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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 415
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 411
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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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 cpanossian
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5L mug served vom fass with a rich creamy tan head. Deep amber/maple color. Rich full toasted barley taste, sweet, maple, faint smokey flavor. While almost a meal on its own, surely it is an amazing compliment to cheese products or salty meat dishes (available at the cafe!) Reminiscent of a Nut Brown, but with a much fuller and conscious substance. Truly delicious, particulalry at the source. Enjoyed at Kloster Andechs - I highly recommend you visit this place.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish-brown body with about an inch of light tan head. Quickly receded but left behind a nice skim and some lacing.

S: Sweet malts: Caramel, chocolate, and cola. Real clean aroma profile.

T: Packed with plenty of sweet malts that are neither cloying nor heavy on the palate. Lots of cola, caramel, dark fruits, some chocolate and a bit of generic roasted goodness.

M: Medium bodied with a gentle rolling carbonation that keeps the sweetness moving across the tongue. Smooth finish with just a hint of lingering sweetness.

D: A pleasant drinking experience! My glass was empty before I knew it. I wish this was available in the states... I'd drink it every time I grilled some sausages. Glad I was able to finally track this one down.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Style: Doppelbock
ABV: 7.10 %

A surprise gift from Don Lowman on his wedding/FL visit during Sept 2010. Thanks for the kind gesture Don aka "digita7693"

Enjoyed this brew with a peanut/thai chicken meal in th eback yard with wife and good friends. It was a sipper with the higher abv and semi boozy character. Enjoyable for sure a nice bock sipper, but not a sessionable brew. Good for a cold night or long conversations. Exceptionally good primer for a Terrapin Depth Charge! (Milk/Coffee Stout)

Appearance was dark brown tea in color with amazing clarity, short head and retention.
Smells noticably boozy on a foudation of dark malt and fruityness in the background.
Tastes as it smells with a nice solid dark malt backbone, notes of dark fruit, raisan, toffee, etc.
Mouthfeel is semi slick with medium+ body and high carbonation.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 7,1% Abv

I have never been a huge fan of bock beers, but I decided to give this one a go as it's one of the best in the style. Lets see whether it can convert me.

Appearance: Half way through the pour and I can already see that this is going to be an amazing looking beer. Crystal clear, deep crimson with stunning highlights when held to even the smallest light source. Good sized, cream coloured head that has pretty good retention and leaves a decent amount of lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: Wow, after the first whiff I know that this beer is going to change my perceptions towards bocks. Wonderful, slightly caramelly roasted malt aromas dominate the nose, darkish fruits (dates predominantly), molasses and a hint on smokiness are also noted.

Taste: The taste follows perfectly from the nose. Dark caramel malt, dates, cherries, molasses and a hint of coffee are just a few of the flavours that come to mind during each sip. Thankfully alcohol is barely -if at all- noted in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: What a pleasure this beer is to drink. Just fuller than medium bodied with perfect, ultra-smooth carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer has certainly convinced me that there are great bock beers out there and I will most certainly be having this one again many times in the future.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having this brew on-tap back in October, I was reading others reviews of this stellar brew, and as this is stark bier time here in Munich, I want to now try from the bottle and dig into it.I recently tried the Maximator from Augustiner, and it totally blew me away, so a re-review was in order. A bit of a celebration night for me anyway, so thought I would have a treat.
Pours a deep mahogany-brown, ruby tones, dark tan/leather color. The head is thick, easily staying around for a few minutes before settling in the glass. Nice amount of carbonation.
Malts, dark bread, light bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, tobacco smoke, molasses, a musty oak/ grain aroma, dried fig, raisin all mingle to create a complex and interesting aromatic experience. There is a light spiciness, cracked black pepper on the finish that cuts the sweetness nicely. However, I found the Augustiner Maximator to have a much more assertive aromatic profile
On the palate. Fig, dark bread, rum, raisin, coffee, smoke, brown sugar intermingle on the initial sip. The spice apparant in the nose comes through on the finish and cuts the sweetness with a nice amount of sharpness that greatly add to the drinkablity. The sweetness is kept in check, and that is a factor in Dopplebock that is a main critique point for me.
Mouthfeel is more in the medium body range, yet perfect. The alcohol is completely buried, and goes down smooth as a Helles lager.
The last Dopplebock I had was the Augustiner Maximator, and I must say it is a toss-up between the two for the highest award. The Maximator was much more chocolate heavy in the flavor, and became a bit sweet towards the second half of the bottle. Andechs Dopple remains biting, sharp and interestingly complex all the way to the "bitter end"--of the bottle that is.
This is definately the top Dopplebock is Germany, only wish it had a cool "-ator" name however, I guess The monks at Andechs were too busy brewing perfect beer to spend too much time on names, it speaks for itself

