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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 06-20-2012

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, bottled on July 03, 2012. This pours a clearish dark brown with a smaller short lived tan head. The smells are good, toffee, caramel, roasted nuts. The feel is medium to a little thicker and creamy. The taste is pretty great roasted nuts, caramel, dark fruit, quite nice.

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

A: pours a deep brown/mahogany with a nice light tan head with decent retention into a Lagunitas Mug
S: smells awesomely sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. slightly bready and toasty as well. there was a little alcohol on the nose at first
T: caramel, toffee, toasted and bready malt, a little chocolate, slight alcoholic fruitiness. slight hop bitterness at times. swallow brings more toffee and toasted malt. a little nutty as well
M: a little over medium with nice and soft carbonation
O: very good. nice complexity and very well done. Great Divide makes some great beers and this one doesn't disappoint

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had chilled in ale glass, chez White

A: very dark cola color; good steady head; fantastic lacing; excellent carbonation
S: caramel, sweet, molasses
T: rich caramel, chocolate; treacle, molasses, but not overly sweet (a tendency in this genre); hint of smoke; hops subdued; fantastic balance of elements

Solid, great beer!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown in color with a one fingering white head that has great retention.

Nose has loads of Caramel bready notes with mild toffe and a fig like fruity undertone. Some nice spicey hop is also detectable.

Lots of bready flavors meld in with subtle Carmel sweet dark fruit and a mild spice possibly from the hops. Really well balanced.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a good caramel like stickyness to it. medium carbonation and very slight dry finish

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Photo of Ego
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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.

a good beer, definitely not an americanized version of the style and yet not as refined as the stalwarts brewing in germany

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Photo of mverity
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a very dark amber with a thin layer of bubbly khaki head that vanishes quick. 

S:  Aroma opens up with west roasted caramel, toffee, cherries, vanilla bean and dark breads. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose with rich and decadent flavors of caramelized sugar, chocolate covered bananas.  The sweetness is offset by earthy hops. A silky medium-full mouthfeel with a gentle tingle of carbonation on the edge of the tongue. Finish is semi dry with earthy notes and vanilla. 

O:  I expected this to be good but I was shocked at how good it really was. It was rich and earthy a complex balanced treat that is hard to find flaws in. Great Divide really nailed this style. 

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Photo of jpro
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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Photo of tmm313
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Murky reddish brown in the glass. Poured a nice creamy 2 finger head. Good retention, trailing and lacing.

S- Cinnamon raisin bread. Dark fruits, earthy spice, a little booze, and some pepper.

T- Dark fruits, raisin, caramel, apple, bread, booze, earthy hops, and cinnamon.

M- Medium body with light carbonation. Slick on the tongue.

O- I enjoyed this beer. It had a lot going on with really nice balance.

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Photo of SamN
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July 2013, poured into dimpled stein.

This beer has such a great, rich color-- a dem-like deep reddish bronze, deep deep coloring. Very beautiful to light. Thick beige head doesn't last, but makes a lovely topping to the beautiful glowing liquid. Smell is all German lager; bready malts, candied nuts, ripe fruits and an overall earthy hop aroma. Sweeter, but lots of complexity. No alcoholthat I noticed, just that rich doppelbock aroma. Wolfgang enters the palette on a slighty herbal note, with more hops upfront. A malty middle brings on lots of those fruits; plums, apples, I've seen some people mention raisins/licorise and I see where they could taste that. I like a sweeter, less hoppy doppelbock and Great Divide has seemingly tailor-made this for me. Lots of rich malty tastes, with a wonderful lager body. Lots of complexity but it is still easy to sip and savor.

A great go at probably my favorite style of beer. So yummy, masterfully brewed. Another home run from Great Divide. A whole bomber to myself, lucky me.

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Photo of lsummers
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had my doubts that this would live up to the hype, I had tried the lips of faith dopple and had lost some faith in american dopplebocks altogether. First sip of this was amazing.

It poured a very nice dark reddish brown with a tan head and a little bit of lacing. Pretty, and kind of expected for a good beer.

Smell is good, it didn't lead on to what was actually in store next. It told me the usual roasted caramel raison but it was a little subtle.

The taste blew me away, I wasn't expecting such a great meld of flavors, yet highly drinkable. I would choose this beer with my brat or burger anyday.

Overall, I think I want to pick up another! I enjoyed the beer from start to finish. A fantastic brew.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on June 5th, 2012.

A- Pours a very deep amber brown color with 3 fingers of tan head that has wonderful retention and leaves some dainty lacing on the glass.

S- Aromas of sweet candied dark fruits like plums, raisins, figs, and dates. Malty, nutty, and bready. Not the most aromatic Doppelbock on the market.

T- Follows nose well. The sweetness of the candied sugar dark fruits is not overwhelming. Flavors of toasted bread come out. It's easy to see why they call this "liquid bread".

M- Solid medium body. Goes down smooth and easy for the 8% ABV. Moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A decent Doppelbock from a well respected American Brewery, Wolfgang is worth seeking out if you want to try something new.

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Photo of riored4v
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip with a thin tan head that faded quickly. Clear body with ruby and dark brown colors.

Aroma was very nice with some dark fruit notes, good amounts of caramel, light roast and chocolate. Somewhat bready and earthy.

Chocolate and dark fruit flavors up front followed by toffee, caramel and some light earthy bitterness. Flavor mimics the aroma fairly close. Some light grain and bready notes as well. Light raisin flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium body that was slightly chewy. Medium carb and a clean finish that was light. No signs of ABV.

Overall this was an enjoyable blend of flavors. Went down alot lighter than 8%.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dopple! 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 mildly bitter perfectly balance. Body is full and generally round. Finish is like true to flavor with no unpleasant surprises.

