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It's Ash Wednesday which means it's Dopplebock season.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by fx20736, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. fx20736

    fx20736 Advocate (685) New York Mar 7, 2009

    Originally Dopplebocks were drunk by German monks during Lent, so in their honor I am drinking an Ayinger Celebrator and o, my is it tasty. Tomorrow is Weihenstephan Korbinian.

    Who else likes Dopplebocks?
  2. BeastLU

    BeastLU Advocate (595) Virginia Dec 20, 2012

    Dark Horse coffee dopplebock is great for the current season.

    But yeah in general these beers are my most preferred lagers.
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  3. Sneers

    Sneers Savant (455) Pennsylvania Dec 27, 2009

    I love doppelbock. I haven't had one in a while, but 'tis the season.
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  4. Dopplebocks were some of my early craft beer favorites. Ayinger Celebrator, Spaten Optimator, and EKU 28 are all some of my favorite "comfort" beers. Making me want one now!
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  5. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (475) California Nov 20, 2010

    The same for me. Doppelbocks have a soft spot in my beerheart because they were the first style I latched on to when I was getting in to craft. I still revisit old favorites like Celebrator, Korbinian, and Asam Bock all the time. Some of the better American versions I've had are Thomas Hooker's Liberator and Victory's St. Victorious.

    Thanks to this thread, I'll be purchasing a few doppelbocks on my next trip to the store.
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  6. I have to try the Korbinian, My favorite is S'muttonator.
  7. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Advocate (590) Minnesota Oct 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Like several others in this thread, doppelbocks were the first style of beer I truly enjoyed (namely troegenator). I'm taking a few days off from beer after overdoing it a bit the last few days, but I'll certainly break a couple bocks out before lent is over. Don't sleep on maibocks either come spring!

    Quality thread.
  8. Korbinian
    Ettaler Curator
    Troegs Trogenator is a respectable American Version
  9. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,165) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Capital Brewery in Madison,WI makes many fantastic Doppelbocks.
  10. Celebrator is freaking divine.
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  11. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,255) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    Love German Doppelbocks.

    Top Shelf for me are Celebrator and Korbinian.
    Will happily drink an Optimator or Salvator though.

    Don't care for the vast, vast majority of American attempts.
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  12. benbking

    benbking Savant (415) Rhode Island Dec 11, 2009 Beer Trader

  13. wesbray

    wesbray Advocate (550) Alberta (Canada) Feb 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    I love Celebrator. Can't think of many other dopplebocks i've tried (or that I could even get here).
  14. underrated style
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  15. dgugliuzza

    dgugliuzza Savant (270) Illinois Nov 11, 2009 Beer Trader

    Such a wonderful and classic beer style. This thread reminded me that the season is upon us and I couldn't be more excited. Hoppin' Frog just released a dopplebock that sounds intriguing.
  16. acevenom

    acevenom Advocate (555) Louisiana Oct 7, 2011

    I'll definitely have a few doppelbocks this Lent. This is still one of my favorite styles.
  17. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    I'm sure there are some really good American ones out there, but honestly none come to mind. And my guess is that the best ones couldn't compete dollar-for-dollar with something like Optimator.

    The four you mention are top quality, pretty available, and really well priced. Beyond them, though, are a few others I like to get from time to time, just to mix things up:

    Doppel Hirsch- not a great value, but still up there in quality. Tremendous nose, too.

    Augustiner Maximator- more of a bock-plus. Pretty elegant for a doppelbock, it doesn't bowl you over but really shines if you are having 2 or 3 at once.

    Schloss Eggenberg- as pricey as Celebrator, and definitely not in its league, but take that out of the equation and it represents a nice balance point between power and finesse.
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  18. darky

    darky Savant (270) South Dakota Apr 16, 2010

    Celebrator and Optimator ftw. I haven't had Optimator in nearly a year, time to fix that...
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  19. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (675) California Dec 29, 2008

    I just got a bottle of Grand Teton Double Vision Dopplebock. I'll definitely have to throw it in the fridge since it's apparently the season for it.
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  20. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Gotta go with the og, salvator. On another note as a Knight of Columbus I whole heartedly wish I could fast this lent and sustain myself on doppelbock until easter... ;)
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  21. Liquid Bread! I will have to grab some celebrator. That is such a great beer.
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  22. fx20736

    fx20736 Advocate (685) New York Mar 7, 2009

    had a korbinian last night. It was great.
  23. Bung

    Bung Champion (765) Michigan Nov 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    American versions, Bells Concecrator is descent. The Capital stuff is good as well.
  24. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,310) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Subscriber

    I enjoy them on odd occassion, never heard of the Lent business.. had a Smuttonator last night which quite nice..

    So it's officialy doppelbock season or rabbit season? or is that duck season?

    Good time of the year to be enjoying one without question.
  25. As mentioned above, I would put Capital Dark Dopplebock right there with the German's. Tastes alot like Optimator but a bit better to me.

    Love Autmnal Fire as well, but i do not think of it as a classic dopplebock.
  26. Korbinian, Celebrator, S'muttanator are all kick ass. Haven't seen S'muttanator in a bit though.......