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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Troegenator Double BockTröegs Troegenator Double Bock

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very good

2,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 2157
Reviews: 1004
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%

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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Photo of Hopscat


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into stemless wine glass. Beautiful red color with much clarity.
Little head on pour with some lacing on swirling.
Nose is impressive with raisins, cherries and some toffee.
Taste follows well with malty sweetness and complexity of nuts /fruits in the middle and nice long finish slighty dry with some alcohol warming.
Overall I really enjoyed this dopplebock. Compares well with Weienstephaner Korbinian

Serving type: growler

02-04-2014 18:25:14 | More by Hopscat
Photo of Realbeer1542

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 1/2" white head - dissipating in seconds to some interesting surface lacing. Dark amber body.

Smell - mineral, malt, dark fruit (dry plum).

Taste - Alcohol first, dry fruit, light malt and slightly bitter but no hops. I did not find this overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - medium to high carbonation and tongue drying dull malt finish.

Overall - I was expecting a bit more complex malt and fruit and a bit tastier finish. Not a bad beer but not great. Two glasses was more than enough to satisfy my curiosity. Its better than some double bocks and something I may seek out again. Tried it a bit warmer and in a bottle and updated my rating. Good second or third beer after a rich stout.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2014 01:11:26 | More by Realbeer1542
Photo of Birdmarg741


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into an IPA glass

A: Pours chocolate brown with a red tint. Solid head with nice retention (at least in the IPA glass). Melts into a consistent thin foam that evenly covers the liquid throughout the course of the 20 min drink. Beautifully laces the side of the glass with every tilt.

S: Smells strongly of malt, dried figs and currants. Ethanol is detectable- more than I wish.

T: Tastes strongly of black figs and malt. Slightest hint of walnuts. Also great brightness at the beginning of the sip, acidic like, but not citrus- then quickly a bitter edge cuts in; Tannic almost - like the skins of pecans. Not off-putting though, - it really rounds out to a warm nutty flavor.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. I am a hop fiend, so for me I wish there was more going on in the mouthfeel - more stimulation upfront. But this beer shines more in the swallow.

O: Overall, certainly a fine double bock. Overall for the alcohol content, I wish there were stronger flavors going on. But a really nice beer and goes beautifully with food.

Serving type: growler

08-11-2013 01:17:23 | More by Birdmarg741
Photo of MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler poured on 2013 vintage, poured into a Rustico Novemberfest mug, drank 4/26/13 over approximately one hour.

A: 4.5 - dark brown coloration, moderate clarity (can even read through, which was surprising), slight white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, minimal alcohol legs

S: 4 - sweet, sweet notes...lots of candy, toffee, caramel

T: 3.5 - right of the bat is an intense sweetness, cloying sweetness...I can't really get into it on first bite; on the back end, however, there is a biscuity/bready maltness with laget yeast toastiness that dries it out somewhat...but still too sweet!

M: 3.5 - full-bodied, boozy and really sticky; little-to-low carbonation (may just be the growler was open for a bit too long though)

O: 3.75 - dopplebocks were one of the cross-over styles to craft beer for me, especially Spaten Optimator and Hooker's Liberator; as you can gather from the above, this one is particularly malty and sweet, and maybe I've grown out of this need for jolly rancher beers; however, there are redeeming qualities to this beer that pull it out of the candy house like it back-end bready malt character and lager yeast flavors

Serving type: growler

04-27-2013 01:55:34 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of JohannBock


4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a growler that we got after a tour of the brewery.

A: Beautiful deep amber color, almost on the verge of being purple. A nice 1.5 fingers of head that left some nice lacing.

S: Dark malt really comes out in the nose on this one, maybe some candied fruit smell as well.

T: All malt on this one, as it should be. Right up front it tastes like dark malt with a little candied sugar. That gives way to dark fruit (maybe fig?) estery flavors. The back end has some more malts and a little alcohol bite and warmness that definitely compliments the flavor, not a detractor at all.

M: Heavy and sticky but not too sticky that you can't have a couple of bottles, but be careful if you do. Sit there for a bit and you'll get some alcohol warmness rising up at the end.

O: Solid beer, great experience, definitely will go back to this.

Serving type: growler

09-01-2011 23:28:26 | More by JohannBock
Photo of Mojoman8561


4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed my first glass of this at Monks on Spruce Street in Philadelphia:

-L- Ruby red. Dark. Looks almost black outside of the light. Great head that clings to the glass.

-S- fruity but not over bearing. Plum. cherry. Sweet.

-T- Woody. Amazing malt flavor. The plum flavor is only a hint as is a roasting of the malts and a slight taste of chocolate.

