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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 415
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 410
Gots: 97 | 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 Chaz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In color it is between a Ruby-red and chestnut. Pours with excellent/brilliant clarity, topped with a very appealing head, just a bit darker than "pale-tan." Plenty of lace as it drops.

Semi-sour and Sherry-like on the nose. Notes of plum , treacle, sweet... also some oxidation (HEY! It's a long way to Minnesota! Especially since this one made a layover in a NYC bodega.)

Notes of slightly-tart cherry and medium/pale "domestic" malts on the first sip, and they play very nicely together. Some deeper notes of roasted, dark malt toward the middle, and a rather dry finish -- excellent! Not as cloying as I thought it would be from the nose, and not nearly as off-putting as the notes of oxidation suggested, either.

Easy-drinking, and rather lighter in body than I'd expected.

I had mentioned "Sherry" right away, and this one is also vinuous in the best way -- the better doppelbocks definitely feature that characteristic, and this one is certainly among the top doppelbocks. I would definitely recommend this bier to anyone interested in the style. ;)

Did I mention that it was lighter in body and also very-easy drinking? Because it is. In fact, this one might be "dangerously-drinkable" in a certain biergarten setting, nestled in the hills of Bayern . . . SOME day!

A big cheers to BA user "gory4d" for the assist in finally* getting to try this one.

* After hearing about this brew for the past thirty years, we FINALLY have a wholesaler that is bringing in the S&H Brands portfolio of which the Andechs brands are included, and yet for some reason said wholesaler doesn't bring in Andechs! What a shame: I'd LOVE to try this side-by-side with a Korbinian or three...

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

Suppose I could write up some big, stupid review in the style of Ozymandias, bemoaning the essential ephemerality of beer-geek grandeur, basking in this fallen brew as a mean of stress how the most mighty of us shall fall. As much press as you used to get, the ticks, man. The ticks gonna take you down.

This has been on my Want list since the Want list was a thing. This was in the BA top 50 for most of the early to mid aughts, and it's still held in very high regard by people who care about German beer (who are mostly old and very crotchety and spend their days locked away in their garages homebrewing ESB's). I found it just sitting on a shelf, like it was nothing. Pretty reasonably priced, too.

Pours a very dark amber with the fleeting head that's typical for the style. Smells very sweet and toasty, with big nodes of raisins and caramel. The closest reference I can make is Spaten's so-so Optimator, but this avoids the sticky sweet syrup nodes that make that beer a bit too intense. This aroma is very, very sweet, but still contains enough zippy bockmalt to avoid resembling a type of industrial sweetener.

Tastes like it smells: intense, quite malty and sweet, pulling back just milliseconds before the whole thing would become too intense. Toasty malt starts things off, ripping quickly into a middle of bockmalt, raisins, butter caramels, and old sweetened bread. It's intense and interesting throughout, and it avoids evoking the scene in _Gravity's Rainbow_ where Slothrop nearly pukes while being subjected to British candies. For whatever reason, American pallets can handle intense foreign flavors only so long as they are savory. That's why the desert cart at Indian restaurants stays stocked even while the rest is picked clean. I'll eat any of the savory shit without question, but good god--you ever have that candied carrot pudding stuff they put out for desert. There was so much sugar in it that one bite nearly gave me a seizure.

Uhh, okay we're going off the rails, here. Point is, even though I am what doctors call an "Advanced Drinker," I still worry that I haven't develop my pallet for doppelbocks. This seems exquisitely brewed if only because I can easily appreciate its intensity. It's not exactly my cup of tea--I still prefer the stoutier DBs like Celebrator--but I can still give them a hand for brewing it so well.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark beer with a bit of a red tint towards the bottom. There is very little head on this beer; the head leaves rather quickly. There appears to be a slight bit of carbonation

S: Holy shit, this smells incredibly nice. It has a sweet malty smell too it, but there is a underlying hit of fruits.

T: There is more of a traditional lager taste to this beer, but yet for some reason it doesn't hurt the flavour of the beer. The malts must make sure the shitness of a lager stays away. The fruits of this beer king of linger on and it is the last thing you taste. This beer is 7.1% yet I cannot taste any alcohol. It's like a smooth lager, goes down incredibly easy.

M: It's a bit light like most bocks, and has some carbonation.

D: This is incredibly drinkable, which is bad because this can get you quite toasted after just a few.

Damn good doppelbock!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear medium brown color, with a small quarter inch head, and not much lacing. Doesn't look like much, to be quite honest.

Smells pretty nice, like caramel, dark fruits, lager yeast, and a little bit of chocolate.

The taste is similar. This is one of the smoothest dopplebocks I've ever had- the alcohol doesn't show itself whatsoever- just smooth delicate flavors of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, dark fruits, chocolate, brown sugar and some lager-ish yeast flavors. The malt character on this one is sweet, but bready. No real hop flavor to speak of.

