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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Wolfgang Doppelbock LagerWolfgang Doppelbock Lager

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117 Reviews

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 431
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 19.31%
Wants: 40
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: oberon on 06-20-2012

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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 431
Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled June 5, 2012.

Appearance: dark ruby-brown hue with no haze at all. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Nice looking beer.

Smell: extremely biscuity, toasty, nutty malt aroma. Nicely composed, but biscuit is just a character I don't like too much.

Taste: biscuity, bready, and caramelly. There's a light fruity characteristic which I like. Bitterness and hop character are quite low. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and a nice smoothness. I like it.

Overall: Wolfgang is not a bad beer at all, but its flavor profile just doesn't float my boat.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant ruby tinted chestnut under a clingy 1” light tan head.
S: A hint of tobacco that transforms into earthy aromas joins bread, prune, and plum on the nose.
T: Brown bread, dark kettle sugars, big malt character, light earthy bitterness on the finish.
F: Very smooth, creamy and soft in the mouth with above average body and slightly below average carbonation.
O: A big but easy to drink doppelbock.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, garnet and rust color mix. About one finger of head after a hardy pour. Tan foam eventually recedes to nothing.

Smells like a lot of dark fruit, rich, toasted and roasted bread crust. Sweet, roasted and rich aroma overall.

Rich, syrupy palate with a little abv.% heat that cuts through the palate on the finish.Rich, dark fruits, caramel and some dark toffee all mix together with a faint Earthy hop undertone. Rich, malty, sweet, and strong. A pretty good Doppelbock if I do say so!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/25/12 so it's just over a year old. Picked it up discounted to 8 dollars at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Ah good a pop of the top is smokey and rushing of carbonation. In the glass A deep amber red color very dark with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head.
s - A year really has rounded this beer out no strong alcohol smell it smells of plenty of raisin and plum really ripe dark fruit, bready malts, and some caramel malt to boot.
T - Right of the bat the yeast still vibrant smacks the palate with dry bread crust. Sweetness does try to balance with mild fruity plum and raisin and I can till taste the hops even as they come off very earthy. Great!
M - Very smooth drinking with a medium body, somewhat thick yet smooth hiding the ABV well.

Overall worthy of the 8 dollar price tag but I kind of wish this was bottled in 12 oz singles since the price would rival Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock and I could pull the trigger easier. Regardless they do make a great Doppelbock.

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Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of malt, caramel, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of malt (a big amount, but not too much), dark fruit (plums?), and hints of caramel and toffee. A sharp, lively, focused flavor. More complexity than you usually find in this style.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very solidly made, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma definitely gets your attention - strong and malty with a caramel overtone and notes of spice and chocolate plus an earthy hint. Pours a translucent chocolate brown, close to mahogany, with a thick and fairly persistent tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Flavor does not quite equal the promise of the aroma, but is still quite good - malty, bready, subtle notes of caramel, cloves and chocolate. Smooth texture has good body and fizz, and leaves a malty, woody, slightly chocolaty finish. Get this goat!

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Photo of drpimento
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dopple! I let it warm a bit too much before pouring with a huge, foamy, then frothy, tan head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is an nice, clear cherry brown. Aroma is fantastic with roast, malt, fruits. Flavor's like nose with lots more going on. True to style. Lots of depth. Plenty of malt with muscle and the carbonic tang and bitter perfectly balance. Body is full and generally round but with some sharp points. Finish is like flavor, long, and very drinkable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/5/12.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a turbid orange/brown color with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

A nice aroma of dark fruit and caramel.

Great taste. Lots of toffee. Raisins and plums. Very smooth.

A rich beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy brown colored body.
The aroma is dry hay, caramel and grain.
The taste starts off with a mild lemon bitter and quickly moves to caramel and malty sweetness that carries through to the end. The finish is long and sweet.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
A solid drink.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark amber color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a bit below average, but a ton of lacing is left.

3.0 S: The nose is a bit underwhelming. Toasty with a hamster bedding type of mustiness. Caramel sweetness, but dry overall. Booze is well hidden. Lacking in complexity and not enough potency in the aromas presented to make up for it.

3.0 T: Same goes for the taste. Closer to boring than exciting, but well made. Lots of toastiness, with a mild caramel sweetness and a bit of mustiness. Not as dry as the nose, but not sweet either. Booze is again hidden well. I'd be a little more impressed if this was a 4% amber ale, but it isn't so I'm not.

3.5 M: Medium body. Dry, crisp carbonation that works well enough. Lacking creaminess, but again, it works with what is presented.

3.0 D: It's not a bad beer and it's definitely drinkable, but there isn't enough flavor to put this anywhere above average.

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wolfgang pours a darker copper color. It’s relatively clear. Lots of light cuts through. Really nice crimson highlights are noted with a little light behind it. It’s topped with a light tan head that stands about a finger or so tall. It’s rather quick to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good, but is lacking a little in strength. More would definitely help. It features a nice chocolate malt scent up front. Smells like cocoa. There’s a hint of toasted malt, but it’s subtle. It’s a tad grainy, earthy, and grassy. Yeast is noted and works well into the mix. There’s a bit of alcohol and praline nuttiness on the tail. Light, hoppy notes are also present. Smell mostly floral and grassy. It’s not bad at all. Just needs more strength.

The flavor is definitely a notch (or two) better. The malt base is very nice and smooth. It’s mostly chocolate and toasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Very flavorful and strong. There are definitely some earthy and grassy notes that linger throughout. They could be attributed to some noble hops. Tough to say. Secondary flavors include yeast, bread, praline nuttiness, and alcohol. The alcohol is pretty well integrated and isn’t warm or hot at all. Finishes malty and earthy. This is very tasty stuff, indeed!

