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 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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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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Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 534 ratings