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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,770 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,770
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 107
Gots: 409 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,770 | Reviews: 1,059
Photo of Traquairlover
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A = Nice dark caramel color slight light tan head which dissipates quickly leaving a small layer of foam over surface, steady but not heavy carbonation bubbles.

S = Nice smell of milk chocolate, with light wood and hay smells and just a touch of wet earth that I believe.

T = First up there are good malt flavors of light milk chocolates and maple syrup but a definite bitterness and strong flavor of wet earth hits at midpalate, long bittersweet finish.

M = Medium to medium heavy body, light foam very smooth feeling, fair mouthcoating but a little too light.

D = Very smooth and drinkable. Can definitely see drinking this one over and over again.

Photo of adamette
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Troeganator. $4 Bottle at Winking Lizard. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Dark brown but translucent body under a nice light brown head. True to style.

S Medium to dark malts, not much bitterness at all. Cannot smell too much alcohol but it is in there. Again, true to style.

T Front is a nice dopplebock sweetness but then that gives way to a slightly unpleasant alcohol punch that unfortunately hangs on for the next 2 minutes (well into the aftertaste). It is a pungeant grainy taste with the alcohol.

M Kind of rough and not smooth like Optimator (one of my favorite beers and a Dopplebock). This is a big beer with reasonably high ABV.

D Not very good. The pungeant kick in the middle and high ABV make it so for me.

Notes: That's "2 for 3" for Troegs for me as their Mad Elf was one of my favorite Seasonals last year and their Hop Back Amber was a nice surprise. This one was not to my liking.

Photo of Aenema
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear dark amber/mahogany with a thin, quickly dissipating head.
Smell - Caramel and molasses immediately hit the nose.
Taste - Caramel, molasses and roasted malts. There is a lingering, pleasing finish.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and slightly thick/syrupy.
Drinkability - This is a fairly rich beer and one I wouldn't want to drink many of in one evening.

Photo of WalrusJockey
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Celebrator glasses.

Appearance- good. Tan head, bright, clear auburn beer.

Smell- malt, sugar, and alcohol are all noticeable. Brings to mind a sweet baked good, maybe one sweetened with syrup, like a delicious German Christmas bread.

Taste- the taste is, obviously, of malt. But they bring to mind maple syrup, breads baked with cinnamon, cloves and raisins. Swallow is a less sweet solid malt, while the aftertaste is a lingering heavy-sweet-bread flavor. For 8.2%, this beer has a lot of residual sugar left behind.

Mouthfeel- firm without being too heavy, smooth without being too syrupy; a well balanced mouthfeel. Very lightly carbonated in the mouth, which is surprising, because tons of bubbles are rushing through the glass.

Drinkability- I'm not sure if I could drink two of this in one night; this beer is so malty and sweet and heavy I think I will be full after just the one. That said, I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the sixer.

Notes- I don't mind creativity and originality in beer making; I think they are wonderful. But I do get frustrated seeing some American craft brewers claiming their beer is in a certain style, while producing something completely outside of that style. Troegenator does not fall into this category, it is a solid, sweet liquid bread, which does exactly what you would expect a dopplebock to do.

Photo of UA8
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich nearly opaque mahogany with and egg nog colored head.

S- Rich caramel malts, scents of the fall harvest, and Bavarian style yeast.

T- Complex malt profile with "wild" yeast notes. Finishes sour and sweet.

M- Moderate carbonation.

D- A nice dopplebock, not my favorite style of beer but if you enjoy nice malts and yeasts this is worth trying.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beertruth for this one.

A - Deep rusty red color with a solid head of lots of tiny little foam bubbles. Head dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves a thin foam cap. Lots of lacing left behind as well.

S - Rich malty aroma. Toasted grains and caramel are the dominant smells. A light spiciness as well.

T - Very very malt oriented in the taste. Lots of bready malts with some nice sweet bread taste. A light hint of semi-sweet chocolate underneath. A touch of earthy spice comes through mid drink. Finishes very sweet.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with very crisp carbonation. A touch over-carbonated for the style. Still rather easy drinking.

