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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 421
Hads: 984
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 416
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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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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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 BWED
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.5 L draft in a mug at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia

A- Deep brown amber, with a tan head. Doesn't retain.

S- String malt, caramelized sugar, caramel, a bit of iron.

T- A bit of roast. Sweet caramel, a little metallic.

M- Slightly viscous. Pretty light for a doppelbock, however. A bit of a bitter finish.

O- Decent. I'm not superbly impressed, but it has some really good caramelized characters.

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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 PatrickCT
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured into a snifter.

a: dark cherry in color held up to the light. Thick but not hazy. One and a half finger off white head that dissipates quickly. Limited and delicate lacing.

s: mo' f'in 'lasses. Toasted grains. Faint coffee.

t: More molasses, coffee, toasted grains, vegetal finish...as in root vegetables roasted with a meat.

mf: Smooth and slippery up front. Slight peppery carbonation at the finish. Very delicate for something so heavy.

o: This beer is focused. It certainly knows what it wants to be and is just that. A solid doppelbock.

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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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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark beer with a bit of a red tint towards the bottom. There is very little head on this beer; the head leaves rather quickly. There appears to be a slight bit of carbonation

S: Holy shit, this smells incredibly nice. It has a sweet malty smell too it, but there is a underlying hit of fruits.

T: There is more of a traditional lager taste to this beer, but yet for some reason it doesn't hurt the flavour of the beer. The malts must make sure the shitness of a lager stays away. The fruits of this beer king of linger on and it is the last thing you taste. This beer is 7.1% yet I cannot taste any alcohol. It's like a smooth lager, goes down incredibly easy.

M: It's a bit light like most bocks, and has some carbonation.

D: This is incredibly drinkable, which is bad because this can get you quite toasted after just a few.

Damn good doppelbock!

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

I was fortunate enough to bring a whole case of these jewels back home from Germany. People who had an opportunity to purchase Andechser could be split into two categories: those who regret for not picking it and those who have grabbed a few but are sorry for not taking more of them.BBE 12. Dec 2010, into tulip.
The pour gives deep dark brown body with ruby hue overlain by abundant, persistent light tan head slowly dying out to a thin but stable veil over the entire surface.Tilts are weaving firm sheets of lace broken into patches sliding down the walls.
Thick, palpable aromas of strong maltiness, significant melanoidins, toasty notes, whole grain rye bread, dark fruits (plums and sweet cherries), light chocolate and faint caramel with hints of smoke. Thick piles of aromas are almost impenetrable to the alcohol that emerges bashfully. Thick malty matrix envelopes fruity-toasty flavors listed in the aroma section, slightly smoky sensation, faint smooth alcohol and bread crust finish balancing the malty sweetness. Melanoidins donate fullness, roundness and depth to this flawless beer.
Medium-full bodied with low to moderate carbonation the beer is velvety smooth and creamy and although tends to create slight syrup coating never cloying.
This one succeeded where others have failed and I am not left any choice but to give it highest ratings. Andechser is the reigning king of my own little Beerverse.

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Photo of haz77
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish-brown with an inch of firm tan head. This slowly drops to a creamy finger-thick layer. Low carbonation.

S - Dark fruit, molasses, sourdough bread, coffee, toasty nuttiness.

T - Initial mouthful of caramel, with some smokiness creeping through. Ripe dark fruit appears in the middle. Spice and alcohol build towards the finish and into the aftertaste. Bittersweet molasses flavour lingers.

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy. Coating syrupy texture, with medium body and cleaning carbonation.

D - Superb. Surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of shapudding
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 10/05/05. Can’t read anything on the label -all in German except the Reinheitsgebot! Dark and rubied-brown and clear, can barely see through it. Lovely thick, milkshakey head with a ton iof khaki froth and bubbles crackling through. Lusciously heavy malty aroma, it just smells thick! Caramelly, karo syrup, mollassess... Slightly creamy feel, bit chewy, but not heavy, more medium bodied. The caronation is jut barely noticeable. Very wet feeling. Taste of caramel malts, light toastiness, more sweetness, towards the end of the sip. I get thoughts of cream sherry, but I can’t decide if it is from the aroma, taste of maybe just more of the whole experience.... You get a lot of flavor punch in this without it being too much. Not too overpowering. Very good flavors. Makes me keep thinking about it, keep tasting more and more, with each sip of it. Nice one!!
Thank for this one Horst!

