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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Germany
weltenburger.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 05-06-2002

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Reviews:
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pDev:
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malt toffee, on sweet side, very refreshing in this 110 degree heat. Alcohol wasn't posted and didn't taste it. Tops in mouthfeel because of lightness and easy to drink. Was not complex which I didn't find a plus yet would make it popular. .cinammon apple all restrained. A great representative of its style.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 spycow
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice deep brown color with a yellow white head on top. The lacing and retention are pretty good. The smell of the beer is very malty with a slightly sweet aroma. The taste of the beer had an earthy flavor to it with lots of malt in there. The mouthfeel has a good thickness to it. Overall I think this beer is very good and worth trying.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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 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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a beige head that dots the glass with lace

Smell: Dark rum soaked fruit dominates with a brown bread malty tone underneath

Taste: Starts with a dark fruit and caramel base with a touch of apple tartness that becomes more discernable over time; finishes with a grainy twang that is a disappointment

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A different take on a doppelbock and certainly enjoyable - just a bit too bready and that twang thing keeps it from being top notch

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color beer with a brownish head with average retention. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts and lack the usual doppelbock banana feel. Taste is a bit deceiving with again the roasted side taking a lot of place and lacking the more sweet/banana and chocolate/coca feels in this beer. A bit disappointed and not even nears the greatness of the Ayinger.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Dark, almost opaque - just a bit of light shines through. The color is a dark shade of brown with amber highlights. Carbonation is at an upper-moderate level, visibly effervescent around the edges of the glass, with a lasting tan head.

It smells of brown sugar and toasted nuts, faint molasses and spice. It's decadent, but not necessarily rich. The signature toasted malt character that I find in all of Weltenburger's dark beers is noticeable here as well, lending a solid malt backbone.

Deliciously malty on the tongue, toasted malt interplays with flavors of brown sugar and dates. There's a bit of nuttiness, coffee, dark fruit - a lot of depth for a doppelbock. The body is medium-full and the alcohol pleasantly reserved, making for a highly drinkable yet complex and delicious beer.

A must-try, this is every bit as good as Celebrator and Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel; the only thing it lacks is the hype.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

.5l bottle purchased near brewery in Bavaria. Dated BB Feb. 2013.

Pours a clear but very dark brown with mahogany highlights and a medium tan head. The head has good retention and leaves spotty lacing.

A refined malty aroma with a hint of liqueur. The flavor [4.25] is parallel, albeit with a more pronounced and richer dark malt component. Lasting, lightly bitter, dark malt aftertaste.

M: nicely smooth yet it has enough carbonation to impart a significant liveliness.

O: Superb, and notably better than the nice Kloster Ettal dopplebock I had earlier in the day.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I still think German beers rival just about anything the U.S. can put out. Especially wheat beers. Got this one thanks to thebouch01.

A: Forms a big bubbled 1 finger head over a very clear but very dark maroon reddish-brown color.

N: A very nice toasty malt aroma. Lots of nice caramelized malts and molasses. A lighter dark wheat aroma. Some sweet malts and bits of roasty porter like aromas. A very much dunkel/doppel bock aroma.

T: Just as expected, a big shot of nice toasty malts, some sweet malts, a nice wheaty flavor. More caramelized sugars, pretty sweet but nice. Slight roasted porter flavor. The toasty malt flavor is very nice. Light nutty flavor as well.

M: semi syrupy with medium body and good carbonation.

F: Still pretty sweet on the finish, would have liked it to dry off a bit but that's the style really. A long caramelized malt and molasses flavors with roasted porter flavors lingering. A slight wheat linger too, but not much.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a rather large rocky head that settles pretty quickly wow just nice to look at the color of this brew.Big aromas of brown sugar and unsweetened chocolate and raw nuts as well.Taste is sweet but not as sweet as other doppel's I have had,molassis,brown suger and dried fruit flavors are intense with that doppelbock alcohol burn coming as it warms to room temp,this a bad ass beer man I love doppelbocks wish I had more readily available to me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a good light tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward a bit of light caramel, some mild nuttiness, and mild earthy hops. Great malt presence all around. The flavor ramps things up with a bit of extra sugar sweetness and strong, dark caramel. A bit of an earthy presence in the dry finish. Slight bit of dark fruits there as well. Good medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, some ruby hues when held into the light. One finger beige head, low retention, but long lasting sticky lace.
Smell is not so strong really. Surprisingly subtle roasted malts. Nuts, dark chocolate, faint toffee and raisin.
Taste is stronger than the smell, with nice burnt caramel, milky chocolate, molasses, not extremely sweet, but just enough. It's crisp from some nice juicy plums, dark grapes and figs, also citrus zest, which keeps the nutty earthiness from the nose way in the back. Sweet coffee towards the finish, along with some German hoppiness (tiny hint of metal too).
Medium carbonation, velvety smooth. Warm alcohol. Clean almost dry finish.
A great refreshing doppelbock, lacks the "heaviness" of others and is really quite tasty.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 533 ratings
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