Buronator Doppelbock - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
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Reviews by dmamiano:
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Dark brown look with a hint of ruby edges...tan head almost two fingers thick after a strong pour.
Over ripened fruits...dates/figs/plums and ven reminds me of raisin.
Serious "maltiness' going on in the taste. Molasis, brown suger. Very chewy and full bodied. Black licorice detected.
Very nice mouthfeel.
08-20-2010 01:04:21 | More by dmamiano
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3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured into .5 liter stein a deep garnet color with a fluffy one finger deeper tan colored head that settled into a thick creamy mass.Aromas are toasty with notes of brown sugar,caramel,and dark fruit mainly,a hint of iron thrown in.Flavors are warming but not real complex,there is a nice toastiness and sweet caramel,some dark candied fruit as well.A pretty good doppelbock,although it lacks complexity it is tasty.
08-04-2010 23:36:23 | More by oberon
3.33/5 rDev -14%
Appearance - This is a rich, glowing medium-brown in color and almost shiny. The head is small as expected.
Smell - The raw molasses and sugary malts almost seem rotten they are so pungent. I can pick up a smallish hint of alcohol as well.
Taste - Yes, this is a nice combination of super-malty, heavy molasses and liquid sugar.
Mouthfeel - This did not make it to medium-bodied and is relatively flat. It is sugary and slippery in the mouth.
Drinkability - I don't know that this was the heartiest DB that I've had but it wasn't bad.
05-01-2008 03:00:06 | More by RoyalT
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to Robert from Stateline for this recommendation. Pours dark with a thin head. Tastes of rich malt with a hint of sweetness but a bit boozy. Smell is lightly toasted malt. Chewy mouthfeel but you can detect the boozy. Nice doppel but not overly complex.
10-14-2008 18:24:14 | More by SkinnyElvis
2.15/5 rDev -44.4%
A-Tan head that does not have much staying power-although it rings the glass. Color is dirty brown with some red shining through.
S-Malty sweetness, raisins with a hint of aged oak bourbon.
T-Syrupy sweet, molasses upfront and in the aftertaste. A non hop astringent aftertaste that lingers. Balance is definitely skewed heavily on the malt side.
M-Heavy bodied and viscous, low carbonation, lingering astringency, not crisp in the aftertaste.
D-Below average compared to other doppelbocks given the lingering bitter/astringent aftertaste.
O-This one does not hit the mark for me. The molasses maltiness lingers too much and feels like a defect. There are other doppelbocks out there that are more drinkable and cleaner. I won't be having this one again.
05-15-2011 23:42:35 | More by deebo
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
A - This comes in a big German style bottle with two goats prancing on the front label. A big fat two finger head looks like solid clotted cream on top of the garnet hued brew. The head shows good retention, and leaves some big sheets of lace on the glass. This is a pretty beer.
S - Rich, sweet, and creamy milk chocolate. I smell Milky Way bars and Tootsie rolls in addition to some really prevalent grassy hops. This is an excellent balance between malt and hops even though it's going to be tilted toward the malt side since it is a doppelbock.
T - Wow. Bursting flavors of Tootsie roll, chocolate pie (those kind that you buy in a single serving at gas stations), chocolate tootsie roll pops, rootbeer barrel candy, raisins, dates, and prune juice. This has a big time hop note that, along with some slightly detectable alcohol, keeps the chocolate goodness in check. This is a very, very nice example of the style.
M - Full bodied and weighty with a heavy sugary feeling that coats the palate like thick chocolate milk. Carbonation is tingly, but understated, and the finish is surprisingly hoppy and dry.
D - This is a kick as example of one of my favorite styles. This is an outstanding brew. I could drink these in succession, but the only thing holding me back would be the sweet sugary heavy body.
03-14-2008 15:21:58 | More by pmcadamis
4.65/5 rDev +20.2%
500 ml bottle (unreadable dating code), suspect this may be the same as the St. Martins, lets see:
Pours chestnut/ruby red with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Average lacing & above average head retention
S: Cakey, spicey (gingerbread, makes me think of the Christmas cookies (lieberkuchen???) that come from Nurnberg) & peppery. All this fades as the beer warms or a higher marking would've been in order
T: Rich breadyness, a little booze & brown sugar dryness up front. Toasty grains, peppery rye bread & gingerbread cookies all surface as this warms. Finishes dry, with pecan sweetness, a little peppery spice & a hint of booze
MF: Rich, chewy as hell , slick & near perfect carbonation
Drinks really easy for the style/abv. This seems a little better than the St. Martiner's, but could just be in better shape??? A bargain at $3 a bottle (given our crappy exchange rate)
08-17-2007 08:30:11 | More by russpowell
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
Let's go by the numbers:
Appearance: A rather uninspiring dishwater-soap head. The beer itself is somewhere between "garnet" and "ruby". Oh, who am I kidding, it is brown.
