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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 366
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 WJVII
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

WJVII, May 06, 2008
Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

weissbierdrinker, May 03, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bluegrassbrew, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Graebner
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The glory.

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!

Graebner, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of rousee
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

rousee, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

swizzlenuts, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

bennetj17, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

akorsak, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of HopHead1982
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

HopHead1982, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of redmagik99
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

redmagik99, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of BarryNL
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

BarryNL, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

MuenchenerKindl, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle at the Delirium Cafe a few days after Christmas. First time I have stumbled onto this treat. The beer poured a deep brown, almost black color, very dense. There was a nice tan head on this bad boy. The nose of this beer was malty and had a touch of citrus and maybe a little sweetness. The taste has a strong malt presence, some slight sweetness but also has a nice balancing affect with some bitterness. Although this is a pretty full bodied beer, it is a really smooth drinking beer. I liked this beer so much, I took a bottle home with me.

ggaughan, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Utobeer in Borough Market in London. Poured this .5 litre brown bottle into a .5 litre Spaten mug. Coded: 111007. The body was a clear clover honey/amber color. The two fingers of khaki, coarse bubbles faded moderately slow.

Smell was rich caramel. Sugary. Lightly bready. Nutty. Faint cherries and raisin bread.

Taste was spicy, roasted bitterness up front. Dates. A sort of liquid sweet-roll, but countered with enough hops to prevent it from being overwhelming. Truly like a dessert to me. Extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a zippy bite of carbonation. This is a very well constructed beer (like the world doesn't know that already). Cheers.

Cresant, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first beer to review with the new system. Also, first beer reviewed from Germany on a German kezboard, with the z and y switched, so here goes...

Appearance: lighter in color than I was expecting, more orange or garnet than deep and dark. Big off white head with good retention, but leaving little lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, toast, brown sugar... surprised by all the fruit, in a lager. no hint of smoke, which i love in ayinger's celebrator.

Taste: raisin, brown bread, bit of roast & toast, brown sugar. malt is the star, but there is enough hops bitterness to balance. never becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel: medium body, bordering on full. reasonable carbonation.

Drinkabilitz: I now have a second favorite Doppelbock. Glad to be in Bavaria at the moment, and looking forward to a brewery tour in a couple of days. Hopefully the beer there will be as good as this Andechs offering..

hunteraw, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Garin
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured brilliant copper/ruby, and impeccably clear with a tan reasonably-well-maintained head. Loads of malt in the aroma, with a touch of caramel and hints of chocolate and fruit.

Sweet and malty flavours dominate, with pruney fruit and a tartness that balances the sweetness. Over time a slight molasses bitterness builds, along with a smooth alcoholic warmth and hints of cherries. It's slowly revealing itself as I get through the pint -- magic!

Smooth and rich without being heavy, this is unbelievably easy to drink.

Garin, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the Germany's remaining monastic brewers.
Appearence : Dark bock (ruby)
Smell : Bread, dates and malts (Munich and pale lager) aroma
Taste : Sweet taste with toffee, fruit and ginger
Mouthfeel : Bitterrish finish with toffee, caramel, raisin and ginger
Drinkability : A very nice doppelbock

Thierry (14/10/2007)

thierrynantes, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of BillyB
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep rich aromas of dark fruits like plums and raisins start out and give way to a cakey, bready, fruitcake smell. Some brown sugar and slight maple syrup aroma as well.

Taste is overwhelmingly complex. Fruitcake, brown sugar, cookies mixed with dark fruits and gigs.

Nice carbonation and a crisp finish at the end which was surprising for such a rich, malty beer.

This one was hard to track down but I think I would look long and hard again for another glass of this delightful brew.

BillyB, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, creamy, tan colored head sits silently on top of the hazy mahogany colored beer. Smells of chocolate and sweet malt with undertones dark bread. Sweet roasted and caramel malts mix with a fist full of raisins. Finishes with a mild dark malt astringency that never quite overpowers the firm sweetness of the brew. Good lord the aftertaste lingers. There is almost more flavor left on my tongue then I could detect in the liquid I drank. No complaints, just unique. The alcohol is barely noticeable, especially if the beer is not too cold. A solid beer with a full mouthfeel and some nice flavors.

HappyHourHero, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a prime example of a doppel bock. As far as appearances go this produces a beautiful two finger inch light khaki colored head, that dwindles to decent lacing, lasting all the way through.

Aromas were a little weak. I could barely detect anything but slight carmalized sugars and sweet bread.

The taste is really robust, though. I detect carmalized sugars along with the doughy sweetbreads.

This is warming to the palate and will serve good as a winter treat.

TheSarge, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this at the Delirium Café and I’m glad I had it when I was there because it was impossible to find in either Koln or Dusseldorf when I was there, despite its availability being listed on the Andechs website.

This has a dark brown/reddish body with only a little head. There is a huge malty aroma with caramel notes that pours from the glass. The taste matches the aroma with big sweet malty flavors with caramel and some accompanying bitterness that builds at the end. As it warms up, the caramel presence increases until it is nearly the primary flavor. This is only medium bodied with good drinkability. It is a good beer but I did expect slightly better because of the reputation.

drseamus, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from beersofeurope.com...

Poured a deep russet brown colour with some coppery hints. Dirty mocha head poured quite small and fizzy then faded almost immediately to light ring around the edge. Quite a lot of carbonation drifts to the surface... no real lacing...

Aroma - Deep rich spicy dark fruits (raisins, prunes, some strawberries, pears), toasted bready malts, toasted fruit cake, brown lemonade hints, some creosote traces, brown sugar sweetness, light medicinal / herbal notes, some leatheriness, slight vinegar notes, no real hops..

Taste – Pretty strong toasted bready malts, deep treacle sweetness, toasted nuttiness, spicy dark fruits (raisins, figs and dates), malt loaf / fruit cake, the faintest of smokiness, light peppery notes, some woodiness...

Feel - More carbonation than i expected - i would have preferred this to be more smooth and creamy... medium bodied... pretty drinkable for a 7.1% beer...

Overall - A pretty good Doppelbock but not the best in my opinion.. the Weltenburger Asam-Bock is easily better than this... definitely worth a try though...

mdagnew, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Klosterbrauerei Andechs, served in a 0.5L glass in the bier garten. The beer was dark auburn, kind of a burgandy shade of brown with a tan head. The liquid was clear, possibly it was aged to perfection by the monks.

The smell strongly reminded me of the wort from my home-brewing excursions, a very nice and strong malty aroma. The flavor was sweet and malty, a bit of fresh baked bread, and a tad bitter in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, a really big thick presence. For drinkability I'm going to knock off a full point, in that you can tell there's a buzz hitting you and the threat of impending drunken stupor stops your hand from reaching for the glass too often.

Overall, not as outstanding as I'd hoped but a very good beer nonetheless.

TurdFurgison, Jun 30, 2007
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.