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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

406 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 114
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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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

12-14-2012 05:54:47 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

07-08-2013 04:09:47 | More by Zbeetleman
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

09-30-2013 22:04:26 | More by jplopez21
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JellyJacket

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

05-07-2013 00:52:17 | More by JellyJacket
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AltBock

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

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

Washington

3.39/5  rDev -14.8%

22oz bottle split between a pair of pint glasses. Poured at fridge temp, around 41 F. It's been sitting in my fridge for a long time -- bottled on June 5, 2012 (today is February 16, 2014). So...not sure what that means for a dopplebock.

Pours rich, dark coppery-brown color. Little head. Not hazy, just dark. Little or no carbonation. Smell is caramelly, yeasty, slight dark fruit. Fairly mild aroma.

Taste is sweet, caramelly, some kind of roasty bitterness. Darker roast is very evident. Slight smokey character. More hints of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is a little flat (maybe age?), quite sticky. Overall, it's not bad. Not special. But, I wouldn't consider this a definitive review, being more than 1.5 years past the bottled on date.

02-16-2014 23:29:06 | More by snaotheus
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%

22oz bottle. Pours light ruby brown with a small light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel / toffee and chocolate malts with a little fruit and smokiness.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malts with some dark fruits and some smokey alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice rich and sweet doppelbock.

07-18-2012 06:01:52 | More by Beaver13
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DenverBigRed

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-14-2013 19:18:03 | More by DenverBigRed
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falconxman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-27-2012 11:44:49 | More by falconxman
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-18-2012 01:08:07 | More by st9647v3
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-02-2014 20:33:22 | More by thatoneguymike
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

11-29-2012 18:43:40 | More by Kahlerbock
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grubefresh

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-07-2013 04:04:01 | More by grubefresh
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-08-2014 05:13:43 | More by GClarkage
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

04-25-2013 13:24:52 | More by sendbeer
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-10-2014 04:30:17 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-16-2014 10:54:19 | More by Fettpopps
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-07-2012 23:35:34 | More by t0rin0
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jbarra101

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-26-2012 22:23:49 | More by jbarra101
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thufflife

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-19-2014 12:41:48 | More by thufflife
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Jah_Json

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-11-2014 12:51:41 | More by Jah_Json
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-05-2013 01:04:49 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-05-2013 01:05:04 | More by XmnwildX12
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Ego

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -11.8%

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

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

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

11-10-2012 05:25:39 | More by johnnnniee
Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.