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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 415
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 411
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 Jaskeller
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. I first had it in D.C's Churchkey and it knocked my socks off. Excellent sweetness to counter the dark chocolate-like bitterness. Overall really well balanced. You almost expect it to be darker and more viscous than it is. If you're a fan of Samual Smith's Oatmeal Stout then you might be a fan of this too (they definitely aren't identical of course, just same kind of sweetness and balance from a darker beer).

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Photo of marburg
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

trbeer was nice enough to bring a bottle of this back from Germany and then let the Detroit BA gathering sample some.

Thick brown color with rich burgandy highlights. A little more translucent than I was expecting -- not quite the intense depth of color I sometimes see in doppelbocks.

Sweet bread and chocolate ice cream hit the nose. Some syrupy caramel and molasses float beneath. Medium-full bodied. Very nicely textured -- meaty but smooth. Very, very, very sweet, malty flavor with some toffee notes. A little bitterness on the finish cleans up and balances. Eminantly drinkable. Great beer.

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Photo of nickd717
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with a best by date of 10/19/2010. I've heard this one doesn't do too well with age on it, so I was excited to try a fairly fresh one (I think).

Great appearance: clear dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves swirling foam on the beer.

Aroma is very nice, nutty with chocolate, spice, roast, and dark fruits.

Flavor is really good and complex for the style. Caramel malt, toffee, chocolate, spice, raisin and date. Well-balanced and not in-your-face in any way.

Smooth on the palate with a phenomenal mouthfeel. Medium-full body.

This is one of those beers that just strikes you as really awesome. Supremely drinkable. Will seek this one out again for sure. Pretty sure this clocks in as my favorite doppelbock of all time.

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Photo of supermeniscus
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought in the Hague. Since i'm becoming a fan of this style i thought i would give this one a try. Well, i never thought i would drink a German beer that was so complex. It's definitely got that extra something that only the best beers in the world possess. Drink it!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear garnet red with thin offwhite head.
Rich malty caramel nose
Rich malty caramel, slightly buttery on the finish.
Refined smooth carbonation, mouthfeel infinitely lighter than celebrator dopplebock. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
Great fun to drink. Supper easy to knock back a couple of these, just as you would a nice pilsner.

This has replaced Deadguy Ale as my house beer, I can hardly believe it. This is a great after dinner beer. This should be required drinking in EVERY beer appreciation seminar.

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Photo of ikats
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, ruby in color, with significant light brown head. Beautiful to look at. Aroma is full of roasted notes. If any beer should be likened to "liquid bread" - this is it. Beautiful malty taste. Very smooth. Full of flavor. There is maybe just a hint of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is terrific. It's medium body (actually, maybe even full bodied).

Wonderful beer! It's almost worth a return trip to the Munich area.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the chance to acquire a decent amount of a fresh batch of this recently. Thrilled to finally be able to put this one under my belt, I wasted no time at all with getting one chilled down to enjoy. Served out of the fridge and poured into a twenty ounce pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/22/2008.

The look was absolutely perfect, and I really mean that. For the style, it gets no better then this one, hands down. Rich dark brown in color and completely opaque, save for a few touches of light peaking through on the sides and bottom, giving it a slightly reddish tone around the edges. Some nice, light carbonation came trickling up from the bottom of the glass, converging into a rich three inch head of off white foam that took what seemed like forever to finally settled down. Rich side glass lacing then followed this and I mean I cannot stress enough how good this one looked.

The aroma was a touch lighter then I would have expected, but still absolutely great. Rich notes of caramel and toffee just ruled the day here. Some light notes of bready malts and a touch of earthy hops in the back, with the tiniest hint of a spicy alcohol, but so mellow it was barely noticeable. Then I took a taste. This had to be the smoothest, creamiest, bock I have ever encountered. Hands down just ridiculously good. Super sweet with nice notes of caramel, toffee and rich bready malts all over this. So subtle in its profile, so rich in its complexity, it was seriously hard to match this in terms of anything I have had in the style before. Super smooth carbonation and a body that bordered on the full line, as it was so filling and creamy that I nearly melted into my chair. Rich, and very sweet aftertaste then moved me right back to where I started leaving that toffee like flavor laying across my tongue for the rest of the evening.

