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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alleykatking on 11-16-2010)
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Photo of MadScientist
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a very nice looking beer that is very clear dark brown with ruby highlights. There is a long lasting, creamy light tan head.

It has an intensely melaniodin aroma like the thick brown crust of an artisan bread. There is moderate aromas of toast and carmel in there. No noticeable hops aroma and just a hint of plum and chocolate that rounds out the nose.

The flavor is like chewing on a thick, dark crust of a loaf of bread with the melaniodin flavor propionate and toasted flavors following right behind it. There is a moderat hop bitterness and no hops flavor with a slight hint of chocolate and plum. The alcohol give a slight warming. A clean lager profile from the yeast without any diacetyl, phenols and only the slight plum ester.

It's very smooth with a medium-full body with a moderately low carbonation. No astringency.

This is a big, rich lager with some nice dark toasty and bready characteristics.

MadScientist, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of titosupertramp
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby, mahogany color..hard to tell, but there appears to be lots of floaties in there. Finger or two of off-white almost tan head. Not a lot of lacing, but nice film with bigger bubbles around edge of glass.

S: Wow. I don't have a lot of experience w/ Doppelbocks, but this caught me off guard. Very full and rich. Roasted malts, dark fruit, mild chocolate. Man..that's nice.

T: Pretty complex. Roasted malts, tart fruit and a sweetness from the chocolate malts. The alcohol is slightly present in the finish, but unless it's heavy, I won't complain.

M: Full, rich and smooth with just a little bit of tingle from the alcohol.

O: Again, I don't have a lot of experience with the style so I may be overrating this a bit, but I like this a lot. This is a very interesting, complex and enjoyable beer. I'll get it again.

titosupertramp, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany in color with a light haze while its cold, but clarifys as it warms a bit. Poured with a thick bridge foam that reduced to light wisps and a ring around the top of the glass. Sweet roasted malt and dark fruit aromas, raisins and figs, with a hint of chocolate. Boozy aromas sneak in as it warms up.Smooth, thick and creamy feel. Sweet roasted malts up front with dark fruits and chocalte malt in the middle and an herbal hop bitterness at the finish. Similar to aroma, there's a little booziness at the finish. Finishes with a lingering sweet malty but herbal hop bitterness.

IronLover, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Very much looking forward to trying a Doppelbock from Great Lakes Brewing. Pours a dark amber color with zero head into Great Lakes pint glass. Smells of malt and sweet bread and a bit of fruit that I can't quite place. A nice little bite on the lips in the front end that gives way to a nice rich malty mouthfeel that finishes clean. A nice example of the style and there's a decent bit of carbonation that mixes with the malt to keep it from being too rich, thick or alcohol heavy. Another solid offering from Great Lakes.

Blueribbon666, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of madvermin
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shoutout to my main man AwYeh for this - I will see you in three days, be ready to drink some great beers in return for all this!

Pours a deep purplish brown with red hints and only faint translucence outside of a direct light source. Head is two fingers, finely bubbled, and very neatly arranged on the top - it looks like someone put it on using a straight edge. Leaves spotty lace and keeps a thin cap on top for the duration of the beer.

Smells of dark fruits, nuts and baked malt. The nuttiness combines well with some good spice, namely cinnamon and nutmeg. Not the strongest smell in the world, but holds its own with quality scents.

Taste is a solid combo of spice, slightly charred toasted biscuit and a lot of mellow dark fruit. Nuttiness from the nose is developed more here which is nice. Figs and plums come to mind, and the finish is slightly sweet and sticky. Really a fantastic combo all around, and the beer never focuses too much on one of these aspects - everything is pretty much equal and achieves its maximum potential. The sweetness at the end is honey-like, and pretty much perfect. Gives Ayinger Celebrator a run for its money. Tiny bit of alcohol breath as the beer warmed for me - it's not bad but I'd rather it not be there.

Mouthfeel paces a fine line between thin and syrupy with calm. Approaches watery at times, but just when it is about to it gets sweetened and thicker. Drinkability gets helped out a great deal by that along with the mellow yet flavorful taste. I may be biased being from NE Ohio and all, but this beer was just plain awesome - I'd be happy drinking this and only this for a month straight.

