Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-01-2009 02:51:36 | More by sweethome
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
01-30-2009 03:47:54 | More by MillySox
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
12-21-2007 04:15:32 | More by RoyalT
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
A-Pours a very dark molasses color with one finger of light tan head.
S-A bit of butterscotch and some nutty malt.
T-Big, huge, nutty and dark fruit malt notes with with a light, crisp bitterness.
M-Rich and full mouthfeel although medium bodied with low carbonation.
D-Pretty drinkable for a doppelbock, the richness usually gets to me but I'm not having that issue with this one.
01-11-2011 03:30:28 | More by samie85
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a nearly opaque black with a bit of red if held up to light. Rocky head that doesn't last but doesn't fully diminish either.
Big malty aroma has bits of beef, flowery perfume, dark fruit and caramel.
Taste is malty but light and well balanced
Mouthfeel is very creamy with a medium body.
Creamy and very nice.
08-03-2008 01:11:47 | More by gonzo46and2
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
From the swing top bottle this poured a nice rich amber-brown with a fat tan head and very rich lacing. Nose of fruits and roasted malts. Moderate mouthfeel. Flavors of malts and hops, with some sweetness. Slightly bitter finish. Quite drinkable and enjoyable.
02-23-2008 22:54:54 | More by rkuhnel
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
3.33/5 rDev -7.2%
This is pretty good and interesting, but I didn't like this nearly as much as the Altenmunster Maibock, which I think is wonderful.
Very dark red-brown, this has a medium tan head that dissipates quickly to a small ring.
The aroma is sweet malted grain, raisins and old apples, very alcoholic with a hint of caramel.
The taste is wine, raisins, cooked apples, and a hint of fruitcake. It is rather sweet with a hint of bitterness. It's rather smooth and doesn't taste as alcoholic as it smells. It has a meatiness. As it warms, it seems smoother and more caramelly. It's not bad but not really something I would drink often, unlike their maibock.
06-23-2008 16:55:00 | More by Offa
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
11-21-2009 22:16:51 | More by WVbeergeek
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
02-28-2009 05:31:49 | More by yelterdow
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
07-16-2009 02:12:02 | More by homebrewhawk
3.23/5 rDev -10%
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.
01-08-2008 03:35:15 | More by bashiba
3.23/5 rDev -10%
Color is a dull, murky brown. Almost no head and very thin lacing. The smell is faint. The flavor redeems it a bit, though. I taste grain and then some lush fruit - sweet & sour apple/prune flavors, then a licorice finish that is good until a copper aftertaste settles in. Mouthfeel is a bit flat. It's not bad, but not too impressive, either. This stuff is not cheap. I paid $3.49 for pint + .09 swing top bottle. The bottle and label may be the best thing about this beer. ABV is high, so at least you get a decent buzz from downing one of these. Drinkability is definitely questionable.
02-17-2010 23:03:53 | More by MNJR
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
The beer looks very enticing with its inky black color, thick tannish creamy head, along with its retention. Not much lacing going on though. The smell has some phenols present that detracts from the choclatey, caramelly, very malty nose. The taste has an odd caramel flavor to it surrounded by better chocolate, coffee, butterscotch, and roasted malts. There is definitely an off sweetness to this beer that just tastes like caramel maybe gone a little sour. Other reviewers mention apple and pear ... maybe that too but its the overly malted caramel that will diminish this beer everytime. The mouthfeel is a bit tart, somewhat oily, and the drinkability is compromised by the overly sweetened caramel. This strikes me as a beer that would be much better fresh, on-tap. I picked this up on a lark at Julio's in MA. It's a one and done for me, but it was worth the venture. This is a bit of an odd doppelbock.
04-24-2008 23:55:52 | More by albern
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
My wife picked this up for me from a local store and it was discounted down to $2. Not sure what that means but here goes....
Pilsner glass pour and met with a flat cola color with a head with staying power.
Aroma consists of a major whiff of grape juice, nutmeg, prunes and malt.
A tangy, spicy taste with a malty finish. Pleasantly surprised how smooth it is when first encountering the aroma and seeing the label stating "malt liquor".
At 7.2%, one is perfect for a sitting though multiples would be somewhat difficult as the taste is somewhat strong.
From the previous reviews I wasn't giving this a fighting chance, but overall it was not a bad beer at all! The bottle itself is attractive, beer is good and is definitely worth a try. Not the greatest but not the worst by far.
11-01-2009 19:04:35 | More by kaseydad
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
02-25-2009 01:32:56 | More by Vancer
3.15/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
12-24-2008 17:37:37 | More by Minkybut
3.15/5 rDev -12.3%
The aroma is dark malt with toffee and cream. The appearance is dark brown with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a slight astringent taste. The palate is smooth. Overall it's good without being very remarkable. I would not buy again but maybe drink for free.
11-14-2008 05:51:04 | More by nick76
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
It's time for the fourth of six beers here in the Second Unorganized Invitational, and this one is actually a winter release. Half-liter bottle with a flip-top, on to the beer:
Dark brown in color with a big creamy head that refuses to go down. It's a beauty to look at as it rests in my Stella Artois chalice. The nose is okay, dark bread, light raisins, and a touch-up of soaked grain. When the beer touches the tongue, dissapointment settles in. The apearance of the beer is nice, but the taste is mediocre. Raisins and alcohol compete for supremecy here. Burnt toast flavors make their way on too with some astringency. The overall flavor is too light for the doppelbock-like 7.2% ABV. Well, at least the latter pleasantly warms the stomach.
This one ended up being a let-down, but there are still two more beers left in the Second Unorganized Invite, which will conclude with a double feature tomorrow.
05-21-2008 03:42:32 | More by DoubleJ
3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
12-31-2008 23:58:30 | More by Needsbeer
3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
1 Pt. .9 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into mug.
A: Very dark almost purple brown. Pours thin frothy head. Sediment at bottom of mug is apparent with a few CO2 bubbles.
S: Malts, barley, and a little bit of rye.
T: Sweet dark malts that have a faint cocoa quality. Contains an unwelcomed sourness.
M: Medium on tongue.
D: Body is mild, flavor is limited, but alcohol is surprisingly well covered.
01-19-2010 03:10:41 | More by THORN
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
3.05/5 rDev -15%
Altenmunster Winterbier Doppelbock pours a dark brown with orange around the edges and a thick ivory colored head from a brown half liter swingtop bottle. The aroma is underwhelming, a touch of cocoa perhaps, but otherwise hard to distinguish anything else and it just isn't very good. The mouthfeel is relatively thick. The flavor isn't particularly doppelbock like, it's better than the aroma though. Malt is the dominant flavor, raison seems present at certain temperatures and not at others, and maybe some cocoa is noticeable, hops are minimal. Just kind of an average beer.
02-11-2008 04:16:13 | More by Drew966
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
Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.