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Doppelbock Dunkel - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 229
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tavernjef on 02-18-2007

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
1.96/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: 1/4" white head that left a slight lacing over cola brown liquid.

S: Sweet, malt, and a hint of a metallic smell.

T: Metallic and somewhat malty.

M: Thin and low level of carbonation.

O: Hopefully this was just a bad bottle, and I could not particularly tell, but there are much better Doppelbocks that exist.

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Photo of meatyard
2.34/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear mahogany color with a 2" light tan head that leaves some lacing and decent head retention.
The smell is something, not much of something but something unidentifiable to me.
The taste is a little banana but more so a blah nothing good taste.
Mouthfeel is medium..
Drinkability is not so great.
Maybe there's something wrong with this bottle but it doesn't taste like any decentdoppelbock that I've had. I don't recognize any of the things that point to a poorly kept bottle. I couldn't finish it, preferring to use the calories on something I enjoyed.

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Photo of seand
2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown, with 1.5 fingers of bubbly light tan head. The head fades pretty fast, but leaves a thin layer on the surface. Looks pretty nice.

S: Not too strong, mainly malty with hints of fruit.

T: A bit odd. Sweet, with a bitter aftertaste and touch of astringency that just doesn't work for me. The alcohol is reasonably well masked.

M: A little overcarbonated. Finishes almost syrupy.

D: It's not really hard to drink, but I didn't enjoy it enough to wish I had another to crack open.

This beer was OK, but just OK - I doubt I'll ever pick it up again.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of a warm nut brown color. It holds a bubbly one finger head of tannish bubbles which recedes at a medium pace. Little lacing is left as it goes, but the voracious carbonation leaves a tiny crown of bubbles around edges of the glass. Big cylindrical flecks of yeast are noted throughout. When the pour settles it looks like a watery cola. The aroma is bright with metallic notes off the bat. These are lent by the deep, crystal and caramel malts. There is also a sugary sweetness to it, and a hint of adjuncty grain. The faintest esters soften the hard edges around the nose, without the help of much else. As did the aroma, we begin with metals and a dark and sweet graininess. This quickly transitions into a sweeter, toffee-like vibe as we peak through the middle. There is a slight bittering of black coffee beans, lighting quick, with another ping of metallics from the yeast. Moving to the conclusion brings about robust, slightly bittered, and toasted malts. This is their darkest appearance in the tasting. This mixes with a fine saltiness at the very end. The aftertaste breathes with clean malt, slight booze, black tea leaves, and white sugar. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is medium. The lips are left on the stickier side, smacked with the sweetness, while the mouth’s interior is cooled, and only mildly coated. The abv approaches the higher end for the style, but is relatively hidden, assisting this beer in drinking easier.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how the malts don’t really fade out through the finish. While the beer may appear on the watery side, and look more like a soda, the malts in the flavoring made up some lost ground. They actually became more robust as the flavoring wore on, becoming the most intense by the end of the tasting.

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Photo of Derek
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brown/black, light tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Root beer? Dark caramel, brown sugar, slight breadyness.

T: Dark caramel, cola, dark bread, slightly burnt (similar to a swartz).

M: Moderate body & carbonation, some residual sweetness.

D: Fairly average.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE. Pours a deep, dark purple with a slight yellowish white head on top. lacing is moderate. smells vinous and boozy, with hints of grape, coffee and caramel. Toffee and used bitter coffee grounds in the flavor. also some dry alcohol and old fruits. cough syrup taste and feel on the finish. Alcohol and bitterness are a bit over the top. mouthfeel is somewhat creamy.somewhat syrupy. I dont know about this one overall...it tastes unblanaced and with flavors that i dont really expect from a dopplebock. Not overly impressed and i don't think i'll be having this again.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery brown with a nearly non-existent head.
Smell is malt, hops, wheat and a metallic note not unlike Newcastle Brown in the bottle.
Taste is very similar with malt, a watery metallic note, wheat and light hops.
A light-medium body with light effervescence. A plain, middle of the pack brew. Not worth searching for.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown with a fast receding head that doesn't lace. A delicate toasted bread note is difficult to pick out from behind it's powerful ethanol aroma. Tastes malty and sweet upfront with bread and brown sugar flavours before a note of watered down coca-cola comes through midway. Finishes a little boozy with some light bitterness. Just shy of medium-bodied with low carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Lacks weight. This is an enjoyable enough beer, but it doesn't hold a candle to Celebrator, Salvator, Weltenburger, or Optimator.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hzy dark amber color with a very meagre head that fades quickly to a ringlet but leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: The caramel is there along with some fig and apple, but there is also a herbacious quality that seems misplaced

Taste: Opens with a rich caramel flavor that also brings along some apple, fig and herbal tea qualities by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet flavors stick and are joined by an herbacious bitter element that just seems out of place for the style

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and viscous; low carbonation

Drinkability: At the end of the day, this is a real disappointment for a doppelbock; it's on the bottom of the list for me

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No noise or gunsmoke visible when I pop the cap. Pours a deep garnet color with a non-existent head and just a touch of lace on the glass and floating on the surface. The aroma is of prunes, christmas cake and sherbert. Malty sweetness and a prominent alcohol kick mix with a bread dough and field berries in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium-full and lightly carbonated. Sweetness and alcohol spice make up the longish finish.

