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St. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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St. Martin Dunkler DoppelbockSt. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock

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89
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 3
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: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002)
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Reviews by matjack85:
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

matjack85, Feb 02, 2013
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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep brown with some serious ruby hue when held up to the light with mocha colored one finger head on top.Aromas of caramel and roasted nuts dominate with a touch of molasses in there as well,pretty sweet and caramelly with a doughy-like backbone with a roasted chesnut finish that lingers with just a slight alcohol element coming thru as it warms.A big and bold doppelbock a great late night sipper.

oberon, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep brown with golden-orange highlights, crowned by a diminutive tan head that takes an early exit. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, some dark fruit, and a little bit of tangy yeast. Palate is mostly dark fruit sweetness up front, with some caramel malt, brown sugar, and toffee notes as well. Mild fruity hop flavors emerge mid-palate, before the dark, rich finish. Body is creamy and substantial, but not too thick. A tasty beer, but not one of the best doppelbocks around.

ElGordo, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours mahogany with a large bubbly white head. Average head retention and minimal lacing

Smell: Frutiness, alcohol and spicyness mingling together well

Taste: Maltyness, spicyness, raisins, alcohol and nutiness and more malt in the finish

MF: Thick, chewy and perfectly balanced

Great warming gem from Bavaria, tasted & smelled better as it warmed, will certainally buy again

russpowell, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It's hard when you delve into the more esoteric fringes of a style where the best-of-the-best are so readily available.

A good brew, lots of prune, chocolate, cherries -- I think that is what is bugging me, the cherries. It tastes like cherry cough syrup. Really overpowering.

Other than that, it is well-built. Good full mouthfeel, nice light carbonation. Too sweet, cough-syrupy. The bad outweighs the good on this one. I'd grab a Korbinian or Celebrator next time.

shbobdb, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of avylover
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark clean brown w/ ruby highlights. Very small head after an agressive pour. Aroma is a malt lovers wet dream. Just the sweet smell of malt here, almost to the point of being meaty. Caramel & alcohol linger in the nose. Unfortunately the taste does'nt quite back up the smell. Still very malty in flavor, but not as thick & complex as the aroma led on. Sweet caramel flavors up front quickly turn somewhat bland really. The taste does'nt last long enough on the tongue. Slick mouthfeel with a cardboard type aftertaste. Not all that drinkable - this is not something I would drink more than one of, but on a snowy night like this it fits nicely.

avylover, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of Murph
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby, almost brown color, with a smallish brown head that leaves a smallish lace. The aroma is of big chewy sweet malts with some dark fruitiness to it and some nice earthy tones as well. This is a nice big brew that doesn't get too sweet. Big chewy maltiness with excellent vinous, fig, and other dark fruit qualities. The brew is very nicely balanced with a decent earthy hoppiness. This is a very smooth medium-full bodied brew with big chewy malts and it is surprisingly non-sticky in the mouthfeel. This is one of the best doppel bocks that I have had and is very drinkable. I'm finding that I am really starting to appreciate this style and get into it more than ever before, I can't wait to try some more of these brews.

Murph, Oct 07, 2002
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark brown with a beige colored head that dissipates fairly quickly into no head.

S: A doppelbock--big huge sweet maltiness. Caramel. Faint maple syrup aromas

T/M: A malt bomb. Quite sweet for the style, with the residual sugar leaving my lips sticky. Bread-like finish. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Nice medium body.

D: Very enjoyable. There's no notation of abv on the label, and I never would have guessed it was 7.5%. Hides it pretty well.

abfraser, Jun 14, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml purchased at Tres Bonne Cuisine on Overland over the weekend.. The price was about $4/bottle for all 8 of the bottles I picked up... Tonight, poured into my Chimay goblet.

Beautiful lite tan head stands easy 1" .... the brew is crystal clear deep amber/mahogany.. nice retention but no lace.

Nose is deep and rich.. smells very fresh.. thick toasty malts with touches of raisin.. very complex and surprisingly rich.

Flavors mirror the nose with a touch more malty sweetness than expected for the style.. but the deep maltiness really helps tie the palate together.. toasty with passing notes of chocolate.. a little maple??!!.... don't know where that came from.. :-) The body is expected pretty full with smooth carbonation.. I just can't get over how fresh this tastes compared to alot of the "supermarket" dopplebocks..

Probably a touch sweet for the style.. but still is pretty remarkable.. oh so clean.. a little nuttiness arrives with the warmth... The sweetness makes me strike it down a notch.

I don't know where they are getting these brews at TBC.. but I am not gonna complain... and neither should anybody else.. We always need more/better beer in Idaho and TBC is supplying a nice niche.

4/4/4.5/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Mar 31, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a clear, very dark copper with a nice, foamy beige head. The head dies down in a few minutes, and has barely any retention.

