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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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1,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 77
Gots: 81 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

This beer was poured into a pilsner flute. It has a clear amber color with a modest heat that dissipates but a small lacing is retained. The aroma is very malty with a faint trace of noble hops. The taste is also very malty with enough hops to finish it out somewhat dryly, but there is still a sweet malt finish. Alcohol is also noted but subdued a bit. As it warms a bit there is a grainy quality to it. It has a medium body with moderately low carbonation.

Overall this is a decent offering of a doppelbock. It's probably not my favorite of Bell's offerings, but it tasty none-the-less.

scoobybrew, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

I'm a huge doppelbock fan, so when I found this one from Bell's I was excited, to say the least. Pours a deep red color with a finger of quickly disappearing head and no real lacing. Nose is strong on raisins and some other dried fruit, but is fairly mild overall. Flavor is very good: prunes, raisins, some light bananas. Very light hop character - this is one sweet beer. Body is medium but appropriate for the beer - not quite Celebrator range, but solid. I really like this one - it's a pretty drinkable 8% ABV.

soupyman10, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Ruby brown color with a nice light tan head and good clarity (especially for Bell's). Head retention is ok, but it doesn't leave behind any lace.

S - Rasiny and malty, I really don't get to much aroma out of this beer.

T - Malty, rasiny, toffee. There is a strong hop note in the backgound, but it stays subdued enough to allow the other flavors to dominate the profile and the bitterness it provides blends nicely with the darker malt flavors.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - This hits the double bock style quite well. If anything it is lighter and more drinkable than some I have had. The aroma is a bit anaemic, but everything else is right on.

nickfl, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of bigman147
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Appearance: Pouts a crystal clear orangish brown. Head is light and disappears quickly. No lacing to speak of

Aroma: Very light bready aroma with a slight yeasty sulphidy character. A trace fermented bean black bean paste. All of the aromas are very sedated.

Taste: Bready is not just in the smell. The taste makes me think I am eating a slice of wheat/white bread. Slightly sweet and grainy. No real perceivable hop character. A little thin in body for what I expect in a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Thin slightly watery. Carbonation is negligible to low. Very drinkable however.

Drinkability: Its surprising how drinkable this 8% ABV beer can be. It was so thin and had no real perceivable bitterness or off notes. I could drink 4-6 in a session without blinking an eye.

Overall: Clean crisp and refreshing but not the best Doppelbock you will every have.

bigman147, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Grass
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Looking forward to trying this one. I enjoy the style and the brewery.

This one shows off with it's reddish brown color. A head which was very slight, nice lacing.

The smell of malty yeast coming through with a slight nutty aroma. Smells like powerful stuff.

Taste is hoppy ot first on the tip of tongue, which unfolds into a rich blend of molasses and nut flavor with the yeast. On the way out you taste a bit of bourbon. Alcohol presence thoughout.

Excellent beer for sipping or to warm up. A little too heavy for more than one or two, but a good overall bock.

Grass, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of kenito799
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Brought back from MN. A fairly hard pour fails to produce much of a head, and that settles down and leaves little lacing. Chestnut-amber and clear. Aroma a little fruity (peaches?) and caramel. Smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

Taste has toffee, caramel, very light hops, and cooked fruit like raisins and figs in there. Finishes with a bit of syrupy sweetness.

Well made as are all Bell's beers. Would have it again, especially on tap.

kenito799, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Obtained by trading with warriorsoul.

A chill hazed medium brown colored beer without much head formation what there is of it is tan.

The smell is sweet and nutty with a big roasted grain aroma. There is a slight soy sauce aroma and a grain husk and yeast scent.

The flavor begins sweet and fairly grassy and grainy with a figs and oak after taste. Fairly thick there is a quite strong grain hull flavor here and it is quite astringent in the mouth. Fairly nutty in taste this tastes the most like pecans. The bitterness is present and fairly laid back for a bock beer this is very much a malty beer and not a hoppy one. Soy sauce scent doesn't make it in to the taste thank god.

The mouthfeel is OK.

The astringent taste here hurts the drinkability for me. It is OK but I will not try it again.

Zorro, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bell’s dimpled mug. This beer poured deep amber color with a slight haze and a small foamy head that slowly faded away, leaving no lace. The aroma of this beer is nuts, sweet malts, caramel, and bread. The flavor consists of caramel, yeast, molasses, and a light spicy hop finish. It is lightly sweet and spicy, showing a good balance of flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied. Little carbonation, with well hidden alcohol. A good doppelbock from Bell’s.

mdm46410, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Thanks to Monsone for this brew!

12 oz. bottle poured into my pilsner glass.

