Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
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..
12-25-2007 22:06:55 | More by hunteraw
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-04-2007 06:18:19 | More by Garin
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
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
10-14-2007 08:50:26 | More by thierrynantes
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
10-08-2007 19:14:56 | More by BillyB
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
08-31-2007 07:45:05 | More by HappyHourHero
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-05-2007 17:19:28 | More by TheSarge
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
I found this at the Delirium Café and Im 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.
07-30-2007 02:36:34 | More by drseamus
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.18/5 rDev -3%
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...
07-09-2007 13:16:12 | More by mdagnew
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
06-29-2007 23:03:50 | More by TurdFurgison
4/5 rDev -7.2%
Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a deep brown color doppelbock with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread with some light ester is quite interesting and enjoyable. Taste of banana bread and light ester is interesting and the creamy texture provides an even higher level of enjoyment. I have to admit that my expectations were quite high and I was glad to have been able to secure a bottle but I still believe this a notch below the Ayinger. The bottle had a BB date of 07/2007 which probably didnt help as I would think fresh bottle of this stuff would be better hopefully I will have the chance to try this one gain in the near future.
06-13-2007 15:26:09 | More by Phyl21ca
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
The Andechser Doppelbock is the top rated Doppelbock on BeerAdvocate.com; it was the first
Dopppelbock I tried and it was at Brauhaus with Paul. This Doppelbock pours out dark brown
with a nice foamy head. It smells a little malty and when I tasted it, it was unexpectedly
Belgian. Paul who was with me had a taste and felt that it tasted like a Belgian trappist
which he felt to be strong, rich and fruity. Yes the Andech Doppelbock had a fruity taste
to it; the maltiness is present but not as pronounced as I would expect albeit the fact that
this is my first Doppelbock. The mouth feel was slightly thicker than medium bodied which
is good; the after taste was more fruity than malty. For a seemingly thick and dark beer
going mildly strong at 7.1 ABV this Doppelbock is really drinkable and actually it was
quite a pleasure to drink it. My only issue is again the lack of malt and the strange
ressemblance to Belgian fruity dark ales. I would like a Doppelbock to be really majorly
malty but then again this is my first Doppelbock and I liked it anyway, regardless of the
style's specificities. I have another Doppelbock in my fridge to benchmark this with; that
is none other than Paulaner's Salvator which I am pretty curious about and I would probably
be trying it pretty soon.
06-09-2007 17:15:13 | More by basica
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
Dark copper in color. Crystal clear. Large, creamy, light brown head.
Aroma is very rich and bread-like. Coffee and caramel, which get bigger as the beer warms. Very sweet after 15 minutes or so. Touch of herbal flavor. Fruits - raisins.
Taste follows aroma in that it is fairly sweet to start, but moves even more in that direction as it warms. Coffee, very mild. Herbal notes, also mild. Sweet caramel. Raisins. ABV noticeable, mainly at the finish.
Medium body, lighter than I expected. Low to medium carbonation. Very sweet.
Faithful to style, and quite drinkable. Not a session beer, but you could put a few of these away before the ABV got to you. An excellent beer.
06-08-2007 16:48:16 | More by
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
A nice example of a Doppelbock:
The beer is a nice mahogany in color with some distinct reddish overtones. The head is relatively small for a dark bier but has a slight creaminess to it. The aroma smeels nicely of grain, both fresh and toasted. The taste is very malty, with again, a lot of fresh and toasted grain flavors. These balance nicely with the sweetness. This was my bier of choice at the Kloster in Andechs.
06-03-2007 18:40:55 | More by Atricapilla
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
Premise: this is not my favorite style, and do not drink many of these.
So...poured a dark mahogany/amber color, slick looking. Head formed to about 2 fingers at first, then settled to a slight 1/2 finger. Nice presentation.
slight sweet caramel, milkweed (?), some toffee and malt gather in the aroma.
Taste: smooth mix of sweet malt, toffee, caramel, some glazed donut and slight hops..slight.
Feels real nice, smooth, no lingering sweet aftertaste which is the reason I don't like most beers in this style (that I've had)
Drank fine, gone without really knowing I drank it. Hmmff.
05-31-2007 16:15:54 | More by Mebuzzard
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
Bought this in February during a trip to Germany. Poured out a cola brown, dark but see through, with a creamy tan head. The nose is fruity, malt, ruity pebbles, cotton candy, vienna malt, a nice toasty roasty aroma. The taste is big, huge, tremendous, then drops off to a clean crisp palate. Along the way it drops malt and dark fruit bombs, fresh grain taste, green grain, roasted lovelyness. Has a fantastic crisp mouthfeel, the effervescents lasts on a now prickly tongue, but not too sharp. I love when such a big beer is this incredibly drinkable. A rare quality, definitly appreciated here.
