Dismiss Notice
Get FREE shipping on all US orders of $25 or more from the BeerAdvocate Store.

No promo code required. Offer valid through 4/30.

Ready to gear up? Start shopping →

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
96
world-class
435 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
435
Ratings:
1,022
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
15.55%
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
125
For Trade:
2
Andechser Doppelbock DunkelAndechser Doppelbock Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 06-16-2002

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 435 | Ratings: 1,022
Photo of RuudJH
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Andechser, I wanted to try their doppelbock (barley), as I liked their Hefeweizen a lot.
'Genuss für Leib & Seele': Pleasure for body and soul.
Sounds good.
0.5 l bottle, bought in Nordhorn, Germany.

Colour is chestnut brown. Head is good, but carbonation is disappointing. Lacing is ok.

Smell of malts, roasted malts. A bit of coffee and chocolate, caramel.
Also in the taste. It's bittersweet and peppery.
Bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium. Allthough the alcohol is not dominant, it's there. The carbonation is making up for it for sure. It makes this brew both refreshing and very warming.
Save this one for colder, rainy days (as a bockbier, that goes without saying).
Nice brew, recommended.

 708 characters

Photo of jcalabre
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 1 April 2003. This beer is a work of art. Nice dark brown color, w/ a tan head and a malty nose, I'll have one anytime. Typically, I'm not big on lagers, but this Doppelbock is great. Wonderful maltiness, this is simply a world class beer that any beer geek/snob needs to try.

 298 characters

Photo of PEBKAC
3.29/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I think I had a dreadfully old bottle of this years ago. New import edition. Bottle from New Beer Distro. Batch L 1693. Whatever that means.

Half inch of fleeting tan head. Clear black tea, black on brown on red sort of body.

Smells of maple, spilt Euro lager, & hearty bread. Licorice? Just a touch of stone fruit. Doesn't smell like they sent the freshest examples over.

Tastes like Cheerios, scalded milk, sharply charred bbq bitterness, faint scotch.

Really, really carbonated. Sizzling. Don't like that. Somewhat itchy/starchy feel. A bit boozy.

I looked forward to this beer for so long. It just seems so different from the standards of Celebrator & Korbinian that I've come to love.

 695 characters

Photo of mlockman
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While the aroma and initial taste are sweet, that of malt and carmelized brown sugar, the finish is quite dry; like a much drier version of Smuttynose's doppelbock.

 165 characters

Photo of JEdmund
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Dark leather brown with a sizable head; head does not stick around

Smell
Holiday spices mixed with some heffe-like banana

Taste & Mouthfeel
Malty and sugary sweet--maple syrup and spiced cake; medium body, a little oily in texture; finishes with some candied orange

Overall
Complex and full flavors make this an interesting and enjoyable beer.

 358 characters

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

Consumed vom Fass at der Andechser am Dom in Regensburg, Germany during my Bavarian Urlaub in September of 2006.

Amazingly beautiful ruby, chocolate, and red colors streamed through this brew... The head was big, frothy, and pillowy. The lacing left along the side of the glass was a sight to behold. Notes of toffee, roasted malts, some good cherries in the nose. Surprisingly easy on the palate, this is nowhere near as heavy as I would have expected. Flavors of rich maltiness, a sweet malt twang, and a nice touch of hop bitterness right at the back.

Amazing, indeed. Perhaps the most perfect Bier I have ever had, aside from Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. Well worth a trip to Germany, if for no other reason than to sample some of Kloster Andechs finest wares.

Zum wohl!

 783 characters

Photo of jjboesen
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably - no, definitely - one of the best beers on earth. It is worth the trip to Munich (and S-5 train) to get here. What makes this exceptional is its' unavailabilty in the states. In fact, this beer is so good, they only serve it on weekdays to keep down the throngs of thirsty Munichers.

 293 characters

Photo of PatrickCT
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured into a snifter.

a: dark cherry in color held up to the light. Thick but not hazy. One and a half finger off white head that dissipates quickly. Limited and delicate lacing.

s: mo' f'in 'lasses. Toasted grains. Faint coffee.

t: More molasses, coffee, toasted grains, vegetal finish...as in root vegetables roasted with a meat.

mf: Smooth and slippery up front. Slight peppery carbonation at the finish. Very delicate for something so heavy.

o: This beer is focused. It certainly knows what it wants to be and is just that. A solid doppelbock.

 562 characters

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Chestnut colored, cream head, quickly dissipates

Aroma: Malty, sweet, honey-like

Taste: Sweet, creamy, with hoppy, dry finish; well balanced

Remarks: This turned out to be my go-to Doppelbock when I lived in Stuttgart.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

 296 characters

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber-orange. Nicely formed head. Lasts a bit too.

Grape aroma with a touch too heavy caramel.

Velvety, big body. Light carbonation.

Not too sweet fruit. Heaviest on fig with a little banana. Not too sweet caramel. Bit of bready crust. Also get some hay/wheat in there. Hint of clove spice. Departs with some chocolate elements. Banana-raisin bread pudding.

