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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,704
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 98
Gots: 350 | 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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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no bottled on date. This is a beer I have had many times and certainly enjoy each time. A dark amber tan color with about 2 inches of abundant head. Malts and caramel dominate the flavors. With roasted almost nutlike scents. Mouthfeel is great and highly drinkable in nature.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1.11.09

A: Pours out an attractive shade of cherry brown, like iced tea with just a wisp of beige head.

S: Nice sweet caramel malt with a little lager yeast smell.

T: Big hit of sweet toffee along with some biscuit and nuttiness (chestnut to me). Much lighter malts used here than the dopplebocks I have had up to this point. A little bitterness seeps through the long finish.

M: Very smooth and glassy, although just a little heavy on the carbonation.

Very relaxed and drinkable dopplebock. I would have no problem having several of these in a row.

Photo of Hex92
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells a bit like raisins to me with a tinge of the alcohol coming through. Very red color. The head disappeared quickly and there was no lacing on the glass....But the glass was cleaned in the dishwasher...so that may have been my fault.

I love the flavor of the beer. I don't know exactly how to describe it....but it's tastilicious. Its thick on the tongue and goes down smooth.

I'm definitely buying this one again.

Photo of albertjr21
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a (pint, 6 fl. oz) bottle into a standard pint glass, this left a 1.5 inch light off-white colored head on top of its dark red, nearly ruby color.

With the initial mouthful I detected light hints of caramel and nut. A robust but pleasant body followed that left an aftertaste of medium hops and a slightly sweet red berry flavor.

An average drinkability that paired quite well with a brie cheese beef burger on a lightly toasted English muffin.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark scarlet colour, clear with a very pleasant beige head, nice and thick and loyal, sticking around nicely. Dense and pleasant, leaves moderate lace around the glass but not huge amounts. Pretty good, and interesting.

Nose is an interestingly sweet one. Lots of toffee malt notes and a very Irish red kind of character, hints of cream, hazelnuts and pecans. A hint of whiskey malt as well, very interesting beer. One of the most English-smelling 'German' styles I've experienced.

Taste is again pleasant. More of that rich toffee character, sweet and malty but more of that rich bitterness, kind of like Belgian candi sugar. A good strong potent character on the mid-palate, with hints of hazelnut, whiskey malt and a bit of cocoa without the chocolatey sweetness you would get from a porter, for example. There is a bitterness on the back, but it creeps up sullenly and blends almost impeccably with the alcomohol warmth I feel. Slightly herbal with mint and parsley, a great character. A really tasty beer with all the benchmarks of a good strong lager.

A little unfortunate on the mouthfeel, but having said that I've come to expect that from bocks, just the clean-up from lagering lowers the texture. A bit drying on the back and a bit harsh when the alcohol hits. Good though not fantastic.

Dangerously drinkable though. Good rich flavour, and very pleasant.

Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery into a snifter.

A: Deep, clear, ruby-brown body; half an inch of tan foam that leaves a solid ring and island. Not much lace.

S: Big malty aroma of toffee, raisins, cinnamon, and a bit of yeast. Solid.

T: Follows the nose, but with even more depth and richness, as well as a pleasantly dry finish. Excellent.

M: Firm medium body with some stickiness and a huge presence of smooth, velvety effervescence. Lovely.

D: Quite sweet and sticky, but not too bad for the style.

Notes: Delivers a great dose of sweet, rich, malty goodness. Solid brew indeed.


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

Pours a dark but brilliantly clear ruby colour, with a filmy head of yellow foam. Head dissipates a little, but sticks to the edges with pleasant lacing. Looks quite heavy and thick. I approve, in particular, I love the colour.

Huge phenols of wonderful banana and dark toffee. Really smells quite German - it has notes of the good German weizens, with the toffee of a wonderful weizenbock. Really, it reminds me of Aventinus - full of dark alcohol, but toffee sweetness and leavened wheat notes. This is really wonderful.