04-25-2007 03:56:28 | More by dherling
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a .5l bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Iain for the hook up!
A: Pours a clear, deep, dark brown with hints of garnet-red. Creamy, pillowy, one finger head that disappears quickly leaving no lace.
S: Chocolate and toasted bread dominate the nose. Also detected were hints of caramel and tangy fruit (like green apples).
T: The taste pretty much follows the nose with the addition of an incredible yeasty spiciness. The malt flavors alternate between dry and toasted and sweet and caramely.
M: Smooth velvet and prickly spiciness is what's going on here. This starts off quite actively carbonated and then dies off.
D: Incredible! This beer has forced me to reconsider my self imposed aversion to malty beers. This is so different (to me) it boggles the mind.
04-22-2007 17:29:21 | More by GbVDave
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
thanks for the bottle, jizzslurper.
clear ruby pour with some pumpkin orange in the thinner parts, an active amount of carbonation that brings the beer to life. cloudy, resilient thin foam greets me with each arrival of the glass to my face.
smells very traditional in terms of dopplebock. big caramel and carob blast up front, with sweetened cherry puree and plum jam bringing up the second wave of sweetness. caramelized malt burn that reminds me of a hot bagel oven and the slightest hints of glazed carrot and black peppercorns.
clean and crisp. hell yeah goats, this tastes great! for such a complex beer, it doesn't linger in thickness or bust the palate for future sips. initially, i get alot of creme brulee-topper burnt sugar, as well as overripe dates. a big beer like this with the traditional neatness of a lager is a true achievement, and now i know where all of the hype over this beer last year came from. glad i had the opportunity to drink it.
and for a 7+%er, this is easy drinking. way too easy, in fact. i highly recommend this dopple to anyone who has the means to acquire it.
04-02-2007 00:19:41 | More by goodbyeohio
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours a thick pillowy head that falls very quickly and leaves barely any lacing behind. The color is deep dark brown, but still you can see through it. The smell is of slightly chocolate malts with some roastiness, also a lot of breadiness. The taste is very bready with some chocolately tones and some sweetness in there as well. I enjoyed this one. Mouthfeel is very good. Overall this is avery drinkable brew and I hope to have it again someday.
03-24-2007 01:28:08 | More by Erdinger2003
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
500 mL bottle poured in my mug I got in Ueberlingen in 2003.
Pours a dark amber color with a strong, off-white head that retains very well. Smell of burnt caramel, slight bit of earthy hops, and some dark fruit, most noteably some cherry. Smell still is a little weak for what I was expecting, good, but not very strong. Light toastiness in the taste. Certainly some burnt caramel is noticed as well as some slightly grainy flavors. Sweet caramel finish, that ends up being dry. Higher than medium carbonation with medium body. Very nice beer to drink, I think it may be even better when enjoyed straight from the brewery.
03-24-2007 00:50:57 | More by badbeer
4.6/5 rDev +6.7%
03/16/07- Received as a gift from BA member RKhaze upon his return from Germany.
Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date on the back of the label. Poured into my Aventinus glass.
Appearance- Cola like mahagoney colored pour. Really not much of a head. Maybe 1/4 inch on the pour and nothing after a few minutes. As I recall doppel's aren't supposed to have huge heads though. Very light spotty lacing. The only average part of this beer.
Smell- Wonderful candied caramel malt scent. Very deep roasted malt. Extreme dark chocolate hides in the background.
Taste- Very sweet malt explodes into flavor. Sugary caramel combines with a high roasted, dare I say almost burnt rauch quality. Flavors of dark chocolate turn from light bitterness to a milky goodness. A bit of a hop punch right at the end. The only knock on the taste is that the greatness in the flavor is only for a quick few seconds. You don't get that long lasting goodness in your mouth for an extended time.
Mouthfeel- The first sip was heaven. Super creamy and left a milk chocolate coating on my tongue. I've never had a beer feel in my mouth as the first sip did. As you get into the beer it becomes a bit more carbonated but still remains chewy.
Drinkability- Certainly gives Celebrator a run for it's money as well as Asam Bock and Korbinian. Might edge them both out. Awesome beer that I wish I had access to on a regular basis. Thanks for the great gift Randy! Hope you enjoy the Big Sky Barleywine as much as I enjoyed this.
03-17-2007 03:34:28 | More by GClarkage
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
Huge thanks to johnnybravo for hooking me up with 2 bottles of this nectar. Having had this in Nuremberg and finding it to be amazing, I had to get a hold of another bottle or two, if for memory's sake only.
