Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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4.68/5 rDev +21.9%
To be fair, I am on a kick right now where this beer fits perfectly. You know how it goes: you get into a certain beer-drinking groove and you find something that really just fits within that particular arena.
This beer is doing that for me. Despite its dark ruby color, the majority of the taste of this beer comes from nice, light, sweet pils malt. A nice distinctive, sweet blast mingled with that pronounced sulfur bite. Like a very good pils, but supersized to the extreme.
But that is just the start of this party. Well, not the "start" really, the pils malt is the host. It is there most noticeably at the beginning and ending, but the whole experience is undeniably affected by it. Now, if I know pils malt, it was hoping for a low-key party, you know, a couple of pils buddies sitting around listening to indy rock, maybe smoking a bowl, and then everybody goes home.
Unfortunately for pils, one of his buddies called Munich malt and told him about the party. Munich I called munich II, and the whole deal went cat-in-the-hattish quite quickly. Nice juicy summer fruits play a huge role in this beer, mmm, more plum than anything.
So, after Munich I and Munich II crashed the place, some crystal malts show up. Really just a nice layer of ineffably sweet complexity added on top of everything. If it wasn't already crazy enough, this guy really wrecks the party and makes it totally insane.
But then that damned fish starts nagging everybody. That's right, the alcohol makes its presence known in the end and cleans everything off. The sweetness fades, everybody is gone . . .
And you are again left with the pils malt, now alone and sad. He starts to wave goodbye, but he is really awkward about it and really clings onto that farewell. So, you feel sorry for the guy and have another sip . . . and the whole mess starts over again!
03-07-2008 22:00:35 | More by shbobdb
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
They say hindsight is 20/20, and, sure enough, my first hyperbolic rant-and-rave does not exactly match my second quaff of this "hard-as-H**L-to-get" brew. I'm dialing back 4 out of 5 of my digits to match the latest sips.
Stay tuned, however. I bought 13 of these babies!
There are beers, and there are experiences.
To quote my freind after I lent him a sip:
"Now THAT, is an EXPERIENCE!"
Bar none, this "experience" sits at the top of my all-time favorites. Of course, as luck would have it, I experienced it hundereds of miles away from home, and have not found it since.
"Complex" does not even begin to describe what an experience like this is about.
The best I could do, really, is just point in the right direction and hope you get the chance to experience it for yourself.
05-27-2002 13:17:36 | More by DarthMalt
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
Poured from a .5L bottle to a tall .5L glass. Try as I might I can't get this beer to produce a head during the pour. As the bottle empties about a 1 finger head rises slowly from an intense dark liquid. The head fades just as slow leaving almost no lace.
The smell is of Malt deep dark roasted malt with a very lively selection of dark fruit. Lost of dates, plumbs and figs. I anticipate something like a Weihenstephan Kobinian.
The taste very fruity indeed, Chocolate and some coffee notes also enter the mix. The malt is very very intense and the extensive complexities are intriguing. This lager also hints of licorice in the finish that all but totally covers the alcohol. This offering is also very sweat in its tastes, drying with some bitterness only in the finish. Each slurp leaves you quite unsatisfied. I started with a few slow sips but this really grows on you fast, and I find my self filling my mouth with large gulps trying to engage all of my taste bubs.
The mounthfeel is great. The feel is thick and coating, a very full body drenches the mouth full of flavor. The carbonation awakes within the mouth adding to the taste sensation. The finish is superb just a slight alcohol taste. Very nice, what I look for not the staleness I get from so many cheaper dark ales.
The drinkability is very high, This DB goes down very easy with no objections. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK
06-26-2006 05:15:01 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
Had this first at a Bon Vivant tasting and brought home a 0.5L bottle: It pours a nice roasty reddish brown with a big head of small bubbles. The aroma is sweet, almost raisiny or grapey, counterintuitive to the appearance. The flavor is similarly sweet and fruity, but theres a big caramel-sugar anchor beneath it that makes this a wonderfully scrumptious winter beer. Prost! (#2752, 3/15/2007)
03-16-2007 01:20:41 | More by Braudog
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
Appearance Dark brown in color with good carbonation and a decent head that didnt last very long but left some cool lacing.
Smell Beautiful, rich aroma of yeast, toasted malts, and butter. This one smells very creamy and rich yet has the classic burnt nose.
