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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,548 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,548
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 94
Gots: 256 | 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 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.

therica, Apr 06, 2011
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!

Hoser77, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Sneers
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.

Sneers, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
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.

KTCamm, Apr 03, 2011
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

jman892, Apr 01, 2011
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!

BrewCrew2010, Mar 29, 2011
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.

ngeunit1, Mar 27, 2011
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.

burnstar, Mar 26, 2011
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

hopsbreath, Mar 25, 2011
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.

gopens44, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Guden
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.

Guden, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of socon67
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.

socon67, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an opaque brown beer that still looks a tad watery. Likewise, the beer only produces a minimal tan head. When held to the light this beer turns a shimmering cranberry red.

Cinnamon spice, vanilla candy, and liquor make their presence known, but there are also notes of dark fruit such as fig and raisin. A pleasant nose that isn't too harsh on the senses, nothing seems too overpowering. The head is definitely more prominent when it's warming up towards the 40-45 degrees RST.

This beer needs to grow on you a bit because initially there is a strange mixture of heavy grain aftertaste mixed with stinging alcohol. However, as the beer starts to smooth out I reluctantly give in to its allure. There is a good amount of flavor packed into this beer, which I wasn't sure would be the case given its thin/watery complexion.
Overall the heavy, dark fruits rule the palate, but it's slightly medicinal tasting with such a strong abv.

mild to medium bodied
First impressions were less than desirable and leave me wondering whether I should let the alcohol (which I've consumed a fair amount of at this point) get to my head. The answer is no, I may have warmed up to the beer, but medicinal alcohol levels without a strong, malty backbone isn't doing it for me (unless there is fruit/sweetness/bitterness to help balance, which there isn't). I still think the beer has smooth and balanced flavors, but the aftertaste sticks out like a sore thumb until you've built up a tolerance.

Great price, but I'm still left with yearning for a better beer. The high abv is masked pretty well, but does little for the flavor profile aside from adding some body to the beer's syrupy sweetness. I'd rather chug down some nyquil with the way this beer is hitting my palate.
In conclusion, I've had better beers.


ThePorterSorter, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - Light coppery-brown with a smallish off-white head, retention is decent, minimal lacing

S - Sweet malt notes with a bready, doughy edge in the nose. Alcohol is present in the nose, but not overpowering.

T&M - Sweetness of the malt is given some balance by the alcohol, with a somewhat solvent edge to it. Slight roasted malt quality with toasted bread and a bit of a dark fruit quality. Bitterness is light, but appropriate. Full bodied with a finish that starts off sweet and ends somewhat dry, presumably from the alcohol.

D - A nice brew; not overly sweet, and not too boozy. Another good offering by Troegs.

ZeroSignal, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to thecprj and the noon bif round 3 for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a surly darkness 10oz goblet a deep dark copper with a half finger wispy short lasting off white head.

aroma of dark malts and caramel with hints of light toffee.

caramel, hard candy, malty good, dark sugars, and a bit of maple.

light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet on the tongue, malts and no hops.

drinkable - yep - very.

robwestcott, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark copper with ruby edges flows out of the bottled adorned with an interesting looking character set off with bushy white hair and a nasty set of horns. I assume he is The Troegenator. Smells like bread and spice. Not a lot of hops here, but I do get some sweet, toasty bread, some spice in the finish with a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. Not really bitter, and the 8.2% ABV is sneaky.

McNealc31, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of vazy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a single fingered head. The color is a rich amber/caramel color and is clear. Its has a floral scent with sweet caramel maltiness. The taste is slightly bitter at first but a semi-sweet chocolate flavor comes around. Its somewhat buttery, biscuity and roasted.

Its a medium mouthfeel and goes down pretty easy. Its really drinkable, but maybe not at first. I came around to this beer quiet quickly.

vazy, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden mahogany edges and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Spicy aroma with lots of sweet malt, subtle dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Hints of zesty clove and pepper along with some hazelnut and chalky tart yeast.

Fuller bodied than expected with lots of sweet malt, subtle chocolate and spice. Lots of clove, cinnamon and brown sugar balanced out by hints of sweet caramel malt, chocolate, toffee and hazelnut. Slightly toasted with some rye, toffee and biscuit flavor. Spicy up front, quickly balanced by the full malt body. Silky and flavorful with a well masked ABV making it dangerously drinkable.

corby112, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at cellar temp in a Duvel tulip.

Pours reddish copper with a big tan head that recedes leaving some residual head behind. Smells of caramel malts, and has a breadiness about it from the yeast. Reminds me of another beer I can't quite place yet. Contains a hop bitterness and spiciness which is welcome along the warming alcohol flavor/sensation. Big body here which is helped out with a nice dose of carbonation. Big alcohol helps keep a slow and steady pace.

wcintula, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa as a prelude to my beloved Nugget Nectar. This is a strong beer and good for a night like this where it's cold outside and winter never ends. Although it's not the best beer that I've had from Troegs, this is a solid Dopplebock and worthy to compete with European counterparts.

