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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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82
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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-21-2007)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruddy brown with bright orange accents. The sand colored crown fills almost half the glass after a vigorous pour and has a tight-bubbled creaminess that predicts persistence. Broken sheets of thick lace keep things on the attractive side. This is a classic looking doppelbock.

The nose is much less impressive. What I can appreciate is cocoa powdery, faintly nutty and disconcertingly metallic. Where's the dark malt, the dark fruit, the... anything at all that would make me want to tip up the glass? Could Winterbier Doppelbock possibly taste as lackluster as it smells?

Thankfully, it does not, but it certainly isn't anything worth celebrating. This beer clearly isn't in the same league as Allgauer Cambonator Doppelbock, a fine lager that I enjoyed several years ago. I didn't expect something that good, but I did hope for something better than this.

For starters, there isn't anywhere near enough barley. The ill-fitting flavors include poor quality baking chocolate, a substandard attempt at artificial raisin extract, used tea leaves and old cigarette ashes. It hasn't taken me long to decide that the flavor is at least as bad as the nose, if not worse. Novices should steer clear because this is definitely *not* what a doppelbock should taste like.

The mouthfeel is way too thin for the style. Not only that, but what bubbles are present do a poor job of volumizing the beer. The less said here the better.

Altenmunster Winterbier Doppelbock has an odd flavor and is anything but representative of the style. If you see them both on the shelves, grab the Cambonator Doppelbock and thank me later. Can I get my $3.99 back please?

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 16:33:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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steveh

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice flip top bottle, pours a deep, black walnut color with ruby highlights -- when held to the light, very light tan head next to the inky color of the beer.

Earthy malt nose, some spicy alcohol. Rich, toasted malts with some slightly roasted (burned) character coming through, mild dark fruits, finishing with the alcohol spiciness and bitter hops back -- lingering earthy aftertaste.

Medium body with a slick mouth-feel.

Not the Optimator or Salvator clone I was expecting, but as I drink some more I sort of wonder why I should have? This is an interesting Doppel from a new-to-me brewery, it doesn't need to clone anyone. I like it a lot and would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 22:42:06 | More by steveh
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An unusual dopplebock in my estimation from Altenmunster. The appearance is tremendous, with two fingers of mocha colored froth topping a deep mahogany, ruby-tinged body--really great-looking beer. The rest is merely pretty decent, to me. The smell is unusual and not off-putting, but like the taste, a little thin for a dopplebock. It contains a decent amount of fruit, lots of malt, and some herbal spices, but more fruit would certainly be better. Same with the taste, which I find wanting. I like the good malty taste, the sweet-sour flavor, the plum-orange-lemony melange is good, but everything is too understated. This is dopplebock, not modest pilsner. It should be more arresting, though it's far from terrible.

Disappointingly, the beer goes a little flat towards the middle, which is a no-no. All in all a nice beer but an unexpected and somewhat below par dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 19:53:31 | More by Gehrig
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srandycarter

California

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz resealable bottle suitable for home brewing.

Into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown with reddish hues. Nice cotton white head lasts a few minutes. Lacing persistent and coating on the glass.

S - Nice sweet malt, dark fruits, fizzy cola.

T - Some banana, licorice, slight 'Dr. Pepper' like quality, a little long term on the sweet.

M - Medium carb, medium coating, light to medium body.

D - Nice enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 04:51:07 | More by srandycarter
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't your average Doppelbock but its still pleasurable in my opinion. It pours a matted, dark, woody brown with a near black appearance. Visible ruby highlights are present along with a nice grayish beige head that retains its frothiness for a reasonable amount of time before diminishing to an effervescent cap. A good amount of lacing remains as well as some small clinging bubbles on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is bright and buttery with a great deal of herbal notes. Some nice fruit character: darker fruit as well as apple and yeasty grain. A slightly phenolic/soda character is detectable also. Starchy with a decent amount of hops; reminiscent of the Saaz variety.

Buttery and crisp in flavor with some light caramel and molasses. Once again a good fruity component. More dark fruit, apple, cherry, and a distinct spiciness. Mild but pronounced hops and a slight vinous quality. Again there is a slightly metallic/phenolic note along with some noticeable booze.

