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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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Photo of mhewes
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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

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Photo of shbobdb
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

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Photo of AltBock
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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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 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 edskirk3
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.83/5  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.

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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 doppelmeup
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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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 nriech
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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 mrasskicktastic
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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Photo of Braudog
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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)

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Photo of phisig137
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of nickss
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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)!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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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 Hollister
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, a mildly disappointing Doppelbock, that really only got my attention once. The appearance was nice, dark and mellow, very crisp with an off-white head that didn't last long. The nose was fairly weak, but common with the style - mostly malt, with a late entry of banana and oats. The beer enters the mouth smoothly, perhaps too smooth, and roasted malt mildly prevails. Pleasantly, in the top of the mouth after swallowing, walnuts make an elegant and well balanced appearance to really save the beer. The alcohol was masked somewhat throughout, but present after the fact. Not bad overall, very drinkable, but not what it could be.

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

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.

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