Tucher Bajuvator Doppelbock | Brauerei Tucher Brau

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Tucher Bajuvator DoppelbockTucher Bajuvator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau
Germany
tucher.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 07-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
252
Reviews:
191
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy leather brown and blood, maron color all in one. A little bit o' head, but nothing to right home about. The smell s a very sweet roasted malt. Reminds me of daddies black licorice, as well as walking into an upscale tobacco store. The flavor defines in a more classical way, how a tobacconist would taste. Sweet and strong with a hint of more adult bitterness. But not hop bitterness.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a dark, dark amber with an outstanding pillow head. The smell is a strong blast of sweet malt that is very inviting. The taste follows in the same footsteps with a sweet, malty quality that is not cloying. The chewy mouthfeel adds to the overall experience. Very nice onthe drinkability scale. It finishes nicely with a slight bitterness that balances the maltiness. A very nice offering.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Ego
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

available @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj

eyes...
2 full fingers of foam, heavy foam as well, deep chestnut color, clingy on the glass like a hooker in a bad neighborhood tipped an extra finsky, the head settles down in a minute but still coats over the beer. very nice.

nose...
mollasses, syrupy caramel, raisins.. wow, this smells alot heavier than many DPs I have quaffed as of late, figs... this is really dark and deep bordering on evil...

taste etc...
a bit hot (ie the alcohol is noticeable), medium in the mouth, not too sweet, the molasses flavor is really noticeable here, a strange element of smoke is also in the mix, not roasted flavor but straight up smoke in the aftertaste, this is nearly all malts but yet deep in the aftertaste you get twinges of bitter on the back of the tongue. this is very subtle and if you don't pay attention you can miss the aspects here in the flavor. the alcohol isn't as warming as I thought it mught be from the initial taste... the taste is pretty light considering this is a DB, and doesn't coat as thick as some DB's. I have to mark it down for that but that kicks up the drinkability score.

verdict?
not my favorite but something I will revisit in the autumn. it has a great nose and looks fantastic but the flavor doesn't seem to hold up to the same standard, it finishes with a nice sweetness like many DBs but not sweet enough to put you off.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze with a significant infusion of brick red and with ripe orange borders. For some reason I always expect dobbelbocks to be some shade of dark brown, but I like this color better. The several finger crown is beige in color and semi-creamy in consistency. A lack of stickiness results in a lack of character as it descends, as well as a near complete lack of lace. Love the color of the beer though.

Given the 'light end of the doppelbock color spectrum' color, perhaps it isn't so surprising that the aroma favors fruitiness over roasted maltiness. There's still a recognizable dark malt center, but scents of big-time roast and cocoa just aren't present. The nose is most reminiscent of strong black tea and dark fruits such as figs and raisins. Interesting, different (but still style-appropriate) and enjoyable.

No surprises on the palate given the first two characteristics. I would say that the bold flavor is surprising, but I'm a fan of this brewery and nothing that they create is surprising to me anymore; it's all good. There's enough lightly roasted malt on hand to impart that classic doppelbock flavor and mouthfeel.

Sweet and dark fruity still overpower all else: sticky dates, figs and raisins swimming in a light chocolate-caramel-molasses sauce. The flavor profile deepens, intensifies and becomes even more delicious as the beer approaches room temperature. The hop presence is cursory at best, although I do appreciate a modestly bitter (still black tea-like) bite on the finish that keeps things from becoming too malty sweet.

No hint of the 7.2% ABV, except perhaps the slightest tongue tingle. Of course that could be the carbonation more than the alcohol. Speaking of bubbles, they're well-behaved while still keeping the mouthfeel somewhat lively. Medium dobbel body with an appropriate gentle creaminess.

Brauerei Tucher Brau doesn't get near the credit that they deserve. All they do is put out quality beer after quality beer and I haven't found one yet that was anything less than delicious and insanely drinkable. Bajuvator Doppelbock is an exemplary version of the style and is well worth your hard-earned money.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Odd size: 16 ounces instead of the usual 500ml. Obviously bottled for American consumption: even labeled as a "Malt Liquor." Thanks to thebeerninja for hooking me up!

Appearance is a deep mahogany with a huge head that fell to a ring with minimal lacing. Slighty cloudy.

Nice smell of malted malty malt, a hint of alcohol, some dark chocolate and a bit of cherry. A little backnote of tangy, citrusy hops, but not much.

Interesting taste -- like a light-weight Weizenbock or something. In addition to all the malt presence, there are some fruit notes, a slight hint of banana esters. Pretty sweet. Makes me wonder if there's some wheat in this beer. Spicey hops come up in the mouth. Gets spicier as it warms, and everything improves. Drink it warmer to enjoy the hint of anise.

Decent mouthfeel, but just a bit thin. Finish is a little chewier, though.

Pretty drinkable.

