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Great Lakes The Doppelrock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes The DoppelrockGreat Lakes The Doppelrock

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very good

392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%

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 lovindahops

New York

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at j ryans

A- a nice reddish caramel look with ridiculous head of light brown foam that lingers. Hearty Brew says it all from the standpoint of what a doppelbock represents. The foam does not go away

S- awesome bready malt with some sugar sweetness. Oddly enough, this scent was similar to the fat tire I had the other day. Just a good bready malt scent with some sugars involved

T- wow, what a taste. A good facefull of malty sweetness that is fluffy with a bready malt taste and aforementioned sweet sugars. Very flavorful and filling on the taste

M- good coating flavor all over.

O- not sure how I missed this brew from one of my favorite breweries. I need to grab a four pack asap

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 21:56:54 | More by lovindahops
Photo of sitarist


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby color, under less light it appears brown. On top of the beautiful liquid sits a thick, dense khaki head. The head takes its time, before falling to a top coating that leaves heavy lacing.

It has a pleasantly clean aroma with hints of fig newtons, apple, plum, and caramel. Nothing really jumps out at me, nor is it complex. Its overall aroma is greater than its components.

Just like the nose it lacks complexity, and its overall flavor is greater than any of its individual components. I do detect hints of sourdough pretzel, apple, plum, and the slightest hints of spice(white pepper).

Almost full bodied with just enough carbonation to let me know its not flat. Just a hint of warmth, and bitterness at the end.

For a style that I usually don't care for, these seem to go down pretty quick. I couldn't drink many in a sitting, but I can quickly knock a few off.

Another great beer from GLBC...these guys really nail German style beers!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:20:02 | More by sitarist
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 18:54:57 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Chimay glass.

Pours with 1F of tan head over a deep brown body, with tons of visible carbonation clinging to the sides.

Rich, sweet, and delicious aromas: Red grapes, port wine, toffee, chocolate covered cherries.

Dark fruits carry over into the flavor, with a light spice in the middle. Almost a juicy cherry pie quality. Some cordial liquer.

Mouthfeel is great for a Doppelbock. Not too thick or cloying. Almost refreshing.

A very easy drinking doppelbock, with terrific aromas, and a surprisingly "light" flavor and mouthfeel. A good gateway into the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:50:40 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of musicforairports

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, ruby hues in the light. Decent head and minor lacing.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, sweet dark fruits. Gets more complex as it warms.

Flavors of dark caramel, vanilla, figs, light chocolate. Moderately sweet. Smooth.

Medium mouthfeel; clean and smooth. Lightly creamy.

One of the better doppelbocks I've had. Definitely opts for a more complex malt character over heavy sweetness. Glad I was able to pick a 4-pack up while traveling.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:44:28 | More by musicforairports
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a reddish-brown color with a billowing tan head. The head had big carbonation bubbles entrapped within and eventually faded to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The sweet is heavy of dark bread. Roasted malt with a good helping of sweeter molasses and some light dark fruit aromas of prune are all in the mix creating a nice aroma overall.

Taste – A big bready flavor meets the tongue. It starts out more mild in roast flavors and instead had a good level of brown sugar sweetness. The brown sugar became more molasses as the taste advanced with some notes of dark fruit entering the taste. Overall the sweetness is rather lighter then at the beginning and at the same time the bread flavor takes on a heavier roast taste as well. These flavors transitioned very smoothly and in the end, when mixed with a lighter alcohol flavor, left a very satisfying, slightly warming, feeling on the tongue. Fantastic!!!

Mouthfeel –The body is slightly chewy with a very low level of carbonation. These two characteristics allow the flavors to sit on the tongue and allow that wonderful aftertaste to linger.

