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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,514
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 93
Gots: 247 | 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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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep auburn color with a 1 inch off-white head. The head did not last long, but there was a nice lacing left on the glass through the drink. The aroma was of malt, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. The malt levels of this dopplebock were just right in my opinion - not overbearing but hearty enough for the taste buds. Some caramel tones and very mild bitterness rounded out the flavor. The alcohol level was barely noticeable.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a very slight dry aftertaste. The malt flavors last on the tongue for a while after swallowing. This is a little lighter in body than other doppelbocks, which adds points to the drinkability scale. Very tasty brew.

Gavage, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.8%

InspectorBob, May 19, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (TM) had been hearing noises that sounded like CANs coming from Hershey, but it was not until Sunday night during a visit to The Fridge in advance of a visit from my local trader, tone77, that I spied this one and Perpetual IPA on the shelf. The CANQuest (TM) is honored to have one of the first CAN reviews on this site as part of the approach to CANQuest Review # 1000!

From the CAN: "Pack it in, Pack it out!"

How far back do I go with Troegs? I have one of the ceramic drinking horns from when this beer was initially released, many years ago. I will be deCANting into a shaker glass in this case, in the interest of being able to see color and clarity.

It must be humorous, somehow, to put a high-gravity beer like this into a tallboy. The Crack! was loud and the inverted Glug required the practiced hand of the CAN Master to CANtrol from an overflow. I had an initial two fingers of foamy, light-tan head before it began to fall, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-ruby or garnet (The ex-Old Lady and I also had that debate during my visit), (SRM = > 27, < 34), with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with dried, dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and dates along with a fresh-baked breadiness. I could envision fruitcake from when my maternal grandmother used to bake it. It had an earthy richness to it that likewise put me in mind of B&B Brown Bread, also in a CAN. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very much like brown bread with raisins! I like slicing off a piece, putting it in the microwave briefly, putting some butter on it and then eating it. The bread, I mean. The beer probably would not be as enjoyable coming out of the mike, but it was darn tasty coming out of both The Fridge and my fridge. I really did not notice the alcohol until the finish when I got a slight burning tickle in the back of my throat. The beer hides its ABV well, which CAN be a dangerous thing if you are not careful. The finish also left me tasting caramel along with the fruit and it just occurred to me - molasses. Wow! This is definitely a rich beer and on a cold day like today, it was just the ticket before hitting the hay.

woodychandler, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

drewone, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden mahogany edges and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Spicy aroma with lots of sweet malt, subtle dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Hints of zesty clove and pepper along with some hazelnut and chalky tart yeast.

Fuller bodied than expected with lots of sweet malt, subtle chocolate and spice. Lots of clove, cinnamon and brown sugar balanced out by hints of sweet caramel malt, chocolate, toffee and hazelnut. Slightly toasted with some rye, toffee and biscuit flavor. Spicy up front, quickly balanced by the full malt body. Silky and flavorful with a well masked ABV making it dangerously drinkable.

corby112, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room into a standard Troegs pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a small one finger off-white head that leaves only a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S - Rich roasty aroma with hints of caramel and other toasted malts. A faint aroma of grassy hops and dried fruits. A faint hint of the alcohol lurks in the background but is there.

T - Huge amounts of roasty goodness. Similar to the nose with caramel, toffee, and other toasted malts. A faint bitterness from the grassy hops is a welcome addition. Flavors of dark fruits develop on the pallet once the roasty flavors subside. The alcohol is ever present and adds a warming sensation to the pallet.

M - Medium body and flavor with good carbonation. Smooth feel that warms the pallet thanks to the alcohol. Finishes a little on the dry side.

D - Fairly high for a double bock with this much ABV. One of my go to beers when I am at a bar with less than desirable options on draft. A great example of the style and great for a cold day like we have been having around here lately.

orangesol, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light brown with an off white head. Lots and lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is malty, syrupy, raisins, and toffee.
The taste is of the same decent aromas mixed around in a decent take on the style.
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and full bodied.
Drinkability is decent. A nice regional doppelbock.

weeare138, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle into a pint, no indication of freshness but it was recently purchased in the tasting room so no worries about quality/shelf life.