Smell: Smells wonderful with a strong mix of caramel and molasses. A nice hop presence helps balance it out, without killings the wonderful complexity.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Strong bread and caramel malt notes intertwine amongst molasses and yeast flavors. Hop bitterness is a little low, but only acts as a balancer, not a prominent flavor. Balance is dead on, as well as complexity. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and cloying, but, oh so wonderfully.

Drinkability and Overall: A very interesting, unique, and great sipping doppelbock. It's not one I could sit and drink all night, but it's definitly one I'd love to have again. The reason I picked this one up is because I just recently got an Aktien mug at Goodwill! In the mug, this beer was wonderful.

santoslhalper, Oct 08, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these from Dyan. Thanks, dogg.

This beer pours a murky dark brown, opaque in the glass but not quite black. Like their helles lager, a small quater-inch head forms, but it sustains nicely. It smells of dark fruit - raspberries, figs, dates - and chocolate. Swirling brings out hints of molasses. The taste is remarkably balanced, berry-like fruit flavors providing a lot of complexity without cloying the palate. Spicecake and chocolate appear toward the finish, along with some nuttiness and dates. The finish is roasty and dry with a light hop bitterness. Very complex without compromising drinkability, this is awesome stuff.

largadeer, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer upon its removal from the 500ml brown bottle sets in my dopplebock glass a deep ruby to almost brown with a smallish frothy light tan head that evaporates quickly leaving the lace to conceal the glass. Nose is malt sweet, hints of molasses, earthy and pleasant to the senses, start is sweet with a middling malt profile; the top is light to middling in its feel. Finish is modestly acidic and the hops pleasantly spicy, quite dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste, a drinkable beer.

Gusler, Sep 14, 2004
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dyan for bringing this one. Unexpected, it was a last-minute addition to "The Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were A Part Of."

Pours a medium brown color, similar to that of a weizenbock. Upon opening the bottle, there is a scary moment as foam rushes upwards, but it culminates in a meniscus and no beer is lost. In my glass, it looks nice a crisp and clean. The carbonation is nowhere to be found, and as a result, I wonder why the gush was so nearly imminent.

Aroma is classically simple like most of the doppelbocks that I have tried. Toffee and chocolate come through...still not sure how they do that with only 4 ingredients. There is also a very nice German yeast spiciness.

The flavor brings on even more impressiveness. The toffee and dark chocolate usher in a surprising vanilla flavor. Everything is nicely proportioned.

I am astonished by the complexity and simplicity of this beer...in the same breath. This is one of the best doppelbocks that I have had the pleasure of trying. I look forward to my next bottle.

NittanyBeerFan, Mar 31, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium brown colored bock beer with a good thick tan head.

Very fruity in the aroma department. Cherries and figs are the dominant scents. Malty with a good aroma of raisins and plums. Good aromas of almonds like a port wine. Nice aroma of brown sugar and faint rum aroma.

Taste is a little sweet but not sugary sweet. Brown sugar and figs are the first flavors to make a bold appearance. Nutty flavors and rum are the next flavors and the cherries seem to have disappeared. After a while this beer settles in to the taste of rum soaked fruitcake with a nice trace of bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel is good.

An all around pleasing Doppelbock beer. No flaws at except possibly that it isn't outstanding in any respect just full competent in all of them. This Doppelbock would make an excellent example of the style for any taste training.

Zorro, Mar 24, 2006
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3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown - slightly hazed - with a tan head that descends to a patch. Some trailing lace slides down the glass without much stickage.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with hazelnut and earthy spicing.

The taste is of sweet caramel and a vague hint of alcohol with some fruity/earthy notes. Sweet with a touch of noble hops in the finish.

It is medium-bodied. Slightly swishy.

I like the aromatic malts here the best. It is sweet, though with some balance. Caramellish/toffeeish, nougaty in character as a whole. A nice doppelbock!

jwc215, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of cncbofh
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly smooth Doppelbock.
Smell of orange and chocolate with a small hint of a peaty wood. Initial overwhelming taste of chocolate, but toned down with well balanced hops throughout the drink. A complex beer that goes well with cheesecake, which I consumed mine with!

Certainly a beer I will pick up again.

cncbofh, Jan 13, 2003
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a typical Geman style brown bottle. Dark brown beer, with ruby tints, thick creamy tan head. Uber-malty aroma as expected, hints of cocoa and milky chocolate, cookies and creme very nice. Thick luxuriant chocolaty malts to begin with , gets slightly thinner near the end..no hops .Slightly fruity..actually quite nice stuff. Really nice palate to this beer, silky smooth..want to drink more. A very nice beer, quite drinkable , in fact a good "simple"( positive) doppelbock.

