Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 368
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
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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 loren01
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brownish color, nice sized frothy white/brown head, good lace down the glass.
S: Smells like fresh baked sweet bread. Lots of maltiness...smells very nice.
T: Sweet toffee and bready malt flavors dominate...slight dark fruitiness in there as well.
M: Medium bodied and very smooth mouthfeel
D: Man I wish I knew how to get this stuff in the states!! One of the best dopplebocks I've had.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first bottle I busted open in line at the veritas 007 release. Also gave myself a good pour. Aquired this bottle from digita7693 from Germany. Expensive shipment but worth it. Glad to have another to drink soon and will probably be trading for more.

Pours a dark brown color. Like a far brown stained wood. Nice head and decent lacing.

Aroma is more roasty than expected. Compared to other dopple bocks I've had. Not alot of aroma but also some caramel and that malty lager aroma you get from a bock.

Taste was more roasty than I expected but had a good semi sweet chocolate flavor I was not expecting. Toasted sugar and caramel with the roastyness of the grains is very nice. Also a bit of that typical lager flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little less viscous than I expected (compared to celebrator) but very nice. Nice medium carb.

Overall I will be trading (with hopefully my regular germany trading partner) for this many more times. Gunna keep this one around for others to try.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark reddish-orange copper color with an average sized foamy and creamy off-white/light beige head. Good retention with a good amount of lacing left.

S - A lot of dark malt with caramel, toffee, toasted grain and a slight bready smell. Hints of nutty and fruity smell as well. Hint of earthy hops, but this is definitely a malty beer.

T - A good balance between some dark fruit (particularly cherry) and dark toasted malt taste (prominently grainy and bready malt but the caramel and toffee flavors are also fairly strong). Very rich malt taste is present throughout. A hint of something similar to semi-sweet cocoa/chocolate is also present. Fairly sweet tasting but has a bit of a tart zing to it. Nice toasted malt flavor lingers on the tongue well after the sip.

M - Medium body with slightly above carbonation. Quite smooth with just the slightest bit of drying, sticky feel at the end.

D - Superb. Great malt flavors. It is sweet but definitely not cloying. Just a very easy to drink and enjoyable beer. The flavors are well balanced and very satisfying to taste and it goes down very easy. Too bad the ABV is a touch high.

Notes: Very nice malty beer. Sweet but not overly sweet. Just a very easy and enjoyable beer to drink. Luckily the taste also lingers a bit. It doesn't seem like a beer that blows me away or really shocks me, but rather a beer that I would happily drink everyday. Very rich flavors, but it isn't too much or cloying. Wonderful beer, if you can try it, do so.

Photo of sfprint
2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beautiful dark auburn color. A color I've never seen in a beer. Hardly any head.

Smells sweet and malty. Quite nice.

It has this mouth puckering sourness to it. Bitter and sour. Malty, it tastes a bit like liquor. There's a strong alcohol flavor, which is stronger than the percentage it contains, which I don't find pleasant.

Stings the tongue with carbonation. Not bad, but interesting

Ultimately I find the flavor too strange to drink extensively. It doesn't sit on my taste buds in a great way.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours into a 0.5L stein with two fingers of bubbly beige head that settled to a thin layer over a clear, mahogany body. Good head retention but no lace.

Smell - 4.5
Intensely malty and rich nose of sweet malt loaf, savoury rye crackers, toffee and dessert apple.

Taste - 4.5
Nearing perfection for a doppelbock; intensely malty yet well attenuated and drinkable. Tastes of lightly buttered multigrain toast, rye crackers, hard toffee, caramel and liquor soaked figs. Finishes dry and savoury with warming alcohol and enough hop bitterness to balance the hefty malt.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Medium body is lighter than expected considering the size of the beer, and coupled with fine, moderate carbonation, gives a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
Clearly not a session beer (and it isn't supposed to be), but very easy to drink, despite the noticeable alcohol character.

OVERALL
Not as much of a malt-bomb as some 5% Munich Dunkels due to the fruity complexity of the higher alcohol. Perhaps the definitive doppelbock - it's the highest rated lager on BeerAdvocate and with good reason. A truly superb beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with a best by date of 10/19/2010. I've heard this one doesn't do too well with age on it, so I was excited to try a fairly fresh one (I think).

Great appearance: clear dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves swirling foam on the beer.

Aroma is very nice, nutty with chocolate, spice, roast, and dark fruits.