Troegenator appears a clear dark amber color with a thin lace of tanned bubbles across the top for a head. Faint rising bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface and collect around the inside perimeter of the glass and appear with a color that is slightly stained yellow. Aroma of this beer is pretty much dominated by the scent of malt leaning towards being a bit like dark caramel or a bit like molasses, only a faint trace of hops is present and the slightest touch of butter. Taste is malty sweet with flavors of caramel, slight molasses, and just a bit of buttery tones with a minor hop bitterness and nice alcohol warmth. Medium feel with a modest amount of carbonation and a increasing amount of alcohol character as the beer warms. Once Troegenator warms, it displays a greater depth of the malt profile with flavors that are at times a bit nutty. Overall pretty good.

stakem, May 29, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark but brilliantly clear ruby colour, with a filmy head of yellow foam. Head dissipates a little, but sticks to the edges with pleasant lacing. Looks quite heavy and thick. I approve, in particular, I love the colour.

Huge phenols of wonderful banana and dark toffee. Really smells quite German - it has notes of the good German weizens, with the toffee of a wonderful weizenbock. Really, it reminds me of Aventinus - full of dark alcohol, but toffee sweetness and leavened wheat notes. This is really wonderful.

Taste is very similar, with roasted toffee notes, but not too grainy, and certainly not burnt with acrid dark characters. Delicious clear mouthfeel, which is what leavens the palate otherwise, leaving just the slight roasted sweetness, without creating something too heavy or cloying. It stays incredibly drinkable, a clear and pleasant roastiness, just folded in with a light dark sugar note.

This is an exceptionally drinkable brew. It has such a wonderful clarity to the palate, which leaves it quaffable and delicious despite the alcohol content. This is truly comparable to the best German examples - once again, the US shows me what it is capable of. Tröegs really know what they are doing with this brew, and showcase a truly world-class doppelbock. Astonishingly good.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 24, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and a moderate amount of dark amber and crimson red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a very large patch of medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and dark malts with some lighter aromas of caramel sweetness with a hint of brown sugar. That is followed by moderate aromas of dark fruits (plum and raisin).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet dark and toasted malts with some lighter notes of caramel and toffee. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark fruits (plum and raisin). Hints of grape/vinous notes in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a pretty enjoyable brew but definitely more of a slow sipper, and one that I could only have a single glass during an evening (it is pretty big even though the alcohol is pretty well hidden).

dbrauneis, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Billolick, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, pretty beer, ruby red with tan head. Smells of typical doppel fruit, licorice, with hints of smoke and bread. Taste ends with tinge of alcohol, but the rest of rich berries, caramel malt, and I know as "doppelbock licorice." Maybe there's a better name for that flavor, beermail me if you know it. Easy to drink at 8.2%, if I were in PA, I'd pick up a sixer.

Thanks to JohnnyM2002 for the trade.

tempest, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty..Aaron for this and many others.
Poured a nice bronze color with a tannish head that faded as I sipped. Nose was caramel, brown sugar, slight hops and malty. Taste was caramel, sugar, Munich malts and maye even choco or caramel malts too. Hops was not a typical US hop profile, very subtle. Tase also carried a nice amount of dried fruit like raisins and figs. Mouthfeel was alright.

barleywinefiend, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy mahogony with a short pancake head that quickly fades.

Smells sweet and malty with a burnt sugar and soy sauce finish.

Subtle burnt sugar taste but with a hoppy backbone. A little sweet, but the hops balance that. I'm not sure the hops and malt are as integrated as I'd like.

Fairly highly carbonated, a little sticky, but still nice. Fairly drinkable, but the lack of integration would begin to bother me.

Georgiabeer, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Troegenator served at Haydn's on Pine in Harrisburg, PA.

Appearance: The bock has a deep ruby red color and a thick, THICK head.

Smell: The bock has a semi-sweet deep malty aroma. There is no sign of any hops.

Taste: The bock has a strong malt aroma, bordering on very sweet and caramel-like, that finishes long. That malt character lasted a long time after the beer was gone.

Mouthfeel: The bock's strong malt character gives the beer a sweet feeling without overdoing it, nice.

Drinkability: The beer is very drinkable, a little too strong though (costing it a bit). A nice interpretation on the style.

akorsak, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra but I can't remember from who. Sorry.

Poured into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a bit over a finger of dark khaki head. Fades down a bit, with decent retention. Leaves a few rings. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: Sweet, rich, and malty. Some dark dried fruits. Cherries show the most. Also get some caramel malts. Also has a hint of tobacco.

