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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,653 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,653
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 94
Gots: 305 | 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 ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear crimson/brown color with about a finger of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor is of sweet and toasted grains, caramelized malts, chocolate, a touch of molasses, sweet fruitiness, a bit of alcohol, and another dose of sweet malts. About a notch better than medium in body with ample carbonation for it's style. High drinkability despite the ABV.

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

Even if it doesn't amount to much otherwise, Troegenator is gorgeous beer. It pours a darker brown color. Looks a bit like cola. It's very clear and a little light reveals stunning deep ruby highlights. It's topped with a light caramel colored head that stands over two fingers tall and takes quite a while to dissipate. Very thick, sticky waves of lace appear as the beer descends. Nicely done.

The nose is very malty and slightly sweet. Chocolate malts are noted and have a slightly sweet and cocoa-like flavor. There might be a faint amount of roasted malt. I can't tell for certain. If so, it's clearly secondary to the chocolate variety. A hint of dark fruit is noted (smells mostly like plum). Hops are present, but are a little buried. Nonetheless, I'm always pleased to announce their presence. Alcohol is masked well and is not noticeable. Not bad at all.

The flavor profile is a little more impressive than the nose, but not so much that it warrants a bump in score. It is nice and malty. Chocolate malts give it a mix of sweet and bittersweet flavors. I'm not picking up any roasted malt at all here. Plum is noted, but is a secondary component that plays its role really well. It gives it a slightly tangy, acidic flavor. I like it. Hops are much more pronounced here and give it a nice bitter flavor early. I'm a little surprised that they have such a bitter flavor given the amount of malt. It's a little yeasty toward the end. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but is hidden well for an 8.2% beer. Finishes a little sweet with a spicy hop surge.

Troegenator has a medium body that leans thick. It's smooth and benefits a great deal from light, restrained carbonation. It's not quite creamy, but it's not far. Drinkability is good. The flavor is pretty deep and satisfying. For an 8.2% abv beer, it goes down a little too easy. I'm having no trouble with this bomber, but I doubt I'd crack open another...even if it was Friday night.

Troegenator is a pretty impressive Doppelbock in all respects. There's more than an ample amount of flavor here and there aren't any big missteps along the way. It's not a huge standout in terms of flavor. But, it is a very well assembled beer and a good representation of the style. Troegs has made better and worse. But, this one's pretty damn far above average and is definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Poormon79
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. A dark amber, brownish look. semi-carbonated. Slight head that quickly vanishes.

S. I honestly couldnt get much from the smell. A small hint of mollases i think. Hard for me to say.

T. Has a very sweet taste with an alcoholy finish

M. Pretty good. Enjoyable to the taste buds

D. With the high alcohol i dont know if id wanna drink alot, but a couple here and there on a nice day id say rock on.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed this very much. I'm a mostly dark beer drinker and this is one of my new favorites. The pretty mellow taste is enjoyable and not over powered by the alcohol. Definitly worth a try.

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

Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of tan head.

Smells malty and sugary with a funky, yeasty aroma. Some bready qualities.

The taste is malty with prominent, but not overwhelming buttery and doughy characteristics. Lots of sweetness. Slight fruitiness. Thick carbonation and a heavy body.

The ABV is on the high side, and this wouldn't be my first choice, but it's definitely drinkable.

Photo of psurandy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of 12 oz bottles while at the brewery.

Pours a deep brownish red color with minimal head. I was expecting a bit more head and this being the last in my sixer I have learned that you need to pour vigorously to get much of one. Smells slightly of some burnt surgars and molasses. It's a smooth, crisp beer that hides the abv well. Tastes great with notes of molasses and dark sugars balanced with a bit of hop bitterness at the end to finish things out. I never would guess this as an 8.2% abv and could easily polish a couple off. This is a solid beer, especially for the price.

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

Pours a bit lighter of a color than many doppelbocks, though still retains the ruby/brown shades that make the style beautiful. Think beige head sticks around the rim of the glass.
Sweetened smell with some raisins, sweet malt notes throughout.
Taste is medium bodied with toasted malt, grain and a little sweet taste with some hop ends.
Our finish is medium length with toasted, almost smokey aftertaste.
Smooth and drinkable.

