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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,770
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 107
Gots: 412 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 2,770 | Reviews: 1,059
Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even if it doesn't amount to much otherwise, Troegenator is gorgeous beer. It pours a darker brown color. Looks a bit like cola. It's very clear and a little light reveals stunning deep ruby highlights. It's topped with a light caramel colored head that stands over two fingers tall and takes quite a while to dissipate. Very thick, sticky waves of lace appear as the beer descends. Nicely done.

The nose is very malty and slightly sweet. Chocolate malts are noted and have a slightly sweet and cocoa-like flavor. There might be a faint amount of roasted malt. I can't tell for certain. If so, it's clearly secondary to the chocolate variety. A hint of dark fruit is noted (smells mostly like plum). Hops are present, but are a little buried. Nonetheless, I'm always pleased to announce their presence. Alcohol is masked well and is not noticeable. Not bad at all.

The flavor profile is a little more impressive than the nose, but not so much that it warrants a bump in score. It is nice and malty. Chocolate malts give it a mix of sweet and bittersweet flavors. I'm not picking up any roasted malt at all here. Plum is noted, but is a secondary component that plays its role really well. It gives it a slightly tangy, acidic flavor. I like it. Hops are much more pronounced here and give it a nice bitter flavor early. I'm a little surprised that they have such a bitter flavor given the amount of malt. It's a little yeasty toward the end. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but is hidden well for an 8.2% beer. Finishes a little sweet with a spicy hop surge.

Troegenator has a medium body that leans thick. It's smooth and benefits a great deal from light, restrained carbonation. It's not quite creamy, but it's not far. Drinkability is good. The flavor is pretty deep and satisfying. For an 8.2% abv beer, it goes down a little too easy. I'm having no trouble with this bomber, but I doubt I'd crack open another...even if it was Friday night.

Troegenator is a pretty impressive Doppelbock in all respects. There's more than an ample amount of flavor here and there aren't any big missteps along the way. It's not a huge standout in terms of flavor. But, it is a very well assembled beer and a good representation of the style. Troegs has made better and worse. But, this one's pretty damn far above average and is definitely worth checking out.

Photo of theghost3
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with a deep red glow. Smell is caramel malts and brown sugar. The taste is strong of brown sugar and malt with some fruits and spice. Mouthfeel is a little acidic, heavy but clean. This is a drinkable beer but very rich. I wouldn't recommend having more than a couple given its higher-than-average ABV and heaviness.

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

Ba Review #66
Served On: 9/21/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

I’ve been in the mood for dark beers lately. I've had this one in the fridge for a while. This was from a 6 pack I found a few months ago at Mountain Liquors on route 15 at the PA and Maryland line.

Look: Hazy caramel brown color. Zero carbonation. Had a 2 finger head of tight tan bubbles. Head receded quickly.

Smell: Dark fruits like raison or plum. Heavy notes of biscuit, brown sugar and spice. Slight hops in the background; also some booziness. The intense pungency of this beer reminded me of a barley wine – like Flying Dog’s Horn Dog.

Taste: First was a heavy malty sweetness (again like a barley wine). Middle of the palate was a spicy brown sugar and some nutty notes. The finish was rather light in comparison to the rest of the palate. Brown sugar and spice lingered for a moment and then an alcohol warming sensation took over. It was a dry finish with the dark fruits reappearing and a faint sweetness.

This was a pungent brew that had qualities of a barley wine. The typical larger character common to the Bock style was not really present. Regardless it is a very complex and flavorful beer. I would say this beer would certainly age well - even being of the lager variety.


Vintage Notes:

Ba Review #66.5
Served On: 10/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Date/ Code: 04/15/11

I thought I would add some bonus material to my original review that includes tasting notes on a cellared bottle with about 18 months on it.

Look: Appearance did not change much from the fresh bottle, other than the clarity level was higher. Carbonation was still rather low and the head also seemed the same as the fresh version.

Smell: The 2011 vintage had a slightly sweeter nose, as the lager quality seemed to be lost in a syrupy sweetness. The original brown sugar scent seemed to take on more of a caramelized quality with age.

Taste: The beer mellowed out quite well with some of the spice and dark fruits moving into more of a mild caramel with a lager biscuit hitting somewhere towards the middle. The alcohol warmth was completely gone. The finish had faint dark fruits with the sweetness hanging on.

This was my first attempt at cellaring a lager style. The main noticeable difference from its fresh counterpart seemed to be the elevated sweetness, while the original pungent qualities seemed to combine into one smooth continuous palate with the familiar dark fruits and sweetness hitting at the end.

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

Bought this bottle approximately 6 months ago, its been in the basement since then. A vigorous pour gives 1 finger of foam which quickly settles to 1 mm of head. Red and caramel colored with lots of small bubbles.

Smell is malty brown sugar and liquorice.

Taste is like the smell, malts brown sugar, just a little smokey with some roasted flavor, some alcohol, and just faintly yeasty.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, overall pretty balanced, and a good beer to have with a meal. Im glad I tried it, but nothing super special.

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

Deep ruby brown thin but effervescent head. Big bubble floating through keep a constant puddle of lace.

