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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Reviews: 1,094 | Ratings: 3,088
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice reddish-orange amber pour. Very thin head.

Aroma - lightly sweet and grainy, leaning to the malty, raisiny side, kind of earthy too. I wish there was more intensity here to enjoy.

Taste - good malt and chocolate base, some roastiness in there and a kind of unsweetened raisin flavor, very intriguing. A little sweeter on the swallow to go with some light balancing hops. The hops linger a bit on the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, raisin and clove come on stronger as it warms. Overall, a milder but appealing doppel.

Mouthfeel - appropriately smooth with average carbonation.

Drinkability - goes down very easy, one of the easiest drinking doppelbocks I've had.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a clear dark copper with a thin, fading off white head.

Smell: The smell has a sweet malty feel, with nice caramel notes, balanced out by gental aromatic hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a very balanced and smooth caramel malt mixed with yeasty, almost bready notes. The balance is dead on, and the malt flaovrs are very rich and pure tasting. The hops only add the tiniest bit of bittering in the finish, leaving it with a wonderful aftertaste and mouthfeel.

Drinkability and Overall: It's been some time since I last had this beer. Since then, I've had many more Doppelbocks, including many good true German onces, and this beer is still killer. Quite a good representation of the style, without having that normal American bock flavor.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, almost red with a thin white head that dissapates quickly, with moderate carbonation. The aroma is dominated by malt with hints of raspberry, caramel, vanilla and oak. The taste is quite malty just like the smell and you get just the faintest hint of hopping in the background. The malt flavor is not overwhelming and is quite well rounded with a tart fruit flavor (raspberries or perhaps strawberries or even cherries) and a smooth vanilla flavor as well as a molasses sweetness that follows. The finish is slightly dry and bitter but that makes it all the more refreshing. I haven't had many dopplebocks but i enjoyed this one. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation, and it hides the alcohol fairly well. Not an "excellent" beer but pretty damn good, and it seems like it could be sessionable despite the high alcohol.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown/rusty color with an off white head that settles down into a minimal covering. Fairly active carbination. Aroma is of carmel & a little vanilla. Flavor is a bready maltiness, with more hints of caramel and vanilla. Little to no hops present in the flavor, this is NOT a brew for you hopheads out there. Sweetness is cut by a hint of alcohol, but it’s well hidden for a beer listed at 8.2% abv. Medium body & texture. Has a fairly clean, slightly bitter finish. Overall, one of my favorite beers, it turned me into a Doppel lover!!

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Photo of kegerator
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first Troegs beer i have had. Very nice indeed.
Pours out an Amber/Brown color(interesting) with a 1 1/2 inch head thats off white, fairly thick and creamy. It dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
Aroma was hidden to me. I couldn't pick up a whole lot with this one. Taste was a malt bomb with hints of candy brown sugar, chocolate and caramel. Not overly sweet at all which leads me to believe there is some balancing hop there but I am not picking it up in the flavor. The alcohol is well hidden. Its slightly chewy and fairly medium bodied. Smooth and easy to drink for sure. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of SEOhioSipper
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the color was a deep reddish-brown, with a nice creamy tan head that was short lived

there was a definite chocolatly, malty aroma--very nice

Taste was roasted, with slight chocolate hints and slight spice after tones from the ABV--the ABV is well hidden by the maltiness,
As it warms toward room temp. it gets slightly sweeter.

Had a good mouth feel with a good medium body, good carbonation
More similar to a regular Bock except for the ABV

Very Drinkable, Well hidden ABV makes it easy to have 2-3, Will definitly buy again

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beauty to behold - warm cherry amber hue with a clinging, cream colored 1/2" head of loose foam. Nose rang of light yeast, but hinted at the richness to come. Boy, is this nice and rich, full of mellow malts that finished like it started - rich, very smooth, almost creamy, and full of rich malts. A very enjoyable and highly drinkable brew, but be careful of that high ABV...could sneak up on you as you enjoy this.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There I go with all 3's again. Basically, I didn't think the beer was bad or anything, but it didn't have enough other characteristics to knock my sock off. Appearance, clear amber, no real head to speak of (and I poured it myself). Aroma is a bit light actually, mostly low malty notes. Tastewise, the initial sweetness seems a bit one note. I think it does a good job hiding the alcohol. After that initial sweetness, the finish seems a bit thin and undone. Also seems a bit flat, unfortunately.