Photo of jjboesen
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quaffed a pint at David Copperfields during a recent trip to NYC (See Reveiw). It begins with an inch of bubbly head that quickly dissipates into a razor thin line of vanilla foam, leaving little lacing. The nose was average with a subtle hint of raisin and molasses.

The mouthfeel was nice, even though there was something of a bready bite; however, there was balance in that no ingredient stood out or overwhelmed the others. No complexity here, folks.

I've never had a bad beer from this brewery. Keep it up.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle at cellar temp into pint glass. pours a dark maghony with some ruby accents. nice creamy looking tan colored head that had some pretty decent retention. a little bit of lacing as well.

the smell is of very sweet malts, fruity, with a little bit of alcohol

the taste is very sweet and tart. lots of sweet maltiness, a sour like fruitiness. finishs dry with a bitter tart lingering aftertaste. there is a little bit of hoppiness to it as well, something if never really found in a bock beer.

dry mouthfeel, medium carbonation, medium to full body. alcohol is not very noticable but perhaps a little to sweet to enjoy many of these.

im not a huge fan of the bock style, but this one was much better than i expected it to be. i would recommend it if your looking for a nice american rendition of the style.

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

Thanks to the Cincy BLOATs for giving this out as a goody for judging at Bockfest. I can't get it here so it is a treat.

Pours a very clear deep mahogany brown under a thick, fine 2" tan head with excellent retention and some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rich with dark breadcrust, just a little caramel, and a hint of smoke. Very clean, no esters, minimal hop, and just a hint of alcohol.

Flavor is also dominated by pumpernickel breadcrust, a little herbal hop, and some dark fruit in the back. Well balanced, relatively bitter for a doppelbock. Malt lingers but the finish is dry.

Full body with medium carbonation creates a nice creamy texture, very drinkable for a dopp. Lacks the depth of the best German brewed examples but is one of the better American versions.

Photo of beer2day
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper gold with a frothy head. Moderate lacing.

Nose is malty sweet, almost syrupy, with hints of caramel.

Hits sweet with a banana clove finish. There is a slight burnt, but sweet, flavor there as well.

This one hides it's abv well, so be warned.

Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Charlie Brown's in Harrisburg the day before Easter-Thanks Grandma!
Served chilled in a standard pint glass

A - Deep bronze almost burgundy w/ a 1/2 inch medium whipped tan head. The cap falls to a film, the beer has good clarity and thick lace adheres

S - Mild roasted malt, dates and dark bread w/ walnuts and mild woodiness of hops makes the aroma inviting and balanced

M- A mix of caramel, toast and spice textures w/ an appropriate moderate carbonation level. The maltiness is full and the feel is round but the db finishes dry and clean

T - A great malt flavor-toffee, and dates like in the aroma w/ a spicy herbal hop flavor and almond like sweet taste. The malt is full w/ dry notes of fresh raisin and mild pepper. The taste has plenty of dark toast flavor w/ mildly woody and slight caramel type sweetness

D - I must admit this is one of my favorite db's and it doesn't dissapoint on tap w/ an all around great drinkability for such a big beer. very spicy for the style, but suits me fine and went well with my chipotle chicken pita and sweet potato fries

Photo of pandashaver
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful and distinctive deep red body, maybe slightly brown tinted and translucent/transparent. Big foamy head and lively carbonation inside my pilsener glass. Lacing was good and head retention was better than the other doppelbocks I've tried.

S - Bread, yeast, caramel, malt, and even some fruitcake, with a hint of some delicate spice perhaps.

T - Great balance between the sweet malt and the very slight bitter/sour notes. Best I've had for a doppelbock. I swear with the big head it was like a marshmallow at times.

M - Medium body, very smooth and not very sticky on the palate, making it very drinkable. Alcohol content is not noticeable at all.

