Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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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.

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

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown swingtop bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of off white head. Decent malty aroma with some dark sugar. A little alcohol in the aroma, but not the flavor. This seemed a little thin for a dopplebock. It had some molasses and a bit of noble hop bitterness in the middle. This was a fairly lackluster example of a dopplebock. Perhaps it was a bit past its prime.

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.

Photo of rodney45
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark. Scary opaque. If held up to the light im convinced there is a small demon swimming around. He's red. Head doesnt stay around long.

S: I get a hint of fruit, almost pomegranate. Malty, somewhat of a rye smell. Hints of chocolate, and toasted crystal malt.

T: This beer is all malt, really smooth, and i mean i cant find any hops. Its a caramel, or crystal malt too... I like it... but a hop head wouldnt get anything from this. It feels like a porter, drinks like a stout, but they call it a doppelbock... crazy Germans. My favorite part of this beer is the fact that unlike so many other german bock's, it has no astringent flavor. Very good representation of the style.

M: Very velvety, and smooth. I cant find the alcohol. But like many of the imperial stouts, dopples and quads ITS THERE.

D: Dangerously drinkable. I could put back the whole bomber and not notice it. (shhh I just did)

Hard to find, but if you can its a good value German doppelbock. Its a good first if you've never tried the style.

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.

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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Discovered at Ramsey Liquors on 2/12/09. $3.99 for a 16.9oz bottle, I'll serve this at a few degrees above refrigerator temperature in the classic Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Appearance- Gotta love the swing top! It bursts open with a waft of malty sweetness... not a bad start. It pours a beautiful deep cognac, more brown than red. The two-finger head condenses so tightly that after a few moments the bubbles becomes almost indiscernable. Not much lacing at all.

Smell- Cherries in syrup, cream, and cardboard... then more like wet paper as the tasting unfolds. The malts are prominent but are not as bold as many German Doppelbocks I've sampled in the past.

Taste- The malt and subtle fruit flavors meld nicely, I'm getting strawberries and, strangely, papaya. The finish brings with it a hint of chocolate and licorice, and then finally a lasting hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Seemingly appropriate for the beer, the texture is abundantly carbonated without being too aggressive or gassy. I'm not in love with this beer at all, as it lacks the finesse and balance of more widely available choices.

Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the 500ml swingtop it comes, big ol' rich and creamy eggshell head on top of a murky deep mahogany brown brew. Good amount of ring lacing in the Bitburger pilsner glass.

Laden with a spicy aroma that has hints of caramel and woody bourbon. Not the best blend of these qualities in the quaff, which is on the harsh earthy leather side with a bag of corn husks tossed in for good measure. A bit of sweet caramel in the finish saves this one from the never-again section of future buys.

Photo of becktone
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 12-18-08

Eye: This one pours really nice. When first poured into the glass it let off a huge cascading head that slowly receded to a more appropriate size. The head is dirty white going towards tan in color and is now peacefully sitting at about a 1/4 tall, however it does continue to diminish to little more than a moth eaten blanket over the top of this beer. Color of this beer is brown, dark brown. When light passes through this crystal clear brew some red highlights are present. Lacing is poor, spotty at best.

Nose: This beer has a much different aroma than I expected. Its aroma is very clean. Very weak malt aroma, which is odd given that this is a doppelbock. Saaz hops are prevalent. Infact, were it not for that spicy hop aroma, this beer wouldn't have any aroma whatso ever. The aroma is very much akin to that of a german style pils. Maybe some weak malts fighting to be noticed in the back.

Tongue: As in the nose this one is thin on the big malty flavor that it should have. This reminds me more of a schwartz beer, its dark but tastes very light. Those hops are foreground again as in the aroma, spicy in flavor and definitely noble. Alcohol is perceivable. There is some roasty dark malt flavor in here, but nothing like what a doppelbock should be. This is very bland in flavor, and again it seems more of a schwartz. I've had quite a few doppelbocks and I'll have to say that this is nowhere close to what I think of when I think doppelbock. Not a bad beer, and don't get me wrong, I would drink this again, I like it but as a schwartz and not a doppelbock. It tastes fine, smells fine but not for a doppelbock. I'd not classify it as a doppelbock...did the brewers taste this one before they decided to call it a doppelbock?

edit: The best way to describe this one is a pils with a bit more malt and some hints at dark grain/malt.

Feel and Drinkability: Not heavy on the palate, nowhere near being heavy or filling like many of the doppelbocks I've had. Again, it drinks more like a Euro Pale Lager or a Pils. Carbonation is high, it scrubs the palate and the finish is crisp and clean, no lingering flavor, no big malt here. This is a very easy brew to drink, but if I want a doppelbock I'll not be reaching for this. Glad I tried it, but really I only bought it for the cool looking 2L swingtop it came in. Overall not a bad brew, but stylistically the brewers missed doppelbock bay a longshot...maybe that's what happens when a traditionally seasonal brew is brewed year round...this and Shiner Bock are both off for what their brewers claim them to be.

