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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
82
good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-21-2007)
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Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on clearance at Jungle Jim's. For $1.79 I just couldn't pass it up.
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color. About two inches of head form on the pour. Smell is very dark malts with some toffee and nuts coming through in the flavor. For the value this is a very good beer. Medium on the mouthfeel with very good flavor. Easy drinking and well done.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 29, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a very dark brown in color with little head.

Smell - The aroma consists of some heavily-toasted malts, a light yeast smell, and lots of raw sugar.

Taste - The taste is much bigger than the smell. The darkish malt and big sugars explode on the taste buds. The sweetness lingers too and picks up a lightened fruity character at the finish.

Mouthfeel - This is in between light and medium-bodied with a bitter flavor but not a real bitter texture.

Drinkability - This is nowhere near as good as their Cambonator Doppelbock but it is passable.

Update - I originally reviewed this with an 07 vintage so thought I would take a second look with the 08 (drank in Mar 2009). I have to say it is exactly as my first review reflected. The nose is very soft even when warmed, the taste is big with a lingering sweetness, and I really didn't care much for the texture or appearance.

RoyalT, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 ounce swing top bottle (gonna be a refillable growler in its next life) $14.99 from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours darker amber, clear, with a medium khaki head, moderate volume,frothy with nice retention shown and then a fine and minor film. Respectable bits of slippery lacing and light sheeting left on the glass. Malty, dark bread nose. Tasty, malty brew. Lots more bready notes, dark caramel, vanilla, toffee, light mocha latte light smoke and milk chocolate notes wafting around in the rear and adding to the complexity. Quite dry and snappy in the finish. Quite an enjoyable fall/winter time sipper. Reading some other reviewers with less favorable impressions, perhaps I got a fresher sample, cuz this one tasted pretty darn good.

Billolick, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of NilocRellim
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

NilocRellim, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark ruby caramel brown with a large beige khaki head, thick and cloud like forms intricate scattered lacing. Aroma has deep plum mild chocolate edge with herbal hops. A deep dark malt base with a mild mineral water edge, a bit of booziness is evident. Flavor is full of plum and wet tobacco leaves, herbal hops with a metallic mineral water edge to it. Mild bitterness weighs heavy with malt sweetness and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit soaked with deep fruits and residual sugars in the finihs, carbonation is moderate easy going. Drinkability is decent not something world class a bit sticky with malts making it a bit tough especially as it warms. One of my first Christmas seasonals this year, keep em coming.

WVbeergeek, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Brenden, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, tea colored brown-amber with a half finger of slightly off-white bubbles that melt rather quickly to a fine mist of white covering leaving no lace in their wake.

Aromas are mostly toasted to burnt malt with brown sugar and an underlying lager yeast smell.

Taste is sweetly burnt malt with dark brown sugar and caramel followed by a very faint citrus hops.

Aftertaste is brown sugar and alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel a little thin for the style.

Overall, still a wonderful doppelbock for a winter's evening.

IntriqKen, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This one pours from its swing-top bottle into my imperial pint class a dark chocolate brown with a small but nicely contrasting white head. The difference between the darkness in the glass and the starched white head is strikingly beautiful. The head itself is small, and reduces to a nice white cap after a few minutes. This one is all about the details... small white collar, and midnight-dark brew. Nice.

S - Smoldering woodfire and charcoal. Wet twigs used as kindling in the absence of anything more combustible on a dark wet autumn night at the campground. Mild hints of dark chocolate and prunes.

T - Big time raisins and prunes with a very pleasant smoky flavor. Almost like deeply burnt sausages topped with grilled plums and raisins. This is nowhere near as overly chocolaty as many doppelbocks, but the sweet dried fruit aspects give it an edge in the complexity department.

M - Medium bodied and pretty sweet. This one has a full sugary taste on the palate that is balanced by a good deal of smoke.

D - This would go well with a desert featuring candied dried fruits and dark chocolate. Decadent and extremely deep and complex. This is one of those brews that really stands out within its respective style, but does so by being really different. This is like that kid who was valedictorian at your high school commencement, but after two years of college decided to die his hair purple and get deeply involved in D&D instead of applying his abundant intelligence towards a more lofty goal.

pmcadamis, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of prototypic
1.98/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Winterbier's an orange stained nut brown color. Ruby highlights are revealed by a little light. It's topped with a gigantic light caramel colored head that reaches over three fingers deep. Pretty impressive. It was surprisingly quick to disappear given its stature. Lacing was on the lighter side too. It looks good, but its behavior is a little peculiar.