 367 characters

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had this a few times on draft and finally picked up a 0.5L bottle at the local Trinkmarkt. Let me start by saying that I'm not a huge Doppelbock fan, but that I enjoyed this beer a lot.

A: Pours a dark dark brown with some red tint to it. Clear, no turbidity. One or two fingers of head which formed quickly and dissipated equally quickly with almost no lacing.

N: It's nice, of course, mostly malty earthiness with some sweet toffee smells. I get some combo sweet and salty aroma like teriyaki or butterscotch cookies with sea salt. Smells better than I make it sound.

T: Not as sweet as I would have guessed from the nose, more toasty than it smelled. Nutty malty breadiness, with molasses and maybe a cola flavor. Sweet dark fruits, but not overpowering at all. I don't get much alcohol, 7.1% is tucked away nicely. Slightest bit of hop in the finish.

MF: I like the mouthfeel on this, coats the tongue well with good, balanced carbonation. A little too lingering maybe, a little creamy and oily at the end.

Overall this is a great beer and worthy of being highly ranked as (one of) the best in it's style. This is more subdued and balanced than some of the American Craft takes on doppelbock. It's in the same league as Ayinger Celebrator in my book.

 1,266 characters

Photo of dherling
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this in February during a trip to Germany. Poured out a cola brown, dark but see through, with a creamy tan head. The nose is fruity, malt, ruity pebbles, cotton candy, vienna malt, a nice toasty roasty aroma. The taste is big, huge, tremendous, then drops off to a clean crisp palate. Along the way it drops malt and dark fruit bombs, fresh grain taste, green grain, roasted lovelyness. Has a fantastic crisp mouthfeel, the effervescents lasts on a now prickly tongue, but not too sharp. I love when such a big beer is this incredibly drinkable. A rare quality, definitly appreciated here.

 597 characters

Photo of gr0g
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut / mahogany in color. Impressive head formation and retention. There's some lace formation, but it's spotty. Aroma is malt-forward in every way. Toasted grain and fresh-baked bread upfront followed by a rich, toffee-like note. Only the faintest trace of alcohol to let you know this is more than a plain-old Dunkel. Faint floral hoppiness.

While many doppels come across as too malty-sweet to me, this isn't one of them. The balance is just about spot-on. That faint hoppiness on the nose is more prevalent here and able to stand up to all the sugars. Overall flavor is dominated by toasty malt, very much like a standard Munich Dunkel. A bit of nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, bordering on a creamy texture, thanks to the carbonation being soft. For a relatively strong beer, it's all too easy to knock back a pint of this and still be up for another.

I'd sum up Andechser's Doppelbock as a robust Dunkel lager. While it doesn't quite have the depth of flavor that Celebrator (my and many others' top pick for doppels) has, it does nothing wrong.

 1,071 characters

Photo of tjd25
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish dense head disappears into a very thin color. The color is impressive: a beautiful brown-red, almost purple, opaque. The smell is of dark malts, non sweet caramel, and a warming winy grapes aspect. The taste is very enjoyable and complex. Raisins with a sweet and refreshing citric aspect (almost like the soda aspect of Belgian stouts); then dark malts, with a thick almost chewy impression of chocolate; the chocolate announces the veil of hoppiness that covers the mouth without overwhelming it. Finally, a warm alcohol feeling. Very well balanced. My favorite Doppelbock .

 587 characters

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

I had this beer at the cafe in the central are of old Burghausen with the Andechs umbrellas and sign.

Appearance: Served in a tall, narrow stange glass. Dark brown with a ruby hue. Off white head with very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Wow.

Smell: Caramel, malty sweetness and ripe berries.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with a clean maltiness and a light roastiness. Vinous, earthy, bark, brown sugar, and plums. This beer is thick and full with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet but smooth and clean.

Drinkability: Very good and drinkable. It makes a great dessert beer. It's strong but not overpowering or offensive. Rich in flavor and complex. I liked this beer in the bottle but I LOVE it on tap.

This was the last beer of the evening on my second night in Germany. I was still jet lagged but that night I had the best night of sleep of any night in Europe. This beer isn't high in alcohol but with the sugars and alcohol together, this was lights out for me. I look forward to drinking this beer again when I am in Germany.

 1,055 characters

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

The family and I had the privilege of sampling several beers at the monastery on a lovely May 31 afternoon. This is an experience to be remembered in itself. This review is a combination of my son's opinion and mine.
The appearance was a hazel brown with a long-lasting lumpy large tan head.
The aroma was toasted nutty and roasty malts, with a dark chocolate front and a pleasant yeasty sidenote. My son picked up on some plum, prune and raisin in the smell -- his nose is better than mine. There was a note of honey as well.
What a rich taste! Smooothly sweet up front, with coffee and chocolate and all those dark dried fruits lingering in the background.
Mouthfeel -- divine. It's so smooth and full you hardly want to swallow. Just the right amount of carbonation. If it weren't for the 7.1%, you could drink this all day.

