Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 381
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-16-2002

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.
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Ratings: 860 | Reviews: 401
Photo of brijar
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ancechs Dopplebach Dunkel it by far the best Dopplebock I've ever taster. Brewed in a monastery in Bavaria Germany and sold throughout the region, It's a wonderful bold full bodied beer with a molasses finish. If you ever get the chance to drink one, I highly recommend it. There are not some distributors in the US that are selling this, but I've yet to find it.

Photo of dcmchew
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark copper with light beige head, lasting for a while.
Smell of roasted grains, caramel, dark fruit and spices.
First sip brings nice rich chocolatey malts, lightly roasted, with lots of brown sugar/caramel. There's also fruitiness, more accentuated later on, with date, raisin, dried plums and red apple peel. Tasty spices, with some vanilla punching through. Nuttiness. Good hop presence in the finish, alongside a decent bitterness.
Alcohol and caramel create a nice rum flavour, never boozy. Smooth and almost creamy, if not for a bit of unwanted fizz.
A great doppelbock, rich and flavourful.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper. Almost translucent. Off-white head.
S: Bready, malty and walnutty. Caramel.
T: Harsh malt and wal-nuttiness, like that of Schwarzbier, but also some smoothing marzipan and warming dried prunes and figs. A slight harsh bitterness but as it warms up it gets less Schwarzbier/lagery and more syrupy. Dumping the yeast in improves it.
M: Not very fizzy and silky smooth.
O: Oh, yes. Much better than the first one I had but then it hasn't travelled 9000km around the world. Crap head though. It disappeared after 30 seconds.

Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear but very dark garnet red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet brown bread are present in the nose along with hints of raisins.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and has lots of flavors of sweet brown bread along with hints of raisins. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a complex taste; although it is a little fuller in body, this beer is still relatively easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Photo of RockyCoast
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth; not too carbonated, very malty, and at 7.1%, you can drink a couple, and still carry on a cogent conversation. And at a retail price of well under $5 for a Pint, you can buy a couple, and still pay the rent.

Purchased on New Year's Eve at RSVP in Portland, Maine, I'll make this one a frequent purchase in 2014!

Photo of scottfrie
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into imperial pint glass. Been wanting to try this one for more than 5 years.

A: Pours a deep caramel brown with mahogany highlights beneath a fizzy and active light tan head that rather quickly faded into a wispy film and fuzzy collar.
S: Very sugary and sweet notes of caramel, dried dates and raisins dominate, with notes of grapes, cocoa, spice, earthy hops, iron, and apple juice beneath.
T: Not as sugary as the nose but the flavors of candied dates, dried figs, raisin, cocoa and mild spice are easily noticeable. I get hints of leather, crème brulee, and herbal hops in the finish, and the aftertaste has a touch of brown sugar, bread crust, and very mild booze.
M: Heavy and chewy mouthfeel, slick and smooth medium-full body, and low but fizzy carbonation.
O: Extremely balanced, smooth and complex. Not as sweet as Celebrator, but more complex and integrated. Very well done.

Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. After years of craving this beer, I'm so happy it's finally available locally.

A:Pours a beautiful, clear garnet body under two fingers of fine, pillowy tan head. Retention is great, but lacing is on the weak side. Lovely overall.

S: Purely malty, yet extremely complex. Each inhalation brings a new wave of aromas, ranging from toasted bread to raisin to dark chocolate to licorice to cherry. Bittersweet and amazing.

T: More direct here, with rich dark fruits ahead of toasty malt on the mid-palate; the finish brings notes of grape skin, cocoa powder, and booze. Delicious, but a trifle harsh for only 7%.

M: Medium-to-full body with carbonation to match. Mouth-filling without being sticky. Wonderful.

O: This definitely lived up to the hype, if Doppelbocks can exactly have hype. It's definitely a more subtle, complex beer than Celebrator, and for that reason I prefer it. It's especially gratifying to have such a world-class beer be so affordable.

Cheers!

Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a two finger, frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Impressive retention with sporadic streaks of lace left behind.  

Toasted, slightly smokey aroma with a nice balance of sweet and roasted malt notes.  Lots of toffee and caramel along with some bready yeast and subtle zesty spice.  I'' surprised about the roasted/smokey element by it adds another dimension to the swee malt profile.  

On the fuller end of medium body with a smokey roasted malt presence that gives off a decent amount of lingering bitterness.  Hints of toast, smoke and subtle BBQ/smoked meat followed by caramel and toffee sweetness.  This is balanced by a strong bready yeast presence as well as some hazelnut and a touch of rye spice.  Sweetness nicely counters the roast/toasted malts.  Finishes dry and slightly tart.  Well balanced and refreshing.  ABV is barely noticeable making this complex beer very easy to drink.