The nose is a little below average. It doesn't exactly leap out of the glass. There are some sweet malty notes present. Smells mostly like chocolate malt. There's something bearing resemblance to raisin or dark fruit, but it smells a little off. Uh-oh. Is that a little metal that I'm smelling? Grain is noted a little late. That about wraps it up. Honestly, it smells worse with each passing smell. I've changed my mind. It's worse than below average. It's bad.

Abomination. The flavor profile is equally as bad as the nose (if not a little worse). I'll hit what little good there is first. A light cocoa flavor kicks it off. There's obviously some chocolate malt here, but it doesn't taste like much. It's a little sweet and tangy. There's some sort of dark fruit presence here, but it's not well done at all. It's sort of raisin-y, but trails off. I can't quite put my finger on it. It's extremely metallic and the flavor evolves into a rank pungency that's difficult to put into words. Man, this stuff is bad. The more I drink the worse it tastes. The aftertaste is downright foul. The flavor is worse than the nose. I had really hoped for better, but it just isn't meant to be. Did I get a bad bottle?

Winterbier has a light body that feels way too thin. Carbonation isn't bad, but it's not exactly close to smooth. Drinkability is downright poor. There's frankly nothing enjoyable about this experience. Do not want.

Oh boy. What a letdown. This is probably the most disappointing beer I've had in quite a while. I'm hopeful that I didn't get a bad bottle, but an overall score of "B" for this stuff certainly gives me pause. There's simply no way this a "B" beer. It's flat out bad. I'd love to give a few pointers on how this beer could be improved, but it'd take way too long. Just stop and let's forget it ever happened. Wow.

prototypic, May 15, 2009
Photo of bashiba
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with bright ruby red highlights, and huge thick and creamy head.

Odor is light and grainy with a bit of toasted malts

Flavor has a light toasted grain taste with subtle hints of molasses , brown sugar, and anise. Has a lightly bitter sharp finish with a touch of metallic copper.

Mouthfeel is light and oily.

Overall I though this was a fairly average christmas beer, and a very average doppel, together they might be slightly above average, but nothing great.

bashiba, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a large off-white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface. The aroma consists of dark fruit with some graininess unfortunately covering up the malt. The flavor starts sweet with the taste of plums and dates and finishes slightly bitter. Not cloying at all. Alcohol is not detected. The body is medium with low carbonation. Nice creamy texture compliments this beer nicely. A good doppelbock but not one of the greats in the style. Nice winter beer to have on a cold night.

morimech, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Needsbeer
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

X-mas present from my uncle. 16.9 oz bottle with pop top. Poured into my Stone 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: Soft fizzy head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

N: Very mild nose, caramel, and traces of malt.

T: Light malt sweetness, touches of roastiness, traces of hops at the tail end. Lingering caramel and raisins(?). The 7.2 ABV gives mild alcohol warmth throughout.

Notes: Not my favorite style, but good for what it is. A good stepping stone for BMC drinkers into more complex taste profiles.

Needsbeer, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5 L swing top to a pint glass the liquid is very dark red and has good carbonation. The head is a tall 3 fingers light tan and leaves a nice lace.

The smell is ok, some over ripe fruit and dark bread.

The taste is better, dark bread not toasted, and raisins. More clean tasting then most of the style but could be more complex.

The mouthfeel is thicker then medium but thin for the style, the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is ok, worth a try.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of sonomaroma
4/5  rDev +11.4%

sonomaroma, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label reads 07 L264 M3...maybe the 264th day of 2007 (August?), who knows.

Pours from the .5L a dark brown, but is a dark transparent crimson in the light. Two fingers of light tan foam rise and fall, maintaining a healthy skim.

Bready aroma with banana esters, underlying licorice, and a tiny bit of mysterious spice.

Lightly sweet, bready and malty, fairly full-bodied with a good hop bitterness towards the end into the finish. Lingering tobacco leaf, wood, and dark chocolate. A minor note of grain is there in the back, but it's not unpleasant.

Carbonation is balanced, although it seems to lose a little after a few swirls. Light stickiness on the lips, but not too sweet by any means. Robust and full, a perfect winter choice for a snowy night.

emerge077, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown with a big 2+ finger pillowy head that leaves some spotted lacing

smells of cereal grains and some bready malts also a little sweet dark fruit but i expected more

taste was good - a bit thin but good - not a powerful beer - roasted malts chocolate fruit and alcohol

mouthfeel is thin and light which you dont find in most doppelbocks - good carbonation nice smooth creamy finish

drinkability is great imo - it might be thin but that just adds to the drinkability - just watch out for the 7.2 abv

jsh420, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Vonstein15
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Vonstein15, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a La Chouffe tulip. 7.2% ABV, at least 1.5 years old as it was aged by my friend; thanks for this one Bryan!

A - A slow pour creates nothing more than a thin foam of tan bubbles with low retention. It's incredibly dark mahogany brown, almost black, but totally clear.

