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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,740
Reviews: 1,052
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 103
Gots: 387 | 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 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.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a good amount of off-white foamy head.

The scent is of toasted caramel malts and some spice.

Most notably there is sweet caramel malts and molasses, there are some hints of spice and the high alcohol presents itself more as the beer ends.

Medium bodied, pretty smooth with good carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer with good flavor.

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

A- Pours a deep translucent amber with 1 finger pale head that quickly dissipates leaving a bit of lacing.

S- Light sweet almost caramel aroma, maybe some honey in there too.

T- Subtle sweetness from the malt almost fruity(faint, faint cherry), hops are pretty much non existent. Doesn't taste like 8.2% ABV

M- Pretty light body, aftertaste lingers for quite some time.

D- I could see this being good on a cool late winter/early spring afternoon.

Overall a pretty good beer.

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

22oz into Tulip.

A: Red-orange, almost no head, just skim. Big bubbles.

S: Caramel, malt sweets

T: Bubble gum, bananas, sweet malt, slight cherry. Slight bitter as it warms up.

F: Bubbles to smooth.

D: All night. A very well made beer, really no complaints. Troegs strikes again!

Photo of davedahl
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice thick light-tan head of 2.5 fingers. Opaque auburn

S: smell is carmely malty goodness, maybe a whiff of fleshy fruits (plums)? Multi-dimensional in its maltiness.

M: end is slighlty metallic but nice carmel-malt finish.

T: rich jucy carmely complex malt base. Some ripe fleshy fruits. Damn delicious.

D: highly drinkable. The 8.2% alch is hidden well. Very nice full tasty dopplebock that cleans up enough for another drink...but not so much to forget about it.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Pours a very dark, but clear, amber body that glows faintly red against the light. An aggressive pour produces kind of a stunted head (at least for a doppelbock); it is a finger of light tan foam, with moderate retention and just the faintest whisper of lacing to show where it started out. No lacing as I drink.

S: Dark, toasted malts and spicy, earthy hops.

T: I expected this to be overly malty, given the appearance and style. Its biggest character here is toast with mild caramel and some dark fruit behind it. They're nicely balanced by an earthy undercurrent throughout the flavor, with a bit of spice in the finish that gives it a nice kick.

M: Medium-bodied low-medium carbonation.

D: It's solid, but not particularly amazing. I wouldn't mind having this again, although I doubt I'll make the effort to trade for it.

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

Poured copper brown into a pint glass, with a thin off-white head, but very good lacing. The smell was very malty, with some hints of caramel and molasses. The taste revealed the same, but was very malty sweet. What aids the consumption of this beer is the thinner than expected mouthfeel. Certainly helps the sessionability too. One more thing...the alcohol content is fairly well-hidden.

Photo of Atvar
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very sweet beer, with a taste of roasted malt and a touch of carbonation and hops. Overall, I find it to be well balanced all around. The 8.2% abv just starts to show itself in the end. This is a great change of pace from my usual favorite IPAs. The only negative I can think of is that it may not be the best session beer. I'd much rather sip and enjoy this than pound down and be drunk after a few beers.

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

This beautifuL beverage was poured from a 22 oz into my favorite pint glass. The copper color and medium head was a sight to behold. The sweet smell was second only to the ultra-sweet taste. No hops at all, this was all malt. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin for the alcohol content. This was dangerously easy to drink.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light brown with a light tan head too. Looks VERY clear and some good active carbonation. Head has good longenvity too.

S: MMM Malty. Not too strong though, but it sort of smells like walking through a brewhouse. Just a hint of maybe some nobel hops?. Wow, just that caramel malt is so everything in this beer.

T: Wow, that's sweet. Grainy and sweet are the two things that really come to mind. Just super sweet. No hops at all. But it's little thin tasting at the same time. I want more body. But that's a mouthfeel issue. I would have expected more caramel and things in the taste from the smell, this is almost like table sugar though at some points.

M: Like I said, thin. Good carbonation and everything, but too thin. Needs something to up the body big time,

D: Really good for a dopplebock in that I could have a few and not feel too full, but I'm sure I'd be pretty intoxicated.

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

rather than detail each individual attribute, i'll just say that I really like this beer. It's a great example of a double bock. It has a heavy, smoky, rich flavor with great maltiness that finishes pretty clean. Definately a strong beer; not overpowering, but not for the faint of heart. Great beer that I love to drink every fall/winter!

Photo of emsroth
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle w/ no date

App: Brown with ruby and orange highlights. Small tan head. Perfect Clarity.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with a hint of roasted apples. Sweet alcoholic esters. An underlying bitterness.

Taste: Starts sweet, then dies a bit in the middle. Ends with a sweet roasted flavor that imparts a bitterness that lingers. As it warms the hop flavor makes itself known: a grassy bitterness balances the roasted bitterness.

Full body with light carbonation.

Not a bad choice for a doppel.

Photo of m1ked
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at WF Bowery beer room...its going to be my "red wine" for T-Day today.

A- Pours a slight ruby colored dark brown, like a dark maple syrup. Dark, but clear. No bubbles noted. On the pour it had a funger of sandy colored tight bubbles that very quickly fled, and left behind a thin wisp. No lacing seen here.

S- Roasty grains, a little etoh, some hints of dark fruit like raisins. Overall though not a strong nose at all, pretty muted.

T- Roasty, malty grains with some brown sugar/ molasses notes. Some cola, prunes, and a touch of biscuits.

M- Barely medium bodied, bordering on mild. Thin layer left behind on my tongue. Very low carbonation, which allows the sweetness of this beer to persist throughout the swallow.

D- This is not my go to style for beer, but I am excited about pairing this with the turkey to challenge my wife's red wine pick. Overall a good beer that I am glad to have had an opportunity to try.

Photo of u2carew
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Consumed 11/21/09
A) Pours with a mellow head. Then settles to a thin head with semi-sticky lacing. Body has great clarity. Lazy upward carbonation. Mahogany in color.
S) Light aromatic caramel malt sweetness. A hint of alcohol in the mix.
T) Chewy caramel sweetness up front. Then moves to a mix of malts and alcohol. Touches of dark fruit and roasted grain. A subtle bit of hops in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Smooth. Medium bodied. Light alcohol effervescence.
D) A nice doppelbock. Well crafted.

Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (labeled 091009) into a Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass. Beer is clear and brown, forms a big head of medium yellow / brown bubbles that falls away quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation low to moderate.

Aroma is subtle but smells like wonderful wonderful malt.

Beer is super smooth, wonderful. Malt sweetness, nice medium to full body. No harsh flavors or solvents. Finishes nicely, has some dryness on the backend. Drinkability high.

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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