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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Nice looking beer. Inch thick head. Dark orange/amber color.

Aromas of sweet malts, some caramel, some molasses.

Taste was good. HIt the spot on a cool evening. Sweet malt, not much bitterness, Typical doppelbock flavor, but not overly sweet. Quite balanced, actually.

Mouthfeel is good. Very smooth with mild carbonation to keep it fresh.

Overall I really liked this beer. It wasn't overly sweet, as some doppelbocks can be, yet still had a nice doppelbock flavor, making the beer very drinkable.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a small head. Lots of malt in the nose, with a hint of hops. Taste is very malty, much like a doppelbock should be. Very light amount of carbonation with helps the delicious malts seep through. Very good example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This looked and smelled wonderful, but the taste and mouthfeel just weren't there. I felt so, anyway. It poured the caramel amber colour of 100's of other doppelbocks with a big fluffly sand coloured head. Lots of sticky lacing. It looked nice. The smell was quite lovely, as well. Plenty of sweet roasted malts, some brown sugar, heavy maple presence. I was quite excited at this point. Taste had sweet malts and a bit of a dry finish, but quite honestly, it was very dull and empty. Lifeless and unexciting. Ho-hum. Mouthfeel was very thing for the style, I thought. My overall opinion of the beer was very average and boring.

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

appearance: Pours a low, light khaki head into my fine Great Taste of the Midwest tasting glass. The beer is an orange medium-brown in color.

smell: At first I get notes of toffee and walnut cake, followed by banana pudding with soggy vanilla wafers and a touch of caramel malt. There is a low, papery hop aroma. A hint of ethanol emerges only as the beer warms.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and a lighter medium in body.

taste: Light, nutty malts with unexpected notes of banana bread. There is a negligible, lightly tealike hop flavor. Not much to it really, but tasty.

drinkability: pretty easy, alcohol well hidden

The third beer in the lineup at a doppelbock tasting with the three BAs below, provided by expatsteve

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lugged back from PA by expatsteve and split aming him, Blackie, dirtylou and myself over an impromptu bock session.

Pour: ruby-amber, crystal clarity, minimal toffee-tan head.

Nose: lactic/diacetyl cinnamon-caramel, toasty biscuity malts and a sprinkle of cocoa.

Taste: sweet, winter warmer-esque spice, caramel toffee bock malts, nuts and a metallic fruit finish.

Feel: creamy, smooth body, fine carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: sweet, nutty, spicy - not what you expect in a doppelbock, but interesting nonetheless. 8.2% booze is all but invisible, so kudos for that. Not a bad offering from Troegs, but it struggles to compete with some of the other doppels we drank that day.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby and orange color with some tan hues. Pours without much fanfare, without much head or lacing. Thinner body, with good visibility.

Aroma: Bready malts, with what smells like some diacetyl notes. Raisins, caramel, creamy full nose. Some mild orange developments.

Taste: Some buttery notes upfront with some grassy notes middle and back. Caramel and golden raisins, with some hops pepper, orange and honey. Light, with exceptional masking of the booze.

Mouthfeel: Low creamy carbonation nonetheless reveals a slightly thin body, without enough characteristic sweetness to the malt. Easy enough to drink, with a bready finish.

Drinkability: Good; solid with in the style and easy to put away. THe first time I had this it seemed very bitter with too much cocoa, while this time the diacetyl notes were a little distracting. Good for a regularly available beer, but a little thin and underdeveloped for the style.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with Blackie, Expatsteve, and golden2wenty1 during a recent doppelbock session

appearance: poured into a 2006 great taste tasting glass...pours a light mahogany-amber, much more down to earth than the previous pouring of liberator...light beige head with not much lace

smell: my first reaction was that this was a well done, but pretty standard doppelbock...sweet apple aromas dominate for me, dried fruit, light almond aroma

taste: nice sweetness level, lightly toasted grain/malt, butterscotch, faint banana, booze almost non-existent for 8.2%, dried fruit, raisin, plum

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, abv completely hidden

drinkability: fine for the style

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber to brown in color with a very small amount of off white head that fades quickly. Aroma is a very nice big malty sweetness like cooking up a rich wort. There are also a nice aroma of dried fruits, prunes, raisins and strawberries. Taste follows with big rich sweet maltiness and prunes. Light to medium in body there is a little slickness on the palette with a slightly drying finish. This ber was like dessert, a nice malty treat, very enjoyable.

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Photo of mjc410
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my La Moneuse tulip builds a two finger, boisterous head that quickly falls to a light tan glass ring. The beer's color is a dark ruby-brown. Head retention is the cause for lost points here, even though it does manage to lace a bit.

Edit: another bottle, poured into my stein, exhibits marvelous, rocky, the whole-length-of-drinking-experience longevity. A 5.

Smells strongly of sweet caramel malt. No aroma of alcohol spice. Raisiny, dark berries, etc. Enticing.

Taste is immediately of cocoa, followed by intense dark fruit, and ending in a great malt flavor. Flavor is slightly vinous, and very juicy-sweet, throughout. Manages to leave a wheat toast aftertaste - very nice! I only pick up on a lisht hop bitterness (probably just enough to keep the malt in check). Also, there's a nutty taste which I picked up on late, almost like pecans and walnuts.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for a doppelbock, but very smooth, owing to only mild carbonation.

Overall, a nice, strong db that hides its alcohol very well. I'll reach for another - I bought a case!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brown amber with a thin off white head.

S - Caramel, dark fruits, slight breadiness.

T - Sweet malt, caramel, hint of dark fruits with a slight hint of alcohol also. The flavors are not as pronounced as other dopplebocks I have had.

M - A little on thin side of moderate. Slightly watery compared to other dopplebocks.

D - A solid dopplebock but it seemed a little light for the style. Very easy drinker for 8%+.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

anyone notice that the guy on the label has a cock for a nose?


clear reddish amber pour. thin, creamy constant head. a beautiful beer for being so still, but lacking somewhat in excitement. lacing happens, slowly, some dissolves... average.

sure smells like a dopple. woody malt aroma evokes large amounts of grain. carob syrup and a weird, yeasty version of a protein shake emerge in the scent here. on-target but perhaps a bit overdone in terms of maltiness. wow.

tastes good though.. measures up to its german counterparts. a bit sour, a bit caramelly, and the rest earthy dirt with almost NO hop presence whatsoever. if you asked me what caramels for diabetics would taste like, i'd probably liken that to this beer experience. for 8%, this goes down smooth and the mouthfeel is rather silky as well... it exhibits a perfect level of carbonation. the way this beer feels going down is the best thing its got going.

again, another above average beer from troegs. not their best though. still ok. then again, i'm weaned on liberator.

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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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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.