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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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687 Ratings
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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 365
Gots: 39 | FT: 4
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 joepais
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks go out to Bierman9 for blessing me with such a wonderful treat.

Bottle poured into a large Pilsener Glass brought forth a large of white head that lasted a while .The body of this brew was crystal clear and dark brown with some ruby highlights in color. This thing is pretty it looks better than a touched up print add.

This is a nice light aroma, not what I expected from a dark brew. Very subtle bread and sweetness with an almost undetectable roasted malts note in the end.

This is what a doppelbock should be, yes I have found the standard bearer. This is sweet and malty but at the same time earthy so as to keep the sweetness in check. I can't find any alcohol present in the flavors. Smooth, creamy and rich comes to mind when trying to describe what I feel in my mouth

I am already sad seeing this on drain from my glass, if I make it to Germany this will be my beer of choice
I just have to end this review with,
Prosit!

joepais, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My special thanks go out to William (WJVII) and Marla Vogel. On there vacation to Europe in May of 2008 they purchased this brew for me. They carted it half way around the world from Germany to Stevens Point, Wisconsin. All for me to have this special moment. Again, thank you.

A - A very tall, dark tan, foamy, and quickly rising head. The body is a dark brown with amber and purple tints as the light passed through.

S - The scents of chocolate, smoked meats, malt and cherry all wrapped up in one. The only hindrance is the weakness.

T - The flavors begin mild and move toward bold as the taste progresses. There are strong malt flavors that consist of caramel, subtle spices and pungent fruits. While the alcohol taste is present it by no means controls the brew.

M - The feel is actually a bit coarse considering how smooth the flavors flow. There is an after-feeling in the back of my throat that's obvious. The texture is strange in that it touches the front of my tongue very softly but after the brew is down there is a coarseness left behind. I actually think it assists in prolonging the flavor. Upon my first sip I was not please but as I've moved on I am actually really enjoying this unique characteristic.

~ I must admit this is one of the finest, if not THE finest, doppelbock I've ever had. I will look again for this brew and hope to someday enjoy one on German soil with my good friends, Bill and Marla. Did I say thank you?

cdkrenz, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the chance to acquire a decent amount of a fresh batch of this recently. Thrilled to finally be able to put this one under my belt, I wasted no time at all with getting one chilled down to enjoy. Served out of the fridge and poured into a twenty ounce pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/22/2008.

The look was absolutely perfect, and I really mean that. For the style, it gets no better then this one, hands down. Rich dark brown in color and completely opaque, save for a few touches of light peaking through on the sides and bottom, giving it a slightly reddish tone around the edges. Some nice, light carbonation came trickling up from the bottom of the glass, converging into a rich three inch head of off white foam that took what seemed like forever to finally settled down. Rich side glass lacing then followed this and I mean I cannot stress enough how good this one looked.

The aroma was a touch lighter then I would have expected, but still absolutely great. Rich notes of caramel and toffee just ruled the day here. Some light notes of bready malts and a touch of earthy hops in the back, with the tiniest hint of a spicy alcohol, but so mellow it was barely noticeable. Then I took a taste. This had to be the smoothest, creamiest, bock I have ever encountered. Hands down just ridiculously good. Super sweet with nice notes of caramel, toffee and rich bready malts all over this. So subtle in its profile, so rich in its complexity, it was seriously hard to match this in terms of anything I have had in the style before. Super smooth carbonation and a body that bordered on the full line, as it was so filling and creamy that I nearly melted into my chair. Rich, and very sweet aftertaste then moved me right back to where I started leaving that toffee like flavor laying across my tongue for the rest of the evening.

In the end, I was utterly blown away by this one. One of the best beers I have ever had, period. It was just so smooth it almost defined logic. I could not simply imagine having something this good, and here I was enjoying it. This one needs to be tried by everyone, it defined the style for me. What a happy night.

mikesgroove, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to try this following a trade with RedHaze. Thanks, man!

A: A deep, bronze with some soft, reddish highlights. A great coloured bock - a light sandy, creamy head. A great lacing all the way down the glass in cascading layers. Perhaps the most perfect looking pour I've seen.

S: Soft, toffee sweetness blended in with a toasty malt scent - whole grain bread, and slightly cake-like. A little vegetal - almost like green bean.

T + M + D: A nice, rich body with almost a creamy butteriness to the feel. This complements the warm malts very nicely. A bit of a butter-icing flavour. A sparkling carbonation adds a nice touch to the already great feel. A delicious doppelbock, and perhaps one of my favourites to date. The warming of alcohol comes out a little bit towards the end of the bottle, but keeps fairly well hidden for the most half. Makes for quite easy drinking, with a little kick on the way out.

