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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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very good

2,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 84
Gots: 190 | 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 thetomG


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

Deep amber color with a small amount of white head. Aroma primarily consists of sweet malts. Flavor is similar, but more intense with some slight spices and maybe molasses coming through. Mouthfeel is OK, but I think I wold prefer a bit more carbonation. The sweetness makes this one a bit tough for me to drink, but considering the high ABV is is pretty drinkable.

I'd drink this again, but probably wouldn't go too far out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 23:23:21 | More by thetomG
Photo of jporf911


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled May 24th, 2010.

Appearance- Somewhat transparent cherry-brown. Decent off-white head that fizzles away to leave a bit of lacing. With the initial release of bubbles, it's a spitting image of Coca Cola.

Smell- The smell is malty and slightly sweet, very reminiscent of molasses. Hints of dark fruit and hops.

Taste- An intriguing mixture that starts with sweet molasses, vanilla and raisin, and finishes with slightly spicy, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied, noticeable but not overpowering carbonation, tingly feeling that spreads from the mouth down the throat.

Drinkability- Although it isn't a typical Bock, Troegenator's Double Bock is delicious enough to drink a few of. Just be careful if you make a session of it because of the 8.2% abv

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 01:34:17 | More by jporf911
Photo of jmerloni


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark walnut brown color that is mostly translucent. Head is moderate and caramel-white colored, creamy. Drops quick but retains for a long while after that. Decent lacing. Very still looking and unwavering. Is there confectionary sugar floating on the top??

S - Roasted vanilla bean, dark cherry, molasses malt. VERY molassesy - I am positive that this malt aroma is molasses. Almost no hop aroma.

T - Tastes ENTIRELY like Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia. Wow! That's delicious. Wow, that's actually so precise. Molasses malt as smelled. This is delicious. Slight bitter hop aftertaste. Very nice.

M - Pretty whole. Fore taste is very different from the aftertaste and the flavors are more supplementary than complimentary. It is interesting though.

D - Pretty drinkable. This is a very interesting tasting beer and Troegs's crafting decisions with this are clearly very bold. This is not an ordinary Doppelbock. Tastes a lot like Founders' Curmudgeon if Founders had more modesty with that brew (God love them - they are great - but I think they could have done better with that brew). You come to expect great things from Troegs - this is what they do time after time - and this is another great brew that I hope I will have the chance to enjoy again sometime soon. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 03:02:55 | More by jmerloni
Photo of livewire78


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. Head is next to none. Lacing is minimal. Some ruby hues. Looks pretty.

Smells of dark fruits. Plums, raisins, toffee, a hint of chocolate.

Malty the whole way through. Biterness is minimal. Toffee and chocolate. Tastes great.
Finishes sweet and with the chocolate coming through at the end.

Finish is extremely smooth. No bitterness to speak of. Carbonation is just enough for my taste.

One of the go to beers. Alcohol prevents sessioning but overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 01:57:07 | More by livewire78
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany color with 1 finger of head that fades to a thin cap with no lacing. Big malt aroma greets the nose, with lots of toasted and molasses notes mixing. The taste follows the aroma, with a big, toasted, malty body. This beer is all malt, with just a hint of piney hops on the way out before a very astringent finish. Body is full, and I would rate drinkability as very good, but I'm partial to the style. Overall a very tasty DB that hides it's 8.2% ABV very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 01:42:10 | More by curasowa
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 3/2010.

Glowing garnet and still, this beer earns points for its shine but falls short of perfection in complexion mainly due to its style - it's not the bock's fault - in other words: dead head.

Rich fruity aroma - I dare say nearly medicinally syrupy. However they managed to produce it, though, it IS rather sensuous - a mix of cherry and grape with a hint of spice and alcohol. A bit like a cough drop....sounds like I'm trashing it a little, but it's there, though. Thankfully it develops away from medicinal more toward cordial.

That "cough drop" element makes a direct hit in the flavor, followed by a flash of bitter, finishing sweet and moderately malty. The mellow and soothing warmth of alcohol flares up momentarily in the aftermath, and fades out.

I may be exaggerating the "cough drop" tip a bit, but I'm calling it like I see it. This is a pretty damn fine beer, nonetheless. A great take on the style. I will be abusing a sixer at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:28:22 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep cherry wood color, great clarity, with two fingers of sudsy tan head that fades to nearly nothing.

