Bonator - Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
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4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours dark orange brown with a good cream head that dissipates. No lacing.
Pint was a bit too cold, so initial sniff reminded me of fruit and caramel, almost like Twizzlers. As it warmed, the malt came out. Caramel, dates, roasted plums, vanilla. Real nice.
Rich and sweet, but complex. Cherries, stone fruit, plums, dried fig or dates, caramel, vanilla, wood leading to some brown bread and light bitterness intermingling. What a treat.
Full bodied, but could use a bit more. Loved this. Sipped it and didn't notice the alcohol at all. Not a hot brew. Very drinkable, and smooth.
01-08-2011 15:53:22 | More by OtherShoe2
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
Modestly murky caramel-orange with cherry skin highlights when backlit with morning sun. A thick slice of buttered wheat toasted colored cream looks decent enough and doesn't melt too quickly. Solid all around.
The nose, like the color, is more consistent with an amber/golden doppelbock than a dark doppelbock. Too bad my preference is for the lightly roasted and cocoa-like versions of the style. There's really nothing wrong with it, but it isn't a special aroma by any means.
Bonator, while a damn sight better than Monk's Christmas (this beer's little brother bock), is not one of my favorite versions of all-time. It doesn't have the rich and malty character of the world's best, nor does it have the flavor power and depth. Still, not a bad brew for what it is.
Specifics include toasted brown bread, caramel, figs and a light sprinkling of bitter tea leaves. Still no cocoa or coffee. The next highest taste score was almost reached, but warming hasn't opened up any hidden caches of wonderfulness.
The mouthfeel is on the thin side and is slightly underbubbled to boot. Not bad in either case, however. It seems like quite a few swing-top bottles struggle to maintain a tight seal. They might look cool, but caps rule.
Bonator Traditional Doppel Bock is not my kind of brew... though it might be yours if you love big Germans lagers. At least I will now think of this brewery as respectable, which wasn't the case after the review of Monk's Christmas.
01-01-2011 14:55:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
Picked up from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
Pours semi-opaque, amber in color, about a 38mm head that is white-brown in color. Not much visible carbonation (but it's not easy to see into the beer). Head recedes gradually to leave a film of whiteness across the beer for essentially the entire session. Lacing is noticeable and quite nice.
The scent is a bit weak, at least to my nose. While I pick up some breadiness, caramel, and a bit of banana-y ester, they're largely pale and very ephemeral. I'd like a little more presence in this area.
This is, taste-wise, one of the better doppelbocks I've had. The bready maltiness is very present, but not over-the-top or lingering past its welcome. It is further complemented by flavors of caramel, floral hops, and a bit of rum on the back of my tongue. Not as complex or going for the same things as Celebrator, but good in a different direction.
Mouthfeel is as expected: heavier beer with moderate carbonation for a pleasing effect. Finish is semi-dry with a bit of astringency,
At 8.2%, this is a sipping beer for me. Just right for the cold fall and winter nights. Would pick another one up again without hesitation.
12-12-2010 17:47:52 | More by falloutsnow
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
A-Thick turbid maroon and dark oak capped with a beige head that sticks around forever!
S-nutty maltiness, caramel and figs OH MY
T-velvet, smores (chocolate and marshmellows on graham crackers), caramelized walnuts and a tad of rich tobacco leaf.
M-Charmingly smooth, but cloying! GRR! I guess its necessary to compose such a smooth 8.2%er, but at the same time, this beer gets sticky.
D-very drinkable, but like I said, sticky.
11-29-2010 07:59:44 | More by slayer3604
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L in RWC.
A: I'm not going to criticize the clarity here, because like a dumkopf, I poured in the whole bottle, yeast and all. It's an opaque maroon body capped with a finger of long-lasting light beige foam. When it settles, it leaves some broken film on top of the beer, as well as a medium collar at the edge. No lace.
S: Raisins, caramel, toast, a hint of herbal hops.
T: Raisins, caramel, a whole-wheat / rye grain taste (could be some kind of spice, but it has a graininess to it), a touch of dark berries. Slight nuttiness carries into the aftertaste along with toffee and caramel. Herbal hops throughout, but they accentuate the malts instead of being the focus of the flavor.
M: I expected this to be drier and to showcase what the yeast can do. Maybe a poor expectation. It's semi-dry, with soft, fine carbonation at the end that cleans up the flavor. Full in flavor; each sip produces an assortment of sensations on the tongue.
