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Sudwerk Doppel Bock - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-27-2001)
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look – jet black in color, with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – malty smell, with maybe some fruit essences and/or spices. Maybe a touch of molasses. Not a strong hop aroma at all.

Taste – definitely malty, with a touch of a smoky flavor in the middle. Still not much of a strong hoppiness in the taste, but there is a tinge of bitterness toward the finish. Still maybe a bit of a molasses touch toward the finish as well. Aftertaste definitely permeates with bitterness.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – Not a bad brew at all. It definitely has some character to it. Somewhat intriguing to think about while tasting.

Nerudamann, Jan 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This DB is a super dark brown in color with a modest head.

Smell - The malts here are very dark and rich. They almost seem roasted. The sugars are very sweet and refined as well, kind of like a stout.

Taste - These malts are roasted like a stout. They taste good but are well off-style. The sugar is pure table, again like a porter or a big stout.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with a sharp malty bitterness and mild carbonation.

Drinkability - I liked this beer but it sure isn't a Doppelbock.

RoyalT, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Dmann
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just picked up this beer on a whim because I was interested in seeing what a non German brewed Doppel Bock was like. And in all honesty this is much better than most true German Doppel's that I've had. It poured a very dark mahognay color, allmost black with a cream colored head that left good lace down the glass. The smell was of malt, carmel and alchohol. The taste was out of this world with none of the grainy flavor that plagues much of the German Doppel Bocks on the market. It was instead filled with a carmel flavor with a touch of raisen flavor in there too. That mixed with a great malt profile was enough to make it a winner for me. I would recommend this to anyone. Good job!

Dmann, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a near black with hints of red. There's almost no head.

The smell is not very strong but has a nice combination of dark malts. The taste is dominated by malts and chocolate flavor. Hops are minimal. The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style and the amount of flavor, which helps drinkability.

watermelonman, May 09, 2006
Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dertyd, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass with deep ruby and almost purpleish highlights. The aroma is limited to a somewhat roasty dark malt; but it's also quite clean. The body is full, and it's creamy in the mouth with a fine carbonation that's initially crisp. The flavor delivers a dark malt that dances around bittersweet chocolate, soft cocoa, bitter and acidic roastiness, sweet caramel and even fruit (due to its alcohol) - but never clearly delivers any one of them. There's always some sort of skewed blend of all of them. It finishes with roasty, dark malt acidity; a solid bitterness; and a drying alcohol. Very nice!

NeroFiddled, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A half finger of head on a dark brown colored body.
The smell is faint overall: roasted malt and candy.
The taste is good: roasted malt, bread, malt sweetness and a tiny lemon bitterness at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A nice, solid doppelbock.

Fatehunter, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date code of 11181

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bready, dark fruittyness

T: Rich maltyness, with a hint of toffee, cocoa, & dryness up front. Some plummy notes mix with brown bread & molasses, a touch of brown sugar there as well, just a little herbal hop bitterness. Finishes bready, figgy, dryish with just a touch of licorice

MF: Rich, malty with subtle carbonation

A good, not great dopple. I will buy this from time to time, cheaper & fresher than most of the German stuff I get around here.,,

russpowell, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Troyone
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark root beer color with minimal head and no lacing.

A cookie molasses malt smell with a grass resin grapefruit hops aroma and hints of ruby port.

Moderately sweet and acidic flavor; molasses, coffee, and chocolate malt; grapefruit, orange, and grass hops; and hints of ruby port, (salt free) soy sauce, and cola.

Mouthfeel is a medium to full body, dry syrupy and almost creamy texture, soft almost fizzy carbonation, and a slight astringent finish.

Drinkability is great for the style and in no way a session beer.

Troyone, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of scottoale
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass bottle with date of 10-06-05. With an aggressive pour comes a very dark mahogany liquid with maybe a quarter-inch of tan colored head. The head leaves quickly and virtually no lacing at all...hmm ?

A very malty nose, nice and toasty with hints of currants, prunes, tobacco and alcohol as it warms a bit. Smells good and malty with a mellow fruity sweetness.

The taste is pretty much as it smells. It's a little strange at first, but as it warms up the flavors come to life, as does the potency. Now it tastes as a Doppel should, good malty backbone, complexity and a nice balance that has a good warming finish.

It has a fizzy creamy mouthfeel, just enough carbonation and a heathy medium body to it. It's quite tasty and easy to drink, just have to remember that the ABV of 8% is not a light-weight contender...cheers !

scottoale, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of vacax
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark reddish brown, bright, with a whitish head displaying low retention. Aroma is nutty and somewhat figgy. Tastes of caramel malts, nuttiness, moderately bitter with licorice, roast, and malt. Medium to fuller in body with typical middling bubbliness. This is decent for a doppelbock, more flavor than most of the beers at the brewpub thankfully.

vacax, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Gusler
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another of my most favorite breweries, and it seems most every “Manufacturer of Malted Grain” beverages is a favorite, this is no big deal.

On the other hand, I/we don’t see many “Aged Dopple-Bocks”, a rare breed me thinks. Deep brown in color, the head is magisterial in size, frothy in its texture, the lace fine sheets that cling mightily to the glass. The aroma of sweet buttered popcorn, caramel and a slight hint of yeast over top the underlying malt, quite a pleasure to sniff. Start is malt and slightly sweet, the top middling in feel, the finish perkily hopped, the carbonation moderate and the aftertaste slightly alcohol bitter and quite dry, a very drinkable beer.

