Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock
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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #9
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,194
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.41%
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
599
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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  68
Gots
  66
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: The Weltenburger Asam Bock owes its name to the ingenious, baroque painter and master builder Cosmas Damian Asam. The malt-stressed goat exudes light roasted aromas that give a hint of coffee. Friends and connoisseurs appreciate it especially for its strong-sweet, very aromatic and persistent taste until the finish. With its 6.9% alcohol content, it is the strongest beer from the Weltenburger family.
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Beersnake1 from California

4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from fridge temp. Almost no head, and pours a very dark brown. Nose is super malty. Bread, pizza dough, toffee, apricots, peaches, raisins, candy, brown sugar, and chocolate. Wow - what a smell! The taste is incredibly complex and deep. Raisin bread is my first thought, and I love raisin bread! Hard Christmas candies, toffee, yeast, brown sugar, dates, figs, and maybe a touch of licorice. Definitely some dark chocolate coming through. This beer starts sweet but definitely leaves a slightly (and really nice) bitterness. This is such a well-crafted beer. One of the best doppelbocks I have ever tasted, and one I will seek out again. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Just keeps me coming back for another sip. I don't want this bottle to end!

Jan 17, 2021
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep mahogany coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of bready, roasted, caramel, malt and rich chocolate and dark fruit aromas of raisin and figs, as well as hoppy earthy and herbal accents. Taste is an excellent balance of rich bready, roasted, caramel malt, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, with notes of raisin, fig and dates and bitter, herbal and earthy hops, as well as hints of coffee and licorice. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and some roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits and earthy hops lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

An excellent Doppelbock, one of the best I've had, actually, and I've had a lot. What makes this so great is the incredibly deep malt complexity that is in great balance with the hops at the same time. So while this has got quite a rich, sweet character to it, it's balanced rather nicely against some some bitter, earthy hops, meaning that it never feels too cloying or one-dimensional, making for a very satisfying brew that feels a bit decadent, yet still well-grounded at the same time. Overall, a very enjoyable Doppelbock with a rich and complex, yet subtely balanced character.

Oct 24, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep clear dark brown with a ruby glow when held to light and a poofy tan head holds up well depositing great lacing on the glass
Aroma: Warm brown bread, earthiness, rich toffee notes, and more layers of dark, bready maltiness
Taste: Toffee and brown bread come on strong with the backbone of more rich malted barley and some earthiness. That sequence continues until finishing with another punch of sweet dark malt and more earthy presence
Mouthfeel: Full, soft, silky, and very clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a velvety finish with zero dryness, harsh aftertaste, or noticeable booze
Overall: This is outstanding. An extremely delicious doppelbock with huge dark malt presence and just enough earthiness to keep it from being sweet. It hits all the right notes for me for the style including a killer mouthfeel that is silky smooth and soft, while staying very clean. Tasty and recommended

Oct 14, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts, dark fruits. Taste is the same as the aroma, a bit boozy considering the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it's decent, but I was expecting more.

Aug 29, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, dated 30/04/2020. Poured into a weihenstephaner stein glass.
Look: Pours a dark cola browny-black, a rough pour leaves about 2cm of bubbly off white head that sticks around for ages. Looks okay.
Smell: sweet malt, caramel, a bit of raisin and dark fruit, a little bit of roastiness as well.
Taste: sweet malt straight up, a little caramel and burnt toffee, there is a touch of roastiness as well, and something a touch nutty (maybe), definitely some raisin as well.
Feel: It feels thick. Carbonation is not doing too much.
Overall: A little sweet for me, but a lot going on.

Mar 12, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle:

Pours a dark brown with a somewhat thick creamy head. Color resembles roasted nuts. Some lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts with some dark fruits. Significant earthy notes as well.

Taste follows the nose. Earthy, roasty, malty, and a good bit of sweetness that balances out the roasted characteristics.

Feel is smooth with a slightly thick texture. Finish is relatively short and dry.

Overall a fantastic beer. Love the German stuff

Mar 02, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown viscous pour. A substantial roasty, sweet doppelbock. The roast transition to sweetness is delicious. Have a stein of this after an alpine event--now that's a day!

Feb 14, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark nutty brown with a hint of burgundy around the edges. Head is a finger of khaki foam. Aroma is toffee, plums, figs, raisins, molasses and caramel sandwiched in-between toasty, nutty, earthy, caramely malts. Great breadth of flavors, including sweet and lightly bitter. Flavor profile is figs, raisins, toffee, plum, caramel, chocolate, molasses and sugar with nutty, toasty, earthy, bready, caramely malts for support. It tastes sweet and full. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a light pillowy texture that melds well with a slight sharpness up front. Overall, big and sweet with a lot of presence and volume, this is a great beer. Lots going on for the ABV level.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 500mL bottle.

