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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 415
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 411
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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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

17oz. bottle.

Dark copper in color. Crystal clear. Large, creamy, light brown head.

Aroma is very rich and bread-like. Coffee and caramel, which get bigger as the beer warms. Very sweet after 15 minutes or so. Touch of herbal flavor. Fruits - raisins.

Taste follows aroma in that it is fairly sweet to start, but moves even more in that direction as it warms. Coffee, very mild. Herbal notes, also mild. Sweet caramel. Raisins. ABV noticeable, mainly at the finish.

Medium body, lighter than I expected. Low to medium carbonation. Very sweet.

Faithful to style, and quite drinkable. Not a session beer, but you could put a few of these away before the ABV got to you. An excellent beer.

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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 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 eduardolinhalis
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in my huge Weihenstephan Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful deep dark amber colour forming a big bubbled and beige head. Good retention but not much lacings left

S: Quite sweet and toffee in the nose and a little bit smoky too. Notes of caramel malts, grapes, brown bread and Lager yeasts

T: Follows the nose, a quite sweet, toffee and molasses upfront. Roasted and caramel malts. Notes of coffee. Brown bread and raisins with a great stingy hoppy bitterness in the end, delicious...

M: Medium body. Quite molasses. Medium carbonation. Very well balanced bittersweet aftertaste

O: High drinkability. One of the best German beers, for sure. Very rich on smell and tte. Not recommended, but mandatory

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

A nice example of a Doppelbock:

The beer is a nice mahogany in color with some distinct reddish overtones. The head is relatively small for a dark bier but has a slight creaminess to it. The aroma smeels nicely of grain, both fresh and toasted. The taste is very malty, with again, a lot of fresh and toasted grain flavors. These balance nicely with the sweetness. This was my bier of choice at the Kloster in Andechs.

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Photo of Shaw
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a long time coming: my nephew's favorite brewery is finally available in Florida.

A lovely ruby color with a tan head that reduces to a ring in my half-liter glass.

Lovely sweet aroma of caramel.

Fantastic flavor. Sweet and caramel with that classic grape-like doppelbock hit. All malt, of course.

Surprisingly carbonated body, with the bubbles popping spiritedly in my mouth.

Overall an outstanding brew.

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Photo of stortore
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 Ml bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours a nice, deep, caramel brown; fairly thick looking with a medium head. Not much lacing. Smell is lots of malt, caramel, bread, brown sugar, some yeast, some chocolate. Smells great. Taste is really malt forward, as is expected. A little roastier than some, but not bitter. Caramel, molasses, a little more chocolate than the nose. Rich, full bodied, lingers on your tongue.

Awesome beer, complex yet subtle at the same time This is the first I've had, and it's right there with Celebrator. Won't be my last.

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

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

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

Deep rich aromas of dark fruits like plums and raisins start out and give way to a cakey, bready, fruitcake smell. Some brown sugar and slight maple syrup aroma as well.

Taste is overwhelmingly complex. Fruitcake, brown sugar, cookies mixed with dark fruits and gigs.

Nice carbonation and a crisp finish at the end which was surprising for such a rich, malty beer.

This one was hard to track down but I think I would look long and hard again for another glass of this delightful brew.

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

Poured brilliant copper/ruby, and impeccably clear with a tan reasonably-well-maintained head. Loads of malt in the aroma, with a touch of caramel and hints of chocolate and fruit.

Sweet and malty flavours dominate, with pruney fruit and a tartness that balances the sweetness. Over time a slight molasses bitterness builds, along with a smooth alcoholic warmth and hints of cherries. It's slowly revealing itself as I get through the pint -- magic!

Smooth and rich without being heavy, this is unbelievably easy to drink.