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap

A- Dark brown with red hints if seen through light. A medium beige head recedes quickly leaving good lacing

S- Malt sweetness with some caramel/dark fruit hints. A faint smoked feel brings some balance to the sweetness

T- Mostly what the smell suggest. Sweet malt to give a light bready character, some caramel and maybe some clove hints at times. Maybe also some vague hop bitterness in the finish. Quite boring

M- Light for the style, with not enough carbonation in my opinion. Goes down easy without much to be worth remembering

D- Extremely drinkable for its ABV, but not that interesting. Still a beer that i would happily drink if there was nothing better avialable

Overall an enjoyable beer but i'm really suprised with such a high average rating. This beer had no bad flavours, nor bad aromas, nor nothing that may suggest a bad pouring, so i assume there was nothing wrong with mine. Just to make sure i was not wrong will try it again and re-review if necessary

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As prosimed, after scoring this beer a c+ i went back to it (november 22 2011) and it is now quite obvious that the on-tap version i had was a bit off. Second try is a 500ml bottle, i'm just pointing out differences between first and second tasting

A- Same colour and all but very much better retention

S- A roasted feel is now more lively, with some toffee hints as well

T- Not as sweet as first tasting. Still some caramel and bready notes, but now much more in balance with a strong chocolate/toffee taste. Some hints of roastiness and dark fruits as well. Kinda reminds of a porter

M- mouthfeel was quite watery on first tasting, now it is not. Dense, creamy body, but still very smooth with just a hint of carbonation

O- Amazing beer. Strong and dense in body and flavour but still as amazingly drinkable and balanced as the best bavarian beers are

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

The beer poured a deep dark brown with a thick tan head that leaves a foamy lace on the glass.

The aroma is all malt - a very rich caramel.

The caramel tasts comes through so well balanced with the hops that the noble hops enhance the taste but never are the primary flavor component.

The mouthfeel is medium light and the carbonation tingles the tongue and roof of the mouth.

The alcohol taste and burn were muted. This was my first German beer on this trip. I think I made a good choice. Started the trip off with a nice beer.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to my friend Kerstin who snagged me this brew while in Germany. 3/2/12 is best by date.

Pours with a think head which settles quickly. Dark amber in color. Smell is sweet but not overly so. Taste is sweet and smooth; mix of malts and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth. ABV not detectable. A wonderful doppelbock. I would drink this on a routine basis if available. Worth seeking out. I am a huge fan of the style and this is exceptional.

Prost!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a tankard at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-brown, and forms a thick, fluffy light tan head with excellent retention. Lacing is somewhat insane.

Smell: Sticky buns with raisins throughout, fresh from the oven and just finished glazing, all bread and sweetness and fruit.

Taste: Sweetness is the primary characteristic, and it is present in abundance, from the first moments of the sip all the way to the finish. The sweetness is definitely bready as well, alongside a sort of coppery, metallic twang. There's a not insignificant amount of noble hops in this beer, which lends a slightly medicinal taste to the sweetness, and an oddly bitter finish and aftertaste for a doppelbock. I get no fruit or nut aspects from the flavor, possibly due to the hop factor.

Mouthfeel: This beer doesn't exactly deliver the sort of thick, creamy, sticky mouthfeel I associate with a doppelbock, instead drinking more like a bock.

Overall: Being perfectly honest, this isn't my favorite doppelbock, nor do I classify it in the same tier as Korbinian and Celebrator. This drinks more like a maibock, and it'd be a pretty darned good one.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RedHaze for the trade!

Poured into a pilsner glass.

This beer is a deep amber/brown with a two finger tan head that drops to leave a nice cap. Some lace sticks around the glass.

Smell is subtle. Some roasted malt and just a hint of chocolate.

Taste is nice and balanced. Roasty yet sweet. Not as burnt as some other dopplebocks. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall, this is an very tasty brew. Silky smooth mouthfeel and highly drinkable.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.