Taste This one is a mouthfeel. The super-rich toasted malt and yeast flavors are out in force here. This is exactly as it should taste just like a bock only bigger. Theres just enough alcohol to be noticed, and the caramel-infused creaminess is out of this world.
Mouthfeel One of the smoothest, creamiest dopplebocks that I have rated thus far. This one had an exceptional mouthfeel. It is full-bodied with very light carbonation and, did I say, very smooth and creamy.
Drinkability This one had me talking German. Ive had some disappointing offerings from this brewery, but this example was excellent.
12-17-2003 01:19:59 | More by RoyalT
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
The rim of this bottle had malt markings around the rim and on the cap which made me worried that maybe the seal had been broken. Maybe it had, and maybe the thick, sweet malt then sealed the bottle back up....
Regardless, it poured a rich, nearly opaque brown, just a tad deeper than cola, and a slight rim of brown with a floating smattering of bubbles around the top.
It takes some effort to pull an aroma off the beer until it fully warms, but the aroma is nice and sweet, almost woody, and slightly smokey.
The taste is fantastic. Its rich, brown and combines a substantial sweet-malt body with a bit of tartness you'd expect from a strong malt beer. The mouth is left with a surrounding flavor that's both sugary and nutty.
It drinks quite well, though its also a clear, cold night, so its rather appropriate to be drinking it.
11-14-2004 03:25:44 | More by freed
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
First of all, what's up with the name? (In an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice) "I'm duh cambonator ....I'm he-ah to save John Conn-ah ...I'll be bock!" Get it....BOCK. Ok. I apologize for my crappy sense of humor. Anyhow...
This one pours dark and flat black with a deep purple tint when held up to the light, and the lable shows a quant German village buried in snow.
A half-finger tan head only stuck around for a minute before dissapearing almost entirely, but some suds re-appear when aggitated. This brew looks flat and boring in the glass, but the bottle is very, very cool.
The scent is caramely, malty, milky, and sweet. Hints of milk chocolcate and vanilla flavored coffee creamer also.
Damn! This is one sweet beer! Sugary and malty, this one feels very full and smooth in the mouth. My first impression is of chewy caramel candy... the kind that yanks out your fillings and sticks around in the cracks in between your teeth for days. This is follwed by big bitter chocolate (that really develops as the beer warms) and a nice alcohol kick in the back of the throat. I'm also picking up some very slight dark fruit flavors too ...like a super-ripe plum.
This one is heavy and sweet like that bitter dark chocolate that my mom used to cook with (she told me not to eat it plain...but I did anyway and sort of liked it). I enjoyed the full, sweet, thickness that is presented here, but the overly bitter dark chocolate character eventually becomes a little too much. I feel that one is definitley enough for now, but I will most likely come BOCK to this one some other time...maybe in the winter (like on the neat bottle)!
08-22-2006 06:42:54 | More by pmcadamis
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
very dark purplish brown. This the dopplebock for the light drinker. Very smooth yet full taste, but immensely drinkable. color id dark & foamy, with an aroma that is very vinious. Grapes andraisins reign supreme. Are we sure this is not a wheat beer? Very smooth malty/graint taste, with some fruity esters. Slick smooth mouthfeel and as I said earlier drinkability is ridiculous.
11-07-2004 22:42:03 | More by avylover
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
Roasted hazelnut suffused with reddish bronze. The toasted tan head is on the small side, but is firm enough to last for a while. Microbubbles on the upper surface leave micropits when they pop, but there isn't a hint of sticky rockiness. Obviously then... no lace.
All in all, this a good doppelbock nose. I can appreciate cocoa, a figgy fruitiness, a drop or two of molasses and a pleasant German hoppiness. The first few sniffs weren't overly impressive, but with time and warming things have opened up quite a bit.
Cambonator is an excellent version of the style. The interplay between dark malt, fruit and hops is seamless. Increasing or decreasing the contribution from any of the three would make for a lesser beer. Malt, of course, is the focal point. A mild smokiness is great in combination with the earthiness of the roasted barley. Fig paste and molasses are still apparent, even more than in the nose, and anise makes a delightful cameo.
