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 DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Wow what a rocking two inches of mocha head. Sticks around forever with a bit of good lacing. Clear in color but such a deep shade of brown its almost black.
S - Smell is musty at first like old residual malts. Has a nice sweetness to the nose with some raisin and fig with some dried apricot goodness.
T+M - Very smooth and tasty dopplebock. ABV is well hidden with some chocolate malts and caramel sweetness highlighting. It's rather simple and never gets too in depth with the dried fruit flavors but they are there. Very smooth.

Overall this was a good find for 5 bucks and is pretty tasty. Not sure why I didn't like it as much as the dunkel but its pretty world class.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Hard to ascertain the gender of the figure on the label. Also, 'Asam' doesn't really sound all that German, does it?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy and densely bubbly beige head, which leaves but a few weak instances of seaspray lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of lightly astringent caramel malt, a touch of butterscotch, dried, slightly vinous black fruit - prune and fig, mostly - damned near inert noble hops, and a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is much bigger, with a well-rounded caramel/toffee/bready malt backbone, still sturdy dark, well-aged fruitiness, a mild cellar mustiness, and an earthy, kind of leafy hoppiness. The alcohol seems to have found an outside distraction, or something.

The bubbles are there, sure, but quite verily hidden for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth - no cracks, really - with strong aspersions to creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt still obviously the star here, in conjunction with the fruity esters, to be sure, while the booze and hops sit bristling at the kids' table.

Another decent doppelbock on a hot summer day (call me contrarian, I surely don't mind). Like wine pairings with food - I'm more of the opinion that you should drink and eat what you like, and just hope that they get along, with a few obvious caveats. So it is that I'm enjoying a drinkable, well-flavoured strong bock, while sunshine filters into the room. S'all good.

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

Appearance: Very dark chestnut; medium head; dissipates quickly

Aroma: Malty; sweet; dried figs

Taste: Malty, creamy, tangy on start; warming alcohol in mid with a semi-sweet, slightly bitter finish; pretty well balanced overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a fine, half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of dark bready malt, dark dried fruit, molasses and a hint of soy sauce. Flavor follows, complex integrated molasses, bready malt, dark dried fruit and hints of chocolate. Flavor is somewhat subdued compared to the aroma, but in the moderate flavor, there is a lot going on. Nice creamy medium body. Probably the darkest malt doppelbock I've encountered and although the flavor is not intense, it still feels rich and satisfying. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml. Dark rusty brown pour, cream colored head. Retained pretty well.

Aroma, caramel, butterscotch and some lift red fruit, though there is nothing light about the aroma.

Taste, liquid caramel, but there is a nice earthy note to it. Gets breadier as it warms. A faint herbal bitterness. Fades to a slight molasses and cocoa. Finish is more tea and tobacco like.

Medium body, quite a creamy carbonation. Drinks Extreamely easy.
Belongs among the top of the German representations of the style.

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Photo of sfprint
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: like a very dark cola with almost a finger head, remarkably slow rising carbonation.
S: nutbuttery malt, soy nuts, soy sauce. interesting and different.spicy corn nuts
And a side note, very loud carbonation! sounds almost like rice krispies but lower in pitch
T: woah. smokey malt, fairly thick and somewhat heavy. a fairly unique flavor. porter like.
M: in the direction of a nitro beer. thick creamy and a hair chunky like a milkshake.
O: interesting, pretty good in the porter direction. one of the better dark german beers

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice doppelbock right mhere

Dark brown and ruby pour, looks rich. Nice barely off white head, foamy and thick. Some rocks.

The aroma has the usual; prune, plum, sugared candy, leather and apple. Some roastiness and bread. Yet none of those are overpowering and "too much". Just about right

The flavor is less sweet than most doppelbocks I've had. Most others seem like a Jolly Rancher candy, but this isn't quite that concentrated. Leather and plum wrap around the roasted bread center. Some red apple here and there, too.

A very drinkable doppelbock. Soft and cleansing on the end. Perhaps a bit bready, but still not all that sweet, which is fine by me.

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Photo of mick303
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark chestnut brown colour. Head of creamy tan head that recedes slowly. Leaves quite a nice lacing. 500 mL bottle with freshness date.

Smell is suggestive of a rich dark maltiness, apple aromes, dark caramel. A lot of roastiness, leather, slightly boozy, but really intricate and rich. Grapefruit, and a vinegarry prickle.

Taste is thick, a caramelly boozy dark maltiness, leather, grapefruit with plums and dark fruits. Bitterness is light, but there is a ton of fruitiness and a touch of bitter chocolate towards the finish. Some mild almond nuttiness, with a nice pervasive roasty malt body, really rich. Finish has some sour apple, toast malt, sticky caramel with a bit of rummy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is quite full bodied but not overpowering, nice soft carbonation. Toasty dryness on the finish. Quite pleasant and drinkable. Not too alcoholic, and goes down quite satisfying.

