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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Andechser Doppelbock DunkelAndechser Doppelbock Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 06-16-2002

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Reviews: 438 | Ratings: 1,034
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick pillowy head that falls very quickly and leaves barely any lacing behind. The color is deep dark brown, but still you can see through it. The smell is of slightly chocolate malts with some roastiness, also a lot of breadiness. The taste is very bready with some chocolately tones and some sweetness in there as well. I enjoyed this one. Mouthfeel is very good. Overall this is avery drinkable brew and I hope to have it again someday.

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Photo of WJVII
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Reviewed from notes as was in Germany -5/2/08) Poured into a pint glass this beer was a light to medium amber color, semi transparent with a tan head that had decent lacing. The aroma from this beer is of roasted malt, some slight spice, and strong clove. The taste is a little sweet, some caramel, and a clove after taste. I could also taste a little of the alcohol as well. This was a good beer, but not the best I had on the trip.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Style: Doppelbock
ABV: 7.10 %

A surprise gift from Don Lowman on his wedding/FL visit during Sept 2010. Thanks for the kind gesture Don aka "digita7693"

Enjoyed this brew with a peanut/thai chicken meal in th eback yard with wife and good friends. It was a sipper with the higher abv and semi boozy character. Enjoyable for sure a nice bock sipper, but not a sessionable brew. Good for a cold night or long conversations. Exceptionally good primer for a Terrapin Depth Charge! (Milk/Coffee Stout)

Appearance was dark brown tea in color with amazing clarity, short head and retention.
Smells noticably boozy on a foudation of dark malt and fruityness in the background.
Tastes as it smells with a nice solid dark malt backbone, notes of dark fruit, raisan, toffee, etc.
Mouthfeel is semi slick with medium+ body and high carbonation.

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Photo of rousee
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Light brown somewhat translucent pour forms a small head which holds very well. Aroma of honey and there is that banana element present. You can smell the sweetness to some degree too.

When you taste it , it doesnt seem as sweet as you'd expect. Malty bready and biscuity with honey and fruity elements as well. Almost clean and crisp in the finish which is quite commendable considering that this is a somewhat sweet style to begin with. Also elements of nuts like hazelnuts or almonds too. Very nice indeed but I am not sure its really worthy of all the hype.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper. Almost translucent. Off-white head.
S: Bready, malty and walnutty. Caramel.
T: Harsh malt and wal-nuttiness, like that of Schwarzbier, but also some smoothing marzipan and warming dried prunes and figs. A slight harsh bitterness but as it warms up it gets less Schwarzbier/lagery and more syrupy. Dumping the yeast in improves it.
M: Not very fizzy and silky smooth.
O: Oh, yes. Much better than the first one I had but then it hasn't travelled 9000km around the world. Crap head though. It disappeared after 30 seconds.

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Photo of jmalex
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For review #300, I decided on something that I probably won't get to drink again for a really long time once my current stash is gone. Though I'm drinking this from the bottle now, this review will reference notes taken while drinking it straight from the source on the Holy Mountain itself as well as a second helping at Andechser am Dom in Munich.

APPEARANCE: In the glass, it's a mostly clear dark brown, but when held to light it becomes a beautiful ruby red. A rocky, light tan head is at a fantastic size which retains well. Eventually it settles out to a one-finger high cap with sheets of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Deep, cavernous aromas of fresh bread and dry chocolate. It's coupled with a wine-like fruitiness and toffee with a hint of alcohol to top it off.

TASTE: Loads of caramel with chocolate lurking just behind on top of a sweet, bready base. A slight alcoholic note peeks out just at the end before yielding to more of the wonderful malt flavors which linger on seemingly forever. Heavenly.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a hint of lager crispness. Carbonation is slightly low though definitely within limits, with the finish yielding a slight stickiness.

DRINKABILITY: INSANE, as my notes say. That really does sum it up. I've never seen a half liter of such a formidable beer go so quickly.

It's a religious experience just drinking this beer, but I feel extremely lucky to have gotten the chance to drink it from the source. It's required traveling for any beer lover, and I cannot wait for the next chance I have of making the pilgrimage.

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Photo of sweethome
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Munich pub.

I'm going from notes taken last summer. I loved a previous bottled version of this I had and highly anticipated this visit.

Deep chestnut color. A dazzling array of cedar, dark brown and a deep tan head. Perfect lacing as consumed.

The nose is quite good, but I was expecting a blast based on my memory of how much I like this beer. Was it to be? Yes, a rich vineous style of chocolate, german malt, noble hops.

Smooth and rich entry. Dances on the tongue, provides a near perfect balance of sweet maltiness and hop bittering. A hint of hop flavor behind the caramel and chocolate with hint of roast malt. Everything I remembered and more. So fresh, so inviting. I enjoyed this beer for 20 minutes while enjoying the atmosphere...warm evening, cafe doors opened to the evening sky.

One of the best of examples of the brewers art I have found.

