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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 415
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 410
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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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 rhoadsrage
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a weizen glass) mind estens halt bar bis: 191010
A- Glows clear but dense with a deep walnut brown body with a sea of microbubbles in slow motion to a light tan creamy head that last and last with nice lacing with each sip.
S- The rich sweet toasted maltiness with some caramel malt with raw grain in the background and a Vienna malt.
T- A rich roasted flavor with a slight sweetness leads to a dry finish with a nice darker roasted malt that grows in the finish. A hop bitterness blends with roasted dark malt and a light sulfur note all linger together after the finish.
M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a nice creamy texture.
D- The full rich dark malt with some lager qualities and no real nougat melanoidins notes. This is a big beer with a nice supporting bitterness. It is a full meal in a glass.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark mahogany amber with a thin khaki head that had decent retention and light lacing. Rich malt aroma of caramel malt, brown bread, nuts and dark dried fruit. Flavor follows, with dark bready and caramel malt up front backed by dark dried fruit, particularly figs and dates, a little dark fresh fruit, a hint of rye. Mild grassy hops in the finish. Good medium body with active carbonation (not producing much of a head, oddly enough). A rich, satisfying doppelbock with the best dark brown bread character of any I've tried. Lots of depth and smooth into the finish. A tempting malt bomb of a beer. Glad this brewery is available again in the Northwest.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A rare opportunity to use my de Garde dimpled mug.

Pours cola colored with minimal head, quickly fading to just a few bubbles on the surface. Aroma is quite faint. Lightly sweet, with notes of toffee, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Just light touches of dark, dried fruit. Light body and moderately high carbonation combine for high drinkability.

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Photo of akorsak
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle courtesy of HumblePatience.

A: The bock is a deep tawny color, deep ruby red that is accentuated when light shines through. Tawny is not 100% accurate, as the bock is just a little too dark to be a port. A quarter finger of head arose on pour and quickly dissapated to a white band.

S: The nose is toasty, full of grains. The bready smell is accentuated with a dry fruitiness that is part apricot and part green apple.

T: Wow! The blast of malts is intense but it doesn't go over the top. The flavor screams maibock with its slightly fruity grain taste. Green apples with a touch of brown sugar sweetens up the taste, sweetening up malt body. Caramel and biscuit malt flavors are strong but well-balanced, mixing with the fruitiness to create a solid taste that is lively and fresh. I am not a fan of doppelbocks but this one is very good.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, allowing the malts to stand out without the biting sharpness that most doppelbocks manage to create. The sweet lightness makes me anxious for the upcoming helles bock season.

D: The abv is moderate but it seems to really hit hard, although you'd never know it from the taste. Big thanks again to HumblePatience for this beauty.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a giant stange at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich, nut-brown hue with minimal haze and a thick head of creamy ivory foam. Looks outstanding.

Smell: sweet, caramelly and extremely malty aroma. Smells like Whoppers candy.

Taste: sweet with big malt flavor. Not a lot of complexity, mostly just a very clean, very sweet malt character. Very solid.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess.

Overall: sweet but nicely quaffable; this is an archetypal doppelbock.

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Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a two finger, frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Impressive retention with sporadic streaks of lace left behind.  

Toasted, slightly smokey aroma with a nice balance of sweet and roasted malt notes.  Lots of toffee and caramel along with some bready yeast and subtle zesty spice.  I'' surprised about the roasted/smokey element by it adds another dimension to the swee malt profile.  

On the fuller end of medium body with a smokey roasted malt presence that gives off a decent amount of lingering bitterness.  Hints of toast, smoke and subtle BBQ/smoked meat followed by caramel and toffee sweetness.  This is balanced by a strong bready yeast presence as well as some hazelnut and a touch of rye spice.  Sweetness nicely counters the roast/toasted malts.  Finishes dry and slightly tart.  Well balanced and refreshing.  ABV is barely noticeable making this complex beer very easy to drink.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep amber with a large thick, very thick off-white head that takes a really long time to dissipate. Pretty nice lacings.

S: Sweet rich malty smell. Dark dried fruits, galore. Nothing else - they don't mess with the basics. Neat and clean.

T: Sweet malt, very sweet - just right. The dark dried fruits dominates (there are so many different ones; figs, plums, raisins, cherries to mention a few). Faint bitter hops.

M: Sadly this is the weakest part of any Doppelbock; aftertaste is to short. Body is full and carb. is mild.

D: Doppelbocks are great and this one is a great exampel of the style. The brewer doesn't mess with anything besides the basics and that is what makes this beer fantastic. The only thing that could make this beer better is time - I'm so happy that I bought myself a whole case and put most of it in my beer cellar for the future. Maybe I'll review another bottle from this batch in a couple of years after storing it properly...

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Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle from AKSmokedPorter as part of Secret Santa 2005. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the clear dark amber brew. Head fades down to a layer of small bubbles, with ample slow-falling lace. Aroma is heavy caramelly malts, with strong dark fruit highlights. Taste is grain husks upfront, gradually fading into light soft bitterness. Mouthfeel is like plush velvet, and drinkability is incredible. Worth the wait. Have to facilitate drinking this again...

