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 Ungespundet
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately I don’t know as much about this brewery as I would like. After testing this Bier, this fact will change soon. I will set off to visit their area soon. Not far from where I live as this Bier speaks volumes to me. I was very impressed and look forward to reviewing their other Biers. I have tried the Dunkles before and remember it being very good but hard to find here in München. They actually sell a variety pack with all their Biers in it. Guess I’ll have to pick one up soon. On to the Bier…

Pours up a deep dark brown “mass” with a fine red hue. The Bier is very clear and is topped by a very big and creamy Mocha head. From the first whiff I think I fell in love. It featured a smooth creamy malt aroma that in all my Bier life I have never encountered. Roasted Malt with Chocolate backgrounds. I can best describe this aroma by comparing it to roasting marshmallows and smelling them just at the perfect moment before they are burnt. Those seconds between perfection and trash. This one is perfection! A definite sweetness is found to round out the first impression. The sweetness is malty and also of perfectly deeply caramelized sugar. The first taste can only be described as a malt explosion! Unimaginably smooth malt character that was sweet and balanced by roast bitterness at the same time. The Bier finishes slightly dry with a beautiful lingering roasted malt flavor and bitterness. The Bier is also slightly fruity. The alcohol is present but never overly warming nor does it overwhelm any of the subtleties of this Bier. The carbonation level is low and it has a medium mouth feel. This Bier never overly chewy but rather perfectly a Bock!!! I want more…and I know where to get it!
Zum Wohl!!!

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Photo of benmiliron
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.50 for a 20 oz. bottle. Nice smoky black color, shallower parts are a very deep red-brown. Smells amazing, chocolately and burnt sugary molasses. Tastes equally awesome. Much more flavor than the usual bock. Caramel and heavy toasty malts. This may be the session beer of all session beers. Excellent.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep mahogany in color, great clarity, and lacing is hard to see through the dark body, but is present at a mediocre level. The head is mocha colored, and has decent retention.

S: Great presence of figs, brown sugar, and raisins in this assertive bouquet.

T: As promised in the nose, a delicious combination of raisins, brown sugar, and a combination of holiday spices make up thed flavor of this brew. It is highly flavorful, rich, and bold, without the word cloying even crossing the mind.

M: Medium body, with a slight chewiness. carbonation is faint, leaving the delicious flavors to linger on the tongue.

D: An amazingly well done doppelbock, and at 3.19 a bottle, an affordable luxury. This is probably only outdone by Celibrator, but it definitely comes close. This is surely a doppel worth seeking out.

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4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The malty rich smell before my sip reminded of good memories of Pfriem during the fermentation process. Rich and malty, with little carbonation, smooth and silky like a dark Irish stout. I enjoyed this beer that went in my mout.

My liver hurts

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Photo of loren01
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown cola color with normal sized white head...no lacing down the glass
S: Smell is sweet...brown sugar/molasses, and fruity of dark fruits
T: Taste is of dark roasted malts...sweeet not bitter at all. Fruity....tastes of figs, raisins. The alcohol is very well hidden.
M: Smooth and creamy, goes down too well...couldn't get much better in this catergory.
D: I love the Dopplebock style of beer and this is one of the better ones i have ever tasted.

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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 stevoj
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I expected great things from Weltenburger, and no disappointment here. Pours into glass almost black, like stout. Palate is rich and full, deep roast grain flavor. This would be more amazing on a cold winter’s day, but still the best bock I’ve had. recommend A+

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Photo of MikeWilson
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears almost black, unless you put the glass in front of a light bulb, when you'll see that really it's a dark ruby red. This is my favorite color in a beer. I don't know why it appeals to me so much.

The light tan head is rather small, but releases an absolute malty aroma explosion. This is the way a bock SHOULD smell! No hops, all malt, no apologies. Yeah! If you don't know what malt in a beer smells like, than go sniff out an Asam Bock. You'll be confused no longer.

Of course the taste is all malt as well, as one should demand in a bock. However, there's a decent amount of hop bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. The complexity tells me there might be a hint of black or roasted barley in there, but most likely it's just due to an insane amount of quality German Munich malt. There's a silky smoothness in the mouthfeel that perfectly complements all that malt goodness. Oh man, I really enjoy this beer. Strangely, there's almost no aftertaste on the palate. As soon as you swallow there's nothing there lingering. But that's OK, it just means you'll have to take another sip ASAP!

