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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock

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1,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 73
Gots: 76 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of cdrummer


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium copper hue with a nicely-lacing bone white foam head.

S: The rich maltiness and herbal spice from the hops is a bit too faint, but still present.

T: Syrupy, caramel malt followed by balanced hop character and a lingering finish of dark fruit and caramel goodness. Beautiful lager hops and sweetness throughout.

M: Medium bodied and a bit sticky. Course carbonation brings out the hops toward the middle to finish.

D: The alcohol on this beer is fairly well hidden and its smooth, balanced sweetness makes it quite easy to indulge.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 14:23:01 | More by cdrummer
Photo of jnn4v


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown with reddish hue. Almost like a buckwheat honey, but completely crystal clear from any haze.

S: Copper, dark brown sugar, molasses, lager yeast.

T: Malt, malt, yeast. I guess there are some of those bittering hops in there to give it a clean balance, but this is a malt and yeast-forward beer. My wife insists that there is a cherry undertone to the beer that I can't detect, but I think it's just the trailing latent sweetness she's picking up.

M: Very smooth. Not much carbonation. Not very thick in texture, but not too thin either. Very enjoyable.

D: Easy and smooth for a beer like this. Probably the malt-forward character that helps. We had completely forgotten the 8% alcohol ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:25:48 | More by jnn4v
Photo of BierFan


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Batch number of 8881 tells me that this is a pretty fresh bottle, bottled on February 5th 2009.

Appearance: The head is small and light tan in color, like a lightly toasted marshmallow. Clear reddish brown body.

Smell: Quite a bit of floral hops for a doppelbock. Not enough of a malty presence in my opinion.

Taste: Caramel flavor from the malts. Dry floral and herbal hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 00:45:42 | More by BierFan
Photo of Buebie


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy gave me this bottle to try, picked it up today.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle ino a snifter. Poures a ruby dark red that glows almost a pale brown when held to light. A good inch and a half of white fizzy long lasting head. Receeding to a thin cap of retention and silky lace rings.

Aroma is of grapes, dark fruits, hints of cocoa, ant bready caramel rolls. Just a touch of roasty grain aroma, its quite fruity.

Sweet upfruitn with a juicy creamy mouthfeel and wisps of smooth creamy carbonation. The grape aroma is very much present in a raisiny plum like grape flavor. A touch of spicie rye and more chocolate and ceral grain roastieness. This is so well balanced with malts and grains and just a touch of dry hoppy finsih. Lingering with a clean crisp mildly fruity finsih.

Excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 01:32:57 | More by Buebie
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District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark but clear amber brown. Pleasant. Very creamy head, a light tan color. Uber-long retention, finally settling to a pretty thick cap n' ring. Lots of sticky lacing.

Lots of different malt notes to the aroma. Dark bread. Some chocolate. Roasted notes. Hints of spice. A full aroma - sweet but also dry, and not without spice.

More roasted taste than I anticipated from the smell. Chocolate. Raisins. Some alcohol spice. Finishes pretty darn dry. Undercurrent of citrus hops.

A thick hearty brew. Both chewy and creamy in feel. Low to moderate carbonation (I could've used a wee bit more, drinkability-wise) with the CO2 prickliness nicely playing off of and with the beer's spice.

Not Celebrator, but damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 18:50:20 | More by TheMistler
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, warm-looking ruby red with a small tan head and extremely fine carbonation slowly drifting up from the bottom. The nose is extremely faint but smells of honey and flowers. The flavor more than makes up for the weak aromas: this tastes of sweet - but not cloying - carmel with rich dark fruits and a slight toastiness that adds greatly to its character. Very nice. I would recommend this beer without hesitation and would definitely buy it again if only it were a bit cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 07:04:05 | More by droomyster
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this beer on draft before I rated it, and it's very delicous.

A - A dark carmel color, with a good frothy Head. Spider web foam left on the glass.

S - Smells of malts, hit of hops and alcohol.

T - Somewhat sweet, and alcohol taste, but yet balanced.

M - Light to medium feel, yet smooth down the throat.

D - Very drinkable beer, but not too many in one night due to ABV, but definetly wish this was around alot longer then it is.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 22:48:25 | More by Pubcrawler
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In an imperial pint-sized willibecher glass, Bell's Consecrator Dopplebock is sparkling-clear and glitters reddish-copper in hue and is draped with a two-finger deep crown of pale tan foam. The cap of bubbles is stiff and spongy and resists deflation, settling slowly into puffy rockiness that sticks 3-D chunks of lacing onto the glass.

The smell is rich and grainy with loads of fresh, earthy, animal feed-type grist and toasted wheat bread. An oily aroma of mildly-acrid roasted tree nuts emerges as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is darkly sweet, mellow, and loaded with gooey medium-kilned maltiness and plenty of lightly-tangy toasted grain. Light toffee syrup and a savory note of dark chocolate linger in the aftertaste, and an aromatic, mildly floral alcohol presence provides cooling on the palate.

