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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 214
Hads: 470
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 12
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock | 5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002

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Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brownish copper with very little head. The nose is mildly bready. The flavor profile has a little breadiness and a little nuttiness accompanied by a touch of caramel. The finish is slightly sweet.

This offering is comparatively thin and relatively weak for the style - that is my only beef.

And, of course, this is a union-made craft beer. That is important to me apart from how it tastes.

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Photo of Myotus
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (best by date 04Apr16) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 02Feb16.
LOOK: The khaki foam head actually surpassed the boundries of the glass and began to overflow. This forced me to quickly drink the foam head and thus, I am unable to properly rate the foam aspect of the beer. Dark brown in color with an abundance of small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and mostly thick with some areas being very thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of caramel, figs, plums, and neutral-scented hand soap combine with subtle toast and car exhaust aromas to create a disappointing aroma for a beer claiming to be one of my favorite styles.
TASTE: Mild fig, caramel, and plum flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild flavors of toast. Subtle spicy hop flavors and hints of neutral-scented hand soap flavors enter last as fig, plum, and toast flavors persist, but caramel flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: This smelled like a terrible hybrid between Adjunct Lager and Doppelbock. This tasted like a mediocre Doppelbock. Would not buy again, but I recommend to anyone curious about the style as this is a very mild version of the style. Jumping straight into a great Doppelbock might not be for everybody.

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Photo of Cyrano41
3.87/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am a fan of the style and even though Leinenkugel isn't always respected in BA circles, I think they did a fine job with this one. It isn't as rich or complex as the best of the style, the flavors are there. I will recommend this to my friends and have a few more of my own. I think the easy drink-ability is a plus and it means I have another beer I can give to my none BA friends without fear of overwhelming them.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a dark brown-mahogany color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a lighter level of retention fading rather fast to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is lighter overall and consists mainly of a caramel and molasses aroma. Along with these smells are some light bready smells as well as a hint of darker fruits of raisin and plum.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty taste that is mainly of a toasted bready taste. Along with this flavor are some sweeter tastes of caramel, molasses, and a light dark fruit taste. As the taste advances the malt fades a little bit with a bit more molasses and dark fruit, as well as a little bit of hay coming to the tongue. These tastes take the taste to the end to leave one with a moderately dark, sweet, and malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side for a doppelbock with a carbonation level that is medium. For the lower abv. of only 5.7 % the feel was decently appropriate, although for the style a thinner carbonation and thicker body would have accentuated the malt and sweet more nicely.

Overall – A decent brew overall. It has a malty and sweet taste of a doppel all while not being as potent as most. Still it lacked some depth of flavor and feel that a bigger doppel may contain (if done right). Not bad, but nothing superb either.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel Big Butt Doppelbock.

One of those " getting paid at midnight so it's time to relieve myself of all these loose $1's " kinda night. I don't have very high hopes for any of the seven brews I picked up tonight so I guess we'll see what we get. Only spent a total of $12 and some change for seven beers so I wouldn't complain too much.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Pours like a coca cola with a finger of darker than usual off white head that only sticks around about a minute before dying down to a thin ring amongst the outer edges. Cloud formation amongst the top of the swill is weak. Carbonation appears to be about moderate as expected. No lacing amongst and empty glass.

Smell - Big notes of brown sugar immediately which surprised me since I didn't expect it. A healthy dosage of chocolate as well with just a touch of uhh..'cheapness' to remind you that this isn't a $5 a bottle German doppelbock. Heavy raisin presence as the brew warms up. Not nearly as bad a smell as I was expecting to be completely honest.

Taste - The flavor profile consists of everything mentioned in the nose. Chocolate is first up to bat followed by the sugar which melds together quite nicely. Raisins also show their face as well. Also getting just a small amount of some coffee ground like aspects and a bit of the cheaper grain as expected from a Leine.

Feel - The body is quite thin and the carbonation is exceptionally high. Flavors remain much the same in the mouth and the beer swallows easily with bubbly carbonation as it slides down. Beer is very drying as well.

Overall - This was actually pretty pleasant for a single bottle of beer I bought for a meager $1.59. Leine actually makes some alright darker beers. This reminded me of a stout ' light ' if that makes any sense. Isn't earth shattering, but it deserves a higher score than it has on here. I could easily toss back a sixer or even a twelve pack of cans. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion..

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours reddish brown with a nice cream white head. Smells of dark roasted grain, very slight chocolate. Tastes of malty dark grain with slight berry and very slight chocolate. Beer is light bodied, nicely carbonated, clean finish. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. The color is a deep amber with ruby red hues and a thick, milk-colored head and lacing that quickly dissipated. The most prevalent smell is a bready, yeasty malt. There is also a slight peppery smell. The taste is quite sweet for a doppelbock: some caramel and some cherry or raisin. There is also a sourness at the finish typical of a doppelbock. This is a pleasantly carbonated beer that is very easy to drink at only 5.7% ABV. Overall, it is pleasant but unremarkable.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting: Doesn't really taste like a classic doppelbock in the german sense: (Salvator, Celebrator, Optimator, etc), but it's actually pretty drinkable. (Maybe somewhere between a doppelbock and black beer in reality.) Some doppel-like sweetness upfront, but not really a lasting one and no bitterness at the close + pretty pedestrian ABV. Maybe a note or two of "metal" early on that thankfully seemed to dissipate. Pretty smooth overall. Not much head or lacing. Noticed a pretty big carbonation pop when the cap was removed. Had with pizza & would drink it again, although I might lean toward having an actual black beer (New Belgium's 1554 for instance), if I wanted something with this type of taste profile and reserve my Doppel-choices for the above.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, deep, dark mahogany color, with two fingers of oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked bread and cereal. There’s quite a bit of brown sugar and black pepper, and that true-to-style touch of vinegar that are present in most doppelbocks as well as touches of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, currents and prunes.

Taste: Really quite nice, especially for a Leinenkugel’s beer! Great malty flavors up front, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of the raisin, current and prune-like dried stone fruit flavors and the black pepper. Finally, the beer finishes with a touch of that true-to-style touch of vinegar and a touch of floral, piney, slightly resin hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and really, smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice doppelbock, but not great. It’s very tasty and smooth, and pretty well true-to-style. Actually, I’m amazed that its brewed by Leinenkugles as its better than any of their other beers. It’s almost as if another brewery brewed it, rather than Leiny’s. That being said, I’d probably not get it again, as there are many, many, better doppelbocks out there, Tommyknocker’s Butt-head for one that’s American-brewed, and any of the German-brewed ones, that when I’m in the mood for a doppelbocks, I’ll reach for one of those. However, I’d not turn down this Leinenkugel’s doppelbock if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A rich and dark reddish appearance. A little yeasty and a mild hint of hops. It has an airy quality at first, then everything just fades away with no aftertaste whatsoever.

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Photo of captainhowdy39
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

If I was to base my review soley on this being a dopplebock, the score would be a 1.5, This is in not a very good representation of that style. I did however give it a better score because I found it to be a very nice easy drinking brown ale, which is what it should be marketed as,Taste was malty, nutty with some caramel.It was a thin beer with a thin white head. I would buy again for the price I got it at.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a light head. The smell is full of roasted and nutty scents. The taste is heavy with molasses and caramel but has a fairly clean finish regardless. Very nice for colder nights.

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Photo of jbradburn
1.46/5  rDev -54.2%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of DevAJ
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of alexvhrk
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.54/5  rDev +11%
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?

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.51/5  rDev +41.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of sagefool
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Elaineblo
4.24/5  rDev +32.9%
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

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.