Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 380
Gots: 78 | 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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Ratings: 860 | Reviews: 401
Photo of liamt07
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Pino, 500ml into a tulip.

Dark brown with mahogany hues, beige head with great retention and good lace. Nose is bready, jam and dark fruit notes, nuts and toffee. Taste has mroe bready flavours, dark fruits, toasted grains, a sweeter 'jammy' flavour pervades but dries out in the finish. Medium full, real smooth lower carbonation without any alcohol. An excellent doppel, would doppel again.

Photo of dcmchew
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark copper with light beige head, lasting for a while.
Smell of roasted grains, caramel, dark fruit and spices.
First sip brings nice rich chocolatey malts, lightly roasted, with lots of brown sugar/caramel. There's also fruitiness, more accentuated later on, with date, raisin, dried plums and red apple peel. Tasty spices, with some vanilla punching through. Nuttiness. Good hop presence in the finish, alongside a decent bitterness.
Alcohol and caramel create a nice rum flavour, never boozy. Smooth and almost creamy, if not for a bit of unwanted fizz.
A great doppelbock, rich and flavourful.

Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle from AKSmokedPorter as part of Secret Santa 2005. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the clear dark amber brew. Head fades down to a layer of small bubbles, with ample slow-falling lace. Aroma is heavy caramelly malts, with strong dark fruit highlights. Taste is grain husks upfront, gradually fading into light soft bitterness. Mouthfeel is like plush velvet, and drinkability is incredible. Worth the wait. Have to facilitate drinking this again...

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rb

Pours with a nice 1/2" light khaki head... the brew is dark brown with beautiful garnet highlights... good lacing.

Nose is dark toast... very malty... light caramel...

Flavor mirrors the nose... no chocolate like some darker versions (like Celebrator)... just pure malty goodness... something that I associate with dates with warmth, so does a grainy sweetness.

Very smooth body... the head is so creamy it almost feels like nitro.

Worthy of the hunt and the reputation.

4.5's across the board.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark mahogany amber with a thin khaki head that had decent retention and light lacing. Rich malt aroma of caramel malt, brown bread, nuts and dark dried fruit. Flavor follows, with dark bready and caramel malt up front backed by dark dried fruit, particularly figs and dates, a little dark fresh fruit, a hint of rye. Mild grassy hops in the finish. Good medium body with active carbonation (not producing much of a head, oddly enough). A rich, satisfying doppelbock with the best dark brown bread character of any I've tried. Lots of depth and smooth into the finish. A tempting malt bomb of a beer. Glad this brewery is available again in the Northwest.

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

I was at the monastery 3 years ago & thought their doppelbock was a little boozy fresh from the tap. So I picked up a bottle & it's been in my fridge since! (Best before 28 08 06)

A: Deep reddish-brown with a light tan head; ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Dark fruit & bread, dark caramel, light spicing, slightly herbal with hints of alcohol.

T: Plenty of dark fruit, bready, dark (almost burnt) caramel, roasted nuts, peppery spicing, herbal, slight steelie grassiness, hints of chocolate, balanced bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Fairly full body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a giant stange at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich, nut-brown hue with minimal haze and a thick head of creamy ivory foam. Looks outstanding.

Smell: sweet, caramelly and extremely malty aroma. Smells like Whoppers candy.

Taste: sweet with big malt flavor. Not a lot of complexity, mostly just a very clean, very sweet malt character. Very solid.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess.

Overall: sweet but nicely quaffable; this is an archetypal doppelbock.

