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

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1,233 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,233
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 88
Gots: 108 | 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 ThaBobfather
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick brown with a reddish/ruby hue in the middle, a small sampling of maple colored head tops off my glass.
Smell is rich a malty, a little barely and sweet malt.
Taste solid, very sweet on the front end, it gets a smidge bitter through the middle, then ends back to sweet/roasted quality.
Finish is long, there is a sweet after-taste with a small nip of booze.
Drinks get, awesome texture to a beer, smooth.

Photo of CMW
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear golden brown color with a once inch off white head. The head fades slowly but leaves almost no lacing to speak of.

S - Bready and roasted malt mixed with just a hint of sweetness.

T - Much sweeter than I expected. Pumpernickel bread upfront mixed with some honey sweetness. This fades to more of a rye bread flavor and finishes very clean with almost no hint of alcohol.

M - Carbonation is medium but this has a nice creamy texture.

D - This is a good beer and I could see myself drinking more than one.

Photo of kegger22
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock is a medium brown in color with a half inch tan head that quickly fades to a collar.

The aroma is soapy and alcohol, to me. I cannot get much else out of it.

The taste is lightly sweet caramel and nutty. Really doesn't stand out.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good for an 8.0 ABV.

Make no mistake, this is no Aylinger doppelbock, just an OK beer. Better when it warms up.

Photo of 05Harley
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 8881 (02/09)

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago

Appearance: Little head initialy which dissapears quickly to a ring around the glass. Amber in color with sediment present.

Smell: Raisins upfront with a strong malt backround.

Taste: Definate biscuite/bread flavor with molasses. WOW! Did I say that..

Mouthfeel: It's what I would expect from a double bock. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. I can get in trouble with this one if I'm not careful. Sweet malt and barley, very easy to drink.

I'm a fan of Bell's and dig a lot of their beers. IMO this beer is much better than the average rating. If you like Dopplebocks, try it. You won't be dissapointed. If your a stout fan, I highly recommend their Expedition Stout which is fantastic.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve!

Bottled on January 22, 2008 and poured into a Guinness pint glass on December 9, 2009.

Appearance: Standard pour produces about a quarter inch of tan foam. Head is somewhat fizzy and quickly dissipates to a sudsy halo. Body is hazy and copper. Not too impressed so far.

Smell: Loads of sweet and toasty malt coupled with rich, sappy leafiness. Molasses is a big part of this aroma as well. A touch of salt appears in back. No signs of alcohol. As the beer warms up more, subtle whiskey aspects emerge. A little more complexity would be nice, but this beer has a solid nose on it.

Taste: A hefty dose of Munich malt steals the spotlight. Peppery alcohol, lager yeast, and mild hops come through in the finish, but this is all about the Munich malt. Not very complex. Average at best; certainly a letdown.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and malty with light, rolling carbonation. Sturdy body, that's pretty chewy as well. Finishes dry and leaves a mild but long-lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: I can see how people might like this, but I think it's nothing special. Too simple and boring if you ask me.

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

I have had this beer in the frig for a while. I opened it and it poured a nice medium head with some lace and a medium brown and pretty clear appearance. The nose is earthy.

Taste is malt with some hops in the back ground. The only thing that keeps this from being a pretty good beer is that it is a little too sweet. I say that even though I find myself enjoying beers on the sweeter side. This beer is so sweet I find it rich.

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

A - Medium dark brown with a receding two finger head

S - Very malty and sweet. Raisins are fairly predominate and so is brown sugar

T - Sweet and very malty. I'm little bit of a sucker for sweeter beers, so while this doesn't fit a standard German doppelbock, I actually liked the maltiness.

M - Nice mouthfeel. A little bit more carbonated than I would have liked, but stlll, pretty nice.

D - Pretty drinkable. A bit sweet, so not something I could have more than one of. While I like sweeter beers, this kind of coats your mouth. I'd finish with this beer as it could alter the taste of other beers due to its sweetness.

Photo of AnalogReigns
2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bells beers are usually top knotch...and they specialize in using hops well. Unfortunately this beer is only a rough approximation of a true German Bock. Apparently BA members LIKE approximations better than real (hence American "Octoberfest" style beers are 9 of the top 10....with only ONE Munich/REAL Oktoberfest beer)...and everyone likes Bells, hence it gets good marks.