I could find nothing wrong with this beer, only that I don't have another one to follow it up with! It's aroma and flavor are perfect opposites to that of the IPAs I've been drinking for way too long. This beer convinces me it's time for a change to German bocks!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock has a thick, frothy, creamy, beige head, a dark brown, bubbly appearance, and moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, bready, malt and some strong, dark, slightly-turned fruit. Taste is of all that, with raisin and prune, with anise or licorice notes. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy, and Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock finishes sloppy, sweet, and wonderful.


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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pt .9 fl oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Pours a great looking dark cherry and stained wood look with an inch and a half creamy and tight pure sandy head. Looking closely nice veins of carbonation can be made out. The head fades down into a thin cap and ring but leaves a good amount of sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Big big big ass malt! Wow I could smell it coming out of the bottle. Super sweet bread, ginger and clove and herbal mixture with a nice interplay between chocolate and faint vanilla, just remarkable.

T/MF: Powerful hit of dark cherry coupled with fresh grains, I mean this is one fresh tasting beer and that really does not bother me for a beer of this size mixed with a strong bready finish. Coupled with this is a mellow chocolate undertone that balances out the grainyness of the main body. There is a hop presence here but really only evident with prickles on the tongue. The malt bitterness is much more apparent (as it should be I imagine) on the roof of the mouth. The beer is immediately felt on the tip of the tongue, teasing the sweet receptors on the taste buds. The body is full bodied but not so thick that carbonation cant spread flavor across the pallet, its just very active from the time it hits the tongue through the long and protracted finish.

D: This is a easy drinking beer for its size and style, not refreshing in any sense but it really isn't meant to be I imagine. It is a wonderful complex as well as intense big beer, one that demands your attention if you want to take everything this beer has to offer. A fantastic beer to be sure and a wonderful pick up at 2.50 a bottle.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big bottle to a big glass mug. Ooo ooo oo this baby is looking good! Nice and dark liquid. chocolate and caramel aroma really caries. The Head is small but a beautiful mocha color that fades and leaves a grade A laceing.

The taste is just great, this is a classic old world Dopplebock. The caramel and toffee really stand out nice, notes of smooth dark chocolate and hints of espresso. The malt expertly roasted is very rich and chewy. Reminds me a lot of Weihenstaphan Korbinian only less tang. The alcohol is not covered completely but is complimented nicely, there is absolutly no stale taste to it. The finish has a very complex hop taste that has some slightly sweet notes. I wish some stouts were this refined.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and carbonation is just right. The finish is suburb, leaving a coating that prompts you for another taste.

For a Dopplebock of this pedigree it is very drinkable, I do not know how it could be more delicious. This is top of the line in its class. I don't like it overall better then the Ayinger celabratore, it is different. IMO celabrator/Maximator, Asambock/Korbinian, and Salvator are all (3 groups) too different to be judged against one another.

Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of Monsteruss
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The foam was wheat in color (2 fingers high), frothy, lacey and stuck to the glass. Smell was rich and aromatic with hints of fruit. The color was deep red, almost carmel. The taste - rich and aromatic, complex, a hint of carmel and hoppy. It's mouthfeel was smooth and deep. Drinkability was good.

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Photo of elinash
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one for the first time at Old Heidelburg in Bethel, CT. A separate review is required for the restaurant, which was well worth the hour drive from New Haven.

I was amazed at this beer's complexity. The aroma came off with molasses, coffee, chocolate...and not surprisingly, the taste carried through with deep coffee and chocolate. This wasn't the usual coffee/ chocolate combo, though. The flavors here were more deep and real than in other run-of-the-mill doppelbocks and stouts. It was rich without being too heavy. I was getting some rootiness out of it, too.

A solid, staple doppelbock.

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Photo of DarrellK
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice head and just slight carbonation from the bottom which is proper for the style.

The nose was not at malty as I would have expected and the only blemish in the pour. However as the brew warmed the aroma made a comeback and came up to the style.

The mouth is just chewy enough to overcome the highisg grvity.

The finish is nicely complex and moved froma coffee to vanilla.

