Bayern Doppelbock - Bayern Brewing, Inc.
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4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
Very dark garnet-brown with a small, tight, light tan head.
Nose is rich, rummy malts, leathery plums, sugary-tangy grapes--almost vinous--with light alcohol notes. Delicious. Taste starts out very nice. Rummy, with ripe fruit skins (grape, apple, plum). Perfectly sweet. Rich, caramelly, malty base is exposed in the middle. Lightly roasted notes, and a spicy, vegetal hop bitterness take it gracefully into the finish. Finish is long, bittersweet, and warming. Good balance. Big-bodied. Good carbonation. Creamy feel on the palate with a syrupy finish. One of the better doppelbocks I've had.
11-13-2004 23:26:44 | More by alexgash
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
This is a good example of a Bavarian Doppelbock. I live just 5 minutes away from the brewery, so I get it just about as fresh as anyone. Jürgen Knöller is a Bavarian Brew Master and so is one of his assistants--Thortsen Geuer. I've also been stationed in Germany, so I've been exposed to authentic examples strait from the source.
This beer pours nicely and has a modest head. A fresh pour is smooth and slightly creamy. There is some slight lacing. Good carbonation for an 8.4% ABV Doppelbock. Dark and malty. You get a nose of sweet malt. I get a slight taste of all the barleys used. You are certainly not aware of the alcohol level.
I really like many of their beers. This one isn't exactly like all the other Doppelbocks out there and isn't exactly what I've been use to. My favorite for a long time has been a Paulaner Salvator. This is no Salvator. The front is a bit more complex than most Doppelbocks, so it takes some thought to discern the qualities you're looking for and what is has to offer--this I've learned from drinking this quite regularly. At first, it may be a bit different from what you are looking for or what you are use to--I know it was for me--but it really does offer quite a bit if you really read it deeply.
But, that's what I get from it. This will change for me a month from now from regular drinking of it. I'll recommend it to anyone...but I'll also recommend to try every other one out there too.
01-14-2010 08:05:10 | More by wakeele
4.4/5 rDev +14%
A: Dark, dark amber. Not quite black, still slightly translucent. Doesn't leave any sticky irregular foam. The foam is silky and thin and drifts down the glass.
S: Nice and light. Just a hint of sweet roast, very mild and clean.
T: Starts off with a bit of tanginess which fades quickly to sweet red fruit flavor which is balanced out with a mild roast. Very nicely balanced; nothing stands out as too bold or overbearing.
M: Nice mouthfeel except for a lingering roast aftertaste. Possibly a bit thick for my taste, but easily can overlook that for the amount of alcohol it's that's in there.
O: Excellent winter warmer. Very nicely balanced. Great soft flavor, but still a deep rich mouth filling beer. You would never know this beer delivered 8% alcohol.
02-08-2013 04:43:55 | More by constantine_272
4.36/5 rDev +13%
I waited twelve long months for this beauty to come my way again.
A: A deep and dark, yet clear mahogany with a thin milky head. Lacing is minimal.
S: Not too much here. Roasted malt comes through the most.
T: A dark fruitiness fades into a super malty roasted flavor. God, is it good. Very bold, but not too much so.
M: Pretty thick, but with a wine-esque acidity. A very sticky aftertaste isn't my favorite thing.
O: Man o man, is this stuff excellent. I'm a huge fan of bocks, so this is right up my alley. No shortage of great beers in Montana, but this one is special.
12-10-2013 05:37:25 | More by ncjoshman
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
A personal winter favorite. Because its run had ended at Bayern, it was poured from a bottle into a pint glass about 15 minutes after I landed in Missoula.
It rose with a tight, slightly tan head and was aromatic from the start. Garnett colored with a rich smell similar to how it tastes. If there's such a thing as "roasted fruit" then that describes its taste; a semi-sweetness over top of a rich malt and caramel flavor. Full-bodied with a taste that really holds up through-out.
It has a high alcohol content, but for a morning of icefishing, nothing tastes better. A true treat that I look forward to all year long.
06-06-2006 19:24:21 | More by Abita45
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours a raisin brown with ruby and garnet hues up to the light. A fairly thin one-finger cream colored head of syrupy bubbles fades pretty quickly leaving behind a thin ring of bubbles without much noticeable lacing.
aroma is subtle, with light malts, vanilla and confectioners sugar. hints of raisin and spice... cinnamon and cloves?
The first sip is overly malty sweet, sugary, and maple. Once my palette adjusts, this brew opens up into a fairly complex expanse. Sweet rich malt with a fruity apricot, date, and raisin. woody oaky and rum notes mixed with a hint of smokiness... finishes with a smooth sweetness and a definite spice - pepper, clove and cinnamon. Interesting.
mouthfeel is full and slightly syrupy with a bit of vibrant carbonation that prickles the tongue and brings out the spices in the brew.
