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 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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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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