Proteus93, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

150 reviews as of this writing. Thanks to redhaze for the chance to try this gem. I've had a number of US interpretations of this style and enjoyed them. This.... This beer set's the standard for me and is one I'd be happy to enjoy again except for the whole getting access to it. If you like your dopplebock malty, crisp and oh so easy to quaff try this one. If you get the chance definitely go for it!

barleywinebrewer, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of hoppymeal
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small butter cream colored head that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, some very nice toastiness that mixes well with the sweet maltiness, crackers and bread, and a bit of graininess. Taste follows with some sweet maltiness up front, golden raisin sweetness, fruit and berries, caramel, a great molasses quality, toasty grains lead to a nice crisp hop quality in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, carbonation is on the low side which allows the malty sweetness to weigh slightly on the palate before a small peppery crispness works to balance it out towards the finish. Very enjoyeable and highly drinkable beer.

hoppymeal, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

DrJay, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of munro78
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a bier!!! I got a nice size liter of this straight from the tap at Kloster Andechs. I never did find Carl Orf but I did manage to find the biergarten.

Appearance was dark brown...slightly ruby. Nice head retention as the foam slowly subsided.

Smell...a nice blend of matls, noble hops and alcohol.

Taste was obviously very complex...spicey, matly, herby ...caramel..nutty...what else is there???

Mouthfeel was very nice, very full and complex, a sensational balance of spices, malts, hops and alcohol.

This is truly a beer that has been perfected over the ages, and by ages I mean centuries!

munro78, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to RedHaze for the chance to try this beer. Very generous in a trade, and I'd probably not have had the chance to try this otherwise. Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights. The head is not bad, but nothing special, and it fades fairly quickly to a thin swirly head. Smells of dark pumpernickel bread, very dry malt, blackstrap molasses, and an earthy bitterness. Black bread in a glass. The taste is even richer and breadier, but with some wonderful dark bitterness laced throughout. More black bread, and an earthy, grainy bitterness, especially at the finish with dark chocolate bitterness. Up front there is ssome creamy sweetness to start things off. Very complex, chewy, and rich. What a wonderful beer! Creamy, rich, stiff, and bitter in turns as far as mouthfeel goes. I could drink this beer all day- its just that wonderful and perfectly balanced. By far the best dopplebock I've ever had, and much less sweet and fruity than most.

Georgiabeer, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of grub
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. best before 08 10 08. sampled sept 13/08.

pours a nice red-brown, garnet when held to the light, with a small dense off-white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is excellent. rich caramel and toffee. loads of dark fruit - date, fig, bit of raisin. the caramel and fruit gives it sort of a candied fruit feel. hint of smoke. bit of biscuit. multi-grain bread. touch of alcohol, but it is mostly hidden.

taste is great. toasted multi-grain bread. caramel and toffee again. still lots of dark fruit too - date, fig, dried craberry, bit of raisin. bit of biscuit. a little more alcohol than in the aroma, but mostly only noticeable as a gentle spreading warmth on the way down. fairly low bitterness level, yet a touch more than i expected. there's a bit of yeasty character too - slightly unexpected considering the clarity.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-low very fine carbonation.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. love all the fruit and caramel. a real treat. thanks again eric!

grub, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Viggo, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Eric for this rarity.

Appearance: It pours a dark copper/bronze color with some ruby highlights around the edges. The head is caramel colored and is about two fingers deep. Retention was very good, though lacing was on the light side.

Smell: Dark fruit aromas kick it off. It's a blend of raisin, plum, and prune. It smells a little sweet. Malts are very prominent on the nose. Smells like the roasted variety with a bit of caramel blended in. Hops are more apparent than I would've ever guessed. Very nice surprise. They have a bit of an earthy character to them. It's a nice smelling beer, but not quite as deep as I expected.

Taste: The nose is actually a nice representation of the flavor. But, the flavor is more impressive. Raisin, prune, and plum are strong with a little residual bitterness. Roasted and character malts provide a solid base and some sweetness. It's really a light, sweet flavor though. It is a little hoppy, but it's an earthy hop flavor. I wouldn't characterize it as bitter. Surprisingly, this has a really well-balanced flavor. I was expecting very malty and sweet, but it's balanced nicely. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a nice medium body and is very smooth and silky. Carbonation is spot on for this one. It's dialed down a little and it goes down really, really easy. Drinkability is likewise very high. I'm not the biggest fan of Doppelbocks, but this is among the finest.

I'll go ahead and 'fess up on this one...I wasn't expecting to be this impressed. I'm really not a huge Doppelbock guy. This had "overrated" written all over it for me. But, it delivers. It's not perfect, but it is no doubt damn good. It's simply a "must try" for all BAs. Thanks again, Eric.

prototypic, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer by which I will now measure all German brews, and all lagers from anywhere.

