Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
Had this in smaller doses a couple times now so I thought I'd throw up a minimal review since I like it so much.
Pours a light brown with a slight bit of head. The aroma is light and is mostly nuttiness and some musty malt. The flavor is very nutty with a caramel maltiness. It is fairly light and lacking rich complexity, but it is a damn near a perfect session style ale (well, the ABV is a bit too high for that perhaps). If this was imported it would possibly be my "go to" beer for everyday drinking situations. Just so well balanced and zero off-flavors.
10-25-2010 00:51:06 | More by alcstradamus
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
I found this at the Delirium Café and Im glad I had it when I was there because it was impossible to find in either Koln or Dusseldorf when I was there, despite its availability being listed on the Andechs website.
This has a dark brown/reddish body with only a little head. There is a huge malty aroma with caramel notes that pours from the glass. The taste matches the aroma with big sweet malty flavors with caramel and some accompanying bitterness that builds at the end. As it warms up, the caramel presence increases until it is nearly the primary flavor. This is only medium bodied with good drinkability. It is a good beer but I did expect slightly better because of the reputation.
07-30-2007 02:36:34 | More by drseamus
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
Presentation: Finally! A HUGE thank-you goes out to Kate F. for picking this up for me while she was in Munich. Sadly, I couldn't get my act together and get it before the best-by date (3-5-11) had passed (damn you, recession) but it's here now, and I'm stoked to try it. 500ml brown slimline pop-top with nice label poured into 18oz dimple stein. Bring it on.
Appearance: Pours an attractive dark walnut with burgundy highlights. This sports a dark ivory/light tan cap wihch soon fades to a thick ring. Would like a little more head retention on this, but that could have something to do with the age.
Smell: Now this gets things back on track! I was worried this might be somewhat muted or downplayed, considering the age, but it smells friggin delicious. Sweet dark caramel, huge notes of toasty bread, and a hint of apple and raisin jump out. The aromas are big and bold too; this smells absolutely delicious.
Taste: The taste is very smooth up front, and displays a nice mix of caramelly/bready and fruity flavors. Sweet, dark caramel leads things off, followed by toasty bread, and then by a dry maltiness (Munich, likely?). You think that's the aftertaste, but then you get a bit of dark fruitiness (I'm thinking dates, maybe)? This flavor, while nice, is a bit muted, and I'm wondering if this is one of the losses of age. Either way, this is a remarkably smooth Dopplebock that tastes more like 6% than just over 7% abv. A medium, firm bitterness brings up the back end.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full and rich.
Overall: I think I can say that a few weeks out from the brewery, this is probably more than worthy of 'the best dopplebock in the world' title that it receives here on BA. Even now, with four months having passed since the 'best by' date, this is still probably my favorite dopplebock I've ever had. I love the strong, toasty bread and caramel flavors and the way they balance with a hint of dark fruit. The hop bitterness is just enough to keep this from becoming cloying. Really well done. Thanks again to Kate for this awesome treat!
08-05-2011 02:30:39 | More by BedetheVenerable
4.7/5 rDev +9%
Generous off-white head forms atop the dark brown body. Head is foamy, frothy, sticky, moderately lasting. Light ruby hints make the color seem complex. A truck of malt in the aroma. Various flavours of smoked fruits, red berries, blue berries, cherries, light smoke, light roast. Terrific integration of the aromatic components. Another sniff gave me mineralic or salty notes. Another hinted me toward bread. Yet another proposed candy sweetness almost approaching honey. If the aroma contained a truck of malt, its 2 trucks you have when sipping. Its intensity is pushed further although always staying in the subtlety grace as opposed to a celebrator. Incredible precision, every angle is well cut. Bolder than the aroma in its leathery expression. Quite dry overall. Nut skin, roasty and earthy light hops finish. Could last a little longer perhaps. It really tastes like fresh and clean water was used. Incredible malt depth they have there. Gets even better as it warms, close to a 10 as far as taste is concerned, I guess just a bit more length would nail it. Polite medium to full body, high carbonation is at the limit of being too much. Stellar doppelbock that grows on you sips after sips. New developments and happenings every time. 2 thumbs up to Stephen and his neighbor for this unique chance!
09-27-2004 15:23:45 | More by Rastacouere
4.95/5 rDev +14.8%
Thanks to the wonderful exbeastiefan for packing this back from Amsterdam for me. One of only a handful of my original wants from when I joined the site that I haven't had the pleasure of trying. Stoked.
