Tucher Bajuvator Doppelbock | Brauerei Tucher Brau

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Brauerei Tucher Brau
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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
pDev:
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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9 oz slim Euro-style brown bottle

Appearance: Dark brown beer with just a hint of garnet and thick off white cap that shows decent retention

Smell: Wow! Sweet caramelly malts, strong fruit esters (raisin, maybe bits of plum, hints of grape jelly), red licorice, almost Belgian-like in character

Taste: Rich and malty, lots of caramel, just a touch of bittersweet biscuit, hints of dark fruit, and a tiny bit of minerality and roast on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth

Drinkability: 1, 2, drunk...the abv's kinda deceptive here

Conclusion: I wanted to try this side-by-side with Spaten's offering which I did tonight, because, let's face it, after reading Novick all day, you NEED a drink...anyway...the Spaten let me down; this one, on the other hand, was all I expected...great, rich dopplebock with nicely balanced fruity and sweet malty tastes/aromas...at a great price...need I say more?

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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 roadhouse
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance is dark brownish copper in color with a three-quarter inch off-white head that sinks down to a cap. Pretty nice lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is of heavy caramel malts and toffee with a really nice dark fruit character of raisins and figs.

Taste begins with sweet caramel tones then is joined by a raisiny dark fruit character. Towards the back end there is a bit of spiciness present alongside a mild cocoa flavor that never really quite develops. A bit of alcohol in the far back end.

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty chewy, with a bit of a crisp bite towards the beginning of the swallow.

Definitely not a bad Doppelbock but there's better ones out there. I found it to be a bit milder than some like Weltenburger, Celebrator, and Korbinian. I'd recommend it, but not over those three.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour with reddish highlights to light. Pours with a beige colored head that dissapates shortly after pour.

S: Toasty with hints of choco acompanied by fruity scent almost plumish with a molassy scent.

T: The choco and toasty smell is present in the flavor. The fruity scent is less present in the taste and the alcohol is masked by the great flavors.

M: Full, I found it similar to other doppels.

D: Amazing how the little this seems like 7.2. Very smooth.

I would reccomend this to any doppelbock fan.

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Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pitch brown with thin tan head. Smell: sweet with caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit notes, as well as an import grain character. The import character seems to fade after a couple minutes, good. Taste: also sweet, prune, raisin, caramel, some chocolate and roasted flavors, black cherries, a yeasty pumpernickel, warming alcohol. Mouthfeel: smooth, a little on the light side. Nice German doppelbock, but doesn't match up to Celebrator in my opinion.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, rather dark brown body with a frothy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Sweet and fruity nose smelling of dark, bready, lightly roasted malts and plenty of brandy-coated prunes and dates.

Taste: Sweet maltiness tasting of brown sugar, light chocolate, and homemade raisin cookies. It's plenty fruity throughout. Beyond the raisins, you get prunes, dates, and a bit of dried black cherry. Slight hop bitterness. Splash of root beer. Peppery alcohol component. Final flavors of fruit and molasses on the somewhat drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very mild creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A quality, highly drinkable doppelbock. One of the more enjoyable "ators" I've had.

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Photo of cnally
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dirty brown color with an amber glow at the bottom of the glass. very slight dusting of cream colored head.

smoky, malty, deep mocha smells. alcohol scent is present. nutty as well.

what a malt fest. the flavor is big malt, with slight alcohol undertones. woodsy, peaty flavors deep in this one that resemble the deep flavors of a good scotch.

near perfect mouthfeel, but the texture feels a little hollow and unassuming on the back end.

well, high quality for sure. the best ever? no, but is is a malty treat. the alcohol flavor isn't really well hid. but, overall the flavors are fantastic.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper body with a two-finger head that died slowly and left little lacings. A sweet malt smell, a mix of sugary stuff and caramel. A very sweet taste in a thick and heavy, somewhat syrupy beer. Still goes down smooth and creamy, as I would say there is caramel, honey, gum and maybe butterscotch mixed in with hints of dark fruit (not so much tropical) and very minor hop presence to balance the beer. Finishes with a dry, crisp yet thick and smooth mouthfeel; definitely a sipper. Great beer and one of the better dopplebocks I have tried.

