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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

421 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 33
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:
Beer added by: oberon on 06-20-2012

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive coppery color with a big foam to start. Pleasantly carbonated though not exactly creamy. Malt and caramel in the nose.

Rich and rather sweet with smokey and spicy flavors. Nutty with a little roasted marshmallow. Somewhat buttery, but seems appropriate to the style. So mellow and malty, it borders on being too much of a good thing. If you like plenty of malt, but with some complexity, this is a good one to try.

Dangerously drinkable. Spicy with some gently hops along with the sharp flavors provide a nice balance to all the malt. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Philnor Liquor in Lakewood for $8.99.

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewery as Old Wolfgang. I'm not sure if there is any notable difference to the "Wolfgang".

Ruby brown color where the can penetrate. Great lasting head that leaves ring lace after each sip.

Toasty, darker malt aromas; very little hop to the nose as the style suggests.

Lots of toast and biscuit on the tongue. There's a touch of burnt malt, but it's in the background. Light hop and even a lighter body. Carbonation is fine. Overall, easy to drink but not that complex.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has some roasted malt with a hint of chocolate mixed in. The flavor is very similar. There is some roasted malt and a very light hint of smoke. I also get some chocolate and some dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I, another new GD beer, it seems like every 3 months there's a new one to try,

A: Pours a clear mahogany with a medium light tan head. Limited lace, average head retention.

S: Sweet crystal type malt, some roast, molasses.

T: Nice sweet malt flavour with a mild noble grassy hoppiness. This is quite well done. Not overly sugarfied at all. Fairly one-dimensional, but a good flavour.

M: Medium full body, not cloying at all which is impressive in an American dopplebock, pretty smooth, some crisp carbonation.

O: A solid lager for sure, the price is problematic when compared with Germany, but surely worth a try.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark garnet red to mahogany in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a thick ring around the edges of the glass (both wide and tall) and a medium sized patch of extremely thin film. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a moderate strength malty aroma with some toasted malts, brown bread, and nutty notes. There are also some additional notes of floral hops and a lighter presence of grassy hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer also has a strong malt flavor - there is the strongest presence of brown bread along with some more moderate notes of toasted and nutty malts. The beer is only lightly sweet, not cloying... There is a light presence of floral and grassy hops with light amounts of bitterness that does not linger.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Unlike many American versions of this style, it is not cloyingly sweet - this is much more true to the German version of the style. This beer is very easy to drink and hides the 8% ABV extremely well. Very enjoyable and definitely a beer I would get again.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  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.

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with copper edges and a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt notes. Hints of charcoal, coffee bean, cocoa, caramel and toffee followed by bread and some dark fruit. There's also a subtle earthy hop presence.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, sweet and roasted malt and dark fruit notes. Slightly earthy and bitter up front with some resinous hops that linger throughout. Surprising for the style. Although the hop character is stronger than expected, the complex malt character dominates. Nice balance of sweet and roasted notes with subtle smokiness. Hints of bread yeast and roasted coffee bean followed by chocolate, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. ABV is very well masked with no heat to speak of. Complex, flavorful and easy to drink.

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid doppelbock this side of the pond. Everything about it is like its German counterpart, but just a bit lighter. Looks great. Deep hazelnut and clean. Head is 2 fingers of off white nice foam that settles to dusting. Sticky lacing.

Aroma contains nuttiness, sweet light caramel malt, and solid strength toffee.

Tasting it finds a nice break up of parts. At first, the malt and toffee come in to sweeten the palate. Nuttiness and earthy hops are next, followed by a more grassy hop flavor. Overall, though, it's a sweet beer. A touch of smoke. Lighter touch of leather/tobacco.

For a robust summer beer, this isn't bad at all. A nice doppelbock from GD. Would go well with some BBQ dark meats.

Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - pours a light purplish amber with a soft, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - smells only of toasted malts

T - faint dark fruit, big toasted malt, a hint of caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was disappointing. The toasted malt notes dominated throughout. There were subtle hints of a solid doppelbock underneath the toasted malt, but it had no hope of coming out. I'll pass on this in the future.

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also fairly pleasant, albeit simple, as I pick up some cherry, brown sugar and some underlyng chocolate. The flavor profile is more of the same, though I appreciate the fact that the beer is not overly sweet and the finish is pretty dry. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, but the beer delivers considerable flavor and the finsh is fairly long and smooth. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile... I'm really not picking up the 8% abv. in this beer.

A nice enough domestic version of the style, though for the life of me, I cannot imagine why I'd want to drink this over some of the better versions readily available from Germany.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.