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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,444 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 1,020
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 89
Gots: 226 | 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 kkipple
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

First time trying Troeg's stab at a Doppelbock. Let me preface this by saying that I've yet to come across an American example of this style that has wowed me. But hope springs eternal!

Pours a very odd (for the style) clear red-nuttty orange. Sorta looks like an Oktoberfest beer... certainly nothing in the appearance, timid head included, to make me think this was a Doppelbock from a distance...

Things pick up in the Smell Department. Nutty, toasted sweet malts dominate; there's a pretty good range of character here. Getting a fine grape-y smell, as well as hints of chocolate and honey, earth and sweet black bread. Nothing to wow you, but solid.

The flavor is likewise very respectable, if a bit on the tame side. Big sweet bready malts here from start to finish, with a toss of sour grape and cocoa; finish is warming and sweet and nutty. Hops provide some balance and I suspect the earthiness I'm getting. As it warms I'm picking up a little booze near the end, nothing to be ashamed of at 8.2%. I like this.

Mouthfeel is delightful. The carbonation fluffs up this medium-bodied beer in your mouth and aids the wet, cool beverage down your throat, finishing sweet and slightly grainy and chocolaty.

Troegenator didn't wow me, but I have to admit it's a pretty darn solid example of the style, (save for the appearance) and if it were available in my state I can see myself picking it up now and again. A good -- not great -- job by the Brothers Troeg.

kkipple, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Another tasty selection from Tröegs. This Doppelbock pours a clear, woody brown/ruby color with a sizable off-white, nearly beige head that recedes to a choppy ring of lace. Some sparse, rising bubbles are visible also.

Buttery bread and a good dose of dark fruit along with notes of hops, citrus, apple, caramel malt and a slight mineral aroma. Pleasant and somewhat mild. A good smelling brew for sure but nothing amazing.

Wow! Much more pronounced than the nose implied. Fruit, light and dark alike, and caramel malt eventually give way to a light but very detectable roastiness. A faint note of spice and a decent hops character. Molasses as well. Citrus and buttered toast come through in the finish. Crisp and bright initially with a great depth of flavor that’s rounded out by a smoother finish and a bit of booze induced warmth. Very nice. The aroma had me a little worried but the flavor definitely delivered.

As I mentioned the initial mouthfeel is brighter and very crisp with good carbonation. As the brew sits on the tongue for a moment the texture begins to lean more toward a smooth velvety feel. Very appropriate for the style and flavor profile. A bit of warmth comes through in the finish. An overall medium bodied beer. A very nice selection with a character all its own.

letsgopens, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A: A rather deep reddish gold pour... big, two finger+ offwhite to very light tan head that diminishes reasonably slowly. Could stand to have a little fuller head.

S: Some rather musky aromas, hints of caramels, and malty notes.

T: A rather earthy taste, soon followed by a rounding dark fruit flavour (particularly raisin and perhaps prune) and a little bit of molasses edged maltiness, but just a tad. An alcohol flavour that they don't really attempt to hide, but this isn't particularly a bad thing.

M: A decent feel on the palate... a soda water-like expressiveness, that seems to flow right along the center of the tongue. Not a great deal of coating, and certainly not syrupy. While I can appreciate that it is not gooey, a dash of tackiness wouldn't haven't been a bad thing.

D: For a bigger style, it's an easy drink... and perhaps that's a little bit of a con, if expecting a full dopplebock. While a decent tasting brew, it could improve here a little.

Proteus93, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to LittleBreeze for this extra.

Pours a light brown/clear Ruby with little head. creamy smooth nutty smell. Taste is a bit heavy on the alcohol at this point with some caramel and dark fruit taste with creamy notes. Mouthfeel is good, but a bit thick, overall good. A bit viscous and alcoholic to be slamming, but ok drinkability. A good offering from troegs, should be better with a little time.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%

Dreamweaver Wheat from Troegs was an absolutely great brew, and while their Doppelbock was good and above average, I wouldn't go so far to say that it was an "above and beyond" sample... Pours a ruby-red, mahogany-brew hue with minimal head... smell is full of caramel and malts... very malty flavor with caramel and butterscotch flavors bursting through... very rich and thick taste, although I've had much better representations of the style... very sweet and somewhat overpowering, which detracted from the overall taste and drinkability...extremely malty and thick flavor dominated by a brown-sugar base that is really powerful... copped this singly from Total Wine and More, and probably wouldn't buy this again, although I wanted to give it a shot... Although the appearance was good, this beer was average in all other respects... worth a try, but there are better depictions out there...

