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Fallenbock - Erie Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 93
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.05%
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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Photo of cooncat
2.08/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, picked up in Erie, so it couldn't be fresher. It was provided to me by a friend, as I've stopped buying Erie Brewing selections myself.

A vigorous pour produces a one inch fizzy head, reminiscent of soda pop, which diminishes to nothing quickly. Color is a garnet brown.

A very light nose of sweet malt is detectable, but only by the meanest.

The taste shows a thin maltiness, somewhat bready and biscuity in nature, but by no means what it should be for a bock, much less a dopplebock. The fizzy carbonation gives the mouthfeel a thin feeling. There are no hop flavors detectable, and, for a beer that is supposed to be 7.8% ABV, you'd swear you were drinking an "NA" brew .. no warming effect that I could detect.

I've had a lot of Erie Brewing Company beers, almost since they came into existance. Their beers seem to lack consistency. I had this beer one or two years ago, and it wasn't as poor as this 2007 offering. Almost all their brews vary from batch to batch, and I admit to being disapointed. The one saving factor used to be that you could pick up a case of any of their brews for less than $20 .. in some cases, much less. That no long is the case, and they've priced themselves in the range of Victory, Great Lakes, Southern Tier and Stone. Needless to say, given their inconsistency, I would choose one of the latter over Erie Brewing offerings every time. Sady, I cannot recommend the 2007 Fallenbock.

Cheers. (1,461 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

With an earthy/musty opening to a thin and empty body, this beer is underwhelming and does not compare favorably to other bocks.

The beer opens with a grainy-sweet aroma, mixed with earthy/stale character. Lacking the deep maltiness and melanoidin notes that make Dopplebocks complex and rich, this beer smells bland and old.

Flavors are also grainy, sweet, musty, dusty and overall tasting like stale bread and a little like mushrooms. The beer never develops any Munich malt character, nothing resembling toast, dates, figs, chocolate, or even brown malt.

The body is thin, weak, and watery. Not even close to the malty rich textures and lingering malty-dry sweetness that is expected.

Unfortunately there's little about this beer that fits any Bock style of beer. (770 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
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 (611 characters)

Photo of alexgash
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light cola brown with amber edges. Small, ephemeral ring of light beige-white head. Rummy fruits, chocolate Twizzlers, light vegetal funk, and cola sweetness. Not bad. Taste starts with slightly metallic, astringent grain. Moderately sweet fruits (figs, dates) and cookie dough combine with an almost sour backbone. Vague herbal hops throughout. Finish is sweetish and soapy. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and too soapy. Needs a little work, but not terrible. (470 characters)

Photo of kaybort
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark caramel color. Appeared dull. Smell was pretty good, had a sweet nutty smell. Bitter at first taste. Earthy flavor, almost grassy. Had a strong aftertaste which I didn't enjoy. Was not as thick as I thought it would be. The taste of alcohol stood out too much. Not balanced. Pretty easy to drink, but I deducted points for the unpleasant aftertaste. Although it was also kind of flat. Probably wouldn't try it again. (430 characters)

Photo of Billolick
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into my willybecker.

The color is a cola-colored deep brown w/ garnet hues and translucent clarity. The beer has a thick rocky cap of pale beige which settles rapidly to a ring of beading. The lace sticks like confetti. The smell is good w/ some floral and sweet caramel esters and mild toasted malt aroma which is complimented by dried fruit and the alcohol aroma comes in late. I found the feel to be thin for the style and was not impressed by the low carbonation either. I felt the beer was practically stale by the halfway point. I noticed more alcohol on the palate as it progressively warmed w/ a slight bitterness balancing the malt sweetness.

For taste I was on the fence because it had some of the malt qualities you expect but also had some detractors in the taste like short lived sweetness and more prominent alcohol than I would personally like to see in the style. I did think some of the malt flavors were ok in the caramel range and a light presence of hops was welcome. This is a beer I started off liking, but as it evolved the enjoyment wore off when it became warmer with a more alcoholic flavor and week malt backbone compared to other finer examples of the style. I would say it is not bad, but not the best either. (1,301 characters)

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of guinnessfan
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (1,637 characters)

Photo of strictly4DK
3.14/5  rDev -11%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a dark, dark red with little head.

Smell was of rich chocolate and dark fruits. Very smooth.

Taste started chocolaty, with some bread and fruit flavors. It was ultimately ruined by a buttery taste that just didn't seem fitting.

The feel was pretty poor. Very slick and oily. It was like flat soda.