Hops play second fiddle and remain in tune throughout. There's just enough stealth bitterness to keep the malt sugars in check and to further expand the range of flavors available on the palate. The finish is shorter than I would like (but not short), thanks to a mouthfeel that is lighter than I would like (but not light). I spoke too soon. With each degree of warming, the mouthfeel increases in creamy smoothness and develops a wonderfully supple chewiness.
Cambonator Doppelbock is a more than pleasant surprise. I didn't see its deliciousness coming, but from the first sip I knew this was a wonderfully complex beer. The 7.2% ABV, which is barely evident on the palate, ensures that a second bottle can be enjoyed with ease. A fine effort.
09-28-2005 15:32:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Pours a cloudy dark brown with a 1 finger off-white head that leaves a touch of lacing.
Smells of dark fruits and dark candy. Nice.
Taste is very good. Dark fruits and toffee are the most prominent flavors. Dates and molasses are also present. Love the fruit in here. Seems to have a touch of hops to balance out the sweetness. Relatively complex flavors for a doppelbock. I like it.
Mouthfeel is just right - somewhat creamy with a nice level of carbonation and a slightly sharp finish.
Drinkability is very good on this.
07-31-2007 07:04:49 | More by rallison
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
The beer after its escape from the 500ml brown bottle in to my Leute Bock beer glass sets a deep brown with ruby high lights; the head is smallish and bubbly in texture, the color a nice tan, the resultant lace a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nose is malt sweet, caramel, hints of yeast, a bit musty I must say, start is sweet, thick malt presence, top is middling to almost full in its affect on the taste buds. Finish is has an imperious acidity, the hops noticeable but pleasant, aftertaste droughty and lingering upon the palate, a very nice doppel bock, a style I wish there was a bazillion of.
07-25-2004 22:08:01 | More by Gusler
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Dopplebocks are some of my favorite beers... I don't know if that makes me more or less critical of any particular example. Regardless, I found Allgäuer Cambonator to be a great representative of the style. Poures a malty, syrupy brown. Left a slight, chocolate brown head, and it left lacing down the sides of the drinking glass as I finished it. Has the traditional doppelbock flavor, but the taste of alcohol is very muted. The result is all the flavor of doppelbocks without the alcoholic aftertaste that accompanies many other doppelbocks... quite an accomplishment for a beer with over 7% alcohol. I highly recommend this beer.
01-07-2006 20:20:51 | More by WMBierguy
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
Deep dark brown bordering on black. dark head, spider web lacing, alcohol cuts down on the head retention as it warms.
Chocolate chip cookies, toasted qualities, and dark fruits make up the jist of the smell.
Plums are the centerpiece as it warms along with the background bakers chocolate and some toasted wheat bread. Not much from the other side of the spectrum although a touch of citrus towards the finish is a nice addition. Dopplebocks are an incredible style and this serves it well.
chewy mouthfeel, carbonation is very laid back in the midst of such a thick brew. Alcohol is hardly evident until late into the aftertaste.
12-29-2005 00:09:27 | More by DogFood11
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Its clear, very dark mahogany body reveals hundreds of tiny, steadily rising bubbles if you look closely enough; and its frothy tan head drops shortly to a wide, creamy collar and whispy surface covering yet continues to leave splashes of lace throughout the entire glass. The nose displays a dark, caramelized malt that expresses slightly fruity toffee, cocoa, and a bit of light molasses. It's body is firm and its carbonation is very fine and moderate, leaving it creamy in the mouth. The flavor is much as the nose suggests, although a healthy dose of alcohol and some solid bitterness help to thin it a bit and keep it from becoming sweet. It's clearly grainy beneath its caramelized layers; and it displays some floral and spicy hop character as well. It finishes dry with a lingering note of bitterness, some subtle residual maltiness, and a wash of alcohol that gives it a nutty (walnuts, peanut skins) and woody character that leaves the palate wanting more. It's quite enjoyable with perhaps a greater drinkability than some of the sweeter versions.
10-23-2003 02:23:43 | More by NeroFiddled
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Appearance - a very dark iced-tea color when held to light. About a finger of creamy bubbly head.
Aroma - ripe plums, some dark earthy malts. Decent, but a little light.
Taste - malt dominated, some sweet raisins, hints of chocolate mixing with the alcohol to create a Lady Godiva chocolate liqueur effect. Hops are very mild, not really a factor as the alcohol controls the finish.
