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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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Photo of czfreeman
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having this brew on-tap back in October, I was reading others reviews of this stellar brew, and as this is stark bier time here in Munich, I want to now try from the bottle and dig into it.I recently tried the Maximator from Augustiner, and it totally blew me away, so a re-review was in order. A bit of a celebration night for me anyway, so thought I would have a treat.
Pours a deep mahogany-brown, ruby tones, dark tan/leather color. The head is thick, easily staying around for a few minutes before settling in the glass. Nice amount of carbonation.
Malts, dark bread, light bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, tobacco smoke, molasses, a musty oak/ grain aroma, dried fig, raisin all mingle to create a complex and interesting aromatic experience. There is a light spiciness, cracked black pepper on the finish that cuts the sweetness nicely. However, I found the Augustiner Maximator to have a much more assertive aromatic profile
On the palate. Fig, dark bread, rum, raisin, coffee, smoke, brown sugar intermingle on the initial sip. The spice apparant in the nose comes through on the finish and cuts the sweetness with a nice amount of sharpness that greatly add to the drinkablity. The sweetness is kept in check, and that is a factor in Dopplebock that is a main critique point for me.
Mouthfeel is more in the medium body range, yet perfect. The alcohol is completely buried, and goes down smooth as a Helles lager.
The last Dopplebock I had was the Augustiner Maximator, and I must say it is a toss-up between the two for the highest award. The Maximator was much more chocolate heavy in the flavor, and became a bit sweet towards the second half of the bottle. Andechs Dopple remains biting, sharp and interestingly complex all the way to the "bitter end"--of the bottle that is.
This is definately the top Dopplebock is Germany, only wish it had a cool "-ator" name however, I guess The monks at Andechs were too busy brewing perfect beer to spend too much time on names, it speaks for itself

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Photo of crnipeter
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to bring a whole case of these jewels back home from Germany. People who had an opportunity to purchase Andechser could be split into two categories: those who regret for not picking it and those who have grabbed a few but are sorry for not taking more of them.BBE 12. Dec 2010, into tulip.
The pour gives deep dark brown body with ruby hue overlain by abundant, persistent light tan head slowly dying out to a thin but stable veil over the entire surface.Tilts are weaving firm sheets of lace broken into patches sliding down the walls.
Thick, palpable aromas of strong maltiness, significant melanoidins, toasty notes, whole grain rye bread, dark fruits (plums and sweet cherries), light chocolate and faint caramel with hints of smoke. Thick piles of aromas are almost impenetrable to the alcohol that emerges bashfully. Thick malty matrix envelopes fruity-toasty flavors listed in the aroma section, slightly smoky sensation, faint smooth alcohol and bread crust finish balancing the malty sweetness. Melanoidins donate fullness, roundness and depth to this flawless beer.
Medium-full bodied with low to moderate carbonation the beer is velvety smooth and creamy and although tends to create slight syrup coating never cloying.
This one succeeded where others have failed and I am not left any choice but to give it highest ratings. Andechser is the reigning king of my own little Beerverse.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, huge thanks to Masterski for opening this up and giving me a hefty pour at the Hunahpu's release. The search for this one had been a long one, and then just fell into my lap thanks to a very generous trader.

A: Took this over to the light to get a better glimpse. The pour was a deep, roasted brown with a bit of an amber hue. A very nice off-white head.

S: Very nice slightly-sweet malt alongside caramel, toffee, a nice brisk hop presence, and a bit of brown sugar.

T: Very malty with nice caramel and brown sugar notes. Hints of dark fruit. Hop presence is a little high compared to other examples, but melds beautifully with the rest of this one's flavors.

M: Very nice. The creaminess requisite of a good bock is there, but there's also a nice dryness that comes through as well. Moderate carbonation on a medium-to-full body. Good aftertaste comes through.

D: The combination of the elegant mouthfeel and complex taste make this one well worth coming back to sip after sip. Thanks again to Alex for letting me try this one, although I'll definitely say that my search will only intensify as we get into bock season and this one keeps springing back into memory.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Mike! Best by date in May, so this is definitely in code. From notes on 3.5.10.

Pours a light chestnut brown color with some light grayish-tan foam. Nice lace and a stunning color with hints of orangey-red, good clarity.

Aroma opens up with some candied dates and a bit of caramel. Not quite as bready as I was expecting? Some earthy hops play over the malt base. Something odd... a little rust? Like a spiced metallic thing going on that is really distracting. This is oxidized? The taste has this as well with a little campfire smokiness combining with a hearty loaf of raisin bread. Not overly sweet, but that metallic flavor is here again.

