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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 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.

zeledonia, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
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.

wvsabbath, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
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.

yesyouam, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Axic10
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.

Axic10, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
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!

DrDemento456, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Mario61Aler
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.

Mario61Aler, Apr 04, 2011
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.

morimech, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
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.

PDXHops, Apr 02, 2011
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.

schoolboy, Apr 01, 2011
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.

Kbogac, Mar 31, 2011
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.

zimm421, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of beergod1
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.

beergod1, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of steveh
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.

steveh, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber ruby brownish red body with a light speckled khaki head. Aroma has figs/rasisins, with a touch of green apple. Big caramel malts with a nicey artisinal bread layer. Flavor is sweet upfront with the malt profile flexing it's girth, a great example of another well brewed lager from Great Lakes. A bit of herbal hops to balance things out but the booze is really well hidden. More caramel dark fruits like raisins/plums/ and some green apple tartness make up the backbone of the flavor profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel even keeled carbonation with a touch of sticky residual sugars but not cloyingly so. Overall impression is this beer will be popular across the board by both beer geeks and newbies to the craft beer realm very solid welcomed addition to Great Lakes lineup of beers.

WVbeergeek, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Deep, copper/amber in color, with a big, tight head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet malt,toasted bread
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, faint cinnamon and caramel. Nicely balanced not overly sweet. Very smooth and rich and very drinkable for the relatively high ABV.
Although not my favorite style, a solid, smooth brew all around. I have yet to have a bad offering from the boys at Great Lakes!

hosehead83, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Brent
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doppelrock - Doppelbock, clever wordplay, then the label goes on to blather on about the double-necked guitar famous in Cleveland - methinks they come out of the gate trying too hard. Indeed, the cleverness of the name exceeds the inventiveness of the beer which you would expect from the hype to be a bit in-your-face. To the contrary, it is a bit bland. Caramel malt, moderate malty body, some generalized sweetness. For such a big abv, not much going on here. After a string of sub-par doppelbocks, I feel the need to go back to the source and recalibrate my taste with a Celebrator.

Brent, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of donteatpoop
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark amber-brown color, nice cap of white head; slight fog.

Smell was sweet, brown sugars and molases.

Taste was similar to the nose, very sweet; thick with tastes of grain and earth. Thick mouthfeel and easy to drink.

And it was good. so i might buy it again.

donteatpoop, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Infamous7100
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear,tawny, caramel color with about a one finger tan head.
S: not much coming out here. You get the roasted malt and some sweet aromas, but kind of lacking.
T: roasted malts and caramel. Its on the sweeter side with a slight bitterness toward the back.
M: thinner than I thought. Bit of a dry finish that's semi sweet.
O: not bad, but expected more from GL. Will try again to see if this was just a subpar batch. Needs a bit more flavor.

Infamous7100, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doppelrock is ruby colored with notes of brown that make it look dark when not held to the light. The body is both clear and translucent. A light tan head has a creamy look to it, and has good retention and leaves behind a few scraps of lacing.

Sweet toffee and caramel flavors are balanced out by toasted and roasted notes.

The dominant flavor in Doppelrock is definitely a mix of roasted malt and toasted malt. Behind that there is even more malt, with a good bit of toffee and some caramel. The malt base is definitely sweet, but it tends more to the rich, dry side overall. A bit of earthy, spicy bitterness sneaks into the finish.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy, pretty good for the style.

As usual, this is a good effort by Great Lakes. I had a few of this at the bar with no complaint. My buddy and I had a discussion about the ABV, but neither of us guessed that it would be close to 8%, so the booze is pretty well hidden.

Hojaminbag, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Osiris9588
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle outta the 4 pack. Pours a ruddy bronze, establishing a smallish white head that leaves behind some slight, sticky lacing. The aroma is warm and malty, but a little weak. The taste brings a well balanced blend of malt and hops with an enjoyably sticky finish. A credit to the style.

Osiris9588, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is reddish-brown in color, a bit lighter than I might expect from a typical doppelbock, and pretty clear. A nice, dense light brown head is just over a finger high, maintaining its form well and leaving patches of lacing behind.
This one is malt-forward on the nose, but with a healthy dose of hops. Interestingly, more caramel is evident than the molasses and licorice I get from most, though they are present. A bit of toffee with breads and something like plum or, perhaps more accurately, tart cherry (think Bing) is in the background as well. Alcohol is also present.
The taste follows suit, but this one really reminds me more of a strong bock than a doppelbock. Breads and caramel from malts are complemented by a sturdy hops adding some floral bitterness for balance. Just a touch of dark fruits sweetness pulls through with a smoked toffee flavor peeking through also. Alcohol is fairly hot and ever present.
The mouthfeel is also perhaps more appropriate for a bock, and less robust than the big boys of the style. The body is medium. Carbonation is moderate and lends to some crispness that leads well into smoothness. The mouthfeel is good, but it should be richer, fuller and more robust with a bigger body to really compete with the best of the style.
Treating overall as drinkability, the ABV really cuts back on how much one can drink.

Brenden, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a nice description of the beer and lists the abv. (7.8%) and has a freshness date of "06/01/11".

Appearance: The body is very dark with deep reddish highlights and is capped by a tall light tan head. The head is slow fading and it slowly settles to a light ring of slick lace at the edge of the glass. Some lacing is left on the glass at the top.

Smell: Its aroma has sweet caramel and dark fruit notes with herbal/botanical hop notes. I also get a light boozy character and a slight hint of mineral.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice solid bready and doughy malty sweetness with notes of caramel and slight hints of fruit like dates, fig and plum. This is surrounded by a big warm booziness and backed up by earthy and herbal hops bitterness. I also pick up that slight mineral edge as well. The palate is smooth, almost creamy with a firm medium to full body and medium carbonation.

Notes: Overall I feel it's a well made and very tasty Doppelbock. Its only set back is the heavy alcoholic warmth and this will probably mellow just right with a little age.

generallee, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this after liking the bottled version so much.

Appearance - Appears to have a much more amber color than I remember from my bottle pours. A caramely brown and malty looking beer. Served in a stein and it laces well to it.

Smell - Way stronger in light fruits than I remember from the bottle. Slightly malty and a strong bitter smell.

Taste - As with the smell, filled much more with dark fruits than the bottled version. I later realized this was because the beer was served too cold. It almost got to the point that I thought I was drinking a lambic. I didn't get any of the bready malts that define this beer until it warmed up after twenty minutes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite a prominent alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is sweeter than I remember it. Dark fruits and bitters seem more prominent as compared to the bottle. Not sure if it was just the temperature this was served at or if it was the tap; but I'll take a bottled version of this over the on-tap I had tonight any day.

Jesse13713, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of jsulko
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into shaker pint

Pours a darkish brown/amber color with off white head that lingers

Spicy toasted smell

Taste is malty with hints of carmel with a lingering hop finish. Slight chocolate/coffee flavor as it warms up

A good Double Bock, nothing too special S omething I would seek out again.

jsulko, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass

Appearance: Dirty amber-brown brew with minimal lacing.

Smell: Wheat, malts, light chocolate scent and some spices as well.

Taste: Chocolate malt upfront, peanuts, wheat malts, caramel.

A drinkable brew, but needs some minor changes: head retention should be better; needs a little more body; The chocolate flavor is a nice addition to the style, but needs to be toned down a bit.

wmtxbb, Mar 22, 2011
Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.