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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
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world-class

688 Ratings
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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 365
Gots: 39 | 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 LarryKemp
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
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 +14.4%
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 +12.5%
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 +6.3%
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 +5.1%
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 -6%
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 +11.4%
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 -8.4%
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
Photo of egajdzis
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish brown color with a small thin, fluffy, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, sweet caramel and honey, light alcohol. Sweet chocolate, caramel, light roastiness, musty cobwebs and light alcohol as well. Creamy mouthfeel, this is a solid Doppelbock.

egajdzis, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ouncer,, with "mindestens haltbar bis" dating of 020305, Fresh as far as I can tell. Brought back by a neighbor from Germany. This classy brew is a treat. Rich, bold, and ultra smooth. Pours a classic, brownish dark amber, white tiny bubble head. Nose is pure rich malt. Wonderfully smooth and rich mouthfeel. Notes of dark caramel, raisins, molasas, rum, tastes like a nice sweet light chocolate brownie. Complex, smooth and satisfying. If you can find some, buy it.

Billolick, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear deep amber brown with an off-white lasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was slightly smoky with Munich malt and dark fruits of raisin and prune followed by deep caramel.

The flavor was Munich malt then more of the dark fruits, raisins, prunes, and plums. The caramel contributed to the complexity of the malt backbone which also was quite crisp.

The finish dried out over time with lasting caramel and dark fruits long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full.

0.5L bottle from German dept store in Cologne...cost of about $2.50 US...thanks to Richard Todd for bringing it back!

GCBrewingCo, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to thank a fellow homebrew club member for bringing one of these back from Germany and taking it to a meeting.

This is an easy beer to love. The crystal clear dark brown/ruby red appearance is inviting. The aroma is complex yet clean. The flavor is chocked full of fruitiness (raisins) and a malty sweetness...and it is just so smooth.

What a treat.

ncbrewerbun, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of paulaner
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great beer and I didn't even go out looking for it. I happened to see it as I was waiting to check out and I saw doppelbock dunkel hmm that sounds good so I bought one came home and read about it on BA and to my surprise it had rather high rating and after drinking it I would have to agree.

The color is a dark redish black with a strong head at first but slowly dies down. The aroma is not very noticeable but at first sip all thoughts of weakness are thrown out the window. It has a very noticeable doppelbock taste that is not as bitter as german dunkells but is not week due to this. This is definitely a beer that I will be buying more of. I guess as they say good things in life will come to you if you wait and this was no exception.

paulaner, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW-- pours a dark garnet with a off white head.. The nose is fruity, with plummy notes and some dried fruit overtones. Taste-- Holy cow is this a dopplebock or heaven? Malty and fruity with enough to balance it from getting too cloying.. These monks know their business. Mouthfeel is as silky as a young Cuban womans thigh. Drinkability.. you are joking right? This is a session dopplebock.. Drinks so easy its insane.. 7.10 percent ? Where.. The flavour hides it so well. Not as malty as celebrator, not as wimpy as Salvator.. This is liquid gold.

A huge HUGE HUGE Thanks to Bierman VA for bringing me back not one but three of these Gems back form his trip to Oktoberfest.. Now given my wifes loves for Dopplebocks-- I need to lock these up somewhere!!!

TinusTime, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of BierManVA
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have sampled this bier a few times now...at Andechs and in the bottle. Every time I have this bier, I think "This is so damn good...". and it is.

Read all the reviews for this bier; Color - Great, Smell - Sweet, fruity and complex, Taste - Amazing, Mouthfeel - Light and delicious, Drinkability - Second to none.

This bier ranks high, in the top ten. Justifiably so.

Andechser Dopplebck ist am besten.

