Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.26/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-30-2012 20:25:47 | More by JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-26-2012 15:02:31 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-05-2012 14:54:06 | More by stakem
3.95/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
09-01-2012 03:02:27 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
08-13-2012 03:29:17 | More by Luk13
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
08-11-2012 13:18:11 | More by PancakeMcWaffles
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
1374th Review on BA
Bottle to Bock Glass
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!
07-04-2012 19:33:46 | More by FosterJM
3.75/5 rDev -13%
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.
07-01-2012 14:28:58 | More by Jwale73
4.73/5 rDev +9.7%
Brown hazy color, yeast sediment, thin head, maybe I poured yeast that I shouldn't have.
Armoa is tons of maple syrup, and caramel, smells like you're about to eat a maple syrup hard candy.
Mild taste, very balanced, toasty and sweet
Medium bodied, very satisfying carbonation
This beer starts out as "pretty damn good" then finishes with "crap, it's gone." Very great overall.
06-21-2012 23:20:11 | More by parris
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
A: Pours a dark purple/brown color with a large egg-white head on top, rather foamy. Decent retention that slowly reduces to a thin cap on top. Thin, soapy lacing forms around the entire glass.
S: Sweet aroma with some caramel, dark fruit, plum, raisins, a little bit of chocolate, and brown sugar.
T: Some more dark fruit, dates, plums, and a little raisin. There is some brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, and a little bit of cola. Hint of red apple on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy. No hint of alcohol at all. Slightly dry finish.
O: Very impressed. Great flavor profile and extremely easy drinking. Mouthfeel is superb.
06-21-2012 02:43:32 | More by mdaschaf
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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