Innstadt Doppelbock Extra - Innstadt Brauerei

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Innstadt Doppelbock ExtraInnstadt Doppelbock Extra

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85
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 06-11-2008)
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Photo of AltBock
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle with a simple black and gold label. No, this beer is not from Pittsburgh. Inside the gold part is the name of the beer in large ass silver letters. Above the name of the beer is the name of the brewery in a red banner on top of a blue oval. Inside the blue oval is a tiny drawing of the brewery. The back label contains all the mandatory US info and some weird notch date system on the side. Out of numbers 1-5 and letters A-D, mine was notched 1D.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this straight up German Doppelbock was a clear cherry amber with some faint orange highlights along the side. The initial head of foam was a good 1/2 an inch in height and dirty white in color. It wasn't white, beige, or tan in color. This head of foam had fast retention, but it did manage to leave behind a tiny string of rings and small blots of lace now and then. The color was nice to look at, but the head of foam wasn't much to talk about.

The aroma was on the sweet side of things. Not candy sugar sweet. It was more roasted and sweet. Up front in the aroma was the roasted malts. It was after the malts when the aroma got sweet on me. This part of the aroma was sweet with caramel, molasses, figs, and black cherries. After all the sweetness, the aroma then finished up with some yeast and wheat bread. The aroma was a little unique.

The taste wasn't as sweet as the aroma suggested this beer might be. It was more dry and roasted than sweet. The taste was dry and roasted with roasted malts, a drop of molasses, a pinch of caramel, a subtle black and here and there, and then it finishes up with a bitter wheat bread taste. I know I mentioned a few sweet flavors in there, but the sweetness just wasn't there. The sweetness was quickly covered up by the beer's roasted overtone.

This was a medium bodied German Doppelbock that a pretty good level of carbonation and a dry and slightly roasted aftertaste. There wasn't much going on in the aftertaste. My taste buds found some dry roasted malt, black cherry, wheat bread, and yeast. This aftertaste didn't bother to stick around. That would be too much to ask.

Overall it's pretty much a standard run of the mill German Doppelbock. It won't knock your socks off, but it won't offend your tastebuds either. Would I buy another bottle? Probably not.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A half finger of tan head on a dark copper colored body.
The aroma is fresh bread, caramel, burnt wood and licorice.
The taste is mild bitterness with a ton of malt sweetness middle to end. Rye bread and licorice too. Good but fairly sweet.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation. The finish is a little sticky.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from liquid solutions

Swing Top makes some noise upon opening, a bit of gushing, might've lost a half oz.
Pours caramel/brown with 3+ fingers of tan head head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, with brown sugar & pears

T: Brown bread, apples & dryness up front. More brown bread, plus caramel as this warms, along with a little spicy hop profile. Finishes with cinnamon, figs & leafy hops & just a kiss of booze. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nice chewyness

Drinks really easy, just not a great dopple could do 2 or 3 prior to boredom setting in

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

Tried the beer in a flip top bottle. Dark ruby color apparent when held to light. Nice creme brûlée head. Lots of caramel notes in aroma. The body is a little thin. Lots of caramel and sweetness up front but a sour aftertaste with a slight burn. It bills itself as a malt liquor and I usually like those but this is just okay. I finished the bottle but had no urge for another.

Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the capped bottle into a pilsner style tall glass.

A real creamy light tan colored head is the first thing I notice, and a super dark mahogonay body. When the glass starts to fill it gets just blood deep red nearly with lots of dark brown hues. Light rising carbonation. Whipped up like chocolate ice cream looking topping and some rings of lace. A very nice looking doppelbock.

Classic aromas of toffee and sticky yeast abound. Not as grand as some others but very solid, with a little bit of nutty character to match with it also.

Mouthfeel is interesting, a good licorice like coating through the palate and teeth, but not much sticky malt presence and a light touch in feel. There's some sharp carbonation on first sip but then get's quite moderate. It's a bit distracting to enjoy the palate. Some sticky malts and light toffee, a good amount of stinky yeast on this also.

Overall enjoyable and some great qualities, but I probably would prefer some of the classics, but this is no slouch and can do nicely.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flip-top 500 ml bottle picked up today at Tres Bonne Cuisine... Paid somewhere in the neighborhood of about $4.50 or so.. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger khaki head.... the brew is surprisingly dark with a brilliant crystal clear ruby when held to a light.. lace is spotty yet somehow just clings to the glass.

This smells so amazingly fresh.. Tons of beefy toasty notes and some lighter caramel malts dominate... Very fresh smelling.

