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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,337
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 84
Gots: 191 | 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 stckhndlr


4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Had a dark red color that looked alot like black cherry cool aid. Nice thick head and decent lacing. This color was so rare to me that it had an aura about it that just was mesmerizing.

S- Wow, sweet dark fruit and a whole bunch of caramel malts. Maybe just a touch of smoke.

T- Taste just like the smell. super sweet caramel and dark fruit like plums and dark cherry. Little bit of the malt and a hint of pepper.

M- Goes down super smooth. Not over carbonated and a creamy texture.

O- Some people might not light the extreme sweetness of this beer but I love it. I could not stop swooning over this beer. Almost reminds me of a Mad Elf

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 22:16:14 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of engagechad


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle purchased as a single 12oz from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - bottled july of 2010 - poured into dfh snifter

This beer pours a beautiful ruby amber with a tan leather head. The head doesn't really stick around too much but the lacing is nice. Smells WHAM of complex malt stuffs. Smells like I put my head into a grain barrel.. So big on the nose. Tastes like I'm chewing on grain and the mouthfeel is exceptional. I feel that the feel and smoothness are most likely due to the fact that this one has like a year on it.

I want more.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 14:54:16 | More by engagechad
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle N Hum, pint glass.

Pours a dark burgundy, minimal head and lace. Nose of dark fruits and some vinous qualities. Loads of malt, with a subtler sweetness overshadowed by bigger dryer dark breadiness. Some caramel notes also. Taste has more dark fruits, dry dark breadienss. Good mouthfeel, smooth, full and relatively dry finish. Alcohol doesn't come through substantially but can be sensed. This warms the bones nicely and is a nice dopplebock.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 03:13:29 | More by liamt07
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours a deep reddish light brown. Good off-white head formation and medium lacing retained

S - Fruity, bready yeast and sweet malts

T - Lots of caramel and toffee sweetness, wow. Also some plums, candied golden raisins, cloves and pepper. Very sweet though...

M - Tacky sticky sweetness, good carbonation and slightly creamy

O - A good brew, hard to drink more than one I would imagine due to the sweetness makes it relatively heavy even though the body is medium.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 14:54:23 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of bum732


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Fresh and dried figs, malty breadiness, some caramel sweetness.

L: Clear dark red, light tan head that dissipates, solid lacing.

T: Dark fruit sweetness followed by slight breadiness. Slightly spicy and woody bitterness leads to some dry fruit dryness. Fairly clean finish, semi-sweet.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

Excellent doppelbock, one of the best in the states. A very bold fruity component, no doubt from the amount of munich malt. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 03:15:48 | More by bum732
Photo of Jimmys


3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: deep mahogany with some ruby red highlights. very good clarity, especially considering the dark shade. carbonation can be seen. head is very short lived. literally no retention.

S: a hesitant caramel. lively fruit salad. apricots, raisins, and plums are also evident. the caramel starts soft and sweet, but moves into a thick richness towards the end.

T: rich sweetness. not overbearing in your face hey im super sweet, but a very clean sweetness. similar fruit to the nose, definitely on the plum side. the alcohol is in there, but not noticeable.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium, moderate body.

D: a strong, malty showing. alcohol isn't as detectable as i expected. overall, has the strength of a big sweet, chewy ale but the smoothness of a lager. a well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 02:43:49 | More by Jimmys
Photo of JohnnyS17


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just had my first doublebock the other night and I am digging this style of beer. When I heard they had this beer on tap at the establishment I was at, I didn't hesitate to order one.

The beer is a nice crystal clear cherry brown. There was about a finger thick of foamy white head. The aroma is nice and sweet. Hints of cherry and some spices (maybe cinnamon). The taste is very sweet like cherry mixed with caramel. It starts a bit malty, but the sweetness dominates.

The body is thin and the carbonation is mild. Overall, another doppelbock and another satisfied customer. This style is becoming a new favorite style for me. I would definitely drink another of these if I had a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 00:51:10 | More by JohnnyS17
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep coppery brown, with an ample light-tan head that lingers and lasts, and leaves a bunch of lacing. No bubbles. Looks pretty dark for a doppelbock, but quite clear.

Smell is all malts, sweet and caramely. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and bready yeast. A bit like cinnamon bread.

