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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,739
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 103
Gots: 386 | 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 ThirstyBird
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of scottyb88
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber/red, nice pour, bubbles nicely and reduces to a light foam around the edge. Taste is malty, sticky, syrupy, thick beer, I haven't had alot of the doppel, but I have had similar beers I have liked more. Taste the hops slightly, has a bit of a sticky after taste. Somethings seems to be missing for me, I think it could use a little more flavor, a little something extra. Maybe it is just staying true to the style, but I think it is pretty average overall for a premium micro brew. I would expect something like this from Sam Adams, I guess I was expecting more. My 1st Troegs, I'd try a different beer from them though. If doppelbock is your thing you might be more into it.

Photo of alkemy
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a red/chestnut brown with a sizable off white head after a pretty aggressive pour. Smells of sweet toffee and caramel. A pretty staggering amount of sweetness for me. Lots of caramel malts and some dark, dried fruits (cherries, prunes, and raisins.) The alcohol was hidden pretty well. Pretty smooth going down, just too sweet for me.

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

On tap at Winking Lizard. Served in a nice dimpled logo mug.

Color was a unique dark reddish-brown with a decent off-white head that stuck around for a while. Not a whole lot of scent until it warmed up a bit, earthy malts. Taste is very sweet and molasses-like. Hardly any hops to speak of, but in the end, good. Like a beer shake. Creamy feel and very easy to drink.

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

(Bottle into dimpled mug - sampled 3/9/10) Poured a flat reddish brown with a one finger head that fell fairly fast. Scents of the rich molasses and toffee took over at first and with a little sit, some heady fruit odors came forward, in particular some raisin. A nice medium body with a small carbonation enhances the flavors that come through, again the molasses, and actually a hint of melted butter, which, while off putting at first, grew on me. The alcohol is definitely present, which serves to warm you up quite a bit, leaving you quite content after drinking. I wouldn't recommend any more than 2 at a sitting, however!

Photo of jampics2
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Served in a beautiful Tröegs Brewing Company Troegenator Double Bock mug. Amber with a white head. Let's raise 'em, clank 'em, and down this mother!

Smell is bready malt and raisins, plums and brown sugar. Smells good but just not as intense or deep as some of the premier European examples (read: Celebrator).

Taste is good. Nice amount of baked raisin bread with huge crust, caramel, and some depth added from the yeast and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel was nice, not too thick and decent carb.

Overall, I liked it and enjoyed sitting around with my buddies on a warm spring day with huge mugs of beer. While not my favorite dopple, it remains pretty true to style and is something I would enjoy again when I'm in a malty mood.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear rediish brown body with minimal beige head and some spotty lace.

S- sweet caramel brown sugar malt with some floral hop aroma and a whiff of alcohol.

T- sweet malty flavor, toasty, brown sugar, light hop and roasted bitterness. Well hidden alcohol. Finishes rich and malty with a touch o chocolate.

MF- full and soft with perfect medium level carbonation. Somewhat drying and sugary on the cheeks.

D- a litTle too sweet for me but nicely drinkable for such a big beer. Alcohol is discreet and feel is so smooth that this one could disappear a little too quickly.

Photo of dasenebler
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled in September 2009.

Rich brown color, with ruby highlights.

Aroma is of toasted malt, sweet dark bread and a touch of soy sauce.

Flavor is rich, thick and mellow. Full of toastiness and sweet malt. Surprisingly drinkable given all of the malt. If there's a style of beer that's a loaf of bread in a bottle, then it's doppelbock.

Troegenator is pretty to-style, but it didn't wow me. I appreciated the low carbonation and drinkability of this still hefty brew.

Photo of jdense
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottles carried back from Erie PA by beer buddy consumed 3.28.10.

1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation no lacing. Medium brown clear body. Nose is caramel malts, a bit sweet, minimal roast presence. Taste follows the nose, a bit boozy. Mouthfeel not very effervescent, close to style. Drinkability pretty good despite ABV. Not my cup of tea but close to style, worth seeking out for DB fans.

Photo of cdbooth219
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into mug

A: Pours an ruby brown color with about one finger of tan head with good retention

S: Lots of sweet maltiness and earthiness. Some hints of dark fruits and a little alcohol

T: Notes of sweet malts and bready malts mix. Some dark fruit notes of cherry and plum and an earthy resiny hoppiness. The alcohol doesnt really dominate

M: Rather thick and heavy in the mouth. Almost like taking a sip of bread

D: Very drinkable for the high abv that it has, but i wouldn't drink too many cuz I know that it would be bad news.

Overall this is the best bock I have had to date. I really enjoy this offering from Troegs and find myself liking them more and more with each beer I try by them.

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

a- the color is a dark amber nice head and lacing

s-had a good malty aroma but not really strong

t-the taste was malty with a smooth after taste

m-clean feel lightly carbonated

d-this beer is good for sipping and enjoying this beer was very filling and probably would not be the best beer to drink for a longer period of time

Photo of SkunkMan
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - dark amber, what you would expect. Head has a lot of retention, looks dense and fluffy

Smell - Earthen roasted malt, hints at what will fully develop when it hits your taste buds. The aroma is reminiscent of a spicy bread, for lack of better words.

Taste - Initially, the dark malt flavors are dominating - you subconciously get ready for what your mouth thinks is 11+ ABV and at that moment it backs off and you get the resin zip; not too intense, but in my mind it accents the malts with perfection. "What was that I just tasted", you ask yourself... You NEED to take another sip, and another.

Mouthfeel - Drinking temperature ~50F. The bread presence that you smelled initially manifests itself as a texture - you can almost take a bite of this beer. Not watery, not saturated motor oil, but a meal in a bottle. Subtleties of the texture do not linger, tempting you to take yet another sip to reevalute what you just experienced.

