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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
96
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:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

AgentMunky, Jun 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

yeaprolly, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Dirty25, Sep 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

MattXT, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

mendonza, Apr 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

deapokid, Apr 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Mitchster, Mar 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

BartMcStout, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this with a group of us on 10/5/09.

A - Poured a clear caramel/copper-colored body with thin beige head that reduced to a patchy veil and left a bit of lacing.

S - Malty sweetness with a dark fruit character and lots of sweet notes reminiscent of maple syrup, brown sugar and molasses. Bitterness is virtually non-existent.

T - Initial flavor is extremely sweet and candy-like. Tastes like a Sugar Daddy... remember those caramel lollipops? Plenty of toffee, caramel and molasses, this is malty to the core. Actually, it's a bit too sweet overall.

M - Medium bodied with a thick, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Not much bitterness at all. Extremely sweet on the tongue.

D - Overly sweet and very candy-like, this is a pretty good Dopplebock overall. But the best ever? Hmmmm. We sampled this side by side with Celebrator, and this definitely fell short.

ffejherb, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of phiberoptik
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jason for the taste. Next time I will Rosetta Stone some German so we can read the bottle...

Pours a reddish brown with some golden hues. I didnt note any noticeable carbonation from the pour.

Smells of spent barley, very much full of grain notes and a sweetness from the malt sugars.

I taste so much grain in this. Again there is a noticeable sweetness, but wet spent grain is what I taste. My wife mentioned it reminded her of rice crispies.

Nice carbonation on the tongue, lighter in body than the color would suggest.

This was a nice taste and I am glad to get to try one of the highest rated doppelbocks, but the graininess is a bit much for me. I am much more of an ale drinker.

phiberoptik, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper. Almost translucent. Off-white head.

S: Malty and walnutty. Caramel.

T: Malty, walnutty and initially a bit metallic. Prunes is the main flavour. Bitter, a bit sweet and fizzy.

O: Has all the flavours but doesn't come together. Very unimpressed with this one.

Hoppsbabo, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a darkbrown and deep red beer with a coarse head that collapses in a couple of minutes into a thin layer sticking to the glass.

Smell is malty and defenitely bottom fermented with some sulfuric notes, a roasted and burned taste with some chocolate, caramel and cocao whiffs. Also some vanilla comes through after intensive sniffing. All smells very heavy and full-bodied, a true all-grain beer.

Taste is even more intense than the smell, a big malt backbone with a caramellic top-layer, burned or toasted in a mild way and a maltbitter. Some vanilla makes it taste like a good icecream. Nothing too extra-ordinairy, but decent. I don't really inderstand why this such a fantastic beer.
I think the body of the beer is too heavy which seriously inhibits the drinkability of the beer, it is just too sweet and sticky.

Absumaster, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into a tall weiss beer glass.

Color is a dark redish brown.

Smell is a strong malty, burnt, coffee type.

Tastes starts out like a coffee and then turns to a rich leathery burnt taste that finishes slightly bitter. As the beer goes down you start to feel the alcohol a bit, but not in an unpleasent way.

It's a smooth destinctive beer whose interesting taste leave you wanting to take anther swig just to feel the burnt coffee, leathery notes bounce around on your tongue.

weissbierdrinker, May 03, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don't think I've ever been so mesmorised by a beer while pouring it. With its rich deep brown colour and deep rich tan head, it certainly is one the most gorgeous beers I've ever seen. As a result I nearly spilt four or five mouthfuls just by gawking at the damn thing.
On the nose there was almost a burnt bready woody medicinal smell. On the tongue it is pretty dry, vinous with a flavour reminiscent of treacle and molasses. Tasty but it does not have the richness of classic Aventinus and I can't help but feel as if it was almost closed like a young tannic wine. Makes it slightly on the stern side as well. Very good but despite its initial promise in the end it flatters to deceive.

Zimbo, Oct 03, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 2/8/2011

A: copper-red brown, with a 1 finger tan head, leaves decent lacing

S: caramel, sweetness, malt, dried dark fruits

T: nothing but malts on this one, could not even distinguish a hop presence, nothing really lingers for very long

M: mild carbonation, thick, creamy, kind of sticks to the tongue--not necessarily the flavor, just the feeling

D: not my particular favorite style of beer, it's drinkable (aka, not the worst beer I've had), but not something I would routinely seek out.

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from World Wide Spirits
Best by 2012-09-20
Poured into a Celebrator doppelbock glass

Finally able to try the celebrated Andechser doppelbock, I find myself generally disappointed with this bottle's qualities. While I'm not sure as to how the bottle itself was stored at WWS, the date indicates that it should still be fresh enough to be interesting. The maltiness of the beer was mildly complex, but nothing above standard for a doppelbock, and the flavors and aromas were, in general, not robust enough. I'm not sure what this means as far as brewing techniques go, and while I'd give this another chance on tap at the brewery, I don't think I'd go to the same extent for another bottle, given that Celebrator and/or Maximator are usually easily available and more delicious for me.

Pours a modest 2cm head of dense foam, small bubbles, light tan in color. Had has average retention and leaves some modest lacing along sides of glass as it reduces to a thin ring around the glass. Body is a transparent red-brown amber color with visible, though sluggish, carbonation.

Aroma of prunes, dates, and very dark bread, slight yeast, and caramel. Pleasant, but not particularly bold: subtle and subdued. Not what I was expecting after reading reviews and the high status of the beer.

