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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,448
Reviews: 1,020
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 89
Gots: 228 | 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 KroMagnon
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy head that sticks around, coats the glass and fades to a rocky texture. The color is a crystal clear reddish brown and the head is tan with golden highlights. The aroma is fairly clean, with a maltiness that is a little soft and almost fruity. The flavor is dominated by sweet maltiness, with some toasted character and a hint of toffee, and almost a licorice like note. The sweetness is stays just under the point where it gets to be too much. The hop character seems to show up only at the end as bitterness for balance. There is a slight alcoholic warming that is appropriate although its a little rough.

KroMagnon, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of rajendra82
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From BA Riggsy as part of Secret Santa 2005, this 12 oz. bottle yielded a beer that was clear and deep orange in color, and possessed a rather large three finger head that prevented emptying the entire contents into a flute glass (also courtesy of Riggsy). The color was a little light for a Dopplebock, but the overall presentation was very good.

The aroma was quite uncharacteristic of a Dopplebock, with floral, citric, hoppy smell that was a little too light on malts. The taste was rather citric, hoppy, and dry, none of which should not be the primary flavors of a Dopplebock. The mouthfeel was thin and crisp, which was another puzzling deviation from the style. Aftertaste was a little bitter and spicy, rather than smooth and creamy.

None of these characteristics made Troegenator a bad beer, but it was much too far off the mark from the style they were aiming for. If you like it for what it is, then good for you, but don’t look at this as a prototypical example of the style.

rajendra82, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of IceAce
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with no visible dating system

Pours clear copper with a rich lather of yellow / tan foam with much staying power. The nose is standard doppelbock with a huge Euro-malt aroma with a little chocolate tossed in for good measure.

Entry shows zippy carbonation without being prickly and a pleasant filling mouthfeel. Midtaste shows off the bready malt base without invoking one's gag reflex. The finish is a slow sweet fade which starts at the back of the mouth and slowly moves its way down the throat.

The 8.2% abv is well-hidden in this gem and I'd love to try it with braised lamb. Thanks to my Secret Santa froggyfrog for providing the goods!

IceAce, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A ho-hum amber color, minimal head or head retention. Light color for style. Aroma is toffee like. Taste is strange, a slight corn flavor. Slighty twangy/sour. Alcohol, while present, isn't obtrusive. Not one of my favorites for this style. Mouthfeel is good, slightly thick.

deejaydan, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I didn't have any flutes or pilseners available (they were dirty) so I popped a brew and poured it into a Burgundy glass (my favorite glass for viewing/reviewing a beer). Rusty red with a minimal head and a solid ring. Smell is roasted malt with a sugary, almost marmalade odor. Some zest but not overwhelmingly citrus. Hops are nearly non-existent. The tongue senses some astringency in the water mixed with some malty flavors. Mouthfeel is far too thin for this style. This is a tasty beer but lacks for the doppelbock style, yet it is very drinkable. Don't pass it up. Check it for yourself. Not bad at all.

pentathlete, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an amber/ruby semi-clear like an herbal tea color. Nice ivory head. The aroma is mild and hidden but suggests malts, syrup, and bread. Undertones of Hops show up more and more as (both in the smell and in the taste) the beer warms and the glass empties. The taste is one of heavy malts, caramel/syrup, and dark fruits. Yet it is not too sweet, there is a nice amount of bitter hops to balance things out. As the beer warms though; the malty upfront stays pleasant but the aftertaste becomes slightly more bitter (not awful though). I’d suggest drinking this while its still mostly cold. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing; light/medium with just a hint of ‘chewability’ (maybe because of the sweet sticky flavor). While this is maybe not the MOST intriguing unique out of this world beer I have ever had; it IS extremely drinkable! Most of the beers I have rated I’ve suggested that they be slowly enjoyed. This however, is better cold, goes down very easily with little distractions and does not sit heavily in your stomach. It is not quite as malty sweet as some other Doublebocks but it is very drinkable and it can also be enjoyed by all your macro-brew drinking friends. This is the beer I’d suggest to a BA who wants a better beer for a party. As an added bonus the 8.2% ABV will sneak up on your unsuspecting friends and make for a VERY interesting party. This is a drink all night beer. PARTY ON!
Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of markman
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Troegenator Double Bock:

Not much to look at…right now the best thing about this beer is the Unibroue Chalice it sits in. Crystal-clear tea colored with zero head. Aroma ain’t much either, except for a splash of alcohol, and grapes perhaps?. Given their Oatmeal Stout and Mad Elf, I’m expecting a lot…maybe I’m expecting too much. Or maybe the Korbinian I had over the Thanksgiving holiday set the bar a bit too high for the next Doppelbock to come down the pike…no matter, let’s give it a fair shake. First taste is biscuity, malty, with a slight acidity that doesn’t distract. Not a bitter hop in sight, but spicy enough to let you know they are there. Alcohol subtly makes it’s appearance, without being overpowering…brings the drinkability up a skosh.

