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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
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world-class

685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 366
Gots: 39 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-16-2002)
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Photo of alcstradamus
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in smaller doses a couple times now so I thought I'd throw up a minimal review since I like it so much.

Pours a light brown with a slight bit of head. The aroma is light and is mostly nuttiness and some musty malt. The flavor is very nutty with a caramel maltiness. It is fairly light and lacking rich complexity, but it is a damn near a perfect session style ale (well, the ABV is a bit too high for that perhaps). If this was imported it would possibly be my "go to" beer for everyday drinking situations. Just so well balanced and zero off-flavors.

alcstradamus, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Cozzatoad
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap

A- Dark brown with red hints if seen through light. A medium beige head recedes quickly leaving good lacing

S- Malt sweetness with some caramel/dark fruit hints. A faint smoked feel brings some balance to the sweetness

T- Mostly what the smell suggest. Sweet malt to give a light bready character, some caramel and maybe some clove hints at times. Maybe also some vague hop bitterness in the finish. Quite boring

M- Light for the style, with not enough carbonation in my opinion. Goes down easy without much to be worth remembering

D- Extremely drinkable for its ABV, but not that interesting. Still a beer that i would happily drink if there was nothing better avialable

Overall an enjoyable beer but i'm really suprised with such a high average rating. This beer had no bad flavours, nor bad aromas, nor nothing that may suggest a bad pouring, so i assume there was nothing wrong with mine. Just to make sure i was not wrong will try it again and re-review if necessary

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As prosimed, after scoring this beer a c+ i went back to it (november 22 2011) and it is now quite obvious that the on-tap version i had was a bit off. Second try is a 500ml bottle, i'm just pointing out differences between first and second tasting

A- Same colour and all but very much better retention

S- A roasted feel is now more lively, with some toffee hints as well

T- Not as sweet as first tasting. Still some caramel and bready notes, but now much more in balance with a strong chocolate/toffee taste. Some hints of roastiness and dark fruits as well. Kinda reminds of a porter

M- mouthfeel was quite watery on first tasting, now it is not. Dense, creamy body, but still very smooth with just a hint of carbonation

O- Amazing beer. Strong and dense in body and flavour but still as amazingly drinkable and balanced as the best bavarian beers are

Cozzatoad, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of hopdog
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle.

Poured a dark reddish brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, roasted nuts, and all around malty. Tastes of caramel, toasted nuts, dark fruits, and some chocolate.

Notes from 12/17/07.

hopdog, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of draheim
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL (code L3013) into a weizen glass. Pours a beautiful clear rich mahogany w/ a nice soft caramel head, good lacing, lively carbonation.

Aroma is bready and caramelly. Sweet dried fruit, dark toffee malt. Clean and pure.

Taste is caramel sweet and bready, fresh. Nice hard minerally water and just a touch of hoppy spice.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp with a satisfying aftertaste.

Overall a rock-solid doppelbock, among the best I've had. Glad we can finally get these stateside.

draheim, May 24, 2014
Photo of brijar
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ancechs Dopplebach Dunkel it by far the best Dopplebock I've ever taster. Brewed in a monastery in Bavaria Germany and sold throughout the region, It's a wonderful bold full bodied beer with a molasses finish. If you ever get the chance to drink one, I highly recommend it. There are not some distributors in the US that are selling this, but I've yet to find it.

brijar, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Viggo
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RedHaze for hooking me up with this one, I've been trying to get for a while.

Pours a clear dark reddish orange, light brown, thick off white head forms, quickly settles to a medium ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is glorious, very bready, yeast, biscuit, caramel, bit of iron, dark fruits, bit of orangey citrus, rich and delicious smelling. Taste is great, brown sugar sweetness, citrus, light floral, then caramel, lots of dark fruit and iron, raisins, maybe a touch of chocolate roastiness, very dry biscuity finish, light bit of spice, very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, bit of warmth but very smooth. Definition of liquid bread, fantastic doppelbock.

Viggo, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of mikeyv35
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 09/29/2010
Type: 500ml. Bottle
Vintage: Best by 11.09.08 (Some age on her)
Glassware: DFH Tulip

Have never had the opportunity to sample this brew so I have no idea what it tastes like fresh, and I was skeptical of a 7% doppelbock holding up well. Boy was my skepticism wrong!

