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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 421
Hads: 984
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 416
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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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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Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL (code L3013) into a weizen glass. Pours a beautiful clear rich mahogany w/ a nice soft caramel head, good lacing, lively carbonation.

Aroma is bready and caramelly. Sweet dried fruit, dark toffee malt. Clean and pure.

Taste is caramel sweet and bready, fresh. Nice hard minerally water and just a touch of hoppy spice.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp with a satisfying aftertaste.

Overall a rock-solid doppelbock, among the best I've had. Glad we can finally get these stateside.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(code L 3013 - poured into a British pint)

A: initial voluminous, sudsy, somewhat open foam stand that slowly condenses into a silky-dense texture, then further into a steady yet not quite uniformly thick cap... brilliantly clear, fiery-red liquid with deep orange-y glow

S: flowery, chalky soap a la Dove/Ivory... medium-toasty bread crust, black tea, faint baker's cocoa... later on, a prune-like, dark fruit wafts off - somewhat reminiscent of a Trappist dubbel or the odd Quad... the melanoidin-smeared bread crust intensifies, while a wet, mountain forest woody scent emerges... overall clarity and potency of aromas are fairly strong

T: mmm... remarkably dynamic depth of flavor - spiced/stewed apples, briefcase leather, ginger snap, potting soil, light milk chocolate with walnuts... chrysanthemum stem mixed with black coffee type of flavor and bitterness highlighting the aftertaste, more chocolate bar as well... roasted sugars a force as well, clinging to the top of the palate...

M: curvaceously round up front, drops (vanishes) off dangerously dry... the burnt elements keep the palate feeling like you've been inhaling campfire throughout the night (guess that's more part of the "taste"?)

O: I've had this quite a few times vom Faß at Brauhaus Schmitz recently before finding this in a bottle, plopping down, and recording my thoughts... this was great the first time I had it, and it's growing on me more and more... this is a beer by which other beers should be graded... hopefully, it'll stay around town here for a long while

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Photo of DIM
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

edit: batch L3293 had some fairly strong vinegar notes. Not at all like the bottle I reviewed below.

a: Bright, chestnut brown; poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Big, beautiful dark bread (pumpernickel?), some figgy fruit, European milk chocolate. Subdued but deep if that makes sense.

t: Nutty, toasted pumpernickel breadiness dominates with hints of dark fruit and lingering warm chocolate.

m: Perfectly silky.

o: Just a beautiful beer. Different from, but on par with, Celebrator.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - translucent mahogany colour with tan head

Smell - Toffee, caramel, hazelnut, soy sauce

Taste - toffee, caramel, hazelnut, hint of soy sauce, mixed nuts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness and nuttiness upfront, bitterness in the back end and the finish is toasty and bready

Overall - a very tasty dopplebock that I'm glad made it to the States. Will strive to always have this on hand. Recommended

Price Point - $4.25/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper clear color with a 4F head into a pilsner glass.
Nice looking beer.

The aroma is not as strong as other Doppelbocks- some figs and toffee- but mild.

Mouth feel is malty- relatively smooth and works well with this beer.

Taste: deeper than other Doppelbocks. More breadth, malt, figs.
There was too much bitterness in the finish for this style.

Overall- quite good, but there are other beers in the style I prefer. I like the deep malt-fig character, but the bitterness is too pronounced. I would prefer more malt, stronger fig in the aroma.
The bottle date was late December- perhaps the beer was past its prime. Nevertheless, quite good.

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Photo of bmac093
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown copper red color. A large head forms and fades but overall good retention. Smells of sweet toffee and a strong malt presents. The taste starts with a strong toasted malt and sweetness of toffee, carmel with raisin and chocolate. There is a subtle complexity. A faint bitter and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, and perfect carbonation. Overall, a great doppelbock. May not be at the same level as Celebrator but close. I'll be looking for it in the future.

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml
$3.69
Binnys - Willowbrook

Andech's classic doppelbock emerges from the bottle and fills the stein with a gleaming chestnut brown liquid that shows amazing ruby highlights when backlit. Micro carbonation moves up the body, keeping the ecru head sustainable. The foam is creamy and dense while showing no signs of disappearing. Heavy drink lines decorate the glass with each swig.

A meal in a glass, no doubt about it. The nose is impossibly bready. It's rich, slightly sweet, a touch nutty. I always get the faintest touch of lactic sweetness from rich doppelbocks, no different here. A barely there, faint floral note runs along the rear. This beer simply makes my mouth water.