Smell -- Very aromatic. Dark fruit, molasses, caramel, spice, earthy hops.

Taste -- Very sweet and fruity: prunes, raisins, molasses, and some tart apple. Spice and earthy hop bitterness round out the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, slick, viscous, low prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Thought it was a bit heavy and under-carbonated. Given the deep red hue I was expecting more roast character, but to no avail. Not great, but certainly not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 23:29:23 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass a deep rich brown body. Slight ruby hues. No visible carbonation, lacing, sediment, or head for the matter. What little trim of head there was was a dark mocha brown as well.

S - Strong smell from right after popping the cap off. Immediate dark fruits like prunes and cherries. Alcoholic warmth to the smell. No hops in the nose. Very inviting and even sensually spicy smell. Slight alcohol taste, but overall pretty well managed.

T - Big malty kick. Fruity esters are there again. Definitely a rich brew. Cherry sweetness and grape bite. Slightly spicy, but not quite hoppy bitterness. Reminds me of an Oktoberfest for some reason (Maibock to dobbelbock comparison?). Overall, a great flavor, but might be too strong to drink for a session.

MF - Full bodied. I can see why the description of the style says it's almost a meal. The thickest lager I've ever came across. Although it compliments the taste well, I think the combination of the big taste and big mouthfeel makes this beer feel a little to big to enjoy.

D - As I said, combination of the overthetop taste and mouthfeel make it hard to have more than one or two in a sitting. I guess that's what 8.2% will do.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 02:28:05 | More by MikeBrandman
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber split with another BA. poured into lost abbey sampling glasses.

a - redish brown color.
s - dark fruit. quite sweet. reminds me of an old ale.
t - apples, prunes. very sweet and fruity.
m - med-heavy thickness. lower carbonation than I would have liked.
o - simple beer. not too much going on, although the taste good.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 03:45:06 | More by levifunk
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber, almost brown colour. Started out with a thick white head, but that dissipated without too much lacing. Smells very fruity, almost like prunes or raisins. Taste has the fruitiness, with a grainy roasted malt flavour. I think I'm getting some nuttiness too. There is a little bit of bitterness, but not too much. Very smooth carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:45:27 | More by kwjd
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber with a creamy tan head that quickly burns off into a thin cap, a bit light looking for the style. Sweet, roasty malt, chocolate and some dark fruit make up the nose. Rich and toasty malt flavors are nicely balanced with spicy noble hop bittering. The alcohol is really well hidden. Medium bodied with bright carbonation. A dangerously drinkable 8+ ABV dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 20:35:14 | More by biggred1
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this in a bottle recently and just had it on draft. I'm rating the draft version because it was just a little better but not much difference. Right before I tried the bottled version I tried a very expensive (and German) beer of the same style. I was impressed that this beer really held its own. It has a slightly thick dark brown/reddish color and a slightly viscous feel. Dark fruit and malt comes through, very little hop presence. I can't wait to revisit this one in cold weather.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 16:57:06 | More by Zekezilla
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle into a pint, no indication of freshness but it was recently purchased in the tasting room so no worries about quality/shelf life.

Troegenator appears a clear dark amber color with a thin lace of tanned bubbles across the top for a head. Faint rising bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface and collect around the inside perimeter of the glass and appear with a color that is slightly stained yellow. Aroma of this beer is pretty much dominated by the scent of malt leaning towards being a bit like dark caramel or a bit like molasses, only a faint trace of hops is present and the slightest touch of butter. Taste is malty sweet with flavors of caramel, slight molasses, and just a bit of buttery tones with a minor hop bitterness and nice alcohol warmth. Medium feel with a modest amount of carbonation and a increasing amount of alcohol character as the beer warms. Once Troegenator warms, it displays a greater depth of the malt profile with flavors that are at times a bit nutty. Overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 18:01:32 | More by stakem
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New Jersey

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

Dark amber to copper in color with an orange glow. Only about a finger of off-white head, no lace to speak of.

In the smell, the caramel is up front with some banana esters. This smells like it's going to be sweet.

Yes, this is sweet. What was smelt in the nose is dealt on the tongue. Tastes like caramelized bananas at the tip of the tongue with a little pipe tobacco sweetness a little further back. There's a faint bitter twang in the wash that lets you know that they did indeed use hops in the brewing, otherwise the hops are very understated as is common with this style.

