Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 401
Hads: 880
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 394
Gots: 80 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 John_M
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the real surpises during PIB was to see this beer on tap there.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty outstanding, as the beer show-cases considerable cherry, vanilla, a hint of butter scotch and even light chocolate on a malty frame. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and while the beer is pretty malty and fairly sweet, the beer is not at all heavy, and the beer came across as surprisingly drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and this beer is ridiculously easy drinking. It's a bit on the sweet side, which didn't work all that well on a warm summer day in Portland, but this beer would be a real treat to drink in fall or winter.

Very nice beer. (812 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This Doppelbock is *VERY* long-time "Want" for me, finally had the chance to try this at Portland International Beerfest 2013. A 4 oz. pour (clean glass, first taster of the day) - 1 ticket/$1!.

A: Deep amber with a distinctly reddish undertone in the sunlight. Good, steady carbonation rises and generous lacing falls from a dense ivory head that starts at nearly a finger. Would love to see this as a full pour in "proper" glassware, but this fest's glassware does it justice.

S: A bit sweet and floral, something akin to caramel apple, candied nuts and honey.

T: Plenty of fruit: apple, pear, fig and a little woody brandy. Sugary and malty/grainy (pecan pie or brittle?), but then an ashy-dry bittering follows in the finish. Sturdy and complex flavors, quite well-balanced.

M: Awesome smoothness/creaminess - probably my favorite attribute. Vaguely sticky, but not too starchy/gummy. 7% alcohol is well-concealed.

O: What a treat to try, among my favorites of this terrific festival and among the very best of this beer style that I've tried. Extremely easy to drink (as were the other three from Andechs at PIB, I should add...). Sweet at times, fruity, nutty, and a balanced bitterness - bold and satisfying. Very glad to have tried this! (1,251 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, had a bottle date but I forgot to write it down, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with an inch of off-white head, very good retention and lacing.

S- Sweet aroma of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar and bread. This actually smells really, really nice. I'm usually not into doppelbocks because of excessive sweetness, but the aroma here is sweet and complex without overdoing it.

T- Again, not too sweet at all. Flavor has a really nice dark fruit component, along with nuts, bread, caramel and brown sugar.

M- Medium-bodied, soft, creamy and smooth.

O- I was very pleasantly surprised by this, it's damn tasty stuff, easily my new favorite in the entire style. (696 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Chestnut colored, cream head, quickly dissipates

Aroma: Malty, sweet, honey-like

Taste: Sweet, creamy, with hoppy, dry finish; well balanced

Remarks: This turned out to be my go-to Doppelbock when I lived in Stuttgart.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (296 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice fizzy head, hazy sediment yeast laden chestnut brown color

Nose nice toffee, nutty, molasses like almost syrupy candy, toasted wheat, dark wheat, biscuit, etc.

Taste brings light syrupy molasses, then biscuit, toffee, nutty flavors, little buttery brittle, light candy like, lots of wheat and little candied banana, etc. Dry finish, lingering toffee and nutty flavors as well as the banana wheat.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, cross between a nice German dunkel, and Belgian like monk style beer. (544 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"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

Klosterbrauerei Andechs'
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
4.33/5.00 (1,849 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ah, the legendary Andechser Doppelbock. I got my chance to try it on-tap at Andechser am Dom in Munich and was excited to have the chance. On to the beer:

This doppelbock is ruby brown in color with red and orange hues which add an extra texture to the appearance. That's not to ignore the good amount of lace which whip around the glass. The nose makes me think of a meal in a glass, a strong dark sweet bread note, but trailing it is a kiss of chocolate. The flavor provided is big in quantity; it's toasty, bready, a little bit sweet, and has a breath of alcohol whicc compliments rather than disturbs the chemistry of the beer. It's medium full bodied, which is fitting, though perhaps not as warming as I expected given the talk of this beer. Make no mistake, this is good stuff that I would recommend you taste when you come to Bavaria. (843 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 16.9oz (0.5L) bottle into a Guinness 250th anniversary Imperial Pint. Fridge temp.

Grabbed by a coworker for me while he was in Germany.

Appearance- Relatively clear amber/brown with one finger of bubbly white head that didn't last long leaving a pleasant ring around the beer.

Smell- Caramel malts, mild hop earthy aroma, metalicy smells, maybe some dark stone fruit. Not too impressive. Mostly just roasted malts.

Taste- Caramel, toffee, cherry, plum, light roasty coffee, and a heavily roasted malt backbone. On the sweeter side, but not cloying by any means.Perfect example of a Dopplebock. Alcohol is hidden as well.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and rich (but not too viscous) with moderate carbonation. No booze burn at all. Very creamy throughout.

Overall- One of the best Dopplebocks I've had. Truly a fantastic example of the style. (851 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish ruby colour, ring of off white head, light lace on the glass as well. Smell is a nice mix of malt and dark fruits, comes off quite jammy with some nutty/almond like points, but great aromas of malts and fruit all the way through. Taste isn't quite as nice as the nose but retains the flavours of malts and nutty dark fruit, a bit jammy as well, plums and a bit of chocolate mid palate into the finish, more dark fruits in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium bodied with a nice feel. A really good doppelbock but not as good as Celebrator, still really nice to be able to try this though. (603 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Pino, 500ml into a tulip.

