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Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 02-25-2002

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent brown-hued chestnut with 3+ fingers of creamy sand colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Slight breadyness & roasty malt, plus a bit of licorice

T: Slight caramel, toffee with a some alcohol & a modicum of peppery hops up front. Leafy hops, boozey warmth, & slight pecan sweetness as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, dark fruit, toffee sweetness, breadyness & some metallic hops, a warm boozey edge & gingerbread

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit of slickness present as well

Drinks alright, wish I could've tried this at the source. I had a few of their biers von fass in Deutschland & they were pretty good. his one didn't travel too well IMO. A decent, not great Dopplebock. Got better as it warmed, but it was poured fairly warm

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

03/19/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- from the tap into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Dark chocolate colored pour with a very light head and average lacing.

Smell- Roasted malts and a strong caramel scent.

Taste- Almost like a nutty dark dark chocolate candy bar. Lots of sweet mollasses and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel- This one went down super easy due to it's thicker mouthfeel. Nice low carbonation and very creamy.

Drinability- One of the better doppelbocks out there. Celebrator and Weltenburger it is not, but, not tremendously far away.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip with a four finger thick, dirty, light brownish, tan colored head that sits atop a dark, opaque, black-amber colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, purple tinged, deeply red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of concord grape aromatics, toasty grain, biscuit malt, perhaps a hint of dusty chocolate and a hint of an herbal edge to it. Really the concord grape aroma is the most noticeable thing about the nose.

Fairly sweet, but the concord grape note has become more of a berry-like note in the flavor. Rich, but not overly thick, about a middle of the road thickness, though perhaps a bit on the light side. Chalky malt notes of cocoa, toasted grain and soda crackers seem to become noticeable somewhere in the middle through to the finish of this beer. There is a hint of bitterness here, but there is also a touch of herbal character that could be ascribed to a hop influence. Still that malt induced fruity berry notes are the dominant note here, at times it is a little distracting. Really this is just not all that appealing to me.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark clear brown brew.

Smell is very malty and fruity with a touch of spice, a bit of cherry and chocolate scent.

Taste is smooth and malty without any rough edges to it. Quite a fruity doppelbock with no sign of that pesky Soy Sauce flavor that shows up in these sometimes.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad Doppelbock, I like the Pinkatus better though.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of corby112
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Teresa's Nex Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a beige head. Malty aroma with chocolate and caramel notes. Very carbonated which takes away from the richness and smoothness of the chocolate malt flavor. Nothing special.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a mild head that didn't last very long. Looked like a very rich, malty brown with no lacing.

Smell- A bit of caramel and a lot of malt. Very sweet smelling.

Taste- A little grassy, but plenty of malt to make you forget that earthy note or hops. Did very much enjoy this flavor with my pot roast.

Mouthfeel- A slightly bubbly palate, but mostly a thick malty sweetness overall.

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Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at Sam's in Chicago this past summer. Poured with a medium light tan head which mostly dissipated and no lace. Color is nice dark, clear mahoganey. Aroma is fairly simple of dark, sweet malts, fresh, and little hop. Flavor's about the same. Body seems a bit thin for a dopplebock, but does have good carbonation. A little warming in the short finish. Ok beer; nothing special. Could do a whole lot worse. Could be a session if you didn't have any other choices.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark brown in color with good carbonation and a decent head that didn’t 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. There’s 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. I’ve had some disappointing offerings from this brewery, but this example was excellent.

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 3rd and final of the Allgäuer beers tonight, Cambonator - Dunkler Doppelbock.

Comes in a 500ml brown bottle with a gold foil edged label. It has a picture of a snow covered town, or village, in Germany. Very festive.

Now this beer pours a very dark brown color. Held to the light, not much gets through, but the rays that do are refracted to give a deep red, ruby-mahogany hue to this beer. The head is a shade of tan-brown that looks like that found atop a Guinness, a tight compact 1” deep head that looks perfect. Settles to about 1/8” though later.

Aromas: Wow, again so pungent that it permeates the air as I poured the beer and immediately makes me go, Aarghh…. A closer controlled inhalation reveals a plethora of sweet malt molassic aromas that expand the initial malty nose that is now so prevalant in my Apartment. This beer has more nose than Concorde.

This beer sets itself up well, before I have even tasted it. Fuck, what a Taste!! Pardon my French (German?) but this beer has plenty to say. This beer rocks - big style. I am in love.
This is my first real Doppel-Bock Tasting, and boy am I enjoying it. Initial tastes are of roasted malt, Walnuts, molasses, very rich Dates followed by an alcoholic warmth that makes way for a malt sweetness that just makes you want to run into the street naked and profess your love for this beer. Monster. I am very impressed by the beer, by this style perhaps. It just reminds me so much of Callard & Bowser Licquorice Toffee from England that I am homesick for the first time in 15 months. This beer is simply Gorgeous. So highly drinkable for a dark 7.2% ABV beer, that the people that made it should be arrested.

This bottle cost only $2.39, midway between the St. Magnus ($2.20) and the Winterfestival ($2.50), and it was the last to be tried, it’s a good job, because I am stocking up on this beer – f**k the others.

I am enjoying my road trip into the Wonderful World of German Beers.

Ich liebe Allgäuer Cambonator Bier und, der es jetzt stocked in meinem kuhlschrank permanent ist.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ooooh baby, what a lovely color! Lovely deep amber hue, with lots of ruby/garnet highlights! A thin, fine head sat on top, and left real nice lacing. Has a big, sweet malty nose - now that's a D-Bock aroma! Body was pretty good, and fairly smooth going down. Flavors were of sweet malt, a bit of toffee, and even a hint of roastiness.There was a slightly bitter end to it, reminding me a tad of Celebrator. Real nice flavor-combo, though not in the range of Salvator/Andechs/or Sammy, IMHO. Still, it's a bier I could sit down and enjoy often! Thanks to Murph for the sample!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of RedDiamond
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 500ml bottle at Whole Foods a couple weeks back. Poured to a pint glass. A wintery scene on the label.

A: Looks deep brown until held to light, then shows a lovely warm chestnut/auburn with a bounty of big rising carbonation. A creamy 1/2 finger head, egg-shell white, that ever-so-slowly fades to a whisper of film.

S: Malty sweet and nutty. More than a little 'corn syrup' smell. A hint of 'lager' metallic-ness in there, too...

T: Ample sweetness, buttery caramel and toasted hazelnuts. A little cocoa, some nutmeg spiciness. Finishes with some dry/medicinal hoppiness.

M: Sticky sweetness on the lips, but a little spicy in the relatively carbonated mouthfeel. What could be thick and syrupy is actually a lively, relatively crisp-tasting dopplebock. Body is medium and carbonation level is low-to-medium...

D: A smooth, easy-to-consume lager. Good balance in the flavor, but not a smell that drew me in. I'd drink it again, but not my favorite dopplebock. Worth trying.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with a brown head which is long lasting and laces the glass. Slight aroma of raisins and sweet malt. Slight chocolate aroma as the beer warms. Flavor of caramel, raisins and sweet chocolate. There is also a metallic flavor present. The sweet flavor leads to a finish that is dry bittersweet chocolate. No alcohol to note in either the aroma, flavor but a slight warming in the finish.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am unfamiliar with this brewery, but I bought 3 different beers from them online from beergeek.biz

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with no head to speak of. The top of the beer is oily smooth.

Aroma: mainly malt, lots of it.

Taste: High body with malt that hits right away. There's also some sweetness from the alcohol, and enough hop bitterness to keep it from being cloying, but no hop taste.

A good dopplebock, but not one of the real complex or interesting ones.

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Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.