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the Germany's remaining monastic brewers.
Appearence : Dark bock (ruby)
Smell : Bread, dates and malts (Munich and pale lager) aroma
Taste : Sweet taste with toffee, fruit and ginger
Mouthfeel : Bitterrish finish with toffee, caramel, raisin and ginger
Drinkability : A very nice doppelbock

Thierry (14/10/2007)

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Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown red color with a nice light tan head and decent lacing

S-toffee, dark fruit, wheat bread, light spices, hint of cocoa

T-toffee, caramel, raisin, fig, dark bread, hints of cinnamon and cocoa, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a great Doppelbock, great rich flavors and an enjoyable beer to savor

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Photo of scottfrie
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into imperial pint glass. Been wanting to try this one for more than 5 years.

A: Pours a deep caramel brown with mahogany highlights beneath a fizzy and active light tan head that rather quickly faded into a wispy film and fuzzy collar.
S: Very sugary and sweet notes of caramel, dried dates and raisins dominate, with notes of grapes, cocoa, spice, earthy hops, iron, and apple juice beneath.
T: Not as sugary as the nose but the flavors of candied dates, dried figs, raisin, cocoa and mild spice are easily noticeable. I get hints of leather, crème brulee, and herbal hops in the finish, and the aftertaste has a touch of brown sugar, bread crust, and very mild booze.
M: Heavy and chewy mouthfeel, slick and smooth medium-full body, and low but fizzy carbonation.
O: Extremely balanced, smooth and complex. Not as sweet as Celebrator, but more complex and integrated. Very well done.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle was poured into a large tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark amber mahogany color with vision of slow moving bubbles when held up to light.

Smell: Fruity, caramel, toffee, bready, banana, and raisin.

Taste: Raisins, bananas, toffee, caramel, wheat, toasted malts, grassy hops, a little bitter chocolate, and a little bitternes in the end.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, a little chewy, full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Wow. This doppelbock is the bomb. At less than $4 a bottle, revisiting this beer again is going to be easy.

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Photo of ksimons
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with ruby highlights and a light tan head

S-malt, molasses, some tart dark fruits, and caramel

T-taste is similar to the smell, heavy malt body with caramel, dark fruits, and light hops to balance out the sweetness

M-medium body, crisp carbonation, very smooth

Overall very easy drinking, so smooth, delicious

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Photo of JCBears
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance: rich amber brown, hints of real red in there not much head but you can imagine why

smell: roasted malted barely stands out with a bit of alcohol in there some walnuts round it out

taste: what a rich walnut tanin taste, a bit over powering but I enjoy it. Almost a wintry brew

mouthfeel: haunts the roof of the mouth with a stratigicly placed biter at the end and those tannins

overall: A great dynamic brew this is one you have when you are looking to drink beer, not party not have drunken good times but really drink a brew. One thing pops into my head $2000 call girl, you spend some time enjoying that

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle courtesy of brdc poured into a snifter. Big, big thanks Daniel!

A: Pours dark, dark brown with a big fluffy tan head that recedes to a cap leaving big clumps of lacing. The beers has a nice hazy amber tint when held up to the light.

S: Smell is headlined by a big caramel malt background with some brown sugar, dark fruits and spices. There was also a hint of hops in the nose as well.

T: Very complex taste that starts with a dry, roasted caramel malt sweetness. There is a cola sweetness on the palate with some sugar and dark fruits. The hops and slight dry character keep the sweetness in check and maintain a great balance.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with enough carbonation to leave the tastes dancing around on the palate between sips.

D: This is an extremely well-balanced and drinkable dobblebock. I'd probably put it a strong second among dobblebocks I've tasted. Highly recommended!

