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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
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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 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 karait95
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown color with some reddish hues,looks good but head is not as big as it should be, dissipation is medium and traces are not many on the glass.

S: strong malt body with high alcohol and toasted malts well made but nothing really extraordinary.

T: flavor is very aligned with aroma, malty heart supported by high alcohol, toasted malts are the center.

M: balanced sensation with some sweetness at the beginning and little bitterness at the end, nice lasting ending with structure.

karait95, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +1.8%

stevoj, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of 6string
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

6string, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
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
Photo of seanyfo
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle bought at Ambrosetti in Berlin in late September 2010 poured into my Spaten seidel

BBE 01/2011

A- Mahogany brown body with excellent clarity, off white 3 finger head that reduces to 1 but is sustainable! Lacing is average to minimal

S- Lots of toffee, caramel, biscuity sweetness. An underlying dark roasted metallic munich malt note, focus is definitely malt sweetness.

T- Toasted malt coming through first and lingering throughout with a chocolate malt note underneath. Perhaps a little plum fruitiness in there too. A little hop bitterness in the finish gives a semi dry finish. Alcohol very well hidden, smooth

M- Clean lager finish, low carbonation, perhaps a touch thin on the tongue, but that is picky. I think the best way to describe it is it has lost a bit of liveliness due to age!

D- Not a malt bomb in my view as its doesnt have a rich malt sweetness on the tongue. Toasted malt more apparent with a decent hop bitterness in the finish. This reminds me more of a higher abv Munchen dunkel. Very enjoyable though.

seanyfo, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, in the classic Lowenbrau signed pottery glass, at a local pub

A- The head is dense and creamy but does not seem to be very big. After some sips it has totally receded, leaving a decent lacing. It then appears (it was a pottery glass) that the colour is a deep dark brown

S- Toasted malt, then sugar and caramel. Maybe a bit smokey to compensate for the sweetness

T- Actually not as flavourful as i expected. The malts are dominant, bringing a toasted feel and some caramel, but there's not much else (maybe some weak herbal notes from the hops) and the preminent sweetness gets a little boring

M- As for taste. Not as much as i expected. The beer is weak on the palate, nor crispy nor really strong for it's ABV. That's the mouthfeel of a dunkel. Still decently smooth and pleasantly dry

D- An easy drink. It leaves a slight metallic aftertaste on the palate that may hurt the drinkability. Have a sip of water once in a while to wash it away

Honestly, i was a bit disappointed. This beer is good, but lacks personality

Cozzatoad, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, clear reddish-brown color. The large, light brown tinted head has a very dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and some nice rings of lace stick to the glass.

S: Very malty aromas up front - brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Rather sweet, with substantial fruity notes of plums and raisins. Lightly bready and faintly nutty. Minor notes of spicy/herbal hops.

T: Maltiness reigns supreme here. Brown sugar and caramel are primary, but there's a firmer bready character lying underneath. Fairly sweet. Fruity notes of raisin, plum, and some apple peel. Hop bitterness achieves a nice balance with the initial sweetness. Some light herbal flavor. Alcohol is evident to a degree in the finish.

M: A bit more than medium bodied. Carbonation is lightish and fairly tingly. For some reason, there's a bit of a wilting character to the overall impact of the mouthfeel.

D: A very nice doppelbock. Not in the upper echelon of German doppelbocks, but well done with a good balance of malt sweetness and light bitterness. The mouthfeel was the only thing that seemed to need some improvement, but it's a pretty minor quibble.

Clydesdale, Jan 22, 2011
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 engisch
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle of beer I got on my way out of Munich.

This beer pours a deeper brown than it's lighter Dunkel brother and has it's same high clarity. The head on this quickly disipates leaving what looks like dark iced tea. The smell is of malts. The taste is of malts, with little light carbonation. This isn't my favorite dopplebock as that would probably be Celebrator from Ayinger, but this is not something to pass over, as it is still quite tastey!