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Photo of BruceBeerman
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber appearence. I was expecting a very hoppy beer from this brewery. Nope. Nice balance of malt and hops. It is very strong at 8.2 ABV but you don't notice it until you stand up. No strong alcohol burn like some other strong beers. This is a nice replica of a german Dopple Bock. After drinkin it, I was reaching for another. However, make sure you are at home and not driving if you reach for another. The carbonation is real light and not much lace clinging to my glass. I think it could use a little more mouthfeel for a beer that has that much malt. Overall, it was definantly worth $26.50 for a case. Great value for your money.

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Photo of clvand0
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to merlin48 for the bottle of this one. Pours a ruby color with a moderate head that falls fast and doesn't leave too much lacing on the glass. The color seems wrong on this one. Aroma is full of malty goodness with some nuttiness. Nice. The flavor was much better than I expected. Very nice. Smooth and almost creamy. Lots of malty caramel goodness and a slight chocolate and roasted character. This one surprised me and I liked it a lot.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks merlin48! This beer pours a clean, ambered red color with a small coating of head over the liquid. The nose is caramel and nutty roasted in nature. I like it. The flavor is nice, with a prevalent caramel sweetness laying heavily over a roasted nuttyness. Very nice. I like the balance in the flavors. The feel is thick, with minimal carbonation. I find this beer to be very easy drinking. The flavors are really nice together. Good show.

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Photo of ski271
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium-dark copper with an off-white, creamy, small head that quickly diminished to a film and left sporadic lacing.

Smell: Mild. Malts are dominant, of course. Caramel, grass, and a hint of resin.

Taste: Malty & sweet. More caramel sweetness, lightly bitter, and a slight dark fruitiness. The finish is long and very sweet with a light alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Filling and sweet, like a doppelbock should be. A decent beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is dense and cream-colored. It dies filmy. Very nice color to the beer: a clear, red-brown. Spots of all sizes lace the glass. Aroma is quite peanutty. Nutty, fruity, bubblegummy up front. The middle is a thick, caramel malt; sweet; nice butter. Finish is nutty, fresh, bitter, grassy, corny. A very nice, tasty, full, rich, fruity, nutty, bubblegummy beer. Quite buttery and milky. Delicious: what I'm looking for when I pop a doppel.

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Photo of brewQ
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What took me so long to sample a Troegs?
Well in this case it was listed on the Import (England) section of the bar beer list! (Apparently Harrisburg is a foreign country for Pittsburghers).

Poured Very nice- a 3/4" thick head. A golden raisin brown color.
I picked up wine like fruitiness and malts in the nose.

A balanced, smooth brew that hits me as well on style. Finishes with a tad of warming alcohol. Easy to sit back with a few of these.

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Photo of mentor
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Jan, 2005. Hard poured to obtain almost no head...just a tiny ring around the glass. Looks like a gorgeous bock, dark rust orange in color, but is mildly cloudy. Smells of caramel, chocolate, and I get a hint of orange. Whoa, the taste is sweet malty and smooth. Caramel, bready, vienna (or munich) malt, and a bit of baker's chocolate (which I certainly wasn't expecting). Has a piercing fine carbonation that adds a hint of sour/acid immediately after the swallow. Any hop bitterness is gentle, but I do get a bit of zing late that could come from hops. Tough to tell, as the zing could be the result of alcohol and carbonation combined. This beer contains some bock character mixed in with many other non-traditional bock characteristics. Medium thick body with moderate carbonation (but the carbonation forms piercing bubbles on my tongue).

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer is a clear amber with not much head retention. The aroma is nutty, fruity, and a little sour. The flavor is dominated by the malt. There is little hopiness. A bit of fruity tartness. The high alcohol content is noticable. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't really call this a doppelbock. Actually, I'm not sure what style I would put this in.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the drafting room in Exton. Maybe next time I won't be having a big fight with my significant other when I'm sampling this one ;-) Either way a very nice Double Bock. Dark ruby with brown edges and a nice enough head of whipped coffee foam. Aromas are all about sweet roasted malts, chocolate malts, caramel malts, and MALTS. The taste follows suit, and as I find most Doppels, it is quite one dimensional, but still damn tasty and good. Where is the 8.2%? Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Warming, chewy, and filling. Drinkability is great for a bigger abv lager. Damn good stuff. I hope to try it again next Winter!

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I stashed this bottle for several months to see what would happen. 12 oz. with no freshness date. Served at about 50 degrees. Pours a reddish brown (more red than brown) with an off-white 1 finger head that leaves little lacing. Scents are very sweet - caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, bubblegum, raisins/plums/figs, alcohol and perhaps a hint of roses. Hop spiciness is the first flavor to hit, but followed closely by thick, chewy malts with more bubblegum, chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol. Citric hop flavors and hop bitterness eventually make themselves known. Has a nice warming feeling. Too thick and strong to make a good session beer but makes a wonderful after-dinner beer. I don't remember the other 5 beers from the six-pack smelling/tasting this complex - even though I don't have tasting notes from those I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the aging had a positive effect on this beer.