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Photo of lushes22
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Real nice dark brown with a copper hue. Small cream colored head. Very inviting.
S. Dark fruit, caramel, hint of chocolate
T. Dark fruit early and closes with a little chocolate. Could maybe use a little more malty and nutty flavor. Dark fruit comes out more as warms.
M. Light carbonation and very smooth.
O. Really good dopplebock. I would prefer a little less of the dark fruit and more roasted malt. Still very good but Ayinger Dopplebock still my go to.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally able to try this one. Poured into my nonic pint glass from a 500ml bottle. Appears a clear ruby red and brown color with a healthy two fingers of tan foam. Notes of dark fruits, bready grains and caramel malts are obvious in both the nose and taste. Really delicious and complex flavor full of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and a touch of chocolate. Medium in both body and carbonation. Best doppel I've tried so far.

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Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottled received as a very generous gift from PatandDavid who are awesome people thanks again!

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear garnet stained brown with a 1 finger rocky beige crown that shows some retention and a little lace. Pretty classy example of the style.

Smell: Nice mixture of sweet malt, bready malt and dark fruit (prunes, plums, figs, and dates soaked in molasses), a dash of tart sourness, and a whisper of smoke. Not exactly pungent but of good quality.

Taste: Same as the nose (yeah!) but with a bit more depth and character. Quite flavorful while still retaining the clean signature quality of a lager. An impressive feat in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable and highly enjoyable!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml courtesy of Don. Thanks! Tulip.

A: Plum and brown color with a quarter inch lasting head. Decent legs.

N: Clove, brown sugar, malt, soy sauce, prune. Has a deep appreciable sweetness that never ventures to cloying.

T: Complex. Brown sugar, some earthy hop bitterness. A hint of smokiness and some soy sauce, but not as a flaw. Incredibly balanced. Clove again. Cola. Breadiness like a dark rye loaf.

M: Rich and full. Very clean.

O: A rewarding beer. A veritable loaf of bread in a glass. Extremely glad t have tried this, and a beer I will revisit whenever I get the chance.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark copper with light beige head, lasting for a while.
Smell of roasted grains, caramel, dark fruit and spices.
First sip brings nice rich chocolatey malts, lightly roasted, with lots of brown sugar/caramel. There's also fruitiness, more accentuated later on, with date, raisin, dried plums and red apple peel. Tasty spices, with some vanilla punching through. Nuttiness. Good hop presence in the finish, alongside a decent bitterness.
Alcohol and caramel create a nice rum flavour, never boozy. Smooth and almost creamy, if not for a bit of unwanted fizz.
A great doppelbock, rich and flavourful.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive malt aroma with big melanoidins. Some caramel is present along with a slight earthiness. Quite good.

Chestnut colour with red tints. Massive, creamy light tan head. This looks good. Decent head retention and some lacing.

Rich malt character with bready melanoidins and a hint of toast. Some dark fruits are present in the background which is nice. Sweet but nonetheless well attenuated. The finish is surprisingly dry. Very nice with just a hint of alcohol.

Medium-full body and moderately-low carbonation. Good.

Very drinkable for the style and spot on what it should be. A great beer.

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

500mL bottle poured into a seidel.

A- Body is brown with blonde hues. Despite the dark color, some clarity is still evident. The head is thick and sudsy and persists for ages. 5

S- Sweet, grassy, caramel. Toast. Light apple. 4.25

T- Toast, grassy hops and caramel, very close to the nose. Alcohol flavor is ever so faintly perceivable as is a slight milk chocolate taste. Vanilla subtly creeps beneath all of the delicious flavors. 4.25

M- Lighter than medium-bodied but with a good dose of creamy, sticky mouthfeel to offset it and play well in the sandbox with the dry alcohol bite and gentle solvent feel. Sweetness is at the forefront for most of the journey until the finish where the alcohol pushes it to the side. The carbonation is on point, injecting a restrained bubbliness that doesn't discard the creaminess. 4.5

Andechs, a place I visited in Germany long before I became obsessive and more knowledgeable about beer, will always hold a place in my heart. But despite my personal bias to this brewery, this beer is truly great and transcends homerism, nostalgia or anything else of that sort.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt red-rust color with a super-creamy head composed of zillions of tiny bubbles tightly bonded and looking like fresh cream. Immediate lace and the head sticks around for the duration.

Wonderful aroma gives off strong waves of caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, root beer, and just the right amount of alcohol. Also reminds of any number of caramel/chocolate candies.