Tasting opens with sweetness, almost cordial-like with some tones of cherries. Dark, dried fruit esters are abundant throughout. Mid-palate ads in brown sugar, dried figs, and dates, with a bit of a sage+chocolate flavor that is rather noticeable and at times actually a bit unpleasant. Not sure if the bottle I had was exposed or had some other defect. Closes with drying, slightly spicy phenols and malt sweetness. Aftertaste is largely bready and sweet, with a bit of light brown sugar. Overall, though there are many flavors, none of them are as bold or expressive as I would expect a top doppelbock to be, and I'm left rather disappointed.

Beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creating a smooth mouthfeel that's a bit pillowy and creamy. Slightly warming from ethanol, but this is expected. Finishes dry with some stickiness on the lips.

falloutsnow, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of CraftFan5
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CraftFan5, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized off-white head that is very thin for the style. Head quickly dissipates to a very thin film, but soon everything vanishes. Colour is dark brown, like sienna or burnt umber. Next to zero carbonation evident.

SMELL: A medium scent of caramel malt and toffee. A slight hint of spiciness in the nose as well, which is nice. Not bad, though it could be stronger.

TASTE: Some sweet caramel malt, toffee, and some sweet wood in there as well. Very sweet and malty initially. Aftertaste is mild but long lasting, including some sweet wood and some spiciness, with a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice and relatively well balanced, but a bit too weak.

PALATE: Thinner bodied with lower end carbonation. Smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little bite at the end. Finishes with the right amount of stickiness on the palate.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable, goes down very easy, but unfortunately it's not quite memorable. Kind of neutral and overrated in my view. This is one I'd have again, but wouldn't go out of my way to find.

Jeffo, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish brown with a thick tanned head of about 2 cm. The head settles after a while and leaves some lacings.

S: A rather big smell, very malty. Caramel, roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits. Grassy and spicy hop notes.

T: The taste is better than the smell would have you believe. It's not overly sweet, but here's still plenty of malty sweetness. I like how the expected caramel and bready malts are complimented by roasted malts and coffee - interesting and not very common. Lots of date-like fruity notes. Wood and a subtle herbal hop note. The finish is mildly bitter with a well integrated alcohol flavor and lingering malts.

M: Rather full bodied and very smooth. Quite a lot of carbonation.

D: As for doppelbocks go - a style I sometimes have a hard time dealing with due to the cloying sweetness some of them showcase - this is one of the better I've had. The sweetness is not overly powerful and the "dunkel element" in this one adds lots of levels and flavors. Nicely balanced. But still, it's not the most interesting beer in the world, and after one bottle I've had more than enough.

ricke, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear red-brown, with a tan head leaving some lacing.

The smell is fruity ,grassy and yeasty, dry and fresh grass, some honey.

The taste is rather sweet, raisins and dates, acidity - green apples and pears.

Medium carbonation, medium complexity, a somewhat sticky feeling.

Not at all bad. Sampled at a "blind" beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden. We did nail it.

rarbring, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a .5 litre Andechs glass in Germany. Reviewed from notes taken June 2010.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of lovely cream and thickness. Great retention. Colour is a dark ruby. Nontransparent.

Sm: Dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and pleasant dark esters.

T: Dark fruit, caramel, layered beautiful yet minimal hops. Brilliant shining esters (but not berry) on the climax. The full-bodied barley body is subtle and well malted. Very well balanced and built. No alcohol comes through. Perhaps a touch too sweet, but I quite like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours nciely. Maybe a bit syrupy, but it's forgivable; this style demands thickness and presence.

Dr: Very easy to drink, even refreshing. A fantastic Doppelbock - definitely one of the best I've ever had. Give her a spin; you won't be disappointed. I'd have to have a side by side, but I think I prefer this to Celebrator.

B

kojevergas, Dec 06, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne as part of an order. Sent to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, to celebrate my 1200th beer review.

Pours a lovely burnished red-brown colour, with a fine and full head off off-white foam. Lacing is patchy and spotty, but subsists well enough. Body isn't that thick, but the carbonation is so fine that it produces static lacing when tilted. Looks very good.

Nose is classically German, given some phenolic characters of sharp crushed organics, along with a genuine robust grain character, along with a freshly baked bread sweetness. Not huge, but extremely classic, and perfectly fitting in the genre.

Taste is clean and clear, with a pleasant grainy overtone that demarcates it into the German style quite comfortably. Smooth entry with some bready yeast on the finish, and a thick body that gives it some heft.

Despite the heft, the body feels a little empty—it doesn't have a lot of fullness on the palate, or the complexity to keep it going.

It's not a bad brew, but it's far less complex and far less exciting than some of the other brews I've had the privilege to try this evening. I feel I've had much better doppelbocks, and I'm a little disappointed that I saved this one for my 1200th review.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mahogany-bronze pour, nice head and lacing.

Smell: Medium-dark roasted malt and brown bread, along with dark-ish fruit.

Taste: Booze starts out a bit hot and fades as I get into it. After that, malt and dark fruits lead the charge, followed by brown bread and faint bananas. Perhaps a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is lightly tingly and spot-on for what I epxected for the style, does a good job of coating the mouth and is very smooth on the finish.

Drinkability: Don't serve this too cold, it definitely got better as it warmed a bit; ABV was a bit higher than I expected (and was felt/tasted)

craytonic, May 10, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby with a large but fading head.
Nose shows loads of caramelised, bready malt, with a faint hint of soft alcohol.
Equally malty flavours, with loads of caramel and toasty note, and again, some soft alcohol.
Creamy slick mouthfeel, with soft carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Jan 15, 2010
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.