Gusler, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of bradybeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Poured a dark red/brown with light carbonation and thin head
S=Sweet malty aroma with a little hops coming through
T=Not too sweet, with a nice alchohol warmth coming through as the beer slid down my tongue
M=medium body
D=I really enjoyed this beer-had it on tap 10 years ago and this was the first oe since

bradybeer, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of sebree19
4/5  rDev +5.5%

sebree19, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of marc77
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 1/05. Clear deep garnet. Thin, but persistent light tan head leaves foam wisps. Dark toffee with hints of caramelized pecan and burnt biscuit. Marzipan hints. Burnt caramel bitterness upfront softens into a lightly toasty dark Munich malt presence mid palate. Persistent burnt nutty brittle and sugary dried date undertone due to the functional, meager hopping. On the thin side in mouthfeel, but this lends to the drinkability. Manages to finish dry and ominously both thirst quenching and inducing. A well crafted, albeit prosaic doppelbock all around. Dangerously quaffable.

marc77, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of Charthepirate
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 1 liter growler, purchased from nugget supermarket, in Davis California. Bottle is labaled as a wine by the supermarket, which made me a little angry.

Poured a deep, deep purple/red. Minimal head that dissapeared quickly leaving a medium lacing.

Smells of roasted cofee malts mainly.

Flavor is rich and a little more bitter than most dopplebocks. Flavor of coffee and chocolate from the malts, with a minor overiding sweetness. At the end of the mouth there is a small bitter kick from the hops.

It's thick, meaty and perfect on the mouth. Great feeling beer.

A less traditional dopplebock, but excellent at what it is.

Charthepirate, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of DaveHS
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours raisin brown with a thin ring of chocolate milk colored head.

S-Sweet caramel malts, sharp booziness, brown sugar.

T/M-Very roasty, not as sweet as the nose suggests. The caramel maltiness hits mid-palate, and quickly fades into roasted malts and bittering hops. Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a long, rich finish.

D-Not a by the book German doppelbock, but a pretty solid beer overall. Not the kind of thing I would want all the time.

DaveHS, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent doppel. That being said, it is not by any means outstanding. The beer pours a very average amber color, with a distinct note of barley. The beer has a hearty taste with its 8 percent alcohol, and the taste of sugar is abundant. The beer has minimal lacing and head and leaves a nice taste on the palette. Too bad Sudwerk discontinued their other beers, as their other beers were top notch.

ronniebruner, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an enjoyable beer, nothing wrong with it, several good points.

Dark beer. not thick, higher ABV as expected

One of the nice things is the extra flavors you get with this bock, not bland, some roasted raisons in there, very smooth after taste. Easy to drink, ...it went down pretty quick.

FlatRabbitRed, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of germaniac
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While in the midst of planning a Oktoberfest trip to Sudwerk, I happened across this 12oz bottle in the back of my beer closet.
One of the stragglers from this past summers's Sudwerk experience.

Pours a deep brown that lights up with reddish purple highlights.

Smells of toffee and rich sweet malt. There's just a hint of slighty burnt cinnamon raisin bread scent that pairs nicely with a sweet roasted walnut aroma.

Sweet malt and molasses combine to put forth an interesting sweetness, managing to be both light and thick at the same time.
The alcohol makes itself known with the tongue tingle that eight percent should bring.

Excellent carbonation levels help to make this quite drinkable. It's not a traditional doppel, to be sure, but it is an interesting, delicious stab at the style.

A wonderful beer by an awesome brewery. I can hardly wait for the annual release of the 1L bottles.

germaniac, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

SocalKicks, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of rayjay
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Awesome to see breweries like this that specialize in lagers, a real rarity and a treat these days. This is a respectfully traditional dopplebock with a big malty body. There is a very notable gingerbread-like character, minus all the spices, mostly due to the robust body. Hearty and filling. A liter will leave you as full as a grande burrito. The flavors blend very well, but are not very subtle (relative to other German examples). Recommended every spring. Cheers!

rayjay, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of beagle75
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, dark brown, opaque at the center, with one finger of beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark, tannic grain--quite vinous--with little depth. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with big juicy dark fruit that gives way to clean roasted malt. Acidity and bitterness peak in the middle, marking a gradual transition from sweet to dry. The finish continues to dry out, and shows restrained bitterness with lingering flavors of dark heavy bread, caramel, and fennel seed. Occasional whiffs of alcohol are detected in the taste.

M: Medium to heavy viscosity, occasionally too acidic but dispersing quickly on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: With a smell that is generally unappealing and flashes of conspicuous acidity, this beer is saved by the presence of clean dark flavors--particularly the roasted malt. It begs to be served with rich fatty food where caramelization can be complemented and the acidity can be put to good use cutting the fat.

beagle75, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Crotor
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, mahogony-paned almost-black with one finger of tan head with moderate retention.

The smell is primarily clean, roasted malt, with a hint of alcohol. A wee bit of cocoa too... But overall the aroma is sufficiently mild to remain somewhat unimpressive.

The flavor is massively roasty, with strong chocolate notes. The malt is substantial, clean, and candied, but it can almost slip by unnoticed beside the roastiness. I dig it.

The mouthfeel is substantial and smooth, with a bit of acrid bite from the roasted malts adding a wonderful balance.

Though not a typical German dopplebock, this is very good. It really could almost be classified as something else, IMO. Hell, if it were a bit fruitier, it could pass as a Baltic porter.

Crotor, Feb 04, 2005
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Sudwerk Doppel Bock from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.