Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #9
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,950
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.41%
Reviews:
353
Ratings:
588
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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  64
Gots
  62
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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Photo of shambeano
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.

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Photo of jwp777
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

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
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!

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of faraday326
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours dark 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. 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.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
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

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Photo of laketang
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.

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Photo of Pivopijak
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of cardfan212
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.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
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.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
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.

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Photo of Atriplex
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+.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
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.

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Photo of OlaB
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.

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Photo of BrodyGaston
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
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!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, well, Weltenburger - been a while since I’ve sampled your fine wares with Baroque looking dudes on the labels, Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock is no different - this guy even looks like he’s drunk a few Doppelbocks too. Ahhh, Doppelbocks, the double goats of the beer world - full of kick and malty character [not sure if that analogy works - are goats malty? They’re pretty salty, so it almost works]. I love a good Doppelbock - my fav is currently Weihenstephan’s Korbinian (Dallas... cheeky Besson reference there!). Korbinian is up there for me - I’ve got it ranked #16 in my personal top beers, that’s some fierce competition for Asam Bock, I don’t think it and the surly gent on the label will be bold enough to take the Doppelbock crown, but then again we never know and that’s why I do what I do.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stein.

A: Yep, that was a hard pour... sorry, this’ll take a while to go down - fortunately these reviews aren’t live. Colour is a clear deep molasses caramel with a nice classic German cappuccino foam head, tan colour, which stands tall and proud to my bemusement. 8/10.

S: Macerated figs, toffee and caramel provide the highlights of this heady and sweet aroma. Slight metallic note in there provides an unwarranted distraction. Hints of earthy tones and chestnut too. It’s a pretty damn tasty aroma (apart from the metallic note), however it’s more on the sweet side compared to Korbinian (which was more thick and bready in the aroma). 8/10.

T: Less macerated fig, more toffee/caramel/molasses from start to finish. Thankfully not as sweet as expected - the sweet/dry balance works well here. There’s a touch of smoke, and earthy/nutty tones leading towards the finish which has a slight tobacco leaf note. Not getting so much of the metallic character noted in the aroma, however sweet flavours generally drown out metal ones, so I’m guessing that’s what has happened here. On par with Korbinian flavourwise, most impressive. 9/10.

M: Not quite Korbinian here though - body is just a touch thinner - still medium bodied, and it gets denser as the carbonation flattens out, though Korbinian is a bit creamier there. 8/10.

D: Weltenburger Kloster have put up a really top Doppelbock, though they fall short of Korbinian, this is still an enjoyable brew. Very toffee/caramel/molasses-centric, so if you like those flavours here’s your boy ;) 9/10.

Food match: Münchner Weißwurst mit pretzel und senf, ja hündinnen!

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

Rich dark brown color, mahogany on the edges, foamy tan head. Aromas are stone fruit, caramel, and the slightest bit of booze.

Taste is dark cherries, with caramel and toffee flavors, too. This is delicious, IMHO.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, moderate, harmoniously rising carbonation, and topped with a finger of beige head.

Smells of caramel, molasses, deep and malty goodness. It smells lot like rye bread.

Tastes sweet with a dark, smooth, rich maltiness, molasses, rye and pumpernickel breads.

Rich and smooth body, with a perfectly complimenting foamy carbonation that makes a rich beer go down smoothly.

Got this one sent up from Bangkok, and I'm drinking it at home this Nov 9th, 2017. Excellent brew, my new favourite for the style.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this one sporadically for over several years now. Probably a good sign... It's a nice one to come back too.
Look: Has that nice, very dark ruby/rust color to it. Has a very light tan head that dissipates quickly and settles into a subtle ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: The smell goes a long way, I poured it in the glass and stepped aside to grab something off the counter, returning and reaching to it I caught a soft wisp of toasty malt and raisins. Closer inspection, has a bit of caramel, maybe some dark stone fruits.
Taste: A nice sweetness over medium toasty malt. A hint of caramel, a pretty firm grape and raisin presence. A hint of dark cherry. A bit bready. Maybe has a little black tea on the end.
Feel: A touch of creaminess accompanies the medium to light body. Not a sticky bock, but more of a dry one, which is very nice in my opinion. Sometimes the stickier mouthfeel of bocks gets a little unpleasant at times. It's cool this one avoids that.
Overall: Well, I think this should all sum up why I grab one of these on occasion. It's a pretty solid doppelbock. Well made and has some interesting marks (such as the lack of stickiness on the mouthfeel) that help it stand apart from the crowd.

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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 588 ratings