Dark brown with mahogany hues, beige head with great retention and good lace. Nose is bready, jam and dark fruit notes, nuts and toffee. Taste has mroe bready flavours, dark fruits, toasted grains, a sweeter 'jammy' flavour pervades but dries out in the finish. Medium full, real smooth lower carbonation without any alcohol. An excellent doppel, would doppel again. (403 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.84/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Goin' after some big fish here, the current top-rated doppelbock. Let's dance: It pours a dark-ish sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises dry toffee and lightly-toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light vanilla bean and watered-down cocoa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this stuff is about as painfully average as you can get. Something tells me it's all about unattainability here: Because this stuff requires at least an overseas trade or a vacation or a lucky hookup, it's perceived as better than it really is. (I call it Westy syndrome.) Sometimes, it's still good, but it's never nearly as good as reputations hold it to be. Huge case-in-point here. (829 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.91/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep reddish amber appearance with a layer of beige head. Nose is very malty with hints of smoke, cereal grains, a bit of vegetal character and some notes of corn. I get some aroma of dry dog food as well... Ehhh... Not so good. Taste has a one dimensional fruity sweetness with notes of grape. A bit of a tart turn at the end. Taste is a bit sloppy. Mouthfeel is moderate with light carbonation. Overall, not a huge fan. (421 characters)

Photo of supermeniscus
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (274 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The main beer I wanted on my one night stopover in München.
On tap at Andechser am Dom.

What is basically a pint glass is laid before me holding a beer with a thick tan head and a transparent dark bodied brown beer with orange and red highlights.
The nose brings forth aromas of dark fruit with a big bready presence.
The aroma translates well into the taste. The dark fruit and breadyness are there with some added grape.
The beer is a little sweet and sticky with a smooth medium body.
Goes well with the their interesting Spätzle dish. (544 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a .5 litre Andechs glass in Germany. Reviewed from notes taken June 2010.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of lovely cream and thickness. Great retention. Colour is a dark ruby. Nontransparent.

Sm: Dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and pleasant dark esters.

T: Dark fruit, caramel, layered beautiful yet minimal hops. Brilliant shining esters (but not berry) on the climax. The full-bodied barley body is subtle and well malted. Very well balanced and built. No alcohol comes through. Perhaps a touch too sweet, but I quite like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours nciely. Maybe a bit syrupy, but it's forgivable; this style demands thickness and presence.

Dr: Very easy to drink, even refreshing. A fantastic Doppelbock - definitely one of the best I've ever had. Give her a spin; you won't be disappointed. I'd have to have a side by side, but I think I prefer this to Celebrator.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml courtesy of Don. Thanks! Tulip.

A: Plum and brown color with a quarter inch lasting head. Decent legs.

N: Clove, brown sugar, malt, soy sauce, prune. Has a deep appreciable sweetness that never ventures to cloying.

T: Complex. Brown sugar, some earthy hop bitterness. A hint of smokiness and some soy sauce, but not as a flaw. Incredibly balanced. Clove again. Cola. Breadiness like a dark rye loaf.

M: Rich and full. Very clean.

O: A rewarding beer. A veritable loaf of bread in a glass. Extremely glad t have tried this, and a beer I will revisit whenever I get the chance. (586 characters)

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had this a few times on draft and finally picked up a 0.5L bottle at the local Trinkmarkt. Let me start by saying that I'm not a huge Doppelbock fan, but that I enjoyed this beer a lot.

A: Pours a dark dark brown with some red tint to it. Clear, no turbidity. One or two fingers of head which formed quickly and dissipated equally quickly with almost no lacing.

N: It's nice, of course, mostly malty earthiness with some sweet toffee smells. I get some combo sweet and salty aroma like teriyaki or butterscotch cookies with sea salt. Smells better than I make it sound.

T: Not as sweet as I would have guessed from the nose, more toasty than it smelled. Nutty malty breadiness, with molasses and maybe a cola flavor. Sweet dark fruits, but not overpowering at all. I don't get much alcohol, 7.1% is tucked away nicely. Slightest bit of hop in the finish.

MF: I like the mouthfeel on this, coats the tongue well with good, balanced carbonation. A little too lingering maybe, a little creamy and oily at the end.

Overall this is a great beer and worthy of being highly ranked as (one of) the best in it's style. This is more subdued and balanced than some of the American Craft takes on doppelbock. It's in the same league as Ayinger Celebrator in my book. (1,266 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a few times, but haven't gotten around to reviewing it. This bottle was from Etre Gourmet and was nearly a year old. Served in some sort of tulip at Tom's place.

A - Light tan foam settles to a thin collar and wispy patches, leaving minimal lacework. Transparent dark almond brown body.

S - A nice collection of toasted malts, cocoa powder, toffees, honey-dipped cake, and a bit of malted milk chocolate (i.e. Whoppers). Perhaps a hint of roast in there as well. It's also got that clean lager feel to it.

