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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,589 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,589
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 96
Gots: 274 | 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 drpimento
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a modest light tan head that quickly subsided. No lace. Aroma was beery and malty. Color is a hazy dark amber brown. Taste is malty with a bit of caramel and honey. Body is a basic malty beer thined a bit with this strong alcohol which is completely hidden in the flavor. Pleasant finish that is sweet. Thanks to Paul B. for this sample.

drpimento, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnnyM2002

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is of sweet malts, and caramel. The taste follows the nose. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Drinkable, a slight twist on a doppelbock, just about like many other's I've had from this brewery.

Wasatch, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice dark slick brew. Thick dark fruit and malt aromas, sweet and resinous. Chewey- big malt sugar presence with a slight spiciness- very nice. Great balance with a slight cooling hop aftertaste to counteract the warming effect of the high alcohol content. Especially liked the thickness of this brew- a very tasty meal in a bottle.

kernalklink, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of montageman
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first Troegs offering. Poured into a pint glass. Clear reddish brown in color with no head and very little lacing is left after moments. Nothing much going on in terms of smell - some malt maybe a little brown sugar, nothing too impressive though. Taste is better - roasted malts and caramel with a little hoppiness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is decent - I like my dopplebocks a little more syrupy, though. Regardless, this isn't bad by any means & I would definitely go for another of these. Recommended.

Received in a trade with markgugs.

montageman, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another fine offering from Troegs!
Beer pours a wonderfull , deep , crimson with a one finger head, softly poured. The lacing was exceptional.
Malt was the main character from the nose. Notes of raisins, fruit, seemed to be the main characteristics I detected.
The taste and mouthfeel were very impressive indeed.
Malt, malt and malt.
Very full mouthfeel left me wanting more, but at 8+ %, I knew this wasnt a beer to session...it was one to savor!

dmamiano, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John's selection in BeerClub

A-Nice clear brown light to medium brown color. 3/4 inch tan head that has decent staying power and a little lace. It is quite attractive overall and I believ within style from what I read.

S-carmel malts and a hint of chocolate. Some hop on the tail of the aroma possibly green or floral.

T-There is a roasty sort of not here with the carmel and chocolate coming thgouhg as well. Hops are presence but do not present any sort of overt bitterness. Some wheat flavor comes though on the finish which I am not necessarily fond of.

M-light to medium body somehwt creamy with a perfect carbination. nice.

Drinkability is quite high considering the 8.2 ABV one would need to be careful with this one.

Overall-At 1st I didn't get this beer but I guess that is why we try six for BC selections. I have now tried five and like them quite a bit. It is a nice beer with mild less agressive food possibly some nice german sauasages (bratwurst, knock, etc.) or a grilled chicken dish. Also is nice if I am not looking for a hop monster (rare but happens). I believe that this beer meets the style quite well.

jackorain, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first Doppelbok, so bear with me I guess. Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. Very dark (almost black) body with an off-white head with average reterntion that was nice. Reduced to a nice lacing. Smelled very malty and alcoholic; hint of a little bitterness, but I am leaning more in the direction of very high malts. Tasted very, very malty and a little bitter/too sweet (could not really tell the difference, that is how malty it was) and yet it was pleasant (maybe it was the alcohol quickly kicking in). Nice, pretty thick mouthfeel; good overall. I would say this is drinkable. I would not attempt to drink more than one of these in a row, or at least in quick succession. Definitely a slower paced beer, which is nice to have when you are just hanging out watching tv or something. Very. very filling. Have not tried it yet, but maybe interchanging these with a lighter beer between each Doppelbock will a) probably lighten the "full" feeling and b) keep you sober longer so you can drink good, solid beer all day!

maddogruss, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear redden light brown body with a creamy tan head.

Aroma: Nutty, chocolate, dark fruits, vinous booze, herbs.

Taste: Hot chocolate with figs and plenty of dark roasted malts, herbs, buttered toast.

Mouthfeel: kinda boozy, full bodied, beefy or bready, warm.

Drinkability: Ok, this is pretty good stuff but there are better and more available DBs for me.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of veech
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I scored some Troegs from my brother who was in Virginia and bought as many different styles as he could find in a couple of mixed sixers. I will have him do that again.
A: Deep amber hue with thin off white head and some lacing.
S: Very sweet and malty with a whiff of alcohol, no hops aromas at all.
T: Very sweet and malted with a few hints of plums and raisins in the middle. Alcohol finish was strong but not overbearing.
M: Nice and silky smooth. Ample viscosity to coat the palate.
D: This was a very easy to drink beer that didn't sit too heavy, but at 8+% ABV it would be a bit much for a session beer.
I was quite impressed and look forward to sampling the other Troegs offerings. Well played brothers Troeg.

veech, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of theformula
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber, raisin hue w/ a small, cream colored head which dissapears somwhat quickly.