Poured a light brown mahoghany in color w/ a 1 finger creamy tan head, that left nice lacing all over the glass. The nose was of light toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of bread dough. The taste made the nose seem pretty muted. Deep, rich dark fruits in your face w/ an interesting spiciness in the middle(reminds me almost of a scotch ale), and a finish of breadiness. This brew is really all about the malts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lush. I could drink this all night w/ ease! The Germans pride themselves on making great session beers and this higher ABV version is no exception.

Overall, tremendous brew from Andescher! I thought this brew would be hyped simply because it is non-imported, but it is a delightful brew to sip. Basically non-imported + tremendous brew = ISO. Glad I have another bottle.

mikeyv35, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark carmamel brown with some amber highlights, pretty, but no head or lacing, look flat after a few minutes.

smell: wow, lots of sweet bread, caramel, toffee aromas.

taste: definitly a different flavor profile compared to celebrator. lots of dark fruits, very fruity, caramel, maybe some maple, and more sweet. Lots of belgian brown ale flavors.

mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation

drinkability: This is classic history here. Great dopple, but I rank it a little behind Celebrator and Liberator.

CampusCrew, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of wl0307
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 01/04/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass

A: an elegant reddish brown hue comes with a thick and frothy beige-hued head slowly building up with good retention; the carbonation is fine and constant, adding to the elegant appearance.
S: a de...eply sweet caramely and fruity aroma upfront consists of preserved longan-fruits, fat raisins, fat juicy red prunes, dried red-dates, licorice syrup... buttressed by a thick bedrock of caramely and lightly chocolatey malts, melted crystal sugar, while constantly an understated sour tinge true to any decent German lager lurks in the background along with a clean herbal touch of hops. Overall it's almost like a chilled longan-fruit tea with a pinch of brown sugar too much (if you've tried Chinese longan-fruit tea or juice, you'd immediately understand this), but the thick malt sweetness also gets a loyal support from the sour edge of fruits. Integrated and complex.
T: creamy-textured caramel maltiness expands on the tongue, followed by a deeper flavour of exotic black sugar (not "brown" sugar, but the one used in many oriental [read Japanese/Taiwanese] desserts), mild toffee and dark chocolates, preserved black plums, raisins, longan-fruits, and a slightly spicy undertone of hops... all complementing the consistently malty theme that gets a wee bit of gristy-grainy flavour. The finish sees a slightly tannic and bitter palate of hops accompanies the residual sweet dark-fruits and lovely herbal bitter-sweetness of malts, leaving very little undesirable sticky mouthfeel.
M&D: silky smooth and soft on the mouthfeel vis-à-vis a full body and rich flavour profile, while the texture gets slightly "oily" as the beer warms up. Although the sweet fruitiness and caramely characters come a bit overpowering at first, they are quickly balanced off by the complex maltiness in the mid-taste and further softened by the lingering hop bitter-sweetness and a burned undertone in the very end. This second bottle proves more pleasant than my first encounter with this beer three years ago; or, should I say, my palate is better trained now that I can finally appreciate the goodness of such a beautiful nectar?!

wl0307, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of billab914
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. Poured a deep and dark caramel color with a huge active tan head to it. The head faded down to a very thin bubbly layer after a few minutes and left a small amount of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has sweet malty flavor to it with some caramel and nuttiness coming through. Some hints of dark fruits are present as well.

The taste has some very nice caramel and toffee flavors to it. Some dark fruit and a bit of cocoa coming through as well. It has a very flavorful and complex taste to it.

The mouthfeel is is on the heavier side and carbonation is relatively low. Excellent mouthfeel overall. Drinkability is good, it's a very flavorful and easy drinking beer. I really enjoyed it and would gladly have another, but would probably opt for something more available here in the U.S. in the future. I liked Thomas Hooker's Doppelbock just as much, if not more anyway.

billab914, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Ljunkan
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red/brown colour with a nice, lasting white foamy head.

The smell is nice; dark bread, some spices, malty.

Taste is slightly better. Sweet, malty taste with some dark bread, notes of liqourice and spices. Slightly of warming alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was, according to me, outstanding. Very creamy, filling and "round".

