Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 10
Gots: 93 | 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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Photo of Marraybay
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.52/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of weaverd33
4.23/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was simply and easy drinking beer.

Photo of captainhowdy39
3.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of FrothFanatic
1.82/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Mediocrity at best. Worth a taste for those who want to try everything they can get their hands on but I certainly wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of seanberger
3.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second favorite beer. It was dark and smooth.

Photo of SteveCarrozza
1/5  rDev -69%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got nothing from this. Nothing good about it (aroma, flavor, feel).

Photo of bluto1998
4.36/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth easy drinking beer. Great for having a few and not filling up while your buddies drink their crap beer :)

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.

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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