Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.09/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
09-29-2013 04:23:06 | More by artoolemomo
3.75/5 rDev -13%
.5 L draft in a mug at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia
A- Deep brown amber, with a tan head. Doesn't retain.
S- String malt, caramelized sugar, caramel, a bit of iron.
T- A bit of roast. Sweet caramel, a little metallic.
M- Slightly viscous. Pretty light for a doppelbock, however. A bit of a bitter finish.
O- Decent. I'm not superbly impressed, but it has some really good caramelized characters.
09-22-2013 19:10:47 | More by BWED
4/5 rDev -7.2%
Clear dark brown colored lager with a small tan colored head. I could almost call the color red.
Smells strongly malty. Aromas of prune and fig. Chocolate, caramel and faint grape scent.
Starts out malty with a big caramel taste. Mildly sweet and nutty, the point being it isn't too sweet. Flavors of fig and raisin with a slight rum flavor. Little bit of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall a good Bock that isn't too sweet.
09-21-2013 01:44:54 | More by Zorro
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured on tap at Churckey into a tall highball footed glass.
A real nice gorgeous looking doppelbock. Deep ruby red with great tangerine orange edges on the sides that just shine like a gem. Head is one finger tall and super creamy, off tan with even sized bubbles in the formation. A real gorgeous looking beer here.
Nose is strangely subdued and muted. Soft grains and malt, not much heat, maybe a little bit of toffee. There's an interesting sort of kind of soft melted butter sense to this as well.
Palate improves quite a bit but unexpectedly. Soft toffee, not much caramel or large spice. Incredibly creamy vanilla palate with just a hint of light carbonation to make it fun. Silky finish with a thick coating and light sweetness.
Overall it's a great beer but I was hoping for more of a toffee/caramel angle that's just not here. Still going to have to go with Ayinger-Celebrator for the standard and one to beat, but this is no slouch.
09-13-2013 23:46:52 | More by smakawhat
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours with a nice 1/2" light khaki head... the brew is dark brown with beautiful garnet highlights... good lacing.
Nose is dark toast... very malty... light caramel...
Flavor mirrors the nose... no chocolate like some darker versions (like Celebrator)... just pure malty goodness... something that I associate with dates with warmth, so does a grainy sweetness.
Very smooth body... the head is so creamy it almost feels like nitro.
Worthy of the hunt and the reputation.
4.5's across the board.
09-05-2013 03:55:20 | More by JohnGalt1
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.