Taste is very similar, with roasted toffee notes, but not too grainy, and certainly not burnt with acrid dark characters. Delicious clear mouthfeel, which is what leavens the palate otherwise, leaving just the slight roasted sweetness, without creating something too heavy or cloying. It stays incredibly drinkable, a clear and pleasant roastiness, just folded in with a light dark sugar note.

This is an exceptionally drinkable brew. It has such a wonderful clarity to the palate, which leaves it quaffable and delicious despite the alcohol content. This is truly comparable to the best German examples - once again, the US shows me what it is capable of. Tröegs really know what they are doing with this brew, and showcase a truly world-class doppelbock. Astonishingly good.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tanger for this bottle, which came out of my BA Secret Santa box.

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Surprisingly clear and see-through. Brown copper colored liquid with a tan cap. Retention isn't the best, and it doesn't leave much lacing. I was sort of expecting it to be slightly hazy or opaque, and this is totally clear.

The nose is light, and doesn't really give off any strong scents. I get sweet malts and a bit of alcohol up front. Very sweet, with hints of German hops right around the finish. Light and subtle, was expecting just a bit more.

The taste is hidden by the carbonation, but more on that in a bit. Sweet and slightly roasted malts dominate. Alcohol creeps in, just like the nose, but not as bad. Also, the small hop character in the nose is all but gone in the taste. Sub par, in my opinion, I expected better from Troegs.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated, and it doesn't allow me to properly pick out the subtlties of the taste. Otherwise, it's medium bodied, with a slightly dry finish. Drinkability is ok.

Overall, sort of disappointed. Even among a style that I'm not particularly a fan of, this isn't among my favorites.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time. Thanks to hudsonphotog for making that happen.

The beer pours reddish-brown with an off-white head. The aroma is very malty with cherry. The flavor is more of the same, with sweet malt and a heavy cherry flavor. You get some caramel malt but the sweet cherries are the predominant flavor. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of slasher007
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours a nice reddish amber color with a big creamy head. Aroma is of fruity malts, caramel, and bit of cherry. Taste is lots of malty flavors, with some spice and a hint of caramel. A very good brew with a lot hidden inside. It is extremely drinkable, very smooth, medium mouthfeel, and medium carbonation.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oh man Troegenator! It has been over a year since I cracked one of these! I can't wait to see if my opinion has changed.

A - Dark brown and see thru. Head looks decent that hugs the glass.
S - Hops and citrus mostly to the nose.
T - Big malt flavor with little hop bite. Citrus is kind of lost but Alcohol is covered nicely.
M - Chewy and smooth which is great for a big beer.
D - I would have this again. Was pretty much the only Double Bock I ever had and it has yet to disappoint.

Overall the first time I had this it tasted like a hop fest but it has either mellowed over the years or my taste for hops is more tolerable. Regardless it beat the pants off my last years "tastes like a spicy lager" to now "a damn great bock!"

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

This pours a dark amber with average to below average head.

Smells sort of citrus to me. I don't have the best nose in the world...

Has a very nice semi spicy taste to it. Has spice taste sort of similar to Midas Touch; but it doesn't flare, build, and disappear like Midas Touch does. It's just there and stays there.

Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first experience w/ a Doppelbock. Very thin beer w/ little head and lacing. The color was a light amber brown you could see though. There was really no scent going on, very bland. The taste was a little better but I suppose this isn't my style. I will say it was a high drinkability and goes down pretty smooth. Definitely a Troegs beer.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single

Appearance: This really isnt as dark as some doppelbocks, but it looks really nice. Very clear reddish amber. Not much head retention or lace though.

Smell: Faint malt sweetness and flowery hops. Not much here.

