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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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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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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-10-2013 02:53:39 | More by Auror
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks for the bottle, jizzslurper.

clear ruby pour with some pumpkin orange in the thinner parts, an active amount of carbonation that brings the beer to life. cloudy, resilient thin foam greets me with each arrival of the glass to my face.

smells very traditional in terms of dopplebock. big caramel and carob blast up front, with sweetened cherry puree and plum jam bringing up the second wave of sweetness. caramelized malt burn that reminds me of a hot bagel oven and the slightest hints of glazed carrot and black peppercorns.

clean and crisp. hell yeah goats, this tastes great! for such a complex beer, it doesn't linger in thickness or bust the palate for future sips. initially, i get alot of creme brulee-topper burnt sugar, as well as overripe dates. a big beer like this with the traditional neatness of a lager is a true achievement, and now i know where all of the hype over this beer last year came from. glad i had the opportunity to drink it.

and for a 7+%er, this is easy drinking. way too easy, in fact. i highly recommend this dopple to anyone who has the means to acquire it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 00:19:41 | More by goodbyeohio
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match1112

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-24-2013 22:58:09 | More by match1112
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Paccamacca

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-12-2013 02:34:07 | More by Paccamacca
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safaricook

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -7.4%

03-13-2013 20:29:27 | More by safaricook
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putnam

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful beer.
Like Salvator plus spice, cream and those mysterious, ancient yeast-generated earthy nuances that allow you to close your eyes and travel far.
Fluffy (like the Allagash tripel the same night) with characteristic 2xbock flavors and aromas of vanilla, whole cream, Asian spices, roasted hazelnuts, walnuts and bitter, broiled sugar. Serene, velvety, refined texture and peeling layers of complexity.
Wow!

Thanks to Tim

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 19:12:45 | More by putnam
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-07-2012 22:52:42 | More by starrdogg
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Domingo

Colorado

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

EDIT: This is a re-review. Before I thought it was slightly too thin, but after tasting in 4-5 times in a week, I'm convinced that it's perfect.

The almighty Andechs Doppelbock! Best in the world in my opinion.
A perfectly dark brown color with reddish highlights in the light.
Taste and smell cover everything from caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, and even a little bit of dried fruit in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a TINY bit lighter than a few other Doppels, but based on my most recent experiences (from multiple locations) I think that might've just been the previous batch that I'd tried.
Drinkability is unparalleled because it's not so potent that you can't have more. I had three 1/2L glasses in one sitting and I could've had even more. It's just amazing and it pairs very well with food, too. I highly recommend it with the wurst and the monastery, or the meat trio at the Am Dom hall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2006 23:35:27 | More by Domingo
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which basically has no retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mix of dark amber, maroon, and garnet which glows a crimson red to ruby when held up to the light. No lacing at all.

Nose- Delicious- if I were to sum it in one term, I would use fruitcake. But this beer is much more complex than that. Definite raisin and cherry, almost the candied kind with spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. A creamy, almost milk quality that hints at chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and caramel. Some roasted malt qualities as well. This is very promising. Some honey and nectar as well. Light smoke- smells like a nitro beer but it's in a bottle.

Taste- Starts off with the nitro feel with minor chocolate, cocoa, and caramel which moves into deeper, roasted notes combined with raisin and cherry. Slight bitterness with hints of oak and vanilla. Some spice- nutmeg and cinnamon, tiny bit of clove. Not quite as delightful as the aroma but still intriguing. This is much more about subtlety than dominating your taste buds. Nice malt bill that is complex and well rounded but doesn't have much presence. This isn't a bad thing as I generally only appreciate towering malt bills in scotch ales and imperial stouts. A little bit of letdown after the nose though. Seems a little thin, especially on the finish. Slight vinosity provided by the raisin and cherry. Hints of brown bread, brown sugar, and molasses as well.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with light carbonation which works for the style. Nice and neat slightly dry finish. Hints of smoothness. Very clean malt bill leaves the tongue feeling fresh.

