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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,051 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,051
Hads: 2,881
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 5.93%
Wants: 118
Gots: 508 | FT: 4
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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 Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-12-24 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark mahogany but pretty clear. 1/4-finger tan head and mild lacing.

S - Plum, fig, caramel, light malt, spicy hops. Sweet smelling. Not real strong.

T - Dark cherry, fig, cinnamon, toasted raisin bread with apple butter. Some alcohol sweetness and a reasonable amount of balancing grain and hop bitterness (more so than many doppelbocks).

M - Thick body and light carbonation. Creamy, rich, thick, satisfying. Sweet at first but dries nicely. Just a great feel.

O - One of the better doppelbocks. I don't like it quite as much as the one from Andech's but it's not far behind. Good stuff. (640 characters)

Photo of aqualung23
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer from the Troegs Brewery. Generally I don't prefer a beer this sweet, but the malty profile is absolutely delicious, and it extremely smooth and drinkable for a brew of such high ABV. as I said, it may be on the sweet side for some, but it's definitely worth a try for fans of any style. Probably one of the most drinkable heavy beers, even for people who generally don't like something this strong. A fantastic beer overall. (441 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark, reddish brown amber. Thick with cloudy sediment. Orangish tan head.
Smell: Ripe fruit, malt, and biscuits.
Taste: Sweet. Mildly grapy, and maybe biscuity.

This is quite sweet. Not too sweet, but it's close. It seems more like a Belgium than a doppelbock. From the ripe fruit smell, to the tangy grape on the back sides of the tongue, a dark fruity sweetness dominates the drink. Don't get me wrong. It's very delicious. I would probably get this again. I will say this: it really masks the alcohol content. (525 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color, with a light brown head. The head did not last long.

Smell: Nice, but light aromas. Can detect both the hops and roasted malts, but they are very subtle.

Taste: Great balance between the hops and malt flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the taste is complex and full of multiple flavors. A great balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts makes this an enjoyable beer to drink. A very nice long aftertaste that continues to please, and doesn't turn bitter.

This is a great Doppelbock from Troegs, one of the best Doppelbocks I've tasted. Although I would like the aroma to be a little more bold, this is a beer I would enjoy drinking all year round. (754 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Reddish copper with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Prune, brown bread, toffee, caramel and fig.

Prunes, figs and dates. Toffee, caramel and sweet brown breads. Notes of brown sugar and earth. Hints of cocoa nib and banana.

Full bodied, creamy, slick and oily.

Smooth, malty and sweet. Rather easy drinking for the 8.2% abv. A fairly competent Doppelbock. (490 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2013, poured into a snifter. Not always eager to seek out the style, but nonetheless I am impressed here. Something about the character, feel, flavor profile that I tend to enjoy. Not my typical beer choice, but solid.

Off-white tannish head, dissipates rapidly leaving no trace whatsoever behind. Ruby, blood-red, clearish, burnt amber in color.

Caramel aromas with sweet fruit. Very good, but light.

Flavor is similar, with more noticeable dark fruit profile; plum, date, candied of course, minimal hops, but bitterness on the end, weird, Just something about the style I enjoy but cant articulate in the flavor profile.

Tremendously smooth feel, easy to drink, flavorful, but not overwhelming. Smooth but thick.

Overall very good beer. I wont go buying a case or anything crazy, but this is good and I'll grab one here or there to try again in the future. Insanely drinkable, no noticeable alcohol. cheers. (929 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- a deep ruddy brown. Clear with a nice creamy tan head. Good retention and nice lacing on the glass.

S-Caramel malt dominates with a hint of spice.

T- mimics the smell but with a robust malt flavor even stronger than the aroma. A pleasant flavor throughout

M- has a pleasant thickness to it but it's not overwhelming

O-an excellent doppelbock, rivaling some of the German variants I've had. (396 characters)

Photo of bierbum718
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer easy to drink and very good to enjoy in the fall.. not much lacing no head but like most doubles I've tried not much of a head.. still learning the craft of tasting but I did like this one... good to drink with most foods any cheese or choclate will work lol.. (270 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. No date on the bottle or the six-pack. Bought it today.

A: Deep ruby red. Fairly clear. Light tan head of approximately 1/2 finger width. Down to a thin coat at 2 minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Fairly subtle nose. Some raisin and cherry. Lightly roasted malt and malt-type fruitiness. Some indistinct hop presence.

