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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Ellbert

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a great doppelbock. It had a fantabulous mixture of hops and malt. There was a subtle hint of hops followed by a nice caramely malt flavor. The color was a nice brown with amber hue. A very good beer, I would definitely order this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 04:32:28 | More by Ellbert
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice solid darker amber color, solid thick based head of ivory colored thick puffyness that fades slow and leaves some patchy lace.
Smell is mostly malts, sweetish in a toffee-like sense with caramel and a very light dark fruit of oranges and star fruit, but its quite faint and takes some good swirling and sniffing to even get anything out of it.
Taste is more of the same but thinned out and not to strong, small amounts of sweet dark malts hinting of toffee and caramel with a whisp of the dark fruits noted from the smell.
Feel is thinner then expected, quite empty and no real body then just a very slight syrupyness caused from the malts, I'm guessing there, it may be watered down and some use of corn to keeping it way to simple for a dobblebock. Really no different then the regular bock? Drinkable, but a definate miss for the style, so its passable.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 17:44:43 | More by tavernjef
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granger10

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

This beer looked very nice after the pour. A dark amber color with enough head. However thats where the quality ended. Tastes of caramel and grains dominate the palate. I don't recognize any hops or any other malts for that matter. A very thin brew that lacks texture or chewiness. It does go down easy and I could drink this all night, but I don't think I'd want to. This can't be a doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 07:05:22 | More by granger10
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 22:40:47 | More by cokes
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A beautiful beer that does not live up to its appearance. The pour created a clear, very dark amber brew with a nice ivory head. The head disappeared, but slowly, leaving good lacing behind. The nose was light and mostly of caramel malt. Some sense of toastedness, but not much. The taste is quite odd. Musky, earthy, woody flavors overlay the malt and create an odd sense of a medicinal quality. Not that pleasant, but not hateful either. Watery mouthfeel and lack of crispness. One of the truly great bottle labels in all of beerdom announces this beer. Too bad the look doesn't carry through into the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 19:55:07 | More by AtLagerHeads
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

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

Thank you Jeffboo for this offering.

This brew pours a red amber color with a monster head that does not last long and leaves a nice lace behind. The smell is not strong in any region. A careml malt smell is present.

Sweet caramel malt is the strongest flavor with a low hop flavor. There is not a lot of complexness is this brew, which disappoints me but I will not complain.

This is a medium bodied brew and lacks is a lot of other fields.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 17:21:17 | More by kunzbrew
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nklatt

Minnesota

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
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 18:06:19 | More by Rifrafboy
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper beer with a thin, loose head. Nice caramel aromas, with a bit of biscuit malt and a molasses smell. The taste is bitter, roasted malt, with a bitter finish. The aftertaste is a bit of a grainy/husky taste that I've never experienced in a dopple. The mouthfeel is very thin, and the drinkability average. Several of my friends enjoyed this beer more than I did. I just found it to be a disappointment of a dopple. It would be a better than average dark lager, though. I have yet to be impressed with anything from Leinenkugle.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 15:29:39 | More by aaronh
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruby red (unusual color for a Doppelbock?). Took a few tries to determine the slight grainy/hoppy smell, but very little aroma. Initial taste is of roasted malt and caramel; the roasted malt stays with throughout with a slight mouthfeel of licorise. Simply an average beer, but affordable in the midwest.

Notes. I must review what a "dopplelbock" is. I always thought it was more of a dark, hefty brew. Overall, again just average.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 18:18:53 | More by GeoffRizzo
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daledeee

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinie's has dared to dealve into the Doppelbock category. Some pretty tough competition here. The German Doppelbocks are still the benchmark.

That being said, it pours nicely. A good head that lasts a little while and settles to a lace. Very dark; little light passes through. I would call it very dark brown with a little cherry or burgandy color.

The smell was bland but a hint of toasted barley(malt). It did not smell bad at all.

The taste comes off as a hint off coffee and mostly roasted malt. Hops are not prominent but noticed after.

I would say the beer is watered down compared to the Germans. But the mouth feel is not dry and rather velvetty. Does not appear to have a high alcohol content. Most Leinenkugel varieties hover around 5%.

Overall, drinkable and fresh tasting. Not up to world class standards.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 18:41:49 | More by daledeee
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Deep garnet-red color with a large tan head that quickly fades to a paper-thin layer. Slight carbonation with a little broken lace. Aroma consists mainly of toasted malt with a hint of spiciness. Taste begins with bitter chocolate malt flavor, and quite lively soda-like carbonation, followed by a brief burst of sweet flavors and lingering coffee notes and a little hops towards with finish. Mouthfeel seems a bit watery for a dopplebock. Seems to lack the character of a true dopplebock, but still, quite tasty.