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear ruby brown with a nice two-finger khaki colored head. Lacing is "complete", as in it rings every inch of the glass when sipped. Looks awesome.

S - Clean aromas of nut, toffee, and dark fruit. Just the tinniest bit of mint.

T - Big, rich, sweet malt taste, just like a Doppelbock should. Flavors of toffee, cashew, caramel, milk chocolate, leather, and date. Just a bevy of (non-burnt) malt flavors. A sizeable earthy hop bite makes itself known in the finish, bringing a nice balance right before it would become cloying. Decently complex.

M - Thick and chewy. Almost redefines "full bodied". I found it to be perfect for the style. Finishes strangely dry and crisp.

O - I really enjoyed this, as I found the complexity intriguing. The dry finish was a little strange, but a minor flaw. A worthy effort.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bomber at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA on 3/13/13.

*Appears very nice in the glass. 5 oz pours to share the bottle. Darker golden color. Nice slight head, some bubbles, carbonation just right.
*Smells include: Some muffin/bread, semi sweet, malty but balanced.
*Taste is: toffee, dark candy, sweet but not too sweet, balanced, very unique taste.
*Mouthfeel is thicker than thin, creamy, low carbonation smoothness, no bite,
*Overall a very enjoyable DB. Need to sip it a bit, its true to it's style and slightly thick. "bread is a glass".

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wolfgang poured a deep burgundy amber with ruby highlights, very clear with a creamy off white head that while it fell quickly to a thin surface covering left nice thick swathes of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is all about freshly baked dark bread with some hints of sun ripe plums.

The flavor mirrors the aroma, sweet richly dark bready malts with a distinct woody tone and hints of sun ripened orchard fruits, and a touch of caramel. Earthy somewhat spicy hops moderate the malty sweetness and bring a welcomed modest bitterness and light drying to the finish. Alcohol is perfectly masked.

The mouthfeel is smooth. thick and somewhat chewy with just enough carbonation to lighten things a tad.

While sweet this is not an overly sweet beer, (my wife however disagrees, leaving me with the full bomber all to myself) and I find the level of hops nicely balances things out. A very agreeable beer, but I would expect that from Great Divide.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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.


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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love seeing a summer seasonal beer that isn't your normal/cliche style nowadays (I've had enough APWAs, thank you very much.)

This a 22 oz. bottle dated June 5th, 2012 that is poured into a pint glass.

A: Looks great. Clear brown with a two-finger khaki head. Retention is good.

S: Smalls very malty. I pick up notes of dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, and a bit of spice.

T: The heavy dose of malts continues in the taste. Loads of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, and a splash of dark fruit. Not as estery as I was expecting. Slightly phenolic. Ends with a touch of hops and spice. Reminds me of my good friend, Celebrator.

M: Silky smooth. Medium-heavy body. Really perfect for the style. Way too easy to drink.

O: This one hits its mark. Most American doppels tend to be way too crazy. This one is reminiscent of traditional German doppelbocks. A good summer beer, but not really sessionable due to the high ABV. I wish I had a big ceramic mug for this bad boy..that would be perfect!

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Photo of RockinRob925
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the aroma of this beer. Has good lacing and maintains a minimal cream colored head to the finish. Dark, cloudy amber color with sweet notes on the pallet. The 8% abv is the con on this one. After half pint one starts to taste the alcohol instead of the caramel, toffee flavor. Overall I would recommend this as a two pint wonder on movie night at home. Great taste!

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An amber color with ruby highlights. Tan head as a thin layer of creamy carbonation sticks around. Slight lacing and the color is clear.

S- Classic bready component found in a dopplebock. Caramel very noticeable as it lingers in the malt sweetness. There seems to be a slight weird smell. I want to say piney, but that is not exactly it.

T- A very rich malt taste that is abundant in bready character with slight amounts of nut. Seems to be a hint of roasted malt in the finish of the beer and that is where the nutty flavor seems to become most apparent as well. A caramel sweetness also compliments the malt character.

M- Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Sweet flavor as expected.

O- A great dopplebock, and I have to admit I was not expecting it to be this enjoyable, especially after the one strange component of the smell. Glad to see a great dopplebock released by an American brewery.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium to dark brown, with garnet highlights. The head is large, creamy, and tan. Good Clarity.

Smell: Rich toasted malt, cocoa powder, and apricot jam make for a surprisingly yummy combination, with the latter being unusual for the style (darker fruits are more common). It's a nice switch-up, however, with unexpectedly good results!

Taste: Highly toasted malt is backed with sweet cocoa powder and melanoidins that create buttery caramel, raisin, and sweet prune flavors which, while evident, are not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with medium body that is made to feel slightly lighter by the medium level of carbonation. A very slight bitterness that seems to come from roasted malt rather than hops lingers into the finish. Some alcohol warming makes its presence known by streaming down the back of the throat.

Overall: Enjoyable and easy to drink. Neither a sipper, nor a gulper. The marmalade was an unexpected, yet fun surprise. Was lacking in the darker fruits and chocolatey flavors that are common for this beer style, but this did not seem to detract. The clean quality and finish made this an excellent representation of a Doppelbock in that the beer was flavorful and strong, yet still had the clarity and lightness of a lager.

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with some beautiful crimson highlights. A substantial one-finger, tan head that reduced to a 1/4" but that holds its own. Ripe, dark fruit scents: plum, dates, raisins, banana; some caramel and toffee notes, too; dark rum. The taste is a bit more one-dimensional: sweet, sugary, booze-soaked fruit cookies. Fig Newtons come to mind, and there is a breadiness to it. The lacing is exceptional, and the carbonation is understated. Not too syrupy or viscous.

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