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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 381
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 809 | Reviews: 381
Photo of rjp217
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of spoony
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml bottle (date code says L1754) into a snifter.

A-The beer is a pretty garnet/ruby color. It is quite dark, but the liquid is clear and you can see through it in the light. The head starts out at nearly two fingers tall, but quickly fades to sheen on top. Foam is mocha colored. Not much carbonation and no lacing.

S-The aroma is a delicious mixture of sweet, dried and candied fruit. I smell plum and golden raisin, in particular, as well as brown sugar, a bit of earthy roasted barley, some cocoa powder, and a slight whiff of warming alcohol spiciness. Awesome.

T-The taste doesn't disappoint. There is a ton of malty, sweet fruit. Plum, raisin, and prune come to mind. I also get notes of brown sugar, toast, chocolate, and just a bit of roasted barley grain. The finish leaves my palate with a warm kiss of alcohol spice and earthy tobacco.

M-The feel is medium to full in body and slightly sticky. Carbonation is smooth.

O-Wow, what an awesome beer. This thing really blows me away. I have always enjoyed doppelbocks, but this is a whole new level of complexity, balance, and flavor. If you want hops, go elsewhere, but if you want a delicious, full-body winter beer, you will have to work hard to do better than this.

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Proteus93
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to try this following a trade with RedHaze. Thanks, man!

A: A deep, bronze with some soft, reddish highlights. A great coloured bock - a light sandy, creamy head. A great lacing all the way down the glass in cascading layers. Perhaps the most perfect looking pour I've seen.

S: Soft, toffee sweetness blended in with a toasty malt scent - whole grain bread, and slightly cake-like. A little vegetal - almost like green bean.

T + M + D: A nice, rich body with almost a creamy butteriness to the feel. This complements the warm malts very nicely. A bit of a butter-icing flavour. A sparkling carbonation adds a nice touch to the already great feel. A delicious doppelbock, and perhaps one of my favourites to date. The warming of alcohol comes out a little bit towards the end of the bottle, but keeps fairly well hidden for the most half. Makes for quite easy drinking, with a little kick on the way out.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from World Wide Spirits
Best by 2012-09-20
Poured into a Celebrator doppelbock glass

Finally able to try the celebrated Andechser doppelbock, I find myself generally disappointed with this bottle's qualities. While I'm not sure as to how the bottle itself was stored at WWS, the date indicates that it should still be fresh enough to be interesting. The maltiness of the beer was mildly complex, but nothing above standard for a doppelbock, and the flavors and aromas were, in general, not robust enough. I'm not sure what this means as far as brewing techniques go, and while I'd give this another chance on tap at the brewery, I don't think I'd go to the same extent for another bottle, given that Celebrator and/or Maximator are usually easily available and more delicious for me.

Pours a modest 2cm head of dense foam, small bubbles, light tan in color. Had has average retention and leaves some modest lacing along sides of glass as it reduces to a thin ring around the glass. Body is a transparent red-brown amber color with visible, though sluggish, carbonation.

Aroma of prunes, dates, and very dark bread, slight yeast, and caramel. Pleasant, but not particularly bold: subtle and subdued. Not what I was expecting after reading reviews and the high status of the beer.

Tasting opens with sweetness, almost cordial-like with some tones of cherries. Dark, dried fruit esters are abundant throughout. Mid-palate ads in brown sugar, dried figs, and dates, with a bit of a sage+chocolate flavor that is rather noticeable and at times actually a bit unpleasant. Not sure if the bottle I had was exposed or had some other defect. Closes with drying, slightly spicy phenols and malt sweetness. Aftertaste is largely bready and sweet, with a bit of light brown sugar. Overall, though there are many flavors, none of them are as bold or expressive as I would expect a top doppelbock to be, and I'm left rather disappointed.

Beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creating a smooth mouthfeel that's a bit pillowy and creamy. Slightly warming from ethanol, but this is expected. Finishes dry with some stickiness on the lips.

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of braican
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brdc
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Medium sized capped bottle, poured into a tulip like Allagash glass.

Very nice bronze looking beer, with some reddish highlights, and despite the predominance of dark colors, still somewhat transparent, so clear.
Light tan head, decent size, good retention and lot more lacing than expected.
Powerful and pleasant aroma, the expected malty sweetness, lots of caramel, nuttiness, but also a nice fruitiness with some citric notes.
Quite full for the style, it starts quite malty and caramelized, with a load of dark fruits, some chocolate, but it manages to finish quite dry, much more balanced than the average, despite its loads of malts.
Very impressive, and certainly more drinkable than the average doppelbock given the nice balance and dryness.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks jason for bringing this!

Pours A golden brown. A nice touch of tan head. Smells heavily of barley and other maltiness. As simple as i could ever expect. Tastes just like it smells. Simple. Barley, malts, overall not too crazy but solid. This is a boring style in my opinion but this brew tastes great. Incredibly simple while still being tasty

Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Photo of AltBock
4.28/5  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!

Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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