D: It has been about a year since I had the Andechser, which is my gold standard for the style. I'm inclined to compare the two because they are both klosterbrauerei-based doppelbocks. This one is less dry, with less complexity, but it is still a good example of what centuries of fine brewing tradition can do. A+ would buy again.
09-22-2010 20:07:57 | More by Arbitrator
4.05/5 rDev +2%
Swing top bottle with a little pop when opened. Pretty decent traditional doppelbock, if perhaps a tad sweet. Poured with a nice foamy frothy thick light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber brown red. Aroma is roasty burnt sugar malt dark bread. Flavor is like aroma and dominated by a slightly bitter and mainly sweet character. Finish is like flavor with a bit of tang at the start. Body is thick and full with good carbonation.
05-19-2010 19:11:06 | More by drpimento
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Pours out a dark reddish amber with three fingers of off white creamy suds and lacing all over.
Smell hits you from way back. Yeast and spice.
As you get closer the caramel and malt blend in with the yeast and spice to make a great smelling beer.
Taste is a little hot but still enjoyable. Malt sugar and alcohol with a bitter aftertaste.
Taste is kind of boring and one sided. Not a lot of things stand out except the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is sticky and sugar retention is solid through the entire tasting.
Drinkability is only as much as you can stand here. Too much heat but this would be nice on a mid-winter's night.
04-20-2010 21:04:06 | More by peabody
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Poured from 16.9oz brown flip-top bottle into a clear Donegal glass mug.
A: Garnet-chestnut with soft, foamy 1-finger cherry-vanilla head with decent retention but limited lacing.
S: Crusty bready caramel maltiness with slight sting of alcohol and herbal hoppiness.
T: Major maltiness with bready, toasted caramel flavor with candied fig and apricot jam and dull berry fruitiness of the alcohol. Hops are bit players and herbal and earthy for the most part.
M: Nice medium-body with slick mouth-filling feel and sticky sweet caramel aftertaste.
D: A very good doppelbock although not substantially different than some of the domestic doppelbocks (Bell's, Victory) and certainly doesn't compete with Ayinger or Aventinus. Very nice beer but big price tag hurts a little here too.
04-20-2010 03:33:07 | More by argock
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
This is an excellent doppelbock, characterful, balanced, and very drinkable.
Deep red brown, it has a big tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps with a little weak lace.
The aroma is rich, toasty, slightly caramelised barley, fermented whole-wheat bread and bread crust, dark raisins, raspberry jam.
Taste is excellent, raisiny with a lot of whole wheat bread and toasted barley, fermented raisins, a light woodiness and light spicey bitterness to balance the light sweetness to a dryish finish. The light spicey bitterness just dominates the lingering aftertaste.
04-19-2010 19:26:10 | More by Offa
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
Great label. Originally thinking Weizenbock (the label can be confusing), but it appears to be designated correctly. German monastery beer. Named after St. Bonifatius.
Poured in Pilsner glass. Sweet malty fruity aroma, like plums, swirling with some alcohol. Nice.
Creamy tan head that leaves lacing on it's descent. Quite clear with a deep amber of reds and browns (garnet). Nice looking.
Amazingly quick through the flavor. Nice combination of rich, malt flavor yet somehow holding a lager clean spirit. Less fruit than noted in aroma (too bad, that was nice). Warm and taste of alcohol, but not heavy handed. Body builds as warms and the soft almost invisible carbonation allows the viscous elixir to appear. Flavors enhanced and expand as warms too. Some drinks hold a wonderfully delicious deep dark fruit flavor that presents with a really nice nuttiness. It just doesn't present frequently enough to bump up the score.
Nice solid dopplebock.
03-26-2010 01:51:18 | More by garymuchow
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
After trying the Weissenohe Dunkel, I was looking forward to this.
Pours a reddish brown color with a thin sheen of slightly off-white head at the top.
The nose is boldly sweet with lots of molasses, super sweet malty flavors, dried fruits, and caramel.
The taste has a ton of depth. Rum raisins, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of cocoa, and nuts. The malty flavor is potent and there it a hint of heat to it, but nothing too extreme. Hops round out the middle, and the finish is of hazelnut liqueur.
The texture is pretty typical. Chewy, but still nothing you have to sip gradually.
