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

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1,230 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,230
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 89
Gots: 107 | 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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Ratings: 1,230 | Reviews: 618
Photo of pwoods
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. Batch 8251

A: Pours a deep copper with good visibility. A short head forms and dies within a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Sweet, bready, moist berry muffins. A touch of booziness.

T/M: Nice and sweet with more of the moist berry and raisin muffin taste. Rich malts with some baking spices. Hops are light with a bit of balancing and maybe a touch of pepper. Body is medium heavy with controlled carbonation. Finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth.

D: Tasty enough and would probably do the trick to give me a doppelbock fix. Not the best but worth a shot.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with an excellent clarity but little head and no lacing. Aroma is restrained but what is there seems right. Some toasty sweet malt and a bit of yeasty tang. Tastes a bit on the sweet side, but with nice flavors of sweet malt, vanilla, cocoa, raisins, and some toast notes. Smooth and a bit creamy, and quite easy to drink. This is somewhat forgettable, but tasty enough. The lingering cocoa notes redeem this one a bit.

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

The malty, restrained palate features an elevated sweetness with a pronounced toffee character and a delicious roasted touch. Mellow raisin fruitiness adds some nice depth and complements the sweetness quite well. Smooth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Toasted grain in the satisfying finish.

An above-average example of the style, especially for an American brewery. Drinkable with a rich maltiness yet subtle, reserved flavors.


Photo of HopDerek
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear reddish brown color with almost 2 fingers of foamy tan head that fades fairly quickly, leaving a thin ring and blotchy lacing. Smells of toffee, caramel, toasted malt, raisins, and alcohol. Tastes of caramel and not-quite-burnt grain with a fruity grape sweetness, minor notes of citrus in the finish covered up by a strong alcohol presence. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth and sweet, with some bitterness in the finish, but mostly overshadowed by medicinal alcohol flavor. Not one of my favorite brews from Bell's, needs more sweetness and to take the alcohol down a notch.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Deep auburn in color, clear, with about 1/2" of white soapy head. Head dissipates quickly to a very scarce ring of bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet smelling malts and not much else. There is almost a fruity character to the aroma.

T&M: A nice long pull reveals a brisk but subtle carbonation and a lighter body. There is a sweetness to this brew that seems to be malt but that typical malt flavor is not there; this is a much lighter and, in my opinion, a more enjoyable taste. The sweetness is not heavy or pervasive. The finish is relatively quick and clean with very little linger at all. I'm sure there are hops in here because you can just feel the balancing act going on but there is no real bitterness to note. Quite refreshing.

D: I very much enjoyed this brew! I'm going back over my reviews and I think this is my first dopplebock - damn! I've been missing out! I don't really have another to compare against in my experience but from what I've tasted here, I would definitely recommend it.

Photo of Spacemonkey6945
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I tried this on tap at Bells Brewery in Kalamazoo Mi along with 5 other stellar Bells beers. I was vastly disappointed in the consecrator doppelbock. I rarely meet a beer I don't like, or at least wont drink. However Consecrator doppelbock takes the cake. It tastes like burnt sugar mixed into more sugar and then mixed with a bunch of sparingly carbonated toilet water.

The sweetness is overpowering as is the caramel maltiness. Only very slight bitterness and hop presence. Mouth feel is very watery and under carbonated.

I was not impressed

Photo of MMAJYK
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very clear and brilliant nut brown color. Head is minimal and no retention at all. It leaves no lacing either. I like the color or I would have given it a lower score.

S- Sweet and nutty with a subtle smokiness. A hint of hops are hidden by the malty sweetness. That sweetness is very overpowering.

T- Up front, very very sweet (I think a pattern is developing here). Thin, watery maple syrup is what pops in to my mind. Midstream is a nice bittering hop, but fades fast to the residual sweetness prevailing of the malts. It lingers on and on.

M- Thin and watery in the mouth with mid to low carbonation.

D- Too sweet and lacks any texture. Off balance; waaaay too malty and sweet with not enough hop bitterness to even it all out.

Overall- I am not very experienced with the style, but if this is a good representation, I really am not going to ever be a big fan. Not my cup o'tea.

Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the General Store next to the Eccentric Cafe on my recent trip to Kalamazoo, MI. Batch # 8251 printed on the bottle. Served in my Leute Bok glass. Poured a reddish-brown hue, with ruby highlights accentuated when backlit. Half-inch off-white foamy head dissipated within seconds into a thin skim of foam and bubbles; zero lacing present during the tasting. Scent of malt and dark fruit. Alcohol is fairly up front in the flavor profile, followed by some caramel character and dark fruit. Lively, effervescent mouthfeel with a little astringency present at the finish. Drinkability is fair, but flavor balance was a little off relative to alcohol presence.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Clear caramel colored liquid, forms three finger light orange-tan head of a mixture of different sized bubbles, retention could have been better.

S = Too much alcohol in the nose, also a bitter smell, but underneath that are the caramel and other malt smells that I was expecting.

T = Caramel, burnt grains, bitterness in the finish that is a little too tart. Not as complex as I would like. Some heat from the alcohol.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, good frothy carbonation when swished.

D = This is a drinkable beer but the alcohol is a little too present and the bitterness is a little unpleasant.

Photo of adams82
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle from a friend. Batch 7753, bottled January 31st 2007. Wow... over a year old!

Pours a dark reddish brown with a small, extra filmy white head. This beer, like all of Bell's Beers, is bottle conditioned, so it is nice and hazy for a change. It has been some time since a beer looked so inviting... I've been dredging through filtered beer lately... ick!

Smells very, very malty with huge notes of sticky sweet caramel and toffee, toasted malts, toasted nuts and raisins. Malty tones really dominate the nose; a wonderful smelling Dopplebock!

Tastes slightly spicy, very sweet with a heavy, heavy malt flavour. No surprise that toffee and caramel make a huge appearance, raisins also come to mind along with other assorted dried fruits. I detect toasted malt as well... Fairly syrupy, all malt flavour with very little, to no hops detected.

Full bodied, little carbonation, very smooth; drinks like water. A superb lager, very clean, crisp and super easy drinking for such a big beer.

I had this on tap at the Eccentric Cafe this time last year (possibly the same, or close to the same batch?) and it was a bit hoppier with a grainy flavour. I must say that while both have been memorable, I really enjoyed this aged version quite a bit more.

While not absolutely perfect, this is a supreme example of why I believe bottle conditioned (or unfiltered/cask conditioned) beers are far, far superior to filtered beers that have been stripped of a tremendous amount of flavour and complexity.

Another awesome style represented very well by Bell's!

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

Reddish Brown with a nice tan head that left a slight lace on the glass. 12 oz serving. This beer is nicely balanced. Very strong malt presence with a nice smooth finish. Hint of molasses with a slight alochol at the finish. Alcohol was not over-powering. A good doppelbock and very drinkable.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

The color of this beer is fantastic, as the bottle pours a viscous, fiery copper-orange liquid into my glass. The head builds and disappears too quick for me to really get a good look at it. No retention or lacing, but the carbonation level is fairly high for the ABV. Aroma is quite unique, with its mix of prarie grass, buttery toffee malts, pine, prune, and a kiss of hops.

The flavor is fairly enjoyable, and delivers to the palate a ton of candied malts, dark raisins, butter, spice and some bitter hoppage. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, while a warming alcohol note finishes sickly sweet. While this wasn't one of Bell's better offerings, it got the job done as a fairly drinkable Doppelbock.

Photo of raverjames
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of Rootdog316
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of TasteTester
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,230 ratings.