A nicely interesting doppelbock. Not too malt heavy in that there are an interesting array of boozy fruit and roasted notes. It is interesting and not too heavy. It is quite rich, and maybe could improve by a bit more balance all the things going on here. Comes across as a bit boozy, which is probably my main issue, but it still drinks very nicely and is worth a try.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thin, brilliant layer of tan foam on top of molasses-thick beer. The thing is, the foam is really heavy, but really thin, which is quite cool. Color is about the same as well. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Yeasty sourdough bread. Plums and raisins. Molasses and caramel are evident too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Toasted marshallows and chocolate. Some strong coffee in the finish. S'more-like. Feels a bit flat compared to smell and flavor. Full-bodied.

Overall Drinkability: The best doppelbock I've had.

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Photo of schleprock
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured from a bottle this beer pours a molasses like colored brown. It has a decent half inch head at first but it quickly shrinks to jost a bit on the top of the beer. There seems to be little carbonation making me wonder how old my bottle is.

S - Smells of raisins and roasted malt

T - Sweet raisin or prunish notes, very malty but not thick.

M - Pretty low carbonation, feels thinner than it looks when poured but not watery, just right.

O - Good flavor overall but I don't think I got the freshest bottle given the thin carbonation. I would definitely buy it again and recommend it to others.

Serving type: bottle

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

Poured into my Weltenburger dimpled mug. Lovely aroma of dark bread, munich-y malt goodness and clean richness. Taste is much the same. Not a hint of caramel sweetness or toffee - which is why I love it (and the style) so much. Such a powerful Bavrian dark beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows caramel, bready melanoidin malt, toasty and nutty malt and brown sugar.
Flavours almost perfectly mirror the aromas, focussing on sweet bready, toasty, nutty and melanoidin malt. The alcohol is very well-integrated, showing just a little in the finish to balance things out.
Nice creamy body, could use a little more carbonation though.
Very easy to drink!

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Photo of thepeter
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Brown with a nice tight finger head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma of sweet brown bread, dark fruit, with a hint of nuttiness. Taste again Caramel malt, rich brown bread, raisins and figs, and the nuttiness at the end. Palate is rich medium to full bodied nicely carbonated creamy and just really nice.

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Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

.5l bottle purchased near brewery in Bavaria. Dated BB Feb. 2013.

Pours a clear but very dark brown with mahogany highlights and a medium tan head. The head has good retention and leaves spotty lacing.

A refined malty aroma with a hint of liqueur. The flavor [4.25] is parallel, albeit with a more pronounced and richer dark malt component. Lasting, lightly bitter, dark malt aftertaste.

M: nicely smooth yet it has enough carbonation to impart a significant liveliness.

O: Superb, and notably better than the nice Kloster Ettal dopplebock I had earlier in the day.

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Photo of stevoj
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I expected great things from Weltenburger, and no disappointment here. Pours into glass almost black, like stout. Palate is rich and full, deep roast grain flavor. This would be more amazing on a cold winter’s day, but still the best bock I’ve had. recommend A+

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Photo of beergoot
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic doppelbock appearance: dark, mahogany red with a solid, one-finger thick light tan head.

The smell is there, too. Nice sweet grain/alcohol mix with the malts on the plus side. Some roasted grain scent, kind of earthy, and nice fruit-like hints.

Rich, malt flavor. Heavy on the caramel and toffee notes. Some cocoa and light, bitter chocolate. Nice bitterness smooths out the finish.

Smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Softly clean.

A pretty satisfying doppelbock. Nice balance between the malt, hops, and carbonation. A delightfully nice drinking doppel, bringing complexity mixed together with subtlety to produce a fine glass of beer...

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

Very nice beer, not even sure who bought it but it turned up in my fridge the other night!

Pours a deep mahogany color with a smallish, slowly settling cream colored head. Patchy lacing. Aroma is richly malty and full of dark fruit; plums, prunes, and raisins. Trace booziness in the nose, lots of caramel.

Flavor follows the nose for the most part, with strong caramel sweetness and lots of chocolate malt, as well as the aforementioned dark fruits and a hint of toffee. Tasty, fairly dry finish, with very little discernible hops or bitterness as is fitting for the style. Booze pokes its head out pleasantly just a little in the swallow.

Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation, but also a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Quite good in this regard.

This was certainly an unheralded treat, really enjoyed it and had no knowledge of the beer going in. Recommended.