T - The taste isn't quite as sweet as the aroma suggests, with more hearty bread and nuts and less of the sweet and sugary flavors. Think banana bread with a dash of dark fruits and toffee and you'd be pretty close. No alcohol, which is appreciated even though this is on the low end of the Doppelbock ABVs scale. Clean and surprisingly refreshing finish.

M - Medium-full bodied, with a bit of roast dryness to the texture. Otherwise chewy and creamy, with medium-low carbonation an a hint of alcohol warmth. Quite easy to drink in comparison to some weightier beers of the style.

D - This is a very good doppelbock, but I think the unavailability factor may drive up the scores a tiny bit. Still, it seems mellower than Ayinger Celebrator even though it's a bit higher in alcohol. I could easily drink a half-litre on my own and I'll make sure to do so next time I'm in Europe. (1,408 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle I got sometime ago. Noticed this was within a month of it's best by so I opened it up with the only person i know who is crazy about this style - BA smoked. The brew pours a clear mahogany with ruby hints through the body. This looks almost like a clarified sort of maple syrup with 2+ fingers of yellowish tan froth. Stringy fingers of lace stick to the glass. Flawless appearance.

The smell has a solid toasty grain scent that is strikingly fresh. If you have ever witness the sheer awesomeness that is the smell of mashing in to a grist composed heavily of chocolate/caramel malts, this is it encapsulated in a glass. Notes of molasses and toffee, burnt sugars, mild chocolate, coffee and caramel all swell up in the nose. Some herbal hops and modest alcohol inclusion break up the malt assault in your nostrils.

The taste includes flavors of molasses, chocolate and nutty grains on the sweet side. Contrasting is a modest herbal to citrus hops inclusion with minor carbonic quality mixed with minerals. The aftertaste is buttery toffee, raisins, molasses and some earthy to herbal hops along with that carbonic quality previously mentioned.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It is crisp and somewhat lighter in the feel for 7+%. This is a solid integration of flavors with nice complexity. It has a lingering cling on the palate almost like butter which is my only gripe. Overall a really nice experience that was significantly better than I was expecting. No wonder this is #1 in the style. Get it. (1,566 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab for hooking me up with a bottle of this after he returned from a recent trip to Germany.

Ruby brown in color that glows in the presence of light, there is a light layer of coarse foam that forms upon the pour. There is no retention at all. No lacing appears either.

The aroma and flavor are both mild compared to the best American interpretations of the style, but also even to some of my favorite German versions. Light toffee, caramel, and a touch of cocoa. Earthy notes, some hints of dark fruity esters, and a very clean finish. Not bold, but like a great pilsner, it is very nuanced and balanced.

Smooth, not too heavy, and very enjoyable, this is definitely a top-notch doppelbock. Definitely unique, but hot damn I would love more of these. (768 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on tap, served in a 1 liter glass directly at Andechs monastery. The trip and ambiance played certainly influence my perception and appreciation of this beer. Very nice dark roasted malts without being too sweet which makes it one of the most easy drinking doppelbock. Wish they would import bottles of this in Canada. (336 characters)

Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown/red-ish colour, thick tan white head that reduces to a small layer very fast, almost no lacing.

S: Strong and malty rather sweet smell, little fruit, some caramel , decent toasty aromas.

T: Very sweet, more toasty than the smell would suggest, less caramel than I would have expected, little hops in the end, but not too much, overall a very balanced toasty malty flavour profile.

M: Not much carbonation, still a very watery mouthfeel for a Bock

O: Decent Bock, very interesting taste and smell, balanced aromas, overall a good dark Doppelbock, but the mouthfeel is a little disappointing. (613 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1374th Review on BA
Bottle to Bock Glass
500ml

Best by: 20/11/12
Thanks to my inlaws for bringing this home from Germany

App- Deep & Rich copper mixed with brown. Fairly dense with some shinny yellow in the center. A good puck of a off white/beige head with a pond layer top.

Smell- A lot going on in this one. A bit small with aromatics of sweet sugar, caramel, wheat and raisins. Seemingly small quad, bock and wheat beer in one. No sign of 7% and just a touch creamy.

Taste- This is very tasty, rich and smooth and filling. More sweetness than I wouldve thought with a malty, raisiny flavor and a touch of creamy sweetness. Again like a small quad with rich flavors that are balanced and layered well.

Mouth- Med/med. creamy malty, liquid simple syrup with brown sugar and wheat.

Drink- Just a fine example of a wonderful style. Wonderfully layered, sweet, savory and rich. Glad I have more! (904 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Thirsybird for bringing this back from Germany. 500ml bottle. 6/9/12 indicated on the label. Pours the color of mahogany with a translucent clarity and a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head that dissipates into soapy swirl. Nose is somewhat dull and doesn't really reveal all that much - just a suggestion of sweetness. Taste is malty, albeit not overly sweet, and somewhat subdued on the backend. There's also a hint of prunes and a faint, German yeast character. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very solid and drinkable doppelbock; however, definitely lower in alcohol than many of the other representations of the style that I've tried. That said, not a beer I would recommend for extended cellaring. (773 characters)

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.