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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,658
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 94
Gots: 309 | 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 bboven
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, ruby red body with a thin ring of lace around the edge of the glass. The lace shows up but slides back down into the beer quickly.

Black cherry aroma, a bit of other fruitiness from the yeast going on.

More cherry going on here, weak in the beginning and then a bit like cough syrup, but in a good way, if that makes sense.

Too highly carbonated, but still nicely coating.

A bit weak on flavor and aroma. Not too bad, though.

Photo of atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear brown with a thin head that diminishes to barely even a ring. Aroma is a nice blend of sweet malts and fruits. The taste is nice and malty,with a decent hop presence backing it up, there is also a presence of sweet malts. The beer is on the light side of medium with well hidden alcohol. This one is a very enjoyable American Doppelbock.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel, malty, and a small alcohol hint. In the taste, sweet roasty maltiness and a small alcohol riding the whole way through. A small bite, medium bodied mouthfeel and a dry roasty malt and a small alcohol presence in the aftertaste. OK representation of style, yet alcohol is very present all the way through.

Photo of zornbeast
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from Troeges to date. Nice strong sweet aroma that melds well with the hop profile. More drinkable than some other Doublebocks i've had, hides the abv pretty well. Nice dark ambor color. A bit on the sweeter side for mouthfeel but very enjoyable, definately worth a try!~

Photo of biggmike
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive amber/brown color with small off-white head that disippated pretty quickly. Aroma is sweet and of toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate. Flavor is also of toffee, chocolate and molasses. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high for a beer of this abv. I liked this very much.

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

A: Dark amber with a thin white head that lasted for a while. Some lacing left on the glass.

S: Roasted malts and caramel in the nose and some fruit too - a pleasant aroma.

T: Sweet fruit and raisin flavor - there's almost no discernible bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel and smooth on the tongue.

D: Mild carbonation makes this somewhat drinkable. You'll feel the alcohol quickly though so I can't say I'd drink more than a second glass in one sitting.

Photo of Redwood21
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The wood stain color is nice, and the initial head is also impressive. that said the head dies fast and leaves only a tiny lacing sticks a little bit but thats it.

S: Bready burnt sugar some meat but not raw more peanut flesh like

T: sugars, caramel, slight twinge of salt? loads of malts and not bitter in the least. very tasty brew

i enjoy this beer alot. its a great double bock, more on the sweet bread caramel end of the style spectrum but extremely drinkable

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed Troeg's doppelbock offering. It is one of the better American DBocks that I've tried.

The taste was a nice mixture of sweet malt and molasses. It had a nice amount of carbonation and the mouthfeel was thick. A slight hop bitterness came into play near the finish, but it proved to balance out nicely. I was left with a semi-sweet molasses flavor that lasted a long time. Very nice brew indeed.

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

Color was a murky brown amber with a small white head that had some pretty decent staying power.

Nose was of candied, toasted caramel with an earthy undertone.

The taste was of raisins, bready malts, and caramel, with a slight bit of cocoa.

Felt big, and full bodied on the tongue. Kinda chewy.

There is an alcohol warmth that prevents this beer from getting a good drinkability rating.

All in all , a good offering, something to consider from time to time, but wouldn't go too far out of my way for it.

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a medium sized light tan head.The head fades to a covering of the glass. Nice ladder like lacing. Nose is mild, some earthy malts, thats about it.

Tastes good, not complex like the only other two dopplebocks I've tried: Ayingers and Spaten, just good. The taste is malty but balanced with a bit of bitterness. A lot of malty beers I've tried are too sweet or wind up tasting stale or sour at the end. This one is crisp and tasty throughout. No hint of the 8.2 abv. I rated it as a dopplebock and it comes up short in the "big" flavor department.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is good for a beer that strong. A nice beer, but not in the same league as the other dopplebocks I have had.

Photo of Drewcifer
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out amber with an orange/brown hue to it. A finger or so of off-white head, settles to a thin ring of suds

Aroma of malt, earthy apples, caramel.

Flavor is fairly well balanced, no overload of any one flavor. Definite malts from beginning to end, some caramel, some raisin flavor, and alcohol on the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, medium bodied, doesn't really stick around on the tongue.

Drinkability is middling. As a beer, not bad. But as a dopplebock it's a tad dissappointing. Was expecting a better look, heavier body, and a little more maltiness.

Photo of Contra
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time trying a beer from Tröegs, and it's certainly a good one. A fairly light body, for a doppelbock, of course. Realistically, it's on the lighter side of heavy, with a decent amount of carbonation. Aroma is sticky-sweet, which matches the flavor quite well. You can definitely tell it's a bit higher than average in the alcohol department, although it blends well with the overall flavor.

Overall, quite a nice beer. Hard to enjoy more than one in a sitting, but you probably knew that already.

