Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 381
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
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Germany

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 donnebaby
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of spointon
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of mdfb79
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of mobyfann
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of AleWatcher
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of bamadog
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle stamped L 1754.

Served chilled in an imperial pint glass, it has a dark redish brown hue with good clarity and thin white head. The head settles to a skim layer that sticks around.

Aroma is mild and sweet with toasted nuts and brown bread characteristics.

Flavor is exceptionally complex and balanced. It has the richness of a sweet baked bread and dark caramel sauce. It has a hint of hop bitterness. The yeast gives it depth and character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Overall a fantastic example of the style and well worth the wait.

Photo of drabmuh
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I LOVE German lagers (even if a real German wouldn't consider this a lager, I still love them). And this beer has been on my WANTS list pretty much since I've had a WANTS list. I was fortunate enough to get several this year after several friends ventured to Germany this summer, Oktoberfest related activities. I ended up with much more than I ever hoped, I may revise my reviews as I drink more of the bottles.

Expired 12.23.10. Well before expiration.

Beer poured into a celebrator doppelbock glass. Beer looks perfect for a doppelbock. Its brown and light, completely clear with moderate carbonation of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer accelerating into the head of thin off white bubbles that eventually breaks and pulls toward the glass. Beer leaves some lacing on the glass as well.

Aroma is appropriately leveled, not too strong but not weak at all. Its caramel and malty, sweet and dark at the same time. Smells really good.

Beer leads off with some sweetness, gives way to a medium bodied beer with some toffee notes in the midpalate. The whole thing is well connected and finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. Its a simple beer, simpler than expected, lighter than expected but it makes no mistakes. Its sweet but not cloying, its balanced with no bitterness and a moderately dry finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely drink it again. I'm glad I have several more.

Photo of rhinos00
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dyan for sending this gem my way. Served at room temperature, poured into a stein.

A- Gorgeous combination of ruby red and burgundy hues. Produces a solid two fingers width of white head.

S- Strong scents of malts, caramel and toffee infiltrate the nose. Very unique mixture.

T- Best tasting doppelbock I have had to date....hands down! Rich flavors of caramel and buttery malts run abound. Absolutely delicious.

M- The favorite part of the beer IMO. It had a diacetyl type feel, which produced a smooth, buttery type viscosity that was perfection. Definitely can't be beat.

D- Smooth, great tasting what more can you ask for. I wish I had unlimited access to this fantastic brew.

Overall, thanks again dyan for hooking me up. If you are a doppelbock fan, this is definitely the perfect example of the style. We need to figure out a way to import this into the U.S.

Photo of Jaskeller
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. I first had it in D.C's Churchkey and it knocked my socks off. Excellent sweetness to counter the dark chocolate-like bitterness. Overall really well balanced. You almost expect it to be darker and more viscous than it is. If you're a fan of Samual Smith's Oatmeal Stout then you might be a fan of this too (they definitely aren't identical of course, just same kind of sweetness and balance from a darker beer).

Photo of marburg
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

trbeer was nice enough to bring a bottle of this back from Germany and then let the Detroit BA gathering sample some.

Thick brown color with rich burgandy highlights. A little more translucent than I was expecting -- not quite the intense depth of color I sometimes see in doppelbocks.

Sweet bread and chocolate ice cream hit the nose. Some syrupy caramel and molasses float beneath. Medium-full bodied. Very nicely textured -- meaty but smooth. Very, very, very sweet, malty flavor with some toffee notes. A little bitterness on the finish cleans up and balances. Eminantly drinkable. Great beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with a best by date of 10/19/2010. I've heard this one doesn't do too well with age on it, so I was excited to try a fairly fresh one (I think).

Great appearance: clear dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves swirling foam on the beer.

Aroma is very nice, nutty with chocolate, spice, roast, and dark fruits.

Flavor is really good and complex for the style. Caramel malt, toffee, chocolate, spice, raisin and date. Well-balanced and not in-your-face in any way.

Smooth on the palate with a phenomenal mouthfeel. Medium-full body.

This is one of those beers that just strikes you as really awesome. Supremely drinkable. Will seek this one out again for sure. Pretty sure this clocks in as my favorite doppelbock of all time.

Photo of supermeniscus
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought in the Hague. Since i'm becoming a fan of this style i thought i would give this one a try. Well, i never thought i would drink a German beer that was so complex. It's definitely got that extra something that only the best beers in the world possess. Drink it!

Photo of Naerhu
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear garnet red with thin offwhite head.
Rich malty caramel nose
Rich malty caramel, slightly buttery on the finish.
Refined smooth carbonation, mouthfeel infinitely lighter than celebrator dopplebock. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
Great fun to drink. Supper easy to knock back a couple of these, just as you would a nice pilsner.

