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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,081
Hads: 2,991
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 127
Gots: 596 | FT: 4
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 SportsandJorts
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep garnet color tending towards brown. Small tan head that fades quickly and leaves nothing behind

Smell: I get almost a mix between molasses and maple syrup. Further along it separates out into dark fruits, figs plums and dates, along with bready malts and a little bit of a spicy kick at the end

Taste: opens with some lager yeast and a good dose of bready malts. Dark fruits are there but weaker than the smell. Some alcohol but not astringent. Ends with spicey notes.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick and chewy. Not quite a perfect cleanness to it. Some alcohol kick

Overall: the smell of this one was very good but the mouthfeel lacked a little. I think I may have drank this one too cold and will surely revisit at the right temp to get a better guess.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Almost opaque deep amber brown with a minimal reddish brown head that dissipated quickly.

S: This reminds me a lot of the Monk's Blood that I had recently. Similar fruity notes, with a lot of Belgian candi and yeast notes. Slight earthiness. I get caramel and cloves.

T: Tastes odd to me. It is just weird. There is a weird funk to it. Strange malt flavors here that are a bit dry and off. Gets a bit better as it warms, but it tastes like earthy food. It is like rotten bananas.

M: Slightly crisp, with thin bubbles throughout.

O: I've heard so much about this beer and haven't had too many doppelbocks, but this doesn't taste like any of the ones that I've had. Sorry Troegs, not a fan.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another gift given to me from someone traveling on the east coast.
Bottled on 3-10-14

A - Pours out a crystal clear dark ruby red with a dark tan-ish head that died out quick. Nice amount of carbonation streaming up from the glass.

S - Mouth watering sweet bready maltiness, caramel, fig, cream, slight spice.

T - Sweet malt with fig, breadiness, caramel, slight apple and nut, ends with a spice.

M - Medium body, slightly chewy, carbonation moves the flavors across the palate well.

O - Have not had a ton of Double Bock's in my day but this is one tasty brew. If your in the mood for a sweet malty beer pick this one up if you can its worth a try. Really enjoyed this one , cheers!

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Photo of MaddestHatter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This may well be my favorite offering from Tröegs, even *gasp* better in my opinion than Nugget Nectar. I like Bocks. They are one of my favorite styles of lagers for their color and flavor and doppelbocks are very tasty. This one is no exception. I bought this around Christmas time (Yeah, yeah, I should have gotten some Mad Elf but I wasn't too familiar with Tröegs at the time). Altogether this a good beer for many different applications. It is a little bit high gravity to be a perfect session beer, but the flavor is both strong and not intrusive with plenty of the malt characteristic that I like and the hoppiness I expect from Tröegs, though not as much as in Nugget Nectar or something like that. Good for before, during, and after dinner and very good as the first alcoholic thing I drank after finishing my wisdom teeth pain medication.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks good! Deep amber with moderate carbonation and a substantial off-white head.

S: Not much to the aroma. Sweet malts with a hint of biscuit. Lots of alcohol.

T: This is way left on the malt-to-hop scale. The malts contribute a gently sweet and even lightly toasted biscuit character. To me, almost no hops can be found. Throughout the last half of the taste, the booze dominates. Not very light on the palate.

M: Surprisingly creamy. Has a decent medium body with a slightly watery finish..

O: I enjoy bocks and the rest of the lager family, but doppelbocks aren't my favorite. Just a little too harsh for my taste. The Troegenator is actually a decent double bock; don't let me put this down for you. For me, I find that the flavor isn't balanced enough with hops to compensate for the high alcohol content. For the style, this beer is above average, but it can be found pretty much anywhere. If you're a fan of high-gravity lagers, check this one out!

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Photo of mynie
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours light and translucent with a nice head. Smells bready, bocky, and surprisingly alcoholic, even for its style.

Tastes quite intense. Aggressive bread starts thing off, followed by an strong bock-malt push that's equal parts astringent and zippy. Gets sweet again near the middle and ends dry with a long, lingering sourness on the back of your tongue.