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown red color with a nice light tan head and decent lacing

S-toffee, dark fruit, wheat bread, light spices, hint of cocoa

T-toffee, caramel, raisin, fig, dark bread, hints of cinnamon and cocoa, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a great Doppelbock, great rich flavors and an enjoyable beer to savor

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a small cap that lasts for a while

S: Very malty with some sweet caramel and bready notes to go along with toffee, dark fruits, and a light earthiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light caramel sweetness that is balanced by a nice bready presence and molasses. Dark fruits and toffee come along afterwards, along with a very light estery note from the alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: One of the top doppelbocks out there for sure. It could use a little more body, but that's the only complaint. It's very easy to drink and is quite complex. Good price at $3.49 for a 500 mL bottle as well. Not easy to find in the states (at least not yet) so get some if you happen upon it

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and bready aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted malt and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very malty and toast-like presence in the aroma and flavor.

Photo of Tucquan
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-10-30 in Columbia, PA and again on 2014-02-16, side-by-side with an Ayinger Celebrator.

A - Pretty clear dark brown with ruby highlights. 2-finger light tan head that sticks around and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Rich, lightly toasted dark sour wheat bread, dark fruit and some earthy spice. Not very strong.

T - Rich dark malt with plenty of dark fruit accents like tart very ripe figs, cherries and plums. Light caramel sweetness. There's a nice hop bite on the finish that balances with the dark fruit. Very rich and satisfying.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial going down but dries nicely. Really good, thick feel.

O - See my Ayinger review for more detail but with the Ayinger, the contrast between the various flavors is more pronounced / bolder. The Andech's has more of an integrated / balanced flavor plus a firmer mouthfeel. In this head-to-head comparison, the Andech's wins by a nose. This is the best doppelbock I've ever had. I enjoyed everything about it and look forward to having more no that they are available in PA.

Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark mahogany red brown color.

The aroma is a bit muted, but very much doppelbock. Nutty toasty malt, toffee, and a bit of sweetness.

The flavor follows with a complex doppelbock classic flavor. Spiciness of floral German hops really stands out for this beer along with the notes from the aroma. Lots of nuttiness, a bit of toasty sweetness. It is a mellow and smooth drinking doppelbock. I was getting the umami and salty notes having it on tap. Having it in bottle, it really drinks so smooth with caramel sweetness.

There's a light to medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

This is quite a rich beer and stands right up next to Ayinger as a world class doppelbock.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, tan-brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt, caramel, and smoke

Taste: burnt caramel, smoke, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet and smoky, medium carbonation, smooth

Overall: A really nice and smoky classic dopplebock. The smokiness allows this to be sweet but never cloying. Amazing on tap. I would certainly pick this one up again.

Photo of mmmbirra
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks good. Deep reddish brown.
Lots of raisins in the nose, other caramel coated dark fruit aromas in there as well. Very nicely equipped. Layers of aromas to get through.
Taste is quite nice as well. Not as complex though, and for me just ends up being too sweet. The sweetness is fine for a while, but as you get nearer the bottom of the glass the residual sugars start to build up and make for a bit of an unpleasant experience.
Nice and smooth, but again just too much sugar for me.
A nice beer, but not quite worth the rating it has here. The difficulty for Americans to get it probably drives up its rating a notch or two. Still a nice beer though.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Zum Schneider in New York, NY.

Served in a 1-Liter mug. Brown in color with ruby hightlights and a large, beige head. Really pleasant aroma, heavy on roasted malts, raisin, and fig. I found myself going back over and over again to smell it. Medium bodied, not overly sweet as some dopplebocks can be. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Overall, a very enjoyable beer and maybe the best in its style I have had to date. One I would order again in a heartbeat.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.29/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I think I had a dreadfully old bottle of this years ago. New import edition. Bottle from New Beer Distro. Batch L 1693. Whatever that means.

Half inch of fleeting tan head. Clear black tea, black on brown on red sort of body.

Smells of maple, spilt Euro lager, & hearty bread. Licorice? Just a touch of stone fruit. Doesn't smell like they sent the freshest examples over.

Tastes like Cheerios, scalded milk, sharply charred bbq bitterness, faint scotch.

Really, really carbonated. Sizzling. Don't like that. Somewhat itchy/starchy feel. A bit boozy.

I looked forward to this beer for so long. It just seems so different from the standards of Celebrator & Korbinian that I've come to love.

Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in the glass, chestnut tone when held to the light, it shows perfect clarity. Big head of light tan foam that dissipates in a couple minutes, which breaks across the surface after a few sips. Drippy lace around the edges.

Smells slightly sweet and nutty, molasses and dark bread.

Taste is similar, primarily malty and sweet, with trace amounts of nuttiness and a slightly bitter finish. Faint metallic notes at times. Feel is adequate though it seems a little watery. Seems more like a Dunkel or Euro Dark Lager. Overall it's good, though not as great as I'd hoped. Would probably reach for Maximator, Optimator, or Celebrator first, but it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which basically has no retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mix of dark amber, maroon, and garnet which glows a crimson red to ruby when held up to the light. No lacing at all.