Overall – One tasty brew. It has great flavors, a wonderful smell and feel and gives you the perfect warming feeling, making it one to sit back, sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 00:09:25 | More by Darkmagus82
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:10:43 | More by Another6Pack
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although I love rock (actually, that's a ridiculous understatement) depictions of "rocking" and "rocking fans" on beer bottle labels come off pretty cheesy. Still cool they're showing love for the double-neck guitar. The actual appearance of The Doppelrock once poured is pretty much stunning. A fiery red/brown color is host to a creamy tan head that, while not super-thick, hangs in there forever and slaps some slippery lace onto the glass.

Aroma is big and toasty, with pumpernickel and cocoa backed up by a light whiff of the alcohol. It's very nice.

Taste makes me think of dark German bread, black sesame seed, and cocoa nibs, with a light touch of mineral and just a slight bit of alcohol underneath it all. Toasty is the word here, but a nice herbal edge gives it some zip. A hearty, comforting double bock taste that only gives away its American origins due to some leafy, green hops that work their way in. Fairly dry with not much flavor left in the short finish, although the herbal character remains.

Slick, almost velvety texture, a total pleasure to hold in the mouth.

Great Lakes usually impresses, and this one continues that tradition. I would not hesitate to buy more, and fans of the style should be very happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 22:26:36 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of AJacob81


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally picked this up in a sampler pack from Copperfield's. Should've gotten a 4 pack, as this really pleasantly surprised me. Poured into a pokal glass.

A - Dark brown brew with auburn highlights supports a 2-finger beige head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

S - Brown sugar, molasses, and roasted malt with just a touch of earthy hops. Faint notes of milk chocolate and anise.

T - Deeply roasted malt dominates at first, then the flavors from the nose show up in support. The finish has a nice bite of black coffee, and a slightly spicy hop kick. This is malt-heavy, but more complex than the other American doppelbocks I've tried.

M - Thin to medium body, but decent carbonation definitely helps. As a lager, this is within style, but could be a little richer. Finishes dry.

It's no Celebrator, but this is easily a top-notch American take on the style. Will definitely be buying this fresh next time it's released. Another fantastic offering from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:27:25 | More by AJacob81
Photo of falloutsnow


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL

Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a sizable, 4-5cm head of medium sized bubbles, light tan in color. Fades to a 1cm head over the entire beer, lasting the tasting. Beer is dark red-amber in color, transparent, and with lots of carbonation. Lacing is a sheet of bubbles that fades to a thick string over time.

Scent has loads of malt complexity, ranging from dark bread to pure caramelized sugar sweetness, but also includes what I'd say is sweet chocolate aroma, from a higher inclusion of some roasted or chocolate malt into this? Good, but I would have liked a stronger dried, dark fruit character as well.

Taste has sweet and roasted flavors mingling together fairly successfully in a unique combination for the style. Opens with heavy malt sweetness, tied closely to roasted chocolate malt flavors. This leads to taste of leathery prunes and roasted ancho peppers. Mocha flavor returns near the end, along with its complementary malt sweetness. Finish is of chocolate bread, kind of like eating a piece of German bread with a piece of semi-dark chocolate. Also of very dark tobacco.
--Aging (2 years) this beer enhances the earthy, roasted ancho pepper-like flavors along with the chocolate (chocolate particularly in the close and aftertaste). The caramel malt sweetness is there, but lurks in the background. It's an interesting flavor that grows on you as you drink this.

Medium-heavy bodied, with just enough carbonation to make the beer foam a bit when sipped; not disagreeable. Finish is dry and bit sticky, not terribly so.

This is a very good doppelbock and an interesting take on the style that I appreciate. Will continue picking this one up.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:02:25 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of TheSarge


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Doppel Bock really turned out to be a gem. I love it when AMerican breweries take this style on. Most succeed from what I can tell.

I poured about 18oz of this brew into a standard German issued dimple stein, and The Double Rock makes a strong three finger thick, tan foam cranium. The body is dark ruby red in color, and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is woody and vanilla, some hints of caramel, metallic hops, root beer and cola mixed altogether.

The taste has most of the qualities of the aroma, but adds in a dry red wine, in the way of merlot or shiraz, but finishes sugary sweet.

