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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

742 Ratings
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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 368
Gots: 52 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-16-2002)
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Photo of AleWatcher
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the always awesome and generous bierbliss-- thank you kind sir!

Reddish brown with a tan head that is the color of light brown sugar.
Lots of roasted and sweet malt. Caramel flavor up front, some dry toffee, and some roasty coffee notes at the backend.
Huge thick body-- very impressive.
This is a great dopplebock. Easily the best one I've had.

Thanks a lot Todd!

Photo of beerdrifter
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel colored liquid that is capped by three inches of foam; the retention was very good and bubbles of foam were left on the side of the pint glass

Smell: Dates and caramel backed by a hint of grain

Taste: Date and caramel flavors, up front, moderated by toasty grain elements that keep the sweetness in check; by mid-palate the cocoa and apple flavors add additional complexity that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A wonderful doppelbock, with terrific balance and complexity; particularly like the mouthfeel; this was the style that started me on my beer journey when I was at the Spaten brewery and tasted Salvator; unfortunately, I was at Andechs earlier in the week without knowing that this was the beer to order; so now, some seven years later, I finally got to try the best of the style

Thanks, Doodler, for the opportunity

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of glazeman
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of phiberoptik
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jason for the taste. Next time I will Rosetta Stone some German so we can read the bottle...

Pours a reddish brown with some golden hues. I didnt note any noticeable carbonation from the pour.

Smells of spent barley, very much full of grain notes and a sweetness from the malt sugars.

I taste so much grain in this. Again there is a noticeable sweetness, but wet spent grain is what I taste. My wife mentioned it reminded her of rice crispies.

Nice carbonation on the tongue, lighter in body than the color would suggest.

This was a nice taste and I am glad to get to try one of the highest rated doppelbocks, but the graininess is a bit much for me. I am much more of an ale drinker.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 7-30-2011
thanks jason

A - deep ruby/amber body, quickly dissipating tan head thins to a thick film

S - spent grain, dark fruits, nice complex malty nose

T - earthy, dark fruits, grain

M - medium body, fairly smooth.

O - this is pretty good.

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks jason for bringing this!

Pours A golden brown. A nice touch of tan head. Smells heavily of barley and other maltiness. As simple as i could ever expect. Tastes just like it smells. Simple. Barley, malts, overall not too crazy but solid. This is a boring style in my opinion but this brew tastes great. Incredibly simple while still being tasty

Photo of dansmcd
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, dirty yellowy head billowing above the darkest almost black ruby essence.

S - Yeasty. coffee, chocolate and raisin.

T - Very malty. Coffee, prunes, bitter dark chocolate, and smoky roasted malts. Delicious.

M - Alcohol content veiled in this smooth, creamy full bodied dopple.

O - A cracker. Very easy to drink but well worth savouring. Deserving of its high rating.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think Jason shared this one with me.

A - Pours a rich brownish/reddish color with a finger of off-white head that had some good retention and lacing. Solid looking beer, and very good for the style.

S - Caramel and malts are the obvious backbone of this beer, and it has a deep dark fruit/prune smell with a little bit of breadiness to it. Good stuff.

T - Taste is a lot like the smell, with a little bit of alcohol to cut through the sweetness. This kind of reminds me a little bit of a quad, other than the bready taste bringing it down a notch and breaking it up. Good dark fruits, caramelized sugar, and molasses.

M - Pretty close to full bodied, with soft carbonation.

O - Pretty great beer. This is a style that is hard to do tons with, but it is rich, with good flavors and balance.

Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottled received as a very generous gift from PatandDavid who are awesome people thanks again!

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear garnet stained brown with a 1 finger rocky beige crown that shows some retention and a little lace. Pretty classy example of the style.

Smell: Nice mixture of sweet malt, bready malt and dark fruit (prunes, plums, figs, and dates soaked in molasses), a dash of tart sourness, and a whisper of smoke. Not exactly pungent but of good quality.

Taste: Same as the nose (yeah!) but with a bit more depth and character. Quite flavorful while still retaining the clean signature quality of a lager. An impressive feat in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable and highly enjoyable!

Photo of KrautAficionado
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

cherry-lacquered brown in color with a dense, spongy, 3/4" tan head riding on top for the duration of the beer. Aroma is delicately composed of french silk pie with chocolate graham crust, stark chocolate toffee, flame licked tree bark, and turtle fudge frozen custard. Flavor chimes in as lighter fairing. Cocoa dusted, crushed graham crackers. Silky chocolate trait folds back the fragile flavor layers. Liquefied chocolate wafers emit a vibe akin to a touch of room temp hot chocolate, cooled at its warmest state with an ice cube or two and dulled it down by doing so. Mildly roasted accents with circumstantial caramel drizzles. Errs on the light side, gently tossing over the tongue with a moment’s respite at more concrete semi-chocolate characteristics. A mild chocolate butterscotch generality gently weaves in and out as we go along.

