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Hacker-Pschorr Animator - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Hacker-Pschorr AnimatorHacker-Pschorr Animator

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BA SCORE
86
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.29%


Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrunkenPanther on 01-21-2004)
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sDon


2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am rating this beer after trying these other better -- as far as popular opinion goes -- doppelbocks: Celebrator, Andechser doppelbock dunkel, Salvator, Maximator, Triumphator, and the Schneider Weisse Aventinus (though not all on the same night). That said, I agree that the Animator deserves a place below these other doppelbocks.

The beer has a clear caramel color and prominent carbonation, but with the usual low head retention. The taste is initially of raisins and coffee, but this quickly disappears behind its hoppiness, which leaves nothing more complex afterwards. At first I noticed the alcohol a lot, but once this potent brew went to my head and dulled my senses, it was not as annoying. I have nothing against hops, but I feel like I am just drinking a highly alcoholic Jever and not a complex doppelbock.

If you can, try a doppelbock higher on the list.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 23:08:45 | More by sDon
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MTNboy

Germany

3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guys I work with love this beer but they are the double bock and IPA crew. The body is a dark broze color. The head was pretty average as was the lace. The lace has a lot more retention than the head. The aroma is very malt based. It tastes of thick roasted malt. It is bitter sweet. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 09:15:55 | More by MTNboy
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dgilks

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate bready aroma with some hints of dark fruits.

Hazy, deep amber colour. Medium sized, light tan head. Relatively poor head retention.

Big, malt flavour. Bready melanoidins, dried figs and raisins, light alcohol, a touch of tartness. Overall, there is something missing here and the whole things doesn't quite come together for me.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

A decent doppelbock but certainly not the best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 08:27:38 | More by dgilks
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IPA35

Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks quite boring actually, light brown with a white head. Transparant.

The smell is malty, some sweet herbal hops.

Totally not what I expected.
The taste is full of melanoids, must be the Munich malts, sweetish and quite hoppy. EDIT: And raisins and some alcohol.

Medium body, a little watery prehaps. medium carbonation.

My first Doppelbock. I expected it to be more like a bitter or a brown ale but this is different. Not bad though, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 18:00:23 | More by IPA35
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Hackerhaus on Sendlinger Strasse in Munich.

Mindestens haltbar bis: 30/10/06

A: Clear merlot, impressive off-white head, only a little retention and lace.

S: Malty (bready with a little raisin), sherry (becomes more boozy as it warms).

T: Bread, raisin, warming alcohol dominates, becomes cidery as it warms.

M: Moderate to full body (on the light side for its strength), moderate carbonation.

D: A little strong/harsh.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 20:47:25 | More by Derek
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bac37

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer during a trip to Augsburg Germany, while attending a college class! At first glance, this beer seemed to be a lower class Doppelbock but it earned its keep.

A - Its a mild yellow with decent head
S - The smell could be better, its a little sharp with only suttle hints of grains.
T - The taste is very up front with an almost tangy, metalic finish. The more i drank, however, the more it grew on me and i actually enjoyed the very predominent flavor.
M - a little lacking in mouthfeel. its pretty light making it a little boring on the tongue.
D - Definitly drinkable. A decent all around beer thats worth the try if you have the chance to come across it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 14:55:44 | More by bac37
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a purplish-red colour, scarlet really, with a thick beige head, about a finger's worth, that sticks around nicely. Steady but slow carbonation in the glass, while lacing is sticky and good. A bit lighter than I had expected, but still very good indeed.

Nose is rich and complex with pleasant tart fruit aromas; brandied cherry and plum blended with a sweet toffee character and a caramelly malt underlying. Slight peppery notes as well, just a very pleasant strong bock aroma, a bit timid but a joy to behold.

Taste is predominantly sweet and sticky, with a lot of rich toffee characters and a thick, treacle-esque malt base. A little bit of tartness on the mid, very subtle and clean though, just adds to the profile without strangling the palate. A pleasant brandy character is produced towards the back, the sweetness and richness of the malt with a delightful alcohol kick as it goes down. Alcohol is not really prominent though, at 8.1% it's incredible smooth drinking, very well masked.

Overall though I'd have to call this a little too sweet. It's very pleasant but just a touch more bitterness or tartness here or there would hugely enrich what is already a pleasant drop. It just seems slightl simple, it doesn't have the challenging complexity of the Celebrator, although I think this is also due to the mouthfeel, which is a bit flat, although nicely thick from the malt.

