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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

636 Ratings
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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 363
Gots: 30 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-16-2002)
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:02:27 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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jandadeboer

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

08-30-2012 15:19:57 | More by jandadeboer
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joh04587

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +15.7%

08-16-2012 22:02:09 | More by joh04587
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 03:29:17 | More by Luk13
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PancakeMcWaffles

Germany

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown/red-ish colour, thick tan white head that reduces to a small layer very fast, almost no lacing.

S: Strong and malty rather sweet smell, little fruit, some caramel , decent toasty aromas.

T: Very sweet, more toasty than the smell would suggest, less caramel than I would have expected, little hops in the end, but not too much, overall a very balanced toasty malty flavour profile.

M: Not much carbonation, still a very watery mouthfeel for a Bock

O: Decent Bock, very interesting taste and smell, balanced aromas, overall a good dark Doppelbock, but the mouthfeel is a little disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 13:18:11 | More by PancakeMcWaffles
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10%

08-10-2012 13:27:50 | More by millelacsmark
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-31-2012 19:18:00 | More by klipper
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2012 17:44:42 | More by ajs4bd
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zink23


3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-07-2012 17:41:35 | More by zink23
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FosterJM

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1374th Review on BA
Bottle to Bock Glass
500ml

Best by: 20/11/12
Thanks to my inlaws for bringing this home from Germany

App- Deep & Rich copper mixed with brown. Fairly dense with some shinny yellow in the center. A good puck of a off white/beige head with a pond layer top.

Smell- A lot going on in this one. A bit small with aromatics of sweet sugar, caramel, wheat and raisins. Seemingly small quad, bock and wheat beer in one. No sign of 7% and just a touch creamy.

Taste- This is very tasty, rich and smooth and filling. More sweetness than I wouldve thought with a malty, raisiny flavor and a touch of creamy sweetness. Again like a small quad with rich flavors that are balanced and layered well.

Mouth- Med/med. creamy malty, liquid simple syrup with brown sugar and wheat.

Drink- Just a fine example of a wonderful style. Wonderfully layered, sweet, savory and rich. Glad I have more!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:33:46 | More by FosterJM
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-01-2012 16:53:31 | More by samEBC
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 14:28:58 | More by Jwale73
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damngoode

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10%

06-28-2012 14:51:55 | More by damngoode
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DmanGTR

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-28-2012 03:31:17 | More by DmanGTR
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KimenTshom

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-26-2012 19:40:09 | More by KimenTshom
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parris

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown hazy color, yeast sediment, thin head, maybe I poured yeast that I shouldn't have.

Armoa is tons of maple syrup, and caramel, smells like you're about to eat a maple syrup hard candy.

Mild taste, very balanced, toasty and sweet

Medium bodied, very satisfying carbonation

This beer starts out as "pretty damn good" then finishes with "crap, it's gone." Very great overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 23:20:11 | More by parris
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark purple/brown color with a large egg-white head on top, rather foamy. Decent retention that slowly reduces to a thin cap on top. Thin, soapy lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: Sweet aroma with some caramel, dark fruit, plum, raisins, a little bit of chocolate, and brown sugar.

T: Some more dark fruit, dates, plums, and a little raisin. There is some brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, and a little bit of cola. Hint of red apple on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy. No hint of alcohol at all. Slightly dry finish.

O: Very impressed. Great flavor profile and extremely easy drinking. Mouthfeel is superb.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:43:32 | More by mdaschaf
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tziggy

Washington

5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-18-2012 17:40:34 | More by tziggy
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from World Wide Spirits
Best by 2012-09-20
Poured into a Celebrator doppelbock glass

Finally able to try the celebrated Andechser doppelbock, I find myself generally disappointed with this bottle's qualities. While I'm not sure as to how the bottle itself was stored at WWS, the date indicates that it should still be fresh enough to be interesting. The maltiness of the beer was mildly complex, but nothing above standard for a doppelbock, and the flavors and aromas were, in general, not robust enough. I'm not sure what this means as far as brewing techniques go, and while I'd give this another chance on tap at the brewery, I don't think I'd go to the same extent for another bottle, given that Celebrator and/or Maximator are usually easily available and more delicious for me.

Pours a modest 2cm head of dense foam, small bubbles, light tan in color. Had has average retention and leaves some modest lacing along sides of glass as it reduces to a thin ring around the glass. Body is a transparent red-brown amber color with visible, though sluggish, carbonation.

Aroma of prunes, dates, and very dark bread, slight yeast, and caramel. Pleasant, but not particularly bold: subtle and subdued. Not what I was expecting after reading reviews and the high status of the beer.

Tasting opens with sweetness, almost cordial-like with some tones of cherries. Dark, dried fruit esters are abundant throughout. Mid-palate ads in brown sugar, dried figs, and dates, with a bit of a sage+chocolate flavor that is rather noticeable and at times actually a bit unpleasant. Not sure if the bottle I had was exposed or had some other defect. Closes with drying, slightly spicy phenols and malt sweetness. Aftertaste is largely bready and sweet, with a bit of light brown sugar. Overall, though there are many flavors, none of them are as bold or expressive as I would expect a top doppelbock to be, and I'm left rather disappointed.

Beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creating a smooth mouthfeel that's a bit pillowy and creamy. Slightly warming from ethanol, but this is expected. Finishes dry with some stickiness on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 17:45:00 | More by falloutsnow
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-06-2012 14:09:23 | More by tbeq00
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Exiled

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-04-2012 03:03:35 | More by Exiled
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crisis44

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-01-2012 22:41:24 | More by crisis44
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db3469

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +10%

05-24-2012 20:50:22 | More by db3469
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev -7.4%

05-20-2012 15:39:13 | More by GrindFatherBob
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consumerjim

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-15-2012 18:07:38 | More by consumerjim
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.