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

Fall is a great time for beer people for two reasons, and I'm happy to say that Troegenator fits the bill on both counts. The first reason that fall is great, is that dark full beers taste better in cooler weather. The second reason for autumn glory in the beer world is the announcement of the winners of the Great American Beer Festival, held every October in Denver.
The Great American Beer Festival competition involves hundreds of American craft brewers and nearly 3,000 beers entered into categories based on beer style. Each beer is tasted and tested by a panel of qualified judges and narrowed down, sometimes from hundreds in a single style; to a few that really stand out from the rest. A gold medal winner in the competition is considered a world-class example of the style. So then, by definition, Troegenator is a world-class beer. I couldn't agree more.
Troegnator is a double bock, which is typically an amber German-style beer that is like a high octane Oktoberfest. Double bocks aren't usually flavor bombs, like a big porter or stout, but they are pleasantly balanced beers which make them amazingly easy to drink. This beer is rich and creamy with a strong caramel flavor but a light enough body to go down easy. The beer holds big amount of brown sugar and sweet raisin flavor with a solid floral German hop bite to counter the malt sweetness. Double bocks in general and Troegenator in particular are tricky. These are big beers, alcohol-wise, but it's hard to tell. Resist the urge to gulp and sip this one slowly. Troegenator is a year-round release and available at many better beer stores in Hampton Roads. Pick up a six-pack and watch the leaves fall as you taste a bona fide world class beer that we are lucky enough try.

Photo of guinnessdoc
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a little cold. Poured into a chalice to warm it up in my hand. Had to pour from height to build a 1" tan head that quickly subsided to just a ring. Clear and brown/ruby in color.

Almost candylike in aroma with notes of dark fruit and chocolate.

Taste is raisiny and sweet with hint of noble hops once the sweetness passes. Slightly smoky/spicy finish.

Slightly thinner mouthfeel than anticipated but does manage to linger briefly on the tongue.

The alcohol is well hidden behind the up-front malty sweetness. Improves as it warms. Good American example of this style.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a good batch of this stuff. Pours a nice head and good lacing down the glass. Has some burnt caramel flavor with chocolatey malts and medium-full creamy mouthfeel. Really a nice dopplebock. Very strong and hidden well. Smells of chocolate and caramel. Sure fills you up. Warming feeling with each sip. Red to an almost opaque black color on the top end. Not bitter very malty as true with the style.

Photo of kkipple
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time trying Troeg's stab at a Doppelbock. Let me preface this by saying that I've yet to come across an American example of this style that has wowed me. But hope springs eternal!

Pours a very odd (for the style) clear red-nuttty orange. Sorta looks like an Oktoberfest beer... certainly nothing in the appearance, timid head included, to make me think this was a Doppelbock from a distance...

Things pick up in the Smell Department. Nutty, toasted sweet malts dominate; there's a pretty good range of character here. Getting a fine grape-y smell, as well as hints of chocolate and honey, earth and sweet black bread. Nothing to wow you, but solid.

The flavor is likewise very respectable, if a bit on the tame side. Big sweet bready malts here from start to finish, with a toss of sour grape and cocoa; finish is warming and sweet and nutty. Hops provide some balance and I suspect the earthiness I'm getting. As it warms I'm picking up a little booze near the end, nothing to be ashamed of at 8.2%. I like this.

Mouthfeel is delightful. The carbonation fluffs up this medium-bodied beer in your mouth and aids the wet, cool beverage down your throat, finishing sweet and slightly grainy and chocolaty.

Troegenator didn't wow me, but I have to admit it's a pretty darn solid example of the style, (save for the appearance) and if it were available in my state I can see myself picking it up now and again. A good -- not great -- job by the Brothers Troeg.

Photo of letsgopens
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another tasty selection from Tröegs. This Doppelbock pours a clear, woody brown/ruby color with a sizable off-white, nearly beige head that recedes to a choppy ring of lace. Some sparse, rising bubbles are visible also.

Buttery bread and a good dose of dark fruit along with notes of hops, citrus, apple, caramel malt and a slight mineral aroma. Pleasant and somewhat mild. A good smelling brew for sure but nothing amazing.

Wow! Much more pronounced than the nose implied. Fruit, light and dark alike, and caramel malt eventually give way to a light but very detectable roastiness. A faint note of spice and a decent hops character. Molasses as well. Citrus and buttered toast come through in the finish. Crisp and bright initially with a great depth of flavor that’s rounded out by a smoother finish and a bit of booze induced warmth. Very nice. The aroma had me a little worried but the flavor definitely delivered.

As I mentioned the initial mouthfeel is brighter and very crisp with good carbonation. As the brew sits on the tongue for a moment the texture begins to lean more toward a smooth velvety feel. Very appropriate for the style and flavor profile. A bit of warmth comes through in the finish. An overall medium bodied beer. A very nice selection with a character all its own.

Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A rather deep reddish gold pour... big, two finger+ offwhite to very light tan head that diminishes reasonably slowly. Could stand to have a little fuller head.

S: Some rather musky aromas, hints of caramels, and malty notes.

T: A rather earthy taste, soon followed by a rounding dark fruit flavour (particularly raisin and perhaps prune) and a little bit of molasses edged maltiness, but just a tad. An alcohol flavour that they don't really attempt to hide, but this isn't particularly a bad thing.

