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Great Lakes The Doppelrock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 25
Gots: 21 | 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:
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(Beer added by: alleykatking on 11-16-2010)
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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Doppelrock looked like a raisin... until backlighting revealed all the many majestic colours that actually encompass it. The fact that literal transparency is still preserved despite the deep tone makes the claim that this was brewed according to a purity law all the more believable. Impaired retention is somewhat understandable given the strength.

If this is your first time smelling a doppelbock, I know of few better examples to be greeted by. The thing they call "melanoidins" is a distinct characteristic of Munich and Vienna malts that resembles browned bread crusts. Viscous molasses, dark fruit paste (prune, red grape) and crumbs of chocolate make up the remainder of the welcoming committee.

You know a bock is sufficiently malty when you're first instinct upon sipping it is to chew. The taste of melanoidins - that of rich, toasty, browned bread crusts - is indeed chewy, if not crunchy. A strong wave of alcohol washes it out in the finish, however, supplanting the sweet (and somewhat smoky) maltiness with some pretty high-octane fruity esters.

The palate becomes a battle grounds of competing tastes and textures: brown sugar-like sweetness kicks things off, followed by the crunchy toast of browned malts, which is quickly axed by an earthy, bitter hoppiness, which is eventually set aflame by a bomb of fruity, fusel alcohol vapors. When all is said and done, you want another sip.

I get the reference, but 'The Doppelrock' has to be the cheesiest name in all of American craft brewing. Notwithstanding, it's a hell of a beer. And Great Lakes is a hell of a brewery - I expected nothing less than for them to masterfully capture the characteristics of the style and deliver on a rich, gratifying lager. Indeed, that's exactly what they did.

biegaman, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with some amber hues around the edges. Provides a tight 2 finger tan foam head with some nice retention.

S: As it warms, it gets a tad more potent. Small amounts of caramel, bread, brown sugar and alcohol.

T: Starts off with a caramel and brown sugar taste, not overly sweet though. The bread and biscuit flavors appear in the middle bringing the sweetness into check. Finishes with a balance between all flavors with only a slight hint of alcohol.

M: A nice medium bodied beer, slick and creamy with a small amount of alcohol 'heat' on the palage.

O: This is not an overly complex brew but it is tasty. Easy to enjoy despite the small amounts of alcohol taste present.

IronCitySteve, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of caramel and burnt toffee. It's relatively dry with just a hint of alcohol warmth. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that's half burnt toffee and half roasted malts. It goes down easy and finishes with a touch of warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good doppelbock. It's easy drinking and full flavored.

WesWes, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of GreenJetta912
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn this beer is good. Smells smoother than a doppelbock usually does. You smell something carmelish and ever so slightly boozey.

The miiddle is amazing. Sometimes i forget how good Great Lakes is. It's so damn smooth for a near 8% beer. I could chug this thing. One of the smoothest doppelbocks I've had in a while.

The finish reminds me of a tree root. Weird explaination but that's a good thing. This beer leaves a great mouthfeel behind.

GreenJetta912, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of wspscott
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by 6/1/11

A: Pours with an off-white half-finger head that drops to a thin film leaving lots of lace. The color is a light brown/ruby color that is crystal clear. A pretty beer.
S: Bready malts with a little bit of medium caramel and a hint of dried fruits.
T: Bready and toasty malt combined with what seems to be some caramelization from the kettle. No sign of alcohol, just a slight warming as it warms up.
M: Very "rich" but not quite creamy, attenuated enough to be on the border of crisp. A nice level of carbonation. Slightly drying on the tongue, almost a little astrigent.
D: A very good doppelbock, easy to drink on a cool/damp night, almost too easy. A very good example of the style, but not out of the ordinary. Solid, worth trying.

wspscott, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured a deep garnet color with a fluffy beige colored head that held well atop.Aromas were a little light with brown sugar and caramel sweetness mainly standing out.Bready with that brown sugar sweetness on the palate,the alcohol is really hidden, you would have no idea the ABV was so high.Not overly complex,quite simple reallly,but it tastes good.

oberon, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear ruby-brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel and not much else. The taste is like the aroma with a little more depth, but not much more. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chewy texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a rare miss for Great Lakes Brewing. I cannot see myself drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of EORS
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of red. Fine tan head, with very little carbonation in the beer. Head retains well - up to the end of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, might even be a little bit of a smoky smell at the end.