Overall, it's good enough to make me wish it were available around here.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The mouthfeel on a Doppelbock is a tricky thing -- too thick and you won't be able to drink your half-liter bottle, let alone your full liter Mass . . . yet erring on the other end of things is not good either. This Doppelbock makes that error and is just a touch thin. However, that allows for sublimely easy drinkability.
The taste is very similar to Spaten Optimator, cherry syrup with a pinch of roasted nuts thrown in. Tastey.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany brown with some slight ruby highlights and a thick, creamy tan head that retains well enough. The aroma has a nice malty sweetnesss of caramel and molasses to start off, along with dark fruits (fig, prune, plum), mineraly and floral hops, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol. The flavor also comes out swinging with a big malty sweetness of caramel and molasses, along with a slight roastiness, some dark fruits (fig, plum, raisin), chocolate, honey, burnt bread, herbal and mineraly hops and cream. The mouthfeel is smooth and incredibly creamy, with light carbonation and drinkability is excellent with nary a trace of alcohol. A very enjoyably dopplebock, smooth and rich and not cloying with no trace of alcohol.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A well made dopplebock. Pours out to a dark brown color with a short lived head of white foam. Lacing is present, as is a lower level of carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts, grains and hay fill the nose. Not overpowing, but noticeable. Taste is good; flavors of smokey malts, buttery and dry wheat, un sweetened cocoa and some caramel notes. Nice. Mouthfeel was smooth, but could've been heartier. Still, pretty good consistancy, and easy to drink. This is a worthy German Beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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 SetarconeX
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick heavy malt on both aroma and flavor, not at all heavy on the hops. Just how I like my beers. Finishes clean with a hint of sweetness. The strightforward malts are perhaps a bit less complicated than other Doppelbocks, but that just makes it all the more quaffable.

A respectable member of the world of Doppelbocks. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint bottle. Pours out the color of cola, with a small head. The aroma is bread, caramel, and dark fruit. Malty, chocolate flavor. The flavor is sweet, but not cloying. A nutty flavor comes in at the middle, with walnuts the most noticable. Grape-like fruitiness. Mouthfeel is exceptional. So smooth and malty. Alcohol is well hidden. Low carbonation. This is a good dopplebock, but not quite up to the level of Salvator or Korbinian.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with crimson coming through when held up against the light. A good finger's worth of dense, off-white head with average lifespan and lacing. Sweet and malty in the nose, even when quite cold. Caramel and dark fruit notes are present. Malts, of course, dominate the taste, with a nicely-meshed mix of rich caramel/toffee and chocolate flavors. Hints of smoke and alcohol show up in the nicely lingering finish. The taste only got better as this beer (and I?) warmed, with nutty notes joining the party. I liked this beer from start to finish, but what impressed me most was the incredible smoothness that so perfectly complemented its richness. The mouthfeel was soft and smooth enough to make this a perfectly (and dangerously) drinkable beer, but without muting the complex flavors.

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Photo of sacfly
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red with a thick tan head of medium sized bubbles. Smell is malt, malt, and more malt. Sweet, caramel candy.

First sip is much more mellow than the smell would indicate. Still sweet and malty, but more subdued. Hints of chocolate… comes out more as it warms. Some lingering chocolate, for a minute or so.

Not bad. Good, not quite great, example of the style.

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Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich burgundy or chestnut color with an off-white head. Smells of fruity esters and grapes. Malts are present.
Taste is a very interesting blend of fruits and malts. Strong grape flavors and a taste like bubblegum. Malty alcohol feel to this beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Syrupy and the alcohol is pretty strong. Really a good tasting beer that quenches the thirst and warms the stomach.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$2.99/16.9 oz bottle at Brawleys. Good value.

Dark chestnut burl with sizzling khaki head that reaches up, stays for a minute, then settles to a lasting collar in my sweet new Spiegelau Grande Pilsner glass. Scattered lace.

Aroma is rich and chocolatey, brimming with dark malts, dried fruit, leather, and faint smoke. Nice. There's a notion of spicey German hops in the back somewhere.

Flavor is twice the nose, expressing chewy caramel and scorched brown sugar malts dusted with Dutch cocoa. There's a nice layer of raisin, fig, and date. There's an added level of red berries that appears as the beer warms, a nice surprise. Notes of wood, leather, and smoke add a touch of dryness. It finishes with caramel richness balanced by a nice little nip of floral and Noble hops.

Body is medium, or just south of. Not quite as chewy as Celebrator, but every bit as good. Drinkability is perfect. This beer is definately a pleasant surprise and DEFINATELY worth checking out. Under-rated IMHO.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the Tucher glass ever so slightly hazy amber brown with a tan head which rose slightly but lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with a strong chocolate impression coupled with a very strong dark fruit impression of raisins and prunes. The aroma contained an alcohol phenolic that made the beer slightly spicy.