Pours a sparkling, champagne-y caramel brown. About an inch of off white foam that hangs around for a while. Smell is bready and yeasty, with a hint of fruit notes.

The taste is superb. Yeast, roasted brandy, dark fruits, raisins? plums?, figs? ... just a great explosive complexity. I would buy this every week if it was available. Creamy, densely textured mouthfeel.

Thanks to brdc for the trade. Just phenomenal.

Overlord, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of wl0307
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 01/04/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass

A: an elegant reddish brown hue comes with a thick and frothy beige-hued head slowly building up with good retention; the carbonation is fine and constant, adding to the elegant appearance.
S: a de...eply sweet caramely and fruity aroma upfront consists of preserved longan-fruits, fat raisins, fat juicy red prunes, dried red-dates, licorice syrup... buttressed by a thick bedrock of caramely and lightly chocolatey malts, melted crystal sugar, while constantly an understated sour tinge true to any decent German lager lurks in the background along with a clean herbal touch of hops. Overall it's almost like a chilled longan-fruit tea with a pinch of brown sugar too much (if you've tried Chinese longan-fruit tea or juice, you'd immediately understand this), but the thick malt sweetness also gets a loyal support from the sour edge of fruits. Integrated and complex.
T: creamy-textured caramel maltiness expands on the tongue, followed by a deeper flavour of exotic black sugar (not "brown" sugar, but the one used in many oriental [read Japanese/Taiwanese] desserts), mild toffee and dark chocolates, preserved black plums, raisins, longan-fruits, and a slightly spicy undertone of hops... all complementing the consistently malty theme that gets a wee bit of gristy-grainy flavour. The finish sees a slightly tannic and bitter palate of hops accompanies the residual sweet dark-fruits and lovely herbal bitter-sweetness of malts, leaving very little undesirable sticky mouthfeel.
M&D: silky smooth and soft on the mouthfeel vis-à-vis a full body and rich flavour profile, while the texture gets slightly "oily" as the beer warms up. Although the sweet fruitiness and caramely characters come a bit overpowering at first, they are quickly balanced off by the complex maltiness in the mid-taste and further softened by the lingering hop bitter-sweetness and a burned undertone in the very end. This second bottle proves more pleasant than my first encounter with this beer three years ago; or, should I say, my palate is better trained now that I can finally appreciate the goodness of such a beautiful nectar?!

wl0307, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle courtesy of brdc poured into a snifter. Big, big thanks Daniel!

A: Pours dark, dark brown with a big fluffy tan head that recedes to a cap leaving big clumps of lacing. The beers has a nice hazy amber tint when held up to the light.

S: Smell is headlined by a big caramel malt background with some brown sugar, dark fruits and spices. There was also a hint of hops in the nose as well.

T: Very complex taste that starts with a dry, roasted caramel malt sweetness. There is a cola sweetness on the palate with some sugar and dark fruits. The hops and slight dry character keep the sweetness in check and maintain a great balance.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with enough carbonation to leave the tastes dancing around on the palate between sips.

D: This is an extremely well-balanced and drinkable dobblebock. I'd probably put it a strong second among dobblebocks I've tasted. Highly recommended!

gford217, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red/brown colour with a nice, lasting white foamy head.

The smell is nice; dark bread, some spices, malty.

Taste is slightly better. Sweet, malty taste with some dark bread, notes of liqourice and spices. Slightly of warming alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was, according to me, outstanding. Very creamy, filling and "round".

Thanks to Bananaman (and his father of course, who brought this from Germany) for sharing this bottle!

Ljunkan, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Medium sized capped bottle, poured into a tulip like Allagash glass.

Very nice bronze looking beer, with some reddish highlights, and despite the predominance of dark colors, still somewhat transparent, so clear.
Light tan head, decent size, good retention and lot more lacing than expected.
Powerful and pleasant aroma, the expected malty sweetness, lots of caramel, nuttiness, but also a nice fruitiness with some citric notes.
Quite full for the style, it starts quite malty and caramelized, with a load of dark fruits, some chocolate, but it manages to finish quite dry, much more balanced than the average, despite its loads of malts.
Very impressive, and certainly more drinkable than the average doppelbock given the nice balance and dryness.

brdc, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My father took a trip to Berlin and brought this bottle home for me, thanks for this one!

Brown/Red colour.

This is a really good Doppelbock with a distinguished taste/smell of dark bread. Very malty wich is pretty common for the style, but not too sweet.

Bananaman, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Dark leather brown with a sizable head; head does not stick around

Smell
Holiday spices mixed with some heffe-like banana

Taste & Mouthfeel
Malty and sugary sweet--maple syrup and spiced cake; medium body, a little oily in texture; finishes with some candied orange

Overall
Complex and full flavors make this an interesting and enjoyable beer.

JEdmund, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of sampling this beer on-tap at the Holzwurm in Bad Kreuznach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland, in July 2008.