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

bottle code: 069C0750

2 full fingers of head on an easy pour, caramel brown hue, carbonation takes its time traversing up the backbone of malt to keep the head afloat, this displays both lacing and legs, a really nice looking brew, if this were a photo it would be a good example for other beers of the style to adhere

dry and malty with hints of molasses. a touch of bready oats, a tiny waft of chocolate underneath. nothing overwhelming but very nice.

taste etc...
pretty close to the nose, drinks very smoothly, the grainy flavor is quite present, the last time I had this I remember the malts being a bit more .. chewy. The background flavors are quite nice, almost a slight burnt chocolate molasses thing happening, not huge, just sitting there on the bready blanket. This one drinks a bit thinner than most DBs but that is not automatically a bad thing, it also is not as heavy handed on the ABV as others. The carbonation is just right floating the brew over your palette.

a very smooth middle of the road DB, do you need monster beers every moment of every day ? or a beer with really nice character that is also easy drinking ? I think some overhanded beers lack the subtlety displayed here. A solid beer.

on the tele via torrent while tasting: The Fisherman's Apprentice with Monty Halls E4

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Photo of dansmcd
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark molasses-coke colour, active yet short lived pocked tan head. No real lacing.

S - Grainy, sweet roastiness, plum, faint pilsner malt.

T - Sweet plum, port, cola, some ash, sweet and tasty.

M - Moderate to high carbonation, thin body, a bit watery.

O - Lovely flavours but I cant help but feel this could've been a monster. Nearly a classic.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby coloured drink with a finger of head.

S - Dark roasted malts with some rum and port.

T - Loads of rich dark flavours abound; big hits of rum and sweet port with a hint of plum & cherries. There's also some bitter caramel hiding in the background.

M - The sweet port flavours work well to give a soothing aftertaste. Other than that it's quite smooth.

O - Some great flavours here make this is a great example of the style. Soothing and pleasant to drink with just a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful dark brown body with a foamy, almost stout like, head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Grape juice, sweet malt, and freshly baked bread aromas fill the nose.

Taste: The taste is even more robust than the smell. A nutty, slightly bitter, taste is present throughout but along the way there are bread and licorice flavors to be enjoyed. There is a slight alcohol hint at the end.

Mouth taste: Heavy and creamy with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall: A good Doppelbock I would definitely have again. The grape juice aroma and hint of licorice in the taste make this an appropriate holiday brew.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ever since I discovered it last year, I've come to affectionately call this beer the "Awesome Bock". It's one that I return to every so often, if I'm in a German kind of mood.

Poured into my usual pint glass, the first thing you notice is a delicious-looking finger of fluffy light tan head. Decent head retention, just a bit of creamy lacing. The body is dark, deep brown, with minimal light making its way through.

The smell, interestingly, does have a pretty strong grape or, lets say, spiced raisin presence. There's also subdued, dark German malt to the smell. Chocolatey, bready. It smells like a meal in a glass.

Wow, I had forgotten how much this beer tastes like grapes. It's almost like a wine blended with a bock. On top of the grape, there is a certain spiciness which in my opinion makes this beer an ideal winter seasonal, without the beer actually being explicitly called a "winter seasonal". That being said, the malts just aren't quite as prevalent as I would like. I feel that more malt would help to balance the fruitiness. Also, the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would like for a doppelbock.

All in all, this is a tasty, unique offering from the second oldest brewery in the world. You can also pick it up for pretty cheap in Pittsburgh. I'll probably continue to purchase more "Awesome Bock" when I'm in the mood.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gorgeous. It's brown with ruby hues and a never-ceasing tan head. There's great clarity, but the beer is very dense.

A -Not as interesting as I would have expected. German beers really pale to English-American Ales, but even by the standards of other Bocks, this one lacks the pronounced caramel and bready notes I have come to expect.

T - Chewy and sweet without erring on cloying. It's more like dessert than a main course, in that it's simple and straight forward. I like this beer a lot, but nothing about it blows me away.

M - It's not as creamy as other Bocks, but it's got a huge profile. Very substantial for a beer under 7% ABV

O - Compared to other Bocks, it suffers. Still, it's a great beer for those who find Stouts too roasty and IPA's too hoppy, Barleywines too hot and fruity, and Belgian Ales too funky.
It IS ok to like a simple beer. This one offers a lot of enjoyment without demand much in return.

Decent beer, but if you have others to chose from I wouldn't recommend this.

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

This doppelbock pours a clear, dark mahogany brown with tall, creamy, light brown foam that settles but clings a bit to the glass. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, molasses, raisins, and figs. Very nice. The taste is lightly sweet and richly malty with flavors of chocolate, molasses, grape skins, roasted malt, a hint of hops buried deep, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat dry (light sweetness) with full body and modest carbonation feel. A dry, chocolatey, lightly bitter flavor lingers pleasantly. Overall a very nice, dark doppebock.

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Dark brown with tan one finger head that doesn't last long.

Aroma- Molasses, dark roasted malts and grape juice.

Taste- Sweet, malty, and extremely grapey

Feel- Smooth with moderate carbonation

I really wanted to like this one but it ended up being a little sweet and there was this overpowering grape taste.

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