Photo of Lambstrong
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber color and gives off a slight sweet (vanilla) aroma. There is little head retention, but then this is a style where one is not needed. There is an upfront sweet malty taste followed by a small hop presence in the after taste. All in all this is a very solid beer and it is well balanced. The phenol notes are not noticeable which is great considering the high alcohol content.

Photo of MrPsychic
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, excellent. I'm from the Harrisburg, PA area, yet as a beer newbie, I haven't gotten to try this before. The only other Troegs beer I have tried in the past is Mad Elf last year. I'm only 23, and have never tried a dopplebock before. Anyway... Opened the beer from a six pack, hit with a nice soft scent from it, not what I was expecting. Poured into a standard glass a dark amber, when held up to the light, it reminded me of a port wine, and minimal lacing. One interesting note is that it left large bubbles in the bottle, something I've never seen before. Smell was of the malted barley up front, followed by a lingering scent of the hops and a bit of alcohol. Taste was just as the smell, sweet malt followed by slight bitter of hops and warmth of the alcohol down the back of the throat. It surprised me how easy it is to drink, everything is layered together, but in a great way. One does have to worry about the 8.2% alcohol level, it can sneak up on you. Excellent beer, wonderful for a nightcap or just a winter warmer.

Photo of beeristhefuture
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was thick and toasty, like a traditional dopplebock, but the weight gets in the way. You can almost see the high alcohol content in the beer, and definitely taste it. The beer is very rich and flavorful, though the undisguised alcohol flavor interferes a little with the palette.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and poured a dark reddish color with an off white heading that settles quickly.Looking closley into the glass I noticed some type of isomer's if that is the right term for this.A very sweet smell of caramel and some fruits. Again a very sweet taste with a very nice aftertaste left no lacing. Not a can't miss but if you see it give it a shot.

Photo of ballewblake
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Grimbergen Chalice

1/8 dark head on pour that fadded to nothing really quick. Dark purple opaque body, thin ring of lacing. Barely sweet aroma, not getting a lot, but the style doesn't isn't usually known for smells. Great sweet malty taste though. Just a hint of alcohol on the tongue, but otherwise a great crafted brew, balanced. Some grapes in the flavor too.Thanks to Jwale73 for the offering.

Photo of mikecharley
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being that I live in PA, I really should have tried this beer years ago, however, tonight is the first time for me...
This is a wonderfully smooth brew, with great caramel malt notes. the appearance is ruby red with a great dark tan head, pours about 1 finger or so. The aroma is pretty sweet. The mouthfeel is creamy, that's all I can say... creamy...
Overall, I can say that I wish i would have tried this earlier.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Dark ruby/chestnut with a full two finger head.

S- Deep caaramel aromas with a hint of roasted grain and chocolate.

T- Sweet complex caramel malts dominate and are offset by a subdued roast character which itself barely hides the noble hop pressence at about mid point. Very slight alcohol is detectable in the smooth finish.

M- Full bodied, rich and smooth.

D- I should of asked for more of this.

This just might be the best Dopplebock this side of the pond.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A--Pours a rich one finger mocha milkshake head, super thick and lasting, with considerable lacing left behind. Body is deep deep auburn, kind of a bloody caramel.

S--Sweet, liqueur-like. Raisins or prunes soaked in brandy, with a back end of a little roasted grain character. Not much breadiness, certainly not as much as I expected, out of the malt here--mostly just toffee and sweet boozy dark fruits.

T--More of the same here, as the predominant characteristic resembles a dark brown bread if you let the loaf soak in about a quart of dark Barbados rum. Not a bad flavor at all, but man what a wallop of malt! It's not too abundant, though, as the lager yeast at the end makes it all worthwhile, and finishes quite smoothly. I was surprised at how clean the taste ended. A bit like licking the liquid out of one of those cherry cordial chocolates, but hey, I don't know squat about the style, so maybe that's normal.