Flavor is all the nose promises, especially toffee and root beer. Also some raisin and burnt sugar. Sweet at its center, but with a delicate dessert-like spice that I can't pinpoint. Maybe a mixture of anise and cinnamon. Together with a forward but not cloying alcohol presence, this is a bold, unsubtle doppelbock that drinks like a replacement for candy-and-liqueur after-dinner treats.

Medium-bodied at best, the texture here is slick and slippery, with just a little bit of carbonation propping up the exciting flavors.

Had NO IDEA this beer was so highly-rated on BA. Had I known, I might have picked up more bottles on my recent German adventure, but judging from the # of reviews here, maybe it's available in the states? Nevertheless, now that I know it, I will definitely be on the lookout for more. Yummy, and that's putting it lightly.

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Photo of bditty187
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright plum-red in hue with orange-brown influences; excellent color depth. Vaguely beige head, at the apex the head was about a finger tall but the foam quickly fell to a thin, soapy cap. I wish the head was bigger and there was better retention. Similarly, there is not much lacing, only a couple clumps that lazily hung to the side of the glass. While the color of this beer is excellent nothing else about the appearance is all that noteworthy.

Clean roasted maltiness dominates the nose, kisses of chocolate, char, molasses too. Hints of dark fruits are noticeable as well, some figs and dates. For a malty nose it does not seem sweet. I truly love the charred caramel-toasty husk and chocolate aromas. I have never smelled a beer (exactly) like this. Sure, the nose smells of a German Doppelbock. The bouquet is different (not necessarily better) than Celebrator or Curator. The more I smell the nose the more I appreciate the subtle complexity. The alcohol is basically absent. I get a vague hint of hop spice and grass... or I could be full of it. Anyway, the nose is excellent.

The palate is a touch sweeter than I was expecting but it is still not as sweet as some Doppelbocks. The husky-charred caramel maltiness is lovely and unique. The mix of chocolate and kiss of roast mixes well the aforementioned and the smattering of figs, dates, and raisins. I also detect lightly spicy, soft warmth from the alcohol, licorice, brown sugar with a slight smoky nuttiness. Rich flavors, complex but not overwhelming. Delicate but bold. This is a gem of a beer. Big, thick, chewy aftertaste... my tongue is coated with this beer.

Maybe the carbonation could be livelier; it could help the heavy felling. Near full in body, hearty mouthfeel. Very nice!

I never thought I'd try this beer. I never sought it out. I believe in Beer Karma. Low and behold... I got a bottle thanks to RedHaze (fresh from Germany, I should add). There is some fairly high beer geek hype for Andechser Doppelbock in much the same way there is for Timothy Taylor Landlord. Both beers delivered. I thought this beer was amazing, very tasty and quite easy and enjoyable to drink. Is this the best Doppelbock in the world? Not sure. Best beer from Germany? Not sure. Is it a damn good beer? YES! Thanks again RedHaze.

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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.

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

A: Dark copper. Almost translucent. Off-white head.
S: Bready, malty and walnutty. Caramel.
T: Harsh malt and wal-nuttiness, like that of Schwarzbier, but also some smoothing marzipan and warming dried prunes and figs. A slight harsh bitterness but as it warms up it gets less Schwarzbier/lagery and more syrupy. Dumping the yeast in improves it.
M: Not very fizzy and silky smooth.
O: Oh, yes. Much better than the first one I had but then it hasn't travelled 9000km around the world. Crap head though. It disappeared after 30 seconds.

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for this top 100 tick.

Poured into tulip.

Pour 1 finger of khakie head that settles to a small layer. Color is a Mahogony brown.

Aroma: Lots of toffee and caramel malts with some toasted notes. Has some dark dried fruits. Plums, raisins, and dates. This nose on this beer is spot on.

Taste: Fairly close to the nose. Very malty. Toffee, caramel, and toasted notes. A bit biscuity. Has a touch of spice notes. More dark dried fruits (same as nose). Has a bit of cereal grain flavor to it. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry and malty.

Overall, a very nice lager. One of the top imo. The toastedness really ties this beer together. I am a fan of this one. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not familiar with the doppelbock, so this is more of a general review, not exactly style-specific. But having said that, I do like all types of beer, so the review is by no means biased.
looks good but unremarkable. dark chestnut brown, off-white head
smells like whoppers !!! caramel, fruit, dessert...mmmm smells really good
tastes awesome, like all the smells only in beer form. very thirst-quenching, not too strong, drinkable. I'll have another !

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.