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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,740 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,740
Reviews: 1,052
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 103
Gots: 387 | 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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Photo of meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a dark, clear amber/brown with a short, light tan head and not much lacing.
S-Is lots of malt and some dark dried fruit like raisins and figs.
T-Is a lightly toasted malt & sweetness and just a bit of warming alcohol presence.
M-Is medium to thin.
D-Is good. The alcohol is noticed and felt at the end of a 22 oz. bottle but not overtly so. I could go for another sometime.

Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a rust color and a clear consistency. A fair amount of foamy head and OK lacing.

S: A very malty smell, above any other component.

T: Had a thick, malty start, but ended up being very thin in the finish. Not an especially dynamic flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an inconsistent effort from Troegs. Some aspects of it were good, but others were not as well done.

Photo of RunDWP
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle I could find. Poured dark brown with a wispy head. No lacing on the tumbler to speak of. Initial flavor and aroma of sweet caramel. After it warmed slightly in a few minutes, a rich raisin flavor began dominating, with a slight tea bitterness at the finish. Maybe a note of brandy in there. Slight alcohol presence, which warmed me up as I drank. A good, rich mouthfeel. Enjoyable late night sipping brew.

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

I poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a standard pint glass. The beer is caramel in color with a fluffy white head. The head has excelent staying power and nice lacing. Alcohol, dried fruit and nuts are pervasive on the nose. The main flavor is the dried fruit-perhaps dates and raisins. The alcohol is a pleasant mouth filler, adding to the dry finish. The beer is very full bodied, decent carbonation and way too drinkable for 8.5% abv. A very good beer.

Photo of eweneek83
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with one-finger of average-retention tan head. The lacing is fine-bubbled, sporadic, but doesn't have great staying power.

Aroma: Slightly spicy hops, faint alcohol, brown sugar maltiness, some marshmallow notes, and some light, estery fruity notes. Faint, though, a little too mild.

Taste: Pleasant, with a fair amount of both maltiness and fruity notes. You get lots of sweet, roasted doughiness, brown sugar, caramel, faint maple syrup - waffles? The darker roasted notes are there too, but definitely not in force - you get faint coffee in the background, perhaps a hint of chocolate. But you also get a nice hop kick and a few fruity notes, mostly lighter, golden raisins, pears. A very interesting and well-made beer.

Mouthfeel: Of a medium thickness, very creamy and even, but also big and fluffy.

Drinkability: An excellent doppelbock, a style that's attempted far too infrequently by American breweries. Alcohol's fantastically hidden here, and though the appearance and intensity of the smell leave something to be desired, the taste is really good, and enhanced by the smooth, creamy mouth. Recommended.

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

22oz bottle.

A: Faily clear brown color with some red highlights. Minimal white head that ended up only around the edge of the glass.

S: Tons of malt right up front right where they belong. Right behind that is some nice sweet dark fruits. Raisins. A nice spice is there behind it all but is hard to pin down.

T: The taste is basically the nose in taste form. Really nice malt profile on this beer. The yeast they used really compliments the flavor. Almost like a heavier version of their brown ale.

M: Nice full bodied beer. Really sticks to your lips.

D: I love their stuff. Nothing is bad. We are (barely) getting this in NY and it is about time. They do have some commonality running through their beers but I do not think that is a bad thing so long as you like whatever that is.

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

A. 12 oz poured into a bottle, ruby notes and some off white head. Looks like the good doppel I know it is. Kinda have a history with these.

S. Spicey, malty, boozy. Tasty and unique.

T. Sweet caramel notes from the malt. Some delicious sugar coated fruit flavors (fig, date) are underneath. Just a slight bitterness to balance, and it finishes on the sweeter side and incredibly strong.

M. Full bodied, flavorful, sweet.

D. This one is dangerous. A six pack will be the end of you, guaranteed. But that is the allure of the Troegenator. Its sweet and very well crafted, and can lure you to drunkeness easily.

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

A: Pours an incredibly vibrant and rich crimson color with shades of orange and a creamy head that looks nice, but isn't nearly as big or pitting as the other German dopplebocks I've had. Watching the massive head pit slowly downward is one of the better parts of the dopplebock experience, but you don't get that with Troegenator.

S: It's decidedly lighter than the other dopplebocks I've had, but it's not bad. Caramel and chocolate aromas integrate well with a lighter pale malt and a slight hint of light fruitiness in the aroma. There's a slightly floral/spicy hop aroma, as well.

