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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 74 | 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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Ratings: 377 | Reviews: 214
Photo of vickersspitfire
3/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of AnthonyRicca
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. Shiner bock'ish,but not as good.

Photo of Mikus
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerMeister8
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craigsp
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dodge408
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased as part of a Wegmans mix-six pack. Let's be real, I only bought this for the name.

Pours a dark, roasty looking brown, with a half inch head, and not a lot of lacing.

Doesn't smell a whole lot like a dopplebock. This one seems to be more like a dunkel or something. Toasty malt and some grassy hops are the main aromas.

This is probably the lightest ABV dopplebock I've ever had. It's more of a very drinkable, but kind of bland, dunkel, or even just an American brown ale. There's a bit of an odd metallic note, and some unpleasant lager bitterness, but on top of that, there's a good amount of grassy hops, and some toasty bread flavors, but hardly any deep malt complexity, like I'd expect with a dopplebock. Just too light and bland. Not a dopplebock by most definitions of the word.

This is fairly light bodied, with a light, and crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation. Probably the only real highlight of this one.

A really quite pathetic attempt at a dopplebock. If they branded this differently, it would be a little better, but rating to style, it's a bit of disappointment.

Photo of gotweid
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown beer with no head, little carbonation. Aroma is off as is the taste for what it's supposed to be. It tastes more like roasted grains and is thin bodied. Somewhat smooth, very little hops detected. It's not a bad beer, it's actually very easy to drink and I don't mind having a few, but it's no Doppelbock. Like most Leinenkugel's beers, it's wimpy.

Photo of Uniobrew31
2.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of digital952
3.66/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly smooth, not heavy like German Doppelbocks.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.52/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.06/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If for nothing else, this is the beer that got me off of macro beer and experimenting into microbrews. While this isn't the prime beer for connoisseurs it is an excellent gateway beer for newbies. Liked the roastiness when I had it back in the mid 90's in dark body. Maximum respect. Tell your friends to try this one before offerings like Rasputin... they may not be ready for that yet.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a six pack of Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock yesterday at Krogers. I've been meaning to try this beer and I thought I should get a six pack and give this beer a chance, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 1/25/15. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a pretty clear amber red color that took on more of a red color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left hardly any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it left some lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some sweet malt, caramel malt, grainy, brown bread and bread crust like aroma with some clean yeast showing up in the background. up next comes a noticeable nutty aroma with some more toasted aromas showing up with just a slight earthy hop aroma. This beer had a decent aroma, but I wouldn't say it's true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same malts aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they have more of a toasted and roasted aspect to them. Up next comes that clean yeast that goes right into the a that same nutty aspect that I got in the aroma and this time it shows up just a little more. On the finish there's not bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it has a sweet malt, caramel malt, toasted and nutty aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, it just not true to style.

M- Very smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but it was too carbonated for the style.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer, but I didn't think it was a good example of the style, it just seemed to roasty for a Doppelbock and the big nutty aspects felt out of place too, to me it tasted similar to creamy dark with less roasted flavors and more nutty flavors. This beer had nice drinkability, it was very smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, a little creamy, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these, especially in the spring time. What I like the most about this beer was the was the taste, it wasn't bad tasting beer, it just wasn't true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was how off from the style it was, there's no way I would guess this is a Doppelbock if i tried it blind. I might buy this beer again, but not if I want a good Doppelbock. I think this beer is worth trying, but if your expecting a true to style Doppelbock you will disappointed. All in all I liked this beer, I just didn't think it was a Doppelbock, to me it tasted much more like a brown Ale. It's not a favorite from this brewery and it's one of my least favorite Doppelbocks. I appreciate the effort, but I think this beer should just be rename and just start from scratch, better luck next time guys.

Photo of DruC4
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fritz_____
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish brown.

S: Malt. A little fruit.

T: Lots of sweet malts, with a bit of toastiness

F: More body than the average Leinenkugel's beer.

O: A very pleasant surprise. Not the most complex beer, but much richer than I expected. A good value in boxes of twelve.

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morrowd3
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of archyquaffer
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour into a shaker glass produces about a one inch head which reduces fairly quickly but does proves quite sticky, with a creamy veneer throughout the tasting. The beer is a crystal clear ruddy brown with pretty active carbonation.

Very light on the nose, with hints of molasses and a maybe a touch of diacetyl. Clean but fairly complex taste with a crisp finish. Notes of dark fruit lead the way, with a base nuttiness and flashes of molasses, toffee and chocolate. The creamy mouth feel and clean finish invite repeated sips.

This is a very nice beer, borderline excellent, and one of Leinie's best. A good value at around 7 bucks a sixer at Three Bears Alaska.

Photo of the_encinitan
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kmhall
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark reddish brown with a small, light head that dissipates quickly. White head. 3.5/5

S - Smell is mainly toasted bread and grassy hops. Not getting much else. 3/5

T - Dominated by toasted bread. Some grassy hops. Very little going on here. 3.25/5

M - Light and dry. Moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. 3.75/5

O - Decent offering. One of the more enjoyable offerings from Leinenkugel. There are other darker beers that I prefer but this is a beer that I could drink several of and be satisfied. 3.25/5

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.