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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 415
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 410
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 drmeto
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-bready,brown sugar,spices,grassy,caramel,syrup
-Follows the nose plus plums,raisins and dates
-medium carbonation,medium body
Just a really good Doppelbock

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Photo of cypressbob
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark reddy brown body, clear. Thick fluffy tan head with some retention but towards the last third it was pretty slight

Smell, sweet caramelly malt, some dried fruit

Taste, thick sweet malt, some raisins, some roasted flavour on the finish. Sweet and estery

A pretty enjoyable dopplebock

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a stemmed tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing back this long-anticipated bottle from Europe.

Appearance: Right away I notice the perfectly sized tan head that is tightly wound with bigger bubbles in the center from an aggressive pour. The beer itself has a date brown color with a ruby tint and transparent edges.

Smell: Rum soaked raisin, plum, dates, figs, and soft molasses. Some clove like spiciness in the background.

Taste: The flavor starts with a rum-soaked raisin. Gooey molasses and toffee sweetness seem to coat a biscuity malt. Some plum and dates some in toward the middle. A slight metallic flavor is a bit off-putting toward the end. A soft, spicy bitterness helps to take the beer out with more balance.

Mouthfeel: There is a sweetness that coats the lips and inside of my mouth with each sip. Almost syrupy, the soft hops at the end prevent it from becoming cloying. Very creamy carbonation, but it is not as strong as it looked after the pour. The body starts medium and seems to get a bit heavier as the sip progresses.

Overall: There is a reason this is a sought after beer. Very well put together, this is the type of beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ah, the legendary Andechser Doppelbock. I got my chance to try it on-tap at Andechser am Dom in Munich and was excited to have the chance. On to the beer:

This doppelbock is ruby brown in color with red and orange hues which add an extra texture to the appearance. That's not to ignore the good amount of lace which whip around the glass. The nose makes me think of a meal in a glass, a strong dark sweet bread note, but trailing it is a kiss of chocolate. The flavor provided is big in quantity; it's toasty, bready, a little bit sweet, and has a breath of alcohol whicc compliments rather than disturbs the chemistry of the beer. It's medium full bodied, which is fitting, though perhaps not as warming as I expected given the talk of this beer. Make no mistake, this is good stuff that I would recommend you taste when you come to Bavaria.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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Photo of drseamus
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this at the Delirium Café and I’m glad I had it when I was there because it was impossible to find in either Koln or Dusseldorf when I was there, despite its availability being listed on the Andechs website.

This has a dark brown/reddish body with only a little head. There is a huge malty aroma with caramel notes that pours from the glass. The taste matches the aroma with big sweet malty flavors with caramel and some accompanying bitterness that builds at the end. As it warms up, the caramel presence increases until it is nearly the primary flavor. This is only medium bodied with good drinkability. It is a good beer but I did expect slightly better because of the reputation.

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Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, code L3293 might mean it was bottled Oct. 20, 2014.

A brown, reddish body with a solid 2-3 finger head; retention is average a bit. Aroma is brown suggar, bread, banana and molasses. Strong malt flavor, liquid bread, banana chips, very bready and chewy. A nice doppelbock to have.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from feloniousmonk, so a huge "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, dark fruit, caramel and some spice with a touch of hops.

T: The taste nicely balanced with a strong flavor of lager yeast and complimentary flavors of dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There's a mild hops presence that is as strong as you would expect from this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this isn't normally a style that I drink much of but this beer is definitely one of the first ones that I'd pick if it were available and I wanted to drink a Doppelbock for a whole evening.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from beersofeurope.com...

Poured a deep russet brown colour with some coppery hints. Dirty mocha head poured quite small and fizzy then faded almost immediately to light ring around the edge. Quite a lot of carbonation drifts to the surface... no real lacing...

Aroma - Deep rich spicy dark fruits (raisins, prunes, some strawberries, pears), toasted bready malts, toasted fruit cake, brown lemonade hints, some creosote traces, brown sugar sweetness, light medicinal / herbal notes, some leatheriness, slight vinegar notes, no real hops..

Taste – Pretty strong toasted bready malts, deep treacle sweetness, toasted nuttiness, spicy dark fruits (raisins, figs and dates), malt loaf / fruit cake, the faintest of smokiness, light peppery notes, some woodiness...

Feel - More carbonation than i expected - i would have preferred this to be more smooth and creamy... medium bodied... pretty drinkable for a 7.1% beer...

Overall - A pretty good Doppelbock but not the best in my opinion.. the Weltenburger Asam-Bock is easily better than this... definitely worth a try though...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Premise: this is not my favorite style, and do not drink many of these.
So...poured a dark mahogany/amber color, slick looking. Head formed to about 2 fingers at first, then settled to a slight 1/2 finger. Nice presentation.
slight sweet caramel, milkweed (?), some toffee and malt gather in the aroma.
Taste: smooth mix of sweet malt, toffee, caramel, some glazed donut and slight hops..slight.
Feels real nice, smooth, no lingering sweet aftertaste which is the reason I don't like most beers in this style (that I've had)
Drank fine, gone without really knowing I drank it. Hmmff.