I can hardly recommend the experience at the monastery too highly, except for one thing -- get there in the morning! By late lunch time, the tour buses show up, and its SRO with long lines for beer all afternoon. Don't eat breakfast, have an early lunch at the monastery -- HUGE portions, so share! -- then sample beers for a couple of hours. Then walk around.

 1,196 characters

Photo of rhinos00
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dyan for sending this gem my way. Served at room temperature, poured into a stein.

A- Gorgeous combination of ruby red and burgundy hues. Produces a solid two fingers width of white head.

S- Strong scents of malts, caramel and toffee infiltrate the nose. Very unique mixture.

T- Best tasting doppelbock I have had to date....hands down! Rich flavors of caramel and buttery malts run abound. Absolutely delicious.

M- The favorite part of the beer IMO. It had a diacetyl type feel, which produced a smooth, buttery type viscosity that was perfection. Definitely can't be beat.

D- Smooth, great tasting what more can you ask for. I wish I had unlimited access to this fantastic brew.

Overall, thanks again dyan for hooking me up. If you are a doppelbock fan, this is definitely the perfect example of the style. We need to figure out a way to import this into the U.S.

 888 characters

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a snifter, dark amber color, medium head that settled quickly.
S - Aroma of raisins to me.
T - There is definitely a sweetness, I assume it's the malt.
M - Thick and chewy, low carbonation.
O - I don't get any of the cocoa that is mentioned in other reviews. This is exactly what I expect from a dependable German Dopplebock. I don't rate is as highly as others but it is a good beer.

 402 characters

Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked up at a bottle shop in San Fran, might have been old because while it looked and smelled okay, the taste was just off, and certainly not worthy of the praise this one typically gets. Would be willing to try again though.

 228 characters

Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 336 characters

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My brother-in-law brought me back a bottle of this from Germany. I told him to pick up anything, and was surprised to see this waiting for me. This pours a brilliant rusty, deep copper body with maroon highlights and perfect clarity. The head was very bountiful and bright white. The aroma is wonderfully fresh with fresh dough and toffee highlights. Hops are very subtle as the maltiness leads the way. The taste is filled with sweet caramels and toffee-like sugars. A slightly metallic sharpness seems to be a product of the hops and crystal malt. Not all that complex, but superbly layered. A coarse finish produced by the hops creates a perfect balance between the insanely smooth body and mouthfeel. As it warms, the sweetness increases and it goes down easier with each sip. Although I am not a huge dopplebock fan, this one is very well done and credit is due. I am glad I had the pleasure to taste this.

 911 characters

Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured in my mug I got in Ueberlingen in 2003.

Pours a dark amber color with a strong, off-white head that retains very well. Smell of burnt caramel, slight bit of earthy hops, and some dark fruit, most noteably some cherry. Smell still is a little weak for what I was expecting, good, but not very strong. Light toastiness in the taste. Certainly some burnt caramel is noticed as well as some slightly grainy flavors. Sweet caramel finish, that ends up being dry. Higher than medium carbonation with medium body. Very nice beer to drink, I think it may be even better when enjoyed straight from the brewery.

 625 characters

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml courtesy of Don. Thanks! Tulip.

A: Plum and brown color with a quarter inch lasting head. Decent legs.

N: Clove, brown sugar, malt, soy sauce, prune. Has a deep appreciable sweetness that never ventures to cloying.

T: Complex. Brown sugar, some earthy hop bitterness. A hint of smokiness and some soy sauce, but not as a flaw. Incredibly balanced. Clove again. Cola. Breadiness like a dark rye loaf.

M: Rich and full. Very clean.

O: A rewarding beer. A veritable loaf of bread in a glass. Extremely glad t have tried this, and a beer I will revisit whenever I get the chance.

 586 characters

Photo of Seanniek91
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 16.9oz (0.5L) bottle into a Guinness 250th anniversary Imperial Pint. Fridge temp.

Grabbed by a coworker for me while he was in Germany.

Appearance- Relatively clear amber/brown with one finger of bubbly white head that didn't last long leaving a pleasant ring around the beer.

Smell- Caramel malts, mild hop earthy aroma, metalicy smells, maybe some dark stone fruit. Not too impressive. Mostly just roasted malts.

Taste- Caramel, toffee, cherry, plum, light roasty coffee, and a heavily roasted malt backbone. On the sweeter side, but not cloying by any means.Perfect example of a Dopplebock. Alcohol is hidden as well.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and rich (but not too viscous) with moderate carbonation. No booze burn at all. Very creamy throughout.

Overall- One of the best Dopplebocks I've had. Truly a fantastic example of the style.

 851 characters

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick pillowy head that falls very quickly and leaves barely any lacing behind. The color is deep dark brown, but still you can see through it. The smell is of slightly chocolate malts with some roastiness, also a lot of breadiness. The taste is very bready with some chocolately tones and some sweetness in there as well. I enjoyed this one. Mouthfeel is very good. Overall this is avery drinkable brew and I hope to have it again someday.

 448 characters

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.