This one is medium bodied, not as thick as I'd expect, but it is only 7% ABV. A little bit creamy, but mostly crisp, with a lower amount of carbonation.

This is widely considered one of the best dopplebocks in the world. I find that hard to dispute.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 1 April 2003. This beer is a work of art. Nice dark brown color, w/ a tan head and a malty nose, I'll have one anytime. Typically, I'm not big on lagers, but this Doppelbock is great. Wonderful maltiness, this is simply a world class beer that any beer geek/snob needs to try.

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Photo of brc
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Kloster Andechs Nurnberg. Served in a stemmed Andechs glass.

Mahogany color, 2 fingers of tan head with great retention. Very clear liquid, though dark.

Fairly strong smell, of wood, campfire, and dried fruit. Makes me think of a strange quad/rauch blend.

Lovely rich taste, caramel, raisin, burnt sugar, biscuts, alcohol. Pretty overpowering and incredible.

Medium full mouthfeel. The taste lingers, slight alcohol feel in finish.

Drinkable, though I'd prefer to savor a smaller glass.

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Photo of beergoot
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, reddish brown body; dense, luscious, lasting head. Big roasted grain aroma; dark fruit sweetness, raisins. Caramel and brown sugar sweetness; well-balanced bitterness and a touch of booziness. Heavy body yet delicately smooth on the palate; velvety; warm.

There is nothing like a well-done example of a classic beer style, and this German offering does an exceptional job of delivering the goods.

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Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chestnut brown with a small head that quickly settled to a thin film of suds. Very little lacing is left down the glass. Familiar German lager aroma greets me like an old friend. Hints of dark bread, raisins, and dark fruit. The flavor starts off sweet but by the finish it is relatively neutral. Notes of fresh baked bread, caramel, toffee, and some fruit notes of figs and raisins. Bigger body than an ordinary bock, maybe not as robust as more modern attempts at the style, but it is enough for the drinker to know this is a heavy beer. Nice carbonation.

Waited a long time to finally drink this beer. Did not quite live up to expectations, but this is still an extraordinary beer.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick pillowy head that falls very quickly and leaves barely any lacing behind. The color is deep dark brown, but still you can see through it. The smell is of slightly chocolate malts with some roastiness, also a lot of breadiness. The taste is very bready with some chocolately tones and some sweetness in there as well. I enjoyed this one. Mouthfeel is very good. Overall this is avery drinkable brew and I hope to have it again someday.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first beer to review with the new system. Also, first beer reviewed from Germany on a German kezboard, with the z and y switched, so here goes...

Appearance: lighter in color than I was expecting, more orange or garnet than deep and dark. Big off white head with good retention, but leaving little lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, toast, brown sugar... surprised by all the fruit, in a lager. no hint of smoke, which i love in ayinger's celebrator.

Taste: raisin, brown bread, bit of roast & toast, brown sugar. malt is the star, but there is enough hops bitterness to balance. never becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel: medium body, bordering on full. reasonable carbonation.

Drinkabilitz: I now have a second favorite Doppelbock. Glad to be in Bavaria at the moment, and looking forward to a brewery tour in a couple of days. Hopefully the beer there will be as good as this Andechs offering..

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was given this beer up at the Cloverleaf for passing the 2/3 mark on my first PhD and finally got around to it tonight. I never had this before and it had been a long time since I had a Doppelbock but this was a textbook example of the style that was quite potent but also deep in flavor and highly enjoyable once it fully warmed up and grew on me!

Good pour to this as the beer had a dark mahogany hue and bubbly tan head that quickly settled like soda. Plum and dark cherry in the nose with a nice caramel malt backbone in the taste to reinforce those. Syrupy, slick, and deep, the booze added a nice warming effect to this while subtle candied sugar and basic chocolate lent themselves to the sweetness of this beer. A moderate amount of sediment could be seen floating around here and there wasn't any lacing to be seen but when you have something that smells and tastes this alluring, there's no need for bubbles left on the side of a pint glass.

The booze wasn't strong here but it made itself known and enhanced this beer as it should it anything from this neck of the world. Belgian in style, the reviewer below me was correct in stating that this was like bread pudding. The softness made me think of banana bread however and this would pair great with either of those dessert delicacies. With a velvety mouthfeel and aftertaste the let the dark fruits quietly build up my palate, this was one beer that I wouldn't mind having again. Beautifully sinful while remaining true to form, this was one Dopplebock that may be the standard against which others are measured by.

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

While the aroma and initial taste are sweet, that of malt and carmelized brown sugar, the finish is quite dry; like a much drier version of Smuttynose's doppelbock.

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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 TheVillageIdiot
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice. Pours nice with a slight tan head that settles quickly. First thing I noticed was the taste of caramel and a hint of fruit. Overall a very nice beer and will keep it on my list of regulars.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split with fellow Austin BA's, my share served in an Andechs weizen glass.

