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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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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Photo of TheSarge
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This sample I'm trying is labeled 6.9% ABV, so perhaps an updated recipe.

The appearance of this doppelbock is on key to the style. There is a massive amount of light tan head, with a dark ruby red body that is ultra clear. Head retention sticks around for a good amount of time, and lacing sticks beautifully to the glass.

The aroma is vivid with sweet bready malts, and a slight metallic hops aroma. There is a slight herbal fragrance detectable here too.

The taste is on par too. There are maple syrup characteristics, but the mouth feel is not syrupy at all; subsequently, kind of refreshing like a soft drink. In the end there is a slight herbal smack, with a barely detectable alcohol warming effect... Very sneaky!

This bottle boasts of being brewed by the oldest monastery in the world dating 1050, which is just 10 years younger than Weihenstephan I believe.

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

Fifth beer that I've tried from the LCBO spring line up. Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: blackish mahogany in colour with a thin tan head. Fine, sugary lacing lingers after each sip.

Aroma: sweet dates, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Nutty bread aromas develop while drinking the beer and the liquor becomes evident after a while.

Taste: mildly sweet malt, prunes, hints of brown sugar and pecan. Some wheat malt and bitterness in the aftertaste, accompanied by warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: pure silk from beginning to end. A tingly carbonated bite appears midway through, followed by a dryly malted finish. This is close to perfection. Very impressive.

Drinkability: definitely the best doppelbock that I've come across so far. I'm assuming this is how the style is supposed to be done. Great drinkability with a fruity, silky, and warming character. A well crafted beer.

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

A: Deep mahogany with good clarity and active carbonation. Rocky and firm cream head has nice retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Lots of dark fruit with plum, currant and cherry aromas. A small amount of chocolate is in the mix, as well as a mild alcohol presence.

T: A sharp pepper bitterness hits right away. It gives way to plum, cherry, toffee and chocolate flavors. Alcohol adds extra warmth, and aids the bitterness in providing balance. Finishes with a bittersweet toffee flavor and a lingering pepper bite.

M: Medium-heavy body is thick and chewy. Carbonation level feels just right.

D: I've had nice luck with doppelbocks this year, and this is yet another of them. The complexity of flavor and chewy mouthfeel make this a very substantial beer. I'm quite glad I picked it up.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was 6.9%

Pours an almost black reddish/brown with a nice tan head.

At first it smelled like a lager, then some dark fruits, caramel and chocolate aroma came through.

Very malty, sweet, some caramel, molasses, a hint of coffee, a nice hop balance, and some nuttiness.

Nice creamy, smooth mouthfeel, this was a good dopplebock.

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Photo of beertunes
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured what appeared at first to be black, but when held up to light showed to be a very deep garnet. A deep khaki tan head left minimal lacing. A solid aroma featuring a slightly sweet, roasty presence. the flavors. The flavors feature that roasty sweetness with a slight hop tang on the finish. Wonderfully full body that lingers but doesn't stick. Among the most drinkable brews I've ever had, you can sip these for a long time. Centuries perhaps. A true world classic.

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Photo of stumac
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this at Stumelagram IX

aged for ONE year...

it pours up a transparent dark brown color with crimson edges. small off white head. the nose is traditional German malts with no real depth, some subtle chocolate, also the aroma of pennies! I taste chocolate malts, nice crisp hop balance, medium bodied, low carbo, a good brew...

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

Dark russet brown cut with a generous amount of lovely maraschino cherry. The highlighting provides a lot of bright accenting to what could otherwise be fairly dark beer. I'm surprised by how much clarity is revealed to the light. The beer is lightly outlined and a tiny spread of emu feather is laid atop. In my eyes it looks marvelous!

One sniff indicates this is even more than meets the eye. Melted dark caramel, toasted multi-grain loaf, sugary scones, and brandy soaked raisin are enough to keep your nose in the glass an extra few seconds than is average. This combination of deep toast and dark fruit makes for the strong maltiness that goes hand in glove with the dopplebock style.

