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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 904
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 403
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 Ljunkan
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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! (451 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,125 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 brijar
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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?! (2,174 characters)

Photo of haz77
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish-brown with an inch of firm tan head. This slowly drops to a creamy finger-thick layer. Low carbonation.

S - Dark fruit, molasses, sourdough bread, coffee, toasty nuttiness.

T - Initial mouthful of caramel, with some smokiness creeping through. Ripe dark fruit appears in the middle. Spice and alcohol build towards the finish and into the aftertaste. Bittersweet molasses flavour lingers.

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy. Coating syrupy texture, with medium body and cleaning carbonation.

D - Superb. Surprisingly easy to drink. (558 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My brother-in-law brought me back a bottle of this from Germany. I told him to pick up anything, and was surprised to see this waiting for me. This pours a brilliant rusty, deep copper body with maroon highlights and perfect clarity. The head was very bountiful and bright white. The aroma is wonderfully fresh with fresh dough and toffee highlights. Hops are very subtle as the maltiness leads the way. The taste is filled with sweet caramels and toffee-like sugars. A slightly metallic sharpness seems to be a product of the hops and crystal malt. Not all that complex, but superbly layered. A coarse finish produced by the hops creates a perfect balance between the insanely smooth body and mouthfeel. As it warms, the sweetness increases and it goes down easier with each sip. Although I am not a huge dopplebock fan, this one is very well done and credit is due. I am glad I had the pleasure to taste this. (911 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A- Dark brown with a half finger off white head. Spotty lacing.

S- Figs and other dark fruits, malts, caramel, brown sugar.

T- Dark fruits and sweet malts. There is a burnt chocolate/smokiness also. No alcohol in the taste at all.

M- Medium body and carbonation. As "chewy" as this beer is it goes down very smooth.

O- Like a slice of fresh black bread in a glass. Amazing. (391 characters)

Photo of paulaner
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great beer and I didn't even go out looking for it. I happened to see it as I was waiting to check out and I saw doppelbock dunkel hmm that sounds good so I bought one came home and read about it on BA and to my surprise it had rather high rating and after drinking it I would have to agree.

The color is a dark redish black with a strong head at first but slowly dies down. The aroma is not very noticeable but at first sip all thoughts of weakness are thrown out the window. It has a very noticeable doppelbock taste that is not as bitter as german dunkells but is not week due to this. This is definitely a beer that I will be buying more of. I guess as they say good things in life will come to you if you wait and this was no exception. (754 characters)

Photo of JohnW
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can only echo all the other reviews in here, this must be one of the great beers of the world! Amazing powerful aroma of rich sweet fruit, spices, yeast, and a taste to match. Roasted malts, licorice and dried fruits come through, and a sharpness through the carbonation teases the tongue, but the overall rich fruit and caramel shine through most of all. Not too heavy in texture, so makes it easy to drink. The alcohol is apparent in the taste and make you realise this is not a beer to play with, but to enjoy as something special and treat with respect. One to try before you die!

John W
Bham UK (600 characters)

Photo of lou91
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had to review this beer because it is so special and to give thanks to BA RKHaze who brought this as a gift from his visit a year or so ago. Big, noisy rich and malty pour made my mouth water instantly. The taste is perfect with lots of baked bread, chocolate and raisins in a very refreshing package. It is a bit lighter than I expected which earns it a 5 in drinkability. I would drink a lot of this if I was in Germany. Thanks again Randy. (444 characters)

Photo of redmagik99
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a darkish head that disappears leaving lace around the sides. Smells very sweet - roasted malts, caramel. Taste is incredibly rich and sweet, brown sugar, toffee, nutty, butterscotch, a bit of coffee. Hops barely come through for some balance but theyre really missed. Light carbonation. This beer tastes so good I can't stop sipping. Like all dopplebocks, it seems to sit very heavy in my stomach. Nonetheless, highly drinkable, and though I'm not experienced enough to say whether it takes the cake as #1 German beer, I'd say it'd be difficult to make a more superior version of this style. (608 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to johnnybravo for hooking me up with 2 bottles of this nectar. Having had this in Nuremberg and finding it to be amazing, I had to get a hold of another bottle or two, if for memory's sake only.

Pours reddish brown with a 1 finger white head that holds up fairly well.

Smells of apple, raisins and caramel/brown sugar malt.

The taste is rich with brown sugar coated apples, raisins, caramel and other, similar fruits. The malt body is very much a brown sugar/caramel combo of flavors. Slight alcohol presence at the end, but nothing out of place.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich (for 7.1%, this has a ton of flavor), with medium, bordering on low, carbonation. Altogether enjoyable for this beer.

Drinkability is very good.

Highly recommended. Nothing may beat my first experience with this beer - sitting in the Andechs beer hall in the gorgeous city of Nuremberg, drinking a couple 1/2 liter steins of this - but yes, this is one fine doppelbock.