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Photo of Bobo77
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I have tried anything from this German beer company. Wanted something dark and rich so I went with the Doppelbock.

Pours a dark brown with red highlights, like cherry Dr. Pepper. Light brownish grey head.

The aroma - Rich cocoa, molasses, and I think I want to say fig or prunes. Dark cherries, dark fruit in general.

Taste - Nice mellow sweetness, not as sticky sweet as others that I have had. The alcohol seems to be very well hidden here. Sweet roasted malt with flavors of cocoa more than anything else. Chocolate covered cherries. Now I will also make a new descriptive characteristic for doppelbocks such as this that I haven't used before. This style of beer is "tobbaccoey." Yes, it tastes like raw chewing tobbacco, which I find to be a pleasing taste even though I haven't chewed in years. (Of course now I am pondering, is there such a thing as a smoked doppelbock, and if so does it taste like an ash tray?) All jokes aside, while this surprisingly isn't the best doppelbock I have tried (Ayinger and Sam Adams in my opinion make the best ones) this is still a pretty damn good and very drinkable doppelbock. It was also pretty reasonably priced where I found it so I definately will have some bias towards it.

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Photo of nickynick
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tucher Bajuvator poured a dark brown with a nice tan head. The smell was very sweet, hints of chocolate and the faint hint of hops. Taste was of sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel was good, with good carbonation. Drinkability was good, but with all doppelbocks, you have to be careful with the high ABV. Overall I thought this was a very good doppel. Very flavorful. A beer I will seek out again.

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Photo of birchstick
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - chocolaty brown with a tan head
S - very sweet with dark fruits and malts
T - subtle hints of fruit and a lot of malt with a cola quality as well. There is a faint bit of burnt malts on the finish. Delicious
M - full and carbonated just enough to make it amazingly smooth
D - excellent doppelbock. Easy to drink, but the abv will make you keep yourself in check. Definitely will seek this one out again.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a dark brown body almost stout looking until it settles. It has an off white head and a lot of lace.

Smell: It has a very sweet aroma and there is somewhat of a candy smell maybe a little fruity.

Taste: The taste is mainly of sweet dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with lots of carbonation to its soapy body.

Drinkability: As with all Tucher beers I love it.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at State Line with the recommendation of Robert (the beer maestro there). Cheers. Pours dark with a thin head. Sweet and bready in smell. Tastes of sweetness and rich malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth and this is drinkable even with a 7.2% ABV. A real nice dopplebock & I will buy this again.

Cheers.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours dark at first glance,but when held to a back light it reveals deep cherry reds and burnt coppery highlights. The head is small and almond,leaving a disappointing amount of lace as it drops to a thin covering. The nose is sugary and sweet with some brown sugar and caramel shining through. This Tucher Doppelbock is just what I want when drinking this style,big malts,rich caramely decadence,fully ripened dark fruits and gritty/earthy yeast. The low carbonation keeps focus on the bold flavors and smooth creamy body. This is one to seek,luxurious stuff,reminds me why I love good beer!

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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 Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, with ruby highlights. Head is initially thick and frothy, but dissipates quickly to form a thin white ring.

Aroma is dry, powdery malt. Plenty of dark fruit and a touch of chocolate.

Taste is roasted malt, bready with generous dark fruit and a pleasant earthy nuttiness. Brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate. Finish has a yeasty spice fruitiness with enough alcohol presence to add a little heat.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth and silky.

Full of dark fruit and earthy character. Flavor is balanced and unified. Yeasty spice adds a nice touch in the finish. As it warms a smokey roasted quality is retained on the pallet.

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Photo of morimech
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with 1.5" of off-white head that did not have very good retention. Very little if any lace is left on the glass surface during consumption.

Complex aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit, peanuts, and alcohol. Very interesting and every time I took a whif I could smell something different.

