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Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
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:
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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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

HappyHourHero, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Suds, May 21, 2006
Photo of TheMistler
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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 keithmurray
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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

keithmurray, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of nickss
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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
Photo of anders36
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

anders36, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Zorro, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Dark chestnut, big head, long lasting

Aroma: Malty, sweet, fig-like

Taste: Starts sweet and malty, then finishes dry and hoppy; pretty well balanced overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time, so please disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of Chaz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Chaz, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Rumrunner
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

1 Pint .9 Fl. Oz.

I am so happy I opened this doppelbock tonight. I have said it before. I love trying a new beer and being happily surprised.

It pours a deep mahogany brown. Light penetrates the sides of the glass but not the middle. A big off white head starts us off. It dissipates slowly but leaves a trail of lacing like a labyrinth. Beautiful. The scents are sweet toffee with some dry wood. A bit of malty sweetness, grain and an alcohol bite. Some light cream and then a tinge of sourness to finish the olfactory parade.

Splendid. Almost too many flavors to write about. Many malt flavors dominate this doppelbock. Sweet toffee and molasass. There is a nice alcohol flavor to give is some balance. Sweet fruits like dates dipped in syrup and a seared burnt nut flavor. A caramel finish and an after taste that is pleasant and does not linger.

The mouthfeel is very good. Silky smooth. An in between medium and heavy bodied doppelbock, this one drinks easy. A bit of an alcohol burn but nothing that will take away from the enjoyment I had sampling this beer.

Rumrunner, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

scruffwhor, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

GClarkage, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of mickeymac
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

It's brown with a trace of red. The head is tan and fairly thick and fizzy immediately after the pour but fades fast. It has a candy-like sweetness in the smell and taste. I must be falling in love with dopplebocks because I like this one a lot less than others, but I'm still scoring it up there.

mickeymac, Oct 14, 2002
Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

mmmbeer, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of AudioGilz
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Clear and rather dark brown is the appearance, the head large at first and then reduces for a nice lacing effect. Malty aroma, pleasant if a bit subdued. Tastes like sweet molasses, a little toasty as well. It's very pleasant in that nothing is overdone. I find it more drinkable than other doppelbocks I have tried. Those others weren't bad by any means. This one is just a little less "in your face" with the sweet maltiness and thickness. A few of these could sit in my stomach and I would be fine. The high ABV shows in the finish but not in a bad way. A very drinkable doppelbock.

AudioGilz, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Pours cloudy dark brown with a lasting beige head and some lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

Flavor is also malty and sweet, but not too sweet for the style. Caramel, toffee, syrup, and brown sugar. Lots of great dark fruits, particularly raisin and date.

Fairly full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Not at all boozy.

This is a very good doppelbock overall.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Handsome brown with nice gentle head. Is quite good at a cooler temperature as well as gaining complexity when it warms. This is a roasty doppelbock, a bit closer to some porters than other doppels I have tried. Not as sweet and toffeeish as other doppels. This is more austere and woody, a little reminiscent of varnish. I think this would serve more as a restorative on a crisp dry winter day rather than a warmer for a damp spring evening - as I have used in this case. The finish is pretty dry and does not cry out for more. I had an insanely pleasurable experience at Zum Schneider in NYC with a basic helles lager of Allgauer's... I wish I could find more products of theirs to bring home, this doppel is the only bottled brew I've found.

Thrasher, Apr 30, 2002
Photo of Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Stubbie1, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of cagocubs
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

A: Dark brown with a tobacco hue. Nice thick and foamy beige head. 2 fingers with fabulous lacing.

S: Fruit (banana) almost bubblegum. Some malt, earthy taste.

T: Nice taste.Good malts. Nice toasty taste. Citrus is present in the sip as well.

M: Very smooth with great carbonation and finish. Good example for a doppelbock.

D: high, not celebrator..but close.

cagocubs, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

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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Bierman9, Jul 22, 2002
Photo of Darkale
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Decided to depart from my "east coast of the United States" mindset, and pulled this beer out of the specialty cooler at my favorite beer store. Started out the afternoon -- a nasty mix of sleet and snow is pelting the windows, so a beer tasting session seemed like a good idea -- with a 2002 SN Celebration Ale (not too many left in Feb of '03), and then moved on to this Cambonator. As far as the appearance of the label is concerned, I cannot improve upon the only other review of this beer that mentioned the label, save to say that it depicts the sort of scene that would make one want to have a dopplebock, which would seem to be the point.

Sweet malt smell very evident after opening. Short, dense, off-white head that settled down to a thin rim of white in a few minutes. Very small pearly bubbles in the head. Color is quite dark, hardly translucent; putting a bright light behind my glass shows a beatiful deep cherry color.

Round and sweet taste improves with slight warming. Slight bitterness at the tip of the tongue. Toasty, and again, very sweet! Mouthfeel is slick, leaves a slight, pleasant aftertaste at mid-tongue, almost fruity. Not as brutish as an Optimator; more subtle and thin (with no offense intended).

Darkale, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

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
Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.