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was at the monastery 3 years ago & thought their doppelbock was a little boozy fresh from the tap. So I picked up a bottle & it's been in my fridge since! (Best before 28 08 06)

A: Deep reddish-brown with a light tan head; ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Dark fruit & bread, dark caramel, light spicing, slightly herbal with hints of alcohol.

T: Plenty of dark fruit, bready, dark (almost burnt) caramel, roasted nuts, peppery spicing, herbal, slight steelie grassiness, hints of chocolate, balanced bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Fairly full body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade with RedHaze. Thanks!
Clear reddish brown with a garnet, purplish hue when held up to the light. A one finger cap of dense, off-white foam appeared after the pour, settling to a skim of fine bubbles and solid collar after a few minutes. Sticky, spotty lacing. Tons of malt character in the aroma, very cakey and bready, rich with notes of toast and biscuit. It had some fruit character as well, mild dried fruits like raisins and figs. Flashes of dry cocoa and darker malts, plus a bit of smoke, appeared as it warmed too. There was a solid bitterness lying beneath the malt flavour, never too far forward yet providing the necessary balance. Light citrus mid-palate hung around through the finish. Alcohol was present from the start, but stayed light and balanced throughout. Malt sweetness played the dominant role, but the caramelized sugar and bread flavours weren't let run wild. Notes of cake and toffee, perhaps a bit of biscuit, floated in and out of focus, along with some dried fruit sweetness and a hint of yeast. The finish wasn't overlong, but a balanced combination of flavours lingered for a while on the palate. Medium bodied with medium/low, well integrated carbonation. Texture was a bit creamy and chewy. This stuff is superb. I was expecting a lot of malt, but was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of flavours present. That quality made this a pleasure to drink, and very easy to polish off a bottle.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle courtesy of Bierman9. Thanks, David, it's been on my Wants list for years!

I pour it in a glass that can hold the entire contents of this half liter bottle, and it is a clear brownish red colour with 2 fingers of foam. Ahh...this is a fantastic looking brew.

The smell is big grainy notes with side orders of some chocolate and some sweet malt. Taking a few more whiffs, I can't get any more and the more whiffs I take, the weaker the smell becomes. Weird but that's what I'm sensing.

Now the taste, is another matter entirely. Nice sweet notes of caramel malt and milk chocolate, some light bitternes from hot cocoa, and a very pleasing overall grain bill that works perfectly with everything else. A very malt forward brew, as the style would dictate, but the flavours mesh so well together that I think I'm tasting a little bit of heaven. WOW!

Right on the cusp of being full bodied, the carbonation here is just enough to keep things very interesting; in other words, on the light side. This has an awesome mouthfeel, like liquid silk.

Drinkability? If I had another bottle, I'd pop the cap on that puppy too! Incredibly drinkable with neither a hide nor hair sight of the alcohol. Man, if this was an easier beer to find like, say, it was in town, I'd be drinking it several times a week. One word sums it all up for me...Incredible!

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Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RedHaze for hooking me up with this one, I've been trying to get for a while.

Pours a clear dark reddish orange, light brown, thick off white head forms, quickly settles to a medium ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is glorious, very bready, yeast, biscuit, caramel, bit of iron, dark fruits, bit of orangey citrus, rich and delicious smelling. Taste is great, brown sugar sweetness, citrus, light floral, then caramel, lots of dark fruit and iron, raisins, maybe a touch of chocolate roastiness, very dry biscuity finish, light bit of spice, very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, bit of warmth but very smooth. Definition of liquid bread, fantastic doppelbock.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear deep burgandy color. Some slight orange highlights. A slight beige head sits on top. Thick maltiness on the nose. Some molasses tones seep in. Great smell. Body is almost full. Silky smooth in the mouth. Chewy maltiness dominates, and it should. Caramel and toffee notes are big. Hops are there solely for balance. Molasses also makes an appearance on the buds. Beautiful. An elite Dopple. This is so damn easy to drink.

Give me a nicely stoked fireplace, some Van Morrison in the background and 10 of these badboys and I'm smiling.

A Bighuge thanks to Shit and Mrs. Shit for securing this dandy for me.

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

500ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and some butterscotch. There is also some raisin and herbal notes and a bit of a earthy/smokey/roasted flavour. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.

Overall - I've been wanting to try this one for a while due to the high reviews. It's a good beer.. but nothing mind blowing. My bottle is best before September 2012, but still.. it can't have changed all that much.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive malt aroma with big melanoidins. Some caramel is present along with a slight earthiness. Quite good.

Chestnut colour with red tints. Massive, creamy light tan head. This looks good. Decent head retention and some lacing.

Rich malt character with bready melanoidins and a hint of toast. Some dark fruits are present in the background which is nice. Sweet but nonetheless well attenuated. The finish is surprisingly dry. Very nice with just a hint of alcohol.

Medium-full body and moderately-low carbonation. Good.

Very drinkable for the style and spot on what it should be. A great beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. 23-12-10 on the bottle. Again, Beerwolf77 with the always generous sharing!