S: Roasted malts dominate the nose, with a fresh wheat/yeast scent. Raisin and caramel layers as well as some of the 8.2% ABV. Sugars (brown) and really no hint of hops.

M: Uber-creamy, very soft texture. There's just enough carbonation for the style. Medium body.

T: Over all a sweet, malty brew. Right off the bat it's roasted nuts/malts w/ a nice chocolate layer, followed by yeast, dark fruits (raisin, dates), as well as the not so faint layer of alcahol. A rich and hearty double.

A: Yum. A decent beer at least, and quite roasty sweet. Strong, dark and wonderfully malty. A couple of these is realistic, as it's heavy. Leaves a slightly bitter and semi-dry aftertaste that's roasty. Kudos to Troegs.

theformula, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby with a thin, lasting off-white head.

The smell is of caramel with hints of cocoa. Some sweet breadiness in background.

The taste is of caramel with cocoa hints. There are underlying dark fruits. Sweet, but with a bready, fruity balance. Some alcohol peeks through, but not enough to interfere. Malty with a nice hop background.

A bit lighter in body for style, but still solidly meduim-bodied. Smooth for the style.

This is easy-to-drink for high abv - Nice taste. An all-round good doppelbock.

jwc215, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of dickroop
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at an NFL playoff game, I grabbed the Troegenator and celebrated a good score.

It poured a deep, dark, reddish brown with a brownish head that never completely went away. The aroma was a little hoppy and rich, dark malty, with flavor notes of grapes and wines. Alcohol was slightly noticeable.

The beer tasted light on hops, sweet, and fruity, with a little tangyness, resolving to a slightly sour and bitter finish that included some graininess. I was reminded of brown sugar, and there's a flavor like some stouts, but not as much. The mouthfeel was medium- to full-bodied, a little slick or oily, it was moderately carbonated with a sticky finish.

I consider this beer OK as a sipper, it's flavorful and rich, but overly sweet and not enough hops. It's not my favorite style, but interesting still. It's just too high ABV and too sweet for me to want to drink more than one of these.

dickroop, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a warm amber body that is crystal clear with a gentle carbonation of micro bubbles. There is a thin ring of light tan foam that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a soft sweet toasted malt smell but it is very light and smooth.

T- This beer has a spicy sweet caramel malt favor with a faint dark malt hint and a very light pot caramel note that doesn't get in the way of the malt flavors but enhances it. There is a soft hop bitterness in the finish that supports the malt flavors nicely.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that gives it a cask poured quality.

D- This beer has good malt flavors but they are very smooth and a bit muted. The pot caramel flavor was not overpowering but just enhanced the malts. The hops balance was just enough to finish the beer with a nice lagered quality making this very drinkable.

rhoadsrage, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper brown head that fades to a thin residue quickly. Beer itself is a rich red amber. Somewhat opaque. Tons of carbonation quickly moving through the glass.

S - Bright smell of fresh bread and yeast.

T - Malt and caramel flavors come through initially. Almost a soy sauce taste at the back of the mouth. Hops come through lightly in the finish. Stellar.

FuzzyGuy84, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of badbeer
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a decent off-white head that stuck around and left bits of lacing. Smell is of biscuits, slightly floral, but very light aroma. Caramel, biscuit, a hint of dark fruit, as well as a slight metallic taste and a watery finish make up the taste. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Honestly becomes a bit cloying, nothing real special here, probably won't try it again.

badbeer, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of jslot38
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that first turned me onto craft beers a few years back. The label has changed, hopefully the beer is still just as good as I remember.

Appearance: I had the head space with this glass so I gave it a hard pour which revealed a nice cascade and formed an off-white thick head. The body is a dark deep amber hue. Some nice rings of lace formed while drinking.

Smell: Primarily biscuit malts, subtle alcohol aroma.

Taste: Very mellow and subtle, has a nice warming alcohol presence. Upfront with mild phenols, some clove, and a few dark fruits, plums, raisins etc... Followed by a small cluster of earthy hops and rounded out with biscuit malts.

Mouthfeel: A very well rounded mouthfeel. Hits first with a higher than normal level of carbonation which quickly fades off. Nicely done.

Drinkability: Even at 8.2%Abv this is drinkable stuff, no abbrasive qualities. Certainly one of the best doppelbocks I've had, and one that will always have significance in my craft beer life.

jslot38, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of parsleyd12
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased @ South Cumberland Liquors in Cumberland, MD 21502

For someone who prefers a lighter beer, this is excellent.

