Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
Intense bold flavour, bit of everything. Roast, whiff of smoke, some sourness, dark chocolate, molasses. Medium-full chewy mouthful. Dark chocolate colour, chocolate aroma. Creaminess and really interesting range of flavours with multi-course meal. Thanks Mr. Madsberg from Denmark.
10-06-2005 04:59:05 | More by Sammy
3.94/5 rDev -8.6%
Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.
Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and bready aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted malt and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very malty and toast-like presence in the aroma and flavor.
11-04-2013 05:51:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
Huge, huge thanks to Masterski for opening this up and giving me a hefty pour at the Hunahpu's release. The search for this one had been a long one, and then just fell into my lap thanks to a very generous trader.
A: Took this over to the light to get a better glimpse. The pour was a deep, roasted brown with a bit of an amber hue. A very nice off-white head.
S: Very nice slightly-sweet malt alongside caramel, toffee, a nice brisk hop presence, and a bit of brown sugar.
T: Very malty with nice caramel and brown sugar notes. Hints of dark fruit. Hop presence is a little high compared to other examples, but melds beautifully with the rest of this one's flavors.
M: Very nice. The creaminess requisite of a good bock is there, but there's also a nice dryness that comes through as well. Moderate carbonation on a medium-to-full body. Good aftertaste comes through.
D: The combination of the elegant mouthfeel and complex taste make this one well worth coming back to sip after sip. Thanks again to Alex for letting me try this one, although I'll definitely say that my search will only intensify as we get into bock season and this one keeps springing back into memory.
03-13-2010 21:44:08 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
A: The beer is crystal clear but very dark garnet red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet brown bread are present in the nose along with hints of raisins.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and has lots of flavors of sweet brown bread along with hints of raisins. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a complex taste; although it is a little fuller in body, this beer is still relatively easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.
01-02-2014 00:30:52 | More by metter98
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
Fiery red-orange-dark bronze with brighter orange highlights. The beer is absolutely pristine and is a marvelous, multi-hued prism when bright sunlight is permitted entry. Atop the liquid is a glorious crown of foam that is the color and consistency of light brown sugar mousse. Enough lace sticks to keep visual interest sky-high.
The aroma is chock full of roasted malt, dark fruit and earthy hops. More nostril-filling power would be welcome, but what's here is still very nice. My hope is that some of the nose's best tendencies will be amplified on the palate. If so, then this doppelbock will more than live up to its reputation.
This is exceptional beer and is truly world-class. While it isn't as huge as anticipated (I keep having to remind myself that doppelbocks are lagers) it's definitely on the hefty side for the style... and that's a very good thing indeed. More malt is almost always my preference when it comes to malt-dominant beer.
Dark fruits (dates primarily) lead the way on the palate, followed closely by toasted brown bread, dark caramel, cocoa and chicory coffee. Even though dates are prominent, the beer isn't all that sweet. In fact, I'd say that sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw. The long finish even makes a move toward dry and clean; remarkable in such a malty beer.
The mouthfeel is pretty damn close to big lager perfection. Only the best beer on the planet is able to deliver this amount of mouthfilling volume coupled with a velvety suppleness and a flavor-sustaining light viscosity on the finish. A subdued amount of carbonation is icing on the doppelbock cake.
Klosterbrauerei Andechs has had since the Middle Ages to perfect this beer. One sip is all it takes to prove that they did so long, long ago. I might not even mind a several week, monk-like fast if I had Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel to sustain me for the duration. This is one of the three best versions of this style that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. I'd like to thank the incomparable feloniousmonk for his much appreciated generosity.
11-03-2006 16:47:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.88/5 rDev +13.2%
Appearance: Pours a clear caramel colored liquid that is capped by three inches of foam; the retention was very good and bubbles of foam were left on the side of the pint glass
Smell: Dates and caramel backed by a hint of grain
Taste: Date and caramel flavors, up front, moderated by toasty grain elements that keep the sweetness in check; by mid-palate the cocoa and apple flavors add additional complexity that lingers into the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation
Overall: A wonderful doppelbock, with terrific balance and complexity; particularly like the mouthfeel; this was the style that started me on my beer journey when I was at the Spaten brewery and tasted Salvator; unfortunately, I was at Andechs earlier in the week without knowing that this was the beer to order; so now, some seven years later, I finally got to try the best of the style
Thanks, Doodler, for the opportunity
09-16-2011 22:19:10 | More by brentk56
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
Without question, this is both a sublime and effortless beer. Despite it's bold flavor, the beer shows superior drinkabiliby and comfort.