T: Sweet, roasted malt with a rapid transition to an unexpected moderately bold hop bitterness. Fades to lingering roasty, dark chocolate notes. Dry finish. Alcohol is noticeable in the aftertaste, but not bad at all for >8% ABV. Taste is the high point.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderately light body. Could use a bit more substance. Smooth, though.

O: Solid-tasting doppelbock that lacks a bit in the other departments. As is typical of American versions of traditional German styles, the hops register above average. Does work well for the taste. Could be more complex, but drinks well.

Prost! (999 characters)

Photo of jhawth
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a wilibecher glass. Pours a rich ruby-brown with a tan, two-finger head.

Aroma: Dark bready malt notes dominate, with some roasty and caramel-y notes underneath. Sweetness is noticeable in nose.

Taste: Follows nose, adds slight hop bitterness/spiciness, roasty notes are more apparent.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied. A little thin given the ABV and style. .

Overall: Tasty, but not spectacular doppelbock. (437 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Pours a deep dark yet clear red with a small creamy yellow colored head. Aroma is sweet malts, some plums, cherries, brown sugar maybe. Flavor is cherries up front with big fruit sweetness, raisins, clean finish. Not as hearty as I expected but a solid medium plus mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. This drinks really easy for the ABV. Basic and not super exciting but done well enough. (408 characters)

Photo of beer272
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby red color, clear, formed a decent head that quickly disappeared. Mid way through I saw lacing after drinking to see it disappear quickly. Could see carbonation coming up the whole time.

Smell: Very balanced. No malt or hop pronounced. Very subdued and balanced, maybe only the lightest in hops when hunting so a low alpha hop used?

Taste: Smooth bock. At 8.2% ABV well concealed on a 8/10. No malt or hop jumping out. A touch of sweetness towards the end of the beer.

Mouth feel: Medium body.

Overall: If did brew my own beer, might buy on occasion. (570 characters)

Photo of mbatley
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The moment the weather begins to turn a bit cooler, right at the end of the summer, I start to crave a beer like this. Especially after a season of IPA's and crisp Pilsners.

This beer sits all spring and summer long looking at me. I know how good it is but I keep it waiting for those first cool nights, then later when the cold comes and the fire place is well broken in.

Sweet--but not cloying, biscuity, just a kiss of good boozyness. This malt beauty is like comfort food.

Originally "built" by monks for extended fasts, they called this style "liquid bread."

Troegs crafts a great beer that keeps reinforcing the fact they just don't know how to brew a bad beer.

Enjoy. I did. (689 characters)

Photo of jaylongrockets11
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - dark appearance is very traditional of doublebock beer, very nice head that disappears very slowly

Taste - Troegenator has a very distinct taste, a very full beer. I sense hints of nutmeg, Carmel, A distinct after taste, in a good way. This beer to me on tap was very smooth and had a very different taste from the bottle. On tap the beer is much smoother than from a bottle, from a bottle, the beer taste kind of stale compared to on draft.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy in alcohol and you can feel it in the texture in your mouth after a few of them. Very distinct taste fills your mouth, kind of a fullness and very flavorful dark fruit filling

Overall this beer is probably my favorite, I love the rich taste of it and living in harrisburg currently has allowed me to try all the troegs beers in the tasting room. This is definitely a beer worth trying, it will be unlike many beers you have ever tried. (916 characters)

Photo of Stokes_
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber color with a black cherry tint. Wasn't a whole lot of head to it, not much nose either(though I have a cold and my sense of smell isnt optimal). Tastes of caramel and nuts. Fruity as well. Little bit of booze up front but goes away quickly leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall: Very good for the style, sorry I waited to try this one as long as I have. Is there better? Yes, but not by much, and this is widely available in my area. Definitely a must try. (478 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-brown with a two-finger beige head. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, almond, and a bit of dark fruit. Very nice.

Taste: Same as the smell. Toffee, nuts, caramel, fig. Slight earthy hop flavor. Balanced finish, with some mild alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium-bodied. Appropriately low carbonation level. Very smooth.

Overall: This is one of the better doppelbocks I've had brewed in the US (525 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, jbravato. My last of the Tröegs' sampler he sent out to me. Sat on this for a while, as I always enjoy aging doppelbocks for a bit. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pokal glass. Bottling date is listed as "05/11/13."