Good, but it takes a few sips to get used to. I've had a few other d-bocks lately, but they've been the hyper-smooth big boys (Celebrator and Optimator), and I'm not used to one that's as rough around the edges as this.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An amber color with a thick head, most likely from my poor pour.

Smell: Nice not strongly bitter or alcoholic.

Taste: Sweet and thick, hardly any bitterness.

Mouth fell: Thick and very enjoyable.

Overall: This is one of my favorite double bocks, well done fellas, very enjoyable and easy to enjoy

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Photo of odatmatt
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I like this Double Bock, it has a dark reddish brown color and a rich tan head that holds up pretty well with lots of lacing. You only get that nice head if you serve it cool not Ice cold, the flavor and aroma also open up when it's about 45 degrees. It's malty and fruity and very drinkable for a beer with an ABV of 8.2... If you have tried it ice cold and didn't like it I would recommend that you let it warm a bit and try it again. It is my go to beer for now!

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Photo of msquared36
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark with a red tint, bordering on purple.

Aroma is yeasty with a hint of sweetness.

Tastes of malt and very ripe dark fruit. Particularly as it warms, the fruitiness becomes predominant.

Rather heavy carbonation, but it works pretty well in balancing out the flavor.

Just an ok beer. Felt like it was missing something that I couldn't figure out.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 16oz pint can into a glass. 8.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a very deep brown with a slight reddish tint. Quite dark. Not unlike the color of a root beer really. Also has a massive head that is a shade dark.

Smell- A sweet malty aroma, roastiness in the smell. Reminiscent of a roasted caramel chocolate bar.

Taste- Quite malty up front with a caramel chocolate type of sweetness that really lingers. It is not overbearing as it is not the usual sweetness since the roasted malt tones add much complexity. Only hints of fruit, perhaps along the lines of raisins. Still more chocolate than anything else to me. Alcohol undetectable to say the least.

Mouthfeel- Heavy and thick. The creamy qualities are appropriate to this beer and style. Clean slick finish.

Overall- I thought this was quite satisfying. To have a beer with over 8% abv covering that fact up so well and adding nice complexity is a solid craft. No wonder the ratings for this Troegs offering rank at the top of the doppelbock style. Troegs nailed it. Since it is so heavy, it may not be a beer that is bought often but is a must try for sure!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to mps for helping me gets this one.

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with various hues highlighting the glass.

Smell - It seems a bits mild for a doppelbock, the sweet malt come to the front. The sweetness does seem to suggest the thickness of a doppelbock.

Taste - At the front was the chewy sweet malt. Later, one detects sour apple, banana, and brown sugar. The taste does linger, but the sweetness fades to more Earthy notes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The Doppelbock ws thick enough to coat the tongue and allow the taste to linger. At the same time, it doe snot really measure up to an elite doppelbock

Overall - It is not the best doppelbock I have had, but I would certainly drink it again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A pretty clearly, a bit dark amber color. Nice head that goes away pretty fast and leaves no lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet. Reddy. Malty. Nothing unexpected. There's also maybe a slight spicy hop character to it, but it's certainly a malty, sweet beer just from the aroma alone.

Taste/feel: Tasting a lot like the smell. Solid, but not with a lot of depth, or blowing me away. 8%? Who would ever guess that? There's no booze in the taste, and there's no warmth at all. The feel is very nice on this -- a great nearly full-bodied mouthfeel and medium-ish carbonation. Again, just a lot of sweet malty "red" flavors in this beer.

This is an ignorant-as-all-hell review because I'm not sure I've had a Doppelbock before. From what I know about them, this is what I'd expected. I didn't think I'd love them, and I don't love this beer. However, the feel on this beer is great, and it's very drinkable at 8%. I'm just not high on the style, simply because I find it -- or at least this beer -- relatively uninteresting. I reiterate AGAIN, it's still enjoyable, and very well crafted, without a doubt. A great choice for people who love sweet, malty brews.

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Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a .5l glass.

A- Beautiful dark reddish brown with a rich off-white head, that slowly dissipates, and (SOMETIMES) laces well.

S- This beer needs time to open up!
It's strong, give it time. Over time more ripe fruit, including banana as another reviewer wrote, along with caramel, malt, cinnamon, nuts, spice cupboard. A bit of hop stink.