Granted, I'm not the hugest fan of this style but that metallic quality is really off-putting. Great mouthfeel, just spot on carbonation level creates a nearly chewy body which is just excellent with the breadiness and creates a supremely drinkable brew. I was left a little underwhelmed overall, and kind of annoyed by this rust flavor, but would happily give this another shot down the road.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown and the small head goes away in a flash.

Aromas of sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Roasted malts, coffee, fruit, and finishes smooth with I'd say some mint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light with some carbonation. Finishes bitter chocolate.

This is a drinkable beer and one in this style that I'll seek out again.

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

Gosh, is this awesome!

Poured from a 500ml-bottle into my "Maltings-Beer-Festival"-Nonic Pint Glass.

A- Great looking beer, dark amber color, tan head, that lasted quite long, just beautiful.

S- Spicy with roasted malts.

T- Incredibly flavorful and complex, but it requires zipping to get the full spectrum of flavors such as the obvious roastiness, caramel and bread and the clean crispness towards the finish.
Just a slight hint of alcohol in the background.

M- Exceptional mouthfeel, just awesome.

D- Actually pretty high, but it has 7,1% and you will notice these after a few, so be careful, it's a big beer.

I just love this one, it's one of the finest examples for German beers and I would highly recommend trying it out.

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Photo of genog
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this beer was a light to medium amber color, had decent lacing.

The aroma from this beer is of roasted malt, some slight spice, and strong clove, and a some hint of banana maybe?.

The taste is sweet, some caramel, and a lingering aftertaste. 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. Some questionable mouthfeel.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive malt aroma with big melanoidins. Some caramel is present along with a slight earthiness. Quite good.

Chestnut colour with red tints. Massive, creamy light tan head. This looks good. Decent head retention and some lacing.

Rich malt character with bready melanoidins and a hint of toast. Some dark fruits are present in the background which is nice. Sweet but nonetheless well attenuated. The finish is surprisingly dry. Very nice with just a hint of alcohol.

Medium-full body and moderately-low carbonation. Good.

Very drinkable for the style and spot on what it should be. A great beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of Sean9689
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally ended up scoring one of these. This one is tough to find, but it finally ended up in my fridge. Poured from 500ml bottle into Pilsner glass.

A - Pours a burnt caramel color with a huge light tan-colored head. The head on this one is massive, even with a very careful/light pour. There's lots of sticky lacing along the side of the glass and it doesn't seem the huge cap is going anywhere.

S - As soon as I pried the cap off, I could smell the wonderful malt aroma. Lots of burnt malts, caramel, molasses, and toffee. There's such a nice sweetness to this beer, it's wonderful to savor the aroma over and over.

T - Very similar to the nose. A wonderful malt profile, some caramel, toffee, molasses, etc. There's a very nice sweetness, but in no way is it overpowering or too much...it's just right...in fact, I would say perfect. A nice touch of sweetness on the finish mixed with some bitter dark chocolate.

M - Light to medium bodied, frothy smooth carbonation, oily/creamy finish. I would expect this to have a bit more of a body, but it doesn't detract too much.

D - I see can why this one is rated to high here on BA. I didn't expect to be so blown away by this one. It easily surpassed my expectations. I don't know when I'll get to try another, but I am already looking forward to it.

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Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep deep red with an initially thick tan creamy head around an inch high. Beautiful at first, though retention and lace levels are around average. Some nice tiny bubbles cling to the sides of the glass as it sloshes around. The aroma is immensely appetizing with the scent of fresh barley, chocolatey malts, and a good amount of fruitiness such as banana and even grape. Smells fresh and appealing.

The flavor ix a mix of grapes, fresh barley, some banana esters even, quite fruit as opposed to malty, in this respect it comes off as similar to an ale here. Despite the relatively low ABV I get a little bit of alcohol (which makes it a bit winelike--hmm, a recurring theme for highly rated beers out of Europe I have noticed) along with an earthy hoppy bitterness on the midpalate and a cookielike finish.

Body is only medium with a respectively full level of carbonation. It definitely still feels like a drinkable lager. A very finely crafted lager, looks and smells great, good flavor, and feel reminds me that this is indeed a lager, feels too light though, almost like a pilsener. I came into this with absurdly high expectations, however, and as far as taste goes I found this to be quite a good doppelbock, but probably not my favorite.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby with a large but fading head.
Nose shows loads of caramelised, bready malt, with a faint hint of soft alcohol.
Equally malty flavours, with loads of caramel and toasty note, and again, some soft alcohol.
Creamy slick mouthfeel, with soft carbonation.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Big thanks to the man the myth.... the mikesgroove.

