Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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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 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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Photo of templar316
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is everything beer should be, pours a deep brown with a two finger khaki head, nice lacing. Ruby highlight when held to the light. Phenomenal nose; figs, plums, candy sugar tobacco, it's all dark fruit and deep, DEEP malt. And the flavor delivers a home run, malty deliciousness, not but conjuring depths of character and flavor. Swirl, smell and taste; pipe tobacco, walnuts, dates and swirl again. Next you know your ready for another. Watch the ABV.

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

Pours an orange-black colour with a very solid and thick head of beige foam. Lacing is excellent. Retention very good indeed. The colour is so refined and beuatiful, what an absolutley lovely looking beer. Some reverse cascading out of the bottle too. Truly excellent.

Light nutty and yeasty notes on the nose. Vague hints of banana phenols, and an odd type of sweetness, almost a Belgian yeast note to it. Some carbonic acidity coming through too. Very nice.

Quite a smooth palate, with some grainy sweetness - lots of cereal, with a light dark grain roastiness coming through on the back. It doesn't explore the palate extensively, it stays true and sweet on the central line, so it appears a little simple, but for all that, it's very tasty. Mouthfeel is smooth, but not particularly full or heavy.

A very drinkable brew, and an enjoyable, if down-the-line doppelbock. It doesn't have a huge complexity, but it's well crafted, and the characters sit together very nicely.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep, dark ruby appearance with very minimal head. this one has "legs"
nose is of dark ripened fruits, like plums, overripened grapes and hard tack candy.
Taste is very thick, big and viscous.
Heavy malty sweetness. Hints of licorice, dark chocolate and almost cordial like. Leaves a nice bitter bite on the back edges of the tongue.
Very nice beer.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best beer I have ever tasted:

A - a beautiful black that turns dark ruby once held into the light

S - Roasted nuts and a hint of chocolate

T - Tastes malty with nuts and a hint of chocolate but not sweet - there is NO sugar added. This is brewed according to the Bavarian law of purity from 1516 AD i.e. NO sugar or additives

M - Medium carbonation, crisp and smooth

D - YES YES YES very drinkable

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a hint of red undertones. Nice thick light tan head as well.

S: Dark fruits such as plums and raisins as well as some dark malt such as molasses and brown sugar.

T: A tad sweet with some dark fruits such as plums, raisins, maybe a bit of figs. Slightly sour, like sour plums. The malt comes through in flavors such as brown sugar, molasses, maybe even a hint of chocolate. A slight bite of alcohol in the finish.

M: Great mouthfeel, creamy, medium-bodied, very fine carbonation.

D: A very good dopplebock, one of the better ones out there.

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Photo of Wegbier
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- dark brown with ruby red through all the sides with good retention all the way down.

s- this bock is packed full of aroma of bread, toast and molasses

t- this is a benchmark of this style, it pleases me to know that they have made such an excellent craft after for almost 1000 years. it is a little molasses sweet but but not overwhelming and balanced with bready toasty malt almost woody.

m- on the palate it is medium body soft with little carbonation and a light linger on the aftertaste.

d- i detect no hint of the 6.9 abv. there is lots of smooth non aggressive taste and aroma. It is worth trying one or three.

If you hate even a hint of sweetness in your beer this isnt for you but for a Doppelbock this is very well balanced and not overly sweet.

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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 ecoastman
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black opague but has some red hue when I hold it against the sun. A thick head recedes to a thin layer and has some nice lacing to start.

Smell - lightly malty but the hops give it a very fresh herbal scent.

Taste - nice. Malty as a bock should be with mild herbal flavour. Light chocolate and roasted flavours. The alcohol isn't too noticeable and it is well balanced with light hops to suit the style.

Mouthfeel - smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability - quite drinkable for a strong beer and somewhat refreshing for a dark bock.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle served in a 20oz glass beer mug.

Deep, dark brown color with red highlights and a beige head that left rings of lacing.
Sweet smelling brew, molases and brown sugar, it is a very inviting aroma indeed.
Sweet flavored brew, rich molases taste is very dominant with a slight chocolate note just before the candy sweet finish. You'd never know this is over 7% abv from the taste.
Thick and creamy full bodied beer.
Easy to drink and it's quite tasty.

If you've got 'the malt craving'...
this is your beer!

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Photo of jbonapar
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown sugar and molasses, soft mildly creamy head.
Smell - Burnt sugars and a overtone of molasses with some mild dates underlying the surgars.
Taste - Rich dark surgar and molasses with a bitter finish. However, none of which are overpowering. Exceptionally smooth.
Mouthfull - Smooth, soft, amazing.

Overall: Exceptional beer. Very unique. Strong but smooth. Sweet but rich. Going to buy many more!

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

Re-rated 23.December 2010

500 ml, BB date reads 17.March2011, into tulip. Pours opaque yet clear dark brown body with ruby shining at the edges, overlain by creamy, beige head with good retention that clings to the walls. The nose is very rich malty sweetness with melanoidin-toasty qualities, strong fruitiness of plums, prunes and raisins brought by malts rather than yeast-derived esters, some caramel and noticeable alcohol penetrating through the thick malty body. Rich malt flavor with melanoidin-toasty character, caramel, dark fruits and roasty notes that, together with light hoppy bitterness, balance out the malty sweetness. There is is a distinctive spicy touch in both aroma and flavor profile, probably originating from the noble hops used. Medium to full bodied beer with moderate to fine carbonation, somewhat sticky, verging on being syrupy coats the lips with a film of sweet residues. Stickier, fruitier, less chocolaty&roasty and not nearly as dry as the Celebrator.
In short: a very malty, fruity Doppel Bock with sticky texture.

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

This is a really good beer. Bought it at the LCBO in Ontario and poured into a pint glass. A nice dark colour with a 2 or 3 finger head. Smells of sweet malt and can almost smell the alcohol. It first tastes of the malt and then after a faint bitterness of the hops comes through. Really smooth beer going down. It got better as it got closer to room temp.

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Photo of Monsteruss
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The foam was wheat in color (2 fingers high), frothy, lacey and stuck to the glass. Smell was rich and aromatic with hints of fruit. The color was deep red, almost carmel. The taste - rich and aromatic, complex, a hint of carmel and hoppy. It's mouthfeel was smooth and deep. Drinkability was good.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the Biererei in Vienna, where the distributor claimed it was the "best beer in the world." Don't know about that. The standard brown half liter bottle features a parchment colored label with a red cross above and a bewigged renaissance era boy below the name. Conforms with the purity law. Best before 1/29/09, I bought it (should have checked the date!) in March and opened it on 4/11/09. Fortunately, it seems to have aged quite well...

Pours a nice translucent cola brown under a light brown two-finger head that fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing. So far, so good. Sweet candy caramel fills the nose, with a touch of hinted nuts. The mouth is quite mildly-carbonated and rather sticky, coating the mouth and staying there. This is indeed a very nice doppelbock, with lots of sweet grain bordering on maple syrup (real, not imitation). There is a slight hops kick in the finish, but it is easily overlooked, as this one is all about the malt. Very nice.

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