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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 421
Hads: 984
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 417
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 bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, no dating that I can find but L 1595 is stamped on the back label. This was a recent arrival at my local beer store so I'm assuming it's somewhat fresh. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, dried dark fruit, and some light grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some breadiness and chocolate noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and very easy to drink. I thought this was really good, I'll have to pick up some more soon if there's any left at the store! $3.49 a bottle.

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Photo of crossovert
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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Photo of cdkrenz
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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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.

Cheers!

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Photo of Forb
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5L Mug On-tap at the Kloster Andechs....

Appearance: A lightly darkened caramel brown with some, but very little, reddish transparency to it. Solid bubbly consistency with a frothy head.

Smell: Malty sweetness that hints toward caramel and bread but with it's own element of fruity darkness.

Taste: Definite malt kick of caramel sweetness but with a balance of both dark fruit and hop tones that add to the subtle complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium crisp carbonation with a smooth, highly drinkable, body. Beware! xD

Overall: For those who enjoy a good Doppelbock this is easily in the upper echelon of the style so consider it a must. This beer sets a standard. Make a mecca and go see the monastery. The food and beer are extraordinary and will set the mood for the best, most palatable, experience.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Worthy of the hunt and the reputation.

4.5's across the board.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is of the beer poured for me in Regensburg at the Andechers Kloster Hotel Bar (I think that was its name anyway).

Lovelly glass, lovelly sight, almost jet black with a half inch of a tight creamy coloured head, which stayed with me and the pint (half litre really) until we had both finished.

Aroma of toffee apples dipped in malt and then plunged into plum ram.

The taste was wonderful, syrup like, but not sticky or jammy, just wonderful and right.

Stuck to my mouth, giving the palate time to take in the taste and flavours, so complexed, it is hard to explain. If you have never tried it, try and find some, it is very, very good.

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Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Utobeer in Borough Market in London. Poured this .5 litre brown bottle into a .5 litre Spaten mug. Coded: 111007. The body was a clear clover honey/amber color. The two fingers of khaki, coarse bubbles faded moderately slow.

Smell was rich caramel. Sugary. Lightly bready. Nutty. Faint cherries and raisin bread.

Taste was spicy, roasted bitterness up front. Dates. A sort of liquid sweet-roll, but countered with enough hops to prevent it from being overwhelming. Truly like a dessert to me. Extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a zippy bite of carbonation. This is a very well constructed beer (like the world doesn't know that already). Cheers.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

150 reviews as of this writing. Thanks to redhaze for the chance to try this gem. I've had a number of US interpretations of this style and enjoyed them. This.... This beer set's the standard for me and is one I'd be happy to enjoy again except for the whole getting access to it. If you like your dopplebock malty, crisp and oh so easy to quaff try this one. If you get the chance definitely go for it!

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Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on tap, served in a 1 liter glass directly at Andechs monastery. The trip and ambiance played certainly influence my perception and appreciation of this beer. Very nice dark roasted malts without being too sweet which makes it one of the most easy drinking doppelbock. Wish they would import bottles of this in Canada.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, had a bottle date but I forgot to write it down, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with an inch of off-white head, very good retention and lacing.

S- Sweet aroma of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar and bread. This actually smells really, really nice. I'm usually not into doppelbocks because of excessive sweetness, but the aroma here is sweet and complex without overdoing it.

T- Again, not too sweet at all. Flavor has a really nice dark fruit component, along with nuts, bread, caramel and brown sugar.

M- Medium-bodied, soft, creamy and smooth.

O- I was very pleasantly surprised by this, it's damn tasty stuff, easily my new favorite in the entire style.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

500 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Mahogany brown with 1 finger of creamy, tan head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Sweet brown bread, fig, date, molasses, toffee, and concord grape.

Taste
Sweet dark fruit notes of fig, date, and concord grape. Caramel, toffee, molasses, and plenty of sweet brown breadiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky, smooth, and sweet.

Overall
Super balanced, smooth, and easy drinking. An excellent Doppelbock!

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Photo of tjd25
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish dense head disappears into a very thin color. The color is impressive: a beautiful brown-red, almost purple, opaque. The smell is of dark malts, non sweet caramel, and a warming winy grapes aspect. The taste is very enjoyable and complex. Raisins with a sweet and refreshing citric aspect (almost like the soda aspect of Belgian stouts); then dark malts, with a thick almost chewy impression of chocolate; the chocolate announces the veil of hoppiness that covers the mouth without overwhelming it. Finally, a warm alcohol feeling. Very well balanced. My favorite Doppelbock .

