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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:
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Photo of raverjames


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank this beer so many times, but this is the first time I have reviewed it.

A: Golden brown, medium carbonation, minimal head.

S: Vienna malt, raisins, caramel.

T: Sweet, malty, fruity. Very full flavor.

M: Chewy, sweet, sticky, smooth.

D: Excellent. It is so smooth and sweet, you don't even notice it is 8%abv. I can drink this any time.

Another wonderful brew from Bells!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 04:41:20 | More by raverjames
Photo of Rootdog316


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

This beer pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber to red color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with lots of good toasty, and nutty malt aroma. The palate is firm, with good nutty and toasty malt flavor, on a very smooth, slick, polished body. Consecrator finishe with more good, firm, toasty and nutty malt up front, then ends with a peppery, alcohol bite that lingers. A good after work beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 02:46:40 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a thin creamy head. Smells bock-y: dark bread, caramel, soft earthy hops, and a touch of fruity alcohol. The flavor is richly malty with dark fruits and a sweetness that sticks to the tongue. To me, it says "bock" but not necessarily "doppelbock". Lots of toasted malt, cherries, apples, raisins, even a hint of hops. Its got the strong-bock thing going on though, just a bit brighter than others. Slick feeling and a little better than medium bodied, it goes down smooth with a slight warmth in the finish.

Not bad, but far from the best I've had. Maybe a bit too syrupy feeling? Pretty good though, style aside.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 00:51:31 | More by wedge
Photo of TasteTester


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

A- Nice, dark amber color. Head doesn't last and no lace to speak of.

S- Smells like most bocks, with a little more malt on top.

T- Tastes like a good bock.

M- Good mouthfeel. Slight warming tingle.

D- Not the biggest fan of bocks, but would drink this one again if I found it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 21:20:03 | More by TasteTester
Photo of morimech


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with red hues. A nice two-fingered head forms but quickly recedes to a thin ring. Just a slight amount of lacing is left on the glass during consumption. Not much happening in the beer after the pour.

Smells very sweet. Sweet malt and even some fruity aromas are present.

The taste is sweet as well. Bread, caramel, and fruits like cherry are some of the flavors I detected.

The body was a bit lighter than what I expected and the carbonation is low.

High cost and ABV hurt drinkability. The almost cloying sweetness doesn't help.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 22:44:05 | More by morimech
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Ahh, the Dopplebock, one of my all time favorite styles. Time to see what one of my favorite brewers can do with it. Picked up a six pack of this the last time I was up in NC and was anxious to see what it would turn out like. Poured out a very clear, dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great. Very refreshing.

Overall, this was definitely a nice little bock. I could have drank this one all night and it just seemed to be really well done. For fans of the style, this was definitely a good choice. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who likes a good dark German beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 11:40:02 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of JDV


2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled this at the recent tasting. Pours a clearish maroon color with a short lived head. Smell was smoothly malty, and some dark fruitiness perhaps. Taste was creamy and tart caramel with a medium body and average carbonation. Goes down pretty easily and alcohol is hidden well. Nothing too spectacular, but also not one of my preferred styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:01:35 | More by JDV
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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark coppery amber color. Almost no head and light lacing.

S - Sweet caramel with a hint of fruit, cherries maybe.

T - Lots of malt sweetenss. Hints of caramel. Really too sweet for me.

M/D - Crisp mouthfeel and goes down easy. Too heavy on the sweet malts to drink alot of.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 16:19:16 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of tempest


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

On-tap at the Blue Nile, served in a Bell's tulip.

One of the most drinkable doppelbocks I've ever had. This sucker just disappeared from my glass. Unlike the big melonoidins and licorice flavors you'd get out of Spaten Optimator, this doppel is much smoother in flavor with sweet, bready, and slightly fruity caramel and toffee malts. There's also a bit more hops to this beer with a slight herbal note in the back of the flavor. The hops seem to add more balance, which along with slightly light for the style body, makes for the easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2008 20:16:31 | More by tempest
Photo of Kegatron


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear amber with a half finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin retention that leaves little to no lacing behind. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, a nutty scent, and tart cherries.

