Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by steveh:
2.6/5 rDev -17.2%
There's been a recent nostalgic fervor over the Leinie's stuff here in the midwest, but I've never been overly-impressed with their offerings since more and more craft brews became available over the last decade.
I picked up the Big Butt for old-time's sake and to see if I'd been missing anything.
First of all, Doppelbock? Hmm. Pretty thin Doppelbock -- and what's all the Black Patent style roasted character in this beer? More toward a Schwarzbier than anything, and pretty average at that with some sourness in the finish.
Got 5 more that I'll have to give to less discerning friends.
02-27-2008 22:51:55 | More by steveh
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4.03/5 rDev +28.3%
This beer is a dark cola color with two fingers of tan head that vaporized quickly with noisey, soda-like fizzing. It holds steady at a thin layer. Nose is brown sugar, cinnamon, and nut.
I am struck first by a big earhty hop flavor, then bitter deeply rasted dark malt, then sweet sweet nutty-toffee malt. There is a strong cola character and a slightly alcoholic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a little out there I admit. It is oddly light and thin fizzy, stingy carbonation that wafts up into the sinuses.
I really love this beer. It is an odd one, and almost resembles soda more than beer, but what an awesome soda it is eh? I feel its low rating probably comes from the unfortunate name of "Dopplebock" surly it is no mach for any "-ator". It is cheap and damn delicious though.
02-18-2006 19:02:43 | More by JudgeRoughneck
2.73/5 rDev -13.1%
Poured a dark amberish color, creamy head, coffee type of aroma.The taste was a light malty coffeeish roast flavor, with a slight bitter aftertaste. This beer used to be bolder,I might drink it when I'm thirsty and would prefer a darker type beer. Beginners who are having their first dark beer seem to like it also.
02-22-2004 13:52:18 | More by grynder33
3.85/5 rDev +22.6%
Nice dark copper color. The malt and hop aroma was muted but I was drinking this in a smoking bar, not by choice! I enjoyed the balance of the malt and hops, started out mostly malt but the hops became just pronounced enough at the finish. More hoppy than the typical German doppelbock. A bit thin for a doppelbock as far as mouthfeel goes. Certainly not the best doppelbock I've ever had but a decent american take on this style. Added notes; my favorite Leine so far. Leinenkugel only brews this beer as a seasonal so it was at least 4-6 months old when I tried it. I could drink a few of these no problem.
07-29-2007 12:22:09 | More by Doppelmax
2.85/5 rDev -9.2%
My buddy talked me into buying a six of this. I think he thought the name was cool. Taste is pretty smooth, though not as much as some other dopples. Some tasty chocolate malt is present. I could tell this was a Leinenkugel product. Nothing too special here. Still, glad I tired it.
03-13-2003 18:06:19 | More by Rifrafboy
3/5 rDev -4.5%
Threes across the board on this one. Just average, and as others have said...not bad, but not great. Especially when compared to true doppelbocks. Poured dark amber with a decent long lasting creamy head. The aroma was definitely malt as was the taste, but not enough for what I expect from a doppelbock. It is a decent deal when compared to what can be paid for the higher priced ones.
07-27-2002 00:25:50 | More by ryanocerus
3.3/5 rDev +5.1%
Brownish copper colored with ruddy highlights and a tightly bubbled beige head that rises up a full half-inch and falls quickly.
Aroma of caramel, cinnamon, biscuit and metal.
Flavor of brown sugar, raisin, fig, metallic burps, a spicy hop finish and some grassy notes.
Mouthfeel is initally slick, but finishes with a bubbly tingle.
05-27-2008 13:21:36 | More by far333
2.63/5 rDev -16.2%
A substantial black pour yielding almost no head, so there wasn't much in terms of lacing or retention to speak about, but the color and consistency save the rating from falling into a negative connotation.
Aroma is usual for a doppelbock: all over the place, some harsh bitterness, vanilla, prune/plum dark fruit hints, alcohol seemingly higher than the label would indicate.
Taste, tobacco?, alcohol, bitter soy sauce, just not super enjoyable for me. Where's the sweetness, this is amazingly bitter and somewhat harsh given the alcohol and lack of hops. Where did said bitterness come from? Maybe some anise/licorice, something going on here just doesn't pan out well.
Had this first back in law school, kinda funny, a friend with a much bigger rack than butt talked this beer up. Actually she had a nice butt (ah drinking romps), wondered why she never flaunted that as much as the huge chest. Oh well, I'd say avoid this beer if you're a big doppelbock fan, but the label is pretty cool.