The taste is less malty and more spicy than the smell, with a touch of bitterness in the finish that I wasn't expecting. Having a hard time pinpointing the flavors. Tastes kinda sugary, kinda fruity (cherries), with a decent amount of gentle spice (again, cinnamon, but some others in there). Solid.

I drank this bomber in two separate pours. For the first, I poured aggressively, yielding a good head, but that completely killed the carbonation. I then wrote my review, which was quite a bit less positive than this. I wasn't that excited about drinkig the second half of the bomber. But I poured it gently, which left the (light) carbonation in the beer, and made it MUCH more enjoyable. Much better mouthfeel, which brought out the flavors way better. I give the feel a 2 on the first glass, and a 4 on the second. I'm calling it operator error and giving it the 4. But POUR GENTLY with this one. So... fairly syrupy and thick, with a light carbonation that gives it just enough lift.

A darn good doppelbock, though definitely on the sweet side. Fruity and sugary, which I like, but I recognize others might not. My advice: pour slowly, and you'll enjoy it much more.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:47:59 | More by zeledonia
Photo of roadhouse


3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance is great for the style, crystal clear and perfect. Nice deep brown-amber with carbonation coming up like mad and a nice one inch head on it.

Aroma is fairly bland - some caramel malt and an odd cherry aroma that I had in my homebrewed Doppelbock as well, and not a good thing.

Taste is about the same as the aroma but actually a bit more bland. Sweet at the beginning but some noble type hops in the finish and the cherry hint comes in the middle as well. Taste left in the mouth is average as it comes.

Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation and nice medium body just how it should be.

Overall a pretty weak Doppelbock. Then again, I haven't had any Doppelbocks brewed in America that can compare to what is brewed in Germany. We must find their secret...

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 00:48:32 | More by roadhouse
Photo of Mario61Aler


3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a lager glass.
The appearence was a dark mahogany, clear with a smallish head that left like a train on a schedule, ffft and it was gone.
The aroma was a sweet carmel and malt with some herbs and spices.
tast ws sweet first then bitter then therem were notes of carmel, chocolate, citrus (mostly grapefruit)
The mouthfeel was very thick and slightly creamy.
Overall it was ok, the alcohol wasn't disguised at points in the taste, and the impression that lasted the longest was GRAPEFRUIT! This isn't my favorite Doppelback but it was a solid beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 14:26:16 | More by Mario61Aler
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber/brown color, very similar to a rich caramel. Some head forms at the top of the glass with some lacing throughout.

S: Smell of caramel and sweet malts overpower the nose of this beer.

T: The sip starts with a rich maltiness which is quickly overpowered by sweet caramel flavors in the middle. Some slight bitterness in the finish accompanied by warming alcohol.

M: The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Somewhat thin and creamy with some minor carbonation.

Overall, this is a good beer. It is definitely not a session beer as the sweet malts become too overpowering on the palate for more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:28:36 | More by jgreenearrow
Photo of TMoney2591


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle!

I miss having ready access to this stuff whenever the mood struck me to grab some. Oh well, that's what trading's for, right? It pours a clear dark garnet-russet topped by a relatively short-lived finger of dirty sandstone foam. The nose comprises caramel, figs, red grapes, toffee, butter, light cinnamon, and light rye bread. The taste seems to want to follow this directive, but a sharp nip of orange peel and astringent (though kinda light) coffee detract somewhat from the otherwise pleasant flavors. It's not enough to completely torpedo the proceedings, but enough to be negatively noticeable. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, lightly grainy feel. Overall, though a teensy bit thin and that touch bitterly unpleasant on the tongue, this is still a very solid d-bock. Generally good times.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 23:44:24 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of SolomonGrundy


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

O.K., apparently I can't read: It's Troegenator (no "I")...sorry for the typo...

Got some new CDs today: Alex Skolnick Trio, Glen Drover, and Vicious Rumors!!! Lovin' that early '90s feeling!!!

Nice color in this ale: A deep red amber with ruby hints. Very clear and medium carbonation. Only a sparse head and little lacing. It also looks like a viscous and thick beer...

Aromas a re muted, but I get a nice large helping of caramel malt if I take a big enough pull. Some overripe pineapple...Hard to get much else...very subdued...

