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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,051 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,051
Hads: 2,882
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 118
Gots: 509 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Photo of MikeWard
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Haven't had this in a while, and while I'm not a huge fan of Bocks or Doppelbocks, I do love most of Troegs standard offerings

Poured a reddish amber color, with decent head, which did not retain much. Thin lacing.

Smell was very sweet

Tasted pretty decent, sweet without being too cloying, went down quite smoothly

Mouth was medium, just about right, which added to the drinkability. Would be a dangerous session beer for me, because of the 8.2abv.

Overall, I have to say I quite liked it. Might be time to revisit other Doppelbocks to see if my palate has changed with regard to the style. (650 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, soapy, dense, tan head that collapses completely, leaving wisps of lacing. Intoxicating, sweet, almost spicy floral aroma with notes of toasted malt in the background. Deep, amber-burnt umber color. A thick, syrupy liquid starts spicy-hoppy with warming booze, a flash of alcohol as the sweet malt builds into a low-medium bitterness. Slightly toasted malt comes through, but fades away as the finish begins. Finish is lingering, spicy bitterness with a slight alcohol warmth and a sweetness.

Overall, not too shabby. A bit on the bitter side for my preference for this style, but it's no slouch. The aroma and mouthfeel are absolutely top notch. The spicy hop character almost reminds me of Capital's "Autumnal Fire"...and that's a serious compliment! (767 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A dark maroon. a light tan head that left as quickly as it came

S: Toffee and caramel immediately hit my nostrils. A sour malt follows. Lots of yeast and freshly baked bread. Brown sugar and a small hint of a dark fruit. Smells like granola a little bit. Chocolate comes through as well.

T: Toffee and caramel up front again. Lots of bread. Sour yeast. A light chocolate malt. Brown sugar in the finish. A light toast. Prunes and figs. Molasses. Cooking spices also some through in the finish.

M: Very big and heavy. Not a ton of carbonation but as you swallow you can tell its there. Sticky.

O: One of my favorite dopplebocks. An absolute go to. Its complex without really trying to be. Hits all the right notes. /91 (726 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark copper red/brown, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Aromas include caramel, black bread, oak, vanilla, and raisins.

The taste is great- dark and smooth as hell. Black bread, caramel, some vanilla, dark fruits (raisins and figs), oak, and sweet grain.

No alcohol perceived, which is great considering the ABV. Very drinkable and smooth, full creamy mouthfeel.

One of Troegs' best beers, one I will always love. (495 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber, with red highlights. The head is an enchanting gold color, and is creamy and long-lasting.

Smell: The strong aroma is undeniably sweet: milk chocolate, toffee, and faint fruity esters are complemented by fresh biscuit malt, and balanced by spicy hops.

Taste: Caramel and brown sugar-coated bread crusts are rounded out by roasted coffee, which creates a medium-light bitterness. The spicy hop character is present in the flavor as well as the aroma, but the balance is towards the malt, as is typical with this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation, and a finish just dry enough to counterbalance the sweetness. The presence of alcohol warmth is typical.

Overall: A tasty, complex, sweet-but-not-too-sweet doppelbock. More balanced than other flavorful dark beers in that it's neither more toasty than roasty, nor more sugary than spicy, etc. No one flavor dominates, making the complexity that much more enjoyable. (985 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light brown ruby color with a thin head with low retention.
Slightly hoppy aroma with lots of licorice and red fruits.
Flavor of red fruits, brandy, raisins, cocoa, maple syrup, prunes and pines. Dry aftertaste but with a smooth finish with its residual taste.
Full body with low carbonation, alcohol of 8.2% ABV seems soft and harmonic with the overall beer.
Robust but refreshing beer at the same time: Sin perder la condura. Excellent Doppelbock, complex but not tiring. Highly recommended. (503 characters)

Photo of Why-P-A
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours medium brown, not overwhelmingly dark or heady and seems slightly hazy.

S: Strong caramel on the nose and there is the surprising addition if earthy hop notes.

T: This is where the beer shines, malty and sweet but not syrupy, The overall flavor profile is much more on the hearty, flavorful side that is usually characteristics of ales rather than the traditional clean, simple tasty profile that often develops from lagering.

M: Not thick but this beer has a hearty texture. The minimal head does mot offer a creamy finish but still quite smooth and drinkable.

O: Double bocks are not a common style these days and this is one of the better ones going. A perfect beer for warming up on those cold winter nights, Troegenator stays true to the key elements of the style but offers some unique flavors as well. (832 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a brownish-red caramel color with a nice off-white head.

S: Treacle, raisin bread, maple, molasses, a hint of nutmeg. Very sweet aroma.

