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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 409
Hads: 925
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 407
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
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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 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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Photo of scottfrie
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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.


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Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of mmmbirra
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.29/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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