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with largadeer. Best before 30th July 2008

A: Crimson with a nice, dense tan head

S: Fruity with dark raisins, plums, dates and caramel. Slightly bready. Different from other dopplebocks i've had but still recognizable.

T: Complex yeasty, fruity profile with a hint of rum. Bready, fruity sweetness with a medium body and a dry finish

M: Medium bodied but with a dry finish, this one's great. The drying finish is spectacular

D: Very easy to drink a ton of this. I wish i could find more and easily.

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Photo of John
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What we have here is an outstanding beer...and even better if you fortunate enough to have it at Kloster Andechs. Truly a great experience. It's about 40-45 min. outside of Munich on the S-Bahn (toward Herrsching) but well worth the trip. We had a perfectly clear day to visit this gorgeous hilltop setting with visibility for miles it seemed. As majestic as the scenery was the beer, brewed here for more than 500 years. Superb doppelbock, big with malty goodness, the real deal. The monks sacrificed little while fasting on this liquid bread.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the cafe in the central are of old Burghausen with the Andechs umbrellas and sign.

Appearance: Served in a tall, narrow stange glass. Dark brown with a ruby hue. Off white head with very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Wow.

Smell: Caramel, malty sweetness and ripe berries.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with a clean maltiness and a light roastiness. Vinous, earthy, bark, brown sugar, and plums. This beer is thick and full with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet but smooth and clean.

Drinkability: Very good and drinkable. It makes a great dessert beer. It's strong but not overpowering or offensive. Rich in flavor and complex. I liked this beer in the bottle but I LOVE it on tap.

This was the last beer of the evening on my second night in Germany. I was still jet lagged but that night I had the best night of sleep of any night in Europe. This beer isn't high in alcohol but with the sugars and alcohol together, this was lights out for me. I look forward to drinking this beer again when I am in Germany.

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

Perfectly clear dark, rich burgundy color with ruby tints. Looks like a solid brew. Heavy cream head fills the glass and drifts substantially.

Nose is on the light side, shallow coffee and malts.

Taste is large and insistent, fairly complex. The dominant taste is a blend of rough and bitter toasted malts, sour sweet malts and black cherry, and some coffee and toffee nuttiness to round it out.
Hints of booze are appreciated in the otherwise supersmooth and mellow brew. Controlled sweetness and clean finish. Nicely done.

Carbonation is tight and soft on impact and fills out in strength and effect in the mouth, yet maintains alot of the softness. Excellent feel, creamy, heavy. Despite the power of the taste and viscous body, goes down moderately easy.

I was sad to only have one of these, but many thanks to Bourre for bringing this guy over from the old world.

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Photo of spointon
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 500ml brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. My friend Dan brought me this bottle straight from Germany via his luggage, so this is a fairly fresh example.

A= This beer poured a very clear reddish-mahogany brown color with a 1/2" off-white head. The head settled to a thin film in no time but there were actually a few spots of lace left behind on my glass. Beautiful beer to behold.

S= Smelled like rich dark fruit - like candied figs and maybe a hint of raisin, malty sweetness, and a faint kiss of noble hops. Very clean, very restrained, and entirely pleasant smelling.

T= Started off with a rich bit of malty sweetness that faded long before it became too much. Subtle nuances of dried fruit and faint treacle washed my palate before disappearing. A mere notion of hop bitterness came into play long enough to balance things out. Finished clean and crisp, but then a long malty aftertaste lingered on my tongue for quite some time.

MF= Medium to full bodied with a moderate slickness on the tongue and a nicely crisp carbonation feel.

D= A very drinkable beer. Each sip left me wanting another, and the ABV is dangerously well hidden. I could see drinking a few of these in a sitting!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/19/10 notes. Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip, shared with a friend. Best by date of 12/23/10. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for giving me this bottle as it was a big Want and something I wasn't really sure how I could get without an international trade; thanks Mike!

a - Pours a dark amber-brown color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. The head has great retention and lasted for several minutes, and left nice lacing on the glass. Looks perfect to me.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Also getting some nuts and dark fruits. Very malty, but very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, nuts, bready malts, toasted malts, and roasted malts. More caramel in the taste than the smell in my opinion. Both are great, but I enjoy the taste a little more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. The body is very smooth and creamy, and easy to drink.

d - Overall I loved this beer and am so glad I got to try it/that it didn't disappoint. It looked amazing and I really enjoyed the caramelin the taste. I felt like I could have drank a ton of this, and wanted to. Would love to have again and something I'll be on the look out for if I ever go to Germany. Up there with Ayinger Celebrator for my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GenCornwallis is a good man for sending me this beer.