Flavor is much more rich than the nose might hint at. A nice, robust malt tang hits straight away. Some good bitterness from the yeast I s'pose. Nothing overpowering, and all melds very nicely right upfront. The late middle gets weird - like the flavor falls off a cliff, then something else, hop-like, rises from the face...Mouthfell is full and rich, as the look suggested. Finish is bitter but short...This beer is very enigmatic: like Jennifer Love Hewitt...At times it's seems like it's top notch, and then it turns around and isn't that great...Hard to pin it down but I would pass if there were other good beers around. Not my bag, baby!

Oh, the basics: Thanks to Brian44556 for this trade extra and no idea on price, but 8.2% ABV is masked well.

What I like most: The stunning appearance.

What I like least: The sometimes confusing flavor profile.

Verdict: I'm not a fan, but it's balanced well enough that it will appeal to many people.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:51:43 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of therica


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= glistening amber-wine color, very little head, slight lacing.

S= not as bold as expected, actually a bit light compared to its style. Some prune, raisin, malts, modest hops florals, slight liquor.

T= strong plum and prune up-front but quickly turning to a sweet-bitter liquor. I've had this numerous times over the years and thought I enjoyed it better although I found I'd never reviewed it. Interesting. It impresses me more like a Belgian Dubel, though.

M= sour-bitter, sweet, liquor, dark fruits.

O= I can handle one per setting, that's about it. Not one that I enjoy for more, though. A nice experience for just the one. Maybe good with whatever would go well with a darker red wine.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:44:16 | More by therica
Photo of Hoser77


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into New Belgium tulip glass

Appearance-Deep ruby red with orange highlights. Slight chill haze. Soft white whispy head that quickly dissapates with no lacing. Little to no carbonation bubbles rising to the surface-beer is still.

Smell-Aroma is the best part of this beer. Strong stone fruit esters-plums,cherries, currants, raisins. Evident alcohol warming in the nose. Strong, bready malt sweetness. No hops in the nose which is appropriate.

Taste-A little dissapoint after the nose of this beer. Definite warming. Moderate stone fruit flavors despite the strong nose. Malt complexity is a little lacking for a double bock. Everything is there that you look for, I would just like more off it. No hop flavor or bitterness, just as it should be.

Mouthfeel-Surprisingly dextrinous despite me wanting more complexity in the taste. Definite prickly warming from the tongue to the stomach. Carbonation is evident despite appearance.

Overall-A well-made, clean dopplebock. Everything you look for: complex aromas and flavors, alcohol legs, warming. Needs more complexity in the flavor to truly be world class, but will definitely warm you up on a cold night. One of the better offerings from Troegs!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 02:41:58 | More by Hoser77
Photo of Sneers

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled about one month ago.

Pours a brilliant deep orange with blonde highlights that is brown and red when not held up to the light. A uniform one-finger head quickly dissipates to a thin sheet.

The aroma is sweet and bready, with a hint of raisins and a bit of alcohol to clean things up.

The Troegenator has a caramel sweetness and a fat maltiness, which are complemented by a bruised banana-like fruitiness. The hop character is mildly bitter and somewhat spicy. The finish has somewhat of a bready taste and leaves my mouth feeling kind of dry.

The mouthfeel here strikes me as too thin for the style (maybe it's all the alcohol: 8.2%), but I don't want to imply that it is, in fact, thin. It's smooth with low carbonation.

The Troegenator holds its status as one of my go-to doppelbocks because of it's availability and the fact that I can get it in 6-packs. All things considered, it's a pretty good doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:17:51 | More by Sneers
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours dark crimson reddish maroon brown with thin layer of white foam. Sweet sugary smell with hints of cinamon. Rich malty taste, some latent sweetness. Smoe cherry flavor. Thin carbonation. Flavorful.

Good solid beer. Great name.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 23:35:41 | More by KTCamm
Photo of jman892


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark reddish brown with a 1-2 finger head, which faded in a hurry. Virtually no lacing

S - Nose of caramel maltiness, with raisin or figs mixed in

T - Up front taste is all raisin, fig, dark fruit. SOme sweet caramel and also a breadiness to it. Alcohol warming is subtle but is there

M - Mild carbonation, medium body. This is 8.5% and well hidden and could easily sneak up on you

O - Very solid dopplebock an another good one from Troeg's

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:08:57 | More by jman892
Photo of BrewCrew2010


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear and very dark ruby body with a fast receding white head.

