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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,080
Hads: 2,988
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 126
Gots: 593 | FT: 4
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 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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Photo of granger10
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer goes under my wtf? department. This is not a dopplebock in how I know a dopple to be. Maybe an imperial maibock but not a dopple. Pours the color of a shiny copper penny with a thin, small bubbly white head. Smell is really spicy and slightly malty. Taste has a rich malty sweetness upfront and then a nutty flavor underneath. The spicy euro hops are there the whole way but they seem to really come out with the nutty flavors. Alcohol is well hidden until the finish where it is drawn out and lingers. Not a bad beer, but nothing great either. Kinda rough which is odd for a lagered beer. Mouthfeel is medium to thin which doesn't help. In the end though, I was craving a dopplebock and this beer didnt come through.

I am still glad to have tried it, much thanks to Shapudding for the beer!

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Awake the Troegenator...says the bottle

Appearance-Deep reddish brown mahogany colored body, an ok head that sticks around and leaves lace. Looks appetizing in the pint glass.

Smell-Hoppy, some spicy malt kicked in, rather earthy odors, various hops come out but not that powerfully.

Taste-Dark, quite smooth, a lot of bitter hops hit the palate immediataly along with spice from the malt, some disguised alcohol comes out, given the high octane of the brew.

Mouthfeel-deceptively smooth, an interesting flavor, quite powerful as well.

Drinkability-it obviously isn't a session beer due to the ABV but it's very drinkable and smooth, just know what your doing.

Overall-very good interpretation of the style, the alcohol doesn't overpower it and it's surprisingly drinkable. Retains the high quality of Troegs in its own fashion and while I prefer some of Troeg's other offerings (only because this isn't my most favorite style) I can still recommend drinking it. Beware the Troegenator.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark copper color and was a little cloudy with bubbles rising from the bottom. Thin foamy head produced a nice lining about the glass. The aromas I detected were of cherry, spice, and maybe just a hint of chocolate. The taste was interesting. At first I encountered a strange nutty, perhaps chestnut, flavor in the beginning. Upon subsequent sips I found fruit, and a bit of spice and bitterness creeping in at the end. The mouthfeel was good, but nothing too exciting. My verdict: not a bad beer. I'd only drink it if there were no better alternative.

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Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to santoslhalper for giving me the chance to try this great Brew.

Poured a deep Mahogony color with a just barley a hint of thin white head.

Smelled strongly with various scents coming through including a deep musty earthy hop odor, some mildly burnt malts, and a heavy woody cedar smell also.

The taste was very complex with a strong wood and walnut flavors penetrating at first with a nice toffee malt flavor coming through with a very deep earthy hoppiness to it. Tasted very unique, which is hard to come accross anymore.

Mouthfeel is a strange combination of an oily fuzzy feeling that seems to linger long after it has been swallowed. Very interesting.

Drinkability is very good, obviously not someting you are going to make a session out of due to the high ABV, but definitly something I would keep on hand if it were available in my area. Highly recommended.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label lore: Greeted by an old cartoonish bearded man with horns type character. 8.2 % ABV.

Pours clear yet mahogany dark with a pillowy off white head coating.

Clean root beer malts and leafy celery vegetable aromas.

Tangy malty almost whiskey like flavors. Butter pecan ice cream flavors. Slightly reminiscent of Rogur Dead Guy.

Buttery caramel feel.

Last swigs: Props to the TROEGS gang for giving this away at Sippin' by the River, just because I was there. Maybe it's the 8.2% ABV, maybe the overwhelming malts, but not a swiggable drinker. This is a beer to enjoy while the weather turns and you need a good sipper.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

12oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Norm's, Vienna, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light tan head over the clear coppery brew. Head is frothy, yet somewhat short-lived, but does lace more than most of the style. Aroma is lightly of sweet maltiness, but wish it was more intense. Taste is sweetly malty, as the nose, with deep grain flavors prevalent. A touch of alcohol becomes apparent at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Quite drinkable for the style, and worth the search.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good tasting beer. Pours a cloudy pinkish red. There is ample carbonation with visible bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. There is a small, thin head that leaves no lace at all. I couldn't place the aroma as it is faint, but smells lightly of fruit, cherries and apples, maybe.

The taste is very good, again with a hint of fruit, tangy and somewhat spicy. There is a hint of hops in the aftertaste, which lingers nicely at the top of the mouth. The label says 8.2% alchohol, yet there was no alcoholic taste and did not seem that strong after finishing one bottle.

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Photo of jackndan
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Troegenator Double Bock: A malt afficionado’s dream come true. Pours a murky brown, with a slight head, off brown, leaving a slight skim on top, with a grayish pallor. Aroma is heavily malts, with decided scents of caramel and dried fruits. The taste is very nice, warm rich taste, very malty, with a bit of a coffee flavor on the backend. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, terrific. I can see having more than one. Thanks BIF for the sample.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt sienna color with a thick and sturdy head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Bready, with roasted malt and dried dark fruits on the nose; plenty of caramel with an undertone of cherry

Taste: Sweet and malty, up front, with caramel and fig flavors predominant; the sweetness lingers throughout, though there is some hoppy bitterness in the mix as well

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied, with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Although it is not a match to its best German counterparts, this is nevertheless a very drinkable brew; in fact you can drink this more readily than a German as it is less of a sipping beer

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sat down with this a my favorite local pub with the Ravens & Falcons on the tube. I drank it slowly, yeah, I kind of nursed it, it being my last of the evening.

The color was intriguing, a reddish. slightly hazey brew with a off-white head that lasted well enough, but without much lacing.

The flavor was all-malt and a bit on the sweet side, with a touch of an unknown dark fruit. Not very bock-like, but tasty. I detected a twinge of alcohol, which might have been more prominent had this been my first beer of the evening.
Worth another try.

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Photo of steelreign
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am admittedly, a dopplebock fan. And this one is, although different, a very fine example. As mentioned in several other reviews, this beer does not have the overly viscous mouthfeel nor the sticky sweet finish that other DB's have, but it more than makes up for it with the malt hammer of flavor! Fruit and crystal malts predominate, and the carbonation is just a tad more than I would have expected. All in all, a great session beer (if you don't mind the 8% + ABV) and one that you should seek out if you're in PA. or wherever it is distributed.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear, auburn orange body with a medium, beige head that retains quite well. Plenty of patchy lace gets left on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very malty, featuring molasses, prunes, and raisins. No hops are noted in the bouquet.

Mouthfeel is light bodied for a doppelbock, and it has more carbonation than expected.

Taste is deep and malty, resonant of molasses and dark fruits. Hops demonstrate just enough presence for balancing the heavy malts into a delicate balance.

A nice doppelbock, but unlike any I've tried from Germany. The light body promotes excellent drinkability, but the alcohol will easily sneak up on you if you exceed moderation.

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

Prunes through and through, especially on the bright nose. The taste is layered with grain, grapes, and faint hops. Smooth, medium bodied, with no astringency and a dry finish from the alcohol which is otherwise undectable. A perceived cocoa on the endpalate from the drying out of the malts. Suave hint of grain, as well, to call this out as a lager made with absolutely perfect yeast. Textured.

Relax, relax.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.