It all feels just a bit lacking. Very enjoyable, meshes together well, it just doesn't make you take a step back to admire the beer and reflect "I have just tasted God's essence." Not that I expect to find God's essence in a swingtop bottle, it would definitely need a cork. If I haven't said it already, very pleasant though, good drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 00:39:11 | More by laituegonflable
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stoepsel

Spain

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown body with reddish touch.
Heavy and very sweet smell like baked apples.
Surprisingly taste is not sweet at all but rather roasty and even slightly bitter.
A clumsy aroma of baked fruits pervades the in other respects well balanced and malty finish.
A difficult and rather heavy Doppelbock.
Interesting though.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 21:20:13 | More by stoepsel
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petemoss14

Germany

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml flip top. Handsome label I must say. Seems like this might be a change from previous years, but bottle states alc. 8.2% vol. Freshness date 21.10.07.

Certainly the lightest colored doppelbock I have seen. Pours almost the color of a Sherry, with some strawberry highlights. Interesting. Medium white foam dissipates to next to nothing. I think this has to do with the 8.2%! Claims to be unfiltered, but actually seems quite clear.

Very sweet, almost candy-ish aroma. Lots of malt, but not the bready type you get with darker versions. Its got some mild fruity, almost vinous esters going on, along with caramel, and alcohol.

More of the same on the palate. Sweet maltiness, a touch of caramel. Clean tasting. Actually has more of a moderated hop bitterness in the finish than I would expect. Medium-to-full bodied. You sure can tell the alcohol is in there!

I have to say, having never had a paler version of a doppelbock, this beer throws me for a bit of a loop. I can't say that I dislike it, because I am enjoying it. It's just not what I expect from a doppelbock. I've sucked this one down rather quickly in trying to understand it, and I think it's gone straight to my head! A little rough around the edges (the beer, not me). This one packs a wallop.

Hacker-Pschorr seems to buck the conventional thinking with their seasonals. Their Oktoberfestbier is darker and more balanced in the hop department than the other München examples, and is actually my favorite of the Big Boys. Well Animator is also unique. And, in my opinion, worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 16:38:34 | More by petemoss14
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare one, thanks Biereckonig. Pours a reddish hugh on malty brown, lasting foamy beige head. Aroma is malty. Above average mouthfeel, although carbonation and sourness (felt initially)countered it. Some complexity, a little malty, some barley, a really good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 03:09:43 | More by Sammy
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper body; surprisingly good head for a Doppel

Aroma: Malty, sweet, raisiny

Taste: Sweet, honey-like flavor; finishes pretty sweet and well balanced; not bad...enjoyable

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:35:21 | More by IchLiebeBier
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david18

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer replaced the Spaten bock on the draft selection at the amsterdam Ale House in New York City. That was the problem. The Spaten was outstanding and this was not as good. Good golden color, nice carbonation, good flavor; just not the most outstanding german beer i've had.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 22:25:58 | More by david18
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a swing-top bottle into a mug.

note: This is the 2008 batch and it lists the ABV at 8.1%

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium-thick off-white head. Medium to higher levels of carbonation evident. Colour is reddish-brown, perhaps a rust or mahogany shade, and is relatively clear. Head fades to a thin film, which mostly disappears eventually and leaves no lacing.

SMELL: A sweet nose of red fruits and caramel malt. Nose is pleasant but relatively one dimensional and a bit weak.

TASTE: A bit of red fruit and caramel malt, as would be expected by the nose, but this one is slightly more spicy than the norm. Aftertaste is slightly bitter-sweet with touches of sweet wood, but a longer lasting spiciness hangs around pleasantly. Though spicy, the aftertaste is not spicy alcohol. This is surprising, given the higher ABV.

PALATE: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Feels creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a nice bite at the very back of the throat right at the end. Finishes rather dry on the palate. The smoothness and the small bite are exactly what you'd expect from the style. Very nice here.