The taste is a big sticky mess of bread and caramel malts with hints of raisins that adds even more sweetness to the mix. A cherry dark fruit tartness is also present and helps reign things in a little but the overall profile is just borderline cloying. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sticky, viscous slightly boozy feel to it.

Man, the cloying (I hate to call it that but that's how it ultimately felt) sticky sweetness of this guy was just too much for me. There was definitley some enjoyable flavors present and the potential for a good Doppelbock was there but this just didn't come together for me at all. A rare miss from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 17:49:35 | More by Kegatron
Photo of brdc


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

Small capped bottle.
It pours a dark golden brew, lighter in color than I expected, with a light tan head, good retention.
Aroma is dominated by sweet malts and a noticeable nuttiness, but there are some floral hops coming along from time to time.
Full bodied, it shows the same notes from the aroma, a nutty and caramelized maltiness along with a mild but present hoppy bite.
A nice take on the style, shows some character without deviating from the expected too much.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 05:18:19 | More by brdc
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body of this beer was a clear, dark copper with a bit of ruby to go with a thin white (slightly) offwhite head. No lacing to speak of and not much active carbonation present. The best showcase here is the taste with a rich buttery caramel flavor. This is well balanced from top to bottom in terms of taste, although a tiny bit watery in texture. Very good, but you would expect nothing less from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 02:43:11 | More by Neehan
Photo of GRPunk


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Batch ID 8251) poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a clearish red-brown with a decent 2 finger light tan head. There was a medium amount of carbonation slowly traveling to the top.

S-The aroma was quite malty with some roasted tones.

T- More heavy malt flavors. It was quite sweet and roasty. I'd say it's a pretty good representation of the style.

M- It had a full mouthfeel. Carbonation and hopping were both on the lighter side.

D- It's a nice Spring drinker. It's a bit full to consider drinking more than a couple, but tasty enough to enjoy more than one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 22:40:42 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Pencible


4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark ruby red with tan head. It smelled like earthy malt, muddy caramel, refined yeast, and some floral hops. It tasted like bitter cherries mixed with a blend of caramel and milk chocolate malts. It was oily with slight carbonation and a lasting sweet caramel aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty, sweet and smooth beer. It was almost too drinkable for its high alcohol content, a dangerous combination!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 21:42:58 | More by Pencible
Photo of happygnome


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

a: pours a nice transparent brown color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a good amount of lacing on top of the beer
s: sweet caramel malts, hints of dark fruits, kind of like raisins little hop aroma
t: sweet malts, dark fruits, deffinatly raisins very nice little hop bitterness
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew a lot but its not my favorite style

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 03:29:33 | More by happygnome
Photo of IBUnit63


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, clean, copper body. Very light head.

Scent is also very clean - actually can detect some grapes? Mild

Caramel flavor and malt presence leads the parade here

This has a very clean feel to it but finishes full

Very drinkable, even though the overall package and flavor does not overwhelm

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2008 12:38:19 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of CrellMoset


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a doppelbock! A reddish brown - more brown than red, this one - with a light, cream one-finger head that fades pretty fast. Lacing lasts only for a few seconds, as sheets of it rain down the sides of the glass. Makes it look thin, but on the other hand, slow, lazy carbonation rolls up through this beer from a number of distinct nucleation sites ... making it look thick? Interesting contrast.

Smell: Sugars dominate the nose of this one - honey, brown sugar, molasses notes intermingle with dark fruits, mild spiciness, and spicy alcohol to create a pretty complex smell. Mmm, honey. I smelled this one as soon as I poured it, it's very pungent.

Taste: Honey and brown sugar again, perhaps raisins or dates coming through. Hits very "high" on the tongue, if that makes any sense. Malts are very "white bread," very sweet and caramelly, not deep. A slight warming alcohol sensation is present in the finish, and this obviously becomes more present as it warms, but it's not distracting. A slight earthy must from the yeast is present too, rounding out a good collection of flavors that works pretty well together. There's still something about it that's very American though, probably the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and smooth, prickly - although this is likely largely the alcohol - smooth carbonation. Very rich and thick, very ... doppelbockesque. Leaves a sweet, sticky coating on the tongue, but with all those flavors, that's exactly what you'd expect. Good job.