The pour brings a casual and sultry mohogany color and medium haze (unusual for a long conditioned lager). A delicate and froathy head forms a mere sheet across the beer of lightly tanned foam, but the head retains reasonably well and shows light signs of lacing- thought I wanted more, the beer's appearance does what's asked for the style.
Moderate (perhaps muted) aromas of dates, figs, raisons, plumbs, toast, molassas, and sorghum round out the estery/malty mix. But the secrets of the beer rely in the savory melanoidin-rich flavors that give the impressions of scorn meats and breads without any phenolic character or smokey notes. All fruit-like character seem to be the result of dark and developed malts and not from the yeasty esters. All of these flavors are extremely rounded and meld very, very well.
Moderately creamy up front, the beer develops into a velvety smooth feel in the transition to its finish, where the beer has a toasty and malty-sweet finish. Alcohols create a pleasant warmth but the sweet malty finish takes precidence in the end.
I have an affinity for toasty-dry Dopplebocks that have the same malty components that is evident in this beer, but these succulent and sultry flavors and textures superscede my preconcieved notions of the Dopplebock style. This beer has many of the intangibles that separate great beers from very good beers.
12-14-2005 17:27:01 | More by BEERchitect
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
10-24-2008 00:37:18 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -7.2%
Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a deep brown color doppelbock with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread with some light ester is quite interesting and enjoyable. Taste of banana bread and light ester is interesting and the creamy texture provides an even higher level of enjoyment. I have to admit that my expectations were quite high and I was glad to have been able to secure a bottle but I still believe this a notch below the Ayinger. The bottle had a BB date of 07/2007 which probably didnt help as I would think fresh bottle of this stuff would be better hopefully I will have the chance to try this one gain in the near future.
06-13-2007 15:26:09 | More by Phyl21ca
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
A huge thanks to Greg for including this as an extra in our recent trade! I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time.
A: The pour is a dark amber-kissed brown color with a finger's worth of khaki foam.
S: A nice sweet nose with some cola, chocolate, and caramel. There's a fair amount of roast to this, which I was not quite expecting.
T: The flavor is pretty much what I expect from a doppelbock. Toffee, caramel, cola, cherries, and just a pleasant sweetness overall. The roasted and toasted malts provide some nice complexity.
M: The body is medium with a very nice creamy and smooth carbonation to it.
D: I really liked this doppelbock, which is becoming a style that I enjoy very much. Good flavor and mouthfeel, and easy to drink.
07-02-2010 07:56:15 | More by womencantsail
2.85/5 rDev -33.9%
Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.
Goin' after some big fish here, the current top-rated doppelbock. Let's dance: It pours a dark-ish sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises dry toffee and lightly-toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light vanilla bean and watered-down cocoa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this stuff is about as painfully average as you can get. Something tells me it's all about unattainability here: Because this stuff requires at least an overseas trade or a vacation or a lucky hookup, it's perceived as better than it really is. (I call it Westy syndrome.) Sometimes, it's still good, but it's never nearly as good as reputations hold it to be. Huge case-in-point here.
01-07-2013 21:38:14 | More by TMoney2591
3.99/5 rDev -7.4%
Dark brown in the glass, chestnut tone when held to the light, it shows perfect clarity. Big head of light tan foam that dissipates in a couple minutes, which breaks across the surface after a few sips. Drippy lace around the edges.
Smells slightly sweet and nutty, molasses and dark bread.
Taste is similar, primarily malty and sweet, with trace amounts of nuttiness and a slightly bitter finish. Faint metallic notes at times. Feel is adequate though it seems a little watery. Seems more like a Dunkel or Euro Dark Lager. Overall it's good, though not as great as I'd hoped. Would probably reach for Maximator, Optimator, or Celebrator first, but it's definitely worth a try.
10-08-2013 03:04:13 | More by emerge077
4.78/5 rDev +10.9%
Appearance: Dark brown in color, brilliantly bright and clear when held to the light, with three fingers of thick tan head that lasts and lasts.
Smell: Toasted grain, chocolate and roasted nuts - not especially sweet however. There's a touch of fruit beneath it all, berries and figs coming to mind.
Taste & mouthfeel: Chocolatey and toasted with a light fruity sweetness, hints of graham cracker and roasted fig. Bitterness is pretty reigned in, there's not a ton of hop character beyond the mild bitterness in the finish and an herbal undercurrent. There's a mild sweetness to begin with, but this is profoundly dry and crisp in the finish, making for an unreasonably drinkable 7% beer.
Had a liter of this on tap at the pub in Munich and was yearning for more as I left, simply a phenomenal beer. I'm inclined to say that this beer has to be tried on tap to fully grasp how good it is, as the fresh bottle I tried earlier in the year simply did not compare.