Here is the Brewer's Association official definition of a Double Bock:
Malty sweetness is dominant but should not be cloying. Malt character is more is reminiscent of fresh and lightly toasted Munich-style malt, more so than caramel or toffee malt character. Some elements of caramel and toffee can be evident and contribute tocomplexity, but the predominant malt character is an expression of toasted barley malt. Doppelbocks are full bodied and deep amberto dark brown in color. Astringency from roast malts is absent. Alcoholic strength is high, and hop rates increase with gravity. Hopbitterness and flavor should be low and hop aroma absent. Fruity esters are commonly perceived but at low to moderate levels.Original Gravity (ºPlato) 1.074-1.080 (18 -19.5 ºPlato) ● Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato) 1.014-1.020 (3.5-5 ºPlato) ●Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 5.2-6.2% (6.5-8%) ● Bitterness (IBU) 17-27 ● Color SRM (EBC) 12-30 (24-60 EBC
The malt here is cloying and overly syrupy sweet. Aroma is nice...but smells just like brown sugar. Lingering malt sweetness even in the aftertaste...not pleasant.

This beer is not at all clean--as true German Double Bocks somehow manage to be. Hence, though I too love Bells...to be true to the style, they should go back to the drawing board.

For 2012:

A: Pouring this into a clean glass, made the head disappear almost immediately, like a soft-drink. While the color of the beer is fine...a very red amber, crystal clear, it's just not acceptable to make a fine German lager with less than an English-beer head. Half the fun of German-style beer is drinking through a frothy head.

A: Aroma is a combination of malt and hops, with alcohol...with more malt than anything. Because the hops also are apparent (not right for this style), along with the alcohol... the smell is slightly chemical/metallic-like. (maybe why the Germans keep the hop IBUs lower?)

T: Taste is quite good, VERY similar to Paulaner Salvator. I think if the Bell's folks had resisted the persistantly-American-craft-brewer urge to over-hop (just slightly...for this style) it would be nearly indistinguishable from a true German Doppelbock. But hey, I bet this is the lowest IBU Bells makes...so....

M: Significantly thinner, more watery mouthfeel than Salvator....which along with the zero-head, made me feel like I'm drinking a cheap beer (it's not $15 for a 6er!). Don't get me wrong...not horrible, but...I expected more from an expensive beer.

O: Overall, I'm disappointed at Bells. I've come to expect excellent beers from this brewery, and...for the style, this beer simply doesn't make the cut. The fact that I paid a lot for it too, makes me mad...as I could of had Ayinger Celebrator (the best) for the same price.

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

Batch 8881 was packaged on February 5, 2009

Pours with a 2-finger, light tan head and a clear, reddish brown body that shows ample carbonation.
Smell is raisin and sweet malt. While not an overpowering aroma, it does seem "thick" when you lower your nose into the glass and takes a deep whiff.
The taste is sweet, caramel malt and not much else. If there was a hop presence in the beginning, it's gone by now.
Mouthfeel is medium, no notice of alcohol and carbonation starts high, drops off but lingers throughout.
Drinkability is OK but a bit one sided and a little too much sweetness. There are better doppelbocks available but this isn't bad.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an extra from a trade. forgot who it was. please notify me if you know. perhaps it was jnn4v?

12oz bottle with batch code of 8881. tasted in late may 2009.

dark amber-ish copper, gem clear. 1-finger tan head, fades to just wisps and thin ring. just 3 thin rings of lace ever stick.

aroma: robust, almost savory dark malts and caramel w dark plum/raisin fruit note and trace vanilla, balanced by gently grassy, earthy noble hops.

taste: same flavors as aroma. pretty much a classic doppelbock character, with caramelized malt and dark fruitiness in an off-dry finish. moderate bitterness from noble hops.

medium body, quite smooth, almost syrupy, with light touch of astringency. tingly, mild to moderate carbonation helps with creaminess.

why such a low avg score?

Photo of Mistofminn
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. In all honesty, doesn't look like a Doppelbock at all, it looks like a Red Ale. The color is amber/red with ruby highlights when held into the light. Thin beige head produced but shinks pretty quickly and doesn't come back. Leave barely any lacing. Not the most impressive look.

Very sweet smelling. Thick malt backbone is definitely the focal point in this one. Also get hints of molasses and dark fruits. Sort of juicy smelling.

Taste is again very sweet. There are molasses notes and sweet malt notes which are very strong. Juicy dark fruits have a small part in the overall pretty complex taste. I do get a good hint of warming alcohol, but nothing too over the top, pretty much what you would expect from 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth with a good carbonation level. Light alcohol aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid offering from Bell's. I'm not the hugest fan of this, and I've had many better Doppelbocks, but this is still a very good beer.

Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark brown, like that of mahogany. The head isn't anything impressive and dissipated quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell has a big malt character. The aromas, however, lean toward a sweeter flavor of caramel and molasses rather than grain, biscuit and toasted malt. There is also some dark malty fruit present.

The taste is similar to the smell. Perhaps there is more grainy malt flavor, but not much. The dominant flavors are sweet malt, hints of caramel and dark fruit with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a pretty solid doppelbock. A tad on the sweeter side, though.

Photo of vishneda
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served 12 oz bottle cold into mug.

Has a ruby red / dark orange color. Translucent. Starts with a tan head about two fingers deep which quickly fades. Aroma is like sugar and only lightly floral.

Sweet flavor reminds me of a cherry punch. Not much of a roasted character in this bottle. There is some balance, enough to keep it from being cloying. However, the flavor is not as balanced as I had hoped.

The mouthfeel of this was lighter than I expected as well. It did not seem hearty. It was a little sticky maybe a tad like syrup. Carbonation was ok, but not highly drinkable, even for the style.

Perhaps I have been spoiled by other dopplebocks, most notably Celebrator which I had along side this. I would consider this a few steps below it.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8251 Bottled Jan 08, enjoyed 09/03/09

Pours a reddish brown with a nice ruby hue when held to light. Smallish bubbly tan head dissipates quickly. Holy malt aroma Batman! Lots of Molasses and toffee, and burnt sugar. Raisins and some other dark dried fruits and a touch of alcohol. Very little if any hops present in the aroma. Taste is more of the molasses caramel and burnt sugars. You think its going to be sweet, but there's just enough hops and alcohol in there to pound that malt back down. Finishes with a lingering prune/raisin finish. Thick body with a light carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. That's a pretty damn good Dopplebock. Bell's continues to impress me with every beer I get to try.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossy, glassy sienna brown color, shot through with a reddish rust shade. The off-white head is thin and morphs into a crown very quickly. No lace whatsoever.

The aroma is malt incarnate, with a nice warm breeze of alcohol floating in. A strong hazelnut essence rolls in, as does root beer taffy and loads of caramel/toffee all twisted together.

Flavor delivers everything offered in the aroma, all of it well-balanced and amplified on the tongue. Malt is a fantastic and fairly unsubtle balance of cooked sugar sweetness (caramel, basically) and the slickness and earthiness of some kind of nut-based syrup (hazelnut flavor shots?). A little brown sugar, some toffee and a wonderful flare of alcohol strike me as just right. I want nothing more from this and receive quite a lot.

Mouthfeel is slick and slippery, and with barely any carbonation, yet just enough to give it some presence, it does well in this department too. Glassware suggestions be damned, I used a snifter and this beer's texture makes me glad I did.

Consecrator reminds me of Germany's highly-rated Andechser doppelbock, with as much oomph and gooey sweet deliciousness as that one. I'd call this beer severely underrated at the mere "B/Good" rating it currently has here. Another fine, fine beer from Bell's.

Photo of colts9016
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Kelly, thank you.

Poured into a pokal at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that is tan bubbly and foamy. The color of the beer is a dark copper color that has reddish hue. The body of the beer is clear. There are some effervescence bubbles.

Nose: A rich caramel aroma with melanoids toasty biscuit. In the background of the beer there is some alcohol present.

Taste: A very deep rich toasty biscuit flavor with caramel, melanoids, floral, and hint of fruitiness. The fruitiness is a cross between a vino and plums.

Overall: The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth and slightly carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is also medium. This is another descent beer from Bell. It has a rich in depth flavor that is encompassing. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Another great Midwest gem thanks to Jason (MBABJJ)!

Pours clear deep amber, very nice red-brown, with a two-finger light-khaki head that diminishes quickly into a thin, soapy cap. Lacing and stickage is iffy at best.

Nose is very fruity - packed with white grapes, raisins, with an underlaying bready-toffee note. Quite sweet.

Taste is fruity and very sweet up front, notes of raisins and (again) white grapes, with a following bready presence that leans heavily on caramelized sugar. Not very complex by any stretch, and it lacks the great balance that some of the darker German versions have (Korbinian, Celebrator).

Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated - full bodied, a bit sticky, smooth but without enough bite to carry the big body.

Drinkability is lowered by the sweetness. Not horrible, but it gets almost a bit cloying.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Great Lakes pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown caramel in color, very pleasant to look at. Light brown head that left in a hurry. Disappointed when I saw no lacing.

Smell: Fresh baked bread and molasses.

