Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
08-22-2008 02:15:39 | More by brdc
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
My father took a trip to Berlin and brought this bottle home for me, thanks for this one!
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.
08-18-2008 10:20:08 | More by Bananaman
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
Dark leather brown with a sizable head; head does not stick around
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
Complex and full flavors make this an interesting and enjoyable beer.
08-17-2008 18:19:42 | More by JEdmund
4.6/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
08-14-2008 04:44:01 | More by superdedooperboy
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
07-22-2008 01:45:56 | More by RedHaze
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
07-07-2008 23:55:36 | More by Wasatch
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
07-07-2008 09:16:23 | More by tempest
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
06-16-2008 19:25:49 | More by bditty187
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
05-28-2008 02:55:23 | More by lou91
4.72/5 rDev +9.5%
16.9 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with RedHaze, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to try this great brew, best before date of August 2008, split with my girlfriend during the Cavs and Celtics game this afternoon, poured into my Duvel tulip glass
A-Color was a deep brown with ruby red highlights, especially held up to my lamp, head was about an inch, it was creamy and offwhite, lots of small bubbles rushing to the top, decent retention, small amounts of lacing at the beginning
S-Aroma was quite fruity, berries, figs, plums, dates, black cherries, lots of raisins, and prunes, big caramel scent, brown sugar, toffee, candied malt, suprisingly a hint of light coffee, cream, and some bready accents
T-First sip of this went down incredibly easy when it was still chilled but that might have a lot to do with the one hundred degree plus temperature outside, it was rather yeasty with a large amount of dark fruits, especially prunes and raisins at first, faded into some slight chewiness but was barely recognizable, a tiny hint of booze in the finish that was probably closest to a toasted coconut rum, not too sweet but just there, increible balance, fruit really came out once it warmed and made for an enjoyable experience, never have enjoyed figs so much in a beer but I do love my newtons, do not have one complaint about this flavor, flawless for a dopplebock
M-Mouthfeel was so calm at first I could almost not believe it, carbonation was low to medium, the taste lingered for five minutes plus after each sip I had which is great, body was pretty full but probably more on the medium side, slightly sweet, dry, and crisp mouthfeel overall
D-Could have drank at least two full bottles of this, went down so easy and was so subtle for its style, could not taste an ounce of alcohol which is surprising because it was not even that low of an ABV, even went well on a super hot day, super drinkability
Have been told this is only available in Germany so I feel pretty lucky to have been able to try this, by far the best dopplebock I have ever tasted by a large margin, best German beer I have had period actually, wish I had more after finishing this, would drink this again in a heartbeat, very highly recommended
05-19-2008 02:01:21 | More by Floydster
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
Split a bottle with largadeer. Best before 30th July 2008
A: Crimson with a nice, dense tan head
S: Fruity with dark raisins, plums, dates and caramel. Slightly bready. Different from other dopplebocks i've had but still recognizable.
T: Complex yeasty, fruity profile with a hint of rum. Bready, fruity sweetness with a medium body and a dry finish
M: Medium bodied but with a dry finish, this one's great. The drying finish is spectacular
D: Very easy to drink a ton of this. I wish i could find more and easily.
05-14-2008 03:16:17 | More by DefenCorps
3.78/5 rDev -12.3%
(Reviewed from notes as was in Germany -5/2/08) Poured into a pint glass this beer was a light to medium amber color, semi transparent with a tan head that had decent lacing. The aroma from this beer is of roasted malt, some slight spice, and strong clove. The taste is a little sweet, some caramel, and a clove after taste. 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.
05-06-2008 20:00:50 | More by WJVII
3.58/5 rDev -16.9%
Poured from a .5L bottle into a tall weiss beer glass.
Color is a dark redish brown.
Smell is a strong malty, burnt, coffee type.
Tastes starts out like a coffee and then turns to a rich leathery burnt taste that finishes slightly bitter. As the beer goes down you start to feel the alcohol a bit, but not in an unpleasent way.
It's a smooth destinctive beer whose interesting taste leave you wanting to take anther swig just to feel the burnt coffee, leathery notes bounce around on your tongue.
05-03-2008 11:54:53 | More by weissbierdrinker
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
Acquired via trade from feloniousmonk, so a huge "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsener glass.
A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of lager yeast, dark fruit, caramel and some spice with a touch of hops.
T: The taste nicely balanced with a strong flavor of lager yeast and complimentary flavors of dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There's a mild hops presence that is as strong as you would expect from this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this isn't normally a style that I drink much of but this beer is definitely one of the first ones that I'd pick if it were available and I wanted to drink a Doppelbock for a whole evening.