Flavor has very rich malt profile.. wow... very toasty with lite chocolate.... pretty dark melanoidin flavors.. seriously complex and just tastes "German".. very German.. A long boil was used on this sucker.. The body is a firm medium with a great creamy carbonation...

I really need to do some research about Tres Bonne Cuisine... they are getting in a bunch of German lagers that are available no place else in town... and they are very fresh tasting... I just wish they kept them in the coolers as opposed to on room temperature shelves..

I never go to TBS unless Brenda drags me to Costco.. but I need to make them a part of my regular rotation.

Edit: My review may seem fairly high.. but this is a seriously proper dopplebock.... and again... It tastes way more fresh than the Spaten or Optimator that I find at the other stores.

Photo of matjack85
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this 500ml brown, swing-top bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $3.99. There is some kind of notching system on the back label that may be a freshness code, but I have no idea what an A and a 2 may stand for. There is not a letter for each month - only an A,B,C, and a D, so as far as I am concerned there is no freshness date.

The beer poured a chestnut brown color with some reddish tinting when held to the light. It made a nice 2½ finger light brown head that lasted about 2 minutes, but left very little lacing.

The smell is all malt, and I mean MALT in capital letters.

Mostly malty caramel and toffee flavors but also some raisin-like fruit and a good dose of spice. There is a bit of alcohol flavor to this as well. The only thing missing here is some hop presence. Dopplebocks don't have a lot of hops, but this one has virtually none that you can taste.

This one is smooth and medium bodied, but with only low to moderate carbonation.

If you like malty beers with a raisiny background, then you can knock a few of these down in one sitting. If you like a more balanced beer, then one may be enough.

Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Rust red, muddy and opaque. The head recedes to a thin collar pretty quickly.

Smells very good, raisins and brown sugar, cocoa, bit of molasses. Little vinous, too. Smells pretty rich and sweet.

Definitely sweet for the style, pleasantly so. Most of Innstadt's beers are on the sweet side, so this comes as little surprise. Raisins and brown sugar are the first thighs that come to mind. Sweet red grapes, molasses and carob round things out. Pretty full-bodied, not the most quaffable doppelbock around, but displays some great flavors. Ends on a clean malty note, leaves some lingering caramel and brown sugar flavors sitting on the tongue.

Photo of LoadedSchells
2.15/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark caramel amber with minimal head and not much retention.
S- Typical German bock. Lots of malt, sweet bread, and a bit of toasted nut.
T- Kind of dissapointing. It's kind of bland for a doppelbock, you get a dose of sweet malt, a mineral quality similar to beers where the wart is boiled with hot granite stones, and thats about it. A little more sweetness and some chocolate and toasted nut flavors would be nice given its a doppelbock. Alcohol is pretty invisible.
M- Thin for even a standard bock. I like my bocks to be just on the light side of chewy and creamy, this does neither. Slammable, which is the best thing it has going for it.
O- A very disappointing doppel, give me an Ayinger Celebrator any day over this.

Photo of 1000Bottles
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich brown color - hint of red, with a huge but fast dissipating off-white head. Aroma is caramel with a touch of dark cherries. Flavor is a nice dopplebock - lighter in flavor than Celebrator, but very nice nonetheless. Some good black cherry and caramel notes.

Photo of Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and served from a 500 ml bottle into a tall slender mug with an Innstadt logo. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: dark mahogany or walnut brown with reddish tone, 1" light tan creamy head, sheets of lacing slide down the side on sipping. The head recedes slowly to a thin ring around the liquid and a thin layer of foam that covers the surface. The layer of foam lasts to the very end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is that of dark caramel or brown sugar with some floral and earthy notes from the hops, but is not particularly complex

Taste: The flavor is relatively simple for a doppelbock and contains carmelized malt flavors with brown sugar dominating and with hints of chocolate or cocoa. There are also some mild grassy hops present.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and is slightly creamy from the long lasting carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins in the gentle sweetness of the malt, transforms to a dry hop bitterness and simply fades away.

Drinkability: While not the equal of Ayinger Celebrator or Victory's St. Victorious, this is a tasty, well-made doppelbock that is smooth and goes down easily. I could be quite happy drinking another but a half liter of beer with this ABV is more than enough for me right now.

Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a swing-top bottle.

I got a finger of deep-tan head with moderate retention. It has become more and more humid as the night has progressed. Color was a deep brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was richly malty, like caramel or toffee, underlain by a pleasant nuttiness, like walnut or chestnut, perhaps. I am not big on nuts, so I do not have a wide range from which to choose. Mouthfeel was approaching creamy, certainly very smooth with a caramel nut flavor on the tongue. This was dangerously smooth and easy-drinking, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Finish was sweet with that caramel-nut flavor continuing, but I also caught some alcohol heat at the extreme finish. This should come with a yellow "Caution" tag at least and maybe a red "Danger" tag for the uninitiated. Zounds!

