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
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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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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%

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 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.

Photo of Cs1987
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance - Dark red, with 2 fingers of head that reduced.

Smell - Strong and malty. Difficult to distinguish from the odour of a stout.

Taste - Quite malty and sweet, with the grainy characteristics of a lager in the background.

Mouthfeel - Good all round.

Drinkability - Pretty easy drinking for the style.

Overall - My thoughts that this may be a dark ale rather than a doppelbock (whoever named this beer seems to have no idea) were pretty much gone when I noticed this is like a maltier, sweeter version of Weihenstephaner Tradition. This is a very good beer all round.

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.

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