I drank from a bottle, so I haven't paid much attention to color, however:

You can smell plum, caramel, and maybe a hint of cocoa?

It goes down very smooth and not until after you swallow you can you detect most of the flavors

Honestly, I would never have guess that this beer is 8.2% alcohol

Very drinkable, I think. It would not be hard to finish a few of these in a sitting regardless of the higher alcohol percentage. Yum!

parsleyd12, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Courtesy of Adrian910ss): Poured a clear dark brown color beer with a small brown foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry figs and plums is very enjoyable. Taste is very sweet with good caramel malt and some dry figs and plums. I thought this was closer to a BW then a doppelbock though; I could not detect any of the banana or cloves characteristics that I usually associate with the style. Body is about average with medium carbonation and alcohol is well hidden.

Phyl21ca, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of jmc44
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a half-liter mug from Ludwig's.
Deep ruby brown in color; tight light tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smells sweet, malty, with hints off chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Faint hint of hops is hiding there but is extremely faint.

The malt is sweet and prominent in the flavor, roasted nuttiness and similar to a strong brown ale. Virtually no hop flavor, as to be expected. A touch of alcohol is looming in the taste as well, although not to the extent that others have reviewed, IMO.

It's a fairly heavy brew but easy enough to drink in the half-liter, all around a solid beer. Recommended, although I will stick with Celebrator when it's available on tap.

jmc44, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle bought at the Drafting Room in Springhouse, PA. Pours into my orval goblet crimson hued with hardly any head at all. Smells of cherries, candi syrup and fusel alcohol...alcohol being the most prominent odor. Taste is a dense and spicy malt + alcohol. Alc. is host and to some extent dominates the flavor. Some sour strawberry and pomegranete tastes. Somewhat thick and syrupy. A bit harsh overall, what with the alcohol being poorly hidden. Maybe it would be better if sat down a few months, but i'm not so sure.

aforbes10, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep mahagony red with a small off white head that fades somewhat quickly into a thick ring around the glass. Very little lace and plenty of floaties.

Sweet caramel, and toffee malt aromas, hints of milk chocolate, and an every so slight bit of floral hop.

Very tea like in flavor, somewhat thin, with the same caramel, and sweet malt that showed in the nose. Watery also, floral, and less milk chocolate than the nose.

mcallister, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear and brown with an amber hue. the head holds nicely, supported kindly by strong carbonation. i can't decide if the color is pleasing

this is a doppelbock? yeah...i guess so. it tastes like a strong brown ale. it's got that bready flavor i'm not sure i would expect in a DB, minus the substantial malty backbone. the carbonation seems out of style and the result is a drier beer that i would expect. fairly hoppy, as well...especially on the aroma

the flavors are nice, but it lacks the depth and assertiveness that i've found in celebrator or korbinian

bruachan, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of JasonA
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish clear copper, martzenesque. Lieelt to no carbonation. No real lazing.

I dont get much out of the smell. Maybe the ABV is hiding.

Taste is ok., More alcohol than flavor. HOwever, the barley does come through with some hops after further review. Does have his own flavor, but you have to find it in the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is biting, little harsh with ABV. Carbonation maybe over expectations, but not over bearing. I think this is better than average for the style.

Drinkability is above average. I think this beer is better than advertised and deserves multple opportunities. Pushing the envelope for the style with ABV and carbonation.

JasonA, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Melchizedek
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich red-brown with an off-white, bubbly head supported by enthusiastic carbonation.

A bit nutty and sweet in the nose, but nothing jumps out. Pretty straightforward malt. In the mouth, sweetness pushes to the fore, followed by a mild smoky character, with a slight hop bite, all nestled in a slightly frothy medium-to-light mouthfeel. Finish is slightly metallic, with little hints of caramel, grain, toast, etc. all around.

You know, it's OK - doesn't show its alcohol too much, not hard to drink, but not really something I'd go for if I'm out for a doppelbock. Not bad, but I think you can do better.

Melchizedek, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to GnomeKing for this, enjoyed in a Andechs glass

Pours caramel/ruby red with a rocky 4 fingers deep sand colred head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Semi-intense breadyness, pepper

T: Breadyness, caramel & slight warming alcohol. Roasted grain & some chocolate notes follows. Brown sugar & hints of cinamon also surface. Finishes warming, bready & yummy!

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy for the abv. Lack some style points on asthetics, but a really nice dopplebock, if I could get this all the time it would be in the rotation to be sure!

russpowell, Dec 16, 2006
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,589 ratings.