Note: I just saw it's 7.8% abv...I am stunned. This goes down as well as any beer out there - awesome job GLBC.

madvermin, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of atr2605
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a very dark amber with a 2 finger width tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a lace around the glass
S-Sweet malt, honey, and molasses
T-Light brown sugar and honey, the hops provide enough bitterness to keep the malt from being too sweet but doesn't contribute a ton of flavor.
M-medium-full bodied
O-Excellent beer and very drinkable.

atr2605, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Spider889
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Great Lakes seasonal, I think this is the best newer offering they've had recently.

Live review from the bottle, but I have also had this on tap. (Actually did a side by side between this and Celebrator.)

Pours with excellent clarity, a robust dark hardwood grain color. The head can be easily controlled with this beer. If you wish you can produce several fingers, I seem to prefer a more subdued pour after a half dozen of these this season. A tall pour seems to destroy much of the carbonation. With a clean glass I have been able to produce a true wall of lace which is quite exceptional.

The smell is very warm and bready. Dark wheat and toasted grains. Lots of yeasty unbaked dough in there, as well as sweet fruits like fig and date. Compared to Celebrator this is not quite as sweet, and much more grainy. That said, it smells much more fresh to me, and very clean.

Crisp and chewy malt goodness greets the palate. Doppelrock is full of flavor. Toasty bread crust and dark grains.There's plenty of sweetness, but much less than in some versions of the style. Great Lakes always does such a wonderful job of creating amazingly clean and fresh flavors.

Chewy with soft, pillowy carbonation - quite nice, though maybe the carbonation is a tad low for the style. I like it this way.

Overall I have really enjoyed this brew, and sincerely hope it makes its way back around next season. I wish it were cheaper, but it is easily several dollars under the Celebrator price point.

Spider889, May 12, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to try this new Great Lakes Seasonal. Enjoy by date 06/01/11

A- Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights. A thick slightly off-white foam head leaves behind nice lacing.

S- A very rich sweetness is present in the nose with aromas of caramel, bread, toffee, and a touch of chocolate.

T- The flavor is certainly an extension of the nose. Nice malty sweetness with caramel, brown sugar, and slightly roasted flavors leading the way. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. Full flavored brew that soars above most of the other "spring seasonals".

projectflam86, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of kkipple
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Prototypic for the chance to try this one. First time. Bottle is "best by" 6/1/2011, so just a little past the date. It didn't seem to hurt this beer at all.

A. Ahh, now this is more like it! After suffering through a raft of lightly caramel colored American Doppelbocks, it's refreshing to see a darker version of the style. This is pecan colored and clear, with a fine, dense tan head that never dies and actually leaves some lace behind. Excellent.

S. Very nice, full, pulls no punches and hits everything you want in a Doppelbock. Sweet, rich, layered malt, complex, dark and bready, toasty-booze, prune, hearty caramel, cool, no hops, lots to like... Very German, I would not be able to tell this was brewed in the US if you told me otherwise.

T. A few sips confirm: The Doppelrock is simply one of the best traditional Doppelbocks I've had from America, shames many German examples. This is rich and complex, without being sticky or sickly sweet, and boasts an astonishing balance of complementary flavors. Prune, singed sugar, dark hearty bread with a little carbon-toast, a dry, rye-bread spiciness (from the yeast I suspect), mature. Delicious.

M / D. Well rounded carbonation keeps this sweet grain-water from being too heavy on the palate, the whole endeavor is quite easy and smooth, with just a tiny amount of alcohol warmth to keep things going. Finish is long and semi-sweet and very toasted dark bread.

The Doppelrock is just flat out fantastic, a drinkable delight that holds its own with the best German examples of the style. Highly recommended. I'm going to look for this next time I'm up North.

kkipple, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of BottleOfPills
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving is a 12oz bottle, best served before 06.15.11. The bottle is dark, and I'm in a hotel, so I"m pouring into a plastic non-beer drinking glass.

The appearence is a dark-brownish red color, pouring a 1 finger dirty tan creamy head that quickly dissapated. Overall I think pretty darn good.

The smell is not overpowering, but to me this is a flaw, maybe I have a cold (don't think so) but I really don't smell anything, maybe a hint of hops, but overall it's just pretty average to me.

The taste is excellent or should I say "exceptional", not too strong, caramel, hops, like fire roasted if that makes sense. It doesn't but I don't think there's caramel in there either.

Mouthfeel is crisp the way I like, not flat like. The carbonation is great and holds for a long period. Good to exceptional.

