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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 207
Hads: 439
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 25.79%
Wants: 12
Gots: 99 | 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 +19.5%
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 +10.7%
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 +3.1%
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 -2.5%
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 +8.2%
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 -54.1%
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 -0.3%
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 -21.7%
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 -13.2%
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 +19.2%
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 +4.4%
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%
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 +11.3%
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 +41.8%
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 +7.5%
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 -3.8%
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 +12.9%
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 +33.3%
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

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Photo of supervike
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
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....

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of ChrisFurlowLSU
3.53/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of vickersspitfire
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured aggressively into a pilsner, the body is a deep, dark amber color very clear and filled with mild carbonation. The head is about two fingers thick, light tan and very fluffy accompanied by a thick lacing.
Banana bread there’s a mild yeast smell as well, mild malts and a faint bitter smell to it.
Roasted malts towards the back of your mouth followed by a mild chocolaty flavor with a mild tartness in its aftertaste.
Light bodied and smooth.
Not bad overall and very easy to drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Once again, out of the singles cooler at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, into my reefer and now, into my glass! Man, I love popping in there just to see what's goody in the singles coolers.

From the bottle: "Spring Seasonal Inspired By The Bavarian Tradition With Five Varieties of Malted Barley Brewed With Pride By the Leinenkugel Family Since 1867."; "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867."; "Carefully Brewed By The Leinenkugel Family For Six Generations".

Of course, this beer is being accompanied by Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" with the review in tribute to Robby Rob Johnston.

I screwed the cap off without difficulty and began an aggro pour that created two-plus fingers of foamy, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Nose had a chocolaty malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was unexpected, almost like a fountain-era Cherry Coke. Mmm. I was just a wee one when the last of the drugstore ice cream fountains closed in the early-1970's, but I have never felt like Cherry Coke in bottles or CANs really hits the mark. This, however, does. I know that there are better iterations of the style out there, but anything that evokes pleasant childhood memories has to be given props. Finish hovered somewhere between semi-sweet and semi-dry. The yeast really did a number on this beer and I am surprised that they held it under 6% ABV. I would not hesitate to recommend it to someone curious about the style, thanks to a) its relatively low ABV and b) its relatively low price point.

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.