Tucher Bajuvator Doppelbock | Brauerei Tucher Brau

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Tucher Bajuvator DoppelbockTucher Bajuvator Doppelbock
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Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 07-17-2001

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4.1
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Photo of bobhits
2.23/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I decided to mix this up and pour it into a small snifter. This pours deep cloudy red giving off ruby hues around the rim, nearly flat though. At best there’s a touch of dark head on the top but as soon as it shows it is gone.

The classic sweeter side of a stout without the nice robust coffee. Sweet fruits, plumbs, raisins mixed in some molasses.

I have a hard time describing this one. It tastes like hops well WELL faded mixed into a highly mature malt. The malt has the dark fruits that don’t crescendo with the sweetness I expected. The finish has hops but they don’t bite or bitter, but they seem to finish the malt sweetness.

Surprisingly carbonated and rather light in the mouth feel. Almost watery to a degree.

This beer is really off what I think of in a doppelbock. It isn’t as rich or sweet and it takes on a lot of odd flavors I’m not used to as well. It isn’t bad, but it is far from good. Very far….

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste: bold, strong alcohol kick with a malty and hop presence.
Complex fermented grains with a hint of sweet malt in the nose.
Dark amber and semi opaque with a amber head with tight bubbles and carbonation. Full body with some kick.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reddish-brown lager. smell is of caramel, toffee, a little german spicy hop. taste is not very much to my liking - too much caramel without the accompanying sweetness. the feel is nice though - thick but without being syrupy. I could easily drink another. I just wish the sweetness was half-way between this and the sweetness of the SA double bock.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes--
Poured into pint

Nice deep reddish brown. Tan head is thick and frothy with decent lacing.
Really sweeet caramel smell... slight fruit/banana/herb smell
Taste isn't as sweet as smell leads me to believe. Still sweet, but thought it smelled better than it tasted.
This coats my mouth with a medium body that seems a little undercarbonated to me.
Not bad, but I probably won't get it again. It could be worse, but this one just isn't for me.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a dark brown with reddish tint, and a tan head that lingered well and left good lacing. Aroma was malty sweet molasses, with hints of toffee, chocolate and roasted nuts. I could tell that this was probably not going to be my favorite. Flavor was dominated by the sweet molasses, and the consistency was syrupy thick. Finish was the same as you would expect from a spoonful of syrup. This beer was not particularly bad, just a little too sweet and thick for my liking.

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty with a touch of sweetness. Taste is rather mild with some maltiness and finishing bitter. Feels creamy in the mouth. A bit heavy on the stomach for continued drinking. Overall this is an average brew.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very dark red-brown with a two finger mocha head that dies too quickly.

The aroma is very odd - bitter chocolate, toffee and coffee with just a little malty sweetness.

The flavor left me going back to the bottle to make sure this wasn't coffee infused. The coffee notes are very, very strong, with some chocolate thrown in - mocha beer. Unfortunately it all tastes a little too burnt and bitter. Some hoppy sweetness but it's not a major player.

It feels a bit watery, far thinner than I expected. The carbonation is fine but if it were creamier it would have added apparent body to the beer.

Nothing special for me. Too bitter and the flavors aren't the caramel/toffee malt that I've come to look for in a dopplebock. Not offensive, but definitely not a favorite.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chocolate brown, medium visibility with a nice 1/2 inch head. Subsides to thick suds cover. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Roasted chocolate malts, toffee, and brown sugar. Some nice earthy tones in the nose.

Taste: Chocolate, caramel and a little soy nuttiness. Some good front palate bitterness with a nutty malt aftertaste. Light raisins. Earthy undercurrents, almost like a muted peatness. Lots of toffee and molasses developments. A little thin across the front and middle palates.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, but a little watery at times. Fruit and bitterness keep this drinkable. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, but a little underdeveloped and thin for my tastes. This beer certainly has the balance of flavors, but not the richer mouthfeel and heavier malts appropriate to the style. In a lot of ways, this aspires to Salvator, though the latter is still a better doppelbock for my money.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a considerable head with slightly off-white color that dissipates into a few small clusters of foam. The beer's color is a dark red-brown, but lighter than most other doppelbocks I've had.

Smell: There is heavy malt odor, as expected, but also detect some brown sugar mixed with "lighter" fruits such as grape or dull, cut apple.

Taste: A much "brighter" sweetness than other doppelbocks (Wiehenstephaner, Celebrator in particular), almost floral in taste. In fact, it's so sweet that it's almost cloying. You can interpet the doppelbock style in any number of ways, but this highly sweet doppelbock isn't what I'd focus on as a mainstay of the variety. Lighter fruits appear in taste (think apple, unripe pear) with a bit of honey (faint) and alcohol (also faint).

