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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 364
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
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 UncleJimbo
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on-tap at the monastery. What a pleasure!

This doppelbock poured a clear, dark, chocolate brown color with creamy, light brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was strongly malty and slightly sweet. The taste was lightly sweet and richly malty with low bitterness (though the hops are there), and a touch of chocolate. Delicious! The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and rich and malty with full body and moderate carbonation. Dangerously smooth and drinkable, and I quaffed 1.5L while there. Wonderful on-tap, fresh at the source.

9-26-05

UncleJimbo, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Domingo
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

EDIT: This is a re-review. Before I thought it was slightly too thin, but after tasting in 4-5 times in a week, I'm convinced that it's perfect.

The almighty Andechs Doppelbock! Best in the world in my opinion.
A perfectly dark brown color with reddish highlights in the light.
Taste and smell cover everything from caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, and even a little bit of dried fruit in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a TINY bit lighter than a few other Doppels, but based on my most recent experiences (from multiple locations) I think that might've just been the previous batch that I'd tried.
Drinkability is unparalleled because it's not so potent that you can't have more. I had three 1/2L glasses in one sitting and I could've had even more. It's just amazing and it pairs very well with food, too. I highly recommend it with the wurst and the monastery, or the meat trio at the Am Dom hall.

Domingo, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of clvand0
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised when a homebrew club member showed up with one of these and had no idea how good it's supposed to be. Pours a brown color with a small head that falls quickly and leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very pleasant - a lot of nutty and bready things going on with some caramel maltiness backing things up. The flavor is better than expected. Very smooth. Lots of notes of nuttiness and caramel. Hitns of fruits. The drinkability is very good as is the body. Wonderful beer here.

clvand0, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without question, this is both a sublime and effortless beer. Despite it's bold flavor, the beer shows superior drinkabiliby and comfort.

The pour brings a casual and sultry mohogany color and medium haze (unusual for a long conditioned lager). A delicate and froathy head forms a mere sheet across the beer of lightly tanned foam, but the head retains reasonably well and shows light signs of lacing- thought I wanted more, the beer's appearance does what's asked for the style.

Moderate (perhaps muted) aromas of dates, figs, raisons, plumbs, toast, molassas, and sorghum round out the estery/malty mix. But the secrets of the beer rely in the savory melanoidin-rich flavors that give the impressions of scorn meats and breads without any phenolic character or smokey notes. All fruit-like character seem to be the result of dark and developed malts and not from the yeasty esters. All of these flavors are extremely rounded and meld very, very well.

Moderately creamy up front, the beer develops into a velvety smooth feel in the transition to its finish, where the beer has a toasty and malty-sweet finish. Alcohols create a pleasant warmth but the sweet malty finish takes precidence in the end.

I have an affinity for toasty-dry Dopplebocks that have the same malty components that is evident in this beer, but these succulent and sultry flavors and textures superscede my preconcieved notions of the Dopplebock style. This beer has many of the intangibles that separate great beers from very good beers.

BEERchitect, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dated best before 26 04 06. Pours out a dark brown with reddish highlights and a tall tan creamy head. The head returns quickly to the body leaving speckles of lace. Sweet caramel and dark fruit come on strong with a nice mild dark chocolate in the background. Good amount of roastiness and smoke with light bready malts. First taste is some caramel with a backing of roastiness. Lighter notes of fruit sweetness and bittersweet chocolate mix in well. Very light alcohol is noticeable with a mild earthiness at the finish. Really rich and full flavored brew that I could drink all day. Body is hefty enough to carry deliver the big flavor and goes down smoothly and easily. If only this was available in the states.

meathookjones, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of JohnW
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can only echo all the other reviews in here, this must be one of the great beers of the world! Amazing powerful aroma of rich sweet fruit, spices, yeast, and a taste to match. Roasted malts, licorice and dried fruits come through, and a sharpness through the carbonation teases the tongue, but the overall rich fruit and caramel shine through most of all. Not too heavy in texture, so makes it easy to drink. The alcohol is apparent in the taste and make you realise this is not a beer to play with, but to enjoy as something special and treat with respect. One to try before you die!

John W
Bham UK

JohnW, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at the monastery and lovingly smuggled back in my carry on.