A: Vibrant burgundy with maple highlights. Not nearly as dark as I was expecting. Almost looks thin....very clean and still with no bubble movement. Head is a thick and soapy latte color.

S: Burnt caramel, dried dark fruits, toasted bread and molasses. Some what savory as well.

T: Begins with gentle molasses and brown sugar simple syrup. There are some alcohol soaked vanilla bean moments with malty nuttiness and minor chocolate covered red fruit. Like most doppels, the theme is MALT. Molasses is a strong player in this beer, but not as strong as some others of the style. Some toast flavors which can be identified adding a nice edge to the sweet concoction. Finishes with spry brown sugar nectar tickling the tip of the tongue.

M: Medium body, silky with only a slight hint of carbonation.

D: The drinkability of this beer is astounding. There might be other doppels on the market that are in comprable in taste but are generally thick and chewy....which is fine...but this beer is almost "thin" yet packed with flavor. I could drink gallons of this beer, in one sitting.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a .5L Weiß glass. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for hooking me up!

Pours a seemingly dark brown, until you hold it up to the light and the nice deep dark ruby comes through, it's deep and clear with dark tobacco notes to it. The head is small ut creamy and dark brown. Nose is perfect for the style. It's a bit sweet and very malty, it's a bit bready and yeasty which gives it that classic German Dunkelbier nose.

Right off this thing is super creamy and smooth, light carbonation is spot on, it makes it velvety and smooth without over doing it on the palate. There is a bit of an iron taste to it which is the only detracting thing about it. The dark caramel, and molases comes through really well. You can almost taste the alcohol, but it's don't very well for 7.1%, it's there but it's not in your face. Easily one of the best doppelbocks I've ever had, and certainly deserving of it's spot in the top 100.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .87EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 25.06.2005

The beer pours a clear dark brown base, white a small white head, good retention and lacing. The smell is a fresh one dark and roasted malts.

Wow, this is the first German doppel I've had that actually tastes like a true American porter. Bold tastes of coffee and dark malts together. Smooth on the palette and a pleasure through delivery. This is a testament of how a strong beer is supposed to be in the mouth.
The beer is real smooth for a doppel, espeically since it resmebles an American porter which hare roughly 80% of the alcohol than this one has.

Final Thought: I was so happy to taste a beer in Germany after living here for now over two months that reminds me of the great porters of America, a wonderful find and a World Class Beer!

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the always awesome and generous bierbliss-- thank you kind sir!

Reddish brown with a tan head that is the color of light brown sugar.
Lots of roasted and sweet malt. Caramel flavor up front, some dry toffee, and some roasty coffee notes at the backend.
Huge thick body-- very impressive.
This is a great dopplebock. Easily the best one I've had.

Thanks a lot Todd!

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Photo of bamadog
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review is from notes taken on 10/13/2009. Special thanks to Kels for sharing this bottle -- I mean, seriously, how often do you come across this one? Never.

Appearance: Pours a fine coppery color with ruby highlights; minimal head that fades to a thin ring; thin rings of lacing cling to the sides of the glass as well and then become spotty.

Smell: Very wheaty and very nutty. I'm very excited to try this as it smells like it could be a meal unto itself.

Taste: Just like the smell, it's very wheaty and comes across as nutty - the finish is very clean though and there is a certain caramel sweetness to the finish as well. A great drink that is fairly simple and straightforward, but that's what these great German beers are known for.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation that is smooth and not sharp at all; clean and refereshing and doesn't dry the palate at all and it manages a fair coating that allows the wheaty and nutty flavors to linger on the palate; really a great "feeling" beer.

Drinkability: I would drink this all day if I could. It tastes great, not heavy at all and the finish is just sooo damn clean and refreshing.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to drabmuh for this bottle. I didn't think I would ever get my hands on it. Shared with the tickeratzi.

A: Chestnut brown hue. Modest beige head. Soapy lace.

S: Wonderful caramel, sweet dark fruit, almonds, play doh and light coffee. Smells like a true Dopplebock to me.

T: Smooth coffee, dark fruit, toffee, roasted dark malts, light spices. Super rich and flavorful.

M: medium body with light carbonation.

D: Overall fantastic. Super smooth and drinkable. I could easily have polished this bottle off myself. Thanks again Matt.

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