Flavor is really good and complex for the style. Caramel malt, toffee, chocolate, spice, raisin and date. Well-balanced and not in-your-face in any way.

Smooth on the palate with a phenomenal mouthfeel. Medium-full body.

This is one of those beers that just strikes you as really awesome. Supremely drinkable. Will seek this one out again for sure. Pretty sure this clocks in as my favorite doppelbock of all time.

Photo of digita7693
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spoiled living in Germany and having a bottle shop that actually stocks a few Bavarian beers.

A brownish copper, nice white head that goes away, nice lacing

S deliciously sweet and malty, some caramel

T Nice sweet, brown sugar, figs, very smooth, perfect example of a doppel!

D quite good, very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation

Photo of BeerShirts
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nice dark brown color with red to amber on the edges from the light. The head was nothing to big and did not last long.
Really reminded me of a dark root beer.

S- Roasted malt, Toffee, and dark fruits

T- The roasted malt really shines through on this one which I enjoy, almost a sweet after taste lingers in your mouth.

M- Smooth!! Can feel there is little carbonation to this beer.

D- Perfect. It is spot on for a dobblebock.

Photo of czfreeman
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having this brew on-tap back in October, I was reading others reviews of this stellar brew, and as this is stark bier time here in Munich, I want to now try from the bottle and dig into it.I recently tried the Maximator from Augustiner, and it totally blew me away, so a re-review was in order. A bit of a celebration night for me anyway, so thought I would have a treat.
Pours a deep mahogany-brown, ruby tones, dark tan/leather color. The head is thick, easily staying around for a few minutes before settling in the glass. Nice amount of carbonation.
Malts, dark bread, light bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, tobacco smoke, molasses, a musty oak/ grain aroma, dried fig, raisin all mingle to create a complex and interesting aromatic experience. There is a light spiciness, cracked black pepper on the finish that cuts the sweetness nicely. However, I found the Augustiner Maximator to have a much more assertive aromatic profile
On the palate. Fig, dark bread, rum, raisin, coffee, smoke, brown sugar intermingle on the initial sip. The spice apparant in the nose comes through on the finish and cuts the sweetness with a nice amount of sharpness that greatly add to the drinkablity. The sweetness is kept in check, and that is a factor in Dopplebock that is a main critique point for me.
Mouthfeel is more in the medium body range, yet perfect. The alcohol is completely buried, and goes down smooth as a Helles lager.
The last Dopplebock I had was the Augustiner Maximator, and I must say it is a toss-up between the two for the highest award. The Maximator was much more chocolate heavy in the flavor, and became a bit sweet towards the second half of the bottle. Andechs Dopple remains biting, sharp and interestingly complex all the way to the "bitter end"--of the bottle that is.
This is definately the top Dopplebock is Germany, only wish it had a cool "-ator" name however, I guess The monks at Andechs were too busy brewing perfect beer to spend too much time on names, it speaks for itself

Photo of crnipeter
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to bring a whole case of these jewels back home from Germany. People who had an opportunity to purchase Andechser could be split into two categories: those who regret for not picking it and those who have grabbed a few but are sorry for not taking more of them.BBE 12. Dec 2010, into tulip.
The pour gives deep dark brown body with ruby hue overlain by abundant, persistent light tan head slowly dying out to a thin but stable veil over the entire surface.Tilts are weaving firm sheets of lace broken into patches sliding down the walls.
Thick, palpable aromas of strong maltiness, significant melanoidins, toasty notes, whole grain rye bread, dark fruits (plums and sweet cherries), light chocolate and faint caramel with hints of smoke. Thick piles of aromas are almost impenetrable to the alcohol that emerges bashfully. Thick malty matrix envelopes fruity-toasty flavors listed in the aroma section, slightly smoky sensation, faint smooth alcohol and bread crust finish balancing the malty sweetness. Melanoidins donate fullness, roundness and depth to this flawless beer.
Medium-full bodied with low to moderate carbonation the beer is velvety smooth and creamy and although tends to create slight syrup coating never cloying.
This one succeeded where others have failed and I am not left any choice but to give it highest ratings. Andechser is the reigning king of my own little Beerverse.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, huge thanks to Masterski for opening this up and giving me a hefty pour at the Hunahpu's release. The search for this one had been a long one, and then just fell into my lap thanks to a very generous trader.

A: Took this over to the light to get a better glimpse. The pour was a deep, roasted brown with a bit of an amber hue. A very nice off-white head.

