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Great Lakes The Doppelrock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 22
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alleykatking on 11-16-2010)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft @Old Chicago in southern suburban Detroit.

This beer appears a clear dark reddish amber hue, with one finger of creamy beige head, which leaves some sparse streaky lace after a brief spell. It smells of bready caramel, a bit of toffee, leafy hops, and mild booze. The taste is toffee/caramel, nougat, a bit of treacle, earthy hops, and an underpinning alcohol edge. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-heavy in weight, and quite smooth, though hop-pecked at times. It finishes with a drying edge, though the toffee and booze sweetness is never far away.

An agreeably decent doppelbock - well offset by a counterbalancing dryness, and just enough warming to remind one of the imminent summer's end.

biboergosum, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep red in color. Crystal clear, with a nice light tan head on top. Looks very nice.

S: Deep raison and caramel notes. Dark bread and malt throughout. Sweet with burned sugar.

T: Huge malt flavor, bready, and sweet with burnt caramel notes. Roasty and bready.

M: Fairly light in body. The carbonation seems a touch high, and it leaves the palate with a slickness, and a touch of bitterness from the malt.

D: Overall very nice, while not excellent it is nice to try something new from a great brewery.

Beejay, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is clear dark amber. It pours out with a nice tan head with very fine bubbles. The head quickly dissipates to a thin layer of foam. I don't get much of a nose from this beer. There's just a slight earthy, woody kind of scent.

This beer has a nice roasted malty taste with pleasant, punchy little highlights from the hops. I get flavors of toast, cookies, nuts, brown sugar, and allspice. There is a faint, zippy finish that's not too dry. This beer has a nice, creamy mouth feel. I don't detect any graininess or objectionable characteristics whatsoever.

Doppelbocks are not my favorite style of beer, but given my overwhelmingly positive experience with Great Lakes, I have this one a whirl and it was terrific. I reviewed the description of this style and, nose notwithstanding, this beer is everything a doppelbock is supposed to be. Highly recommended.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of kell50
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

kell50, May 12, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown to auburn color. It has a smallish fairly dense white head leaving some lacing on the glass. A slight haze in the glass and is nicely carbonated.

Aroma of course is malt driven with a rich and complex malt bill. Some toffee and bread I can pull out. Not over powering since I think most lager styles are not very aromatic.

Taste is rich and complex malts with hints of bread and toffee, some toasted bread towards the end.

Mouthfeel felt a little thin even watery with a decent alcohol warming in the aftertaste.

I think this is a pretty good beer and is a very good example of the doppelbock style.
A fine offering from our friends at GLB.

micromaniac129, May 15, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Enjoy-by date clearly marked on side of front label. Some rockin' clearly going on the front label..

Pours a clear, reddish-brown. A supremely dark tan head recedes and thinly coats my pilsner glass. Smell is super-fresh, lite-chocolatey and lite-brown sugary malts. Also, a bit of bitters. Very pleasant. Taste "rocks" much more than the smell. Rich and buttery, full malts take over the profile. Very complex malts, running the gamut from toast to molasses to coffee, never quite slipping to the "dark" side. Finish is a residual bitterness from the malts. Also, a bit of alcohol burn - almost produces a charred character. This beer easily masks its 7.8%. Maybe freshness played a factor, but this is the most enjoyable doppelbock I've had to date.

sixerofelixir, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has a real pleasant fragrance to it. Flavor is heartier and a bit more robust than I would have imagined. Fruit tones seem reminiscent of something on the tip of my mind but far away from my tongue. (translated: I can't figure out what fruit this reminds me of) I usually can't stand bocks or doppelbocks, but this one is nice. It's always cool to be able to try a style that you don't really care for, yet are still able to aprpeciate it.

RblWthACoz, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of jonandhisflask
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A Dark red to a deep mohagany very clear. poured a good tan head which lasted a good 25 seconds.

S-im getting huge malts, dark fruits hints of cocoa and chocolates. and almost no hops.

T-roasted malts, cocoa, burnt brown sugars. hints of alcohol, dark fruits and some graininess towards the end.

M-medium body, goes down ever so smooth, awesome carbonation. ends a bit dry again with a grainy finish.