My review is making this beer sound awful, and it's really not that bad. But I wouldn't buy it again. (410 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer poured a darker shade of mahagony brown with ruby highlighting...an off white head sat about two fingers and fell into a thin cap...some lacing

S - A very sweet nose comprised of roasted malt (boarder line burnt), caramel/toffee, chocolate, and some nuttiness

T - The taste of this is a little off from a doppelbock...the burnt malts take over the forefront and they provide a chocolate and caramel flavor...but the burnt part isn't nice...fruits and nuts are in the middle to add a little depth to the beer...but the ending is where it gets me...there is a touch of lactic acid and it throws it off the doppelbock tracks...now I'm thinking this is a milk stout

M - Medium bodied...smooth...can't complain

D - Another? No thank you...I was really thrown off by this beer...I don't see how it can be classified as a doppelbock and Erie calls it an Ocktoberfest...to me it tasted more like a milk stout...the lactic acid twang was unappealing to me (963 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear amber with half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Sweet malt, touch of smoked maple.
T - Mix between a lager and bock, sweet malt, that it.
M - Smooth, clingy.
O - Its just ok, I wouldnt get it again though. (252 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a small, thinning, white head.

Smell: Huh, pretty mild aroma here. Slight notes of dark malt, smoke, berries, and spearmint.

Taste: Sweetish dark maltiness with a hint of dark caramel and chocolate. Touch of smoke. Berry fruitiness. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Kinda basic, at best. Aptly named, I must say! (419 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Equal parts dark bronze and mahogany brown that is actually russet red with light behind the glass. Despite a somewhat vigorous pour, the head peaked at one slim finger and has almost faded in the one minute since. No lace gives the beer a forlorn sort of look.

Erie considers Fallenbock to be an Oktoberfest... and then they went and used chocolate malt... which makes it smell like... you guessed it... a doppelbock. The nose is a step up from the appearance, but we aren't talking blockbuster.

Actually, this seasonal brew tastes more like a nut brown ale than anything else. Oops, let's make that a nut brown lager. No marzen should have this much cocoa-chocolate flavor. This is slightly better than average beer, but that's as far as it goes.

Some fruity ale yeast esters would have helped a flavor profile that's on the skimpy side. There's very little depth and there's no complexity whatsoever. A modicum (or more) of malt sweetness would have been good, though it probably wouldn't have saved the day.

The body/mouthfeel is too thin and the carbonation seems as if it exists on the edges of the beer rather than being buried within. Slightly too many bubbles early become slightly too few late.

Even though it's nothing to write home about, Misery Bay IPA is probably Erie's best beer. Fallenbock might assume that spot for the malt lovers among you. Sorry, but I'm less than impressed. (1,401 characters)

Photo of berserker256
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with little head. Maybe I should have poured it more quickly into the pint glass. I smell sweetness (not Walter Payton) and some roasted malt. But I taste a variety of things from licorice, prunes, and roasted smokey malt to possibly a hint of vanilla. Alcohol warmth is noticeable. There a touch of a bitter aftertaste also. A little burning carbonation, too. Like when you drink a Coke too fast. Not a bad beer. But not great. Pretty good. (457 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of johnnyirishman
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-A bueatiful dark reddish amber color, poor head retention.
S-A sweet malty smell, very inticing kind of saying "drink me"
T,M-The taste is lightly fruity and roasty at the same time. Very enjoyable.
D-Suprisingly easy to drink and I'd bet that the abv sneaks up on you quickly.. (280 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, almost black with reddish hue at the edge of the glass. Poured with the brief appearnce of off-white head tha tquickly disappeared. No head retention or lacings. Generally light aroma with hints of toasted malt and chocolate. Flavors are much the same as the aromas. Light, watery thin feel with low carbonation. This was pretty unremarkable in every aspect. (370 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of bob3701
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of Foxman
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hot chocolate deep brown. A thin stripe of light brown head is soon erased. Lacing is sparse and sporadic.

The aroma is caramel first, with a patch of roasted grain earthiness that moderately sweet and fruity. A hint of peppery hops is there and gone.

Upon sipping, I was hoping for more, but got a replay of the aroma on the palate, with caramel, baked grain, and a splash of dark berry fruit. The hops are again really more an intimation than a reality, and alcohol is touched upon where in the aroma it wasn't. A round and almost funky doughiness lies neither bitter nor sweet on the tongue as it finishes quickly. It's in no way bad, but it's not quite good either, and not to mention very fast.

Medium bodied, it flows faster than it should, with a rapid unsticking of the malt as it rushes away.

I'd heard some good things, so I expected quite a bit more than I got. And I don't think the anticipation built it up too high, but rather, it came in too low. It doesn't have a lot of dimension, and with the ABV, it should deliver more for the money, so to speak. And that means, in the end, that it's not as drinkable as one might want of their bigger beers. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't offer it to others either. (1,249 characters)

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Fallenbock from Erie Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.