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Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

Allgäuer Cambonator DoppelbockAllgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
86
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%


Brewed by:
Allgäuer Brauhaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 02-25-2002)
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown. Light barely penetrates the glass. Head is only a quarter of an inch but a pretty tan color which quickly dissipates to a film.

It smells sweet, malty a little smokey and a bit boozy.

Taste is sweet, caramel, toasted malt with some chocolate on the back end. The alcohol from the aroma is present in the taste but not in a negative way.

Mouthfeel is wonderful! It is silky smooth and creamy with a rich medium body to it.

Drinkability is quite good though one would probably be enough due to it's richness and alcohol level. I would be happy to run into this doppelbock again!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 01:03:42 | More by ThirstyBird
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KI9A

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby, clear. Fast head, nice lace.

S: Molasses. Sweet, inviting.

T: Molasses and bread, obvious German Dop dark fruit. Nothing bad..

M: A slightly bit thinner than it's German counterparts, Celebrator, Tucher, ect.

D: I like a nice Dop every now and then when the weather is warm, more often of course, during the cold months. I'd consider this again, as a change to the heavyier dops.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 01:37:32 | More by KI9A
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounces of what I hope to be delicious doppelbock.

Pours into a pint dark brown with red highlights. Little bit of head, about a half-finger.

Nose of dark bread and figs like a Pumpernickel Fig Newton, perhaps.

Tongue-coating maltiness. Semi-dry and smoky. More figs and other dark fruits, though not very juicy flavorwise. A slight licorice finish.

Save for the dry character, a textbook doppelbock. If offered, I would imbibe again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 03:35:25 | More by edskirk3
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marc77

California

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Deep bister hue, with tralucent crimson flashes when held to light. Mountainous, steadfast beige head leaves meandering foam trails. The aroma is comprised of bittersweet cocoa dusted prune along with roasted pecan hints. Mild cola like caramel wafts are discernible as well. Trace ethanol spice. Quite clean aromawise. Burnt light chocolate cookie sweetness upfront in flavor. Dries quickly, leaving a static backer's chocolate tinged white crouton suggestion. Livens somewhat as it breathes, with dried date and buttered hazelnut hints skewing balance back towards sweetness. Subtle smoky black malt undertone. Lightly bodied and over attenuated, with a lanky mouthfeel that could use additional girth. Finishes with a savory brush of black licorice and table salt notes. A tasty doppel, although it falls a bit short on complexity and body. It is, however, one of the most drinkable I've encountered. Drier than most, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 23:48:11 | More by marc77
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sutcliff

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I used my favorite mug (a 20 oz. glass stein from Great Lakes) and the brew topped with a thick creamy head. The initial taste was an intense maltiness with no hop aroma. The color was an excellent dark brown. The head retention was great and the lacing was present throughout the brew. The flavor was smooth and warming. The vienna malts were well developed in this sample. Well worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 23:27:37 | More by sutcliff
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. glass.

Appearance: A hazy brown body with orange and garnet highlights around the periphery. A white foamy one-finger head fades rather quickly but leaves solid sheets of white lacing. Pleasant-looking.

Aroma: Moderately pungent and complex. Raisins, some lighter fruity esters, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and spices - cinnamon and allspice are what I get. Nice.

Taste: A bit of a step down, but not too much. Dominated by maltyness, as is expected - toast, slight chocolate, caramel, toffee - but there's a healthy dose of spicy, prickly phenols here, some mild hop bitterness, and, unfortunately, a little bit of solventy alcohol in the close after this one warms. Still very nice, though.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly full-bodied, smooth, delicate, fine-bubbled, and prickly. Very nice!

Drinkability: A damn good doppelbock, with a reasonable and decently well-hidden alcohol for the style. Well-made, tasty, a little spicy, a great array of malt notes - definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 20:19:34 | More by CrellMoset
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

A: Chocolatey brown, very deep amber pour - mild head, longer lasting than other dopplebocks tried. Caramel coloured, a little lacing. Nice pour.

S: Mild caramel & toffee, oats, grape/raisin + prune... several different notes, but they are difficult to make out with a modest aroma. Unfortunately, that costs it.

T: Quite heavy, compared to the smell. Rich dark fruits, caramel flavours, a surprising hops taste (to what I was expecting, at least - not to be taken for any sort of intense hops), with a dash of cinnamon, toasted oats, nuttiness. A zesty fruit finish, with a dash of spiciness. Rather good, and perhaps not the best I've had, but a very intriguing and complex brew.

M: A little heavy and thick, a little closer to what I might expect from an eisbock. Coats the roof of the mouth, and albeit a little overdone, still a reasonably decent drink.

