Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Bischoff
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4.08/5 rDev +29.5%
A: Poured a dark, clear, reddish-brown with a light beige head of average size and duration.
S: Very malt-focused, as expected. Prominent aromas of toasted grains, with burnt caramel and notes of coffee. Very light toffee. Warmth makes the grassy hops more apparent, as well as an aroma of fresh hay.
T: Very well-balanced. There's some light residual sweetness that builds with warmth. Richly malty with some dark fruits. Bread and toasted cracker notes linger in the finish. Hops are lightly spicy, herbal, and grassy, and the bitterness is adequate to balance the malt.
M: A medium to full bodied beer with light to moderate carbonation.
D: The 7.5% is well hidden, and the flavors don't get old. I found it very drinkable - above average for the style.
08-23-2010 03:30:22 | More by imperialstout27
3.73/5 rDev +18.4%
Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.
We like to judge a brewery by both their lightest beer and their strongest. So it is good to know that Bischoff has a Doppelbock in their lineup for us to try.
A snap-crackle noise comes from the head as it slowly drops down to a ring of lace. Deep tawny brown color shows a little bit of clarity when put up to the light. Grainy toasted bread aroma with a hint of alcohol and herbal hop. Big nugget of malty richness bursts on the palate with dark bread, toasted grain and a grassy undertone. Hops and a mellow alcohol sting enough to balance the maltiness. Some spicy hop flavor comes to the table with ease; a clean beer to say the least. Faint alcohol starts to warm about halfway through the bottle, and the closer the beer gets to room temperature the more the maltiness opens up. Finishes with semidry malt linger of grass and toasted grain.
Maltiness is in your face, raw and fresh with an edged brashness that does not go wild. Very well-balanced and complex, yet very drinkable for the style. Hunt this one down to get a different perspective on Doppelbocks.
07-07-2010 00:20:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.93/5 rDev -7%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.
Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with moderate off-white head, settling to a thin line.
Smell: Caramel, spicy hops, cherry, molasses and soy sauce. A little mild.
Taste: The taste is...odd. Some of the aroma comes through (cherry, caramel, soy sauce), but there is also some sickly dark fruit, and something akin to gasoline. Then there is a sudden, strong spicy hoppiness at the end, along with a medicinal aftertaste. However, it does taste better (just slightly) than that description sounds.
Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium body, tingly off finish.
Overall: While the worst Doppelbock accusations seem a little unfounded, it may be the worst Doppelbock I have personally had, so maybe there is cause for those comments. However, I could imagine worse.
09-25-2011 03:00:26 | More by bsp77
1.78/5 rDev -43.5%
Pours a surprisingly clear auburn brown, little head, dissipates quickly. Nose is "blah" , nothing really to report here. Taste basically matches the nose, boring and light. This taste a lot like soda pop or something. About the only thing going for it is that at 7.5 percent, you can't even taste the alcohol. If the other reviews for this beer weren't so bad I'd assume it was a bad bottle. Avoid.
07-14-2008 23:43:15 | More by masikon
2.98/5 rDev -5.4%
Didn't notice the screw cap when I picked this one up. Light caramel colored, tending to orange in the light. A full inch of tightly bubbled foam rises up and lingers long. The head settles out like sudsy soda bubbles, popping loudly and leaving no lace.
Aroma of caramel and toffee, plus some raisin, and grassy notes. Some alcohol coming through as well, smells almost malt liquor like.
Very thin and watery mouthfeel leads to flavors that fairly match the aroma, but with much less depth. There's a metallic tang rising up, and an aftertaste reminiscent of cheap adjunct macros, plus a burnt flavor.
Not the best example of the style that I've had. Low drinkability.
08-24-2007 21:33:46 | More by far333
3.68/5 rDev +16.8%
Dark amber, mahogany with a thick fluffy cappuccino colored head. Sticky lacing that lasts in a dirty snow mound in the center of the glass. The green bottle doesn't bode well for this one but on the plus side, it's 2° Cecilius out and I am in Germany at a Christmas market.
Smell is a malty mix of caramel and toffee. Very mild and smooth. I am usually not a fan of the style but this one doesn't smell to bad.
Taste is of toffee and malts. A little sweet caramel mixed with a touch of hop spice. Moderate carbonation making a silky smooth beer. The flavor is all about the malts with a slight touch of alcohol flavor in the finish.
I love the rings of foam on the side of the glass as you drink. This one taste great and is a nice deviation from the dominating German pils in the area.
12-29-2008 23:45:24 | More by jbphoto88
2.05/5 rDev -34.9%
Out of the screw-top bottle this pours to a dark mahogany brown with a quick rising (and quick-falling) gray-beige head.