T- dark fruits & malt pre-dominate. cinnamon, and cupboard, mahogany, wet wood tones... like the smell, the taste blooms if you give it time. needs to warm & breathe.

M- Medium-heavy body, low carbonation. satisfying weight.

O- Very flavorful and complex beer. It's also a very drinkable doppelbock. Being in center of Pennsy German region, it makes sense that Troegs would trump this style!

The key is let it breathe, give it time. More and more complexity, ester, sweet flowers, with mahogany and pleasant alcohol emerges over time.

Would definitely recommend for winter sessions.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearence: clear brown, thick off shore head with nice retention.

Smell: refined yeast, a bit of sweetness. Not unpleasant but lacking.

Taste: some deep malt notes and a bit of hops and hints of fruit but the taste was heavily overpowered by alchohal.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, full body, not dry. Very filling.

Overall: for me the flavors were lacking, do that the most discernable tadte was alchohal, which isnt too pleasant, I cant see myself buying this again and I had higher hopes from this brewery.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced quickly to nothing. It is a deep crimson color

Smell: Sweet caramel, toffee, and bready malts followed by banana, raisins and some earthy and grassy hops.

Taste: Nice sweet malts, booze, bananas, raisins bready malts, nice alcohol, and mild tingly grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bready, sweet, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Mmmmm, I'm starting to enjoy doppelbocks. Especially during this blizzard here in Boston.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into Pilsener glass.

A: Pours a deep mahogany, and even with a mildly aggressive pour, there's not much head to speak of. Needless to say, the lack of head results in a lack of any lacing. Perhaps I was a little sloppy with the pour, but, as it stands, this one is very lackluster in the aesthetics department. Only a re-visit in the future will tell if the fault is with me or the brew itself.

S: Some brown sugar and malty sweetness. A slight hint of roasted grains underneath, but not prominent enough to balance out the sweetness. Comes across a bit too clean, but not off-putting.

T: We're slowly improving as we go. An aggressive wave of dark chocolate and caramel sweetness comes through, immediately cut down to size by some toasted grains and a slight twang of hop bitterness. Surprisingly, for a beer above the 8% ABV mark, the alcohol is absolutely shrouded for the most part. A very slight hint of it can be detected behind the roasty aftertaste.

M: Thank goodness this brew feels better than it looks. A medium-full body offering a well-controlled carbonation and a moderately creamy textures. Does a good job of expanding in the mouth and sliding across every tastebud. Finishes smooth.

O: I'm not "wowed" by this and it's definitely not Troegs' star brew, but it's not bad by any means. The flavors aren't overly complex, but they're satisfying and it offers exceptional drinkability. It's dangerous in the sense that it's flavorful and feels sessionable even though it's donning an 8.2% ABV. Not outstanding, but I'd recommend it to fans of the style. Worth picking up a bottle if you can.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (4.25/5): Deep brown-red, clear, ruby red highlights, a pretty two finger head of tan foam. The head dissipates fairly slowly but there's little of it that remains after drinking commences. Alcohol legs cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25/5): Strong notes of fig, black cherry and caramel and dark breads. Very clean and features a ton of dark fruits. Really great maltiness with a touch more hop presence than you would find in a traditional German import doppelbock.

Taste (4.25/5): taste follows the nose--highly malty, with notes of fig, black cherry, raisin and dark bread. Caramel and toffee (though none of the stickiness associated with those candies). Clean flavors (this is a lager–don't be fooled by this beer's decadence) and no alcohol present until the finish–the alcohol flavor is faint and sweet and supports the overall flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Troegenator is clean and nicely chewy (not sticky or resinous in any way), though I do wish it had a longer finish. The carbonation level is pretty low, though this is fine–indeed expected–from a beer of its size and style.

Overall (4.25/5): I have to agree with the majority of people that this is among the best American interpretations of the German doppelbock style. While there aren't that many domestic breweries that have put their spin on it to begin with, Troegenator is, simply put, a damn good beer that's great during the cold months and a great alternative to an imperial stout if you're burned out on that style but still want something big and dark in your glass.