Nice garnet hue to the pour but the head wasn't that thick and unlike the Alstrom brothers, I didn't see any lacing to this as I worked my way down my glass. Lots of flavors here including caramel, rye, a light sugar, and raisin. This is very malty and has a bread-like biscuit undertone to it with just a hint of pumpernickel-like spice to it. It's quietly complex like a Belgian beer but not funky like a Dubbel or a Lambic. The malt lingers nicely in the aftertaste and it's only when the bottle is downed that the warming of the alcohol can be felt.

Even though it's not a weak beer, I could easily have a few in a sitting. This goes well with tonight's NFL Network Top 10 Marathon and light snow that's falling right now and even though it's not on the level of Troegs' most popular beers, this is well-crafted and the sweetness hides the more potent aspects of this. Certainly worthy of the horned illustration on the bottle!

JerzDevl2000, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed From Notes:
Poured from a 22ox bomber into a SA perfect Pint glass (all I had that was clean)

A: Deep reds, dark copper/brown, healthy head and spotty lacing.

S: roasted nut, maple, caramel, ethanol, slight hint of floral aromas.

T: Malty, caramel, sweet, no real bitterness (it's there just hidden well) or bite to speak of.

MF: Crisp, smooth, very faint tartness, malty.

D: Sweet, malty, smooth brew. easy to drink, took me a bit to get used to but very enjoyable after a few sips.

Fluke828, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of yisseroff
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle into my trusty Woodstock Pint glass. It poured a reddish/brown color with a light brown head that disappeared without a trace in a short time.

S- Not much to go on here. A little bit of a sweet smell, but barely. Got my nose wet trying.

T- Really SWEET. Kind of maple syrupy. I got some middle-eastern spices, and some dark fruits. Perhaps some wine-like influences at a couple of points. There was a slight bitterness and sourness on the finish, and the high alcohol presence kind of reared its head at that point as well.

M- Pretty enjoyable mouthfeel, striking a nice stance on the carbonation. It really felt different on different areas of the tongue, which was nice (front was tingly).

D- I could probably knock down a couple of these, but the high alcohol and sweetness would likely come in my way.

yisseroff, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter; bottled late November 2010 so I'm assuming that I'm drinking this within the boundaries of freshness.

A: Pours a dark brown, crimson under light. One finger of white head which subsides quickly without leaving much lacing behind.

S: Quite sweet, but fruity and pleasant. Lots of bread aromas are present; a strong malty backbone accented by raisins and plums. Very bready for the style, but wholly enjoyable.

T: Once again, very bready, sweet, and fruity. I'm really enjoying the taste in comparison to the other doppelbocks I've had; even though there's very little bitterness to be found, the sweet and bready flavors balance one another very well and are quite enjoyable. One of the few beers I've had with raisin flavors that doesn't overdo it and remains quite enjoyable throughout.

M: Thin-medium body with moderate carbonation, which leads to a somewhat creamy body when swirled around. Slightly dry, jarring, sweet finish. Just a tad syrupy.

D: Extremely drinkable for the style; this is by far the easiest-drinking (not to mention best) doppelbock I've had. I cannot BELIEVE this is an 8.20% ABV beer considering the light body and complete masking of the alcohol in flavor and scent. I've had it before and I'll have it again. Highly recommended if you have a chance to pick it up or trade for it.

AwYeh, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of PhatAtUT
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks to smakawhat for this one.

A. cloudy reddish brow. very little head, no lacing.

S. sweet, caramel. smells very sugary. overall not a huge aroma, but whats there is definitely sweet.

T. tastes abut how it smells. sweet on the front end, with a little bitter and sourness on the back end. some caramel and vanilla notes. decent tasting beer, but not too complex.

M. decent carbonation. a little sticky, but too thin.

D. perhaps too sweet to drink several of them. i wasnt left wanting another right away, but i would drink this beer again down the road.

PhatAtUT, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Brez07
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. Thanks to the generosity of jyoungsbcp for sending this as an extra. Poured into a pilsner glass

A: Mostly opaque mahogany color. Not a large head with the pour and recedes quickly

S: Lots of bread, some spiced. Almost has a rye presence. There is also some caramel like sweetness. This was much more present immediately after opening and gradually faded over time. Some dark fruit as well

T: Caramel and dark fruit. Touch of chocolate flavor, but a shell of what it used to be. Similar to an aged barleywine. Hops are really faded but impart just the smallest amount of citrus. Also adds some dry bitterness in the finish

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Bready malt aftertaste

D: I believe this one has aged nicely. The alcohol is completely gone and has a really nice malt presence. Definitely worth cellaring for a few years

Brez07, Feb 10, 2011
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,548 ratings.