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

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. best before 08 10 08. sampled sept 13/08.

pours a nice red-brown, garnet when held to the light, with a small dense off-white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is excellent. rich caramel and toffee. loads of dark fruit - date, fig, bit of raisin. the caramel and fruit gives it sort of a candied fruit feel. hint of smoke. bit of biscuit. multi-grain bread. touch of alcohol, but it is mostly hidden.

taste is great. toasted multi-grain bread. caramel and toffee again. still lots of dark fruit too - date, fig, dried craberry, bit of raisin. bit of biscuit. a little more alcohol than in the aroma, but mostly only noticeable as a gentle spreading warmth on the way down. fairly low bitterness level, yet a touch more than i expected. there's a bit of yeasty character too - slightly unexpected considering the clarity.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-low very fine carbonation.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. love all the fruit and caramel. a real treat. thanks again eric!

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

thanks for the bottle, jizzslurper.

clear ruby pour with some pumpkin orange in the thinner parts, an active amount of carbonation that brings the beer to life. cloudy, resilient thin foam greets me with each arrival of the glass to my face.

smells very traditional in terms of dopplebock. big caramel and carob blast up front, with sweetened cherry puree and plum jam bringing up the second wave of sweetness. caramelized malt burn that reminds me of a hot bagel oven and the slightest hints of glazed carrot and black peppercorns.

clean and crisp. hell yeah goats, this tastes great! for such a complex beer, it doesn't linger in thickness or bust the palate for future sips. initially, i get alot of creme brulee-topper burnt sugar, as well as overripe dates. a big beer like this with the traditional neatness of a lager is a true achievement, and now i know where all of the hype over this beer last year came from. glad i had the opportunity to drink it.

and for a 7+%er, this is easy drinking. way too easy, in fact. i highly recommend this dopple to anyone who has the means to acquire it.

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

Without question, this is both a sublime and effortless beer. Despite it's bold flavor, the beer shows superior drinkabiliby and comfort.

The pour brings a casual and sultry mohogany color and medium haze (unusual for a long conditioned lager). A delicate and froathy head forms a mere sheet across the beer of lightly tanned foam, but the head retains reasonably well and shows light signs of lacing- thought I wanted more, the beer's appearance does what's asked for the style.

Moderate (perhaps muted) aromas of dates, figs, raisons, plumbs, toast, molassas, and sorghum round out the estery/malty mix. But the secrets of the beer rely in the savory melanoidin-rich flavors that give the impressions of scorn meats and breads without any phenolic character or smokey notes. All fruit-like character seem to be the result of dark and developed malts and not from the yeasty esters. All of these flavors are extremely rounded and meld very, very well.

Moderately creamy up front, the beer develops into a velvety smooth feel in the transition to its finish, where the beer has a toasty and malty-sweet finish. Alcohols create a pleasant warmth but the sweet malty finish takes precidence in the end.

I have an affinity for toasty-dry Dopplebocks that have the same malty components that is evident in this beer, but these succulent and sultry flavors and textures superscede my preconcieved notions of the Dopplebock style. This beer has many of the intangibles that separate great beers from very good beers.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been wanting to try this for ages, since the days when it was an unobtainable Europe-only treasure. Picked up at a local bottle shop. Tasted 27 May 2015 and 11 August 2015.

Pours a very deep reddish brown, clear with the light behind it, but opaque brown under normal lighting. Half a finger of off-white head, good retention, okay lacing. But that color... More impressed with the head and lacing on the second go-round. Good-looking beer!

Smell is fantastic, once it warms up enough to release. Rich, sweet, bready, complex. Dark fruits, figgy goodness. Brown sugar. Fullness underneath that. Yum-town.

Taste is nearly as good, but thinner, less complex, and less sweet. Also quite bready, rather rich. A little grape-y. Tasty. And once again, I'm liking it even better on my second tasting.

Feel is stellar, though it declines as it warms up, crossing paths with the improving smell and taste. Medium-bodied with a delightful low fuzz of carbonation, the perfect amount of vibrancy for this weighty beer.

This is a darn tasty doppelbock. It got much better as it warmed up, and the sweet delicacies started to come out. Holds its own with the rest I've had. Yummy stuff, and I'm very happy it's now (somewhat) readily available.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Overlord!