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Photo of TheDM
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What else can I say but simply, the best beer I have ever had! Small fine bubbles, heavy flavor, full bodied, no foul after taste or bitterness. Extremely smooth.

Im Himmel gibt es kein bier!
Darum trinken vir Andechs heir!

Translation:
In Heaven there is no beer!
That is why we drink Andechs here!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany brown with a medium head that leaves a ring and lacing. Nose is brown sugars, dates...all that good dark sugary stuff. Flavor is sweet and warm dark malts. Maybe not as complex as I was expecting, but still very good. A bit too carbed for my taste, but full mouthfeel and not cloying. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of kels
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

SO excited to have the opportunity to try this beer. I raised my glass in thanks to Metalmonk for the assist before drinking.

Beer pours from the nondescript bottle a warm shade of honey brown. It has moderate clarity with a slightly viscous appearance. The slightest white head fades to rim the top of the beer and leaves behind spots of lace along the sides of the glass.

The nose is full of nice malty sweetness and the light presence of green-appley hops. The grainy breadiness is present but doesn't weigh down the overall aroma. Sweetness is only slightly caramelly and more like fruity, chewy raisins.

Taste is full of toasted malts and a filling, chewy, but not heavy breadiness. The hops are a nice accompaniment, very crisp and appley with only a slight bitterness. It is a pretty simple beer, and oh-so-well done. The balance of the flavors is such that neither is dominant and each holds its own. The feel really assists in this, as it is well carbonated, extremely crisp and bright. The drink is filling, but still very clean and refreshing. Drinkability is as high as it can be.

This beer definitely lives up to the rating. I only wish I could get it regularly. It would definitely be a permanent fixture in my fridge.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of dank203
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours cola brown with khaki head and lots of sticky lacing. smells of licorice, fig and chocolate. mouth coating feel with a load of spice and a little alcohol kicking in the forefront, and a raisonette background . overall really subtly complex and delicious

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Photo of sponberg
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(1/04 update: Shared two bottles of this with friends over the holidays after they hand-carried them back from Germany. I'd give it solid 6s across the board if it were allowed. It has no equal.)

Finally the bottle and glass were empty, and I cried...

Dark amber/auburn color with a white head that starts firm and gradually goes down to a thin persistent lace. The aroma is a complex maltiness that's one of the seven greatest smells on earth.

One sip fills your mouth with every non-roasted malt flavor there is - raisin, blackcurrant, caramel, toast, chocolate, toffee... I could go on all day. The malt fruitiness & multifaceted lager sweetness (triple decoction? Quadruple?) is just balanced by a background bitterness. The alcohol is present, subtly, and in perfect balance with all of the other flavors. The finish is extraordinarily round, with a bit of licorice waaay in the background. Leaves every single tastebud in the mouth happy.

This beer is proof that the monks are indeed closer to a God than we are.

Note: Heavyweight used this yeast strain in Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter.

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Photo of jamescain
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weissen glass

Appearance: Light brown with an off white fluffy head. There are little bubbles streaming up the sides from the glass telling me this will be pretty lively.

Aroma: German maltiness with dark fruit hints. Caramel with a little bit of smokiness, this is as you would expect from a doppelbock.

Taste: Definitely a bready aspect to this beer with a touch of clove and caramel rounded off with some yeastiness. Not the most diverse beer I’ve ever had, but fitting for the style.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable for 7%. German beers tend to be lower in alcohol and the higher versions tend to show through. The carbonation was not as I expected but fitting for the style and gave the beer its medium body feel.

Overall: A good beer, not the best beer, but a solid representation for the style.

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Photo of genog
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this beer was a light to medium amber color, had decent lacing.

The aroma from this beer is of roasted malt, some slight spice, and strong clove, and a some hint of banana maybe?.

The taste is sweet, some caramel, and a lingering aftertaste. I could also taste a little of the alcohol as well. This was a good beer, but not the best I had on the trip. Some questionable mouthfeel.

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Photo of TommyW
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear, brown with an amber tint. Fluffy, off-white head about an inch high which slowly settles to a lasting film.

S- Smell is not very intense. A medium-low sweetness from dark fruits, yeasty bread, and some roasted coffee. A slight note of citrus as well.

T- Follows the nose, but not as reigned in. Sweetness of dark fruit and roasted malt. There is only a slight hoppy bitterness. Slight note of alcohol on the finish makes it cut out nicely. Very well balanced.

M- Nice medium creaminess that is balanced perfectly with the carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable for a doppelbock.

Overall, this beer is worthy of all of the praise it's received. A must try!

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A moderate pour from a 500 ml Euro-brown bottle produces a head of only about 1/2 inch. The head is creamy in texture and appearance and is quite sticky. The beer is a medium-dark, yellowish ruby-brown with ample carbonation.