T&M: Lots of sweet malt flavors, though not nearly as bready and toasted as the German variants. There is, however, an appreciable fruitiness in the flavor that is quite interesting, along with a hint of spice from the noble hops. It's different, but still quite good. The body is medium, but with good feel and a nice finish--very appropriate for the style.

D: I found its flavors particularly savory and light, which makes it quite an easy drinking doppelbock, despite its high ABV. A hallmark of Troegs beers seems to be ultimate drinkability, and Troegenator continues that tradition. A nice beer.

Photo of Hophead101
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank on 9.16.08 at home. poured from bottle into wide mouth chalice glass.

dark brown copper color. almost no head - but it could be something with the glass. very malty and yeasty smell. some coffee and roasted malt in there. smoky, woodsy, earthy smell. lots of alcohol in the nose and faint hints of citrus.

the taste is thick and malty, you can really taste the alcohol but it is not overpowering. can taste a little citrus in the cheeks. there is also sweetness in the taste as well, maybe some plum or grapes? the mouthfeel is ok, a bit carbonated.

definitely like this beer. a bit of a pleasant surprise.

Photo of Voonder
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for this.
Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Smell - malts ans some caramel perhaps. Quite nice. Taste is great! Malts and caramel plus some fruity armas on the back. Very balanced and smooth. Goes down very well. I loved that beer. It's so simple and so complex at the same time. Alcohol is very well hidden. Great!

Photo of paigertx
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Great brownish color for a bock and served in a heavy mug at a Brooklyn bar(Dram). Enjoyed a few of these without any ill effects of the high alcohol content for a bock, hence why I rated it a 5 in drinkability. Smooth mouthfeel with no lingers. Would love to try this from a bottle at home as the environment was not that to enjoy a unique and hard to find brew.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Market Street Wine, Charlottesville, VA, downtown location. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with one-finger of average-retention tan head. The lacing is fine-bubbled, sporadic, but doesn't have great staying power.

Aroma: Slightly spicy hops, faint alcohol, brown sugar maltiness, some marshmallow notes, and some light, estery fruity notes. Faint, though, a little too mild.

Taste: Pleasant, with a fair amount of both maltiness and fruity notes. You get lots of sweet, roasted doughiness, brown sugar, caramel, faint maple syrup - waffles? The darker roasted notes are there too, but definitely not in force - you get faint coffee in the background, perhaps a hint of chocolate. But you also get a nice hop kick and a few fruity notes, mostly lighter, golden raisins, pears. A very interesting and well-made beer.

Mouthfeel: Of a medium thickness, very creamy and even, but also big and fluffy, perhaps a little too big and fluffy.

Drinkability: An excellent doppelbock, a style that's attempted far too infrequently by American breweries. Alcohol's fantastically hidden here, and though the appearance and intensity of the smell leave something to be desired, the taste is fantastic, and enhanced by the smooth, creamy mouth. Recommended.

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

it pours dark with nice thick head. Very tasty, obviously very malty, but its got some hops to give it balance and its got a tiny sweetness to it, probably chocolate. Crisper than i thought it would be, i like the texture, average drinkability for a double bock, but overall a good specimen, very good

Photo of YankChef
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a really tall brooklyn glass

appearance: mostly clear, but slightly hazy coppery rusty, thin pale white head with nice lacing.

Aroma: sweetish esters, grassy, caramel and a little corn

taste: sweet upfront with some caramel sweetness , complimentary bitterness,

Overall: Crisp doppelbock, uncharacteristic for the style doesnt have the buttery smooth sweetness that is normally akin to the style, really crisp and abnormal. Still a good beer... just not what I had hoped for.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby brown color with a smallish off-white head with decent retention. Lacing is OK.

S: Dark fruit, sweet malts, and a nutty backbone with whiffs of alcohol.

T: Sweet, dark malt flavor is quite robust, with a decidedly nutty nature. Dark fruit, perhaps plum, and alcohol is also present. Some subtle molasses and spice flavor as well.

M: Thick, chewy, and full-bodied. Smooth, with light carbonation.

D: It's sneakily drinkable considering the full body and big ABV. Very tasty and an interesting brew.

