Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of FBarber
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark dark brown but is burgundy when held to the light. Thin frothy off-white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head or lacing.

Smell has notes of dark fruits, dried raisins, plums and dates. Some bready malts come through on the nose. Bit of alcohol on the back end.

Taste follows the nose with those dark fruit flavors and a nice bready malt backbone coming through. A tad sweet - with a coca cola like flavor. Bit of bitterness on the back end from bittering hops that quickly mellows into a bready/oaky lingering flavor on the tongue.

Feel is light and drinkable. Prickly carbonation.

Overall a really nice doppelbock.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good balanced beer but not very complex. This is not the best doppelbock I've had but it remains a pleasure to drink with toffee, cinnamon, a bit of green apple and a light herbal character

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Photo of aleigator
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black, a very dark, yet vivid, brown color with ember hints and a foamy small head, soon vanished into a glass coating lacing.

Smells of spicy licorice, rustic bread, dried plums and bakers chocolate. This forms a very intriguing, well balanced and complex nose, relying on a rich, diverse maltiness. Honey and toasted hazelnuts, together with just a dry whiff complete the aromas in this, hinting to a well brewed, tasty beer.

Has a soft, vivid carbonation, showcasing a medium bodied beer, which puts its focus on the malts theoughout, while producing an amazing depth of flavors, soothed by a nice whipped cream fluffiness.

Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, rustic bread crust, old pepper hulls, earth and marzipan. Awesomly complex, sweet but with an earthen balance to it, which makes it possible for the flavors to develop flawlessly, enriched by the soft carbonation, which lets the beer glide gently over the tongue. Licorice sets in after the swallow with a short Coca-Cola like sweet peak, immediately toned down by bakers chocolate, a prominent and sudden dryness and rustic bread.
The finish provides another reference to the supersoft mouthfeel with a sparkly carbonation hint in it, gently complimenting to earth and toffee - rustic and well-rounded.

Awesome Bock - rustic, sweet, malty, earthy with an intriguing depth of flavors to it, which tend to benefit from each other the whole time. There is even a short, warming peak to be found, hinting to the bigger body of the beer and its purpose of being a very drinkable, unique winter warmer.

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Photo of brureview
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark cloudy brown color in a Pilsner glass with a 3F head.
Aroma: intense. Deep chocolate, malt, with a touch of sweet dough.

Mild body, light carbonation.

Taste: deep chocolate and malt followed a light Bready finish.

Wow! One of the finest Doppelbocks I have tasted in a while. The depth of flavor and aroma in this beer make it a standout in the style.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

PUMPERNICKEL is a kind of bread and this is a bready beer. One of them beers that drinks like a meal innit. It's rich, it's brown, it comes in a stern German bottle.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown to the naked eye, but held up to the light, shows off a beautiful deep ruby red. A fine little tan head recedes then persists around the edge of the glass. Smells of toffee, caramel, pumpernickel bread, and a faint tart fruitiness. Tastes very similar but a dominant molasses flavor binds all others. Feel is rich, good carbonation, slightly sticky and just overall wonderfully sweet. Overall, this is still my favorite doppelbock, and should definitely be seeked out by any that are fans of the style. Prost!

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Photo of qrazvan
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown colour pouring with significant head and carbonation. It has a thick consistence.
Coffee and caramel smell, which are also present in the taste. Sweeter than other German bock beers like Schneider Tap 6.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep, dark coffee colors form with a beige head of 2 fingers. 100% opaque.

Roast malt, molasses, rye bread, black licorice...in that order of loudness.

Charred rye bread crusts, tons of black strap molasses, plums, more dark breads like pumpernickel, black licorice. Ends on the black licorice and some smokey malt.

Feel is carbonated and thin, on par for a lager, with a very wet feel and a smokey finish.