Pours a clear amber hue with a fluffy two finger khaki colored head that slowly dies down to a thin layer that lasts the entire tasting. No stickiness, no legs, doesn't hold on to the sides at all. Smell is a musty bready malt odor with some raisins. On the tongue there's a very sweet caramel flavor up front followed by biscuity malt and finishing with a dull alcohol flavor, not a big fan of the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy...with a good amount of carbonation, pretty typical of the style. I would take a bit away from the drinkability because of the alcohol-ish aftertaste, but overall this is a pretty solid brew.

BeerTruth, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of trem0lo
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

I was lucky enough to pick this up recently as it's only released by Bells in February.

Pours a very nice non-opaque amber/ruby color. Not much head to speak of--only an inch or so that dissipates quickly into a white ring. Color looks great when I hold it up to a lamp. Aside from the taste, its jewel-like appearance the best thing about this beer.

The smell is very light, some biscuit and bready flavors come through. Not a strong odor at all, really, pretty much on par with other lagers.

I'm not an expert on the doppelbock style, but the taste is basically a quality lager, but kicked-up with some brandy sweetness toward the end of the swallow, finished with a pleasant, biscuity aftertaste. Not an overly-complex beer, but surprisingly refreshing and easy drinking considering the 8% ABV. The alcohol is almost completely hidden, which is impressive considering the simplicity of the flavors at work.

The mouthfeel is fairly watery, but I think this contributes positively to the drinkability, making it more refreshing and thirst-quenching and thus more enjoyable overall. I could drink many of these--and I just may considering the heat of the Ohio valley this time of year. Another great offering from Bells.

trem0lo, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of Monsone
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Hard pour into a imperial pint produced a good three finger head. Color is a nice deep redish brown.

Smell is sweet malts all the way. Maybe some dark fruit in there somewhere.

Taste is sweet malt all the way. Carmel, toffee etc.

Mouthfeel is a bit viscous, like Karo syrup. Not much carbo to be found.

Drinkability suffers from the sweetness.

Overall, I prefer most of the other Bell's offerings over this one. Just too sweet to drink more than one. I would not seek this beer out.

Monsone, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of icemonkey908
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a deep reddish brown color. Very clear. An initial head of about 2 inches died down very quickly leaving no lacing. The smell is not very strong, but is mainly sweet like brown sugar. Hop flavor is very mild and the taste is very malty especially on the finish. A good beer I would have no problem having again.

icemonkey908, May 02, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

This one was poured with a small head. Very dark cherry color. It left almost no lace. It has a very rich, malty, sweet, caramel aromas and the same in the flavor. Hardly any noticable hop. Great mouth. Somewhat boozy. Bittersweet, but mostly sweet finish.

drpimento, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of montageman
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Batch 7209 packed on March 2, 2006. I'm actually quite surprised I've had this for over a year. Pours a deep reddish brown with a bit of head to start but it quickly goes away leaving no lacing at all. The smell is very sweet like honey or brown sugar with a slight fruity character and a little roasted note. Taste is sweet and toasty. Brown sugar up front with a solid malt backbone, a good take on the style. Mouthfeel is think and chewy - this maybe a consequence of being a year old because I don't remember this tasting the same one year ago. This is a decent doppelbock, but it might be too sweet for most, which therefore knocks down the drinkability. Recommended.

montageman, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

A 12 oz. bottle poured into my pilsener glass. It pours a deep reddish/copper color with a white head about half an inch thick that settles to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of my glass about 3 minutes after being poured. Sweet malty aromas of caramel and candy dominate, along with maple and brown sugar and rounded out by a bit of a nutty aroma. Sweet bready, malty flavors with hints of nut, maple and caramel are present. Nicely balanced. No flavor dominates another. Very well balanced taste. Surprisingly sweet in smell and taste for a beer of this style. The 8% ABV is well masked here. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, almost too easy for a beer of this style and ABV level. Definitely at least worth a try.


neenerzig, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Reddish-orange in color, no head and no lace left behind.

The smell is some malty sweetness along with faint cherries and some other unidentifiable fruitiness. Pleasing, but sort of difficult to pull out the aromas.

Taste is just the same, sort of sweet and fruity, only difference is a harsh punch from the alcohol toward the finish. Other than that, quite pleasing. Cherries, caramel, and sweet malt.

Medium bodied with a little carbonation, wouldn't be hard to knock off a few of these in a sitting, but overall not the type of beer I'd like to be drinking.

dogger6253, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Dark amber color with a thin, small bubbled pool. Roasted malt nose with some sweet fruits and buttery caramel notes. Really nice mouthfeel that is silky smooth and a touch of crisp fizz. Hearty roasted malt backbone with a burnt caramel sweetness, roasted grains, berry fruitiness, buttery, and nutty. Some bitterness is little more than I’d like but not too bad. A tad boozy but does smooth out towards the end. The finish is fairly clean with slight notes of sweet malt and nutty. Pretty drinkable even for its strength.

cabsandking, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Eye: Definitely not impressed with this one, though it could just be the quality of the glass which this brew is poured into. Very clear body, coppery light red in appearance. No head formed no retention and no lacing. I'm about to open another an pour in a different glass.

edit: In a different glass-my usual beer review glass- this brew looks much better in respect to the head. Head forms at two fingers and recedes a bit to about or just a bit less than one finger, the head looks about to be just the right size. It is a tannish red in color and has a creamy texture. Lacing looks great.