Previous review (from memory after having had at the source):

Excellent doppelbock! Got to have this while in Germany, served at the Andechs pub in Nurmberg. Wonderful dark brown color with a nice head. Smell was sweet - caramel like. Taste was perfect - nice rich not too sweet caramel malt flavor. Like drinking liquid happiness. Perfect sweetness level. Mouthfeel was also perfect. Very smooth and silky. Medium body - perfect mouthfeel to go along with the great flavor. Drinkability was high for this - perfectly balanced - I went through a full liter probably too quickly. Why does my favorite doppelbock have to be basically impossible to get in the US?

Previous score: 4.5/4/5/4.5/4.5 (1,662 characters)

Photo of Philipp
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Gosh, is this awesome!

Poured from a 500ml-bottle into my "Maltings-Beer-Festival"-Nonic Pint Glass.

A- Great looking beer, dark amber color, tan head, that lasted quite long, just beautiful.

S- Spicy with roasted malts.

T- Incredibly flavorful and complex, but it requires zipping to get the full spectrum of flavors such as the obvious roastiness, caramel and bread and the clean crispness towards the finish.
Just a slight hint of alcohol in the background.

M- Exceptional mouthfeel, just awesome.

D- Actually pretty high, but it has 7,1% and you will notice these after a few, so be careful, it's a big beer.

I just love this one, it's one of the finest examples for German beers and I would highly recommend trying it out. (734 characters)

Photo of HopHead1982
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Even though the beer was 7.10% ABV, it was nice calm. I could sit back and enjoy several of these throughout an afternoon or evening. The beer was successful in achieving the dopplebock dunkel style and I would recommend this to anyone. Especially if you can go to Andechs southeast of Munich to enjoy it. (305 characters)

Photo of krkearney
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle. Pours a clear chestnut color, capped with a fairly large khaki head. Enticing aroma; roasted malt, grain and hay take the forefront, and are nicely complimented by dark chocolate, molasses, and mild hops. Grain and roasted malt are the dominant flavors, with alcohol, chocolate cake, and dark fruits rounding things out and adding complexity. Fairly long finish, with chocolate and malt lingering on the palate. Very drinkable. The best doppelbock I've ever tasted. World Class. (492 characters)

Photo of
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

17oz. bottle.

Dark copper in color. Crystal clear. Large, creamy, light brown head.

Aroma is very rich and bread-like. Coffee and caramel, which get bigger as the beer warms. Very sweet after 15 minutes or so. Touch of herbal flavor. Fruits - raisins.

Taste follows aroma in that it is fairly sweet to start, but moves even more in that direction as it warms. Coffee, very mild. Herbal notes, also mild. Sweet caramel. Raisins. ABV noticeable, mainly at the finish.

Medium body, lighter than I expected. Low to medium carbonation. Very sweet.

Faithful to style, and quite drinkable. Not a session beer, but you could put a few of these away before the ABV got to you. An excellent beer. (701 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a small cap that lasts for a while

S: Very malty with some sweet caramel and bready notes to go along with toffee, dark fruits, and a light earthiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light caramel sweetness that is balanced by a nice bready presence and molasses. Dark fruits and toffee come along afterwards, along with a very light estery note from the alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: One of the top doppelbocks out there for sure. It could use a little more body, but that's the only complaint. It's very easy to drink and is quite complex. Good price at $3.49 for a 500 mL bottle as well. Not easy to find in the states (at least not yet) so get some if you happen upon it (783 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - translucent mahogany colour with tan head

Smell - Toffee, caramel, hazelnut, soy sauce

Taste - toffee, caramel, hazelnut, hint of soy sauce, mixed nuts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness and nuttiness upfront, bitterness in the back end and the finish is toasty and bready

Overall - a very tasty dopplebock that I'm glad made it to the States. Will strive to always have this on hand. Recommended

Price Point - $4.25/16.9 oz bottle (469 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in my huge Weihenstephan Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful deep dark amber colour forming a big bubbled and beige head. Good retention but not much lacings left

S: Quite sweet and toffee in the nose and a little bit smoky too. Notes of caramel malts, grapes, brown bread and Lager yeasts

T: Follows the nose, a quite sweet, toffee and molasses upfront. Roasted and caramel malts. Notes of coffee. Brown bread and raisins with a great stingy hoppy bitterness in the end, delicious...

M: Medium body. Quite molasses. Medium carbonation. Very well balanced bittersweet aftertaste

O: High drinkability. One of the best German beers, for sure. Very rich on smell and tte. Not recommended, but mandatory (723 characters)

Photo of Atricapilla
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice example of a Doppelbock:

The beer is a nice mahogany in color with some distinct reddish overtones. The head is relatively small for a dark bier but has a slight creaminess to it. The aroma smeels nicely of grain, both fresh and toasted. The taste is very malty, with again, a lot of fresh and toasted grain flavors. These balance nicely with the sweetness. This was my bier of choice at the Kloster in Andechs. (422 characters)

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.