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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

416 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 31
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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Photo of sleepyteacher
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

sleepyteacher, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of quid
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +0.8%

AHeaston8, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +0.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Greg_Nall
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Greg_Nall, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of tneenan1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

tneenan1, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of mverity
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +12.3%
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
Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

rrski198, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Ankur
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Ankur, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of army01
4/5  rDev +0.8%

army01, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

weeare138, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of DenverBigRed
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

DenverBigRed, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of fourstringer
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Prost!

fourstringer, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Jmerc23, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Rudy, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

vcoggins, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

RichH55, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of BuddhaBrowett
4/5  rDev +0.8%

BuddhaBrowett, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

spoony, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Evil_Pidde, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

pkalix, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

ZEB89, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

aztraz, Nov 19, 2013
Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.