Wolfgang has a medium body that’s all kinds of smooth. It actually leans a little full. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels really nice and creamy. This is very good stuff, but mouthfeel is probably its strongest point. Goes down very smooth and easy.

It’s been a while since I’ve been really impressed with one of Great Divide’s bomber releases. Today…I’m really impressed with Wolfgang. This is very good stuff. It’s very flavorful and is extremely enjoyable. Great Divide did a great job with this one. Keep this one in the rotation, please! Easy recommendation.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the brewery. Pours an amber maple syrup color. Really sweet english malt aromas. Taste is super mellow english malts, some caramel sweetness, a bit of vanilla, and mild mild hop. Its super smooth and really well balanced and super well hidden for 8%abv. Really nice brew! and great dopplebock...a must try for the approaching fall season.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish cola, small tan head, leaves pretty fast. No lace.

S - Dark chocolate, bread and malt.

T - Taste matches smell pretty well. Very malty, with a hint of chocolate and dark bread in the background.

M - Light to medium body, good balance, clean finish, good carb.

D - Very drinkable, especially at the ABV.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy tanish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of toasted caramel malts, bready and chocolate malts, some smoke and a touch of dark fruit, coffee, and lager esters.

T - Starts out with some toasted caramel malts, with some chocolate and dark fruit notes. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with some smoke and coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, some smoke and dark fruit, and a hint of coffee and booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, roasted, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malty backbone with some good roast and body to balance.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wolfgang is a deep chestnut brown colored lager. There is about an average size head sitting on top and is pretty dense. Plenty of lacing around the glass. Lots and lots of carbonation.

Aroma is all malts. Sweet and sticky smelling with dark fruits and graham crackers and toffee.

Complex tasting malts with sweet malts toffee and stewed fruits.

Drinks bitter upfront and mellows out towards the end with some alcohol warming.

There is a very slight metalic taste present but not a factor for me.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice combination of malt sweetness and ripe dark fruits greet the nose. Some nuttiness noted. Wonderfully rich brown and amber body greet the eye. Head is fairly thick and creamy. Nice lacing on the glass. Taste blooms with a rich malt character, rich and nutty, lingering to the end. Nice hop bitterness, coupled with a pronounced (but not over-the-top) alcohol presence follow-up after the malt tastes. Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, and medium bodied.

Wolfgang exemplifies the doppelbock style. On par with many of the better German varieties and well-worth grabbing a bottle or two (or three or...).

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Photo of pkalix
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came with a creamy, fine-bubbled head of a luscious tan color. An aroma of sweet milk chocolate and cold hot cocoa.

The flavor matched the aroma in many ways, but with some additional nutty notes and marshmallow. It is a jaunty beer that steps lightly despite it's 8% ABV. The creaminess of the head, although it did not retain thickly, settling rather quickly into a film with some fluff around the edges, played well with the flavors.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany w/cardinal shimmer, finger khaki head,
patchy lacing

S: biscuit, malt, toffee, nutty

T: caramel, toffee, nutty, big malt, ripe fig,
mild roasted biscuit finish

M: med/heavy body, creamy/smooth mouth

O: WOW! Love this brewery and style, BUT
this is one of the best doppelbocks
I have ever enjoyed. So complex and delightful.
Will seek out more bottles and highly recommend.


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Photo of philbe311
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - A very active pour yields just about two fingers worth of slightly late to develop rich and creamy khaki colored frothy goodness... Limited retention gives way to a full uniform slightly thick veil of creamy lacing... The color is a slightly murky medium-to-dark mahogany... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble or two seen streaking at the top of the glass... A very nice looking brew and spot on for the style...

S - Malt bomb!!! Yes, please... Bursting at the seems with toffee and caramel goodness... Brown sugar... Fruit cake... Candied pecans... Some light milk chocolate notes... A very subtle smoke presence... Very enticing...

T - As expected this one is all malts through and through... Sweet rich caramel... Brown sugar... Toffee... Fruit cake... Light maple syrup... A faint woody component... There is a subtle but pleasant smoke presence that emerges and lingers on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Very limited carbonation... Smooth and sleek... Perhaps a bit on the thin side of the ledger...

D - A most outstanding Doppelbock which shouldn't be a surprise coming from a fine brewery like Great Divide... The only real constructive criticism is that a bit more of a robust mouthfeel would go a long way to making this offering truly world class... With that aside, this is still an terrific well rounded lager with lots to offer to all those who encounter it...

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Photo of jsprain1
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours red-brown, perfectly clear. Head is one finger, light brown. Good retention and some lacing.
S- Aroma is fairly mild with a bit of mild caramel and some toast.
T- Malty flavors with good caramel and toasted flavors. The hops come through more than most doppelbocks with some pleasant noble hop flavors.
M- Medium body, maybe a bit lighter than I would like. Nice and creamy consistency though.
O- I liked it. A good example of an American made Doppelbock.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a CCB pint glass (I know, but I didn't pour it).

A: Dark brown in color, but is clear when held up to the light. Moderate visible carbonation, with 1/2 finger's worth of a light tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet dark chocolate, mocha, maybe rum-soaked raisin.

T: Follows the nose - sweet cocoa, dark fruit, caramelized sugar, toffee, coffee malts.

M: Towards the thicker side for a lager, maybe a touch under-carbonated. Alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: A good dark lager. Generally not my favorite style but this one is one of the better examples I've had.

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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.