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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 900
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 402
Gots: 85 | 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 cypressbob
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark reddy brown body, clear. Thick fluffy tan head with some retention but towards the last third it was pretty slight

Smell, sweet caramelly malt, some dried fruit

Taste, thick sweet malt, some raisins, some roasted flavour on the finish. Sweet and estery

A pretty enjoyable dopplebock (325 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Very smooth drinking with less of that port wine, rummy taste characteristic of the style. I would still prefer a weizenbock but this is very good. Not too sweet, fully loaded with caramel and burnt sugar. I would rank this third behind EInbecker Winter Bock and Korbinian. (274 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! David said I could open up one of the bottles I brought back with me this past year. Freshness date was still good. Shared the bottle with David and Uncle Jimbo. More than cola colored, I poured a thick chewy tan head that was full of a nice Germanic pumpernickle bread. The carbonation was really nice, not too little, not too much. Full bodied, but the spot on Germanic breadiness, and smooth hoppiness make this more sessionable than other Doppelbocks I've tried. It lives up to the hype, if you are not expecting overwhelming alcohol. Would drink it again, and I can, 'cause I still have a bottle left. (615 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first beer to review with the new system. Also, first beer reviewed from Germany on a German kezboard, with the z and y switched, so here goes...

Appearance: lighter in color than I was expecting, more orange or garnet than deep and dark. Big off white head with good retention, but leaving little lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, toast, brown sugar... surprised by all the fruit, in a lager. no hint of smoke, which i love in ayinger's celebrator.

Taste: raisin, brown bread, bit of roast & toast, brown sugar. malt is the star, but there is enough hops bitterness to balance. never becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel: medium body, bordering on full. reasonable carbonation.

Drinkabilitz: I now have a second favorite Doppelbock. Glad to be in Bavaria at the moment, and looking forward to a brewery tour in a couple of days. Hopefully the beer there will be as good as this Andechs offering.. (891 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to johnnybravo for hooking me up with 2 bottles of this nectar. Having had this in Nuremberg and finding it to be amazing, I had to get a hold of another bottle or two, if for memory's sake only.

Pours reddish brown with a 1 finger white head that holds up fairly well.

Smells of apple, raisins and caramel/brown sugar malt.

The taste is rich with brown sugar coated apples, raisins, caramel and other, similar fruits. The malt body is very much a brown sugar/caramel combo of flavors. Slight alcohol presence at the end, but nothing out of place.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich (for 7.1%, this has a ton of flavor), with medium, bordering on low, carbonation. Altogether enjoyable for this beer.

Drinkability is very good.

Highly recommended. Nothing may beat my first experience with this beer - sitting in the Andechs beer hall in the gorgeous city of Nuremberg, drinking a couple 1/2 liter steins of this - but yes, this is one fine doppelbock.

Previous review (from memory after having had at the source):

Excellent doppelbock! Got to have this while in Germany, served at the Andechs pub in Nurmberg. Wonderful dark brown color with a nice head. Smell was sweet - caramel like. Taste was perfect - nice rich not too sweet caramel malt flavor. Like drinking liquid happiness. Perfect sweetness level. Mouthfeel was also perfect. Very smooth and silky. Medium body - perfect mouthfeel to go along with the great flavor. Drinkability was high for this - perfectly balanced - I went through a full liter probably too quickly. Why does my favorite doppelbock have to be basically impossible to get in the US?

Previous score: 4.5/4/5/4.5/4.5 (1,662 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Lost Nation brewing in Morrisville VT.
A - Caramel, color, an ever so slight cream colored cap supported by gently rising
carbonation.
S - A hint of smoked malt, wonderful caramel notes and a kiss of dark fruit.
Light brown sugar, and a touch of winter spice.
T - Malt forward and remarkably clean. Nothing to sweet here, the light hop hints
are buried in the back. We were sharing some smoked bluefish pate for lunch. The match
was quite nice. The finish is wonderfully dry for the style.
F - A delight, starts to coat the palate, then quickly runs for the exit, leaving on a
glass slipper of caramel to track it down with the next sip.
O - A real treat, the nose, body and finish show amazing restraint and balance.
A new favorite.