Feb 12, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours dark mahogany with lovely thick creamy head.
N: for me its instantly appetizing. Malty, bready, almost exactly what you hope for from this style of beer.
T: The dark, caramel, maltiness with lots of dried dark fruits like raisins or prunes. Low on the bitterness w/ a touch of sweetness. If you want me to complain it's a touch simplistic but its really good.

Overall, this is an awesome beer worth trying, and visiting, and revisiting.

Jan 08, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle - a bit of age on this one - my bad.
Pours a clear deep reddish brown with 2 fingers of creamy dark tan head.
Aroma is up front malty - caramel, a touch roasty, raisin, plum, and definitely bready.
Taste bready malt, caramel, toffee, sherry notes, raisin, and hints of licorice - just a touch of bittersweet booziness - alcohol soaked bread pudding.
Full and creamy mouthfeel - warming and smoothly satisfying.

Dec 19, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Currently ranked #9 in the Top Doppelbock beers list.

BOTTLE: 50cl brown glass bottle with pry-off crown cap. $3.65 USD plus tax at Martin Wine Cellar, Metairie, Louisiana. Imported by S & H Independent Premium Brands, Denver, CO.

6.9% ABV.

Bread...some toasted crust, bready malts, brown bread. Caramel. Residual sugars. It nails that bready sweetness (doppel)bocks are known for right on the money, but there isn't as much depth of flavour or complexity here as you'd find in the best beers in the style (e.g. Andechs; Schneider Weisse).

A bit plain to my taste, but certainly in the camp of "beers you could fast with." Nourishment more than intoxicant, which is true to the style - yet as aforementioned, other breweries/monasteries manage the liquid bread aspect of the style while also being tastier and more intricate.

Balanced though admittedly on the sweet side. Drinkable and enjoyable - just a bit simple and plain.

I do like it but I wouldn't buy it over Andeschs or Schneider Weisse. Maximator is easier to find in the U.S. than this, and it's better priced to boot. And, of course, Celebrator is widely available so it's tough to justify buying this again.

A worthwhile and true to form expression of the doppelbock style, but not as rewarding as many others that cost less and are easier to find.

Full-bodied and filling. Unrefreshing. Smooth. Wet. Aptly carbonated.

Maybe my bottle sat on a ship for too long; it's good but not great and I don't consider it amongst the best in the style by a long shot.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Dec 17, 2019
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laketang from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown but clear, has a foamy head and good retention and lacing.
Scents of toast, burnt caramel. Tastes of prunes or raisins, malty sweetness, low bitterness. A tad dry with the alcohol at 6.9%. Soft medium finish, low carbonation.
I enjoyed this example and will revisit again sometime.

Nov 30, 2019
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle (into glass)
Slightly tan firm head. Deep brunette color with dark orange highlights. Rich roasted caramel aroma. Full bodied with a roasted malt & grain taste.
Also, had to mention that I had this on tap in April of 2016, near where it is brewed in Kelheim, Bavaria. It was in Regensburg, across the street from the cathedral, at lunch, outdoors, at the Weltenburger am dom restaurant. Perfect scenario for this beer.

Oct 02, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Printed code on label is '34711216'.
Clear, amber brown colored body. Beige colored head, which sticks around. Leaves behind partial sheets of lacing.
Aroma is dark bread and caramel, with some fig dark fruit.
Taste is spicy brown bread, brown sugar, caramel, with a side of fig and raisin. Lots of malt, no bitterness.
Creamy, medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
This is like a bread pudding of beer, shows a little sweetness.

Jul 12, 2019
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - Pours a deep dark brown that almost looks black from certain angles in certain light. The head is thick and dense, made of tight small bubbles, forming almost like an espresso foam.

Smell - Pumpernickel bread, raisins, cherries, baking spices. Like a warm pie cooling on the windowsill. Similar to a Belgian dark ale without the yeasty funk.

Taste - Heavy and rich. First thoughts of chocolate ice cream. Gently rolls over into a slightly smoky roasted malt flavor, almost on the verge of nearly burnt toast. In between the chocolate ice cream and burnt toast, thought, there's an almost invisible metallic tasting transition. The taste lingers for near infinity, an eternity of loveliness.

Feel - I was expecting a bigger, more bombastic body, something thick and chewy, but instead it's fairly thin and fragile. The carbonation gives it a mild creamy texture.

