Great Lakes The Doppelrock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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very good

417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 28
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: alleykatking on 11-16-2010

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Photo of suspect
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Dark maroon in color, clear. Aggressive pour leads to a huge growing 3 finger head that topples over just a bit. Lacing is thick and mighty.

S: Smells of big sweet sugary malts with alcohol and dark molasses mixed in for good measure. Not much hop presence but I didn't expect there to be with this style of beer and the abv pushing 8%. Not a huge nose but certainly not absent.

T: Follows the nose with a much more delicious mix of the delicious malt mixtures. This style certainly calls for it to be a bit of a meal in a glass and this one doesn't disappoint. Big dark fruits, huge sugary backbone and enough abv to kick your teeth.

M: Big bodied, creamy feel, plenty of carbonation.

O: A very good dopplebock. Every time I have this style of beer I'm pleasantly surprised. I think I'm too hop-forward with my beer styles lately. This one is a keeper.

Photo of AltBock
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a picture of two “rock stars” jamming out on stage in front of a small group of people. One of the “stars” is jamming out with his double guitar. Everything you wanted to know about the beer can be found on the main label or neck label. The reason behind the name can be found on the neck label. A brief history of the Doppelbock style, ABV%, ingredients, and best before date can be found on the main label.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this Rock & Roll beer was a beautiful dark cola brown color with some dark cherry highlights. Eye candy all the way! The head of foam wasn’t as nice as the color, but it wasn’t all that bad. The initial head of foam was about ½ an inch in height and light tan in color. It had great retention that that left behind a small skim of tan colored foam. This small skim of foam stuck around until the last drop of beer was gone.

The first scent I got from this beer was the aroma of green olives. It was a little weird, but it’s not an odd aroma for this style of beer. When swirled around, the scent of olives gives way to the aroma of wheat bread, roasted malt, a speck of roasted coffee beans, and a touch of dark chocolate.

The taste was all about the roasted malt. And yes, I know it’s a Doppelbock. LOL!! The taste of roasted malt wasn’t all that strong. The roasted malt held back some so the taste was more at medium strength. Waiting behind the roasted malt was a drop of roasted coffee beans, a speck of dark chocolate, and a gentle touch of dark cherry. After all of the flavors had their turn rocking out on stage, the beer then finishes up a dry roasted hop bite.

This was a medium bodied Doppelbock that had a good level of carbonation and with a dry roasted aftertaste. The after taste consisted of roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and a pinch of dry roasted hops. This dry roasted aftertaste doesn’t bother to stick around for very long.

I had high hopes for this beer because it’s from Great Lakes. If you’ve ever had a Great Lakes beer, then you know what I’m talking about. I would say that it didn’t exceed them. It somewhat match my expectations. Overall, it’s a very good dry roasted Doppelbock. It won't knock your socks off.

Photo of Yangzang
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this at my local gas station this time of year. $6.99/4-pack.

Appearance: Pours a rich ruby color with a medium head and good lacing. Looks yummy.

Smell: Strong sugarcane and fruit scents. A bit of alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Very sweet with a taste of plums. A little sweeter than I prefer but still quite good.

Mouthfeel: A bit syrupy but the carbonation is still there to keep things flowing. Medium-bodied.

Overall: Not the best in the style but certainly one worth trying if you can find it.

Photo of MadScientist
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a very nice looking beer that is very clear dark brown with ruby highlights. There is a long lasting, creamy light tan head.

It has an intensely melaniodin aroma like the thick brown crust of an artisan bread. There is moderate aromas of toast and carmel in there. No noticeable hops aroma and just a hint of plum and chocolate that rounds out the nose.

The flavor is like chewing on a thick, dark crust of a loaf of bread with the melaniodin flavor propionate and toasted flavors following right behind it. There is a moderat hop bitterness and no hops flavor with a slight hint of chocolate and plum. The alcohol give a slight warming. A clean lager profile from the yeast without any diacetyl, phenols and only the slight plum ester.

It's very smooth with a medium-full body with a moderately low carbonation. No astringency.

This is a big, rich lager with some nice dark toasty and bready characteristics.

Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 5/29/2012 - so just missed that. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.

Dark auburn liquid with a fine creamy beige collar and slick. Pasty even lacing, fine fast running legs.