Mouthfeel - average carbonation, excellent smoothness and overall mouthfeel.
Drinkability - pretty delicious stuff,, while potent, and easily a multi-bottle qualifier.
05-23-2004 17:09:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
1pt.9oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $3.99. No obvious freshness date. According to the label, this is a “Dunkler Doppelbock.” Does that mean that a doppelbock not labeled “Dunkler” is going to be light in color?
Poured a dark, cola-ish color that takes on a more rubyish tinge when held up to light. Decent sized beige head with lots of lace left on the sides of my glass.
I smell dark, roasty malts and some traces of dark fruits. Rather yummy smelling but not over the top at all.
Tastes like toast, with brown sugar and some dark fruit notes. In the background there’s a little bit of pipe tobacco and some booze, which I wasn’t expecting from something listed as having an abv percentage of 7.2. Finishes somewhat drier than I’m used to with doppelbocks, but not in a bad way at all.
Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not quite as full bodied as some doppels I’ve known but it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s missing any depth.
Not bad at all for the price. This isn’t a great, essential beer but it’s pretty good. It definitely went well with a late-morning omelette on a day spent at home nursing a sore knee. If I were out at a bar I wouldn’t want to session this but as a one-off it was rather tasty.
06-12-2011 23:06:51 | More by woemad
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
Huge cascading rocky white head, glowing brown color, decent lacing.
Malty sweet smell of molasses, plums, and even a few raisins. Slight smoky note too.
Nice sweet flavor, dark fruits predominate with roasty nuttiness, herbal hops, and slight vanilla and chocolate notes.
Thick and chewy mouthfeel, very smooth.
This is a classic dopplebock, I'm a huge fan.
Tasted on 7/30/08.
11-30-2008 18:18:05 | More by tmitch75
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
500 ml bottle into a pils glass
Pours a clear chesnut brown color with some red-orange highlights. A one and a half inch cream colored head forms on top and settles down as a cap which retains throughout, leaving some minor lacing.
Aroma is of caramel, toffee, raisin, fig, and slight chocolate. Pretty standard for a Doppelbock really, but damn good.
Taste starts off sweet with caramel and toffee with some toasty maltiness in there as well with raisins, perhaps a hint of cherry, coming in the middle. In the finish there's a bit of chocolate flavor that comes out with the raisin making it very tasty.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy going down, and rather easy to drink since it tastes so good.
An underrated Doppelbock in my opinion, the flavor profile of this one reminds me of Celebrator. God I love Doppelbocks.
07-02-2009 06:42:12 | More by roadhouse
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Wow! Just wow! Ausgezeichnet!
I'm a big fan of the style, with the well-known Paulaner Salvator being my mainstay, but the Cambonator is a lovely, and obscure, treat from a lowland Bavarian Alpine brewery.
The 1/2L bottle poured nicely with a low-carbonated, off-white head. The color of the beer was dense and dark ruby, much darker than Salvator (for a point of reference).
The smell was of toasted and burnt rye mixed with Flinstone chewables. I know this sounds crazy, and potentially repugnant, but it was actually quite beautiful and appealing! I'm guessing a serious malt infusion was in the works here (probably a mixture of varying degrees of roasted malts accounted for the odd, but inviting and appealing, aromas).
The initial taste was of a dry, roasted maltiness (maybe rye bread)coupled with a sweet, alcoholic finish. I swear, Bavarians have been at this so long, they can go from extreme dryness to abject sweetness in about 2 or 3 seconds across the palette. They've got the 'science, plus craft' thing down to a degree.
The mouthfeel was heady and sustaining; no watery finish and it never felt 'chewy', as you pick up with many bocks and doppelbocks. Rather, the brewers were going for (I believe) a balance between the implied alcohol sweetness and the dry roastiness of a comforting hearth all in one fal swoop.
The drinkability with this sample was high; I only wish Bavarian brewers such as Allgauer could garner more respect and attention in America. Paulaner will continue to me my flagship German brewer (for the quality and consistancy of product), but its the off-beat and obscure German brewers which I seek out from time to time, and this sample of Cambonator from the Allgauer brewery uniquely qualifies. .
Good job, Allgauer. Prost!
