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

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1,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 88
Gots: 101 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 ckeegan04
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

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.

Photo of Neehan
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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

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

Photo of CrellMoset
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of ROMER79
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of giblet
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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!


Photo of bobbyc881
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of hrking
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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.

Photo of Redwood21
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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

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.

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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of berserker256
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of letsgopens
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.