Very rich bready aromatics suffused with melanoidins. Hints of tobacco, cocoa, coffee, bread crusts, and dark brown sugar.

Low fruity esters on the palate along with dark fruit and dense malt. The melanoidins come through again with rich toasted bready flavors. Alcohol is a bit strong in the finish.

Medium-bodied and well carbonated.

Dense full flavor is quite satisfying, though not as complex as the best examples of the style. Excellent none-the-less.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 5/29/2012. Pours very cloudy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some decent soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, biscuit, toasted malt, nuttiness, chocolate, pepper, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, bread, toasted malt, honey, chocolate, earth, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Big malt flavors on the finish with some spiciness; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, biscuit, chocolate, and toast on the finish for a bit. Flavors were not as robust as I was hoping for, but were still extremely balanced with good complexity. No cloying sweetness at all; with a slightly dry finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel which is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Very easy to sip on. Overall this is a really nice doppelbock. Nice flavor balance with good complexity; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of jsisko01
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very dark reddish-brown color with a centimeter thick, off-white head. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, toffee, and alcohol.

Taste - Very sweet.. with roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, bready, and an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall - Not really my style of beer..

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a reddish-brown color with a billowing tan head. The head had big carbonation bubbles entrapped within and eventually faded to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The sweet is heavy of dark bread. Roasted malt with a good helping of sweeter molasses and some light dark fruit aromas of prune are all in the mix creating a nice aroma overall.

Taste – A big bready flavor meets the tongue. It starts out more mild in roast flavors and instead had a good level of brown sugar sweetness. The brown sugar became more molasses as the taste advanced with some notes of dark fruit entering the taste. Overall the sweetness is rather lighter then at the beginning and at the same time the bread flavor takes on a heavier roast taste as well. These flavors transitioned very smoothly and in the end, when mixed with a lighter alcohol flavor, left a very satisfying, slightly warming, feeling on the tongue. Fantastic!!!

Mouthfeel –The body is slightly chewy with a very low level of carbonation. These two characteristics allow the flavors to sit on the tongue and allow that wonderful aftertaste to linger.

Overall – One tasty brew. It has great flavors, a wonderful smell and feel and gives you the perfect warming feeling, making it one to sit back, sip and enjoy.

Photo of haddon
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark like mahogany with a very small off-white head.

dark fruits & caramel on the nose up front. A little bit of toasted malt to round it out.

initial caramel and toffee malt on the flavor. dark fruits and bread with a bit of alcohol flavor (which I was not expecting or desiring)

Medium body and carbonation.

Bocks aren't my favorite style, however I do find them refreshing on a Spring evening. I've had better & worse... this falls somewhere firmly in the middle according to my experience.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of kell50
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured The Doppelrock into my Great Lakes Brewing Company pint glass on 5/12/2012. Bottle received from a friend 2 weeks earlier.

A- A ruddy, brownish/red color with a quickly fading head. A sticky lace reminiscient of a cobweb appears as the beer goes down.

S- Not too much on the nose. A hint of a biscuity, crusty malt aroma comes through slightly. A little touch of alcohol show up too.

T- Nice! Love the punch of the malt. Very woody; it has a great simple complexity of flavors that start off malt forward but finish a slightly sweet nutty taste. Not much going on in regards to hops. This is indeed a solid and FULL flavored brew.

M- I really like this one. Super easy drinking beer for almost 8% abv. It’s very smooth with nice compact carbonation.

O- I'm admittedly not a huge German style beer guy; however this one might make me turn over a new leaf. Great Lakes (even while conforming to the Reinheitsgebot) has the amazing ability to create exceptional beers time and time again.

Long story short, if you see this one- pick it up!

Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Durty Nellies. Appears slightly muddy brown, tan head leaves a small collar and spotty lacing. The nose is rich and malty with waves of caramel sweetness and a touch of roastiness. Some molasses and nut in there as well. The taste starts sweet with a firm malt presence. The sweetness is balanced nicely by toasted malts and a hint of roast. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for style with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a tasty example of the style, I like how the sweetness is kept in check.

Photo of jtmartino
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Bruery snifter.

Color is a deep, rich, ruby/bron with a thin, saltine-colored head.

Smells of sweet, candied fruit and some caramel. Rich and savory.

