Great Lakes The Doppelrock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to Prototypic for the chance to try this one. First time. Bottle is "best by" 6/1/2011, so just a little past the date. It didn't seem to hurt this beer at all.
A. Ahh, now this is more like it! After suffering through a raft of lightly caramel colored American Doppelbocks, it's refreshing to see a darker version of the style. This is pecan colored and clear, with a fine, dense tan head that never dies and actually leaves some lace behind. Excellent.
S. Very nice, full, pulls no punches and hits everything you want in a Doppelbock. Sweet, rich, layered malt, complex, dark and bready, toasty-booze, prune, hearty caramel, cool, no hops, lots to like... Very German, I would not be able to tell this was brewed in the US if you told me otherwise.
T. A few sips confirm: The Doppelrock is simply one of the best traditional Doppelbocks I've had from America, shames many German examples. This is rich and complex, without being sticky or sickly sweet, and boasts an astonishing balance of complementary flavors. Prune, singed sugar, dark hearty bread with a little carbon-toast, a dry, rye-bread spiciness (from the yeast I suspect), mature. Delicious.
M / D. Well rounded carbonation keeps this sweet grain-water from being too heavy on the palate, the whole endeavor is quite easy and smooth, with just a tiny amount of alcohol warmth to keep things going. Finish is long and semi-sweet and very toasted dark bread.
The Doppelrock is just flat out fantastic, a drinkable delight that holds its own with the best German examples of the style. Highly recommended. I'm going to look for this next time I'm up North.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2011 23:34:34 | More by kkipple
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4.06/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review taken from notes Spring 2012. I've been wanting to put this into my BA log for a while now. Finally getting around to it.
12 oz brown bottle with 2 guitarists shredding some sort of rock riff on a live stage. I've played guitar for probably 15 years and this label appeals to me. Poured into a standard 12 oz tall like mug.
A - deep amber reddish brown. Chestnut looking color. Head isn't large at all but did last longer than I expected and formed a tight ring of lace leaving a touch of stick here and there.
S - malt.. Malt.. And more malts. Sweet aromas of cinnamon bread and dark fruits. A real breadiness to it. Sweet malts galore. Delicious aroma.
T - a really good malt flavored brew here. Lots of sweet malt, bread, hints of cinnamon spice, an abundance of more dark malts paired with some dark fruit. Plum, raison, sweet prunes, and a dark cherry. Sweet liquid bread with a lot going on.
M - rich mouthfeel but surprisingly thicker than what I expected going in. GLBC always have good texture but I was worried that their thinner liquid style may not line up for a doopelrock and while its not as thick as some it still has excellent coating and texture. Very drinkable without being too rich.
O - the closest American made doppelbock to the original German versions I've ever had. I didn't see this brew in 2013, and I hope it's not completely gone. Very underrated and under appreciated doppelbock. GLBC make a lot of great ales, but I don't think any American brewery does lagers like they do. Lagers are forgotten in today's beer universe, but I'm telling you right now, this as is all GLBC lagers some of the best on the planet. If this is released again grab it and try it. It's a top notch doppelbock.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2013 16:35:16 | More by BradtheGreat7
Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.