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Löwenbräu Triumphator - Löwenbräu AG

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BA SCORE
87
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-12-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent from Holland and immediately drunk. Smells and tastes like an old ale and a malty brown ale combined. Not too sweet, rich and a sipper. One of the best German beers I have had, and unique for what I have ever had. Complex between the malt and what seems like a German barleywine.

Sammy, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl Bottle: best before the end of Dec 2012, poured @ home into a 'Back Forty Beer Co' badged US pint glass on 23 Nov 2012, it didn't all fit in one pour!

Looks good: mahogany with a red hue, on top a blanket of biege foam.

Sweet malty molasses hit the nose straight away: treacle, toffee and caramel in no particular order fill your senses with pleasure. This is going to be one sweet malty brew and you'll know that before the beer gets anywhere near your mouth.

The rich almost creamy body is all about those malts: luckily they aren't so sickly as the aroma suggested, fruitier and nuttier than full in your face sweetness. Still plenty of those molasses around but they are subdued by the hops and alcohol contents enough to stop them completely taking over and as the beer warms a little the beers true flavours begin to appear. Dark berries, raisins, chocolate, ground coffee beans and Dundee Cake.

Complex, interesting and alcoholic: three of my favourite beer characteristics.

BlackHaddock, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

weeare138, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the Spaten Hof in Munich on March 20, 2006. Strangely, Spaten Optimator wasn't available anywhere?

A: Mohogany, off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: Malty bread, raisin, hint of sherry.

T: Malty: Bread, nut, raisin, prune, chocolate. Slightly spicy (like tettnanger hops), alcohol is apparant. Pleasant bitter-sweet balance.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Smooth.

D: Very drinkable.

I was pleasantly surprised by this offering from the BIG brewer!

I also had this from a bottle, which had more of a burnt caramel flavour, and didn't have as much head retention (appearance would've been a 4.0).

Derek, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought a 0.5L bottle home from Munich last month, and just now poured it into my Andechs glass. The color is dark, opaque blackish brown with a thin tan head. The smell is immensely malty, perfect doppelbock worty aroma. The taste is very sweet and malty, with a long lasting bready after-taste. A bit thick and creamy, a very nice sipping beer.

Surprisingly good doppelbock, better than Andechs doppelbock dunkel in my opinion.

TurdFurgison, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

vfgccp, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a dark copper color, with a fine, tan head. Head lasts ok, in a thin layer, and leaves decent lace. Has a malty, sweet, caramel nose. Pretty nice! Medium body, and smoothness is right there on the tongue! Flavors start with sweet malt, some caramel and toffee... a good robust flavor profile. Not nearly in the same class as Salvator, Optimator, Sammy, or Celebrator, but a nice bier nonetheless... Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

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Bierman9, Oct 12, 2002
Photo of dcmchew
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark amber, tiny head, sticky lacing.
Pretty weak smell, some dark malts, faint caramel and a generic dark fruity sweetness.
Taste is also pretty straightforward. Toasted malts with faint caramel, dark bread crust, hint of nuts. Muddled dry dark fruit, mostly raisin, some berries, red apple and some citrus zest. Spicy feel, with some funky herbs to it, refreshing. Alcohol has a faint medicinal hint, stronger as the beer warms. Mildly bitter finish.
Medium carbonation and body, more watery than other doppelbocks. Aftertaste of fruity sweetness and alcohol (which gets a bit disturbing).
Not a great doppelbock, but a decent one at least. Plenty more better out there tho.

dcmchew, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown that goes oxblood in light with lumpy beige froth that
holds.
Straight up malt syrup nose with dark German bread, molasses and a bit of
overripe banana.
Treacle, black cherry, chocolate cake and cola with winter spice hops.
Fig ending and tightening minty linger. Light to medium, chewy, slight
fizz.

Roasty over fruity, burn not especially well hidden and maybe a bit thin. A
MOR doppelbock - not big and syrupy but not lean and tart. Nothing wrong
with it but I can't see chasing it down again.

StJamesGate, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap- well, it didn't exactly inspire. some decent caramelly malt. But then the soy and stickyness kicks in, and the alcohol is pretty evident. I also got a bit of paint thinner in their aswell. OK, but a bit simple and raw. Very simple and sweet doppelbock, some mollasses.

rastaman, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

Into my beer mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium-thick off-white / tan fluffy head that slowly fades to a film. A deep dark brown, burnt umber colour with lower levels of carbonation evident. A ring of film remains and leaves some splotchy lacing. Colour is quite nice.

SMELL: Decent nose of toasted and caramel malt, toffee and a bit of bread as well.

TASTE: Toasted and caramel malt up front and some sweet toffee as well. A good touch of spiciness in the middle through the finish. Mild but long lasting aftertaste is slightly spicy form the alcohol and has a touch of bitterness to accompany the malt sweetness. Pretty good overall.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Standard for the style.