dsa7783, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a nice deep red hued brown with a tanner head that stays around for a short bit. Nose is Like wet wood with some sugar mixed in. Nice, full, and robust. Flavor is mildly sugar with a smooth wood tone. A thinner molasses seems to kick in on the back end. Good liquid body and a smooth and silky carbonation. Extremely drinkable, even with a higher ABV. Another damn good brew from Troegs.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Zephenbrewid
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into 16 oz nonic pint glass

A - Transparent dark reddish gold coloration with moderate apparent carbonation, off-white head which disappeared quick but stuck around in another type of glass, so I'll rule this satisfactory

S - Very sweet, almost candylike, and surprisingly didn't pick up on much alcohol scent

T - Pretty spot on, nice and malty, again malts really help subdue the alcohol content, I didnt detect any fruity or chocolatey flavors

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation as noted earlier, nice and smooth

Zephenbrewid, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of cs45977
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

The specific bottle I am rating has been aged about 8 months and actually has a different label then the one shown here.

A-Pours a very clear deep copper with about a finger or two head.
the head retreats quickly leaving a slight lace on the glass.

S-The smell is a very strong attribute of this beer. On pouring into the glass a pronounced smell of malt fills the room.

T- There is no doubt this is a doppelbock . The Maltiness is pronounced on the tongue followed aggressively by strong alcoholic flavors.

M- The mouthfeel on this beer is exceptional. It is smooth and heavy and clean from beginning to end.

D - This is a very good example of an American production of doppelbock . It follows very closely, many German doppelbock and honestly I tend to prefer this one to many of the mass produced German version you can find on the market
In all, if you are in the mood for a solid example of what American brewers can do with a traditional European Style, this is a good place to start.

cs45977, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of drperm
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Appearance: Russet, coppertone, the color of English breakfast tea or Captain Morgan's spiced rum. Not as dark as I was expecting it to be, for sure! Pours a nice milky head. The appearance was one of the nicest things about this one.

Nose: Definite esters, honey-roasted peanuts, caramel, and American hops with a strong alcohol undertow.

Taste: Spritzy right off the bat, a little sweet-and-sour action, hops (too hoppy for me -- a definite sign of an inappropriate American appropriation of European classiness), tartness, sea salt, brown sugar, cheap Hershey's chocolate, and bananas on the finish.

Palate: Spritzy with a smooth finish. Nice.

Overall: Tart for the style. Definitely flaunts its 8.5% for all its worth. This was completely not what I was expecting from a Doppelbock -- oh, how I miss Ayinger Celebrator. This is not German (bananas aside), but a true American spin -- a brown Doppelbock. However, style aside, it's pleasant enough -- and the more I drink it, the more I like it. Think pairing with chocolate covered pretzels, or desserts with peanut butter. Certain sweet, dark entrees (ok, concession to the German original -- sausage!) would be nice, too.
This is a quite amenable and pleasant brew, if definitely on the strong side (I've had higher ABV beers that hid their strength and seemed lower than this one's 8.2%).

drperm, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Been aging this bottle for little les than a year now….

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a thick, moderately well-sustained head that leaves behind a generous lace. The bready malt base features a nice raisin fruitiness and a well-balanced alcohol spice. A touch of leafy hop bitterness makes an appearance in the finish.

Aging this one really takes the edge off of it; after sitting in my cellar for a few months, Troegenator manages that rich raisin malt character, plus a great bready backbone, without being cloying or syrupy.

Highly recommended…

arguemaniac, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of csmiley
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Poured a nice ruby color with a light hint of brown. Head and lacing were minimal.

S - Notes of bread, malt, and alcohol. There seems to be a fruit scent in the distant background.

T - Sweet malt is the first taste in the profile. That is followed by a nutty bread flavor. I did pick up a faint flavor of hops.

M - This seems to be medium bodied with decent carbonation. Given the abv I was expecting a bigger beer but that is masked pretty well with this one.

