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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Doppelbock DunkelAndechser Doppelbock Dunkel

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BA SCORE
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586 Ratings
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.95%


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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munro78

New York

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a bier!!! I got a nice size liter of this straight from the tap at Kloster Andechs. I never did find Carl Orf but I did manage to find the biergarten.

Appearance was dark brown...slightly ruby. Nice head retention as the foam slowly subsided.

Smell...a nice blend of matls, noble hops and alcohol.

Taste was obviously very complex...spicey, matly, herby ...caramel..nutty...what else is there???

Mouthfeel was very nice, very full and complex, a sensational balance of spices, malts, hops and alcohol.

This is truly a beer that has been perfected over the ages, and by ages I mean centuries!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2008 00:16:00 | More by munro78
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 04:44:01 | More by superdedooperboy
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Graebner

Germany

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The glory.

Pours out of the cask a nice very dark brown with only an inch and a half or so of head even in a litre Mass.

Smells of sweet dried fruit and lots of wheat breads.

Taste is also very bready, though not as sweet as youd expect if youd only had doppelbocks Stateside. Dried fruit again, hints of roastiness. Enough hops to balance the sweetness very nicely. Not overly anything.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Body, but it remains light and smooth. Cleans up after itself palate-wise, and goes down wonderfully. Pair it with a cut of the roast pork shoulder, a pretzel, and some sauerkraut from the deli counter right down the hall, and you will soon be in heaven.

Drinkability is amazing. Is this 7%? Really? I've had a litre of this every time I've been to Andechs (3 times now) and was A-OK every time. It's smooth, tastes amazing, doesnt sour, and isnt overly sweet. Perfectly balanced and an amazing brew. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 06:54:41 | More by Graebner
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HopHead1982

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 21:54:43 | More by HopHead1982
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Klosterbrauerei Andechs, served in a 0.5L glass in the bier garten. The beer was dark auburn, kind of a burgandy shade of brown with a tan head. The liquid was clear, possibly it was aged to perfection by the monks.

The smell strongly reminded me of the wort from my home-brewing excursions, a very nice and strong malty aroma. The flavor was sweet and malty, a bit of fresh baked bread, and a tad bitter in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, a really big thick presence. For drinkability I'm going to knock off a full point, in that you can tell there's a buzz hitting you and the threat of impending drunken stupor stops your hand from reaching for the glass too often.

Overall, not as outstanding as I'd hoped but a very good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2007 23:03:50 | More by TurdFurgison
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed vom Fass at der Andechser am Dom in Regensburg, Germany during my Bavarian Urlaub in September of 2006.

Amazingly beautiful ruby, chocolate, and red colors streamed through this brew... The head was big, frothy, and pillowy. The lacing left along the side of the glass was a sight to behold. Notes of toffee, roasted malts, some good cherries in the nose. Surprisingly easy on the palate, this is nowhere near as heavy as I would have expected. Flavors of rich maltiness, a sweet malt twang, and a nice touch of hop bitterness right at the back.

Amazing, indeed. Perhaps the most perfect Bier I have ever had, aside from Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. Well worth a trip to Germany, if for no other reason than to sample some of Kloster Andechs finest wares.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2006 11:35:20 | More by goindownsouth
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is of the beer poured for me in Regensburg at the Andechers Kloster Hotel Bar (I think that was its name anyway).

Lovelly glass, lovelly sight, almost jet black with a half inch of a tight creamy coloured head, which stayed with me and the pint (half litre really) until we had both finished.

Aroma of toffee apples dipped in malt and then plunged into plum ram.

The taste was wonderful, syrup like, but not sticky or jammy, just wonderful and right.