John

BierManVA, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generous off-white head forms atop the dark brown body. Head is foamy, frothy, sticky, moderately lasting. Light ruby hints make the color seem complex. A truck of malt in the aroma. Various flavours of smoked fruits, red berries, blue berries, cherries, light smoke, light roast. Terrific integration of the aromatic components. Another sniff gave me mineralic or salty notes. Another hinted me toward bread. Yet another proposed candy sweetness almost approaching honey. If the aroma contained a truck of malt, it’s 2 trucks you have when sipping. Its intensity is pushed further although always staying in the subtlety grace as opposed to a celebrator. Incredible precision, every angle is well cut. Bolder than the aroma in its leathery expression. Quite dry overall. Nut skin, roasty and earthy light hops finish. Could last a little longer perhaps. It really tastes like fresh and clean water was used. Incredible malt depth they have there. Gets even better as it warms, close to a 10 as far as taste is concerned, I guess just a bit more length would nail it. Polite medium to full body, high carbonation is at the limit of being too much. Stellar doppelbock that grows on you sips after sips. New developments and happenings every time. 2 thumbs up to Stephen and his neighbor for this unique chance!

Rastacouere, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear garnet red with thin offwhite head.
Rich malty caramel nose
Rich malty caramel, slightly buttery on the finish.
Refined smooth carbonation, mouthfeel infinitely lighter than celebrator dopplebock. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
Great fun to drink. Supper easy to knock back a couple of these, just as you would a nice pilsner.

This has replaced Deadguy Ale as my house beer, I can hardly believe it. This is a great after dinner beer. This should be required drinking in EVERY beer appreciation seminar.

Naerhu, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the monastery.

Dark Ruby.

Big, hearty, meaty, strong and herbal nose with other whiffs of dark fruits and clove.

Front is smoke (slight) with many dark fruits. Notes of caramel, molasses and chocolate in the mid-palate. Plums, lots of plums on the lingering finish. Well this beer was excellent.

I had 2.0 Liters of it but unfortunately it was after I had already had a 1.0 L of the Spezial Hell. Needless to say, I was wasted.

Note to self: 3.0 L of beer in one sitting is too much.

Crosling, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of rotsaruch
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, the monks on the mountain have created one of the world's best brew. Guys and girls, this is what a malty, craft brew is all about.

The appearance is a clear, deep burgandy in color. The head was slighly beige in color which slowly dissispated into a thin lace. This brew is about malt, but in a very subtle, not obvious way. The maltiness fragrance was very noticeable on the nose. The body is full and distinctive. The taste can only be characterised as very a smooth, silky mouthfeel. The maltiness flavor dominates up front with some apparent caramel and toffee tones. The hops are present, but solely in a supporting role providing a very delightful dry finish. It has to be one of the finest doppelbock brewed on the planet Earth. I really look forward to having this brew on draft. A truly exquiste brew!!

rotsaruch, May 18, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle procured for me by Dave, a loyal customer at my restaurant/bar, who has recently been bringing German gems back from business trips for me. All hail Dave!
Appearance: partially clear, dark ruby hue, an enigmatic appearance, really, clear here, dark there, obtuse in places, with a lovely, lush layer of pale, tanned foam standing guard on top.
Aroma: caramel & spice, soft & creamy, lightly toasted, with subtle fruit.
Taste: luscious fruit proclaims itself at the onset, a beautiful blend of grape, cherry, berry, & more, supported by a warm, generous malt bill.
More flavors interject as we continue, raisins, figs, chocolate climbs aboard, too, for a spell, contributing a subtle, sensuous cocoa feel all over the palate.
Sublime, really.
This mere 7.1% ABV doppelbock only peeps up the tiniest bit in alcohol feel, so smooth it is, so rich with flavor, not harsh, nor brash, mellow, cool, yet bold with flavor, getting winey-er and winey-er in taste as we go.
Got to hand it to the monks at Andesch, for they are gentle, benevolent geniuses, and those who know their work are doubly blessed!

feloniousmonk, May 11, 2004
Photo of tjd25
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish dense head disappears into a very thin color. The color is impressive: a beautiful brown-red, almost purple, opaque. The smell is of dark malts, non sweet caramel, and a warming winy grapes aspect. The taste is very enjoyable and complex. Raisins with a sweet and refreshing citric aspect (almost like the soda aspect of Belgian stouts); then dark malts, with a thick almost chewy impression of chocolate; the chocolate announces the veil of hoppiness that covers the mouth without overwhelming it. Finally, a warm alcohol feeling. Very well balanced. My favorite Doppelbock .