07-23-2012 17:49:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5 rDev -8.3%
Now that Spring is drawing closer, I tapped the last of these in my fridge last night....very subdued yeast/malt aroma, dark brown-amber color. Malt flavors mixed with a thin "detergent" taste...Thickens in the back of the tongue. Finish is OK, a little diacetyl -- maybe. Initial off taste and lack of more malt flavor rank it mediocre. I'm beginning to think that "Leinie's" Original Lager (a decent but really mild American Lager) and one or two of their extinct brews from the 90's are the best you can (or could) expect...Too bad, the name stretches back to 1867....
03-12-2002 10:47:33 | More by ADR
2.6/5 rDev -17.2%
Appears a ruddy burgundy brown hue with a large quickly fleeting caramel tan head leaving thin lacing unevenly around my pint glass. (3.5) Aroma comes off with a layer of fruity undertones especially ripened fruits like raisins and plum notes mild chocolate doughy sweetness going on with a grainy off quality that Im not really diggin. (3.0) Flavor is far from a doppelbock and Im not sure where the alcohol content lies but it comes off finishing like a normal brew some mild dark chocolate and roasted qualities but overall lacking the herbal noble hops finish with the complex fruit and alcohol mix that a true doppelbock is able to provide. Doesnt fulfill my German beer cravings the way it should but its a decent shot and better than the Leine wheat beers with apple, honey, raspberry, etc. (2.5) Mouthfeel is in the light to medium body range with some substantial light syrupy textures carbonation is a bit too much but doesnt ruin the experience. (3) Drinkability is not too high for me although compare this to a Celebrator and you could probably consume more I dont think you would want to, its a six to one ratio Id rather drink one Celebrator before drinking a sixer of this. (2)
04-14-2007 20:43:28 | More by WVbeergeek
2.38/5 rDev -24.2%
Poured from a bottle into my GI MBA glass
A - A dark cherry chocolate color with a small foam head that barely forms before fading away. Not much light gets through and lightly reflective. Could see a decent bit of carbonation trailing up through this one as well.
S - smells actually rather citrusy. I get a hint of lemon and orange that really dominates the nose. There are really none of the usual dopplebock odors of chocolate or even malty sweetness.
T - Taste is actually also rather citrusy. Get a big hit of orange peel and lemon at first. Somewhere in the middle of the beer there is the slightest hint of sweetness and even chocolate. It is barely noticeable though and quickly leaves before the orange peel flavors come back again. Kind of an odd take on the style and the orange is rather strong.
MF - actually very watery for the style and for any good beer in my opinion. Really hoped that it was a bit thicker or stickier. It also had a bit of an astringent after feeling in the mouth.
D - overall, an okay beer. I won't mind finishing off the 6 pack as the beer is unoffensive but it is only an okay beer. I would probably not buy it again if I saw it out at all.
05-09-2008 20:25:53 | More by jeonseh
3.5/5 rDev +11.5%
This one pours brown with deep red highlights. The head is pretty thick and sits at about one finger, leaving a few light patches of lacing.
Toasty malt is first on the nose with some bittersweet tones and hints of fruits and malty molasses and licorice.
The taste isn't far off at all; toasted malts first on the tongue with an oddly sweet tartness in the finish. The taste is a little stronger than the aroma.
Mouthfeel isn't as thick as a hardy doppelbock should be, but not extremely thin. Just a little light for the style.
Generally this one has good drinkability and would serve adequately as a session beer.
04-05-2009 19:50:21 | More by Brenden
3.03/5 rDev -3.5%
It is dark for doppelbock with thin fine head that disapated quickly. For the color to be so dark the flavors are surprising light. A lot of malt I think helps to calm the flavors and dry the finish a little. A great doppelbock if looking to get through a six pack, and the price is alawys good on Leinenkugels
01-27-2008 06:24:42 | More by BBeerL
3.53/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured a bit warm at 55 degrees with thick, foamy head. Clear, brownish color with very slight lacing on glass. No noticeable bubbles but did get some release of pleasant aroma during pour.
Did not get anything discernable after setting for a little. Slightly dissappointed concerning what was anticipated after pouring. Very slight hint of malt.
Taste came through a little better than aroma. Hops and malt most prevalent on back of tongue.
Lasts a little while and definitely nothing offensive.
Allowed this to get a little too warm before pouring. Surprised that smell and taste did not come on stronger. Still very drinkable and I will be buying more.
02-11-2007 23:25:56 | More by SMark
2.65/5 rDev -15.6%
Amber-brown with a sizeable beige froth.
Raisins, toffee and bread on the nose. Enjoyable yet hollow.
Caramel maltiness factors largely upfont, momentarily joined by some dark fruits, primarily raisins. Possible (likely) corn/adjunct sweetness. Flavor profile wanes, with just a lingering toasted toffee reminant, then a sweeping iced-tea impression rides this one out.
Incredibly thin for a doppelbock. Thin for any sort of beer, this couldn't pass for doppelwater heft-wise.
Nevertheless, this is a drainable mass-produced amber lager. Probably one of Leinie's better offerings.