A bit thin for a Doppelbock in my opinion with a primarily bright, crisp feel and a moderate grainy/buttery texture. Slightly starchy but with a slicker, juicier finish. Some warmth in the finish and moderate carbonation throughout. Tasty and palatable but a bit dim for me. Certainly quality though.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 19:37:06 | More by letsgopens
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 01:45:44 | More by emerge077
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rallison

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 08:57:37 | More by rallison
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bashiba

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 03:35:15 | More by bashiba
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joe1510

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Swingtop
$4.59
Binny's Orland

Altenmunster's Winter Doppelbock pours a beautiful clear mahogany with some deep ruby highlights when backlit. The fluffy beige head grew to two fingers on the pour before falling to a respectable one finger crown. This is a really nice looking beer.

Things get started with a very bready aroma; banana bread upfront with faint hint of cherries. There also seems to be a slightly toasted nut character. A touch of alcohol floats in and out. This is all around a good smelling doppelbock.

Flavor has the same characteristics as the smell but everything seems to be a little muddy. Banana bread with cherries is there along with the toasted nuttiness but there's no distinguishing the two. They seem to wash together too much. There's also a mineral quality that doesn't help the flavor a whole lot. Good but not a standout doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Body is on the heavier side of medium and creamy as it glides through my mouth. There's a little alcohol heat that knocks down the mouthfeel a hair.

This bottle is enjoyable but enough for me for a sitting. The alcohol is a little too pronounced to enjoy more than the 500ml.

This is a good doppelbock but one I will pass up from now on. With the availability of Tucher's doppelbock and Celebrator it's hard to justify picking Altenmunster's version again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 01:58:46 | More by joe1510
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RoyalT

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 04:15:32 | More by RoyalT
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koolchas

California

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from swing top bottle that made a nice "pop" sound on the open. dark in color with a initial thick head that quickly dissolved.

nice balanced spices with fruit and very crisp. i was expecting it to more "thick," but it's not. leaves a peppery spice aftertaste in the mouth.

a very enjoyable and refreshing winter brew. unlike other winter brews i've had this season so far, this is one that can almost be a session style for me since the mouthfeel was so light and crisp.

cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 03:28:53 | More by koolchas
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights. Modest head is crisp and white. Fading quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit and understated spices.

Taste is initially quite sweet with a smokey caramel malt, and brown sugar presence. Chocolate and slightly tart dark fruit add complexity. Yeasty with plenty of wheat grain. Clove and nutmeg make an appearance, and linger throughout the dry finish. There is only a mild warming alcohol sting.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp finish.

This is an interesting brew. I thought it had aspects similar to a dark Belgian, such as the generous yeast and spices. However, it also had the malty presence and dry finish of a dopplebock. Initially sweet with a clean finish adds to the drinkability. Complex and enjoyable. Pick this one up if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 00:30:32 | More by Blakaeris
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JRS

California

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a random pickup due to pleasant past experiences with doppelbocks.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. A gorgeous mahogany color with a khaki head that disappears to nothing almost instantly. The color is so rich but it loses points on a lack of head.

Smell: It leaps into your nose, toasted malts...caramel, is that some dark fruit? Cherry perhaps. It's a beer that I stuck my nose in and said "Woah!" I couldn't wait for the first sip.

Taste: Those caramel notes follow through to the tongue. It has a nice complexity that keeps you searching for new flavors with each sip. I'm pretty sure I taste some toasted malt and cherry. Either way, pretty damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: This doppelbock loses points here from me. It's a little thin with very light carbonation. It's not an unpleasant mouthfeel, just not exceptional...I like a little more body.

Drinkability: I could easily have another since it tastes so nice. I have a homemade pizza in the oven and it might go nice with the sausage on top.

Overall: A nice beer that I was lucky enough to grab off the shelf. You won't be disappointed it you give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 02:30:07 | More by JRS
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IntriqKen

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 05:07:45 | More by IntriqKen
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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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