The flavor was malty with a nice chocolate flavor, but a muted spice and a muted fruit. The flavor really did not back up the promise of the aroma. The flavor was mostly chocolate with some dark fruits and a peppery spice flavor. The flavors were nice but not outstanding nor overly complex.

The finish was just dry with a lasting sweetness impression and a raisin fruit flavor with caramel into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium and the carbonation on the lower side. A nice dopplebock, but nothing outstanding nor complex.

Label says 1 pint bottle, pour did not quite meet the 0.5L plimsoll line on the Tucher glass. Code notches on back label but they make no appreciable sense.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much to my surprise, this is the first Tucher product I am reviewing. Their beers have been available here for quite a while now, so I was thinking I had already reviewed many of them, but I guess not.

The 500 ml. brown bottle was similar in packaging to many other German imports, and the labeling was consistent with other Tucher products, which seems to be another German trait. After uncapping, pouring the beer into a mug revealed a clear reddish brown body with a foamy head of fizzy carbonation. The presentation was clean and typical of the style. The aroma was sweet brown sugar, honey, and Munich caramel malt. The taste was sweet and soothing with dates, raisins, raw sugar, and figs, with a slight bitter herbal hop flavor, and faint smoke. Alcohol warmth was clearly evident, but did not overwhelm. Thick tongue coating mouthfeel was very satisfying, and was followed by a drawn out bitter sweet aftertaste, with a touch of pepper. It was a sipper for sure, but an elegant and restrained one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A terrific dopplebock. Traditional to classic style, this beer looks thick and viscous. Solid brown with ruby highlights, has decent carbonation that formed a tan head that persists nicely. Smells very malty and sweet. Also smells toasty, bready, yeasty, fruity and nutty. Tastes syrupy sweet with figs, dates, prunes, and a bit chocolaty. Alcohol comes through a bit red wine-like. Becomes a bit tart and comples through the body. Nutty and molassas remain through the finish. Also finishes a bit alcoholic, medicinal, and bitter.

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Photo of mntlover
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Want to thank my buddy at the beer store, when I came in he pulled this out from the back and handed to me said he was saving it for the regulars, don't get to buy many beer over 6% in NC yet.

Pours a brown with red tints a one finger tan head falls slowly not much lace but still a fine looking beer.

Aroma is bready malt lots of fruit figs, dates, plums all covered with rich sweet molasses. Some light spicey aromas mix with light alcohol, very rich nice doppelbock.

Taste is just like the smell rich bready malt molasses mixed with caramel in the flavor loaded down with fruit finishes with light spice pepper, cloves, nutmeg mixed smooth but lightly spicey. Slight warming of the body from the alcohol thats almost unnoticable except for the warming sensation it brings.

Mouthfeel is nice feels almost full rich like bread soaked with rum and molasses.

Drinkability is good starting to enjoy this style more now then I did in the past. Very tasty would recommend this one to everyone, enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good doppelbock, but I've had better. Pours with little head, accurate to the style. Slightly paler than I expected. Good smooth carbonation. Sweet, malty smell. Taste has mild dark fruits, candied sugars, molasses and maybe some figs. Kinda thin in the mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good doppelbock, but there's many out there that are better in my opinion.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
Pours a deep brown with golden and garnet hues. A light tan lacing acompanies a somewhat lacking head.
Smell is strong malt, chocolate, dark fruits (figs, cherries, dates). Some cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum balance out the nose.
Taste is very smooth malt, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg. Dark fruits are also present (plums, figs, currants). There is also a very sligh, spicy hop bite.
Overall, I would say that this is a fine example of the style. I've had better, but I've had a lot worse as well.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown clear body with red highlights; a decent head that quickly dissipates to a collar and leaves a little bit of lacing

Smell: Figgy, with chocolate, vanilla and marshmallow elements

Taste: Figs, up front, with subtle undertones of chocolate, brown sugar an cinnamon developing by mid-palate; very subtle hints of vanilla and marshmallow on the finish

Mouthfeel: Rich and full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A first class doppelbock that makes for a wonderful sipping experience; doesn't have the cloying sweetness of some others in the style

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Photo of cro250klr
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good Dopplebock to start with if you've never had one before. I've had some others that seemed to light or the flavors just didn't meld. Tucher is right there. A nice earthy, malty aroma compliments the copper colored brew. The creamy tan head hold on right til the end. Some dopples seem to be somewhat sweet, but not this one. And, at 7.2 abv, I can handle three of these at a sitting. That's with some chow of course. I had this dopple with a soft shell crab sandwich at one meal and with a bowl of bisque at another. This beer pairs well with just about everything. A lot of people rave about Salvator, and it is good, but I would take this one first.

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Tucher Bajuvator Doppelbock from Brauerei Tucher Brau
4.11 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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