D - For a high ABV brew, this goes down easy and gives no hint of it's 8.2% alcohol content! A very well balanced doppelbock. Not too malty sweet, but all the definitive flavor and then some! Will have to pick up a 6 pack of this in the future.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a big off white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of malty sweetness and some toasted smells.

Tastes of a toasted malt character and some dried fruits in the end. Not much hop character, but the overall taste is fairly good.

Mouthfeel is kind of thick and creamy.

This is fairly drinkable, but the high abv may get in the way.

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

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Similar dark black appearance, however this time the bottle produces a little more white head to it. Holding it up to the dark doesn't allow any real light to go through it.

Smell: Similar to on tap. Nice amounts of licorice, cocoa powder and malt.

Taste: Awesome. Rich deep flavors of licorice and cocoa powder backed up by malt.

Mouthfeel: The bottle version compared to the tap version provides more gritty after feel. Almost feels like a light amount of cocoa powder rests on the pallate.

Drinkability: Due to the heaviness and style, not bad for drinkability but I would still bow out after a couple.

Final Thoughts: Compared to the tap, the bottled version holds up. Still the only Tröegs I have had. Well worth a try.

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

beautiful, deep deep orangey, bourbon red with a hefty head that laces intricately and with muscle. smells of maple candy.

taste is an interesting sweetness backed up with a bitterness that isn't 'hoppy' at least not for me. very rich, to be savored, not gulped. alot going on here, but easy enough and fun enough to unravel. ABV seems to be on target.

mouthfeel is thickish/creamy, unfolding more complexity in taste...dark dried fruit that has been brandied.

quite drinkable, but not alot of these. not a session item for sure.

i still respect bocks and DBs, but this just isn't my favorite style. still a highly recommended bottling and all should try this.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. no date found.

deep, almost dark, coppery amber. gem clear. big, light tan head recedes to wispy layer. one solid ring of lace on top, pretty sparse lacing afterwards.

aroma: syrupy caramel with apple juice and slightly medicinal phenols, matched with some earthy, grassy hop.

flavor of malty caramel and apple are quickly met by lots of grassy hop and a moderate bitterness, but also with a boozy quality and just slightly too phenolic in the finish.

medium body, starts smooth, but the otherwise moderate carbonation accentuates the phenols and gives a slight overly astringent character.

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

13oz tulip on tap:
A: Nice, dark ruby-red with small dark head with good retention, modest lacing.
S: Sweet toffee but also a dark fruit which is hard to identify. Maybe cherry. As it opens up, a smokiness presents itself.
T: Like the smell, but also moderately buttery and bready. Interesting, no complaints.
M: Slick. Common for doppelbocks.
D: It opens up well as it warms up. A relatively prototypical doppelbock.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Glass, the beer pours a dark red/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is average, lacing is good. It smells like caramel malt, toffee, and some dark fruit and chocolate. It's a nice aroma, however it is a bit weak. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. I can taste caramel malt, dark fruit, bread/grain and a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate carbonation and it's creamy, smooth and a bit slick. Drinkability is very good, it's pretty easy to drink. Other than the light aroma, I think this is a good overall brew. I'd buy it again.

Photo of albern
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm just not a huge fan of the doublebock, and this beer didn't do anything to disabuse me of my biases against the style. It pours a nice amber brown, almost mahogany color with a thick creamy head that laces all over the glass. The beer is thick, slightly syrupy, and has decent retention. The nose on the beer is very slight, not pronounced at all. I'm getting some earthy lager like aromas, some caramels, maybe a tad bit of cellar mustiness. I'll wait until the beer warms more and perhaps the nose will sufficiently emerge.

The taste is quite boozy. There are definite sweet malts, lots of caramelized malts, crystal malts, and some rum soaked fruit flavors. The beer is strong and the ABV is coming through pretty loud and clear. The beer is smooth and creamy, but it has a slight but noticeable throaty burn from the ABV. The nose eventually emerges on this beer and it really is floral. The sweeter raisin and fig tastes come out a bit as the beer settles, but the ABV is more than I bargained for. It's all okay, I'm not a big fan of the style, I will account for that in my ratings, but I'm still not overly impressed.