I would have to call this a "Triumph"!

engisch, Jul 27, 2009
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 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 wahhmaster
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l Staropramen branded mug.

Appearance: Dark and cola-like in color. Thick, pillowy head that dissipates quickly leaving impressive lacing.

Smell: A lot of roasted caramel malt smells in here. Nutty notes come out a bit as well.

Taste: Strong, roasted flavors up front. Then, an assault of alcohol taste that definitely hits you strongly if you're not expecting it. Very good all around though.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, but not as smooth as other doppelbocks. A bit heavy on the carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid doppelbock, one of the best I've had. I would definitely try it again.

wahhmaster, Mar 17, 2009
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 WJVII
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Reviewed from notes while in Germany) The description of this beer said "Black Bock Beer" but this beer had a reddish tint to it, dark, nontransparent with a 2 in tan head with limited lacing on the glass. The aroma of this beer was of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee notes. The taste was a little doughy, but had a good balance of chocolate sweetness. It was extremely smooth going down with a caramel back note. This was one of the better beers that I had on this trip (had in the basement of the glockenspiel at Ratskeller bar/restaurant).

WJVII, May 09, 2008
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 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 ohmybock
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in Stuttgart several years ago at the Mathäser pub. It was so good I went back two more times. This is a wonderful doppelbock which I have never seen in the USA. I had tried some of the "Lowenbrau" bottled beers available in the States previously and wasn't impressed whatsoever. However, this doppelbock was fantastic! Give this one a try if you ever see it!

ohmybock, May 28, 2007
Photo of InDreams
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from Munich in a 500mL glass and cellared about 4 months (so not too long), then poured into a Pilsner.

A: Poured into the glass producing a nice half-inch of tan head, which left a very minimal amount of lacing, but lacing nonetheless. As my experience went on, the head would dissipate to a few millimeters of tan crown. The beer was a very fine dark reddish brown...quite enticing.

S: Try as I might, I had a lot of trouble bringing out the aromas with this particular bottle. Perhaps it was due to my having brought it back from Munich and aged it, as the first one I had, back in Germany, had more of an aroma to it. Regardless, it was somewhat sweet and malty, with a bit of caramel and dried fruits, perhaps raisin...

T: So damn smooth. Very, very pleasantly sweet, with a roasted caramel malt backbone and plenty of dried fruitiness, again like raisins. I'd say it's pretty bready too, with a tad bit of spice on the back end from the hops. Very balanced all around, although admittedly I've aged this awhile, perhaps contributing to the smooth taste and nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied and super smooth, with an almost syrupy quality to it. Not much in the way of carbonation.

D: Superbly drinkable, with the balance and smooth quality. Again, I've aged it, so that contributes, but as I remember it in Munich, fresh, it was just as good.

InDreams, Jan 12, 2007
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 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 mobyfann
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .75EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 21.05.2005

Pours a dark brown base with a huge fluffy white head, average retention and a few laces on the glass. The smell is bold of malts and has a crisp fresh aroma, very impressed.

The taste is a wonderful sweet malt taste, not heavy at all. This is the lightest doppelbock I've had plus it is really smooth on the palette. The alcohol is rich and non-existent, I could drink these for hours and pay for it the next morning.

Final Thought: This might be the best doppel out there with a strong competiton with Schneider-Weisse's Aventinus.

mobyfann, Jul 08, 2005
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 bierman2000
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A malty dangerous highly drinkable Dopplebock. This is straight from "vom Fass" at the Lowenbrau brewery. It is a deep brown that is a bit sweet though not as sweet as the Paulaner Salvator's that I have drank here in the U.S. It goes well with pretzels and sausage and is very delicious and refreshing. The alcohol is noticed when one has had 2 Masses and tries to quickly stand. Word of caution: Watch out it hits you swiftly.

bierman2000, Apr 09, 2003
Löwenbräu Triumphator from Löwenbräu AG
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.