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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Big Butt DoppelbockLeinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 20.38%

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002)
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Photo of akogrady


2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice dark amber coloring, short head that quickly dissipated.

S - Smell was sweet, malty, very little else.

T - Sweet and malty. Sadly, this beer was very one dimensional. Based on its flavor, I would say that it meets the basic definition of a dopplebock, with nothing added at all. It is in desperate need of additional backing to its flavor.

M - Smooth with medium carbonation.

D - Not something I would drink much of, but that's mostly due to the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 19:06:50 | More by akogrady
Photo of Monkeyknife


2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the tap, poured a thin brown color with a very light off-white head.

Aroma was somewhat sweet and light roasted malts.

The taste was sweet, lightly roasted and with a touch of what might be considered chocolate.

Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This Doppelbock from Leinenkugel was pretty much a macro in disguise. Drinkable but very thin and average at best.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 20:17:26 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of svraines


2.23/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap, but it seemed like all the beers being served at this establishment were not getting good pours because almost nothing that came out had a decent head on it.

A beautiful sparkling clear deep reddish-brown color, whisps of remaining foam. This is one dark bock.

Can't get much out of the nose. Either it is not there or it would be better with some head.

Taste is mildly yeast-fruity, mildly malty, mildly alcohol. Not nearly bold enough to be compared with other dopples, let alone some of the better bocks.

Nothing wrong with the mouth feel, not too slick which I find some dopplebocks to be.

There is just not enough flavor to want me to take another drink. After a while, I took big gulps so I could finish this one and move on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 17:22:57 | More by svraines
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 03:49:50 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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 can’t taste anything. When will those bastards learn?? Surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2006 17:14:41 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of Saunapoika


4.28/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this one from a bar/restaurant in northeastern Minnesota.

Bartender poured into a towering 22oz glass. Nice head retention throughout my dinner. Aroma was strong on the malty side with very little hop influence. I enjoy a malty beer so it appealed to me. Carbonation was right on as far as I was concerned which led to a smooth mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate were evident upon the initial taste and then the roasted malt flavor took over. I really enjoyed this brew with a fresh walleye dinner. Outstanding.

I heard Leinenkugels will not be brewing this Big Butt again. I'm glad I had the chance to experience the Big Butt.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2006 00:56:13 | More by Saunapoika
Photo of teg8612


2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this from the Leini lodge at the Target Cneter during a Timberwolves game. Hard to tell the color from the white plastic cup but appears dark brown, duh. Smell is not right as you get more of a alcohol smell with only light chocolat and toffe. Mouthful is light without the rich maltiness you would expect from a Doppelbock. No hop at all which might explain the stale, alcohol finish. Not a good representation of the style. Needs work. I heard they are pushing this out to make way for the Apple spice in the winter seasonals. Good, bring it back with some character.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 15:46:17 | More by teg8612
Photo of hero27


3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Mulligan's in Cedar Falls, Iowa..

A bit better on-tap than the bottled version. The caramel malts really shine, and it is a good malty brew to session. While this is definitely pretty thin for a dopplebock, it is enjoyable and fairly easy to drink. Not a huge fan of Leine's typically, but this one was alright on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2006 07:30:11 | More by hero27
Photo of RBorsato


2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on-tap on 01/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Auburn/copper in color with a low beige ringed head and low carbonation bordering on flat. Moderate to high sweet malt aroma and flavor with a light sweet and sour Granny Smith Apple character. Medium-light bodied; a bit light for the style.

Glad I got to try it but not a real contender in the category.

Per JL website:
Avail: Jan—March
Malts: Two-and six-row Pale malt, Munich, Dark Chocolate, and Caramel.
Hops: Cluster, Mt. Hood
5.8% ABV
194 cal. & 18.8 g carb (12 oz.)

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2006 22:16:32 | More by RBorsato
Photo of StAnthony


2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm right in line with Frozen's review below. Weak. Flavorless. The most watery take on doppelbock that I've come across. Which is really too bad because Leinie definitely has the skills, but for some reason this brew falls below their quality standards.

It's not bad, it's just not doppelbock. The dark malt's there but the body is way too thin and it lacks the slight residual sweetness I was expecting. Very dry with a less-than refreshing finish.

Part of the problem has to be the low ABV (for a doppel), which, if higher, might have given this the kick that the name suggests.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2006 17:05:25 | More by StAnthony
Photo of nortmand


3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2004 17:55:19 | More by nortmand
Photo of ngandhi


2.33/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Murphy's. 2.00/pint special.

Mostly corn with a touch of cocoa. Finishes with popcorn. Entirely disgusting experience. No perceptable alcohol (or beer, for that matter). This isn't a doppelbock in any way; it's thin and overloaded with adjunct. Intensely grainy like chewing on the husks of spent wheat.

I've always thought of Leine's as I think of Duff beer (from The Simpson). I imagine a giant vat labelled "BEER" with a bunch of spigots labelled "RED", "ORIGINAL", and so on and a couple guys standing around with eyedroppers adding a bit of color to each one. They all taste like the Original with just a hint of caramel, or honey, or cocoa, or whatever added. Big Butt confirms that belief. They take a style that, even when made poorly, can be masked by big, extracted chocolate and caramel flavors and give us swill instead.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2004 15:02:19 | More by ngandhi
Photo of nklatt


2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Oh! A new beer at my favorite burger place who's draught selection includes *three* varieties of macro light beers, Sam Adams, Leinie's Honey Weiss, and Summit (they don't tell you it's the Extra Pale unless you ask). They substituted the doppelbock for the usual Leinie's Red. I'll give it a go.

