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

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1,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 81
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002)
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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

happygnome, Mar 27, 2008
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

IBUnit63, Mar 26, 2008
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.

CrellMoset, Mar 22, 2008
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.

ROMER79, Mar 21, 2008
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!


giblet, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of bobbyc881
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.

bobbyc881, Mar 18, 2008
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!

hrking, Mar 17, 2008
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.

Minkybut, Mar 07, 2008
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

Redwood21, Mar 07, 2008
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.

BradLikesBrew, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
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.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of tastybeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is garnet, ruby brown. Portions are copper colored where light shines through. Clear overall and calm looking carbonation. Aroma has thick chewy malts, caramel, melty dough, butterscotch, and light berries, cherries, and flowers. Nice to sniff. Mmmm doppelbock. Taste has a pile of malt and subtle sweet caramelized fruits, brown/black bread, and a grape dryness in the finish. Flavors go deep; a well kneaded beery treat. Body is a full medium with a lot of smooth creamy malty feel going on. Enjoyably easy to drink.

Certainly worth my while + will be again.

tastybeer, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear reddish-amber hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick rim along the glass. Spotty lacing.

Strong scents of caramel and raisin with little hops aroma to speak of. Some spicy notes are present.

Full bodied with slightly roasty malt flavors with a bit of caramel. There is some mild bitterness, but the overall beer is still sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. The finish is mostly the dissolving caramel flavor.

BeerSox, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cheers bassmantin

This beer smells a little bit like rye. It definitely smells of grain. The taste is okay and very grainy as well. Something strange about this product. I've had a couple of dopplebocks over the past two nights and this is totally different from the other two. Its an okay Bell's product. Its fairly drinkable but nothing compared to what I've had.

Overall, this is an okay beer but not the best I've had. Give it a shot though.

iconoklaztor, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly transparent brown/red color with a moderate white/tan head into a tulip glass (maybe not the best glassware choice, but I think it's cool).

Smells of malty sweetness, not much else. Taste is a bit hollow. Not much going on. A lot of malty sweetness and a little too much alcohol flavor. I feel like this beer is going to give me diabetes it's so sweet.

Overall: Not recommended. If you want a good doppelbock, there are several other great options that are readily available most places.

bassmantin, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear copper with a thin head that diminishes to a slight ring. The aroma was some malts, but a little weak. The taste has lots of caramel, toffee, sweet fruits and a slight biscuit texture. The beer is smooth and medium bodied. This one is enjoyable, but there's better versions of the style out there.

atsprings, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of berserker256
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tonight I did a taste test with my brother. He brought the Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock and I brought the Sam Adams Dopplebock. This wasn't an arranged taste test or anything, it just happened that we each brought dopplebocks to a family function. Crazy... I thought that they tasted VERY similar except the Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock has less bitterness. I think the Sam Adams is more hopped up. And personally, I like the Bell's better. Here's my review for the Sam Adams:

"Nice dark deep amber color. Smells malty and sweet with carmel overtones. Tastes malty and sweet with carmel in there and is quite heavy, thick, and chewy. I definitely feel some warming going down from the alcohol content. It's somewhat syrupy. One or two of these will do before I switch to something lighter. Very good double bock. I'll get it this time every year."

You can pretty much duplicate that review for the Bell's except there's less bitterness. Bell's is slightly better. But Bell's is also three bucks a six pack more and .8% less ABV. So it's basically a matter of personal preference. I like 'em both just fine.

berserker256, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This spring released Doppelbock pours a vivid orange ruby in color. The golden orange highlights are revealed when held to the light. The frothy, slightly tan head holds reasonably well and leaves some substantial and very uniform lace. One solid ring seems to really stick however .

Sweet, buttery crystal malts and lots of bready, grainy notes. Mild but sweet fruit and honey accompanies a nice hop character. Toffee and a bit of booze. Not super pungent by any means but well balanced and appetizing.

Buttery caramel and sweet malt. Some interesting nutty fruit and a slight metallic character. Rum soaked raisin and fig along with a slightly caramelized, toffee sweetness. Not as well balanced as the nose implied. The booze is noticeable. Tasty but nothing to write home about.

Buttery and bright initially but fades to a slight matted texture with a starchy finish. The booze is detectable and the carbonation is somewhat lacking. Dim and somewhat weak in the palate. Medium bodied throughout. Somewhat low drinkability due to a moderate/high ABV and the fact that the 8% is definitely noticeable. Not terribly well balanced either.

I enjoyed this brew but I feel like it doesn't meet normal Bell's standards. A solid selection though I suppose. I know not every beer can be a homerun but I guess I just expected more from one of the best breweries in the country in my opinion.

letsgopens, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of shroompod
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly red clear color. Small head , a little lacing.

I don't smell much coming from this beer . Some slight bready aroma.