The brew is definitely better had at a 60ish temp to release the character.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This sample I'm trying is labeled 6.9% ABV, so perhaps an updated recipe.

The appearance of this doppelbock is on key to the style. There is a massive amount of light tan head, with a dark ruby red body that is ultra clear. Head retention sticks around for a good amount of time, and lacing sticks beautifully to the glass.

The aroma is vivid with sweet bready malts, and a slight metallic hops aroma. There is a slight herbal fragrance detectable here too.

The taste is on par too. There are maple syrup characteristics, but the mouth feel is not syrupy at all; subsequently, kind of refreshing like a soft drink. In the end there is a slight herbal smack, with a barely detectable alcohol warming effect... Very sneaky!

This bottle boasts of being brewed by the oldest monastery in the world dating 1050, which is just 10 years younger than Weihenstephan I believe.

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Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

been about a year since I reviewed this & happened across a fresh shipment, so here goes:

Pours rich ruby red to light mahogany with a 4 fingers tan puffy head. Good lacing & okay head retnetion

S: Slight malt & molasses notes

T: Rich malt, a slight alcohol & caramel burn up front. Shades of oakyness & toffee co-mingle with breadyness. Slight vanilla notes also follow. Some date & brown sugar profile. Rich dry, woody& fruitty finish

MF: Rich, full bodied, with perfect carbonation & superb balance. Some prickleyness keeps it from perfection

Wow, drinks too easy! More impessed with this the 2nd time around. More what I remeber it tasting like in d'land! As far as dopplebocks go, this one of the most sessionable with a great drinkabilty & flavor to match

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Photo of DerBayer
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best beer I have ever tasted:

A - a beautiful black that turns dark ruby once held into the light

S - Roasted nuts and a hint of chocolate

T - Tastes malty with nuts and a hint of chocolate but not sweet - there is NO sugar added. This is brewed according to the Bavarian law of purity from 1516 AD i.e. NO sugar or additives

M - Medium carbonation, crisp and smooth

D - YES YES YES very drinkable

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

English language label on this classic German brown half liter bottle. "Malt Liquor" i.e. 6.9% beer. There is some kind of decadent Bavarian figure depicted, I wonder who...

A: Pours a dark, radiant, clear ruby chestnut into my oversized wine glass. The toffee-toned head settles down to a finger, and leaves pearls of lacing.

S: Caramel malts, barley, maple syrup, a hint of alcohol and...somewhere in there, hops.

T: Sip it to believe it. Let this low onto the tip of your tongue. Bliss. The monks of Paula came up with this beer style to help them deal with liquids only rules during the Lent fast. I want to fast. This is a very balanced brew. It is exceptionally malty but it is also a crisp lager beer. The hops are hard to describe, but they are there on the palate as well.

As Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery puts it in his "Brewmaster's Table": doppelbocks ARE the closest thing in flavor to barley malt. This is like Grape Nuts with a touch of maple syrup and hops.

Finally, this beer reminds me of my favorite bread, the esteemed Finnish Malaxlimpa. Like the best brews, it grows betters with age. Sounds crazy, but this bread lasts for months.

M: Very filling, something to chew on. Sip by sip with a slight warmth that creeps up on you.

D: Sure I could have another (if I hadn't bought the last one). But that's the beauty of Asam Bock or doppelbocks in general: you only need one. One day I'll have this with some grub and we'll see how drinkable it is.


For a mere $2.49 @ Beverage Warehouse this is an excellent deal. Sure, this is a 1 Euro beer in Germany (like Aventinus and countless others) but let's pray for the day when beer of this quality is available at either price in the US ($2 to $3.22 for a bomber according to my basic math).

