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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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#4,989
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
561
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 340
Reviews by dbauer:
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Hard to ascertain the gender of the figure on the label. Also, 'Asam' doesn't really sound all that German, does it?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy and densely bubbly beige head, which leaves but a few weak instances of seaspray lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of lightly astringent caramel malt, a touch of butterscotch, dried, slightly vinous black fruit - prune and fig, mostly - damned near inert noble hops, and a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is much bigger, with a well-rounded caramel/toffee/bready malt backbone, still sturdy dark, well-aged fruitiness, a mild cellar mustiness, and an earthy, kind of leafy hoppiness. The alcohol seems to have found an outside distraction, or something.

The bubbles are there, sure, but quite verily hidden for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth - no cracks, really - with strong aspersions to creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt still obviously the star here, in conjunction with the fruity esters, to be sure, while the booze and hops sit bristling at the kids' table.

Another decent doppelbock on a hot summer day (call me contrarian, I surely don't mind). Like wine pairings with food - I'm more of the opinion that you should drink and eat what you like, and just hope that they get along, with a few obvious caveats. So it is that I'm enjoying a drinkable, well-flavoured strong bock, while sunshine filters into the room. S'all good.

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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 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 Silke_Neryn
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A glorious, creamy onslaught of malt and dark fruits. With a slightly smokey quality to it. Wonderful.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

heck of a dark bock here, really is. and like most german stuff, or I should say much german stuff, the price is outstanding for the quality. my second beer from this brewery, and I like it better than the first. very dark color to this, looks brown but glows the deepest of ambers when held to a bright light. the head is magnificent, like something sam smiths would do in their Yorkshire squares, and I mean that as a compliment to the germans. lacey and rising and bubbly and thick and lasting and it makes an outstanding beer moustache. like nearly perfect in my mug. the nose is quite sweet from the dark malts, notes of red earth and smoke too, complex and dark, wintery, but I smell lager yeast too, making it a little cleaner than a winter warmer type of ale. the flavor is of course malt forward, and there is an astringency to it that doesn't come from alcohol, grassy and hard to place, but almost smells like the kind of fermentation you get when vegetables sit on the counter for too long. pleasant though, in a really organic sort of way. the finish is cleaner, sweet, and robustly roasted, a glorious combination. I just wish it had as much body as it does flavor. carbonated well enough and very satisfying, save for a want of more body. its knit picking though with such a fine glass of beer. as authentic as they come, and one I will go back to at this price (in the 4 dollar neighborhood).

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at Chevy Chase the other day.

Pouring a dark, reddish brown with a dense light brown head with good retention and nice lacing, this is a great looking beer. The head recedes to a disk, showing off the reddish highlights. The nose is just outstanding. More in the vein of the Andechser Dopplebock Dunkel and the Aktien St. Martin Dopplebocks, this is mildly bready and toasty with a healthy dose of cocoa. Very clean, there are no off flavors from the yeast here. As it warms, a little burnt sugar sharpness. A little molasses is present too, this is rather decadent.

The palate is just exceptional. Cocoa and molasses are noticeable up front, along with burnt sugar, brown sugar and a pleasant toasted bread character.The mid-palate has a bread-like richness, mildly pumpernickel-like. Drying on the finish with a blend of brown sugar and toast, this is wonderful. The mouthfeel is just spectacular. Perfect carbonation is present, this is soft and creamy on the palate, and coupled with the medium-light body that has some melanoidins, I could not possibly ask for more from this beer. This beer really does justice to the style, combining rich flavors and drinkability that is scary.

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Photo of foles
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weltenburger dimpled mug. Lovely aroma of dark bread, munich-y malt goodness and clean richness. Taste is much the same. Not a hint of caramel sweetness or toffee - which is why I love it (and the style) so much. Such a powerful Bavrian dark beer.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of rodndtube
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes, this is an Asam ("awesome") Bock, aka dopplebock, by Weltenburger. In draft and bottle it is a superb dopplebock, a benchmark of the variety.

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Photo of mkouhia
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a hint of red undertones. Nice thick light tan head as well.

S: Dark fruits such as plums and raisins as well as some dark malt such as molasses and brown sugar.

T: A tad sweet with some dark fruits such as plums, raisins, maybe a bit of figs. Slightly sour, like sour plums. The malt comes through in flavors such as brown sugar, molasses, maybe even a hint of chocolate. A slight bite of alcohol in the finish.

M: Great mouthfeel, creamy, medium-bodied, very fine carbonation.

D: A very good dopplebock, one of the better ones out there.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Sampling right now on 11/14/14, sinus infection or not baby! Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 1L german handled-glass stein.

Pours a very deep brown with reddish highlights. A good 2-finger foamy beige head is seen that finally settles down to a good 2-3mm. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped like a good German brew should. Lots going on with the aroma, besides the roasted malts, dark bread, there is a light hint of nuts. The taste pretty much follows the nose with even a hint of spice. Goes down VERY EASY, even with a sore throat. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium-bodied and perfect carbonation. Really liked this brew and is the World's 2nd oldest brewery founded in 1050 A.D.! PROST! CHEERS!

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Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very dark cola brown to blackish doppelbock with a pungent sweet aroma and decent amount of brown head to match. Dried dark fruits dominate both smell and taste, raisins, dried currents, dates, prunes ... Combined with the bread in the malt one gets a fig or date newton effect. Also present are treacle toffee and dry chocolate flavors to add a lower end to all those fruit effects riding up top. Very heavy sweet finish with some alcohol to yield a brandy effect. Not hoppy or particularly bitter. Some doppelbocks are less sweet and yield more complexity but I am not complaining.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle stamped 17.01.02. God I hope it's not that old...

Served cold into a pint glass. Asam Bock has a very dark brown color but, when held up to the light, a redish tint is evident as is it's very good clarity. Head is thick and creamy with good retention but hardly any lace.

Aroma is sweet and malty. Pleasant German yeast provides some fruity, spicy funk. Very nice.

Flavor is really quite good too. Great balance of flavors and the profile is all over the place. Sweet fruits like cherries and apples, mild warming spices like cinnamon and clove, caramel, toffee, toasted malts, earthy hops, and so on. Crazy complex but somehow very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower carbonation; just how I like it.

Overall an excellent beer. Nicely balanced, very complex, easily drinkable all times of year. This is an excellent example of how great doppelbocks can be.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer, dark, with a fluffy off white head that stuck around and left great lacing on the glass. Delicious aroma, seems to have both some dark fruit but bready in there also. Maybe even some chocolate and toffee in the background, wonderful layered aroma. Taste followed the smell, rich with dark fruit. A little creamy feel. Very solid Bock, will have to try more of their beers.

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Photo of templar316
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is everything beer should be, pours a deep brown with a two finger khaki head, nice lacing. Ruby highlight when held to the light. Phenomenal nose; figs, plums, candy sugar tobacco, it's all dark fruit and deep, DEEP malt. And the flavor delivers a home run, malty deliciousness, not but conjuring depths of character and flavor. Swirl, smell and taste; pipe tobacco, walnuts, dates and swirl again. Next you know your ready for another. Watch the ABV.

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Photo of ssgunbond
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BradleySig
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah ti's the first day of spring and I am glad I had this Doppelbock in my fridge. Pours a dark brown color with glimmers of red. The lightly tanned head does not leave to much lacing as it settles.

As expected this is a malty and warming beer. Smells of dark malts, toast, wood and fruits.

Tastes of sweet dark malts, caramel and some fruitiness. The alcohol is well hidden but it still warms my belly.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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