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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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791 Ratings
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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 378
Gots: 63 | FT: 3
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep amber with a large thick, very thick off-white head that takes a really long time to dissipate. Pretty nice lacings.

S: Sweet rich malty smell. Dark dried fruits, galore. Nothing else - they don't mess with the basics. Neat and clean.

T: Sweet malt, very sweet - just right. The dark dried fruits dominates (there are so many different ones; figs, plums, raisins, cherries to mention a few). Faint bitter hops.

M: Sadly this is the weakest part of any Doppelbock; aftertaste is to short. Body is full and carb. is mild.

D: Doppelbocks are great and this one is a great exampel of the style. The brewer doesn't mess with anything besides the basics and that is what makes this beer fantastic. The only thing that could make this beer better is time - I'm so happy that I bought myself a whole case and put most of it in my beer cellar for the future. Maybe I'll review another bottle from this batch in a couple of years after storing it properly...

Photo of THECPJ
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 2/8/2011

A: copper-red brown, with a 1 finger tan head, leaves decent lacing

S: caramel, sweetness, malt, dried dark fruits

T: nothing but malts on this one, could not even distinguish a hop presence, nothing really lingers for very long

M: mild carbonation, thick, creamy, kind of sticks to the tongue--not necessarily the flavor, just the feeling

D: not my particular favorite style of beer, it's drinkable (aka, not the worst beer I've had), but not something I would routinely seek out.

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of spointon
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 500ml brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. My friend Dan brought me this bottle straight from Germany via his luggage, so this is a fairly fresh example.

A= This beer poured a very clear reddish-mahogany brown color with a 1/2" off-white head. The head settled to a thin film in no time but there were actually a few spots of lace left behind on my glass. Beautiful beer to behold.

S= Smelled like rich dark fruit - like candied figs and maybe a hint of raisin, malty sweetness, and a faint kiss of noble hops. Very clean, very restrained, and entirely pleasant smelling.

T= Started off with a rich bit of malty sweetness that faded long before it became too much. Subtle nuances of dried fruit and faint treacle washed my palate before disappearing. A mere notion of hop bitterness came into play long enough to balance things out. Finished clean and crisp, but then a long malty aftertaste lingered on my tongue for quite some time.

MF= Medium to full bodied with a moderate slickness on the tongue and a nicely crisp carbonation feel.

D= A very drinkable beer. Each sip left me wanting another, and the ABV is dangerously well hidden. I could see drinking a few of these in a sitting!

Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really like this beer. I first had this beer while in Munich. The look of this beer is very good with its brownish red color and the medium foam once it is poured. The foam does abate after a couple of tastes. The smell continues to get better with time and as the beer acclimates toward room temp, but the smell has the roasted malt smell one loves in this style of beer. The taste is exceptional with its malt, slight hop bitterness, and the overall mouthfeel is exploding with flavor once again as the beer acclimates. I feel that I could easily enjoy two of these beers at one sitting being carful to remember that it has a 7.1% ABV. Prost!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to drabmuh for trading this excellent special brew to me, thanks Matt.

A: Brownish purpleish/crimson hue with a nice off white head with very nice lacing, light brown highlights to boot.

S: I don't know what to say other than it smells very 'German' in construction: Dark Barley, bran smells dominate with sweet malt to even it out. Hugh aroma. Smoky notes come through for me as well, very nice.

T: Awesome flavor, sweet and savory flavors work well together in this with huge barley malt dominting. Almost like a belgian quad mixed with a barleywine. Dark fruit meets huge cereal flavors with no alcohol burn at all. It's like drinking a loaf of hearty dark bread (in a good way).

M: Excellent. Rolls right over the palate, great carb, leaves the taste buds buzzing!

D: Excellent drinker, I would love to have a stein of this one day. It certainly deserves it's #1 Doppelbock status on here, its very refined and balanced as opposed to some that are just kind of all over the place. Excellent beer.

Photo of stoepsel
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown body with a reddish touch and a caramel head.
Wide malty taste but not too heavy. Finish with a very strong but not annoying hint of licorize.
Awesome beer and for me a clear reference for the Doppelbock-style.
If I had to choose three beers to take with me to a lonely island this one would be on the shortlist.