Cheers all (760 characters)

Photo of parris
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev -7.6%

My first brew from this brewery, this dunkel pours ruby brown with thin off white head and
very light lacing. Nose of caramel malts, fresh biscuit, and almost a brandy like aroma.
Taste is first and foremost caramel malts dancing with a lively mouthfeel, sweet biscuit
like flavors on the back from the yeast, and a very light hop flavor on the aftertaste.
A most excellent example of the style with a light syrupy sweetness that is good enough
to sustain any monk. Ahhh...beer, meat, cheese, and praise to God....maybe they got
something going on in the monasteries after all! (585 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A- Dark brown with a half finger off white head. Spotty lacing.

S- Figs and other dark fruits, malts, caramel, brown sugar.

T- Dark fruits and sweet malts. There is a burnt chocolate/smokiness also. No alcohol in the taste at all.

M- Medium body and carbonation. As "chewy" as this beer is it goes down very smooth.

O- Like a slice of fresh black bread in a glass. Amazing. (391 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 liter bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by 3/25/09

Appearance: Pours a transparent brown color that goes from red to orange as the bottom of the glass thins out. Carbonation slowly moves to the surface. A 2" light tan head builds and shows great retention. Some lace tentacles span around the glass.

Smell: Sweet nuttiness of almonds and pecans meet with a slippery butter aroma. Biscuity caramel malt aromas are mouthwatering. Butterscotch and dark rum. A great aroma.

Taste: Robust, sweet malt flavors of butter, fig, raisin, biscuits, caramel malt and almond. There is even a slight hop bitterness that balances out the flavor profile. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Buttery, smooth, sweet, chewy and actually a bit bitter. A subtle alcohol notation at the finish, along with some belly warmth.

Drinkability: A great German brew that is worth seeking out. I can't imagine a better doppelbock than this one. Spectacular aroma and closely matched taste. An awesome brew. (990 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in Munich, Germany. Best by 08/10/08

Pours a deep dark mahogany, with a one finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; caramel and molasses dominate upfront, followed closely by a little chocolate. Brown sugar covered dates, with a mild hint of some herbal/grassy hops fade to a some more dark fruits such as raisins and plums.

Taste; thick sweet molasses and caramel kick things off, then chocolate and a faint roasted malt flavor comes forward. The middle is all dark fruits with some dates, raisins, and cherries (after a bit of warming). Herbal/grassy hops are present, but they definitely take a supporting role to the malts.

moutfeel/Drnkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth carbonation, and, for me, the drinkabilty is off the charts.

I've had about twenty bottles of this so far between Germany, and the bottles I've brought back, and each time I've had this I discover another flavor that I didn;t notice before. (1,007 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - plum purple copper body, with 3 finger tan head that reduces quickly leaving good lace

S - munich malts and wholewheat breads hit me, with a slight malt sweetness

T- not overly flavoursome but very sweet and a nice alcohol kick in the finish, well balanced but no identifiable sweet toffee plum syrupy notes. NOTE* As it warms, more syrupy sugar plum notes become apparent, perhaps some vanilla

M- medium carbonation, that settles well, is not harsh, good body

D- very drinkable for the abv, i was pretty thirsty drinking this and was knocking it back, could be pretty dangerous in a session, enjoyable. (619 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Zum Schneider in New York, NY.

Served in a 1-Liter mug. Brown in color with ruby hightlights and a large, beige head. Really pleasant aroma, heavy on roasted malts, raisin, and fig. I found myself going back over and over again to smell it. Medium bodied, not overly sweet as some dopplebocks can be. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Overall, a very enjoyable beer and maybe the best in its style I have had to date. One I would order again in a heartbeat. (467 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brownish color, nice sized frothy white/brown head, good lace down the glass.
S: Smells like fresh baked sweet bread. Lots of maltiness...smells very nice.
T: Sweet toffee and bready malt flavors dominate...slight dark fruitiness in there as well.
M: Medium bodied and very smooth mouthfeel
D: Man I wish I knew how to get this stuff in the states!! One of the best dopplebocks I've had. (405 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Chaz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In color it is between a Ruby-red and chestnut. Pours with excellent/brilliant clarity, topped with a very appealing head, just a bit darker than "pale-tan." Plenty of lace as it drops.

