lightly spicy... cinnamon / ginger bread.

T: Dark bread; caramel malt; hints of dark fruit and fig; light hoppiness and a touch of alcohol help balance things a smidge.

M: Full body; textured mouthfeel with crisp carbonation provides some snap - maybe too much(?).

O: A delicious doppelbock and a great winter lager; “meal in a glass” is true for this one.

*from notes 12.14.13

jpro, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

rrski198, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Ankur, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

army01, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

weeare138, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

DenverBigRed, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of fourstringer
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a flared pilsner with a moderate hand. Label reads bottled June 25 2012. Festive red foil cap.

A: Dark amber-red with good clarity. 1 finger of off-white head with ok retention. Lots of lacing!

S: Very sweet malt, raisin, dried cherry, dates. Caramelized sugar. Slight booze.

T: Roasted malt with a full sweetness. Light spice. Raisin, toffee and dark chocolate. Semi-dry finish with mild hop bitterness. I appreciate the subtle hopping. Some unusual apple juice flavors occasionally pop up. Light alcohol. Does get a bit cloying by the end of the big bottle.

M: Low-moderate carbonation with moderate body. Smooth and only faintly sticky. Nice.

O: Pretty good doppelbock. Drinks well. Rather sweet. Lacks the complexity and depth of something like Celebrator, but definitely worth trying out if you like doppelbocks. Or Great Divide. Or both, like I do.


fourstringer, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Jmerc23
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Jmerc23, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Rudy
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Rudy, Dec 06, 2013
Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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