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Great Lakes The Doppelrock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alleykatking on 11-16-2010)
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Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark red with off white head that dissipates but clings to the sides of the glass. Weak aroma of stale grapes, slight spice, and grains. Tastes of dark fruits, slight spice, medicinal notes, salted grains, slight bread and nuts, dry with some residual sugar. Heavy carbonation with medium body. The Doppelrock is the dumbest name I've ever heard but the beer isn't as bad as I would've guessed. Worth a try but no reason for multiple pints.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 02:42:03 | More by JRed
Photo of Bung


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Macs.
Amber pour with ample white head that laces pretty well.

Malty aroma, caramel, toffee. Some raisin, yellow raisin.

Taste has a good dose of malty caramel. Then something a bit musty? Herbal pine later, almost toasted malt finishing.

Lighter mid bodied, maybe a bit light. Not as much to it as I'd like. No heat and pretty drinkable though.

It was a bit of a miss for me, not bad but not in Great Lakes upper level.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 01:54:32 | More by Bung
Photo of Another6Pack


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a very thin, tan head. Nose is unremarkable, though I don't recall ever hankerin' for a big whiff of a bock before, so I figure this one is typical - and therefore average - for the style.

The taste, on the other hand, is remarkable. Starts off with a nice round mouthful of dark chocolate and finishes crisp and dry with just a hint of lingering sweetness. Think chocolate stout with a dry Irish stout finish. Fantastic.

I've tried four of five of GLBC's offerings, and this one is my favorite so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:10:43 | More by Another6Pack
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a thick ring. Color is a dark caramel copper brown.

Aroma: Big biscuit flavor. Very malty. Caramel and toffee. Seems to have some scotish malt flavors to it. Kind of roasty.

Taste: Again, all malts. Toffee, caramel, biscuit, and some scotish malt flavors. Boozy. Dark dried fruits. Molasses.

Mouthfeel: Dry and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and boozy.

Overall, too much malts for me. Straight up all malts. Too boozy as well. Just not a good dopplebock imo.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:51:14 | More by mothman
Photo of Trilogy31


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Toffee brown color with no head or lacing to speak of, golden color at the rim. Complex nose of maple syrup, port soaked plums, dark ref fruits - currant and cherry and some sweet sherry. Mouth mirrors alot of the nose with a touch more of oxidized sherry, hazelnut and finishes with a warming alcohol, midly hoppy finish. Received this beer as an extra and was thoroughly enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:26:29 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of TMoney2591


3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

"We will we will doppelrock you!" Sorry, I couldn't resist. The doppelrock (yes, the "The" is absolutely necessary) pours a clear garnet-ruby topped by a finger of dirty cream foam and populated by a bunch of floating particulates. The nose comprises caramel, light buttery biscuits, figs, red grapes, light maple syrup, and raisins. The taste holds notes of caramel, bitter orange peel, light bitter dark chocolate powder, light burnt rye toast, and a hint of red wine. Whoa, this does not follow, nor does it sit all that well with my 'buds. The body is a light-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a too light and not-very-appetizing d-bock. Can't really say all that much else about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:15:27 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- Pours a crystal clear, deep reddish brown color with an off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves behind nice lacing.

S- A very rich sweet malts. Picking caramel, bread, toffee, nuts and a touch of chocolate.

T- Follows the nose pretty well, is pretty much a malt bomb and not really getting any hops or bitterness. Malty sweetness with caramel, brown sugar, and quite a bit of roasted flavours.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, and I really enjoyed this one. I like what GLBC did here.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 18:50:58 | More by nrbw23
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this new offering from what I consider the best brewery in the U.S.

A-Red mahogany colored...nice creamy tan head on top..

S-Very rich and malty...some sweat cocoa...light caramel..

T-Nice and malty....sweet and kind of bready with a dusting of sweet cocoa...

M-Full...rich...drinkable...low hopping which is how I like my doppels but a slight hint of booziness on the finish keeps the high malt load in check..