Photo of DrJay
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade with RedHaze. Thanks!
Clear reddish brown with a garnet, purplish hue when held up to the light. A one finger cap of dense, off-white foam appeared after the pour, settling to a skim of fine bubbles and solid collar after a few minutes. Sticky, spotty lacing. Tons of malt character in the aroma, very cakey and bready, rich with notes of toast and biscuit. It had some fruit character as well, mild dried fruits like raisins and figs. Flashes of dry cocoa and darker malts, plus a bit of smoke, appeared as it warmed too. There was a solid bitterness lying beneath the malt flavour, never too far forward yet providing the necessary balance. Light citrus mid-palate hung around through the finish. Alcohol was present from the start, but stayed light and balanced throughout. Malt sweetness played the dominant role, but the caramelized sugar and bread flavours weren't let run wild. Notes of cake and toffee, perhaps a bit of biscuit, floated in and out of focus, along with some dried fruit sweetness and a hint of yeast. The finish wasn't overlong, but a balanced combination of flavours lingered for a while on the palate. Medium bodied with medium/low, well integrated carbonation. Texture was a bit creamy and chewy. This stuff is superb. I was expecting a lot of malt, but was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of flavours present. That quality made this a pleasure to drink, and very easy to polish off a bottle.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep amber with a large thick, very thick off-white head that takes a really long time to dissipate. Pretty nice lacings.

S: Sweet rich malty smell. Dark dried fruits, galore. Nothing else - they don't mess with the basics. Neat and clean.

T: Sweet malt, very sweet - just right. The dark dried fruits dominates (there are so many different ones; figs, plums, raisins, cherries to mention a few). Faint bitter hops.

M: Sadly this is the weakest part of any Doppelbock; aftertaste is to short. Body is full and carb. is mild.

D: Doppelbocks are great and this one is a great exampel of the style. The brewer doesn't mess with anything besides the basics and that is what makes this beer fantastic. The only thing that could make this beer better is time - I'm so happy that I bought myself a whole case and put most of it in my beer cellar for the future. Maybe I'll review another bottle from this batch in a couple of years after storing it properly...

Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RedHaze for hooking me up with this one, I've been trying to get for a while.

Pours a clear dark reddish orange, light brown, thick off white head forms, quickly settles to a medium ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is glorious, very bready, yeast, biscuit, caramel, bit of iron, dark fruits, bit of orangey citrus, rich and delicious smelling. Taste is great, brown sugar sweetness, citrus, light floral, then caramel, lots of dark fruit and iron, raisins, maybe a touch of chocolate roastiness, very dry biscuity finish, light bit of spice, very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, bit of warmth but very smooth. Definition of liquid bread, fantastic doppelbock.

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear deep burgandy color. Some slight orange highlights. A slight beige head sits on top. Thick maltiness on the nose. Some molasses tones seep in. Great smell. Body is almost full. Silky smooth in the mouth. Chewy maltiness dominates, and it should. Caramel and toffee notes are big. Hops are there solely for balance. Molasses also makes an appearance on the buds. Beautiful. An elite Dopple. This is so damn easy to drink.

Give me a nicely stoked fireplace, some Van Morrison in the background and 10 of these badboys and I'm smiling.

A Bighuge thanks to Shit and Mrs. Shit for securing this dandy for me.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with good amounts of smooth chocolate and hints of roastiness. Also present are slight amounts of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Smooth and almost syrupy caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of cocoa powder. Midway through the sip the malt flavors dark with slight amounts of roasted flavors. The roasted flavors fade out quickly and the malt flavors sweeten through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I didn't find this beer as mind-blowing as I'd hoped, and in fact I'd rate Celebrator higher, it's still a very good beer. To be fair it was noted by Joe that it was substantially better on tap. Worth a shot.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Klosterbrauerei Andechs, served in a 0.5L glass in the bier garten. The beer was dark auburn, kind of a burgandy shade of brown with a tan head. The liquid was clear, possibly it was aged to perfection by the monks.

The smell strongly reminded me of the wort from my home-brewing excursions, a very nice and strong malty aroma. The flavor was sweet and malty, a bit of fresh baked bread, and a tad bitter in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, a really big thick presence. For drinkability I'm going to knock off a full point, in that you can tell there's a buzz hitting you and the threat of impending drunken stupor stops your hand from reaching for the glass too often.

Overall, not as outstanding as I'd hoped but a very good beer nonetheless.

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and some butterscotch. There is also some raisin and herbal notes and a bit of a earthy/smokey/roasted flavour. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.

Overall - I've been wanting to try this one for a while due to the high reviews. It's a good beer.. but nothing mind blowing. My bottle is best before September 2012, but still.. it can't have changed all that much.

Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

medium mahogany with a big light beige had, great retention and lacing... epitome of a doppelbock, molasses, prunes, bready... the taste is just like the nose but with a touch to much alcohol on the finish... not my favorite style but its great for the style

Photo of THECPJ
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 2/8/2011

A: copper-red brown, with a 1 finger tan head, leaves decent lacing

S: caramel, sweetness, malt, dried dark fruits

T: nothing but malts on this one, could not even distinguish a hop presence, nothing really lingers for very long

M: mild carbonation, thick, creamy, kind of sticks to the tongue--not necessarily the flavor, just the feeling

D: not my particular favorite style of beer, it's drinkable (aka, not the worst beer I've had), but not something I would routinely seek out.

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with largadeer. Best before 30th July 2008

A: Crimson with a nice, dense tan head

S: Fruity with dark raisins, plums, dates and caramel. Slightly bready. Different from other dopplebocks i've had but still recognizable.

T: Complex yeasty, fruity profile with a hint of rum. Bready, fruity sweetness with a medium body and a dry finish

M: Medium bodied but with a dry finish, this one's great. The drying finish is spectacular

D: Very easy to drink a ton of this. I wish i could find more and easily.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7.1% ABV, 23 12 10 on the back label.

Ironically I received a bottle of this from Thorpe429 as an engagement present the day that Beerwolf77 shared it with out crew to tick another top 100. Got to tick it, AND I have a bottle to enjoy later. Awesome! Thanks guys!

A - Clear and mahogany amber color is brilliant and sexy but topped by a weak off-white head. Low retention and some spotty lace cover the glass.

S - Rich and smooth malty sweetness with a crisp lager nose. Not overly complex but nice caramel sweetness. Very good dopple aroma!

T - Toffee and caramel with a toasted malt, biscuity flavor. Large maltiness but still smooth and crisp from the lagering. No hops.

M - Sweet and malty with a smooth, crisp finish. Very medium-bodied and medium carbonation.

D - Very good dopple. Great drinkability. I really like the malt presence in this awesome German lager. They know their dopples!

Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle
L - creamy beige head holds good retention atop a bronzed brown body
S - fainter aroma of earthy hops, caramel, grain, and toffee
T - rich and sweet, toffee, caramel, grain, earthy spicy hops, slightly peppery on the finish
F - fullish body, creamy and smooth, finishes clean
O - a bit of a surprise here. I was expecting better. It's still really good, but I was hoping for a little bit more from the #2 ranked doppelbock in the world.

Photo of Jwale73
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of stcules
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany, with ruby reflexes. Beige head, decent, quite compact, not very persistent.
The smell is harmonious. Malt, roasted, caramel. Almost woody. Dried plum. In any case, it is delicate, inviting and embraceable.
Very round taste, well amalgamated, intriguing. Tones are malt/caramel, with points of roasted. Warm, pleasant, full in the mouth. Plum in the taste too.
Medium-medium-high body, a good structure that supports the taste.
Same notes in the aftertaste, where rises up even a good herbal bitterness. Good.
A very good doppelbock.

Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been awhile since I put in a 5.0 but this is as good as it gets for a doppel and for a beer in general. Huge sweet bready characteristics reminding of fresh baked honey bread drizzled with a brown sugar and raisin compote. Caramel, maple, molasses, dark fruits. A malt lovers dream. Body and weight are kept in check and this drinks almost like a regular bock but with much more flavor.

The best there is and probably the one beer I would take to a deserted island. It would certainly be in my six pack to bring. I would rate as one of my top 5 beer of all-time maybe #1

Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think Jason shared this one with me.

A - Pours a rich brownish/reddish color with a finger of off-white head that had some good retention and lacing. Solid looking beer, and very good for the style.

S - Caramel and malts are the obvious backbone of this beer, and it has a deep dark fruit/prune smell with a little bit of breadiness to it. Good stuff.

T - Taste is a lot like the smell, with a little bit of alcohol to cut through the sweetness. This kind of reminds me a little bit of a quad, other than the bready taste bringing it down a notch and breaking it up. Good dark fruits, caramelized sugar, and molasses.

M - Pretty close to full bodied, with soft carbonation.

O - Pretty great beer. This is a style that is hard to do tons with, but it is rich, with good flavors and balance.

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
95 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.