Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-BockWeltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock
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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-BockWeltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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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Ratings: 527 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown in color with a 1" head that falls rather quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness, some earthy qualities, and a hint of alcohol are detectable by the nose.

Taste: bready malt profile with some brown sugar, plum sweetness, and a partially nutty and earthy tone are most prominent. Alcohol is noticable but mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: a good doppelbock that is easy to drink and has a great flavor. Worth picking this one up.

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Photo of steveh
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to find a local place carrying these beers as I've liked all the others I've tried from the brewery -- and it looks like there are a few at the new place that I haven't tried, such as this Doppelbock.

A -- Clear, deep, dark chestnut color with a very dense tan head.

S -- Earthy, clay-like malts up front. Some sweet breadiness and mild caramel back.

T -- Dark bread crust with notes of molasses and that mellow earthiness. The finish is mildly peppery from alcohol, but there's no big hotness from a fairly high ABV.

M -- Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy with a light heavy (between medium and heavy) body.

O -- This is not Optimator or Salvator, nor do I think it should be, and the clay characters* remind me of aged strong ales -- so I have to wonder about the freshness, but otherwise this is a tasty, smooth drinking beer. As so many breweries in Germany make their own interpretation of a style, I can't second-guess this one as it's very tasty.

*An update on 10/16/12 -- having another Asam Bock today and there is none of the clay character I experienced previously, quite nice. -- Taste & Overall scores updated.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle brought back from Berlin in April 2011, this half litre one as reviewed on 28th April, some three months before it's best before date.

Poured into an Abbot Ale tankard it showed a deep, dark almost black body with a good well built tan coloured head which had a good, lasting retension.

Toasted granary breads, burnt malts and roasted nuts came to me in the smell stakes.

The taste was more coffee and chocolate than the toasted, roasted, burnt aromas I was getting from my nose.

The beer was smooth, warming and rich in wintery chocolate flavours, very drinkable in deed.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up along with a few other Weltenburgers on a recent beer run in Jersey.

Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light and a two finger frothy, light beige head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, hazelnut and toffee as well as some subtle spice and earthy hops. Slightly chalky smelling and the earthy hop presence balanced out the sweeter/roastier notes in the nose.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a good balance of bitter roasted malt and sweeter chocolate flavor. Dry and roasted up front with hints of dark chocolate, hazelnut, caramel and toffee. There's also some faint hop bitterness that compliments the roasted character. Some nice bready yeast underneath adding to the body and a ton of chocolate sweetness make this beer very quaffable. ABV well masked with a slight dry finish. Pretty good!

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

So here I am cleaning my keg and thinking to myself why not drink a brew. I had just done a run the other day and picked up some bocks I have not had. Redish brown when held in the light. On the table more of a dark brown. Very light head from the poor. Minimal lacing and fingers around edges. So far looks fab. I love the smell of Caramunich malt. Light hop aroma what is there is pleasant and only subtle. Taste is magnificent with very malty taste with caramel. Sweet on the tongue and cheeks but not so much so. The hops really bring out the flavor profile of the grain. Medium to slight thickness in the mouth with little carbonation to tickle the tongue. One of the best bock I have had.

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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 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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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark rubis color, with tan foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : malty and licorice aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty with notes of licoric, a bit roasted aftertaste.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style Doppelbock

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Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 088B0B12

Purchased through Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa, CA

Price - $2.97/bomber

Appearance: A deep mahogany color with a ruby tint in the edges. A 1" thick creamy head with some leggs follows the pour.

Smell: Raisins, figs, dark sugar and bread, a pleasent aroma.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with some caramel added to it. Not overly malty. A pinch of hop bitterness is there to keep it balanced.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with very little alcohol presence. Lightly carbonated with a slight dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and a fine example of a quality dopplebock. I will certainly be revisiting this gem.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5L, Germany, best by 5/11.

Pours a deep brown with garnet highlights. Beige head is thick, retains well, and laces decently.

Aroma is full of cocoa and carob, with some cherry and alcohol as well. Excellent.

Flavor is smooth and balanced. Not terribly sweet, which is difficult to pull off for a Doppelbock. Rich, chocolate malts are balanced by just enough bitterness. Lingering cocoa powder finish, with hints of roast. Some boozy notes, but nothing hampering drinkability. The mouthfeel was very good: milky and creamy, with low carbonation.

Though not as interesting as others in the style, this is still an excellent Doppelbock.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This German beer is a good beer with its deep reddish-brown color with a carmel smell on first sniff. The flavor is a malty taste with a very light after taste. The foam is medium and light. I would have this Doppelbock again but as a first and then work my way up the chain of Doppelbocks.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - deep ruby red colour with fluffy tan head

smell - cocoa, malts, roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate

taste - cocoa, chocolate, malt, molasses

mouthfeel - thin for the style, low carbonation, flavors aren't as robust as other representations of the style, smooth finish

drinkability - pretty good beverage on its own, versus the leaders of the pack for the style, maybe not so much, but it is a decent brew worth trying

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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 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 eric5bellies
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a dark Mahogany colour with a tanned head that re4duces to a film.