The drink is heavy-medium in body with a tingle of mild carbonation. The body of the drink is silky and firm with a touch of lingering syrup left on the tongue. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 03:49:17 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of roadhouse


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appears a crystal clear copper color with a two inch off-white head that rises over the rim of the glass. Lots of lively carbonation creates a reverse snowstorm of bubbles. Lots of lacing on the glass too.

Aroma has some toasty malt notes, slight caramel, very light dark fruit, and a bit too much herbal hops.

Taste is initially quite sweet, like brown sugar. Some molasses like flavors come next with toasty malt in the middle and a plum and raisin character as well. Finish brings a bit of those herbal hops, though not much bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly tending towards full, very soft and creamy. Chewy.

I remember being blown away by this last year as the first Doppelbock I had ever had. In fact it really changed my way of thinking about lagers, I didn't know they could taste like this. However, after trying many of the best available German import versions this one seems rather pedestrian. Still, it's pretty tasty, just not anywhere near the Germans.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 03:41:16 | More by roadhouse
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this today at the Root Cellar. 12 oz bottle, batch # 8881 (I believe - the batch number was printed in the wrong area).

Pours an attractive clear, brownish/amber with a great ½ inch light tan head. Great retention - the head sticks around for a while!

Smells of nice malts, light lactose sweetness, nut and light spices.

Medium to full bodied with medium flavor. My wife took a sip and said it's sweet and fruity. I'm not certain where the fruit aspects came from, but I agree it's pretty sweet and malty. Very easy to drink with caramel flavors, semi-sweet malts and maybe a hint of nutmeg(?).

Very nice and highly sessionable beer, but keep an eye on the ABV!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 02:58:34 | More by beachbum1975
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty copper color pour with a two finger tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is sweet malts, toasted caramel, brown sugar,ripe fruits and candy. Flavor is malty,quite sweet, some soft nutty flavors, dark bread, and hints of wood and an odd but good spice in the far aftertaste (almost like saffron). Light alcohol comes through in spots as well. Body is medium to medium-full. There's some lively carbonation keeping things honest. Ends with more caramel, sweet malts, candy,spice. Yummy ! Thank You Bells

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 00:53:16 | More by WakeandBake
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8251

A - pours a deep mahogany with red tints with no foam, only a ring of small bubbles around the glass

S - caramel malts make up the aroma

T - toasted caramel malts, almost a cola flavor in the mouth

M/D - a bit too sweet for me, a bit of alcohol warming, this isn't one of my favorite from Bell's, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 16:57:17 | More by mikereaser
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Nov 2008.

Poured in 0.4 L Paulaner stein. Medium sized tan head. Deep clear mahogany color. Lots of caramel and molasses in the aroma, alcohol. Starts sweet, with molasses, licorice and nutmeg flavors. Lots of caramel malt throughout. Alcohol is warm and satisfying in finish. Sweet but not sugary. Medium body.

Tasty, would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 23:36:21 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle, so about 9 months on this one. Orange/amber pour, a very small amount of white head. Sweet aromas, malt, toffee and caramel. It is a pretty sweet beer with flavors matching the aroma. Maybe slight raisin along with the sweets. A fair amount of carbonation in this medium bodied brew. There is just enough hops to give a slight kick at the end. To me, this makes it a good version of the style. Could probably use just a bit more hopping, which is unusual to say for a Bell's brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 04:45:30 | More by Bung
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received recently as a very cool extra from NFLMVP.... huge thanks; this has been on my wants for a long time... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head foams up and dies back fairly quickly leaving no lace.. and really no cap either.. but the beautiful color of this brew helps make up... crystal clear polished deep copper... amazing burnt orange highlites when held to a light.

The nose is thick and malty... very toasty with lite melanoidins ... lite prune fruitiness with no real hops.

Flavor is a big wallop of thick toasty malts.. fairly significant fruitiness .. prunes and a little bit of red grape.. a little bit of warming alcohol.. but it's never harsh... very clean across the board... the body is a nice medium with just adequate carbonation.. finish is fairly long with a pronounced nuttiness.

Thanks again to Steve... one of the easiest and best traders out there.

Edit: This brew deserves better than a damn "B"... especially based solely on style. It is certainly better than most Stateside attempts at the style and in my mind could easily stack up to it's European brothers... very nice and surprisingly drinkable even though I am just savoring every sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 08:33:15 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is about a 10 month old bottle.

Very nice high clarity reddish brown color. Creamy head, about one finger, just enough. Fairly light for a Doppelbock. Overripe fruit aroma, yeast, a little funky and sweet. Taste is similarly sweet, rich malt, malted milk ball, nutty almond or hazelnut. Soft, velvety feel with a fairly disguised abv. Strong and a little less subtle than Celebrator and the like, but it's not bad at all. Drying finish, maybe two tops for me personally.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 03:46:39 | More by emerge077
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2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Try to hard to concentrate? Pours a clear mahogany brown color with a slight reddish hue. A soft white head with some retention but does not make it through the full tasting. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is malt-sentric with a nice kettle caramel notes. A bit sweet for style but ok. Some candy and melanoidin aromas. Noticeable yeasty notes with stronger esters. Some plums and figs. Some lighter rose and bubblegum notes as well. A touch of diactyl as well. A hit of fusels but noticeable alcohol notes.

