Christian Moerlein Doppelbock | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein DoppelbockChristian Moerlein Doppelbock
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Christian Moerlein DoppelbockChristian Moerlein Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-03-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by GoreStorm:
Photo of GoreStorm
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, not much of a head after a few seconds.

S - sugar maltyness and burnt/dark roasty grains.

T - allright, some burnt brown sugars here, not a whole lot of depth really.

M - a bit syrupy, not much else to speak of.

d - pretty good, not too heavy really. the high alcohol could be a deterant for some but that never stops me...i got a 6 pack of this for only 5 dollars on sale, at that price this is a good buy. there are many better DBs though

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark opaque brown pour with just a small ring of head around the top. Deep ruby tones peek out when held up to the light. Roasted grain tones with some rich, sweet caramel and molasses along with some fruity tones. Nice, but a bit too subdued.

A big, dense roasted malt character hits upon the initial sip. Sweet caramel and notes of chocolate, molasses and a hint of dark fruit. Just a hint of hoppiness on the way down. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is fairly full and quite enjoyable. The carbonation is lower and makes it easy to consume. I could see this being a session doppelbock. Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 and Christian Moerlein for donating these to our BA gathering!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with light tea notes to the color. Light, off-white head tops the beer and slowly melts to a ring of off-white bubbles.

Aromas of toasted malt, brown sugar, and a touch of coffee fill the nose.

Taste is both toasted and burnt amber malt, brown sugar, a little dark fruit, lightly hop bitterness on the end, and alcohol.

Aftertaste of burnt sugars and alcohol.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sharp acidity from dark roasted malts dominates this beer, and depending on how you look at it, either detracts from it or gives it a certain amount of originality. As far as the style goes, however, I think it's a bit too acidic. There's just not enough malt there to back it up. Not that there's not malt there, because there is!
It pours a clear, dark-chestnut body with glowing ruby highlights beneath a full head of frothy ivory colored foam. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some very nice lace as well.
The nose is a bit limited, but some fruitiness and a touch of burnt caramel are present.
In the mouth it's medium-full, and it gently caresses the tongue with a somewhat restrained carbonation.
The flavor offers dark malt acidity, notes of burnt caramel, mild toffee, cocoa, and some dark vinous fruit. The alcohol, however, is nicely cloaked. It's rich and full flavored to the point of sticking in the mouth, but the alcohol cuts through and cleanses the palate. It finishes somewhat nutty (including peanut skins) and bitterly cocoaish. The final lingering note is dull astringency. It's almost there, but somehow unbalanced.
Final dregs: Grab it at a party, try one at a bar, but don't just go grab a case of it until you've decided it's for you. And you might just think that... it is quite unique! Besides, it works really well with a greasy char-broiled pork chop and buttered vegetables!

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Photo of shbobdb
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours looking like a fine doppelbock -- a dark, opaque reddish-brown with a fluffy off-white head that quickly collapses leaving behind a delicate lace. The mouthfeel is full and rich, as a doppelbock should be and, for 7.00%, this beer is very quaffable.
The taste is of chocolate and prunes and is very very good when the beer is cold. However, as the beer warms, a pronounced 'dog-food' flavour comes out. The smell follows the same pattern. The taste remains, overall, quite pleasant, but I just can't get past the kibbles-and-bits aspect of it.
Not bad for the price, but, come on. Spend the extra few bucks, it's worth it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark brown, with a small off-white head. The first thing I smelled in this beer was chocolate. I can also smell malt, brown sugar and toffee. It's a very sweet smelling beer. The flavor is very sweet as well, with it tasting like chocolate, caramel, toffee and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is on the medium side, and it's a bit creamy. It goes down pretty smooth, and you can't taste the 7% ABV at all in this beer. Overall I think it's pretty good, it's definitely something I would buy again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut color with bronze edges. Thin off-white foamy head disappears very quickly. Slight roasty, caramel and chocolate nose. Some roasty, toffee and caramel flavors. Smooth, not much bitterness. Somewhat buttery. Medium body, with low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for a dopplebock. Needs a bit more character, but still decent.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $4.99 for a 6-pack from the Party Source...

The beer pours a hazy chocolate colored base, small white head, good retention, minimal lacing. The beer shoots into your nose a blast of sweet malts.

The taste is solid, a little too sweet maybe, the malt is very secondary but it is a nice flavor altogether. The M&D get solid marks, very smooth going down, but the sweetness will have me wanting something new after the second one.

Final Thought: Not as good as their Dunkel or Hefeweizen, but this still gets my approval and C.M. is a damn fine brewery!

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Photo of Trancelogix
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained during opening night of BockFest '07.

Appearance - pours a dark amber, like maple syrup. Despite an elevated pour towards the end, the beer goes into the glass with an uncanny smoothness. Some head does finally form, but it ends up a partial cover only.

Aroma - sweet breadiness, almost cookie-like. Some distant roastiness and caramel. Not especially intense but appealing.

Taste - full malty profile. Sweet with caramel, roasted flavors accentuate nicely with a subdued hop presence at the finish. Some well-concealed alcohol finally emerges, winding down with a roasty, sweet warmth.

Mouthfeel - appropriately smooth and slightly heavy. Carbonation is a bit below average, good levels.

Drinkability - at 7% abv, proceed with caution! Tasty enough but I would reserve sessioning for at home endeavors, unless you intend to sleep in your car until 4 AM, but who does *that*?!?! ;->

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's one of those beers, that to hear the description, would sound dead-on a Dopplebock and be delicious to drink. But, there are a few subtleties that keep it from becomming a strong Dopplebock continder. The brew is sweetly decorated with strong barley malts and reinforcing chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. A light smoky quality swirls around a nearly thick brew. Appropriately hopped and weighted, the beer never really comes together. The meldedness, age, and balance never really works out. The flavors seem too separated and are easily descernable from one another. Great Dopplebocks are greatly melded and balanced. Morlein's never shows a classis dark-fruit flavor that is usually present. Though not unpleasant, there are better Dopplebocks out there.