Taste: Again, rich and malty with a bit of sweetness. Dark dried fruits. Cherries and raisins. Caramel and some sweet toffee flavors. Again, I get a subtle tobacco flavor. Big and malty.

Moutfeel: Sweet and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends really malty with a touch of alcohol showing.

Overall, a decent doppelbock. Fairly easy to drinking. Big and malty with some rich flavors which is good for the style. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

mothman, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ejimhof, May 09, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a warm amber body that is crystal clear with a gentle carbonation of micro bubbles. There is a thin ring of light tan foam that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a soft sweet toasted malt smell but it is very light and smooth.

T- This beer has a spicy sweet caramel malt favor with a faint dark malt hint and a very light pot caramel note that doesn't get in the way of the malt flavors but enhances it. There is a soft hop bitterness in the finish that supports the malt flavors nicely.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that gives it a cask poured quality.

D- This beer has good malt flavors but they are very smooth and a bit muted. The pot caramel flavor was not overpowering but just enhanced the malts. The hops balance was just enough to finish the beer with a nice lagered quality making this very drinkable.

rhoadsrage, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 2/9/2012. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color, with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, molasses, biscuit, raisin, plum, banana, light chocolate, herbal hops, and a touch of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, biscuit, molasses, chocolate, raisin, banana, toffee, nuttiness, herbal hops, and light spiciness. Lingering notes of raisin, caramel, molasses, biscuit, chocolate, and herbal hops on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor complexity and balance. Nice maltiness that is not cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy, chewy, and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Quite smooth to drink, but is still a sipper. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock. Nice flavor complexity and balance; and very enjoyable.

superspak, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is dark plum to amber in color with an inch of beige head. Audible fizzing. The aroma brings lager yeast, dark fruit, plums, toffee, caramels. Sweetness that was present in the aroma carries into the flavor. Lingering sweet toffee chews, candy. Hints of brown bread. Malty throughout. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. With Ayinger Celebrator sitting around on shelves at most decent beer stores, it's hard to choose another doppelbock. Still, this is worth a visit.

Huhzubendah, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a regular pint glass. I cant believe i have not had this yet.

A- Troegenator (love the name) Pours out a very dark copper/bronze color. Up towards light it has a mixture of orange and deep red to it while it has a very clear view through the glass. Did not get more than 1/2 inch of beige head that left no lacing. Oh well the color is very nice.

S- I'm getting an overall sweetness from this double. Alot of sweet malts and some hops giving off a certain pineiness common with troegs brews. Bready qualities with some spice.

T- A nice mix of sweet and toasted malts giving off the usual caramel/toffee flavor. This one has hops in it for sure. A bit of syrup and raisins with an overall bready quality. This has a slight earthy quality. The 8.2% while well hidden shows up.

M- Overall medium bodied, maybe a step above as a slight bitter quality is felt. After 5oz or so I started to get a not so pleasant aftertaste which included the alcohol. A good amount of carbonation is felt as well.

D- I usually drink my troegs right up but i took my time with this one. While i enjoyed it i was not so eager to finish it. The abv is not the problem, it's probably the aftertaste. All and all I enjoyed this.

BARFLYB, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep, clear amber color. Low carbonation. Nose is malty. Medium bodied. Starts with semi-sweet raisins, finishes mellow, the high ABV is not noticable. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, Va.

jdhilt, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. 12 oz poured into a bottle, ruby notes and some off white head. Looks like the good doppel I know it is. Kinda have a history with these.

S. Spicey, malty, boozy. Tasty and unique.

T. Sweet caramel notes from the malt. Some delicious sugar coated fruit flavors (fig, date) are underneath. Just a slight bitterness to balance, and it finishes on the sweeter side and incredibly strong.

M. Full bodied, flavorful, sweet.

D. This one is dangerous. A six pack will be the end of you, guaranteed. But that is the allure of the Troegenator. Its sweet and very well crafted, and can lure you to drunkeness easily.

Stinkypuss, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnnyM2002

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is of sweet malts, and caramel. The taste follows the nose. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Drinkable, a slight twist on a doppelbock, just about like many other's I've had from this brewery.

Wasatch, Mar 24, 2007
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,514 ratings.