Malt Liquor? Whatever. This is Liquid Bread. This is a Bavarian miracle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep mahogany that's almost opaque at the center of the glass but reveals glowing ruby and chestnut hightlights along the edges. Its creamy, yellowish tan head drops fairly quickly, but that's to be expected for the style. It does leave some minor spotty lace about the glass, but for the most part it simply maintains a thin, whispy surface covering. Dark, cocoa-ish malt and a combination of dark & red-berry fruitiness greet you in the nose. It's clean and inviting without a hint of alcohol. Brewed from an initial gravity of 18 degrees Plato, the body is medium-full and glides smoothly across the palate with a gentle caress from its fine-bubbled and slightly restrained carbonation. More chocolatey and dark toffee notes appear in the flavor and become more creamy and cocoa-ish at the swallow along with some quickly passing notes of fruit. Some nutty, deeply-toasted and almost roasty notes appear in the aftertaste as it's low-key bitterness begings to rise. It's rich and sweetish but extremely well balanced by an underlying bitterness that keeps everything in check. It never becomes truly bitter, but it does dry very quickly. Hints of black licorice appear towards the end of the serving. And although its alcohol is very well cloaked, some alcohol does appear later on, but it never build on the palate and only helps to dry the finish. Exceptionally well done! An impressive doppelbock that easily rivals the most famous examples from Germany!

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Photo of eze153
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have never heard of this brand until I found it sitting on a shelf.

Poured dark brown almost black.
smelled of coffee and chocolate and something fruity, not sure what though.
This is perhaps the best tasting dark lager I have had, it finished with a sweet taste of chocolate, I don't ever think I have a sweet tasting after taste!
I drank it pretty quick because I could not get enough of how it tasted, thick rich, and out of this world. I would recommend to anyone! Great Beer!

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong sugary malt aroma with hints of molasses or treacle. But there's also a little bit of coffee and chocolate. Hops and yeast are not a factor which is how it should be for the style.

Deep brown, black looking when away from the light. Good small tan head but it doesn't really last. or leave lacing.

First sip I thought very tasty but I couldn't really pick out the flavor compnents. More critical sips later I get chocolate and melanoidin and good brown sugar malt. I get a hint of darker malt munich type flavor too. All of it blends very well together. After picking out the individual flavors it's back to just a tasty beer with each later sip.

Medium bodied with a subdued carbonation level.

Overall, this is a really nice beer with a great flavor profile. Not quite as big as some other doppelbocks but I think that's why I like it. It's a very approachable beer for something this strong.

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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 drtth
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a dimpled glass mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a dark brown, roughly the tone of aged walnut with reddish undertones. The off-white thin head recedes quickly to a small ring of foam. The speckles of lacing do persist but they are not very thick or heavy. But that is pretty much to be expected with this style.

Smell: The aroma is soft but rich with smoky brown sugar and dark caramel or chocolate from the malt. Although quite faint in this beer there is an occasional undertone of earthy/citric hops that tickles the nose.

Taste: The flavor is rich and sweet with dark caramel and some almost burnt brown sugar flavored malt in the beginning. In the middle these flavors begin to fade and some earthy/citric bitterness kicks in. Despite the ABV there is no alcohol in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and sweetly smooth but with minimal carbonation. The finish drags out to medium-long or long and turns to lingering bittersweet. It then takes on an earthy mild dryness at the end.

Drinkability: This is definitely a keeper for sipping and for trying again. I'd say it's a one a night type beer that calls out for reflection and enjoyment of its many good qualities. I must confess that at first I thought this was a rather simple, somewhat uni-dimensional doppelbock. But as I slowly sipped my way through it I began to realize it has a subtle complexity that is fairly challenging and keeps inviting you to take another sip to see if you tasted what you thought you did. The alcohol only shows up in the warmth you begin to feel.

Addendum: I've now had this beer more than once, still agree with my review here, and still feel it is an excellent Dopplebock and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of mhewes
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a dark brown with a good off-white/tan head that leaves some good lacing behind

S : We'll call this one a malt bomb. Pure malts with some hints of brown sugar. Not a trace of hops. Just the way a doppelbock should smell

T : Strong malt flavor with notes of chocolate and sugar. A nice subtle hop bitterness on the finish to balance it out.

M : Full-bodied, smooth, syrupy

D : An awesome doppelbock. Not one I'm going to down multiples of at a time but one I'd love to have on a regular basis.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is pleasantly expressive with sharp molasses and prune (especially at first), sweet brown sugar, rye bread, chocolate, and toffee. The body is very clear and deep brown in color with mahogany highlights and a light khaki head. The flavor includes dark berry, prune, smooth toasted grains, a spicy/herbal twang, and a sweet, rich, grainy finish. The body is somewhat light, moderately carbonated, and very crisp.

Strong but not overwhelming, smooth, delicious, and very drinkable. Complex and well structured. A bit light and crisp but not detrimentally so.

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