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

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 02-13-2008)
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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.

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of soju6
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.

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of eric5bellies
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

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.

Photo of SmashPants
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle with a simple but stylish label.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass - transluscent dark brown with ruby highlights. A good, thick one-finger head hangs about for a good while with decent lacing.

Aroma: good aromas of sweet toffee and caramel malts, and some roasted coffee malts behind. A touch of spice also. Smells good.

Taste: a very smooth toffee and caramel with those roasted malts again. Just a good, solid and easy-drinking dark lager.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger for a time, which is nice. A touch of bitterness on the finish also.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with a moderate carbonation that carries the flavour nicely. A very nice sessional beer.

Overall: this one was a big surprise for me - a real gem from Monteith's, who usually present average at best. The best part of this is the price, at only AU$55 for a case of 24 x 330mL. For a great dark beer that is a fantastic price - the only let down is the recent (to me at least) revelation that Monteith's have attempted to trademark the name 'doppelbock', even though it is a beer style, not their personally-devised name for their beer. To put that into perspective, they have already trademarked the 'name' (or rather, the international style) Radler and Saison, meaning no other NZ breweries can name their beer Radler or Saison, and no genuine internationals can import such a beer to NZ.Pretty poor stuff. Even though I live in Australia and not NZ, I'm not sure I'll buy Monteith's any more after finding out the above trademarking stuff, just on principle.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a finger of creamy beige head that quickly reduced to a thin layer. The body is a dark reddish brown with great clarity.

Smell - 4.0
A tempting aroma of rich, sweet malt. Very cake-like, especially as it warms. Slight banana and a little golden syrup too.

Taste - 4.0
A very interesting and pleasant taste. Very rich and malty in the start, moderately sweet with golden syrup flavour, slightly smoky. Low level of bitterness, but there is still a little grassy hop presence. Slightly buttery, plenty of coffee flavour and low on alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Persistent fine carbonation, feels heavy, almost syrupy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
I wouldn't call it sessionable, but I could, and would drink more than one in a sitting.

OVERALL - 3.85
Doppelbock Winter Ale. Something seems a bit wrong here. If it is a doppelbock it is a lager, if it is an ale, it is well, an ale and therefore not a lager. Strange. In taste this is quite like a doppelbock, although not as high in alcohol as a true doppelbock. A very good beer, a great colder weather drink and truly phenomenal value at under $13 for a 6-pack.

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.

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of Macca
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TubaManJack
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.

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.

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Kulrak
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Chou
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

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