tjd25, May 01, 2004
Photo of BeerBard
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Memories of Andechs...the bottle's bringing them back...
My favorite beerotic moment in life was my first trip to the Andechs Monastery and "gezaufen" (it's a phonetic spelling for "drinking like a beast"...) a variety of beers. I met some wonderful locals (Uwe and Hans)...though I walked the 7 or 8 kilometers up there from the subway station earlier in the day, we later took a cab from the monastery to the subway stop together. I went there a second time about 3 years later with my friend who lives in Bavaria. It was as equally memorable.
Anyone who has the opportunity to go there should go...don't think twice about it. I'm very, very, very serious!
Well, the bottled version I'm drinking has been in my closet about 5 months. It was brought over in my friend's luggage from Bavaria to Austin, as it's not imported to the States, as far as I know. If anyone knows differently, please let me know. Bottled ain't is good as draft...PERIOD!
I'm drinking it side-by-side with an Aventinus Wheat-Dopplebock. I thought they'd be similar. They are, but then again they're not....the Andechs has no "wheat" taste. [As a side-note, the Andechs Wheat Beer is the most wonderful example of the style that I know...the natural bannana flavors are exquisite....but, as you'll see below, you'll have to go there to get the complete indoctrination...the full "flavor"].
The head doesn't last...which is a shame (because I want to rank it higher...I acknowledge my bias). It went flat within a minute (the Aventinus head has lasted 45 minutes now). However, I believe it lasted much longer at the monastery.
The smell is excellent...just take my word on it.
The taste....exceptional...MALTY sweet raison rum currant bannana alcohol and a "hint of hop"...what more can you want?!?!?!
Mouthfeel...as good as it gets for a dopplebock. If you like the style you can't dispute the SUPERIORITY of this beer. It's tremendous!
Drinkability....if I could have this beer every night, I would. I would go to sleep happy with all my troubles erased...all my sins absolved.
If all the world had this beer nightly perhaps we'd all be at PEACE!
I'm in love with Andechs...
Like any true heartsick man in love, I will visit my sweet Andechs again...hopefully within the next year ( a friend is getting married in the Netherlands in March 2004...Bavaria is close enough...only a few hundred miles away...I look forward to a trip after the wedding to Brussels for the Belgians and then Bavaria for the Best of the Rest....my mouth is watering already...keep posted...is anybody really reading this??? CHEERS!).!&$@&@#$

BeerBard, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-Tap! At De Vildeman in Amsterdam, Holland. I've heard much about this brew, but when I failed to get a bottle from Germany, I decided to try this when I actually saw it on tap! I'm really glad that I did, as this is probably the best Doppelbock being made! This was dark as night, with some rusty edges of maroon and brown. The head was small, tan, and short-lived. The aromas were of fresh bavarian soft pretzels, deepl malts, and slight floral hops on the finish. The taste was extremely malty, not too sweet, and hoppy on the finish. The perfect doppel! The mouthfeel was thick, creamy, and oh-so-smooth going down, and the drinkability was excellent. This stuff is like liquid crack...amazing and highly recommended by this BA!

francisweizen, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of kunzbrew
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pick this bad boy up in Germany along with 80 others when I was over there in October of 03.

The brew pours a a stellar copper color with a monster cream colored head that last for a while reducing to a 1/2 inch head leaving a silk sexy smooth lace in its tracks. The hop and raosted malt aroma is so huge it is just bursting out of the glass and into my nose. The caramel aroma is also strong. The first sip reveals a slighty smoky flavor along with a toasted caramel malt flavor that is to die for. This has to be the best dopplebock that I have ever had. The easy drinking beer kicks your ass with the 7% alcohol.

This is truly a great beer from a great country.

Prost

kunzbrew, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful crisp, clear brown with red and gold highlights. Pours produces a decent head that has staying power and kicks off tremendous sheets of lace. Aroma, dark malt, toffee, wheat and spice. I swore I got a whiff of hazelnuts also.
Taste is truly to behold. Very wet malt and toffee front backed with a spicy yeast finish with a hint of alcohol power. To me this prototypical German taste and if I close my eyes I can feel myself singing county road and the Star-Spangled banner in the Hofbrau House in Munich.
Truly beautiful beer and need to find a way to import to the US (besides carry-on luggage.)

Thanks to TRBeer for this beauty.

CRJMellor, Jan 11, 2004
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.