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

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1,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 84
Gots: 87 | 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 shroompod
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of CWiggins
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Gehrig
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Pint glass. Pours a reddish amber with a decent off white head that stuck around for a while and left a nice lacing down the glass. Smell is a bit weak. Sweet malts, dark fruit and oddly enough tapioca pudding but nothing was very strong. I had to keep smelling the beer to try to pick out individual aromas. Taste is a bit weak also. Dark fruits, a bit of roasted malts and a vanilla finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight carbonation. A good beer but not in the upper echelon of Bell's repertoire.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Batch 8251. Served in a tall pilsner glass. Pour a clear copper with about a finger of fine bubbled head. Decent malt aroma with some toffee, also a hint of hops. Medium bodied with a solid malt base, some caramel. Some noble hop bitterness in the finish. Goes down pretty easy at 8% abv.

I'm a fan of Bell's in general, but this is not one of their better offerings. Doesn't even come close to the complexity and intensity of malt flavor found in German dopplebocks.

Photo of david131
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Perfectly clear dark orange with a couple of streams of rising carbonation that gives way to a few tiny splotches of head.

S- There is really not much here at all. All I can get is a little bit of malt and just the slightest hint of fruit. Nothing more, nothing less.

T- Slightly sweet and malty with a slight alcohol kick in the end. More going for it than the aroma. This is actually a very tame doppelbock.

M- The alcohol is a little harsh, but everything else is very smooth.

D- Again, the alcohol is a little noticeable, but overall, this is a pretty subdued beer. Not my favorite for the style, but not a poor showing either.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to find that one of my favorite establishments in the world is now putting BELL's on-tap! Mecklenburg Gardens, Cincinnati, OH has always been renouned for it's German cuisine and bier selection. Now, they've added a feather in their cap... BELL'S!

So, since The Bier Band was performing for a Bier Dinner at Mecklenburg's, I ordered up a big ol' litre of BELL's Consecrator. It was served with a big 1-1/2" off-white head that was poking over the rim of the giant mug. This almost cried to have a picture taken of it! The bier was a bright copper in color and quite clear.

The nose was of toasted malt and molasses.

Taste: Quite good! I picked up on toasted malt, molasses and dried fruit.

MF: Quite rich and robust. Appropriate carbonation that led to a nice creamy feel (just how I like it) and a bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Over the course of the evening, I had 2 liters... this was plenty. I was full, but I wasn't falling down either. I recommend Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock.

Photo of enfield249
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light brown in color, very clear. Medium ring of foam around the top.

S - Bready, and spicy like a mince pie. I don't smell any specific spices, just a general "savory" smell.

T - A little harsh, not much of the bready flavor. Some malt taste, and some roast bitterness, but no roast flavor it self.

M - Sharp from the carbonation, slightly astringent.

D - Meh. I ain't fer it, but I ain't again it neither.

Photo of strohme2
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours almost a deep ruby red, medium copper color with a quarter inch head and almost no lacing. The head disappears after a couple swigs. It also has little carbonation bubbles rising immediately.
It smells of caramel, vanilla and a bourbon barrel, but definitely not overpowering. This beer is thick in your mouth, syrup-y almost. It's not bad though. Malty goodness as well. The aftertaste is a little strong too-the bourbon taste comes through for me. I can't taste any hops either.
As the beer warms it brings more of an alcohol taste to it. For me this beer is a definite sipper...maybe after a hearty meal. This beer grew on me. I'd get it again.

Photo of dsigmon
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: copper color, quickly dissipating head with very little lacing.

S: malty sweetness then burnt malt

T: same as it smells. dark ripe fruits in the background with initial tastes of charred malt

M: too thin but very smooth

D: one was plenty and all I would want.

Photo of mcallister
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper colored and very clean and vibrant sparkle. Pours with virtually no head and what is present is white in color.

Caramel with melted toffee and slight milk chocolate sents. A good floral hopping really distinguishes itself and balances the sugar of the malts. Some maple and brown sugar aromas with some dried fruity notes.

Mollasess in the mouth with carmalized dates underneath. Crisp clean middle and finish that bursts with brown sugar and toffee. Very milky chocolate but light in flavor. Moderate bitterness on the finish yet the sugar of the malts is just a little too much. Not necessarily cloying thoug. Could be a little creamier and I think will gain some complexity with age. Actally I know it does as I've had multiple bottles aged.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Joseph's Beverage in Toledo, OH.

A: The bock is a caramel brown, reasonably translucent, save for the darker color. A small head bubbled up on pour but quickly dissapated.

S: The aroma is full, sugary with burnt molasses notes. Fruity grains, green grapes in particular, mix with the sugars.

T: The bock is sweet, grainy and strong, all in one sip. Caramel and nuts dominate the malt side, dry but sweet. The alcohol doesn't jump out, but the body does have a 'fortified' taste to it. The sweetness of the malts lingers for quite a long time.

M: The beer is undeniably sweet and strong, masking the true extent of the alcohol. The sweetness is the lasting memory of this beer.

D: At 8%, it would take a cold, cold night to have more than one.