Nose- Delicious- if I were to sum it in one term, I would use fruitcake. But this beer is much more complex than that. Definite raisin and cherry, almost the candied kind with spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. A creamy, almost milk quality that hints at chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and caramel. Some roasted malt qualities as well. This is very promising. Some honey and nectar as well. Light smoke- smells like a nitro beer but it's in a bottle.

Taste- Starts off with the nitro feel with minor chocolate, cocoa, and caramel which moves into deeper, roasted notes combined with raisin and cherry. Slight bitterness with hints of oak and vanilla. Some spice- nutmeg and cinnamon, tiny bit of clove. Not quite as delightful as the aroma but still intriguing. This is much more about subtlety than dominating your taste buds. Nice malt bill that is complex and well rounded but doesn't have much presence. This isn't a bad thing as I generally only appreciate towering malt bills in scotch ales and imperial stouts. A little bit of letdown after the nose though. Seems a little thin, especially on the finish. Slight vinosity provided by the raisin and cherry. Hints of brown bread, brown sugar, and molasses as well.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with light carbonation which works for the style. Nice and neat slightly dry finish. Hints of smoothness. Very clean malt bill leaves the tongue feeling fresh.

Drinkability- This beer is a bit unassuming and as result, drinks fairly easy. No indication of alcohol. Just a very clean, almost creamy beer. 4 dollars for half a liter of a world renowned beer seems more than reasonable.

Overall- Really good, solid beer. I'm not the biggest fan of doppelbocks but this one is a good example of the classic style. I prefer Ayinger to this, but Celebrator seems to me an anomaly among doppelbocks. Glad that this is finally being distributed in Oregon. This is a must try and will be a repurchase if it continues to be distributed here.

Photo of BWED
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.5 L draft in a mug at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia

A- Deep brown amber, with a tan head. Doesn't retain.

S- String malt, caramelized sugar, caramel, a bit of iron.

T- A bit of roast. Sweet caramel, a little metallic.

M- Slightly viscous. Pretty light for a doppelbock, however. A bit of a bitter finish.

O- Decent. I'm not superbly impressed, but it has some really good caramelized characters.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown colored lager with a small tan colored head. I could almost call the color red.

Smells strongly malty. Aromas of prune and fig. Chocolate, caramel and faint grape scent.

Starts out malty with a big caramel taste. Mildly sweet and nutty, the point being it isn't too sweet. Flavors of fig and raisin with a slight rum flavor. Little bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good Bock that isn't too sweet.

Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Churckey into a tall highball footed glass.

A real nice gorgeous looking doppelbock. Deep ruby red with great tangerine orange edges on the sides that just shine like a gem. Head is one finger tall and super creamy, off tan with even sized bubbles in the formation. A real gorgeous looking beer here.

Nose is strangely subdued and muted. Soft grains and malt, not much heat, maybe a little bit of toffee. There's an interesting sort of kind of soft melted butter sense to this as well.

Palate improves quite a bit but unexpectedly. Soft toffee, not much caramel or large spice. Incredibly creamy vanilla palate with just a hint of light carbonation to make it fun. Silky finish with a thick coating and light sweetness.

Overall it's a great beer but I was hoping for more of a toffee/caramel angle that's just not here. Still going to have to go with Ayinger-Celebrator for the standard and one to beat, but this is no slouch.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rb

Pours with a nice 1/2" light khaki head... the brew is dark brown with beautiful garnet highlights... good lacing.

Nose is dark toast... very malty... light caramel...

Flavor mirrors the nose... no chocolate like some darker versions (like Celebrator)... just pure malty goodness... something that I associate with dates with warmth, so does a grainy sweetness.

Very smooth body... the head is so creamy it almost feels like nitro.

Worthy of the hunt and the reputation.

4.5's across the board.

Photo of JCBears
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance: rich amber brown, hints of real red in there not much head but you can imagine why

smell: roasted malted barely stands out with a bit of alcohol in there some walnuts round it out

taste: what a rich walnut tanin taste, a bit over powering but I enjoy it. Almost a wintry brew

mouthfeel: haunts the roof of the mouth with a stratigicly placed biter at the end and those tannins

overall: A great dynamic brew this is one you have when you are looking to drink beer, not party not have drunken good times but really drink a brew. One thing pops into my head $2000 call girl, you spend some time enjoying that

Photo of webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a medium brown color, fizzy with a slight head. The smell is very sweet and heavy on the malt. Dominant smell is brown sugar. Taste is sweet and heavy, with hints of roasted marshmallows and almost no bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly on the lighter, fizzy side for something this strong and tasty. Alcohol is hidden very well. Overall, one of the best of the style I've had.

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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