Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,836 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,836
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 113
Gots: 474 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Ratings: 2,836 | Reviews: 1,075
Reviews by pavandal:
Photo of pavandal
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Troegs Troegenator mug from a growler purchased at the brewery on 11/1/06.

The beer poured a deep amber color with a 1/2 inch creamy head which quickly shrunk down to a small film over the top.

Little smell was evident, some hoppy aroma but not much. Pretty average smell.

Taste is very good. You can really catch the yeast flavor, it has a very bready kinda thing going for it. Almost no hop flavors to this, at least that I can detect. Lots o' malts though! I'm enjoying this thoroughly.

I like the mouthfeel of this. It has a smooth feel to it, the alchohol isn't really present either. Very easy to drink, thick, but not too thick. Filling too, but that's something that is a result of the style.

Very drinkable. As I said before, it's easy to drink. ABV is a little high to session, but if you are at home with some, enjoy!

More User Reviews:
Photo of ErikaBockDopples
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A truly good light, sweet dopplebock. Sugary, refreshing & light for a dopplebock. Yum!!

Photo of thecommonman
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Perfect for frozen weather. Strong maltiness, melanoidins, with some toastiness. Very rich, almost a subtle milk choco. Almost ruby in color. Could use a bit more lager crispness.

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @JNForsyth for this PA gem
Pours a rich avocado honey color.
Smell is a mix of nuttiness and bready malt.
Taste is a bit sweeter than I expect for this style but quite tempting. Again a bit bready or biscuity, nuttiness takes a back seat.
Finish is consistent with the whole journey.
Finish is slightly sticky which keeps that sweetness clicking litley in the back of my mouth.

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.

Photo of Marty
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of steelerguy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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

Photo of JasonA
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of BlitzShadow
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Photo of mbrandon2w
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Guden
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Kind of boring medium brown with almost no head despite a vigorous pour.

S- Very, very weak with just a slight hint of chocolate and something that I can only assume is hops, though its so faint I can't quite tell.

T- At first this beer is awfully boring, overly bitter with not much taste. As the alcohol starts to warm, and the beer itself started to rise in temperature the milk chocolate notes begin to shine through and coat the tongue, balancing the bitterness and making the flavors that at first confused now tantalize.

M- Fairly light in body and carbonation, the alcohol seems to dry this one out a bit despite the malty munichy character. Nothing too great, but it went well with the flavors.

D- This one definitely grew on me from start to finish but still wouldn't warrant purchasing another one at the end, not nearly as drinkable as some of the other Troegs products like Nugget Nectar.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear, auburn orange body with a medium, beige head that retains quite well. Plenty of patchy lace gets left on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very malty, featuring molasses, prunes, and raisins. No hops are noted in the bouquet.

Mouthfeel is light bodied for a doppelbock, and it has more carbonation than expected.

Taste is deep and malty, resonant of molasses and dark fruits. Hops demonstrate just enough presence for balancing the heavy malts into a delicate balance.

A nice doppelbock, but unlike any I've tried from Germany. The light body promotes excellent drinkability, but the alcohol will easily sneak up on you if you exceed moderation.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Poured a nice dark coppery color, tiny bubble carbonation, wispy lacing, a fine looking product. Nose of ripe fruit. Flavor notes of pleanty of sweet malt, a hint of bubblegum, nice smooth light chocolate finish. Yummy and warming with alcohol present. This style usually is strong and tasty and this version did not disappoint.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one...
Clear, bronze color with less than a half finger of off-white head...disappears rapidly. No lacing visible as I work my way thru the pint.
Mild aromas of toasted malt and fresh baked bread...not a lot jumping out at me.
Taste is where this brew shines...not overly done in any one way, but well balanced. The roastiness dances ever so gently with the malty sweetness and enough hop to bitter it up in between. Dried cherries and some raisins as well. Finishes up very clean...mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style, but the carbonation is a bit low, to make this one go down too easy.
The 8% plus alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor, but does warm you up and could be a dangerous one if you had a sixer of this.

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear chocolate brown with a medium head

Smell: the malt and caramel jump out

Taste: sweet chocolate, malt and caramel dominate

Mouthfeel: sweet and smooth, medium body, the middle taste is a bit tangy, but finishes sweet again

Drinkability: I really like this dopplebock. It is on the sweeter side for the style but a very good version for the style. It hides the alcohol very well. I would have this again.

Photo of badbeer
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a decent off-white head that stuck around and left bits of lacing. Smell is of biscuits, slightly floral, but very light aroma. Caramel, biscuit, a hint of dark fruit, as well as a slight metallic taste and a watery finish make up the taste. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Honestly becomes a bit cloying, nothing real special here, probably won't try it again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time. Thanks to hudsonphotog for making that happen.

The beer pours reddish-brown with an off-white head. The aroma is very malty with cherry. The flavor is more of the same, with sweet malt and a heavy cherry flavor. You get some caramel malt but the sweet cherries are the predominant flavor. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, ruby-tinged brown in color with a thin layer of tan head rimming the edges. Aromas are sweet, with some raisins also noted. Flavor is quite tasty. There is a dark fruit flavor present, mixed with a toffee-caramel malt character. Finishes with a funky cardboard aftertaste that knocks 0.5 off the flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied. Decent carbonation. Quite difficult to tell that this weighs in at 8.2%. Another tasty beer from the Troeg brothers!

Photo of jakester
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel.

Arrives a clear dark copper with a one finger head of cream colored foam. Looks pretty effervescent. The head drops to islands and a ring, with good lacing.

I'm not picking up much smell. Faint Munich and caramel malt, faint floral hops, and a little alcohol. Maybe it was too cold to start, but as it warmed, the smells didn't really pick up.

Flavor is clean, sweet malts, maybe some cherries, with just enough bittering hops to counter some of the sweetness. The Munich malt shines in this one. Very nice doublebock. As it warms, you can taste bready malts and some alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet, like it should be. Carbonation is medium. Finish is a long sweetness.

This is a good doublebock; sweet, malty, with a good kick from alcohol. Poundable, but watch out!

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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