Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-BockWeltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock
527 Ratings
Weltenburger Kloster Asam-BockWeltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock

Brewed by:
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 FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber brown with some orange hues as well. Average sized, creamy and foamy light beige head that disappears fast and leaves little lacing left.

S - Deep malt smell with some dark sugar and molasses. Also a good amount of rum soaked dark fruit (plum, date, fig, and raisin).

T - Rich malt flavors with a good amount of caramel and molasses taste, also a little bit of a bread taste. Then gives a bit of a chocolate and earthy bitterness. Finally it finishes with a lot rum soaked dark fruit and some other fruity flavors as well as a good amount of those sweet flavors. Some alcohol taste throughout.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and a little creamy.

D - Easy to drink, a good amount of sweetness but it is balanced and not cloying.

Notes: A very nice a solid beer. Nothing particularly knocked me back, but it was an enjoyable drink, and an easy beer to drink.

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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 rmolledo
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Black with a nice frothy tan head. Good retention.
S: slight caramel notes
T: Very flavorful. Tastes alot like a Stout. I taste chocolate, caramel, and a slight roasted coffee flavor.
M: nice and creamy
D: This is a great substitute for a stout or a robust porter. Not too heavy. A great beer on cold rainy nights.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a caramelly brown, a bit lighter than some doppelbocks but still nice. A thin white head and little to no lacing..

S-Sweet brown sugar notes, but not over done,with some good dark raisin notes as wel.

T-Sweet but not cloying, good malt backbone with a solid sweetness.

M-Medium bodied and a bit rich.

D-Delicious, this is an excellent classic doppelbock.


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

Beer poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is dark brown and clear. Carbonation is steady and moderate with tiny bubbles that rise at a medium velocity through the beer until it gets to the thin off white / tan head. The head started out big but fell away leaving some lacing on the glass. Beer looks good.

Sweet sweet malt aroma. Does not smell like a malt bomb but there's a nice subtle sweetness to this beer.

Sweet, full bodied, slight syrup flavor with a hint of roasted malt at the back end. Beer is smooth, really smooth. Great palate connectivity. There isn't much carbonation in the mouth but overall a great and highly drinkable beer. A wonderful doppelbock, one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown/black, with a dark tan head. Looks hearty.

S: Banana, dark fruit. Layers of fruity caramel malt. Nice biscuit/bready air about it as well.

T: Starts out with a showing of the different malts employed in its making- lots of caramel malt, and some darker malt (chocolate?). This moves into a nice fruity flavour, and finishes a bit bready. A banana-y slightly sour taste lingers in the finish that is a bit unpleasant.

M: A light creamy texture, with medium carbonation.

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

Quite dark ruby-brown hue with a moderate tan head that slowly fades to a persistent ring of bubbles. Smells of dark fruit (plum, dates), roasty grains, and some vanilla. More roasted chocolate flavor than I am used to in the style.

Taste follows aroma closely. The chocolate/vanilla notes are interesting, but *almost* unwelcome for a doppelbock. Not as clean and fruity as I'd like; flavors are a bit muddled. Very slight hop presence on the end.

Medium body and carbonation, but a little watery on the way down. Pretty drinkable, but I'll take a Salvator over this any day. Kloster lacks the depth and flavor differentiation I have encountered in most doppelbocks.

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Photo of Offa
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice doppelbock with good complexity and high drinkability.

Deep red bron, it has a huge tan head with orange hints, steadily shrinking to a thin foam and hints of lace.

Aroma is dark caramelised brown bread and toast, raisin, hint of molasses.

Taste is sweet caramelised prunes, brown bread, dark toast, with hint of burnt sugar and raisiny-licorice-spice character. It stends slightly to the sweet side from the start, but not cloyingly so like some, and it has a drysih finish before a lightly sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of baos
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into favorite bicentennial jar.

A: Big ecru head over a reddish brown body. Head dissipates down pretty quickly leaving nice bits of lace here and there.

S: Deep and dark malts with dried dark fruits.

T: Nice rich flavor of dark fruits and a hint of sweet booziness. Hints of hops here and there that balance near perfectly with the full maltiness.

M: Medium full and creamy. Very nice, more brews should be like this.