Thanks to Bananaman (and his father of course, who brought this from Germany) for sharing this bottle!

Ljunkan, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This Doppelbock is *VERY* long-time "Want" for me, finally had the chance to try this at Portland International Beerfest 2013. A 4 oz. pour (clean glass, first taster of the day) - 1 ticket/$1!.

A: Deep amber with a distinctly reddish undertone in the sunlight. Good, steady carbonation rises and generous lacing falls from a dense ivory head that starts at nearly a finger. Would love to see this as a full pour in "proper" glassware, but this fest's glassware does it justice.

S: A bit sweet and floral, something akin to caramel apple, candied nuts and honey.

T: Plenty of fruit: apple, pear, fig and a little woody brandy. Sugary and malty/grainy (pecan pie or brittle?), but then an ashy-dry bittering follows in the finish. Sturdy and complex flavors, quite well-balanced.

M: Awesome smoothness/creaminess - probably my favorite attribute. Vaguely sticky, but not too starchy/gummy. 7% alcohol is well-concealed.

O: What a treat to try, among my favorites of this terrific festival and among the very best of this beer style that I've tried. Extremely easy to drink (as were the other three from Andechs at PIB, I should add...). Sweet at times, fruity, nutty, and a balanced bitterness - bold and satisfying. Very glad to have tried this!

msubulldog25, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 who hand carried this back to the USA.

Pours into my glass a deep amber/brown with a big creamy white head and great clarity. Looks quite inviting in my glass. Aromas start with deep rich malts. Caramel, sweetbread, a touch nutty and doughy. Just intensely malty with toffee accents as well. Rich, deep and enticing.

First sip brings caramel and toffee German malts rolling all over the place. Doughy with a bit of nuttiness that moves into some dark fruit flavors as well. Flows down with rich lingering malts and a touch of bitterness. Not the most complex of beers but a clean, tasty malt bomb that does not disappoint.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with solid medium body. Quite drinkable and somewhat like a meal in a glass. "Liquid bread" is not a bad way to describe this one. Well worth tracking down if you love doppelbocks. I would love to try this at the source sometime.

orbitalr0x, May 08, 2009
Photo of basica
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Andechser Doppelbock is the top rated Doppelbock on BeerAdvocate.com; it was the first
Dopppelbock I tried and it was at Brauhaus with Paul. This Doppelbock pours out dark brown
with a nice foamy head. It smells a little malty and when I tasted it, it was unexpectedly
Belgian. Paul who was with me had a taste and felt that it tasted like a Belgian trappist
which he felt to be strong, rich and fruity. Yes the Andech Doppelbock had a fruity taste
to it; the maltiness is present but not as pronounced as I would expect albeit the fact that
this is my first Doppelbock. The mouth feel was slightly thicker than medium bodied which
is good; the after taste was more fruity than malty. For a seemingly thick and dark beer
going mildly strong at 7.1 ABV this Doppelbock is really drinkable and actually it was
quite a pleasure to drink it. My only issue is again the lack of malt and the strange
ressemblance to Belgian fruity dark ales. I would like a Doppelbock to be really majorly
malty but then again this is my first Doppelbock and I liked it anyway, regardless of the
style's specificities. I have another Doppelbock in my fridge to benchmark this with; that
is none other than Paulaner's Salvator which I am pretty curious about and I would probably
be trying it pretty soon.

basica, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of Jacobob10
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Zum Schneider in New York, NY.

Served in a 1-Liter mug. Brown in color with ruby hightlights and a large, beige head. Really pleasant aroma, heavy on roasted malts, raisin, and fig. I found myself going back over and over again to smell it. Medium bodied, not overly sweet as some dopplebocks can be. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Overall, a very enjoyable beer and maybe the best in its style I have had to date. One I would order again in a heartbeat.

Jacobob10, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long-awaited, much anticipated -- was surprised to find this sooner-than-expected.

Half-liter bottle with an odd coding that I hope isn't the bottling date (would decipher around June of 13, so I'm going to ignore it and hope for the best).

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with ruby highlights and smooth, tan head that settles slowly, leaving a thin, but presentable cap.

