Schlägl Doppel Bock - Stiftsbrauerei Schlägl
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2.7/5 rDev -25%
Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date, but arrived at the store last month
Poured into an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass
A new doppelbock found at the beer store in town. A style I am partial to and very familiar with: how does this one factor in?
Schlägl's doppelbock is an attempt at a helles version of the style, focusing on "light" malt flavors such as sweetness and bread, with just a touch of noble hops. The overall package is fairly uninspiring, however, and the overfermented nature of this beer becomes apparent in the closing taste and mouthfeel, as the ethanol yields unpleasant closing flavors and feelings across the palate. At the moment, this is overrated by other reviewers who may be inexperienced with the style. This is one I will not be revisiting.
Pours a 1.5cm head of just off-white bubbles; decent retention lasting a few minutes before it sinks to a thin cap atop the beer's body, leaving little lacing along the sides of the glass. Pours the lightest color I have seen in a doppelbock in some time, a transparent, fairly light, orange-gold-yellow mixture. Holding it up to a light brings out a pale orange-yellow hue. Carbonation is vigorous and steady, many streams bubbling up from the bottom of the glass, supporting the head.
Aroma is of bright, sweet malts, a bit of sweet bread, ethanol, and some faint noble hops. A lighter take on the doppelbock, as indicated by the body's coloration; not all that complex or strong of an aroma, though.
Front of the palate picks up bready, sweet malt influences with a slight buttery flavor. Mid-palate continues with sweet, light malt flavors joined to a bit of toffee and the slightest bit of noble hop presence. Fades out with a burst of ethanol, peppery spiciness, and malt sweetness, leading to a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, which I found rather unpleasant. In general, way too hot for the malt bill in the recipe, but otherwise not bad, just not particularly impressive.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied, with carbonation at the mid-level too. The beer is crisp and effervescent across the palate initially, a fairly pleasant feeling relative to the many smooth and creamy beers I've been sampling of late. Unfortunately, it closes with a substantial ethanol burn on the throat and in the nostrils that's not becoming at all of the style, or of an 8.3% ethanol content beer in general. Finish is dry and a bit sticky from residual sugars.
06-16-2012 19:33:06 | More by falloutsnow
2.95/5 rDev -18.1%
500 mL bottle, no obvious date.
appears a dark golden color, off-white head that fades. sweet aroma, slightly fruity. not real great. tastes of bready malt, not much else, single note. lingering aftertaste. body is thin to medium. smooth body and carbonation. drinks easy.
overall isn't alright, but seems very light for the style.
07-17-2012 02:41:24 | More by jmdrpi
3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
The doppelbock is a lot lighter than others I have had. The beer poured with a very small white head and disappeared quickly leaving no lacing. From the looks of it, I am not overly compelled to take a drink.
The aroma is intoxicatingly sweet. A sweetness like prunes or grapes, maybe a hint of cherry. Maybe it is my sensitive nose, but it kind of stings the nostrils (in a good way). The appearance didn't draw me in, but the smell has. The first sip is sweet with hints of the prunes I could smell. The after taste is a bit bitter and earthy, which I am not too fond of. The flavors are nicely balanced though and I will tip my cap to that. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.
Overall, it doesn't measure up to the other doppelbocks I have had. However, it is definitely a drinkable beer. I wouldn't go out of my way to have one, but I wouldn't turn it down.
07-23-2011 02:07:59 | More by JohnnyS17
3.28/5 rDev -8.9%
Bought online from Beer Ship.
500ml bottle, it pours a clear 24k gold with a 2 finger head of foam and lots of lacing.
Big notes of bread in the smell, light grain, some caramel malt.
The taste is also big on bread, has some sweet malt that doesn't go over board, grain, earthy, with no sign of the alcohol.
Good medium body and carbonation, it's a good enough Doppelbock that is not hard to drink...well maybe...the bready character is kind of tiring after a while. Not quite *there*, where I like for the style.
My 3rd brew from the brewery and I guess I didn't save the best for last as I was hoping. Still worth a try.
12-16-2012 21:05:08 | More by Bitterbill
3.35/5 rDev -6.9%
ST: 1 pint poured into a pilsner glass.
A: Dark, clear amber with heavy carbonation and half-a-fingernail of white fluffy head that leaves a good ring of lacing.
S: Malty, bread, and light caramel.
T: Heavy malt with some caramel, slightly sour, slightly metallic finish, and alcohol warmth.
O: Decent flavor, though the finish has a metallic edge. This dopplebock could be heavier and have more flavor. Overall, there is nothing wrong with this beer, but there is nothing exciting about it either.
10-29-2012 16:42:34 | More by ianjsullivan
3.41/5 rDev -5.3%
A - Light Golden Amber w/nice lacing and two finger head
S - Somewhat biscuity, not too strong in any particular aroma that I could place my finger on.
T - Some hop bite, well balanced with the malts in this brew. You can taste the alcohol but it finishes nice. Like the smell..somewhat biscuity aftertaste. Also lemon/citrus comes through a bit in subtle ways.
M - Doesn't feel thin, nice carbonation, somewhat refreshing.
O - I thought this brew was pretty decent to be honest. Refreshing. Not too hoppy, but balanced. I think it would be nice with some chicken or light fish for dinner.