D: An interesting brew, this is one I would like to try again simply for the purpose of tasting again and getting a better feel for. Not the most spectacular thing I have had, but still quite good and it will hold my attention.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 06:28:06 | More by Proteus93
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rkhaze

California

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a medium sized creamy beige head.
Smells of sweet malt, caramel and a tart yeastiness.
Flavors of sweet roasted malt, dark caramel and some spice and tartness in the finish that lingered in the back of the throat.
Ligth to medium bodied with a rich carbonated mouthfeel.
Seemed a little light for the style which made its drinkability good.
Nothing really stuck out here. It was a decent enough beer but there are much better choices.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 00:46:42 | More by rkhaze
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

17 oz picked up this weekend at Tres Bonne Cuisine in Boise for $3.25.. poured into my small weizen glass.

Nice khaki head drops leaving spotty lacing over a very clear polished dark chestnut brew.

Aroma is all malts.. some toastiness... doesn't smell as "dark" as some of the doppelbock's I've had recently... a very lite chocolate nose is also present as it warms.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a viscous slightly chewiness to it. Thick malt palate is the only real game in town.. just enough bitterness and lite dark fruitiness to keep things interesting... subtle fig flavors appear as the brew approaches room temperature... Good body and a creamy overall mouthfeel.

Another winner from TBC... Boise BA's must check this place out... Barbara is great... I love her accent... it's endearing.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 07:49:47 | More by JohnGalt1
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hollingshead Deli in Anaheim, 17 oz pour into a dimpled mug.
Slightly hazy brown with reddish orange highlights. White head fades slowly leaving solid sheets of lacing. Fruity aroma with caramel, toffee, malts. Malt dominated flavor, slightly chocolate, caramel, and some mild hoppiness to finish. More full bodied than expected, very smooth, alcohol is hidden. Well made example of a doppelbock, highly enjoyed.

Kenny the bartender told me to enjoy, because this was the last keg, and the brewer will no longer be exporting to the States.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 19:39:49 | More by BigBry
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

Underrated, big time. 500 ml bottle to Chimay goblet.

A nice, light brown color renders a creamy, light tan head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of dried fig, roasted chestnut, and caramel, with a strong emphasis on the high ABV (7.2%). Taste is emblematic of smell in this case, with more sweet and round tastes than smoky. Round figs come through with dark fruits and sticky, soft texture of this doppelbock.

Medium to heavy carbonation. Crisp and a touch watery in the mouth, but finishes nicely, rounding out the flavor balance in the back of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 19:49:00 | More by TLove
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is surprisingly smooth and drinkable for a beer in this style. It's not especially complex, particularly on the first few sips, but as you continue drinking, some more flavors come to the surface. There's a malty taste at first, with hints of coffee; later, tastes of fruit and grain emerge. It's well balanced and pleasant, even if it's not a very unique beer. The taste is reasonably rich without verging on overkill.

The has no head to speak of, and leaves no lacing. It's an undistiguished shade of brown, and has little in the way of visible carbonation. So what, it's not much to look at. The inviting drinkability of this beer and its agreeable nature will make you trust your tongue, not your eyes. While it's not on my all-star team, this could become a reliable stanby--always there to be enjoyed when I need it, at any time, for any occassion.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 01:33:23 | More by GnomeKing
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Boilermaker88

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 500ml bottle just like the one in the pic and served in an imperial pint glass. This d-bock had a really dark chestnut color. A low level of carbonation and a modest pour still managed to produce a firm off-white 1" head that left some nice lacing on the sides.
The nose was all about malt...lots of caramel aroma and sweet toasted malts. Around the periphery, some lightly burnt grains and a hint of herbal hops lent their aromas to the mix. But the main player here was malt.
The taste had more balance than what the nose would indicate. Sure, Cambonator was loaded with the flavors of carmelized molasses and brown sugar up front but as each taste progressed the toasted malts took the edge off what could had been a very cloying taste and feel. Then a mild herbal finish further balanced things out, making for an enjoyable brew. The feel was full and chewy, really filling, and smooth.
Allgäuer's Cambonator is a big, hearty doppelbock that's quite appealing. A real malt-bomb. Nicely drinkable and the best of the Allgäuer line-up, at least those that I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 19:00:39 | More by Boilermaker88
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light tan/cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Deep mahogany color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight roasted coffee nose. Flavor starts sweet, malty mellows to balanced. Kind of like a nut brown on steroids. Slightly higher ABV is completely hidden. $2.79 for a 500ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 23:28:39 | More by jdhilt
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy ice tea color with a foamy beige head that splashes dots of lacing

Smell: Dark fruit (figs and dates), walnuts and toffee; but I am also picking up a hint of acetone and alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a fruity toffee flavor that lasts throughout but is joined, midstream, but a touch of astringent bitterness on the sides of the tongue; milk chocolate, fruit and nut finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is nice and complex; it isn't in the top tier but it is not far off

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 02:32:02 | More by brentk56
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I took a big $2.95 chance on a dusty half-liter bottle of this German doppelbock at my neighborhood convenience store. Glad I did. Some quick descriptives that come to mind are: dark, hearty, bold, and satisfying. “Hearty” would be the key operative. The color is brown-vermillion with a modest head and carbonation. The panoply of malts is positively seductive with a kiss of sugar and a slight nod towards Kahlúa. Enticing.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 03:04:42 | More by RedDiamond
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liquor, IN.