S -- Dark breadcrusts, mild molasses, some light earthiness and fruit, and mellow pepperiness from alcohol.

T -- Rich, bready malt -- very pumpernickel-like with a sweet molasses and bready toastiness. There is some underlying bitterness from hops in balance, a light hint of dark fruits, more bready sweetness in the finish and a dry, peppery character from alcohol in the aftertaste -- but stopping just shy of hot.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a dry finish and a medium body bordering on full.

O -- A very classic rendition of the style, yet definitely projecting its own character to distinguish itself. The Andechs is a little drier in the finish than other Doppels, yet the dark bread character up front is just what German (specifically Bavarian) brewers produce so much better than the majority of US micros can duplicate.

steveh, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep amber with a large thick, very thick off-white head that takes a really long time to dissipate. Pretty nice lacings.

S: Sweet rich malty smell. Dark dried fruits, galore. Nothing else - they don't mess with the basics. Neat and clean.

T: Sweet malt, very sweet - just right. The dark dried fruits dominates (there are so many different ones; figs, plums, raisins, cherries to mention a few). Faint bitter hops.

M: Sadly this is the weakest part of any Doppelbock; aftertaste is to short. Body is full and carb. is mild.

D: Doppelbocks are great and this one is a great exampel of the style. The brewer doesn't mess with anything besides the basics and that is what makes this beer fantastic. The only thing that could make this beer better is time - I'm so happy that I bought myself a whole case and put most of it in my beer cellar for the future. Maybe I'll review another bottle from this batch in a couple of years after storing it properly...

Evil_Pidde, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of stoepsel
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown body with a reddish touch and a caramel head.
Wide malty taste but not too heavy. Finish with a very strong but not annoying hint of licorize.
Awesome beer and for me a clear reference for the Doppelbock-style.
If I had to choose three beers to take with me to a lonely island this one would be on the shortlist.

stoepsel, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fiery red-orange-dark bronze with brighter orange highlights. The beer is absolutely pristine and is a marvelous, multi-hued prism when bright sunlight is permitted entry. Atop the liquid is a glorious crown of foam that is the color and consistency of light brown sugar mousse. Enough lace sticks to keep visual interest sky-high.

The aroma is chock full of roasted malt, dark fruit and earthy hops. More nostril-filling power would be welcome, but what's here is still very nice. My hope is that some of the nose's best tendencies will be amplified on the palate. If so, then this doppelbock will more than live up to its reputation.

This is exceptional beer and is truly world-class. While it isn't as huge as anticipated (I keep having to remind myself that doppelbocks are lagers) it's definitely on the hefty side for the style... and that's a very good thing indeed. More malt is almost always my preference when it comes to malt-dominant beer.

Dark fruits (dates primarily) lead the way on the palate, followed closely by toasted brown bread, dark caramel, cocoa and chicory coffee. Even though dates are prominent, the beer isn't all that sweet. In fact, I'd say that sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw. The long finish even makes a move toward dry and clean; remarkable in such a malty beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn close to big lager perfection. Only the best beer on the planet is able to deliver this amount of mouthfilling volume coupled with a velvety suppleness and a flavor-sustaining light viscosity on the finish. A subdued amount of carbonation is icing on the doppelbock cake.

Klosterbrauerei Andechs has had since the Middle Ages to perfect this beer. One sip is all it takes to prove that they did so long, long ago. I might not even mind a several week, monk-like fast if I had Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel to sustain me for the duration. This is one of the three best versions of this style that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. I'd like to thank the incomparable feloniousmonk for his much appreciated generosity.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a nice, large glass mug at Aufsturtz in Berlin.

Dark caramel color, half inch of head, tan. Lots of lacing.

Smells of heavy caramel malt, honey, clove, and alcohol. Very rich on the nose, but not overpowering.

Rich and dense. Very caramel and malt heavy, with a touch of honey and spices. Not as sweet as the description is - there's a nice bit of hoppiness on the end of the beer.

Dense and heavy, but never cloying or sticky. A great consistency - not watery, but not syrupy.

I really, really recommend this beer. A great doppelbock.

BillyBoysPie, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours into a 0.5L stein with two fingers of bubbly beige head that settled to a thin layer over a clear, mahogany body. Good head retention but no lace.

