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Bayern Doppelbock - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexgash on 11-13-2004

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 36
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with auburn highlights; despite a hard pour, I could only raise about half an inch of head, though bubbles and legs clung to the side of the glass

Smell: Dried dark fruit (raisins and figs) as well as caramel and sassafras root

Taste: Opens with dark fruits (raisins and figs) and burnt brown sugar, with the burnt sugar elements building in intensity through mid-palate; underneath the sweeter flavors there is a depth of flavor that adds some balance, though the malts dominate into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: With better carbonation, this would be a first class doppelbock; still, it is a pretty good example of the style

Thanks, sholle, for the opportunity

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roasted chestnut brown with generous coppery orange highlights. A lack of opacity isn't a problem for a doppelbock. An increasingly vigorous pour generated just one finger of ecru colored foam. It looks decent enough, but is leaving the glass almost untouched.

The aroma needs to be more malty... and more powerful in general. Despite the rapidly disappearing cap, no more than a whiff of darkly earthy malt and smidgen of chocolate makes it out of the glass. Warming helps a little.

Bayern Doppelbock could use more malty guts where flavor and mouthfeel are concerned. Beer of this style should be at least a little bit rich and full-bodied. The flavor is acceptable enough, but I want more of it and I want it to last longer than a quick 'how do ya do?'.

Specifics include pumpernickel bread, cocoa powder, a date-like medium-dark fruitiness and a hint of spice. The relative lack of malt sugars allows the Saaz and Hallertauer Perle hops to make contributions, both in terms of an underlying grassiness and a balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel was way too light initially and is beginning to firm up a tad as I get deeper into the bottle. It's still on the thin side for the style, though the laid-back bubbles are within the wide range of acceptable.

With a few changes, Bayern Dopppelbock could be pretty good beer. It has the flavor profile down pat. Now it needs the boldness and depth of flavor that only more malt can provide. While it isn't as classic a version as Pilsner, this big lager definitely has potential.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from weefisheads via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the translucent dark reddish brown brew. Head quickly fades down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with very nice lacing. Aroma is heavily sweet and vinous, enough to almost remind me of Samichlaus and Sam Triple Bock, but let's hope it's not that intense. Taste is dark malt sweetness, coupled with an anise character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good, but this one just goes a bit past dbock for me.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

All 4's.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a half finger light tan head that dissipated quickly to a thick film and ring around the glass. Light aroma of caramel malt, dark dried fruit. Flavor is caramel and bready malt, dried fruit, nuts and a hint of rye bread. Finishes malty with light hop bitterness. A very nice flavor profile. Medium bodied. Great malt flavor with other interesting flavors. I liked this quite a bit.

Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to howl1309 for sharing. Poured brown with red highlights. Some light penetration when backlit; no head or lacing. Nose is dark fruit (raisins and prunes) and molasses. Taste follows nose, but flavors are somewhat subdued for the style. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with an even amount of background carbonation; no burn, just a presence. Easy drinking with a subdued flavor profile, which makes it easy drinking and less cloying.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with some ruby highlights that barley shine through. Upon pouring there is a tiny fizzy white head which fades very fast to leave a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a roasted malt and grainy smell. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of some darker fruit of plum and cherry as well as a bit of a caramel and brown sugar sweetness. A little bit of an alcohol booziness is there as well producing a rather warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick and hearty doughy taste with lots of roast and a great deal of sweetness. The sweetness is initially of a caramel and molasses flavor with some other sweet flavors of a dark fruit nature of plum and fig coming to the tongue as the taste moves on further toward the end. A little bit of a graininess develops later in the flavor profile and is joined by just a hint of a warming rum taste. In the end, with the sweetness seeming to step it up even more with more brown sugar and some cherry coming to the tongue, one is left with a nice sweet and roasty warming flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side overall. For the style, rum flavor, maltiness and even the sweetness the feel is very nice, bathing the tongue in all the rich flavor.

Overall – A sweeter doppelbock with lots of nice flavor. At only $5.99 (on sale) for a 6 pack this is an amazingly good buy. Very tasty and certainly a nice winter style warmer.

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hopdog
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with kyzr (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy brown color with a thin sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, some toasted nuttiness, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, some nuts, caramel, and dark fruits. Alcohol content well hidden.

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of harrymel
1.96/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes verbatim on 11/27/10

A: Little/no foam on this one. Deep brown easily transferred by light making a cherry red hue. Excellent clarity.

S: Sweet rye bread with a hint of nutmeg/allspice. Okay.

T: ABV is poorly addressed here. Boozy and warm with toasty flavor.

M: Very light and flat for a Doppelbock IMO.

D: Good for a pint, not much more.

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of woemad
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Daanen's in Hayden, ID for $2.50 (screwy ass prices there). "Best before March, 2005." Oops.

Poured a very dark garnet color, with a brief, off-white head. Wispy foam collar and slight lacing.

Smell was quite nice. There were dark fruits like plums and raisins in the scent, along with notes of oaky red wine and brown sugar.

Taste measured up to the smell. It starts with sweetly malty taste with notes of caramel and brown sugar, then the fruity bitter taste comes in to balance the sweetness. Not the best tasting doppelbock I've had, but it's pretty good.

Not quite as thick as most doppels I've had, but not wimpy either. It could use a little more body, but it's not a life threatening emergency by any means.

This is a nice tasty domestic doppelbock. It's not fantastic, but its nice. The main complaint is the price. It makes me wonder if there is some odd Idaho bottled beer tax at work that ups the price. If it were available in Spokane and for the usual regional micro prices, I'd buy this regularly.

Photo of ElGordo
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Creamy tan head is about 1/2 inch thick and dissipates rather quickly. Very sweet aroma of caramelized malt, dark fruit (prunes), and molasses. Palate is again full of dark sweet malt, with dark fruit (fig, prune), and molasses. Body is a little bit thinner than I would like in a strong doppelbock, but still conveys the flavors quite well. Significant alcohol presence is evident on the finish. By the time you get to the bottom of the glass, it is apparent that this is not a session beer (beware the sneaker effects of an 8% beer). Nevertheless, nice and tasty and a good domestic take on a doppelbock.

Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Malt and fruit nose
Ruby brown with a 1" tan tinted off-white foam cap.
Big malty rich flavors but there is something non-German about the palate.
Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal at 46 degrees.

Appearance: The beer is a dark copper brown with a one finger head. The head is creamy and off white the head has held for a little bit. There is a lot of effervescence present in the beer. The clarity of the beer is very clear. I am surprised to see that there is lacing on the glass, but it is there.

Nose: A caramel and a sweetness notes with a slight roasting of the malt. There is a slight note of toasted bread.

Taste: A nice complex malt with a toasty and caramel flavors. There is a subtle sweetness in the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is creamy with some carbonation. The body of the is medium. The finish is nil. I was really surprised by this beer. It is really good. The beer has a really nice flavor and feel. I was thinking that it was going to have a thin watery body, but I was wrong.

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Bayern Doppelbock from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.