Stuck to my mouth, giving the palate time to take in the taste and flavours, so complexed, it is hard to explain. If you have never tried it, try and find some, it is very, very good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2006 13:27:29 | More by BlackHaddock
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RobertDwight

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at a Kloster Andechs bier stub in the Marien Platz in Munchen! Pours a dark brown molasses color with a little head and light laces around the glass. Smells of chocolate, espresso, dried fruits, and spices. Tastes of caramelized figs, prunes, spices, dark chocolate, espresso, and cooked fruit. Rich mouthfeel, feels thick and slightly chewy, but isn't overly heavy. I would like to have this beer again...I wish they sold it in the states.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2006 18:46:35 | More by RobertDwight
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the monestary.
It's suprisingly (and thankfully) easy to find once you manage to get near the small town of Andechs. What a great location. If you're anywhere in Bavaria, you really need to stop by here.

Anyways, this brew pours an attractive cherry-wood colour with a thin tan head. Somewhat sticky head.
It smalls Belgiany-sweet. Complex. Not much hops. Almost candy-like.

Taste is caramel sweet and smooth. A bit of alcohol warmness at the end. Nice balance on the end, too.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and the drinkability is way too good for a 7%+ beer. Watch out!

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 20:17:13 | More by DaveFL1976
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on-tap at the monastery. What a pleasure!

This doppelbock poured a clear, dark, chocolate brown color with creamy, light brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was strongly malty and slightly sweet. The taste was lightly sweet and richly malty with low bitterness (though the hops are there), and a touch of chocolate. Delicious! The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and rich and malty with full body and moderate carbonation. Dangerously smooth and drinkable, and I quaffed 1.5L while there. Wonderful on-tap, fresh at the source.

9-26-05

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2006 07:04:36 | More by UncleJimbo
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Domingo

Colorado

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

EDIT: This is a re-review. Before I thought it was slightly too thin, but after tasting in 4-5 times in a week, I'm convinced that it's perfect.

The almighty Andechs Doppelbock! Best in the world in my opinion.
A perfectly dark brown color with reddish highlights in the light.
Taste and smell cover everything from caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, and even a little bit of dried fruit in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a TINY bit lighter than a few other Doppels, but based on my most recent experiences (from multiple locations) I think that might've just been the previous batch that I'd tried.
Drinkability is unparalleled because it's not so potent that you can't have more. I had three 1/2L glasses in one sitting and I could've had even more. It's just amazing and it pairs very well with food, too. I highly recommend it with the wurst and the monastery, or the meat trio at the Am Dom hall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2006 23:35:27 | More by Domingo
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The family and I had the privilege of sampling several beers at the monastery on a lovely May 31 afternoon. This is an experience to be remembered in itself. This review is a combination of my son's opinion and mine.
The appearance was a hazel brown with a long-lasting lumpy large tan head.
The aroma was toasted nutty and roasty malts, with a dark chocolate front and a pleasant yeasty sidenote. My son picked up on some plum, prune and raisin in the smell -- his nose is better than mine. There was a note of honey as well.
What a rich taste! Smooothly sweet up front, with coffee and chocolate and all those dark dried fruits lingering in the background.
Mouthfeel -- divine. It's so smooth and full you hardly want to swallow. Just the right amount of carbonation. If it weren't for the 7.1%, you could drink this all day.

I can hardly recommend the experience at the monastery too highly, except for one thing -- get there in the morning! By late lunch time, the tour buses show up, and its SRO with long lines for beer all afternoon. Don't eat breakfast, have an early lunch at the monastery -- HUGE portions, so share! -- then sample beers for a couple of hours. Then walk around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2005 01:46:39 | More by ColoradoBobs
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BrewMaster

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the cafe in the central are of old Burghausen with the Andechs umbrellas and sign.

Appearance: Served in a tall, narrow stange glass. Dark brown with a ruby hue. Off white head with very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Wow.

Smell: Caramel, malty sweetness and ripe berries.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with a clean maltiness and a light roastiness. Vinous, earthy, bark, brown sugar, and plums. This beer is thick and full with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet but smooth and clean.

Drinkability: Very good and drinkable. It makes a great dessert beer. It's strong but not overpowering or offensive. Rich in flavor and complex. I liked this beer in the bottle but I LOVE it on tap.