Poured dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate complex sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Moderate sweet flavor with with a moderate sweet finish of average duration.

Good drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 22:46:32 | More by tmoneyba
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largadeer

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip. Appearance is dark brown with red highlights. A solid off-white head forms and retains well.

Fairly mild aroma, nutty and caramelized, slightly metallic. A bit of date-like fruitiness.

Toasted and caramelized malt flavors wash the palate first, follower by raisin-like fruitiness and a touch of roasty astringency. Full bodied, rich, fairly dry and bitter in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 01:13:03 | More by largadeer
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical midsized bottle, no freshness dating, Nice wintery scene artwork on the label, but no freshness dating to be found. Pours dark almond amber, slight off white head and only minor lacing. Nose is of currants, and pleanty of toasted malts. Flavorful and strong brew, notes of molasses, toasted nuts and malts, burnt fruits. Complex, strong and tasty version of a heady and usually quite enjoyable style, well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 19:40:34 | More by Billolick
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells amazing. Tons of malty sweetness that oozes with caramel and raisins. Even the most vigorous pour only produced a thin ring that I wouldn't even call head. The beer is dark brown in color with a ruby glow. The lack of carbonation in this beer is almost to the point of flat, and it makes for a disappointingly watery mouthfeel. It isn't as sweet as the aroma suggests, but then that's not such a bad thing. There is plenty of caramel and butterscotch flavors up front. Towards the end there is a bit of alcohol and a faint bitterness that is more astringent then hop induced. A decent doppelbock with an amazing aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 00:05:09 | More by HappyHourHero
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s a deep brown brew with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head. The beer has a moderately intense roasted malt aroma, backed with a modest alcohol smell. No hops in the aroma, and just a slight caramel and chocolate smell. Not as much fragrant malt aroma as the stand-outs of the style. The taste is sweet and creamy. The beer has fairly low-to-medium carbonation, and considerable malt flavor. Bitterness picks up near the finish, which also dries out a bit, but the brew still shows no hop flavor. This is a fine and engaging beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 16:42:19 | More by Suds
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nickss

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with a ruby tinge.... skimpy 1/4" head which quickly dies down to a thin cap.

Deep malty aroma... nice, but rather one dimensional.

Big brown sugar flavour paired with a generous heaping of malt. A touch of cinnamon and some fig... nice.

Thick and chewy, with perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable.... a delicious treat for an autumn night.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 00:30:29 | More by nickss
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with more effervescence than anticipated, and displaying off-white head of many bubble sizes. Settles to a thin but creamy cap that tops a nutty brown concoction, nearly opaque but not quite there. Decent lacing.

Prunes and dark fruits, raisins not exlucded, to the nose. Brown sugar. Hints of cinnamon, which I like, as I'm somewhat obsessed with cinnamon.

A malty, dark fruit taste profile as well, but not necessarily sweet. There is some nice spicing. Caramel. Roasted grains. Slight alcohol presence, with a spice and "dulling" quality that actually fits nicely into the taste profile. Some hop bittering mingles with the malt-party crowd.

Crisply carbonated with a cresting prickliness, this drinks easier than some doppelbocks. Pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 00:59:20 | More by TheMistler
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keithmurray

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - chestnut brown with no head at all

smell - cocoa, dark chocolate, cherries, malts

taste - similar to the nose, cocoa, malts, dark chocolate, cherries, malts, caramel, molasses

mouthfeel - medium body, low carbonation, smooth, slightly sweet

drinkability - good beverage that I will look to get more of in the future

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 03:14:26 | More by keithmurray
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womencantsail

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The pour is a dark brown with plenty of amber tones to it. There's a large off-white head that sits on top.

S: Not an overwhelming aroma, but good. Some decent dark fruit notes such as cherries, dates, and raisins, but mostly dark specialty malts that provide a subtle roast and sweetness.

T: Starts off with a definite metallic tinge, but it fairly quickly fades to rather normal doppelbock flavors. Moderate raisin and date flavors with a decent caramel sweetness along with some molasses.

M: The body is medium with a certain creaminess on the tongue and moderate carbonation.

D: A nice doppelbock that was dangerously easy to drink. Wouldn't mind having this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 17:41:36 | More by womencantsail
Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.