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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 88
Gots: 199 | 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 IronLover


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany red in color with a thin beige head that didn't hold up for long. No cap or lacings. Sweet malty aroma, including dark fruit aromas, dark cherry and plum. Medium to full bodied. Smooth and a bit syrupy. Flavors are similar to aromas. Sweet malty flavors in the beginning that lead caramalized fruit with a bit of spice and malty sweet finish. Nicely balanced and easy to drink,

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:28:01 | More by IronLover
Photo of cheMan


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber with a light head that dies down to a permanent lacing (I poured it into a weizen glass since I left my pilsner glass in my hometown, but it's the narrower Tucher one, so there shouldn't be much of a difference).

Smell - Mostly malts, with a little sweetness and no hoppy aroma.

Taste - To me, this is sweet compared to many doppelbocks I've sampled (even if this is my first review for this site). There's the familiar aftertaste we all know and love, but the initial flavor doesn't really stand out (
i.e. nothing really distinctive). I will say that the hops that are nearly undetectable by smell balance very nicely, and the alcohol is muted (and would probably catch someone unaccustomed to high a.b.v. by surprise).

Mouthfeel - Very light for a doppelbock, and pleasant.

Drinkability - There's nothing stopping you from finishing this one, or maybe a few. Even if you're not pairing it with anything and just drinking it while relaxing on a cool September day in the northeast.

Probably the only thing holding this beer back for me is the sweetness; frankly, I'm partial to strong beers. But it's definitely worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 19:28:49 | More by cheMan
Photo of domtronzero


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

What's that? Another thanks to pwoody11? Yep, it must be!

A - Clear reddish copper with a frothy, average-lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Toasty, bready malts. Slight sweetness. Dark fruits - plums. Pleasant perfumy alcohol.

F/M - Sweet pilsner malts, complex bready/toasty malt profile. Low bitterness really makes this a malt-forward beer. Dark fruits and stone fruits (plums/apricots). Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean, dry finish for a full flavored beer.

D - Smooth, clean, and a great beer. Lots of flavor and quite complex, yet its easy to just ignore that and quaff a glass or two.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 05:28:19 | More by domtronzero
Photo of Natainos

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Started off well with a thick foamy head but after a minute it reduced very fast to almost none, does have a nice lace. Bronze to brown color.

S: Light bready malt aroma. (lighter than what I expected)

Taste: Lighter than I expected, but good and un-Offensive. Very rich, warming feeling and subtle spicy flavors yet smooth. (Wife said it was Strong, I disagree)

M: Smooth, creamy,

D: For a "strong beer" I think it was less pow, and more creep buzz.

Over all a good Beer, creamy, warm flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:37:00 | More by Natainos
Photo of IPAescotch


3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, like tree bark. Nice lacing left on my glass. Exploded from the bottle but not much head retention.

S: My first thought is chalk, and somehow not in a bad way. Light but earthy.

T: Malty. Carbonated.

M: Nothing stellar. Nothing bad either, fairly middie.

D: I would love to drink a sixer of this, but am regretting buying the bomber. Was hoping for something more unusual.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:56:26 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Amber red and dark brown

Smell - Some spices, some malt, not much smell

Taste - I heard about this beer from a few friends. It seemed like they all liked it. So i bought a bottle. Being a fan of troegs, my first drink was a surprize. Where is the flavor? Its mild, spices are mild, even the alcohol is mild. The biggests flavor is mollases/sugar. Not much afteraste, no alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - As stated, too mild, being a doubledock i expected to be overloaded with flavor, my tounge half numb from the alcohol. Instead, it went down like a pilsnir.

Drinkabilty - This aint a bad beer. There should be much more to it. I wouldnt buy a case of this, nor would i order it out. Maybe since ive had Ayinger Celebrator im spoiled but man, the difference is huge. Troegs where is the kick?

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 05:46:36 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Troegs "Mad Elf" tulip.

A: Dark red, almost into Cherry Coke territory, with a slight foamy head. Perfectly acceptable for this style.

S: Cherry is the main scent I'm detecting. I spent a few seconds here and the sweetness is very much a kind to beet sugar.

T: Rich, yet a bit on the bland side. The sugar is very in your face, but not totally in a bad way. This would be a good accompaniment to cheesecake.

M: Coats the mouth with tons of sugar. Definitely full-bodied, which are what Double Bocks are supposed to be. The carbonation is pleasant.