Pours a reddish amber color with about 2 fingers of slightly foamy head that recedes rather quickly... Eventually next to nothing. Carbonation does well in the glass, cascading upwards just like a heavily carbonated pilsner. Even with the head gone, there's waves of bubbles that gather to the top of the glass in a rather delightful way. Slightly viscous, and other than the lack of lacing or head over all (probably with age) this looks pretty good.

The aroma produces a lot of dark fruit and malt forward aromas classic to the style, all coated above a bit of heat from the booze. Dark candied cherries, raisins, honey-covered walnuts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cardamon, and of course, a little bit of clove. However, not really all that spicy, but rather on the sugary side. The smell of raisins and cherries is spot-on here, and even though it's a little sweet, there's a slightly bitter, citrus foundation at the back that holds it together.

At the first sip, there's a an immediate burst of dark fruit, ranging from black cherries to dates, but it quickly subsides and makes way for the breadier and sugary aspects of the beer. Walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, caramel, and citrus peel glide underneath a bready, biscuit forward barley flavor coated in some alcohol. Quite a bit of heat on this, too, which is not common with doppelbocks. A little bit more on the citrus-y side, which is a good change of pace. The aftertaste is not very strong, save for the heat that gathers at the throat. The finish is slightly bitter on the grainy side. Not very complex, or too thickened (although it's syrupy), but definitely pretty easy to drink.

The flavors I enjoy are definitely predominant, and the American citrus peel addition is a good change from the German clove flavor. It feels like it lacks more of that robustness I crave in doppelbocks, and the alcohol isn't necessarily subtle or anything. Otherwise, it's a strong take on the style that I'd definitely have again once the time felt right. (2,248 characters)

Photo of Birdmarg741
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into an IPA glass

A: Pours chocolate brown with a red tint. Solid head with nice retention (at least in the IPA glass). Melts into a consistent thin foam that evenly covers the liquid throughout the course of the 20 min drink. Beautifully laces the side of the glass with every tilt.

S: Smells strongly of malt, dried figs and currants. Ethanol is detectable- more than I wish.

T: Tastes strongly of black figs and malt. Slightest hint of walnuts. Also great brightness at the beginning of the sip, acidic like, but not citrus- then quickly a bitter edge cuts in; Tannic almost - like the skins of pecans. Not off-putting though, - it really rounds out to a warm nutty flavor.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. I am a hop fiend, so for me I wish there was more going on in the mouthfeel - more stimulation upfront. But this beer shines more in the swallow.

O: Overall, certainly a fine double bock. Overall for the alcohol content, I wish there were stronger flavors going on. But a really nice beer and goes beautifully with food. (1,069 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan foam, with fair retention. The head fades to a thick ring with large islands of thin foam overlaid with film atop the body of the beer, nearly creating a persistent cap. A few spots of lacing that fade quickly. The core is a leathery cordovan with more caramel red in soft light. Mostly translucent.

Smells of dried fruits and sweet Irish soda bread (including the currants) along with dates. Some tropical notes are evident with warmth.

The taste is very bready and caramel-sauced fruits and nuts. Almond and brown sugar emerge in the middle with banana floating in with booze and a touch of cinnamon. I would have preferred a final spice note and perhaps some herbal or flinty edges to pull the reins on the sweetness and give balanced character.

The mouthfeel is rather thick and chewy, with the heavy body and fairly low carbonation..Lingers a bit sticky/filmy. Ethanol warmth is shrouded in the malts.

Overall, this brew is nicely styled. More innovation would draw me back to it more frequently. But growlers to go home for spicy barbecue meals never disappoint. (1,090 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Dark mahogany, light shows through. Two finger head, light tan in color. Retention is decent. Loads of lacing.

S- Caramel maltiness. Brown sugar. Some candied dark fruit.

T- Caramel sweetness. Burnt sugar. Slight sweet bread.

M- Creamy, slightly syrupy (in a good way). Smooth and sweet finish.

O- Delicious. Malt bomb perfection. Sweet. A little bready. Great stuff. (415 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a big snifter.

Appearance was a dark brown/chestnut color. Big, fluffy head with pretty big bubbles, cream colored. Didn't last too long but laced well. The beer looks "thick", viscous.