05-15-2003 22:40:47 | More by cokes
1.85/5 rDev -41.1%
A - Deep garnet brew that appears brownish-black when not held to the light. A nice tan one finger head reduces to a thin cap within a minute, and some nice lace is left on the glass.
S - Mushroom like smell reminds me of pizza. This is not unpleasant, but very odd and unexpected. Caramel and whole wheat bread.
T - Vegetal, mushroomy, dusty, and bready. Again, not quite nasty....but not very good either. I taste nothing of the expected flavors in a dopplebock.
M - Thin and watery. Undercarbonated and odd-feeling in the mouth.
D - Not good. This is far off the beaten path as far as style goes, and the mushroomy characteristics are bizzare and unwelcome. I really like Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark and I thought that this would be similar but maltier...boy was I wrong. Leinenkugel has come up with another sub-par brew. Creamy Dark is the Leinenkugel brew that I like so far. Avoid this one.
02-15-2007 22:29:17 | More by pmcadamis
3.53/5 rDev +12.4%
Leinie's Big Butt pours a deep mahogany body with a crimson cast beneath a foamy tan head that holds well but eventually drops to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering.
The nose is somewhat limited for the style, but it displays a caramelish maltiness that has some toffee-like and caramelized sugar aspects to it... some underlying darkish fruit... and perhaps even a hint of roastiness (maybe just from chocolate malt) in the background as well. It's not quite as rich and bready as most, but it is clean and inviting nonetheless.
In the mouth it's medium bodied; and its fine-bubbled median carbonation lends it a delicate zest across the palate. Again, not quite up to doppelbock stature.
The flavor delivers a mild, darkly-caramelish / dark-sugar maltiness that's just lightly sweet, and backed by a firm bitterness. There's an underlying fruitiness, and perhaps a thin dusting of cocoa, but it never achieves any of the expected bready/malt quality that the style dictates. Some very limited dark fruitiness (raisin) appears; and there's a smear of hops in the background.
Mild. Drinkable. Not particularly strong. Or enticing.
02-21-2007 03:49:50 | More by NeroFiddled
3.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Okay a dopple with 5.7 abv, called me skeptical, but here we go...
Pours caramel/brown with 2+ finger of sand colored head. Average lacing & head retention
S: Corny with brown sugar
T: Caramel, herbal hops, dryness, hints of booze, & licorice up front. Dryness, a touch of leafy hops, a smaller touch of brown sugar & light caramel as this warms. Finishes dry with a modicum of caramel & toasty malt.
MF: Medium bodied, seemed to thin as this warmed.
Drank alright, would be more believable as a bock, lost some points since it didn't posses malt depth, of any real spiceyness or fruittyness, to much Midwest/American influence here for me, closer to shiner than Celebrator to be sure. I like their dark cream lager more so...
06-04-2008 04:48:10 | More by russpowell
2.95/5 rDev -6.1%
I dont know why I keep drinking from the Leinenkugel well (but thats my problem). Big Butt is not a Doppelbock, not even close. Dont get me wrong this is a fine, cheap, beer a decent dark lager type of thing.
Darkish brown with a reddish hue. The head was minimal. The nose is toasted malt, chalky, and bittersweet. The flavors on the palate are very much the same; the malt is chocolaty but coarse (this hurts the mouthfeel). Some coffee notes as well but not complex at all. Overall this is just an adequate beer.
12-05-2002 15:41:48 | More by bditty187
3.93/5 rDev +25.2%
Picked this one up as a single in Ohio somewhere due to their lack of choices. However, I was not disapoointed in the selection in the least. Great malt characteristics, balanced by slight chocolate and caramels flavors. Enjoyed this one a bit colder than usual, but it held up well with some North Carolina BBQ. Liked this style as well.
08-09-2006 07:33:06 | More by Backer2004
3.1/5 rDev -1.3%
Originally reviewed on February 20, 2005. On tap at Old Chicago. Pours a very ruddy clear brown, with a greasy head of ivory. Aroma is a bit floral, with a good whiff of kitchen cleaner and sweet malt. Flavor is bland, slighty bready and a hint of warmth. Again, served too cold by Old Chicago, so that I cant taste anything. When will those bastards learn?? Surprisingly drinkable.
12-08-2006 17:14:41 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Dark brown brew poured with about a centimeter of head. Pretty average for a doppelbock.
Similarly, lightly caramel aroma, with a slight roasted smell, not overwhelming, maybe underwhelming, definitely not typical to the style.
Typical, slightly sweet taste, caramelly, nothing new there.
Mouthfeel is a very light for a doppelbock, which may be attractive for some people, although not so much for me.
Above average drinkability, definitely able to say that I'd drink too much if this.
Overall- okay beer, but very average for the style. Good for mass consumption.
04-05-2004 17:55:19 | More by nortmand
Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.