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

There was a nice malty aroma. The taste was fantastic with hints of honey and the strong malt flavor holding it all together. Near the end, just a hint of bittering hops was detected, but it quickly disappeared leaving a sweet, honey-bread finish.

Overall, this was a very nice doppelbock. I will definitely buy this again.

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

Dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Whitish label with a gold border featuring two goats.
Clear dark caramel body with low carbonation. The tan head starts large and holds fairly well. Tiny to small bubbles, decent retention.
Warm alcoholic malty scent with earth, nuts and dark molasses.
Malty sweet up front flavor, lots of caramel, dry nuts, hint of almond. The aftertaste is of moderate lenght and has notes of nut, earth, yeast and molasses.
Medium to full body and plenty of residual sugars but still with a dry finish.
Good drinkability, interesting in that it's not your typical doppelbock.


Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, batch 8251. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark copper/brown color with a very small off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, raisins and toffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some hops in the finish to leave a bitter aftertaste. It's a little more bitter than I expected. Alcohol isn't very noticable, considering the ABV. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with average carbonation, however it seems a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall it's a decent dopplebock, but there's other dopplebocks I'd pick before buying this one again.

Photo of Proteus93
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown hue with a mild head - offwhite, and didn't really last long. Not bad, but nothing mind-blowing.

S: Sugary, with some dark fruit esters. Mild caramel aromas... an overall pleasant malty sweetness.

T: A little more of the caramel taste than noticed in the smell. Some prune-like flavour. Sweet malts, with just a tiny dash of bittering hops.

M: Nice, full, and just about right in consistency for my palate. Light carbonation for expression, with a smooth finish. This compliments a meal nicely.

Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep copper/bronze with an off white head. nutty, caramelly and slight, slight burnt toffeeish/ roasty grainy aroma. taste exhibits all the same stuff as the nose with some raisin, fig and prune characteristics coming through now and then at different times in different sips. good medium body. great carbonation. proper for the style and capable of giving the germans a run for their money. larry bell does it again.

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

Deep Copper color with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and nuts. Flavors of caramel, raisins and nuts with slight grainy roast - slight. Only on some sips - not all sips. Nice lush body and a sweet nutty finish that is not too cloying. This is one of the better American Doppelbocks that really hits close to the mark on the deep chewy darker sweet malt of the style. It's the first American Doppelbock that didn't make me say, "yeah, but still - I'd rather be in Germany drinking the real thing."

Photo of Hatch
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap. Can't remember if there was a freshness date noted, but with the higher ABV it probably didn't matter anyway.

Pours a dark brown/amber with some reddish hues around the edges. A small off-white frothy head covers the brew but disipates rather quickly into some bubbly lacing. Not a lot of lacing here.

Smells of sweet malts, maybe some hints of toffee and raisins. There's deffinitly a sweet characteristic here. No real apparent aroma of hops.

Initial taste is of mild sweetness from the malts, some caramel and toffee notes, maybe some slight roastness. Label says that this beer is brewed with 10 different types of malts, and it shows in its smoothness. Very smooth. Not really as malty as I'd hoped for though, but still nice. A fairly weak hop profile that, if increased, might have added a little more complexity to this brew. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but with this style you might detect it more easily than you would in a different style brew with the same ABV, and there is an apparent warming effect from it.

Could be called a medium to full-bodied brew. Drinkability takes a few hits due to higher alochol percentage.

Notes: The label kind of hypes it up by telling you it's brewed with 10 different types of malts. It is a pretty smooth brew, but not as malty as I'd hoped for. Good to try once, but nothing to go back for in my opinion.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a belgian tulip/goblet (gulden draak glass)

This was my favourite doppelbock in the past so let's see how it does now.

Appearance- Beer pours a rich dark amber with virtually no head at all. A fingernail deep would be the description by my hand scale. No lacing, but legs are present on the glass.

Smell- Rich sweet malts and rasins dominate the nose with hops and a hint of chocolate in the background. Honey also persists.

Taste- Hops upfront then malty sweetness rearing its head showing that this isn't quite to style as the average doppelbock. Toasted bread comes thru with a brown sugar backbone.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied yet sticky on the lips. Warming and hoppy. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability- Very drinkable for a beer with so little carbonation and so not true to style. Still one of my favourite doppelbocks, but no longer my favourite overall. I will be buying more next season.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into large handled mug
Batch 7209 - Brewed March 2, 2006

A - Pours a dark amber, caramel color with a thin tan head that fades quickly. Lacing is pretty minimal.

S - Dark, fruity and sweet with a huge malt presence. Raisins and plums come to mind quickly, with a hint of chocolate and maybe even cranberry. Sweet with a mild alcoholic scent.

T - Starts very sweet and fruity, with strong raisin, plum, and cranberry sensations. A bit of pine creeps in, as well as some light chocolate flavor. Ever so mild bitterness at the finish with a slight alcoholic burn as it warms.

M - Smooth and oily, this one's a mouthful. Residual sweetness sticks around without much dryness to speak of. Still, its on the thinner side of the doppelbocks I've had.

D - Not quite the "meal" that I'm looking for out of a doppelbock, but it is pretty tasty nevertheless. Worth a try on a cold night.

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.