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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Reviews: 319 | Ratings: 509
Photo of cyrenaica
2.59/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle
6.90 % ABV

I tried this beer on March 12, 2008 after purchasing from one of the local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a very dark translucent (when held against the light) reddish brown. The head was tan-coloured. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and medium carbonation. The aroma and the flavour were both grainy malt in all it's glory. Almost a chewy maltiness.

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Dark brown with tan one finger head that doesn't last long.

Aroma- Molasses, dark roasted malts and grape juice.

Taste- Sweet, malty, and extremely grapey

Feel- Smooth with moderate carbonation

I really wanted to like this one but it ended up being a little sweet and there was this overpowering grape taste.

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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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Photo of germanbeer1
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of all of the different brews made by Weltenburger, this is one of the few that is actually brewed on sight at the Kloster. The rest are brewed in Regensburg. I had this at the brewery in Kelheim and was pretty disappointed. Perhaps my expectations were too high after drinking the best dark beer in the world as of 2008, but even that can't explain how off the taste was. It comes in a normal lager glass with a small head that quickly disapprears. The color is a dark brown with some tints of red towards the bottom. It has an incredibly sweet smell with some hints of alcohol, but the two don't really go together in the taste. It quickly fades from being sweet to sour.

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Photo of sstackho
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Grimsby. Pours a dark brown with a bit of head. Aroma is all malt and sweet. The flavour follows similarly. It's all malt with a bit of sweetness. Seems appropriate for the style, though it's not really my thing...

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Photo of sharkheadlasers
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was dark brown with ruby highlights. There was a good head on this beer. The smell was chocolate-malty with no hop notes, finishing with a faint coffee aroma. The taste was chocolate, coffee, biscuit malty, and nicotine. The body was very full. The nicotine flavor was strong and a put off for me.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This "heavenly" beer from the oldest monastery brewery in the world is generally given high praise amongst many beer aficionados. But that may not mean it's really going to be your cup of tea.

It pours a dark brown. There's some reddish highlights but I would not call it a good looking brew. The head dissapates quickly, there's no lacing and a tiny ring of foam is all that remains to remind you the beer has any life to it at all.

The smell is primarily of raisins, figs and other malted sweetness. It's neither bad, nor good.. it just is. And the taste has the same mannerisms.. lots of malted sweetness initially and carrying through towards the end with a small amount of hops to balance it out. There's little complexity to be had and while it's not off putting you probably won't be gulping it down either.

The mouth-feel as a whole is fairly soft and average. Carbonation is very low. Drinkability, at least for me, scores low. The beer is sipper - and I enjoy plenty of those - but this one doesn't have enough to offer to make me consider having another. In the end, there's nothing really to figure out.. it's just sip upon sip of dark fruit.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear, but very dark, red. Big spongy head that doesn't retain well.

S - Sweet malty aromas with a touch of toastiness.

T - Very sweet up front. Roasted bitterness is present, but not so much with the hops. Seems a little too sweet, even for the style.

M - Heavy/chewy. Very viscous mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D - High in alcohol and overly sweet. Not the most drinkable beer. Limit is probably 1 or 2 per sitting.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock

·Appearance: Deep mahogany with a nice tan head. Light to no lacing after head subsides.

·Aroma: Hard to identify, definitely some roasted malt, and a sweet caramel as well.

·Taste: Roasty flavor with caramel and perhaps a sweet nutty flavor. This seems to be a nice blend of flavors.

·Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, a bit substantial, with a strong alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

·Drinkability: I am going to need to try this again for a second reference, but very enjoyable. Questionable as to whether I could turn this into a session beer.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown with and off-white head. There is very little lace, but it think that is because the glass was kinda wet.

S- Sweet taffy, chocolate, and of all things whipped cream. It had a smell like cool-whip. I liked that.

T- Sweet, sweet dark malts. I couldnt get any hops out of it at all. I don't know what they are.

M- Light and very easy on thew palette.

D- For its style it's very light. I expected a lot more body.

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Photo of JanM
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from a cardboard box hidden in a corner of the local Systembolaget. When I opened it it did not smell much except of dark, sweet bread. The color was very dark brown. It poured with a finger of creamy foam. The taste was of burnt caramel, very sweet but also with a strong bitterness and some ginger. I guess you could say that the overall taste was predominantly bitter and caramelly. A tight and dry beer with medium carbonation, but not in the premier league of its style.

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Photo of CalhounJohn
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The nice, deep color had me looking forward to a full flavored German beer. My expectations were not realized as this beer was not as good as I had hoped. It was comparable to an above average store beer, but not up to the potential that I was wanting from a greatly reviewed from BA. This obviously is a problem of mine because the people of BA know beer better than I do and I will continue to yield to the advice of my cohorts. My quest for the perfect German beer similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier continues...

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gorgeous. It's brown with ruby hues and a never-ceasing tan head. There's great clarity, but the beer is very dense.

A -Not as interesting as I would have expected. German beers really pale to English-American Ales, but even by the standards of other Bocks, this one lacks the pronounced caramel and bready notes I have come to expect.

T - Chewy and sweet without erring on cloying. It's more like dessert than a main course, in that it's simple and straight forward. I like this beer a lot, but nothing about it blows me away.

M - It's not as creamy as other Bocks, but it's got a huge profile. Very substantial for a beer under 7% ABV

O - Compared to other Bocks, it suffers. Still, it's a great beer for those who find Stouts too roasty and IPA's too hoppy, Barleywines too hot and fruity, and Belgian Ales too funky.
It IS ok to like a simple beer. This one offers a lot of enjoyment without demand much in return.