Aroma - holy cow this is fruity! Dark fruit aromas of cherries, figs, dates. As it warms, there is an aroma of molasses and brown sugar.

Taste - wonderful fruit flavors following the nose. Nice level of sweetness. More on the fig/date than cherry, but there is certainly cherry in the flavor. Pretty intense on the brown sugar/molasses as well, especially as it warmed up. So this beer followed the nose pretty well with the layering thing happening. The fruit notes come into play first followed quickly by that sweetness.

The feel was a little syrupy which I found ever so slightly off-putting, but overall very clean on the palate with just that lingering sweetness. I like sweet, so not sure why it bothered me with this particular brew. Not a huge detriment to enjoyment. Alcohol well hidden.

Very good beer - a tiny bit over the top with the overall intensity, but big flavors that are well-layered and a great beer to have with robust food. Paired with beef, roasted taters and winter root vegetables - held its own very well and complimented the meal. (1,275 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a CBS Snifter.

Appearance: Dark, brown with a nice foamy 1" head, leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel roasted malt, with hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Rich dark fruit sweetness over a caramel malty backbone, a nice flavorful dopplebock, sweeter than I expected (not necessarily a bad thing) with little to no bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Although on the sweet side, not at all cloying, smooth on the palate.

Overall: Very tasty brew and one I wouldn't mind picking up again. (510 characters)

Photo of dwren89
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: reddish brown with garnet hues, tan head that disappears fast, good clarity

Aroma: very sweet, breast, thick, like cake batter almost

Taste: thick, malty and sweet with an exceptionally smooth drink ability and finish. Almost no hops or bitterness to speak of, or yeast character. Big, malty, and sweet.

Mouthfeel: slightly chewy and thick, full body, smooth and silly finish

Overall Impression: A nicely made doppelbock that is big, sweet, malty, and bready. Has a cake batter like aroma and a smooth as silk mouthfeel. Great for cold winter nights or to cool off a spicy meal.

3.8/5 (603 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegenator was one of the first beers I was introduced to when joining the craft beer world, and I loved it.

Pours a thick rich amber brown color with a semitight head of foam.

Smells of biscuit malts and dark dried fruit sweetness, with a touch of alcohol

Woah Nellie!  Holy malt sweetness batman!  Don’t remember it being this sweet and malty.  Super sweet malt and dark dried fruits, just as the nose suggested, dominate the palate.  A hint of warm alcohol on the finish, with a long sweet finish.  Minimal hop presence in this.

Mouthfeel is thick and solid, perfect for the style.

Overall this fits the style, but it was just too much sweetness for me. (669 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: Bottled 2013-05-01
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

A solid doppelbock, Troegenator hits all the right notes: heavy caramel, toasted bread and nuts, and pounds of dried fruit. Its only flaw may be a slightly excessive sweetness, but this is easily looked past for the style. Satisfying, rich, and hearty, this is an excellent beer for a crisp spring, fall, or winter day (or summer, as the unusual July weather may have it). Would definitely get again if this were locally available.

Pours a 1.5cm head of beige to light tan-colored foam, with average retention of about one minute. The head fades to a thick ring around the glass and a few large islands of thin foam/film atop the body of the beer, nearly creating an entire cap (about 90% there). Lacing is minimal to nonexistent, a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Beer is a very dark amber to mahogany hue, with light bringing out brighter shades of amber reddish-brown. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number

Aroma is quite sweet, of rich brown bread with sweet caramel sauce and dried fruits, particularly dried dates, figs, and raisins.

Overall flavor is of toasted bread with caramel sauce and plenty of toasted nuts and dried dates/figs. Front of palate is quite sweet, with brown sugar and caramel, toasted bread crusts, and slight toasted nuttiness. Mid-palate finds plenty of brown sugar, raisins, dried dates, and brown figs, toasted hazelnuts and almonds, and a rich brown bread with hearty caramelized sugars. Back of palate picks up toasted bread crusts with caramelized sugars, dried dates and brown figs, and very slight ethanol. Aftertaste of brown sugar and caramel with rich, toasted bread crust undertones.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is lightly foamy and fairly thick and chewy. Little to no ethanol felt in the nostrils or on the throat. Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate, typical for the style. (2,076 characters)

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.