O-I'm impressed. About what I expected. Falls a little short of the top german doppels but a well done American version I could drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:24:04 | More by ZAP
Photo of prototypic


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

The Doppelrock pours an interesting color that lies somewhere between dark copper and nut brown. It's very clear, and features nice crimson highlights when held to light. It's topped with a cream colored cop that stands about a finger tall. It falls to a surface covering rather quickly. Lacing was light and spotty.

The nose is good. It's malty and a little sweet up front. It features a light chocolate malt scent that is reminiscent of cocoa. Hints of caramel and toffee follow. They aren't all strong, but are probably responsible for the light sweet scent. It's a little yeasty, and has a bread-like component to it. Alcohol is masked well and is not much of a factor. It's rather straight forward, but smells good. I like it.

The flavor is a little less endearing. I was hoping for more. The malt base is a mix of cocoa-esque chocolate and light caramel. It falls very slightly on the sweet side. There's a toasted flavor there that's a little odd. It's not overtly bad, but it doesn't add anything positive. It is slightly yeasty and bread-like. There's another interesting flavor that emerges late. It's somewhat medicinal and reminiscent of cherry. Fortunately, it's very light and subtle. Alcohol is blended well. It's a little noticeable, but not overly so.

The Doppelrock has a body that's on the light side of medium. Carbonation is dialed down nicely, but it feels just a fraction thin. Nonetheless, it goes down smooth and easy. I've found that Great Lakes really can't do a bad job with mouthfeel for some reason. They're damn good in that department.

The Doppelrock is a pretty good release from Great Lakes Brewing Company. I like that they're introducing some new things annually in their seasonal lineup. While The Doppelrock isn't the best they've come up with, it is definitely a beer worth checking out. Frankly, it could easily be improved with less of the toasted flavor and elimination of the subtle medicinal quality. They're not big players in the flavor, but I'm not a fan of either. It's not a great Doppelbock, but it is a pretty good one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 03:26:20 | More by prototypic
Photo of avaccani


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

A - Pours a deep ruby red. Fire red under light. Has a tan 1 finger head that dissapates into a thin that laces the whole way down. Looks like an amazing beer.

S - Sweet caramel malt, some general grainy notes. Nice and malty

T - First thing I get is some coffee like flavor, then the sweeter caramel malt starts shining through. This packs a big punch of German malt. There is enough hops to prevent it from being cloying sweet, but I can't detect any in the way of flavor. A tad boozy on the finish or I'd of rated this a 4.5.

M - Suprisingly full bodied. It is creamy on the palate yet finishes without coating the mouth too much. Very impressed.

O - I'd like this year round. It is a great Dopplebock. If your lucky enough to snag this, you won't be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:09:15 | More by avaccani
Photo of corby112


2.2/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up at Capone's.

Pours a dark caramel brown/copper color with ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of soily, piney hop character. There's also a bitter smelling roasted malt presence with hints of caramel and hazelnut underneath. The nose is kind of one note and not very impressive.

Medium bodied with a blast of earthy bitterness that lingers throughout, dominating the other flavors, into a long dry finish. Very earthy with the taste of dirt, soil and spice. Underneath there is a sweet malt backbone with hints of toffee, hazelnut, chocolate and caramel. Although these malt elements are there, they are buried beneath the earthy bitter flavor. The ABV is well masked with little heat but the harshness of the flavor makes it pretty tough to drink. I usually love Great Lakes' offerings but this was a pretty big disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 05:31:20 | More by corby112
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown. Off white head forms and some lace. Aroma of nutty roasted malts. In the flavor, roasted malt, scotch, peat and alittle fruityness. Somewhat boozey, alittle sweet with a kiss of hops in the finish. Full bodied, smooth and good carbonation. A pretty authentic tasting bock. If you told me this was an import I would have believed it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 14:13:59 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of zeledonia


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, very reddish brown, and clear, with a solid two-finger cream-colored head that slowly dissipates. A few little streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is rather light and flowery. Honey, a blend of sweet, bready malts, and some yeast back behind it. Has that earthy, bready, yeasty aroma that most doppelbocks do, but it's a bit weaker, and preceded by this light flowery fruity sweetness (floral hops, maybe?).