Drinkability- This beer is a bit unassuming and as result, drinks fairly easy. No indication of alcohol. Just a very clean, almost creamy beer. 4 dollars for half a liter of a world renowned beer seems more than reasonable.

Overall- Really good, solid beer. I'm not the biggest fan of doppelbocks but this one is a good example of the classic style. I prefer Ayinger to this, but Celebrator seems to me an anomaly among doppelbocks. Glad that this is finally being distributed in Oregon. This is a must try and will be a repurchase if it continues to be distributed here.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 04:23:06 | More by artoolemomo
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a stemmed tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing back this long-anticipated bottle from Europe.

Appearance: Right away I notice the perfectly sized tan head that is tightly wound with bigger bubbles in the center from an aggressive pour. The beer itself has a date brown color with a ruby tint and transparent edges.

Smell: Rum soaked raisin, plum, dates, figs, and soft molasses. Some clove like spiciness in the background.

Taste: The flavor starts with a rum-soaked raisin. Gooey molasses and toffee sweetness seem to coat a biscuity malt. Some plum and dates some in toward the middle. A slight metallic flavor is a bit off-putting toward the end. A soft, spicy bitterness helps to take the beer out with more balance.

Mouthfeel: There is a sweetness that coats the lips and inside of my mouth with each sip. Almost syrupy, the soft hops at the end prevent it from becoming cloying. Very creamy carbonation, but it is not as strong as it looked after the pour. The body starts medium and seems to get a bit heavier as the sip progresses.

Overall: There is a reason this is a sought after beer. Very well put together, this is the type of beer that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:55:24 | More by KickInTheChalice
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 04:39:30 | More by bamadog
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mahogany-bronze pour, nice head and lacing.

Smell: Medium-dark roasted malt and brown bread, along with dark-ish fruit.

Taste: Booze starts out a bit hot and fades as I get into it. After that, malt and dark fruits lead the charge, followed by brown bread and faint bananas. Perhaps a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is lightly tingly and spot-on for what I epxected for the style, does a good job of coating the mouth and is very smooth on the finish.

Drinkability: Don't serve this too cold, it definitely got better as it warmed a bit; ABV was a bit higher than I expected (and was felt/tasted)

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 02:49:35 | More by craytonic
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pwoods

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:58:16 | More by pwoods
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to drabmuh for trading this excellent special brew to me, thanks Matt.

A: Brownish purpleish/crimson hue with a nice off white head with very nice lacing, light brown highlights to boot.

S: I don't know what to say other than it smells very 'German' in construction: Dark Barley, bran smells dominate with sweet malt to even it out. Hugh aroma. Smoky notes come through for me as well, very nice.

T: Awesome flavor, sweet and savory flavors work well together in this with huge barley malt dominting. Almost like a belgian quad mixed with a barleywine. Dark fruit meets huge cereal flavors with no alcohol burn at all. It's like drinking a loaf of hearty dark bread (in a good way).

M: Excellent. Rolls right over the palate, great carb, leaves the taste buds buzzing!

D: Excellent drinker, I would love to have a stein of this one day. It certainly deserves it's #1 Doppelbock status on here, its very refined and balanced as opposed to some that are just kind of all over the place. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 15:43:34 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (50-55F) into a traditional tumbler or Willibecher. This Kloster doppelbock pours up sublime with a billowy cream colored head which generously tops the deep mahogony body. However, the retention suffers slightly due to the alcohol. The aroma is envitingly rich with some notable melanoidins and richly toasted grains that's reminiscent of freshly baked raisin bread. Hints of fruitiness (e.g. caramel apples, baked fig bars & chocolate-plum sauce) and light alcohol interplay nicely at the rim of the glass. The flavor starts off rich & slightly grainy with some cloying malty sweetness which gives into some underlying spiciness from the Noble hops that finally catch up to add some balance to this malt monster. There's just a touch of cheek warming in the slightly nutty-raisiny sweet finish. The body is medium-full to full bodied with just a perfect amount of carbonation. Very nice!