In the end, I was utterly blown away by this one. One of the best beers I have ever had, period. It was just so smooth it almost defined logic. I could not simply imagine having something this good, and here I was enjoying it. This one needs to be tried by everyone, it defined the style for me. What a happy night.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of sampling this beer on-tap at the Holzwurm in Bad Kreuznach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland, in July 2008.

Serving vessel was a 0,5l mug. Appearance was deep ruby-mahogany with a small, off-white head and decent lacing on the glass.

Sweet, caramel-infused aroma; full-bodied with a thick-though not too thick-mouthfeel. Flavor matched aroma -- very sweet and malty, though not cloying at all; very little bitterness to mention.

Drinkability suffered a bit as this is a true Doppelbock -- afterward, the alcohol showed (though perhaps it's just that I'm a lightweight) and it was very filling, a proper characteristic of this "liquid bread".

Overall, a spectacular example of my favorite style; perhaps one of the best I've had. It was just what I needed to fend off the mass of German pilseners I had been consuming.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dary brown with a small light tan head.

Smell: Caramel, sweet fruity esters.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A sip starts with a roasted maltly flavor, then gets very sweet a molasses like, then bitter at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and wet.

Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable beer, and could definitely keep a man warm in winter.

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Photo of kilo_005
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft- 30 cL weizen glass

A: hazy brown, minimal lacing. Small head. Beautiful color though in the right light.
S: nothing too strong here. Some boozy aromas. Light malt smell
T: fantastic. Boozy notes up front with standard raisin taste of beers in this style but then finished with incredibly complex flavors. Like a cocoa. Wonderful lingering aftertaste. Lasts for a very long time.
M: amazing. The alcohol up front just tingles the palate but then you get the perfect carbonation and aforementioned lingering taste.
O: An amazing example of how good dark German beers can be. If you live boozy dark Belgians try something like this and you'll be amazed

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Photo of etherashe
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It looks like a sun-seeped pot of coffee. There is a healthy showing of carbonation and a virile head. The smell is low-key sweetness and slightly burnt grains.

The taste has a candyish sweetness, herbal hop presence, and the feel of green pastoral fields.

The mouthfeel is carbonated voracity followed by malty sweetness.

Despite the strength, this is a profoundly drinkable Bock. The more the mouth experiences, the more that is appreciated. It is a master of subtlety.

UPDATE: I had a few more bottles tonight, and I have to say it's just a damned great beer. I just can't believe the ABV, given the mouthfeel. A lovely damned beer. Tops in the dopplebock category, particularly because of it's prevalance in Germany and ubiquitous distribution. (I bought this round in a gas station.) I can't believe such a brilliant beer is so readily available.

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Photo of bobsy
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured it was time to attack the German Top 25 with zeal, so I hunted down a few brews in the UK and the Andechs was the first I popped.

Pours a wonderfully deep mahogany with a two finger tan head that leaves impeccable sheets of lacing to the very end. Huge bready aroma, joined by chocolate, raisin and toasted nuts. Full of wow. This could well be my favourite doppelbock. A huge bready backbone provides the base from which massive chocolate, nut and dark fruit flavours soar. The alcohol is only perceptible in the very finish. Medium full body, but I felt the carbonation could do with a bit more pep.

Wonderfully drinkable, liquid bread indeed.

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Photo of glazeman
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade at DLD...huge thanks

A: Pours a medium brown in color with a 3/4 finger off-white head that has medium retention and moderate lacing.

S: The nose is of strong malt, pears, and prunes. Overall, quite pleasant.

T: The taste is of sweet biscuty malt up front followed by some hay and then a little bitterness and earthiness at the finish.

M: This beer is a medium body and is perhaps a little under carbonated.

O: Overall this is an easy drinking beer for 7.1% and is quite enjoyable. I would drink a ton of it if I were in Germany.

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Photo of kevanb
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Liter Stein poured at Suppenküche in San Francisco, review taken from notes.

The beer pours a deep caramel brown color, borderline dark amber with some burgundy tones. A soft, frothy khaki head rises nicely from the beer with great retention and lots of lace. The aroma is is of wonderful smooth chocolate, brown sugar, rich grain, slightly roasted coffee, a touch of bitterness, plays well with the chocolate and doesn't detract at all from the aroma. The flavors are fantastic, such smooth qualities,lots of bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, brown sugar, strong malts, stone fruit and almost a bit of vanilla. It's complex, deep, but more importantly, incredibly balanced and perfectly integrated. The body is great, very rich, full, silky, just enough lively carbonation that finishes good gusto but could pack a better punch.

