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Doppel Dinkel Bock - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 07-08-2014)
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Reviews by beergoot:
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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

The body looks copperish and slightly hazy and has a decent, thin yet creamy head. Bubblegum and banana aromas dominate the smell. Sweet and rich flavors, infused with a booze and date fruitiness. Heavy bodied; coarse and semi-dry finish.

What to make of a beer with a label of doppelbock yet calls it an ale, and that explains dinkel (or spelt) is used (so why not call this a weizenbock), but then it's supposedly an ale!? Well, it does profile the banana and clove characteristics mentioned on the label. It is big and boozy like a very thick doppelbock. Still, a bit too treacly and syrupy. An interesting take on a double ale/lager, but not something I would readily go back to.

Additional notes: the Deschutes web site calls this an imperial spelt beer and notes that a 'Traditional German Ale Yeast' was used.

beergoot, Jul 28, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, fiery orange with huge, frothy, light tan head that lasts a few minutes but then mostly disappears.

Smell: Spicy, sweet, bready and metallic, with specific notes of banana and bubblegum. Lots going on and I am tempted to give it a huge score for the huge aroma, but it is a little sickly in terms of the sweetness.

Taste: There are a lot of the traditional notes of a Weizenbock here, with bubblegum, banana, caramel and clove. There is also a hint of citrus. But it is also pretty sweet for the style (and this is oftentimes a sweet style to begin with) probably due to the very high abv. There are also sharp bread and spice notes that are different than what I typically experience from hops, yeast or rye. This is probably due to the spelt. I really did not like these notes on the first few sips but I have gotten used to it, and it makes the beer unique but makes it hard for me to love.

Feel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy but almost no dryness on the finish.

Overall: This is a unique take on the Weizenbock style. And while I like unique takes, I am not sure I fully appreciate the use of smelt or the overall sweet, highly alcoholic notes.

bsp77, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into a tulip, using standard vigor.


A - DDB pours a rich, somewhat ruddy orange, showing abundant carbonation.
The head is an inch high, tight and fluffy, and khaki-colored. It recedes in under a minute, and leaves little to no lacing on the glass.


S - Your typical offenders from Bavarian Wheat Yeast strains : Bubblegum, banana, and clove, as expected. Hints of Munich malt toastiness and molasses, as well as cinnamon and light citrus. When cold, the ABV is dangerously well-hidden, as it warms the alcohol becomes more apparent, but doesn't invade the sinuses either.


T - More bubblegum, spicebox, and a slight earthy note on the back end that must be the Spelt, seeing as it reminds me of a wheat-malt base, but with a richer underlying flavor. Hops are an afterthought here, which is good, since they aren't a prevalent part of the style. Again, the booze is well-hidden, aside from the warmth currently spreading through my belly and veins. Delicious.


M- Full, rich, and silky, DDB washes across the tongue like a wave of malty knuckle-sandwiches. The carbonation plays a tiny part in the mouthfeel, serving only to balance out the rich malt flavors and yeast esters with the perfect touch of carbonic acids. This beer is one slick customer in this department.


O - On one hand, I'm glad this isn't a year-round offering from Deschutes, because I'd be too far gone to do anything if it was, as this is the most easy to drink Doppel I think I've ever had. On the OTHER hand, I'm really sad it isn't a year-round beer, because I'd love to have the chance to snag it when in need of some beer psychotherapy. It's perfectly balanced, rich where it should be, and yielding as well. As a homebrewer, this beer makes me feel like I should brew something with Spelt as well... Deschutes scores yet another goal in my book, and at only $10 and some change, there's absolutely no reason to pass it up, given the chance to try it. DO EET! Cheers.

StuporJew, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BraveMountie, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a Seidel from a bomber.

A- Has a fluffy, foamy, pale cream-colored head about a finger and a half thick. It persists well and leaves a wall of lace on the mug's sides. The body is brown but with some transparency and amber hues. Not much carbonation is visible.

S- I think caramel apple here. Big caramel notes, floral, bread-like and wheaty. Something suggests a touch of dark fruit.

T- Thick caramel maltiness, some booze, the aftertaste is like a taste of whole wheat bread. The caramel flavor becomes really milky and sweet. It's quite like eating a block of caramel. A hint of wine or grape sneaks in. I enjoy this.

M- Medium body with a mostly creamy quality somewhat offset by the alcohol feel. Sweetness is big here, but I like it. There's a teeny hint of hop bitterness at the finish that does a good job of keeping the sweetness from becoming cloying. Certainly smooth, and maybe a tad astringent, with low carbonation.

Pretty darn good beer. I'd say a bit more heat than one would want, and the aroma didn't wow me, but otherwise excellent.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

whatname, Aug 18, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev +0.8%

BBD of 06/17/15

Pours an effervescent & chill hazed copper/auburn with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, good lacing, average head retention

S: Bananas, breadyness. & not muxh else

T: Bananas green & ripe, some breadyness & boozeyness & some metallic notes up front, along with much juicy fruit. More boozeyness, a little white grape & breadynesss layered in green bananas as this warms, some dryness too. Finishes with taffy, green bananas, taffy, a little boozeyness, & green apple

MF: Chewy, fairly subtle carbonation

This is a Weizenbock! Not a Dopple; but whatever you call it pretty good, could give Vitus a run for its money with some age on it. If you haven't cracked it, let it rest another 3-6 months

russpowell, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jwerner23, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jxc5, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Indeed! A spelt doppel bock!?! This fine brew pours a thick reddish orange with nice pooling
white foam and excellent lacing. Cloves hit the aroma up front with some rather unusual
smells for the style other than the normal bread, banana, and orange. Very earthy and a true
crusade for unique flavors. A malt bomb with spicy spelt notes mingling with rich roasted
caramel notes, some fig like flavors on the back, hints of toffee and a sweetness that can only
be described as bubble gum. Great mouthfeel with medium carbonation and very subtle
hops in the aftertaste. Alcohol hits with warmth. Very few spelt brews are made, and while
this may not be a true dopplebock it is worth praise for being VERY good and rather unique
in it's presentation of a rather underused grain. A must try for the adventurous.

Update: 9/6/2014
Same vendor just put this on the growler station and it is sublime. Smoother mouthfeel and
spicy notes are a bit more pronounced as is the alcohol content. I would suggest to anyone
able to try it on draft to go for it. VERY GOOD INDEED!

Brutaltruth, Aug 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jsh420, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Deathwray3927, Aug 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

MrJolly, Sep 05, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

jaydoc, Aug 26, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Faroveryonder, Aug 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

largadeer, Aug 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ExaltedNecrosis, Aug 29, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +23.7%

Aroma of banana/bubblegum/clove. Amber color, medium haze, thin white head, no lacing. Flavor of banana/bubblegum/clove, slightly spicy. Alcohol after, but very well hidden. Not thick or oily, very fluid. Good beer. Delicious, kinda like a hefeweizen.

Scrazzymoto, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

crbnfbr, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Doppel Dinkel Bock from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.