M&D--I love the mouthfeel on lagers, and this ones not exception. Even a rich beer can feel silky and have the suggestion of something deeper and dank. Drinkability? yeah, right. After one of these I have to wait an hour to start typing, so there's that.

I'm a total ignoramus when it comes to doppelbocks (thus my conservative scoring). I wanted to try Sixpoint's emasculator when it came around but missed that bus, so this is my first. It reminded me a great deal of Long Trail's triple bag. Anyway, if Troegs is anywhere close to the Germans on this, I'm looking forward to my next foray in this style.

Photo of joepais
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Santa thanks again (Deuane)
22oz bottle poured into my Troegenator dimple glass (sweet and bigger thanks) produced a good finger worth of creamy tan head that trailed off to a thick lace. The body of the brew was clear brown with burgandy highlights really nice color on this doppelbock.

Aromas' of caramel malts and some nuttiness, this brew is very sweet in the nose. A little disappointed I didn't get any bready yeast from it

I think the flavors are good, but a tad on the sweet syrupy side for me. It needed a little more balance from the roasted malts to even out the malt sweetness. The body of the brew was spot on medium to thick in the mouth with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling like syrup

Even with some flaws in my book, this is still one of the best American doppelbock I have tried. Very drinkable, I finished the bomber with no problems at all and was left wanting for more. Good job Tröegs, you haven't disappointed me yet. my score's maybe low in a couple areas but I am comparing it to Imports of this style

Photo of cameraman
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light mahogony color, with touches of amber. A ligth beige colored head forms on top about a quater inch high, but dissolves away quickly. The sweet scent of malt is very dominant, with another scent of dark bread at the end of each scent. The malt comes right out at the front along with a breadiness, that dominates the taste for almost the entire flavor. Then at the end a mild grassy bitterness comes through and lingers there for some time. There is hearty, chewiness in the feel, though still leaving that crisp finish you find in the lager. The dopplebock is a hard beer to brew and this is a great dopplebock. The great maltiness and heartiness that one expects from this style, are the strengths of this beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red with a 2 finger firm dirty white head that was moderately lasting.

S: a rich big coffee flavor, dark breadiness, chocolate, and a light underlying fruitiness (dark cherries).

T: The flavor was nice and smooth with sweet roasted caramel upfront, sweet chocolate and dark fruit (dates, cherries). There was a warm breadiness, and a slight alcohol warming from the 8.2% abv.

M: A sweet and slick mouthful that was lightly carbonated.

D: Nice drinkability with very good flavor and enjoyment that wont disappoint.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Snifter (bottled 09/24/08).

Quite the attractive doppelbock, Troegenator pours a rich maple mahogany that turns to a shade of ruby when held to the light. Despite an aggressive pour, the viscous body fails to build much of a head, although a light tan ring of tiny bubbles encircles the glass. The aroma is spot-on for the style, with notes of caramel nuttiness backed by spices and fruit, including cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, raisin, and banana.

Subtle flavors become more pronounced as Troegenator warms. At first, a thinned-down caramel malt presence is all that can be detected, but soon a spicy rum and raisin sweetness wash over the palate. Finishes with a nutty hint and a boozy warmth. The mouthfeel is accentuated by a carbonation level that complements the spices well, and the medium-thick body achieves a near-creamy consistency. Overall, a solid offering from a brewery that has yet to let me down. I'd easily pick this up again.

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

Reviewed on 8/5/08. Bottle, bottled 5/13/08. Pours a dark mahogany with a thick light tan head. Aroma of toasted malt and sweet roasted malt, faint dark fruits. Flavor is pretty similar, dark fruits, toasted malts, bread, brown sugar, molasses, and some smoke. I can't even notice the 8%. Pretty good beer and another winner from Troegs.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Photo of TMB0424
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a ruby brown body with lots of carbonation. One finger slightly off-white head quickly reduces into a fine outer ring.

