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Buronator Doppelbock - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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87
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 07-24-2007)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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 feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty, amber, garnet, cola. No bubbling and only a small head right after the pour that quickly fades to nothing before I can even tase it. The color is the best part of the look of this beer. The aroma is very prun y fruist with some very light roasted malts. A hint or to of figs too. Great malt character to this beer. Lots of dark fruits, figs, prunes, plums, maybe even some sweet grapes. Just a touch maple syrup and or brown sugar, a little hard to narrow down. A little suagry and toasty on a long lasting finish. Well mixed alcohol content. Pretty easy to drink.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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 stcules
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown color, ruby red edges, light brown foam, a bit too bubbly.
In the smell a light toaste dmalt, and some quite intense hazelnut.
Malt, caramel, sugary, but not too well mixed. Too strong alcohol, too spiking caramel.
Not a bad beer, ok, but not too balanced.
Again some hazelnut, and a bit of hop that save the situation, but still, nothing more than an ordinary beer.

Photo of RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 Rayek
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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 bmwats
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 tbeq00
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ckeegan04
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Domingo
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Beertracker
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Buronator Doppelbock from Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.