T: Birch syrup, mild hop bitterness, toasted grain, prunes, dark bread. A bit of alcohol in the finish.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: I wasn't too impressed by this one. (360 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a vibrant ruby hue. A tan three fingers of creamy foam sits aloft this fantastic pour into a pilsner glass. Superb retention but no real lacing. This beer is very enticing. Nose is dark ripe fruits, a little chocolate and plenty of carmel malt. As it warms the nose opens up with raisin, cherry, the promise of a little spice and a faint breath of floral hops. On the palate the complexity builds. It’s creamy and sticky with fruits and a full malt presence that expands with some biscuit. The malt has depth and is resilient and forthcoming during the drink. It finishes sweet and off dry with a smacking of hops bitter to coat the mouth while the malt stays up sweet and crisp . It’s light enough to drink but it’s on the heavier side of medium body. This is a big hearted and velvety doopelbock . Rousing and fat. Again Troegs does not disappoint. (881 characters)

Photo of wiegs4life
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Chimay glass.

A - Dark copper look. Looks like iced tea almost as some would prefer a long island ice tea.

S - This smells better then this taste which is rare in most of the beers i have drank. Oh yeah, i should probably describe what this smells like. This may be way off but it smells like fresh almonds even though i'm sure they were nowhere within the brewing process.

T - I find this beer tasting like nothing i can think of. It's kind of a unique taste.

M - This beer had a terrible feel. It has a rough texture and a horrible aftertaste that reminds you more and more why this beer isn't that good.

I'm not a fan of this brewery, and this beer is just another reason why. This is a standard beer that I think isn't worth a shot at. (768 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer relatively cool but it has warmed as I wrote that bit. It poured a dark mohagany colour and is clear! The one finger head faded to just a faint ring around the glass and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is caramel malty sweet dominant with raisin bread and cherries as well.

AS this beer warms, more comes out! Imagine that! It's main flavour is caramel malt and is really forward but there are definitely solid black cherry notes as well as a mild roasted flavor and a bit of bready yeastiness. (I love making up beer words). As the sip finishes the roasted notes actually dry out the sweet a bit keeping it from being "cloying" and some very mild peppery notes arrive. There is a VERY mild hop bitterness and a slight warming from the alcohol, but not much in the way of being noticed flavor wise.

The mouthfeel is obviously full and sweet and admittedly like candy, but it's not sickening sweet and quite drinkable. The carbonation is kept at bay by the sweetness and is low. Pretty typical for this style. It does make a transition into dry which is pretty interesting! LIKE!

Overall, I would LOVE to try this on tap as I find it pretty dang good in the bottle. Personal feelings about the beer aside, I think this fits into the style excellently especially with the roasted notes and also pulls off a pretty amazing cover up of the alcohol and provides some nice roasted notes. I would say that this is pert near being world class and gets a solid 4.5 out of 5 overall from me. (1,506 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Seemed to be a bit lighter in color than most bock's I've drank. Was a dark reddish-brown. Small brownish head, which dissipated rather quickly. A very attractive beer.

S - Typical bock aromas; Malt, roasted characters, chocolate/cocoa. Only thing different was a bit of a fruity smell. Very unique, but it worked.

T - A delicous dopplebock. Lot's of malt and cocoa notes, and a very unique bittersweet aftertaste. My friend (who appreciates good beer, but hasn't sampled a ton) said it tasted like "someone dropped berries in a Guiness". I wouldn't neccessarily say that, but I don't totally disagree. In addition to the typical bock flavors, there was a fruitiness, I'd say it was close to raspberry. Maybe even a bit of cherry, as well. Very unique, very delicious! Even at 8.2% ABV, alcohol wasn't detected, even as beer warmed. Can be dangerous!

F - Not as thick as some doppelbocks, so it was easier to drink. Fiar amount of carbonation here, as well. Can't wait to try this on a cold winter's night. Or day.

O - A damn good doppelbock. I've yet to meet a bock I didn't, so obviously I'm partial, but this is a delicious beer. Highly recommend to any bock fans, or any beer fans in general who enjoy robust, tasty beers with lots going on. (1,293 characters)

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A Amber/brown, auburn. No head.

S - warm raisin bread. yum. cherries, chocolate?

T/M - flavor explosion. perfectly well balanced malt. not overly sweet but it's still a dobblelbock, so it's there.

O - def could have gone for some frothy head on this, but maybe it's aged a bit...however the flavor profile is exactly what you want out of a doppelbock. noms (373 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is a copper dark brown with a foamy finger head.

The aroma has caramel, sweet roasted malt, and a spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon.

The flavor is quite lovely. The beer has big malts and caramel sweetness. It then lingers to that signature doppelbock stiffness in flavor with whole wheat breadiness. It has a round mouthfeel.