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Photo of Zraly
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An interesting cherry brown color with minimal head. No lacing, no clinging. A nice, fruity scent lifts up the spirit of things, though.

A malt lover's dream. Nice notes of toffee, sugar, pears and a hint of chocolate sweetness. A tad nutty. Not necessarily true to doppelbock style, though. Things could be helped along by a bit more carbonation. A very dry aftertaste that could be helped, again, by a little more bubble. There is a slight lemony tang in the finish as well. Subtle alcohol feeling. Warm and generally tasty. And for over 8% ABV, this is a rather smooth endevour.

Try with some marinara and cheese stuffed pasta of your choice. Unsuspecting folk may even approach the glass as if it were red wine because in the right light, it looks as so. Such folk are in for a bit of a suprise.

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Photo of bultrey
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of a bottle at Brickskeller in Washington DC. Pretty dark brown/black, but not necessarily opaque. Minimal head.
Smooth, smooth beer. Very, dare I say dangerously easy to drink. Not much of an aroma, but what's there is nice.
Flavor is bittersweet chcocolate, tobacco, maybe a little concentrated red fruit?
Hard to believe this is 8 percent ABV. Nice.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st of all, I was suprised on Christmas Eve when Sulldaddy showed up on my doorstep with a growler freshly filled of this beer. Well, that was the beginning of our drunk fest for the day!

Pouring the Troegenator into my glass, it appeared an amber/chestnut color that was clear and clean looking with a nice 1" head that eventually dissipated leaving a nice edge layer around my glass. Upon smelling it, I got the scent of plums and berries throughout it's body. It also smelled very clean and malty. Taking the first sip, i got a bitter and smooth taste with less carbonation than expected. The carbonation that WAS there tickled the front of my tongue a bit and then the fruit dark malts came through in the flavor. It finished with a smooth almond flavor or roasted malts. Mouthfeel was pretty decent in that the carbonation was a little tickly at first w/ a SLIGHT alcohol burn at the swollow. However, much time spent in my mouth was smooth and pretty light in body - lighter than expected. Another nicely done product by the Troegners!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I filled a growler of this at the brewery. The beer pours into my pint glass a clear chestnut color with beige spongy head. Aroma is generally sweet with fruit, (white grapes, plums and berries), some toffee and a lite floral hop presence. Overall appealing but mild. Flavor is sweet up front as well with caramel and toffee giving way to a bit of earthy hops in the middle and then a roasted malt and nutty almond finish. THe body is pretty thick and texture is smooth and very easy to drink. The finish is fruity and chocolate and lingers on my palate for a while after swallowing. Nice complexity for a clean lager. Lots of malt and only a faint hop presence. QUite a tasty brew in my book!

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Photo of heidelbeerg
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was not what I was expecting. I have not tried too many of this style but I really expected something a little darker in color and stronger in flavor. This poured a copper color brew with a thin white head. The smell was very malty and sweet. The taste is malty and sweet with not much else going on. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste along with lingering alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel but not very rich. Good drinkability. This beer is good tasting but not what I was expecting at all. I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't search it out either.

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Photo of far333
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark honey colored with an off-white head that rises up to a half-inch and lingers long. Aroma of sweet malts, lots of caramel, some light brown sugar. Flavor is very rich, full of sweet malt, some pear and honey, finishes with some cinnamon and a faint hop flourish, plus a warming tingle of alcohol in the back of the throat. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber color, big fizzy creamy-toned head.
Aroma is nutty, cocoa-ish,malty and dark, full of darkish fruits, winey a bit.
On the palate, a blast of malt, tiniest hops, hot fruitiness, rich taste, some herbal/vegetal in the mix. Strength sings above the fray, but the flavor isn't big enough to redeem it.
8.2%? Pretty high for a doppelbock, and I wish it weren't so, but it feels a touch too high, against what little lies in the body here. Big and beefy, malty and bready, huge yeastiness, but it's not enough...not enough yeast, not enough malt, not enough flavor...don't know, but while it's good, it's not great.
I like the label, though it took me awhile to get. A satyr...well, they have goat legs, oh, yeah, goats=bocks, so, I guess doppelbocks = demi-gods with goathinds?
Nice beer, but could be a lot better.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,094 ratings.