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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,514
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 93
Gots: 247 | 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 MrPsychic
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, excellent. I'm from the Harrisburg, PA area, yet as a beer newbie, I haven't gotten to try this before. The only other Troegs beer I have tried in the past is Mad Elf last year. I'm only 23, and have never tried a dopplebock before. Anyway... Opened the beer from a six pack, hit with a nice soft scent from it, not what I was expecting. Poured into a standard glass a dark amber, when held up to the light, it reminded me of a port wine, and minimal lacing. One interesting note is that it left large bubbles in the bottle, something I've never seen before. Smell was of the malted barley up front, followed by a lingering scent of the hops and a bit of alcohol. Taste was just as the smell, sweet malt followed by slight bitter of hops and warmth of the alcohol down the back of the throat. It surprised me how easy it is to drink, everything is layered together, but in a great way. One does have to worry about the 8.2% alcohol level, it can sneak up on you. Excellent beer, wonderful for a nightcap or just a winter warmer.

MrPsychic, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of beeristhefuture
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was thick and toasty, like a traditional dopplebock, but the weight gets in the way. You can almost see the high alcohol content in the beer, and definitely taste it. The beer is very rich and flavorful, though the undisguised alcohol flavor interferes a little with the palette.

beeristhefuture, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and poured a dark reddish color with an off white heading that settles quickly.Looking closley into the glass I noticed some type of isomer's if that is the right term for this.A very sweet smell of caramel and some fruits. Again a very sweet taste with a very nice aftertaste left no lacing. Not a can't miss but if you see it give it a shot.

TheFightfan1, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of ballewblake
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Grimbergen Chalice

1/8 dark head on pour that fadded to nothing really quick. Dark purple opaque body, thin ring of lacing. Barely sweet aroma, not getting a lot, but the style doesn't isn't usually known for smells. Great sweet malty taste though. Just a hint of alcohol on the tongue, but otherwise a great crafted brew, balanced. Some grapes in the flavor too.Thanks to Jwale73 for the offering.

ballewblake, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of mikecharley
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being that I live in PA, I really should have tried this beer years ago, however, tonight is the first time for me...
This is a wonderfully smooth brew, with great caramel malt notes. the appearance is ruby red with a great dark tan head, pours about 1 finger or so. The aroma is pretty sweet. The mouthfeel is creamy, that's all I can say... creamy...
Overall, I can say that I wish i would have tried this earlier.

mikecharley, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Dark ruby/chestnut with a full two finger head.

S- Deep caaramel aromas with a hint of roasted grain and chocolate.

T- Sweet complex caramel malts dominate and are offset by a subdued roast character which itself barely hides the noble hop pressence at about mid point. Very slight alcohol is detectable in the smooth finish.

M- Full bodied, rich and smooth.

D- I should of asked for more of this.

This just might be the best Dopplebock this side of the pond.

Pauly2X, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A--Pours a rich one finger mocha milkshake head, super thick and lasting, with considerable lacing left behind. Body is deep deep auburn, kind of a bloody caramel.

S--Sweet, liqueur-like. Raisins or prunes soaked in brandy, with a back end of a little roasted grain character. Not much breadiness, certainly not as much as I expected, out of the malt here--mostly just toffee and sweet boozy dark fruits.

T--More of the same here, as the predominant characteristic resembles a dark brown bread if you let the loaf soak in about a quart of dark Barbados rum. Not a bad flavor at all, but man what a wallop of malt! It's not too abundant, though, as the lager yeast at the end makes it all worthwhile, and finishes quite smoothly. I was surprised at how clean the taste ended. A bit like licking the liquid out of one of those cherry cordial chocolates, but hey, I don't know squat about the style, so maybe that's normal.

M&D--I love the mouthfeel on lagers, and this ones not exception. Even a rich beer can feel silky and have the suggestion of something deeper and dank. Drinkability? yeah, right. After one of these I have to wait an hour to start typing, so there's that.