Photo of pecokid
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Calvert Wine and Spirits. Clean malty sweetness. Slightly above average alcohol taste. Dark reddish amber color. The carbonation gave it a spritziness that may be a bit high. Clean balanced mouthfeel. Enjoyable beverage. In the age of big beers, this one might be overlooked but it should not. I would buy this one again if I run accross it.

Photo of droomyster
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear mahogany with a big, frumpy, tan head with decent retention. Smells is neither pleasant nor doppelbock-like. Smells way to much like rotten raisins; also has overly heavy notes of yeastiness, sawdust, and cheap tequila. The actual taste is somewhat redeeming, but ultimately the nose just kills it for me. It is possible that I am drinking an expired bottle and should taste it again to give it another hearing but at 4 dollars per bottle I am not willing to try it again.

Photo of sweethome
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Swingtop pint bottle.

Pour is very dark brown. Held to light it produces a beutiful crimson hue. Head is subdued and a bit odd. Fizzy head goes a away quickly, leaving a small tan head around the outside of the glass.

Nutty nose, deep dark fruits. A hint of smoke.

Entry is blast of rich and sweet malts. Just a quick smokey hint midmouth. Decent mouthfeel, but not fully developed. Carmel malt flavor dominates. A bit of nuttiness. Slight essence of allspice or cinnamon.

A bit sweet on the finish. Hop bittering arrives rather late on the palate, but can never quite provide the balance I desire here.

Very nice flavors, a mouthfeel that is bit lacking for style. Flavor assult that doesn;t quite mesh for me.

Photo of MillySox
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark brown lager with an off white slightly tan head. Smells a little grainy and alcohol. Seemed a little low in gravity for a dopplebock. The taste was a little smoother than what the smell indicated. The grainy aroma did'nt really carryover into the flavor. Left a slight sweetness on the tongue and a little warmth in the throat from the high alcohol. The hops flavor was not overpowering but present. Seemed a little stronger than 7.2, and that's fine by me.

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a good doppelbock with an interesting blend of spices, hops and malt. The malt is strong and thick, nice and proper for a doppelbock. There's a little bit too much alcohol flavor. It's not bad, but it could be a bit more warming and less vodka. The nose is pretty good. There are some earthy metallic hops. The flavors are honey, chocolate, spicy, caramel and earthy hops. The feel is pretty good, but it's not exceptional, like some of the top doppelbocks. On the other hand, it's very drinkable. I blended it with Tetley's English Ale and that turned out very well, like an interestingly creamy bock.

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.

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.

Photo of Minkybut
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this giant beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was coca-cola colored witha big tan head. The beer smelled yeasty and like coffee with a malty hit afterward. Taste was slightly coffee with a smooth vanilla after-taste. The beer was rather dry on the finish. It was okay, but I will not buy again.

Photo of chilidog
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought thisone to try prior to bringing the cool looking swingtop allong to a christmas get together. At 3.99 and our trees look like the ice-covered label, ya its worth a bring-along.

It poured a deep reddish brown. Good, full tan head that did fade with little to no lace.

The aroma was of sweet dark malts and fruit. Not to strong on the nose.

Taste was sweet malts, dark fruit like red plum, prune and raisin. A slight alcohol bitter-sweetness at the end.

Drinkability, ya and even at 7.2% its smooth and yet mild. A good valued BA winter beer to bring along esp. with a cool swing top.

Photo of deg
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown, almost black and opaque. It let a little light through. A good dark brown head which faded to a little lace. I couldn't smell much of anything, and the only thing I could taste was raisins or figs... no caramel, no malt, nothing else. I noticed no overwhelming aftertaste.

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.

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.

Photo of illidurit
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool swingtop 500 mL bottle poured into a Celebrator glass. Medium brown color with orangey highlights. Beige head settles to a thin film in about a minute, leaving little lacing. Brown malt aroma with a big dose of metallic character. Smells like it was aged in a barrel made of coins. Some perfume and nuts as well. Thankfully the flavor has none of the metal, but it doesn't have a lot of anything really. Bready brown malt with a little cocoa sweetness and a hint of roast. Not bad, just not full enough. Body is just under medium in heft, carbonation is good.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Party Town.

Poured clear dark reddish brown with an average light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good caramel toasted tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Good well balanced roasted tart fruit malty flavor with a moderate smooth balanced bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Good doppelbock

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a decent sized head and a thin lace.
The aroma of malts,raisins and berries/fruit.
The taste started sweet,alcohol taste with malts,berry tones and cherries. Some light toffee hints.
The feel was medium body,low carbonation and a sticky finish. The alcohol seems well balanced because it is not offensive at all and seems to the job on a cold night.

Note: If you are feeling a bit cold then have one of these.

Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.