Smell: Dark cherry cough-syrup with prunes and a hint of chocolate.
Taste: It follows the smell, as one would expect. It is initially incredibly sweet, but it has a crisp finish that is helped along by a light alcohol bite. The lingering aftertaste is faint chocolate, and quite pleasant.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little light for me, I think a touch more bubbly wouldn't have hurt, but the beer itself is fully bodied and so I'd say it all balances out.
Drinkability: This isn't a bad doppelbock. The chocolate presence makes it a deeper beer than Salvator, but the toast doesn't make the beer as complex as Celebrator. The beer has a nice sweet fruity component, but it isn't as overwhelming as Korbinian. That makes this beer a nice drinkable Doppelbock. I'm not necessarily sure that is what I am looking for in a Doppelbock. But next time you are looking to down a Doppelbock by the liter, this isn't a bad choice.
02-27-2008 23:51:32 | More by shbobdb
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Commercial Description: Brewed from Aktien's old secret recipes since ancient times, this double bock is dark in color with a delicate malt flavor. Rich in body and a well rounded hop composition, makes this a truly robust beer. Bock beer lovers will take delight in Aktien's contribution to the double Bock beer world.
Previously named St. Martin Doppelbock.
Aktien's Buronator pours up with a creamy tannish head that generously tops the deep reddish-brown body. The envitingly rich, sugary aroma is loaded with a toasted graininess reminiscent of warm Grape-Nuts cereal with hints of fruitiness (e.g. black licorice, dried cherries & chocolate pudding) and some Amaretto-laced alcohol that interplay nicely at the rim of the glass. The flavor starts off a bit cloying with a hint of breadiness which gives into a rounded bitterness which balances and creates a bittersweet, chocolate finish. The body is medium-full with just a touch of warmth and the perfect amount of carbonation. The Buronator isn't as generous as other examples in its class, but a fine German bock nontheless.
08-11-2008 15:09:40 | More by Beertracker
4.22/5 rDev +9%
pours dark amber brown with a 1 finger head that left no lacing
smell is all malt carmel toffee roasted goodness
taste - yep thats the stuff - dark carmel toffee malts that bring out a fruit flavor of apples - solid
mouthfeel is medium to heavy - low carbonation but enough to give it life
drinkabiltiy is good - out of the three doppelbocks tonight this one was the best
09-11-2009 03:12:45 | More by jsh420
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Yet another brew picked up at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. This one doesn't provide me with a date code that I can read or any other features that provide any sorts of hints to when the bottle was produced.
A: A ruby colour is dominant, along with some brown hues that glow along with it. Head is rather short, mostly a white with a slight browning towards the edges. It maintains itself in just a slight bit of surrounding lace.
S: An unexpected nuttiness has a big place in the aroma, the first thing coming to mind being the softer sweetness that cashews offer. The maltiness is there as well, which provides a balance in this 'malt-dominated brew,' if that makes any sense (in fact, it shouldn't when I read it again!) Let's try to be more specific - there's an aroma of toasted malts, caramel, cashew or almond-butter, along with a hint of brown sugar sweetness that brings a nice 'fresh bakery' quality to it. Enough metaphors... on to taste...
T: Toasted malts are on the forefront, yet very sweet... quite sugary and there's a caramel and toffee quality to it while maintaining a lighter mouthfeel. With the more robust aromas and flavours, I think this beer does well with a touch of a subdued feel, if only to provide a balance that was not offered between flavour and aroma. Watch for just hint of bittersweet chocolate on the finish, especially with a little time to breathe.
M + D: Rich enough to enjoy rather sparingly, but not a 'touchy, feely' beer.' I wouldn't go so far as to drop all my eggs in the basket of reviewing or even savouring the beer for this long, because I feel the drinker might sacrifice personal enjoyment for rating/review if they were to wait longer. It shows signs of being a 'good ager.' Pleasant experience, and one I would look forward to again.
08-07-2010 05:02:10 | More by Proteus93
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
This beer will tell you if you don't like malty or not, in my opinion. Personally I do, so I liked it. But it really tasted purely like malt extract. So a very sweet and malty beer. But really fun and flavorful. 7.5% ABV let's you know it's there.
A - Brown with a touch of red. Light head, fizzled down to surface.
S - Sweet amber malt, just like malt extract, honey
T - Just like how it smells, more than most beers. It mellows out after you get used to it. It really tastes like malt extract a bit, very malty and sweet. Kinda reminds me of milk duds.
M - sweet but clean. Good amount of alchohol in it, which you can get a sense of.
D - I think just one large bottle was good. I would drink more of it if I was eating something with it.
