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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,549 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,549
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 94
Gots: 257 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW! 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a three finger cream shade with a fluffy yet thickly-bubbled texture appropriate for a lager. Too bad it doesn't have great retention. Still, there's something to be said about the lacing it leaves behind.

S: Intensely fruity, this beer brings a ton of cherries, raisins, and figs. Letting it sit will allow its malt backbone to come out of hiding. This gives it a strong molasses tone, while brown sugar and caramel lie behind it. This is a really nice aroma, especially for a style I'm not a huge fan of.

T: I said the nose was intensely fruity - and so is the flavor profile. It's unbelievable how cherry-forward this tastes. The lager yeast blends beautifully with the fruit flavors, also. This one is layered so that more of the brown sugar and caramel notes come out around, say, a 1/3rd of the bottle. It's not as nuanced or delicate as, say, Celebrator. Instead, it takes the classically 'Murican approach of "MOAR = BETTER!" and makes it work with aplomb. About the only thing it could use is more depth.

M: Really crisp and clean much in the way a lager should be. Except it's over 8%, and doesn't feel like it. Some sweetness does linger on the palate, but hardly enough to choke the palate down. A full bodied, mildly-carbonated brew shouldn't be this drinkable...

O: For my money, still the best 'Murican-made doppelbock on the market. There are many occasions, in fact, where I'd even drink this over Celebrator. This is such a great winter-time staple, I really wonder why I haven't made it happen (that is, stock it regularly) for real.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 11, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/amber color with a light but sticky head,the a aroma is bready and malty not much sweetness in the nose.The tasteTaste is very bready and not really sweet for the style some lingering caramel notes but not much,the ending is rather dry and hoppy for a doppell.Not bad but not sweet enough for me.

oberon, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of Marty
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had two of these at Bridgewater's Pub in 30th Street Station during my 3-hour delay. (SEPTA employees were striking and the electric lines were down).

I found this beer to be very refreshing, despite what I thought was a stale keg at the pub. There was not much in the carbonation department, but I'm not sure if the blame falls on the beer or Bridgewater's. At any rate, this beer poured a thin amber color with almost zero head or aroma to speak of.

This is an easy drinking beer, though, and it tastes alright. Pretty malty, with a mild hop finish. I would like to try it again out of a bottle to see how it compares, and this beer has also made me want to try out some more of Tröegs' offerings.

Marty, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dirty brown with some orange coloring and a constant flow of carbonation from the bottom up. The head came up nicely and the pits stayed until I drank them away after letting the beer warm for 20 minutes.

Smell – The traditional bock aroma is complimented by some hearty roasted malts. I can also pick up some classic stout notes like coffee, espresso, and chocolate.

Taste – The is an interesting brew. There are some definite stout flavors in here, like the notes mentioned in the Smell category. I can also pick up some significant hops and alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with a bit of alcoholic sting and some bitter notes from the burnt malts.

Drinkability – This was good, but it sure as hell is no German Doppelbock.

RoyalT, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +1.8%

aszatk01, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear redden light brown body with a creamy tan head.

Aroma: Nutty, chocolate, dark fruits, vinous booze, herbs.

Taste: Hot chocolate with figs and plenty of dark roasted malts, herbs, buttered toast.

Mouthfeel: kinda boozy, full bodied, beefy or bready, warm.

Drinkability: Ok, this is pretty good stuff but there are better and more available DBs for me.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -23.7%

tectactoe, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Altair
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Altair, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium copper with great clarity. The light tan head dissipates to a thin collar having a rocky texture.

S: A rich, moderately-strong malt aroma with moderately-low melanoidins. There is a slight caramel note and a moderately-soft alcohol aroma. Light cocoa and dark fruit aromas of figs and plums become evident as it warms.

T: A rich malt flavor with moderately-strong melanoidins, light caramel and chocolate. Moderate hops bitterness that is a bit strong for style but very enjoyable. There is an underling malt sweetness throughout with a balance that is slightly sweet. The finish is somewhat sweet with an aftertaste of hops bitterness and slightly grainy malt.

M: A medium-full body with moderate carbonation and a slight warmth in the back of the throat. Sliky smooth with a light creaminess and a very faint astringency.

O: A great beer to enjoy while warming up by a fire. Malt forward yet balanced and oh so drinkable. The hops bitterness is too strong for the style.

MadScientist, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4/5  rDev +1.8%

TimBeaulieu, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev +1.8%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of bgod66
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

bgod66, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Clear, dark and tawny ... inviting if you are into strong dark lagers. Patchy lacing on the glass, a treat to watch it cling after each sip. Very clean malt aroma of lightly toasted Portuguese sweet bread with a ghost of browned apple within. Creaminess is dominant in the mouthfeel with a pinch of crispness, full bodied. The taste buds have a massive, dry malt wall of deep toasted grain to climb with each sip. Hops are on the side with some bitterness to move everything along. Suggestions of peppercorn and dried figs in the backdrop. Maltiness still sticks with the drying finish for the most part, even after the first initial wave of sweetness, which is great to experience compared to some of the other overly sweet bocks brewed in the US.