Taste: Tastes of molasses as noted in the smell, raisins and bread are also prevalent. Nice and malty and a very very slight taste of alcohol. Definitely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied with a slightly dry finish.

Photo of biggred1
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with a fine sand colored head. Dark fruit, brandy and chocolate make up the mild nose on this one. Sweet roasty malt, raisin, pumpernickel breadiness and just a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Mildly carbonated and medium bodied. Easy to drink but tastes more like a Marzen/Oktoberfest than most great Dopplebocks I've had before.

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

A- Pours a clear red/amber color. About a finger and a half of fizzy off-white head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet bready malts along with a tangy aroma of dark sugars and fruits.

T- Very sweet and bready with hints of caramel malts and sort of a tangy aftertaste. Very pleasing overall.

M- A little thin for a doppelbock, but very smooth and a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable in my opinion despite the ABV. The lack of an alcohol taste allows this to be more than a sipper.

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

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug, Sweet!

Mostly clear red/amber color with a beige head that thinned to a ring and left a few streaks of lacing, Sweet!
Molases sweet aroma, Sweet!
Sweetness and then some more sweetness, Sweet!
Medium bodied with a smooth feel, Sweet!

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I actually reviewed this beer already, so I'm thinking that I wrote it in my notebook which I have since misplaced during my move and have not yet located it yet. However, the nice thing about that problem is that I now get to drink another one and it's well worth it. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with some hints of ruby in it (a very pretty color, actually) and a fairly minimal head - approximately 1/2 finger that is the lightest tan; there is solid carbonation bubbling up from beneath and it makes the surface skim look like it's got dozens of little geysers bursting at the surface; body is largely clear.

Smell: Deep sweet caramel/slightly burnt sugar and warmly roasted malts that aren't quite toasty; hints of alcohol in the nose. A very sweet smelling beer that's making me thirsty just smelling it.

Taste: Wonderfully sweet and malty; strong hints of caramel and slight hints of butterscotch; a very slight and miniscule hop bitterness is hidden way in the back; fairly strong vapor of alcohol clings to the breath.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thick and chewy; carbonation is quite strong and causes a lot of tingling in on the palate, especially on the insides of the lips; a slight stickiness is present, yet the alcohol brings about a certain dryness when it's said and done; mouth, chest and stomach are warmed from the alcohol.

Drinkability: It's a great beer that's got a lot going on -- I really dig the sweetness and I especially like the chewy body. It goes great with food and compliments the strong German cuisine that I was fortunate enough to get to eat with it. The ABV is a bit high, but hey, when you're eating it with food it sits a little easier. I think if I was just drinking it at the end of the day or at a bar, I would definitely have to go easy and be sure to drink some water with it (unless I wasn't driving, then I wouldn't really care).

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a sescond bottle (from infextation) 12-04-09, bumped up taste score got more breadyness this time, still not as goood as I had hoped, this had a better mouth feel too

Got this from beertracker, Thanks Jeff!

Pours a ruby hued caramel with a finger of tan head. A bit of viscosity to this with a touch of lacing & less head retention

S: Jammyness & leafy hops

T: Jammeyness & leafy hops, followed by dry brown bread up front. Apricot jam & a touch of honey as this warms, plus more leafy hops& dryness, plus a whisper of booze; this one is a bit too off style for me....Finishes dry with some sticky caramel& more apricot. almost bails itself out at the end

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a touch watery, thickens as it warms

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, but reminds me more of a strong English Ale or a wee heavy than a bock, not near as good as I hoped...

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint bottle.

A-Pristine red-copper beer. Light tan head rises off the pour, reduced quickly.

S-Malty goodness is prominent, with a slight toastiness mixed with a melanoidin character and moderate crisp spiciness.

T-Rich, deep, luxurious... what other words could describe this full-flavored beer... immense... epic... ok, too much. Sweet malts of caramel and sweet bread stand tall here, with a bit of balancing bitterness keeping them in line, perhaps a bit more than just in line. Finishes crisp with a bready malt aftertaste.

M-Medium-full body. Carbonation is medium level and smooth, melding nicely into the big bodied beer.

D-Good, but not the greatest dopplebock. It's refreshing on one hand, complex and interesting on the other, fuller hand.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of the Bells Brewery.

Batch #8881

A- Poured into a pint glass, a deep copperish amber with a chunky tan head about an inch thick that faded quickly.

S- Sweetly malty and caramel.

T- Very sweet thick bread.

M- Very smooth, kinda chewy, low carbination.

D- The achohol is hidden very well, wouldnt have more than 2 in a row though.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.