The taste does not quite live up to the aroma. It is still delicious however. Sweet, milky, and fruity with a hint of alcohol on the finish.

Does not have a great mouthfeel. Overcarbonated and lacks a creamy mouthfeel that would put this over the top.

A very good Doppelbock and worth seeking out. Big ABV limits consumption but I will definately buy this again when I feel like a big malty beer.

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Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper with nice dark ruby red highlights and a thick and creamy head with some mild retention and light lacing.

Smell was full and strong with hints of chocolate, honey, and cedar.

Nice big sweet and malty doppel flavor up front that quickly fades into a smooth and even bit of woodyness, leaving behind hints of chocolate, maple, alcohol, and a touch of minty hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with a bit of stickyness in the finish.

A very nice doppel from Tucher.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It poured a very dark brown with a 1 finger tan head that became a meduim lace that left some light sticky spots on the glass.

S- It had a little milk chocolate aroma that was a little sweet, but quite muted.

T- There was more chocolate and caramel flavor that was pretty decent, but slightly thin.

M- There was medium to heavy carbonation creating a lot of tingling, but again on the thin side.

D- I drank a pint and didn't need more in a sitting.

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Photo of yael6666
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, i really mean WOW... im not a pro, but i`ve tried a few dopplebocks and i thought i will never taste a better dopplebock than the salvator...

A. Just amazing, you can see the carbonation bubbles dancing to the top like if they where happy to be part of this poem of beer. It is a dark "amber" color. It shines for itself, and when watched behind a light it turns in a scale of browns, from the darkest in the bottom of the glass... to the lighter one in the top of the glass.

S. You can pretty much smell the alcohol, the malts and notes of syrup i think.

T.Great, great, great... the best dopplebock i`ve ever tried, one of the best beers as well. It has a very sweet begining, again with notes of syrup, hops, and fruit.

M. It could be better, i think that the low carbonation makes it a little bit watery, but with that amazing flavor its almost impossible to critizice this beer.

D.It goes down by your throat like if it was sprinkle water, its almost impossible to stop drinking it, though a guess that if you have more than three of this, your senses will fail..

PROST!!

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Semi-sweet malts, toffee, and candied fruits.

T = Sweet malts, toffee, and dark fruits mingled together. Sweet bread and warming finish.

MF = Very smooth. Full bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall, this was a great doppelbock and seemed to become even better with each sip. One of the best doppels that I've tried.

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Photo of FleeVT
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt long brown bottle poured into a mug.

A: Rich mahogany that allows deep maroon light penetration around the edges with a quality cream colored head.

S: A little bit sweet, a little bit dairy, and a lot of malt. Think milk dud or chocolate malted shake from DQ. As it warms I pick up some fruity sweetness and alcohol reminiscent of brandy.

T/M: This is a full viscous beer with a silky texture and a beautiful alcohol backbone. The malts come through right up front, again with lots of dairy, some butterscotch and a hint of chocolate. An extremely complex palate that fades into a warming comfortable dose of alcohol with trails of black pepper.

D: A fantastic instantiation of the style. The nose put me off a bit at first, but as it warmed up, really grew on me. Note to self, keep the fridge stocked with this.

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Photo of Portertime
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great doppelbock by Tucher. Enjoyed it chilled in my Duvel chalice. Poured a clear, reddish brown with a little head. Smelled of candied fruit, some caramel and a bit of toffee. Taste was similar, nicely balanced with syrupy viscosity and a warming finish. A hardy brew that I coud enjoy after any fine meal.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly viscous dark chestnut with nice clarity and a relatively short head that fades to a swirly cap. Richly malty aromas, with toffee, cinammon, caramel, and even a touch of mint. A bit bready on the end and not hot at all. The taste is equally malty, and even a bit winey. A little thinner than one might expect, but very smooth. The maltiness has notes of raisins, chocolate, light spice, and a bit of herbalness. Nice. Drinks well, but it is rich, although quite smooth. Also, unlike the nose, the taste has a little bit of alcohol heat as well. Still, a very nice Doppelbock.

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Tucher Bajuvator Doppelbock from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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