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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,081
Hads: 2,992
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.79%
Wants: 128
Gots: 598 | 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 Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

See-through ruby color looks good underneath an even better looking tan head. Unfortunately the head doesn't stick around too long.

Nice heavy aroma features butterscotch, with notes of caramel and toffee swirling around it. Malty malty malty...that's the name of the game here, at least in the aroma.

Flavor echoes the aroma, luckily without the cloying sweetness that the aromas suggest. Don't take it wrong, this is sweet alright, just not overly so. An earthy hops presence peeks out from the dominant malt, and flavors of dark fruit, root beer and cocoa dust come through strongly. Also a slightly astringent grassiness and medicinal molasses that leans toward the flavor of a typical barley wine. Alcohol is well-hidden, though there's a slight warming glow that hits you as it goes down.

Mouthfeel is thin, letting this fairly high ABV beer go down easily. A real enjoyable doppelbock, one I'd have no problem returning to again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy mahogony with a short pancake head that quickly fades.

Smells sweet and malty with a burnt sugar and soy sauce finish.

Subtle burnt sugar taste but with a hoppy backbone. A little sweet, but the hops balance that. I'm not sure the hops and malt are as integrated as I'd like.

Fairly highly carbonated, a little sticky, but still nice. Fairly drinkable, but the lack of integration would begin to bother me.

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Photo of Vancer
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice DB – strong suit was the pour, a nice clear mahogany brown – topped with a frothy tan head that easily laced all the way down.

Good aroma of chocolate and hints of coffee, rich malt notes. The quaff confirmed the malty backbone of the deep roasted barley, great hints of chocolate throughout the glass. This was drank after a Victory St. Victorious, quite close but the St. V wins.

Very crisp and dry, and, the 8.5% is well hidden, and not noticeable until after the bottle, when you stand to go get another!

Another great brew sent by BeerBeing - he's the brew man!

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Troegenator served at Haydn's on Pine in Harrisburg, PA.

Appearance: The bock has a deep ruby red color and a thick, THICK head.

Smell: The bock has a semi-sweet deep malty aroma. There is no sign of any hops.

Taste: The bock has a strong malt aroma, bordering on very sweet and caramel-like, that finishes long. That malt character lasted a long time after the beer was gone.

Mouthfeel: The bock's strong malt character gives the beer a sweet feeling without overdoing it, nice.

Drinkability: The beer is very drinkable, a little too strong though (costing it a bit). A nice interpretation on the style.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute glass a cherry maple color. Kind of looks like a lite coffee. Thin beige head that quickly recedes to a thin rim of lace. Smells of caramel and burnt toast. Taste wise this is a malt bomb and a very delicious one at that. Caramel up front, bready, with a very nice toast finish. Long lasting toast aftertaste. Thick and chewy in the mouth. Very drinkable for 8%. The alcohol is hardly noticable. I haven't had many dopplebocks, but if they taste like this I am going to explore them further.

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

This beer poured a semi-cloudy burnt orange. There was little head. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is somewhat sweet with a nice fruity aftertaste. The fruit taste is similar to pears. The mouthfeel is smooth. There is little indication of the higher abv. I could drink this beer again. One of the better beers of the style I have had.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing mahoganny colored beer sits all by itself, because I never got much of head out of this one. Malty sweet flavor with a mild nuttyness that picks up towards the finish. Smells a bit like caramel mixed with grapes. Fairly thick beer with just a touch of carbonation. I wasn't expecting a lot of carbonation, but a little would be nice in both the mouthfeel, and maybe put the rest towards a 1/4" of head. Big malt beer that is pretty good, but after 6 beers over the last week it never really excited me.

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Photo of gbarron
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle with the scary horned guy on the label.

A - beautifully clear, dark ruby. Small, off-white head forms a light ring around the edge, but that's it for a head on this beer (likely due to alcohol content).

S - rich, sweet malt and alcohol. Dark fruits, brown sugar, currants. Little or no hop aroma. Smells delicious. Presence of higher alcohols.

