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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,770 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,770
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 107
Gots: 412 | FT: 5
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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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Ratings: 2,770 | Reviews: 1,059
Photo of fountainofyouth
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six-pack poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: With a quick pour, it produces a three-finger off-white head. The head settles pretty quickly, leaving just a thin film of bubbles. The beer itself is a medium red-amber and translucent, maybe a shade lighter than the average doppelbock. Hardly any lacing.

Smell: Fairly robust aromas. Malt dominates with earthy hops noticeably present. The malt scent is bready and fruity -- apples, figs, other sweet fruits. A very pleasant sensation. No real alcohol presence.

Taste: Follows the lead of the smell. I picked up the bready, toasty flavors more easily than the sweet fruit, but both are there. Some floral hops mixed in but kept in the background. Not sweeter or more bitter than what the style calls for. The 8.2% ABV is disguised well.

Mouthfeel: Interesting and complex -- there's dryness up front, but the finish is crisp and satisfying. Light to moderate carbonation, leaving a little bit of acidity.

Overall: I'd recommend trying this one out. It's a safe choice but also has some features that should keep you interested.

Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from an English pint glass...

The beer pours a burgundy, copper color with an off white head that quickly faded. It smells mostly of toasted caramel malt with a sugar cookie background and a hint of roasted malt. The taste is very smooth with flavors of buttered toast with some bread and chocolate. The beer is very smooth with moderate carbonation and a bready finish. This is an excellent double bock the ABV is well hidden and it's extremely smooth and drinkable.

Photo of WSB
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very pretty dark reddish brown color with a shallow, brown head.

The smell is malt and yeast, call it bready, with a hint of the high alcohol content. The aromas are mild, warm, and pleasing.

Mouthfeel is alcoholy warm, surprisingly so, yet creamy and silky. Its a medium bodied brew, not too heavy or thick.

Taste is complex- malty, with an earthy sharpness that might be spicy, but its overwhelmed by the alcohol on the tongue, so the spicy is sort of washed out. There's a hop bitterness in the after taste and a vague hint of some kind of sweetness trying to fight through as well.

When I checked the web site for the malts and hops used, I found that they used Pilsner, Munich, and Chocolate malts. So its probably the chocolate malt trying to provide the sweetness, but it ends up more balancing off the bitter than giving a real sweetness. Hops used were Hallertau, and Saaz, which I know little about except that Hallertu seems to show up in a lot of IPAs, Saaz, not so much.

Finish is mellow, bitter but mild.

Photo of vande
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish brown with a quickly disappearing layer of foam.

S: Rich and sweet, lots of malty goodness. Carmel & bread.

T: Wow. Malt, malt, malt. And sweet. There's a nice blend of brown sugar, carmel, breadiness...

M: Sits on the tongue nicely, rolls down easily.

O: All around a pretty good brew. Normally, I'm not a doublebock kinda guy, but this one hit the spot.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd beer, 2nd doublebock of the night

A: medium to dark amber that's really light on the edges all the way almost into the center. The head dissipated in 5 seconds.

S: Rich, chocolately, sweet smelling bock with some arrant thinness.

T: Even and pretty smooth. Kind of hard to pick apart individual taste aspects. Everything is a wee bit lighter than the nose, and all amalgamated together. Considerably less chocolate than in the nose. A touch of pruniness arises as the most prominent note.

M: Again, very even. Like the previous bock I drank, a rising booziness trend grows as the pint gets empty. Carbonation is a pitch low, but works well with the style

O: I'm surprised at my rating. This used to be a beer I was VERY enthusiastic about. A great American staple of the style.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this beer as an extra!

poured into a glass beer stien.

Appearance: Rusty red bodied beer with a small white head less than an finger tall after an aggressive pour. Head turns into small white ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: Very malty, sweet, bready, and fruity.

Taste: Malt bomb! This beer is so damn sweet and fruity it reminds me of a Belgian Quad. The sweetness is almost cloying; it right on the edge for me. Caramel and brown sugar mixed with figs and dates. Fresh biscuits and a bready flavor come into the picture as well. It is a bit boozey, but the alcohol heat does not last long. The beer finished by tasting sweet and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low carbonation. The beer is a little bit creamy, but its more like syrup; also is mildly abrasive. Its probably because of the massive malt profile of this beer.

Overall: It a nice dopplebock. I would like a bit more balance in this beer to tame the massive amount of malty sweetness. But...thats what a dopplebock is all about...the malt!