Overall this is a very good beer and feel as if my money has been well spent on this 7.8% ALC/Vol double bock lager.


BottleOfPills, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt! BBD 06/12/11

Pours chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Average head retention

S: Bready, spicey & some boozeyness once warm

T: Follows the nose, lovely nutty/caramel notes along with apricot & some dryness up front. Spicyness & breadyness dominate as this warms, some faint metallic hop notes ( blending in well ), slight plum notes as well. Finishes fruitty & bready with a touch of herbal & woody hops showing up late to the party

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, well put together

A very nice, doppel, I would buy the hell outta this ( & other beers from these guys ) if given the chance

russpowell, May 19, 2011
Photo of gdrydenc
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with quite a bit of light tan head on top of a amber brown, medium color. Solid looking beer.

S - A bit of boozy smell to it. The majority is just a bready malt with hints of caramel. Good smelling beer that lets me know it's a bit boozy.

T - The taste is pretty much what I'd expect. The caramel is very forward, and the breadiness and sweetness hit in the finish. Delicious beer, but one that is a bit exhausting to drink due to the sweetness.

M - Whether or not it's actually thick, the sweetness and the booziness makes it feel quite thick. It's a very mouth-filling beer. One that suits a football Sunday quite well.

Overall, this is a good beer. I got it a while back and has been sitting in my cellar for a while. I don't think a bit of age did any harm to it, if it didn't improve it.

gdrydenc, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of giblet
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured copper color into the glass with about one inch of head. nice rich roasted malt aroma hinting of chocalate. nice full flavor with a drier hop finish.

this beer is nice full bodied. left nice lacing down the glass. i am happy to have three left for enjoyment.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Apr 28, 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 Thanby
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany with ruby through the middle, small off-white head that dies quickly.

Smells like a pretty solid bock body, a tiny bit of dark fruit, plenty of brown sugar sweetness, not a whole lot of hops noticeable but there's a slightly earthy quality in the background.

The first taste is big on the malt body and there's a tinge of cherry tartness around the edge. The body is rich and almost a little chewy, a bit of the brown sugar but not quite as sweet as it smells.

Full body and still pretty well carbonated, I can't find the ABV at all. Slightly sticky finish with lingering malt that's a bit dry for the style.

Overall a good production, solid, but not as hoppy as Great Lakes usually makes 'em.

Thanby, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a vibrant copper reddish brown. Two-finger head of rich, tan, thick foam slowly dissipates, leaving a surface of fine lace and pockets of larger bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is dark ruby red and clear, with a thin trail of carbonation rising thru the center.

S - Rich toasted, some roasted malts, with caramels and pulses of 50% milk chocolate. A hint of toffee after it warms. Also suggests very moist freshly baked chocolate-banana bread. Only complaint is the nose is rather subdued, even after warming - have to coax it out of the snifter.

T - A bit darker than the nose, but matching it. Nicely toasted/roasted malts and darker chocolates come to the forefront, but bitterness in the profile is pretty subdued - just the right amount to be able to enjoy the malts/sugars over a prolonged time without drowning in them. Noble hops deliver just enough undefined earthiness to compliment and balance the sugars while at the same time remain in their supporting role.

M - Somewhat fizzy at first, but gives way to a surface creaminess on the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Good body and well-integrated. Finish fades quickly to soft echos of sugars on the tongue. Not at all as thick as the chocolate tastes might suggest it will be, but definitely no thinness, either - just right.

O - Skip the chocolate dessert tray and make this your last course of the night. This doppelbock features rich chocolate malts with just the right balance of hops to make them delicious without being heavy or filling. Could easily enjoy several of these over post-dinner conversation without feeling like I've cleaned out a Godiva factory. Another winner from Great Lakes. BTW - while this review is based on tasting from a bottle, I remember the servings I've had both this year and last on tap as being even better. It's one of those beers where the delivery is even better than the anticipation.

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Ghizmo, Apr 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Icedogs, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of UDbeernut
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a cheater pint, sample about a month past its freshness date

A: 1/4" foamy off white head with good retention, mahogany amber color, lots of carbonation

S: sweet nose, dark fruit, hint of flower hop

T: malt and caramel sweetness upfront, notes of cherry and raisin, flowery hops in the mix

M: full bodied, chewy mouth

O: another great beer from glbc. I should have bought another bottle to age and compare.

UDbeernut, Jul 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.