Monteith's Doppelbock Winter Ale - Monteith's Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Raebies:
2.9/5 rDev -19.2%
Clean malty smell, slightly metalic. Thin mouth feel. Slightly tangy chocolate taste, a little yeasty. The flavour isn't too deep and is fairly smooth, easy drinking. Overall it's not very inspiring and I wouldn't seek this beer out over others. I prefer Monteith's slighty smoother Black Beer.
11-23-2011 01:53:11 | More by Raebies
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United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +11.4%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. Acquired from Harvey Nicks in Leeds.
Poured into a Delirium chalice. A dark ruby hue with plentiful carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy light-tan foam that remains for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of rich, fruity malt with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, dried fruit, caramel and booze.
Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a dry finish. Notes of molasses, caramel, chocolate, dried fruit and yeast. A mild stewed hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and a little slick. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt.
Nice - rich and sweet. Uncomplicated; the flavour is well-judged and satisfying. Perfect for winter drinking. Well worth trying.
02-13-2012 00:41:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
United Kingdom (England)
4.26/5 rDev +18.7%
During 3 years of living in Australia, this was without the best beer that I discovered. In Melbourne it seemed to only really be available in the Autumn and Winter, which was perhaps due to the beer's name.
Not that many Australian's seemed to know about it, and it's stocks were generally quite low. I recall a number of times where I drank a few bottles and then had to choose something less exciting.
The colour is black with a mystic deepness, and it has a fresh, fruity, complex taste that is reminiscent of a dark Belgian abbey beer, yet originally different. There is a kind of dried apricotty taste infused with bitter mocha notes that forms a Christmassy overall experience that is smooth and easy to drink, yet highly complex.
This is completely superior to Monteiths other offerings, and is one of the best beers I have had.
11-09-2013 10:18:51 | More by Ant777uk
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Copper pour with a off-white persistent head.
Lots of sweet malt on the nose with some hints of oats. If it wasn't so faint it'd be quite good. Some chocolate and slight hops.
More sweet dark malt upon tasting, with caramel and treacle. Not much else though.
Too much carbonation and slightly watery.
09-29-2009 10:30:22 | More by CrazyDavros
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma contains loads of caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some caramel malt with some subtle notes of toffee but none of the banana or cloves notes usually contained in the style and that I usually appreciate. Medium creamy body with some good carbonation.
02-13-2008 19:46:59 | More by Phyl21ca
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
Pours a very deep brown with very little head, just a ring around the sides to lace the glass. Smells of chocolate and raisins, very pleasant. The taste is very sweet, chocolatey and fruity, with enough bitterness to bite on the back end. Finishes sharp. Mouthfeel is heavy, a little scraping from the carbonation, not bad. Overall, it's a very flavorful bock and a tasty brew. I'll be getting more of it.
08-13-2011 09:54:23 | More by Kulrak
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours jet black, with a good malt accentuated head if poured quickly. Tastes well carbonated. Classic bavarian character. Doesnt taste like a 6% beer! More like a rich dunkel but a more compressed taste profile. Heavy malty body, a fresh tasting quality beer. Maybe missing something from being a true bock
Enjoyable and ill pick it up again if I see it, or something else from this kiwi brewery perhaps.
05-10-2008 09:51:22 | More by foles
3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
Drank from my De Struise tulip
A - Pours a dark brown colour with an off white
ivory coloured head that slowly reduces.
S - Sweet and peppery from the bottle. Much the same once poured.
T - Reasoanble amount of malt, some chocolate and roast.
M - This is quite watery and needs more body. The carbonation is a littel too much.
D - Not a bad drop but doesn't challenge any German versions
03-11-2011 14:59:30 | More by eric5bellies
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a dark nut brown with a thin, light brown head.
First taste the alcohol was fairly noticeable, even for 6.0%. Subsequent tastes not as much, but I'll chalk that up to desensitizing.
Strong maltiness & light frutiness (cherry?) characteristic of most doppelbocks.
Good mouthfeel, smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
Not too complex, but a decent flavor. Good for a New Zealand Doppelbock, left me wanting a German doppelbock.
07-15-2009 11:25:33 | More by istarilord
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
A typical Monteith in that it is an interesting beer with great aspects and otherwise. I found the almost total blackness appealing and also its thick tan head. I got very little aroma except for the faintest fruitcake esters. Flavour was fruitcake, pumpernickel and roast beef. Maybe some slight cocoa on the back palate. Late bitterness gives a clean finish. Complexity is satisfying without being awe inspiring. I guess bocks are never sessionable so I think only one at a time for me. A good beer but not interesting enough to be great.
08-02-2010 10:48:37 | More by rjimlad
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
This pours light brown with some red tinges. A good beige head and good retention.
Sweet spice aromas. A bit fruit cake-ish. Some chocolate notes.
The malts come forward on the palate. Some coffee as well.
Heavy body too it.
A nice sipping beer. Nice for the colder months.
08-28-2009 12:09:19 | More by Macca
3.33/5 rDev -7.2%
Dark brown with red, tawny edges. A nice big fluffy tan head that laced well. Not picking mc up on the nose. Some very soft chocolate notes and a touch of malt. Drinks pretty smooth. The chocolate comes to the fore and a little more bitterness than I expected. Finishes good. Alcohol noticeable but not at all unpleasant. Not a bad beer but pretty unremarkable, especially as dopplebock.
06-26-2009 11:24:22 | More by juju7
2.68/5 rDev -25.3%
2009 Version--- 330 ML Poured into a SA glass
A-- Poured almost a dark brownish cherry color, nice color. Light brown head that was one finger in height. Took a few minutes for it to dissipate. Good lacing with the head. No visible carbonation.