Decent, but not even close to many readably available doppels.


markman, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of stewart124
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish color with an off-white head that does not last long. Slight lacing around the glass. Smells of complex malts and possibly some noble hops. The taste is warming with a presence of alcohol that lasts in your stomach and throat. Very clean taste and yet a syrupy body in the presence. Hops are slightly present. This feels and tastes like a good dopplebock.The aftertaste is very malty and sits well on a cold winter night. Nice beer and I think it fits the category well.

stewart124, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of jhu1995
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper/amber color with a thin head. Lightly carbonated compared to other beers, but nothing to worry about; just a characteristic of this particular beer. Very sweet, malty smell with hints of caramel. Taste mimicked the smell. Was a bit thin on the mouth but very refreshing. For a fairly strong beer, would like this one in the summer.

jhu1995, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Marty
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had two of these at Bridgewater's Pub in 30th Street Station during my 3-hour delay. (SEPTA employees were striking and the electric lines were down).

I found this beer to be very refreshing, despite what I thought was a stale keg at the pub. There was not much in the carbonation department, but I'm not sure if the blame falls on the beer or Bridgewater's. At any rate, this beer poured a thin amber color with almost zero head or aroma to speak of.

This is an easy drinking beer, though, and it tastes alright. Pretty malty, with a mild hop finish. I would like to try it again out of a bottle to see how it compares, and this beer has also made me want to try out some more of Tröegs' offerings.

Marty, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep amber, with hints of flashy orange and ruby. Fine columns of rising carbonation fountain upward. A finger of pithy white head settles promptly to thin cosmos of foam. Flips of lacing adorn the glass.

The aroma is a simple swath of fruity malt, carrying pie cherries and the slightest vaopr of alcohol ringing the aura.

Far and away, it's malt first in the flavor, with a baked grain earthiness and mellow dark fruit notes. A quick flash of vanilla passes through the center, then is upstaged by a toasted doughiness. Alcohol again makes the briefest of cameos, then the hops make their one true showing, carrying a rounded, dry bitterness through the finish. It drops away quickly at the end.

Medium bodied, there's a slightly creamy feel that slips away to a dry noble tingle.

It's basic, if not truly remarkable, malty goodness. Nothing here shines overly brightly, but all shine enough to be notably enjoyed. It's sturdy and reliable, like a good, trusty pair of shoes, never wearing out its welcome and impressing enough not to be forgotten. The ABV has some backbone, but is not crippling, and rather it just warms nicely. This is one very pleasant, well-crafted interpretation of the style.

Foxman, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light brown with an off white head. Lots and lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is malty, syrupy, raisins, and toffee.
The taste is of the same decent aromas mixed around in a decent take on the style.
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and full bodied.
Drinkability is decent. A nice regional doppelbock.

weeare138, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear caramel amber body with a 3/4" white head which hung around. Strong malt aroma dominated with bready and yeast aromas then followed up with a touch of sweet caramel. Some toasted malt essence comes through as well.

Taste is malty, as expected. Taste is alright, nothing overly dominate. Comes through with a toasted malt nuttiness similar to a brown ale but also has some dinner roll breadiness. Not much of a hop profile, but there is some hints of floral hops coming through. Overall light in the flavor department. I just noticed the abv on this. It is totally hidden.

Body is a bit thinnish, not as thick as I expected. Drinkability is really good though. Nice and refreshing and easy to put down. Dangerously drinkable

blitz134, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of HokieNoPokie
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A sweet, warming beer that goes well with dessert. Not an incredible head but very well carbonated. A fruity, bread like aroma with hints of alcohol and a dark amber color. Smooth, malty taste that leaves your entire body warm while the carbonation tickles your tongue. A good choice for those cold fall or winter nights, and despite what the Troegs web site tells you, goes really well with a chocolate brownie.

HokieNoPokie, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Higravity
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this numerous time just note with note book in hand.
A- Nice dark just shy of brown amber. Small white head, lacing evident
S- Large maltyness lots of sweet undertones meet part way by a mix of noble hops, maybe some chocolaty bits too
T- Great taste lots of malt caramel still some chocolate tones but finishes nice with a little bit form the noble hops.
M- A little thin but nice carbonaiton.
D- Easy sesison beer

Higravity, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of jakester
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel.

Arrives a clear dark copper with a one finger head of cream colored foam. Looks pretty effervescent. The head drops to islands and a ring, with good lacing.