Poured into my Deschutes snifter. The beer is dark brown with ruby highlights and a two finger frothy toffee colored head with good retention.

The aroma is of figs, lots and lots of figs. Dark fruit notes of plums and grapes are present, but prunes are dominant. The sweet malt is toasted and bready, with some toffee notes.

The flavor is amazingly rich for a lager. Sweet fruit notes of prunes and plums are noticeable, and the malt is sugary sweet and toasted with a low level of alcohol. A hint of oxidation imparts sherry notes. It's at a low level and isn't detrimental to the great flavor. The finish is rich, with lingering fruit notes. The beer is medium full bodied with a lower level of carbonation that works quite well with the rich malt and fruit.

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

Thanks goes out to Turdfurgison for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, very minimal sticky lacing follows. The nose is very big on malts, sweet, and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty doppelbock, but I would definitely put up a Celebrator up against it, recommended. Availability is the only thing I can see that makes this special. Thanks Eric.

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

Best By Date March 2008; Sampled April 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially three finger thick, tan colored head that . The beer is quite clear, despite being a dark plum color I can see through it as it sits on my desk, if held up to the light it shows a light, brilliantly clear, cranberry color that has touches of copper to it. this has a malty aroma to it that is quite meaty, meaning it has a richness to it that I associate with umami. Caramelized malt sugars, touches of toffee, sweet toasty bread aromatics and perhaps a touch of oxidation around the edges that seems to boost some of the rich malt notes. There is also a distinct fruity, almost berry like note here, though it isn't always noticeable.

Richly textured though not overly heavy, it also has a nice, prickly carbonation to it that helps to lighten things on the palate just a touch. Sweet, though not cloying, it continues to have a richness & complexity to its malt-sweetness. The beer finishes with a touch of sharp dark malt notes, not really roast-like, but something that is going that direction with a toasty edge. This almost has a cocoa note to it at times, especially when the beer hits the taste buds right such that it tastes drier than normal. I really like the heft and texture of this brew, it is chewy & rich with a certain viscousness to it, yet it is still easily drunk 500ml at a time. The malt character really takes on a rich bread-like flavor that is somewhere between a chewy whole grain bread and a lightly sweet, faintly spiced, holiday bread. This actually has a fantastic malt depth & character to it & it really lingers quite well on the tongue; changing from sweet to rich to toasty to caramelized. A light hop bitterness kicks in towards the beginning of the finish and provides a touch of balance to the rich malt character.

This just gets better as it warms up a bit and I work my way through this glass; I can't quite pinpoint why (though I don't think it is just the alcohol), but it just is so rich, chewy and drinkable all at the same time. A wonderful beer, that I will most definitely have to get more of at some point in the future. I'd be curious what a fresh bottle of this would taste like, though this one is not noticeably over the hill in any way. This perhaps started out a bit slow (though still really good), but it has picked up lots of steam, finishes incredibly strong and I am now wishing I had more of this sitting in my glass right now; this is really quite fantastically tasty. Letting it warm up really makes this beer shine.

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

Finally! David said I could open up one of the bottles I brought back with me this past year. Freshness date was still good. Shared the bottle with David and Uncle Jimbo. More than cola colored, I poured a thick chewy tan head that was full of a nice Germanic pumpernickle bread. The carbonation was really nice, not too little, not too much. Full bodied, but the spot on Germanic breadiness, and smooth hoppiness make this more sessionable than other Doppelbocks I've tried. It lives up to the hype, if you are not expecting overwhelming alcohol. Would drink it again, and I can, 'cause I still have a bottle left.