S: Strong aroma of sweet caramel malts, toffee, and breadiness.

T: Similar to the smell. Sweet caramel malty upfront followed by some toffee notes & a slight bread like graininess. Dark fruits make a quiet appearance balanced out with a hint of bitterness.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel with a medium-full body & mild carbonation.

O: This one is extremely easy to drink. Nicely balanced. Had it later with Red Velvet and it was a perfect combo!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:34:20 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of ngeunit1


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color with some red in it, with a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head fades down to a thin layer and a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma has some roasted toffee notes alongside some dark fruit sweetness (date). Little bit of spiciness, with some cinnamon.

T - Starts off with some sweet dark fruit flavors and some roasted caramel flavor. Also some vanilla notes in the background. Through the middle some deeper malt flavor comes through with some more roasted flavor. The finish is a mix of some sweet dark fruit, some toffee malts, and a touch of chocolate that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. A tad watery, but still very creamy and smooth. Very nice finish.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are really nicely balanced. There is a nice amount of dark fruit flavor, but it blends with the rest of the flavors really well.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 04:31:06 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of burnstar


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a small off-white head. Smell is caramel. Taste is sweet throughout. Caramel. A litter herbal hops. Butter toffee. Very well balanced rounded taste. Full bodied. Very easily drinkable. Overall a very balanced and taste beer. Really great for an American doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:43:35 | More by burnstar
Photo of hopsbreath


3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for hooking me up with a bomber of this in the Size Matters BIF.

A: Amber body with a soapy beige head. Some moderate lacing looks alright. 3.5/5

S: More fruit than the Smutty Doppelbock I just had. Its not as robust as the Smutty though. Some lightly floral hops for some depth. 4/5

T: Again not as robust as the Smutty. Brown sugar, green hops, biscuit, and some aluminum. 3/5

M: Thinner than expected, smooth and mild carbonation, clean finish with moderate stickiness. 2.5/5

O: Not the best doppelbock I've had tonight, but not a bad one by any means. Some deeper character and a bigger malt presence would help. 3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 03:57:46 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of gopens44


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been in the fridge for a while, and I can't remember where I bought it or how much it was. Sorry!

A - Hazy dark brown with tinges of ruby red. Quickly disappearing head relaxes to a fizzy film.

S - Definitely some nuttiness here along with a caramel smell

T - Rich and biscuity with a decent amount of molasses. Finishes a touch tart.

M - Thin yet creamy in this highly carbonated brew. Some amount of alcohol left in the aftertaste.

O - I've yet to meet a Troegs offering that I didn't like. This dopplebock, despite the relatively high ABV, is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 12:22:03 | More by gopens44
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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Kind of boring medium brown with almost no head despite a vigorous pour.

S- Very, very weak with just a slight hint of chocolate and something that I can only assume is hops, though its so faint I can't quite tell.

T- At first this beer is awfully boring, overly bitter with not much taste. As the alcohol starts to warm, and the beer itself started to rise in temperature the milk chocolate notes begin to shine through and coat the tongue, balancing the bitterness and making the flavors that at first confused now tantalize.

M- Fairly light in body and carbonation, the alcohol seems to dry this one out a bit despite the malty munichy character. Nothing too great, but it went well with the flavors.

D- This one definitely grew on me from start to finish but still wouldn't warrant purchasing another one at the end, not nearly as drinkable as some of the other Troegs products like Nugget Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 04:01:38 | More by Guden
Photo of socon67

New York

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at the Troegs tasting at Beer City, North Babylon NY.

A - Pours dark copper with minimal foam retention. Very little carbonation.

S - Smells like sweetbread; yeasty and with a touch of cinnamon and sugar.

T - Interesting but not exceptional. The initial taste is of a syrupy sweetness that gives way to a malty feel. the finish tends to hit heavy with booze. The balance and contrast just isn't one I'm comfortable with.

M - I'd prefer if Troegenator wasn't as harsh at the end. I enjoy a good dopplebock with some punch, but this one went from a sweet bock to a boozy drinker. On the positive side it does have a smooth taste for the most part; something many domestic dopplebocks don't accomplish.

O - Worth trying, but not my preference for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 21:21:33 | More by socon67
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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