OVERALL: A good tasting doppelbock for sure, but a little average everywhere else. Nose could be a little bolder, but this is certainly a doppelbock worth seeking out. Recommended.

Jeffo, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : red brown color, with tan foamy head and nice lacing.
Smell : rich roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and roasted flavors with a warming alcohol finish (better in winter).
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Doppel Bock.

thierrynantes, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +1.8%

CoryR, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a deep mahogany red colour. Mocha head poured big, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like top then faded to good thickish covering... barely any carbonation bubbles... lots of thick lacing coats the glass..

Aroma - Toffee maltiness, roasted nuttiness, spicy dark fruits (raisins, figs, prunes, some apples), light pepperiness, earthy notes, cola traces, toasted malt loaf, treacle, light woody traces, alcohol just noticeable...

Taste - Spicy dark fruits (figs, currents, apples, plums), toffee and treacle sweetness, toasted malts, light nutmeg notes, warming alcohol, medicinal traces, butterscotch notes, light pepperiness, some very light hop bitterness...

Feel - Pretty rich, smooth and creamy with just a little sharp bite underneath... medium / full bodied... Very quaffable although pretty dangerous at 7.6%...

Overall - An excellent and nicely balanced German Doppelbock... recommended...

mdagnew, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so I am the person to kick this beer into the top 10, being the 10th reviewer. I loved this beer, so here goes...

Appearance is dark brown, with a little red and a head which collapses and sticks to the glass. A good amount of carbonation is present.

Smell is very malty, which sets 90% of the character of the beer. A top of that there is the chocolaty and molasses smells. The yeast has produced a fruitiness giving some cherries. I also get some earthy hops and smells of sweetness and a full body.

Taste is sweet malty which mild roasted notes of chocolate malt. These roasted notes are quite mild and not sharp in any way. The beer is spicy with some cinnamon and clove. Body is full and mouthfeel is sticky and sweet. Drinkanility is not great, but it drinks faster than expected.

Absumaster, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +1.8%

brandon911, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of TheSarge
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Löwenbräu restaurant in Heidelberg on Hauptstrasse.

I ordered Triumphator in a 1 liter stein, in order to celebrate my return from a half year deployment, so it seemed fitting to just indulge.

The brew came out in perfect form. There was about 2.5 inches of thick lightly colored milk chocolate head, which stuck well to the glass the whole 1 liter serving. The body of the brew is big in body, with a near blackness with reddish hues shining through when held up to indirect sunlight.

Aromas detected were of slightly burnt toast, with hints of a vanilla and herbal medley.

This beer is pretty bold in taste and ABV, but felt a little thinner in body than expected. Also, there was only a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

Overall Triumphator is a very enjoyable Doppelbock. With the ease of drinkability, this could sneak up on one, if not aware of the higher ABV.

TheSarge, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a small beer glass the liquid is a chard red copper with ok carbonation. The head is small, tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is good nice dark fruits and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is good very malty dark fruits a bit of alcohol and some other malty notes of dark chocolate and pepper.

The mouthfeel is nice less then full body slightly pricky but nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good a fine DB to be sure.

Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Löwenbräu Triumphator is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (50-55F). This regal doppelbock pours up with a low, streamlined tannish-white head that royaly rests atop a dark copper-reddish brown body. The head disspates rather quickly due to the alcohol. The aroma is enticingly rich with some melanoidins & toasted grains that's reminiscent of freshly roasted almonds with hints of dark fruitiness (carmelized raisins, chocolate cherries, plum preserves, etc...). The dark rum laced alcohol interplays nicely at the rim of the glass with the other components. The flavor starts surprisingly light with just a touch of spiciness from the Noble hops, then gives way to a solid malt backbone with a hint of molasses. The hop bitterness is just enough to add a near perfect balance to this malted giant. There's just a touch of cheek warming in the slightly nutty-spicy sweet finish. The body is medium-full to lightly full bodied with a touch too much carbonation. All good!

This is a wonderful, classic doppelbock from one of Munich's top breweries. Try pairing this classic doppel with hearty game stew or traditional spit-roasted Schweinshaxn (pork knuckles) and palm frites. Here's to a Triumphator!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +1.8%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of dasenebler
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, best before the end of January 2012.

Pours a dark, clear mahogany. One-finger head is modest, but sticks around admirably.

The aroma is very Lager-like and not as dark or malty as I expected. Some hops, biscuity malts.

The flavor is thickly malty, but not rich or too sweet. Very basic crusty bread and light caramel flavors. Surprisingly well-balanced by the bitter hop action. Bit of coffee. Lacks the dark fruit, toffee and chocolate notes of the best Doppelbocks. The mouthfeel is obviously force-carbonated and a tad soda-like, though with good weight.

A decent Doppelbock. At least the 7.6% ABV is very well-hidden.

dasenebler, Mar 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

NightINgale, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Sellen
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Sellen, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

stevoj, Feb 24, 2012
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Löwenbräu Triumphator from Löwenbräu AG
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.