Medium body. The sweetness makes it seem a bit syrupy until you ignore the taste and concentrate on just how it feels in your mouth. However, it does linger on the lips.

After not being that fond of Victory's St. Victorious, I've come to the conclusion that I'm just that big a fan of this style and rarely seek out another bock after finishing one. Knowing that this is a personal preference, I rated it against my impression of St. Victorious when it came to "drinkability" to be fair.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 02:06:53 | More by Naugros
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle with a bottled on date of 11/13/06. Wow 3.5 years on this baby! Here goes!

A - Faint hiss of the popped cap indicates there's still carbonation. Poured a rich cherry brown, burnt sienna in the light. Beige 3/4" head that faded shortly into a thin ring. 4.0

S - Doppelbock meets old ale. Rich caramel malts and raisins with a light hint of figs. It lacks the sharpness of a fresh bottle, which I think is a good thing in this case. Mildest hint of carob. 4.5

T - Wonderfully smooth. Very much like the aroma but there is a somewhat bittersweet finish. Raisins and caramel all over the palate. Mild cocoa roastiness as well. Is there a tiny bit of sherry as well? This has aged wonderfully. Touch of warmth in the finish. 4.0

M - Medium bodied and still well carbonated. Very smooth and sweet. 4.0

D - Excellent. It was aged into an awesome drinker. I cannot find fault in this aspect. 5.0

The main difference between the aged version and the fresh version is the aroma and taste. The aged version is much more raisiny and is starting to show signs of oxidation from the flavors of figs and slight sherry. I'm glad I found this bottle. Delicious. I recommend buying a few of these and tasting them as the years pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 01:41:32 | More by DmanGTR
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3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a light amber body that is relatively clear, and a thick three finger head rose but fell quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Bready caramel malt, dried figs, faint grassy hop profile.

T: Heavy caramel malt with added dried fruit and faint bitter hops on the finish. No roasted malt character at all and not as complex as most doppels...

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation, clean and dry finish, booze is well hidden. Very clean for a doppel.

D: Very drinkable for the style, despite not reflecting the style very well IMO. Overall, a fun beer to try, but not overly impressed and certainly doesn't compare to the true doppels of Germany.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 23:34:41 | More by RedBrewer83
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a dark Amber color with a thin head

Smell is of sweet malts and maybe prunes or other dried fruit...

Taste is fruity with a very subtle hop presence at the very end.

This beer has a very great mouthfeel. Smooth as silk with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a great beer that hides its high abv with silky smooth flavors. Not a beer that will blow you away, but a beer that does a great job of representing the style

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 22:59:10 | More by Kelly88
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A fluffy pillowy head rises up 2 fingers and fades at a medium pace. It's a crystal clear toasty orange color with hints of ruby red.

N: Dark malts, sweet syrupy aromas, toasty malts, some lager aromas, and a little plum fruit. The sweetness adds a touch of brown sugar, molasses, and a little boozy aroma.

T: Starts with a lot of dark wheat, chewy malts, dark malts, and a nice lager flavor. It's pretty sweet as well with a heavy syrupy sweetness, some brown sugar, molasses, and heavy malty sweetness. Some toasty malts with all that and definite lager yeast flavor. It also has some fruity flavors and touch of spice. All that comes with a hint of boozy taste and warmth.

M: Medium thickness, pretty syrupy, and decent carbonation.

F: Still pretty sweet with lingering syrupy sweetness, some toasty malts, and the lager yeast flavor. It gets some bitterness on the finish as well, which seems more to come from the yeast and malts than hops, but there are some light hops in there. I get a slight metallic taste from the lager yeast as well. More dark wheat flavors lingering as well. There's also a heavy sticky sweetness that lingers for a while and makes you smack your mouth quite a bit.

Overall a decent doppelbock, but not quite what I was hoping from Troegs. It's way too sweet, not enough dark wheat and toasty malt flavors, and a slight bad lager aftertaste. However, its still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 17:26:51 | More by jlindros
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown (very clear) ale with 1 finger head. Moderate lacing after the head dissipated. The smell to me was very malt forward- hard to get the malt impression out of my mind long enough to sense other aromas.