T - full malt flavor, sweetness. Taste of dark, ripe fruit, malt sugar. Balanced by spicy hop bitterness at the end, little hop flavor. Some notes of butter, plums, toffee. Well balanced beer, tilted slightly to the malt. Rich, tasty example of a double bock, one of my favorites. Slight aftertaste of alcohol burn.

M - medium bodied beer, carbonation low. Smooth.

D - rich, tasty, highly drinkable brew with a firm alcohol presence. Sweet tasting, full flavored. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one...
Clear, bronze color with less than a half finger of off-white head...disappears rapidly. No lacing visible as I work my way thru the pint.
Mild aromas of toasted malt and fresh baked bread...not a lot jumping out at me.
Taste is where this brew shines...not overly done in any one way, but well balanced. The roastiness dances ever so gently with the malty sweetness and enough hop to bitter it up in between. Dried cherries and some raisins as well. Finishes up very clean...mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style, but the carbonation is a bit low, to make this one go down too easy.
The 8% plus alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor, but does warm you up and could be a dangerous one if you had a sixer of this.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pt glass. The head is a nice rich tan, foams nice then fades to a thin lace. Color is a deep dark amber with red hues as it is held to the light.

Smell is of sweet roasted malt with a fruity yeast.

Taste is of sweet roasted malt caramel and some toffee. Reminds me a lot of the Paulaner Salvator but with an undetectable 8.5% ABV this is a very fine brew with a nice kick.

Mouthfeel is above average. Full body, rich and coating. Feels warming, the good carbonation with a medium hopy finish gives a slight bitter bite.

Drinkability is good. So watch out. No offenses smooth and creamy makes this a good drinking beer. Seems too me the sore I gave it is a little low, I don't think I should bump any thing up, but it dose range to the high end of the taste. Great DB for the Money but it is no Maximator.

Prost! MK

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Photo of copasetic
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice clear dark amber/mahogany color with very little head, isolated to a little ring of froth around the edge of the beer after a minute or so. The smell is rich malts and caramel with a slight whiff of hops. Taste is big, malty, and mouth-filling with a sweet sticky finish. Body is full, but not overly heavy and rather nice. After a moment of caramelly maltiness, it finishes fairly clean.

Pretty good doppelbock, and the hints of hops make it just a bit special. Not for mass consumption, but for a glass or two of enjoyment every now and then.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark ruby amber with a nice tan head.

Smell. very malty and sweet like other doppelbocks. a creamy aroma and spiced, some vanilla.

Taste. Slightly smokey and sweet. Very creamy, but still has a spice and pepperyness to it. Alchohl is quite present in all the flavors. Aftertaste is also sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice. Pretty full body. I said this beer has a creamy taste and aroma, but it just seems not as creamy when i think of the mouthfeel. Though the alcohol does give it a creaminess, it still has a slightly roughness to it with the carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer, and an above average doppelbock, imho. very tasty.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown - looks more like a DIPA than a doppelbock. Smells of sweet caramel and, malts, and the faintest hop aroma (wasn't really expecting that). Tastes like the style, but just doesnt have anything special to it to bring it out of the realm of ordinary. Fairly sweet up front with diminishing flavors as the beer travels to the rear of the palate. It's like a big budget movie with a story that goes *nowhere* (2 points if you catch the Seinfeld reference).

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Frankly, it's a fine brew, and one that I wouldn't mind drinking more regularly, but it just isnt near the level of some of the other fine doppelbocks out there.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely caramel color with little hints of reddish amber. The head started a tall and smooth manila, but then quickly fell to a thin film.

Smells of a caramel malt with a enticing smoky pecan. I was really huffing away at this one, and the harder I smelled, the more a sweet orange juice concentrate arose that perfectly complimented the caramel and nuts.

The nuttiness really comes through in the flavor with a little dash of brown sugar. This then effortlessly collapses into a dry hop that reminds me of lemon zest, black pepper and birch bark. I don’t think I’ve ever found these flavors together before.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit dense with a nice light carbonation.

This one is definitely best savored a bit on the warm side. So much of its identity is obscured fresh from the fridge, so let this one warm up a little for sure.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of creamy latte colored head sit over a reddish auburn brew. After it dissipated in about two minutes it left behind little specks of lacing.