03-11-2009 00:01:13 | More by HeroJH
3.28/5 rDev -15.2%
Poured in to a seidel, very, very dark with a light buff colored head that dissipated quickly.
Not a whole lot going, typical sweet malty smell of a good doppelbock with pleasant fruity undertones. Reminds me of sorghum.
Strong and sweet at first with that good old malty cereal dryness following right behind. This is what I like in a a good doppel or dunkel weiss.
This one seems kinda boozy and the aftertaste wants to linger a little too long. Kind of makes me want a glass of water. It's kind of a no-brainer, not very busy, made for a session.
Its a good beer. I couldn't really get down on this too much because I'd be completely rat-assed, but its definitely made for pounding a few. If you want a good doppel to taste and enjoy, look elsewhere, if you're lookin to party Deutsche style, proceed.
09-27-2008 01:29:32 | More by notafood
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
330ml bottle. Stern glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Pours dark reddish brown in color. Chill haze appearance due dark color. Beige, large size bubbled, froth quickly dissipates. Aromas of caramel malt, sweet toasted malts & slightly yeast fragancy. Gentle moderate sweet to moderate bitter upfront. Ripe dark fruits, subtle chocolate notes. Voluptuos sweet malty palate. Sweetness lingers into the finish with a grape touch. Plum peel on the aftertaste. As usual in a good Doppelbock, ABV is well masked in this balanced malt beer.
05-24-2012 15:49:09 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Medium brown color with good clarity and a light tan head. Tasted this in a blind tasting with Korbinian, Salvator and Tommyknocker. This fared quite well with those other favorites.
Toasty, grainy, vegetal and malty nose. No hops to speak of. Smells pleasant, but nothing spectacular.
Quite a smooth flavor. Has a medium roastiness and some nearly burnt toast flavors. Bready also comes to mind. It is definitely sweet, approaching cloying but never crossing the line. I also get some weak coffee flavors and the beer fells airy. It's good, I am liking this brewery.
12-15-2008 05:14:40 | More by twiggamortis420
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Solid! I enjoy a malty beer and this definitely is satisfying in that sense. Not unforgetable, but if you like this style, it's a must try. I have had a few beers from this brewery and have been beyond satisfied each time. The brewery goes beyond the average German brewer from what I have tasted. I could drink at least two to three of these. I would prefer one of these beers most on a cold night around a fire or in late autumn. Definitely a carnivorous accompaniment!
09-21-2008 03:14:31 | More by bheilman
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
Picked up a nice single 500ml bottle from City Wide in downtown South Bend.
Nice chestnut color, creamy mocha head drops quickly to a light coating.
Prune, raisin, brown sugar, and chocolate, with light floral notes hiding in the background. Super sweet smell.
Taste is dark fruit all over the place, with prune, raisin, and cherry flavors and more chocolate than the nose. Subtle floral and pine hop taste, and just a touch of alcohol.
Full body with a great creamy smoothness. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel after I swallow.
A damn good doppelbock, and I'll definitely search this one out again.
11-23-2008 06:50:49 | More by tmitch75
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Pored from a 500 ml bottle into an imperial pilsner.
A: Medium-dark brown, with a distinct reddish hue. Pretty substantial carbonation, pours about a 2 to 3 finger, brownish-white, foamy-frothy head. Settles pretty quickly. Carbonation continues to surface throughout the body of the brew. Leaves a nice little blanket of foam. No real lacing to speak of.
S: Rich roasted malt, caramel, molasses, a little fruity note as well.
T: Malt is rich, robust, and sweet. A bit oakey. A slight bite of hops, and a non-distinct hint of spice also.
M: Syrupy and heavy initially on the palette, but thins out a bit toward the end, finishing with a subtle spicy twang. Kind of an interesting light woody aftertaste.
D: Good drinking beer. Goes down pretty easy, but finish is not my favorite. Hard to describe, just something not quite right.
Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice appearance, and a really full nose. A little bit of a lot of different things here to awaken the senses. Flavor is pretty solid. The syrupy sweet malty flavor characteristic of a doppelbock, but it thins out a little in the finish, and ends with an aftertaste that is a little unexpected... almost like it transitions to it. Overall, this is a good quaff.
06-26-2010 21:49:59 | More by bmwats
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured into a snifter. No freshness date on bottle.
Pours very dark smoked ruby with a velvety looking light tan head. The head falls rather quicker than I expected from how smooth it looks, but the layer that is left retains quite well. Once the beer is lower in the glass, swirling it produces an amazingly creamy head- this is the most compact non-nitrogen head I have ever seen
Smells strongly of deep dark malts with a little dark fruit on the side. The nose smells stronger of malt than other similar versions of this style. Smoked malt is present as well, albeit subtle.