Perfectly clear dark brown, letting glimmers of ruby through when held up to the light. The huge cream colored head never completely dissipates and leaves great lacing. Smell is caramel, toffee, some earthy hops. Plenty of cocoa as well. Also malty sweetness, and some mellow spices - maybe cinnamon or nutmeg. Taste blows you away every time. You taste the earthy hops right away, then the toffee takes over bolstered by some brown sugar. Everything in the smell is in there if you look. No detectable alcohol. There is a great nuttiness there and I swear you can even taste the pretzels from the monastery. Finishes with spicy hops, cocoa, and toffee. The mouthfeel is perfect for a doppelbock - velvety and smooth to the max without being syrupy. Words do not do this beer justice - I get goose bumps drinking this one. The only bad thing about it is that it makes me sad that I'm not at the monastery at the moment.

I always have to tell myself to drink it more slowly and savor it because it's that drinkable. I feel really lucky to have brought back no less than 21 bottles (one broke in my checked bag, RIP, ruining my Rick Steves Italy book in the process. It smelled really good after the trip though.) from Germany this summer. Beermail me with a good offer if you want one of the 8 or 9 I have left.

PatYoda, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of davidchollar
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not familiar with the doppelbock, so this is more of a general review, not exactly style-specific. But having said that, I do like all types of beer, so the review is by no means biased.
looks good but unremarkable. dark chestnut brown, off-white head
smells like whoppers !!! caramel, fruit, dessert...mmmm smells really good
tastes awesome, like all the smells only in beer form. very thirst-quenching, not too strong, drinkable. I'll have another !

davidchollar, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense bold flavour, bit of everything. Roast, whiff of smoke, some sourness, dark chocolate, molasses. Medium-full chewy mouthful. Dark chocolate colour, chocolate aroma. Creaminess and really interesting range of flavours with multi-course meal. Thanks Mr. Madsberg from Denmark.

Sammy, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! David said I could open up one of the bottles I brought back with me this past year. Freshness date was still good. Shared the bottle with David and Uncle Jimbo. More than cola colored, I poured a thick chewy tan head that was full of a nice Germanic pumpernickle bread. The carbonation was really nice, not too little, not too much. Full bodied, but the spot on Germanic breadiness, and smooth hoppiness make this more sessionable than other Doppelbocks I've tried. It lives up to the hype, if you are not expecting overwhelming alcohol. Would drink it again, and I can, 'cause I still have a bottle left.

PatandDavid, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 7.1%, not 7.0% like the brewery website says. Deep chestnut colour, large and creamy light tan head. Very nice roasty aroma with notes of rye bread, caramel, hints of liquorice and chocolate. Fairly dry roasty flavour (roast malts), notes of coffee, toast and rye bread. Dry and hoppy bitter finish. An excellent doppelbock, not as smooth and sweet as some others of this style."

Sigmund, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well since i haven´t written a beer review in a couple months i thought i would start it off with a whopper and review one of the most sought after beers..

This brew pours a deep copper chestnut color with amber hues and a nice offwhite head about a quarter inch thick.. In the nose there is a strong aroma of dark fruits consisting of figs and grapes with just a touch of sugar. In the background there is a slight fresh wheat tone mixed with some lucious caramels.. For flavor this beer initially starts off quite fruity with strong figs, date, and grape like flavor.. There is a smooth transition from the fruitiness to a beautiful arrangement of caramels and malts with some slight hints of spices in the mix. The finish to this beer is just absolutely wonderful with a slight sweetness and a very nice doughy bready malt backing.. At the very end there is just a slight bite from the hops but its more of a spiciness than a bitterness. This brew has a beautiful creamy mouthful with a subtle carbonation that just dances on the tongue.. As for drinkability this beer is amazing.. For all the fruitiness and sweetness up front, the nice malt backing and hop finish eases this beer off your palate readying it for the next sip... My god this beer is good.. Thank god i now live in Germany where I can happily get it!!

bigbeerdrinka, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fruit and slight nut taste up front get overran by alcohol & body, lots of body! Licorice also is there. Beautiful brown to black color. Tried this numerous times after purchasing in getranke markets and on base class-six stores. It was the perfect beer for cutting the chill on the long chilly German winter nights. All the beers from this brewery are great. Wish I could've visited the monastery...

russpowell, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark reddy brown body, clear. Thick fluffy tan head with some retention but towards the last third it was pretty slight

