Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-29-2007 01:58:46 | More by joe1510
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
11-21-2007 05:07:45 | More by IntriqKen
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-11-2008 23:29:17 | More by Dukeofearl
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Dark coffee color brew with a thin white head and fair lace. It has a balanced wheat-malt blend in the aroma. The taste is close to the aroma with a honey, butterscoth feel. A medium bodied at best but very drinkable. A flavorful beer that isn't as much of a mouthful as most doppelbocks. Pretty decent though.
05-03-2008 01:53:42 | More by Durge
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
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
11-16-2008 05:11:11 | More by Lexluthor33
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
Didn't realize this was a Dopple at the time of purchase. I always felt that Dopplebock releases should be more wintry than spring. One of my favorite styles, so I'm happy to oblige. The beer pours the typical mohogany hue with a terse head formation, but nice retention with timid lacing. Aromas of deep, rich malts with fruitcake breadiness and esters, nuttiness, cocoa, and added spiciness. Soft, yet complex aromas. Flavors are very toasty and cocoa-like, hiding much of the complex breadiness and fruitiness of the nose. Herbal hops and molassas flavors round out the finish. Thinly textured for a Dopple, but makes the beer somewhat easily drinkable. I prefer a more chewy textrue that just wasn't there. A bitter, spicy aftertase rises late, providing a mild distraction. A nice beer, but there are better Dopplebocks out there-- Andescher and Salvator.
06-01-2008 19:12:16 | More by BEERchitect
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
01-29-2008 19:53:31 | More by Gehrig
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-13-2008 21:57:26 | More by peabody
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-21-2009 22:13:42 | More by pecokid
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a dark brown, clear when held up to the light but otherwise too dark to be called opaque; a nice tan colored foam formed upon pouring and clung to the side of the glass as I drank it down.
Smells were toasted malt, grain, and raisins.
The taste is much the same as the scent; the fruity raisin-like impact on the palate coming in part way through but domminating the moment its presence is made known.
A solid beer, a bit thick in the mouth; easy to take down.
02-18-2010 03:21:04 | More by donteatpoop
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
07-17-2008 04:44:45 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
To be fair this is only my 2nd Doppelbock and am not sure yet whether it's really a style I enjoy a lot. Purchased a week ago in a pint bottle with no discernible brew or expiration date. Poured into a pint glass at approximately 50 degrees F. Initially it had a decent size head, creamy and kind of a caramel beige, it receded to a mere skim fairly quickly and there was little lacing of note. Not much carbonation but not flat either, the bubbles were medium sized and just kinda got to the top of the brew when they were darned good and ready. First sniff the aroma was quite strong, fairly sweet and dark. The taste was also sweet and dark at the same time. It did seem at times that the sweet and malt were fighting for dominance and my sense of taste was a bit confused by that. Definite chocolate overtones which were a nice complement to the sweet. Good mouth feel, full body. An ale to drink slowly as it seems to mellow and change a bit as you sip it over time.
10-30-2008 07:07:14 | More by Embers
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-19-2008 19:37:06 | More by letsgopens
Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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