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Bayern Doppelbock - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

Bayern Doppelbock
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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 16.71%


Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 11-13-2004)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 12:28:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:47:23 | More by brentk56
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:51:38 | More by Jason
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 18:35:00 | More by ppoitras
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 04:01:57 | More by Bighuge
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 09:23:45 | More by JohnGalt1
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 23:48:21 | More by ZAP
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:28:06 | More by LiquidAmber
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 18:09:51 | More by Jwale73
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 23:26:44 | More by alexgash
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 00:49:07 | More by hopdog
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harrymel

Washington

1.93/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 04:06:11 | More by harrymel
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 07:22:53 | More by ElGordo
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woemad

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 23:41:29 | More by woemad
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colts9016

Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 03:57:11 | More by colts9016
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loren01

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brownish red color, small head disspates quickly leaving a tiny bit of lace on the glass
S: Dark fruit, molasses and slight banana smell
T: Good maltiness, caramel, fruity and slight banana taste. Real tasty dopplebock
M: Medium bodied a little bit light on the carbonation.
D: This is a very good Dopplebock. Very drinkable, maybe not more than 1 at a time but a nice wintery heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:14:31 | More by loren01
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 05:53:48 | More by djeucalyptus
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a hearty brown color with red at the rim and base of the glass. Soapy-oiled reflection in the weak foamy head and a thin trace of lace

S: very sweet raisins and malts, and wet paper

T: malt heavy, cinnamon, light raisins and figs paired with a good chunk of caramel sweets. Somewhat of a festive beer according to the label, seems different for a doppelbock style, not really digging it. Alcohol notes showing through in and about the halfway mark

M: lingering fruit astringency and clove. Body is the best feature about this one, smooth/creamy and mild feel

D: as far as the flavor is concerned it is a bit to sweet at times and redundant. I was hoping for more hops, not really any that I picked up on. I thought it said that it was brewed with a few hops...if so, they take the backseat in this one. It is a doppelbock after all...

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 06:07:23 | More by Magpie14
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chumba526

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 04:31:50 | More by chumba526
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rkuhnel

California

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From Ashand, Oregon this poured dark ruby with a tiny brown head and little lacing. Nose was mostly of sweet malts. Thin body and mouthfeel nothing like it looks. Flavor is sweet and there are fruits in the finish. Overall the flavor is not bad, not good. I am not very expert on the type so don’t know how to compare it on that basis, but I note below others thought a lot more of this than I did.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 04:52:02 | More by rkuhnel
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EricCioe

Montana

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a deep brown with an almond head that thins to a cap and then to nothing with no lace. On the nose there is a big base of bready malts, cocoa and molasses, really dark fruits further back, and some acetone. In the mouth the deep fruit comes out with molasses and toasted malt, some chocolate again. There is no booze here. If it had a bit more heft this would be really great, but it's merely good as it is. The body is medium full, vinous, a little syrupy.

Overall, this is a nice doppelbock that could be so much more with a little tweak here or there.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 05:30:13 | More by EricCioe
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color. Despite A relatively aggressive pour the head didn't develop much, it stood 1/4 inch at its tallest. Retention is disappointing. I can see carbonation rising in my glass. Smell is of sweet dark malts, raisins, dark fruit. Taste touches on the dark fruit in the middle of the tongue. I also get sort of a citrus and chocolate taste toward the back of the tongue. Body is of appropriate thickness with good carbonation. Sadly, sort of a letdown. I've had other doppelbocks that have been significantly better at a similar price point.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 21:23:14 | More by gkunkle
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olmatty

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a low creamy tan head with light lacing and moderate retention. Beer is a deep brown with a hint of amber.

Smell- Dark malts with slightly sour nose.

Taste- Lightly sweet and earthy malts and hops enter seemlessly a biscuity molasses finish.

Mouthfeel- Chunky and rich with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- At 8% ABV a tankard or two and you'll be happy, but looking for your bunk. A very nice brew in the German Oktoberfest tradition.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 04:47:07 | More by olmatty
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kgotcher

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours very dark brown with thin off white head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is sweet and toasted malt with a hint of alchohol. Full mouthfeel with no noticable alchohol warming as the aroma hinted at, a bit wet with no noticable carbonation. Taste is sweet maltyness with some toasted grain flavor and just a hint of chocolate, if anything it could be a bit too sweet. Pretty nice overall, very drinkable with great matly flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 03:40:16 | More by kgotcher
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Elimination

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:04:39 | More by Elimination
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Bayern Doppelbock from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.