M: A decent feel on the palate... a soda water-like expressiveness, that seems to flow right along the center of the tongue. Not a great deal of coating, and certainly not syrupy. While I can appreciate that it is not gooey, a dash of tackiness wouldn't haven't been a bad thing.

D: For a bigger style, it's an easy drink... and perhaps that's a little bit of a con, if expecting a full dopplebock. While a decent tasting brew, it could improve here a little.

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

Thanks to LittleBreeze for this extra.

Pours a light brown/clear Ruby with little head. creamy smooth nutty smell. Taste is a bit heavy on the alcohol at this point with some caramel and dark fruit taste with creamy notes. Mouthfeel is good, but a bit thick, overall good. A bit viscous and alcoholic to be slamming, but ok drinkability. A good offering from troegs, should be better with a little time.

Photo of dsa7783
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dreamweaver Wheat from Troegs was an absolutely great brew, and while their Doppelbock was good and above average, I wouldn't go so far to say that it was an "above and beyond" sample... Pours a ruby-red, mahogany-brew hue with minimal head... smell is full of caramel and malts... very malty flavor with caramel and butterscotch flavors bursting through... very rich and thick taste, although I've had much better representations of the style... very sweet and somewhat overpowering, which detracted from the overall taste and drinkability...extremely malty and thick flavor dominated by a brown-sugar base that is really powerful... copped this singly from Total Wine and More, and probably wouldn't buy this again, although I wanted to give it a shot... Although the appearance was good, this beer was average in all other respects... worth a try, but there are better depictions out there...

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

Pours a nice deep red hued brown with a tanner head that stays around for a short bit. Nose is Like wet wood with some sugar mixed in. Nice, full, and robust. Flavor is mildly sugar with a smooth wood tone. A thinner molasses seems to kick in on the back end. Good liquid body and a smooth and silky carbonation. Extremely drinkable, even with a higher ABV. Another damn good brew from Troegs.

Photo of Zephenbrewid
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into 16 oz nonic pint glass

A - Transparent dark reddish gold coloration with moderate apparent carbonation, off-white head which disappeared quick but stuck around in another type of glass, so I'll rule this satisfactory

S - Very sweet, almost candylike, and surprisingly didn't pick up on much alcohol scent

T - Pretty spot on, nice and malty, again malts really help subdue the alcohol content, I didnt detect any fruity or chocolatey flavors

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation as noted earlier, nice and smooth

Photo of cs45977
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The specific bottle I am rating has been aged about 8 months and actually has a different label then the one shown here.

A-Pours a very clear deep copper with about a finger or two head.
the head retreats quickly leaving a slight lace on the glass.

S-The smell is a very strong attribute of this beer. On pouring into the glass a pronounced smell of malt fills the room.

T- There is no doubt this is a doppelbock . The Maltiness is pronounced on the tongue followed aggressively by strong alcoholic flavors.

M- The mouthfeel on this beer is exceptional. It is smooth and heavy and clean from beginning to end.

D - This is a very good example of an American production of doppelbock . It follows very closely, many German doppelbock and honestly I tend to prefer this one to many of the mass produced German version you can find on the market
In all, if you are in the mood for a solid example of what American brewers can do with a traditional European Style, this is a good place to start.

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

Appearance: Russet, coppertone, the color of English breakfast tea or Captain Morgan's spiced rum. Not as dark as I was expecting it to be, for sure! Pours a nice milky head. The appearance was one of the nicest things about this one.

Nose: Definite esters, honey-roasted peanuts, caramel, and American hops with a strong alcohol undertow.

Taste: Spritzy right off the bat, a little sweet-and-sour action, hops (too hoppy for me -- a definite sign of an inappropriate American appropriation of European classiness), tartness, sea salt, brown sugar, cheap Hershey's chocolate, and bananas on the finish.

Palate: Spritzy with a smooth finish. Nice.

Overall: Tart for the style. Definitely flaunts its 8.5% for all its worth. This was completely not what I was expecting from a Doppelbock -- oh, how I miss Ayinger Celebrator. This is not German (bananas aside), but a true American spin -- a brown Doppelbock. However, style aside, it's pleasant enough -- and the more I drink it, the more I like it. Think pairing with chocolate covered pretzels, or desserts with peanut butter. Certain sweet, dark entrees (ok, concession to the German original -- sausage!) would be nice, too.
This is a quite amenable and pleasant brew, if definitely on the strong side (I've had higher ABV beers that hid their strength and seemed lower than this one's 8.2%).

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

Been aging this bottle for little les than a year now….

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a thick, moderately well-sustained head that leaves behind a generous lace. The bready malt base features a nice raisin fruitiness and a well-balanced alcohol spice. A touch of leafy hop bitterness makes an appearance in the finish.

Aging this one really takes the edge off of it; after sitting in my cellar for a few months, Troegenator manages that rich raisin malt character, plus a great bready backbone, without being cloying or syrupy.

Highly recommended…

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,658 ratings.