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Photo of gr0g
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut / mahogany in color. Impressive head formation and retention. There's some lace formation, but it's spotty. Aroma is malt-forward in every way. Toasted grain and fresh-baked bread upfront followed by a rich, toffee-like note. Only the faintest trace of alcohol to let you know this is more than a plain-old Dunkel. Faint floral hoppiness.

While many doppels come across as too malty-sweet to me, this isn't one of them. The balance is just about spot-on. That faint hoppiness on the nose is more prevalent here and able to stand up to all the sugars. Overall flavor is dominated by toasty malt, very much like a standard Munich Dunkel. A bit of nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, bordering on a creamy texture, thanks to the carbonation being soft. For a relatively strong beer, it's all too easy to knock back a pint of this and still be up for another.

I'd sum up Andechser's Doppelbock as a robust Dunkel lager. While it doesn't quite have the depth of flavor that Celebrator (my and many others' top pick for doppels) has, it does nothing wrong.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice fizzy head, hazy sediment yeast laden chestnut brown color

Nose nice toffee, nutty, molasses like almost syrupy candy, toasted wheat, dark wheat, biscuit, etc.

Taste brings light syrupy molasses, then biscuit, toffee, nutty flavors, little buttery brittle, light candy like, lots of wheat and little candied banana, etc. Dry finish, lingering toffee and nutty flavors as well as the banana wheat.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, cross between a nice German dunkel, and Belgian like monk style beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think Jason shared this one with me.

A - Pours a rich brownish/reddish color with a finger of off-white head that had some good retention and lacing. Solid looking beer, and very good for the style.

S - Caramel and malts are the obvious backbone of this beer, and it has a deep dark fruit/prune smell with a little bit of breadiness to it. Good stuff.

T - Taste is a lot like the smell, with a little bit of alcohol to cut through the sweetness. This kind of reminds me a little bit of a quad, other than the bready taste bringing it down a notch and breaking it up. Good dark fruits, caramelized sugar, and molasses.

M - Pretty close to full bodied, with soft carbonation.

O - Pretty great beer. This is a style that is hard to do tons with, but it is rich, with good flavors and balance.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish orange with a frothy tan head that slowly recedes to form a cap on top. Smells of caramel, raisins, burnt sugar, melanoid, slight earthy aroma. Taste is quite sweet with lots of darker and burnt sugars, dark dried fruit like raisins and prunes. There's a touch of alcohol heat but it disappears just after I notice its there. Long lingering sweet malty prunes on the finish. Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet almost bubbly mouthfeel. That's a nice bock here, I only wish it were a little easier to come by on this side of the pond.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear but very dark garnet red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet brown bread are present in the nose along with hints of raisins.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and has lots of flavors of sweet brown bread along with hints of raisins. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a complex taste; although it is a little fuller in body, this beer is still relatively easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which basically has no retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mix of dark amber, maroon, and garnet which glows a crimson red to ruby when held up to the light. No lacing at all.

Nose- Delicious- if I were to sum it in one term, I would use fruitcake. But this beer is much more complex than that. Definite raisin and cherry, almost the candied kind with spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. A creamy, almost milk quality that hints at chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and caramel. Some roasted malt qualities as well. This is very promising. Some honey and nectar as well. Light smoke- smells like a nitro beer but it's in a bottle.

Taste- Starts off with the nitro feel with minor chocolate, cocoa, and caramel which moves into deeper, roasted notes combined with raisin and cherry. Slight bitterness with hints of oak and vanilla. Some spice- nutmeg and cinnamon, tiny bit of clove. Not quite as delightful as the aroma but still intriguing. This is much more about subtlety than dominating your taste buds. Nice malt bill that is complex and well rounded but doesn't have much presence. This isn't a bad thing as I generally only appreciate towering malt bills in scotch ales and imperial stouts. A little bit of letdown after the nose though. Seems a little thin, especially on the finish. Slight vinosity provided by the raisin and cherry. Hints of brown bread, brown sugar, and molasses as well.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with light carbonation which works for the style. Nice and neat slightly dry finish. Hints of smoothness. Very clean malt bill leaves the tongue feeling fresh.

Drinkability- This beer is a bit unassuming and as result, drinks fairly easy. No indication of alcohol. Just a very clean, almost creamy beer. 4 dollars for half a liter of a world renowned beer seems more than reasonable.

Overall- Really good, solid beer. I'm not the biggest fan of doppelbocks but this one is a good example of the classic style. I prefer Ayinger to this, but Celebrator seems to me an anomaly among doppelbocks. Glad that this is finally being distributed in Oregon. This is a must try and will be a repurchase if it continues to be distributed here.

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Photo of Crosling
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the monastery.

Dark Ruby.

Big, hearty, meaty, strong and herbal nose with other whiffs of dark fruits and clove.

Front is smoke (slight) with many dark fruits. Notes of caramel, molasses and chocolate in the mid-palate. Plums, lots of plums on the lingering finish. Well this beer was excellent.