Taste: Crisp and malty, with plenty of mellow biscuit flavor up front and gradually some more chocolate/coffee notes throughout. Finish is dry, alcohol really comes through, along with a hint of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and well-bodied, probably the fullest of the Great Lakes beers I've tried.

Overall: A very well-balanced, enjoyable beer, but nothing that strikes me as outstanding. It delivers plenty of malt character, some of which I probably don't appreciate. At $3 for a 12-oz bottle, I probably won't buy it again, but am glad I tried it.

EORS, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of DanThomas
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Vibrant red/brown, like a dark cherry wood color. Lingering fingernail sized head that is pretty robust. Adds a nice smooth touch to a very beautiful beer. Some lacing falling down the glass.

S- I get a lot of sweet malt, a pleasant warming alcohol and a hint of toffee.

T- Sweet bready malt hits first, and at the back of the palette the sweetness turns into a nice combination of toffee and caramel. There is also a fruitiness to it that I can't quite name. The taste is pretty mild compared to most doppelbocks I've had. That's okay by me.

M- The beer really excels here, but pretty much all GLBC beers do. The alcohol has a pleasant warmth but you really don't taste it. It's very full-bodied and this works well with the milder taste. Very well-rounded. Sweetness is not cloying and it is washed away well by a dry finish.

O- This is the "session" doppelbock if there ever was one. The perfect beer for a spring night; the mouthfeel brings warmth and the more mild taste brings refreshment. It's just extremely well made. ABV really sneaks up on you. Another wonderful entry from Great Lakes

DanThomas, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a very dark ruby with a fingers worth of light tan head.

The nose offers some caramel and vanilla notes, all surrounded by a boozy blanket.

The taste is full of rich caramel malts with a sweet biscuity taste. The alcohol presence comes through boldy towards the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation matched with a creamy textured smoothness.

Overall, i thought i wasnt a fan of dopplebocks but this is pretty impressive.

ChugginOil, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a mug.

A- Poured a mahogany brown color with finger and a half light brown head. Almost no lacing.

S- Notes of toffee and caramel

T- Caramel, sweet malts, toffee, the alcohol comes in pretty strong but no alcohol burn, just some warming Mild hoppy finish, but overall pretty sweet.

M- Full bodied and fairly mouth coating.

O- The first dopplebock that I have enjoyed. Very malty and a bit too sweet for my palate, but another well-crafted lager from Great Lakes.

Hoptometrist, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super deep mahogany and clear bodied with a densely rich beige crown sitting on top reaching about a finger high. Intricately thick layers of sheeted lace patterns itself heavily on one side of the glass and soak back into the skim on the drinking side.

Quite malty to the nose with some toasty almost burnt factions of toffee, vanilla, milk, and caramel drizzled with fig and dark cherry, dashed with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Taste is smooth and malty; soaked with toasty toffee, some brown sugar and maple sweetness in the front with a slightly burnt caramel taste pulling a bit away from the sweetness thru the middle areas of the palate. Builds in more breadish complexity and heavy pastry flavors and tones as it smoothes into the finsih. Huge fig and vanilla turn into the finish with some burntish almost smokey creamed milk and cinnamon spice sinks in as it finishes clean yet strongly set with a solid portion of cheek grabbing tang and chewy malted yummyness.

Feel is smooth and malty with a nice toasty aspect tugging in some nice little brittleness. Clean and overall sitting within a medium body. Puffs of spicey dryness bring in vanilla, toffee, fig, and cinnamon to it delicate complexity. Some tang and creamyness is evident with its malty Doppelbock body, but isn't quite as complexingly thick or cloying enough to meet some of the authentic German styles quailty. Still, this is one rocking awesome brew to behold and seemingly very fitting for Great Lakes!

tavernjef, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small roastiness and mellow lager notes. In the taste, roasted malts and a lager like feel all the way through. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry caramel like aftertaste. EH! Its OK, thin and lacking flavor for what it is.

OWSLEY069, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of JRed
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.

JRed, Apr 12, 2011
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.

Bung, Apr 11, 2011
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.

Another6Pack, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Apr 10, 2011
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.

Trilogy31, Apr 10, 2011
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 10, 2011
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.

nrbw23, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of ZAP
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.

ZAP, Apr 09, 2011
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.

prototypic, Apr 09, 2011
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.

avaccani, Apr 09, 2011
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.

corby112, Apr 08, 2011
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 07, 2011
Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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