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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
82
good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-21-2007)
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kaseydad

California

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
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bashiba

Iowa

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
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MNJR

Illinois

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
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

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
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yelterdow

New Jersey

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
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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
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Offa

California

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
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Brenden

Ohio

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
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gonzo46and2

Florida

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
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rkuhnel

California

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
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RoyalT

Ohio

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
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samie85

Illinois

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
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sweethome

Illinois

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
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MillySox

Illinois

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
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

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
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ZPB

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-04-2012 12:13:39 | More by ZPB
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pperez38

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-06-2011 05:07:34 | More by pperez38
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-03-2013 22:40:14 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Pamola

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-21-2011 19:44:30 | More by Pamola
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reizorc

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-19-2013 21:10:48 | More by reizorc
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troobie

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-04-2014 08:19:21 | More by troobie
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-05-2013 03:58:01 | More by Extrajoker00
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-07-2013 23:19:16 | More by BillRoth
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ajs4bd

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-10-2012 17:57:52 | More by ajs4bd
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-30-2011 21:03:52 | More by morebeergood
Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.