D: I honestly couldn't imagine having more than one.

Overall: I am a big fan of Troegs, however, this is one brew in their line-up that I think could use some work. Admittedly, this style isn't my favorite, but this is still sort of a "by the numbers" Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 04:01:28 | More by Chaney
Photo of haazer


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, poured 3 of these into my das Boot glass!!

A- Pours a very dark brown, almost hard to see through. Towards the bottom of the glass is a deep amber color, slightly more transparent. The head builds quickly but dissapates almost as fast as it appeared, leaves little lace around the glass.

S- Smells of bready malts and caramel. Also a hint of alcohol(not hard to believe due to the 8.2 abv)

T- Just like the smell. Bread up front, then the caramel taste becomes dominant. First sip is just that, then the alcohol becomes more apparent as the brew warms. Also a hint of chocolate as well. No hops apparent.

M- Not too smooth, but not the thickest drink either. Flows quite nice actually. In the beginning it felt as a cooling beer, but stopped abruptly as the alcohol becomes evident. Throughout the experience the alcohol continously warms the body all the way down.

D- The only thing that is keeping this from a 4 is the high alcohol content. It becomes more and more a drinkability factor as the drink is consumed. May be good to pair with dinner or a desert.

Overall its a good brew. Not my favorite from Troegs by any means, but I was impressed this time around. I had the pleasure of doing a brew tour earlier in the spring and tried this, didnt think too much of it then but after giving it another chance it was good. Will definitely buy another case in the future. Nice way of introducing me to the Dopplebock style, thanks Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:48:38 | More by haazer
Photo of CourteManche


3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, slightly chilled from a Devil's Backbone tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dark-reddish amber with a decently thick, respectable amount of light brown head. The smell is fairly simple, with pronounced malt tones - a given. Taste is, again, malty with a hint of bread and caramel. Throughout the drink, the head subsides more and more, with little-to-no lacing, as the mouthfeel begins to seem more and more light (and hot); a stark contrast to how it began. Moderate drinkability because of the high ABV (8%), but I would reckon that could be the main selling point of this beer (it was for me).

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:23:46 | More by CourteManche
Photo of tzieser


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the pour farm tavern in new bedford mass

Pours a dark dark brown. Thick head sticks to the sides to the glass.

Deep caramel, bready malty nose. Pretty cold pour to get everything, but its consistant with all the authetic dopplebocks I've had

Bready caramel malts dominate the palate with spme faint fruits. No hops detected as it should be. just a tad too sweet for a dopplebock, in my opinion. could stand to be a bit less strong (6-7% abv range would've been better for drinkability sake)

Good mouthfeel and drinkability

great dopplebock. Looking forward to another pint

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 04:45:02 | More by tzieser


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

Special Thanks to Zerosignal for this one.
Poured 22oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A foamy, two finger, tan head erupts like a volcano out of the top of the glass. Settles nicely above a deep red/amber body.
S: Notes of roasted almonds and other nuts are the predominate aroma.
T/M: A very nice hint of hard apple cider is on the front with a smooth deep finish of grains and malts. A great warming, lingering taste that releases more roasted notes as time goes on.
Mouthfeel is a creamy thickness, that is perfect for the style.
D: A double bock is, personally a very drinkable style. I find this Troegenator to be very well done. I would love to have this all the time. Great PA brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 21:01:09 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of bigrzman


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall this beer smells clean with a slight alcohol note. Served from a tap it poured nicely with a thick tan head and mohagany body. Carbonation is slight and lacing is very present. It has a rich full malt body with nutty and salty notes. Very roasted and thirst quenching. It is somewhat light on mouthfeel for this style and is not drying. This beer is drinkableanytime and is not as heavy as most dopple bocks. Relatively true to style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 17:34:57 | More by bigrzman
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with an off white, almost khaki colored head. Head does not retain but does lace plenty.

Smells of dark fruits, some fresh bread, caramel and very faint subtle hops.

The flavor of the beer is very well balanced. unsweetened cocoa, caramel, malt, roasted walnut and some breadiness in its full flavored finish.

Medium carbonated, not too overpowering with a little bit of an alcholic burn.

I can see why its one of Troeg's flagships. This a good beer that is always a good bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:16:04 | More by jhammel01
Photo of billab914


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear deep amber brown color with an off white head filling 1/3 of the glass. Decent head retention and very good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a malty and caramely flavor to it with some nice cocoa and chocolate coming through a bit as well. Moderately sweet and bready. Very flavorful and appealing aroma to it.