Drinkability: Heh, be careful with this one. Alcohol crept up on me. Everything's pretty much where it's supposed to be with this one. A good, enjoyable doppelbock from a domestic brewery that's readily available? Yeah.

This is a good doppelbock, and a good beer overall - it has all the right elements. Pair with a sweet meal or a buttery cheese, if you feel so inclined, but it's fine on its own as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 23:13:34 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of ROMER79


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a nice ruby red with a tan one finger head into a tulip glass straight from the tap. It smelled of fruits, spices, and caramel. A lot of flavors came through on this beer. I was able to pick out: dates, raisins, and caramel with a slight sour feel and an alcoholic after note. This beer was drinkable, but not a session beer for me. The mouthfeel was average. Nothing really hit me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2008 02:09:28 | More by ROMER79
Photo of giblet


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

very good beer. pours nice and smooth head and carbonation. the smell is or roasted malts. nice brownish color. this beer has nice light aroma. very pleasant taste. rich but not overpowering. quite enjoyable beer. i am certainly learning why i have heard good things regarding Bell's.

suckem up and movem out!


Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 17:48:00 | More by giblet
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South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a reddish-orange color. Very clear. Little carbonation -- the head disappears almost immediately. Aromas of caramel and dark fruit. Slight alcohol fumes.

Starts smooth and very mild. Center turns sticky and sweet. Slightly bready, golden raisins, and some honey. Scant carbonation leaves the tongue coated in sweetness. Alcohol returns a warming sensation shortly after finish.

Mouthfeel is not as full as I would expect. Alcohol a bit more apparent than it should be. A year or so in the cellar would certainly develop some more complexity and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 00:58:34 | More by bobbyc881
Photo of hrking


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I personally found this beer to be very enjoyable. I had this on draft at the Herot in Muncie,In. one of the most awesome places in the world to have a beer( I think this place rates in the top 50)..This was fresh no doubt as the keg had just came in and was recommended by one of my favorite bartenders "Joel"..
This beer surprised me starting with a sample I went for the full pint. This is an ass kicker @ 10% alc content it hides it very well and almost no alcohol is present on the pallette. Hints of honey,Malty, slight hop after taste..very well done ..This is a Bock and a Double at that. It taste more like a strong amber or double amber from Bell's along the same taste. I see where this beer is getting negative reviews in the bottle but if you get a chance try it on draft DO IT..start with a sample then go for the pint if you like it. Me ,personally I love it and had another pint..OOHH yea I felt a little wobbly after those 2 pints of 10% but hey I didn't even notice until I got up from the barstool! CHEERS!

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2008 06:40:17 | More by hrking
Photo of Minkybut


3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this interesting beer intomy tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was reddish blond color with a yeasty smell. The taste was slighly sour which I do not care for at all. The alcohol I thought was overpowering deminishing any taste the beer could impart on the palat. I will not buy again but will stick to the other fine Bell's products I like.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:50:49 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Redwood21


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: i wish the head retention on this beer was more significant, that as it may its still pretty good looking.

S: caramel with a bit of toasted bread not a lot beyond this

T: relatively clean with a caramel overtone. nothing too strong there is a slight ester, but nothing too prevalent.

M/D: i know this beer gets relatively negative marks, but after 2 bottles its not bad. i did not entirely enjoy the first, but on a second chance i actually quite enjoy this beer, at least the second time around. a third try may result in a different opinion but right now i am really enjoying said doppelbock

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 05:14:25 | More by Redwood21
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Clear deep amber red body with a thin white head.

s: Vague, mild malt.

t: Caramel malt, cherries and brandy. Very light hop profile.

m: Smooth, medium body with low carbonation.

d: Seems like a pretty average doppelbock. I know the abv says doppel, but the mild aroma and flavor say bock. I expect more from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 02:52:46 | More by BradLikesBrew
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a clear, chestnut-amber with dash of garnet. Decent head faded and left some lacing.

S-Sour cherry and malt, caramel, rich malt, dough.

T-Doughy texture w/nice malts, caramel, nice cherry tones. The sour cherry blends well with malt and a hint of hops for a nicely balanced finish.

M-Good body and balance.Carbonation is light, and just right.

D-Very smooth and easy to drink. Another fine product from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 21:50:42 | More by BoitSansSoif
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.