Photo of rjvaudreuil
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drunk from a snifter glass. pours dark brown with some orangy huhes. medium sized off-white head. aroma of caramel, raisons, very roasty, sweet,with a bit of alcohal. flavor is sweet and caramely, dark malts, very flavorful. just a bit of alcohal at the end. probably my favorite doppelbock although i have only had about five different ones.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Note: this is not my favourite style though I have tried to take it into consideration and marked accordingly.

Appears brown/ruby with a frothy head. Smells rather average to me, caramal/biscuity.

Taste is an improvement, bitter and sweet. Dark fruity tastes and a small amount of hops.

Overall a good doppelbock, went great with a cheese sandwhich too.

Photo of Bogodar
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with ruby note. Caramel, malt, and bitter roasted notes. A bit of honey somewhere in the background, too. The taste, it is simply liquid bread. The head does not keep for too long and is rather flat (what is perfectly fine here). The beer is quite strong but you cannot tell the alcohol level. The alcohol is hidden behind the bread taste. Even the finish does not show any alcohol notes in the palate.
Again... perfect drink for pumpernickel bread slices. Marvelous winter warmer.

Photo of ikats
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, ruby in color, with significant light brown head. Beautiful to look at. Aroma is full of roasted notes. If any beer should be likened to "liquid bread" - this is it. Beautiful malty taste. Very smooth. Full of flavor. There is maybe just a hint of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is terrific. It's medium body (actually, maybe even full bodied).

Wonderful beer! It's almost worth a return trip to the Munich area.

Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Photo of Forb
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5L Mug On-tap at the Kloster Andechs....

Appearance: A lightly darkened caramel brown with some, but very little, reddish transparency to it. Solid bubbly consistency with a frothy head.

Smell: Malty sweetness that hints toward caramel and bread but with it's own element of fruity darkness.

Taste: Definite malt kick of caramel sweetness but with a balance of both dark fruit and hop tones that add to the subtle complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium crisp carbonation with a smooth, highly drinkable, body. Beware! xD

Overall: For those who enjoy a good Doppelbock this is easily in the upper echelon of the style so consider it a must. This beer sets a standard. Make a mecca and go see the monastery. The food and beer are extraordinary and will set the mood for the best, most palatable, experience.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.08/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red colour, very Hellish with a bright shiny quality to it. Head is surprisingly light, but nice bubbling. Lace is amazingly dense and sticky. Looks heavy in some ways but the head is great.

Nose is very grainy and nutty. So much honey on that as well, it just reeks of honey oat bread and just is way too sweet, bordering on insipid. It's weak as far as complexity goes, and just simple. A disappointment.

Taste is better, but still big, sweet and grainy with honey-oat notes on the front. Develops more complex, and stronger, red wine characters towards the back but still falls short of pleasant complex sweetness. Bit of a citric twang late-mid which is the most interesting note cutting through a fairly insipid malt-bomb. I'm not a big fan of this style at times and this is a particularly simplistic example.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel, mostly thin to carry this mostly uninspiring palate.

Yeah, I'm not particularly impressed with this. It's a malt bomb; it's quite plain. I don't like beers that are this sweet but this commits the double sin of lacking nuance or complexity.

Photo of jamescain
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of crossovert
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle purchased at the local Edeka, mente antes de: 30.12.11.

The pour is actually not that pretty with this beer. It has a beautiful rusty reddish brown color and tan head but it comes of as too soapy looking.

The smell is fresh and clean, just smooth, sweet malt flavors like dark bread, honey, dark fruit,and brown sugar and some subtle but noticeable hops that produce a delightful smell.

The taste is out of this world, i haven't had a good doppelbock this fresh. It is bursting with sweet malt flavor with raisins and dark sugar, it is clean but the sweetness isn't too low. The sweetness is higher than the average doppelbock though, so bear that in mind.

Overall a solid doppelbock, the best? Maybe.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne as part of an order. Sent to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, to celebrate my 1200th beer review.

Pours a lovely burnished red-brown colour, with a fine and full head off off-white foam. Lacing is patchy and spotty, but subsists well enough. Body isn't that thick, but the carbonation is so fine that it produces static lacing when tilted. Looks very good.

Nose is classically German, given some phenolic characters of sharp crushed organics, along with a genuine robust grain character, along with a freshly baked bread sweetness. Not huge, but extremely classic, and perfectly fitting in the genre.

Taste is clean and clear, with a pleasant grainy overtone that demarcates it into the German style quite comfortably. Smooth entry with some bready yeast on the finish, and a thick body that gives it some heft.

Despite the heft, the body feels a little empty—it doesn't have a lot of fullness on the palate, or the complexity to keep it going.

It's not a bad brew, but it's far less complex and far less exciting than some of the other brews I've had the privilege to try this evening. I feel I've had much better doppelbocks, and I'm a little disappointed that I saved this one for my 1200th review.

Photo of rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a classic and a proper formed beer. but in the face of some fresh examples in germany this is just on par with some other solid beers. color is dark bronze with a nice healthy head that was consistent through the easy drinking 5 minutes the glass when down. a wonderful balance of bock. some leather smokey, some hay, some toastiness. but still not as smooth as expected. lean like a lager and no abv in sight. this is a proper and food ready doppelbock.

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.