The taste shows a lot of caramel flavors with some nuttiness and cocoa flavors to it as well. Like the nose it's on the sweeter side and bready. The finish has some bitterness to it to help it from becoming too sweet. All the flavors work excellently together and it's very delicious overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little below average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent beer overall. It's very flavorful and well balanced for the style. It doesn't feel like a big beer either and went down remarkably smooth. Very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 00:16:29 | More by billab914
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drfabulous for sharing this one.
A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, one-finger head of tan foam. Very good retention and some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, sweet malts and some floral notes.

T - Sweet and nicely done dopplebock. Caramel and sweet breads with a malty backbone. A slight boozy, alcohol flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with some alcohol heat.

D - This is a very tasty dopplebock. I'm glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 05:00:37 | More by zeff80
Photo of brianjay


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22oz bottle and into the old pint glass. I decided not to get fancy with the glassware on this one.

Dark amber body with some crimson hues. The head is light, full of air. It goes down into a weak ring of foam.

The most important part, the taste: Up front there is a nice, full, robust nuttiness. Roasted nuts may be a stretch, but it is the first thing that comes to mind. As the sip is finished, there is the flavor of fermented grapes or berries, sour on the finish of the finish.

Despite it's high ABV and its style as a double bock, this one is not overpowering or too complex. The different flavors balance each other out, making this one frighteningly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:40:24 | More by brianjay
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very dark red, nearly brown. Very slight paper thin white head that fades very quickly. Lacing sticks around the top of the beer. Color is nice, but the head was very disappointing

S- strong hoppiness.. slight alcohol odor, but its nice. Caramel breadiness. Smells divine.

T- oh man, I'm going to have some trouble placing the flavors on this one...mostly a slightly bitter caramel. The alcohol doesn't hide either. Its...very complex.

M- its got a nice thickness to it. Very bready. Not syrupy at all.

D- the alcohol taste puts me off a little, as does the complexity...but its not a bad beer. Good example of the style

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 22:01:24 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of thekevlarkid


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

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a perfectly clear, ruby-red color with lots of rising carbonation and three fingers of tan head that quickly fell back to a one-finger layer. The retention was so-so overall and left small spots of lacing. The aroma was a malty blend of raisins, caramel, toffee, alcohol, currants and hint of sourness. The flavors were similar minus the sour element and plus some wood, nuts and some light toasted malt. The raisins really came through in the middle and though it was surprisingly (dangerously!) drinkable for 8.2% the alcohol heat did really come through towards the end. As it warmed up I also picked up some semi-sweet chocolate. Rich and maltastic, this one really coated my tongue. The mouthfeel was average, the body full and the carbonation good too.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 16:40:40 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of russwaddell


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Intense double bock. It reminds me of three cans of lager concentrated into a single bottle.

Deep copper color. Darker than I was expecting. The appearance telegraphs the taste and mouthfeel, which I like. The total package is very coherent. Thick, tight off-white head.

Really malty smell. Intense. Sweet. Maybe a slight hint of smokiness.

Tastes like it smells, think, sweet and malty.

There's a lot there to the feel. Take it slow and chew it back. I suppose I'm more used to bocks than double bocks, so maybe this is just typically rather than outstanding, but it sure is full bodied for a lager.

Drinkability is good for what it is. I wouldn't want this after a long run, an afternoon of yardwork, or a barbeque in the dog days of summer. On the other hand, I'd say it's a good warm-weather dessert beer drunk cold and out of a goblet.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 01:29:28 | More by russwaddell
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Got this as an extra but I can't remember from who. Sorry.

Poured into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a bit over a finger of dark khaki head. Fades down a bit, with decent retention. Leaves a few rings. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: Sweet, rich, and malty. Some dark dried fruits. Cherries show the most. Also get some caramel malts. Also has a hint of tobacco.

Taste: Again, rich and malty with a bit of sweetness. Dark dried fruits. Cherries and raisins. Caramel and some sweet toffee flavors. Again, I get a subtle tobacco flavor. Big and malty.

Moutfeel: Sweet and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends really malty with a touch of alcohol showing.

Overall, a decent doppelbock. Fairly easy to drinking. Big and malty with some rich flavors which is good for the style. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 00:23:34 | More by mothman
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
Photo of curasowa

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
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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