Taste: this is a true malt-bomb. Thick, bready, sweet caramel malts dominate the flavor, and are followed by some peppery flavors that linger and kinda dance on the tongue, and a little touch of bitter after that. The almost-finish is quite nice and complex, but it can't pull the beer out of that pool of malt. And then the sweetness comes back in for the knockout punch. It's just overly sweet and pushy, even for a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is quite good: thick and chewy, as it should be, with ample carbonation to remind you you're not drinking syrup. Unfortunately, it lingers on the tongue past when I want it to, but that's because of the taste, not the feel.

This is a, hmmm, "passable" doppelbock. I'm enjoying drinking it, but it's not one of my favorites. Many better ones out there. Needs more balance to the flavor - tone the malts down a bit, and I think some tasty sublety would come through. But as it is, those nice flavors are buried.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:50:50 | More by zeledonia
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown, red tint, very nice creamy 2 inch head.

Smell - Malts, sugars, yeast, barley, some hops and carmel

Taste - Bold roasty malts and sweet barley at first. The hops are masked under the malts and sugars. After this warmed up some, the alcohol did infact come out more. Plenty of carmel and yeast also.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, and coats mouth very well. Hops add some bitterness to tounge, then sugar sweetness. Aftertaste is slighty dry and malty.

Overall - A nice malty and smooth drinking beer. The beer is right on for the style. The sugar and hops add flavor. Easy to drink and enjoy. Alcohol is just enough to be careful to not drink more then a few.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:49:59 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes The Doppelrock is a very clear, deep red beer with a big, foamy, khaki head that has outstanding retention and lacing. There are spicy hops in the aroma with some slightly sweet caramel. There are notes of wood resin and chocolate. It has a smooth, medium body that finishes a little chalky. It's a bold taste. The tangy, slightly sweet malt is balanced out with a nice wooden bitterness. Roasted flavors and melanoids are detected. It has a long, hot, bitter aftertaste. Wow, this is like as lager version of an American barley wine. It packs a punch.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 15:09:46 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark reddish amber in color with some visibility (not clear though) and a half finger of off white head that quickly settles.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malt, dark fruit and some brown sugar with a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: Caramel, sweet bready malt, sweet raisin and fig, hints of brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall: I don't drink too many doppelbocks, but this is very enjoyable (not on the level of Celebrator). I will finish the rest of the 4 pack with no issue whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 22:59:17 | More by Axic10
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part two of my five part flight. Another 4oz for a buck!

A - Poured a very nice dark amber with a layer of head that turns to a moderate lace ring in the glass.

S - Smells of caramel and sweet malt with a touch of gain and hops. Very little alcohol in the nose is a surprise.

T - Very smooth creamy sweet malts with caramel being in the middle and a mild hop presence that has a creamy finish. Alcohol taste and burn very low which made this sampler easy to drink.

M - Light to medium. One of the easier drinking Doppelbock I ever had.

Overall I really don't care for the style since it's usually pretty boozy but Great Lakes did a great job of keeping the alcohol well hidden and delivering a great flavor to boot. Would prefer it over Spaten's version any day!

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 18:54:57 | More by DrDemento456
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a darker ale fan I found the presentation very acceptable to the eye,very rich dark red tint and a nice lacey light cream colored head that disapated in about one minute.

I poured this into a Sam Adams Lager glass that captured the aroma very well and discovered some nice odors being released from this bock. As spring is starting and allergies kicking in my nose is losing its ability to identify all the complex odors going on in the glass.

When I lifted the glass to my lips I received some head that was very soft and slightly sweet. After tasting the lacy foam and sucking in the wonderful odor I got down to the reason for this exercise...THE BEER! WOW, what a wonderful feel.... soft, creamy, smooth and very drinkable. This "best by date" of 6/12/11 had a hint of sweetness that was forward on the palate (tongue) with the right amount of bitterness at the back of the throat that didn't linger too long, as the hops came out at the right time.

Overall, I will get this one again. I might share the four pack with my wife but my friends will have to get their own...hehehehe.

