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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Added by Bierman9 on 05-06-2002

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Photo of Tom_Hoover
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Real smooth for a dark beer

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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 unclekeith
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 BeerAndFilm
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 chebode2
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 prost2hefeweizen
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

-pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,foamy,beige head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
Has some similarity to the Ayinger Celebrator, but it's not quite as complex

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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 cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 wisrarebeer
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 534 ratings