Photo of Scott29
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving from a bottle

App was a reddish brown, no head, minimal lacing

Smell was that of La Choy soy sauce, I even went to the pantry to compare aromas and boy, I thought I should be pouring this in a Chinese dish

Taste, well I cant shake the soy sauce thing and thats what I feel I am drinking at this point

Overall I was pretty dissappointed with this brew

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

pour from bottle into pint glass.

appearance- a nice dark reddish brown color pours nice thick cream head that dissolves fast

smell- deff malt biscuity

taste- great taste a nice bready malt flavored sweetened with a hint of molasses and dark fruit. the head that appeared creamy was mostly bubbly. a full bodied beer that hides the high alc very well. leaves a nice malty sweet aftertaste a bit sticky.

mouthfeel- good mouthfeel a bit sticky, but doesnt quite coat the mouth just leaves the tongue and lips feeling rather well...sticky

overall- a very solid dark beer. the first dobblebock i've tried.

Photo of warnerry
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 5/3/11 consumed 7/24/11 in Founder's mug

A - Pours a beautiful clear ruby-tinged brown with a finger or so of tan head. Head dissipated pretty quickly without leaving much lacing behind.

S - Sweet bread malts, a bit of caramel and faint spice. Aroma is relatively subdued.

T - The taste, however, is anything but subdued. Big, sticky sweet bread and caramel malt, a hint of molasses and maybe a bit of fig. A bit of spice, but no specific flavor that I can discern, and some faint hops are a nice counter to the sweetness. A bit of alcohol is noticeable.

M - Very sticky, creamy mouthfeel, finishes pretty clean and dry.

O - Very nice offering form Troegs. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of Cavery
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with Klym, Bottle courtesy of GoGators! Thanks for the extras.

A: Glazed red wood finishes with a fair amount of smokey black/brown colors. The visual gives off this very fancy wood vibe. Thin micro-bubble film stays around the edge of the glass. Not much of a head to speak or, nor is there any visible lacing.

S: Lots of figs, dates, and prunes in this juice. The sugars are in check, but it still comes off quite naturally sweet. There's a lightness to the nose that suggests this will be more juice like, rather than one of those Date Shakes you can find at sketchy stores around where I live. A slightly gritty/sand quality to the nose that adds a bit of complexity.

T: Date jam on mellowed woods. There's definitely a woodiness to the taste that is unexpected, it really mellows out the dark fruit to bring a pretty out solid flavor. The transition is pretty much dominated by the dark fruit to wood, but it's a solid transition. Spiced cherries and cardamom are a bit more hidden. The woody control of the bitterness and sweetness makes for a remarkably balanced dark fruit jam. After revisiting the spice cabinet, I'd say cardamom is really the dominant woody flavor I get. A very nice spice on the jams.

M: A very solid mouth to compliment the dark jam theme. The body is medium-full while still maintaining the doppelbock style. The bubbles are soft and fine, reminds me of cheese cloth or some other very fine knit material. Not too drying, but not wet, the alcohol coats the mouth a bit, but really just adds to that jam character. Very well executed body for the style.

O: I like this, there's a lot of spice character to the nose and flavor that really fits the body very well. Well rounded, and a nice handling of a style that can be a bit monotone with its dark fruit notes. This is definitely dark fruit jams, and not a two tone date/fig bomb. The cardamom spice flavor gains complexity as it falls into a mellow woody flavor. An earthy dark fruit spread that I wouldn't mind having on rustic bread. The mouth feel and taste make this a likeable offering.

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

Big thanks to GoGators for this bottle. Poured into a Stone nonic and shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a dark, browned red with an off-white head that climbs up one finger. Tenacious curtain lacing that tires out and partly drips off soon after, but a good amount stays there.

S: Deep stick molasses with tons of dark fruit (fig, prune, etc.) character. A nice touch of hop potency lingering as well.

T: Powerful molasses sweetness drives the dark fruit tastes deeper instead of covering them over. The beer backs off mid way and even says goodbye with a short lived but pleasantly surprising hop touch. Very nice sticky linger of the sweeter and more define flavors and a little bit of toffee. Don't usually care so much for dark fruit bombs but this one is engaging and exceptionally tasty.

M: Nice full body that moves along with a little bit of slippery syrup-like texture and some creaminess from the medium carbonation. As full and powerful as it is, though, it also carries a good amount of light crispness. Very consistent mouthfeel on every sip.