Toasty deep malt character. Slightly metallic and yeasty. Mellow dark fruit.

Toasty sweet malt dominates. Minuscule bitterness but the hops are still present.Gets pretty juicy right before a candied astringency finishes it off. The bitterness of the hops supersedes the finish but almost instantly transitions back to the malts.

Smooth and somewhat creamy. The juicy dry finish makes me keep sipping.

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

Poured out a nice orange amber color with a big creamy head. Complex aroma of caramel fruits and malt. Not overwhelming though. There's some grassy hops in there, too. The taste is very nice - rich with complex flavors and malty sweet. Very drinkable and the beer has hidden the alcohol well. A very nice and flavorful Dopplebock.

Photo of Marty30
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A. A clear blackcherry body with a small off-white head,that quickly dissapears. Spotty lacing.

S. I get some ripe cherries upfront,followed by caramel and a bit of toffee.

T. Hand&hand with the smell. Kind of sweet cherries with a small amount of caramel and toffee. I get a touch of alchohol in the finish.

M. Nice and crisp very well carbonated for the style,it's just enough. Good medium feel, kind of a sweet beer with a nice bite in the end.

Overall this is one of my favorite lagers,I usually get a sixer about once a month. Very good lager!

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

pooured nice and full into the glass. nice head and steady carbonation. rich malty aroma and taste. this is a good smooth drinking beer. some chewy nutty malt feel to it. i expected the alcohol to be strong but it was just fine and smooth.

suckem up and movem out.


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

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a cystal clear dark amber color, almost brown but not quite. The head formed one finger thick, and retained nicely.

Aroma: Very sweet dark fruits with some alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front transitions to dark fruit in the middle. The fruit turns dry in the finish, lingering for a little bit. There's also a slight alcohol warming at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but very smooth, almost creamy. The carbonation was subdued, and with the strong flavors that fit nicely.

Overall: This would taste excellent on a cold winter's night. A little sweet for my taste, but I still enjoyed it.

Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with a nice white head that goes away fairly quickly and leaving a amount of lacing.

S- Strong sweet malts, bready, some sort of dark fruit smell and a touch of alcohol.

T- Lots of sweet malts and bread, with a light alcohol, then a hint of darker fruit sweetness, maybe dates or raisins. Very good

M- Medium in body, right amount of carbonation and feels really good.

D- I enjoyed this one. Went down pretty easy and smooth. I would normally sip a doppelbock but this one was just good enough to disappear pretty quick.

Photo of Risenhower
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear deep amber brown color with an off white head filling 1/3 of the glass. Decent head retention and very good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a malty and caramely flavor to it with some nice cocoa and chocolate coming through a bit as well. Moderately sweet and bready. Very flavorful and appealing aroma to it.

The taste shows a lot of caramel flavors with some nuttiness and cocoa flavors to it as well. Like the nose it's on the sweeter side and bready. The finish has some bitterness to it to help it from becoming too sweet. All the flavors work excellently together and it's very delicious overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little below average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent beer overall. It's very flavorful and well balanced for the style. It doesn't feel like a big beer either and went down remarkably smooth. Very good overall.

Photo of seanmhogan
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish color with half inch of tan head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Hardly any lacing is left on the glass. Good aroma with a toffee malt element taking charge. Hints of nuts, probably almonds is also quite noticeable. Strong malt flavor as well. Toffee and almonds being the most noticeable elements. Not as sweet as other doppelbocks. Alcohol is completely hidden. The body is not as full and rich as I would like. Still maintains some substance and a nice soft carbonation. More drinkable than other doppelbocks because it is not as sweet. The alcohol being as hidden as it is could make this one sneak up on the drinker.

Photo of BoozeHound81
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice almost Mahogany color, not much head wise. The taste almost reminds me a of a trailmix snack bar,minus the sweetness. I got heavy notes of fruity goodness in the smell.Finishes a tad dry,only wanting another swallow to test that dryness again. Tasty brew overall.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Mason jar. I had this on draft at the Penguin a few days ago but wasn't in the mood to take notes. It was good then - let's see how it is from the bottle...

Slightly burnt butter-colored head - about a finger high. Goes somewhat quickly but 1/2 finger sticks around. Body is clear copper bourbon with sparse carbonation.

Sweet Doppel perfume has husky malt tannins and nice Germanic character. Good hop pine and maybe a touch of grass make a collective appearance. Alcohol and sweet brown sugar mix it up nicely.

Good steady Eddie doppelbock. Nice light roast to the dark Germanic malt. Hop pine is a mild counterweight. I know the alcohol is there but it really doesn't show itself on the palate. This effort is a firm construct.

Even-keeled, this is. Not too heavy, not too clammy...maybe a little light but more or less just right. No sting, bite or burn. Very pleasant.

Doppelbocks are usually a little heavy inherently. Maybe this one doesn't have the sweet spice that those stellar traditional German examples offer up but it's solid as hell and even better on tap.