(A)- Pours a clear yet dark reddish color that produced a decent gray-ish colored head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nice toasted nutty caramel component with bits of toffee and vanilla.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A nice toasted caramel and nutty toffee/vanilla profile.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A good mellow richness with a smooth;clean sweetness. Very minimal bitterness if at all.

(D)- An excellent Dopplebock. Rich and sweet, but smooth/clean and an easy drinker for the style. Great stuff.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Klosterbrauerei Andechs, served in a 0.5L glass in the bier garten. The beer was dark auburn, kind of a burgandy shade of brown with a tan head. The liquid was clear, possibly it was aged to perfection by the monks.

The smell strongly reminded me of the wort from my home-brewing excursions, a very nice and strong malty aroma. The flavor was sweet and malty, a bit of fresh baked bread, and a tad bitter in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, a really big thick presence. For drinkability I'm going to knock off a full point, in that you can tell there's a buzz hitting you and the threat of impending drunken stupor stops your hand from reaching for the glass too often.

Overall, not as outstanding as I'd hoped but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with one finger tan head and minimal lace. Aroma is nutty, toffee, woody and bread like. Beer is medium bodied and smooth and even creamy at times thanks to hints of wood but really a sticky malt concoction of toffee (possible other dark fruits), caramel, and finish of chocolate bread (somewhat like an unfrosted brownie). Well balanced and not too sweet and dry finish complements this beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with good amounts of smooth chocolate and hints of roastiness. Also present are slight amounts of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Smooth and almost syrupy caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of cocoa powder. Midway through the sip the malt flavors dark with slight amounts of roasted flavors. The roasted flavors fade out quickly and the malt flavors sweeten through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I didn't find this beer as mind-blowing as I'd hoped, and in fact I'd rate Celebrator higher, it's still a very good beer. To be fair it was noted by Joe that it was substantially better on tap. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

medium mahogany with a big light beige had, great retention and lacing... epitome of a doppelbock, molasses, prunes, bready... the taste is just like the nose but with a touch to much alcohol on the finish... not my favorite style but its great for the style

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear medium brown color, with a small quarter inch head, and not much lacing. Doesn't look like much, to be quite honest.

Smells pretty nice, like caramel, dark fruits, lager yeast, and a little bit of chocolate.

The taste is similar. This is one of the smoothest dopplebocks I've ever had- the alcohol doesn't show itself whatsoever- just smooth delicate flavors of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, dark fruits, chocolate, brown sugar and some lager-ish yeast flavors. The malt character on this one is sweet, but bready. No real hop flavor to speak of.

This one is medium bodied, not as thick as I'd expect, but it is only 7% ABV. A little bit creamy, but mostly crisp, with a lower amount of carbonation.

This is widely considered one of the best dopplebocks in the world. I find that hard to dispute.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 2/8/2011

A: copper-red brown, with a 1 finger tan head, leaves decent lacing

S: caramel, sweetness, malt, dried dark fruits

T: nothing but malts on this one, could not even distinguish a hop presence, nothing really lingers for very long

M: mild carbonation, thick, creamy, kind of sticks to the tongue--not necessarily the flavor, just the feeling

D: not my particular favorite style of beer, it's drinkable (aka, not the worst beer I've had), but not something I would routinely seek out.


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

Split a bottle with largadeer. Best before 30th July 2008

A: Crimson with a nice, dense tan head

S: Fruity with dark raisins, plums, dates and caramel. Slightly bready. Different from other dopplebocks i've had but still recognizable.

T: Complex yeasty, fruity profile with a hint of rum. Bready, fruity sweetness with a medium body and a dry finish

M: Medium bodied but with a dry finish, this one's great. The drying finish is spectacular

D: Very easy to drink a ton of this. I wish i could find more and easily.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle
L - creamy beige head holds good retention atop a bronzed brown body
S - fainter aroma of earthy hops, caramel, grain, and toffee
T - rich and sweet, toffee, caramel, grain, earthy spicy hops, slightly peppery on the finish
F - fullish body, creamy and smooth, finishes clean
O - a bit of a surprise here. I was expecting better. It's still really good, but I was hoping for a little bit more from the #2 ranked doppelbock in the world.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7.1% ABV, 23 12 10 on the back label.

Ironically I received a bottle of this from Thorpe429 as an engagement present the day that Beerwolf77 shared it with out crew to tick another top 100. Got to tick it, AND I have a bottle to enjoy later. Awesome! Thanks guys!

A - Clear and mahogany amber color is brilliant and sexy but topped by a weak off-white head. Low retention and some spotty lace cover the glass.

S - Rich and smooth malty sweetness with a crisp lager nose. Not overly complex but nice caramel sweetness. Very good dopple aroma!

T - Toffee and caramel with a toasted malt, biscuity flavor. Large maltiness but still smooth and crisp from the lagering. No hops.

M - Sweet and malty with a smooth, crisp finish. Very medium-bodied and medium carbonation.

D - Very good dopple. Great drinkability. I really like the malt presence in this awesome German lager. They know their dopples!

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.