Thanks to my buddy John C., who brought this sample all the way from Herman, Minnesota.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 10:27:00 | More by Pegasus
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alittlehazy

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My roommate was going to the liquor store and I told him to pick me up a six pack and surprise me. Like everyone else said it was a little watery, but it had a pretty good sweet malty taste and smooth finish. The mouthfeel was good and with the sweet smoothness it was a great session beer. I'd buy it again for a night of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 15:48:12 | More by alittlehazy
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BeerBob

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel’s Big Butt Doppelbock pours a dark maroon from a 12oz brown glass twist off cap bottle. Tan head goes to about two fingers before fading with a slight amount of lace.

Nose is a pleasant toffy and licorice with some alcohol vapors. My first sip was a major licorice experience with coffee and burnt malt mingled in for good measure.

A less than world class doppelbock, Celebrator Doppelbock is the benchmark that I judge all doppelbocks by, so that you can get a feel as to just where I’m coming from. With the Celebrator point of reference, Leinenkugel’s Big Butt Doppelbock is just a little over a three pointer up against an almost five point beer for it’s style (German-Style Doppelbock). A good tasting brew for sure, and one that I’ll pick off the shelf in the future, its just not a great doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 07:55:30 | More by BeerBob
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear dark brownish-red in appearance with a light tan head that retreated to the side of the glass. Aroma has a malt sweetness to it, other than that nothing else really stands out. Carbonation is present on the tongue with an overall thin body. Malt flavor with a slight coffee taste with a touch of caramel. Seems pretty light for a doppelbock. Taste is palatable, but an average example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 17:23:47 | More by Winter
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marc77

California

2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Crystal clear garnet hue w/ a head that quickly recedes into a thin, spotty layer. Sweet dark caramel with hints of roasted malt along with a metallic tinge in aroma. Mild toasted notes and sweet corn as well. Not particularly enticing aromawise. Caramel malt sweetness upfront in flavor fades into an odd melange of toasted malt and grainy tartness. One dimensional, and thin in malt character from the excessive filtration. Weak body, with a watery mouthfeel. Low hop bitterness allows the paltry malt character to present itself as brown sugar like residual sweetness. Finishes dry and slightly husky. Big Butt is an utterly forgettable, half - ass effort of the style. It's about as much of a "Doppelbock" as Sam Adams's Cranberry Lambic is a "Lambic." Big Butt is akin to a 90% Michelob Amber Bock 10% Celebrator mix. Passable drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 17:58:49 | More by marc77
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I don’t know why I keep drinking from the Leinenkugel well (but that’s my problem). Big Butt is not a Doppelbock, not even close. Don’t 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 15:41:48 | More by bditty187
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Another solid offering from Leinenkugel. They are probably my overall favorite large-scale USA brewery, especially since they always seem to be on sale for $5/6-pack. This was not quite as good as the Creamy Dark but still good. Deep reddish-brown color with a short-lived head. Roasted coffee flavor but a little on the light side considering the color. I will definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 14:45:57 | More by Dogbrick
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ryanocerus

Iowa

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2002 00:25:50 | More by ryanocerus
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ZAP

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Kind of a Michelob Amber Bock type of beer...If you want to call it a "dark lager" then it's average to above average..if you want to classify as a doppel it is well below average....Not enough body/character...a bit watery...some caramel malt tones along with some vanilla but it is a huge step below any "legit" doppel...They were closing this out for $4 a sixer...I'll drink it at that price and look at it as a decent dark lager, but never in my wildest drunken stupor would I select this when looking for a "good" doppel to buy..My ratings are for how it stands in the doppelbock category..

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 23:23:57 | More by ZAP
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Decent frothy head on this one. Nice malty aroma. Dark ruby color. Body is thin for a dopple. Taste is bland for a dopple. No off flavors are present, but there just isn't enough maltiness in this beer for a dopple. A below average dopplebock in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 00:38:00 | More by Bighuge
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Viking

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one incredibly average beer. There's not a single thing bad about it, but on the other hand nothing stands out as being particularly good.

The beer was too red and the head was too thin. The flavor and aroma just seemed to be lacking a bit. It was a bit thin. It's pretty drinkable, but really didn't give me a reason to go grab another, especially when there are a few bottles of SA's Doublebock sitting right next to the Leinie's.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2002 15:16:09 | More by Viking
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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....

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2002 10:47:33 | More by ADR
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a thin head and looks like a red, has a restrained nose of chocolate and caramel malt....the taste and mouthfeel are thin with chocolate and caramel malt......every sip you take leaves you longing for more depth. it just isn't in there. lightly hopped to balance the blandness. some graininess and alcohol in the finish.... but all around very disapointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2002 01:23:33 | More by budgood1
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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.