S - Rich roasted malts are super potent and strong, mainly comprised of caramel, crystal, and chocolate. Robust and filling just in the aroma, this dopple is strong. No hops present at all.

T - Rich and creamy caramel malt, toasted to perfection, blends with sweet chocolate and crystal malts to provide a sweet but even taste. Again, no hops come through.

M - Clean and smooth with a silky texture and robust, filling body. It goes down nicely and finishes sweet and malts with a minuscule touch of alcohol.

D - Very drinkable and smooth with a small warming quality to the finish. Even with it being mid summer, it's still a drinkable beer. A great dopplebock!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into my Spaten glass. Purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. for $4.99, January 2008.

Pours a deep rich chocolate brown with a huge fluffy head. Reminds me of a Root Beer Float with really dark root beer.

Aroma of toasty chocolate malts, and a very faint spiciness. Also a faint, very faint hint of smoke.

Flavor is sweet chocolate and dark German bread. Once again, a hint of spice, with a light hop astringency at the end of the swallow.

Rich full mouthfeel, and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a pretty nice beer, although it may be a touch too sweet for more than occasional consumption.

Dukeofearl, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of larsee01
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt, 0.9 oz serious-looking glass bottle poured into glass goblet

A--Dark, dark pouring out of bottle...don't know if I've ever seen that exact color in a beer before...like burnt umber. Held to light it is barely translucent and carbony, but not cloudy. Garnet hues mixed in dark brown. Decent and very light-colored head initally, but doesn't stand up. Not much in the lacing department.

S--Malty and sweet. You can smell some booziness here. A bit earthy.

T--Maltiness is prominent, with some earthy and metallic notes. Alcohol is pronounced, and noticeable bitter...but it effectively balances rather than detracts. I can't say this is an overly complex beer, but it is decently balanced.
This beer is pretty good, but not among the best I've had.

M--Medium bodied. A bit thick in viscosity, but finishes relatively dry.

D--You probably wouldn't want to stay with this after 2 of the big bottles, but definitely drinkable and enjoyable dark winter lager.

larsee01, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this bier on April 27th from a bottle.
A: Pours a rich, dark chocolate color that is opaque...good start. Nice thick head that dies down after a few minutes. Decent lacing. Throughout my drinking of this bier, there was a sustainable 1/2 inch head.
S: Mostly chocolate with light caramel and the slightest of coffee aromas. A rather thin smell, had to get my nose really into the bier to get a wiff. Sweet, not too exciting.
T: A little thin but still moderately full in flavor. Doesn't fill the mouth like other doppelbocks, but more still more than adequate.
M: Thin, but still good. No hint of bitterness in this bier; nothing to turn me off from it.
D: Overall, this was a "B" bier. Nothing too exciting and nothing bad about it. A good bier that I would have again, but not one that will stick with me for awhile.

Enjoy one.

nocheinsbitte, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a really dark clear liquid with very little white suds.No lacing as of yet.
Smell is weak at best. Slight belgian yeast and faint raisin/grapeskin.
Taste is weak and dry. Not much caramel. A small amount of sugar and dark malt finishes off this one. It leaves the mouth dry.
Mouthfeel is clean enough and the dryness afterward is a pleasure concidering that this big bottle only cost 17 dollars.

peabody, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev -16.4%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of rallison
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a very nice 1/2 liter swing top bottle into a Delirium Tremens chalice.

A: Dark brown/black with a 1/2 finger head that recedes to some lacing and a ring around the glass.

S: Sweet dark fruits. Slightly yeasty. So far, this seems pretty good.

T: Dark fruits are complemented by a slightly spicy yeast bite. Somewhat vinous with some notes of molasses. Overall, a tasty flavor profile.

M: Low to medium carbonation with a nice richness that doesn't become too overbearing.

D: I'd say this drinks nicely. Yes, yes it does.

Recommended. One of the better (but not the best) doppelbocks I've had the pleasure of enjoying. It's definitely worth a try.

rallison, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a 500ml. brown bottle with swing-top and no freshness date. It pours a dark cola-brown with a big two-finger beige head that dwindled to an 1/8", leaving initial intricate lace.

Sweet malty nose with notes of dark overripe fruits and a boat load of alcohol. This brew certainly smells a lot stronger than the ABV of 7.2%...nothing wrong with that.

The taste is great...sweet, malty and fruity with the strong presence of alcohol really mixing things well. Nice balance with a clean and mild warming finish.

Good body, mild but ample carbonation give this brew a smooth and creamy, kind of fluffy mouthfeel...very nice.

Highly drinkable and a very good representation of this style IMO. When feeling like a Doppel, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this one again.

scottoale, Feb 26, 2008
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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
82 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.