Verdict: Magnificent beer and definitely the standout for the style, sorry Celebrator. I'd been longing to try this for quite some time and to find it on draft was a real joy. I had no trouble downing a liter of this over dinner and I can't wait to find a few bottles.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark mahogany red brown color.

The aroma is a bit muted, but very much doppelbock. Nutty toasty malt, toffee, and a bit of sweetness.

The flavor follows with a complex doppelbock classic flavor. Spiciness of floral German hops really stands out for this beer along with the notes from the aroma. Lots of nuttiness, a bit of toasty sweetness. It is a mellow and smooth drinking doppelbock. I was getting the umami and salty notes having it on tap. Having it in bottle, it really drinks so smooth with caramel sweetness.

There's a light to medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

This is quite a rich beer and stands right up next to Ayinger as a world class doppelbock.

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Photo of Risser09
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 liter bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by 3/25/09

Appearance: Pours a transparent brown color that goes from red to orange as the bottom of the glass thins out. Carbonation slowly moves to the surface. A 2" light tan head builds and shows great retention. Some lace tentacles span around the glass.

Smell: Sweet nuttiness of almonds and pecans meet with a slippery butter aroma. Biscuity caramel malt aromas are mouthwatering. Butterscotch and dark rum. A great aroma.

Taste: Robust, sweet malt flavors of butter, fig, raisin, biscuits, caramel malt and almond. There is even a slight hop bitterness that balances out the flavor profile. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Buttery, smooth, sweet, chewy and actually a bit bitter. A subtle alcohol notation at the finish, along with some belly warmth.

Drinkability: A great German brew that is worth seeking out. I can't imagine a better doppelbock than this one. Spectacular aroma and closely matched taste. An awesome brew.

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Photo of pwoods
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Kels for sharing the bottle.

500ml brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours a golden brown with decent clarity. A decent sized head forms off the small sample and holds for a bit and rebuilds nicely when swirled. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Pleasant sweetness of caramel and toffee. A bit darker grains as well. Sweetness is under control and the malts have a nice clean aroma. Some hops in the back that brighten everything up.

T/M: More of the malt goodness. Sweet but not too sweet, light on the tongue. Caramel, toffee, and some nuttiness. More of the light hops. Body is about medium full with pretty good carbonation. Very crisp and clean all around.

D: Very manageable ABV and very drinkable... could be dangerous, though. Everything with this beer is perfectly balance. Nothing extraoridinary but just done so well in all areas that it makes a great beer.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark reddish-orange copper color with an average sized foamy and creamy off-white/light beige head. Good retention with a good amount of lacing left.

S - A lot of dark malt with caramel, toffee, toasted grain and a slight bready smell. Hints of nutty and fruity smell as well. Hint of earthy hops, but this is definitely a malty beer.

T - A good balance between some dark fruit (particularly cherry) and dark toasted malt taste (prominently grainy and bready malt but the caramel and toffee flavors are also fairly strong). Very rich malt taste is present throughout. A hint of something similar to semi-sweet cocoa/chocolate is also present. Fairly sweet tasting but has a bit of a tart zing to it. Nice toasted malt flavor lingers on the tongue well after the sip.

M - Medium body with slightly above carbonation. Quite smooth with just the slightest bit of drying, sticky feel at the end.

D - Superb. Great malt flavors. It is sweet but definitely not cloying. Just a very easy to drink and enjoyable beer. The flavors are well balanced and very satisfying to taste and it goes down very easy. Too bad the ABV is a touch high.

Notes: Very nice malty beer. Sweet but not overly sweet. Just a very easy and enjoyable beer to drink. Luckily the taste also lingers a bit. It doesn't seem like a beer that blows me away or really shocks me, but rather a beer that I would happily drink everyday. Very rich flavors, but it isn't too much or cloying. Wonderful beer, if you can try it, do so.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown color with a white head and good clarity. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, toffee and slight alcohol. Once again, clean malt flavor in the taste, with all due caramel. There is just a hint of smoked meat in the integrity of the roasted malts. Caramel, dark fruits, raw sugar, but balanced and graceful. Malty, robust flavor. Not too sweet nor strong, this is a world class beer. Top notch doppelbock brewed perfectly to style. I feel lucky to have found such a wonderful, indigenous German doppelbock so close to home. Absolutely beautiful.