Deep caramelized malt is the most prominent flavor in this beer, and is supported by other varieties of roasted dark-fruity malts. Not as sweet as some, with a stronger emphasis on the darkly caramelized sugar/roast malt flavors. Very nice flavor overall.
The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with a nearly cloying feel that borders on the wrong kind of syrupy, but stays in the acceptable range. Good flavors and feel sticks in the mouth.
Drinkability is very good but not the very best.
Conclusion: This is another very good German-made doppelbock. It trails a little behind Korbinian and Celebrator, but makes a good showing, and it something I will certainly drink again. Try this beer if you like this style.
01-31-2011 02:00:42 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some reddish notes and a tall khaki head.
S: Lots of chocolate and toffee on the nose with some brown sugar and cola notes. A fair amount of dark fruits and a bit of a Dr. Pepper note to it as well. Some light hop notes on the back end and a touch of citrus peel and spices.
T: Not quite as bold of a flavor to the beer. Toffee, molasses, and some dark chocolate. There is a pretty decent fruit component to the beer with some cherries and plums.
M: Medium in body with a medium, semi-creamy carbonation.
O: Pretty nice doppelbock here. The flavor could be a bit more intense, but it was good anyway.
07-13-2011 01:18:17 | More by womencantsail
4.83/5 rDev +24.8%
Pours a rich dark red-brown body. Little head, little carbonation in the body. The smell is of rich caramel, some chocolate milk shake, coco powder, small hint of banana bread, and dough. WOW for a doppelbock this is very light on the pallet. It starts with soft malt, not too heavy and rich very light and smooth. Incredible balance across all the flavors. Next comes a light chocolate banana bread flavor and a tang of alcohol. At 7.5% that alcohol is hidden pretty well. Amazing. This is balanced perfectly. Mouthfeel is light, watery and refreshing. I feel like I could drink this on a hot day, which usually isn't the case with a doppelbock. It's awesome to see a not so rich and heavy flavored beer in this style. Oh and I didn't mention hopps because they are hard to find. This is almost like a higher alcohol dunklewizen. Drinkability is insane; it is so smooth and balanced. This is an amazing session beer; the 7.5% will creep up on you before you knew what happened.
01-13-2009 01:18:03 | More by danadeny
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
I'm not much of a doppelbock guy, but I gave this one a try anyway.
Found it at Littles Liquor in Denver.
Pours a glossy ruby/brown color, semi-bright. Good 1 finger head, sticky lacing, and nice retention.
Sweet malt dominates the nose. Ripe red plums, some herbal/floral hints as well.
Tastes kinda like a candied grape. Reminds me of a Jolly Rancher candy. Sweet, sticky, surprisingly smooth. Sweetness finishes clean, easy drinking. I'd buy this one again.
12-07-2007 21:10:21 | More by Mebuzzard
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
Grabbed this on the advice that it's reminiscent of the Andechs doppelbock for some people.
Pours a standard medium brown with reddish highlights. Not much head at all. Really just a fine sheen. No lacing either.
Smells good - sweet and malty. Hearty dark bread and cocoa are the main notes.
The taste is a little bit of a letdown. It definitely has a malty base, but it's pretty straight ahead without much depth. Dark bread, a little chocolate, caramel, and a little rum. There's a hint of smoke too. That's a little unusual for the style, but not unwelcome.
The body is thin and the lack of foam hurts it, too.
There's no trace of alcohol burn and it's pretty drinkable, albeit a little flat.
Not bad, but definitely not one of the best doppels I've had. The texture doesn't do it any favors and it feels like the flavor profile is missing something. Not bad by any stretch, but it's a style with lots of all-stars. I'll probably revisit this one fresh on my next Germany trip to see if it's any different.
12-07-2009 15:36:56 | More by Domingo
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Dark brown color that seems to get darker as the glass fills. Can't see through it once it's full. Big, foamy dark beige head is sticking around for a while and leaving its mark on the sides of the glass. Looking good so far.
S - Classic doppelbock nose. Dark fruits, molasses, burnt malt, and earth. All wound up in a nice package. Could be slightly more powerful, but I'm still enjoying it.
T - Dry, earthy taste. Lots of chocolate flavors coming through that give this brew a nice bittersweet balance. The carbonation is wonderful and carries this beer through a maltastic finish. Still lingers long after I'm done sipping.
M - The carbonation gives this beer a frothy mouthfeel that's hard to stop sipping. Weight is probably medium to heavy bodied. Right about where it should be.
D -For 7.5%, this is definitely sessionable, but only when using caution. It'll sneak up on you.
A highly recommendable, solid, and economically friendly German doppelbock. Give it a try.
07-16-2009 01:02:34 | More by Newkie
Buronator Doppelbock from Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.