The brew is mildly carbonated, full in body, clean in finish albeit with a sligth alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 18:49:28 | More by TheSarge
Photo of homebrew311


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Durty Nellies. Appears slightly muddy brown, tan head leaves a small collar and spotty lacing. The nose is rich and malty with waves of caramel sweetness and a touch of roastiness. Some molasses and nut in there as well. The taste starts sweet with a firm malt presence. The sweetness is balanced nicely by toasted malts and a hint of roast. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for style with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a tasty example of the style, I like how the sweetness is kept in check.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 21:09:18 | More by homebrew311
Photo of yesyouam

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 15:09:46 | More by yesyouam
Photo of emerge077


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at 55º as recommended into a 12 oz. tulip glass.

Lovely translucent garnet color, topped with an ample cap of tan foam. A crown of lacing forms, ringing the inside of the glass.

Dried fruit and nuts, trail mix with traces of toasted multigrain bread plus some brown sugar and gingerbread. Very malty, lightly sweet, with a complex fruitiness from the yeast.

Soft supple feel, even carbonation, not cloying at all. Finishes a bit dry in fact. Low level bitterness, slight hint of alcohol at room temperature. Toasted malt, bitter walnut, blackened toast without the acridity of the charred bits. Lightly lingering dry bitterness. Pleasant feel, with dominant nutty malt flavors. Overall it's very enjoyable, and showcases it's malt complexity nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:18:15 | More by emerge077
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a caramel, reddish iced tea color. Three fingerd of light tan head form up slowly, thickly. A nice looking lacy weave around the glass as it recedes.

Aroma - sweet toasty grains; bread crust or freh baked bread.

Taste - like the aroma, toasty grains with a sweet, slightly doughy edge. Big malt flavors that keep coming as the nbeer warms, giving a more robust grainy presence as it goes. A tickle of alcohol warmth on the swallow. Finishes with a malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - slighty heavy, plenty smooth. Carbonation is there but understated for this bigger brew.

Drinkability - I find it easy to sip through several of these. Good stuff, GL!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 04:08:47 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of JackTheRipper


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ Rivertowne Pub and Grille

Poured a dark brown color, head was fairly small but lacing was good. Turned a neat ruby color when my glass was almost empty.
Caramel malty aromas. Bit of a bubblegum smell in there. Hop aromas were almost absent.
Sweet and toasty dark bread malt flavors. Rich flavors here.
Carbonation was higher than I expected. Moderate alcohol feel. Nice full body but still felt clean.
Very nice beer, another great offering from GLBC. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 17:21:20 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of Bills453


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark brown/ very dark copper color, darker than I expected actually. Nice tan color two finger head lasts for a bit.

Smell - I smell yeast and malt, sweet smell. Smells like bread, fresh bread baking.

Taste - the sweetness from the smell remains in the aftertaste. I very nice tasting doppelbock.

Mouthfeel - quite smooth and creamy!

Overall - yet another damn delicious offering from Great Lakes, my favorite brewery on God's green earth!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 18:54:54 | More by Bills453
Photo of output01x


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mug from tap at the Great Lakes brewpub.

A 2-finger bubbly cream-colored head spilled over the rim, but soon diminished. Body is nearly black with shades of blood-red. Excellent lacing.

Notes of caramelized malt and honey are present. A little more of a bouquet would have been appreciated, however.

Caramelized malt and a little bit of hops are immediately noticed along with spices I can't quite pinpoint. A little nuttiness and dark fruit are also there. A slight alcohol warmth is noticed near the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is creamy but not syrupy. It coats your mouth well but does not overpower. Lighter body for the style.

Drinkability is very good for a doppelbock as this is one refreshing brew.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer. The head was not as thick as I would have preferred and the scent was a little lacking. Great complexity in the flavor with an excellent mouthfeel that makes this as drinkable as a Bock.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 17:22:02 | More by output01x
Photo of bluejacket74


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 6/1/2011. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, with a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like toffee, caramel malt, dark fruit (figs), and a bit of brown sugar. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, just full of malty goodness. There's also a nutty taste noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it's very smooth and enjoyable. This is a good brew, and a nice addition to Great Lakes bottled lineup. I'd definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:47:29 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of suspect

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Dark maroon in color, clear. Aggressive pour leads to a huge growing 3 finger head that topples over just a bit. Lacing is thick and mighty.

