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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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96
world-class

637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 363
Gots: 30 | FT: 5
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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AltBock

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz./0,5l bottle with a small picturesque drawing of the Kloster Andechs brewery. Above the picture is some German that says "Genuß für Leib & Seele." According to my free translation (sometimes it's correct) it means "Enjoyment for body & soul." It sounds right, but I could be wrong. On the bottom is says it follows the rules of the Reinheitsgebot. All of this was on a nice gold with a bright blue trim label. The back label was almost the same color, but the gold was just a little bit darker than the front. On the top of the back label is a real life picture of people enjoying their beer in the Kloster Andechs beer hall or beer garden, or whatever you want to call it. Below that is some more German and below that was the word bock bier or beer in several different languages, like Cerveza Negra Extra in Spanish. In fact I just noticed that most of the back label was in different languages. In the different languages, they labeled the ingredients and even a best before date that was clearly marked (which was very nice of them) 22 03 07. That means I still got till March 22, 2007 to drink the other two I got from a friend that went to Germany. I'm glad that I finally got a chance to try this Doppelbock!

Appearance: When poured into my favorite Doppelbock Pilsener glass, the beer was a nice dark clear ruby mahogany color with a head of foam that was an off white color (almost tan in color) and that was 1 inch in height. It left plenty of white sticky lace and foamy white rings around the edge of my glass.

Smell: I was first going to say that the aroma was disappointing, but after the beer warmed up, the aroma got slightly better. It had a dominate aroma of sweet roasted malts and then some nuts, slightest hint of caramel and dark fruits, and all of this ended with a bitter hops finish. Don't get your hopes up, not that much of a hops aroma was there, just a little bit.

Taste: When I first popped the cap and took my first sip of this beer, I thought to myself that this can't be one of the best Doppelbocks in the world, this doesn't have much of a taste to it. All I could taste at that time was roasted malts and alcohol. It wasn't that cold, but like the smell, when it warmed up it got better. It had a taste of sweet dark roasted malts, splash of sweet caramel, bitter burnt hops (interesting) and a mild taste of alcohol at the end. There wasn't a wide variety of tastes, but what was there was really good.

Mouthfeel: It wasn't as thick as I wanted it to be, but it was medium bodied and with a very mild taste of roasted malts, hint of bitter hops, and some alcohol in the aftertaste. The only real disappointing aspect of this beer.

Drinkability: I sure as hell didn't have a problem drinking this one down, but I truly thought this beer was going to be like the label, (liquid) gold. Instead it was like what the label stated (only if my translation was correct), it was really an Enjoyment for body & soul. Better yet, if you go or a friend goes to pick this beer up in Germany, it's very affordable. My friend only paid 0.95 Euro for a 500 ml bottle of this beer. I'm glad I got to try this fine Doppelbock!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 19:00:59 | More by AltBock
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rtepiak

Poland

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a classic and a proper formed beer. but in the face of some fresh examples in germany this is just on par with some other solid beers. color is dark bronze with a nice healthy head that was consistent through the easy drinking 5 minutes the glass when down. a wonderful balance of bock. some leather smokey, some hay, some toastiness. but still not as smooth as expected. lean like a lager and no abv in sight. this is a proper and food ready doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 19:18:22 | More by rtepiak
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-31-2012 19:18:00 | More by klipper
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bcsbeer

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-21-2014 20:54:16 | More by bcsbeer
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-19-2012 23:21:04 | More by bauermj
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-05-2012 22:11:05 | More by bostonryan
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a ,5l bottle
Best before end: 25 03 09
Served in a pilsner glass

Acquired in a trade with mikesgroove

The beer poured a crystal clear, amber-mahogany color with a tight, creamy, light tan, two-finger head that faded to a lasting cap. Chunks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was robust. Very beady and sweet with a rich caramel maltiness and some brown sugar notes. Slightly nutty. Somewhat candy-like and a touch boozy.

The taste was decent but not stellar. Definitely not as full-flavored as I anticipated. Sweet caramel malts came through strong up front. Buttery and smooth. Slightly grainy in the center. Quite bready and biscuity. The flavor profile faded rather quickly on the back end. A touch of booziness appeared on the finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth yet thinner than expected. Somewhat fluffy on the palate.

Drinkability was good. This pleasant, easy-drinking doppelbock masked its alcohol quite well.

I had very high hopes for this difficult to find brew, but unfortunately it did not win me over. This is a better than average doppelbock but definitely not one of the best (and certainly not a top twenty-five beer, in my opinion). I am perplexed as to why this beer garners the attention that it does.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 21:39:59 | More by Damian
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a prime example of a doppel bock. As far as appearances go this produces a beautiful two finger inch light khaki colored head, that dwindles to decent lacing, lasting all the way through.

Aromas were a little weak. I could barely detect anything but slight carmalized sugars and sweet bread.

The taste is really robust, though. I detect carmalized sugars along with the doughy sweetbreads.

This is warming to the palate and will serve good as a winter treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 17:19:28 | More by TheSarge
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

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

A: Dark reddish-brown body with about an inch of light tan head. Quickly receded but left behind a nice skim and some lacing.

S: Sweet malts: Caramel, chocolate, and cola. Real clean aroma profile.

T: Packed with plenty of sweet malts that are neither cloying nor heavy on the palate. Lots of cola, caramel, dark fruits, some chocolate and a bit of generic roasted goodness.