S - Very peppery caramel malt and alcohol.

T - Malt mostly, caramel and burnt dominant, chocolate and light bodied underneath. A bit of grassy hops and black pepper as well. A bitter aftertaste surrounded by an overall caramel malty character. Abv is present, but is very, very mild. Simple and delicious.

M - Viscous, smooth and refreshing.

D - I never get tired of this one. Troegs has a gem in Troegenator. It is very easy to drink, perfect with so many foods and cheeses. This is one of the few beers I routinely come back to enjoy. In my opinion, this is the greatest doppelbock in the world.

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Photo of dutchboognish
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer many times before but only in bottles and this time it was from a growler. What a difference! I loved it before but the tastes just jump out this time. The biggest difference that the freshness made was a strong nutty flavor present in the beer, which I absolutely loved. There was also more head and it was longer lasting. Other than those things it was pretty similar to a bottle but that was enough to impress me thoroughly.

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Photo of AltBock
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle with a blue label and in the label is a circle stating the name of the beer. In the middle of the circle is what appears to me is the Goatman. The Goatman on the label has this dead stare with his mouth slightly open, like he might consider you food. There is no back label, but there is a neck label stating that it's a family owned brewery and they invite you to take a trip to the brewery for a free tour. The best part of the neck label is in the front they have these eyes staring back you with the caption "Awake the Troegenator" above it. Enough about the label now! Picked this up on a trip to PA.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, the beer was an ok dark brown amber color with a less than 1 inch head of fast fizzing away white foam. It did however leave some white lace and some white rings around the glass.

Smell: The smell was really the only big disappointment about this beer. Usually the good doppelbocks have loads of caramel and dark roasted malt in the aroma, but this one really didn't have much of any one of those. What this one had was some sweet malt with this juicy hoppy fruity undertone to it. It's something I would smell and immediately NOT think doppelbock!

Taste: Again I like my doppelbocks to rich in roasted malts and sweet caramel, but agian this one really didn't have much of that. What I noticed, this beer had a huge helping of sweet malts up front with some bitter hops after that. After all of those 2 flavors, there was strong alcohol bite to this. The alcohol must have been the Goatman on the label biting back! :-) It was bascially an ok doppelbock taste.

Mouthfeel: I believe this is full bodied, highly carbonated, and with a sweet malty and strong alcohol bite aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is not the best doppelbock in the world, but I think would come through in a pinch if you're desperate for a decent doppelbock. It's too bad the beer wasn't as good as the label, but at least it had a name with the doppelbock -ator suffix at the end.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fast pour and still no head. Deep clear amber color. Light foamy ring around the glass.

S: Malt aroma is fairly strong with notes of cherry and sweet corn.

T: Bready, caramel malt taste that has a light sweetness to it. Not overly complex, there is a very clean taste to this beer. I didn't realize the alcohol was all that strong really.

MF: Light to medium thickness, decent smoothness and carbonation.

D: The flavor of this beer wasn't too bad, but everything else about it kind of let me down. However, I am not a fan of dopplebocks, so don't take my word for it.

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Photo of kpw1000
4.76/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I confess that I have no prior exposure to particular style; this is my first double bock. Thus---reading the other, less favorable, reviews---I can't help but wonder if my experience allowed me to be won over too easily.

I loved it. Reading up on the style I think I expected a more bitter flavor, but the only bitterness I noted was the delightful hoppy bitterness. I expected a darker beer, but this was a nice reddish amber with a subtle, non-overpowering aroma. Perhaps, as a double bock, it was supposed to have more?

It was as the brothers describe the style, a "huge beer," almost a meal. I had poured it into a brandy snifter (helped retain what little head it had) and drank it while eating pizza; I wound up wanting only one slice. Yes, a meal. And the alcohol crept up on me, surprised me a little.

Others described this beer as not very complex---which seems appropriate to me---but I do not criticize it for that. It was extremely flavorful. Yes, twas perhaps a bit fruity, but that means ....?

