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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 902
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 402
Gots: 88 | FT: 3
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-16-2002

This world famous bock from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain is not meant to be rushed, but savoured slowly. As solid as a rock, Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel presides over the evening meal with a colour reminiscent of dark copper with nuances of fiery red. Its clear gleaming look harmonises with its firm, fine pored head.

Also the aroma delights the connoisseur: soft roasted accents and a nuance of dried fruit carrying a vein of caramel. This Doppelbock Dunkel from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain presents a pleasant effervescence. And then there’s the unmistakable flavour: mouthcoating and velvety, strong and yet pleasantly malty – a powerful, robust body. At the same time, it develops an easily recognisable sweetness, embraced in roasted cocoa and a light, bitter hoppiness.

Concluding with a powerful punch, this Doppelbock departs with a lingering aftertaste of quality plain chocolate. A strong Doppelbock that embodies the centuries old Benedictine brewing tradition, sip by delicious sip.
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Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at German restaurant in Philly. Pours brown fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of plums, caramel malt and hint of coffee. Body is full, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of caramel malt, plums, brown sugar and some herbal hops. Finish is long and semi-sweet. Sweet but tasty brew. (303 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with a one finger head that does not linger long. The first thing I noticed was the incredible aroma that was given off as the head died down. Lots of dark fruit including plum and raisin, and a hefty malt backbone. The taste is more of the same. A truly extraordinary example of a doppelbock. It doesn't get much better than this in the style. I will definitely pick up another one. (404 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, clear garnet, one finger of creamy tan head drops off quickly

Faint aroma the cool, mostly toffee, grape and malt

Big caramel, toffee and bready notes, backed up with brandy, fig, earth, tobacco. Just excellent example of what decoction mash caramelization can do

Mouth feel is full and lush. fairly low carbonation bite

Sadly, I had never heard of Klosterbrauerei Andechs when I was stationed in Germany in my youth.... every one of their beers I've tried are clean and masterfully malted. This one comes in with all the big flavor notes you want in a doppel, without any off flavors. Just amazing. (617 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a reddish tint, perhaps even a dark ruby color. Light tan head froths up, fairly thick, but dissipates quickly and leaves zero lacing behind. The aroma isn't very strong, but presents slightly nutty, very slight fruit notes, and strong malts. First sip flavor is raisiny, lots of malt, with some very minute floral/herby hops that disappear as the beer warms. With warmth, caramel and plum sweetness, as well as strong sometimes chocolatey, sometimes toasty malt, predominate. The sweetness is a bit much at first, probably thanks to the syrupy quality it has, but that evens out as well as the feel turns to a velvety texture.

A great sipping beer and something I would reach for after dinner if I had a serious sweet tooth going on. (757 characters)

Photo of scbeerman
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding doppelbock. Pours a gorgeous dark ruby color with two fingers of light tan, smooth head which slowly dissipates while leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is of nutty malt and dark fruit, although not terribly strong. Taste is rich and complex, heavy on hazelnuts, raisins, and a light bitterness and herbal flavor from the hops. Delicious. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than average (to be expected at 7.1%) but very smooth, pretty true to style. Overall this is a world class doppelbock, a little lighter than most but extremely rich and flavorful. (568 characters)

Photo of Saviour
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby coloured with a small creamy head. Smell is not strong but with a pleasant touch of caramel, chocolate and raisins. Not too sweet, well balanced, full-bodied classic doppelbock. (197 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was given this beer up at the Cloverleaf for passing the 2/3 mark on my first PhD and finally got around to it tonight. I never had this before and it had been a long time since I had a Doppelbock but this was a textbook example of the style that was quite potent but also deep in flavor and highly enjoyable once it fully warmed up and grew on me!