Overall - Lovely and intriguing. Catches your attention and never lets go, even long after the bottle is empty. Fun to dig into and really enjoy, a true slow roller. As amazing as it is though, I can't picture myself having another for a while. It is a deep dive, worthy of reflection.

Jul 06, 2019
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass shows a reddish hued opaque brown body and floats an inpressive 2+in cream colored head of mixed bubbles an leaves erratic lacing.

Aromas and flavors of roasted barley, brown sugar, and fresh air, and a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium with a slight aftertaste of roastiness.

Overall a great example of the style.

Dec 29, 2018
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brewerburgundy from California

4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, tulip, 19.12.2018 on the back label.

This Bavarian bring back is visibly bubbly and garnet hued. All those bubbles make a roughly textured pale tan head.

Mounds of dark, figgy fruits and an almost woody maltiness fill the aroma; dried cherries, prunes, currants, spiced bread pudding.

Cherry wood and layer upon layer of chewy, hearty malt. The complexity is amazing, as is the lack of sweetness. It’s mellow and woody, tasting of raisin, buttered rum, and bread pudding.

The body is not slick, not chewy, but substantial, and it has to be to throw down with the carbonation. Ultimately a balance is struck.

A king of Doppelbocks is what we have here. Asam Bock is refined by I’m sure many many years of brewing and is a must for aficionados of the style or serious beer people.

Dec 20, 2018
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Atriplex from Idaho

4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, I cheated, had this poured as draft at Prost! pub in Boise. So good, just so good! Gives Rochefort 10 a real run for the money.....The kegged brew is actually better.

Really a desert, special treat beer. An Icewein Bier, if you will. Just malty, heady goodness in a glass. Be sure to warm it up to 50F+.

Nov 14, 2018
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RichardLeahy from Australia

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 500 ml bottle into glass. L. Dark brown, 1 inch light tan head with reasonable duration. S. Some caramel sweetness and grain. T. The best bit. Caramel, sweet and toffee but not sticky or cloying. Lingers for a little after taste. F. Medium body, light carbonation. O. Very good, genuine older style dark beer.

Sep 21, 2018
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep veiled dark brown color with a copper hue and a bit of activity. Soft creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good legs and swirl reaction. Flavors of toffee, sweet barley, dark berries, clove, banana, light molasses and cherry, with herbal hops. Smooth and light silky medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, bready and heavily sugary, slightly sour and vinous, with some leafy hops and a pleasant fruity profile. Lots of spices, slightly earthy. The freshness is average, more filling and warming, bold for the ABV. Good for desert or even as an appetizer. Nice complexity and balance. Overall high quality craft.

Jul 05, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apparently forgot to rate this one on the site. One of my old go to brews in darker times of beerdom. Rich toffee, caramel, bread taste is wonderful compliment to the malt backbone. Little thinner than some others, but still nice, in fact almost creamy.

May 30, 2018
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OlaB from Norway

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice top of creamy off-white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some nice sticky lacings on the glass. The aroma is rich with strong notes of bread,caramel, plums,raisins,coffee and brown sugar. The flavour is sweet and sugary with notes of dried and dark fruits at the start with a good amount of roasted malts in the back that also gives strong notes of caramel and some smaller notes of coffee. The finish also brings some bitterness in the flavour mixed with roasted malt flavour. Rich and well balanced taste with a strong and long aftertaste. The mouthfeel gets a hint to weak considering the strong flavour, but it is soft and creamy with a medium carbonation and a full body. Goes down amazingly well.
Is with no doubt in my own opinion one of the best doppelbocks out there.

Mar 31, 2018
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BrodyGaston from California

3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like how this has a sweetness - almost maple-like aftertaste. Good example of a German doppelbock, this one leaning toward the chocolate and coffee notes that have become popular in American craft brewing, but not going quite so far out. High but not crazy ABV, not really noticeable. Good beer I think.

Mar 18, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coorstek clear, dark reddish brown with carbonation. It has a creamy, mocha head.
Smells of caramel malt and grain.
Big time ease of roasted, nutty, Carmel malt with a slight hop bite in the end. Slight essence of coffee, molassas and chocolate.
Very smooth with medium mouthfeel. A wonderful bock.

Mar 13, 2018
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sokol_1993 from California

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark brown, with a good head at first but dissipated quickly, almost no lacing.
Smell: sweet caramel
Taste: Very sweet, strong malt back, caramel, dark sugar. Little hoppiness.

An excellent bock!

Mar 11, 2018
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 599 ratings