Believe the hype. This beer has garnered a cult status over the years, and it's a delicious beer that easily ranks within our top Doppelbocks worldwide.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Extremely bright, although it has a nice ruby/brown color, you can see right through it. Little carbonation, nice white, one finger head, that quickly dissipated to a thin covering.

S - Could smell the wonderful fruit flavors as I was pouring...dark cherries, plum, and figs. The caramel malts really shine.

T - Very good, the fruit in the nose also comes through in taste. The fruit is balanced with some nice toasted malts and a light hop flavor and bitterness.

M - Creamy and will coat your mouth nicely. A little alcohol warmth, but less than I would expect from an 8.2% abv beer.

D - Very drinkable for a doppelbock. Many times they have a characteristic that sticks out and get tiring, not Troegs wonderful brew.

Overall, this is a really good example of a German Doppelbock from an American brewery. It is not quite Celebrator, but very good an a worthy competitor.

steelerguy, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of blitz134
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear caramel amber body with a 3/4" white head which hung around. Strong malt aroma dominated with bready and yeast aromas then followed up with a touch of sweet caramel. Some toasted malt essence comes through as well.

Taste is malty, as expected. Taste is alright, nothing overly dominate. Comes through with a toasted malt nuttiness similar to a brown ale but also has some dinner roll breadiness. Not much of a hop profile, but there is some hints of floral hops coming through. Overall light in the flavor department. I just noticed the abv on this. It is totally hidden.

Body is a bit thinnish, not as thick as I expected. Drinkability is really good though. Nice and refreshing and easy to put down. Dangerously drinkable

blitz134, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

markmo, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of JasonA
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish clear copper, martzenesque. Lieelt to no carbonation. No real lazing.

I dont get much out of the smell. Maybe the ABV is hiding.

Taste is ok., More alcohol than flavor. HOwever, the barley does come through with some hops after further review. Does have his own flavor, but you have to find it in the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is biting, little harsh with ABV. Carbonation maybe over expectations, but not over bearing. I think this is better than average for the style.

Drinkability is above average. I think this beer is better than advertised and deserves multple opportunities. Pushing the envelope for the style with ABV and carbonation.

JasonA, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of dkopczyk
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

dkopczyk, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of BlitzShadow
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

After a very recent tour of the Troegs Brewery, I decided to age the Mad Elf and enjoy a 22oz Troegenator tonight, served in my trusty "Samuel Adams" glass.

Appearance: Pours a light ruby color (when held to the light). Two fingers of a cream-colored head with small, tight CO2 bubbles.

Smell: Strong malty/bready scent with some hint of sweetness.

Taste: A Toasty/nutty flavor to start, with some spice to follow. I can taste the alcohol in the finish, but it certainly doesn't dominate the flavor (Labeled 8.2% ABV).

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-Full bodied and pretty damn smooth.

Drinkability: This is quite drinkable considering the strength. This is an easy drinking 22oz-er, but I wouldn't order too many of these in one sitting.

Overall: You can tell that the Bros at Troegs brew the beers that they enjoy - to the benefit of their customers! If you are fortunate to be able to venture to Harrisburg, you should definitely stop in for a Saturday tour. I also recommend picking up the locally, hand-crafted Trogenator ceramic drinking horns. It holds the full 22oz and the only downside is that you can't put it down once it's filled! :-D

BlitzShadow, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

csmartin6, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of mbrandon2w
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz
Pours with just a whisp of foam, very low carbonation.
Beautiful ruby red color.
Not getting a lot of aroma, bit of raisin, lightly caramelized sugar, bread.
Taste is very nice. Malty sweet, with with some raisin and dark fruit, followed by a modest kick of hop bitterness at the end to balance out the sweetness. Bitterness seems a bit jagged.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel.
Very easy to drink. Wouldn't mind more.

mbrandon2w, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 5/3/11 consumed 7/24/11 in Founder's mug

A - Pours a beautiful clear ruby-tinged brown with a finger or so of tan head. Head dissipated pretty quickly without leaving much lacing behind.

S - Sweet bread malts, a bit of caramel and faint spice. Aroma is relatively subdued.

T - The taste, however, is anything but subdued. Big, sticky sweet bread and caramel malt, a hint of molasses and maybe a bit of fig. A bit of spice, but no specific flavor that I can discern, and some faint hops are a nice counter to the sweetness. A bit of alcohol is noticeable.

M - Very sticky, creamy mouthfeel, finishes pretty clean and dry.

O - Very nice offering form Troegs. I would definitely have this again.

warnerry, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DWolf, Mar 10, 2012
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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,549 ratings.