Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.76/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
12-12-2013 03:24:39 | More by fourstringer
3.94/5 rDev -1%
From a 650 ml bottle (bottled on June 14, 2013) into a snifter.
A-The brew starts with a one and one-half finger head of mocha-colored foam. The head drops immediately to a thick cap that hangs around for a minute. No lacing. The beer is dark brown with a ruby tint. A fair bit of light gets through.
S-The aroma is heavy on roasted grain and barley, as well as molasses and caramel. There is a bit of cocoa powder. Alcohol is sweet and noticeable, but never intrusive or hot. A pleasant and inviting smell, for sure.
T-The taste is a little more disjointed than the smell, but not awful. There is still some grainy roasted barley, caramel, and dark fruit sweetness (from the alcohol), which you would expect from the style. However, I also get a root-beer-like flavor that is a bit odd and the finish provides a surprising bit of herbal, hoppy bitterness.
M-The feel is medium body with a lazy carbonation that sort-of ekes its way onto your palate.
O-This is a pretty enjoyable example of the style, with a few quirks. The look and smell are spot-on for a doppelbock, but the taste throws a few curveballs that I cannot fully endorse. The first curve is the strange, almost spicy, zesty character that accompanies the malt bill, and the second curve is the strangely herbal/floral finish. These oddities don't kill the beer, but they take it off style and I'm not sure I agree with them.
11-26-2013 03:29:19 | More by spoony
4.61/5 rDev +15.8%
dark brown, kind of ruby colored with almost no head. I love the way the soapiness slides back down the side when tilted. smell of sweet malts and bread? dark fruit. some nuttiness. and, sweet again.
taste is sweet and malty; little hop bitterness. some alcohol in the taste I think this is an excellent version of an American dopplebock. some places just seem to do a LOT right- Deschutes, The Bruery.... Russian River. Green Flash... even Stone and Lost Abbey. among others. I have come to feel Great Divide is another one of those places. I love the dopplebock and that is a style most of those other breweries just listed don't seem to have a great one of, if even one at all.
11-23-2013 01:53:41 | More by pkalix
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
A- deep, clear brown with a ruby tint. About one finger of foamy tan head. Minimal head retention, but a slight amount of lacing. No visible carbonation.
S- Very little aroma. A hint of malts sweetness and alcohol.
T- whatever they did with the aroma was packed into the taste. Big caramel malt flavors dominate. Hints of nuttiness and a slight and pleasant hops bitterness on the finish.
M- has a pleasant fullness, mostly smooth with just a bit of bite on the finish from the hops
O- a great example of a Doppelbock. I wish there was more of an aroma, but other than that, this beer hits it all.
11-13-2013 22:38:22 | More by delta490
4.26/5 rDev +7%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. Bottled on June 14th 2013.
A: Dark brown, barely garnet in the light. Nice tight tan head with good retention. Carbonation is visible on the sides of the glass.
S: Bready, yeasty, baked pizza dough, caramel malt sweetness
T: Heavy, slightly sweet, very lightly bittered just enough to balance. Slightly sweet finish is smooth and filled with caramel malt fruity flavor, but somehow nice and dry.
M: Filling but also nice and dry. Great job keeping the sweetness down on this one.
O: Great example of this style, and non metallic tasting, which seems to plague doppelbocks for me.
11-09-2013 01:04:01 | More by 51mmz0rz
4.21/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance - Poured into a glass, the beer had the trademark murky brown color with varying hues.
Smell - The malts from this doppelbock really get the attention of the sense of smell. The sweet malts really jump out.
Taste - On the initial taste, one detects a sweet maltiness. Highlights include burnt sugar, some dark fruits, and just a hint of sour. In the aftertaste, a dry sweetness concludes the experience.
Mouthfeel - Wolfgang had the thickness of a doppelbock, yet it was not quite as thick as I would like. The taste did not stick to my tongue as much as I would like.
Overall - This one of the better domestic doppelbocks available.
11-03-2013 17:15:16 | More by JohnnyHopps
Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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