Taste is sweet up front - candy sugar, some tart fruit, that finishes in a bitter, almost smokey flavor. Not a huge fan of the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and well-rounded. Decent carbonation with a light syrupy-consistency that works well with the dark fruit colors.

Overall this is a pretty tasty beer. The odd bitter aftertaste from the malt is reminiscent of the bitterness from an over-steeped tea bag, and doesn't mesh well with the rest of the beer. Other than that, it's a decent offering form Great Lakes.

Cheers!

Photo of deebo
2.69/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark ruby red yet clear, a tight yet short beige head without staying power.

S-Candied fruits dominate, cooked sugary malt. Aromas of molasses and raisins.

T-Intense carmelized fruits that builds into a burny and rotten fruit. Some weaks hint of smoked wood.

M-Moderate to heavy carbonation and medium bodied. Mouthfeel/body is nice upfront but lingers too long into a bitter finish.

O-Reminds me a bit of a doppelbock/dubbel hybrid but the combination doesn't work. I like the upfront taste but it doesn't end well.

Photo of musicforairports
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, ruby hues in the light. Decent head and minor lacing.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, sweet dark fruits. Gets more complex as it warms.

Flavors of dark caramel, vanilla, figs, light chocolate. Moderately sweet. Smooth.

Medium mouthfeel; clean and smooth. Lightly creamy.

One of the better doppelbocks I've had. Definitely opts for a more complex malt character over heavy sweetness. Glad I was able to pick a 4-pack up while traveling.

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A : amber to brown,with a good one finger head 4.0

S : yeasty exotic with fruit caramel and vanilla 4.0

T : very big and well balanced flavor.complex aftertaste 3.75

M : heavier then many, robust but with a ever softening finish 3.5

D : smooth and drinkable, despite its heavier ABV and character 3.75

Great Lakes is a favorite brewery of mine, and again I am reminded why

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is near perfect on this one, nice dark amber to brown with a light tan head.

Smell is molassesy upfront, hints of bourbon and caramel and toasted malts light honey in there as well and maybe some vanilla.

Taste is sweeter caramel like malt hints of molasses and honey and toasted malts. Flavors are less intense then nose.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, probably not as strong on the tongue as most doppelbocks and also a little drying.

Overall, very solid doppelbock, I love the nose on this beer, pretty complex, the taste was less so and it was a bit drying. this would be a very good beer to try on draft.

Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a very dark amber with a 2 finger width tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a lace around the glass
S-Sweet malt, honey, and molasses
T-Light brown sugar and honey, the hops provide enough bitterness to keep the malt from being too sweet but doesn't contribute a ton of flavor.
M-medium-full bodied
O-Excellent beer and very drinkable.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a vibrant copper reddish brown. Two-finger head of rich, tan, thick foam slowly dissipates, leaving a surface of fine lace and pockets of larger bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is dark ruby red and clear, with a thin trail of carbonation rising thru the center.

S - Rich toasted, some roasted malts, with caramels and pulses of 50% milk chocolate. A hint of toffee after it warms. Also suggests very moist freshly baked chocolate-banana bread. Only complaint is the nose is rather subdued, even after warming - have to coax it out of the snifter.

T - A bit darker than the nose, but matching it. Nicely toasted/roasted malts and darker chocolates come to the forefront, but bitterness in the profile is pretty subdued - just the right amount to be able to enjoy the malts/sugars over a prolonged time without drowning in them. Noble hops deliver just enough undefined earthiness to compliment and balance the sugars while at the same time remain in their supporting role.

M - Somewhat fizzy at first, but gives way to a surface creaminess on the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Good body and well-integrated. Finish fades quickly to soft echos of sugars on the tongue. Not at all as thick as the chocolate tastes might suggest it will be, but definitely no thinness, either - just right.

O - Skip the chocolate dessert tray and make this your last course of the night. This doppelbock features rich chocolate malts with just the right balance of hops to make them delicious without being heavy or filling. Could easily enjoy several of these over post-dinner conversation without feeling like I've cleaned out a Godiva factory. Another winner from Great Lakes. BTW - while this review is based on tasting from a bottle, I remember the servings I've had both this year and last on tap as being even better. It's one of those beers where the delivery is even better than the anticipation.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A stiff pour delivered a little over a finger of tan head. The body is a nice brown cherry color. Nice lacing.

Sweet caramel and malt with some smokiness.