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Photo of dherling
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this in February during a trip to Germany. Poured out a cola brown, dark but see through, with a creamy tan head. The nose is fruity, malt, ruity pebbles, cotton candy, vienna malt, a nice toasty roasty aroma. The taste is big, huge, tremendous, then drops off to a clean crisp palate. Along the way it drops malt and dark fruit bombs, fresh grain taste, green grain, roasted lovelyness. Has a fantastic crisp mouthfeel, the effervescents lasts on a now prickly tongue, but not too sharp. I love when such a big beer is this incredibly drinkable. A rare quality, definitly appreciated here.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fruit and slight nut taste up front get overran by alcohol & body, lots of body! Licorice also is there. Beautiful brown to black color. Tried this numerous times after purchasing in getranke markets and on base class-six stores. It was the perfect beer for cutting the chill on the long chilly German winter nights. All the beers from this brewery are great. Wish I could've visited the monastery...

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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in Munich, Germany. Best by 08/10/08

Pours a deep dark mahogany, with a one finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; caramel and molasses dominate upfront, followed closely by a little chocolate. Brown sugar covered dates, with a mild hint of some herbal/grassy hops fade to a some more dark fruits such as raisins and plums.

Taste; thick sweet molasses and caramel kick things off, then chocolate and a faint roasted malt flavor comes forward. The middle is all dark fruits with some dates, raisins, and cherries (after a bit of warming). Herbal/grassy hops are present, but they definitely take a supporting role to the malts.

moutfeel/Drnkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth carbonation, and, for me, the drinkabilty is off the charts.

I've had about twenty bottles of this so far between Germany, and the bottles I've brought back, and each time I've had this I discover another flavor that I didn;t notice before.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Florida, thanks Dave! Poured into a fluted glass - appearance is a murky dark brown with red highlights in the light, off white head is half a finger and quickly dissipates. Lots of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell is very faint, but I can still detect biscuity malts and a ripe raisin smell.

The taste is the highlight for this beer, definitely. Initially a creamy vanilla flavor, but later you get the malt, some strong yeast, and some fruity astringency. Very complex, very balanced, a damn well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than I was expecting - compared to other Dopplebochs, this one is a bit lighter and more crisp - lacks the lingering creaminess of an Ayinger.

I must once again say thanks to Dave from FL for giving not one, but two of these up in a trade - the first being damaged. He was right in saying this was one of the best beers he's had yet on the best of BA.

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4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle purchased at the local Edeka, mente antes de: 30.12.11.

The pour is actually not that pretty with this beer. It has a beautiful rusty reddish brown color and tan head but it comes of as too soapy looking.

The smell is fresh and clean, just smooth, sweet malt flavors like dark bread, honey, dark fruit,and brown sugar and some subtle but noticeable hops that produce a delightful smell.

The taste is out of this world, i haven't had a good doppelbock this fresh. It is bursting with sweet malt flavor with raisins and dark sugar, it is clean but the sweetness isn't too low. The sweetness is higher than the average doppelbock though, so bear that in mind.

Overall a solid doppelbock, the best? Maybe.

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4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My special thanks go out to William (WJVII) and Marla Vogel. On there vacation to Europe in May of 2008 they purchased this brew for me. They carted it half way around the world from Germany to Stevens Point, Wisconsin. All for me to have this special moment. Again, thank you.

A - A very tall, dark tan, foamy, and quickly rising head. The body is a dark brown with amber and purple tints as the light passed through.

S - The scents of chocolate, smoked meats, malt and cherry all wrapped up in one. The only hindrance is the weakness.

T - The flavors begin mild and move toward bold as the taste progresses. There are strong malt flavors that consist of caramel, subtle spices and pungent fruits. While the alcohol taste is present it by no means controls the brew.

M - The feel is actually a bit coarse considering how smooth the flavors flow. There is an after-feeling in the back of my throat that's obvious. The texture is strange in that it touches the front of my tongue very softly but after the brew is down there is a coarseness left behind. I actually think it assists in prolonging the flavor. Upon my first sip I was not please but as I've moved on I am actually really enjoying this unique characteristic.

~ I must admit this is one of the finest, if not THE finest, doppelbock I've ever had. I will look again for this brew and hope to someday enjoy one on German soil with my good friends, Bill and Marla. Did I say thank you?

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