This beer has a nice caramel sweetness and a little hop bite. Not enough in Malt bill. Not what I'd expect from a Doppelbock, but a decent taste.

Mouthfeel seemed thin and undercarbonated for style.

Overall I'm slightly disappointed , but this beers worth a try.

shroompod, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, batch #8251

A: Pours a very clear rusty red with a medium sized white head. No retention, no lace.

S: Smells of malt and some dirty, floral hops. Maybe the slightest hint of fruit mixed in as well. A little bit of caramel.

T: Tastes of sweet malt, some hops and alcohol. A little bit of bitterness. A little out of balance.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol a little too strong for my liking. Drinkability is so-so, it's not bad but it's also not that good. Seems like a lot of characteristics there that could define the beer, but they all end up fighting each other off and the beer never really shines.

NCSUdo, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of asabreed
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice deep amber color with a quickly dissipating head, no little lacing, and not a lot of carbonation floating toward the top, probably due to the bigger body of the brew. The color saves this, though, for the most part.

Smell: Expected malt sweetness, a bit of roastedness, with some grain and some fruit, banana, and seemingly absent hops.

Taste: A lot of sweetness without a lot of complexity. Hints of fruitiness and malt without any discernible hops. Not unpleasant, but fairly sweet, heavy, and boring. Where's the semblance of complexity?

Mouthfeel: Very thick, a bit cloying, a bit watery, with not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: It seems that Bell's brews are hit or miss with me lately, and this one's surely a miss. I'm glad I only bought one bottle. For a beer that's 8$ and of the style and of course from the brewery I expected a lot more. Hardly and complexity or nuance, and fairly basic, with a lot of examples out there much, much better than this.

asabreed, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a clear amber color with a quickly fading beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, bananas, peaches and yeast.

Taste of sweet malts, peaches, bananas, and wheat bread. The alcohol, is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, creamy and lightly carbonated.

This is a good Doppelbock but not a great one from Bell's. Still, it's worth trying without a doubt.

Monkeyknife, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of phisig137
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a gorgeous deep ruby amber color, with a two finger head. Decent retention, with absolutely nothing left behind.

S- Not quite as clean as I'd like it, but it does show a bit of toasted malt, with biscuity aromas, as well as raw grain hints. Smells a bit sweet, and has a healthy dose of ETOH on the nose.

F- A touch of toasted malt, minimal bready flavors, and a sizable amount of diaceytl. Maybe a touch of dark fruit in the back, but it is minimal.

M- low carbonation, and thick

D- not bad

I really wanted to like this beer more, since I'm a sucker for a good dopplebock, and I love most of Bell's beers. This just doesn't make the mark for me. Honestly, the best thing about this beer is the gorgeous color in the glass. Other than that, its a bit boring overall... Don't bother seeking it out. Not to say its a bad beer, it just isn't a great dopplebock.

phisig137, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of CWiggins
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

For the past few months, the center floor of Sam's Quik Stop has essentially been a Bell's Brewery showcase spot. They've been turning out impressive beer after impressive beer, but I try their brews on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham and that's just enough for me (except for, perhaps, the Expedition Stout). This time, however, I happened a new item that seriously intrigued me: the Consecrator Doppelbock. I love Doppelbocks, and I rarely pass up the opportunity to try a new version. So, tonight I impetuously picked up a sixer of this latest Bell's offering to sample.

This pours a dark red with a short-lived pinkish head. It smells of dark malts and vanilla pudding, with hints of dark fruit and piney hops. It's an impressive aroma, with a complexity on par with many great beers I've tried. The flavor isn't nearly as intense as the aroma, or as many doppelbocks I've sampled. It's a tad subdued, to say the least. There are hues of sweet fruit and cloves, and the malt base is nice enough, but it isn't powerful. Hops and vanilla round out the finish, with a lingering sweetbread aftertaste that is quite unique. I lowered the mouthfeel rating because of the heavier-than-necessary carbonation; I feel it detracts a bit from the otherwise smooth texture.

CWiggins, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A modest patch of tan foam tops a nice-looking reddish-brown body: 4 for color, 3 for head = 3.5 appearance. The smell is faint, unfortunately, because what I eventually detect after several passes of the bottle and glass under my nose would be well served if enhanced--fruit, malt, decent hops even. But they emerge in the taste and not in the nose, a downer.

The taste isn't bad, abetted by a nice, creamy smooth texture, but too understated. Good doppelbock is smooth but bold, drinkable but daring. This balks at the tightrope when it should at least risk it with bolder flavor. The texture is good, again, and the carbonation reflects that despite the lackluster head, the beer holds up well over a little time. Yet this isn't great doppelbock; it borders on fairly good and, from Bell's, I'm a bit disappointed.

Gehrig, Feb 14, 2008
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.