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

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1,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 84
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint, batch 8881 (2/5/09)

Pours a deep ruby red with very good clarity. A fluffy, two finger cream colored cap rose to the top of the pint glass and subsided rather slowly. An average amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet. Toffee, caramel, dark fruit and bready malts. Not a very robust aroma.

The flavors are really mild. Fruits are hidden behind cloying sweetness from the malt. Not a bad flavor profile, just not in the same ballpark as the elite dopplebocks.

Medium bodied with a slight syrupy body. Carbonation is in check.

With the mild flavor profile and a hidden abv, this guy is pretty easy to drink.

Photo of beer2day
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber red with a thin 1-finger head. Very light lacing.

Nose is all about the malt. Maple, with a little cream, dominates for me. There's a very light fruitiness in there as well.

Slightly syrupy in the mouth. Sweet hit with molasses and more maple. Finishes slightly dry.

The last time I had this beer was just shy of 20 years ago. I remember it being a lot more bold back then, but maybe my expectations have evolved :-).

Photo of mdwalsh
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with no real head whatsoever, but some active carbonation from nucleation in my Summit glass. Amber hued golden color and pretty clear. Decent lacing as well. A good looking beer apart from the head.

S: Pours with a wheat/malt/candi smell that is fantastic. Far less hoppy than the standard Bell's. Maybe some light spicy or citrusy hops if you really inhale.

T: The candi wheat taste is present in the taste to some extent, but not as strong as in the smell. No bitterness whatsoever, but some warmth from the alcohol going down. Fairly flat tasting though. The candy/candi sweetness increases as I go along.

M: Smooth and malty, maybe a little too smooth and could use some carbonation. Very pleasant though.

D: Great, a good beer to introduce someone into the more complex world of brews.

Photo of beveritt
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. label depicts the heads of two goats. Facing each other, but not really looking like they are fighting. Batch 8881. Bottled Feb 5, 2009.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head, big-bubbled head. This eventually settles to a complete coating. The beer itself is perfectly clear and the color of polished copper. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Caramel malt with hints of herbaceous hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt dominates the flavor, with a sugary, maple like kick in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is good.

Drinkability: A definite malt bomb. The sweetness int he finish lingers long, making this an easy drinking, yet flavorful beer.

Photo of Wheelinb
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of many beers from Bell's and this one was new to me. When it came I got a distinct malty smell. The color was really deep and rich with very little head. However, I found the flavor to not be quite to my liking. I lean more toward a strong, bitter, hoppy flavor. This beer was a little sweeter than I tend to like and more malty. It was great to sample, but I doubt I try this again. On the other hand, my wife loved it as this is more of her style of beer.

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8881

Poured into SA Sensory Glass

Pours a slightly yellow/tan head. Pillow top head. 1 finger with decent retention, but not a lot of lace. Color is a clear amber/dark copper.

Aroma is very distinct. Hard to tell what was in it. Very malty, burnt carmel, and maybe some slight raisins.

Taste is a whole lot of malts. There is a dark dried fruit taste. Maybe some burnt coffee malts. Some kind of hops are tasted right at the beginning, but I can't figure out what kind.

Mouthfeel comes off very bitter, then it dulls down a bit. After that, the alcohol becomes present. Ends clean with low carbonation.

Overall, not the best doppelbock out there. Nothing too drinkable. Something from bells I won't be buying again.

Photo of WilliamD
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper-red into a pilsner glass. Nice, thick white head. Plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is bready and malty. This beer smells quite good. Fresh, floral aroma is evident, and were I a horticulturist, I could be more elaborative.
Nice, malty taste that is accompanied by some raisin and plum tones. Some sweet, over-ripe bananas as well.
This has a great mouthfeel. Crisp and fresh, and slightly dry.
Quite drinkable for a doppelbock. Alcohol is not discernable. Given how tasty it is, I could easily enjoy several of these in one sitting.

Photo of estereich
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber pour with thin head. Smells are malty and sweet. It has a nice smell. Taste is heavy with malt and very sweet up front. The sweetness fades and you get some alcohol in the back of the throat. Not a bad beer. I'm not a huge fan of this style but I rather enjoyed this one.

Photo of jim102864
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. A solid pillar of bubbles in the center of my Belgian tulip glass. Thin pond head. Reddish brown, transparent appearance.

Nose is tough to describe. German malts with yeast which has a bready, paper twang to it. Smooths out and gets creamy as it warms. Nice buttery mouthfeel. 8 percent is well hidden. Good but not one of my favorite Bells brews.

Photo of jwinship83
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from batch 8881, brewed on feb 5, 2009

A- it pours a deep semi clear ruby with a minuscule cream colored crown of a head.