This is a wonderful, classic doppelbock from one of Germany's remaining monastic breweries. Try pairing this Kloster doppelbock with hearty game like black pepper-teriyaki marinated venison or orange-marmalade glazed duck. If you're in the mood for something more traditional then try spit-roasted Schweinshaxn (pork knuckles) seasoned with caraway seed & white pepper, served with a plate of red cabbage sauerkraut, mushroom-gravy covered spätzle and thinly sliced sweet onions & radi (white radish). How about some cinnamon glazed apple dumplings for dessert? Here's to liquid bread!

PROST! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 05:05:47 | More by Beertracker
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Naerhu

Japan

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 13:27:43 | More by Naerhu
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.6%

09-12-2013 02:05:16 | More by CityofBals
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eric5bellies

Australia

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

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazeey slightly redish amber coulour.

S - Plenty of sweet malt and some caramel.

T - Plenty of malt, toffee, caramel and some biscuit, very well balanced indeed.

M - This is a very well balnced brew between medium to low carbonation and a medium body that makes for a very smooth drop.

D - You will not find a better Doppelbock anywhere

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 13:55:06 | More by eric5bellies
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

02-16-2014 03:10:29 | More by jwps214
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dansmcd

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, dirty yellowy head billowing above the darkest almost black ruby essence.

S - Yeasty. coffee, chocolate and raisin.

T - Very malty. Coffee, prunes, bitter dark chocolate, and smoky roasted malts. Delicious.

M - Alcohol content veiled in this smooth, creamy full bodied dopple.

O - A cracker. Very easy to drink but well worth savouring. Deserving of its high rating.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 23:38:41 | More by dansmcd
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, creamy, tan colored head sits silently on top of the hazy mahogany colored beer. Smells of chocolate and sweet malt with undertones dark bread. Sweet roasted and caramel malts mix with a fist full of raisins. Finishes with a mild dark malt astringency that never quite overpowers the firm sweetness of the brew. Good lord the aftertaste lingers. There is almost more flavor left on my tongue then I could detect in the liquid I drank. No complaints, just unique. The alcohol is barely noticeable, especially if the beer is not too cold. A solid beer with a full mouthfeel and some nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 07:45:05 | More by HappyHourHero
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -19%

05-01-2014 12:13:41 | More by MattXT
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

150 reviews as of this writing. Thanks to redhaze for the chance to try this gem. I've had a number of US interpretations of this style and enjoyed them. This.... This beer set's the standard for me and is one I'd be happy to enjoy again except for the whole getting access to it. If you like your dopplebock malty, crisp and oh so easy to quaff try this one. If you get the chance definitely go for it!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 01:15:51 | More by barleywinebrewer
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dated best before 26 04 06. Pours out a dark brown with reddish highlights and a tall tan creamy head. The head returns quickly to the body leaving speckles of lace. Sweet caramel and dark fruit come on strong with a nice mild dark chocolate in the background. Good amount of roastiness and smoke with light bready malts. First taste is some caramel with a backing of roastiness. Lighter notes of fruit sweetness and bittersweet chocolate mix in well. Very light alcohol is noticeable with a mild earthiness at the finish. Really rich and full flavored brew that I could drink all day. Body is hefty enough to carry deliver the big flavor and goes down smoothly and easily. If only this was available in the states.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 18:33:24 | More by meathookjones
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joepais

Maine

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks go out to Bierman9 for blessing me with such a wonderful treat.

Bottle poured into a large Pilsener Glass brought forth a large of white head that lasted a while .The body of this brew was crystal clear and dark brown with some ruby highlights in color. This thing is pretty it looks better than a touched up print add.

This is a nice light aroma, not what I expected from a dark brew. Very subtle bread and sweetness with an almost undetectable roasted malts note in the end.

This is what a doppelbock should be, yes I have found the standard bearer. This is sweet and malty but at the same time earthy so as to keep the sweetness in check. I can't find any alcohol present in the flavors. Smooth, creamy and rich comes to mind when trying to describe what I feel in my mouth

I am already sad seeing this on drain from my glass, if I make it to Germany this will be my beer of choice
I just have to end this review with,
Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 18:48:55 | More by joepais
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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