Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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3.03/5 rDev -15.6%
Altenmunster/Allgauer's Winterbier (a bock, whether it be a doppel or helles is your choice, I guess) is a fairly enjoyable, straightforward lager that displays its light malts fairly well, adds in a bit of Germanic hops for complexity, and is generally clean and perfectly masking its 7.5% ABV. Where it falters, though, is in the fairly bland aroma and average flavor profile: it's a good lager, and I could drink this all night without noticing how intoxicating it was. Would I get it again? probably not (the Oktoberfest had bigger and breadier flavors than this, I thought), but I like heavier malt flavors and more complexity in my -bocks.
Pours a 2cm tall head of frothy, light tan foam, made up of very small bubbles, giving a very frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting well over two minutes in a decline to a thin film atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, with complex and heavy patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Beer's body is a moderately bright golden orange color, with light bringing out very bright golden orange (or dark golden yellow) hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, low in number, but moderate in pace/activity.
Aroma is fairly muted, some general malt sweetness with hints of light caramel and possibly light toast from Vienna, but lacking substantial maltiness as one would expect from a doppelbock's Munich malt background.
Front of palate is lightly sweet, with gentle bright sweetness from Vienna or light caramel malts, and a hint of floral hop character. Mid-palate is sweet, slightly malty with a light toast and light caramel component, just a hint of bittering hops that also contribute slightly floral qualities. Back of palate is sweetly malty, with slightly more bitter hops. Aftertaste of lightly toasted bread, light caramel-like sweetness, very mild bitterness.
Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a slightly foamy (1/3) and smooth (2/3) mouthfeel that is super-pleasant and gentle, kind of like a fine, slightly frothy cream. 7.5% ABV discloses none of its ethanol. Closes dry, with moderate to heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.
12-19-2013 06:22:29 | More by falloutsnow
3.39/5 rDev -5.6%
It's on the lighter end of the color scale for a Doppelbock, sort of a deep, clear amber-copper. The head is fluffier and less dense than I might expect, but sizeable enough and with good enough retention that it doesn't look bad. It's able to drop some spotty lacing in moderation on the glass.
The aroma is malty and breay with some good sweetness and a touch of molasses to it. It might not be as big or robust as the best out there, but I think it's pretty standard for the style as it used to be or as it's still brewed classically in Germany. A bit of cocoa and a gentle bite actually make for a fair complexity. I'd liken it to a cookie that's not too sugary and is baked with ginger and molasses.
The flavor's not as complex, and it gets a little too light for my liking. There's only a hint of either the molasses or anise/black licorice notes typical to a doppel, breads are less pronounced, and some of the strength of the nose is lost. It is a little spicier and has just a ghost of something like floral hops bitterness.
The mouthfeel is where I'm really at a loss. Who took a robust style like this and decided it would be better to take out some of the depth and body, to thin in out, and thought it would be better? I'm not sure I can get into a light-bodied doppel, to be honest. Maybe it's not that bad. It picks up a bit as it goes. Still, let's give this one some more heft.
04-28-2013 19:16:33 | More by Brenden
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
Poured from the .52 Gal, swing-top, bottle.
The beer was a clear, dark-amber colour with a very white, foamy head. It smells lighter than one would think that a bock should be. Very mellow malt and hop blend. The taste was slightly metallic for some reason, but ignoring that, the beer was slightly malty with a subtle hop flavour. Nothing overwhelming... pretty generic "beer" taste. Not good, but not bad... nothing special about it. Definitely doesn't taste like most bock beers.
Would I buy it again? Probably not.
12-19-2012 01:33:47 | More by NilocRellim
2.85/5 rDev -20.6%
Poured into a glass. Looks brown golden brown. Small amount of head moderately bubbly. Not very much taste or after taste. Smooth and easy to drink. Smells a little hoppy and slightly skunky, tinny. Lacking taste somewhere and what is there is pretty average. Nothing very special, nothing too bad about it either.
12-19-2012 01:19:52 | More by MikeDippel
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
Shared this massive 3L bottle amongst JLindros and BPK59. Poured into a duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.
A - Pours a clear burnt malty hazel appearance with a nice two finger off white heads that fades to leave a light thin blanket.
S - Aromas of burnt sugars, caramel, and malts.
T - More of those burnt caramel and soft malts. Slightly metallic. Really not too shabby.
M - Mouthfeel is slightly under carbonated and a bit thin.
O - Overall this was a solid dopplebock. I believe I paid under $20 for this 3L so for the price it was definately worth it.
06-19-2012 18:53:01 | More by rudzud
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
Thanks to rudzud for sharing this monster 3L bottle!
Light fizzy head, crystal clear ruby mahogany red.
Nose like a cheaper doppelbock, cheaper for a true german that is, light fruity esters, wheat, molasses, hint of sweetness that comes like booze and cola, hint if raisin.
Taste starts with lots more dark wheat, caramel, molasses, esters with more fruity flavors, light banana, raisin, clove, biscuit, bit of booze that gets a bit warming, spicy chewy hops, light creamy. Hint of metallic twing but barely. Finish is dry but still sweet, more biscuit, wheat, plenty more raisin and light bananas foster, bitter spicy hops.
Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, light syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze.
Overall not bad, a bit cheap but cheap for a true german doppelbock, nice malts and wheats, fruits, bit boozy too.
05-10-2012 13:10:04 | More by jlindros
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from the 500ml bottle into my shaker pint. I like the swing top German bottles, not only because they are good for homebrew later, either. I saw the big 2L bottle in the store but I wanted to taste it before going huge.
There was a lot of carbonation and bold strong flavors, mostly the alcohol punch following the strong maltiness I usually associate with a doppelbock, but there was something extra in there, a little spiciness, that I think made it an effective winter beer too.
Not the best doppelbock I have had, but rather good and a nice presentation. I will try the maibock next from them.
Purchased from Liquor Barn in Niles, I, a good place for Polish, Czech, and German beers.
01-27-2012 13:55:43 | More by chetripley
Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.