Serving vessel was a 0,5l mug. Appearance was deep ruby-mahogany with a small, off-white head and decent lacing on the glass.

Sweet, caramel-infused aroma; full-bodied with a thick-though not too thick-mouthfeel. Flavor matched aroma -- very sweet and malty, though not cloying at all; very little bitterness to mention.

Drinkability suffered a bit as this is a true Doppelbock -- afterward, the alcohol showed (though perhaps it's just that I'm a lightweight) and it was very filling, a proper characteristic of this "liquid bread".

Overall, a spectacular example of my favorite style; perhaps one of the best I've had. It was just what I needed to fend off the mass of German pilseners I had been consuming.

superdedooperboy, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of RedHaze
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in Munich, Germany. Best by 08/10/08

Pours a deep dark mahogany, with a one finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; caramel and molasses dominate upfront, followed closely by a little chocolate. Brown sugar covered dates, with a mild hint of some herbal/grassy hops fade to a some more dark fruits such as raisins and plums.

Taste; thick sweet molasses and caramel kick things off, then chocolate and a faint roasted malt flavor comes forward. The middle is all dark fruits with some dates, raisins, and cherries (after a bit of warming). Herbal/grassy hops are present, but they definitely take a supporting role to the malts.

moutfeel/Drnkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth carbonation, and, for me, the drinkabilty is off the charts.

I've had about twenty bottles of this so far between Germany, and the bottles I've brought back, and each time I've had this I discover another flavor that I didn;t notice before.

RedHaze, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Turdfurgison for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, very minimal sticky lacing follows. The nose is very big on malts, sweet, and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty doppelbock, but I would definitely put up a Celebrator up against it, recommended. Availability is the only thing I can see that makes this special. Thanks Eric.

Wasatch, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Drinks of the World in Bern.

Looks great with a dark red-brown body and light tan head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of smoke, port and dark bready grains. The flavor, unfortunately canät quite match the brilliance of the aroma and falls a little flat without any big fruit, grain, or other yeast character that really stand out. It's still a pleasant mix of dark bread and dates thats quite nice.

The drinkability here is also amazing. This is certainly a beer that could put you in the gutter if you're not careful.

tempest, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright plum-red in hue with orange-brown influences; excellent color depth. Vaguely beige head, at the apex the head was about a finger tall but the foam quickly fell to a thin, soapy cap. I wish the head was bigger and there was better retention. Similarly, there is not much lacing, only a couple clumps that lazily hung to the side of the glass. While the color of this beer is excellent nothing else about the appearance is all that noteworthy.

Clean roasted maltiness dominates the nose, kisses of chocolate, char, molasses too. Hints of dark fruits are noticeable as well, some figs and dates. For a malty nose it does not seem sweet. I truly love the charred caramel-toasty husk and chocolate aromas. I have never smelled a beer (exactly) like this. Sure, the nose smells of a German Doppelbock. The bouquet is different (not necessarily better) than Celebrator or Curator. The more I smell the nose the more I appreciate the subtle complexity. The alcohol is basically absent. I get a vague hint of hop spice and grass... or I could be full of it. Anyway, the nose is excellent.

The palate is a touch sweeter than I was expecting but it is still not as sweet as some Doppelbocks. The husky-charred caramel maltiness is lovely and unique. The mix of chocolate and kiss of roast mixes well the aforementioned and the smattering of figs, dates, and raisins. I also detect lightly spicy, soft warmth from the alcohol, licorice, brown sugar with a slight smoky nuttiness. Rich flavors, complex but not overwhelming. Delicate but bold. This is a gem of a beer. Big, thick, chewy aftertaste... my tongue is coated with this beer.

Maybe the carbonation could be livelier; it could help the heavy felling. Near full in body, hearty mouthfeel. Very nice!

I never thought I'd try this beer. I never sought it out. I believe in Beer Karma. Low and behold... I got a bottle thanks to RedHaze (fresh from Germany, I should add). There is some fairly high beer geek hype for Andechser Doppelbock in much the same way there is for Timothy Taylor Landlord. Both beers delivered. I thought this beer was amazing, very tasty and quite easy and enjoyable to drink. Is this the best Doppelbock in the world? Not sure. Best beer from Germany? Not sure. Is it a damn good beer? YES! Thanks again RedHaze.

bditty187, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of lou91
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had to review this beer because it is so special and to give thanks to BA RKHaze who brought this as a gift from his visit a year or so ago. Big, noisy rich and malty pour made my mouth water instantly. The taste is perfect with lots of baked bread, chocolate and raisins in a very refreshing package. It is a bit lighter than I expected which earns it a 5 in drinkability. I would drink a lot of this if I was in Germany. Thanks again Randy.

lou91, May 28, 2008
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.