Reidrover, May 27, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

shanny1981, Jun 01, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice off white head and some good lacing as it goes down. Smell is rich caramel and toffee along with hefty amounts of figs, dates, and other dark fruits. Slight hint of nuttiness as well. Taste really brings the dark fruits forward along with caramel and some candied brown sugar. Mouthfeel is fairly full and nicely warming without really being boozy. Very nice drinkability. Other than Andechser, probably the best Doppelbock that I've come across.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a good dopplebock

not a whole lot of head and a beautiful reddish brown color....

smells like roasted malt

tastes like a really malty beer nothing too different tasting...just malty

good...but not anything super exceptional

I would not buy it again though...too many different great dopplebocks

chefscott79, Oct 26, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dyan for hooking it up with this one.

A: The pour is a slightly muddy mahogany color with very minimal head formation and carbonation.

S: What a nose on this beer! Plenty of yeasty esters providing banana and clove notes. There's also a nice fruitiness to it as well as a nice caramel, toffee, and chocolate sweetness.

T: The beer is pleasantly sweet with flavors of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and some cola. As the beer warms up, the yeast flavors really come out, especially the bananas.

M: A medium to full bodied beer with somewhat minimal carbonation.

D: A really fantastic doppelbock. Quite complex and deep both in flavors and aromas--great all around.

womencantsail, Apr 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev 0%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hell. I know I've had better dopplebocks then this one. I'll post it as soon as I can recall what it was... but I wouldn't hold my breath.

The beer pours a coffee brown color with surprisingly good head retention and OK lacing. On the nose this beer is gorgeous. I get brown sugar, milk chocolate and cherry cough drop, but believe me when I say I get a boatload of all of it. As attractive as this beer smells, it's every bit as good on the palate. This beer is rich and malty; just everything a good German dopple should be. The beer is fairly sweet, but there's just enough hops to keep the beer from becoming heavy or tiring on the palate. The beer has a lovely long, chocolate filled finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long finish. Drinkability is exceptional, and I'm ever so glad I have another of these bad boys in the fridge. Have no idea what the alcohol is, but it's very well disguised. Just delicious. Very, very impressive.

John_M, Nov 08, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle served lightly chilled in a tall pilsener glass.

Appearance: Clear dark brown topped by a rather thick light tan head. Quickly fades to a film and left little splotches of foam.

Smell: Pruny, figgy, and jammy caramel malts. Faint splashes of pepper.

Taste: Toasted bread and caramel malts, mild prune-like flavors.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy medium body. Lingering sweetness on the palate.

Drinkability: A textbook, but not definitive doppelbock. Go with the goat, I say. Still, it's worth a look, but this is nothing exciting.

ManekiNeko, Apr 04, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer claims an ancient heritage, going back to 1308 (!) in the same location in Bavaria, and if that's true, somebody's been staying happy for a very long time.

I was somewhat leary of this beer when I bought it (see below), not only because I had never tasted it -- even when I spent a week near Kaufbeuren a few years back -- but becasue there was no "best by" date on the bottles. By the way, Kaufbeuren is only a few miles from Mad Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle near Fuessen in Bavaria, about 80 miles southwest of Munich.

Back to the beer. A very dark amber doppelbock. The first aroma was of chocolate and toasted malt, almost smoky. The pour was smooth, and brought out some nice spice-chocolate-malt aromas, but not a very thick head. The first taste matched the smell: toasty-roasty malt and creamy dark-chocolate in the foreground, rye-bread, pumpkin and maybe even hay(?) in the background, quite dense overall. As the glass warmed, more of the spices came up, with clove and an almost pepper warmth in the long, bitter aftertaste. With so many heavy flavors, the alcohol was almost absent from the taste, but it soon crept up in my noggin. Mmmmm. Soft and warm, like a down comforter around your brain. (I know, it's a weird image, but it paints the picture.) The only disappointments for me were the thin, short-lived head and rather light carbonation.

All in all, this is a comfortably complex and deep doppelbock, smooth and satisfying, and perilously drinkable for 7.5% ABV! Great for a cold night, it may be a bit too heavy for summer, and it's far too strong for a session beer. It went well with a strong-flavored nibble: some sharp cheese and a good German zwiebelwurst (onion-sausage). However, if you like a really chewy beer, this one may feel a bit thin for you.

Give it a try, if you can find it: I was surprised to discover a case of it in a cooler at a little store on S. College in Ft. Collins, CO, where the purveyor didn't even know what a doppelbock was! Still, it's the only place I've seen it around here, so, to quote Ah-nuldt, "I'll be bahk!"

UPDATE December 2004: Wilbur's Wine & Spirits has it. Huge beer selection there -- best place in N Colorado to sample hundreds of different brews. And . . . after having some again, I lower the taste to 4.0 and raise the mouthfeel to 5.0. I poured this at about 38 degrees, let it sit for a full 20 minutes, and it just sort of rounded out. So smoooth and excellent. Still prefer it to Optimator and Salvator.

ColoradoBobs, Feb 21, 2004
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St. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock from Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
89 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.