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Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Bischoff

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BA SCORE
75
okay

63 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 24.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Bischoff visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Derek on 04-02-2006)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.88/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The screw-top cap does not bode well for the quality of this doppelbock. Makes me want to drink it out of a brown paper bag.

Dark rust orange with a small splash of brick red. The sandlewood colored crown is large after a vigorous pour and actually looks pretty damn good. Great glass coverage as well. Let's hope the appearance isn't the high point of this experience.

Ain't no way Doppel Bock smells like a doppelbock. The nose is a dead ringer for that most venerable of styles... Euro dark lager. There's a hint of brown malt and an equal amount of musty hops. I would suspect old age, but the 'best by' date isn't until this time next year. No appreciable alcohol is a minor plus.

What good (or even average) beer ever came out of a bottle with a screw-top cap? This stuff is all kinds of lousy and will be tough to get through. I'll take a '40' of good ol' American malt liquor any day of the week. Brown paper bag optional.

Alcohol has now officially entered the building. This Privatbrauerei Bischoff brew tastes like a poor quality Euro dark lager mixed with several ounces of grain alcohol. In fact, it comes dangerously close to hot and harsh. I hope the German homeboys don't have to pay $2.99 per bottle like I did because there have to be cheaper (and more pleasant) ways to get your groove on than this.

The malt backbone is impressively spindly. Less than complementary flavors include stale cocoa powder, bitter grasses, sheetmetal and antifreeze. Okay, so I've never actually tasted antifreeze. Or sheetmetal. There's also an underlying sweetness that is akin to dark Karo syrup. Not good. Not good at all.

The mouthfeel is way too thin for the style. Again, think 4.5% lager. There aren't even enough bubbles to keep things interesting, despite a healthy 'pffft' on crown cracking.

Other than looks, Bischoff Doppel Bock has absolutely nothing to recommend it. In fact, it might be the worst doppelbock in the history of beer. My advice is to stay as far away from this one as possible.

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single finger head Without significant lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is mostly fit and toasted malt. Flavor is similar with dark fruit, toasted bread malts and herbal notes. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Overall not on par with the doppelbock genre I am familiar with but not a bad beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.98/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best Before: 10/02/12.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a slim, bone white head.

Smell: An unappealing sniff of grainy pils malt soaked in ethanol, hardly yielding little notes cherry cola.

Taste: Store-brand cola and a sweet thin drizzle of simple syrup for the pils malt. A dark fruitiness and decaying grass clippings introduces a sudden and surprising alcoholic harshness, which sort of embodies the taste in the cruelly long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: No need to make any excuses for this, as it's just a rather poor example of the style. I didn't finish the bottle, I couldn't finish it. I got 99 problems but a Bischoff ain't one.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Immortals and a doppelbock...a good pairing...? We'll see... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises mild caramel, light buttery biscuit, a vague sense of miscellaneous greens, and a soft touch of mild cocoa. It's all really vague, muddled, barely distinguishable from background nose radiation (AKA smells). The taste holds notes of maple syrup, light cocoa, very light roasted malts, honey, and a bit of biscuit. The aftertaste, though, resonates with Band-Aid-like notes that blend into strange herbal flavors. The body is a rather lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a generally solid d-bock, not one I would ever put near the top of any list, but one that suffices as a tasty-enough choice, though that aftertaste does ruin things a bit.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jlindros
2.28/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light malt scent for a doppelbock. It has a German pilsner aroma with pale malts and German hops. It's dark brown so I guess they added a little bit of choclate malt for coloring purposes. It has that Euro green bottle aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a rich, roasted flavor that is dry and heavy tasting. It has a nice caramel malt flavor, but it lacks depth. It tastes like a hefty pilsner loaded with caramel malt. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average brew at best. I'm not a huge fan of the taste. It just seems a little weak and lacking in malt character.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Screw cap Bottle date April 2008, Sampled December 2007
The beer pours with an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored crown of froth that disappears fairly quickly to a dusted covering of bubbles. The beer sits in my glass an opaque, brownish tinged, almost black color that shows a brilliantly clear, amber-hued, ruby red color when held up to the light. The green bottle has not helped this very much, though I would not characterize it as smelling skunky, it does smell a bit of stale beer. Underneath this is a really grassy note that seems to be from both hop and malt. Faint, concentrated malt notes (a touch of caramel, some toasty notes and some biscuit-like notes) are perceptible at times, but sometimes only just so. Overall a fairly week nose, especially for a Doppel Bock, this would be a good nose on a Vienna or something like that.

Sweet and malty tasting up front. This has a slight, herbal hoppiness to it that is nice and it even has a touch of bitterness to it. It is perhaps a touch thin for a Doppel Bock, but does have a nice, medium fullness to it that causes the malt to cling to the palate just a bit. Touches of dark malt flavors show up in the form of toasted malt, a touch of chocolate, chewy caramelized malt sugars, touches of brown sugar and even some dried fruit-like notes.