O- great beer, its been a favorite of mine, whenever its in stock i go head and get a few packs. you should as well! cheers

jonandhisflask, Jul 07, 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 warnerry
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/15/11; consumed 5/10/11

Pours a beautiful reddish amber with one finger of light brown head and slow rising carbonation.

Smell has some of the hallmark scents of the style: dark bready notes, dried fruits (fig and raisin). Smell starts off well, but unfortunately there is an off-putting aroma that I can't quite place, maybe a combination of alcohol and slight funk?

Taste is sweet caramel malts up front, followed by dark bready notes, raisins and figs. Some apparent alcohol on this finish.

Has a nice medium mouthfeel. Feels full without being heavy.

While there are a few off notes, I thought this was a pretty sold doppelbock. However, too sweet to be outstanding.

warnerry, May 11, 2011
Photo of 05Harley
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 6/1/11
Lot# 7892GE

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago IL

Price - $12.49/4-pack

Brewed according to the (Reinheitsgebot) Bavarian purity law of 1516. Which means this beer is only brewed with barley, hops, yeast and water.

Lite mahogany in color with amazing transparency from start to finish, This beer is clean. Starts out with a quarter inch creamy white head that's short lived. Nothing clinging here, legs try to form but can't quite stick.

Aroma of caramel, ginger, brown sugar and hops. A little lite in the nose overall and lacking in sweetness.

A hint of caramel and raisins are noticeable in the flavor but the hops just overpower the sweetness. This example lacks the full luster of a dopplebock (dark fruit, toffee and a touch of smoke).

The mouthfeel is pleasent with a good amount of carbonation. Lite to medium body, finishes dry and a little warm.

Overall a solid beer and quite drinkable considering the 7.8 alc/vol. Appearance shines here in my book.

05Harley, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/1/11 and tasted on 3/12/11

Aroma - Delicious malt lagerness. Deep malts not roasty just sweet.

Appearance - Dark golden amber light tan head that quickly dissipated leaving just a collar.

Taste - Malty goodness smooth not a lot of detectable hop flavor.

Notes - Despite the good words I put into the taste section of my notes I gave this beer and overall B and I didn't write a lot of words in the review so I guess this was just an OK Doppelbock.

jwhawkins81, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Morey
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown in color. Ruby red hues can be seen if you hold it up to the light. Nice cream colored head that is leaving behind plenty of lace.

Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is big and malty up front. There's a sweetness that comes into play towards the middle. Just a touch of bitterness from the hops. Finish is quite smooth with a bit of warming alcohol.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. There's a nice creaminess to this beer.

An above average Doppelbock, but I've had a couple better ones over the years.

Morey's Bottom Line: A rather drinkable DB. It's no Celebrator or Smooth Hoperator, but it's pretty darn good.

Morey, May 13, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad stab at a doppelbock. It tastes pretty German to me.

Attractive, voluminous, pinkish head - thick, meringue-y, pillowy. Decent retention (slow fade) and lacing. Close to maroon liquid with autumn orange highlights.

Some of the Munich comes out on the nose, a little bit of the chocolate as well. While overall not super potent, the smell also sports a nice floral hop aroma and hints of over-ripe strawberry and rich, syrupy sweetbread.

Bready, baked flavors are front and center here - Munich and Cara malts coming out the most, chocolate a tad. Malty and sweetish. Getting some kind of fruity pie filling thing and an almost leathery aftertaste. It's all good, fairly clean. First sip or two, with full foam in effect, was uplifting. Ended up showing medium-full, round in the body. Clean and leaving a slight bitter tingle/tang-le.

Maybe lacking a bit of complexity and depth, but a very enjoyable beer (yet again) from Great Lakes. Hmmm, how far from Philly is their brewpub?...

Bouleboubier, May 26, 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 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 tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Moderate layer of white foam on top of solid, thick brown beer. This comes with nice lacing as well.

Smell: Definitely alcohol and some hints of chocolate here. Definitely some pungent hops as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Spiced chocolate with pepper bitterness at the end. Extremely thick mouthfeel that goes down nice and creamy.

Drinkability: A very good sipper for sure.