OVERALL: Pretty good example of the style. The ABV is well hidden and it tasted and felt above average for sure. Drinkable and enjoyable, one I'd definitely re-visit.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 08:45:08 | More by Jeffo
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A souvenir from Munich, one of many brought back home from my business trip to Germany earlier this year. The color is enhanced by melanoidins giving an immense depth to dark-coppery body capped by thin, short-lived beige head whose rather poor retention can be attributed to relatively high alcohol content and not entirely unexpected.
Rich malt aroma with melanoidin-toasty character and deep chocolate qualities, caramel, plumy and grape-like fruitiness coming from the malts used instead of yeast-derived esters, and mild alcohol in the background.
The beer is sweet yet enough attenuated to avoid being sticky or cloying on the palate, with strong malt-flavor having obvious melanoidin-toasty qualities, dark chocolate with light roast-touch and alcohol warmth that helps to balance the malt. Towards the finish emerge mild spicy hops. Medium-full bodied with somewhat flat carbonation. Above the average example of the style albeit not on the same level as Celebrator or Andechser. (500 ml, freshness date November 2011, into tulip.)

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 14:16:52 | More by crnipeter
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BlakeAJurgens

Germany

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice Amber/Copper color; gets lighter under a bright light but retains a smokey red away from light. Head surprisingly full (three fingers) with light carbonation. A nice cloudy texture typical of naturtrüb beers

S - Good smell; not overt but subtle with hints of raisin and what I could describe as a coffee.

T - A good mixture of malt, raisin, and cloves with maybe a hint of citrus (orange perhaps, though I may be wrong here). Of all the doppelbocks I have had, this one definitely embraces the malt the fullest; yet it is not overpowering by any means. The higher alcohol level does make itself known a bit, but does so in a somewhat pleasant way. Also, a bitter end happens toward the end, not bad but certainly detaches from what would be a stellar beer.

M - Really nice mouth feel; good levels of carbonation and thickness; some German doppelbacks lack the necessary thickness to make them really good; this is not the case.

O - A great beer, one of the better doppelbocks. A good medium between the more intense, malty doppelbocks and the more flavorful and sweet ones. A great beer to have with a wurst and a klöße or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 17:59:54 | More by BlakeAJurgens
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TKempe

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful reddish brown with a dense beige head and easy going carbonation.

Sweet malty smell with plenty of (sour) fruity notes and a grainy cracker-like dryness to it. A rather powerfull and also yeasty nose with a toned-down, yet spicy hop presence and a good dose of alcohol.

Even more maltiness on the palate. A thick sweetness upfront with some delicate salty touches added. Hop flavours soon mingle in as the brew takes a slight dry turn. The finish in incredibly malty and sweet and lets the alcohol shine through. A sugary and light-bitter aftertaste follows.

A medium to heavy body with soft carboantion and an oily slickness.

One of the biggest Doppelbocks I have tried, with an emphasis on unconcealed sweetness and alcohol where others are more roasted and dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 21:48:02 | More by TKempe
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby/dark amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows lots of caramel, bready malt and melanoidins. Pretty nice stuff.
Very similar flavours, bready malt and melanoidins really dominating. Also a fair whack of booze.
Nice syrupy body. Carbonation could be a bit higher.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 10:22:58 | More by CrazyDavros
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice swing top bottle which uncaps with a satisfying thunking pop.

Pours a really, really lovely mahogany hued red-amber, with an initially vivacious and frothy head of taupe foam. Slight haze in the body is perfect. Retention is a little weak, which is a shame, but otherwise this is an absolutely stunning looking beer. Really top notch.

Very sweet and malty on the nose. Lots of honey, even treacle and molasses, and something a little floral too. Smells like a garden on a hot summer's day. Very rich and sweet.

More of the same on the palate, although there is a pleasant clean bitterness on the back and a phenolic alcohol vector which cuts through much of the syrup. Mouthfeel is round, chewy and full, which somewhat emphasises the incredibly thick and sweet nature of the palate. It pulls no punches, this beer; it's going for huge malt, thickness and body.

Hard to fault it for effort - this is a huge rich malty bomb. While I may have found myself craving more sharpness, a slightly lighter body, or a palate cleansing burst of finishing hops, that's not what this beer is designed to do. Try it when you're after a bucketload of malt and you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 07:51:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
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HalfFull

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml. flip top bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours a clear deep gold/copper with perhaps a touch of haze. Half inch cap show moderate retention.

Offers a classic bock nose with a caramel, almost woody aroma. Shows a light hop profile. Still more of a festbier in a sense given the lack of potent caramel notes and that's not such a bad thing.

Taste follows the aroma. Smooth and with light but not overly sweet caramel flavor. A moderate level of carbonation is quite befitting of the style. Light caramel yet dry vs. sweet and lacking the cloying nature often stumbled upon.