Bread, bread, and more bread. There's a touch of sweetness and a sliver of nuttiness as in the nose. A touch of florals flit throughout but this is all about dough and warm bread. Very substantial and satisfying. Not much to say but delicious.

There's a fair amount of heft, again, substantial. The body is velvety smooth with a palate coating softness. When considering the ABV drinkability is flat out off the charts. There's weight but it's not filling. There's sweetness but in no way cloying.

This just happens to be the standard bearer of the style. It's clean, delicious, full of flavor, and simply mouthwatering. I dare you to dislike this beer. It's impossible. Now that it's in the states it will be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a giant stange at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich, nut-brown hue with minimal haze and a thick head of creamy ivory foam. Looks outstanding.

Smell: sweet, caramelly and extremely malty aroma. Smells like Whoppers candy.

Taste: sweet with big malt flavor. Not a lot of complexity, mostly just a very clean, very sweet malt character. Very solid.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess.

Overall: sweet but nicely quaffable; this is an archetypal doppelbock.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark copper, slight hints of red (clear) with a two inch light tan, bubbly head. This a very well balanced and flavorful beer. Amazing notes of caramel, roasted malts and dried fruits. Smooth, a bit sticky on the lips in the finish. Medium bodied and goes down easy. Can easily see the high rating for this and I'm glad I was able to finally grab a bottle.

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Photo of Dope
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date that I can find, this just hit the stores around here a few weeks ago.

A: Medium-dark brown with red highlights. Good sized light brown head, quite fizzy and effervescent. Head fades quickly at first but then slows down. Good head retention as it never seems to fully fade away. Nice little walls of lacing too.

S: Hmph, interesting. Heavy on the dark breads, caramel and raisins. But there's a slightly smoky umami in there too. Root beer candy-like sweetness too.

T: Again with the hard root beer candies, especially up front. Caramel sweetness joins it. Some toffee and umami in the middle. Dark fruits everywhere, primarily raisins but fig too I'd say? Cocoa is everywhere too, primarily towards the back end. Sweet bread in the finish with lingering root beer in the aftertaste with some herbal qualities.

M: Surprisingly heavy and full bodied for 7.1%. Smooth.

O: Interesting beer. Never had a doppelbock that tasted like those hard root beer barrels you had as a kid. I assume it's some sort of herbal quality combined with caramel sweetness that is making the association for me. Very unique brew. Strong flavors for only 7.1%. Great complexity and balance too.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle was poured into a large tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark amber mahogany color with vision of slow moving bubbles when held up to light.

Smell: Fruity, caramel, toffee, bready, banana, and raisin.

Taste: Raisins, bananas, toffee, caramel, wheat, toasted malts, grassy hops, a little bitter chocolate, and a little bitternes in the end.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, a little chewy, full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Wow. This doppelbock is the bomb. At less than $4 a bottle, revisiting this beer again is going to be easy.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle
L - creamy beige head holds good retention atop a bronzed brown body
S - fainter aroma of earthy hops, caramel, grain, and toffee
T - rich and sweet, toffee, caramel, grain, earthy spicy hops, slightly peppery on the finish
F - fullish body, creamy and smooth, finishes clean
O - a bit of a surprise here. I was expecting better. It's still really good, but I was hoping for a little bit more from the #2 ranked doppelbock in the world.

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Photo of rjp217
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a mug...

A - Brownish/ruby red appearance with a one finger head. Decent lace retention on the glass

S - Nothing discernible for me. Some light malts and a little caramel possibly, a little bit of a letdown

T - WOW! An absolute stud. Malts, toffee, caramel, cocoa, milk chocolate. They all meld together perfectly. Pretty complex and unlike anything I have tasted. This is so different and so good!

M - Medium to full body feel, mild carbonation that rolls off the palate pretty smooth

O - Most importantly the taste takes the cake here. It totally raises the stock for me in this one. So unique and savoring. Although the other attributes aren't quite there, the taste of this beer is truly world class.

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Photo of kilo_005
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft- 30 cL weizen glass

A: hazy brown, minimal lacing. Small head. Beautiful color though in the right light.
S: nothing too strong here. Some boozy aromas. Light malt smell
T: fantastic. Boozy notes up front with standard raisin taste of beers in this style but then finished with incredibly complex flavors. Like a cocoa. Wonderful lingering aftertaste. Lasts for a very long time.
M: amazing. The alcohol up front just tingles the palate but then you get the perfect carbonation and aforementioned lingering taste.
O: An amazing example of how good dark German beers can be. If you live boozy dark Belgians try something like this and you'll be amazed

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle, with code of L1693, but not sure what that means.

dark in color but still clear. amber highlights. little head that fades. rich malty aroma - flavors of caramel, pipe tobacco, and plum. same in the taste, very good. low carbonation. the beer coats the mouth, appropriate for the style.

overall a very good doppelbock, approaching Celebrator and Samichlaus.

