Fallenbock - Erie Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: santoslhalper on 12-05-2005

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Reviews by Brian700:
Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is the first beer for me from Erie Brewing Co. This one pours a deep brown with a reddish tint and has a tan head that settles down to a ring around my glass.

The aroma is of caramel, mild vanilla, and a little bit of cocoa.

The flavor follows the nose. There is some dark fruit, caramel, vanilla that flows right into a cocoa finish with a little bit of alcohol warming. Very nice flavor. The spicey hop presence is just right. It melds with the malt creating almost a mild pumpernickel.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a medium carbonation level.

This is very drinkable so at 7.8% ABV you should be careful.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At least two place in Baltimore have this on tap. It's pretty good, somewhat reminiscent of the recent Lancastrators. It's not a lively beer, but very solid and easy going. The drinkability masks the kick so even though you might want a third, best think about it. The Alt was also available on tap and was the better beer, I think.

Photo of Billolick
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours dark mahogony, darker tan head, fast to clear out, leaves a collar and some middle of the orad bits of lacing.

Some malt in the nose along with sweet smelling cola.

More dark malts, more cola, chocolate, chalky dryness..bleech...this stuff is a mess...flavor on the back end is thin and I'm getting a bit more annoying chalkyness....needs more malt, more hops, something....not my favorite. Highly doubtful, I'd go here again.

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown with little head when poured into an american pint glass.
The smell is very unassuming & is a bit on the sweet bready side. The smell is akin to a dopplebock - sweet and malty.
The taste is very one dimensional; there's not a lot of complexity to this beer. It's a sweet, malty beer that doesn't taste like it's a 7% beer, meaning there isn't that alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied and the carbonation is right where it needs to be for a a dopplebock - not too carbonated.
The drinkability of this beer is slightly above average as it's a beer that is balanced and easy to consume despite its high alcohol content. It's also a beer that non-hopheads could enjoy since it is balanced and on the sweet side.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking Erie beers since my freshman year @ Allegheny College and I've tasted just about every beer I'm on my way to having tried every single bottled offering and most of their drafts that they make and always have available at Porter's Tap Room (original train station Erie Brewing locale, explains Railbender Ale as being your flagship) which is supposedly about to start brewing their own under the name BrewErie at Union Station. We'll see what goes down but here's to this fine Erie offering...appears a plum dark cola brown large off white head leaves large specks of lacing. Aroma contains fruity alcohol notes with a massive chocolate creamy presence, raisins, very vinous in nature with herbal hops bringing a tobacco leaf quality...very nice smell. Taste has a very flavorful approach with waves of chocolate, plum, raisin soaked with mild alcohol notes...but the cocoa powder seems to dominate for me hops leave behind a mild bitterness on the palate with a grassy, earthy leaf note that goes well together definitely an enjoyable experience. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy evenly carbonated, medium to fuller bodied great stuff velvet smooth on the palate really flows too easily. Drinkability somewhat filling but really is effortless emptying a 12 ounce portion, another quality product from Erie Brewing they seem to have evolved nicely with the added bottles to the lineup.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. It appeared a clear red with an off-white head. While this tastes like technically flawless beer and the flavors are pleasant, it's just a clean, dark, and strong lager with little palatable resemblance to a legitimate doppelbock. Sure, it's easy drinking for the strength and I like the mild toffee malts, but this isn't a doppelbock.

Photo of strictly4DK
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark chestnut, 1 inch creamy tan head, little retention or lacing.

S - Sweet grains, chocolate, rounded out by an odd lactic scent.

T - Strong notes of chocolate and bready grains, hint of espresso, finishes roasty with little hop presence.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Leaves roasty aftertaste with hint of chocolate.

D - Little alcohol presence so its a nice drinker. However, I would only drink this again if I could get myself out of the habit of putting my nose in the beer first.

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly opaque for a beer that pours such a dark color. Has about a two finger head which recess to a respectable amount of lace at the top of the beer. Smells of roasted dark malts with hints of licorice.

getting some familiar flavors and some strange ones you don't expect from a doppelbock. Starts with dark recognizable fruits such as raisins and dates but finishes with lighter fruit flavors such a s grapefruit and oddly enough strawberry. The flavors somehow work together oddly enough.

The beer has a thick and unique body but I couldn't see myself having more than two. Definitely a good brew though

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin off white head.

S: Very sweet aroma and flavor upfront from the caramel malting.

T: Flavor is sweet caramel, with a light neutral hopping. Drinks more like a red ale rather a bock. Theres a little alcohol detection upon warming of the tongue along with some very light bread notes.

M: a tad thin with light bread notes, and sweet caramel.

D: The label depicted a goat fallen over drunk. Expected more from it style wise. Alcohol is hidden very well for 7.8% making for a very good drinkable sweet bock but lacks the hearty bread palate and chocolate notes that are most commonly associated with the style.