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

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer is a hazelnut brown color with crimson highlights. Atop the beer is a thick inch of beige head that leaves a healthy dose of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is pleasant but subtle with hints of yeast and bread.

T: Without a doubt, this is the best doppelbock I have ever had, one of the two best lagers I have ever had (Humulus Lager), and one of the best beers I have had the pleasure to taste. Rich, smooth, packed with flavor...this is world class beer. The beer has a yeastiness and/or bread-like quality characteristic of Belgian quads.

M: Alcohol content completely hidden. Remarkably smooth .

D: Insanely drinkable. It took a lot of willpower to drink this as slowly as I did. My highest recommendation.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a .5L Weiß glass. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for hooking me up!

Pours a seemingly dark brown, until you hold it up to the light and the nice deep dark ruby comes through, it's deep and clear with dark tobacco notes to it. The head is small ut creamy and dark brown. Nose is perfect for the style. It's a bit sweet and very malty, it's a bit bready and yeasty which gives it that classic German Dunkelbier nose.

Right off this thing is super creamy and smooth, light carbonation is spot on, it makes it velvety and smooth without over doing it on the palate. There is a bit of an iron taste to it which is the only detracting thing about it. The dark caramel, and molases comes through really well. You can almost taste the alcohol, but it's don't very well for 7.1%, it's there but it's not in your face. Easily one of the best doppelbocks I've ever had, and certainly deserving of it's spot in the top 100.

Photo of mdfb79
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/19/10 notes. Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip, shared with a friend. Best by date of 12/23/10. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for giving me this bottle as it was a big Want and something I wasn't really sure how I could get without an international trade; thanks Mike!

a - Pours a dark amber-brown color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. The head has great retention and lasted for several minutes, and left nice lacing on the glass. Looks perfect to me.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Also getting some nuts and dark fruits. Very malty, but very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, nuts, bready malts, toasted malts, and roasted malts. More caramel in the taste than the smell in my opinion. Both are great, but I enjoy the taste a little more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. The body is very smooth and creamy, and easy to drink.

d - Overall I loved this beer and am so glad I got to try it/that it didn't disappoint. It looked amazing and I really enjoyed the caramelin the taste. I felt like I could have drank a ton of this, and wanted to. Would love to have again and something I'll be on the look out for if I ever go to Germany. Up there with Ayinger Celebrator for my favorite of the style.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazeey slightly redish amber coulour.

S - Plenty of sweet malt and some caramel.

T - Plenty of malt, toffee, caramel and some biscuit, very well balanced indeed.

M - This is a very well balnced brew between medium to low carbonation and a medium body that makes for a very smooth drop.

D - You will not find a better Doppelbock anywhere

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

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Style: Doppelbock
ABV: 7.10 %

A surprise gift from Don Lowman on his wedding/FL visit during Sept 2010. Thanks for the kind gesture Don aka "digita7693"

Enjoyed this brew with a peanut/thai chicken meal in th eback yard with wife and good friends. It was a sipper with the higher abv and semi boozy character. Enjoyable for sure a nice bock sipper, but not a sessionable brew. Good for a cold night or long conversations. Exceptionally good primer for a Terrapin Depth Charge! (Milk/Coffee Stout)

Appearance was dark brown tea in color with amazing clarity, short head and retention.
Smells noticably boozy on a foudation of dark malt and fruityness in the background.
Tastes as it smells with a nice solid dark malt backbone, notes of dark fruit, raisan, toffee, etc.
Mouthfeel is semi slick with medium+ body and high carbonation.

Photo of sweemzander
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. 23-12-10 on the bottle. Again, Beerwolf77 with the always generous sharing!

(A)- Pours a clear yet dark reddish color that produced a decent gray-ish colored head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nice toasted nutty caramel component with bits of toffee and vanilla.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A nice toasted caramel and nutty toffee/vanilla profile.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A good mellow richness with a smooth;clean sweetness. Very minimal bitterness if at all.

(D)- An excellent Dopplebock. Rich and sweet, but smooth/clean and an easy drinker for the style. Great stuff.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7.1% ABV, 23 12 10 on the back label.

