Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 402
Hads: 885
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 395
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 WestCoastBeerDude
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been to the Holy Mountain.

I've seen the herb garden the monks use for this masterpiece.

And a small distributor has now brought one of my favorite beers to my door.

Poured into a stein I have from Andechs, this beers color comes out dark copper with some touches of red. The head holds up nicely (though in older bottles that I have aged this tends to not be the case). Right away I smell that caramel with a back-end of fruits. At first sip it feels velvety in the mouth, with the taste of the malt and sweetness teasing the tongue. Then it hits you with the small hoppiness at the end. Then bang you taste that chocolate after each sip.

One of my favorite beers, and in a blind test normally beats our everyone's favorite doppelbock.

Buy it, enjoy it and repeat. (775 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Trapp Lager glass. Dark, crimson body with three fingers of off-white head. Gorgeous pour!

Smells like dried fruits and sweet wine. A truly terrific scent.

Taste matches the smell point for point. And it's absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and carbonated. Perfectly pleasant.

This beer came in a mystery six pack of bombers and other large beers. I'm glad this one was in there. A real treat. (443 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark mahogany amber with a thin khaki head that had decent retention and light lacing. Rich malt aroma of caramel malt, brown bread, nuts and dark dried fruit. Flavor follows, with dark bready and caramel malt up front backed by dark dried fruit, particularly figs and dates, a little dark fresh fruit, a hint of rye. Mild grassy hops in the finish. Good medium body with active carbonation (not producing much of a head, oddly enough). A rich, satisfying doppelbock with the best dark brown bread character of any I've tried. Lots of depth and smooth into the finish. A tempting malt bomb of a beer. Glad this brewery is available again in the Northwest. (705 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger off white head. Recedes down to a thin cap fairly quickly.

S: A big overlying rye bread note, caramel, toasted bread crust, grain, light powdered cocoa, earthy malt and some light dark fruit notes.

T: A rich wave of rye and nuttiness right away. Middle is primarily dark fruit, with a bit of banana and raisin skin. Light cocoa, molasses and rye crust on the finish. Very well balanced. A really solid doppel. (458 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, code L3293 might mean it was bottled Oct. 20, 2014.

A brown, reddish body with a solid 2-3 finger head; retention is average a bit. Aroma is brown suggar, bread, banana and molasses. Strong malt flavor, liquid bread, banana chips, very bready and chewy. A nice doppelbock to have. (309 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
2.84/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is a long-time Want for me, it has been available in my area for a while now but haven't bothered to pick one up until today. An assumed batch number of L3293 is listed on the back.

Appearance - Dark red pour with some orange highlights. A beige head starts off pretty tall and eventually reduces to a splotchy cap with bits of lace.

Smell - Hm. Toasted dark bread, some caramel and cocoa, and nuts are nice, but there is also earthy paper tart cherry weirdness which seem out of place/off. Not bad, but definitely not great.

Taste - Light sour cherry, weird sweetness, licorice, caramel, nuts, some cocoa, cola, bit o' hops. Unfortunately a step down from the smell, not awful, but weak with noticeable off-flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium high-carbonation, watery, not the malty feast that a doppelbock should be.

Overall - I've heard rumors that this beer has gone downhill and/or has infection reports, etc., just wasn't sure how true/extensive it was. Though this wasn't awful, it was easy to see this isn't the beer it could or should be. Not sure if recent reviewers are obliviously blinded by its past reputation and overall rating or if I just got unlucky on this bottle, but either way, an unfortunate disappointment. (1,231 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 Bouleboubier
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(code L 3013 - poured into a British pint)

A: initial voluminous, sudsy, somewhat open foam stand that slowly condenses into a silky-dense texture, then further into a steady yet not quite uniformly thick cap... brilliantly clear, fiery-red liquid with deep orange-y glow

S: flowery, chalky soap a la Dove/Ivory... medium-toasty bread crust, black tea, faint baker's cocoa... later on, a prune-like, dark fruit wafts off - somewhat reminiscent of a Trappist dubbel or the odd Quad... the melanoidin-smeared bread crust intensifies, while a wet, mountain forest woody scent emerges... overall clarity and potency of aromas are fairly strong

T: mmm... remarkably dynamic depth of flavor - spiced/stewed apples, briefcase leather, ginger snap, potting soil, light milk chocolate with walnuts... chrysanthemum stem mixed with black coffee type of flavor and bitterness highlighting the aftertaste, more chocolate bar as well... roasted sugars a force as well, clinging to the top of the palate...

M: curvaceously round up front, drops (vanishes) off dangerously dry... the burnt elements keep the palate feeling like you've been inhaling campfire throughout the night (guess that's more part of the "taste"?)

O: I've had this quite a few times vom Faß at Brauhaus Schmitz recently before finding this in a bottle, plopping down, and recording my thoughts... this was great the first time I had it, and it's growing on me more and more... this is a beer by which other beers should be graded... hopefully, it'll stay around town here for a long while (1,552 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

edit: batch L3293 had some fairly strong vinegar notes. Not at all like the bottle I reviewed below.

a: Bright, chestnut brown; poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Big, beautiful dark bread (pumpernickel?), some figgy fruit, European milk chocolate. Subdued but deep if that makes sense.

t: Nutty, toasted pumpernickel breadiness dominates with hints of dark fruit and lingering warm chocolate.

m: Perfectly silky.

o: Just a beautiful beer. Different from, but on par with, Celebrator. (496 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 brureview
4.02/5  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. (662 characters)

Photo of bmac093
4.37/5  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. (470 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,422 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a giant stange at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich, nut-brown hue with minimal haze and a thick head of creamy ivory foam. Looks outstanding.