This was the last beer of the evening on my second night in Germany. I was still jet lagged but that night I had the best night of sleep of any night in Europe. This beer isn't high in alcohol but with the sugars and alcohol together, this was lights out for me. I look forward to drinking this beer again when I am in Germany.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2005 17:09:36 | More by BrewMaster
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BierManVA

Virginia

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have sampled this bier a few times now...at Andechs and in the bottle. Every time I have this bier, I think "This is so damn good...". and it is.

Read all the reviews for this bier; Color - Great, Smell - Sweet, fruity and complex, Taste - Amazing, Mouthfeel - Light and delicious, Drinkability - Second to none.

This bier ranks high, in the top ten. Justifiably so.

Andechser Dopplebck ist am besten.

John

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2004 02:36:16 | More by BierManVA
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Crosling

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the monastery.

Dark Ruby.

Big, hearty, meaty, strong and herbal nose with other whiffs of dark fruits and clove.

Front is smoke (slight) with many dark fruits. Notes of caramel, molasses and chocolate in the mid-palate. Plums, lots of plums on the lingering finish. Well this beer was excellent.

I had 2.0 Liters of it but unfortunately it was after I had already had a 1.0 L of the Spezial Hell. Needless to say, I was wasted.

Note to self: 3.0 L of beer in one sitting is too much.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2004 00:28:16 | More by Crosling
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francisweizen

Arizona

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-Tap! At De Vildeman in Amsterdam, Holland. I've heard much about this brew, but when I failed to get a bottle from Germany, I decided to try this when I actually saw it on tap! I'm really glad that I did, as this is probably the best Doppelbock being made! This was dark as night, with some rusty edges of maroon and brown. The head was small, tan, and short-lived. The aromas were of fresh bavarian soft pretzels, deepl malts, and slight floral hops on the finish. The taste was extremely malty, not too sweet, and hoppy on the finish. The perfect doppel! The mouthfeel was thick, creamy, and oh-so-smooth going down, and the drinkability was excellent. This stuff is like liquid crack...amazing and highly recommended by this BA!

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2004 21:34:58 | More by francisweizen
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Hobbz

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the greatest of all beers on this planet is this monks' simple doppelbock. "Enjoyment for body and soul" it is written on the bottle... But this review is for the fresh, sprit-awakening stuff poured on-tap from the monastery atop the "sacred mountain" outside of Munich.

I have been awaiting review since my 'de-virgining' (from tasting notes from a gorgeous, eventful day outside at the monastery, 09/22/03) -- just waiting for the right time to dignify it with a review (and an otherwise 'unworthy' attempt at translating exaltation). This is a good time, as I am also enjoying one of my remaining few bottles of Andechs I had taken back with me...

The Andechs doppelbock is not as dark or thick as some, but has every bit the flavor. I love how the monks' yeast (also aging?) produces such pleasant, earthy-like notes (almost like a refined and classy, taste-enhancing & good 'mustiness'): It is amazing how a set of few, simple, simple ingredients can translate into such an enormity of taste! I enjoyed its character in every way and was just so darn drinkable (then reminding myself it was a double bock and breakfast).

Truly a beer to be sought.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2003 03:17:32 | More by Hobbz
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe one of the smoothest dopplebock in the world. Tastes in Munich at the Kloster-Andechs special restaurant, near St. Peter's church and close to the Marienplatz. Dark, delicious and very drinkable, the alcohol creeps up on you at the end of a couple half liters.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2003 14:49:37 | More by bierman2000
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John

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What we have here is an outstanding beer...and even better if you fortunate enough to have it at Kloster Andechs. Truly a great experience. It's about 40-45 min. outside of Munich on the S-Bahn (toward Herrsching) but well worth the trip. We had a perfectly clear day to visit this gorgeous hilltop setting with visibility for miles it seemed. As majestic as the scenery was the beer, brewed here for more than 500 years. Superb doppelbock, big with malty goodness, the real deal. The monks sacrificed little while fasting on this liquid bread.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2002 12:32:50 | More by John
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper clear color with a 4F head into a pilsner glass.
Nice looking beer.

The aroma is not as strong as other Doppelbocks- some figs and toffee- but mild.

Mouth feel is malty- relatively smooth and works well with this beer.

