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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,052 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,052
Hads: 2,885
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 119
Gots: 512 | 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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Reviews: 1,052 | Hads: 2,885
Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy deep ruby red color with two fingers of off-white head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is very malty with caramel coming through, and a hint of nuttiness. Only a bit of alcohol present. The taste is also very malty, lots of sweet caramel and alcohol present under roasted malts. A touch of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is pretty good too for a double bock of such strength. A nice solid brew. (528 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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! (468 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is a perfect copper color with an typical head of off white about a 1/2" tall. The retention was weak, but the clarity of the body was excellent.

Smell: Wow. A very strong smell that remids me of my first taste of beer. Strong lager scent, light alcohol, German malts and hops round it out. Not really a good one, but certainly memorable.

Taste: Again, this is an odd one. It has a very firm base of malt, munich and dark, that melds well with the alcohol content which I found to be apparent, but not obvious. There is a moderate note of hops that end slighty spicy giving a somewhat more pronounced bite than the German original bocks. I just tend to think this is less sweet than most other dopplebocks I've come across, and I'm not sure I like the departure.

Mouthfeel: Sort of light for a dopplebock, not cloying, low to moderate carbonation gives some life to the rich malts.

Drinkability: Not immensely drinkable. It's not bad to sip or to sample, but I don't think I'll revisit this one. I had 2 tonight because the first may have been too cold, and I feel like the second was a bit forced. I'm glad to have tried this, and I love Troegs in general, but I believe the rest of the six pack will depart in a slow manner. (1,256 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


An appealing crystal clear amber brown with a nice one inch tan head.


Sweet caramel malts with the biting spice of cascade hops.


A certain sweet nutty character pervades the mouth upon first sip to be followed by a very bitter hoppy finish. Not the double bock characteristics I was expecting, though not a bad beer. (367 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a brownish red color with a thick foamy tan head. This one smells a bit fruity with notes of chocolate and caramel. The nose on this one is not strong at all. Malty sweetness is what comes up front in the taste followed by a slightly bitter finish. This is a medium bodied beer that goes down smooth. The 8.2 percent was not noticeable which defiantly helped the drinkability. An above average Doppelbock that is good but not my favorite of the style. (466 characters)

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

Meh, high, seet, and thick, but nice enough to enjoy year round! welsomce troegenator!

Pours a rich amber color, with a light phrothy head that dissapates pretty quickly. smells equally sweet and spicey.

Tastevery rich, very malty. Malt is the dominat flavor here, with the hops in the aftertaste and finish, which gives it s slight, but noticable bitter flavor. The flavor is thick and there is also a secondary sweetness form the honey. Also it finishes with an with an odd mustyness added, which takes away from this brew, slightly.

for it's chewy/sweet nature, this is HIGHLY drinkaleit's noticbly smooth nature. Good drink ay time of the year (657 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish copper. Small bubbles on a decent head.

Aroma: Malty aroma with hints of metalic smells.

Taste: Heavy malt caramel up front. Toasted breadyness doesn't help the slightly thin mouthfeel. No hop presence noted.

Notes: Good beer. Not an outstanding example of the style, but it gets the point across and is flavorful. The thin mouthfeel was the downfall of my experience with this beer. (413 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber clear body, thin off-white head. Aroma of cedar wood smokiness, wet soil, sand, peat malt. No alcohol is noticeable to me, but were there some, it’d feel pretty whiskey-ish. Palate is lightly tart, very earthy with more smoke and peat malt stuff going on, but not much flavor developments. Sand undertones, mild bitterness. A rather quaffable example without much complexity and a airy medium body. (412 characters)

Photo of mtbikeguru
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bier pours a nice clear dark red amber color, not much head or lacing. There is a nice malt, and slight caramel nose. Taste initially is sort of a sweet maltiness but finishes a lingering slightly bitter coffee taste. But there are hints of dark fruits that seem to disintegrate on your tongue, slight astringent alcohol tate/smelll This is defiantly a very drinkable brew. (378 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice Brwon-amber color, good creamy head
But after that this beer is forgettable.
I just wasn't really impressed. The balance is too heavy on the hops which would be fine, but those aren't really in concert with each other. The malt again is ok, but that's about all I can say.
It's an ok beer. (298 characters)

Photo of yeagerbm
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer! poured a rusty-brownish red hazy body with a thin light brown head. Malty and fruity smell. Tastes great with notes of biscuity malt, fruit and warming alcohol. Very flavorful and complex but very drinkable. Another fine example of Pennsylvania brewing excellence. (278 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherrywood colored....nose is soft with hints of chocolate...body is a little light for a doppel....stradles the line a little...I really like the taste of this....has almost some nutty characteristics to go along with a hit of the chocolate...noble hop presence adds a nice dimension....like I said I really like this flavor..low carbonation and a smewhate sticky mouthfeel

Would compare favorably to Sprechers Doppel which I also find very tasty..better than Schells and Leinies....not as good as the heavy hitters (Optimator, Salvator, SA, Tucher)..still very enjoyable...I like Troegs and Troegenator is another fine beer of theirs... (643 characters)

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

Clear deep auburn tone. Thin beige head. Nice thick aroma of munich malts, molasses, yeasty breadiness and raisin. Taste is quite pleasing. There's some nice bready maltiness. An appealing brown sugary type of sweetness. And some slight tones of rum and raisin. Body is close to full. And the carbonation seems right on. And this beer is damn drinkable. Not quite a "Big Hitter", but damn close. I like.