Overall I was hoping for more with this beer, as it's pretty hyped here. A bit overrated in my opinion. I've had better Doppelbocks both foreign and domestic to the USA, namely Spaten Optimator and Wasatch's Devistator respectively. I thought it was okay. In fact okay is the word of the day for this beer. Not terrible, not good...just...uh, yeah. Actually finding it hard to finish this one as it's a bit too harsh on the licorice and metallic malts.

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Photo of safaricook
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some beige foam, small bubbles, cola colored body, clear
Aroma is caramell, sweet plums, banana bread, no booze
First impression is that this original German Doppelbock is more dry than many of its fellows from other breweries. This seems to accentuate the roast character of the beer, there is caramell as well but less, hop bitterness for balance is notable but only at the late aftertaste.
The body is on the thinner end of this sometimes almost sirupy style and there is a great warming from the alcohol
I think I have found a new reference for the style that I most of the time find too sweet but not this nice offering. Hope to get it more often.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark cola colored beer, too dark to see through. Originally poured a large 2 finger head, very silk and sudsy though it subsides down to a film.
S: Very complex. Tons of raisin, some cherry, cola, toffee, and caramel. Very sweet aroma, very inviting.
T: Follows the nose with dark fruit notes, toffee and cola. A touch of crisp bitterness on the finish rounds things out.
F: Definately a bit heavy. The beer is well rounded though, acrid almost porter like coffee and chocolate notes lend a touch of astringency, however the beer is still quite drinkable despite its monstorous body.
O: Really was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Its definately on par with Ayinger, which is my own personal gold standard. A sipping beer that is marvelously complex yet still easy drinking.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut body with a creamy tan head. Lovely aromas of brown bread, lightly spiced, malts, dark fruits. Breads, earthy. A hint of bitterness on the back end. Mild sweetness. Leather and chocolate notes. This is an outstanding example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An inviting soft, wonderfully simple, yet complex beer. Asam-Bock is "liquid bread" German style; lagered for a season to be enjoyed in another.
A lively full head, these dark malts announce themselves in the nose, to me, as chocolate and dark fruits. Along with those smells, the taste is both bittersweet and nutty. The bitter is just enough to hold it all together in a pleasant finish that is, amazingly, soft. (Is it abbey water?)

Why is this so hard to craft States-side ?
Listed in the "1001, Asam-Bock deserves to be there.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Meal replacement, indeed.

Pours a very dark cola colour; even the most aggressive pour can't muster more than a finger or so of head that recedes quickly. Smell is rich, malty (malted milk!), chocolate, sweet, sweet malt, slightly milky (not lacto-, but milk chocolate); taste delivers on these same flavour notes--what's interesting is how rich, decadent, and sweet this is, despite an attempt to dry things out with some of the malt notes. Bready, slightly doughy, and some faint herbal character. Syrupy, dense, moderate carbonation.

I like it; it fits the style. It would be absurd to complain it's *too* heavy or rich, because that's basically the style, but I'm okay with having this beer exactly once in my life (though, to be fair, I've felt similarly about *every* doppelbock I've tried).

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Photo of mncoinman
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Initial whiff was a combination of traditional bock malt and something that reminded me of a whiff from a milk carton that you are wondering if it has expired (and thankfully it hasn't!). Pours a dark brown with a slightly foamier head than typical bocks. Tastes indicate good munich malts and fairly dry. Excellent lacing. Mild carbonation (typical). I could drink this on an occasional basis. But its not very cheap. A decent bock but my preference is a little sweeter.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Best before 2016-04-20.

A: Deep brown. 3.5 fingers high of head and retained.
S: Soybeans. Mildly caramel.
T: Soybeans. Caramel. Chocolate. Medium sweetness. Low bitterness. Finish with chocolate like flavor but was short.
M: Medium light bodied. High carbonation.
O: Unique and complex, quite good.