I'm a total ignoramus when it comes to doppelbocks (thus my conservative scoring). I wanted to try Sixpoint's emasculator when it came around but missed that bus, so this is my first. It reminded me a great deal of Long Trail's triple bag. Anyway, if Troegs is anywhere close to the Germans on this, I'm looking forward to my next foray in this style.

TheycallmeTim, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Santa thanks again (Deuane)
22oz bottle poured into my Troegenator dimple glass (sweet and bigger thanks) produced a good finger worth of creamy tan head that trailed off to a thick lace. The body of the brew was clear brown with burgandy highlights really nice color on this doppelbock.

Aromas' of caramel malts and some nuttiness, this brew is very sweet in the nose. A little disappointed I didn't get any bready yeast from it

I think the flavors are good, but a tad on the sweet syrupy side for me. It needed a little more balance from the roasted malts to even out the malt sweetness. The body of the brew was spot on medium to thick in the mouth with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling like syrup

Even with some flaws in my book, this is still one of the best American doppelbock I have tried. Very drinkable, I finished the bomber with no problems at all and was left wanting for more. Good job Tröegs, you haven't disappointed me yet. my score's maybe low in a couple areas but I am comparing it to Imports of this style

joepais, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of cameraman
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light mahogony color, with touches of amber. A ligth beige colored head forms on top about a quater inch high, but dissolves away quickly. The sweet scent of malt is very dominant, with another scent of dark bread at the end of each scent. The malt comes right out at the front along with a breadiness, that dominates the taste for almost the entire flavor. Then at the end a mild grassy bitterness comes through and lingers there for some time. There is hearty, chewiness in the feel, though still leaving that crisp finish you find in the lager. The dopplebock is a hard beer to brew and this is a great dopplebock. The great maltiness and heartiness that one expects from this style, are the strengths of this beer.

cameraman, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red with a 2 finger firm dirty white head that was moderately lasting.

S: a rich big coffee flavor, dark breadiness, chocolate, and a light underlying fruitiness (dark cherries).

T: The flavor was nice and smooth with sweet roasted caramel upfront, sweet chocolate and dark fruit (dates, cherries). There was a warm breadiness, and a slight alcohol warming from the 8.2% abv.

M: A sweet and slick mouthful that was lightly carbonated.

D: Nice drinkability with very good flavor and enjoyment that wont disappoint.

beerthulhu, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Snifter (bottled 09/24/08).

Quite the attractive doppelbock, Troegenator pours a rich maple mahogany that turns to a shade of ruby when held to the light. Despite an aggressive pour, the viscous body fails to build much of a head, although a light tan ring of tiny bubbles encircles the glass. The aroma is spot-on for the style, with notes of caramel nuttiness backed by spices and fruit, including cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, raisin, and banana.

Subtle flavors become more pronounced as Troegenator warms. At first, a thinned-down caramel malt presence is all that can be detected, but soon a spicy rum and raisin sweetness wash over the palate. Finishes with a nutty hint and a boozy warmth. The mouthfeel is accentuated by a carbonation level that complements the spices well, and the medium-thick body achieves a near-creamy consistency. Overall, a solid offering from a brewery that has yet to let me down. I'd easily pick this up again.

wagenvolks, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/5/08. Bottle, bottled 5/13/08. Pours a dark mahogany with a thick light tan head. Aroma of toasted malt and sweet roasted malt, faint dark fruits. Flavor is pretty similar, dark fruits, toasted malts, bread, brown sugar, molasses, and some smoke. I can't even notice the 8%. Pretty good beer and another winner from Troegs.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of TMB0424
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a ruby brown body with lots of carbonation. One finger slightly off-white head quickly reduces into a fine outer ring.

Smells very sweet. Sweet, caramel roasted malts. Lots of sugars. Very slight hint of spiciness in there somewhere. Nothing overly exciting here.