D - I enjoyed this one. Went down pretty easy and smooth. I would normally sip a doppelbock but this one was just good enough to disappear pretty quick.

csmiley, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of beerking1
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

Roast malt aroma, although faint. Dark amber, crystal clear, with a light tan head that pours big and lasts. Flavor is malty and toasty, but rather mild. Good hop balance. Body is a little thin for style. Alcohol apparent, but not overpowering. Nice doppelbock.

beerking1, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of davidt
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured deep red-mahogany with very thin head that rapidly dissipated. Light malt aroma. Very sweet, malty flavor. Seems a bit on the thin side. Easy to drink and masks the alcohol well, but lacks pizzaz. I was looking forward to trying this,a nd was a bit disappointed, I had to go back and check the bottle to confirm it was this year's bottling.

davidt, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust toasted caramel malt with a smattering of noble hop.

The taste was deep and robust with elements of toasted grain, sweet caramel, chocolate malt and dark fruit. There was a solid toasted biscuit finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side.

Overall a very nice dopplebock. Tasty and complex.

plaid75, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

I got this bottle in a trade, can't remember with who, nyway thanks!

A clear brown beer with a small head. The color seemed a little too light for a Doppelbock.

Smell is very malty sweet with a great caramel nose and some nutty and light husky flavors. The typical bottom fermented clean fermentation can be smelled.

Taste is malty and very full. A good big malt backbone of munich malts gives most of the character to this beer. There are the caramel notes that add a light roasted and deeper taste and some nutty tastes. I expected from the smell to be more sweet, but the beer is not sticky. The yeast is clean, but has some light sulfuric notes. A great beer that can compete with the German examples.

Absumaster, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/05/07, served in a pint glass.

A - clouded, orange/amber color with a small white head that thinned to a ring, leaving some rings of lace.

S - roasted malts, some earthiness.

T - roasty, earthy flavor, very slight taste of alcohol as it warms.

M - medium bodied, mildly carbonated.

D - easy enough to drink, but I wouldn't drink more than a few.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of BWH3
2.83/5  rDev -28%

Troegenator Doppelbock Troeg Brewery
12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F

Appearance: The rich red-amber of marzen malt. The head is a nice caramel/beige. Head pours large but dwindles a touch fast. Color right on but head is too weak. Wonderful clearity. (3.0)

Smell: the notes are vanilla, toasted nut/bread, and that unique malt sweetness of the German caramel malts. None of the flavors are robust nor are they truly unique. Nice attempt at the style but need more richness and could be more aromatic. (2.5)

Taste: tastes like it smells. Would be good for an Octoberfest, but not sweet enough or full flavored enough to be a Doppelbock. No alcohol warmth either. This kind of beer is why the Germans have laws about their beer. Simply I felt jipped when I drank this –imitator. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: Pretty good. Big compared to a pils but not quite the density of a weisse beer. Not enough to compensate for the other disappointments. (3.5)

Drinkability: Actually, as an Octoberfest beer, I would sit back a guzzle quite a few. Unfortunate mislabeling. (3.5)

BWH3, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Troeenator pours a brilliant, clear copper color with a small light tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thick ring around the surface leaving no lace behind. The aroma is faint with notes of malty caramel, grapes and alcohol.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth with a carbonated snap on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is mostly malt with sweet notes of caramel. Mixed in is a fruity taste of cherry and grape. At the end some bitterness and alcohol flavors come through. Once gone the cherry and alcohol flavors linger on the palate. Reminds me of cough syrup.

This beer seems to have a simple flavor profile that is well balanced and quite drinkable. A nice example of the style.

WanderingFool, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of bigeyedfish
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Ah Trogenator. After Yuengling, it's one of those beers that you can't live in Pennsylvania, or talk about Pennsylvania beer, without getting to pretty quickly. 12 ounce bottle with a screen printed bottled on date just above the main label, center of the neck, poured into a Trogenator pint glass.

Pours a nice, thick at first, very foamy off-white esq head, some sizable air bubbles present, which steadily dissipates. Color is a dark red, almost brown- a darker amber, if that is possible.

Smell is nice, but nothing earth shattering. Malt definitely present on the nose, along with what some plum's and figs which is appreciated, but two flavors that take some time and effort to acquire- nothing offensive about the nose.