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Photo of TH28
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. No discernible date. Appearance: Deep brown with ruby red tint and a thick khaki head that lingers. Aroma: Raisin, cherry, fig, toasted bread, and a touch of alcohol. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, toasted bread prominent, with a strong dark fruit flavor reminiscent of plum and dark cherry. Moderate bitterness enough to balance the rich malt. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with some creaminess for the style, moderate carbonation, and a hint of alcohol on the swallow. Finish: Toasted bread lingers long after the swallow with a touch of fruit. Overall: On the low end of a Doppelbock intensity scale, closer to a traditional bock in that respect. However, the rich dark fruit aroma in flavor more in line with Doppelbock. Either way, an outstanding beer. Complex aroma and flavor profile, balancing the toasted bread Munich malt character with well developed fruitiness of plums, cherries, and raisins.

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Photo of MrBoz21
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, nearly opaque with mahogany/crimson ribbons that shine through. Light white head that quickly settles to persistent skiff.

Light lager aroma with notes of plum and malt.

Smooth balanced taste with low hops, sweet malt, stonefruit, plum and raisin.

Well carbonated with velvety mouthfeel.

Excellent beer ... a go to for this style. Balanced, smooth and delicious.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour. Malts, toffee, and slightly nutty aroma. A little spicy as well. Medium to heavy-bodied, malty and sweet antrunk but phases to a pleasant slighty bitter hop and nutty aftertaste. Crisper towards the end.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served cold from 500ml bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Deep chestnut brown with a reddish tinge, opaque and 2cm off-white dense head, fades quickly to 1cm. Wasn't expecting the dark colour, this is my first dunkel doppelbock.

S) Rich, deep fruity malt odour, reminiscent of some strong English ales. High ABV is evident too.

T) Very dense dark malt flavour, hints of burnt malt and of hop bitterness. The burnt flavour builds after the drink.

F) Thick mouthfeel for a lager, although very fizzy. Bitterness in the aftertaste. Lots there.

O) Wow, what a bier! Strongly recommended to anyone.

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Photo of Suds
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, deep, reddish-brown in color with a fantastic, thick and tan head. The aroma is moderately malty, with a clean, lager-aroma as well. Full in malt flavor. Earthy and slightly nutty, with a rich malt backbone. Excellent!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice bubbly and foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a bit of tan and light brown lacing behind. The beer itself is a nice opaque dark brown color that just screams "heavy drinking, buddy."

The smell and taste are very interesting for a dopplebock. The beer has the expected sweet caramel malt notes with bits of toffee and maybe a light bread character but seem to also have a slight roasted quality to it as well. The contrast between the two notes definitely provide for an interesting experience and is what makes this beer worthwhile. The beer also has a slight bitter hop note.

The feel is what you would expect from a good dopplebock; smooth and heavy bodied. Although, the body feels lighter than some other ones that I have had, I won't knock any points down from it because it's definitely heavy.

Overall, a pretty interesting dopplebockj with its roasted character. I definitely recommend this.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in a British pub glass. Pours clear dark ruby brown with a thick clingy tan quickly receding 2” foam collar. Big bready and bread crust malt flavors and aromas with kettle sugars suggesting dry caramel and toffee, some malt and hop spice and a mild hop bitterness. Clean and smooth with a little above medium body and a little below medium carbonation. An outstanding Doppelbock.

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a thick beige head with eternal retention.
Nice aroma with notes of licorice, chocolate and plums.
Flavor with notes of chocolate, spices, earthy and spicy hops, cocoa, prunes, lots of licorice and figs. Dry aftertaste with a medium but balance bitterness.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Smooth feeling. Alcohol of 6.9% is absent.
Beautiful Doppelbock with a personality of its own. Complex with great depth of flavors.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown almost black pour with thick tan head; good lace. Sweet prune juice aromas. Sweet malt/pruney flavor. Medium lite mouthfeel with a little oiliness. Overall excellent dopplebock.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.76/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Hipercor. In Paulaner glass. Playing Magic 2015. Im not used to this style, so it feels a bit odd to me. However, ot can be drinked without too much suffering.

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