Ironically I received a bottle of this from Thorpe429 as an engagement present the day that Beerwolf77 shared it with out crew to tick another top 100. Got to tick it, AND I have a bottle to enjoy later. Awesome! Thanks guys!

A - Clear and mahogany amber color is brilliant and sexy but topped by a weak off-white head. Low retention and some spotty lace cover the glass.

S - Rich and smooth malty sweetness with a crisp lager nose. Not overly complex but nice caramel sweetness. Very good dopple aroma!

T - Toffee and caramel with a toasted malt, biscuity flavor. Large maltiness but still smooth and crisp from the lagering. No hops.

M - Sweet and malty with a smooth, crisp finish. Very medium-bodied and medium carbonation.

D - Very good dopple. Great drinkability. I really like the malt presence in this awesome German lager. They know their dopples!

Photo of beerwolf77
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to drabmuh for this bottle. I didn't think I would ever get my hands on it. Shared with the tickeratzi.

A: Chestnut brown hue. Modest beige head. Soapy lace.

S: Wonderful caramel, sweet dark fruit, almonds, play doh and light coffee. Smells like a true Dopplebock to me.

T: Smooth coffee, dark fruit, toffee, roasted dark malts, light spices. Super rich and flavorful.

M: medium body with light carbonation.

D: Overall fantastic. Super smooth and drinkable. I could easily have polished this bottle off myself. Thanks again Matt.

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

500ml bottle fresh from Germany via evantwomey - thanks, Evan! Best by date of 31.05.11.

Pours a fairly clear deep brown color with a copper tint. Two-finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Crackery malt and toasted bread mix with caramel on the nose. Caramel, biscuit and light toast with a very mild heat on the slightly sweet finish. Medium-to-full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a lightly sweet finish. Somewhat drinkable as the alcohol is fairly well-hidden and the flavors are clean and decently complex. Very good doppelbock overall, but I've had a few much more widely available examples of the style that I like a bit more.

Photo of kbutler1
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Courtesy of drabmuh on BA. Pours a dark copper brown red color with a big 2 1/2 finger head that settles down rather quickly to a nice offwhite coaster head. Malty aroma for sure with notes of raisins, plums, nuts, caramel, and slight spice like cinnamon. Minimal lace left on the glass. Nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The taste is a real nice balance. Slightly sweet with fruit like characteristics and a nice bready, biscuity backbone that balances it all out. Ends pretty cleanly without any apparent bitterness. The alcohol is very existant in the flavors. I imagine drinking this from a huge stein in Germany with all my BA & RB buddies, wouldn't that be sweet!?

Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for this top 100 tick.

Poured into tulip.

Pour 1 finger of khakie head that settles to a small layer. Color is a Mahogony brown.

Aroma: Lots of toffee and caramel malts with some toasted notes. Has some dark dried fruits. Plums, raisins, and dates. This nose on this beer is spot on.

Taste: Fairly close to the nose. Very malty. Toffee, caramel, and toasted notes. A bit biscuity. Has a touch of spice notes. More dark dried fruits (same as nose). Has a bit of cereal grain flavor to it. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry and malty.

Overall, a very nice lager. One of the top imo. The toastedness really ties this beer together. I am a fan of this one. Pretty drinkable.

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

Had this in smaller doses a couple times now so I thought I'd throw up a minimal review since I like it so much.

Pours a light brown with a slight bit of head. The aroma is light and is mostly nuttiness and some musty malt. The flavor is very nutty with a caramel maltiness. It is fairly light and lacking rich complexity, but it is a damn near a perfect session style ale (well, the ABV is a bit too high for that perhaps). If this was imported it would possibly be my "go to" beer for everyday drinking situations. Just so well balanced and zero off-flavors.

Photo of drabmuh
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I LOVE German lagers (even if a real German wouldn't consider this a lager, I still love them). And this beer has been on my WANTS list pretty much since I've had a WANTS list. I was fortunate enough to get several this year after several friends ventured to Germany this summer, Oktoberfest related activities. I ended up with much more than I ever hoped, I may revise my reviews as I drink more of the bottles.