Sweet caramel and malt start her off. A little smoke and dark fruit continue the journey. A little banana also peeks in after a while. A little dry on the end.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Really expected it to be a more solidly medium bodied beer. That said, it does roll over the tongue well, even though it is slightly sticky.

Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at j ryans

A- a nice reddish caramel look with ridiculous head of light brown foam that lingers. Hearty Brew says it all from the standpoint of what a doppelbock represents. The foam does not go away

S- awesome bready malt with some sugar sweetness. Oddly enough, this scent was similar to the fat tire I had the other day. Just a good bready malt scent with some sugars involved

T- wow, what a taste. A good facefull of malty sweetness that is fluffy with a bready malt taste and aforementioned sweet sugars. Very flavorful and filling on the taste

M- good coating flavor all over.

O- not sure how I missed this brew from one of my favorite breweries. I need to grab a four pack asap

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear red-brown with a two-finger, off-white, rocky and creamy head that lasted several minutes. Fantastic lacing.

S: Rich molasses and dark fruit aromas.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and moderate bitterness. Molasses and dark fruit are the primary flavors just as in the nose. Not much hops, and I taste just a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Smooth and slightly astringent.

O: This beer looks and smells phenomenal, and the taste is very good. Solid overall.

Photo of fmccormi
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a stemless wineglass (one of those new Heady Topper-branded stemless glasses, actually). Freshness date of June 2, 2012 printed in white ink in the bottom-right part of the label (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 06/2/12 9448AE”).

Appearance (3.5): Half a finger of tight, dark-tan foam rises on top of a clear, deep ruby-amber body, with just some simple, sudsy spots on the sides—not particularly lacy.

Smell (4.0): Bit of molasses, light bitter chocolate character, and earthy. It smells a bit like warm, moist feed or silage—anyone who grew up with cows around probably knows what I’m talking about. Not “hay” in a bretty way, but warm, most, sweet and earthy in a feed / grain way. Nice and warm. Some mild, grassy hops to balance.

Taste (4.0): Following the nose in some ways, with a mild but distinctly roasty note accompanying that sweet, rich barley flavor. It’s kind of like bran flakes warmed up with brown sugar. Earthy, grassy hops lead the finish: it rounds out the palate with a very earthy, slightly grassy bitterness that adds a nice, very “Old World” feel to the body. The lager yeast is there in the flavor, but it doesn’t leave any chalky or metallic notes like it sometimes does. No ABV detected on the palate. Very nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Great mouthfeel, moderate carbonation that is lush and filling but never prickly. The body is on the full side of medium and somewhat viscous, but still manages to keep a drying finish. Combination of hops and alcohol maybe, but it works. Very drinkable.

Overall (4.0): I really enjoy this doppelbock. It really is like liquid bread in a lot of ways, and that’s what I dig about it. I don’t go for all that many malt-centric beers, but this one’s a keeper in my book.

Photo of dorianmarley
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, roasted red-brown. It has a light pancake head, and some lacing.

Nose is malty and slightly dusty. It has a mild sourness and some dark fruit.

Taste is heavily roasted malt with some hints of dark cherry and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of carbonation; very drinkable.

Overall, it is great roasted beer without an overwhelming amount of malt.

Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes The Doppelrock, served in a clean pint glass.

Pours a dark burgundy/mahogany color with an almond-colored head of a half-an-inch. Poor retention, nice color. 3.5

Toasted grain, plum, clove, fig, menthol, and a hint of maple. 3.5

Big toasted grain flavor with some strength. Tangy dark fruits althroughout. Very malty with a sliver of herbal hop. Some minty character in the finish that makes it interesting. Definitely a little candied and ripe. All in all, a juicy doppelbock. 3.5

Medium-bodied and leaning heavier. Lesser carb. Pretty soft feel. A strong point for this one. 4.0

Great Lakes keeps great styles simple. And, usually, that produces some great beers. This one's not exceptional, but near the upper rung among American-made doppelbocks. 4.0

Photo of angelogarcia3
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ithaca Coffee Company pours this beer in a pint glass. The beer has a cream colored head with dark copper color. On the nose it is very lite aromas of roasted malt, and chocolate. The first taste is creamy and thick with flavors of roasted malt, & bittersweet chocolate, with a slight bitterness on the finIsh.

Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.