Appearance is opaque, burnt red color with a decent head that didn't last (could be the glass - this isn't a beer-lover's bar). Aroma was mild, but the beer was served pretty cold. Flavor? Umm, slightly hoppy and negligible malt flavor or sweetness. Smell and flavor did not seem to improve upon warming. Feels like water in the mouth. Not a terrible beer, but a terrible doppelbock.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2003 06:44:17 | More by nklatt
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 17:49:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Lemke10


2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I managed to run across a few bottles of this from a relative. They have been sitting around 3-4 years now as this beer is officially retired at the moment.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a half inch head that dissipates quickly. Scent is mild but has characters of robust malts, caramel malts, and toffee. Picking out some mildly heavy hints of cocoa, toffee, caramel, and hints of nuts. Granted this has been sitting around for 3-4 years but it seems rather flat and doesn’t really hit any high notes on taste. Smooth and easy drinking, but I don’t think aging did this beer any favors.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:33:12 | More by Lemke10
Photo of nrbw23


2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one buried in my beer fridge.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy tan head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smells a bit nutty, roasted malts, and a bit metallic. No hops here at all that I can find.

T- A bit sweet. Again nutty, caramel malts, a bit of spice from hops. Nothing really special here at all.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Nothing special going on here. Falls quite a bit short in the world of Dopplebocks, but that's just me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 21:13:21 | More by nrbw23
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a reddish-brown color with a quickly diminishing light brown head. Aroma is nutty and a slight hint of roasted malts, altogether kind of weak. Flavor is pretty good, roasted malts, raisins, fruity, a touch of chocolate, and caramel. Mouthfeel is kinda light for a doppel, quite a bit of carbonation and a roasted flavor that sticks around for a while. A pretty drinkable beer, but doesn't seem quite up to style.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:29:42 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of TroyS


4.47/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has been a while since I bought this one; it's probably been 6 months'ish and I don't recall what I paid for it. I think that I got it from The Wine Garden in Blackfoot, but don't "me;) Good beer. Nice and beer tasting. A bit on the lite side as far as mouth feel goes, but a good drinker. Extra frothy head for a dopple bock I think and it stuck around for a good 15mins. Oddly little lacing;) Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 01:08:34 | More by TroyS
Photo of Brenden


3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 19:50:21 | More by Brenden
Photo of kmeves


3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours smokey brown with a rich creamy head.

Aroma of carmel, roasted malts and somewhat fruity.

Tastes like caramel roasted malts and fruity, honey, molasses, bittersweet. Has a good aftertaste, very sweet. A decent dopplebock. Light and drinkable, the lagering really helps smooth this out. A nice intro to the doppelbock style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 19:24:06 | More by kmeves
Photo of bluejacket74


3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a brown/reddish color with about an inch and a half tan head. Lacing and head retention are both average. It smells like toasted malt, prunes, and toffee. However, the aroma isn't strong at all. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a little bit of fruit and raisins noticable along with a weird tart taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy but also thin. Drinkability is OK. Overall I think this is an average beer, and below average for the style. It's not bad, but I would pick plenty of dopplebocks before I would try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 02:28:53 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of ddtprm

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass.

This brew pours a darker red-brown, but not as dark as I expected. I caught some whiffs of toffee and coffee. Taste was a bit shallow here. It has good flavor...but something is missing. Mouthfeel is rather thin, but not bad. Due to this, drinkability is very high here. I expected more of a sipper, but put this down very easy. As long as you don't set your expectations too high, this is not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 03:39:02 | More by ddtprm
Photo of colts9016


3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark reddish brown color with an okay head.
Nose Toasted malts hints of caramel, molasses and notes of citrus and yeast. The tasted has notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and hints of hops. A very good beer overall there wasn't anything special about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:28:11 | More by colts9016
Photo of coldmeat23


3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Dark amber color with ruby highlights. Nice two-finger head of foam with good retention and decent lacing.

Nice toasted malt nose. Slight hint of chocolate. Not much else to pick-up on.

Coffee flavor with a slight hint of chocolate. Small amount of sweet toasty malt flavor. Roasted nuts. Minimal dark fruit notes.

Like the flavor, the mouthfeel is abit weak and lifeless.

As far as an easy-drinking beer, this one qualifies. As far as being a dopplebock, it falls short.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 00:48:58 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of Greggy


3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a 1 finger head after a vigorous pour. The body is in between amber and brown. The head recedes to a thin cap very quickly. Lacing isn't present.

S- Big caramel and chocolate after some swirling to open up the nose. Not a whole lot of toasted burnt caramel like I was looking for but there is a deep down note of cinnamon.

T- Starts with dark fruitiness of prune and slight raisin, although very light, then moves to some caramel and slight dark chocolate in the finish paired with some residual dark fruits. There is a decent amount of activity in the taste but it's all very light and lacks the boldness that doppelbocks really should have, in my opinion.

M- Just a hair to much carbonation on this but that is getting uber-picky.

D- Overall, this isn't a bad doppelbock. It's much better than I previously remembered. Truthfully, however, there are many other bocks I'd rather drink. All in all, given the lower ABV, this is a pretty drinkable doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 04:24:56 | More by Greggy
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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.