D: Very drinkable try one on for size it fits nicely.

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Photo of bheilman
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer that is dark but with a ruby red gleam. Not much head when poured into .5 liter spaten mug. Smell isn't so good; it is malt intense, but does have a sort of salt water scent to it. Strong malt taste that isn't as rich as I was expecting. Very drinkable. Caramel with a bit of licorice that don't really fade so leave a great aftertaste. Surprisingly drinkable beer as I don't feel it is that heavy.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Asam-Bock is a dark-brown, rich and malty brew from "the oldest Monastery Brewery in the world." The origins of this beer from Kelheim Germany(according to the label) date from 1050 AD. Excellent head formation and retention. The brew's initial impression left no doubt to it's strength as an authentic double bock and no ordinary bock beer. The first taste gave me an impression of tawny malt and toffee; perhaps a bit of vanilla and candied fruits. As I finished the beer, I felt very satisfied with a pleasant lingering sweetness on the tongue, kept from me too cloying by just the right amount of hops and roasted malt. Very drinkable for the style and very tasty on a winter's night.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner-type glass.

A - Clear dark brown body, with some visible carbonation and a nice frothy light-brown head. Very impressive lacing and decent head retention.

S - Loads of malts in the nose, with bready caramel and dark chocolate notes, and a little smokiness. A touch of floral hops in the background. Reminds me of schwarzbiers as much as of a good doppelbock smell.

T - Starts out with loads of caramel, chocolate, and even coffee notes, then going into some strong pleasant breadiness. Some pleasant smokiness develops with time. Very sweet, but appropriate for a doppelbock. Some hints of cherry and honey, together with some nuttiness might come through. The finish is definitely bready and has some roastiness. Very complex for a doppelbock.

M - Fantastic! Medium-to-full body to it. Very smooth, with a nice sweetness and very pleasant roastiness/smokiness. Coats your mouth and leaves you particularly happy. A nice warming sensation appears after a while.

D - The alcohol is pretty well-masked, so it drinks very easily. As the it warms up you will feel it more, but, since the beer is just so delicious, it shouldn't be an issue.

All in all, this might change my perspective on doppelbocks! Great beer!

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Photo of Mayhem976
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours brown but as you hold it to a light all I see is a rusty red color, has an amazing head that stuck around forever and small traces of lacing. Very impressive looking bock.

S- I smell malt and tons of brown sugar.

T- I haven't drank many bocks, but this one is really smooth, hardly any after taste. The smell translates to the taste, I get a leafy, malt, sorta brown sugarish taste. I can't even begin to explain what it is, but it's delicious.

M- Medium body but very creamy.

D- I only paid 2.49 for a bomber, at 6.9 ABV I'll sure pick up another one, goes down very easy. Smoooth. :)

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

Picked up a bottle of this stuff on a long-ago trip to St. Louis. Served in a pilsener glass. Date of 18.3.09 - not sure if this is the bottling date or a best before.

A - Pours with a reverse-cascading-waterfall-type foam that eventually settles to about four fingers and then slowly dissipates to a solid cap, leaving spotty lacing. The body is a transparent raisin-brown that has nice reddish orange highlights. There is obvious carbonation, with small bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - The smell is an eruption of malted chocolate, maple syrup, caramel, raisins & dark fruits, a touch of nutmeg, and a bit of that twangy lager deal that I pick up in most doppelbocks. It's nice, but intensely sweet - could use a little more in the way of roastiness.

T - The taste is also quite sweet, but has a little more roast multi-grain character that keeps things from becoming overly cloying. Still, this is definitely a slow sipping dessert style beer. Lots of maple, raisins, chocolate, and dark fruits, and maybe even a touch of smokiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - There's a slight tingle of carbonation on the upper lip, but it's not burny or bloaty. Medium body that seems a touch thin for the intensity of flavor, but is still appropriate for the ABV. Slightly roasty and intensely sticky residual feel.

D - I wish this came in a 12oz bottle, as a half-liter was a little bit too much considering the intense sweetness. I'm curious if a fresher bottle would have a touch of hops to offset the slightly over-the-top saccharine quality. Still it's a pretty enjoyable brew and one of the better doppelbocks I've had.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Poured three fingers of moussy beige head over a clear body of deep ruby to brown. Head retention is very good, plenty of lace

Smell - 4.0
Rich and malty, toast and lots of burnt sugar and a little dried fruit.