The finish has a bit of a nutty aftertaste that I really got a lot of from Paulaner Salvator. However, this has more aroma, rounded flavor, and sweet caramel malt. It’s quite decent. The aftertaste is a bit of an issue for me. (567 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (1,158 characters)

Photo of IrishHockey
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the one, the only, CRABBICUS!!! (He should be BA of the decade)

This ones great. I love the candy/cherry smell. Taste really follows suit. I can see my self drinking myself stupid with these on a cold winter night. Malty, candy, cherry, darker fruits. Incredible. I like it...
Cheers! (299 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ice tea color into a pint glass. 1/2 finger head.

Initially, the aroma was weak. Some fruit. Eventually with warming, fuller fruit, apple and grape.

The mouth feel is lightly carbonated and malty with warming. There is slight bitterness to the beer.

The headliner is the taste: excellent. Full fruit: apple, grape, perhaps fig.

Overall an excellent beer. The taste carries the beer. It's good to start out a bit colder( fridge temp) then warm gradually for a fuller flavor. (491 characters)

Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep red

S: Rich, sweet malt and candy. Some cherry and a hint of alcohol

T: Spicy and sweet. The malt dominates but like the smell, candy and cherries are there. Warming alcohol on the finish

M: Smooth

Overall: I really dig this beer. It's rich and sweet without being cloying or overly heavy. The alcohol is present just enough to compliment the malt. Very happy with this one (385 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a fingers worth of head that reduces to a cap within a minute

S: Spicy yeast, dark fruits, and bready malts all stand out quite a bit, with some earthy hops in the background

T: Follows the nose. Starts out with a light yeasty spiciness and dark fruits such as figs, raisins, and cherries. Goes into a deep bready maltiness that lingers into the finish. The spiciness kicks back up in the finish to go with the maltiness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy

O: A solid American doppelbock with plenty of depth and complexity. Very warming and nourishing with the 8.2%. Enjoyable (633 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of DougT
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured down the middle into a Guinness pint glass.

Clear dark brown with 2 finger thick, foamy, solid head. Settled to a thin coating after a couple minutes. A thin layer of foam remains until the end of the glass.

Smells of good, robust, dark bread. Yeast and prunes or raisins. My nose is slightly stuffy tonight so I might not detect the subtleties.

Taste has a complex blend of sweet dark fruits and heavy, dark bread up front. Slight hops on the back end. Carbonation really enhances the finish. 8.2% alcohol is not noticeable, a sign of a well balanced beer. Delicious aftertaste. Flavor of bread lasts a long time.

Smooth, medium body with lots of sparkle from the bubbles. Flavors involve the whole tongue. Feel and flavor last a long time. Great beer to enjoy slowly.

Delicious, complex, smooth, drinkable beer. Begs for a leather couch in a dark wood lined room in front of a toasty fireplace on a winters evening. Excellent of you like a less bitter, hoppy brew. (979 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very cool label with extremely eye-catching graphics, font, and color scheme. Gives ABV info, web info, a bit of brewery info. States that this is “Hand crafted by the Troegs Brothers”. Neck label has Troegs logo and web info.

Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz bottle into a 14oz Pokal glass. Pours out a deep amber red color with a 1½ finger tan off white foam head of an airy density. Head retention was 2min 46sec before fading to a thick frothy coating. Lacing was minimal.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of dark fruit and a bit of sweet caramel malts. Slight hits of cinnamon are detectable as well.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is malty with hints of dark fruits and a caramel malt sweetness. An underlying spiciness hits the palette next before finishing with a roasted nutty malt taste. Has a slight hop backbone.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a smooth crisp ever so slightly creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Wow! This brew was a real treat and excellent on every level. Extremely tasty with a fairly complex build. Troegenator came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Classified as a Doppelbock at 8.2% ABV. Consumed 1-31-13. (1,192 characters)

Photo of Foamster
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Troegs can do no wrong, even with this iteration, which seems just a tiny bit too sweet. If there's such a thing as a session doublebock, this would fill the bill. I prefer their hoppy ales but this is very nice for what it it tries to be. I could get into this on a snowy winter evening, especially with a little less sweetmess/ (329 characters)

Photo of JPlo
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark red/amber color. In between clear and hazy with rocky head thats average lasting.

Aroma: Nutty, toasty, smoky malt. Earthy and slightly floral hops. Aroma of alcohol.

Taste: Dark fruit (plum), caramelly, nutty/toasty malt. Smoe spicy slightly herbal hops. Strong sweet-tangy followed by balance of spicy bitterness.

Feel: Med-Full bodied. thick velvety consistency. Finish is very long as well as wet and warming. (433 characters)

Photo of dougmiller112
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a Troeg's variety pack, which includes 6 Troegenators.

Appearance: Red with little head. I'm a poet and didn't realize it.

Smell: Dark fruit. Cherry?

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Tastes to me a lot like Mad Elf's little brother.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation, but the taste keeps ones mouth watering.

Overall: This has been a beer I've had a hard time saying no to for quite some time. But it's one I've not bought often. Perhaps that should change :) (470 characters)

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.