Semi-sour and Sherry-like on the nose. Notes of plum , treacle, sweet... also some oxidation (HEY! It's a long way to Minnesota! Especially since this one made a layover in a NYC bodega.)

Notes of slightly-tart cherry and medium/pale "domestic" malts on the first sip, and they play very nicely together. Some deeper notes of roasted, dark malt toward the middle, and a rather dry finish -- excellent! Not as cloying as I thought it would be from the nose, and not nearly as off-putting as the notes of oxidation suggested, either.

Easy-drinking, and rather lighter in body than I'd expected.

I had mentioned "Sherry" right away, and this one is also vinuous in the best way -- the better doppelbocks definitely feature that characteristic, and this one is certainly among the top doppelbocks. I would definitely recommend this bier to anyone interested in the style. ;)

Did I mention that it was lighter in body and also very-easy drinking? Because it is. In fact, this one might be "dangerously-drinkable" in a certain biergarten setting, nestled in the hills of Bayern . . . SOME day!

A big cheers to BA user "gory4d" for the assist in finally* getting to try this one.

* After hearing about this brew for the past thirty years, we FINALLY have a wholesaler that is bringing in the S&H Brands portfolio of which the Andechs brands are included, and yet for some reason said wholesaler doesn't bring in Andechs! What a shame: I'd LOVE to try this side-by-side with a Korbinian or three... (1,696 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours into a 0.5L stein with two fingers of bubbly beige head that settled to a thin layer over a clear, mahogany body. Good head retention but no lace.

Smell - 4.5
Intensely malty and rich nose of sweet malt loaf, savoury rye crackers, toffee and dessert apple.

Taste - 4.5
Nearing perfection for a doppelbock; intensely malty yet well attenuated and drinkable. Tastes of lightly buttered multigrain toast, rye crackers, hard toffee, caramel and liquor soaked figs. Finishes dry and savoury with warming alcohol and enough hop bitterness to balance the hefty malt.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Medium body is lighter than expected considering the size of the beer, and coupled with fine, moderate carbonation, gives a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
Clearly not a session beer (and it isn't supposed to be), but very easy to drink, despite the noticeable alcohol character.

OVERALL
Not as much of a malt-bomb as some 5% Munich Dunkels due to the fruity complexity of the higher alcohol. Perhaps the definitive doppelbock - it's the highest rated lager on BeerAdvocate and with good reason. A truly superb beer. (1,125 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first bottle I busted open in line at the veritas 007 release. Also gave myself a good pour. Aquired this bottle from digita7693 from Germany. Expensive shipment but worth it. Glad to have another to drink soon and will probably be trading for more.

Pours a dark brown color. Like a far brown stained wood. Nice head and decent lacing.

Aroma is more roasty than expected. Compared to other dopple bocks I've had. Not alot of aroma but also some caramel and that malty lager aroma you get from a bock.

Taste was more roasty than I expected but had a good semi sweet chocolate flavor I was not expecting. Toasted sugar and caramel with the roastyness of the grains is very nice. Also a bit of that typical lager flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little less viscous than I expected (compared to celebrator) but very nice. Nice medium carb.

Overall I will be trading (with hopefully my regular germany trading partner) for this many more times. Gunna keep this one around for others to try. (985 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small butter cream colored head that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, some very nice toastiness that mixes well with the sweet maltiness, crackers and bread, and a bit of graininess. Taste follows with some sweet maltiness up front, golden raisin sweetness, fruit and berries, caramel, a great molasses quality, toasty grains lead to a nice crisp hop quality in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, carbonation is on the low side which allows the malty sweetness to weigh slightly on the palate before a small peppery crispness works to balance it out towards the finish. Very enjoyeable and highly drinkable beer. (670 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (2,018 characters)

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.