-F- Bready. A tremndous dopplebock. Very complex with a bit of drynss at the end.

-D- Amazing. So smooth. Each sip I had left me wanting more. One of my favorites right now. I prefer this one at at a warmer temp so it got even better as the glass went on.

Serving type: growler

02-05-2010 12:10:58 | More by Mojoman8561
Photo of m1ked


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at WF Bowery beer room...its going to be my "red wine" for T-Day today.

A- Pours a slight ruby colored dark brown, like a dark maple syrup. Dark, but clear. No bubbles noted. On the pour it had a funger of sandy colored tight bubbles that very quickly fled, and left behind a thin wisp. No lacing seen here.

S- Roasty grains, a little etoh, some hints of dark fruit like raisins. Overall though not a strong nose at all, pretty muted.

T- Roasty, malty grains with some brown sugar/ molasses notes. Some cola, prunes, and a touch of biscuits.

M- Barely medium bodied, bordering on mild. Thin layer left behind on my tongue. Very low carbonation, which allows the sweetness of this beer to persist throughout the swallow.

D- This is not my go to style for beer, but I am excited about pairing this with the turkey to challenge my wife's red wine pick. Overall a good beer that I am glad to have had an opportunity to try.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2009 17:48:43 | More by m1ked
Photo of HopDerek


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

Poors a deep dark red/brown color with nice off-white head, average retention, and good lacing. Smells very sweet, lots of caramel, brown sugar, and molasses notes as well as figs and raisins, and the slightest bit of chocolate, hops, and alcohol. Tastes of sweet malt and chocolate and dark fruit beginnings with molasses and nuts in the middle with a earthy hop and alcohol finish. Medium/full bodied with nice carbonation, smooth and creamy with a crisp finish. Very sweet with a good strong alcohol presence. Not something I could drink a whole bunch of, but a very solid dopplebock that I'll enjoy when I'm in a dopple mood.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2008 21:59:56 | More by HopDerek
Photo of gwong

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber with a thin white head that lasted for a while. Some lacing left on the glass.

S: Roasted malts and caramel in the nose and some fruit too - a pleasant aroma.

T: Sweet fruit and raisin flavor - there's almost no discernible bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel and smooth on the tongue.

D: Mild carbonation makes this somewhat drinkable. You'll feel the alcohol quickly though so I can't say I'd drink more than a second glass in one sitting.

Serving type: growler

02-26-2008 04:47:06 | More by gwong
Photo of pavandal


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

11-03-2006 02:19:48 | More by pavandal
Photo of dutchboognish


4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer many times before but only in bottles and this time it was from a growler. What a difference! I loved it before but the tastes just jump out this time. The biggest difference that the freshness made was a strong nutty flavor present in the beer, which I absolutely loved. There was also more head and it was longer lasting. Other than those things it was pretty similar to a bottle but that was enough to impress me thoroughly.

Serving type: growler

05-17-2006 02:44:53 | More by dutchboognish
Photo of mynie


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours light and translucent with a nice head. Smells bready, bocky, and surprisingly alcoholic, even for its style.

Tastes quite intense. Aggressive bread starts thing off, followed by an strong bock-malt push that's equal parts astringent and zippy. Gets sweet again near the middle and ends dry with a long, lingering sourness on the back of your tongue.

Good, but it takes a few sips to get used to. I've had a few other d-bocks lately, but they've been the hyper-smooth big boys (Celebrator and Optimator), and I'm not used to one that's as rough around the edges as this.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 02:35:50 | More by mynie
Photo of bleedsblu


4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An amber color with a thick head, most likely from my poor pour.

Smell: Nice not strongly bitter or alcoholic.

Taste: Sweet and thick, hardly any bitterness.

Mouth fell: Thick and very enjoyable.

Overall: This is one of my favorite double bocks, well done fellas, very enjoyable and easy to enjoy

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 23:08:17 | More by bleedsblu
Photo of odatmatt


4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I like this Double Bock, it has a dark reddish brown color and a rich tan head that holds up pretty well with lots of lacing. You only get that nice head if you serve it cool not Ice cold, the flavor and aroma also open up when it's about 45 degrees. It's malty and fruity and very drinkable for a beer with an ABV of 8.2... If you have tried it ice cold and didn't like it I would recommend that you let it warm a bit and try it again. It is my go to beer for now!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 03:58:46 | More by odatmatt
Photo of msquared36


3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark with a red tint, bordering on purple.

Aroma is yeasty with a hint of sweetness.