Overall: See drinkability.

tjsdomer2, Apr 26, 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 alleykatking
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of different pours tonight..good stuff. New seasonal high gravity 4 pk coming out during the spring.

A- Pours a brownish red color. Red hues comes through when held up to the light. Half finger tannish colored head that showed light retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma was a little muted. Candied fruits (plum was the biggest) with some sweet caramel malts. Light boozy aroma in the backend of the beer. Nothing over the top but good nevertheless.

T- Plums come out first and foremost in the beer. There is a light bready malt that comes out in the tailend of the front and more so into the middle. I can pick up some light maple in the middle as well. Alcohol comes in..in the back with some more malty character. This beer is full of flavor into the ending. Nice surprise.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonationis good for the style. Light candied fruits and caramel malts left on the palate with those same malts and alcohol in the aftertaste. Good balance in all the flavors. Alcohol showed light-medium drying on the aftertaste. Clean and crisp flavors overall.

D- The ABV is well hidden in this beer. I had a couple imperial pints along with a pint and it was easy as can be to drink. Great Lakes can be a hit or miss sometimes with me but this was a well made beer.

The only thing I really don't like about this beer is the mouthfeel is a little under for what I think of a Doppelbock. Although, with this beer it is good. A good try in this style from them....good job. Can't wait for this to come out in 4 pk's.

alleykatking, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 6/12/11. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a transparent reddish brown, little head, but it rims around w/ great lacing. Lots of malt up front. I'm picking up a strong chocolate aroma. There's also hints of caramel and toffee in the mix. I can pick all of those characteristics in the flavors as well. I'm also picking up some dark fruits in the flavor. I really enjoy the mouthfeel.. it's light, crisp, well carbonated, smooth, highly enjoyable; medium-bodied, almost feels light-bodied, but it's NOT. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is undetectable. Nice flavors makes it hard to stop drinking. This is a very clean beer.

This is one of the better doppelbocks I've come across. Great Lakes really knows how to brew a lager, they really excel w/ German beers. This is a must for anyone who's into doppelbocks. Well crafted!

BB1313, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of dorianmarley
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

dorianmarley, Apr 03, 2012
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.

superspak, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice dark rich cola colored body with a small tan head that layed down quickly to a nice thin lace. The smell is of rich dark fruit and roasted malt. The taste follows the smell but with much richer flavor of the dark fruit and some chocolate notes on the back of the tonuge. The mouth feel is very nice, creamy and smooth. Overall this is a really good beer by Great Lakes.

chefhatt, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with syrupy red hues. Thin lace.

S - Faint malt sweetness and dark fruits. The nose was muted quite a bit, and I was hoping for a nice malty doppelbock aroma.

T - Dry alcohol, malt sweetness, fall spices, distinct toffee and fruit skin aftertaste. The alcohol is pretty forward. Maybe a bit young tasting to me.

M - Fairly smooth mouth but not as viscous and sturdy as other doppels.

O - A nice beer but lacked in the richness and flavor complexity of what I expect from a quality doppelbock.

BeerForMuscle, May 25, 2011
Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as part of a 4 pack for $9.99 from World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few weeks ago into my silver rimmed Orval Chalice (not the most appropriate vessel but I enjoy drinking from it). “For freshest taste, please enjoy by 06/15/11” printed on the label. Whew…just made it!

A Short lived medium brown head over a dark brown caramel body. Actually kind of basic for the style. 3.0

S That doppelbock malty smell is there but also that familiar Great Lakes “earthy” slant shows up in the smell in this one. That is not a criticism by any means but I find that smell (and taste) in many, many of their beers. The smell, however, is a bit distant which I have found in other beers in the style. 3.5

T A really solid tasting Doppelbock with that Great Lakes earthiness or organic taste as well. I really like the taste of this beer and I think that they (again) have captured the style well again. 4.0

M Moderately thick with a very nice “bready” feel as well. I really like the feel of this beer. Too many doppelbocks are too syrupy and thin for my palate. 4.5

D Good for the style. I could have 2 or 3 of these. 4.0

Notes: I can certainly recommend this latest bottled Great Lakes beer.

adamette, Jun 08, 2011
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