Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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2.81/5 rDev -34.8%
This is a long-time Want for me, it has been available in my area for a while now but haven't bothered to pick one up until today. An assumed batch number of L3293 is listed on the back.
Appearance - Dark red pour with some orange highlights. A beige head starts off pretty tall and eventually reduces to a splotchy cap with bits of lace.
Smell - Hm. Toasted dark bread, some caramel and cocoa, and nuts are nice, but there is also earthy paper tart cherry weirdness which seem out of place/off. Not bad, but definitely not great.
Taste - Light sour cherry, weird sweetness, licorice, caramel, nuts, some cocoa, cola, bit o' hops. Unfortunately a step down from the smell, not awful, but weak with noticeable off-flavor.
Mouthfeel - Medium high-carbonation, watery, not the malty feast that a doppelbock should be.
Overall - I've heard rumors that this beer has gone downhill and/or has infection reports, etc., just wasn't sure how true/extensive it was. Though this wasn't awful, it was easy to see this isn't the beer it could or should be. Not sure if recent reviewers are obliviously blinded by its past reputation and overall rating or if I just got unlucky on this bottle, but either way, an unfortunate disappointment.
06-01-2014 21:14:58 | More by Chico1985
2.85/5 rDev -33.9%
Beautiful dark auburn color. A color I've never seen in a beer. Hardly any head.
Smells sweet and malty. Quite nice.
It has this mouth puckering sourness to it. Bitter and sour. Malty, it tastes a bit like liquor. There's a strong alcohol flavor, which is stronger than the percentage it contains, which I don't find pleasant.
Stings the tongue with carbonation. Not bad, but interesting
Ultimately I find the flavor too strange to drink extensively. It doesn't sit on my taste buds in a great way.
04-13-2010 20:13:09 | More by sfprint
2.85/5 rDev -33.9%
Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.
Goin' after some big fish here, the current top-rated doppelbock. Let's dance: It pours a dark-ish sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises dry toffee and lightly-toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light vanilla bean and watered-down cocoa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this stuff is about as painfully average as you can get. Something tells me it's all about unattainability here: Because this stuff requires at least an overseas trade or a vacation or a lucky hookup, it's perceived as better than it really is. (I call it Westy syndrome.) Sometimes, it's still good, but it's never nearly as good as reputations hold it to be. Huge case-in-point here.
01-07-2013 21:38:14 | More by TMoney2591
2.88/5 rDev -33.2%
Deep reddish amber appearance with a layer of beige head. Nose is very malty with hints of smoke, cereal grains, a bit of vegetal character and some notes of corn. I get some aroma of dry dog food as well... Ehhh... Not so good. Taste has a one dimensional fruity sweetness with notes of grape. A bit of a tart turn at the end. Taste is a bit sloppy. Mouthfeel is moderate with light carbonation. Overall, not a huge fan.
01-05-2013 23:06:26 | More by homebrew311
2.9/5 rDev -32.7%
purchased in the Munich airport.
Appearance: nice deep red; 1/2 finger head off-white head which dissolved quickly and left little trace.
Smell: roasty; maybe some worcestershire/soy in there.
Taste: continues the roast and soy; slight malt sweetness (but could use more) and hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: lighter body than I'd expect; low carbonation.
Drinkability: I want to like this, but there's so little to recommend. Other reviews trend higher, but most other examples I've had of this style are better.
10-21-2006 19:49:02 | More by 3frog
3.05/5 rDev -29.2%
I had some expectations of this beer. Bought it in Germany a few weeks ago. Poured the beer in a Palm glass. The beer gives a very nice lightbrown to red head with some red rings which come up!! Haven't seen this before. The beer itself is darkred rubybrown with a bit of carbonation.
The rest is average. The smell is reasonable, i smell a bit of the malt which is used.
The taste is not spectacular, also the mouthfeel.
I drank the beer during a game of cards. Then it's very drinkable.