04-08-2014 22:50:50 | More by tbraun1
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, a bit of dark fruits. Taste is malts, bready, alcohol is present, just a touch of dark fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid but unspectacular beer.
03-25-2014 20:23:45 | More by tone77
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
Tarnished brass with a creamy eggshell cap that leaves fine sheets of lace on the glass, a little light colored for the style. The aroma is bready and sweet with caramel, toasted grain and hay. Tasty and malt forward with an alcoholic heat. Sweet toasted malt with an herbal hop punch to balance. Medium full-bodied and a little sticky in the finish. A good beer but not true to the style, I saw other reviews refer to this as a "helles" Dopplebock which makes sense.
08-08-2011 03:54:52 | More by biggred1
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear, golden color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The retention of the slim collar was good and it left streaks of lacing as I made my way through it. The aroma was of sweet malt, sweet breads, grains and a little booze. As it warmed the boozy elements took over the nose. The flavors were rather one-dimensional and reflective of the aroma. I mostly tasted sweet malt and dry grains with a boozy finish that lingered on my palate. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation light. It reminded me of Baltika No. 9, a pumped-up Lager. Not a bad beer but not what I am in the mood for when I think of a “Bock."
12-31-2011 20:04:58 | More by thekevlarkid
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a pint glass. The beer comes out a hazy golden color with an eggshell head. The dies very quickly and lives little more than a film of foam in its place. Meh.
The aroma is sweet, bready and fruity. Light fruits like apple and pear mix with a sweet pale malt. No hops to speak of in the aroma.
The beer is medium bodied but a bit thin. The flavor is much maltier than expected from the aroma and this is by all means a good thing. It's sweet, bready, malty. Filled with hints of apple, burnt sugar, vanilla and a significant bit of boozy heat from the alcohol. There is just enough hops to help dry out the finish, with lingering flavors of burnt sugar and alcohol.
A tasty beer that I wouldn't mind having again. It's definitely one of the best that I've seen come out of Austria.
01-30-2012 23:39:17 | More by SuperSpy
3.69/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium golden amber with a thin, rapidly dissipating head, leaving a small ring around the glass. Aroma of bready, caramel malt with hints of oxidation. Flavor follows, sweet bready and caramel malt, light fruit juice, finishing with malt and a nice peppery bite. Light bodied with active carbonation. A pleasant doppelbock that his somewhat thinner in body and flavor than others, but has an interesting peppery finish that is unusual. Not that complex, but pleasant.
09-04-2013 03:13:29 | More by LiquidAmber
3.8/5 rDev +5.6%
Thanks to Jeremiah for the bottle.
Clear, light blonde body. Creamy white head.
Toasty, grainy, malty, rich, sweet aroma.
Robust toasted malt forms the backbone, notes of honey and alcohol on the sweet finish.
Full body, modest carbonation.
Pretty heavy and sweet so like most doppelbocks it isn't something you would want too much of.
Its too bad their are so few helles doppelbocks on the US market. They really are some pretty cool beers. They don't look like doppelbocks and they substitute a sweet bready maltiness for the caramel and chocolate of their more traditional bretheren, but they are a good option for those looking for rich malty beers.
08-08-2010 02:31:16 | More by BradLikesBrew
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
Pretty clear pale golden-peach color with a 1-2cm bubbly white head. Pretty low retention and light initial lacing.
Slightly better than the standard euro pale malt that is so common along with light caramel notes.
Flavor is good, better than anticipated after the fairly standard nose. Nice malt character and body with light caramel notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Pretty smooth and creamy with a faint alc. burn and medium carb.
Overall I think this is a good doppel bock and a solid representation of the style from Austria. Good flavor, body and a 8.3% abv along with a pretty high drinkability makes me think this beer can cause some trouble in Austria/Germany and gets alot of people smashed. I recommend giving this a try.
08-26-2011 00:55:23 | More by MrVonzipper
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
Second style from this newly discovered, by me, brewery.
A -- Hmm, a Helles Doppelbock. Pours a deep, hazy gold with a dense, persistent white head that settles to a fine cap.
S -- Alcohol up front, nearly distracting, DMS from Pils malt, bready sweetness from malts.
T -- Sweet, toasty malts at first, some mild caramel mixed together with a smooth breadiness in between, finishing with an alcohol kick that dries the palate. There is a light, pear or grape fruitiness to the aftertaste that isn't typical of light Doppelbocks, but it's also pretty appetizing.
M -- Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy and nearly syrupy, with a medium body.
O -- I started thinking this beer might be a bit too harsh with alcohol for style, but a few swallows down and the flavors meld nicely. There is a breadiness to this (and the Schlägl Märzen I tried) that isn't common in other Germanic lagers I enjoy. I imagine it's a proprietary yeast giving off the character.
02-02-2012 21:59:34 | More by steveh
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
Light golden brown with and off white foamy head.
This beer has a grainy malty aroma with fleeting hints of hops.
The taste is one of mostly grain with some sourness. Low carbonation Hints of molasseses.
Overall I enjoyed this a lot would drink it again in the future. Very refreshing
10-11-2012 03:49:38 | More by Theheroguy
Schlägl Doppel Bock from Stiftsbrauerei Schlägl
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