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: An aged looking ruby red that appears to have light carbonation, a single finger head presented but vanished quickly. No noticeable lacing has decent translucence. Looks almost flat.

S: Smells sweet and malty, there is a spiciness that looms in the nose that is somewhat subtle. Caramel sweetness is soft and a bit boozy with fruity esters that add complexity making its direct identity hard to discern. Nose reminds me of the inside of a chocolate covered Maraschino cherry.

T: Sweet syrupy cherry character that is slightly boozy and a little warming. Not pinpointing a strong hop/bitterness. Velvet cherry is forward but followed by a moderately bold, but pleasant almonds and apricots evocative of amaretto liqueur. A bit of bready chocolate malt, maybe even pumpernickel.

M: Mellow and smooth on the tongue with a medium body and very little noticeable carbonation. Warm on the tongue with a mildly roasty and toffee aftertaste that lingers but remains pleasant.

O: Not too much experience with doublebocks, kind of reminds me of Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Pretty sweet and warming, different from the styles I have been recently indulging. Tröegs seems like it has some quality offerings and I’m exited to explore further.

I plan on going on a bock/doublebock tare this spring, I will return to the Troegenator.

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Photo of edfish
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass ...light head..massive lacing
smell is of biscuit/bread and light alcohol
Very rich taste of slamming malt, you know what is comming when you smell it!
Of course the mouthfeel is full of rich malty complexity..mmmm
Overall- a fanastic double bock !

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Photo of BradC
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A...deep dark copper color, no head or lacing, very little carbonation

S...nice smells of raisins, plums, caramel

T...taste follows the aroma, dark fruits, raisins,plums, a nice spiciness with some alcohol

M...very little carbonation, nice and chewy, full body

O...overall a nice doppelbock, I'd take celebrator over this one, it is a good warming winter brew that I'd have again

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Photo of Hopscat
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into stemless wine glass. Beautiful red color with much clarity.
Little head on pour with some lacing on swirling.
Nose is impressive with raisins, cherries and some toffee.
Taste follows well with malty sweetness and complexity of nuts /fruits in the middle and nice long finish slighty dry with some alcohol warming.
Overall I really enjoyed this dopplebock. Compares well with Weienstephaner Korbinian

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Photo of chefhatt
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a.glass. it has a dark mahogany color body with no head. The aroma is of dark fruit and raisin. The taste has malt back bone and has a dark cherry and raisin flavor. The mouthfeel is good and overall is a good beer. This style is not one ts

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany color throughout, no light, bordered by rose copper, thin head, no visible carbonation.

S: Dark cherry and plum, slight raspberry, bready at times, roasted malt.

T: Dark cherry throughout, biscuity notes, caramel and toffee hints when I smack my lips and separate my tongue from the roof of mouth.

M: Medium full body, very smooth, slightly creamy, carbonation balance, alcohol lingers and warming accumulates but both slowly fade away leaving a clean mouth.

O: Very inviting look, dark fruit scent/taste, great warming sensation for cold weather, very smooth. Very proud to live in Pennsylvania.

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Photo of Realbeer1542
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 1/2" white head - dissipating in seconds to some interesting surface lacing. Dark amber body.

Smell - mineral, malt, dark fruit (dry plum).

Taste - Alcohol first, dry fruit, light malt and slightly bitter but no hops. I did not find this overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - medium to high carbonation and tongue drying dull malt finish.

Overall - I was expecting a bit more complex malt and fruit and a bit tastier finish. Not a bad beer but not great. Two glasses was more than enough to satisfy my curiosity. Its better than some double bocks and something I may seek out again. Tried it a bit warmer and in a bottle and updated my rating. Good second or third beer after a rich stout.

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Photo of scotorum
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date is smudged but it looks like 03/04/13. Another one I bought way back in May 2013 and put aside for winter tasting.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a; Clear ruby with a thin head which left an even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Dark fruit.

t: Caramel malt with a strong dark fruit undercurrent. Some hop bite at the sides of the tongue. High ABV is totally hidden.

m: Medium.

o: A tasty, rather Belgianish dopplebock.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,081 ratings.