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Lobotomy Bock - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 23.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a classic German Dopple Bock. Like all of our beers it is made in strict accordance to the German Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of Brewing, which is water, malt, hops and yeast only! Lobotomy Bock is made from five types of specialty malted barley including Munich, black patent and other premium malts. And finished with two types of hops, Sterling and Perle added at the boil and again at the finish for the perfect flavor balance. Lobotomy Bock is brewed with pure artesian spring water from the historic Indian Wells Spring. Lobotomy Bock is lagered for several weeks then finished to exacting standards.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2004)
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

10-14-2012 16:31:42 | More by t0rin0
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4/5  rDev +32.5%

10-11-2012 01:11:15 | More by MaddDogg84
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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

10-02-2012 16:39:42 | More by Dolfan907
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

09-16-2012 07:33:04 | More by jasewaaang
Photo of DannyHartman

1.48/5  rDev -51%

It's almost hard for me to believe this is a 10.5 ABV beer.... At first, the pour into the glass seems to nice.... That is, until you realize there isn't much head or body to it.... Though it's a dark beer, it doesn't have that deep of a taste to it.... Pretty bland characteristics.... I tried the Indian Wells "Insomnia IPA", and again, I wasn't too impressed with it's lack of hoppiness.... I'm still waiting to find a beer from this brewery that I fully enjoy.

08-30-2012 14:44:04 | More by DannyHartman
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4.5/5  rDev +49%

08-21-2012 08:19:08 | More by ryko
Photo of Texan816

3.95/5  rDev +30.8%

I like the lobotomy bock, not to harsh, smooth, taste great! I found this at Central Market HEB in San Antonio, Tx. I was looking for Lobo Bock which is a Texas double bock but they are still a small brewery so when I came across this I was continent and have been on the lobotomy kick since!

08-19-2012 22:57:46 | More by Texan816
Photo of M_Burkey

4/5  rDev +32.5%

08-14-2012 14:06:36 | More by M_Burkey
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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-08-2012 18:11:50 | More by ScubaSteve00
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4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

07-07-2012 22:17:59 | More by AnaMosity
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

06-17-2012 05:10:17 | More by zbooks
Photo of BW333


2/5  rDev -33.8%

Well-marketed: Seeing the label, knowing that I like doppelbocks, 10.8%!! This should be great

Potential: Looks pretty good when poured into the glass. Decent head. Good dark ruby color.

Taste: What is this? Some blend of cola, dunkel beer, and water? No hops flavor. Mild malty tastes. It was a disappointment. I begin to doubt your commitment to the doppelbock name. 10.8% are you sure? Anything that strong leaves a different mouth-feel.

Residual Effect: I have 5 more of these in the fridge. What to do with them?

The doppelbock I made with a Mr. Beer kit was better than this, but it was very clean/smooth tasting. Not at all bitter.


06-07-2012 21:29:00 | More by BW333
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4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

04-26-2012 05:01:09 | More by BJasny
Photo of RonaldTheriot


2.78/5  rDev -7.9%

Lobotomy Bock has a medium, beige head and a clear, brown (ruby red under light) appearance. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is quite faint, but a bit of sweet bread can be detected. Taste is a touch smokey, sweet, lightly chocolaty, a bit of coffee, and mostly just nothing, really. No hop bitterness is present. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, and Lobotomy Bock finishes like tap water. It’s hard to believe such a drink could have a 10.8% alcohol level. I found this only ordinary. Avoid.


04-02-2012 15:25:58 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of WillKirkland

4/5  rDev +32.5%

04-02-2012 00:46:42 | More by WillKirkland
Photo of Offa


2.8/5  rDev -7.3%

This is a very mediocre, uninteresting beer that does not even seem like a bock, much less a doppelbock. It seems more like a boring, pedestrian version of a dunkel. In fact, I find it impossible to believe that this is actually anything close to the 10.5% abv stated here, but I have no personal knowledge of the abv.

Almost black, it has a big tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and a little foamy lace.

Aroma is strong caramelised toasty barley and winey prunes.

Taste is dryish singed leaves, roasted barley, vague caramelly prunes, a little mineral. It is watery and thin in feel and character. Although reasonably enjoyable, it is thin, one-dimensional, exceedingly boring, and, as noted, really only like a slightly stronger dunkel in character.

When I drank this, I thought it was supposed to be a regular (not doppel) bock, and quickly determined that it could not fit that category. Any claim that this is supposed to be a doppelbock is incredible. That said, this is enjoyable enough to drink and warrant somewhat decent ratings from me. If I were to score this strictly as a doppelbock, the score would be far lower, but that is not my way, and I only factor the style in as one element.

04-01-2012 19:05:30 | More by Offa
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4.5/5  rDev +49%

03-26-2012 04:28:15 | More by jacknsally5148
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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -66.9%

03-24-2012 21:42:13 | More by locckdown
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4/5  rDev +32.5%

03-13-2012 14:43:42 | More by Leschber
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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

03-13-2012 03:01:00 | More by conradh
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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

03-12-2012 23:38:50 | More by canders0927
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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

03-12-2012 23:24:20 | More by MikeH210
Photo of BretSikkink


2.95/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a dark black color with few highlights and a tight mocha colored head. Frankly, it's pretty inspiring, and leaves a solid foam down the glass. Of course, I wonder about it being called a bock, with a color such as this. 

Nose is quite malty, roasted notes as well as toasted nuts and a hint of fruits. Flavor strongly favors malts, like roasted fruit. It's a very strange flavor, moderately unpleasant but interesting in a scientific sort of way. Dark. Offer and chocolate roasted notes up front with a cherry candy filling flavor creeping in the back. 

Body is weak for a stout but thick for a bock. No idea what style they were shooting for here, but they got a real mixup on their hands. 

02-25-2012 23:47:04 | More by BretSikkink
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

02-16-2012 00:21:57 | More by Kornoms
Photo of scottfrie


1.93/5  rDev -36.1%

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark raisin brown with a thick, dense, dark tan head that took its time to fade into a thick and fuzzy film that left almost no lace.
S: I get light notes of sweet caramel, roasted malts, toffee and maybe some brownish sugar. There’s something spritzy in there as well that doesn’t quite smell right.
T: If the nose smelled ok then the flavor tastes bad. The flavor is very plan and bland, and the dominating notes are seltzer water mixed with caramel syrup. The finish is a bit nutty. Soda-like overall.
M: The body is on the light side of medium with fizzy carbonation. The mouthfeel is tingly and thin.
O: This is pretty awful stuff. Drinkable yes, but I’d rather just drink a soda.

02-07-2012 02:27:14 | More by scottfrie
Lobotomy Bock from Indian Wells Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.