04-20-2008 02:52:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.05/5 rDev -6%
Thanks to RedHaze for the trade!
Poured into a pilsner glass.
This beer is a deep amber/brown with a two finger tan head that drops to leave a nice cap. Some lace sticks around the glass.
Smell is subtle. Some roasted malt and just a hint of chocolate.
Taste is nice and balanced. Roasty yet sweet. Not as burnt as some other dopplebocks. Finishes slightly dry.
Overall, this is an very tasty brew. Silky smooth mouthfeel and highly drinkable.
04-19-2008 04:26:58 | More by bluegrassbrew
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
Best By Date March 2008; Sampled April 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially three finger thick, tan colored head that . The beer is quite clear, despite being a dark plum color I can see through it as it sits on my desk, if held up to the light it shows a light, brilliantly clear, cranberry color that has touches of copper to it. this has a malty aroma to it that is quite meaty, meaning it has a richness to it that I associate with umami. Caramelized malt sugars, touches of toffee, sweet toasty bread aromatics and perhaps a touch of oxidation around the edges that seems to boost some of the rich malt notes. There is also a distinct fruity, almost berry like note here, though it isn't always noticeable.
Richly textured though not overly heavy, it also has a nice, prickly carbonation to it that helps to lighten things on the palate just a touch. Sweet, though not cloying, it continues to have a richness & complexity to its malt-sweetness. The beer finishes with a touch of sharp dark malt notes, not really roast-like, but something that is going that direction with a toasty edge. This almost has a cocoa note to it at times, especially when the beer hits the taste buds right such that it tastes drier than normal. I really like the heft and texture of this brew, it is chewy & rich with a certain viscousness to it, yet it is still easily drunk 500ml at a time. The malt character really takes on a rich bread-like flavor that is somewhere between a chewy whole grain bread and a lightly sweet, faintly spiced, holiday bread. This actually has a fantastic malt depth & character to it & it really lingers quite well on the tongue; changing from sweet to rich to toasty to caramelized. A light hop bitterness kicks in towards the beginning of the finish and provides a touch of balance to the rich malt character.
This just gets better as it warms up a bit and I work my way through this glass; I can't quite pinpoint why (though I don't think it is just the alcohol), but it just is so rich, chewy and drinkable all at the same time. A wonderful beer, that I will most definitely have to get more of at some point in the future. I'd be curious what a fresh bottle of this would taste like, though this one is not noticeably over the hill in any way. This perhaps started out a bit slow (though still really good), but it has picked up lots of steam, finishes incredibly strong and I am now wishing I had more of this sitting in my glass right now; this is really quite fantastically tasty. Letting it warm up really makes this beer shine.
04-02-2008 05:53:27 | More by Gueuzedude
4.63/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours out of the cask a nice very dark brown with only an inch and a half or so of head even in a litre Mass.
Smells of sweet dried fruit and lots of wheat breads.
Taste is also very bready, though not as sweet as youd expect if youd only had doppelbocks Stateside. Dried fruit again, hints of roastiness. Enough hops to balance the sweetness very nicely. Not overly anything.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Body, but it remains light and smooth. Cleans up after itself palate-wise, and goes down wonderfully. Pair it with a cut of the roast pork shoulder, a pretzel, and some sauerkraut from the deli counter right down the hall, and you will soon be in heaven.
Drinkability is amazing. Is this 7%? Really? I've had a litre of this every time I've been to Andechs (3 times now) and was A-OK every time. It's smooth, tastes amazing, doesnt sour, and isnt overly sweet. Perfectly balanced and an amazing brew. Prost!
03-29-2008 06:54:41 | More by Graebner
3.93/5 rDev -8.8%
Light brown somewhat translucent pour forms a small head which holds very well. Aroma of honey and there is that banana element present. You can smell the sweetness to some degree too.
When you taste it , it doesnt seem as sweet as you'd expect. Malty bready and biscuity with honey and fruity elements as well. Almost clean and crisp in the finish which is quite commendable considering that this is a somewhat sweet style to begin with. Also elements of nuts like hazelnuts or almonds too. Very nice indeed but I am not sure its really worthy of all the hype.
03-16-2008 21:44:13 | More by rousee
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
A: A dark beer with a bit of a red tint towards the bottom. There is very little head on this beer; the head leaves rather quickly. There appears to be a slight bit of carbonation
S: Holy shit, this smells incredibly nice. It has a sweet malty smell too it, but there is a underlying hit of fruits.