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light on the palate, confirming that this is not a "heavy" doppelbock. Carbonation is mid-level and seems just fine for a beer of this thickness and sweetness.

Drinkability: I found this interpretation of the style to be too brightly sweet and light for my taste, though I can see others preferring it to the "heavier" varieties. I would appreciate some "darker" complexities and balancing out the fruity sweetness somehow.

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Photo of TheDM
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine light brown bubbles and a semi transparent dark brown body. With a mild malt aroma, this beer starts slightly fizzy with roasted caramel notes and a smooth finish. The head left a nice lacing. This is not a bad Doppelbock, but there are better ones out there. You can taste the alcohol in this brew after only a few sips.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Esters mingled with roasted malt. Some peppery notes as well, and the slight hint of what to my nose smells like soy sauce. I’m sure there is a better beer term for that, but I don’t know it.
Appearance: Was aiming for about a finger of head, and ended up with about three fingers. A tan head settled down into a thin coat of bubbles of various sizes. With good back lighting, a deep dark red with good clarity is shown.
Flavor: While this is an enjoyable beer, the balance is a bit too far to the malt. While a strong malt presence is required for the style, this just overplays the hand slightly, and leaves the beer a bit over-sweet. The toasty character is enjoyable but the aftertaste is cloying.
Mouthfeel: Full body, a touch chewy, with an alcohol prickle.
Overall Impression: Just a bit too sweet. The malt is good, but in my humble opinion, it needs some more hops to even out the balance. I don’t want to give the impression it’s a bad beer, there are some nice qualities, roasted malt, a nice aroma, but just not the top of the style.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very respectable Dopplebock, but not as explosive in terms of flavor that I look for. Appearance is a hazy, yeast-filled, flat brown leather. Aroma is definately enjoyable with a big caramel maltiness, but I wanted a sharper complexity with dried fruit and burnt sugar. The taste is very conisistant with other German dopples, but the maltiness was intercepted by some fusel alcohols that didn't smooth it out in the finish. Either way, a very nice dopplebock, but since there are so many other GREAT german dopples (i.e. Mahr's, Korbinian), I will prefer the others I have tried, and continue exploring the great world of Dopplebocks.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear brown / burgandy color with a 1" head that fell slowly to a spot or two of surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: light roasted malts and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: lots of roasted malts, prunes, honey, caramel, and a bit of nuttiness. Alcohol is slighlty noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, leaning towards a syrupy finish. Medium-heavy in body. The maltiness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable, but personally this beer was less impressive than I thought it would be. Worth a try.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice doppelbock. It looked especially delicious, with its darker and cloudier than normal dark red bronze body. The foamy cap was khaki in colour and stuck around for a good 45 seconds before falling to become a 5mm thick blanket over the liquid's surface. Yes, this is a beautiful doppel to look at. I can't wait for doppel weather to return! Smell is plenty of caramel and toasted cereal, this guy is all malt, for certain. Taste, sadly, while very nice indeed, is very average for the style. I was hoping for so much more from this one. Mouthfeel is quite lovely, as well, being very solid, and while not exactly what I'd call "thick", it's certainly full bodied. While the taste did in fact leave a little to be desired, I think I'll still go back for more of this when the leaves start to change colours again!

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Photo of granger10
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was definitely one of the lighter dopples I have tried and it didn't really have that German Dopplebock characteristic that most have. It was full in body but not thick and syruppy. There was some caramel but lots of yeasty nutty flavor. Finish was dry and quick. Not really that impressive but not bad either.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like a creamy dessert. Very malty and creamy yeast. Syrupy but thin. Not a top 50 beer but refreshing at end of summer night. Beats a coffee. Not much else there. Brown with malt cream dark cloud head. Aroma is alcoholic kick with caramel toffee and yeast.

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Photo of John
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich mahogany color. Head is nonexistant, rather disappointing. Aroma is huge. Sweet bread dough, caramel, toffee and molasses. Taste is sweet with chocolate, creme brulee-like caramelized sugars. Notes of thick toffee, caramel and molasses come to the forefront. Liquid sweet holiday bread. Alcohol is slick and warming. Mouthfeel is substantial, even grainy. Carbonation is low level. The end of this brew is a little like a flat cola. A decent doppel but not in the same class as most German doppels or many US brewed for that matter.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/2 finger head with a light brown color fizzles away quickly. The beer itself is a dark murky reddish-brown.

S: Sweet malty smell you would expect from a doppelbock

T: Again, Sweet and malty with a sharp alcohol bite. Slight nuttiness. leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Very little carbanation but goes down smoothly without seeming flat. Not as heavy as others of this style.