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Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long-awaited, much anticipated -- was surprised to find this sooner-than-expected.

Half-liter bottle with an odd coding that I hope isn't the bottling date (would decipher around June of 13, so I'm going to ignore it and hope for the best).

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with ruby highlights and smooth, tan head that settles slowly, leaving a thin, but presentable cap.

S -- Dark breadcrusts, mild molasses, some light earthiness and fruit, and mellow pepperiness from alcohol.

T -- Rich, bready malt -- very pumpernickel-like with a sweet molasses and bready toastiness. There is some underlying bitterness from hops in balance, a light hint of dark fruits, more bready sweetness in the finish and a dry, peppery character from alcohol in the aftertaste -- but stopping just shy of hot.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a dry finish and a medium body bordering on full.

O -- A very classic rendition of the style, yet definitely projecting its own character to distinguish itself. The Andechs is a little drier in the finish than other Doppels, yet the dark bread character up front is just what German (specifically Bavarian) brewers produce so much better than the majority of US micros can duplicate.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a glass bier stein

Clear mahogany ruby with a small steady stream of carbonation. Creates a two finger dense taupe head. Settles into a solid taupe foam layer.

First sniff was of toffee. Deep rich fruits, figs, plums and raisins. Rich malts.

Smooth taste of deep rich malt, deep fruits, chocolate. Gentle carbonation. Smooth aftertaste. Delicious.

Yet another tremendous beer from Andechs. Worthy of stocking in the fridge and repeating often. Great, great beer.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rose copper color that sporadically lets some light through. Medium-high carbonation visible with a one inch heads that sticks for a while.

S: Dark fruit with slight chocolate undertones.

T: Primarily toffee, mocha, dark cherry, and a flash of toasted bread at times.

M: Medium body, high carbonation that bights the tongue, creamy feel on back-end, and a slight alcohol feeling that builds throughout the pint without being overwhelming.

O: Bottom line - This is Korbinian with not as great of an appearance, but with a slightly better mouthfeel. Andechs and Korbinian are top Bavarian doppelbocks, with Celebrator slightly behind them because it is not as robust.

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Photo of gr0g
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut / mahogany in color. Impressive head formation and retention. There's some lace formation, but it's spotty. Aroma is malt-forward in every way. Toasted grain and fresh-baked bread upfront followed by a rich, toffee-like note. Only the faintest trace of alcohol to let you know this is more than a plain-old Dunkel. Faint floral hoppiness.

While many doppels come across as too malty-sweet to me, this isn't one of them. The balance is just about spot-on. That faint hoppiness on the nose is more prevalent here and able to stand up to all the sugars. Overall flavor is dominated by toasty malt, very much like a standard Munich Dunkel. A bit of nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, bordering on a creamy texture, thanks to the carbonation being soft. For a relatively strong beer, it's all too easy to knock back a pint of this and still be up for another.

I'd sum up Andechser's Doppelbock as a robust Dunkel lager. While it doesn't quite have the depth of flavor that Celebrator (my and many others' top pick for doppels) has, it does nothing wrong.

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Photo of kevanb
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Liter Stein poured at Suppenküche in San Francisco, review taken from notes.

The beer pours a deep caramel brown color, borderline dark amber with some burgundy tones. A soft, frothy khaki head rises nicely from the beer with great retention and lots of lace. The aroma is is of wonderful smooth chocolate, brown sugar, rich grain, slightly roasted coffee, a touch of bitterness, plays well with the chocolate and doesn't detract at all from the aroma. The flavors are fantastic, such smooth qualities,lots of bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, brown sugar, strong malts, stone fruit and almost a bit of vanilla. It's complex, deep, but more importantly, incredibly balanced and perfectly integrated. The body is great, very rich, full, silky, just enough lively carbonation that finishes good gusto but could pack a better punch.

Verdict: Magnificent beer and definitely the standout for the style, sorry Celebrator. I'd been longing to try this for quite some time and to find it on draft was a real joy. I had no trouble downing a liter of this over dinner and I can't wait to find a few bottles.

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Photo of brijar
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of RockyCoast
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.