O: I only have the faintest memory of the one or two doppelbocks I've had in the past so I can't offer much in-style comparison or judgment here but I can tell you that this is an enjoyable beer. Packed with so much flavor it's just as much a snack as it is a beer. Refreshing, intense, good-- definitely worth giving this a shot.

Photo of drizzam
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy ruddy red in color topped by a thin off-white head. Not the greatest head retention and some spotty lacing was left down the inside of my pint glass.

S - Sweet and malty aroma, but not that big in the nose. A mild chocolate character lingers about.

T & M - Much bolder in flavor than the aroma let on. A bready malty backbone carries that chocolate I smelled earlier, accented by an earthy hop bitterness and some dark fruit. Medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is hidden very well in this one...the only way I know this muct be 8% is that there is a mild warmth toward the back end.

D - I wish this was a brewery that was more readily available in my area. This was a very solid brew, and in my opinion, a good variation of the style. Definitely worth a try!!

Photo of Siggy125
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful rubyish caramel color with ivory head, dissipated quickly.

Smells big on breaded malts, but the nose was rather non-descript.

Tastes of the same breaded malts, and some caramel. Pronounced dried fruits and baking spices. Wine-like alcohol in the flavor. The ABV shines thru well but not stinging.

Good mouthfeel, flavors last fairly long thru the finish. Very drinkable. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass a hazy chestnut brown with a small, creamy, white head. Aroma was pretty weak, but roasty malts abound for the most part. Toasted bread and malts in the taste, dry and grainy, with hints of raisin and apple skin. Pretty strong alcohol sensation. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable, but only if it's my only option.

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

This was one of those beers where you can't find much to criticize, but it still lacks some sort of luster. Everything is there in this beer, but for some reason it didn't wow me. Very dark with a toasted malt nose. Alcohol was a bit too spicy and threw of the balance ever so slightly. Quite smooth. Good beer, but I prefer a Doppelbock that's slightly lower in ABV.

(Notes from June 23, 2010)

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

A- 4 Pours a nice mahogany color with a small but smooth khaki head. It isn't really sticky, and there is smooth sheet lacing. It is barely transparent. The head pretty much disappears halfway through the glass.

S- 4 This has a good, pleasant aroma to it. Roasted malts first come to mind but there is a definite spiciness as well. The combination is reminiscent of spicy/sweet holiday bread.

T- 4 There aren't really any surprises here as the brew's aroma was telling. It starts out tasting of roasted malt, and through the drink more and more of those spices come into play. It is sweet from the malt initially but turns to the spice (almost like a mild all-spice and cinnamon combo) and balances out nicely. I detect a slight booziness on the finish.

M- 4.5 Troegenator has a big smooth and creamy feel to it. Carbonation is just right. There's a trace of syrup on the finish and I feel it is medium-full in body. That said, it is great for the style.

D- 4 I definitely enjoyed this brew. It has a fairly strong aroma/taste combination that would be quite satisfying when in the mood. I feel it would be better enjoyed in the colder months like a winter ale would be (June at time of review). I could see myself having a few of these at that time, but probably no more than one or two right now. It is bold, but it is solid.

Photo of bamojr
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. I only really got malt in the nose. Sweet flavor that has a lot of roasted malt as is to be expected in the bock. Not as heavy as some bocks I've had. Has a grat mouthfeel and finishes well. This is the beer I expect from troges

Photo of RossCain
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass

A: Pours a ruddy hue and settles with a bubbly cream colored, 1/2 inch head. Pretty transparent and clean looking. Overall a decent looking brew.

S: Thick, malty smells immediately come to the nose: sweet, bready, a little bit like a raisin muffin. Balanced

T: Big, malted grain flavors stand out in the forefront. Lots of sweetness with the taste of dried plums and a buttered biscuit. Thick and robust caramel malt in the finish woven in with a raisin like character as the lasting note. The 8.2 alcohol is unfortunately not masked and it comes in hot at the end.

M: Thick, medium-full body with a hearty character. Good carbonation, overall smooth and lightly creamy. The alcohol in the finish is noticeable but doesn't have the same warming sensation that higher abv brews usually put off.

O: I will say that I quite enjoyed the Troegenator Double Bock. Was it the best of the style I've had? Not exactly as it didn't pack the same hearty character of German Dopplebocks. However, it was a great value for a more full flavored beer at 8.99 a six pack and served as a great stand in when I was quite feeling a stout.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.62/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint.