Absolutely gorgeous pour, as this doppelbock sports a brilliant copper body with a core of amber-brown. Atop, a hefty cap of khaki foam holds court and retains effortlessly, draping thick webs of lacing as it recedes. The aroma is light for the style, but pleasantly fresh and hoppy with traces of sweet caramel toffee and grassy floral bits.

The floral hoppiness is kicked up a notch in the flavor, and thankfully so, as crisp, sweet caramel malts balance a bitter, semi-piny finish. Tastes very organic with a simple, clean profile--no off-flavors hidden by an overload of malt in this doppelbock. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but smooth and crisp with a well-carbonated body that accentuates the hops nicely on the end. All in all, a very easy-drinking, very tasty beer. One of the more unique takes on a Doppelbock that I've had the good fortune to try. Not quite at the top of my list for the style, but right up there...

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Photo of bennetj17
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark brown/copper with glowing amber hues. Large, slow paced bubbles of carbonation are emitted from the bottom and the head foam is 2 fingers thick of tan goodness. Nice lace. The aroma is subtle, with a tangy raisin and caramel character plus a hint of toasted nuttiness.

The flavor starts with sweet malt notes paired with a fruity tang. It's a very clean flavor, and it finishes with a touch of cinnamon spice and a mild bitterness that balances nicely. The body has an almost watery smoothness. The thickness is medium, and the carbonation is soft and foamy.

Overall a very nice example of the style but don't go expecting anything overwhelming with flavor. The taste is very balanced and kept in check. Very drinkable... Thanks to HopHead1982 for bringing this back from Germany...

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap following the brewery tour at the Andechs Kloster. Nice mahogany pour with two finger off white head that fades pretty quickly with minimal lacing. The nose is all toasty malt, with hints of brown bread, caramel, chocolate, and just a touch of banana and dark fruit. The taste is much the same with loads of toasted malt, brown sugar and caramel along with hints of toffee and chocolate. The dark fruits really come out as it warms, and the sweetness becomes more intense. The hops are subtle, but add just enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. The mouthfeel is really creamy and smoothe. I'm not a huge bock beer fan, but this is a world class beer that really represents the style well.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A moderate pour from a 500 ml Euro-brown bottle produces a head of only about 1/2 inch. The head is creamy in texture and appearance and is quite sticky. The beer is a medium-dark, yellowish ruby-brown with ample carbonation.

A plethora of dark fruit in the nose and on the palate. Notes of plum, dark cherry, chocolate, licorice, sherry and bitters combine with some bready, nutty base flavors. Underlying everything is an earthy hop bitterness. A little alcohol warming and some mineral notes lend an extract-like quality. An initial perceived strong sweetness mellows as the beer progresses, so that the finish is semi-dry.

A complex yet easy drinking beer, perfect for this time of year. This bottle was very reasonably priced at 3-something for the bottle.

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Photo of johnnybravo
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this so many times. Always perfect quality. Straightforward like all German beers but still very flavorful. Loads of malts in both aroma and flavor. Nice sweetness, balanced bitterness, toffee and some butterscotch. Once had 6 bottles of 0,5 litres in a row and could still walk straight and no hangover. Great brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a prime example of a doppel bock. As far as appearances go this produces a beautiful two finger inch light khaki colored head, that dwindles to decent lacing, lasting all the way through.

Aromas were a little weak. I could barely detect anything but slight carmalized sugars and sweet bread.

The taste is really robust, though. I detect carmalized sugars along with the doughy sweetbreads.

This is warming to the palate and will serve good as a winter treat.

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Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown/red-ish colour, thick tan white head that reduces to a small layer very fast, almost no lacing.

S: Strong and malty rather sweet smell, little fruit, some caramel , decent toasty aromas.

T: Very sweet, more toasty than the smell would suggest, less caramel than I would have expected, little hops in the end, but not too much, overall a very balanced toasty malty flavour profile.

M: Not much carbonation, still a very watery mouthfeel for a Bock

O: Decent Bock, very interesting taste and smell, balanced aromas, overall a good dark Doppelbock, but the mouthfeel is a little disappointing.

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Photo of dank203
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours cola brown with khaki head and lots of sticky lacing. smells of licorice, fig and chocolate. mouth coating feel with a load of spice and a little alcohol kicking in the forefront, and a raisonette background . overall really subtly complex and delicious

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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 oberon
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a half liter stein a deep garnet color with a off white crown atop,love the rich full color.Buttery caramel and dark German maltiness in the nose,it has an iron/metallic tinge to it.Buttery rum flavors,almost like a rum ball with that butteriness sticking around for awhile with some chocolate coming in the finish but not overly sweet.Worthy of the praise this beer is not in your face and it doesn't hit to hard in one aspect,just a great all around doppelbock.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.