S: Very nice slightly-sweet malt alongside caramel, toffee, a nice brisk hop presence, and a bit of brown sugar.

T: Very malty with nice caramel and brown sugar notes. Hints of dark fruit. Hop presence is a little high compared to other examples, but melds beautifully with the rest of this one's flavors.

M: Very nice. The creaminess requisite of a good bock is there, but there's also a nice dryness that comes through as well. Moderate carbonation on a medium-to-full body. Good aftertaste comes through.

D: The combination of the elegant mouthfeel and complex taste make this one well worth coming back to sip after sip. Thanks again to Alex for letting me try this one, although I'll definitely say that my search will only intensify as we get into bock season and this one keeps springing back into memory.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Mike! Best by date in May, so this is definitely in code. From notes on 3.5.10.

Pours a light chestnut brown color with some light grayish-tan foam. Nice lace and a stunning color with hints of orangey-red, good clarity.

Aroma opens up with some candied dates and a bit of caramel. Not quite as bready as I was expecting? Some earthy hops play over the malt base. Something odd... a little rust? Like a spiced metallic thing going on that is really distracting. This is oxidized? The taste has this as well with a little campfire smokiness combining with a hearty loaf of raisin bread. Not overly sweet, but that metallic flavor is here again.

Granted, I'm not the hugest fan of this style but that metallic quality is really off-putting. Great mouthfeel, just spot on carbonation level creates a nearly chewy body which is just excellent with the breadiness and creates a supremely drinkable brew. I was left a little underwhelmed overall, and kind of annoyed by this rust flavor, but would happily give this another shot down the road.

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

Pours a clear dark brown and the small head goes away in a flash.

Aromas of sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Roasted malts, coffee, fruit, and finishes smooth with I'd say some mint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light with some carbonation. Finishes bitter chocolate.

This is a drinkable beer and one in this style that I'll seek out again.

Photo of Philipp
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Gosh, is this awesome!

Poured from a 500ml-bottle into my "Maltings-Beer-Festival"-Nonic Pint Glass.

A- Great looking beer, dark amber color, tan head, that lasted quite long, just beautiful.

S- Spicy with roasted malts.

T- Incredibly flavorful and complex, but it requires zipping to get the full spectrum of flavors such as the obvious roastiness, caramel and bread and the clean crispness towards the finish.
Just a slight hint of alcohol in the background.

M- Exceptional mouthfeel, just awesome.

D- Actually pretty high, but it has 7,1% and you will notice these after a few, so be careful, it's a big beer.

I just love this one, it's one of the finest examples for German beers and I would highly recommend trying it out.

Photo of genog
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this beer was a light to medium amber color, had decent lacing.

The aroma from this beer is of roasted malt, some slight spice, and strong clove, and a some hint of banana maybe?.

The taste is sweet, some caramel, and a lingering aftertaste. I could also taste a little of the alcohol as well. This was a good beer, but not the best I had on the trip. Some questionable mouthfeel.

Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split with fellow Austin BA's, my share served in an Andechs weizen glass.

Absolutely gorgeous pour, as this doppelbock sports a brilliant copper body with a core of amber-brown. Atop, a hefty cap of khaki foam holds court and retains effortlessly, draping thick webs of lacing as it recedes. The aroma is light for the style, but pleasantly fresh and hoppy with traces of sweet caramel toffee and grassy floral bits.

The floral hoppiness is kicked up a notch in the flavor, and thankfully so, as crisp, sweet caramel malts balance a bitter, semi-piny finish. Tastes very organic with a simple, clean profile--no off-flavors hidden by an overload of malt in this doppelbock. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but smooth and crisp with a well-carbonated body that accentuates the hops nicely on the end. All in all, a very easy-drinking, very tasty beer. One of the more unique takes on a Doppelbock that I've had the good fortune to try. Not quite at the top of my list for the style, but right up there...

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally ended up scoring one of these. This one is tough to find, but it finally ended up in my fridge. Poured from 500ml bottle into Pilsner glass.

A - Pours a burnt caramel color with a huge light tan-colored head. The head on this one is massive, even with a very careful/light pour. There's lots of sticky lacing along the side of the glass and it doesn't seem the huge cap is going anywhere.

S - As soon as I pried the cap off, I could smell the wonderful malt aroma. Lots of burnt malts, caramel, molasses, and toffee. There's such a nice sweetness to this beer, it's wonderful to savor the aroma over and over.

