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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 20.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of grynder33
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

grynder33, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of kwalters
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good name, cool label. Those, along with the appearance of this brew are its best qualities.

Big Butt pours a nice coppery red and forms a big, fluffy, cumulous cloud-like head with enormous bubbles. It's a very nice looking beer. I put my nose down to the rim of the glass but wasn't able to discern any smells. Hmmm...I wonder what it's going to taste like?

The taste is a little disappointing if you're accustomed to the likes of Salvator or Celebrator. You won't find any of that sweet bread or cookie dough flavor in Big Butt. Yes, it does have a malty character, but as is the case with many Leinkugel brews, the taste is subdued.

This is the perfect beer to introduce non-BA types to darker lagers and ales. They certainly won't walk away thinking it was too rich, thick, sweet, or overpowering.

kwalters, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of alexgash
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely one of the better Leinie's brews, but could/should be much better. Pours a clean dark brown with a small, off-white head. Smells of mild sugary malts, maybe some hops, but not too impressive. Tastes like rice-infused cookie dough. Sweetish throughout, with a touch of bitterness in the finish and a wisp of alcohol. Feels a tad watery for the style. Come on Jacob, beef this big butt up.

alexgash, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of PCaravan
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard dopplebock described as liquid bread. If that's true then this beer is appropriate to style. It's not bad and definitly drinkable. The only other dopplebock I have to compare it with is Morreti's La Rossa which is much more tasty. I'll get something else next time as this beer is a little too boring for me.

PCaravan, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, cherry-red color, with a big, creamy head o' foam, so, impressive in that regard.
Aroma: malty, slightly roasted, a touch nutyy, hints of fruit, caramel rings in, too. Very mild, all told, though...caramel-nut-malt, they all show, somehow, but very, very meekly.
Taste: faint, mild, mellow...might pass as a bock, but a doppel, no way! This doesn't give your tongue anything to grapple with, your tastebuds anything to toy with, your palate anything to enjoy. There's a sweet malty character that shines through the flavor, bright cherry-ishness, nutty-ness, and it equals an okay drink if your standards are low enough, but, once again, not a doppelbock!!
Very underwhelming beer, though not undrinkable, it's just that if you say "doppelbock" on the label, you're setting up a standard that must be upheld somehow. This bottle is akin to calling something "kriek lambic" and offering up cherry kool-aid!

feloniousmonk, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks deceptively dark on the pour, this beer is found out when held to a light. It is actually reddish brown, way to light for a respectable doppelbock. Small bubbly head that is almost insignificant. Smells a little roasted, but more towards a dunkel than a dopple. Tastes slightly roasted and nutty. Not enough to be considered a great dopple.

TastyTaste, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
2.08/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A crimson-brownish, no head and just a slight ring around the glass.

The nose is malt and corn with an underlying sweetness that is more than apparent in the taste.

The taste is nothing great. Kind of sickly-sweet like a bad american pilsner. Not good.

I have had this before and didnt remember it being this unremarkable. Oh well, tastes change


elmocoso, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
4.18/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

Ellbert, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

tavernjef, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of granger10
2.78/5  rDev -12%
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.

granger10, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of cokes
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

cokes, May 15, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
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.


kunzbrew, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of nklatt
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

nklatt, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Rifrafboy, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

aaronh, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of daledeee
3.35/5  rDev +6%
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.

daledeee, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Pegasus, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of alittlehazy
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

alittlehazy, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of BeerBob
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

BeerBob, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Winter, Dec 22, 2002
Photo of marc77
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

marc77, Dec 07, 2002
Photo of bditty187
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

bditty187, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Dogbrick, Aug 07, 2002
Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.