Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
I've had this beer a few times, but haven't gotten around to reviewing it. This bottle was from Etre Gourmet and was nearly a year old. Served in some sort of tulip at Tom's place.
A - Light tan foam settles to a thin collar and wispy patches, leaving minimal lacework. Transparent dark almond brown body.
S - A nice collection of toasted malts, cocoa powder, toffees, honey-dipped cake, and a bit of malted milk chocolate (i.e. Whoppers). Perhaps a hint of roast in there as well. It's also got that clean lager feel to it.
T - The taste isn't quite as sweet as the aroma suggests, with more hearty bread and nuts and less of the sweet and sugary flavors. Think banana bread with a dash of dark fruits and toffee and you'd be pretty close. No alcohol, which is appreciated even though this is on the low end of the Doppelbock ABVs scale. Clean and surprisingly refreshing finish.
M - Medium-full bodied, with a bit of roast dryness to the texture. Otherwise chewy and creamy, with medium-low carbonation an a hint of alcohol warmth. Quite easy to drink in comparison to some weightier beers of the style.
D - This is a very good doppelbock, but I think the unavailability factor may drive up the scores a tiny bit. Still, it seems mellower than Ayinger Celebrator even though it's a bit higher in alcohol. I could easily drink a half-litre on my own and I'll make sure to do so next time I'm in Europe.
09-26-2012 15:02:31 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle obtained from PatYoda. Thanks a million for the opportunity.
Pours a two finger light brown-sugar head. Soda poppy at first then starts to cling. Smells scortched caramel during the pour. To the nose, sweet, like a scotch ale, but with a touch of dry chocolate. Powdery grains. Dry scortch caramel, chocolate, munich malt. Vinous. Cherry and vanilla. Musty.
Tastes roasted and scortched. Caramel, but a touch lacking in malt sweet. The caramel has a bit of an Am BWine strength and smoothness. Perhaps starting to fail? Md heavy carb contributes to a woody dry. Iron flavor. Solventy, like acetone and bandaids. Very dry chocolate malty. Alcohol sting hits at the end of each taste. The aftertaste has a hint of cherry sour and tannic.
Md thick body and heavy carbonation.
01-15-2007 02:37:52 | More by mentor
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
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...
01-28-2010 06:33:14 | More by wagenvolks
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.