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Photo of mcallister
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mahagony in color with ruby hues where light interacts. Nicely carbonated upon opening with a efficient off white head that fades into a half inch topper leaving no lace.

Aroma shows massive toffee and caramel with a smell like the candy coating on a candy covered apple. Some wine like notes as well. Earthy with a biscuity presence.

Damn I can see why this is so well reviewed. This bottle is probably over two years old. Shows hints of oxidation which add a sherry like quality to the middle and finish. Beginning is all toffee, caramel, mollasses brown sugar and a walnut type nuttiness. Some other dried fruits intermingled in as well. A slight roastiness on the long, decadent semi sweet finish. Mouth is round and chewy with light carbonation.

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Photo of TommyW
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear, brown with an amber tint. Fluffy, off-white head about an inch high which slowly settles to a lasting film.

S- Smell is not very intense. A medium-low sweetness from dark fruits, yeasty bread, and some roasted coffee. A slight note of citrus as well.

T- Follows the nose, but not as reigned in. Sweetness of dark fruit and roasted malt. There is only a slight hoppy bitterness. Slight note of alcohol on the finish makes it cut out nicely. Very well balanced.

M- Nice medium creaminess that is balanced perfectly with the carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable for a doppelbock.

Overall, this beer is worthy of all of the praise it's received. A must try!

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Photo of hardy008
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear chestnut with an almost one finger beige head, which has nice retention and lacing. Great aroma with dark fruit, caramel, pears, toasted malt, and brown sugar.

Tastes very much like it smells with dark fruit, toasted malt, caramel, pears, brown sugar, and some hops for a little bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, with a dark fruit aftertaste. Glad I was able to find this at Total Wines. I have not been to locate this beer in Minnesota before.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. 23-12-10 on the bottle. Again, Beerwolf77 with the always generous sharing!

(A)- Pours a clear yet dark reddish color that produced a decent gray-ish colored head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nice toasted nutty caramel component with bits of toffee and vanilla.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A nice toasted caramel and nutty toffee/vanilla profile.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A good mellow richness with a smooth;clean sweetness. Very minimal bitterness if at all.

(D)- An excellent Dopplebock. Rich and sweet, but smooth/clean and an easy drinker for the style. Great stuff.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

03/16/07- Received as a gift from BA member RKhaze upon his return from Germany.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date on the back of the label. Poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance- Cola like mahagoney colored pour. Really not much of a head. Maybe 1/4 inch on the pour and nothing after a few minutes. As I recall doppel's aren't supposed to have huge heads though. Very light spotty lacing. The only average part of this beer.

Smell- Wonderful candied caramel malt scent. Very deep roasted malt. Extreme dark chocolate hides in the background.

Taste- Very sweet malt explodes into flavor. Sugary caramel combines with a high roasted, dare I say almost burnt rauch quality. Flavors of dark chocolate turn from light bitterness to a milky goodness. A bit of a hop punch right at the end. The only knock on the taste is that the greatness in the flavor is only for a quick few seconds. You don't get that long lasting goodness in your mouth for an extended time.

Mouthfeel- The first sip was heaven. Super creamy and left a milk chocolate coating on my tongue. I've never had a beer feel in my mouth as the first sip did. As you get into the beer it becomes a bit more carbonated but still remains chewy.

Drinkability- Certainly gives Celebrator a run for it's money as well as Asam Bock and Korbinian. Might edge them both out. Awesome beer that I wish I had access to on a regular basis. Thanks for the great gift Randy! Hope you enjoy the Big Sky Barleywine as much as I enjoyed this.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle from AKSmokedPorter as part of Secret Santa 2005. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the clear dark amber brew. Head fades down to a layer of small bubbles, with ample slow-falling lace. Aroma is heavy caramelly malts, with strong dark fruit highlights. Taste is grain husks upfront, gradually fading into light soft bitterness. Mouthfeel is like plush velvet, and drinkability is incredible. Worth the wait. Have to facilitate drinking this again...

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