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Buronator Doppelbock - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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.

Rayek, Mar 31, 2009
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.

HeroJH, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of danadeny
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

danadeny, Jan 13, 2009
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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of NoHipTee
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in a room temperature pilsner style glass.

Appearance is lighter than I expected. A light to medium brown. Very thin head with no lacing.

Smell is sweet that reminds me of fig newtons. Not overpowering at all very subtle.

Taste is pleasing with definite molasses sweetness with hint of hop and a mild alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery with too much carbonation. After taste is mildly bitter.

Drinkability is very smooth. My bottle emptied quickly.

A fine beer but not one that reaches the top of its class.

NoHipTee, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

tmitch75, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is grainy with licorice, brown sugar, cardboard, and herbs. The appearance is mahogany with a one finger head. The flavor is like the aroma but the alcohol is stronger than the aroma leads on. The palate is thin. Overall it's interesting enough to finish but not one I would return to often. The aroma is better than the taste though it did improve as it warmed.

nick76, Nov 13, 2008
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.

SkinnyElvis, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of notafood
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

notafood, Sep 27, 2008
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!

bheilman, Sep 21, 2008
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.

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent brown revealing lots of deep reds and showing a radiant garnet when held to sunlight,the head is a thick almond cream and leaves lots of webbed lacing behind.The nose is very sweet with lots of rasin,carmel,and syrupy scents.The taste is a little sweeter than other Doppels,could maybe have used a little more roasted malt to off-set the sugaryness within. I taste a lot of chocolate and dark fruits,alcohol seems well hidden by maple syrup flavors and brown sugar.Some nice hoppyness on the tail adds some soft bitterness.Not top shelf,but a nice exaple of the style.

orangemoustache, Jul 29, 2008
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.

scruffwhor, Jun 18, 2008
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.

RoyalT, May 01, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Buronator not the Terminator poured a dark amber color with very little foam head and occasional sudsy lacing. Head retention was pretty minimal.

The aroma was a malty caramel and alcohol smell. The taste was deep compacted maltiness. It was interesting with flavor, I was almost thinking I was drinking a barleywine with less alcohol to it. It did have the big A showing through but not excessively. Overall it was very good and I shall enjoy discovering its bretheren.

cswhitehorse, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.88/5  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.

aforbes10, Mar 27, 2008
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.

pmcadamis, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of shbobdb
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

shbobdb, Feb 27, 2008
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.

Gehrig, Feb 10, 2008
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.

Mebuzzard, Dec 07, 2007
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)

russpowell, Aug 17, 2007
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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 24, 2007
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Buronator Doppelbock from Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.