Taste, likewise- was very malty. Slightly sweet. Mouth feel was lighter than I expected for a darker beer.

I have to be careful on the drinkability rating- I prefer a beer with more hop notes (and many times WAY MORE hop notes), but this was the first Dopplebock that i've tried and It's not a favorite. To be fair, I'd have to say that if you like malt forward brews you may very well enjoy this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 02:44:02 | More by CraftAleRookie
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new sam perfect pint glass.

Looks good, whispy and reddish gold, with a slight head that stays a while... Ok, the whole time the beers in the glass.

Smells like sweet wheat and honey. A little like hay on a sunny farm. Don't take this the wrong way, but at first it smelled like a sweeter version of a freshly washed dog... You know the one. Its not a bad thing, just very, very interesting. That scent, however, went away after a few sips.

Its sweet, roasty malts with some slightly citrusy honey... Its great up front, but the mellowing aftertaste could be better. I like it, just not as much as I expected to. The feel is good and the guts are there- I was just expecting a little more glory. It brings a few new things to the table, the honey sweetness is intensely refreshing, but I guess I just feel like I've had this beer before a few times. I wish it had more of a hoppy afterbite/ backbone I suppose.

It'd be killer in a hammock on the beach though.


Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 23:18:35 | More by SmasNadroj
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle approximately 6 months ago, its been in the basement since then. A vigorous pour gives 1 finger of foam which quickly settles to 1 mm of head. Red and caramel colored with lots of small bubbles.

Smell is malty brown sugar and liquorice.

Taste is like the smell, malts brown sugar, just a little smokey with some roasted flavor, some alcohol, and just faintly yeasty.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, overall pretty balanced, and a good beer to have with a meal. Im glad I tried it, but nothing super special.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 19:57:25 | More by Imsothirsty
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 2008 bottle
It appears slightly hazy reddish brown with a tan head that falls to a ring. Smells of sweet roasted malt, caramel, honey, dark fruit - a rich and sweet nose. The taste is trailing the smell somewhat. Rich and malty, nutty some caramel but doesn't have the depth of the nose. The body is medium and the carbonation is average in level. Overall a decent brew but certainly not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 00:00:39 | More by ThirstyBird
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New Hampshire

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

22oz bomber, $5.49 from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Served at refrigerator temperature in a chilled pint glass. Bottle feels heavier than normal- I wonder if the glass is thick or if the beer itself is dense (hoping for the latter).

Thick dark brown brew with mahogany highlights when held to a light. 3/4" of mocha foam settles to a dense and bubbly layer. Hearty malt nose, dark candy sugar, a bit of smoke, warm mulling spices. Scotch-like flavors of smoke, leather, tobacco... pretty unique and enjoyable. I'm finding a bunch of different things in here as it warms... thick malt backbone, loads of bread, burnt caramel, grapefruit rind, mulling spices, walnut, black cherry. Finish is long and moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, good carbonation, EtOH well hidden. Very hearty and filling.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 00:10:24 | More by BeerNinja007
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Celebrator glass and it was still kind of cold...

A-semi-clear mahogany color; i didnt get much head or lacing but that was probably due to the temperature of the pour and possibly the glass

S-dark fruit and cocoa with a little smokiness

T-similar to the smell; a nice hint of smokiness at the end with dark chocolate and a slight oily tinge

M-smooth with a nice carbonation and leaves a slight oily smokiness lingering in your mouth, which is probably the bitterness from the hops

D-it's not a bad substitute for Ayinger Celebrator in terms of availability and price, but not taste. for 8% or so it goes down very easy. that alcohol is almost virtually hidden, so be careful.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:09:54 | More by scottyb88
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New York

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

Troegenator is a dense, vermillion lager with a dense, beige head that fades to a film with oily bubbles that leaves outstanding lacing. The aroma is a little faint with notes of slightly sweet malt and bread, along with something herbal and grassy. It's medium-full bodied and pretty smooth. The finish is a little starchy and syrupy. All of the flavor comes late in the taste. There's a pretty prominent herbal bitterness and the sweetness hints toward dark fruit and raisins. Alcohol is present in the flavor as black pepper and it provides some warmth. I find it pretty difficult to get excited about lagers. I don't go out of my way for this kind of beer but I would gladly drink another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 18:56:11 | More by yesyouam
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,335 ratings.