10-28-2008 18:55:22 | More by largadeer
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
Acquired via trade from feloniousmonk, so a huge "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsener glass.
A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of lager yeast, dark fruit, caramel and some spice with a touch of hops.
T: The taste nicely balanced with a strong flavor of lager yeast and complimentary flavors of dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There's a mild hops presence that is as strong as you would expect from this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this isn't normally a style that I drink much of but this beer is definitely one of the first ones that I'd pick if it were available and I wanted to drink a Doppelbock for a whole evening.
04-20-2008 02:52:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
Fruit and slight nut taste up front get overran by alcohol & body, lots of body! Licorice also is there. Beautiful brown to black color. Tried this numerous times after purchasing in getranke markets and on base class-six stores. It was the perfect beer for cutting the chill on the long chilly German winter nights. All the beers from this brewery are great. Wish I could've visited the monastery...
08-10-2005 04:31:48 | More by russpowell
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
I've had this beer a few times, but haven't gotten around to reviewing it. This bottle was from Etre Gourmet and was nearly a year old. Served in some sort of tulip at Tom's place.
A - Light tan foam settles to a thin collar and wispy patches, leaving minimal lacework. Transparent dark almond brown body.
S - A nice collection of toasted malts, cocoa powder, toffees, honey-dipped cake, and a bit of malted milk chocolate (i.e. Whoppers). Perhaps a hint of roast in there as well. It's also got that clean lager feel to it.
T - The taste isn't quite as sweet as the aroma suggests, with more hearty bread and nuts and less of the sweet and sugary flavors. Think banana bread with a dash of dark fruits and toffee and you'd be pretty close. No alcohol, which is appreciated even though this is on the low end of the Doppelbock ABVs scale. Clean and surprisingly refreshing finish.
M - Medium-full bodied, with a bit of roast dryness to the texture. Otherwise chewy and creamy, with medium-low carbonation an a hint of alcohol warmth. Quite easy to drink in comparison to some weightier beers of the style.
D - This is a very good doppelbock, but I think the unavailability factor may drive up the scores a tiny bit. Still, it seems mellower than Ayinger Celebrator even though it's a bit higher in alcohol. I could easily drink a half-litre on my own and I'll make sure to do so next time I'm in Europe.
09-26-2012 15:02:31 | More by MasterSki
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
A bottle procured for me by Dave, a loyal customer at my restaurant/bar, who has recently been bringing German gems back from business trips for me. All hail Dave!
Appearance: partially clear, dark ruby hue, an enigmatic appearance, really, clear here, dark there, obtuse in places, with a lovely, lush layer of pale, tanned foam standing guard on top.
Aroma: caramel & spice, soft & creamy, lightly toasted, with subtle fruit.
Taste: luscious fruit proclaims itself at the onset, a beautiful blend of grape, cherry, berry, & more, supported by a warm, generous malt bill.
More flavors interject as we continue, raisins, figs, chocolate climbs aboard, too, for a spell, contributing a subtle, sensuous cocoa feel all over the palate.
This mere 7.1% ABV doppelbock only peeps up the tiniest bit in alcohol feel, so smooth it is, so rich with flavor, not harsh, nor brash, mellow, cool, yet bold with flavor, getting winey-er and winey-er in taste as we go.
Got to hand it to the monks at Andesch, for they are gentle, benevolent geniuses, and those who know their work are doubly blessed!
05-11-2004 09:13:54 | More by feloniousmonk
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
I LOVE German lagers (even if a real German wouldn't consider this a lager, I still love them). And this beer has been on my WANTS list pretty much since I've had a WANTS list. I was fortunate enough to get several this year after several friends ventured to Germany this summer, Oktoberfest related activities. I ended up with much more than I ever hoped, I may revise my reviews as I drink more of the bottles.
Expired 12.23.10. Well before expiration.
Beer poured into a celebrator doppelbock glass. Beer looks perfect for a doppelbock. Its brown and light, completely clear with moderate carbonation of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer accelerating into the head of thin off white bubbles that eventually breaks and pulls toward the glass. Beer leaves some lacing on the glass as well.
Aroma is appropriately leveled, not too strong but not weak at all. Its caramel and malty, sweet and dark at the same time. Smells really good.
Beer leads off with some sweetness, gives way to a medium bodied beer with some toffee notes in the midpalate. The whole thing is well connected and finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. Its a simple beer, simpler than expected, lighter than expected but it makes no mistakes. Its sweet but not cloying, its balanced with no bitterness and a moderately dry finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely drink it again. I'm glad I have several more.
10-18-2010 18:10:57 | More by drabmuh
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.