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

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1,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,167
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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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Proteus93, Feb 01, 2008
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.

timtim, Jan 30, 2008
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."

dedrinker, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Hatch
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Hatch, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of blakesell
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

blakesell, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

gmcfarre, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of bloberglawp
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this bonus bottle during a trade!

Pour hazy medium dark brown with a white head that only made its appeareance when I poured vigourously, calmed down quite rapidly to a thin film and laces shily to the glass.

Huge toffee, brown sugar, prune and fig-like and malty aroma, a bit of coffee too, intense and very clean. Flavor is dominated with the malt. Its as good as a genuine german doppelbock like Salvator.

Exellent brew, try one!

bloberglawp, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of jeffmonarch
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Pours an amber red color. Has a very large bubble head that disappears quickly.

S - Sweet,but not very strong scents here.

T - A ton of malt. Sweet flavor with a high alcohol finish.

M - Good carbonation but this is nothing special.

D - Dissapointed, I love Bell's and this is just an average beer with nothing special. I enjoyed tasting this one but might have to trade off the rest of the 6-pack.

jeffmonarch, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Monsone for this beer in the 7-8-9-10 BIF

A-Pours a clear medium brown. The big bubbled off white head has decent dtaying power. Lace is not as good.

S-A sweet malty, caramel aroma enters the nose and finishes with a bit of sweetness.

T-Very malty, very rich annd very sweet. however not bad. The follow thorugh gives a good ammount of bitterness which prevents it from being cloying. The bitterness is clearly from hops, but the characteristics are hard to determine.

M-Slightly below medium bodied with a carbonation to match.

D-This is a decent but not great beer in my opinion. Still this is the best attempt at the style I have had from an America brewer and for this, well worth the opportunity to try.

sleazo, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red hued orange amber color with less than a finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly. Little lacing. The smell is rich and sweet; caramel toffee. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is lightl, almost under carbonated. Full flavored, the taste is the same sweet caramel earthy malt and some chocolate. A good drinker, the 8% ABV is well hidden.

jjayjaye, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a burnt toffee and crystal malt scent. It's roasted with a nice malty sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a slight buttery feel. It's got a nice roasted character as well as hiding the elevated abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the taste as well as the aroma. Another quality brew from Bell's.

WesWes, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 18, 2007
Photo of Grass
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 03, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.