Taste: Much better flavor than smell. Pretty nice thick caramelly malt flavor, and a fair amount of detectable alcohol. This is pretty sweet and would not be good if the hop bitterness wasnt there. The finish is a little sweet, but not very hearty. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice mouthfeel. Smooth and slightly viscous. Coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Its a pretty decent beer, but I wouldnt seek it out. There are better dopplebocks, lots better. I wouldnt turn it down. Overall, its just not big enough tasting malt wise.

Photo of jwhancher
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 pint, 6 fl.oz. bottle from the brewery about a month and a half ago.

A: Pours a clear, somewhat dark amber color. Great head initially that eventually dissipates away. Decent carbonation.

S: Reeks of malt & syrup goodness. I get some raisin scents and a somewhat bready, toasty aroma from the malts. Also some dark plum & cherries.

T: Caramel & chocolate malts very prevalent. Sweet tasting.

M: Nice, smooth even bodied beer. Very good malty taste with a slight tinge of hops to even things out.

D: It's a nice drinkable beer. Very good bock style- I just don't think I could drink too many of these in a given night. It's basically a great beer to compliment a meal with.

After my first glass, it reminds me somewhat of the Spatan Optimator. This is a compliment to the accuracy to the beer style. Would go great with some traditional German fare. Tonight, I had it with a bowl of homemade chili and I thought they went very well together.

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

This is an outstanding craft brewed bock.
A- Pour into a pint glass- deep brown with russet undertones, dense creamy head.
S- dark, malty, sweet. A little yeasty, a little flowery.
T- Mature, spicy, outdoorsy, deep caramel but not cloying. Dark caramel with a balancing hop flower and alcohol richness.
M- Nice carbonation lightens the complexity and keeps it balanced.
D- Obviously not a session beer, but a nice finisher.
A treat to find this in Massachusetts now.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Troegenator dimple mug at the appropriate temperature (01/08/10).

A: Pours a slightly murky reddish brown capped with one finger of an off-white head which dissolves to a collar leaving a bit of patchy lace.

S: Smells of sweet malt with tones of caramel, toffee, bread, raisins, and yeast.

T: A raisin-like sweet malt dominates the flavor containing layers of caramel and toffee. The is quite a bready taste as well with a good a mount yeast being detected.

M: Medium-bodied with smooth yet appropriate carbonation.

D: Drinkability is slightly impeded by the sweetness and overall richness of the flavor. One 12oz. at a time good for me.

Overall this is a well-crafted Doppelbock by Troegs and certainly one of the more approachable for the style. Recommended.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a reddish brown transparent liquid that has lots of a light tan colored head that lingers for a few seconds and leaves some lacing on the glass

S-the nose is quite big and brings lots of sweet caramel malts, notes of bread, and a faint detection of yeast

T-the taste follows the nose pretty much and is actually a little fuller on flavor. lots of sweet malt, caramel and a bready flavor, hints of yeast come in with some dark cherries towards the back

M-this is almost a full bodied beer that is very smooth and syrupy, it is a little slick on the back of the throat but not in a bad way

D-this is very good! lots of sweet malty flavors and a huge body, a definite winner for me

Photo of tubdog13
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle aka double deuce that I picked up from the brewery

head is thin and just sits flat on the top, great clear amber color with perfect little bubbles floating around lightly. Not really getting much on the smell, just a hint of malt and hops, nothing pronounced. On the first sips I am getting roasted malts and light hops, on the next couple I am picking up a nice caramel taste at the end, very well balanced flavors all around. As for mouthful it is def thick and chewy leavy your mouth dry, wil probably follow this up with some water. Makes a great winter brew on these colder days to warm me up, will start adding this one to my regular rotation, another great one from troegs

Photo of shanecb
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle bought from the brewery.

A - Rather translucent. Color is sort of a ruby, burnt sienna, dark orange/red color. About a two finger head that seemed rather creamy. The lacing is there, but not real predominant. Light carbonation rising up almost constantly. Fairly pleasant looking!