Thanks ZAPONATOR. (424 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark amber, with a smallish head that didn't stick around long. Aroma is nice and malty with a hint of caramel and fruit. taste is more of the malt, with a hop twang that isn't usually present in a double bock. Mildly carbonated, slightly thin mouthfeel that has a nice quick sweetness followed by the hop twang. Even with the higher alcohol this is an easy drinking beer. (401 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure dark amber color with one finger white head and minor lace on tjhe glass.
Aroma of caramel. peat, scotch and hint of charcoal smoke.
Flavors of caramel, chocolate, light smoke and some minor earthy hop bitterness.
Muthfeel is rich and sweet malt but cut with herbal bitterness (very minor) at the finish.
Drinkability is extremly high, pour me another !

Thanks to beerluvr for the sample (409 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not the classic dopplebock, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it is an excellent beer. It pours a clear mahogany with an off-white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a nice ring of lacing most of the way down the glass. The aromas are strongly double bock-like with a strong maltiness overlying a caramel base with lots of fruitiness, mostly raisins and figs. The taste is strong, caramel, and malty until the fruitness of raisins and prunes kicks in. The final touch is a bitterness of hops that is unusual in a double bock. For me, hops is never a bad thing so this didn't bother me, instead it enhanced the flavor. It is thick and sweetish in the mouth and a little ascerbic as well. This is a drinkable beer from first sip to last and always makes me want another one. (804 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a surprisingly light color, only a deep mahogany. I was expecting a viscous looking umber brown approaching black. A thin topping of cream colored head dies into a light mist, bordered with a thick collar that keeps throughout. Great clarity, but I'm a bit disappointed with the color.
The aroma showcases a strong, potent caramel maltiness, with surprisingly agressive hopping. A moderate citric bite over mostly herbal hop scents. A bit of figgy fruit, with a tang of alcohol.
The flavor starts with characteristic huge malt. Moderate carbonation adds a bit of a rough sparkle, without the characteristic smoothness of what I'm used to in a doppelbock. The malt continues throughout, with a slightly burnt caramel flavor contributing a heavy sweetness. A mild wash of prune, fig and raisin, a bit of molasses sweetness, moving into a rather bossy hop finish. The malt is easily able to counter the hopping, but it bites with a slight citric bitterness that clashes with the caramel sweetness, like a caramel coated grapefruit slice. A touch of chocolate, finishing with a wash of alcohol. The hops linger in the finish, taking on a more pleasant herbal note that does a little better with the caramel. Big, heavy bodied.
The beer seems like more of an imperial export-style lager than a doppelbock. The hopping is way overboard, I think, reducing the huge malty sweetness that the style is famous for. A bit disappointing, considering how good their other beers are. It's not a bad beer by any means, I just don't think the hops work with the malt. It seems to clash, both on flavor and with what's customary for the style (1,642 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not what I was expecting from a double bock. Poured an redish brown with head that fars quickly to small ring of bubbles. Smells of alcohol, bread and light fruits.Tastes light crisp yeast mixed with fruit flavors along with a alcohol finish. Medium bodied brew not like any double bock I have had before not bad but pass me a Salvator next time. (346 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

troegs keeps reelin' me in further with each brew i sample of theirs, and i can make that statement even after sampling their troegenator, which, while still a good, enjoyable brew, has probably been my least favourite of their offerings thusfar. it pours a nice amber colour and is quite clear, with a 1/2 inch light tan head that hangs on for a while but leaves a decent stickiness behind. the smell is of malt, earth and a slight sweet cherry. the brew itself is medium bodied and starts off with a bold malt flavour, moves into a sweet cherry middle and has a nice warm alcohol finish. this one is not as hearty or complex as other doppels i've sampled. at times, it didn't even seem like i was drinking a doppel, but it was still good in it's own right. (758 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (689 characters)

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

Poured a very dark orange with a small tan head that dissipated very quickly leaving little to no lacing. The smell was malt and alcohol with some hints of grain and caramel. The taste was very sweet, and malty/caramel. The malt was defiantly the dominant flavor, very little hop taste and some alcohol in the background. Also some fruity notes were evident, raisons perhaps? Mouthfeel was good. This was a very full bodied filling beer, although I see that others felt it was thin for a doublebock. Reminded me of a barley wine in it's sweetness and consistency. Drinkability was good as well, I would have another if I happened to have more than one. I would defiantly try this doublebock again. (697 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color. Medium head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits. A medium bodied dopplebock. Malts are rich, fruity and sweet. Touch of toffee, bread and molasses. Very smooth tasting. Hides the 8.2% alcohol very well. Perhaps a little thin? A nice dopplebock. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. (359 characters)

Photo of Mangus
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - copper, redish-orange, very pretty, very nice, makes me want to take a hearty sip.

Smell - clean, light, malty smell with hints of earthiness.

Taste - damn nice. Sweet, slight maltiness lends to it's smoothness. Can taste the alcohol hint ever so slightly, almost like a tease. Reminds me of that nice MILF at cousin Joe's wedding I ended up going home with. Warm, sweet, a bit aged, and smooth like honey.

I'm a big supporter of local brews and I'm real happy to have Troegs Brewery in nearby Harrisburg. I really enjoy this beer. (555 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my fav's when it comes to US brewed dopplebacks. It was a very nice dark color, almost motor oil, with a tan head. The head retention was very nice and lasted quite a little time. It then fell to a thick laceing. The taste was nice and fruity, more of the plum variety, plus had many different malts included. It resembled the belgian brews quite well. I would recommend this one for anyone that is looking for a solid US brew. (442 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was amber, with a wispy white head. The smell is a very bready malt. The taste is a very heavy sweet, bready malt; however, the malt doesn't run wild like most of the other dopples, and alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is just right. Drinkability-wise, could have a couple more, since the sweetness isn't annoyingly cloying.

I said that dopplebock was my least favorite style, and I dislike most of the malt monsters, but this is so well-balanced, that I genuinely can enjoy this one. A great beer from a great PA brewery, and one I'll be looking for again. (619 characters)

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,052 ratings.