Tastes of malt and very ripe dark fruit. Particularly as it warms, the fruitiness becomes predominant.

Rather heavy carbonation, but it works pretty well in balancing out the flavor.

Just an ok beer. Felt like it was missing something that I couldn't figure out.

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 00:53:19 | More by msquared36
Photo of PA-hunter


4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 16oz pint can into a glass. 8.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a very deep brown with a slight reddish tint. Quite dark. Not unlike the color of a root beer really. Also has a massive head that is a shade dark.

Smell- A sweet malty aroma, roastiness in the smell. Reminiscent of a roasted caramel chocolate bar.

Taste- Quite malty up front with a caramel chocolate type of sweetness that really lingers. It is not overbearing as it is not the usual sweetness since the roasted malt tones add much complexity. Only hints of fruit, perhaps along the lines of raisins. Still more chocolate than anything else to me. Alcohol undetectable to say the least.

Mouthfeel- Heavy and thick. The creamy qualities are appropriate to this beer and style. Clean slick finish.

Overall- I thought this was quite satisfying. To have a beer with over 8% abv covering that fact up so well and adding nice complexity is a solid craft. No wonder the ratings for this Troegs offering rank at the top of the doppelbock style. Troegs nailed it. Since it is so heavy, it may not be a beer that is bought often but is a must try for sure!

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 03:21:51 | More by PA-hunter
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to mps for helping me gets this one.

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with various hues highlighting the glass.

Smell - It seems a bits mild for a doppelbock, the sweet malt come to the front. The sweetness does seem to suggest the thickness of a doppelbock.

Taste - At the front was the chewy sweet malt. Later, one detects sour apple, banana, and brown sugar. The taste does linger, but the sweetness fades to more Earthy notes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The Doppelbock ws thick enough to coat the tongue and allow the taste to linger. At the same time, it doe snot really measure up to an elite doppelbock

Overall - It is not the best doppelbock I have had, but I would certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 22:17:54 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of Alextricity


3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A pretty clearly, a bit dark amber color. Nice head that goes away pretty fast and leaves no lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet. Reddy. Malty. Nothing unexpected. There's also maybe a slight spicy hop character to it, but it's certainly a malty, sweet beer just from the aroma alone.

Taste/feel: Tasting a lot like the smell. Solid, but not with a lot of depth, or blowing me away. 8%? Who would ever guess that? There's no booze in the taste, and there's no warmth at all. The feel is very nice on this -- a great nearly full-bodied mouthfeel and medium-ish carbonation. Again, just a lot of sweet malty "red" flavors in this beer.

This is an ignorant-as-all-hell review because I'm not sure I've had a Doppelbock before. From what I know about them, this is what I'd expected. I didn't think I'd love them, and I don't love this beer. However, the feel on this beer is great, and it's very drinkable at 8%. I'm just not high on the style, simply because I find it -- or at least this beer -- relatively interesting. I reiterate AGAIN, it's still enjoyable, and very well crafted, without a doubt. A great choice for people who love sweet, malty brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:16:16 | More by Alextricity
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a .5l glass.

A- Beautiful dark reddish brown with a rich off-white head, that slowly dissipates, and laces well.

S- This beer needs time to open up!
It's strong, give it time. Over time more ripe fruit, including banana as another reviewer wrote, along with caramel, malt, cinnamon, nuts, spice cupboard.

T- dark fruits & malt pre-dominate. cinnamon, and cupboard, mahogany, wet wood tones... like the smell, the taste blooms if you give it time. needs to warm & breathe.

M- Medium-heavy body, low carbonation. satisfying weight.

O- Very flavorful and complex beer. It's also a very drinkable doppelbock. Being in center of Pennsy German region, it makes sense that Troegs would trump this style!

The key is let it breathe, give it time. More and more complexity, ester, sweet flowers, with mahogany and pleasant alcohol emerges over time.

Would definitely recommend for winter sessions.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:30:44 | More by Act25
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearence: clear brown, thick off shore head with nice retention.

Smell: refined yeast, a bit of sweetness. Not unpleasant but lacking.

Taste: some deep malt notes and a bit of hops and hints of fruit but the taste was heavily overpowered by alchohal.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, full body, not dry. Very filling.

Overall: for me the flavors were lacking, do that the most discernable tadte was alchohal, which isnt too pleasant, I cant see myself buying this again and I had higher hopes from this brewery.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 06:44:48 | More by SteveB24
Photo of Flounder57


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced quickly to nothing. It is a deep crimson color

Smell: Sweet caramel, toffee, and bready malts followed by banana, raisins and some earthy and grassy hops.