Tastes a lot better than it smells, in my opinion. Caramel, roasted malts. A very rich, smooth fruitiness surprised me. Pretty damn good. I let in linger in my mouth a little and I got a little bit of the chocolate malt as well. It finishes with a slight hop bitterness as well. Goes well with the sweet honey feel. Alcohol is only slightly detected.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. It's very smooth and creamy on the palate, very easy to go down. Pretty refreshing as well. The carbonation is high, but it fits well, and I think actually improves the brew. Medium bodied, leaning a little towards full bodied.

Comments: A very solid brew, very solid dopplebock. In my opinion the aroma is lacking compared to others of this style, but it's a very smooth and tasty beer.

TMB0424, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, lighter than usual for a Dopplebock, with a foamy fizzy head and lots of visible carbonation. Aroma is both floral and of charcoal, along with some cane sugar. Taste is a soda-like Dopplebock with a lot of fruityness and light raisin notes. Seems pretty thin for a dopplebock and overly "processed" for a beer. More like they mixed together Dopplebock syrup with water and carbonated it. Not altogether terrible, but this definitely doesn't remind me of the amazing brewing of German beers you'd find in Ayinger Celebrator or Spaten Optimator.

wiseguy142, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ive been eying this horny fucker for the past month or so. decided after my long day at work I needed something refreshing and not a session beer. so I cracked it.

pours a crystal clear amber. this beer just looks sweet. the pour is thickish. a one finger cream colored head rises and falls before i can get the beer to my bedroom. some very watery thin lacing stays behind but alas it leaves as quick as the head.

smell is rich and malty. slightly biscuty, malty, sweet.

taste matches up pretty well with the smell. nice sweetness that stays throughout the whole ride. im very happy that this doesn't have the soy sauce flavor that a lot of bocks/double/triple bocks usually have present.

mouth is very enjoyable. thick and full but still velvety smooth. i dont get any burn off the alcohol. which is always nice and dangerous.

another great treat from troegs. i am very glad to have tried it. i would gladly drink this again.

Mauerhan, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pooured nice and full into the glass. nice head and steady carbonation. rich malty aroma and taste. this is a good smooth drinking beer. some chewy nutty malt feel to it. i expected the alcohol to be strong but it was just fine and smooth.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Wine Warehouse

I picked this one up on a recent trip through Virginia. Troegenator fills this pilsner glass with a garnet liquid that sports good clarity. A beige head grew to one-plus fingers on the pour and fell rather quickly to a skimming with a decent collar. A couple small chunks of lace stick to the glass here and there. Not a bad looking brew but the head could have stuck around a bit longer. A quick swirl brings the head back briefly.

The nose is rich and inviting. Moist banana bread kicks things off and before I know it a rich nuttiness joins the fray. There is a nice fruity presence in the background; dates, prunes and figs come to mind immediately. Underlying currents of sweet booze roll through deep in the back. As it warms some lightly toasted grains make themselves known.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. Nutty banana bread leads the way and never lets up but there are flashes of dates, prunes, and figs. This beer has been growing on me since I first opened it and is now very enjoyable. There's a pleasant sugary sweetness that adds some depth to the overall flavor.

The body is leaning toward the full side with a mild carbonation that allows some stick and a velvety feel. A little heat gathers in each cheek.

This bomber is going down quite easily. As a matter of fact I wouldn't mind having another. I can feel the alcohol kicking in a little bit which would make this brew dangerous.

I like most of what Troegs does and this is no exception. I would have liked to pick up a few of these when back East but unfortunately didn't. This is definitely worth a try.

joe1510, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that disappears quickly and leaves little lace around the glass

S - Malts and toffee, some figs and honey

T - Burst of malts with slight hops, honey and toffee and citrus

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation

D - Very good Double bock, another great Troeg, and a wonderful beer

cvfish, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a lager glass.

4.5 A: Dark amber brown color. Very clear. Thick wonderful light tan head. Superb lacing.

4.5 S: Fucking wonderful bouquet. Citrusy at first, then chocolaty, then something along the lines of figs. I can smell the chocolate and crystal malts as if they were never incorporated into beer. Herbal hop aroma.