The nose is primarily of that green-bottle sulfur and grass. Over time some brown sugar, corn, and raisin notes arise. I wish this was packaged differently, but regardless, this has very little of what I look for in a doppelbock.
Sweeter in the mouth than in the nose. Brown sugar, green raisins, corn syrup..and lots of it. A brief dusting of cocoa powder and root vegetables. Then more offensive non-root vegetal stewed cabbage notes. Sulfur creeps up along with a vague grassy hop note. No alcohol to speak of, but a touch of grainy heat dots the swallow.
The body is fizzy and light up front, then settles into a lazy stickiness. it touches on both sides of bad here.
Maybe the screw top predisposes me to think of cheapness, but this absolutely plays the part. It's like a Doppel Malt Liquor, and seems stale as well. I'd give it the benefit of the doubt if it's "drink before date" wasn't 09/01/09 (even if this really means January). It reminds me of some of those over-proof dark Russian lagers. All full (or awful) of industry and hopelessness. This is ghastly shit.
11-11-2008 08:50:42 | More by cokes
2.78/5 rDev -11.7%
Pours a solid, clear brown with a moderate off-white head. Leaves a moderate lace. Smells of caramel, sugar, alcohol and dark bread. Taste is sweet, like sugary dough. Complex malts, a little heavy, but tasty. Rather overpowering syrupy mouthfeel and a cling of alcohol make this one good for a dessert or a single serving. I probably won't buy again, but not a poorly made beer.
11-28-2010 21:52:33 | More by TAMU99
2.6/5 rDev -17.5%
Bottle into tulip glass
A – Almost a 3 finger light tan head has moderate retention, beer with no light appears nearly black with a little light it is a clear rich brown, a few strings of lacing 3.5
S – Roasted malt caramel, herbals, milder prune & mineral notes 3.5
T – More grainy than I expected, a strong herbal bitterness imparts an aftertaste that reminds me of a ricola herbal cough drop. Moderate spiciness and a very mild sweetness. The more I drink the more I’m recognizing what I’ll call an alcohol and hop zing. 2.5
M – Light to moderate body, watery on the palate, perhaps undercarbonated 2
O – Not a fan of this beer, I’ve not had a bock like it previously and nor will I again if I can help it 2
02-09-2012 05:16:49 | More by rsdaugherty
2.28/5 rDev -27.6%
A: An interesting twist-off cap, dated best before 09.01.09. Poured a cola colour, with a somewhat fizzy but reasonable head. Little bits of lacing smattered around.
S: Not much going on... some perfume-like aromas, a sweet malty edge, hints of dark fruit.
T: Kind of unusual... sweet malts with a slightly metallic bitterness. Notes of old perfume - similar in some ways to bad gin. Perhaps a little dark fruit - primarily raisin - but it kind of gets lost in the other flavours. A grassiness and that little bit of 'skunkiness' sometimes found in things like German pilseners. Not the most pleasant thing.
M: A medium body, medium carbonation, a little left lingering afterwards. Nothing horrid here, but nothing too interesting, either.
D: I might not go so far as to say 'undrinkable,' but that doesn't mean it's really any good, either. I don't know if I can even say 'not bad.' An unusual, somewhat unpleasant take on the style. Not one I can bring myself to recommend.
06-11-2008 01:08:39 | More by Proteus93
1.7/5 rDev -46%
I got this in a beer of the month club. It's horrid stuff
It pours a decent 1 1/2 finger head with ok retention that lasts 1/3 of the way down. It has a typical brown color.
The smell is of sulfur and perfume and astringent alcohol. Not very good at all. It makes me not want to drink this beer.
The smell doesn't lie. Underneath is an astringent beer with almost no flavor other than dms, astringency and some weak ass caramel malts and some weak hopping. This tastes like cheap soda water flavored beer.
The mouthfeel is weak. I have had soda water with better mouthfeel than this. this is a joke.
There is nothing I can say good about this beer except why bother?
04-05-2008 06:28:25 | More by jasonjlewis
3/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a quite dark russet brown with a smallish head that soon disappears. Aromas are your average doppelbock aromas -- dark bread crust, raisins, molasses and other sugary notes. Some green, Continental hops in there that remind me of Styrian Goldings... although they probably aren't. On the palate, sweet with plenty of hop bitterness at first before a high level of fruitiness comes out. The finish dries out just a tad as some rye flavors pop up. Mouthfeel is just lighter than medium, with some obvious alcohol being the central detraction. Overall, this is your average doppelbock. Nothing special... and with so many great examples out there that are just a tad more expensive, there's really no reason to bother with this one.