Good pour to this as the beer had a dark mahogany hue and bubbly tan head that quickly settled like soda. Plum and dark cherry in the nose with a nice caramel malt backbone in the taste to reinforce those. Syrupy, slick, and deep, the booze added a nice warming effect to this while subtle candied sugar and basic chocolate lent themselves to the sweetness of this beer. A moderate amount of sediment could be seen floating around here and there wasn't any lacing to be seen but when you have something that smells and tastes this alluring, there's no need for bubbles left on the side of a pint glass.

The booze wasn't strong here but it made itself known and enhanced this beer as it should it anything from this neck of the world. Belgian in style, the reviewer below me was correct in stating that this was like bread pudding. The softness made me think of banana bread however and this would pair great with either of those dessert delicacies. With a velvety mouthfeel and aftertaste the let the dark fruits quietly build up my palate, this was one beer that I wouldn't mind having again. Beautifully sinful while remaining true to form, this was one Dopplebock that may be the standard against which others are measured by. (1,580 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A rare opportunity to use my de Garde dimpled mug.

Pours cola colored with minimal head, quickly fading to just a few bubbles on the surface. Aroma is quite faint. Lightly sweet, with notes of toffee, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Just light touches of dark, dried fruit. Light body and moderately high carbonation combine for high drinkability. (351 characters)

Photo of slusk
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark mahogany with a dense, creamy pale tan head. Flavors and aroma are spot on for a doppelbock. Beautifully malty with notes of dark fruit, plum and raisin, and chocolate. A full body, not overly sweet brew that finishes clean. Not a heavy beer at all. Will be drinking a lot of this. (299 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with one finger tan head and minimal lace. Aroma is nutty, toffee, woody and bread like. Beer is medium bodied and smooth and even creamy at times thanks to hints of wood but really a sticky malt concoction of toffee (possible other dark fruits), caramel, and finish of chocolate bread (somewhat like an unfrosted brownie). Well balanced and not too sweet and dry finish complements this beer. (414 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 Ml bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours a nice, deep, caramel brown; fairly thick looking with a medium head. Not much lacing. Smell is lots of malt, caramel, bread, brown sugar, some yeast, some chocolate. Smells great. Taste is really malt forward, as is expected. A little roastier than some, but not bitter. Caramel, molasses, a little more chocolate than the nose. Rich, full bodied, lingers on your tongue.

Awesome beer, complex yet subtle at the same time This is the first I've had, and it's right there with Celebrator. Won't be my last. (560 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep ruby brown colour with a two finger head of foam that has okay retention. This one leaves a lacy ring cover over a sparkling CO2 filled body.

Smell - Sweet brown bread malts dominate first off with pancakes and treacle. The hop presence is mild and leans towards the earthy there is also light touches of fruit in the back and here.

Taste - Very sweet and pleasing fruity front with treacle and the booze coming in later around the middle section. The middle booze section is nice and warming and finally there are some light hop nips that help provide balance.

Mouth feel - Full and creamy body with nice tingle in the body as you drink. Decent warming feeling here as well with a nice drying end.

Overall - This is a wonderful beer and I would recommend it to any one it is nicely balanced although it does lean to the sweet side of things (864 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The head is khaki hued and the body is a clear, coppery, dark brown. The aroma is very rich and doughy, like pungent bread crust; there's some dark dried fruit and perhaps a little mocha. First up in the flavor is a wave of rich, bready malt which is moderately sweet; there's some rum raisin, just a little alcohol, and then grainy caramel in the finish. The mouth feel gets a little dry and sticky in the back end; it has a medium-full body and nice, fine carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable doppelbock, not too boozy and loaded with bready malt, but varied with zesty dried fruit flavors. It's rich, flavorful, lovely in appearance, and not too intense. Love the aroma—very reminiscent of molasses (Swedish rye) bread or shoo-fly cake. (745 characters)

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice. Pours nice with a slight tan head that settles quickly. First thing I noticed was the taste of caramel and a hint of fruit. Overall a very nice beer and will keep it on my list of regulars. (195 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Suppose I could write up some big, stupid review in the style of Ozymandias, bemoaning the essential ephemerality of beer-geek grandeur, basking in this fallen brew as a mean of stress how the most mighty of us shall fall. As much press as you used to get, the ticks, man. The ticks gonna take you down.

