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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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82
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-21-2007

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Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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 jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this monster 3L bottle!

Light fizzy head, crystal clear ruby mahogany red.

Nose like a cheaper doppelbock, cheaper for a true german that is, light fruity esters, wheat, molasses, hint of sweetness that comes like booze and cola, hint if raisin.

Taste starts with lots more dark wheat, caramel, molasses, esters with more fruity flavors, light banana, raisin, clove, biscuit, bit of booze that gets a bit warming, spicy chewy hops, light creamy. Hint of metallic twing but barely. Finish is dry but still sweet, more biscuit, wheat, plenty more raisin and light bananas foster, bitter spicy hops.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, light syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall not bad, a bit cheap but cheap for a true german doppelbock, nice malts and wheats, fruits, bit boozy too.

Photo of chilidog
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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 larsee01
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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 nocheinsbitte
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this bier on April 27th from a bottle.
A: Pours a rich, dark chocolate color that is opaque...good start. Nice thick head that dies down after a few minutes. Decent lacing. Throughout my drinking of this bier, there was a sustainable 1/2 inch head.
S: Mostly chocolate with light caramel and the slightest of coffee aromas. A rather thin smell, had to get my nose really into the bier to get a wiff. Sweet, not too exciting.
T: A little thin but still moderately full in flavor. Doesn't fill the mouth like other doppelbocks, but more still more than adequate.
M: Thin, but still good. No hint of bitterness in this bier; nothing to turn me off from it.
D: Overall, this was a "B" bier. Nothing too exciting and nothing bad about it. A good bier that I would have again, but not one that will stick with me for awhile.

Enjoy one.

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 jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger almost tan head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Deep mahogany almost black color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet fruity with slight fruity/chocolate finish. $4.70 for a 500ml flip-top bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of Portertime
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of a sudden I found this brew at my store and damned if I have never tried a witer doppelbock before. Not to shabby. Poured a dark chocolate brown. Nose had a malty uproar with a hint of smokiness laying low. Tastes of milk chocolate and roasted malts swirled in my mouth with a hot cocoa like finish and tantilizing alcohol warmth. It was a decent winter warmer.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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 srandycarter
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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 steveh
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of tmitch75
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque, with a huge head.

Rich malty smell with just a kiss of chocolate.

Same rich malty start with more chocolate than the smell. Also a little nuttiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Pretty full-bodied. Not chewy, but definitely full and rich.

A pretty tasty beer overall, but I don't see myself tracking this one down again.

Tasted on 2/21/08.

Photo of koolchas
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!

Photo of crossovert
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 liter growler flip top.

It pours beautifully into my 1 liter dimpled mug. It is a deep, dark brown, looks black int eh big vessel, and a unique brownish tan head.

The smell is super malty. A nice dark doppelbock. It is sweet with some cocoa and caramel. There is an alcoholic twang and also some subtle dark fruits. It is big and bold, i like it.

The initial gulp is quite flavorful, one of the sweeter, more flavorful doppelbocks. It is thick with molasses, cocoa, dark bread, some licorice, and dark fruit. It is just a looong quaff of malt. IT is a flavor deeper than you will usually come across.

The mouthfeel is full and thick, but perhaps lacks a bit of carbonation. It is a mouth full of flavor.

I have to lower drinkability a little bit because the sweetness is tiring after a while.

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

Beautiful head that recedes so slowly that it forms foamy rocks and lots of thick lace on the glass. The color is dark, dark brown where very little light gets through

Good chocolate ice cream aroma--obviously malty, carmelized raisins, flowery.

Rich, almost like chicken soup broth, and very low carbonation. Sweet from malt sugars; this has some lactose milkiness to it as well. The finish has just enough hop to provide interest.

In the world of bocks, this could be a new favorite of mine. It is very easy to drink and provides enough complexity to keep it interesting.

Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass.

A - Dark amber with huge white head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing.

S - Mostly yeast with barley but there are also slight hints of rye and wheat.

T - Right away it is bitter with bready aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with significant carbonation.

D - Good drinkability; just what I expected from this winterbier dopplebock.

Photo of morimech
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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 sonomaroma
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of rallison
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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 liter bottle into a 1 liter stein. This bottle seemed too large until I found the right vessel, then it was merely 2 glasses of beer.

Looks dark with some light. Smells of malt and plight. Roast and coffee on the tongue, hints of kitten fur, vinous fruit and plum. Bitterness and tannins are in the cue, yet this is a smooth, quaffable brew. The body is medium-full; hell the kitten character is not but a purr. Two liters of this stuff is not enough to keep me playing the devil's scale dawn through dusk.

Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of SeanRedd
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a beer that keeps it simple with the full on potential of becoming complex. I'll keep it simple too; 4's down the board. So sexy sitting idely in a red wine glass, so beconing with its porter-esque smell, so satisfying with its medium body taste. Can you say, "chocolate and toffee." Great, now "crisp". Beautiful. And finally "Mocha-choca-latta." You got it.

Photo of mmmbeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL German swing-top bottle with a batch code on the back; roughly one year old. Pours a deep, dark brownish red with dark scarlet highlights - just a tick lighter than a porter - with a few particulates, low carbonation, and a quarter inch of tan head that eventually recedes, and doesn't do much lacing. Rich and malty sweet nose contributes raisins, cherries and a big dose of prunes. Big and malty on the palate as well, lightly sweet, with prunes, milk chocolate, toasted and roasted malts, and hops that bring a light leafiness and mild bitterness. Lightly oxidized as well, with more paper than cardboard and, surprisingly, not all that distracting. The body is smooth, tongue-drying, with low carbonation and a medium finish. This is a very easygoing dopplebock that hides its alcohol well. Delicious and worth a try.

Photo of ahq514
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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