S - Definitely seems big on sweet maltiness, with some bread and yeast notes that are rather subtle. Secondly, some very nice spice aroma is present. There's a rather fleeting, albeit there, alcoholic aroma. Some fruity notes were there, and the closest I could estimate it is a mandarin orange and banana aroma. A little bit like the fruity aroma of a wheat beer. The smell is nice, overall. Nothing exceptionally good nor bad. Definitely makes you want to give it a drink!

T - Reminds me a lot or the aroma. Malt, bread, and yeast are definitely discernible. The fruit aroma carries over slightly into the taste, and that combined with a predominant spice taste sort of reminded me of a wheat beer. At 8.2% ABV, I can't really detect any alcohol flavor at all, which is nice.

M - Medium-bodied, relatively smooth. Minimal to no carbonation on the tongue.

D - Very good drinkability here. Smooth flavor and mouthfeel makes for a beer that goes down easily.

Photo of mgbickel
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Formed a thin 1/2 finger, white head with very little retention, and no lacing to speak of. The body is a reddish amber...clear all the way through.

The first thing I was able to smell in this brew is sweet malts and caramel. You can detect some spices and maybe a nuttiness in the background.

The sweet malts dominate the palate. Caramel, weak fruits and a sweet molasses like flavor are also present. Some spices come through at the finish.

The mouth feel is medium, creamy and slightly carbonated.

Drinkable...not my favorite for the style, but a decent brew none the less.

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

After a very recent tour of the Troegs Brewery, I decided to age the Mad Elf and enjoy a 22oz Troegenator tonight, served in my trusty "Samuel Adams" glass.

Appearance: Pours a light ruby color (when held to the light). Two fingers of a cream-colored head with small, tight CO2 bubbles.

Smell: Strong malty/bready scent with some hint of sweetness.

Taste: A Toasty/nutty flavor to start, with some spice to follow. I can taste the alcohol in the finish, but it certainly doesn't dominate the flavor (Labeled 8.2% ABV).

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-Full bodied and pretty damn smooth.

Drinkability: This is quite drinkable considering the strength. This is an easy drinking 22oz-er, but I wouldn't order too many of these in one sitting.

Overall: You can tell that the Bros at Troegs brew the beers that they enjoy - to the benefit of their customers! If you are fortunate to be able to venture to Harrisburg, you should definitely stop in for a Saturday tour. I also recommend picking up the locally, hand-crafted Trogenator ceramic drinking horns. It holds the full 22oz and the only downside is that you can't put it down once it's filled! :-D

Photo of drifter29
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my favorite gritty's glass. Not my regular Troegs choice but on a cold winters night it seemed like the perfect choice.

A - dark amber color with a thin head that hangs around

S - sweet carmel and light malt

T - sweet to start with a malty finish - the high ABV comes through in the end

M - Smooth and remarkably light, a little thin compared to the dark color but refreshing and filling

D - Take off your shoes and plan on staying for awhile if you are going to have more than a couple

Another great brew from Troegs and a must have for the winter season.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A - Poured a very thick dark reddish amber. Had a rich syrup like look with little to no head that vanished right away.

S - SWEET. Sugar, maple, grapes, almost smells like grape juice.

T - Yum! Tastes pretty good. Not much bite, very sweet, but thick. Tastes like a dessert-ish drink to me, but pretty tasty.

M - Doesn't really feel like beer. Feels like a fruit juice.

D - I wouldn't want to drink too many of these. Aside from the high ABV, it is a bit thick and filling. Enjoyable, none-the-less.

Photo of irishking1977
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears dark brown/amber with a tiny tan head that disappears quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with a hint of bread and alcohol. Slight rum-like quality in the background.

T: Malty sweet goodness with a nutty and mildly alcoholic finish. Some dark candy sugar can also be detected.

M: Moderate carbonation, which is surprising since the beer appears to be dull and lacking in character. Not the case.

D: Despite the high ABV, this is a pretty good session beer. Still, the ABV is hidden so well, it can definitely sneak up.

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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