T: There is more of a traditional lager taste to this beer, but yet for some reason it doesn't hurt the flavour of the beer. The malts must make sure the shitness of a lager stays away. The fruits of this beer king of linger on and it is the last thing you taste. This beer is 7.1% yet I cannot taste any alcohol. It's like a smooth lager, goes down incredibly easy.
M: It's a bit light like most bocks, and has some carbonation.
D: This is incredibly drinkable, which is bad because this can get you quite toasted after just a few.
Damn good doppelbock!
03-02-2008 02:00:15 | More by swizzlenuts
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a clear, dark brown/copper with glowing amber hues. Large, slow paced bubbles of carbonation are emitted from the bottom and the head foam is 2 fingers thick of tan goodness. Nice lace. The aroma is subtle, with a tangy raisin and caramel character plus a hint of toasted nuttiness.
The flavor starts with sweet malt notes paired with a fruity tang. It's a very clean flavor, and it finishes with a touch of cinnamon spice and a mild bitterness that balances nicely. The body has an almost watery smoothness. The thickness is medium, and the carbonation is soft and foamy.
Overall a very nice example of the style but don't go expecting anything overwhelming with flavor. The taste is very balanced and kept in check. Very drinkable... Thanks to HopHead1982 for bringing this back from Germany...
02-23-2008 01:44:34 | More by bennetj17
4.7/5 rDev +9%
A 500 mL bottle courtesy of HumblePatience.
A: The bock is a deep tawny color, deep ruby red that is accentuated when light shines through. Tawny is not 100% accurate, as the bock is just a little too dark to be a port. A quarter finger of head arose on pour and quickly dissapated to a white band.
S: The nose is toasty, full of grains. The bready smell is accentuated with a dry fruitiness that is part apricot and part green apple.
T: Wow! The blast of malts is intense but it doesn't go over the top. The flavor screams maibock with its slightly fruity grain taste. Green apples with a touch of brown sugar sweetens up the taste, sweetening up malt body. Caramel and biscuit malt flavors are strong but well-balanced, mixing with the fruitiness to create a solid taste that is lively and fresh. I am not a fan of doppelbocks but this one is very good.
M: The mouthfeel is smooth, allowing the malts to stand out without the biting sharpness that most doppelbocks manage to create. The sweet lightness makes me anxious for the upcoming helles bock season.
D: The abv is moderate but it seems to really hit hard, although you'd never know it from the taste. Big thanks again to HumblePatience for this beauty.
02-09-2008 02:16:41 | More by akorsak
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
Even though the beer was 7.10% ABV, it was nice calm. I could sit back and enjoy several of these throughout an afternoon or evening. The beer was successful in achieving the dopplebock dunkel style and I would recommend this to anyone. Especially if you can go to Andechs southeast of Munich to enjoy it.
02-07-2008 21:54:43 | More by HopHead1982
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
Dark brown with a darkish head that disappears leaving lace around the sides. Smells very sweet - roasted malts, caramel. Taste is incredibly rich and sweet, brown sugar, toffee, nutty, butterscotch, a bit of coffee. Hops barely come through for some balance but theyre really missed. Light carbonation. This beer tastes so good I can't stop sipping. Like all dopplebocks, it seems to sit very heavy in my stomach. Nonetheless, highly drinkable, and though I'm not experienced enough to say whether it takes the cake as #1 German beer, I'd say it'd be difficult to make a more superior version of this style.
01-27-2008 21:43:21 | More by redmagik99
4/5 rDev -7.2%
I'm glad to have found this one - I've tried a few doppelbocks recently and have not been too impressed, yet this one certainly makes me want to investigate this style further.
Full of rich malt taste but well attenuated - I assume this is a bottom fermented brew - with a well balanced flavour.
I don't really know this style well enough to do a full review yet - maybe I'll edit later - but, as they say, I know what I like!
01-08-2008 21:21:44 | More by BarryNL
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
HUGE Thanks to KMWeaver. Your are a great beer buddy. We got to do more.
Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is middle brown, cloudy, with good carbonation, The head is a nice, 2 fingers light tan and rocky, it leaves some lace.
The smell is surprisingly unique , I'm getting some winter green, dark, light and green fruits, and some caramel notes. Plum, fig, banana, apple and grapes.
The taste is very nice, really unlike most DB's that we get in the US. Mixed fruit, milt taste not bold. Lost of holiday bread, reminds me of Grandma Krause's Stollen.
The mouthfeel is excellent a creamy smooth brew withgreat body and excellent carbonation.
The drinkability is also outstanding. This is not the biggest or boldest DB on the Platz but extremely refined and delicious.
Prosit und ZumWohl, MK
01-03-2008 20:47:35 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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