The flavor here reminds me of some sort of candy my grandma used to have around... It was some brand of candy with individually wrapped pieces-- like chocolate wrapped around a different center... Some were caramel, others had more chocolate... And then there was the dreaded coffee-flavored filling that my 8 year old mouth hated! This beer reminds of all three of those, and though I've grown to love coffee flavor now, 22 years later, I must say there is something off-putting about the way this beer hits on those flavors.

Caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors hit with an English toffee note and a chalky, residual syrup thing happening on the back end that reminds me of chhildrens cold medicine (mote in terms of feel than flavor).

The nose is mild, but the malts make themselves known. The flavor isn't BAD, but it certainly doesn't do it for me, and the chalky feel on the finish is offensive-- it's hard to separate that chalkiness from taste and feel, as the flavor profile is what seems to lead to it. The beer just suddenly dries out at the finish and becomes unpleasant.

The body looks fine: good coppery brown color and decent head. Retention and lacing were weak.

Overall, this is not a beer I would want to seek out.

Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer, one of the best (in my opinion) I have ever had. Since I normally favor milk stout - I was surprised how much I really liked this beer - but I really do just love dark beer in general and this one is awesome! I had this at the "Spotty Dog" in Hudson, NY and also took a growler full to a Zombie Walk in Albnay later that day. This beer was great straight form the tap, slightly chilled, in a pint and also fresh from the growler out of a red plastic party cup! This is a deep, dark, malty-roasted, slightly sweet brew with a very distinct flavor - pleasing and thick. I may try from a bottle, but tend to find beer usually tastes best from the keg.

Photo of mintjellie
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-red in colour. Pale taupe head is develops well, but falls short in retention and lacing. Nut and dried fruit aromatics, bready, a wine-like quality, even a hint of milk chocolate. Rich and malty in a way that makes allusions to liquid bread appropriate. Deeply concentrated raisin flavour. Honey. Finishes with an extremely light bitterness. Alcohol nearly imperceptible. Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated with a sticky, sugary mouthfeel. I have no idea what this beer is like fresh. I bought this bottle back in 2008, the same year I visited the NY state fair, and it has languished at the back of the beer closet since. With that said, this tastes really good now. It's not complex, but there is a great deal of depth and concentration in this with no real off flavours. This was a real pleasure to drink, and I'm glad I finally got around to pulling it out tonight.

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been on my to drink list for a while,finally after paying all my unpaid parking tickets I bought some.Now after chilling it some I'm enjoying this fine malted beverage.Its no doubt a good example of a dopplebock.It is low in carbination nor much of a head on this.SMELLS kinda fruity,with some hints of bread there.TASTE has a hint of fruit,dark liquorice,and a malty aftertaste to enjoy.

Photo of Tartarus
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S: Pours a dark redish brown hue with about a half of a finger worth of head after a very aggressive pour. Smell is of roasted malts, some sweet hops smell, and some boozy smell.

T&M: Taste is malty upfront followed by some fruity, almost winey flavor. Aftertaste shows how much alcohol there is in the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little oily.

O: It's interesting. I bought a six pack of these, and the flavors seemed to get a little dull after the first. It's my first foray into doppelbocks and I don't have a ton of experience with bocks, so I'll give more of these a taste and see how this one compares.

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

Poured into a Town Hall Brewery globe on 5/20/11.

Pours a dark brown with tints of amber and orange. Has 1 finger of cream colored, bubbly, carbonated head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all. Nice pour but I would like to see a little more lacing and head retention.

Smell is of tons of roasted malts, carmel, a little chocolate, and a slight hint of fruit. Smell is very refreshing and has a nice complexity but isn't so complex as to saturate your nose.

Taste is sweet but light and refreshing like the nose. Hints of chocolate and fruit but is mostly sweet roasted malt. Very good.

Mouthfeel as stated above is light and refreshing with a slight tingling from the carbonation. The ABV is all cover up.

Overall this is a very nice brew. Well balanced and refreshing. Hard to think that I would want to drink a beer this dark on a hot summer day but I do.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Bock will pour a nice clear mahogany red and builds a tan head about one finger deep. The head will dissipate very fast and leaves almost no lacing.
Smelling the beer, sweet malts and fruits with honey are recognizable.
The taste up front is certainly a very honey sweet malty dominance, in the middle some of the fruit flavors like fig, plum and very ripe apple is noticeable and in the end brown sugar and roasted malt flavors will linger in the mouth.
A very sweet Doublebock, very drinkable and the alcohol very well hidden. I am glad that I bought this beer to try it and add it to my beer advocate collection.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,770 ratings.