Photo of johnmacera
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramelly brown, can just barely see through glass, light colored head that doesn't stick to glass

S: Just a bit funky lager-y, somewhat sweet

T: Malt comes through, with very small hop presence to balance

M: A bit of stickiness

D: Goes down nice and smooth, hardly betraying the high alcohol level, until that little buzz sets in

Nice example of a doppelboch (or double bock) from an awesome brewery.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 Pint 6 Fl Oz. bottle into a 10 oz pint glass.

A-Pours a reddish/dark brown, mahogany color. A beige, one finger head formed at the top of the glass.
S-hints of chocolate and malty sweetness. I also picked up on the alcohol.
T-The sweetness is there at the front, but it quickly gives way to the hints of chocolate and alcohol. As the brew warmed, the sweetness came through a bit more and the burn disapated. Picked up on a little cinnamon as well?
M-little carbonation so this had a think, almost chunky mouthfeel.
D-Despite the higher ABV, I was able to put down the bottle with ease. Once the brew warms, it gets better, so gave it a chance to settle a bit. It finishes with a burn at first but gives way to the malty sweetness.
Good for a pre dinner drink, perhaps something to hold you over until your next meal.
All in all, a good doublebock, but I think I like Tommyknockers Butt-Head a little better. Give this a shot though!

Photo of younger35
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received a couple of these from BeerTruth quite awhile ago. Didn't even realize I didn't review one until I popped this one. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a burnt amber orange with a nice one finger fluffy white head that recedes fairly slowly. When the head does dissipate though not much cap or collar is left with zero lacing.
Smell- Very malty and unexpectedly clean with rich caramel tone. Some dark fruits (especially raisin) amongst the malt. Hints of coffee and a dusting of chocolate and that's about it. Maybe a slight bit of citrus as well but it's fairly subtle.
Taste- Starts slightly malty with a bit of chewy toffee and semi warming alcohol. Bread crust and a slight bit of sweetness that gets a bit cloying. Tons of brown sugar and hazelnuts before a very slight kick of citrus joins the party.
Mouthfeel- Full body and sort of chewy with very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Well the taste is alright but not exactly what I expected from a Doppelbock. As someone who used to drink the Optimator like it was job I thought it would be more like that. Also I think its a little sweet and I HATE that in beers. Either way glad to try but definitely not one of Troegs better brews. Thanks Adam!

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

A - Pour a deep reddish/brown with a deep off-white thick head. Not signs of stranded yeast and light lacing.

S - It has a very "tight" aroma as in it's not very strong. But it smells slightly sweet from the gratuitous amount of malts used. Slight alcohol aroma in the background.

T - It's still a little on the cold side but there are hints of chocolate, raisins, and of course the roasted malt. Flavors blend quite well and don't compete with one another. There is a slight alcohol burn in the after taste.

M/D - There isn't much carbonation which leads to a thicker/light syrup-like body, but it is still smooth. Very drinkable as long as you take your time and don't drink too many!

One of the better offerings from Troegs especially if you're a big dopplebock/heavy beer fan!

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

12oz bottle. Date stamp N/A.

Appearance: dark tan with a small cusp of head that stays throughout the drink.

Smell: caramelly malty sweet with just a small touch of smoke.

Taste: smooth, sweet and just so delicious. The chocolate and caramel mix is just perfect. This is a sweet beer, but this is not cloying sickly sweet. It does become a tad dry as it warms with a slight hop taste. Alcohol is not noticable at all, which can be a dangerous thing.

Overall: this is one of the best Double Bocks that is made in the USA!

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

This is a great beer it has a nice dark amber color with a big at first that gets rather thin after a couple of min. but leaves a good laceing. As soon as you pour it into a glass there is a strong bread smell. After taking a closer smell it smells like a rosted coffee chocolate bar. The taste is great with its sweet rosted malt flavor that ends with a very light bittnerness. Has a good smooth texteture to it and its not to heavy.
This beer is very drinkable, I got my friends to drink this and they liked it. All they every drink is miller light of crap like that. I think Yuengling should have sampled this bock before they made theres

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,653 ratings.