Photo of Mauerhan
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

picked up a bottle of this from hollingshead's in orange ca. poured into a pint glass. poured a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. has a creamy off white head that fizzles away rather quick. slight lacing but nothing amazing.

smells slightly of soy sauce. thats really all i get is soy sauce. so if thats what they were going for good job, otherwise...soy sauce....really?

taste is acceptable. very smooth. no hint of the alcohol at all. i get a few hints of malts, i get some sweetness that i cant really put my finger on. good flavors though. pretty good aftertaste with a lingering sweetness. possible dark fruits.

mouth feel is probably the best thing about the beer. slight tingle when it hits my tongue which immediately goes into a smooth flow. and i stress again the aftertaste.

i wouldn't order this at a bar but if it was bought for me i wouldn't send it back. its ok for a doppelbock, but i believe there are many other examples that far exceed this.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a slightly muddy dark brown color with some reddish notes and a finger or tan head that settles down to a thin layer.

S: A surprising amount of chocolate on the nose. Sweet milk chocolate and caramel along with plenty of dark fruit and a touch of cola. A mild roast and a nice creamy vanilla smell. Nice and sweet, really quite good.

T: The flavor doesn't quite match up with the quality of the nose. Sweet and malty, but there's a little bit of an astringency. Lots of raisins and some other fruit flavor I can't quite pinpoint. Mild toast and roast qualities, and a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium to full in body with a creamy carbonation.

O: Good nose and great mouthfeel, but slightly lacking in flavor.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the top on this pint-sized bottle and was rewarded with a loud "pop" and a serious gush of foam up the neck of the bottle. It did not go over the top before I was able to get pouring. A deep chestnut color with a rockin' tan head. Thick, foamy, and rocky all at once.

Aroma is of bready and hearty malts, spicy figs, other mysterious dark fruits. Just a lovely, warm inviting aroma. Taste is big and bready, the sweet spice of hot cross buns on Easter morning. Some roasty malts and hop spice that really plays together nicely. This is a tasty brew for sure.

Big chewy feel with minimal carbonation. Thick, and truly a meal in a glass. Glad to have tried this beer and I will get more when the opportunity arises.

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Luiz0930
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of froghop
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark copper with a large tan head, with good lacing.

smell of malt, caramel, and a touch of cocoa.

taste is of caramel, toasted malt, nuts, some spice, some yeast, and a touch of chocolate, there is a little sweetness to it also from brown sugar.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid doppelbock, but perhaps a bit light on everything for the style. While not a bad tasting beer, it misses a bit on each rating category.

A light brown, ruby pour just shy of brownish. Tan head, some sticky lacing.

The caramel aroma is a bit stale, perhaps some oxidation going on. Semi sweet, but not sticky. Faint apple and raisin. If there were more of everything this would be a great beer. As it is, it's a solid one. Nothing wrong with that.

Nice feel to it, could use some more sweetness and stick. Nice with some smoked cheese.
The price point is great, at $3/bottle.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat coppery color with a decent head. Soft, malty aroma. Somewhat caramel like. Decent malt flavor. Again with the caramel. Slight solvent taste to it which I assume is the alcohol. Medium hop bitterness. Good enough mouthfeel but lacks the extra "umph" needed to really make it stand out. Finish is on the dry side. Fairly decent doppelbock.

Photo of Theheroguy
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany and full bodied, my first venture into dopplebocks and this one was great. This beer has a cream colored head which thin but persistent. The smell is one of caramel and malt and molasses. In terms of taste the molasses and malt dominate the caramel, almost too much so. Carbonation is mild but noticeable. Overall this was a great beer I would buy it again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, biscuit, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice toast and roast characteristics to it.

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After my appetizer of the brewery's lager, it was time for the main course: its doppelbock. Served on-tap at Hollingshead's in a half-liter mug, on to the beer:

Light brown knitted with burnt orange, sitting below a bone-white puffy head that slowly drops to little more than a trace. This doppelbock, while not wildly complex, has its moments and is quite enjoyable. It starts with a hint of smoked almond flavor, it then turns sweet. Kind of like raisins/grapes rolled around in pastry dough. It boosts a good balance, though the feel isn't as chewy as one might hope for in a doppelbock. Worth trying out.

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Innstadt Doppelbock Extra from Innstadt Brauerei
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.