This has been on my Want list since the Want list was a thing. This was in the BA top 50 for most of the early to mid aughts, and it's still held in very high regard by people who care about German beer (who are mostly old and very crotchety and spend their days locked away in their garages homebrewing ESB's). I found it just sitting on a shelf, like it was nothing. Pretty reasonably priced, too.

Pours a very dark amber with the fleeting head that's typical for the style. Smells very sweet and toasty, with big nodes of raisins and caramel. The closest reference I can make is Spaten's so-so Optimator, but this avoids the sticky sweet syrup nodes that make that beer a bit too intense. This aroma is very, very sweet, but still contains enough zippy bockmalt to avoid resembling a type of industrial sweetener.

Tastes like it smells: intense, quite malty and sweet, pulling back just milliseconds before the whole thing would become too intense. Toasty malt starts things off, ripping quickly into a middle of bockmalt, raisins, butter caramels, and old sweetened bread. It's intense and interesting throughout, and it avoids evoking the scene in _Gravity's Rainbow_ where Slothrop nearly pukes while being subjected to British candies. For whatever reason, American pallets can handle intense foreign flavors only so long as they are savory. That's why the desert cart at Indian restaurants stays stocked even while the rest is picked clean. I'll eat any of the savory shit without question, but good god--you ever have that candied carrot pudding stuff they put out for desert. There was so much sugar in it that one bite nearly gave me a seizure.

Uhh, okay we're going off the rails, here. Point is, even though I am what doctors call an "Advanced Drinker," I still worry that I haven't develop my pallet for doppelbocks. This seems exquisitely brewed if only because I can easily appreciate its intensity. It's not exactly my cup of tea--I still prefer the stoutier DBs like Celebrator--but I can still give them a hand for brewing it so well. (2,382 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a slender lager glass.

A: Dark caramel color with reddish hues. Perfect clarity. Fine-bubbles off-white head retains very well in the narrow glass. A thick blanket of lacing coats the glass surface.

S: Brown molasses, brown bread, toasty grain, treacle syrup, pinch of cocoa, golden raisin. Traces of hay and grass. Mild brush of alcohol.

T: Bread crust, nutty, cocoa. Toasty grain and hay. Rich treacle syrup and brown molasses. Grape skin. Dried dates and prunes. Grass and herbal hop spice kick up a bit more on the back end and bring some balance. Faint brush of alcohol. Treacle, molasses, and nutty flavors on the finish.

M: Thick and rich body. Coating and a bit syrupy, but some fine and prickling carbonation lifts it away. Slick and almost silky. Mild alcohol warmth.

O: This is about as good as it can possibly get in the world of Doppelbocks. It brings a rich malty complexity that few others can hope to match, and maintains easy drink ability throughout the session. (1,011 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle:
Looks and smells great-dark brown, clear, with a bubbly tan head. Nose is caramel, brown sugar, dates, figs. I also get a light smokey note, very subtle.

The taste, and more so the feel, are a disappointment. Maybe I (or the distributor) let this sit too long, but it was damn near flat. The body was decent despite this, but it was hard to get by. The flavor, which mostly mimicked the nose, was perhaps a tad too sweet, but dark fruit and brown sugar seemed close to the right profile for this malty beer.

My hopes is I will revisit this once to see if the feel was an anomaly. Given the ratings it seems like it deserves another shot. (653 characters)

Photo of ManBearPat
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer... Went to the liquor store to peruse in addition to reserving a keg for a grad party, and this caught my eye for some reason.

I love doppelbocks as a style generally, but this one really nails it. I try not to read BA reviews before forming my own opinion and didn't in this case... I literally logged in to see how highly it would be rated, as I knew I had discovered something truly amazing from the Motherland.

Crisp, clean caramel and bread-y notes complemented by a superior mouthfeel make this a 95 (or better!) for sure. Wish I had another... (576 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a tankard at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-brown, and forms a thick, fluffy light tan head with excellent retention. Lacing is somewhat insane.

