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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,747
Reviews: 1,056
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 104
Gots: 391 | 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 colts9016
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Traquaiorlover for this bottle.

Appearance: There a dark golden brown color with a slight hint of a copper hue. There is a one finger head that is foamy and ivory color. There is a lot of effervescence in the glass. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant.

Nose: A nice rich malt with caramel aroma. There is a sweet sugar like aroma with some toasty aromas.

Taste: A rich maltiness, caramel, and a sugar like sweetness in the taste of the beer. There is hints of a toasty boil flavor.

Overall: The mouth feel is medium and slightly carbonated. The finish is light and doesn't linger for long. This doppelbock is a bit thin and doesn't have the rich malty flavor as really good beer have. It is just an okay beer not great but okay.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown color with a fast diminishing beige head. Not much lacing or retention.

Rich, sweet caramel maltiness and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Very true to style in the aroma, if not a bit sweet.

Taste is mucho sugary and thick. Not neccesarily in a bad way, it still tastes pretty good. A slight vegetal flavor creeps in in the middle, followed by a toasty and mild hop bitterness. Overall, one of the better American D-bocks out there. Looking forward to some more Troegs...

Photo of Beejay
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A reddish copper color, clear, pretty and a full creamy head.
Very nice..

S: sweet, with a touch of hops. A bit of spice..

T: Sweet to start with, gentle malt and hops flavors take over. It leaves you with a nice hop flavor that is not too bitter, and slightly pine like. Very well balanced..

This is a pretty great beer overall, sweet and bitter meet up in a nice little package. A good beer for any time, and would probably please most all types of palates.

Photo of morebeergood
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber at Bauer for $4.99. Poured into a Rapscallion snifter. Ruby amber color. Very thin head that was gone in no time. Wonderful smell. I got a distinct hint of cherry juice with the first sniff. Taste was pretty malty, but it didn't overpower me. While this is a decent double bock, it left a lot to be desired. My main problem was how thin it was: where's the body? While it had a really nice taste, and the over 8% abv was not really noticeable, this beer just didn't grab me. This is the first Troegs I've bought, so I'll expect a bit more next time.

Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich caramel with good initial head presence that last sin the lacing process. Smell is a deep malt with molasses notes. Taste is deep and rich in malt and molasses with a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth rich and deep. Drinkability is excellent, considering the abv. It is smooth and silky...unusual for an extreme brew.

Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Orange/brown pour, with an off white head with descent retention. Malty toffee with some citrus and pine aromas. Tastes of caramel and toffee also. Solid medium body, enough carbonation to keep from being syrupy. Not too warming, the alcohol is nearly non-existant. Finishes with some malty sweetness, but fades cleanly. I think this could use some more fruits to fit with the style. A well made brew of a version that in my experience is either very good or poor with not much in the middle. This definetely falls into the good. My first from Troegs and will be seeking out more.

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark copper with a tan foam that appeared and disappeared as fast as could be leaving some lacing in it's passing.
Smelled super malty, a malt-bomb with a hint of sweentness in the smell. I expected just a thick gooy disaster that I would detest from this smell but the taste was actually pretty light and refreshing. It was malty sure, but it didn't offend my precious hop slanted palate one bit. I saw one guy refer to this as a "gateway doppelbock" and if that is true, then this beer achieved it's goal admirably. It has always been a style that just hasn't done much for me, but Troegs has caused me to take pause. Not my favorite beer, but I enjoyed it and would certainly seek it out again in the future when I want a break from Hop-laden nectar

Photo of EPICAC
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, ruby brown. Topped by a dense, off-white head that fades to film. Lace clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, sharp fruit, light chocolate, and toffee.

There's a good amount of sweetness upfront: primarily dark chocolate and bready malts. There a light fruitiness in the center that's almost banana-like. A sharp acidic hint appears towards the finish. There's also a roasty and hoppy bitterness throughout. Full-bodied and highly carbonated.

Surprisingly balanced for such a malty style.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear deep amber with a bit of creamy tan head.

Nose is bread crust, fresh baked dark bread, toasty, bit of dark fruits in there also.

Taste is toasty malt, a bit roasty with hints of cocoa in there, and caramelized brown sugar as well. Hints of dark fruits, especially on the finish.

Medium bodied, not as silky as it could be, med-low carbonation. Quite good.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to sholland119 for the Troegs hook-up

Pours a nice, amber tinted, deep copper color. Two fingers of tan foam form quickly and dissipate just as quickly. Lacing is foamy and doesn't hang around long.