05-09-2010 00:06:14 | More by Brabander
3.08/5 rDev -28.5%
Pours a dark red colour, very Hellish with a bright shiny quality to it. Head is surprisingly light, but nice bubbling. Lace is amazingly dense and sticky. Looks heavy in some ways but the head is great.
Nose is very grainy and nutty. So much honey on that as well, it just reeks of honey oat bread and just is way too sweet, bordering on insipid. It's weak as far as complexity goes, and just simple. A disappointment.
Taste is better, but still big, sweet and grainy with honey-oat notes on the front. Develops more complex, and stronger, red wine characters towards the back but still falls short of pleasant complex sweetness. Bit of a citric twang late-mid which is the most interesting note cutting through a fairly insipid malt-bomb. I'm not a big fan of this style at times and this is a particularly simplistic example.
Slightly sticky mouthfeel, mostly thin to carry this mostly uninspiring palate.
Yeah, I'm not particularly impressed with this. It's a malt bomb; it's quite plain. I don't like beers that are this sweet but this commits the double sin of lacking nuance or complexity.
04-29-2011 06:21:48 | More by laituegonflable
3.3/5 rDev -23.4%
I think I had a dreadfully old bottle of this years ago. New import edition. Bottle from New Beer Distro. Batch L 1693. Whatever that means.
Half inch of fleeting tan head. Clear black tea, black on brown on red sort of body.
Smells of maple, spilt Euro lager, & hearty bread. Licorice? Just a touch of stone fruit. Doesn't smell like they sent the freshest examples over.
Tastes like Cheerios, scalded milk, sharply charred bbq bitterness, faint scotch.
Really, really carbonated. Sizzling. Don't like that. Somewhat itchy/starchy feel. A bit boozy.
I looked forward to this beer for so long. It just seems so different from the standards of Celebrator & Korbinian that I've come to love.
10-08-2013 07:55:28 | More by PEBKAC
3.35/5 rDev -22.3%
Andechs Klosterbier Doppelbock dunkel, draft
A Dark clear, not much head, didn't last at all. 3.5
S Caramel sweet, no diacetyl, no hops. Appropriate for the style, but would have liked more toasty aromas. 3.5
T Sweet dark malt taste. A little too cloying, but probably OK for style. Easy to drink, not offensive, no harsh dark malt flavors, good for those that aren't dark malt fans. 3.5
M Thin, carbonation is low. Non inspirational. 3
D Good, but for me, not really worth having another. 3
10-05-2010 03:36:14 | More by boss302
3.43/5 rDev -20.4%
I'll start off by saying that I had really high hopes for this beer, it being ranked highest of the doppelbocks on BA and all. But I really wasnt impressed.
Pours a beautiful red, almost wine-red with a thick head with large bubles lasting for quite some time and leaving a good bit of lacing on the glass.
I smell a lot of fudge, a bit of dark fruits, but not as much as I had hoped for, some raisins, a little bit of figs as well though, not too intense smell of anything though.
On the taste departement I was dissapointed, while still smelling fairly promising I thnk this (highly praised) beer did not deliver. I get an initial sweetness, followed by a musty breadiness that carries the beer all the way to and through the aftertaste . Some small hints of fruits and hops in the middle ,but really not very prominent.
Soft carbonation and a creamy foam-up on the toungue makes it fairly easy to drink.
12-18-2009 22:14:43 | More by dqrull
3.5/5 rDev -18.8%
Slightly hazed caramel orangey-reddish with a low beige head.
Aroma of fig and caramel, some low notes of corn and grassy notes.
Flavor of fig and raisin, low cocoa notes, a slight metallic note, some brown sugar and yeastiness. Roasty malt flavors emerge, mixed with some charred bark and root beer flavors. Noticeable residual sweetness, not overly so. Finishes with some spiciness.
Even mouthfeel, a bit slick, finishes somewhat powdery and dry. Tasty beer, decent drinkability, but could use more complexity. I expected much more based on the over-the-top reviews. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing.
11-16-2009 01:57:03 | More by far333
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.