This is an OK doppelbock. The alcohol is too strong and its a little too sweet, but its not undrinkable.

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Photo of hoser
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is not the best of shape as lover of dopplebocks I will have to try this on tap some time. Underneath the smell of oxidised cardboard there once was a nice beer. Chocolate malt with nutty, toffee coffee backbone to this beer but as stated before the beer is not of the best of shape.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, lager yeast, some roasted malts and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of caramel and dark fruits, but there's a strong burst of alcohol during the first few sips. The malt character isn't quite as bready as other beers I've had in the style. The hops presence is mild and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer I guess, but I don't think this is really the right beer for me to drink too many of. Something just didn't strike me right and I didn't like it too much.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this earlier today... Its cold here and I need a warmer..

This looks and smells very much like Coca Cola... Clearish ruby brown with a thin head... Aromas of sweet malt... Maybe a little booze... That's about it..

Whew... While this isn't a drain pour or anything, its a VERY average dopplebock... Its sweet and malty and there might be a touch of fruits and a little booze but this is MILES away from the elites of the style... Very average..

Well, glad I got to try this but not something I will be picking up again...

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Photo of jmc44
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color, with slightly offwhite head. Not much lacing.

Surprising unaromatic. Faint odors of coffee, roasted malt, and earth. Nothing special here.

Flavor is fairly standard. Its quite sweet, with coffee and caramel, and a noticiable metallic tasting finish. Sort of like a light version of Samiclaus. Not unpleasant, although I thought the metallic taste was a bit too much.

Fairly smooth for the content, not as heavy and thick as would be expected for the style. Slightly disappointing in this regard.

It is pretty drinkable to to it being only medium bodied; of course the abv presents a problem.

Overall, a decent brew, but not something I am likely to try again.

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Photo of tobyandgina
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'd have to go with OK on this one.

An average head, a bit frothy, off-white and diminishing. Not much lacing. A dark amber in color.

A heavy caramel smell with a bit of perfumey hops - even a slight plum taste.

Mouth feel was soft, oily and a little metallic.

All in all, it was interesting, but the metallic-ness kind of ruined it for me.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one's been hanging around for a while...

A - pours a copper brown colour, thin layer of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no trace of lacing.

S - Quite bready, hints of caramel, leafy greens, and peat with some alcohol detectable on the finish.

T - The bready caramel dominates, sweet corn, dark fruit, metallic notes and candied apple come through with a bitter leafy green and burnt toast and brown sugar finish.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly, finishes wet.

O - Decent doppelbock, but not my favourite. I wouldn't seek out another bottle and I'm hesitant to say I would even suggest that someone try it. If you're in dire need of a doppelbock and this is available, it would satisfy your craving but don't expect anything special.

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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rusty nail would make an identical match colour wise. Although the beer is fairly dark in tone it is brilliantly clear in complexion and glints with exuberance both when away and up to the light. It hosts a pageant of bubbles that hover at a calm and steady pace. Despite a slender outline there really isn't much to skim off the top.

The nose is sweet but not in the good sticky, caramel ladled toast malt kind of way that characterizes dopplebocks as a style. This seems to be sweet - and piercingly so - in a syrupy kind of way. There's a touch of toffee but no gooey caramel covered fruits. In fact, I'm picking up (just a little) on two big no-no's for the style: a smokey character roast and a solventy indication of the alcohol strength.

Yikes, if this was lagered it couldn't have been for very long - this doesn't taste smooth, crisp or clean - it tastes adjunct ridden. It doesn't have the heavy, sweet, rich maltiness of a dopplebock. It has the cloying, stale, cheap, off-putting feel of adjuncts. Instead of toast, caramel, chocolate or fruit I'm tasting burnt crust, soggy bread, and microwaved frozen corn niblets. This is not at all my ideal dopplebock.

Without a rich heavy-set malt base the alcohol is in full exposure. The impression of alcohol in dopplebocks can be quite present but it's usually masked by a ton of caramel as well as dried and candied fruits. The 8.5% in this, however, is caught bare naked. This isn't comfortably warming - it's a NASA rocket-sized engine full of burning hot fusels.

I would have figured Austrians could make a dopplebock as good as their German neighbours but if this example is any indication I'd be wrong. I've had a couple of less than stellar offerings from Castle Eggenberg now and I'm starting to become a little less optimistic about future encounters with Austria's oldest family owned brewery.

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3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark clear walnut color with little head. There is some lace on the walls of the glass.
The nose is barny with some malt.
Taste is malt and caramel and a little sweet chocolate. Not bitter or hoppy. The aftertaste is a little roasted malt. Mouth feel is average. Overall rather disappointing. Not enough spice or carbonation to interest me. I am comparing this to other favorite doppelbocks.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat in the spirit of Paulaner Doppel: Sweet, but boozier and a slightly harsher and more bitter finish: Copper-colored: not much head or lacing. Somewhat cloudy in the glass. Probably wouldn't seek this out again, given available alternatives.


