Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Germany
weltenburger.de

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#5,271
Reviews:
341
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564
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
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Reviews: 341 | Ratings: 564
Photo of GrumpyGas
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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 +9%
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 +11.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 +5.9%
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 +4.4%
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 -10.3%
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 +10.8%
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 +1.7%
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 +5.1%
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 +5.9%
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 +12.2%
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 -2.9%
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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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a ruby brown with a nice tan head. The head lasts. Scent is definitely nice, with some plum and cherry. Taste follows nose, with a nice malty taste with hints of plum. Great texture as well, medium body overall. Yum!

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Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown (near black) in color. The tan froth fizzles away. Aroma is deep and rich with plum, brown sugar and cherrry. Taste is just as complex as it is deep with prominent notes of chocolate and plum preceding other notes of brown sugar, caramel, roasted malt, taint tannin and nut. Substantial in body, but never heavy. Complex but balanced. This is just what a doppelbock should be, and makes all the searching and kissing frogs well worth it.

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Photo of drmeto
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,foamy,beige head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-syrupy,coffee,malty,licorice,nutty,bready,raisins
T:
-syrup,coffee,nutty,raisins,bready
-high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
Has some similarity to the Ayinger Celebrator, but it's not quite as complex

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The poor was a murky brown color with off-white bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell - The nose is a bouquet of dark fruit and prunes.

Taste - At the front, I get dark fruit and sweet prunes. Caramel, graham cracker, and big chewy malts round out the profile. The dark fruit continues to the end.

Mouthfeel - The chewy malts are definitely mirrored in the mouthfeel.

Overall - I love a good German doppelbock and this is top-of-the-line.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. Paid £2.89 for a single.

Pours a dark, clear, mahogany coloured body that displays some ruby glimmers when held to the light, in-turn allowing plenty of fine, streaming carbonation to be observed. A frothy, two-finger in height, light tan head reduces disappointingly quickly to a thin collar, leaving behind only a few token dots of lace.

The sweet, rich and malty nose is predominantly led by well defined notes of treacle toffee, black-strap molasses and rum-soaked raisins. Underneath, traces of a drier roasted backbone are faintly perceptible, while impressions of earthy and lightly spicy hopping hint towards hidden complexity. Taste follows in much the same way. Treacle toffee and caramel lead initially above a dry, toasty, brown bread-like profile in the background. Mid-palate, raisins, dates and hints of tart red berries add a subtle estery presence, before modest roasted bitterness begin to build. In the mouth, a medium-to-full body lends a reasonably smooth and slick feel, but low levels of carbonation fall slightly short of completely transporting flavour around the palate. After the swallow, hints of black liquorice, earthy/ herbal hopping and a trace of spice join lingering roast to tame the bulk of initial sweetness, dry the palate somewhat and give a lengthy, but light and balanced finish.

Overall this is a very good beer. Sweet and malt-forward, but well-balanced, easy-drinking and reasonably complex. It’s a solid representation of the style, and for sake of diversity alone, worth picking up at least once as a suitable alternative to more commonly recommended Celebrator, Salvator or Korbinian offerings. Recommended.

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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 VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a very clear, light copper color with red highlight, a two finger, fluffy, wheat colored head, but no more than rim retention, and somewhat disappointing lacing.
S: A touch sharp initially, but aromas of caramel, toffee, raisin, and ?spice (not sure which) predominate the nose.
T: Semisweet to semidry with caramel/molasses, more plum than raisin, almond, and ?tobacco dominating. Bitterness light and very, very balanced.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Drinks very smoothly and rather cleanly.
O: A nicely constructed Doppelbock. Sure and I would have more, but they weren't so hard to find locally.

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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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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 564 ratings