Smell, sweet caramelly malt, some dried fruit

Taste, thick sweet malt, some raisins, some roasted flavour on the finish. Sweet and estery

A pretty enjoyable dopplebock

cypressbob, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The family and I had the privilege of sampling several beers at the monastery on a lovely May 31 afternoon. This is an experience to be remembered in itself. This review is a combination of my son's opinion and mine.
The appearance was a hazel brown with a long-lasting lumpy large tan head.
The aroma was toasted nutty and roasty malts, with a dark chocolate front and a pleasant yeasty sidenote. My son picked up on some plum, prune and raisin in the smell -- his nose is better than mine. There was a note of honey as well.
What a rich taste! Smooothly sweet up front, with coffee and chocolate and all those dark dried fruits lingering in the background.
Mouthfeel -- divine. It's so smooth and full you hardly want to swallow. Just the right amount of carbonation. If it weren't for the 7.1%, you could drink this all day.

I can hardly recommend the experience at the monastery too highly, except for one thing -- get there in the morning! By late lunch time, the tour buses show up, and its SRO with long lines for beer all afternoon. Don't eat breakfast, have an early lunch at the monastery -- HUGE portions, so share! -- then sample beers for a couple of hours. Then walk around.

ColoradoBobs, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of mobyfann
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .87EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 25.06.2005

The beer pours a clear dark brown base, white a small white head, good retention and lacing. The smell is a fresh one dark and roasted malts.

Wow, this is the first German doppel I've had that actually tastes like a true American porter. Bold tastes of coffee and dark malts together. Smooth on the palette and a pleasure through delivery. This is a testament of how a strong beer is supposed to be in the mouth.
The beer is real smooth for a doppel, espeically since it resmebles an American porter which hare roughly 80% of the alcohol than this one has.

Final Thought: I was so happy to taste a beer in Germany after living here for now over two months that reminds me of the great porters of America, a wonderful find and a World Class Beer!

mobyfann, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the cafe in the central are of old Burghausen with the Andechs umbrellas and sign.

Appearance: Served in a tall, narrow stange glass. Dark brown with a ruby hue. Off white head with very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Wow.

Smell: Caramel, malty sweetness and ripe berries.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with a clean maltiness and a light roastiness. Vinous, earthy, bark, brown sugar, and plums. This beer is thick and full with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet but smooth and clean.

Drinkability: Very good and drinkable. It makes a great dessert beer. It's strong but not overpowering or offensive. Rich in flavor and complex. I liked this beer in the bottle but I LOVE it on tap.

This was the last beer of the evening on my second night in Germany. I was still jet lagged but that night I had the best night of sleep of any night in Europe. This beer isn't high in alcohol but with the sugars and alcohol together, this was lights out for me. I look forward to drinking this beer again when I am in Germany.

BrewMaster, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep dark brown with a thick tan head that leaves a foamy lace on the glass.

The aroma is all malt - a very rich caramel.

The caramel tasts comes through so well balanced with the hops that the noble hops enhance the taste but never are the primary flavor component.

The mouthfeel is medium light and the carbonation tingles the tongue and roof of the mouth.

The alcohol taste and burn were muted. This was my first German beer on this trip. I think I made a good choice. Started the trip off with a nice beer.

LarryKemp, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal-clear amber in color with a massive and stable tan head. There is lots of slow-rising carbonation, and excellent thick lacing.

Aroma: Rich dark bread aroma, as well as a lesser earth note, and caramel. The bread note is as pronounced as one would find in a kitchen while bread was being baked.

Taste: Opens with incredibly rich roasted dark malt, lesser earthy notes, and a slight smoke. Later, dark caramel notes appear. Late in the taste there is a note of smooth, mellow warming alcohol, which spreads throughout the chest and lingers on and on. There is a slight herbal bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, very, very full, soft on the palate with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely superb beer, well worth the great effort required to obtain it. This beer is truly a feast for the senses, after having it, many good, competently made doppelbocks seem quite the lesser. The brewing monks who developed this style called it "liquid bread". Well they knew of what they spoke.

Many thanks to my fiancée’s parents, Marlis and Bill, who went to considerable effort to obtain this beer in Germany and hand-carry it back to me.