11-11-2007 03:44:24 | More by geexploitation
2.9/5 rDev -7.9%
I'm a sucker for a doppelbock. If I'm on the prowl for something new and I spy that term on a bottle I'm sure to at least give it a look; nine times out of ten I'll purchase it. Such was the case with Bischoff's Doppelbock. The screwcap was certainly odd, but it didn't put me off in the least. Alcohol amount wasn't on this bottle. A "best by" date of 09.01.09 was printed on the back.
It pours a very dark brown with lighter chestnut highlights. A lean off-white head appeared early on, but it soon dissipated into the ether. Grainy and slightly herbal aromas waft up from the brew, along with those stylistic toasted malts. It's a pleasing aroma, but not as full and intense as some other doppelbocks I've experienced.
The flavor sure is malty; from the front to the finish malts are the main focus of taste. There is a bit of sweetness in the center just for balance. Also, the finish and aftertaste are a little hoppier than I imagined they would be. As a matter of fact, the aftertaste is mostly bitter hops. Hmm.
It's a little more carbonated than I prefer, but it's certainly not "fizzy" by any means. The mouthfeel is somewhat elegant.
It's not my favorite doppelbock, not even close. But it isn't without merit, especially for those seeking out a slightly leaner style.
06-10-2008 03:14:31 | More by CWiggins
2.28/5 rDev -27.6%
Oh no's! $4 1+ pint of beer, and C rating for a beer from Germany, and with a screw top, it must be a shitty beer. Well, I've already had like 5-6 DFH awesome beers tonight including a couple Johnny Casks, so this is my way of ending the night. Lets see how bad it really is...
A: It has a screw cap like a soda, not even a beer cap. Pours with an atrocious head that takes up 4x what the beer does on the pour. It quickly fades to double the beer, but slows its rate of decay from here. Lots of big bubbles pops all around the head. The slightly clear almost brownish maroon red color masks itself with the darkness and huge head.
N: A pretty sweet malty and syrupy nose, almost with extract like aromas. A slight fruit and slight hop aroma break the skin, but really it cries cheaper beer. It does have some nicer malt aromas, like a typical German doppelboch, but has a much cheaper syrup like aroma. More medium fruit really dominate with the syrupy malt. I can't imagine how many times I will repeat that point, but if you are getting a a little weirded out, read the first paragraph again.
T: Starts just as I expected, like a watered down extract version of a nice doppelboch. It has some nice malty and fruity, as well as slight vanilla qualities of a nice doppelboch, but also adds quite a bit of a watery quality and syrupy extract like tastes that just hit the beer badly. It's pretty sweet and has a raisin crossed with roasted malt flavor. This could be a nice flavor in a beer, but it just seems ruined with the off flavors and cheaper versions of all the good flavors. It wants to be a good beer, but it's like the cheap cousin of a good beer who's parents won't let it buy anything good and while you all go to the concert with awesome t-shirts of various bands, this beer joins you after the concert, since he couldn't go, with a t-shirt of some band nobody heard from 20 years earlier since it was on sale.
M: Semi thick, decent carbonation, kinda syrupy and sticky.
F: Finishes even worse with the bad extract syrupy flavor really dominating and lingering for a while on the finish. It adds some decent bitterness and earthy flavors, but the bad syrupy flavor doesn't go away, even after a few minutes. That really hurts this beer too. Some bad metallic tastes also seem to emanate from the initial bad tastes and follow with more badness.
Final thoughts: I think you got the point, tries to be a nice beer, but its too cheap and crappy, and tastes like regurgitated raisins and malts. Pretty bad for an imported German doppelboch. They probably see this as their version of Coors and import it here since most American beer drinkers are dumb.
11-01-2009 03:11:01 | More by jlindros
3.48/5 rDev +10.5%
11.2 oz green bottle (why?). Date on bottle says 10.02.12.
It ours a nice color, a deep reddish brown with a foamy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.
The smell is kind of boring for a doppelbock.
The flavor is a bit better. It is not like a Bavarian doppelbock. It is actually pretty interesting to have a north-German doppelbock because they are rarer and a lot different. I would still take it over most American doppelbocks that throw way too much in to cover up shortcomings in their lager-making abilities. This one isn't as sweet and dryer than Bavarian examples, also more subtle. There is still a noticeable hop character to it. The sweetness takes up the back end though, with not hop bitterness to level it.
Overall not bad, but not up to par with Bavarian examples.
09-04-2011 04:15:17 | More by crossovert
Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Bischoff
74 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.