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Hacker-Pschorr Animator - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 22
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrunkenPanther on 01-21-2004

Among the earliest Doppelbocks, Animator draws you in with its deep mahogany hue and creamy foam crown. Your experience culminates on the palate with notes of chocolate, roast, brown sugar, licorice, apricot, and exotic fruit.
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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has some yellowish hues. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving thick, wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer warms up, the smell strengthens a bit, having aromas of apples, toasted malts, and raisins.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, also having additional flavors of brown bread, chocolate, and dates with hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This doppelbock seems to be a bit lighter in body compared to other beers in the style, but has complexities in both the smell and taste. It is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml swing top bottle that was brought home from Germany by my mother. Consumed on 07/10/2008.

I was thrilled to see this bottle be one of the ones that were brought back for me. One of the strongest beers offered around those parts, it was a shame this one doesn't make it over to the states. I grabbed this one out of the fridge and poured it into a tall pilsner glass to make sure I could empty the whole thing. Poured out a very nice medium brown color with a touch of reddish highlights to it. Nice cloudiness and a bit of sediment on the bottom. Rich looking beer, with a two inch head of light tan foam across the top that seemed to hang around for a good bit before finally settling down into a thin layer that lasted throughout the session. Very nice side glass presentation as well as a good bit of carbonation streaking up towards the surface.

The aroma was typically malt heavy as you would have expected. Lots of caramel and grain notes mixed in throughout. Light fruit notes way in the back, maybe a fig or something, but I was definitely picking it up. Lots of flavor here. Rich caramel malts stole the show for me on this one. Started out smooth and ended smooth, just the way that it should. Nice bit of an alcohol nosing its way in, but not becoming too dominant or distracting in anyway. Great feel, really quite thick here with a medium body and a coating across the tongue, really letting the flavor explore. Easy to put this one down as it was very rich, but at the same time quite filling I have to admit. Loads of malty sweet aftertaste that stuck with me for a good few minutes after I was done.

Overall I thought this was an excellent dopplebock. Classic German style here, with a ridiculously smooth presence and rich, sweet flavors. I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day. Really a fine offering that I wish was available here in the states!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I see no Chuck Jones 'round here... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear honey-garnet topped by a three-quarter-finger cap of glowing tan foam. The nose comprises rye bread, rich caramel and toffee, mild earthy greens (mostly akin to tobacco), mild stonefruits, and a minor whiff of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, with hints of cocoa powder and licorice and some light maple syrup in the background. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty damn solid d-bock, something I wish were around all the time for a relatively inexpensive option.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. A bit too much fruity/ester notes in the aromas. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, plum, fig, herbal, and yeast /toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, plum, fig, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.


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


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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Boy, this sure looks and smells like a Dopplebock. I poured aggressively to get the large tan head. Body is a largely clear amber with orange/brown/red tones.
Nice rich malt aroma with hints of alcohol and putting forth bread and fruit. Soft aroma, but pleasing. A bit of residuals from yeast show.
Lager body and overall lighter. Richness of the malt is not to excess but still there nonetheless. I immediately had a ding to the pre-frontal cortex. Ding!
Quite smooth. The malt and alcohol show strongest and the fruit lags quite a bit behind. A soft dryness and very little hops to speak of.
Not as complex as some. Very nice feel.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml flip top bottle into a chalice. Best by date of 6/15.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and bready malt forward aroma with hints of biscuit, spice, and dark fruit. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Spice hints of cinnamon, pepper, and slight clove. Fruity hints of apple, pear, and banana along with some dark fruit hints of fig and raisin. Subtle floral hops. A very good malty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a nicely bready, spicy, and fruity malt driven taste with good notes of bread, spice, and fruits. Toasted barley malt with notes of toasted bread, biscuit, toffee, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Spice notes of pepper, cinnamon, and a little clove. Mix of fruit esters with notes of apple, pear, raisin, fig, and banana. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Light background presence of hops. A really good German taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A really good German Doppelbock. Really nice blend of bready, spicy, and fruity flavor.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, hearty amber with crimson highlights, and a thick head of fine off-white carbonation Virtually no lace here, though!

Aroma is toasty malt grains, dried candied fruit, toffee, and fireside roasted nuts. Complexity? Yes!

Taste is rich, malty, and sweet, again with hints of toasted malts and dark, dried fruit and toffee. The thick malt profile gives way to a light, hoppy zing of bitterness at the finish, and I do detect a slight alcohol heat as well. Overall, a delightful and world-class doppelbock that’s packed with complexity and drinkability despite the high 8.1% ABV.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a mug.

Look: Murky almost opaque burnt amber colored body under a cream colored head. Head recession leaves a patch of film, little or no lacing.

Aroma: Malty sweetness with an earthy, grainy beginning. Massive amounts of sweet caramel and spiced apples afterwards.

Taste: Begins malty and sweet just like the aroma before getting really spicy. A bit of Hints of caramel are layered underneath crisp apple and spicy cinnamon. The finish is peppery and a little hot where the alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied considering the ABV.

Overall: A tasty dopplebock with spiciness really coming through. Seems like a great beer for Autumn drinking.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Notes dated on mar´11. Deep orange color, hazy appearance. Off-white, creamy, slowly dissipated froth. Caramel malt, toffee hints & dried dark fruit to the nose. Sweet upfront with raisin hues followed by low bitterness & slightly spicy flavor that linger into the finish. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Subtle candies & chocolate on the aftertaste. Flavorful & delightful.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to try this brew at about 60F, to see if I can get all the nuances out of this beer.

Animator produces a bit more head than the usual doppelbock that I've tried in the past. It's khaki in color, and sticks together quite tightly. The body is dark and ruby red, and is well filtered.

Aroma characteristics are sweet, blunt biscuit, maple, cola, and herbal... Quite a complex aroma!

The taste is vanilla and cherry dominant, and finishes with a slight booziness. Warming to the palate, and sticky as well.

This is one of the more complex doppels that I've tried, and it's up there with Ayinger's offering, Celebrator.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, glowing burnt orange/light brown color. The head has a a similar hue and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is very good, and a nice splattering of lacing sticks o the glass.

S: Sweet malty notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. I get big honeyish notes as well. Light fruity notes, with some leafy/herbal hop aromas. Faint alcohol as well.

T: Firm malt sweetness up front. Toffee/caramel and honey are plentiful. Some mild dark fruit notes and faint tartness. Bitterness is moderate, providing some good balance. Leafy hop flavor is most noticeable. Finishing alcohol is slightly reminiscent of white rum.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is light, creamy, and smooth. A bit of stickiness.

D: A very good doppelbock. Big maltiness is met pretty nicely by a measured dose of hops to prevent cloying sweetness. I enjoy the depth of maltiness. Definitely worthwhile if you can find it.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish-amber with a bit of haze. Nice two-finger fluffy tan head that quickly faded - very little lacing - probably due to the alcohol content. The nose is very sweet, and pungent, as a good Dopplebock should be. There's plenty of sweet malt aromas, dark fruit, alcohol and a candy sugar smell. The flavor follows the nose pretty closely - with the sweetness from the malt being the most prominent, but not overwhelming. I get some raisin and fig flavors, some bread notes and a little alcohol burn. The mouthfeel felt rather light, but quite nice, with the alcohol providing a nice bite at the finish. Overall, I liked this beer a lot, it's not quite in the league of the best Dopplebocks, but it's still quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Hacker-Pschorr Animator from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.