Offers a nice full feel and again reminds me of an Marzen style brew yet at 8% it hides things well in the Doppel Realm. A nice yet not too caramel sweet bock and with a bit more depth than most.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:37:26 | More by HalfFull
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DrunkenPanther

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin creamy head and a dark ruby unfiltered color in this brew gave way to a malty aroma, with a touch of alcohol scent. Being 7.8, it does have a slight alcohol taste as well, which was expected. It was not overpowering though. Nor was it rough going down. The mouthfeel was large and the taste was malty with a bit of fruit or berry that lingered afterward. Slight hop taste, but nothing too noticable.
If in Munich, it is worth tasting this alongside an Aventinus(Schneider-Weisse).

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 21:52:25 | More by DrunkenPanther
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I bought a swing-top bottle (0.5L) from a department store in Munich for about 1.50 euros. I wasn't so sure about packing this type of bottle with my checked luggage (maybe the swing-top could leak easier than a standard cap), so I poured it into a Kloster Andechs glass (that's right, Andechs) in my hotel room after the beer halls closed.

The beer was a clear burgandy (auburn?) color with a THICK lightly tanned foamy head. The smell was intensely fruity, dark fruits like plum and raisin, with a strong malt and alcohol aroma as well. It actually smelled kind of barley-winish. The taste was very rich and malty-sweet, almost a little cloying, and packed a strong alcohol flavor. Honestly I'd have guessed it to be higher than the 8.2% listed on the label. Mouthfeel was great, very thick and had a coating character, kept the flavor in my mouth for a long time after each sip. However, the richness of the brew keeps the drinkability down, as I couldn't have thought of going after another.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 19:29:20 | More by TurdFurgison
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koolk

Australia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking nutty brown with only a slight head and little to no retention. Seems to be the way with the style.

Dark spice, liquorice, toffee and caramel on the nose. Deep with a spicy burn, this is pretty smart.

Full flavour of toffee, caramel and more spice. Some really sweet malt noted on the finish.

Full bodied, slightly bitter and somewhat sweet but very well balanced. Full and rich.

Good beer. Not the best doppel ever, but enjoyable. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 10:08:59 | More by koolk
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from swing top style bottle, dark mahogany, with hint of red. Rich creamy off white head. Aroma is very malts oriented, rich, slightly sweet little or no hoppiness at all. Flavour matches this, very smooth malty flavours, slighted toasted, caramels, also a slight tingle on the tongue. Only a hint of any hop bitterness in the finish, but smooth, rich and very satisfying. Though maybe not a beer for "hop-heads!"

A rich, warming smooth slightly sweet beer, very satisfying, though I would not class it as a "session" beer, too rich and strong for that, but a great beer to finish an evening with!

Highly recommended.

JohnW
B'ham UK April 2009

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 08:07:56 | More by JohnW
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had some lunch at the Altes Hackerhaus in München on 22SEP09 and spotted this Doppelbock on the menu. Come to Papa!! (0.5l - 3.90Eu).

Poured a deep, clear chestnut; a lovely color! Head was light tan, creamy, and maintained a 1/4" cover for some time while leaving nice lacing behind. Nose has a great malty sweetness with caramel wafting about. Body is medium all the way, with a really smooth feel on the tongue.

Flavor has lots of malt here; solidly sweet with strong caramel yet not cloying at all. The malts coat the palate nicely, with a good touch of floral hops rounding things out. A tasty, solid Doppelbock.

Prosit!

4.1
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

1165

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2009 12:37:29 | More by Bierman9
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased in Munich.

Pours a deep mahogany, which is a little lighter colored than most doppelbocks I've seen. The head peaks at about two finger then settles the a nice ayer of foam that leaves a tattered lacing behind.

Smell; lots of dark fruits with plums, and raisins dominating. A little bit of a candy sweetness comes through in the nose as well as a bit of spiciness from the alcohol and maybe a hint of some hops.

Taste; wow, very rich maltiness. Some traces of choclate and caramel fades into plums and raisins. The alcohol is a little noticeable, but it blends well with a surprising hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very velvety smooth. One of the richest doppelbocks, as far as mouthfeel goes, that I've had. I wasn't to sure about buying this beer as I hadn't ever heard of it before, but I'm very pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 01:38:47 | More by RedHaze
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