Every winter, I look forward to this one. It's definitely sweet, and if not in the right mood, could be slightly cloying. But it's richness and complexity is beautiful. All of the flavors blend nicely, yet remain distinct enough to be interesting and full. Not a bad iteration of a dopplebock. Very quaffable for an 8% brew... definitely worth a shot.
12-21-2008 05:53:48 | More by djeucalyptus
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
Clear mahogany body. Thick crop of rocky beige head on top. Retention is very good as is the lacing. Aroma is good and solid. Sweet and malty. Seems pretty rich by the smell. Some raisin accents. And a little rum on the nose as well. The taste is very even keeled and tasty. This isn't as thick, rich and complex as the best of them, but it is actually pretty good. Rich malts accented with molasses and chocolate. Nice lingering dark berry flavor. Solid flavor. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could, but it's not quite a 4.5 in my book. Very drinkable. Body is medium-full and carbonation is picture perfect.
Thanks for the minikeg mighty zap.
04-28-2011 04:01:57 | More by Bighuge
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
LOOK: Dark brown with edges of garnet, thin but sturdy lacing
SMELL: Herbal, hint of alcohol, molasses bread batter, spicy, clean, grassy
TASTE: Silky smooth, creamy, big body, full malt jacket, toasted grain, bready, grassy, malt sweetness, nutty, mild husk, faint broth, malty finish
Full on malt bomb here, a lovely one at that. Seriously this is a really good brew and puts most US brewed Doppelbocks to shame.
03-29-2012 01:51:38 | More by Jason
4.13/5 rDev +7%
Been sitting on this min-keg (5L) for about two months...got it for 12.99 and was curious as I had not heard of Bayern. Let me just say that was a great purchase. I am reviewing based on the beer and not the value but you can't top that.
A-Dark brown bordering on black...some ruby highlights...perfect cream tan head..
S-Very nice maltiness...dark fruits (plums, black cherries), and a dark chocolate dimension as well.
T-Very similar to aroma...the dark fruits are my first impression and again it is plums and black cherries and now And now I notice red grapes as well....malty....along the lines of molasses but not that overbearingly sweet.
M-First impression was this is on the lighter side for a doppel but the more I drink the more it feels about right. Certainly not a big huge doppel but it is not light in the shorts..
O-I'm impressed. I've had many domestically made doppels worse than this one and only a few better. Well done and recommended..particulary for 12.99 for5 L which is like 2 and 1/2 growlers. I should shut up....they'll probably raise prices now.
05-01-2011 23:48:21 | More by ZAP
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Look is a dark dark red only found this out by holding to light. Very little head at all
Smell is raisin banana pear very fuity sweet and definitely malty
The raisin stands out exotic fruit brown sugar molasses very tasty
Mouthfeel is rather light very little carbonation but good flow
This is a damn good bargain dopplebock glad I picked this ne up
11-20-2010 01:04:39 | More by Elimination
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Appears almost black. There is a small tan head.
It Smells strongly of caramel, sweet malts, banana, slightly grassy, and slightly of dried dark fruit (raisons and prunes).
It tastes of brown sugar, there is a slightly toffee flavor, a nice dark dry fruit flavor, a bit of a yeasty banana like flavor and a yeasty fruitiness. There is a nice bready flavor to the beer as well. The beer is really sweet but there are other flavors to complement the sweetness so it is not one dimensional. With that said this is a malt bomb. Malt balls would love this.
The carbonation is moderate high. It seems around average for the style.
The alcohol, heaviness and sweetness of this beer limit the drinkability. However I can easily make it through one glass of this.
Overall quite a nice doppelbock I found the sweetness to be quite high though it was easy to tolerate. This is not my favorite style of beer but this is a well done traditional take on the style. For what it is it is a great beer. To those who like sweet malty beers you should go out of your way to find this beer.
11-13-2010 04:31:50 | More by chumba526
4/5 rDev +3.6%
12oz as part of a mixed 6-pack from the Albertsons in Lewiston MT. Enjoyed from a big red wine glass.
Short lasting tan head.. the brew is crystal clear deep walnut... very pretty... no lacing to speak of.
Good malt profile.. dark bread, toasty and very clean.. not as "deep" as I would hope for or remember from previous bottles, but I still dig it.
Malty with a bit of prune... plenty of toast and a hint of cocoa.. nice but not very rich... still very clean.
The body is medium with a smooth lite carbonation.
I honestly remember liking this one a lot more... but what do I know? Has Bayern switched up recipes or brewers lately?
Pretty good, but not on the same par as the Continental brothers.
12-13-2010 09:23:45 | More by JohnGalt1
Bayern Doppelbock from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.