04-28-2004 02:48:26 | More by RedBaron
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a nice chocolate brown body a head the dies down quickly. Great smell of fruity banana, and a hint of amber malt and alcohol, smells refreshing. Ahhh it smells like a good moist banana bread. Awesome balance in the flavor with a hint of alcohol lingering at the end. Flavor starts as smooth deep amber malt, just a hint of sweet. The finish is a hint of bitter hops to balance. The lingering alcohol stands out, but surprisingly not much of the fruity banana smell comes through in the flavor. Mouthfeel it a blend of oily slick and refreshing watery. Drinkability is good due to balance and mouthfeel. The alcohol will creep up on you though. Funny thing I noticed on the label says that it contains malt liquor. Hmmm.
11-10-2009 04:16:10 | More by danadeny
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
Decided to depart from my "east coast of the United States" mindset, and pulled this beer out of the specialty cooler at my favorite beer store. Started out the afternoon -- a nasty mix of sleet and snow is pelting the windows, so a beer tasting session seemed like a good idea -- with a 2002 SN Celebration Ale (not too many left in Feb of '03), and then moved on to this Cambonator. As far as the appearance of the label is concerned, I cannot improve upon the only other review of this beer that mentioned the label, save to say that it depicts the sort of scene that would make one want to have a dopplebock, which would seem to be the point.
Sweet malt smell very evident after opening. Short, dense, off-white head that settled down to a thin rim of white in a few minutes. Very small pearly bubbles in the head. Color is quite dark, hardly translucent; putting a bright light behind my glass shows a beatiful deep cherry color.
Round and sweet taste improves with slight warming. Slight bitterness at the tip of the tongue. Toasty, and again, very sweet! Mouthfeel is slick, leaves a slight, pleasant aftertaste at mid-tongue, almost fruity. Not as brutish as an Optimator; more subtle and thin (with no offense intended).
02-15-2003 15:06:49 | More by Darkale
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours a deep drown, with some orange highlights and a one finger head. Little head leaves behind only a few bubbles on top, and no lacing.
Aroma is quite nice. Decidedly malty, with huge toasted hazelnut aromas, some burnt sugar, fresh bread, and yeast. Toasted grains give this the nutty aroma that is unlike any other beer I've ever smelled, including hazelnut browns. Hints of diacetyl, but not enough to worry about.
Flavor again is very malty, without being sweet. Nutty overtones dominate here again, although not as heavily as on the nose. Toasted grain, bread, and yeast back up the nuts nicely. No diacetyl here. Mouthfeel is heavy, sticky and thick. Drinkability is great.
I love this non-traditional dopplebock. I normally look for the sweeter malts and caramel toffee notes, but this is a welcome change. It may not be quite "to style", but I really enjoy this one.
03-12-2007 23:55:32 | More by phisig137
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
Handsome brown with nice gentle head. Is quite good at a cooler temperature as well as gaining complexity when it warms. This is a roasty doppelbock, a bit closer to some porters than other doppels I have tried. Not as sweet and toffeeish as other doppels. This is more austere and woody, a little reminiscent of varnish. I think this would serve more as a restorative on a crisp dry winter day rather than a warmer for a damp spring evening - as I have used in this case. The finish is pretty dry and does not cry out for more. I had an insanely pleasurable experience at Zum Schneider in NYC with a basic helles lager of Allgauer's... I wish I could find more products of theirs to bring home, this doppel is the only bottled brew I've found.
04-30-2002 21:11:59 | More by Thrasher
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
This doppelbock is dark brown in color with a slight ruby huge. Decent but fast fading head at the top of the glass. Aroma is sweet, caramel, molasses, and malt. Taste of sweet malt and burnt caramel come to mind. Smooth and creamy in the mouth and easy to drink. A fine Doppelbock
03-01-2004 00:32:03 | More by Stubbie1
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
A: Dark brown with a tobacco hue. Nice thick and foamy beige head. 2 fingers with fabulous lacing.
S: Fruit (banana) almost bubblegum. Some malt, earthy taste.
T: Nice taste.Good malts. Nice toasty taste. Citrus is present in the sip as well.
M: Very smooth with great carbonation and finish. Good example for a doppelbock.
D: high, not celebrator..but close.
11-28-2009 05:24:37 | More by cagocubs
Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.