Nice malty nose with hints of caramel nuttiness. A kind of buttered bread presence. Light hints of figs and dates. Also, some notes of honeyed apricots.

Flavor is lighter than expected.
Nice roasted maltiness. There's that butterey bread presence, again. Light fruit notes follow the nose. Hint of cinnamon spice. Good caramel notes and hints of honey.

Body is medium, at best. Definitely on the lighter side of the Doppelbock scale. Taste is enjoyable, but the body needs to be quite abit fuller.

This could be used as a 'gateway' Doppelbock. It has the qualitys that you'd expect, thay are just toned down. This makes it very easily drinkable.
I just, generally, want more than this, from the style.

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

22 oz bomber thanks to Lum yet again for another fine beer. Served this one up in a big, manly, Germanic, mug. Just feels right.

A: This is brown. I mean brown. Real brown. Held to light, this beer is still brown. This brown has a slight red hue to it, but this beer is brown. Poured a finger of slightly off white head that quickly receeded to a half finger but held on for quite a while from there. The head has no stick to it though, so very little if any lace on the glass. Has a good amount of slow moving carbonation bouncing around in there. This is a good looking doppelbock.

S: Smell is malty. Not a chocolate or caramel malt though. This one has a really nice bread an butter malt going on here. Just incredibly appetizing. There is a slight amount of raisins and dates coming out as well. But that bready malt is so damned nice.

T: Taste is a bit more complex than that aroma but that malt is still the showstopper. Just a nice bready malt that has a nice butter quality to it as well. Just a big hearty flavor. Then the fruits come out. Some raisins, apricots, dates, apple and pear can all be picked out of sips. ABV is just very barely noticable in the flavor. The only touch of sweetness comes from a bit of cinnamon and maple syrup in here. Just very good.

M: Medium bodied beer that has some weight to it. Sits a little heavy on the palate. Carbonation is much lighter than the look suggests. has a pretty nice creaminess to it that is very smooth. ABV is barely noticable on the palate at all. Aftertaste is mostly just some good bready malt flavors. Actually pretty refreshing considering how heavy this feels. Very nice again.

D: For a doppelbock this is greatly drinkable. The sweetness is very mild. The heartiness of this beer is amazing. This doesn't have the sweetness that most doppelbocks have. Instead it is more like a meal with all the bread and fruit coming through. I am going to have no problem putting this bomber down and i can probably put down another if I had it. Overall, a good to great doppelbock that is well done and damned tasty.

Photo of jgap
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the great trader jac5084 for this one. Pours deep, dark amber with significant tan head that has pleanty of retention. Smell is sweet, ripe apricot and fig with some alcohol hints. Taste is very sugary ripe fruit, caramel, and toffee. A lot of apricot in the taste. Smooth alcohol finish. Doesn't appear to be a very complex beer at all. Fairly one dimensional. I just don't think this is my style

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

A: Poured from the bomber into a pilsner glass. Body is brown with orange hues around the edges and a khaki-colored small head. Some very fine slow-rising bubbles of carbonation. Minimal splotchy lacing.

S: Malt-type scents -- sweet caramel and toffee -- and dark fruits, with the fruitiness becoming more prominent in the nose as it warms. Also a wiff of floral-type hops.

T: Good malty foundation of toast and bread. Also what seems to be yeasty fruitiness (over-ripe apples, maybe raisins as well) is a fairly dominant flavor, especially as it warms. Heat is felt in the belly right away; not surprising given the 8.2% ABV. Finishes with a slightly drying herbally hop taste that keeps the fruit and malt from becoming cloying.

M: Slightly heavier than medium-bodied, this one pours kinda thick and doesn't disappoint in the mouth.

D: Very good.

Notes: paired very well with a packet of Williams-Sonoma dry Tuscan Bean soup mix that I beefed up with some chicken and served with a crusty roasted garlic bread (the kind with chunks of garlic in it).

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from the Liquor Shop in Tyngsborro, Mass. Pours a brilliant translucent red-brown with a half inch of light tan head. Caramel, nut, toffee, and a slight background of herbal hops characterize the aroma. Caramel and toffee hit first in the flavor, plenty of nut, slightly herbal hops in the background, and just a hint of alcohol warmth, though it does not taste like an 8.2% beer. Toward the fuller side of body with moderate carbonation. Not viscous like some dopplebocks, makes this one more refreshing and drinkable than expected. All around, one of the best dopplebocks I have ever had. Well-balanced, drinkable, pretty. No complaints here. Glad I can get this in Tyngsborro!