Photo of trekbiker3000
4.54/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice medium rown color with just a hint of amber. It did not pour much of head.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt aroma. Not overpowering but very present

Taste: Over the top malty flavor, well balanced with the high alcohol content (7.8%). I did not detect any alcohol burn that can be presnt in some bocks.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied flavor, the maltiness just coats the whole mouth. Then the thiness of the alcohol and the carbonation come in to rinse the palate, leaving behind the a malty aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer I would share with friends. The taste an ease that this beer went down makes it dangerous at 7.8%.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown on the the pour, with ruby red highlights. Light tan finger of head adorns nicely. Solid looking d-bock.

Smell is good, with ample roasted, malty aromas, a nice smoky aroma, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is very malty, with a lot of roasted characters, and a bit of sweetness.

Feel is nice and smooth, light to medium in body. Carbonation is good.

The is a sold d-bock, nice flavors and aroma. Nothing life changing, but easy drinking and enjoyable.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these as a throw in for reaching 60,000 beer miles on my credit card last bottle run. Not bad, but maybe I should of taken the commemorative paper weight instead.

Pint glass pour. Coarse, foamy light-beige lather. Clear, dark amber body, like the color of a sizzling heat lamp.

Smell is of simple soaked grain, a little bit of caramel, along with a small amount of rye.

Taste is of malt extract, molasses, cola, with a really dense whole grain bread finish. Alcohol is pretty forgiving.

Dry, but textured. Malted & somewhat roasted, but not sweet, or fortifying like a bock. Carbonation is strong, but doesn't thin the already less then full body.

Pretty good for an imperial brown. Pretty wack for a bock.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a clear, very dark copper with a thin, quickly fading beige head. Perfect amount of slow-moving carbonation.

Smell: Complex and interesting. This really smells unlike any other Doppelbock I've ever had. Strong fruity, almost belgian yeast and candi sugar notes, but still wonderful malt sweetness (molasses, caramel) balancing it out. WONDERFUL!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Not as Earth-shattering as the smell, but it still taste great. Complex malty sweetness greets your mouth at first, with a ncie touch of fruits, and then finishes with a ncie hop bitterness. Still, I'm getting Belgian Brown Ale notes all over the place. I know Erie holds true to Reinhietsgebot (forgive my spelling), so I don't know what would impart that. Doesn't mean I don't like it. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: The 3rd of the 3 new Erie brews. This one is a smooth, tasty, drinkable Doppelbock, albiet a strange one. The flavors and smells of this are really unique for the style, but are entrancing as well. Really something else, but worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very rich dark caramel color with a creamy half inch of head 1/4. Sort of sticky head. Not bad.
S - Sweet caramel with a mild medicinal cherry hint to it. Bready malts and little hops. It doesn't smell bad.
T - Pretty nice starts out with sweet caramel then the cherry pits followed by some bready malts and the finish has kind of a metallic note but fades after a few sips.
M - Kind of close to the style, drinkable yet not chewy. This high gravity version goes down smooth.

Overall this is one of the tastier offering I have had from Erie Brewing so I am glad I picked up the single for 3 bucks.

Photo of bob3701
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Looked black at first but held up to the light it is a clear deep copper color with a big tan head that rapidly disappears into a very thin foam. No lacing what so ever. Great malty aroma. I thought the taste was a little on the weak side and a little too much carbonation for this style beer. Overall not a bad brew.

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown - almost black with a thin tan head. The head slowly falls to a wisp. The package claims it is an O-fest, but looks more like a bock, as implied by the name.

The smell is earthy (hint of anise?) with some chocolate and dark fruitiness.

The taste is sweet - darkish maltiness with a cerealish graininess - slightly nutty. A flash of roast comes and goes in the middle, leaving the finish as sweet as it began.

The carbonation is mild to medium...and, though it (barely) holds together, it has a watery character that almost makes it fall apart.

On an "up" side, the alcohol is very well covered. Not sure of the style, but I don't think they are either - I'll buy into doppelbock as listed here, though package says "o-fest"...whatever - A malty, sweet (though thin), darkish ale... Outside of style, it just didn't thrill me in any way, though wasn't "bad" in any category either. Too sweet for me, though, to have more than one.

Photo of kaufmaal
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-copper color with a light-tan head that vanishes into a thin, lace-free wisp. A sweet-smelling beer: caramel, over-ripe apples, prunes, some rum, yeast and bread. The taste is OK. Malty, brown sugar, roasted grains, a slightly mineral and oaken finish. It a bit more viscous than I like for double bocks, and the carbonation is subtle - just too syrupy for me. The alcohol is hidden nicely on the taste side. Not sure if I would search this one out again.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luscious-looking dark ruby-red/amber, with a thin white head, no lacing, poor retention.

Nutty scents with some dark fruits, caramel, pineapple make up the aromas of this brew. Very pleasant nose here, makes one curious and eager to taste.

Excellent smooth and chewy mouth of dark caramel malts, creamy vanillaness, some dark tango fruits and faint hops. Good solid medium, drinkable body, with big carbonation.