Nose: All in all not all that great of an aroma. Small in potency, with a small amount of dark and crystal malt aromas.

Tongue: An overall sweetness hits the palate. Lots of crystal malt flavors in this brew, with a hint of alcohol. Don't taste much more than that. Finishes dry. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Little bit of fruitiness. Sweet aftertaste that lingers and just hints at being there, not all that noticeable yet its there.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer has a more of a medium body as opposed to a heavy one. As mentioned the beer finishes dry. Carbonation is in check at a lower level appropriate for the style. Bit of a warming sensation when it goes down. All in all an okay brew, however I'd definitely like to try others before coming back to this one.

edit: I believe that the appearance of a brew has a great effect on the mouthfeel. Just seeing the creamy head on this brew after I poured it into a different glass allowed me to detect a much creamier and fuller mouthfeel.

becktone, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of karst
3.43/5  rDev -10%

I am writing this review on behalf of the impaired. Specifically those with lingual nerve damage. http://www.sciential.net/anatomy_of_the_lingual_nerve1.htm

Presently my upper left mouth and lower right are under the effects of a dental anesthetic injection.

Mouthfeel takes on an entirely different meaning under the effects of the injection - buccal mucosa and tongue transmit the wonder flavors and dextrinous texture of this excellent doppelbock as heat and sweet decocted flavors are only sensed by half of the tongue. One on the injections as rendered me unable to sense aroma with my left nostril. With my senses of taste and smell impaired drinkability suffers. The upper lip and lower lip are numb on opposite sides but I am able to form a seal around the brim of the 0.3L Maredsous chalice.

I wonder if I would still drink beer with out full use of these nerves that are temporally blocked? Hopefully I will never find out.

Already sensations are returning and all the non visual aspects are increasing their ratings. I am reminded about experiments to find if victims of the guillotine experienced pain and remained conscious.

karst, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours very prettily, if a little light colored for a DB. Dark orange, nice white head that stuck around for a good while.

Smells... chewy. If that makes sense. Bread dough, very sweet candies, pink bubble gum, brown sugar. Surprisingly complex, considering the intensity of its sweetness. No single flavor blots everything else out, as in some DBs.

Tastes like chewy chocolate. Big nodes of bread, lots of caramel, candy in the middle, raisins in the back.

mynie, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Poured out a burgandy/amber color wit a one-finger head. Leaves some lace.

S - It smelled very sweet.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and nutty flavors.

M - This was failry soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good dopplebock. Great caramel sweetness.

zeff80, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a beige head that dots that glass with lace

Smell: Brown bread and caramel aroma

Taste: Brown bread and a developing caramel flavor, up front, followed by a dry woody finish that keeps the beer from getting too sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Well- balanced and not cloying; decent effort at the style

brentk56, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two 10oz bowtie glasses. Thanks to Killer for the assist!

A: Hazy medium brown with a reddish hue.

S: Big nose of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and cherry. Overpowering aroma of residual sugar.

T: Take everything from above and add some tangy tropical fruit, nuts, and some sweet bread. Only slightly less sweet than the nose.

M: Prickly on the tongue but the massive sweetness smooths out some of the rough edges.

D: This one needs a healthy dose of some roasted malt or something. For me the sweetness is a big drawback.

GbVDave, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Truh
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Blessed the heads of the initiates with this one on 1/25/2007. 12. oz. bottle, a generous gift from Warriorsoul, poured in a Dogfish Head shaker.

Little to no head after pour, with a similar lack of lacing. The quiet allows for a nice display of lazy carbonation making its way up and through the liquid. Hue is a mahogany orange, with tints of gold on the edges, jettrails surging to the center. Maple syrup, apple jack, cherry cotton candy, and root beer barrels all mix on the nose, jacking things up with a crazy sweetness. A bit zoomy on the tongue with a clamp of fizz nailing the roof of the mouth, while a rock candy sweetness coats everything, like quicksilver; damp crab apple chewiness follows. Caramel comforter sets in after the drink warms.

Medium-heavy body would make me think twice about having another one of these. Good, but a bit green.

Truh, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle (courtesy of Tpaglia): Poured a semi filtered medium brown color doppelbock with a small off-white bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet malt and dry fruits such a figs. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt with some dry figs. I could not detect any of the banana and cloves characteristic that I usually associated with the style. Body was above average with low carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Interesting and different take on the style but still sub par for this great brewery.

Phyl21ca, Jan 03, 2007
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.