Buronator Doppelbock - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 1
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 07-24-2007

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Photo of danadeny
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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)

Photo of tmitch75
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Tasted 7/19/08.

Photo of Rayek
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with nice clarity and leisurely carbonation. A good sized cream colored cap is dense and has very nice retention. Leaves generous patches of lace.

S: Smells thick, if that's possible. Dark sugars are the theme here, with lots of licorice, caramel, molasses, toffee and even a sliver of maple. As the beer warms, a cherry and grape aroma comes through. A biting alcohol presence keeps the sweetness in check.

T: The themes from the nose fall smoothly into the flavor. Maple becomes more prominent than it is in the nose. Licorice, caramel and toffee flavors follow through. There's just enough peppery bitterness to keep things from being over the top sweet. Alcohol aids the bitterness and adds a nice warmth. Finishes with lingering pepper and caramelized sugar flavors.

M: Thick body feels syrupy and slick. Carbonation is right where it should be.

D: I really liked this beer. The flavor profile is slightly different than many examples of this style, which pleased me. The heaviness of the beer really gave me that "meal in a bottle" feeling that doppels are famous for.

Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dmamiano
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of baos
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into nice und tall glass!

A: Nice deep brown und red body with tall four finger head. Head retention is pretty amazing. The goats are after you!

S: Deep malty notes.

T: Nice malt and slight tobacco notes. Caramel and slight chocolate notes.

M: Nice medium feel.

D:l How many do you have?

Photo of bheilman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin tan froth tops this ruby-brown doppelbock, but the head is fairly persistent. A good degree of sugar, but also some caramel, and malt, confront the nose--a little subtle on the whole. The taste is good, particularly sweet without veering into cloying, but other flavors such as caramel and some fruit emerge as it warms. It's very smooth and rich, a delicious doppelbock that is easy to drink and perfect for a cold winter night.

Good stuff.

Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren Doppelbock Buronator

Clear, caramelly-brown-hued, under a slim, dotted brown head.

Sweet toffee and caramel malt aromatics. Toasty, too. Liquid bread, indeed.

In the mouth, chewy sweet malty flavor bursts all over. Lovely stuff. Well balanced. Strong, but not that you'd notice. Very drinkable, excellent doppelbock. Caramel and cocoa. Sweet, but tempered. Tasty.

Mmmm. Mmmm. Great doppel, give it a try.

Photo of Newkie
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beertracker
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip with a three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated cranberry hue when held up to the light. Ah, rich, fairly concentrated malt aromas greet my nose. A mix of caramelized malt sugars, browned-crusty multi-grain bread, brown sugar, raisin-like malt and basically a whole slew of other concentrated malt descriptors that I can't quite think of. Almost has a jam-like, though not quite fruity aromatic note here.

Thick and rich like a Doppelbock should beer; the beer coats the mouth with creamy, lightly sticky malt goodness. It is still not overly heavy and would be perfectly quaffable on a cold winter's night. Somewhat sweet up front; the beer has just enough complex, chewy malt character that this does not become cloying. Flavor notes reminiscent of traditional, moist, rich, German black bread, hints of molasses, a touch of chocolate / lightly roasted coffee. A touch metallic in the finish (perhaps tinny), though not overly so and it is barely noticeable. This one hits on all the right notes for a Doppelbock, though for some reason it seems to lack the qualities that would push it to the next level; a downright solid brew though.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber in color with a very thin off-white head. Appears somewhat murky and gives off hazed ruby highlights when held up to light. Almost no lacing left behind.

S - First sniff gives me alot of molasses in the nose. Aromas of dark brown sugar, dark breads and caramel come through as well. As the beer warms a stronger burnt caramel aroma takes over with just a faint hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet maltiness up front with caramel, burnt sugar and a touch of molasses. Dark breads and even a light hint of dark fruits come through mi drink. Becomes more and more bready as the beer warms while still remaining sweet throughout. No alcohol taste at all.

M/D - Full bodied with a surprising crispness from the carbonation. Very easy drinking d-bock. None of the flavors overwhelm you but they are all solid. Very good beer here.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut color with absolutely no head to speak of. It smells nutty and tastes nearly the same. Heavy malts, actually quite a nice flavor to it and the 7.5 abv is not noticeable. Easy to drink and a surprisingly tasty dopplebock especially considering it was only $2.50 for 500ml.

Photo of shbobdb
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Grape Road City Wide. Bought this because it was new and pretty cheap, and because ive never heard of it.

Pours a little unimpressively, purple-brown body with not really any head at all. little bubbles cover part of the surface. A stiller beer than i expect from the style.

Odor has a lot of familiar dopplebock smells. Sweet malts, some chocolate, some plums and dates.

Taste is fruity and malty and clean. Plums and chocolate dominate, with midly roasted malts behind. Complexity builds as it warms. Caramel and sugar and a slight tannin pinch.

Thin mouthfeel for the style. Maybe a bit watery.

Its a nice dopplebock, nothing technically wrong with it (besides the lack of a head). Drinks better as it warms but never reaches the level of some of its German brethern.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cheers.

Photo of HeroJH
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Buronator Doppelbock from Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
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