I had 2.0 Liters of it but unfortunately it was after I had already had a 1.0 L of the Spezial Hell. Needless to say, I was wasted.

Note to self: 3.0 L of beer in one sitting is too much.

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Photo of peensteen
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish ruby colour, ring of off white head, light lace on the glass as well. Smell is a nice mix of malt and dark fruits, comes off quite jammy with some nutty/almond like points, but great aromas of malts and fruit all the way through. Taste isn't quite as nice as the nose but retains the flavours of malts and nutty dark fruit, a bit jammy as well, plums and a bit of chocolate mid palate into the finish, more dark fruits in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium bodied with a nice feel. A really good doppelbock but not as good as Celebrator, still really nice to be able to try this though.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, tan-brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt, caramel, and smoke

Taste: burnt caramel, smoke, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet and smoky, medium carbonation, smooth

Overall: A really nice and smoky classic dopplebock. The smokiness allows this to be sweet but never cloying. Amazing on tap. I would certainly pick this one up again.

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Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep deep red with an initially thick tan creamy head around an inch high. Beautiful at first, though retention and lace levels are around average. Some nice tiny bubbles cling to the sides of the glass as it sloshes around. The aroma is immensely appetizing with the scent of fresh barley, chocolatey malts, and a good amount of fruitiness such as banana and even grape. Smells fresh and appealing.

The flavor ix a mix of grapes, fresh barley, some banana esters even, quite fruit as opposed to malty, in this respect it comes off as similar to an ale here. Despite the relatively low ABV I get a little bit of alcohol (which makes it a bit winelike--hmm, a recurring theme for highly rated beers out of Europe I have noticed) along with an earthy hoppy bitterness on the midpalate and a cookielike finish.

Body is only medium with a respectively full level of carbonation. It definitely still feels like a drinkable lager. A very finely crafted lager, looks and smells great, good flavor, and feel reminds me that this is indeed a lager, feels too light though, almost like a pilsener. I came into this with absurdly high expectations, however, and as far as taste goes I found this to be quite a good doppelbock, but probably not my favorite.

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Photo of digita7693
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spoiled living in Germany and having a bottle shop that actually stocks a few Bavarian beers.

A brownish copper, nice white head that goes away, nice lacing

S deliciously sweet and malty, some caramel

T Nice sweet, brown sugar, figs, very smooth, perfect example of a doppel!

D quite good, very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation

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Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark like raw dense cider, off white .5 inch head leaves to disk. Small bubbled tight lacing.

S - Deep wort like malt. Bready, doughy.

T - Taste as smell. Add some grain flavors too.

M - Creamy, great carb, good coating, beautiful balance. Everything in sync.

D - A very nice beer. Not sure its worth the hype for me, but I like it!

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Finally! A HUGE thank-you goes out to Kate F. for picking this up for me while she was in Munich. Sadly, I couldn't get my act together and get it before the best-by date (3-5-11) had passed (damn you, recession) but it's here now, and I'm stoked to try it. 500ml brown slimline pop-top with nice label poured into 18oz dimple stein. Bring it on.

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark walnut with burgundy highlights. This sports a dark ivory/light tan cap wihch soon fades to a thick ring. Would like a little more head retention on this, but that could have something to do with the age.

Smell: Now this gets things back on track! I was worried this might be somewhat muted or downplayed, considering the age, but it smells friggin delicious. Sweet dark caramel, huge notes of toasty bread, and a hint of apple and raisin jump out. The aromas are big and bold too; this smells absolutely delicious.

Taste: The taste is very smooth up front, and displays a nice mix of caramelly/bready and fruity flavors. Sweet, dark caramel leads things off, followed by toasty bread, and then by a dry maltiness (Munich, likely?). You think that's the aftertaste, but then you get a bit of dark fruitiness (I'm thinking dates, maybe)? This flavor, while nice, is a bit muted, and I'm wondering if this is one of the losses of age. Either way, this is a remarkably smooth Dopplebock that tastes more like 6% than just over 7% abv. A medium, firm bitterness brings up the back end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full and rich.

Overall: I think I can say that a few weeks out from the brewery, this is probably more than worthy of 'the best dopplebock in the world' title that it receives here on BA. Even now, with four months having passed since the 'best by' date, this is still probably my favorite dopplebock I've ever had. I love the strong, toasty bread and caramel flavors and the way they balance with a hint of dark fruit. The hop bitterness is just enough to keep this from becoming cloying. Really well done. Thanks again to Kate for this awesome treat!

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a .5L 2014 bottle.
I've had this excellent dunkel on tap at the brewery in Andechs several times over the past few years. While the bottled version is not quite as pleasing as the fresh draft version I remember it is certainly excellent for style. The alcohol is very well hidden, there's a rich malty backbone, and the beer has great balance.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Trapp Lager glass. Dark, crimson body with three fingers of off-white head. Gorgeous pour!

Smells like dried fruits and sweet wine. A truly terrific scent.

Taste matches the smell point for point. And it's absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and carbonated. Perfectly pleasant.

This beer came in a mystery six pack of bombers and other large beers. I'm glad this one was in there. A real treat.

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