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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 374
Gots: 59 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
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 Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Thirsybird for bringing this back from Germany. 500ml bottle. 6/9/12 indicated on the label. Pours the color of mahogany with a translucent clarity and a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head that dissipates into soapy swirl. Nose is somewhat dull and doesn't really reveal all that much - just a suggestion of sweetness. Taste is malty, albeit not overly sweet, and somewhat subdued on the backend. There's also a hint of prunes and a faint, German yeast character. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very solid and drinkable doppelbock; however, definitely lower in alcohol than many of the other representations of the style that I've tried. That said, not a beer I would recommend for extended cellaring.

Photo of earljones199
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of BWED
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.5 L draft in a mug at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia

A- Deep brown amber, with a tan head. Doesn't retain.

S- String malt, caramelized sugar, caramel, a bit of iron.

T- A bit of roast. Sweet caramel, a little metallic.

M- Slightly viscous. Pretty light for a doppelbock, however. A bit of a bitter finish.

O- Decent. I'm not superbly impressed, but it has some really good caramelized characters.

Photo of WJVII
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Reviewed from notes as was in Germany -5/2/08) Poured into a pint glass this beer was a light to medium amber color, semi transparent with a tan head that had decent lacing. The aroma from this beer is of roasted malt, some slight spice, and strong clove. The taste is a little sweet, some caramel, and a clove after taste. I could also taste a little of the alcohol as well. This was a good beer, but not the best I had on the trip.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Note: this is not my favourite style though I have tried to take it into consideration and marked accordingly.

Appears brown/ruby with a frothy head. Smells rather average to me, caramal/biscuity.

Taste is an improvement, bitter and sweet. Dark fruity tastes and a small amount of hops.

Overall a good doppelbock, went great with a cheese sandwhich too.

Photo of Prufrock
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.5L bottle into a pilsner.

clear dark amber with an inch of off-white bubbly head that leaves nice rings of lace.

cola, caramel, red wine and cherry notes in the aroma. sweet, candy-like and malty, but a touch metallic.

medium-high carbonation with a slightly syrupy feel. starts malty and caramel sweet, then finishes with a touch of bitter cherries, some sour, and some alcohol. has a bit of an odd aftertaste, but a very good beer.

Photo of LarryKemp
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep dark brown with a thick tan head that leaves a foamy lace on the glass.

The aroma is all malt - a very rich caramel.

The caramel tasts comes through so well balanced with the hops that the noble hops enhance the taste but never are the primary flavor component.

The mouthfeel is medium light and the carbonation tingles the tongue and roof of the mouth.

The alcohol taste and burn were muted. This was my first German beer on this trip. I think I made a good choice. Started the trip off with a nice beer.

Photo of mmmbirra
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks good. Deep reddish brown.
Lots of raisins in the nose, other caramel coated dark fruit aromas in there as well. Very nicely equipped. Layers of aromas to get through.
Taste is quite nice as well. Not as complex though, and for me just ends up being too sweet. The sweetness is fine for a while, but as you get nearer the bottom of the glass the residual sugars start to build up and make for a bit of an unpleasant experience.
Nice and smooth, but again just too much sugar for me.
A nice beer, but not quite worth the rating it has here. The difficulty for Americans to get it probably drives up its rating a notch or two. Still a nice beer though.

Photo of safaricook
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of perrinvv
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle poured into a Pokal glass. The taste is very comforting. Reminds me of drinking coffee or hot chocolate because of the warming affect of the alcohol and the toasty malt flavors. I think I'll definitely have to revisit this one in the cold winter months. The sweet malt and bitter flavors balance out to make this an extremely drinkable beer. I accidentally finished my whole bottle in about 20 minutes it was so good.

A very good beer thats maybe too easy to drink? I don't know if thats possible but I think it tasted too simple to me. I would have liked more flavors to linger on my tongue for me to ponder. Instead the beer just made me more thirsty.

Photo of JAXSON
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear garnet with a fizzy body and no head. Weird, off look on this. Nose is sweet roasted chestnuts, malted chocolate balls, a signature doppelbock malt. Thin and fizzy in the mouth. Flavor is heavy roasted chestnuts, malted chocolate, a nice dry earthy quality. Either this is an old bottle or something else went wrong as the texture and appearance are all wrong. I'd like to give this another try down the road as it has a lot of nice, warm flavors going on.

Photo of cbender57
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and some butterscotch. There is also some raisin and herbal notes and a bit of a earthy/smokey/roasted flavour. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.

Overall - I've been wanting to try this one for a while due to the high reviews. It's a good beer.. but nothing mind blowing. My bottle is best before September 2012, but still.. it can't have changed all that much.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 7-30-2011
thanks jason

A - deep ruby/amber body, quickly dissipating tan head thins to a thick film

S - spent grain, dark fruits, nice complex malty nose

T - earthy, dark fruits, grain

M - medium body, fairly smooth.

O - this is pretty good.

Photo of smanders
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is THE example for the Doppelbock style; deep color, rich aromas, sweet and malty flavors with an oilslick for a mouthfeel. Few brews are better under the chestnut trees when the weather turns cold in Bavaria than this one. The only negative I have is that I'm never able to drink an abundance of them. Introduce this Doppel to an acquaintance and you'll have a friend for life.

Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

medium mahogany with a big light beige had, great retention and lacing... epitome of a doppelbock, molasses, prunes, bready... the taste is just like the nose but with a touch to much alcohol on the finish... not my favorite style but its great for the style

Photo of ha-sheem
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rousee
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Light brown somewhat translucent pour forms a small head which holds very well. Aroma of honey and there is that banana element present. You can smell the sweetness to some degree too.

When you taste it , it doesnt seem as sweet as you'd expect. Malty bready and biscuity with honey and fruity elements as well. Almost clean and crisp in the finish which is quite commendable considering that this is a somewhat sweet style to begin with. Also elements of nuts like hazelnuts or almonds too. Very nice indeed but I am not sure its really worthy of all the hype.

Photo of logicalparadox
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and bready aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted malt and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very malty and toast-like presence in the aroma and flavor.

Photo of jmhart
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this from the barrel at Kloster Andechs.

Deep amber-brown in color with no residual sediment. A nice almond colored head filled the last 5-10% of the glass and hung around for a minute or two, not too long, not too short.

Highly aromatic, clearly illuminating the roasted malty aroma. Sweet on the nose, but not in a repulsive way. Subtle hints of smoke.

Strong taste of caramel but balanced well with hoppy bitterness. Full bodied with low acidity.

Mildly carbonated but lacks the full bodied texture I would have expected which leaves a little something missing.

While overall my impression was diminished slightly by the less than full body of the texture, that point actually increases the drinkability of this beer.

Overall a good beer that I would drink again.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab for hooking me up with a bottle of this after he returned from a recent trip to Germany.

Ruby brown in color that glows in the presence of light, there is a light layer of coarse foam that forms upon the pour. There is no retention at all. No lacing appears either.

The aroma and flavor are both mild compared to the best American interpretations of the style, but also even to some of my favorite German versions. Light toffee, caramel, and a touch of cocoa. Earthy notes, some hints of dark fruity esters, and a very clean finish. Not bold, but like a great pilsner, it is very nuanced and balanced.

Smooth, not too heavy, and very enjoyable, this is definitely a top-notch doppelbock. Definitely unique, but hot damn I would love more of these.

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
95 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.