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red delicious apple lathered with dark butterscotch. The body is a concentration of red tones but it's silhouetted in gold. Lagering has produced absolute clarity. Its deep tone doesn't reflect much light but does illuminate substantially with some directly behind it. Its surface is shamefully bare and despite constant swirling remains without even a trace of outline.

It's a lightly floral bouquet rammed pack with toasted bread, caramelized candy, dried dates and apricots and a big bucket of honey. The whopping share of toasted, buttery malts takes on a faint resemblance to maple syrup. No chocolate or coffee but plenty of crispy toasted bread crusts, plums and prunes, and a giant ladle full of caramel.

Candied dried fruits! Over-ripened pears and apples with all the sticky, sugary sweetness of a candy coating. There's a really generous amount of caramelization, hint of honey, and again plenty of well toasted (but not roasted or burnt) bread. The beer is undoubtedly deliciously malty, but still, it falls just a notch below the level of strength or richness I've become accustom to with dopplebocks. Truthfully, I'm finding a little watery on some sips.

A liberal use of hops has ensured at least a quenching bitterness, although the monstrous proportion of malt produces an incredibly sweet and sugary profile that overrides it. There's some impression of the alcohol but you'd never really be sure it was there. The beer isn't totally heavy-bodied but from each sip the malts settle in for a lengthy stay on the palate.

A solid offering. Troegs seems to not always just hit style guidelines with pin-point accuracy but also land right on the mark with regards to quality as well. These are the two areas where I've found the most consistency with this brewery. Oh, and if you count my tremendously enjoying their beers, that makes a third category they've excelled at as well.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Traquairlover, thanks for the hookup.
Very clear red brown with a nice light tan head. Good lacing on the glass.
Nose full of sweet dark fruit and a just a hint of alcohol. Just what you'd expect from a doppelbock.
The flavor is pretty much spot on for the style. The malt profile is not as big as one would expect but I do taste some caramel malt, some butterscotch, and a hint of hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side but not unpleasant.
A little bit of an alcohol burn detracts from the drinkability and the alcohol is hitting me pretty hard so I wouldn't call this the most drinkable beer.
A decent beer, not the best I've had from Troegs(Nugget Nectar and Mad Elf are definitely better imo). Still there aren't a ton of good American doppelbocks out there so I'm glad to have a chance to have tried this one.

Photo of damienblack
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty amber, decent head, nothing spectacular. Fairly pretty noseful, very sweet malt, dark fruit / cherry, maybe something paler like peach, and not a hint of hop bite in sight.

Sweet, but not overbearingly so. It just has a medicinal quality I can't get past. Similar to Mad Elf with that one respect, except in the case of Mad Elf it endeared me to the beer. A little fruity, but the cherry notes just kind of slide into the background. Actually a little dry side to the finish that I wasn't anticipating. Mouthfeel is good, does well to keep things feeling fresh. Part of that medicinal quality comes back in a funky aftertaste at the end. Not bad per se, but I'm not warming up to it either. I tried not to let my expectations temper my review, but I think the fact that I was expecting something bigger leads me to a bit of disappointment. It's not a bad American representation for the style, it just could use some work. If it had less of a medicinal syrupiness and kick to it, that would help a great deal.

Photo of trbergman
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Dark auburn with ruby highlights when held to the light. Sports a short-lived off-white head with nice lacing.

S - Sweet, bready malt, dried fruits - golden raisins, apricots. Some metallic aroma apparent.

T - Sweet, but not cloying. Caramel and nutty malts. Similar to a Sherry (minus the oxidation) or a vin santo. Fruity esters as the beer warms. Enough hops to keep the malt in check, but not enough to give the beer any real hop character - as it should be.

M - Rich, full, and creamy.

D - No trace of alcohol; endlessly sippable. Delicious doppelbock. The only real drawback is the metallic twang in the nose. Otherwise, this is a fine beer.

Photo of Pinto21
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown with some red hints to it. About a half finger of head to it.

Smells of roasty and caramel malts with a sweet malt smell. A little pruney fruitness to it, maybe figs. Just sweet earthy fruit.

Taste is almost exactly how it smells. A bit more of the caramel though.

Mouthfeel is thick as it should be.