A: Pours a nice deep brown with a nice tall cream colored head. Okay retention with nice chunky lace.

S: Very malty. Tons of caramel, and brown sugar.

T: Malty as well. Rich sweet caramel and brown sugar. Hints of chocolate and light dark fruit. Subtle molasses and a hint of nutty toffee. Malty goodness for sure.

M: Medium in body, smooth and sweet.

D: Pretty good. Wonderful malt bomb.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle courtesy of Bierman9. Thanks, David, it's been on my Wants list for years!

I pour it in a glass that can hold the entire contents of this half liter bottle, and it is a clear brownish red colour with 2 fingers of foam. Ahh...this is a fantastic looking brew.

The smell is big grainy notes with side orders of some chocolate and some sweet malt. Taking a few more whiffs, I can't get any more and the more whiffs I take, the weaker the smell becomes. Weird but that's what I'm sensing.

Now the taste, is another matter entirely. Nice sweet notes of caramel malt and milk chocolate, some light bitternes from hot cocoa, and a very pleasing overall grain bill that works perfectly with everything else. A very malt forward brew, as the style would dictate, but the flavours mesh so well together that I think I'm tasting a little bit of heaven. WOW!

Right on the cusp of being full bodied, the carbonation here is just enough to keep things very interesting; in other words, on the light side. This has an awesome mouthfeel, like liquid silk.

Drinkability? If I had another bottle, I'd pop the cap on that puppy too! Incredibly drinkable with neither a hide nor hair sight of the alcohol. Man, if this was an easier beer to find like, say, it was in town, I'd be drinking it several times a week. One word sums it all up for me...Incredible!

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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 dqrull
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll start off by saying that I had really high hopes for this beer, it being ranked highest of the doppelbocks on BA and all. But I really wasnt impressed.

Pours a beautiful red, almost wine-red with a thick head with large bubles lasting for quite some time and leaving a good bit of lacing on the glass.

I smell a lot of fudge, a bit of dark fruits, but not as much as I had hoped for, some raisins, a little bit of figs as well though, not too intense smell of anything though.

On the taste departement I was dissapointed, while still smelling fairly promising I thnk this (highly praised) beer did not deliver. I get an initial sweetness, followed by a musty breadiness that carries the beer all the way to and through the aftertaste . Some small hints of fruits and hops in the middle ,but really not very prominent.

Soft carbonation and a creamy foam-up on the toungue makes it fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a nice, large glass mug at Aufsturtz in Berlin.

Dark caramel color, half inch of head, tan. Lots of lacing.

Smells of heavy caramel malt, honey, clove, and alcohol. Very rich on the nose, but not overpowering.

Rich and dense. Very caramel and malt heavy, with a touch of honey and spices. Not as sweet as the description is - there's a nice bit of hoppiness on the end of the beer.

Dense and heavy, but never cloying or sticky. A great consistency - not watery, but not syrupy.

I really, really recommend this beer. A great doppelbock.

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Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed caramel orangey-reddish with a low beige head.

Aroma of fig and caramel, some low notes of corn and grassy notes.

Flavor of fig and raisin, low cocoa notes, a slight metallic note, some brown sugar and yeastiness. Roasty malt flavors emerge, mixed with some charred bark and root beer flavors. Noticeable residual sweetness, not overly so. Finishes with some spiciness.

Even mouthfeel, a bit slick, finishes somewhat powdery and dry. Tasty beer, decent drinkability, but could use more complexity. I expected much more based on the over-the-top reviews. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing.

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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 05Harley
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle # 300310

Purchased through Kracked Kettle, Netherlands

Price - $2.62 US/bomber

Wow! The more I drink it, the more I crave it. I was turned on to this one by my wife's uncle who served for 3 years in Germany from 1981-1984. He told me the brewery delivered this in flip top bottles in a crate to his doorstep. How cool is that.

Appearance: It pours with a nice red mahogany color with little head.

Smell: Lots of malt in this one. Caramel comes through with fruit in the backround.

Taste: Sweet malt up front followed by a touch of smokiness. There's no question this tastes like a Bock. Hops are present just for some bitterness which helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, almost flat. Finishes dry thanks to the hops.

Drinkability: An outstanding Dopplebock and a 10 in my book. I can sit down and have a couple of these and want more. I'll be keeping this on hand.

Thanks Charlie for turning me on to this one. It was well worth it.

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Photo of pwoods
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Kels for sharing the bottle.