S-- Heavy roasted malts, some dark chocolate but not very strong. Faint bit of cherry and bread to this.
T-- A bit thin on the taste. Do get roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little sour cherry. Also thin and watery. Needs a bigger chocolate taste.
M-- Starts off quite nice, then gets quite watery. Starts of with the chocolate and malts and a bit of like cherry acid. Then becomes very thin and watery on the backside of the mouth. Loses its flavor very quickly and finishes dry and clean. Medium carbonation and on the lighter side of body.
D-- One is enough. Not enough to this to want a second. Looks very good but after that is gets thin. Could be a really good beer. ABV is well hidden and drinkability is pretty good but the lack of substance is a bit disappointing.
06-25-2010 16:05:08 | More by mulder1010
3.56/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Pours a dark cherry color with a small thick head that fades to bits of lacing.
S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit with a bit of chocolate and trace of spice.
T: Taste of roasted malt dark fruit, with a bit of nuts, chocolate and coffee. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.
F: Fairly light body, smooth with a decent balance.
O: Could be a bit more robust. Not a flashy beer.
05-30-2013 04:23:32 | More by soju6
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
A full pint from draft before ordering a big steak. About half finished before the stone grilling is served. A limited release for Monteith's, during the NZ winter season, on draft and in six packs. The beer is a good 25% more expensive then the other in the Monteties sixer range.
Appearance- A deep amber brown body with crimson highlights. Good head retention and a full tan head. A high amount of carbonation.
Smell- A bit of chocolate and wheat. Nothing really comes through, seeing as the tap lines here at the Tap Room are as cold as frost on the windows.
Taste- A bit of chocolate, cinnamon, and a touch roasted malt. There is quite an interesting mix and surprising complexity from Montieth's. It unusually because you not expecting any degree of spices in the nose, but once the pint warms it was noticeably present.
Mouthfeel-High levels of carbonation, A medium body with the carbonation lightening it.
Drinkability- Interesting I wouldn't say it fits the standard billing of Doppelbock. It went well with my steak. The carbonation levels got in the way of the beer and it was more of a high gravity dark beer than anything else.
06-30-2009 03:09:12 | More by TubaManJack
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured out a dark brown, with some orange brown tints in the light. Little head with little lacing. Almost stout like in colour, but not as thick.
Lots of strong malt caramels, syrup and some chocolate. Almost similar burnt chocolate to a stout. Candyish.
Burnt chocolate, cocoa, with sweet caramel and syrup. Hints of hop citrus in the back palate, but barely there.
Light mouthfeel given it is a dopplebock. Nowhere near some of the great german ones around (Aventinus), but decent enough, and possibly the best beer from Monteiths. Quite drinkable, and scary if you didn't realise it was 6%
07-16-2008 14:36:39 | More by Lukie
3.05/5 rDev -15%
Pours a dark, dark brown with a red tinge, looks quite cola-esque with a fairly poor, weak head, quite pale in colour, certainly doesn't retain well. Doesn't produce much lacing except a line of sticky foam. Looks lacklustre but as I always say, looks like so many other bocks.
Quite tart on the nose. Hints of dark cocoa, shiraz, almost a smokey character, but not strong. Fruity around the edge with a plum & raisin aspect. Quite nice but not very pungent. I expect a doppelbock nose to be strong and robust.
Taste is quite dark, with a fairly strong dark chocolate character with berries mixed in, but without the tartness. Palate is quite grainy, and there is a sticky sweetness to the mid-and-back palate reminiscent of soy sauce. Again, flavour is a bit subdued, but it is quite drinkable for all that, it's just a Woody Allen stuck in the George Foreman world of Doppelbocks. Mouthfeel is quite watery and dull although with traces of a sticky malt in there.
06-19-2009 03:42:13 | More by laituegonflable
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
Pours a deep reddish brown into an oversize 22oz wineglass. Foams up a creamy light brown coloured head which dissipates to an oily film. Some lacing. Minimal carbonation. Nice colour, good look.
Dark metallic notes on the nose, some sweet chocolate characters, but with an overtone of copper, rye bread and solvent. The sweetness does become more prominent as the beer warms, which is a much more pleasant experience.
Dark roasted notes dominate the flavour, but the palate is surprisingly thin and surprisingly short. There's a nice malty explosion on the front, but then it almost instantly declines to a thin residual char-bitter character, again with a coppery bite. The initial flavour is good - a rich, sweet, dark flavour, but the fact that it just drops its load then runs is a big disappointment. Mouthfeel quite thin.
Ultimately, this is a decent beer, but nothing particularly spectacular. I admit I was probably more disappointed because it has such hints of luscious flavour, upon which it doesn't ultimately follow up. Drinkable enough, but in my opinion, a beer labelled both Doppelbock and Winter Warmer should have a mile more character.
10-05-2008 02:59:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Dark with minimal head. Good lacing. True to the label there is a faint red hue.
S - Sweet bread with subtle dark fruit aromas.
T - Slightly sweet at first with just a hint of bitter aftertaste. Dark cacao flavours with a massive roasted malt kicker.
M - Not bad, solid feel with decent fizz. Not overly noteworthy though...
D - Nice winter ale. Probably not strong or thick enough to be a true doppelbock but a good attempt anyway.
Easily the best beer from New Zealand that I've ever had, but then I've only had two.. and the other was Steinlager, so really no competition then.
06-25-2010 11:03:11 | More by xylophonica
Monteith's Doppelbock Winter Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.