Pegasus, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: All in German (it was hand carried from Germany by Christine’s Parents: THANKS CHRISTINE’S PARENTS; and Pegasus for being generous enough to share) notes “best by” 21 11 05 (consumed 11 06 05), recommendation to store at 7 degrees C.

Aroma: Rich dark malt, like smelling extract. Flavor association forces me to say dark fruit, but that’s not a fair descriptor. The best descriptor is: Black Bread.

Appearance: Cola amber glass with a finger of thick light tan head that lasts and laces. Very nice clarity as well, truly a lager.

Flavor: The malt/bread of the aroma translates into the taste, but the taste is so rich and full. I stated at first sip “there’s no water in there”. The taste isn’t burnt, but just so very deeply roasted. Earthy with a ghost of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Full and rich with a creamy texture. The alcohol isn’t very strong, but it was very warming. I could feel the warmth in my chest.

Overall Impression: The taste expresses the obvious quality of this brew. It’s just masterful. It strikes me as the most roasted beer ever. I found myself craving roasted chicken while drinking this. Truly a gem; Wish we could get it down here in Texas.

HardTarget, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dary brown with a small light tan head.

Smell: Caramel, sweet fruity esters.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A sip starts with a roasted maltly flavor, then gets very sweet a molasses like, then bitter at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and wet.

Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable beer, and could definitely keep a man warm in winter.

KarlHungus, May 09, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear dark, rich burgundy color with ruby tints. Looks like a solid brew. Heavy cream head fills the glass and drifts substantially.

Nose is on the light side, shallow coffee and malts.

Taste is large and insistent, fairly complex. The dominant taste is a blend of rough and bitter toasted malts, sour sweet malts and black cherry, and some coffee and toffee nuttiness to round it out.
Hints of booze are appreciated in the otherwise supersmooth and mellow brew. Controlled sweetness and clean finish. Nicely done.

Carbonation is tight and soft on impact and fills out in strength and effect in the mouth, yet maintains alot of the softness. Excellent feel, creamy, heavy. Despite the power of the taste and viscous body, goes down moderately easy.

I was sad to only have one of these, but many thanks to Bourre for bringing this guy over from the old world.

donnebaby, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of shapudding
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 10/05/05. Can’t read anything on the label -all in German except the Reinheitsgebot! Dark and rubied-brown and clear, can barely see through it. Lovely thick, milkshakey head with a ton iof khaki froth and bubbles crackling through. Lusciously heavy malty aroma, it just smells thick! Caramelly, karo syrup, mollassess... Slightly creamy feel, bit chewy, but not heavy, more medium bodied. The caronation is jut barely noticeable. Very wet feeling. Taste of caramel malts, light toastiness, more sweetness, towards the end of the sip. I get thoughts of cream sherry, but I can’t decide if it is from the aroma, taste of maybe just more of the whole experience.... You get a lot of flavor punch in this without it being too much. Not too overpowering. Very good flavors. Makes me keep thinking about it, keep tasting more and more, with each sip of it. Nice one!!
Thank for this one Horst!

shapudding, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is what a "beerlover" like me loves. Best before 28-09-05. Presentation is how you want it to be for a DarkDoubleBock. Perfect, yellowish and longlasting thick head. Most beautifull darkbrown color you can get in your brew and totaly clear. Nose is mostly maltarome with lots of roast. Further sweet and yeastfruity and even some hops in background. Taste is mostly exceptional being as full as it is, burnt, sweetmalty, hoppy and having a bitterweet aftertaste! Mouthfeel is like taste; exceptional and don't know if any beer make so much contact with your tasting pupils; just every one is giving this top enjoyment tinkle. Drinkability is then off course also ok but is maybe overfeeding you. Highly recomendable!

paterlodie, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany, with ruby reflexes. Beige head, decent, quite compact, not very persistent.
The smell is harmonious. Malt, roasted, caramel. Almost woody. Dried plum. In any case, it is delicate, inviting and embraceable.
Very round taste, well amalgamated, intriguing. Tones are malt/caramel, with points of roasted. Warm, pleasant, full in the mouth. Plum in the taste too.
Medium-medium-high body, a good structure that supports the taste.
Same notes in the aftertaste, where rises up even a good herbal bitterness. Good.
A very good doppelbock.

stcules, Feb 05, 2005
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
95 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.