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Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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86
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 02-25-2002)
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Photo of tmoneyba
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.

tmoneyba, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of BigBry
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.

BigBry, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of TheMistler
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.

TheMistler, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of tmitch75
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tmitch75, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of corby112
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
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.

CrellMoset, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of ThirstyBird
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!

ThirstyBird, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : Poured a nice brown color with a solid head that took a bit to go down

S : Lots of malty goodness

T : Good solid malt flavors. A little on the dry side

M : A little thinner than I was expecting. Good carbonation

D : Real easy drinking. I could drink another one but I've had better doppelbocks

mhewes, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of shbobdb
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

shbobdb, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this Doppelbock on-tap at Teresa's Next Door on 2/16/2008. They served it to me in a goblet. It was an interesting glass choice they made, but I thought it worked out quite well.

It had a dark chestnut brown body with a few crimson red highlights along the edges. It had a decent light tan colored head of foam that had good retention. This head of foam left behind a small tan film and a streak or two of lace. This had one of the most smokiest aromas I've smelled before in a Doppelbock. The aroma was very smoky with olives, a hint of smoked meats, wood, and a smidge of dark roasted malts in the background. The aroma was on the boder of being a Rauchbier. The taste was also smoky, but not as smoky as the aroma. It had a lightly smoky taste of dark roasted malts, a few olives, a slight touch of caramel, and then ended with dark roasted hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a short lived aftertaste of roasted malts, dark fruits, and dark roasted hops. It's always was fun for me to try a new Doppelbock on-tap and this one was no different. It was nice little medium bodied smoky Doppelbock that was close to becoming a Rauchbier.

AltBock, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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

russpowell, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
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.

JohnGalt1, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of edskirk3
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.

edskirk3, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Did some serious yard work yesterday morning and decided to treat myself to a late lunch at Rustico in Alexandria, VA for lunch. Had their mushroom pizza, which is awesome, and two beers. The Allgauer Cambonator was the first.

Presented to me in a standard pint glass, it was a deep mahogany/ruby, brown/black color. There was very little head, but it left behind a decent lace. A pretty beer. The nose was rich and malty sweet (fig, dark cherry, and vanilla), with notes of coffee and chocolate. A multi-layered aroma that was much-appreciated. The taste, however, was not as intricate as the aroma. It was lightly sweet, with some bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a dense vanilla extract or almost a molasses flavor to it. Nice, but not quite what I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was thinner than expected but smooth, with a carbonated fizzy finish.

It's a nice doppel, but not the best around. I've had many better versions of the style. Still, it's a very good beer and worth trying if you ever find it on tap.

Atlas1, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
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.

Proteus93, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of doppelmeup
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a deep topaz (that is what my wife called it) into a pilsener glass. Thick off white head slowly resolves to a steady ring around the edges. A pretty beer.

Aroma is quite strong and unique. A very fruity, sweet aroma that remains throughout the glass. It is very candylike. I can't put my finger on exactly what the smell is, but is unique.

Taste is good. Similar to smell, it is definitely sweet and there is a sharp alcohol burn as the beer warms.

As the beer warms, the alcohol become more apparent and is quite warming. Very smooth and creamy, with little carbonation.

Overall, I like this beer but it is not my favorite doppelbock. It is a good beer, however, and worth a try.

doppelmeup, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rallison, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of nriech
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown, nice lacing, little head retention.

Smell: Nice and malty with sweet caramel. Roasty.

Taste: Nutty chocolate. Sweet molasses and rosted malts. Bittersweet aftertaste. A little chewy and strange sweet aftertaste.

Overall an easy to drink dopplebock but a little high on the ABV to make it a standard. Decent brew from an excellent brewer. Will drink again anytime though.

nriech, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

msubulldog25, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Reddish brown with a small head and no lacing.

S - Slightly soapy, currants, black pepper and faint prunes drenched in alcohol.

T - Malty, with a slightly bland fruity presence and a very bland, very bitter aftertaste.

M - High carbonation tingles throughout the beer, thick and frothy, mildly refreshing to not refreshing.

D - Okay, rather bland overall. Not worth seeking out. If you stumble upon it, it might be worth a look. I know that I won't bother with it again.

mrasskicktastic, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 there’s a big caramel-sugar anchor beneath it that makes this a wonderfully scrumptious winter beer. Prost! (#2752, 3/15/2007)

Braudog, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

phisig137, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of nickss
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.

nickss, Sep 21, 2006
Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.