Decent beer, but if you have others to chose from I wouldn't recommend this.

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Photo of palliko
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a murky deep ebony, that resembles Worchestershire sauce, and the aroma is redolent of prunes, raisins, molasses and a hint of chocolate. The word SWEET comes to mind. Wow! This is a great dessert beer! Very filling! Caramel and chocolate finally drift into hops in the after taste, leaving one with a dry finish. I might try this again if I had a sweet tooth attack.

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Photo of emerge077
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dec 18, 2016, bottle code: 244G1242

Ten years later, makes sense to reevaluate and write an updated review. Currently the #9 top rated Doppelbock.
Still looks great, a deep saturated mahogany brown with reddish tones. Long lasting surface coverage, sticky lacing.
Lacks quite a bit of the fruitiness and baking spices that it once had. Smells like wet spent grains. Bland as can be.
Taste is slightly metallic, chewy and malty with a watery finish. All the nuance and complexity is gone unfortunately.
Medium bodied with ample carbonation, though oxidation seems to be creeping in.

This has fallen very far from what it once was, sadly. Who knows how old it is, no date but the bottle wasn't dusty...

Oct 31, 2006
4.55/5 rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, dated 09.01.01. Could this be a 5-year-old bottle?

Lots of carbonation and foam produced by a steady pour. Mocha foam rises above the glass, looks like a milkshake from a bird's-eye view.

Initial smell is of dark fruit (plum, raisin, prune), malt, and a light chocolate. First sip is impressive! Spicy nutmeg, clove, cocoa, prune, and hearty malt. Next sip is a little lighter on the palate, bitter chocolate and spice in the finish still. Has a quality that reminds me of my great aunt's "prune whip" dessert. Velvety, dark fruit, complimented nicely by spices. A little sweet, but very balanced overall.

What Celebrator has in drinkability, this excels in it's complexity of flavor in my opinion. A tasty, killer doppelbock.

11/2007 notes: Just had another with the same date stamp (09.01.01 vintage), cellared 1 more year. I have to say this is better "fresh" as the older bottle was a bit dull and muted. A bottle stamped 08.01.02 was still doing fine.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 2-26 from a pint glass

A - Dark clear soda color. With a low beige head and little lacing. Unremarkable.

S - Bocky-hops smells. Sweet. Like cured meet and smoky toast.

T - Malt flavors dominate the hops and there was no noticeable yeast flavor. It was sadly too hard to describe. The aftertase was stale and bitter.

M - A bit sleek. A bit smooth. Enjoyable goes down easy.

D - Not good or bad. There's not questions it's a bock, but it lacks a lot of distinctiveness. I would drink this if handed to me, but wouldn't reach for it in the store.

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Photo of TerryW
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking beer, handsome red-brown colour, good head that settles into a littel more than a film. Not much by way of lace.

Tons of malt on the nose that carries right on through to it's taste. This beer is quite sweet, but still drinkable. A poorly done sweet beer just hurts to drink, but this one works inspite of a reasonably high alcohol content.

Tasty, but basically just a one trick pony – sweet malt. Tried it, wouldn't rush out to buy another. Just not intersting enough.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark brown, with a voluminous and pillowy light tan head that sticks around stubbornly.

Rich but not excessively sweet nose of raisins and molasses.

Flavors are slightly sweeter than the nose, with plenty of the same notes (raisins, molasses). Body is medium, with somewhat low carbonation. There's a yeasty cast to the flavors here that I haven't found in other doppels. I can't say I care for this last characteristic much.

Not my favorite doppel - too sweet and yeasty in the mouth. However, it's a joy to look at and smell this beer.

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Photo of stcules
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost balck, dark mahogany edges. A decent beige head.
Bock smell: dark malts, a hint of alcohol. Light roast, and then even some bitterness. Well balanced.
Full taste, pleasant, dark malts again.
Intense bock, with alight burnt, and a strong roastiness.
Average body, with roots, artichoke, bitter herbs - like bitterness in the aftertaste. And hop.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the same time as another BA.

Color is a rich mahoghany. Nose is a bit sour, reminds me a bit of smoked trout. Taste imparts scent, but the massive amounts of dark fruity malts stand infront of the the smoky sourness. Leaves a bit of a sour aftertaste.

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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 shamus
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a tough one for me to review. I usually drink pale ales, stouts and wheat beers. This one tastes something like a very sweet stout. In fact it's far to molasses for me. That being said I will acknowledge that it is well balanced and of good quality. It has a deep burnt umber colour and tan head that laces nicely. It grows on me with each sip. There is a nice chocolate that comes out as I drink. If you like a good boch then I'm guessing that this is will do the trick. My rating is a bit lower because I don't like the sweetness. I am dedicated to bitter fragrant hops. No complaints however. It has integrity but strangely it also has a dog kibble scent too!

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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 rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't as soy saucy and sweet as i thought it might be. Still on the sweet side (brown sugar, mollasses) and with a touch of soy, but it had some nice chocolatey, caramelly flavours, with a slight dry-ish finish, easy to get into, but still not a style that totally convinces me, sweet at times, but quite tasty.

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Photo of jackndan
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock: Poured from a thick brown half liter euro-style bottle. Not much head, and what little there was dissipated fairly quickly. The color was a very deep brown, when held up to a strong light, you could tell the beer was clear. The aroma is very strong, sweetly of malts. In fact the scent hit my nose the second I opened the bottle. The taste is nice, strongly of malts, sweet raisin flavors with a blast of mocha/coffee toward the middle/end. Long lasting aftertaste of butterscotch and coffee. Not at all bad, but not within the top five double bocks I’ve had.

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