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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 DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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

500 mL bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a goblet. Pours a deep dark brown that is almost black with red shining through at the edges. It has a 1/2 finger light tan head that reduces to a thin blanket and leaves no lacing. The smell is all malts - caramel, molasses, grains, raisins, and some sweetness. It is warming with lots of grainy/toasty/sweet/ malts that are slightly cloying and contribute molasses, caramel, dark fruits, and anise. There is also a nice hop bitterness and some green hops behind all the malts. Kinda tingly at the beginning but much better by the end. It's a good dopplebock but perhaps a bit too sweet.

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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 ManekiNeko
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle served at cellarish temps in something kinda like an Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Clear dark cola brown with red highlights. Topped by a short-lived, but large, tan head. Specks of foam were left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Robust and earthy smell of caramelized malts, almost sickly sweet. Hints of maple, plums, and other dark dried fruits.

Taste: Intensely sweet caramel and light molasses. Toasted and slightly smoky malts on the finish. Kind of cloying at times. Bittersweet aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Mildly boozy and rather thick bodied.

Drinkability: A textbook doppelbock, but a little too sweet to my tastes. Somewhere between Celebrator and Troeganator in all categories. I like the other two better. Good intro to the style, I'd say.

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

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.

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Photo of avylover
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Very good

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep mahogony color. A slight head that slowly recedes. Malt aroma-caramel and toffee. Big malt flavor upfront-notes of caramel,vanilla and brown sugar. Very slight trace of alcohol in the finish. Good mouthfeel-appropriate body for the style. A good doppelbock,enjoyable enough but I find it lacking some of the "highs" that can be found in other examples. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of sutcliff
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  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.

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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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Photo of rkhaze
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 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 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 RedBaron
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of anders36
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown colour with a nice big head that disappears quickly though. It has a little sweet smell and some roasted smell, evem some fruity smell. The taste is also a little sweet, but not to sweet for me. It also has some roasted taste with a hint of fruit and caramel. This is a bockbeer i could drink more of. It leaves you with a nice warm feeling. I have been to Kempten a couple of times and this beer will make me go there again.

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Photo of marc77
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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