Drinkability - Given that this is a hefty brew in every sense of the term, disrespectful things can be done with this beer. Session beer? No. This is by far the most drinkable beer at this ABV I have enjoyed to date.

Photo of confer
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Caramel brown with small traces of head.
S- Not really much of a smell not bad though.
T- Taste is rich sweet malt.
M- Could be a little thicker but it is very creamy.
D- This is a very easy drinking doppelbock. The 8.2% is not obvious at all. It drinks like a much lower abv beer. A very nice doppelbock for the late winter season.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at Mad Mex in Columbus in a pint glass.
A: Amber brown. There was a good, tan lace that stuck around the entire time.
S: Malty caramel with a bit of roasted malts (that came off almost like chocolate). The hops are surprisingly evident, as a bit of citrus in earthy noble hops.
T: Caramel bread with a twinge of earthy bitterness. Distint banana bread (with coconut, walnuts, and all).
M: Mildly syrupy with a pleasantly dense carbonation.
D: Very much so, considering how well-balanced it is.

Photo of Mancer
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this brew was quite nice. It poured a deep red amber with an off white head. Little lacing left on the glass. However, the smell was bit of an oddball for me and I couldn't quite tell what I was smelling, there was a definite fruitiness to it as well as some caramel. This beer has a perfect amount of carbonation, it didn't tingle too much but nor was it non existent. The initial taste of the beer was somewhat sweet with an interesting dark fruit and malt flavor. The finishing flavor was wheat and alcohol. Can't say that the alcohol is masked during the drinking process, but it is very pronounced at the end. Overall, this is an interesting brew, definitely worth a try.

Photo of Shumista
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A generous extra from bamadog in a trade a while back. This one has been sitting in my fridge for a while waiting to be drank.

Pours dark muddy crimson, small off white head. The smell is sweet, ripe dark fruits and bready malt. The taste is very sweet dark cherries (real ones) and other dark fruits with bready malt in the background. The finish is a little bit cloying. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and I found the alcohol very noticeable. I didn't expect quite this level of booziness. Due to the sweetness and alcohol presence in the taste one is more than enough. I got three Troegs beers as extra in the trade and this is the first that has kind of let me down. That being said I am starting to think I just don't like doppelbocks that much in general.

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

Poured 12oz bottle (dated 1/13/09) into snifter at cellar temp.

A - 2 Finger off white head dissipates to a covering. No real lacing is left as the brew is devoured. Color is a deep brick red.

S - Carmely dark fruits (figs, plums, raisins, etc).

T - Taste is malty with a bit of heat to follow and the taste backs the aroma with fig and plums coming forward.

M - A bit hot with nice carbonation, rather light for the ABV.

D - Very drinkable and almost refreshing after the heat.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rusty crimson with a modest collar of foam and restrained lacing.

The aroma is nicely plummy with light hints of citrusy hops and warm cola. Lots of carmelized notes. Very mild overall.

After a slow start the taste is where this beer really picks up speed, with lots of chocolate and caramel and dark pitted fruits and bread comforting the palate like a big hug from an old friend. Nice light metallic zing of bitterness in the finish helps wash away the sweetness and prepare you for the next sip.

The mouthfeel is a little light and thinner than it ought to be, but somehow the taste doesn't suffer for it.

It's far too delicious to sip, a danger at 8.2% to be sure. Not a perfect dopplebock by any means, but a seriously tasty one.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger fine light creamsicle colored head with great retention. Beer is a clear dark amber that reveals a massive amount of carbonation. Layered lacing with great stick.

S: Nose is a sweet, subtle caramel malt with a twinge of citrus sourness. Maybe a bit of brown sugar in there. Very clean and pleasing.

T: Opens with a big, bold fruity bouquet of dark and red fruit flavors that are hard to distinguish. Strong malt backbone throughout. Sweet caramel, honey, maple syrup towards the end. Finish is messy leaving a wheat beer-like coarse flavor that dissipates quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly carbonated, coarse, watery in the mouth. Finish is messy and lingers a bit. A bit thin so points are docked here but its made up for below...

D: At 8.2%, dangerously drinkable. Very sweet with a thin body that makes it go down easy. Big malt profile is nicely balanced so that this isn't just a beer for someone with a sweet tooth. Not really much else to say here except try it. A great beer in my opinion!

Photo of sullie519
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer on tap and wow another great beer from troegs.A great ruby color with a creamy 3 finger head served in a 12oz tulip glass.Slight bread aromas are present with a touch of sweetness.The sweetness continues in the palate but nothing over powering.Perfectly balanced.Finishes smooth.

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

Poured a clear ruby brown, with a small white head with little retention that gathered along the glass, good lacing.

S - Big, sweet, caramel malts, biscuit, and a touch of plum.

T - More caramelly malt sweetness, with a hint of earthy tones and a touch of hops. The alcohol is well hidden and only becomes noticeable towards the end of the palate.

M - Medium to full body, prefect creamy carbonation makes it very smooth, with a little bit of a sticky finish. Hops are there, but only a bit.

D - Very good drinkability as the alcohol remains mostly hidden. I could easily down a couple bombers of this with how smooth it goes down.

Photo of GRG1313
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep clear copper with an orange/light brown thick head that quickly fades.

Nose is pure ripe banana with undertones of light coffee and carmel as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, although Flavors are assertive but simple. Nicely balanced bitter and malt but simplicity of light coffee, light roasted grain and a short finish (although with a bit of bitter light espresso) make other doublebocks a better choice.

This is not a "bad" beer. It simply is nothing special and not all that food friendly or drinkable. However, bottle has a cool label, I'll give it that!

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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