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Monteith's Doppelbock Winter Ale - Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Monteith's Doppelbock Winter AleMonteith's Doppelbock Winter Ale

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Monteith's Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 02-13-2008)
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

pin, May 22, 2013
Photo of mulder1010
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

mulder1010, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Chou
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Chou, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Raebies
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Raebies, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

laituegonflable, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 05, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

XsoldoutX, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

juju7, Jun 26, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

eric5bellies, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of rjimlad
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

rjimlad, Aug 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

MenInVen, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a shop in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured dark, dark red. One finger of off white head. Decent carbonation, bright. Spotty lace, no retention.

S - Really malty. Rum, raisin, dark fruit.

T - Sweet, toasty malt, some bread, mild dark fruit, tobacco.

M - Really carbonated, light to medium body, dry and roasty finish.

O/D - Too carbonated. Not bad. Decent and flavourful. Really nice maltiness for Autumn.

tbeckett, May 18, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with a foamy tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film over the beer.

Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits and spices are present. A touch of solvent like alcohol is also there.

Roasty with a hint of chocolate. Some fruity, spicy yeast character is also here. Just a hint of alcohol.

A nice heavy mouthfeel with mild carbonation makes this a rich warming beer. Good.

This isn't a challenging beer. It has some decent flavours but lacks the complexities of a good doppelbock. The alcohol could be better hidden. Not bad by any means.

dgilks, Jul 10, 2009
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3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

soju6, May 30, 2013
Photo of doktorhops
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Winter ale!? It's practically summer, those crazy kiwis! Well actually the summer ale from Monteith's will no doubt be out soon and I will be sad, why? I'll tell you why; I love Doppels! They're big Bavarian bear-hugs of a style, and I remember when I was in Munich apart from drinking excessive amounts of Weiss's that Doppelbock was my go to brew. Prost bitch!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Stein glass.

A: Deep ruby red body with some foamy 1cm bone-meal coloured head action.

S: The malt aroma in this beer has it's own gravity! It's a bold malty biscuit fragrance with toasted sesame (weird but thats what I'm smelling) and a mild chocolate note. No hops on the nose, but this is to be expected from a classic malt driven Doppel.

T: Very on the nose with the flavour department; big malt biscuit base with toasted sesame and mild chocolate. The finish is long and dry with an accompanied tang of alcohol and minimal bitterness. Much smoother than expected but the taste of alcohol is a little more than it should be.

M: Quite smooth bodied and with a fairly low carbonation than expected this brew goes down easy... deceptively.

D: Intriguing in a way, but bland in another. I know it goes against the style but some decent floral hops would really have lift this brew into another dimension. However as it is it's a decent but average affair here. Would I recommend it? Yeah it's alright value as it is... a good kiwi go at what I believe to be a challenging style to brew. Sweet as bro.

Food match: German/Kiwi food? Errr, Hangi with Spatzle... or maybe a nice Schweinshaxe with a side of roast Kumara and Taro. You decide.

doktorhops, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Lukie
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%

Lukie, Jul 16, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TubaManJack, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 13, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

tobelerone, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

magpieken, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of hopnerd
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

hopnerd, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of jarmby1711
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

promising to be fiery red in colour it actually delivers a mahagany hued brew with a small unretentive head.
Being somewhat watery and tinny in aroma the flavour does surprise..Initially reminiscent of Tooheys Old with some burnt grain offerings it smooths out to an egg custard sort of sweetness. It finishes quite soft and smooth but does remind you of its 6%ABV.
Obviously not designed as a big session beer it is quite enjoyable and worth the effort

jarmby1711, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of foles
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

foles, May 10, 2008
Photo of istarilord
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

istarilord, Jul 15, 2009
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Monteith's Doppelbock Winter Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.