S - Burnt toffee and roasted malts.

T - Very malty with some caramel and hints of cocoa

M - Medium to full body with minmal carbonation.

D - Very impressive.

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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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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a nice crystal mug.The color is a almost red, deep brown with a hint of burgundy. It builds a nice light brown head which is creamy and sticks around for a while
When you smell and breath in you will hint fruitiness,caramel,
toffee. As you taste the beer those aromas intensity and create a very well rounded" Bock aroma" with a sweetness of roasted malts that is kept in check by the bittersweetness of a great hop.It has great carbonation and certainly calls for more. Very good beer, just like expected from an old brewery like Weltenburg.

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Photo of Beeryce
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red-brown color, yet clear, with a light tan head that fades to a ring quickly leaving faint traces of lacing.
The main aroma is sweet and malty, but there are a lot of dried fruit and yeasty notes as well.
The taste is much the same but very pronounced; sweet malts, dried figs and dates/raisins. There is a nice and surprising hop bitterness that balances the sweetness, yet leaves it as the focal flavor.
The mouthfeel is fitting, lightly carbonated and weighty. Thick and rich yet still light enough to be rather drinkable on a chill fall day.

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

-Look: 2 finger tan head atop dark brown red accented
-Smell: dark sweet fruit and malt, hint o' cocao and coffee
-Feel: medium and smooth, slightly watery going down, light carbonation
-Taste: sweet dark malt hint o' fruit, some bitter hop action
-After: coffee/dark malt meld and slightest alchy espers, nutty

Oh yea will drink this again

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Photo of slayer3604
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Hollingshead in Orange, CA....I picked this up because my dad has been talking about Kloster beers that he used to have as a kid growing up in Munich, so I brough him one of these and the Hell, and he loved em. Made the experience even better.

A- Deep mohogany, ruby, blood and guts topped by an off white head that lasted until I dumped the rest of the bottle in. Very awesome appearance. I can't remember the last time I stared at a brew for more than five minutes just looking at the color. Well done.

S- Nutty, caramel, malt, slight nuances of liquor and raisins as well.

T- A little sweet for my liking...if they fermented this out to 7.2% abv, it would have ROCKED but hey, I can't tell these masters how to brew! Again with caramel, dominant nutty, silky hold on the palate, with an arsenal of traditional dopplebock glories.

M- Again, firm, smooth, silky, you can barely taste the above-'normal' ABV, but its there in the background.

D- Very good Dopplebock, but I'm going to have to give it a couple notches down on this one because of the sweetness, again. Guess I'm just spoiled by sours.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burgundy, with a thin, off-white head that fades quickly, leaving a thin film and a ring around the perimeter. Not much lacing.
Smell is roasted, caramelly malts, with some subtle hops. Notes of toffee with a touch of vanilla. Faint notes of raisin, cocoa, and chocolate.
Taste is roasty malts with some faint, grassy hops and caramel notes. Toffee and espresso notes follow, with a little bit of milk chocolate and cocoa. Bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth up front, and slightly crisp on the back end. Medium body, and medium level of carbonation.
Drinkability is decent. Pretty good beer overall, but it's one I'd only want to drink one bottle of per sitting.

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red-mahogany hue with three fingers of creamy light brown foam head. This is a seriously impressive and menacing looking beer.

Smell: rich, smooth raisin, plum, pear and cherry aromas all over a sweet but aromatic malt base. Quite good.

Taste: flavor profile is right there with the aroma. There is an interesting dichotomy of syrupy sweetness and drier fruit flavors than in the aroma. There is a touch of bitterness to back up the malt bomb, but it's just a tiny taste. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium but syrupy body with plenty of carbonation. Texture is creamy and delightful.

Drinkability: quite drinkable for such a nicely flavorful brew. I would gladly have this again and again.

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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 Caml
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.33l bottle into a small goblet

Color: depending on how much beer one is looking through, either a cola brown or a deep, porter-like ruby. Lighter than most d-bocks I've had recently, though it may just be the small glass. Decent but quickly dissipating head and some persistent khaki lacing.

Aroma: Nice and biscuity; no detectable hops.

Taste: Lots of malt up front, but not particularly roasty, followed by a healthy dose of dark fruit, I'm leaning towards dates, and minimal hop character. Doesn't have quite as much backbone as other, stronger Doppelbocks, and there's no detectable alcohol. Mixed blessing, I guess, as it's quite pleasant, but not exactly what I was looking for.

MF: Pretty chewy, not a whole lot of carbonation, and the sweet date-y residue lingers for a bit.

Drinkability: Darn tasty, but something about the way it lingers makes one bottle plenty.

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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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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 86.1% out of 100 with 527 ratings
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