Smell: sweet, caramelly and extremely malty aroma. Smells like Whoppers candy.

Taste: sweet with big malt flavor. Not a lot of complexity, mostly just a very clean, very sweet malt character. Very solid.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess.

Overall: sweet but nicely quaffable; this is an archetypal doppelbock. (540 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle
L - creamy beige head holds good retention atop a bronzed brown body
S - fainter aroma of earthy hops, caramel, grain, and toffee
T - rich and sweet, toffee, caramel, grain, earthy spicy hops, slightly peppery on the finish
F - fullish body, creamy and smooth, finishes clean
O - a bit of a surprise here. I was expecting better. It's still really good, but I was hoping for a little bit more from the #2 ranked doppelbock in the world. (449 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a mug...

A - Brownish/ruby red appearance with a one finger head. Decent lace retention on the glass

S - Nothing discernible for me. Some light malts and a little caramel possibly, a little bit of a letdown

T - WOW! An absolute stud. Malts, toffee, caramel, cocoa, milk chocolate. They all meld together perfectly. Pretty complex and unlike anything I have tasted. This is so different and so good!

M - Medium to full body feel, mild carbonation that rolls off the palate pretty smooth

O - Most importantly the taste takes the cake here. It totally raises the stock for me in this one. So unique and savoring. Although the other attributes aren't quite there, the taste of this beer is truly world class. (734 characters)

Photo of kilo_005
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (668 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle, with code of L1693, but not sure what that means.

dark in color but still clear. amber highlights. little head that fades. rich malty aroma - flavors of caramel, pipe tobacco, and plum. same in the taste, very good. low carbonation. the beer coats the mouth, appropriate for the style.

overall a very good doppelbock, approaching Celebrator and Samichlaus. (374 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long-awaited, much anticipated -- was surprised to find this sooner-than-expected.

Half-liter bottle with an odd coding that I hope isn't the bottling date (would decipher around June of 13, so I'm going to ignore it and hope for the best).

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with ruby highlights and smooth, tan head that settles slowly, leaving a thin, but presentable cap.

S -- Dark breadcrusts, mild molasses, some light earthiness and fruit, and mellow pepperiness from alcohol.

T -- Rich, bready malt -- very pumpernickel-like with a sweet molasses and bready toastiness. There is some underlying bitterness from hops in balance, a light hint of dark fruits, more bready sweetness in the finish and a dry, peppery character from alcohol in the aftertaste -- but stopping just shy of hot.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a dry finish and a medium body bordering on full.

O -- A very classic rendition of the style, yet definitely projecting its own character to distinguish itself. The Andechs is a little drier in the finish than other Doppels, yet the dark bread character up front is just what German (specifically Bavarian) brewers produce so much better than the majority of US micros can duplicate. (1,219 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a glass bier stein

Clear mahogany ruby with a small steady stream of carbonation. Creates a two finger dense taupe head. Settles into a solid taupe foam layer.

First sniff was of toffee. Deep rich fruits, figs, plums and raisins. Rich malts.

Smooth taste of deep rich malt, deep fruits, chocolate. Gentle carbonation. Smooth aftertaste. Delicious.

Yet another tremendous beer from Andechs. Worthy of stocking in the fridge and repeating often. Great, great beer. (486 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rose copper color that sporadically lets some light through. Medium-high carbonation visible with a one inch heads that sticks for a while.

S: Dark fruit with slight chocolate undertones.

T: Primarily toffee, mocha, dark cherry, and a flash of toasted bread at times.

M: Medium body, high carbonation that bights the tongue, creamy feel on back-end, and a slight alcohol feeling that builds throughout the pint without being overwhelming.

O: Bottom line - This is Korbinian with not as great of an appearance, but with a slightly better mouthfeel. Andechs and Korbinian are top Bavarian doppelbocks, with Celebrator slightly behind them because it is not as robust. (672 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut / mahogany in color. Impressive head formation and retention. There's some lace formation, but it's spotty. Aroma is malt-forward in every way. Toasted grain and fresh-baked bread upfront followed by a rich, toffee-like note. Only the faintest trace of alcohol to let you know this is more than a plain-old Dunkel. Faint floral hoppiness.

While many doppels come across as too malty-sweet to me, this isn't one of them. The balance is just about spot-on. That faint hoppiness on the nose is more prevalent here and able to stand up to all the sugars. Overall flavor is dominated by toasty malt, very much like a standard Munich Dunkel. A bit of nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, bordering on a creamy texture, thanks to the carbonation being soft. For a relatively strong beer, it's all too easy to knock back a pint of this and still be up for another.

I'd sum up Andechser's Doppelbock as a robust Dunkel lager. While it doesn't quite have the depth of flavor that Celebrator (my and many others' top pick for doppels) has, it does nothing wrong. (1,071 characters)

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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