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Photo of jkaufman
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a tankard.

A: Dark brown, mostly clear; has a light tan head that is retained throughout the drinking process.

S: Caramel, some roasted malt, alcohol.

T and M: Is relatively sweet, somewhat balanced (alcohol bleeds through a little too much), but the body is way too thin for a doppelbock. Goes down smooth and is well-carbonated.

D: Very drinkable.

Not a good representative of a doppelbock, but drinkable.

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Photo of witflee
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Using my right hand, I wrenched off the cap with a chapped thumb and poured it into a bar glass imprinted with a Guinness Draught logo. Heresy! I poured at an unforgivable angle and got a very thin sudsy head. Hints of an indiscriminate wet beer in the bouquet, sipped a long noisy quaff, discovered suggestions of brown sugar, pancake syrup, and rye bread dough minus the caraway seed. Hey, not bad! Ripped some cd's with iTunes and didn't pay much attention to the rest of the beverage until I listened to "Parachute Woman" by the Stones and realized my head was already buzzing, hey, is this really 7.0 ABV? So I wrenched off another cap, executed a much nicer pour, what the hell is lacing, can't reviewers just say head? As far as color, nice caramel-colored body, if caramel was burned on the stovetop, plus a drop of red food coloring. I am really liking this Dopplebock. Even though Lent is over, I could subsist on this brew until Easter, especially if it is cold and damp outside, but it's not, it's warm and sunny, and I have to plant some hostas and spread some weed-n-feed. In theory this beer will go well with my lunch of cold leftover spring rolls (heresy!) and then it's off to the yard. By now I could use a hammock...

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Photo of becktone
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Eye: Pours a beautiful deep deep iron ore red. Much like the color of garnets and just as clear. Dark copper also works. Head is more tannish than white, creamy in appearance leaving some splotchy lacing as it receeds before my eyes to finally rest at one finger's width. Pretty decent retention.

Nose: Big malty aroma here. Hints of caramel, and a slightly light smoked character. No chocolate aromas apparent, however there is a lightly roasted aroma. Hops are not detectable in the aroma. Very full aroma, thats the best way to describe it.

Tongue: Caramel is evident in the taste. Sweet malts take the foreground of this brew. A very tiny bit of alochol is perceivable. A bit of some metallic tastes in there, could be due to poor shipping-beer splashing against the cap? That seems to be the only flaw, whether due to shipping or just because its there....

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is one very very big beer. It fills the mouth, creamy and very heavy on the palate. Chewy. You know when you sometimes accidently put too food in the mouth and then you can't really chew it because there is too much food in there, if you did chew you might end up swallowing food that has not been chewed; Its a little like that. It just fills the mouth up. This beer is very drinkable, worth the money, check it out.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red, almost black, color with three huge fingers of off-white foam. There's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell has a decent amount of roasted malt too it, and a little bit of a caramel aroma, but not much else going on. The taste is about the same. The flavor is good, but there isn't much of it. Just some burnt malt flavors. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery. The drinkability is good for a 7% brew though. A big thanks to Brewdlyhooked13 and Christian Moerlein for providing this for our BA gathering!

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear dark copper color with a decent head that disappears entirely after a bit

S - rich sweet malt aroma with some accents of dark fruit and a touch of oxidation

T - taste is much like the aroma, sweet malt with raisin and plump accents; some alcohol noted on the finish with no real noticeable hop flavors

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a fairly average doppelbock. It's not unpleasant, but not very remarkable either.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gift from the brewery, through brewdlyhooked 13 for the IN/KY gathering a week ago. The beer pours a medium to dark brown with ruby hues. A finger of head falls to sit atop the beer. The nose is roasty, with a slight chocolatey sweetness and a hint of coffee, though overall, a touch light. Not big and bold enough for me. The flavor follows the nose, with roasty nutty tones first, followed by some mocha sweetness. The flavor is also a bit creamy. The feel is nice and thick, with a moderate carbonation. I find this to be a nice, moderately full flavored doppelbock. The flavor and feel are very nice. I'm impressed. Much more than I had anticipated with this beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brutalist
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierBand
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK.... so the next night of Cincinnati's BOCKFEST after the parade... The Bier band played to packed house at Bockfest Hall 2007.... formerly the Rhythm & Blues Cafe. The BOCK was flowing that night... I had tried the Hudy Bock for nostagic reasons.... but it wasn't quite robust enough for me.... so, I tried the Dopplebock from Christian Morlein.

I brought my 1 litre stein because The Bier Band gets FREE BIER.... hehehe... OK...OK. I slept in my car until 4AM.... but it was worth it... I had a great time.

The dopplebock arrived with a 1" off white/tan head the color was a deep copper/amber.

The nose was nicely malty and robust.

The taste was lighter than say, my dopplebock of choice (Spaten Optimator). But it was much stronger than the Hudy Bock (single bock...). I preferred this over the Hudy. It had a nice malty taste with slight hints of apples and coffee.

The mouthfeel was nice and heavy.... although not as much as Optimator. Good carbonation and nice aftertaste.

Drinkability.... well, I had 4 litres over the course of the evening.... but that's easy to do while playing trombone all night with The Bier Band... and then providing the "Earth Wind & Fire" treatment to American Standard.... Thanks guys.... I had a blast!

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