That taste, too, is deliciously malty. It is both sweet and toasty with a clipping bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is low enough to allow the gooey, viscous maltiness of the beer to be fully showcased. The fact that this is lagered ensures a more crisp, attenuated mouthfeel. The extra little bit of alcohol goes naturally unnoticed.

Flavours of caramel and dark fruit purees (plum, blackberry) are well suited to the sticky, syrupy persona of the beer. The base malts impart the notion of toasted, multi-grain bread and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. I remember having my first dopplebock (which may very well have been this one) and having my head spin from the explosion of flavours.

German monks of the late middle ages considered dopplebocks to be their "liquid bread" which would sustain them through long periods of fast (hence sometimes referred to as 'Fastenbier' or 'Lenten beer'). They also believed that liquids cleansed the body and soul, the more you drank the holier you were. Shoot... isn't Easter coming up? Well then, I better get to it!

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Photo of loren01
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown cola color with normal sized white head...no lacing down the glass
S: Smell is sweet...brown sugar/molasses, and fruity of dark fruits
T: Taste is of dark roasted malts...sweeet not bitter at all. Fruity....tastes of figs, raisins. The alcohol is very well hidden.
M: Smooth and creamy, goes down too well...couldn't get much better in this catergory.
D: I love the Dopplebock style of beer and this is one of the better ones i have ever tasted.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This "heavenly" beer from the oldest monastery brewery in the world is generally given high praise amongst many beer aficionados. But that may not mean it's really going to be your cup of tea.

It pours a dark brown. There's some reddish highlights but I would not call it a good looking brew. The head dissapates quickly, there's no lacing and a tiny ring of foam is all that remains to remind you the beer has any life to it at all.

The smell is primarily of raisins, figs and other malted sweetness. It's neither bad, nor good.. it just is. And the taste has the same mannerisms.. lots of malted sweetness initially and carrying through towards the end with a small amount of hops to balance it out. There's little complexity to be had and while it's not off putting you probably won't be gulping it down either.

The mouth-feel as a whole is fairly soft and average. Carbonation is very low. Drinkability, at least for me, scores low. The beer is sipper - and I enjoy plenty of those - but this one doesn't have enough to offer to make me consider having another. In the end, there's nothing really to figure out.. it's just sip upon sip of dark fruit.

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

Good doppelbock that just needs a small push in the flavor department. The beer is a dark brownish red liquid (when held up to the light) with a creamy beige head. The flavor and aroma are very malty. It's a big sweet, bready beer with some hop spiciness. It's just not complex or big enough to really stand out in the style. I'm not going to say anything bad about this beer, but that's not enough to push any of the scores above a 4. It almost pushes past good in drinkability because it's rather easy to drink for a doppelbock, but that category also encompasses my eagerness to buy another bottle, and I can't say that this beer will ever make it into regular rotation for me. Korbinian, among a few others, is just more interesting and fun to drink. So, it's a good German doppelbock, and I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of number1bum
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #20.

Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown, mahogany sort of color with a billowing, creamy light beige head. Head easily builds to more than two inches, and leaves some very nice lacy stick on the sides as it settles. Keeps a chunky, full head throughout.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and dark fruits, maybe prunes and also a bit of a berry aroma. In addition to the caramel there is a bit of molasses in the nose, along with some earth and smoke.

Taste is more robust than the smell, with a nice balance between malt sweetness and dark fruitiness. It's primarily caramel malt flavor, along with some molasses, and as for the fruit there is quite a bit of plum flavor, in particular. There's a slight buttery quality to it, as well, although it's still more in line with caramel than toffee. Really not much hop character to speak of, nor much bitterness in the finish. There is a bit of roasted flavor in the finish, however.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, amply carbonated - maybe just a wee bit too much, in fact, with a medium body and a clean finish.

Not quite as complex as some other doppels I've had, but a damn good one. Smooth, easy drinking and very tasty.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues and a small thin head.
Very malty aroma, sweet and sugary smelling, caramel, roasted grain, burnt toast
The flavour is much less sweet than expected and nicely balanced. Slight black licorice taste, the hops are very bitter in the end. Toasted bread, biscuits come through as well. Almost a pastry taste; buttery flavours. Good bitter aftertaste.
Thin to medium bodied with a pretty light and soft carbonation.