Like most visitors to this site (it would appear), I favor the IPAs, the stouts, the brown ales. Yet this was an absolute delight.

I wonder if after trying more in this style, I'll come back and downgrade my rating. But why? I loved it! I have to believe I'll buy it again!

Nuff said.

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Photo of crwills
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clear red with not much head at all. No lacing.

Aroma is interesting for a doppelbock... apples and sour fruit, the usual sweet maltiness, and some fruity hop bite.

Taste is somewhat bland. Very malty, of course, but a bit grainy. Some darker fruits (but very faint), bread, and a little bit of hop presence. Alcohol is well hidden. Dull, mildly sweet aftertaste. Decent, if somewhat ligher than expected, mouthfeel.

Definitely not one of my favourite doppelbocks, but good to have in a local brewery (at least, it was local when I was working in NJ).

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1" beige head on top of a cola colored double bock. Some red against the light. Large bubbles. No retention, no lace.

S - Sweet and malty, just like a DB should be. Vinous undertone in the aroma.

T - Rich, round malt. Brown sugar. Lots of honey. Alcohol burn. One dimensial to the sweet side.

M - Full mouthfeel. Low to mid carbonation.

D - Decent drinkability. Thanks to Maltygoodness for this beer!

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Photo of normZurawski
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is ok, nothing remarkable. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent beer I enjoy drinking. But I don't think I'll pick it up again. It ranges between good and decent, thus the ratings. Appearance and drinkability are good. Smell, mouthfeel, and taste are good enough but nothing to write home about. It does well enough masking the relatively high ABV.

Definitely get malty and a hint of caramel with this, basically no hops. Finish is clean, but fades fast. Medium-rich body with the alcohol smoothly coming through in the body. Light sweetness but not much.

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Photo of seanmhogan
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a friend buy a case of this a little while ago, and he really picked out a good one. Gorgeous red amber coloring. Strong sweet malty beer. The alcohol really doesn't overpower the caramel, slightly fruity flavoring. Nice on a colder night. I will buy this beer again

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeously glowing titian, heavy on the orange-red portion of the color spectrum. The beer looks for all the world like a DIPA and is one of the lightest doppels that you'll see. The DIPA comparison even extends to the head, an orangish ecru affair that is heavily creamy, nicely tacky and deposits chunks and sheets of lace all over the upper portion of the glass.

The nose is a disappointment because none of the usual doppelbock aromas are present. In fact, I'm finding it hard to appreciate much, even when I get my nose within dipping distance of the beer. What I do smell is more like a maibock than a doppel: blond malt with a smattering of earthy, slightly spicy hops. Chocolate malt is in use, but you'd never be able to prove it by me.

The flavor is somewhere between the extremes of appearance and aroma in terms of quality, but I'll be damned if Troegenator isn't a dead ringer for a maibock/helles bock. What was a sneaking suspicion in the nose is a dead cert on the palate. The blond malt backbone is decently sturdy, though the whole 'meal in a bottle' thing doesn't really apply in this case.

Good use of hops (Hallertau for those keeping score) with a fair amount of bitterness that is able to cut what could have been an overdone malty sweetness. The beer is a little fruity as well, but there's no hint of chocolate, coffee, etc. that could be attributed to roasted malt. The finish is a gradual lessening of what came before and adds nothing of interest.

The body/mouthfeel is a high point, though not as lofty as the appearance. It's medium-full with a lithe smoothness that I'm enjoying a great deal. A restrained amount of carbonation only adds to its likeability. No trace of the 8.2% ABV can be found.

Troegenator Double Bock (like Boston Beer Company, Troegs insists on using the Anglicized version of the name) isn't much of a doppelbock, but is a pretty fair maibock. Worth a look.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark bronze, almost brown, body, topped by a fistful of off-white soft edged foam. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is candy sweet and bread twirling together, hints at an alcoholic punch to follow, but also invites.

Taste is caramely sweet, not terribly though, and also a bit bready, yeasty. Not as big a taste as you might expect.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, lacks a bit of gravity. That does aid drinkability though.

Not a big huge example of the style, but a pleasing one.

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