I'm not picking up much smell. Faint Munich and caramel malt, faint floral hops, and a little alcohol. Maybe it was too cold to start, but as it warmed, the smells didn't really pick up.

Flavor is clean, sweet malts, maybe some cherries, with just enough bittering hops to counter some of the sweetness. The Munich malt shines in this one. Very nice doublebock. As it warms, you can taste bready malts and some alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet, like it should be. Carbonation is medium. Finish is a long sweetness.

This is a good doublebock; sweet, malty, with a good kick from alcohol. Poundable, but watch out!

jakester, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to weeare138 from the bottle. poured a dark amber with a with a off white head. not at all what I expected fr a doublebock. aroma, malts, a maple syrup and molasses, caramel, plums. flavor the malts take the lead on this one than got some sweetness , caramel, honey, and dark fruits

walleye, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a purple label and a yellow ring around the face of an old, white-haired, bearded man's face with horns. this is the troegenator! there is a neck label that has two eyes and says "awake the troegenator". 8.2abv.

appearance: pours a clear dark cherry red with copper highlights into a pilsner glass. large off-white fluffy head that dropped to about a half inch and laced all the way down. super sticky.

smell: strong floral hop notes for a doppelbock. some fruity aromas along with light bready and alcohol scents. caramelly sweet after aggitating.

taste: first sip is malty, with a lightly spicy hop flavor and some alcohol. nice prickling on the front and front-sides of the tongue. pears and other dark fruits. light bitterness, alcohol and chocolate in the only slightly dry finish.

mouthfeel: this has a crisp light-medium body. a little light with slightly higher carbonation than other doppelbocks. swallow is very smooth, however.

drinkability: good drinkability. alcohol is evident but not a problem. taste and mouthfeel also make this an easy drink.

overall: i'm not convinced this is a doppelbock, but it's a good beer none the less. don't be scared of the "troegenator"!

Px2GrafX, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of orsulacp
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1 inch light tan head in a pint glass that disappeared quickly. Deep copper color, very clear. Sweet malty molasses with a faint chocolate smell. Taste was all sweet malts, a bit too sweet for me. There is low carbonation and a glycerin type feel in the mouth, like a big red wine. It seemed to leave some alcohol in the mouth. Very drinkable, I didn't notice the high alcohol.

orsulacp, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper tones, with orange. Very clear.

Smell has hints of light molasses, hops, and odd as it sounds, wet toad.

Deep heavy malt taste, a little alcohol, and just a touch of hops on the finish. Not bad for a 49 cent bottle snapped up at a Kroger on the road.

Slightly thick, not cloying. The carbonation creeps out near the end.

This one could be good all night...very drinkable.

Be well

UncleFlip, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear copper color with moderate tan head. Smell is of dark fruits (plums, cherries) with a touch of alcohol. The alcohol scent fades as the beer warms and becomes more enjoyable. Taste is truly impressive with great maltiness. The 8.2% is undetectable and and is a very drinkable beer.

tgbljb, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of robertp1024
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good american version of a Doppelbock. Troegs has done a good job of packing some nice smooth chocolate malts in this beer. The smell is fairly week, as is the very small quickly disappearing head. All in all a good beer with a semi-sweet flavor. The abv doesn't show through and is hidden well with the malt flavor.

robertp1024, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight off red in color with a slight but resilient head. Aroma is malts and slightly of lager yeast. Taste is very sweet with a slight hint of alcohol. Kind of a sourdough bread thing too. Also has strong toffee tones. Hops come through as unripe fruit--but just barely present. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy. Not sure if this is my thing or not.

MuddyFeet, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a dry lager yeast aroma. It's sweet with a toasted feel. The taste is good. It has a warm, malty flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts as well as some raisin esters in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid doppelbock; another fine offering from Troeg's.

WesWes, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the tap, now trying the bottle.
A: Clear brown, head seems small, maybe due to the alcohol content (?).

S: Richly malty, notes of a dark bready smell. There's a fair amount of a caramel aroma here with a fairly strong smell of alcohol. No hop aroma at all.

T: Sweet malts dominate, there's a bit of a bread crust taste late in the flavors. Hops? Off in the corner in a timeout. There's a bit of an alcohol taste to this, not surprising considering, but it tends to fade over the course of drinking this.

M: A bit more than medium in body. Nice level of carbonation. Alcohol warmth is pretty strong, which is nice, but it's leaving me with that whisky feel in the back of my mouth, dry and medicinal.

D&N: Well done, Trogner Bros! Biased, to be sure, but the fact that this is from my home state gives it a big drinkability factor, it's local and it's awesome. Definitely worthy of recommendation.

JackTheRipper, Jun 06, 2005
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,448 ratings.