Smell: Sticky buns with raisins throughout, fresh from the oven and just finished glazing, all bread and sweetness and fruit.

Taste: Sweetness is the primary characteristic, and it is present in abundance, from the first moments of the sip all the way to the finish. The sweetness is definitely bready as well, alongside a sort of coppery, metallic twang. There's a not insignificant amount of noble hops in this beer, which lends a slightly medicinal taste to the sweetness, and an oddly bitter finish and aftertaste for a doppelbock. I get no fruit or nut aspects from the flavor, possibly due to the hop factor.

Mouthfeel: This beer doesn't exactly deliver the sort of thick, creamy, sticky mouthfeel I associate with a doppelbock, instead drinking more like a bock.

Overall: Being perfectly honest, this isn't my favorite doppelbock, nor do I classify it in the same tier as Korbinian and Celebrator. This drinks more like a maibock, and it'd be a pretty darned good one. (1,167 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, reddish brown body; dense, luscious, lasting head. Big roasted grain aroma; dark fruit sweetness, raisins. Caramel and brown sugar sweetness; well-balanced bitterness and a touch of booziness. Heavy body yet delicately smooth on the palate; velvety; warm.

There is nothing like a well-done example of a classic beer style, and this German offering does an exceptional job of delivering the goods. (403 characters)

Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been awhile since I put in a 5.0 but this is as good as it gets for a doppel and for a beer in general. Huge sweet bready characteristics reminding of fresh baked honey bread drizzled with a brown sugar and raisin compote. Caramel, maple, molasses, dark fruits. A malt lovers dream. Body and weight are kept in check and this drinks almost like a regular bock but with much more flavor.

The best there is and probably the one beer I would take to a deserted island. It would certainly be in my six pack to bring. I would rate as one of my top 5 beer of all-time maybe #1 (582 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle $4.49 and poured into a pilsner glass. I'd heard about this beer for years and so I was excited to grab a bottle now that it is distributed in Denver. It's good enough that I've gone back for three more bottles. Dark amber color, almost brown with a small sheen of foam on the top. Aroma has the faintest touch of chocolate, nutty and fruity. The flavor is sweet, fruity, slightly bready. Overall this is quite a nice dunkel. (438 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel has a fairly thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, dark-brown, bubbly appearance, with low-to-moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, sweet, syrupy, brown bread crust, raisin, spiced bread, raisin bread, and brown sugar. Taste is of the same elements, riding alongside moderate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel finishes somewhat crisp, surprisingly drinkable, and exquisite.

RJT (483 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the top beers in germany, according to this sight, and i have to admit, its taken me awhile to fine one, and i may have been blinded slightly by the hype, but as i sit down to this frothing glass of crystal clear but super dark brown brew that is kriek cherry red in bright light, do i realize and appreciate just how good this is. sometimes i think we lose track of traditional styles, and how good the good ones are, people dont rave about dopplebock, it doesnt have pounds of dry hops, bacteria, or bourbon barrels, so it slips under the radar, and that is unfortunate because it is deserving of far higher praise. as that style goes, this one is one of the better going. beautiful caramelized barley sugars here in nose and taste, and ancient yeast strain, and a pleasing softness. its so simple but yet so deep, like a well made bread pudding, save some of the residual sugar. feels like the one that is most often copied. its hard to call it as nuanced as some of the crazy wilds out there, but its quality is through the roof. amazing its a lager, i often think that with dopplebock, but especially here, there is so much yeast flavor. affordable world class german beer has the weird distinction of being shelf turd material here in colorado. i hate that, because this is what beer should be, and beer economy, but i can only imagine this fresh on tap at the source. oh baby! (1,390 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-bready,brown sugar,spices,grassy,caramel,syrup
T:
-Follows the nose plus plums,raisins and dates
F:
-medium carbonation,medium body
O:
Just a really good Doppelbock (276 characters)

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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