4.0 T: Barleywine like in nature. Big malty character. Not enough hops to balance out. Citrus again, chocolate and caramel. Then there's that fig-like character again.

3.5 M: Medium body even though it's has barleywine aspects. Good carbonation. Very smooth.

4.0 D: This is the dopplebock for the guys out there that like barleywines. That said, it has much better drinkability than most barleywines.

DavoleBomb, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is deep cherry red with a brownish tinge. Thin head disappears quickly. Shapes can be seen through it in the light, but its still murky. The color is okay; the consistency is weak.

The smell is sweet caramel malts and dark berries. Sweet and bitter cherry. Hints of raisin, hints of chocolate. Tar and tobacco. Actually pretty nice and complex in the nose.

Initial burst of a cherry winter ale, then a sweet but grainy barleywine-ish flavor. THIS must be what a doppelbock is! It's sweet cherry, slightly sour in the aftertaste. As it warms, there is chocolate.

The feel is basically chunky and chewy. Tart, bittersweet, cherry and barleywine/winter ale qualities. Decent, not great.

williamherbert, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper-brown with a tight beige head. Light nutty malt aroma...bread, cherries, grapes, slightly earthy fruitiness. Very smooth flavor. Sweet toasted malts, raisins, cherries...rich, sweet, and fruity. There's a slight lingering chocolate note, though it generally lacks the deep bready maltiness of some of my favorites. Medium bodied and creamy smooth. No sign of alcohol making it an easy one to drink.

A pleasant, "lighter" seeming doppelbock. Not really "liquid bread," but not bad at all.

wedge, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I have drank many of but never sat down to review.

The body of this doppelbock is definitely on the light side. It is transparent, colored with dark shades of red and orange. Hints of brown also. Boasts almost two fingers of tan head that sits around in a nice band on top of the beer for quite awhile. Leaves some good, sticky, lacing on my glass.

I smell some chocolatey malt, but also lighter malt aromas that are reminiscent of pale malts that remind me of an Oktoberfest beer. Some earthy notes are noticeable also.

Definitely an interesting Doppelbock with lots of different flavors going on in it. Up front I taste the pale malts I noticed in the aroma that provide a light, biscuity flavor. The middle has fairly pronounced citrus flavors and just a touch of the earthiness. However, for the most part citrus flavors dominate any earthiness in this brew. The finish is where the chocolatey malts shine. Throughout the flavor the chocolate is noticeable, but not until the finish does it become more intense and also sweeter. A chocolately after taste stays with you.

This is a very light bodied beer, a little lighter than I would expect for the style. Fairly high carbonation also.

The Troegenator is fantastically drinkable. This is a beer you could down all night before realizing that it packs an 8.2 % ABV.

Hojaminbag, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
July 29, 2008

Not a lot of aroma coming from this beer. Dark mahogany color with a super thick, large brown head -- delicious. Excellent mouthfeel, super creamy, fabulous texture with almost no carbonation. Taste is a malty, toasted coffee with a prune undernote. Very good doppelbock, super enjoyable, but the rating is hurt by a lack of aroma on the pour.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of meatyard
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a dark, clear amber/brown with a short, light tan head and not much lacing.
S-Is lots of malt and some dark dried fruit like raisins and figs.
T-Is a lightly toasted malt & sweetness and just a bit of warming alcohol presence.
M-Is medium to thin.
D-Is good. The alcohol is noticed and felt at the end of a 22 oz. bottle but not overtly so. I could go for another sometime.

meatyard, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a rust color and a clear consistency. A fair amount of foamy head and OK lacing.

S: A very malty smell, above any other component.

T: Had a thick, malty start, but ended up being very thin in the finish. Not an especially dynamic flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an inconsistent effort from Troegs. Some aspects of it were good, but others were not as well done.

avalon07, Dec 03, 2008
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,514 ratings.