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

Appearance: Nearly black with a huge tan head.

Smell: Sweet bread, malt, molasses, and chocolate.

Taste: Dark cherry and plum with a little bit of sweetness fade to chocolate ending with a malty bitterness. Very smooth and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Full bodied and complex. Easy to drink even at 7.2% ABV.

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

I've been waiting to try this one...got it from a beer split a few weeks ago and just haven't had the opportunity to drink.

Appearance: Pours a very nice, deep, dark, clear reddish color with a two inch head. Great retention, good lacing.

Smell: Can smell hints of malt, some chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Slightly fruity too. Very nice.

Taste: The taste is very very good. Leaning towards the sweeter side, I can taste caramel, chocolate, and just a bit of fruitiness.

Mouthful: Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Very little carbonation, feels almost creamy going down.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, I can see myself drinking this more often. The bigger bottle just means I can drink more!

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a dark brownish ruby-red color with a light tan head of about one inch thickness that recedes to a centimeter after a few minutes. Some pretty nice lacing is left behind.

Aroma is exploding with caramel, toffee, raisins, plums, a very light chocolate, and basically everything good about a Doppelbock.

The taste is initially a big burst of caramel and toffee that is quickly met by flavors of raisin and plum. The taste is somewhat brown sugary as well with a very light chocolate finish that complements the raisin wonderfully.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, very creamy in texture, and generally an easy one to drink.

This is an insanely good Doppelbock. I've had an American version of many German styles that have pretty much nailed it but they can't seem to get the Doppelbock right. If you want the real stuff, this is a perfect example.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock pours a dark brown with a white head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is malty and a touch fruity. There is a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is very malty, hops don't make much of an appearance here. Not my favorite style, but well done. Improves significantly as it warms, toffee like malt dominates.

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Photo of stcules
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost balck, dark mahogany edges. A decent beige head.
Bock smell: dark malts, a hint of alcohol. Light roast, and then even some bitterness. Well balanced.
Full taste, pleasant, dark malts again.
Intense bock, with alight burnt, and a strong roastiness.
Average body, with roots, artichoke, bitter herbs - like bitterness in the aftertaste. And hop.

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

Excellently crafted beer. Poured from a bottle purchased in Miami Beach with a fine, tan, foamy, frothy, slightly textured head and some lace. Very dark walnut color with dark amber highlights. Aroma is malty, slight anise and rootbeer. Flavor's the same but first dry and then sweet. Great body! Silky smooth, fine carbonation and mouth filling. Hints of alcohol. Good finish but maybe too much for a session beer.

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

Rich mahogany with ruby trim topped with two solid fingers of slightly tan froth; good duration and lacing--an excellent presentation. Good nose--lots of candied berry, chocolate, cocoa bean, and a hint of molasses. All these transmit well into the taste, a subtle but nicely blended melange of flavor and creamy malt. This is quite good dopplebock. Whereas Sam Adams's version is bolder in malt and rich in flavor, Weltenburger is more subtle but a bit smoother and somewhat sweeter. The mouthfeel enhances this tremendously--very smooth and malty, a real treat. Sterling drinkability, easy to enjoy this mug's worth all too quickly. Certainly one of the best dopplebocks I've ever had, very delicious and one I'd like to cellar. Very well done.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a root beer float,deep dark brown with a tall chocolate mousse head that leaves very little lacing(I think my fiance put my glass in the dishwasher again,damn jetdry)this still looks inviting just the same. The nose is full of rasins and heavy maltiness,along with some fine notes of candy chocolate sweetness. This tastes like chocolate turtles,caramely,nutty pecans,sweet milk chocolate and brown sugar. The body is full and silky smoothe with just a touch of dryness felt on the very back of the tounge begging for another swallow. A must try for any one looking for a quality Doppelbock.

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Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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