Photo of eagles22
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first doppelbock and couldnt be happier ..what a great beer all i can say is malt malt malt

Smell: dark fruits and little chocolate and malt of course

Taste: is amazing got alot of malt flavor and also some dark chocolate and carmel

Mouthfeel: little carbonation...mouth didnt feel thin at all very great aftertatse too...keeps you wanting more

Drinkability: for a 8.2%beer i could drink this with ease...very great beer

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange brown color with a nice dark tan head that thins but stays around until the end. Smells of sweet malts and fruits. The taste is heaven, a nice malty nutty taste with a light wheat and dark fruit flavor in the background. It is one of the smoothest cleanest beers I've ever had. An amazing aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

Photo of Buggies
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color. A nice 2 finger head which fades fast. The smell is nice... a sweet maltyness with a little bread in there.

This beer tastes pretty good. Same sweet malt flavor with light caramel. Something else in there too. Some kinda spice that I don't know what it is. A small bitter finish at the end.

Very nice tasting beer, and this was my first Doppelbock. A nice introduction to the style.

Photo of bcolflesh
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at The Brasserie in Lancaster, PA with a veggie sub, french fries, and some cheesy bean dip.

This was really good - I wasn't sure what a double bock was going to be like - it has a sharp, distinct taste, but is very refreshing.

Would work well on it's on or with food, I think.

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

Bottle: Poured into Troegenator Pint Glass

I've had the luxury of many opportunities to drink this beer for many years.

Poured dark red, approaching brown. 2 Finger, off white head. Minor lacing that slides back down to the liquid itself. Consistent thin, slick head remains during the drink.

A sweet smell comes through, mild spices and roasted malts. The way this beer smells is the way that it tastes. There is a mild bitterness that permeates throughout the sips. Alcohol burn, hits right at the end.

For as complex the taste is, the mouth feel is not heavy, actually on a light/moderate side. Not very carbonated, but a nice silky feel. This makes the beer very drinkable. But you have to watch the ABV left hook (Which I've probably stated before: The Brothers Troeger hide this very well in the taste). It is the cannon that they state it is.

I feel privileged to live in a city that has a brewery that brews fine beers...Thank you Troegs.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a light tan head, sort of dark but not black liek a stout. Smells of grapes, fig, malty.. its nice since most doppelbock's just smell sweet and malty without a ton of distinction easy to detect. Tastes malty, lightly of fig, roasted barley (Standard double bock). Also detectable, though, is a bit of apple, which is nice. Its quite fruity in its sweetness (moreso than syrupy). Mouth is a light moderate, sweetness isn't overpowering. Very nice carbonation. Very drinkable, not too much gravity and finds a nice balance between sweetness and drinkability.

Photo of glid02
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a friend.

Pours what I can best describe as a clear, very dark amber color with a two-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells good. There's a strong bready malt aroma backed up by sweet caramel malts up front, and as it warms the caramel malt smell takes over. It's also got a slightly spicy aroma.

Tastes good. As with the smell, there are bready malt flavors up front backed up by sweetness. As it warms the sweet caramel takes over and the alcohol becomes slightly evident, although near the end the sweetness is a bit overpowering. There's a very mild bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness to go along with a very subtle carbonation. This goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I think it goes down easier in the beginning before the sweetness gets to be a bit much, but overall it's pretty solid.

Overall I'm a fan of this beer, but not a huge fan. I would certainly drink this again, but I won't go seeking it out.

Photo of Beerislife652854
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Owl Bar in Mount Vernon, Baltimore.

A - Dark opaque, fine head, medium lacing.

S - Florals, hops.

T - Little malt, many hops, not sweet, not bitter.

M - Slight carbonation.

D - You betcha.

A very good beer. A strong beer, yes, but there is no harsh alcohol taste or smell.

Photo of wrx2ndregime
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- pour is a dark brown, head is a little off white, and nice with an aggressive pour.

s- smell is malty and of roasted nuts, you can smell the 8% alcohol in the nose, it deffinatly comes through.

t- thick, malty you chew this beer instead of drink it, roasted nuts. what a dopplebock should be.

m- thick and viscous

d- for being a very hearty and high ABV beer this one goes down better then expected, I took a cooler of these to a soccer match and pounded a bunch of them, and never felt full or that I couldn't have another.

This beer is fantastic, I had a case deliverd for my wedding, it's one of my favorite beers.

Photo of nasty15108
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with amber hues. The pour produced a pillowy head of off-white foam and scattered bit of lacing.

S - Malty with the aroma of dark fruit and chocolate covered cherries. Slight aroma of alcohol also detected in the back.

T - More of the same. Hints of raisinetts, with a slight nuttiness. Finishes with a nice alcohol kick.

MF&D - Overall, very good. I do wish that the beer was a little thicker and more sticky. A little thinner and not as rich as I like my doppelbock, but very good nontheless.

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,740 ratings.