M: Medium bodied with a gentle rolling carbonation that keeps the sweetness moving across the tongue. Smooth finish with just a hint of lingering sweetness.

D: A pleasant drinking experience! My glass was empty before I knew it. I wish this was available in the states... I'd drink it every time I grilled some sausages. Glad I was able to finally track this one down.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 00:34:37 | More by callmemickey
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-01-2012 16:53:31 | More by samEBC
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

09-22-2013 16:55:21 | More by GeoffreyM
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campfirebrew

New York

4/5  rDev -7.4%

11-25-2013 13:20:22 | More by campfirebrew
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -30.6%

01-03-2013 01:55:09 | More by pin
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE Thanks to KMWeaver. Your are a great beer buddy. We got to do more.

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is middle brown, cloudy, with good carbonation, The head is a nice, 2 fingers light tan and rocky, it leaves some lace.

The smell is surprisingly unique , I'm getting some winter green, dark, light and green fruits, and some caramel notes. Plum, fig, banana, apple and grapes.

The taste is very nice, really unlike most DB's that we get in the US. Mixed fruit, milt taste not bold. Lost of holiday bread, reminds me of Grandma Krause's Stollen.

The mouthfeel is excellent a creamy smooth brew withgreat body and excellent carbonation.

The drinkability is also outstanding. This is not the biggest or boldest DB on the Platz but extremely refined and delicious.

Prosit und ZumWohl, MK

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 20:47:35 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.05/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had some expectations of this beer. Bought it in Germany a few weeks ago. Poured the beer in a Palm glass. The beer gives a very nice lightbrown to red head with some red rings which come up!! Haven't seen this before. The beer itself is darkred rubybrown with a bit of carbonation.

The rest is average. The smell is reasonable, i smell a bit of the malt which is used.

The taste is not spectacular, also the mouthfeel.

I drank the beer during a game of cards. Then it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:06:14 | More by Brabander
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

2.81/5  rDev -35%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 21:14:58 | More by Chico1985
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in my huge Weihenstephan Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful deep dark amber colour forming a big bubbled and beige head. Good retention but not much lacings left

S: Quite sweet and toffee in the nose and a little bit smoky too. Notes of caramel malts, grapes, brown bread and Lager yeasts

T: Follows the nose, a quite sweet, toffee and molasses upfront. Roasted and caramel malts. Notes of coffee. Brown bread and raisins with a great stingy hoppy bitterness in the end, delicious...

M: Medium body. Quite molasses. Medium carbonation. Very well balanced bittersweet aftertaste

O: High drinkability. One of the best German beers, for sure. Very rich on smell and tte. Not recommended, but mandatory

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 16:24:33 | More by eduardolinhalis
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draheim

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 22:09:35 | More by draheim
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Westsidethreat

California

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GenCornwallis is a good man for sending me this beer.

A: Vibrant burgundy with maple highlights. Not nearly as dark as I was expecting. Almost looks thin....very clean and still with no bubble movement. Head is a thick and soapy latte color.

S: Burnt caramel, dried dark fruits, toasted bread and molasses. Some what savory as well.

T: Begins with gentle molasses and brown sugar simple syrup. There are some alcohol soaked vanilla bean moments with malty nuttiness and minor chocolate covered red fruit. Like most doppels, the theme is MALT. Molasses is a strong player in this beer, but not as strong as some others of the style. Some toast flavors which can be identified adding a nice edge to the sweet concoction. Finishes with spry brown sugar nectar tickling the tip of the tongue.

M: Medium body, silky with only a slight hint of carbonation.

D: The drinkability of this beer is astounding. There might be other doppels on the market that are in comprable in taste but are generally thick and chewy....which is fine...but this beer is almost "thin" yet packed with flavor. I could drink gallons of this beer, in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 05:13:36 | More by Westsidethreat
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spointon

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 500ml brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. My friend Dan brought me this bottle straight from Germany via his luggage, so this is a fairly fresh example.

A= This beer poured a very clear reddish-mahogany brown color with a 1/2" off-white head. The head settled to a thin film in no time but there were actually a few spots of lace left behind on my glass. Beautiful beer to behold.

S= Smelled like rich dark fruit - like candied figs and maybe a hint of raisin, malty sweetness, and a faint kiss of noble hops. Very clean, very restrained, and entirely pleasant smelling.

T= Started off with a rich bit of malty sweetness that faded long before it became too much. Subtle nuances of dried fruit and faint treacle washed my palate before disappearing. A mere notion of hop bitterness came into play long enough to balance things out. Finished clean and crisp, but then a long malty aftertaste lingered on my tongue for quite some time.

MF= Medium to full bodied with a moderate slickness on the tongue and a nicely crisp carbonation feel.

D= A very drinkable beer. Each sip left me wanting another, and the ABV is dangerously well hidden. I could see drinking a few of these in a sitting!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 06:31:35 | More by spointon
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Note: this is not my favourite style though I have tried to take it into consideration and marked accordingly.

Appears brown/ruby with a frothy head. Smells rather average to me, caramal/biscuity.

Taste is an improvement, bitter and sweet. Dark fruity tastes and a small amount of hops.

Overall a good doppelbock, went great with a cheese sandwhich too.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 10:02:08 | More by CwrwAmByth
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-15-2014 22:35:33 | More by mklisz
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rderedin

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

02-17-2014 21:59:16 | More by rderedin
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-20-2012 23:39:59 | More by sliverX
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 06:16:00 | More by Bouleboubier
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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