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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002

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Ratings: 408 | Reviews: 229
Photo of soundman090
4.31/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look, aroma, and flavor. Nice and Smooth finish. Very drinkable.

Photo of jbradburn
1.46/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Whoa... this isn't a dopplebock. too thin for look and feel. Aroma is off and has a bit of a lemony flavor. If it wasn't for the dark color, I would think this was a shandy. Sorry, Leinenkugel's, not sure what you were shooting for.

Photo of Treyliff
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap

Pours a murky brownish color with a small fizzy white head that has decent retention. Smells of roasted malt, artificial caramel and burnt brown sugar. Tastes nothing like a doppelbock, it's sweet but not that signature caramel/toffee/dark fruit that you expect of the style. Medium body and carbonation with a slightly foamy mouthfeel. This certainly isn't an ideal doppelbock, it was drinkable but very boring

Photo of DevAJ
2.49/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what to think of this. I certainly wouldn't consider it a doppel though, that's for sure. The smell is quite strange and it's a little more burnt tasting than I was expecting, which I suppose I should have guessed given it's low abv. If this would have been marketed as a plain old dark lager (in the style of Heineken Dark) it maybe would have gotten a higher score from me, but as a doppelbock this isn't even close in my opinion.

Photo of alexvhrk
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I always try Leinenkugals flavors as they come out. I know this has been around a while but there are many Leine's I've not had because they are only available seasonably.

Pours overall calmly and smooth with a rusty copper body and a small bubbly white head. Sweet aroma, like a soda. This beer has a 5 barely blend and still somehow doesn't have as much taste as one would expect. The flavor that does exist is indeed complex. Roasted barely with honey and maybe a wood touch as well. Almost made my mouth sticky feeling.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.79/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from Green's, poured into snifter glass.
A: pours a thin (-1) off white foam head, coca cola body color, a few bubbles of carbonation
S: warm roasted malt, caramel
M: medium body, some carbonation
T: slight burnt malt, caramel, some coca cola flavor, some spice flavor, thin flavor overall, dry finish
O: Good brew, session-able brew.

Photo of KYGunner
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For as weak as this is the flavor can be a bit intricate. There's an interesting burnt wood, roasted barley, chocolate malt, bubblegum, molasses, sorghum, roasted nut, Graham cracker and honey. Sounds complex but it's not a great combination; just very interesting.

Photo of beergoot
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Copper-red body; thin, foamy head. Very slight malt aroma; a twinge of cinnamon-like spice. Fair caramel malt flavor; faint trace of vanilla; cola. Thin, overly carbonated body; semi-sweet finish.

A very lightweight, thin and uninspiring doppelbock. There is a definite lack of body and flavor for the style. The ABV is really low for a doppelbock as well and greatly detracts from the overall quality of this beverage. Drinkable but hardly worth a return visit.

Photo of goochpunch
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, leathery brown with almost no head. Smell overall is very faint. There's a light graininess and some roast. Flavor is malty, with light roast and toast. I pick up some nutty grain and caramel, as well. Body is light with moderate carbonation. This is decent, but a doppelbock?

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.51/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour in a large snifter.
Pleasing reddish caramel color with no head and light lacing.
It has a citrus/cardamum smell. Very nice.
I really like the flavor and it drinks very easily.
Perfect for a bonfire.

Photo of jbierling
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin mouthfeel low ABV but oddly tastes alcoholic. Very little head.

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz.bottle dated April 2015.

Pours a dark reddish brown, excellent clarity, with a small light tan head. Head reduces quickly to a thin ring.

Smell: fine, rich, malty aroma with suggestions of dark bread and chocolate.

Taste: Milder that the aroma suggests. Slightly sweet.

Medium body with some bite rather low carbonation.

O - Not bad, but rather mild flavor for style.

Photo of tjsmith910
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5 rating on look bed of label. lol. pour was nice too

Photo of Suds
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a rich chestnut color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is toasty, with a little malt. Mould be more intense. Same for the taste...sweetness and some mealtimes, but not the strength of flavor that I expect from the style. Medium in body and underwhelming.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's alright, it isn't a typical dopplebock, it has a creamy caramel favour to it. However it has a tart after taste.

Photo of Mrose78
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was ok but did have that macro brew feel.

Photo of sagefool
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good...just not typical of what I've come to expect from the style. Don't buy it as a Doppelbock. Maybe inbetween a brown ale or bock.

I've had both the Ayinger Celebrator and Spaten Optimator. This doesn't come close.

It's better than a Shiner Bock...more filling. Some may deduct points because Leine's are an SABMiller product. I'm not going to do that.

A nice, filling beer which is above your average beer (even some craft stuff I've had), but is in no way indicative of the style.

I wouldn't be embarrassed to bring it to a gathering, but It doesn't even rate as a Doppelbock.

Photo of Elaineblo
4.24/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was around a couple years back and has sense been re-crafted, I must say I rather enjoy it. Taste's like it is mixed with a new castle and oatmeal stout very rich in flavor. You can't drink more then a couple because its really filling, but the taste is good if you like strong beer.

Dark beer
Strong flavor

Photo of shaverandrew15
2.56/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had hoped this was going to be a good beer from Linenkugel's. It tastes like some adjunct junk.

Photo of supervike
2.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's a gorgeous light brown transparent color. The smell is sharp and metallic, maybe coppery and the tang of yeast. There is a nice hint of malt, but that metallic taste overpowers it...but overall the taste is thin and not complex. I'm not too well versed in Doppelbock style, but I can't imagine this is a shining example. I wouldn't turn down a free one, and it goes well with some beer nuts....

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent doppelbock but not my favorite style.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle. This brew pours a crystal clear brownish red with a nice off white head of tight beaded foam that settles to a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of some of the usual suspects. Rich caramel malts, a hint of toffee, a little bit of nuttiness, and a hint of raisins. Absent would be the bread notes. Flavors follow the nose with sweetly roasted malts, a light raisin flavor to the rear, and a light nutty aftertaste. Still absent is the liquid bread goodness known in the style. Finishes lightly sweet and roasted. Makes a decent enough session brew, but a little lacking in the doppelbock category.

Photo of Mrbseward
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a beautiful dark brown color with a finger width light brown head. Smells of malts, some roasted caramel, maybe a hint of nuts. Taste is nice and smooth, has a warm caramel taste, very smooth feel. Overall a very good, easy to drink beer.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.92/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I have to admit being a Leines beer I did not have sky high expectations and I'm sad to report I was not disappointed. I knew something was up with the light-medium caramel color. He aroma was sweet with malt and bread. The taste made me conjure one thought "My ass this is a dopplebock"! If this was labeled as a marzen that would make sense, but the taste just doesn't match the style. I don't think I'll go back to this one.

Photo of ChrisFurlowLSU
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looked good in the glass, even smelled alright for a doppelbock. But, could have used a little more flavor and the mouthfeel was a little thin for my liking. Very easy drinking, sessionable beer, though.

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.