500ml brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours a golden brown with decent clarity. A decent sized head forms off the small sample and holds for a bit and rebuilds nicely when swirled. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Pleasant sweetness of caramel and toffee. A bit darker grains as well. Sweetness is under control and the malts have a nice clean aroma. Some hops in the back that brighten everything up.

T/M: More of the malt goodness. Sweet but not too sweet, light on the tongue. Caramel, toffee, and some nuttiness. More of the light hops. Body is about medium full with pretty good carbonation. Very crisp and clean all around.

D: Very manageable ABV and very drinkable... could be dangerous, though. Everything with this beer is perfectly balance. Nothing extraoridinary but just done so well in all areas that it makes a great beer.

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Photo of kels
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

SO excited to have the opportunity to try this beer. I raised my glass in thanks to Metalmonk for the assist before drinking.

Beer pours from the nondescript bottle a warm shade of honey brown. It has moderate clarity with a slightly viscous appearance. The slightest white head fades to rim the top of the beer and leaves behind spots of lace along the sides of the glass.

The nose is full of nice malty sweetness and the light presence of green-appley hops. The grainy breadiness is present but doesn't weigh down the overall aroma. Sweetness is only slightly caramelly and more like fruity, chewy raisins.

Taste is full of toasted malts and a filling, chewy, but not heavy breadiness. The hops are a nice accompaniment, very crisp and appley with only a slight bitterness. It is a pretty simple beer, and oh-so-well done. The balance of the flavors is such that neither is dominant and each holds its own. The feel really assists in this, as it is well carbonated, extremely crisp and bright. The drink is filling, but still very clean and refreshing. Drinkability is as high as it can be.

This beer definitely lives up to the rating. I only wish I could get it regularly. It would definitely be a permanent fixture in my fridge.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Andechser am Dom off Marienplatz. We just chilled in the bar and had a couple of glasses while people-watching.

A: Pours a murky plum color that sparkles brilliantly with copper and ruby highlights against the light. The head is a finger's worth of tan foam that retains for a minute or so before vanishing into a secondary stage of a light film on the brew, and finally a collar toward the very end. Nice lacing down the sides in its wake.

S: Malty as all get out: caramel, toffee, and a dark berry aroma that even takes on a plum character at times. There are earthy and floral hints that I suppose are hops, but they are much weaker.

T: Yep, still malty. A sweet introduction in caramel and toffee, but the mid-taste is entirely dark fruits. Mostly berries, possibly currants, with a more prominent plum presence than the nose suggests. Banana is found, as well. An undercurrent of earth reminds me of the hop presence, but the floral variety is an afterthought at best, and found only lightly in the aftertaste, after a malty finish.

M: Despite its maltiness, the beer is not cloying or overly sweet. The moderate-high carbonation cleanses the palate of this medium-full bodied beer quite thoroughly.

D: I had no problem enjoying two maßen of this beer. I'd love to visit Munich again someday, and this will be one of my definite stops if/when that happens.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this with a group of us on 10/5/09.

A - Poured a clear caramel/copper-colored body with thin beige head that reduced to a patchy veil and left a bit of lacing.

S - Malty sweetness with a dark fruit character and lots of sweet notes reminiscent of maple syrup, brown sugar and molasses. Bitterness is virtually non-existent.

T - Initial flavor is extremely sweet and candy-like. Tastes like a Sugar Daddy... remember those caramel lollipops? Plenty of toffee, caramel and molasses, this is malty to the core. Actually, it's a bit too sweet overall.

M - Medium bodied with a thick, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Not much bitterness at all. Extremely sweet on the tongue.

D - Overly sweet and very candy-like, this is a pretty good Dopplebock overall. But the best ever? Hmmmm. We sampled this side by side with Celebrator, and this definitely fell short.

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Photo of ricke
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish brown with a thick tanned head of about 2 cm. The head settles after a while and leaves some lacings.

S: A rather big smell, very malty. Caramel, roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits. Grassy and spicy hop notes.

T: The taste is better than the smell would have you believe. It's not overly sweet, but here's still plenty of malty sweetness. I like how the expected caramel and bready malts are complimented by roasted malts and coffee - interesting and not very common. Lots of date-like fruity notes. Wood and a subtle herbal hop note. The finish is mildly bitter with a well integrated alcohol flavor and lingering malts.

M: Rather full bodied and very smooth. Quite a lot of carbonation.

D: As for doppelbocks go - a style I sometimes have a hard time dealing with due to the cloying sweetness some of them showcase - this is one of the better I've had. The sweetness is not overly powerful and the "dunkel element" in this one adds lots of levels and flavors. Nicely balanced. But still, it's not the most interesting beer in the world, and after one bottle I've had more than enough.

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