Note: the bottled on date is 7-15-08. I drank a few of these back in november, but then I thought there was an overpowering flavor and the alcohol was very present. Now it seemed a bit more mellow and balanced, more enjoyable.
Still I liked Penn St. Nicholaus more.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Bocktown tonight. Have had this several other times but decided to write the review tonight.

A- Very nice appearance for a German lager. Body is a very slightly cloudy-nearly transparent mahogany red hue. Served with a nice 1-2 finger foamy cream colored head which has wonderful retention at 1/2 finger and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S-This has a nose similar to an oktoberfest but with a much richer, deeper malt presence and just a hint of chocolate. Caramel and chocolate tones are both noted. Neither bitter or sweet.

T-Taste is very similar to the nose. The caramel and slight malt presence dominates the flavor and is consistent throughout the flavor though a very subtly roasted malt flavor comes through for the finish as well.

M- Very nice. Troegs always does a nice job with the mouthfeel. Medium tingly carbonation and a nice medium-light weight lager body. Very smooth.

D- This is a good example of the style. It is nothing compared to Celebrator but it definitely holds its ground and is very drinkable. This beer drinks like a 5% rather than an imperial lager. Another great job done by Troegs.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Mason jar. I had this on draft at the Penguin a few days ago but wasn't in the mood to take notes. It was good then - let's see how it is from the bottle...

Slightly burnt butter-colored head - about a finger high. Goes somewhat quickly but 1/2 finger sticks around. Body is clear copper bourbon with sparse carbonation.

Sweet Doppel perfume has husky malt tannins and nice Germanic character. Good hop pine and maybe a touch of grass make a collective appearance. Alcohol and sweet brown sugar mix it up nicely.

Good steady Eddie doppelbock. Nice light roast to the dark Germanic malt. Hop pine is a mild counterweight. I know the alcohol is there but it really doesn't show itself on the palate. This effort is a firm construct.

Even-keeled, this is. Not too heavy, not too clammy...maybe a little light but more or less just right. No sting, bite or burn. Very pleasant.

Doppelbocks are usually a little heavy inherently. Maybe this one doesn't have the sweet spice that those stellar traditional German examples offer up but it's solid as hell and even better on tap.

Photo of awall422
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark copper with a ruby hue, the finger of head disspiated wuickly and left decent lacing on the glass. mild aroma, caramel, brown sugar, hints of vanilla. taste is sweet with a mild alcohol burn on the finish. a bit thin on the mouthfeel, with lingering sweetness. pretty easy to drink considering the abv. nice for a cold winter's night!

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

A: Pours copper in colored with a 2 fingers of white head that hung around... very nice lacing.

S: Rich coffee with some dark fruits maybe raisins and cherries. Very sweet smelling maybe some caramel and some breadiness.

T: Starts with toasted malts and bread then the Dark fruits with a rich sugary flavor maybe roasted caramel. Then a nice hop complexity at the end adds some depth and balance.
There is a slight alcohol warming at the end.... Flavor improves as it warms up.

M: Medium to heavy in body has a sweet and slick mouth feel pretty lightly carbonated.

D: My first Double Bock, overall very nice brew... Pretty complex.... Very flavorful and enjoyable.

Photo of talkinghatrack
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - dark, almost blood red pour with a quickly thinning head

s - mostly dried fruits, minimal alcohol, a touch of yeast and spice. Inviting at first but threatens to be cloying midway through.

t - Rich, sweet malt with a little fruit and a slightly bitter and tangy finish. Not much there if it was a 4-5% ABV but at 8% it's some noteworthy alcohol masking right up until the aftertaste clues you in.

m - Nice medium to full body. Just the right amount of carbonation and syrupy feel.

d - Pluses for its mouthfeel and masked ABV. That said I don't think I could do more than one or two servings without the sweet scent overwhelming me on each sip.

Is this a true dobbelbock? It almost feels like more of a barleywine. Seems to be missing the classic Troegs hops flavor I find in most of their lineup - not a bad thing given the style.

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

12 oz bottle, picked up at Premier Gourmet.

Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red, cranberry juice colour, thin off white head forms, quickly drops to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots, good retention, head really holds. Smell is sweet, brown sugar, caramel, corn syrup, biscuits, toast, some honey, very rich and malty, quite fruity, quite sugary but really nice. Taste is similar, very sweet and malty, treacle and honey, toffee, toast, biscuits, brown sugar, light fruits and raisin, very clean finish, some iron, alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and clean. A real nice doppelbock!

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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