T - Very similar to the nose. A wonderful malt profile, some caramel, toffee, molasses, etc. There's a very nice sweetness, but in no way is it overpowering or too much...it's just right...in fact, I would say perfect. A nice touch of sweetness on the finish mixed with some bitter dark chocolate.

M - Light to medium bodied, frothy smooth carbonation, oily/creamy finish. I would expect this to have a bit more of a body, but it doesn't detract too much.

D - I see can why this one is rated to high here on BA. I didn't expect to be so blown away by this one. It easily surpassed my expectations. I don't know when I'll get to try another, but I am already looking forward to it.

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

This beer pours a deep deep red with an initially thick tan creamy head around an inch high. Beautiful at first, though retention and lace levels are around average. Some nice tiny bubbles cling to the sides of the glass as it sloshes around. The aroma is immensely appetizing with the scent of fresh barley, chocolatey malts, and a good amount of fruitiness such as banana and even grape. Smells fresh and appealing.

The flavor ix a mix of grapes, fresh barley, some banana esters even, quite fruit as opposed to malty, in this respect it comes off as similar to an ale here. Despite the relatively low ABV I get a little bit of alcohol (which makes it a bit winelike--hmm, a recurring theme for highly rated beers out of Europe I have noticed) along with an earthy hoppy bitterness on the midpalate and a cookielike finish.

Body is only medium with a respectively full level of carbonation. It definitely still feels like a drinkable lager. A very finely crafted lager, looks and smells great, good flavor, and feel reminds me that this is indeed a lager, feels too light though, almost like a pilsener. I came into this with absurdly high expectations, however, and as far as taste goes I found this to be quite a good doppelbock, but probably not my favorite.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby with a large but fading head.
Nose shows loads of caramelised, bready malt, with a faint hint of soft alcohol.
Equally malty flavours, with loads of caramel and toasty note, and again, some soft alcohol.
Creamy slick mouthfeel, with soft carbonation.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Big thanks to the man the myth.... the mikesgroove.

A: Pours a nice deep brown with a nice tall cream colored head. Okay retention with nice chunky lace.

S: Very malty. Tons of caramel, and brown sugar.

T: Malty as well. Rich sweet caramel and brown sugar. Hints of chocolate and light dark fruit. Subtle molasses and a hint of nutty toffee. Malty goodness for sure.

M: Medium in body, smooth and sweet.

D: Pretty good. Wonderful malt bomb.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in my huge Weihenstephan Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful deep dark amber colour forming a big bubbled and beige head. Good retention but not much lacings left

S: Quite sweet and toffee in the nose and a little bit smoky too. Notes of caramel malts, grapes, brown bread and Lager yeasts

T: Follows the nose, a quite sweet, toffee and molasses upfront. Roasted and caramel malts. Notes of coffee. Brown bread and raisins with a great stingy hoppy bitterness in the end, delicious...

M: Medium body. Quite molasses. Medium carbonation. Very well balanced bittersweet aftertaste

O: High drinkability. One of the best German beers, for sure. Very rich on smell and tte. Not recommended, but mandatory

Photo of dqrull
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll start off by saying that I had really high hopes for this beer, it being ranked highest of the doppelbocks on BA and all. But I really wasnt impressed.

Pours a beautiful red, almost wine-red with a thick head with large bubles lasting for quite some time and leaving a good bit of lacing on the glass.

I smell a lot of fudge, a bit of dark fruits, but not as much as I had hoped for, some raisins, a little bit of figs as well though, not too intense smell of anything though.

On the taste departement I was dissapointed, while still smelling fairly promising I thnk this (highly praised) beer did not deliver. I get an initial sweetness, followed by a musty breadiness that carries the beer all the way to and through the aftertaste . Some small hints of fruits and hops in the middle ,but really not very prominent.

Soft carbonation and a creamy foam-up on the toungue makes it fairly easy to drink.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a nice, large glass mug at Aufsturtz in Berlin.

Dark caramel color, half inch of head, tan. Lots of lacing.

Smells of heavy caramel malt, honey, clove, and alcohol. Very rich on the nose, but not overpowering.

Rich and dense. Very caramel and malt heavy, with a touch of honey and spices. Not as sweet as the description is - there's a nice bit of hoppiness on the end of the beer.

Dense and heavy, but never cloying or sticky. A great consistency - not watery, but not syrupy.

I really, really recommend this beer. A great doppelbock.

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
95 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.