A plethora of dark fruit in the nose and on the palate. Notes of plum, dark cherry, chocolate, licorice, sherry and bitters combine with some bready, nutty base flavors. Underlying everything is an earthy hop bitterness. A little alcohol warming and some mineral notes lend an extract-like quality. An initial perceived strong sweetness mellows as the beer progresses, so that the finish is semi-dry.

A complex yet easy drinking beer, perfect for this time of year. This bottle was very reasonably priced at 3-something for the bottle.

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Photo of supermeniscus
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought in the Hague. Since i'm becoming a fan of this style i thought i would give this one a try. Well, i never thought i would drink a German beer that was so complex. It's definitely got that extra something that only the best beers in the world possess. Drink it!

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Photo of ricke
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish brown with a thick tanned head of about 2 cm. The head settles after a while and leaves some lacings.

S: A rather big smell, very malty. Caramel, roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits. Grassy and spicy hop notes.

T: The taste is better than the smell would have you believe. It's not overly sweet, but here's still plenty of malty sweetness. I like how the expected caramel and bready malts are complimented by roasted malts and coffee - interesting and not very common. Lots of date-like fruity notes. Wood and a subtle herbal hop note. The finish is mildly bitter with a well integrated alcohol flavor and lingering malts.

M: Rather full bodied and very smooth. Quite a lot of carbonation.

D: As for doppelbocks go - a style I sometimes have a hard time dealing with due to the cloying sweetness some of them showcase - this is one of the better I've had. The sweetness is not overly powerful and the "dunkel element" in this one adds lots of levels and flavors. Nicely balanced. But still, it's not the most interesting beer in the world, and after one bottle I've had more than enough.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .87EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 25.06.2005

The beer pours a clear dark brown base, white a small white head, good retention and lacing. The smell is a fresh one dark and roasted malts.

Wow, this is the first German doppel I've had that actually tastes like a true American porter. Bold tastes of coffee and dark malts together. Smooth on the palette and a pleasure through delivery. This is a testament of how a strong beer is supposed to be in the mouth.
The beer is real smooth for a doppel, espeically since it resmebles an American porter which hare roughly 80% of the alcohol than this one has.

Final Thought: I was so happy to taste a beer in Germany after living here for now over two months that reminds me of the great porters of America, a wonderful find and a World Class Beer!

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Photo of Zimbo
3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don't think I've ever been so mesmorised by a beer while pouring it. With its rich deep brown colour and deep rich tan head, it certainly is one the most gorgeous beers I've ever seen. As a result I nearly spilt four or five mouthfuls just by gawking at the damn thing.
On the nose there was almost a burnt bready woody medicinal smell. On the tongue it is pretty dry, vinous with a flavour reminiscent of treacle and molasses. Tasty but it does not have the richness of classic Aventinus and I can't help but feel as if it was almost closed like a young tannic wine. Makes it slightly on the stern side as well. Very good but despite its initial promise in the end it flatters to deceive.

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

L-Deep cola coloring with a 3/4 inch off white head. The head recedes leaving a modest ring and lots of lacing.
S-Lots of chocolate and dark fruits that you would expect with a dopplebock.
T- All of the dopplebock elements are here. Dark fruit and maybe a bit more chocolate than some of the others I've had in the past.
F-Just enough carbonation to keep it from being full. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth leaving the chocolate to linger on your palate.
O-This is another good imported doppelbock. It differs from some of the others that the chocolate is the dominant flavor rather than the dark fruits.

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Photo of glazeman
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade at DLD...huge thanks

A: Pours a medium brown in color with a 3/4 finger off-white head that has medium retention and moderate lacing.

S: The nose is of strong malt, pears, and prunes. Overall, quite pleasant.

T: The taste is of sweet biscuty malt up front followed by some hay and then a little bitterness and earthiness at the finish.

M: This beer is a medium body and is perhaps a little under carbonated.

O: Overall this is an easy drinking beer for 7.1% and is quite enjoyable. I would drink a ton of it if I were in Germany.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW-- pours a dark garnet with a off white head.. The nose is fruity, with plummy notes and some dried fruit overtones. Taste-- Holy cow is this a dopplebock or heaven? Malty and fruity with enough to balance it from getting too cloying.. These monks know their business. Mouthfeel is as silky as a young Cuban womans thigh. Drinkability.. you are joking right? This is a session dopplebock.. Drinks so easy its insane.. 7.10 percent ? Where.. The flavour hides it so well. Not as malty as celebrator, not as wimpy as Salvator.. This is liquid gold.

A huge HUGE HUGE Thanks to Bierman VA for bringing me back not one but three of these Gems back form his trip to Oktoberfest.. Now given my wifes loves for Dopplebocks-- I need to lock these up somewhere!!!

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Photo of DerBayer
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Woohooo my first 5 and finally a beer to beat the Weltenburger Doppelbock

It is Chestnut colour with some ruby when held into the light

It smells divine of dark fruit, caramel and a hint of chocolate

Perfect carbonation and body in my view

Guess what drinkable eh!!!

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