Smells very sweet. Sweet, caramel roasted malts. Lots of sugars. Very slight hint of spiciness in there somewhere. Nothing overly exciting here.

Tastes a lot better than it smells, in my opinion. Caramel, roasted malts. A very rich, smooth fruitiness surprised me. Pretty damn good. I let in linger in my mouth a little and I got a little bit of the chocolate malt as well. It finishes with a slight hop bitterness as well. Goes well with the sweet honey feel. Alcohol is only slightly detected.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. It's very smooth and creamy on the palate, very easy to go down. Pretty refreshing as well. The carbonation is high, but it fits well, and I think actually improves the brew. Medium bodied, leaning a little towards full bodied.

Comments: A very solid brew, very solid dopplebock. In my opinion the aroma is lacking compared to others of this style, but it's a very smooth and tasty beer.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, lighter than usual for a Dopplebock, with a foamy fizzy head and lots of visible carbonation. Aroma is both floral and of charcoal, along with some cane sugar. Taste is a soda-like Dopplebock with a lot of fruityness and light raisin notes. Seems pretty thin for a dopplebock and overly "processed" for a beer. More like they mixed together Dopplebock syrup with water and carbonated it. Not altogether terrible, but this definitely doesn't remind me of the amazing brewing of German beers you'd find in Ayinger Celebrator or Spaten Optimator.

Photo of Mauerhan
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ive been eying this horny fucker for the past month or so. decided after my long day at work I needed something refreshing and not a session beer. so I cracked it.

pours a crystal clear amber. this beer just looks sweet. the pour is thickish. a one finger cream colored head rises and falls before i can get the beer to my bedroom. some very watery thin lacing stays behind but alas it leaves as quick as the head.

smell is rich and malty. slightly biscuty, malty, sweet.

taste matches up pretty well with the smell. nice sweetness that stays throughout the whole ride. im very happy that this doesn't have the soy sauce flavor that a lot of bocks/double/triple bocks usually have present.

mouth is very enjoyable. thick and full but still velvety smooth. i dont get any burn off the alcohol. which is always nice and dangerous.

another great treat from troegs. i am very glad to have tried it. i would gladly drink this again.

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

pooured nice and full into the glass. nice head and steady carbonation. rich malty aroma and taste. this is a good smooth drinking beer. some chewy nutty malt feel to it. i expected the alcohol to be strong but it was just fine and smooth.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of joe1510
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$6.25
Wine Warehouse

I picked this one up on a recent trip through Virginia. Troegenator fills this pilsner glass with a garnet liquid that sports good clarity. A beige head grew to one-plus fingers on the pour and fell rather quickly to a skimming with a decent collar. A couple small chunks of lace stick to the glass here and there. Not a bad looking brew but the head could have stuck around a bit longer. A quick swirl brings the head back briefly.

The nose is rich and inviting. Moist banana bread kicks things off and before I know it a rich nuttiness joins the fray. There is a nice fruity presence in the background; dates, prunes and figs come to mind immediately. Underlying currents of sweet booze roll through deep in the back. As it warms some lightly toasted grains make themselves known.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. Nutty banana bread leads the way and never lets up but there are flashes of dates, prunes, and figs. This beer has been growing on me since I first opened it and is now very enjoyable. There's a pleasant sugary sweetness that adds some depth to the overall flavor.

The body is leaning toward the full side with a mild carbonation that allows some stick and a velvety feel. A little heat gathers in each cheek.

This bomber is going down quite easily. As a matter of fact I wouldn't mind having another. I can feel the alcohol kicking in a little bit which would make this brew dangerous.

I like most of what Troegs does and this is no exception. I would have liked to pick up a few of these when back East but unfortunately didn't. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of cvfish
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that disappears quickly and leaves little lace around the glass

S - Malts and toffee, some figs and honey

T - Burst of malts with slight hops, honey and toffee and citrus

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation

D - Very good Double bock, another great Troeg, and a wonderful beer

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,770 ratings.