S: Smells of big sweet sugary malts with alcohol and dark molasses mixed in for good measure. Not much hop presence but I didn't expect there to be with this style of beer and the abv pushing 8%. Not a huge nose but certainly not absent.

T: Follows the nose with a much more delicious mix of the delicious malt mixtures. This style certainly calls for it to be a bit of a meal in a glass and this one doesn't disappoint. Big dark fruits, huge sugary backbone and enough abv to kick your teeth.

M: Big bodied, creamy feel, plenty of carbonation.

O: A very good dopplebock. Every time I have this style of beer I'm pleasantly surprised. I think I'm too hop-forward with my beer styles lately. This one is a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:24:38 | More by suspect
Photo of brew3crew


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6/1/11

A-golden to dark amber with great head retention
S-nice Caramel malt. very sweet.
T-alot like it smells. nice nuttiness to it. stong on th malt with a slight bit of sweet caramel to it.
M-medium body, creamy and smooth
D-very drinkable like most doppelbocks. not a bad brew at all!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 22:00:05 | More by brew3crew
Photo of BeerLover99


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown with shimmers of cardinal red, 2 finger oat/tan head, world class lacing.

S: big sweet malt punch, YEOW! mild fig/date fruit scent, hint of nut/toffee

T: sweet malt, nutty front, mild bitter/spice finish

M: medium body, slight slick/oil tongue vibe

O: Great Lakes is to be applauded, this is DELICIOUS! ABV is well masked in the rocking guitar solo that is the big malt flavor. I could drink more than a few of these bad boys. It's hilarious how my palate has evolved; 3-4 years ago i would never have loved bocks.

Check this beer out before The DOPPELROCK Tour leaves your town.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 22:37:13 | More by BeerLover99
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 22:37:18 | More by Kbogac
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazelnut colored brown. Lots of hints of reddish colored hues throughout the glass, and especially around the sides and bottom. I I was able to get a nice tan colored foam pillow on the top that rose maybe an inch and a half over the top before settling down to just a half inch layer that stuck around throughout the entire session.

Deep roasted malts were commonplace here, with tons of sugary notes residing inside of them. Lots of nuttiness coming through now, the sweetness still there, but really being blended out now. Really very big and complex aroma, very nice and strong.A rich nutty caramel wave came crashing through my mouth upon the first taste. Really rich and smooth, it really just kind of sat there letting you absorb all of these rich flavors that just, well were wonderful. lots of caramel and earthy grain like flavors then coming in behind it, deepen the profile and adding a good bit of backbone to it. nice and sweet and grainy. The finish was quick, nothing really dragging on for too long, but not crisp or clean; a smooth drawn out sugary close was to be expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:01:10 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Kelly88


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Zola's Pub down in Mainstrausse. Served in your standard pint glass.

A- dark transparent brown that is very reminiscent of ice tea. Started out with a nice business casual khaki head but soon fades to young wispy dreams and a maduro ring. I really like the look of this one. Classic doppel.

S- very sweet in the nose. Cherries with raisen bread come to mind. Very appealing.

T- sweet fruity malts, cherries and almost a chocolate dipped strawberry taste. Alcohol kicks te sweet out in the finish to balance the profile which is a welcome finish. Well done.

M- on the heavy side for a lager. Delivers all flavors with considerable weight and distinction. Smooth and moderate weight so it drinks very well, where's my liter mug at?

Overall an exceptional doppelbock with an exceptional name. You could drink this all day and you would want to with all of it's exceptional attributes. Not really a summer beer but the welcome splash of flavor among the boring summer beers is a great change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 23:48:13 | More by Kelly88
Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.