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Mediator - Heater Allen Brewing

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19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-16-2009)
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Photo of danielpollard


2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Deep brown color. Clear with no haze. Head is off white and only stayed around for the first few sips.

S- Very roasty smell, almost has a burnt note. Has a hint of caramel sweetness.

T- Very smooth malt flavor. No perceptable hop presence. Lingering burnt roast finish with a hint of dark fruit.

O- Very smooth with warming alcohol. Would be better without the bitter malt taste. Dark fruit notes should develop with more age.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 18:37:34 | More by danielpollard
Photo of buffs9


3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ups to my boy Hank for sending this one to me. Surprised there are so few reviews on this one.

A- Deep brown color with some plum color highlights. Good finger and a half of head that fades to a thin layer.

S- Roasted malts and what seems like dried cherries.

T- Very little hops, a nice roasty flavor that finishes w/ a small amount of tart fruit, very slightly sour in the end

O- Needs a bit more depth, or perhaps this bottle is past its prime (no date anywhere)

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:46:16 | More by buffs9
Photo of vkv822


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy amber hued burnt-orange with a thin, light tan head.

The nose and taste are quite malty, lots of biscuit.

A medium body, active, prickly carbonation.

A pleasant beer, though not very com,plex.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 11:00:53 | More by vkv822
Photo of writerLJBerg


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle purchased at Belmont Station. (Apparently one of the only places in town stocking bottles.)

A: Pour yields about a 2 inches of foam. Color is a very pleasant brown-red combination. Can almost see through this one.

Smell: Heavy on the biscuit, malt, caramel. Toasted oat.

Taste: More biscuit and caramel. There's a decent bitterness to balance this all out on the tongue, though I actually could have gone with a little bit less to even the scale.

Mouthfeel: Solid. This one doesn't leave much after the fact, though.

Overall: An enjoyable doppelbock. I always enjoy Heater Allen beers, but I was expecting a bit more than this one delivered. Well worth picking up if you get the chance, but it's not going to change your perspective on the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:31:08 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of kscaldef


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-24-2014 19:29:34 | More by kscaldef
Photo of lighthabit


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light brownish red, slight haze, light malt colored head dies to thin layer.
faint caramel, plum smell, subtle old leather and tobacco aroma (interesting, i don't usually pick those scents out. i kinda like it) aroma. mild flavor, currants, malt, very mellow. complements a salad with cranberries and bleu cheese quite well.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2013 07:10:07 | More by lighthabit
Photo of Murrhey


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Portland's Belmont Station for $5.50. Poured from a bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont.

A- Four-finger light brown head. Rapidly eroding head, lasts about two-minutes before ending in a dense, foamy inch thick head. Dark amber color with relatively high clarity.

S- Dark fruits, vinous notes, caramel, toffee, and a slight bit of brandy. Candi sugar and a sweet malt body.

T- Slightly bitter caramel, some fruitiness. Surprisingly chocolaty. Not a typical Doppelbock. I like it.

M- Medium bodied and dry finish. Nothing stands out for me in the feel.

O- Overall an acceptable bock. Not a Celebrator, but nice in its own way.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 05:36:17 | More by Murrhey
Photo of DefenCorps


3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods.

A mildly hazy reddish mahogany with a dense, beige head with decent retention and lacing, this looks pretty decent. The nose has some toffee and caramel, with a little bit of bread along with a fruity plum aroma. It does not, however, have the deep and rich caramelization notes that some of my favorites have. Moderately hoppy (not surprising, given how fresh this is), there's an earthy hop note here.

The palate is initially over-carbonated, but once that settles down, it allows the flavors to really come through. What this beer lacks in intensity, it makes up for by subtelty. A very nice blend of caramel, toffee, a little bit of bread, some fruit (plums, grapes), all very nicely balanced. The palate is just barely medium bodied (and that's noticeable only once the carbonation dies down), lacking in heft compared to its brethren from Germany. A moderate hop bitterness is present on the finish, along with the fruity sweetness. As with all their lagers, this one is ridiculously clean. That said, this is, IMO, a rare miss from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 06:16:26 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with a black crown.

A- Amber, with a touch of red. Nice khaki colored head with decent retention.

S- Almost no smell at all, but what was there smelt like sweet malts.

T- Malts, sweet fruit-mild, and some nuts.