Best by date 06/06/12. Poured a 500ml bottle into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a mahogany brown,with a decent 1 inch head that leaves just a little lacing. The aroma is amazing. Huge notes of caramelized sugars. Toffee and toasted breads. Dates and figs cover just a hint of booze. Super complex nose. The flavor starts off with dark fruits. Dates with just a little prune. Brown sugar and caramel. Toast mingling with earthy hops. Just a tiny hint of booze as it warms. The mouthfeel is light and creamy with just a bit of dryness on the finish. Man, this a fantastic beer. I'm so glad I finally got to try it.
11-12-2011 03:32:11 | More by hwwty4
4/5 rDev -7.2%
A-red almost gold color with s little bit of head
S-smells like decadent spent grain. Kind of inviting
T-a little bit of fruits mixed with a bunch of roast malty notes
M-medium body and oh so smooth and decadent
O-solid brew, Germans know his to make their beer...
07-30-2011 21:07:42 | More by brew3crew
4.85/5 rDev +12.5%
A huge ass thanks to Kev for sharing this one!!! Half a liter bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium ruby red color with two fingers of head that die off slowly, leaving a little bit of lacing. The smell is sweet and malty. Lots of caramel going on, with a slightly toasty aroma. Just the slightest bit of alcohol. Very full. The taste is smooth and malty. Both sweet and roasty, a perfect balance. Lots of biscuit malt in there. The harmony of flavors is unreal. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick, yet smooth as silk. The drinkability is deadly for a 7.1% brew. This is awesome.
01-27-2006 01:51:47 | More by SheepNutz
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.18/5 rDev -3%
Pours with a dark reddy brown body, clear. Thick fluffy tan head with some retention but towards the last third it was pretty slight
Smell, sweet caramelly malt, some dried fruit
Taste, thick sweet malt, some raisins, some roasted flavour on the finish. Sweet and estery
A pretty enjoyable dopplebock
08-04-2005 18:18:31 | More by cypressbob
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
"Benediktinische Gastfreundschaft im Andescher Bräustüberl." Brewed in the style of a Doppelbock, one of the highest rated Doppelbock beers in the world, this beer is not distributed outside of the abbey. Thanks to my brother for bringing this highly anticipated treat back from Germany. Date on bottle is 15 03 12.
Poured from a 500ml. bottle to a flute glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a thin copper cream head of a frothy consistency. Body color is a mahogany orange amber of high clarity with ample carbonation. Retention is average. Appearance is pretty nice. 3.5
(Smell) Moderately toasted german malts, a touch of grain character for depth. Big notes of plums, dates and figs and a clean bready yeast tone. A pinch of warming ester alcohol. Very clean aroma, but full of depth. Potency is medium/high. Very inviting aroma. 4.25
(Taste) A modest caramel and german malt sweetness with a touch of bready grain depth, despite being even cleaner than the nose gave off. Immediately follows through with a wave of dark fruit characters- figs, dates and raisins with a moderate sweetness that transitions seamlessly from the malt profile to finish off with a clean, ideally balanced finish. Hops are mostly faded but the malt and yeast characters in this beer are truly enough to carry it unaided. 4.5
(Mouthfeel) Very clean texture with a smooth bready texture, moderate carbonation. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is low. Really nice texture and carbonation level overall. 4.25
(Overall) I really enjoy the depth and the drinkability of this Doppelbock. My favorite part is the yeast depth falling together so well with the malt profile. This is a well hidden gem of a Doppelbock. Definetly worth trying! 4.25
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
05-27-2013 02:57:51 | More by Jadjunk
4.22/5 rDev -2.1%
Had this on tap following the brewery tour at the Andechs Kloster. Nice mahogany pour with two finger off white head that fades pretty quickly with minimal lacing. The nose is all toasty malt, with hints of brown bread, caramel, chocolate, and just a touch of banana and dark fruit. The taste is much the same with loads of toasted malt, brown sugar and caramel along with hints of toffee and chocolate. The dark fruits really come out as it warms, and the sweetness becomes more intense. The hops are subtle, but add just enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. The mouthfeel is really creamy and smoothe. I'm not a huge bock beer fan, but this is a world class beer that really represents the style well.
10-17-2011 17:04:07 | More by beerdrifter
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
Finally! David said I could open up one of the bottles I brought back with me this past year. Freshness date was still good. Shared the bottle with David and Uncle Jimbo. More than cola colored, I poured a thick chewy tan head that was full of a nice Germanic pumpernickle bread. The carbonation was really nice, not too little, not too much. Full bodied, but the spot on Germanic breadiness, and smooth hoppiness make this more sessionable than other Doppelbocks I've tried. It lives up to the hype, if you are not expecting overwhelming alcohol. Would drink it again, and I can, 'cause I still have a bottle left.
09-12-2005 12:52:43 | More by PatandDavid
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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