The taste brings out more esters/phenolics but still has a strong malt base. The kettle notes back off but still a good caramel base. A bit too sweet with some sugary notes that linger into the finish. Some minerally notes as well. Almost like a fluoride thing going on. The plums comes out as well as a light pineapple and pickle note. Noticeable alcohol as well.

The body is too sweet. Although does not have that under-attenuation feel. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall there is something funky going on here in the taste. Almost like a weird yeast, but eh.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 20:54:48 | More by Oxymoron
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
A pours honey amber in color, with a nice tan head that falls to a skim.
S Delicious sweet rich malt with hint of dark cherries.
T Taste follows nose
MF Tenderly carbonated & smooth. Great medium body.
D A very nice drinking doppelbock. A little lighter than some of the great Germans but very drinkable.

12-15-09 Update
I just had a Consecrator with at least 1.5 years on it and must say it was delicious. It was as described as above but more caramel in the taste. Smooth and silky. I never intended to age this beer but it seems that it does improvew a bit with age.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 03:41:48 | More by ThirstyBird
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red, with shades of mahogany. The faintest light brown head laces the top of the beer. Sweet malty aroma. Roasted and syrupy notes are at the forefront.

Licorice malty sweetness. A bit nutty and a bit fruity. A tinge of bitterness and long, if somewhat unspectacular finish. Not one of the more appetizing flavour profiles I've ever encountered in a Bock. Nothing too bad but altogether a bit disappointing: just too simple and too sweet. Body is medium but I can't help but think it seems a bit lightweight. Not too much to speak of in terms of shape or texture. Average I guess, I've come to expect more from Bell's but you know they can't all be winners.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 23:39:15 | More by Duffman
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with a big, solid head, though the head falls surprisingly quickly and leaves no lacing, which was a disappointment. The smell is yeasty and strong. The flavor is yeasty, bready, with a little roasted character and a faintly woody, dark cherry-like accent. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, viscous and clingy, but disappointingly flat on the finish. Not a bad beer, though not one I will spend a lot of time with.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 21:21:01 | More by Seanibus
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, batch # 8251, into my Celebrator glass

A: Pours crimson with brilliant clarity and a thin tan head that recedes slowly to a disk. Tons of visible carbonation. Pretty solid

S: Malty with caramel, figs (quite prominent), more dark fruit with plums and a hint of raisins. There's a faint hint of butterscotch here but it's solid as is.

T: Starts off fairly sweet but surprisingly thin. Got a bready flavor with some jaggery-like sweetness, raisins and plums and dark sugar. Finishes on the sweet side

M: A little lighter than i like, the carbonation and finish are solid though

D: I'm enjoying this as a night cap!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 03:05:10 | More by DefenCorps
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3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 9-23-08
Batch 8251
Bottled on 1-21-08

Pours a dark amber, with no head at all and absolutely no lacing.

Smell is malty, with a bit of dark fruit and lots of booze.

Taste is malty, a sweet, but also a little harsh. An alcohol bitterness lingers on the finish, very dry and slightly adjunct.

Mouthfeel is thin, does not go well with the style.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavors are just too disappointing.

Overall, a little lame considering it's Bell's. You can't win 'em all.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:11:20 | More by BMoney575
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with about a two finger head.

Smell: Sweet malt. Almost a faint hint of cocoa or caramel.

Taste: Malt sweetness is present throughout the beer. Some dark fruits. Ends somewhat dry and with a slight alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and almost chewy mouthfeel. Right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Due to the hearty nature of this style I could only have one or two of these in a sitting.

This is another good beer from Bells Brewing.... This is the first of this style and I enjoyed it. I can see this being good during a nice hearty dinner or a cold winters night due to the warming from the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 00:52:08 | More by bahumutx
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/dark orange color. Small white head that disappears almost instantly. No lacing. Good strong smell of malt and caramel.

Tastes pretty good. Reminds me more of an English Barleywine rather than a Dopplebock. The taste was malt, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel was about average. Many of the better Dopplebocks I have tried were dark in color, had some rich dark fruit taste to go along with the caramel and malt and were incredibly rich in mouthfeel.

Drinkability was pretty good. The sweetness was not overpowering and the alcohol not too harsh. May not be a great Dopplebock, but would do nicely as a winter nightcap or slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 00:28:55 | More by JayQue
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/12/08. Batch 8251.

Pours a clear dark amber, almost brown color. About a finger of light tan head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and sweet malt.

Taste is more caramel, brown sugar, lots of malt, and some fruit as well - mostly cherry and fig. Feel is kinda thick with a full body and pretty dry. Smooth yet well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Decent, but definitely not my favorite Bell's beer. Worth a try if you like doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 03:47:31 | More by bkilpatr
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.