I would serve this with a pasta with a red sauce that was heavy on the veggies and cheese. It will compliment it well.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 13:32:58 | More by Mario61Aler
Photo of morimech


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark crimson/brown with two fingers of solid head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Nice lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is slgihtly nutty and grassy. Hints of spice like nutmeg or cinamon.

Seems there is a touch of winter warmer in the Doppelrock. Nutty, grassy, and some baking spices. Sweet malt.

The body is very good. Nice creamy, soft texture. Good combination of body and carbonation.

Needs a little bitterness to offset the sweetness but otherwise a very well done doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 19:29:18 | More by morimech
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South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a shaker pint. Deep see-thru amberish brown capped with a head that's modest in size, but sticks around pretty impressively. Scattered lacing.

Nose is pleasant but nondescript, toasty grains and chocolate. Tastes more interesting, perhaps not strictly to style. Malts are very nutty and quite toasty, hops are earthy and rather tealike. Creamy and thickish with moderate carbonation. Lacking in crispness. I'd have guessed brown ale in a blind test. Not a great doppelbock, but tasty enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:06:32 | More by PDXHops
Photo of schoolboy


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As with all Great Lakes products, this is well made and interesting. However, it has a lot of flaws. The taste is a bit harsh as is the mouthfeel. The smell is barely there. There is no head, but the color is a pretty dark red/brown and it is perfectly clear.

I suppose based on manufacturing costs, this beer may be priced appropriately, but based on taste it is greatly overpriced. I will remember to not purchase again and I would not recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:20:04 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Kbogac


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Dark burgundy with a nice 1/4 inch of foam. Dissipates to a ring then slowly fades leaving lacing on the glass. Sweet carmelly malt smell. First taste is malty coffee and caramel. Lightly sweet malt and a light molasses taste with a slightly bitter finish. Light mouthfeel easy drinking. Not my favorite Doppelbock but good.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 22:37:18 | More by Kbogac
Photo of zimm421


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark brown with a nice reddish hue. Has a nice tan head that leaves good lacing.

The aroma consists of great caramel and toffee scents, but isn't overly impressive. I was expecting a bit more from the nose. The flavor starts out slightly bitter, but eventually moves onto a very sweet taste, that again contains the caramel and toffee flavors. The alcohol is present in the flavor, but fits in well with the character. The tastes are fairly well balanced, and definitely not overly bitter.

The mouthfeel is creamy with an average amount of carbonation, and each sip leaves a slight film in your mouth. Medium-bodied. This is very drinkable, as it goes down smoothly, and the balance makes it enjoyable to drink. Glad I picked this up, will definitely enjoy finishing them off.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 20:54:28 | More by zimm421
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out again to D Kurtz for finding this before I did.
Poured into GLB Pilsener glass, Burnt reddish color, with a light tan head, reducing to a line of foam most of the way down, with light lacing. Aroma of burnt molasses, and malt, with a hint of Rye (even though there is no sign of it on the bottle) Taste is medium body, with dry malt finish. Crisp and easy drinking, didn't notice the 7.8% ABV. Nice roasted chocolate malt, and I swear there is Rye in there. Flavor was enhanced as it warmed.Any way, another good offering by GLB.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 00:40:51 | More by beergod1
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was in the mood for a Doppel, saw a local with a (somewhat) decent price on the 4 packs -- here goes.

Best by 06/12/11 on the label.

A -- Clear, chestnut brown with a dense, firm, tan colored head.

S -- I could smell the alcohol in the pour -- closer inspection reveals a nice bready character with some vague DMS and spicy alcohol -- even some mild dark fruit in the very back.

T -- Hot, peppery alcohol up front, somewhat distracting. Dark bread crust characters mingling with some caramel and dark fruit characters, finishing with a light, sticky-sweet dark bread character and that peppery alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, and somewhat syrupy and finishes quite dry. Body is very full with alcohol warming present.

O -- The more I sip at this, the more I'm enjoying it despite the rather hot alcohol character -- it's bordering on being too harsh, but the rich malt character with subtle complexities saves it. A very good Doppelbock to style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 21:20:27 | More by steveh
Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.