This has replaced Deadguy Ale as my house beer, I can hardly believe it. This is a great after dinner beer. This should be required drinking in EVERY beer appreciation seminar.

Photo of ikats
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, ruby in color, with significant light brown head. Beautiful to look at. Aroma is full of roasted notes. If any beer should be likened to "liquid bread" - this is it. Beautiful malty taste. Very smooth. Full of flavor. There is maybe just a hint of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is terrific. It's medium body (actually, maybe even full bodied).

Wonderful beer! It's almost worth a return trip to the Munich area.

Photo of RickyS
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer. Malts, caramel, dark fruits. I could have this all day long

Photo of mikesgroove
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the chance to acquire a decent amount of a fresh batch of this recently. Thrilled to finally be able to put this one under my belt, I wasted no time at all with getting one chilled down to enjoy. Served out of the fridge and poured into a twenty ounce pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/22/2008.

The look was absolutely perfect, and I really mean that. For the style, it gets no better then this one, hands down. Rich dark brown in color and completely opaque, save for a few touches of light peaking through on the sides and bottom, giving it a slightly reddish tone around the edges. Some nice, light carbonation came trickling up from the bottom of the glass, converging into a rich three inch head of off white foam that took what seemed like forever to finally settled down. Rich side glass lacing then followed this and I mean I cannot stress enough how good this one looked.

The aroma was a touch lighter then I would have expected, but still absolutely great. Rich notes of caramel and toffee just ruled the day here. Some light notes of bready malts and a touch of earthy hops in the back, with the tiniest hint of a spicy alcohol, but so mellow it was barely noticeable. Then I took a taste. This had to be the smoothest, creamiest, bock I have ever encountered. Hands down just ridiculously good. Super sweet with nice notes of caramel, toffee and rich bready malts all over this. So subtle in its profile, so rich in its complexity, it was seriously hard to match this in terms of anything I have had in the style before. Super smooth carbonation and a body that bordered on the full line, as it was so filling and creamy that I nearly melted into my chair. Rich, and very sweet aftertaste then moved me right back to where I started leaving that toffee like flavor laying across my tongue for the rest of the evening.

In the end, I was utterly blown away by this one. One of the best beers I have ever had, period. It was just so smooth it almost defined logic. I could not simply imagine having something this good, and here I was enjoying it. This one needs to be tried by everyone, it defined the style for me. What a happy night.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of sampling this beer on-tap at the Holzwurm in Bad Kreuznach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland, in July 2008.

Serving vessel was a 0,5l mug. Appearance was deep ruby-mahogany with a small, off-white head and decent lacing on the glass.

Sweet, caramel-infused aroma; full-bodied with a thick-though not too thick-mouthfeel. Flavor matched aroma -- very sweet and malty, though not cloying at all; very little bitterness to mention.

Drinkability suffered a bit as this is a true Doppelbock -- afterward, the alcohol showed (though perhaps it's just that I'm a lightweight) and it was very filling, a proper characteristic of this "liquid bread".

Overall, a spectacular example of my favorite style; perhaps one of the best I've had. It was just what I needed to fend off the mass of German pilseners I had been consuming.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dary brown with a small light tan head.

Smell: Caramel, sweet fruity esters.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A sip starts with a roasted maltly flavor, then gets very sweet a molasses like, then bitter at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and wet.

Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable beer, and could definitely keep a man warm in winter.

Photo of kilo_005
4.56/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of etherashe
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It looks like a sun-seeped pot of coffee. There is a healthy showing of carbonation and a virile head. The smell is low-key sweetness and slightly burnt grains.

The taste has a candyish sweetness, herbal hop presence, and the feel of green pastoral fields.

The mouthfeel is carbonated voracity followed by malty sweetness.

Despite the strength, this is a profoundly drinkable Bock. The more the mouth experiences, the more that is appreciated. It is a master of subtlety.

UPDATE: I had a few more bottles tonight, and I have to say it's just a damned great beer. I just can't believe the ABV, given the mouthfeel. A lovely damned beer. Tops in the dopplebock category, particularly because of it's prevalance in Germany and ubiquitous distribution. (I bought this round in a gas station.) I can't believe such a brilliant beer is so readily available.

Photo of bobsy
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured it was time to attack the German Top 25 with zeal, so I hunted down a few brews in the UK and the Andechs was the first I popped.

Pours a wonderfully deep mahogany with a two finger tan head that leaves impeccable sheets of lacing to the very end. Huge bready aroma, joined by chocolate, raisin and toasted nuts. Full of wow. This could well be my favourite doppelbock. A huge bready backbone provides the base from which massive chocolate, nut and dark fruit flavours soar. The alcohol is only perceptible in the very finish. Medium full body, but I felt the carbonation could do with a bit more pep.

Wonderfully drinkable, liquid bread indeed.

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
95 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.