Smell - 4.5
Intensely malty and rich nose of sweet malt loaf, savoury rye crackers, toffee and dessert apple.

Taste - 4.5
Nearing perfection for a doppelbock; intensely malty yet well attenuated and drinkable. Tastes of lightly buttered multigrain toast, rye crackers, hard toffee, caramel and liquor soaked figs. Finishes dry and savoury with warming alcohol and enough hop bitterness to balance the hefty malt.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Medium body is lighter than expected considering the size of the beer, and coupled with fine, moderate carbonation, gives a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
Clearly not a session beer (and it isn't supposed to be), but very easy to drink, despite the noticeable alcohol character.

OVERALL
Not as much of a malt-bomb as some 5% Munich Dunkels due to the fruity complexity of the higher alcohol. Perhaps the definitive doppelbock - it's the highest rated lager on BeerAdvocate and with good reason. A truly superb beer.

LittleCreature, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-10-30 in Columbia, PA and again on 2014-02-16, side-by-side with an Ayinger Celebrator.

A - Pretty clear dark brown with ruby highlights. 2-finger light tan head that sticks around and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Rich, lightly toasted dark sour wheat bread, dark fruit and some earthy spice. Not very strong.

T - Rich dark malt with plenty of dark fruit accents like tart very ripe figs, cherries and plums. Light caramel sweetness. There's a nice hop bite on the finish that balances with the dark fruit. Very rich and satisfying.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial going down but dries nicely. Really good, thick feel.

O - See my Ayinger review for more detail but with the Ayinger, the contrast between the various flavors is more pronounced / bolder. The Andech's has more of an integrated / balanced flavor plus a firmer mouthfeel. In this head-to-head comparison, the Andech's wins by a nose. This is the best doppelbock I've ever had. I enjoyed everything about it and look forward to having more no that they are available in PA.

Tucquan, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with good amounts of smooth chocolate and hints of roastiness. Also present are slight amounts of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Smooth and almost syrupy caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of cocoa powder. Midway through the sip the malt flavors dark with slight amounts of roasted flavors. The roasted flavors fade out quickly and the malt flavors sweeten through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I didn't find this beer as mind-blowing as I'd hoped, and in fact I'd rate Celebrator higher, it's still a very good beer. To be fair it was noted by Joe that it was substantially better on tap. Worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of rastaman
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty darn good stuff. Nice little roasty caramel sort of flavour, slightly sticky, but pleasantly so, slightly sweet aswell, but well balanced, lots of flavour, decent bitter flavour.

rastaman, Jul 13, 2002
Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Eric for this rarity.

Appearance: It pours a dark copper/bronze color with some ruby highlights around the edges. The head is caramel colored and is about two fingers deep. Retention was very good, though lacing was on the light side.

Smell: Dark fruit aromas kick it off. It's a blend of raisin, plum, and prune. It smells a little sweet. Malts are very prominent on the nose. Smells like the roasted variety with a bit of caramel blended in. Hops are more apparent than I would've ever guessed. Very nice surprise. They have a bit of an earthy character to them. It's a nice smelling beer, but not quite as deep as I expected.

Taste: The nose is actually a nice representation of the flavor. But, the flavor is more impressive. Raisin, prune, and plum are strong with a little residual bitterness. Roasted and character malts provide a solid base and some sweetness. It's really a light, sweet flavor though. It is a little hoppy, but it's an earthy hop flavor. I wouldn't characterize it as bitter. Surprisingly, this has a really well-balanced flavor. I was expecting very malty and sweet, but it's balanced nicely. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a nice medium body and is very smooth and silky. Carbonation is spot on for this one. It's dialed down a little and it goes down really, really easy. Drinkability is likewise very high. I'm not the biggest fan of Doppelbocks, but this is among the finest.

I'll go ahead and 'fess up on this one...I wasn't expecting to be this impressed. I'm really not a huge Doppelbock guy. This had "overrated" written all over it for me. But, it delivers. It's not perfect, but it is no doubt damn good. It's simply a "must try" for all BAs. Thanks again, Eric.

prototypic, Sep 09, 2008
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.