Overall, this beer is decent but not as gratuitously malty as I would like from a doppelbock.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1-pint brown bottle poured into pint glass. $2.39 bottle price. Numbers 2,4 and 16 are notched on label.

Appearance: deep dark brown rootbeer colored body with 1/2" beige head which quickly breaks down with fizzy carbonation. Lacing is rather spotty and limited. Carbonation can be seen immediately below the top layer.

Smell: boozy figs, dates, bittersweet chocolate and faint tobacco in the distance.

Taste: sweet pitted fruits and alcohol with cola flavors. Hops come in to even things out. Licorice,
raisins and bittersweet chocolate all appear.

Mouthfeel: slightly buttery and a bit overcarbonated. On the thin side for a doppelbock. Pretty well balanced.

Drinkability: flavors and mouthfeel are very midstream, nothing overly special. One is nice, while two or more would seem like overkill.

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Photo of ajs4bd
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter for a tasting 2-18-09

A - Poured a slightly cloudy amber. The head was average with good lacing.

S - Somewhat strong aroma compared to other doppels. A few aromas jumped out almost immediately: a bit of a heavy maltiness that smelled of hay. The hops were average for a doppel, but had a noticeable resin smell. Also smelled of sweet figs, dates, and even a hint of wood.

T - Overall a very good taste, with the same flavors as were in the aroma. Lightly sweet, but nothing overbearing.

M - A very full body compared to other doppels, primarily due to the relatively lively carbonation. The small bubbles provided a creamy mouthfeel.

D - A good doppelbock all in all. The mouthfeel was a big plus for me. The fact it felt thick compared to the others I had at the tasting was a nice change.

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Photo of Brent
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malt and more malt. Gigantic caramel presence, backed up by the hefty 7.2% abv. Certainly lives up to the designation "strong" doppelbock. Still, quite smooth and easy to drink. I had difficulty getting a good feel for any underlying complexity, and the beer tended to be a little one-dimensional. A quality doppelbock, just not my favorite so far.

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Photo of karait95
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice brown color with some reddish glances when against light, good head beige color that dissipates slow enough leaving not much behind.

S: You can smell the alcohol inside and behind that a faint sweet aroma also you can sense the toasted grain.

T: Very nice flavor, balanced, an slow transformation between sweetness and bitterness, also a bitter chocolate combined with alcohol sensation.

M: As doppelbock you can feel alcohol in the mouth, bitter and then dry sensation at the end that lasts some time.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, this is a mottled review. The beer was completely flat...the bottlecap seal was leaky. This beer pours out clear, yet very dark brown, mahogany in color, much darker than other dopplebocks I've had. Their is no head, lacing or retention secondary to the lack of carbonation. The aroma is vinous and sweet, like a port, with an intense smell of prune juice, raisins, maple syrup, rotting black cherries, vanilla extract, and a hint of dark molasses...wow..this reminds me of Sam Adams Triple Bock. Despite the heavy aroma, the mouthfeel and body are suprisingly light, and the sugar content is less than expected. The bitterness is extremely mild, and the mouthfeel is smooth. There is a distinct hint of smoke towards the finish. There is a pleasant warming sensation as it goes down the tube, but the lack of carbonation feels gross. Despite this, I can tell this is a quality brew and am excited to try a fresh bottle. Update to follow...

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bronze in color with ruby lighting, pretty cool color, but not nearly as attractive as it should be due to a super-fizzy head and sheer lack of lacing. Bubbles like a soda and fizzles out..

Aroma contains some dark fruit but more of a ripe phenolic fruit character. Lots of brown banana alongside raisin. Munich-style malt for sure.

The flavor is really aggressive, and a little off-putting to me. Very sweet, with overripe fruits such as macerated date and bruised banana taking the lead. Finishes with a sharp metallic bite of carbonation and a hint of herbs to offset the malts even the tiniest bit.

Body is fine, carbonation is strangely active given the head situation. For style it's maybe on the light side of medium. I find the black tea-sweet dark fruit flavor here to be a little overwhelming and not up my alley, but no one can deny an interesting brew. Try it for yourself.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a dark mahogany/garnet red with a nice one finger tan, creamy head. Smell is surprisingly malty and grainy, as is the taste. I was expecting more of a caramel malt profile, but this reminded me more of an english porter, similar to the St. Peter's Old-style I had yesterday, than a dopplebock. Mouthfeel is almost harshly carbonated, but it's tolerable. Overall an interesting beer, seems a little out of character for its style, but still enjoyable. Worth a try I suppose.

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Tucher Bajuvator Doppelbock from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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