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Great Lakes The Doppelrock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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86
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214 Reviews
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Reviews: 214
Hads: 417
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 28
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 214 | Hads: 417
Photo of Infamous7100
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 4-pack of this, which is par for the course for anything that comes from GLBC, even if it's new, but this is one exception to the rule, where I would have been fine just buying the single.

Brewed with Harrington 2-row, Munich, Cara 45, and Chocolate malt. Hopped with Hallertau. 7.8% ABV, 18 IBU, OG=18P.

Pours out to a very clear walnut, forming a tan/yellow head with very good retention and adequate lacing, with mild to moderate carbonation whose bubbles slowly make their way to the surface of this syrupy brew. The munich malt toast sits atop a thick malt base with notes of dates and yellow raisins. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a dense body. The taste opens with dates and figs, then a very herbal middle, which doesn't quite sit right with me for the style, a mild to moderate bitterness, and perhaps some carob in the aftertaste. Boozy with some harsh medicinal alcohols not typical for GLBC brews.

While this is a good beer, this is not the way I like my dopplebocks. Optimator is one of my favorites because it is so easy drinking and clean, which is what this beer lacks. I would pass on this one. (1,118 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of bigkingken
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dopplerock pours hazy deep chestnut brown. Retains head well. Bits of (I hope) yeast floating suspended in the glass. Little to no aroma coming from the glass. What little there is smells of roasted nuts. Immediate alcohol taste, this one is a bit stronger than others. Medium-full mouth feel. Not a lot to the initial flavor profile, but the finish is deep, roasted nuts. Tastes more of a nut brown than a bock. Certainly not the favorite bock or dopplebock I’ve ever had. Singlular notes in both the malt bill and hops. Real flavor profile doesn’t appear until the beer has disappeared. (592 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.. (334 characters)

Photo of tjacobs610
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark in color with a small head that has a caramel color and a very small amount of lacing. Color is a reddish brown with a small amount of carbonation

S: Very sweet aroma, with hints of caramel and grains mixed with an odor of fruit

T: Very malty sweet and grainy in taste. It starts out kind of dull and finishes very sweet as the malts are able to be tasted. It doesn’t have an overly strong taste either.

M: Medium bodied, with low carbonation. The malts come to taste almost right away making the beer start strong and finish smooth

O: This beer is moderately good, it has great color and feel but it seems to lack a little bit in smell and is also a little too strong at first (696 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark amber red color. This beer ventures towards the dark side but just misses. A nice head but the abv kills it leaving lacing.

Toffee and caramel malt on a dark burnt toast. Sweet as hell, yet with great lakes I’m interested in what is to come.

Cherry, more cherry, and yes cherry malt? There is a toasted and roasted malt flavor here. Certainly some caramel. The hops are far stronger than any other beer to style, but cherry flavors are abound. The finish is far more hop dominate than those I’ve had from Europe, but this is perhaps the best part of the beer. The hops however are a finish only as the beer is dominated through and through from sweet malts and alcohol.

Harsh alcohol is still present here. A thick body that is to style but the flavors do not make this enjoyable.

I don’t know that I like this style. This is interesting, but falls short of better beers. (893 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 06/01/11 Poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.

Dude Looks Like a Lady
A clear rusty color brown beer with a few active bubbles rising to the top. The beer has pretty deep shadows in the thicker parts of the glass. A decent sized head leaves equally decent lacing. The color of the foam is kinda weird. Its a yellowish white.

Smells Like Teen Spirit
The aroma here is big on grains and toffee. Some lighter chocolate is there too. Hops seem adequately low, and stay out of the way with a delicate tea leaf aroma.

Suck my Kiss
There is a lot of nuttiness to this beer. The earthiness is offset by a little toffee. Grassy hops bring things towards balance, but the sweet stuff edges it out. This isn't huge and rich, as I had hoped. I think if I didn't know any better I might call this some sort of malty brown ale.

More Than a Feelin'
Fizzy with a sharp carbonation. Too much. It really defeats any chance this has of being rich and creamy. The feel doesn't seem to be too thinned out from it, but it doesn't help. This beer finishes very dry. Its like drinking a Dennis Miller joke.

Over the Hills and Far Away
Give me a Celebrator. But in all honesty I didn't expect this to be better that Celebrator. I did, however, expect it to at least be above average. This stuff really is just about average. Its like a Muzak version of a Jimmy Page solo, it should be awesome, but its just been castrated.

I would have written an awesome review full of rock and roll references and things, but this beer just didn't inspire me to do so, Wasted Years. (1,563 characters)

Photo of deebo
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.22/5  rDev -42.2%
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. (1,001 characters)

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Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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