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Photo of cnally
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice mahogany slightly transparent body, lots of active carbonation flowing through the liquid, and a fizzy off-white head barely stays after the pour.

The aroma is so incredibly subtle, with just miniscule toasted malt notes, slightly burnt, but little in the way of hops, yeast, or any fruity or estery qualities. Dissapointing.

The flavor is one of those that thinks it got swagga, but just doesn't. Initial burnt grains flavor, a little sweetness (slightly less oppressive than an average doppelbock), followed by an assertive alcohol bite. The depth of the flavors is lacking, and fades into an underwhelming black-or-chocolate malt cocoa bitterness. Decent aspects but lacking as a whole experience.

Mouthfeel is good. Slick but not oily, well carbonated but not a CO2 bomb, medium feel and lazily retreats down your throat.

A style typically dictated by sweetness, this beer has little in the way of syrupy and sweet characteristics. But the depth of the appealing toasty flavors falls short. Decent but not a great value.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seeing as I enjoy both the Samichlaus and Urbock 23, I figure this brewery has a good thing going on, and I can't say no to a doppelbock!

A: A dark, ever so slightly murky bronze. Creamy head sticks around for a little while and leaves a lip of lace and sheet over the top when it recedes.

S: Soft dark fruits, sweet malts, some notes of brown sugar, and a spiciness. A papery element to it, but quite mild.

T + M: A deeper roasted malt flavour than usual with doppelbocks, almost even slightly burnt. A bit of a cocoa taste in the mix, a little bitter. Low carbonation, though there's a little prickle in the finish. Body is a little on the heavier side of medium, with a bit of lingering flavour on the finish.

D: A bit of a sipper, but fairly straight forward, otherwise. Alcohol catches up before long with anything like this, of course.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark titian with bright orange trim. The tight-bubbled cap is ecru in color and filled at least half the glass after a vigorous pour. Considering the ABV and the lack of hop resins, there is quite a bit of soon-to-be-crusty lace.

This offering doesn't smell very dark. There's no roasted maltiness, just a little dark fruit (unripe figs) that is more sour than sweet. Here's hoping it makes a comeback on the palate.

What an odd beer. Doppelbock Dunkel isn't exactly bursting with barley and it's one of the most balanced examples of the style that I've ever run across. That is not a positive since bitterness has no place in a doppelbock. At least not to this degree. On a positive note, the alcohol is expertly buried.

The flavor profile includes burnt toast, black tea leaves, unsweet caramel, cocoa powder and bitter nut skins. The beer isn't so much smoky (which would be a good thing) as it is burnt (which is sometimes a good thing, but isn't here). It tastes better than the above description would suggest, although it isn't a beer that I'll buy again.

The mouthfeel is too light and too underbubbled. The result is a lack of mouth excitement in a lager that could use a little something to get it kick-started.

So far I'm not impressed with Brewery Castle Eggenberg. Maybe Samichlaus Bier will finally change my mind. As for Doppelbock Dunkel, there are any number of German doppels, or even a few from this country, that deserve your hard-earned money over this one.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: snifter. pours a wonderful deep and rich mahogany color. very nice tan head on top that leaves rather quickly. light lacing.

S: strong alcohol esters. rich sweet fruity tones. some serious caramel. some spices in there.

T: light on the fruits, mostly figs and raisins. some hints of clove. nice dark malt flavors, caramel, toffee, etc.

M: medium bodied. low carbonation. very smooth and velvety.

D: its a nice dopplebock, but not amazing. high alcohol level, but smooth. worthy of a try but I think its the water at Schloss-Eggenberg that I dont like.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep and rich mahogany hue topped by about a finger of head that dissipates to roughly a centimeter after a couple minutes.

S: A very malty and coffee-like aroma in the nose, and if it tastes half as good as it smells, it'll be a winner.

T: The malt presence up front was a little strange, as it had a sweet side but was also not as strong as other doppelbocks. It was somewhat weak, but interestingly enough, a slight hoppiness came through in the middle. That follow-up made for a good balance of flavor, but was washed away, just like the malts in front, into barely an aftertaste. Hops come out a little more as the beer warms. Still, its weakness was appealing and disappointing at the same time.

M: Carbonation was at a level that provided the perfect accent to the flavors within, and it made for a silky mouthfeel.

D: This one is quite an anomaly, at least for me, in the sense that it tastes like a relaxed doppelbock, which can be a good or bad thing. But the flavors won't offend, it really just depends on the kind of mood you're in.

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep copper color, very clear, with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is malty, with a metallic, slightly acetic and honey scent. The taste, though, is full malt. Very sweet. A mixture of melanoidin-laden and toasty notes. The beer does not have as much complexity and fullness as most dopplebocks. It's a decent and enjoyable beer, but that's about as far as it goes.

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Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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