Not a bad beer, it just seems to be missing a certain oomph-like quality. Somehow this one just does not really do it for me. Perhaps not as rich as I would like to see in a Doppel Bock, but it is flavorful enough to be tasty if not even enjoyable.

Photo of ejimhof
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown color with no head or lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste: Again very sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and hard to avoid the sweetness.

Overall: Decent beer dominated by sweetness and alchol. One is enough at one time.

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is malty caramel with hops in background. Decent dopplebock despite being in a screw-top green bottle. Best by Apr 24, 2008. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT

Photo of Derek
2.1/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This green bottle with a screw cap is best before 10.11.06.

A: Looked very promising. Ruby-black, awesome plethora of fluffy, off-white head. Unfortunately, there was very little retention or lace.

S: Sulphury with lots of hop aroma (soapy/clean). Uncharacteristic of the style. After it breaths a little, the maltyness becomes perceptible, with a little dark bread & raisin. Some spicyness comes through as well.

T: Bitter chocolate & caramelized raisin. The alcohol is fairly assertive (sherry-like). The fruityness is more like an Ale (yeasty esters), and with the sulpher, it's almost like there's a British brewmaster at work here?

M: Moderate to full body is fairly chalky. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Initial aroma is stinky and off-putting. The alcohol is also fairly assertive, making this one a little rough.

I'm comfortable in saying that this is the worst dopplebock I've ever had.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small alcohol and dryer fruit notes. In the taste, fruity and a small dry alcohol like note in the end. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. A bit fruity, but decent nonetheless.

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +42.4%

Photo of cokes
2.05/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Vancer
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as that strange screw top drew me in like a moth to a flame, but this green bottle concerns me. Poured ok into my Bitburger glass (German, eh?), with a decent tan head. Nice lacing on the way down.

First whiff was not good, nothing but Euro skunk instead of the standard dopplebock aromas (look 'em up). Initial taste is not too bad, nothing great but not bad. Decent amount of caramel and sweet malt backbone.

This would be an above average brew, if not for the euro yeast and resulting skunk. I let it sit for awhile, and it make it drinkable - but I wouldn't get this again.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ktrillionaire
1.27/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Something is way way wrong here.

Part of me says this tastes/smells like a crappy Doppelbock or Euro Dark; that part is the manifestation of the eternal optimist within me.

Another part says that this smells/tastes like fermented wrapping paper; that's just keeping it real.

Ugh. Two (ghastly) sips, then a drain pour.

Quoth the venerable BuckeyeNation: "...stale cocoa powder, bitter grasses, sheet metal and antifreeze..."

Also quoth the aforementioned BuckeyeNation, still venerable: "In fact, it might be the worst Doppelbock in the history of beer..."

That about sums it up.

Photo of GABrew
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of crossovert
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of far333
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bsp77
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of albern
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a bad dobbelbock, despite the generally negative reaction from the other reviewers. The beer pours a clear dark mahogany with a decent tannish head that is average in retention. No lacing, but that is typical for the style. The aroma is very sweet, almost raisiny and perhaps a bit nutty, certainly an indication of the sweetness to come.

The beer is medium bodied, very sweet, very malty, there are caramel notes all over this beer, I think plenty of brown sugar, a bit of raisin, and some metallic zing especially right out of the pour. There is a slightly mouth puckering sweetness in the finish. The beer is fairly flat in carbonation, but this is typical of the style as well. Most dobbelbocks have more chocolatey presence, which this beer does not. It is overall just a bit too sweet, slightly syrupy in consistency, but the 7.5% ABV is well hidden. There are a few warming notes, but it is quite drinkable. Not bad at all. The brewery should do away with the twist cap, since this has very bad associations with awful malt liquors.

Photo of woemad
2.08/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green 500ml bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew for $4.07 Rear label states beer is "best before 24.04.08." On the bottom of the strange, tonic water-style twist-off cap is an odd illustration with the number 2.

This poured a dark mahogany color with a big, noisy, sudsy off-white head that settled after a couple of minutes. Very little in the way of lace.

The nose on this beer is sweet and brown sugary. Not complex at all. Smells like a really dumbed down example of the style.

The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Big sweet flavor with a very mild, bitter, raisin-like flavor in the background. Is this what a Malt Liquor version of a doppelbock would taste like?

Has a pricky, over-carbonated mouthfeel, and is way too thin in the body for the style.

Possibly the worst doppelbock I've ever had. None that I've enjoyed less springs to mind right now. It's drinkable, but only just. I definitely won't be getting another one.

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Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Bischoff
75 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.