S- loads of sweet bready, caramel, and toffee malts upfront. not much else. just lots of sweetness coming form the malts.

T- very sweet. caramel, toffee, and bready malts. some noticeable alcohol.

M- medium bodied with way too much carbonation. slight warming from the alcohol on the way down.

D- this one didnt do it for me. the huge level of carbonation and the rather bland flavors just didnt work for me. glad i got to try it, but even more glad i didnt buy a sixer and just went with the single. bells can do better than this.

Photo of chaz410
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark musty brown color. Little head.
Smell was roasty and malty with a slight hop character to it.
Taste is mild, not nearly as roasted and smokey as the nose made it seem. More crisp and hoppy tasting than smokey and robust.
A clean mouthfeel and very drinkable.
A good beer to start your journey in dopplebocks.

Photo of gofreaksgo
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, rich red-brown color. Thin 1 inch head that disipates fairly quickly. Beautiful lacing.

S: Sweet with a hint of licorice. Very subdued. Apricots.

T: Lighter than expected. Almost no hop bitterness. Very malty sweet but not overwhelming. Almost too sweet.

M: Bubbly, light, refreshing. Thin and smooth.

D: Goes down real easy. I could easily get in trouble with this one. Luckily it's a seasonal.

Overall this is a great lighter doppelbock from a great brewery.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Newish bottle that I saw in the store today, had this on tap before and giving it a shot again.

A: Pours a much brighter and clearer copper brown with a hint of sunset orange than I remember from inside the very dark bar where I sampled this the first time. Head retention is also much better too (that's what you get when you hand wash your own glasses)

S: Wondrously sweet, biscuity malt that blends comfortably with a deep, ripe fruitiness

T/MF: Sugary sweet on the tongue, great mix of caramel, fresh bread with a bit of cinnamon pinched on there for good measure. Alcohol comes in with a slightly warming push near the end. Mouthfeel is wonderfully chewy though suprisingly light.

D: Very tasty, a bit underrated I'd say, smooth, nicely complex and lighter than it should be. Could stand to be a little darker and stickier in the head and legs though.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a beautiful ruby brown and a decent head that falls back to a ring with some lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and wet moss or an old beer drain.

Tastes relatively clean but sweet and malty as well. Like a bock and a half. Toasted nuttiness shows up as it warms a bit.

Sweetness in the mouth makes for slimy saliva. It makes me want another sip to clear the sugar-mucus. If you call that drinkability then ok, it's drinkable.

This might be better on tap but it's just not hitting the palate right for me tonight, unusual for Bells.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8881--Bottled on February 5, 2009

G: Poured into a Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

A: Pours a medium nut brown with a smallish single-finger head. An initial rush of carbonation through the glass. Although semi-dark, the beer is mostly transparent.

S: Malty and creamy with a slight sweetness. Hints of caramel.

T: A lot more to the taste than the small. Sweet malt with notes of caramel, faint nuts, syrup, and dark fruits. Quite complex.

M: Light-to-medium body with moderate carbonation throughout. Goes down quite smooth with only the slightest hint of the 8.0 abv.

D: Eminently drinkable. This is only the second Doppelbock I've reviewed, and enjoyed them both immensely. This seems to be bit heavier in the mouth than the Ayinger Celebrator. This is a good one to drink through the cold months (which, given the release date, will be quite a few in Chicago) and transition to the Ayinger as the weather warms up.

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.5 finger light to medium brown head that dissipates averagely fast. Clear reddish brown color with light carbonation.

Can't quite put my finger on the smell, malty, yet a slight hint of sweet raisins.

Tastes like dark dried fruits, raisins... and a bit malty.

Mouthfeel has light carbonation, i picked up a somewhat oily finish to it.

Overall its fairly easy to drink, and a very interesting beer.

Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap that Bishop's Collar the other day.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty one dimensional, though it's fairly attractive. I get lots of brown sugar and molasses, and that's pretty much it. The beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose; I really think this beer would benefit from some additional spice and/or hoppiness. As it is, it really just tastes like a pleasant, moderately sweet brown ale. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I would like. The beer comes across as a bit tiring on the palate, and I found myself glad that I only got the one 12 ounce snifter.

An OK beer, but far below what I've come to expect from Bell's. Fortunately, I was able to get a fresh glass of two hearted afterwards to wash away the taste of the consecrator.

Photo of hosehead83
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Amber color with one inch head

Aroma--Malt with a subtle spiciness

Taste--malty sweetness, medium bodied with faint hop notes and a pleasant subtle spiciness
A bit of warming alcohol in the finish

Overall, a nice example of the style- smooth and drinkable

Photo of cdrummer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of jnn4v
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Buebie
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of TheMistler
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.

Photo of droomyster
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Pubcrawler
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.