The heat's enough to keep this from being one of the absolute best DB's, but this is still an absolutely excellent beer.
03-18-2010 00:41:03 | More by Domingo
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
On tap at brauhaus Schmitz...
Appears a dense, dark copper with a fluffy white cap that slowl fades into a mild collar.
Smell is of rich toffee, cocoa, bread, caramel, raisins, and prunes.
Taste is of the aromas with a fresh baked bread flavor. Yum!
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, sweet, and warming with a banlla cream lingering alng the palate.
11-29-2009 01:01:03 | More by weeare138
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. I'm a huge fan of doppelbocks, even if my review history is not a good indicator of it (10 / 250 -- I'd say there's a clear bias in my reviews). Couldn't pass this one up.
Beer is brown and clear. Forms a tight yellowish / off white head made up of small bubbles. Carbonation is low and as the head falls away a lot of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Looks like a doppelbock, quite awesome.
There is an odd aroma to this one, its the expected high malt character followed by maybe a sour note? I wasn't expecting the second aroma but it does not detract from the beer at all. Maybe a nice surprise. Wonder what it will taste like.
There is no sour notes present in the palate of this beer. This beer kind of coats your mouth with this kind of malt sweetness and wonderful nutty mild roast character. Beer is amazingly smooth with high drinkability and great mouthfeel. I would recommend this beer to any malt fans out there.
11-27-2009 20:24:51 | More by drabmuh
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from the swing-top bottle in to a glass. Nice dark brown color with a beige two-finger head. The head settled quickly, and the aromas were of dark fruits, and maltyness.
Tasted like Celebrator, but with the bitterness turned down a notch or two. I'm not a hop-head, so this is a plus for me.
Wonderful mouthfeel, and the alcohol (which is substantial) doesn't jump out at you. Very well balanced, in my opinion.
Can't drink these all night, but when you're in the mood, find a Bonator and enjoy it!
08-31-2009 13:50:19 | More by sourdoughsteve
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
A good traditional brewed Bavarian doppelbock can be hard to find here in the U.S.,I found one today.Poured a rich amber/bronze with alarge fluffy tannish colored head,just big and blooming it was eye candy.Nice aromas of dark fruit and sweetish dough,liquid sweet bread you could say with a tinge of iron.Full creamy mouthfeel,very lush without being to heavy just great.Flavors of caramel and alcohol dipped fruit with some roasted nut thrown in,alot going on and it all comes together very well.My review compared to the others is alot higher but I have to say this is one helluva good doppelbock....really.
07-29-2009 20:38:01 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
had this bier from a half litre bottle.
A: Pours a nice caramel brown color with a decent head that last for a long time. A good looking bier.
S: A sweet malty aroma that is very pleasing to the nose.
T: A good doppelbock taste. I really like the dopplebocks, but this one is a little strong, still good. Sweet, caramel taste that is very good.
M: Rich and foamy, a god mouthfeel.
D: 1-2 of these is plenty for me. This is not a session bier.
Overall, I really like this bier but only in small quantities. I strongly recommend this bier to anyone who is into doppelbocks. Prosit!
07-22-2009 23:23:34 | More by nocheinsbitte
3.13/5 rDev -21.2%
On tap at Max's during their rare and obscure beer festival.
The beer pours a solid brown color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just a light aroma of brown sugar, cinnamon and cola. Rather an odd combination here... On the palate, this is really a pretty weak effort. There is some light brown sugar flavor, but this beer is really very light and watery. Considering this beer is listed at over 8% abv., I was surprised. This has to be one of the more simple, one dimensional doppels I've ever had from Germany, and I'm surprised. On the other hand, I have to say the alcohol is very well disguised, I would have probably guessed it to be in the 5% range. However, boring and simplistic as the flavor profile is with this beer, I really can't give it high marks even for drinkability.
06-30-2009 16:52:41 | More by John_M
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a 16.9 oz. Flip-top bottle, this beer is a slightly hazy amber with a thick head about an inch and a half high. It settles quickly and shows good lacing. It expresses nutty aromas along with a slight nuttiness. Flavors are identical to the boquet. Malty with hints of toast and caramel, finishing with a fruity hop character. Rich and viscous, this beer coats the palate and the flavors linger for a long time. Bonator is quite drinkable, and I'm glad to have tried this brew.
06-27-2009 01:00:39 | More by WYVYRN527
Bonator from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.