Photo of leeenglewood
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rather respectable dopple with malt being cables that keeps this bridge afloat. Smelled of chocolaty sweet malts no noticeable hops in the nose but that goes along with the style. Beer was having a problem being poured and would foam over almost every time that is was poured so had just a slight carbonation with it finally settled so the initial pour had a huge head but when I was finally served it just had a little head on it. Taste is of sweet chocolaty malt no real alcohol flare and mouthful is thick and nourishing. Tastes to good to be this strong.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark tan/mahogany with visible carbonation and a one finger light tan head that fades to a sticky ring. No lacing at all.

The smell is extremely fruity, with notes of cherries, raspberries, plums and raisins, as well as lots of caramel and toffee. There's a whiff of booze as well.

Taste begins with sweet caramel and toffee, with just a hint of chocolate, before some prune and cherry flavors. Alcohol is relatively well-hidden, providing a bit of heat mid-palette. Finishes rather dry, with some bitter hops.

Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. Pretty creamy and viscous.

Drinkable, but a bit sweet, and the alcohol does creep up on you.

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass No date found.
Pours a clear, deep amber color with a little more than a finger width of head. Doesn't stick around long and leaves very little evidence, however. Has a great malt nose with a mix of sweet notes like caramel and toffee and some roasted nutty/earth scents. Taste is delicious and a bit unique for the style. The ratio of hops to malt is fairly balanced with some earthy/spicy hops making an appearance in the palate. Has a full mouthfeel without feeling heavy or chewy. Consistent the whole way through. A fantastic offering from Troegs and a personal favorite of mine.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Traquairlover, thanks for the hookup.
Very clear red brown with a nice light tan head. Good lacing on the glass.
Nose full of sweet dark fruit and a just a hint of alcohol. Just what you'd expect from a doppelbock.
The flavor is pretty much spot on for the style. The malt profile is not as big as one would expect but I do taste some caramel malt, some butterscotch, and a hint of hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side but not unpleasant.
A little bit of an alcohol burn detracts from the drinkability and the alcohol is hitting me pretty hard so I wouldn't call this the most drinkable beer.
A decent beer, not the best I've had from Troegs(Nugget Nectar and Mad Elf are definitely better imo). Still there aren't a ton of good American doppelbocks out there so I'm glad to have a chance to have tried this one.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with ruby red highlights. Its tan head quickly dissipates.

Smells of caramel, molasses, whole grain bread & dark fruit.

Thick rich malt flavor - caramel & molasses followed by a nice sting of carbonation. Finishes with a bitter molasses & tart fruit bite = very nice. An excellent double bock that is priced very reasonably.

Photo of Cavery
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with Klym, Bottle courtesy of GoGators! Thanks for the extras.

A: Glazed red wood finishes with a fair amount of smokey black/brown colors. The visual gives off this very fancy wood vibe. Thin micro-bubble film stays around the edge of the glass. Not much of a head to speak or, nor is there any visible lacing.

S: Lots of figs, dates, and prunes in this juice. The sugars are in check, but it still comes off quite naturally sweet. There's a lightness to the nose that suggests this will be more juice like, rather than one of those Date Shakes you can find at sketchy stores around where I live. A slightly gritty/sand quality to the nose that adds a bit of complexity.

T: Date jam on mellowed woods. There's definitely a woodiness to the taste that is unexpected, it really mellows out the dark fruit to bring a pretty out solid flavor. The transition is pretty much dominated by the dark fruit to wood, but it's a solid transition. Spiced cherries and cardamom are a bit more hidden. The woody control of the bitterness and sweetness makes for a remarkably balanced dark fruit jam. After revisiting the spice cabinet, I'd say cardamom is really the dominant woody flavor I get. A very nice spice on the jams.

M: A very solid mouth to compliment the dark jam theme. The body is medium-full while still maintaining the doppelbock style. The bubbles are soft and fine, reminds me of cheese cloth or some other very fine knit material. Not too drying, but not wet, the alcohol coats the mouth a bit, but really just adds to that jam character. Very well executed body for the style.

O: I like this, there's a lot of spice character to the nose and flavor that really fits the body very well. Well rounded, and a nice handling of a style that can be a bit monotone with its dark fruit notes. This is definitely dark fruit jams, and not a two tone date/fig bomb. The cardamom spice flavor gains complexity as it falls into a mellow woody flavor. An earthy dark fruit spread that I wouldn't mind having on rustic bread. The mouth feel and taste make this a likeable offering.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Rubied light brown, decent head with ridiculous lacing. I'm trying three Doppelbocks today, and this is the lightest of them, by far. Seems a bit off-style.

S: Alcohol-soaked grapes, hazelnut coffee, a touch of caramel and a hint of banana. The nose is pretty faint, but that's not overly problematic.

T: Really well-blended flavors. Light coffee, raisins, banana and brown sugar/caramel. The sweetness here is well-tempered by peppery alcohol and grassy hops. Well-rounded.

M: A bit cloying on the palate, with some real sugary lingerings. With such a well-blended flavor profile, it's a darn shame that the least mature flavors stick around.

D: The flavors were nice, but the cloying stickiness made me lose a lot of steam moving through this one.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of atsprings
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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