An overall decent brew, good doppelbock but not even a great example, would have again, worth having once, maybe twice.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer's head rose to nice couple fingers of height before falling, quite noisily, to about a half. Pretty carbonated, I can hear the air bubbles escape as it sits beside me. Dark brown in color with just a tinge of red.

Smells of sweet malts and dark fruit, maybe grapes, plums or berries?

Taste's a little like bread to me as well as the above fruits, sweet as well. Its finish is bitter without a lot of hop presence, but it also tastes almost medicinal, and though that may be due to the alcohol combined with the fruit, it seems a tad off.

This is smooth without being creamy, rich without being thick. A sipper for certain.

A very tasty drinkable beer for a cool, verging towards cold, Fall day. A tad less drinkable due to that odd medicinal bite.

Photo of 57md
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light brown with a finger of head and no retention or lacing. The nose is nutty, which is a bit odd but certainly not unpleasant. The upfront taste is bready and malty, but overall it is a bit thin. There is a small touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. The overall flavor became a bit deeper as it warmed. A decent effort, but nothing special.

Photo of Morey
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice red hue when held up to the light. Decent head at first, but it settled rather quickly. Little to no head retention.

Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

This beer is well balanced with the hops and malts blending together nicely. Malts win out. Usually I can tell a lager from an ale with incredible ease, but this almost tastes like a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for the style, but this raises the drinkability.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not quite as strong and heavy as other beers in the style, but a good beer none the less. The 7.8% isn't noticable AT ALL!

Photo of rayjay
4.54/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A hazy beer with minimal head and lacing. Pours a deep shade of autumn brown. I'll call it above average, with below average foam. The beer needed to be roused to create any foam at all later on.

Flavor is clean and dead-on. Rich milk chocolate and carmel malt body. Very mellow bitterness peaks through as the malt recedes, like the bitterness from a chocolate bar. Alcohol is barely noticeable, and almost no detectable levels of esters and sulfur compounds; obviously lagered for some time. Finishes fresh and clean like mineral water. Very well done!

Mouthfeel shows some richness from the heavy malt bill, but is well crafted and light enough to be perfectly drinkable. Almost too perfect. Very light carbonation, of which I am a fan, and it works very well with this beer (guessing around 2.05).

This beer has the complexity to keep you very interested, and the drinkability to make you wish you had more quick. Just rich enough, not an ounce too heavy, and spot-on for the style while flaunting lots of personality.

One of the most enjoyable beers I've had in a long time, with none of the usual dopplebock complaints. Big cheers to Erie!

Thanks to imstillthegman!

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Ah, now-a-days, that is no guarantee of respectability of character." -- Oscar Wilde

A - It looks almost like an infected stout, which is an appearance I am all-too familiar with. At any rate, it is intended as a Doppelbock-Festbier hybrid or something like that, so the aforementioned appearance is welcome in this case. And if you don't know what an infected stout looks like, what're you waiting for, trade for some ___ (insert infected [BA] Stout of 09-10 vintages), it is an awesomely frothy, apple-smelling experience and you really shouldn't miss out.

S - Well well... I don't get much, but what I do get is vaguely crappy. As the brew warms or airs out, I know what part of the familiar yet disdained "aroma" is: new shoes. Like a new pair of L.A. Gear (with the double shoelaces) or British Knights. Uggghhh. I like the look of new shoes, but not the aroma, especially in a culinary sense.

T - My first thought is that this is an unclassifiable brew, in terms of style. My second thought is that it tastes both better and more interesting than it smells, though that is hardly a guarantee of respectability. There is a roasted character that is quite prominent on the palate which makes me think of an English or US Brown Ale. Not any raisin-fig maltiness or anything else qualifying it to wear the '-ator' designation which it smartly declines. I can say with certainty that this is not a Doppelbock, nor any plausible representation of a German-style brew, which is a statement rooted in parameter and not subjective quality.

M - Somewhat creamy, fair enough for the hodge-podge of stylistic intents.

D - Yeah. Wait, no.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a. on tap poured into a pint glass. Ruby brown with a nice off white head and a bit of lace.

s. Caramel malt and some roasted grains in the background.

t. A nice malty tone with a bit of earthy hop bitters. The yeast provides a slightly fruity tang of dark fruits. Sweet and malty with a boozy, roasted finish.

m. Overall full bodied and full flavored.

d. This is a fine dopplebock and a bit of a surprise. Erie has always been decent to me but this has been the best Ive had from them thus far. Good to drink by the pint on a cool fall day.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep ruby brown with little head. No retention and virtually no lacing.

S: Mild dark fruit and sweet malt.

T: Starts mildly sweet but contains a certain roasted flavor. Reminds me of a porter or brown ale with candied sugar added

M: Silky smooth, vert slight carb tinge.

D: Very smooth, good and easy to drink. Not a bad beer if it was in a variety pack.

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Fallenbock from Erie Brewing Co.
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