Expired 12.23.10. Well before expiration.

Beer poured into a celebrator doppelbock glass. Beer looks perfect for a doppelbock. Its brown and light, completely clear with moderate carbonation of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer accelerating into the head of thin off white bubbles that eventually breaks and pulls toward the glass. Beer leaves some lacing on the glass as well.

Aroma is appropriately leveled, not too strong but not weak at all. Its caramel and malty, sweet and dark at the same time. Smells really good.

Beer leads off with some sweetness, gives way to a medium bodied beer with some toffee notes in the midpalate. The whole thing is well connected and finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. Its a simple beer, simpler than expected, lighter than expected but it makes no mistakes. Its sweet but not cloying, its balanced with no bitterness and a moderately dry finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely drink it again. I'm glad I have several more.

Photo of ecoastman
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while in Germany at the Wiesbaden Rathaus.

A nice dark dopple bock with lots of malt and chocolate and coffee.

The taste was much the same and the mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Not as complex as I hoped but still quite drinkable.

I wish I could have tried all the Andechser beers at this place but unfortunately could only get through three. Next time...

Photo of jonb5
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer has a great mahogany colour, is smooth without too much carbonation but I just drank a cheap french lager. Can smell smoked dark chocolate, it also tastes like smoked beer. There are hints of coffee and dark chocolate. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Too heavy to session but still very good. This is a beer I can recomend to fans of doppelbock but I won't be drinking it every weekend

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with good amounts of smooth chocolate and hints of roastiness. Also present are slight amounts of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Smooth and almost syrupy caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of cocoa powder. Midway through the sip the malt flavors dark with slight amounts of roasted flavors. The roasted flavors fade out quickly and the malt flavors sweeten through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I didn't find this beer as mind-blowing as I'd hoped, and in fact I'd rate Celebrator higher, it's still a very good beer. To be fair it was noted by Joe that it was substantially better on tap. Worth a shot.

Photo of boss302
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Andechs Klosterbier Doppelbock dunkel, draft

A Dark clear, not much head, didn't last at all. 3.5 

S Caramel sweet, no diacetyl, no hops. Appropriate for the style, but would have liked more toasty aromas. 3.5

T Sweet dark malt taste. A little too cloying, but probably OK for style. Easy to drink, not offensive, no harsh dark malt flavors, good for those that aren't dark malt fans. 3.5

M Thin, carbonation is low. Non inspirational. 3

D Good, but for me, not really worth having another. 3

Photo of Zimbo
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don't think I've ever been so mesmorised by a beer while pouring it. With its rich deep brown colour and deep rich tan head, it certainly is one the most gorgeous beers I've ever seen. As a result I nearly spilt four or five mouthfuls just by gawking at the damn thing.
On the nose there was almost a burnt bready woody medicinal smell. On the tongue it is pretty dry, vinous with a flavour reminiscent of treacle and molasses. Tasty but it does not have the richness of classic Aventinus and I can't help but feel as if it was almost closed like a young tannic wine. Makes it slightly on the stern side as well. Very good but despite its initial promise in the end it flatters to deceive.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 09/29/2010
Type: 500ml. Bottle
Vintage: Best by 11.09.08 (Some age on her)
Glassware: DFH Tulip

Have never had the opportunity to sample this brew so I have no idea what it tastes like fresh, and I was skeptical of a 7% doppelbock holding up well. Boy was my skepticism wrong!

Poured a light brown mahoghany in color w/ a 1 finger creamy tan head, that left nice lacing all over the glass. The nose was of light toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of bread dough. The taste made the nose seem pretty muted. Deep, rich dark fruits in your face w/ an interesting spiciness in the middle(reminds me almost of a scotch ale), and a finish of breadiness. This brew is really all about the malts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lush. I could drink this all night w/ ease! The Germans pride themselves on making great session beers and this higher ABV version is no exception.

Overall, tremendous brew from Andescher! I thought this brew would be hyped simply because it is non-imported, but it is a delightful brew to sip. Basically non-imported + tremendous brew = ISO. Glad I have another bottle.

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
95 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.