Taste - 4.5
Classic doppelbock taste of bready, toasty malt, a little burnt sugar and a slight grapeskin-like character. Hop presence and bitterness are low, leaving the beer sweetish, but very drinkable and tasty.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Persistent fine carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability - 4.0
On the lighter end of the doppelbock scale, and all the more drinkable for it.

OVERALL - 4.25
A tasty, drinkable Doppelbock that would make good drinking all year round.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, served in a stein.

A - Very dark brown in color with a fairly large off-white head.

S - Caramel, roast, and dark fruits. Somewhat sweet.

T - Lots of caramel malt, chocolate, roast, molasses, toffee, raisins and other dark fruits. Sweet but not overly so for the style, and well-balanced.

M - Palate medium-full and very smooth.

D - This was a surprisingly awesome doppelbock and never got to be too much. Drinkability was good.

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

The beer pours a mahogany brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite malty (as one would expect), with baked apple, cherry and lots of sweet malt. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but additionally I get some chocolate and brown sugar. This is really a rather tasty dopplebock. The beer surprisingly finishes a bit on the dry and spicey side, despite the moderately sweet and malty mid palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. The 6.9% abv. is pretty well disguised, and drinkability is good. This is a very solid dopplebock from Weltenburg.

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

Pours a clear ruby red so deep as to appear black, with an ample rocky, tan head that stays around and laces fairly well.

The nose is very malty, with a suggestion of chocolate covered raisins, toffee and freshly sliced Asian pears. There's just a touch of toasted brown bread there too.

The taste is the same, very rich, with a hint of sherry, malt sweetness, roast and lots of chocolate paired against a gentle wash of bitterness, with a toasted biscuit in the finish, a taste wonderfully reminiscent of sugar cookies. The's a creamy prune flavor at play throughout. The alcohol is pleasant and warming. As the palate acclimates to the sweetness (at least I think that's why this is happening) the beer takes on a new dimension as a bit of tartness enters the fray.

Despite the rocky head in the pour the carbonation is low leading to a full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall a deliciously malty beer and a benchmark example of the style.

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

seems to be the most popular for its ability to hid the abv quite well with a taste that almost leans on the side of mild english porter. pour is a clear light brown. and i don't mean amber... but a solid brown that lets through quite a bit of light. nose of apples and dark fruit. dark malt of sparse chocolate and mild dunkle sour. sour of plum fruit with a sufficient sweet. mild grape and a significant malt backbone but not too much density. mellow body. drinkable even in summer. some grape even. the most 'crossover' into a more english format of beer for the brewery i've had yet but extremely impressive coming from a lager.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid dark brown with two-finger head and sheath lacing down the glass. A good mix of bready, caramel and roasted malts along with some yeast, heavy fruits and a dash of floral hops. Medium-to-full bodied w/ a little haggardness from bread/nut taste, but mostly smooth and easy to drink. A little sticky and sweet and contains some fruit flavors like orange or something and is complemented by a dry backbite. A rather light and simple dopplebock but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Voonder
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobsy for this!

Pours dark ruby brown with good size off-white bubbly head, which stayed there for a while. Smell - malty upfront, slightly yeasty, some bready aromas, as well as roasted sugar and a touch of plums. Taste - sweet and malty, with raisins and a hint of coffee. Very balanced and smooth. Delicious! Alcohol is hidden very well. Great beer overall!

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Photo of HeroJH
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful bock, I would recommend it. It's a very well rounded bock that's easy to drink.

A - Brown, Dark
S - Just rich malt, and quite nice.
T - Full malt but not too sweet or saccharinlike which I sometimes get from beers like this. That tart sweetness I don't like isn't here.
M - coating, good soft carb
D - flavorful and easy to drink!

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Photo of Amalak
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a 25 oz. bottle.
A- It was a very dark brown. Slightly see-through. Good head with a great lace.
S- It had a very strong malt scent to it.
T- True to the scent, dark malt taste to it. Slight bubbliness to it.

It has a smoothish taste, but with a slight bite to it.

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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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