Pours reddish brown with a 1 finger white head that holds up fairly well.
Smells of apple, raisins and caramel/brown sugar malt.
The taste is rich with brown sugar coated apples, raisins, caramel and other, similar fruits. The malt body is very much a brown sugar/caramel combo of flavors. Slight alcohol presence at the end, but nothing out of place.
Mouthfeel is relatively rich (for 7.1%, this has a ton of flavor), with medium, bordering on low, carbonation. Altogether enjoyable for this beer.
Drinkability is very good.
Highly recommended. Nothing may beat my first experience with this beer - sitting in the Andechs beer hall in the gorgeous city of Nuremberg, drinking a couple 1/2 liter steins of this - but yes, this is one fine doppelbock.
Previous review (from memory after having had at the source):
Excellent doppelbock! Got to have this while in Germany, served at the Andechs pub in Nurmberg. Wonderful dark brown color with a nice head. Smell was sweet - caramel like. Taste was perfect - nice rich not too sweet caramel malt flavor. Like drinking liquid happiness. Perfect sweetness level. Mouthfeel was also perfect. Very smooth and silky. Medium body - perfect mouthfeel to go along with the great flavor. Drinkability was high for this - perfectly balanced - I went through a full liter probably too quickly. Why does my favorite doppelbock have to be basically impossible to get in the US?
Previous score: 4.5/4/5/4.5/4.5
01-27-2007 03:56:19 | More by rallison
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4/5 rDev -7.2%
A - plum purple copper body, with 3 finger tan head that reduces quickly leaving good lace
S - munich malts and wholewheat breads hit me, with a slight malt sweetness
T- not overly flavoursome but very sweet and a nice alcohol kick in the finish, well balanced but no identifiable sweet toffee plum syrupy notes. NOTE* As it warms, more syrupy sugar plum notes become apparent, perhaps some vanilla
M- medium carbonation, that settles well, is not harsh, good body
D- very drinkable for the abv, i was pretty thirsty drinking this and was knocking it back, could be pretty dangerous in a session, enjoyable.
01-23-2007 22:56:53 | More by seanyfo
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle obtained from PatYoda. Thanks a million for the opportunity.
Pours a two finger light brown-sugar head. Soda poppy at first then starts to cling. Smells scortched caramel during the pour. To the nose, sweet, like a scotch ale, but with a touch of dry chocolate. Powdery grains. Dry scortch caramel, chocolate, munich malt. Vinous. Cherry and vanilla. Musty.
Tastes roasted and scortched. Caramel, but a touch lacking in malt sweet. The caramel has a bit of an Am BWine strength and smoothness. Perhaps starting to fail? Md heavy carb contributes to a woody dry. Iron flavor. Solventy, like acetone and bandaids. Very dry chocolate malty. Alcohol sting hits at the end of each taste. The aftertaste has a hint of cherry sour and tannic.
Md thick body and heavy carbonation.
01-15-2007 02:37:52 | More by mentor
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
GenCornwallis is a good man for sending me this beer.
A: Vibrant burgundy with maple highlights. Not nearly as dark as I was expecting. Almost looks thin....very clean and still with no bubble movement. Head is a thick and soapy latte color.
S: Burnt caramel, dried dark fruits, toasted bread and molasses. Some what savory as well.
T: Begins with gentle molasses and brown sugar simple syrup. There are some alcohol soaked vanilla bean moments with malty nuttiness and minor chocolate covered red fruit. Like most doppels, the theme is MALT. Molasses is a strong player in this beer, but not as strong as some others of the style. Some toast flavors which can be identified adding a nice edge to the sweet concoction. Finishes with spry brown sugar nectar tickling the tip of the tongue.
M: Medium body, silky with only a slight hint of carbonation.
D: The drinkability of this beer is astounding. There might be other doppels on the market that are in comprable in taste but are generally thick and chewy....which is fine...but this beer is almost "thin" yet packed with flavor. I could drink gallons of this beer, in one sitting.
12-12-2006 05:13:36 | More by Westsidethreat
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
A - Pours a deep reddish-brown with an inch of firm tan head. This slowly drops to a creamy finger-thick layer. Low carbonation.
S - Dark fruit, molasses, sourdough bread, coffee, toasty nuttiness.
T - Initial mouthful of caramel, with some smokiness creeping through. Ripe dark fruit appears in the middle. Spice and alcohol build towards the finish and into the aftertaste. Bittersweet molasses flavour lingers.
M - Incredibly smooth and creamy. Coating syrupy texture, with medium body and cleaning carbonation.
D - Superb. Surprisingly easy to drink.
12-10-2006 15:55:34 | More by haz77
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.