Taste: Nice sweet malts, booze, bananas, raisins bready malts, nice alcohol, and mild tingly grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bready, sweet, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Mmmmm, I'm starting to enjoy doppelbocks. Especially during this blizzard here in Boston.

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 05:07:06 | More by Flounder57
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into Pilsener glass.

A: Pours a deep mahogany, and even with a mildly aggressive pour, there's not much head to speak of. Needless to say, the lack of head results in a lack of any lacing. Perhaps I was a little sloppy with the pour, but, as it stands, this one is very lackluster in the aesthetics department. Only a re-visit in the future will tell if the fault is with me or the brew itself.

S: Some brown sugar and malty sweetness. A slight hint of roasted grains underneath, but not prominent enough to balance out the sweetness. Comes across a bit too clean, but not off-putting.

T: We're slowly improving as we go. An aggressive wave of dark chocolate and caramel sweetness comes through, immediately cut down to size by some toasted grains and a slight twang of hop bitterness. Surprisingly, for a beer above the 8% ABV mark, the alcohol is absolutely shrouded for the most part. A very slight hint of it can be detected behind the roasty aftertaste.

M: Thank goodness this brew feels better than it looks. A medium-full body offering a well-controlled carbonation and a moderately creamy textures. Does a good job of expanding in the mouth and sliding across every tastebud. Finishes smooth.

O: I'm not "wowed" by this and it's definitely not Troegs' star brew, but it's not bad by any means. The flavors aren't overly complex, but they're satisfying and it offers exceptional drinkability. It's dangerous in the sense that it's flavorful and feels sessionable even though it's donning an 8.2% ABV. Not outstanding, but I'd recommend it to fans of the style. Worth picking up a bottle if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:56:26 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of hagbergl


4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (4.25/5): Deep brown-red, clear, ruby red highlights, a pretty two finger head of tan foam. The head dissipates fairly slowly but there's little of it that remains after drinking commences. Alcohol legs cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25/5): Strong notes of fig, black cherry and caramel and dark breads. Very clean and features a ton of dark fruits. Really great maltiness with a touch more hop presence than you would find in a traditional German import doppelbock.

Taste (4.25/5): taste follows the nose--highly malty, with notes of fig, black cherry, raisin and dark bread. Caramel and toffee (though none of the stickiness associated with those candies). Clean flavors (this is a lager–don't be fooled by this beer's decadence) and no alcohol present until the finish–the alcohol flavor is faint and sweet and supports the overall flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Troegenator is clean and nicely chewy (not sticky or resinous in any way), though I do wish it had a longer finish. The carbonation level is pretty low, though this is fine–indeed expected–from a beer of its size and style.

Overall (4.25/5): I have to agree with the majority of people that this is among the best American interpretations of the German doppelbock style. While there aren't that many domestic breweries that have put their spin on it to begin with, Troegenator is, simply put, a damn good beer that's great during the cold months and a great alternative to an imperial stout if you're burned out on that style but still want something big and dark in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 22:25:04 | More by hagbergl
Photo of ZagZagg


4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: An aged looking ruby red that appears to have light carbonation, a single finger head presented but vanished quickly. No noticeable lacing has decent translucence. Looks almost flat.

S: Smells sweet and malty, there is a spiciness that looms in the nose that is somewhat subtle. Caramel sweetness is soft and a bit boozy with fruity esters that add complexity making its direct identity hard to discern. Nose reminds me of the inside of a chocolate covered Maraschino cherry.

T: Sweet syrupy cherry character that is slightly boozy and a little warming. Not pinpointing a strong hop/bitterness. Velvet cherry is forward but followed by a moderately bold, but pleasant almonds and apricots evocative of amaretto liqueur. A bit of bready chocolate malt, maybe even pumpernickel.

M: Mellow and smooth on the tongue with a medium body and very little noticeable carbonation. Warm on the tongue with a mildly roasty and toffee aftertaste that lingers but remains pleasant.

O: Not too much experience with doublebocks, kind of reminds me of Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Pretty sweet and warming, different from the styles I have been recently indulging. Tröegs seems like it has some quality offerings and I’m exited to explore further.

I plan on going on a bock/doublebock tare this spring, I will return to the Troegenator.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:48:25 | More by ZagZagg
Photo of edfish


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass ...light head..massive lacing
smell is of biscuit/bread and light alcohol
Very rich taste of slamming malt, you know what is comming when you smell it!
Of course the mouthfeel is full of rich malty complexity..mmmm
Overall- a fanastic double bock !

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:32:29 | More by edfish
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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,157 ratings.