Some dark cherry at first on the front of the palate. A really nice, intense, long lasting dark cherry/fig/date on the mid palate which is really really appreciated and a little malt on the finish. The mid palate is probably the highlight of this beer; the finish dies quickly, but even when it was present, was nothing special; the front and mid are where this beer, palatially, shines.

Mouthfeel is very nice- a little dose of some carbonation comes through at first, leaves just a nice, thick coating throughout which unlike the finish, is present for quite some time.

Drinkability is where this beer gets complicated. On one hand it is very good, and there is not much that someone would be angry at; not super hoppy, not super boozy, not a whole lot of intense flavors going on, not a lot of carbonation. So that's a major plus and can certainly be a beer that a person who is a fan of Yuengling Lager (or in PA, Lager) could step into and like very much. On the other hand, it is a boozy beer, coming in at 8.2% alcohol by volume, which means that after a couple of these beers it may be quitting time. It's also, with its almost syrup-like body and long, thick coating mouthfeel, would be a beer that if it were warm would be a beer that would put a lot of people off, and one that a lot of people would pass on for a lighter, more refreshing beer. With ALL that said, however, it's a nice, classic, drinkable beer, one that after dinner would be very good(it has shades of a toned down quad) and for the price, assuming you live in the PA-area is tough to match, dollar for dollar.

bigeyedfish, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%

I'm not the biggest fan of this style (or bock beers in general), but I found this one to be very pleasant, and I'd recommend it.

This beer poured a dull but clear orange-copper color that was quite bright. The beer had a nice head of medium sized bubbles that stuck around for quite awhile. Aroma was malty and cereal-y. Flavor was not overly sweet and cereal-y (what I don't like about bock beers!) but was lightly caramel-y and also had some sour notes and abundant maltiness. Mouthfeel was rich but not over-the-top thick. I really enjoyed it.

BeerBelcher, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of barrelman
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Bottle at work.Red label.

Appearance is crystal clear and amber hued. Nice amount of head that sticks around, though not much lacing. I saw the painting that the label is based on at MOMA last weekend.

Aroma is caramel and black cherries.

Taste creamy and smooth. Huge malt flavors with black cherry richness mask a large ABV.

I feel like this is a beer that is incredibly drinkable but doesn't blow me away or make me think about the style in a new way. Perhaps it was too built up, but if the point of a doppelbock is to be inoffensive and roll down your throat without making you go wow!, then this one does it up. In all, a great drinkable beer, but I was expecting to more malty fireworks.

barrelman, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of captainhops
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Deep ruby brown, crystal clear, off white head.
Smell: sweet and hoppy, pleasant
Taste: Nothing overpowering, just good balance of sweet malt and floral hops.
Overall: Very drinkable. It's downright pleasant, but hides a big kick. Resist the urge to drink it fast.

captainhops, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

Tröegs- Troegenator

A- Clear Golden red with a small but sticky head.
S- Brown sugar malt with a touch of alc.
T- Sweet caramel brown sugar malt with a touch of sweet fruits (raisins and dates)
M- Sweet and slightly cloying.

Overall- 1 pint will suffice. Otherwise the sweetness and cloying become too much.

NJpadreFan, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Bottle at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This brew pours a dark brownish-amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates fairly fast. Spotty lacing throughout. Roasted malt aroma with hints of alcohol and raisins. Medium, smooth body with sweet malt and caramel flavors, accompanied by notes of hops here and there. The finish is on the sweet side with caramel and malt, followed by touches of hops and a bit of burning alcohol. Above average Doppelbock for my money.

Dogbrick, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear mahogany color with a thin tan head that doesn't last line. Not much lacing on the glass is left.

Light grain with a bit of raisin and brown sugar in the aroma.

Smooth caramelized grain flavor, giving the raisin and brown sugar flavors that are also found in the aroma. Full bodied with lower carbonation, giving it a smooth and thick feeling in the mouth. The caramel and raisin linger for a while after each sip. There really isn't any bitterness to this one, it's sweet all the way through.

Definitely a tasty beer, especially if you love malt. If you like any Bocks, Wee Heavys, or just anything malty, give this one a try. Recommended.

BeerSox, Oct 08, 2007
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