Taste: deeper than other Doppelbocks. More breadth, malt, figs.
There was too much bitterness in the finish for this style.

Overall- quite good, but there are other beers in the style I prefer. I like the deep malt-fig character, but the bitterness is too pronounced. I would prefer more malt, stronger fig in the aroma.
The bottle date was late December- perhaps the beer was past its prime. Nevertheless, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 00:21:33 | More by brureview
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bmac093

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown copper red color. A large head forms and fades but overall good retention. Smells of sweet toffee and a strong malt presents. The taste starts with a strong toasted malt and sweetness of toffee, carmel with raisin and chocolate. There is a subtle complexity. A faint bitter and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, and perfect carbonation. Overall, a great doppelbock. May not be at the same level as Celebrator but close. I'll be looking for it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 05:14:31 | More by bmac093
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joe1510

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml
$3.69
Binnys - Willowbrook

Andech's classic doppelbock emerges from the bottle and fills the stein with a gleaming chestnut brown liquid that shows amazing ruby highlights when backlit. Micro carbonation moves up the body, keeping the ecru head sustainable. The foam is creamy and dense while showing no signs of disappearing. Heavy drink lines decorate the glass with each swig.

A meal in a glass, no doubt about it. The nose is impossibly bready. It's rich, slightly sweet, a touch nutty. I always get the faintest touch of lactic sweetness from rich doppelbocks, no different here. A barely there, faint floral note runs along the rear. This beer simply makes my mouth water.

Bread, bread, and more bread. There's a touch of sweetness and a sliver of nuttiness as in the nose. A touch of florals flit throughout but this is all about dough and warm bread. Very substantial and satisfying. Not much to say but delicious.

There's a fair amount of heft, again, substantial. The body is velvety smooth with a palate coating softness. When considering the ABV drinkability is flat out off the charts. There's weight but it's not filling. There's sweetness but in no way cloying.

This just happens to be the standard bearer of the style. It's clean, delicious, full of flavor, and simply mouthwatering. I dare you to dislike this beer. It's impossible. Now that it's in the states it will be a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:43:40 | More by joe1510
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark copper, slight hints of red (clear) with a two inch light tan, bubbly head. This a very well balanced and flavorful beer. Amazing notes of caramel, roasted malts and dried fruits. Smooth, a bit sticky on the lips in the finish. Medium bodied and goes down easy. Can easily see the high rating for this and I'm glad I was able to finally grab a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 01:06:03 | More by ChrisL24481
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date that I can find, this just hit the stores around here a few weeks ago.

A: Medium-dark brown with red highlights. Good sized light brown head, quite fizzy and effervescent. Head fades quickly at first but then slows down. Good head retention as it never seems to fully fade away. Nice little walls of lacing too.

S: Hmph, interesting. Heavy on the dark breads, caramel and raisins. But there's a slightly smoky umami in there too. Root beer candy-like sweetness too.

T: Again with the hard root beer candies, especially up front. Caramel sweetness joins it. Some toffee and umami in the middle. Dark fruits everywhere, primarily raisins but fig too I'd say? Cocoa is everywhere too, primarily towards the back end. Sweet bread in the finish with lingering root beer in the aftertaste with some herbal qualities.

M: Surprisingly heavy and full bodied for 7.1%. Smooth.

O: Interesting beer. Never had a doppelbock that tasted like those hard root beer barrels you had as a kid. I assume it's some sort of herbal quality combined with caramel sweetness that is making the association for me. Very unique brew. Strong flavors for only 7.1%. Great complexity and balance too.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 05:13:14 | More by Dope
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle was poured into a large tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark amber mahogany color with vision of slow moving bubbles when held up to light.

Smell: Fruity, caramel, toffee, bready, banana, and raisin.

Taste: Raisins, bananas, toffee, caramel, wheat, toasted malts, grassy hops, a little bitter chocolate, and a little bitternes in the end.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, a little chewy, full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Wow. This doppelbock is the bomb. At less than $4 a bottle, revisiting this beer again is going to be easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:44:39 | More by Flounder57
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.