Snow Blind Doppelbock
Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #124
Ranked #26,333
3.65 | pDev: 12.05%
Dec 05, 2021
Nov 16, 2013
Snow Blind DoppelbockSnow Blind Doppelbock
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Photo of CobraChicken
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by CobraChicken

I love a good doppelbock. Seen this one pop up recently at the Food Lion and finally decided to try it (since they were out of Troegenator). It was a little more expensive than others, so I was hoping for something a little more nuanced. It calls itself a doppelbock lager and I feel that it is an accurate description. Drank from the bottle. The smell was that of a typical doppelbock- cocoa and heavy malts. The taste struck me with its lower carbonation, which was a slight disappointment to me. Toasty caramel and cocoa up front with very very mild coffee on the finish, rounded out by a moderate malty aftertaste. The feel is less of a doppelbock and more like that of a lager- a little watery. Not terrible, as this adds to the drinkability and keeps you from feeling extra full from one or two. I wish there was a bit more carbonation for my taste. It’s nothing to write home about and due to it costing about a buck more per six-pack, I doubt I will buy it again. The pro was the lightness on the stomach. I’ll give it a middle of the road 3.5 rating from me.

Dec 05, 2021
Photo of akaizer
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by akaizer from Virginia

A can poured into a pint glass. Look had a bit of a surge-style start that quickly shifted to a 1/3" of a floofy off-white foam head and a crystal clear body of brownish-reddish-garnet-ish. Scent is watery and a touch of malty sweetness and a slight bitterness from cocoa nibs. Taste is an interesting blend of the cocoa nibs being quite prominent while the sweetness and malty qualities burst throughout. Feel is on the medium bodied, smoother side with a malty bitterness in the aftertaste.

Nov 05, 2021
Photo of jdezelick
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jdezelick from Virginia

Great taste

Apr 16, 2021
Photo of FrMatthewLC
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

Dark with slight head. Deep malty flavor with a slight hoppy flavor & clean yeast flavor. Basically what you expect from this style emphasizing dark malt flavor over other flavors.

Jan 26, 2021
4 by redfox405 from California on Dec 26, 2020
4.25 by drt72 from Virginia on Dec 20, 2020
3.5 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia on Apr 25, 2020
Photo of teromous
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the neck of the bottle in blue ink: "PKG ON 12/12/19C"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark reddish-brown with good clarity. It has a short off-white head that is almost tan colored. The head slowly sinks in the glass. No lacing.

Aroma: There is a very weak nutty aroma that smells slightly burnt.

Taste: Toasted caramel flavor persists throughout the beer with a light hint of alcohol. Sweet tasting finish.

Mouthfeel: It feels light with low carbonation.

Overall: It wasn't that great of a Doppelbock. The flavor and aroma were very weak and the presence of alcohol flavor didn't do much to improve the beer. It's drinkable and it does have a light bit of caramel and sweetness but it's just not very enjoyable to drink. I'd recommend passing on it unless you bought it in a variety pack, in which case it's still drinkable.

Jan 12, 2020
Photo of Trailboss76
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Trailboss76 from Virginia

Pours about the color of a Coke or Pepsi. Nearly no head which made me wonder if the one I tried was old or possibly too cold?? Light aroma first with a little burst of caramel first, followed by some yet to be determined scents of spice. Not a real demanding flavor leading in any direction. I initially thought I would like it more than I actually did. The more I drank, the less I liked it. Maybe this was anomaly and I should give it another shot??

Dec 29, 2019
4.09 by sisterofba from Maryland on Dec 24, 2019
2.5 by PprBurke from Virginia on Nov 29, 2019
Photo of SDM1994
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SDM1994 from Virginia

Perfect balance of rich maltiness and sweetness. Very little bitter aftertaste. Beautiful dark color even when held up to the light. Comparable to its imported euro dopplebock cousins, shame this is only a seasonal beer

Feb 25, 2019
Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Beejay from Virginia

A: Deep brown in color with a ruby hue when held to the light. Light tan head that disappears fairly quickly.

S: Caramel, raisins, and brown bread notes.

T: Bready with a good amount of chocolate, with raisins, and caramel.

M: Medium thick in body with moderate carbonation, and a slightly slick finish.

O: Overall not bad, but also not great. Mid-line.

Jan 21, 2019
3.54 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Dec 27, 2018
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Dec 23, 2018
2.96 by rmarquardt17 from Michigan on Dec 17, 2018
4.48 by beerrat from Virginia on Dec 14, 2018
3 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Nov 12, 2018
3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2018
3.68 by DrBass from Maryland on Feb 09, 2018
3.25 by jagada from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2018
3.63 by RockyM72 from Florida on Jan 24, 2018
Photo of MichaelProcton
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MichaelProcton from North Carolina

Very pretty dark caramel, headed towards chestnut. There is a pretty thick head that forms in a light, creamy khaki color, but it fades pretty quickly, with only a thin wisp left behind. Definitely low on the clarity scale, too. Lots of sweet malt on the nose, and the smell is very one-note. There's a bit more depth in the flavor: you definitely get the sweetness of the malt, but there's some roasty character in there, too. The mouthfeel is average, and the high ABV is not obvious in either the taste or mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer, but there's nothing in particular that makes it stand out, either.

Jan 24, 2018
3.75 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jan 09, 2018
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
3.74 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Dec 28, 2017
3.18 by SteveO419 from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2017
4.08 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2017
3.61 by Nosquatch from Virginia on Dec 10, 2017
Photo of Hyptochrons
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

beautiful looking brew, dark brown in color with an off white to light tan head. on nose and palate is some sweet bready notes, brown sugar, nuttyness, an almost caramel like sweetness, some sort of dark fruit lurking in there too... cherry maybe? overall this has nice aspects to it but overall the flavor just doesnt come together all that cohesively.

Dec 04, 2017
Photo of djembeist
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by djembeist from Virginia

Malty with warm alcohol mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate, sweet....virtually no carbonation. Sophisticated winter beer that is just a bit rough around the edges. It's "Starr Hill Rough" for sure. Will definitely drink it again....happy warm belly.

Dec 01, 2017
Photo of Lampro
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lampro from Virginia

Good malty character with some nice sweetness. Very well balanced flavor profile. A definite buy again!

Nov 26, 2017
Photo of daliandragon
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by daliandragon from Maryland

So, this may be a little unfair since I reviewed an all time classic of this style just last night (Andechs of Munich). Nice carity and medium head above a standard chestnut body. Nose is deep chocolate and caramel and a touch of dark fruit.

A little yeasty in the taste, along with the dark chocolate. Also a little bit chalky, but I like the chewy, substantial texture. Coud be a touch smoother, but I like it. This is a solid try and a good start to the Starr Hill winter variety pack.

Nov 19, 2017
3.92 by BeerSexLove from Virginia on Nov 13, 2017
Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark breads. Taste is malty, dark bread, some brown sugar, a faint hint of alcohol and dates. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Jun 15, 2017
Photo of flgimp
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by flgimp from Pennsylvania

Poured it hard into a pilsner glass. It gave me a two finger khaki colored head. Dark copper color. Slightly opaque. Virtually no lacing on the glass. Smell is very faint bread and malt. Taste is good. Toasted bread and dark fruit, raisens with a little warm booze in the after taste. Feel is medium with mild carbonation. I do like this doppelbock.

May 07, 2017
3.5 by Coel from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2017
3.41 by MGibbons from Maryland on Apr 25, 2017
3.49 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland on Mar 01, 2017
3.91 by mjbrandt18 from Pennsylvania on Feb 26, 2017
Snow Blind Doppelbock from Starr Hill Brewery
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