D- Nice carbonation and very smooth. There was a slight bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 06:27:55 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of kawilliams81


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Jester King pint.

A- Cloudy copper with a 2 finger off-white head. Small amount of lacing around the top of the beer.

S- Bread, nuts, vanilla.

T- Toasted malts, sweet bread, slight taste of vanilla, and has a nuttiness.

M- Medium body, light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

O- Not a go to style for me at all, but a very good beer. Would love this around oktoberfest!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 21:52:57 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

seanthornton152 hooked this one up prior to inflatablechair's annual RIS tasting... Thanks Sean!! Poured into my CC goblet... very clear deep amber... nice off white head doesn't really stick around for too long...

Nose is good mix of toasty malt and very light caramel/melanoidin presence...

Flavor is a very clean dopplebock, but seems a bit mild.

Body and carbonation seem about right...

I would definitely buy this one again...


Thanks a ton Sean... Your diligence is appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 04:42:19 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some slight toffee notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, slightly bitter, with lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, my first from this brewery, would definitely like to try other's from them. thanks Brian.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 23:52:19 | More by Wasatch
Photo of oriolesfan4


4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2013 02:16:46 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of jdense


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #9 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Medium brown clear body with some garnet highlights, not a lot of visible effervescence, slightly off white head, medium dissipation with some nice lacing. Quite a bit of chocolate and caramel malt in the nose, floral hops. Taste maintains the interesting malt profile, a bit of roast present, stone fruit more plums than raisins, a bit sweet, balanced nicely by the Hallertaus. Mouthfeel a bit light for the style, some stickiness. This is one damn smooth Doppelbock, while not as full flavored as Celebrator this was our favorite domestic bock of the tasting. Worth seeking out for fans of the style. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:26:57 | More by jdense
Photo of ccrida


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip, Southern Oregon Brewing Company's Porter is a dark, blackish cola color with a khaki head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity, a nice chocolate note as well as some acidity. Soft though, even as it warmed.

Taste has a really nice grape like flavor that reminds me of their bock, Hugo. Chocolate, light alcohol character, yummy. I have a sweet tooth and this hits it, reminiscent of my beloved BSDAs, but without the spicy bite. A study in cold conditioning for sure.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is very good, a damn tasty dopplebock by any measure. The second 1/2 of this bottle disappeared so fast I thought it sprung a leak! Add in the good value and you've got yourself another winner from Heater Allen.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 06:39:34 | More by ccrida
Photo of msubulldog25


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these 22 oz. bottles at Belmont Station. Opened a couple weeks back and poured to a pilsner glass, review from notes.

A: Deep, dark chestnut-amber; clearer complexion and filled with loads of tiny carbonation, rising in slo-mo. Crowned by at least a finger of sandy-tan foam, dropping en masse periodically, a lumpy sponge. Excellent lace, a criss-crossed webwork.

S: Caramel-filled sweetness, nice fruit qualities - notably blueberry and oranges. Good spicing, a bready pound cake.

T: Cocoa powder, sweet fruit, mild sugary 'berry' flavor that's a bit Kool-Aid like. Sweet apples, dashes of cloves. Good backing of toasted malt and bitter hops to counteract the sweetness.

M: Smooth, creamier consistency. A notion of graininess left as a thin coating, lip-smacking malts sticking around. Medium body.

D: Another fine one from Heater Allen, very enjoyable version of a terrific lager style; (a bit too) easy to drink. Recommended and one I'll plan on having again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 16:10:24 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of chumba526


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Baileys the other night. This review is from notes.

It appears dark brown with hints of red. There is a small light brown colored head.

It smells slightly of toffee and sweet fruit. I almost get a bit of a sweet grape and fruit punch type of a smell. There is also a mild citrus smell.

It tastes much like it smells. There is initially a strong fruity sweetness. I get hints of citrus: mostly orange. There is also a solid bread like, toffee and toasted type of a malt backbone to the beer. the beer ends with a very mild bitterness.

There is moderate carbonation to the beer and the beer has a smooth mouth feel.

The beer is very easy to drink. I could drink a few of this beer in a very short period of time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 23:44:25 | More by chumba526
Photo of digita7693


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

03-31-2013 04:40:13 | More by digita7693
Photo of seanthornton152


5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-17-2011 07:01:54 | More by seanthornton152
Mediator from Heater Allen Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.