Dopple Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Dopple BockDopple Bock

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with ruby/garnet hue. A head lasts. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate cake, caramel, cherry-like fruit, earthy, peppery spice.

The taste is of sweet dark malt, dark fruit with an earthy, peppery, rum-like spice balance. Clean lager finish.

It is full-bodied and very smooth.

An outstanding example of the style. It is up there with the classic German doppelbocks!

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.94/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quick Take: A very malty, sweet, tasty candy with a great bready mouthfeel, albeit hides the high alcohol levels. A liquid bread treat that is worth every penny!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Deep, Bready, Sweet, Warming

Perhaps a classic now as it has been winning over beer geeks for over 20 years. Even with a massive maltiness there is a lot of balance here with a touch of roasted grain and alcoholic warmth. Drinkable as the size does not hinder the sipping at all. A prime example of the style and a must have.

STYLE: Dopplebock | ABV: 7.85% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Continuing being underwhelmed with Sprecher beer, I had this one. Maybe it is just that nothing stood out. Maybe I was just in a weird headspace (my dog had just eaten my sofa), or maybe the beer just wasn't anything special. This beer again, was okay. It hit the low standard I have for craft beer. Is it a macro? no? then it's okay. I'll drink it.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a medium brown color with not too much of a head. The aroma is very malty. The flavor is very well balanced with a delicious toasted, malt flavor and a bit of carbonation to give it some volume. Probably one of the better seasonal offerings from Sprecher's. Overall very nicely made.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: 12 oz twist off cap. Brown with an off white soapy foam. Recedes to a ring and leaves behind no real lacing.

SMELL: Bready toasted malts. A hint of smoke and fruity yeast. Malty dark lager beer.

TASTE: Caramel malts and a small note of dark fruits. Nutty, powdered cocoa notes from the malt are welcome here. Really no hint of alcohol, this is a deceiving brew. Hops are mild and provide a light citrusy note and soft bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium level of carbonation. Sweet malty flavors linger into a pleasant finish.

OVERALL: A nice malty bock from Sprecher. I could easily drink mass quantities of this. Good flavor!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice clear bronze. Not much of a head, wispy and of white.
Smell: malty and fairly rich. A good nose for a doppel, not outstanding.
Taste: very similar to the nose. Good, rich, nothing outstanding, fairly simple.
Overall: just a repeat of the nose and taste comments. Good not great.

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Photo of bigbeard
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Dopple Bock pours a deep copper/amber and has a thin tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet with dark fruit and a bit of alcohol (not bad). Dark fruit continues into the flavor profile and is complimented nicely by a nutty sweetness. The beer finishes sweet and fast with dryness lingering on the back of the tongue. There is a slight alcohol warmth which goes great on a cold evening. If I ice-fished, this might be the beer I take along.

Price was great @ $6.49/4

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hyvee in West Omaha, NE
No obvious bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Sprecher's doppelbock focuses on traditional sweetness and some untraditional smoke flavors in their recipe. Despite this, the brew turns out to be about average, somewhat lacking in complexity of flavors, particularly dried fruits, and not particularly deep in richness or flavor, both of which I find appealing in doppelbocks. Generally, I don't think I'd seek this out again.

Pours a 1 cm tan head, descends rapidly to a 0.5cm ring around glass with a thin island in middle. Minimal lacing, but leaves some good washes of foam after a sip. Body is a very dark brownish color away from light; in it, it is a dark ruby hue.

Aroma opens with very sweet malt, bread, a bit of yeast, and ethanol. Also offers slight caramel and toffee scents, light fruitiness, and curiously, a bit of bubblegum. Scent is good, but not particularly strong or exciting.

Tasting begins with brown sugar, dark malt, and some caramel flavors towards the front of the tongue. Strong sweetness has largely overwhelmed by mid-palate, slightly estery, a dash of old black pepper. Back of the palate picks up light smoke flavor and ethanol. Seems to be lacking dark, dried fruit complexity, much intensity, and the ethanol detection is a bit unexpected in a doppelbock due to the heavy malt backbone. Also, not much "depth" to the flavor; seems to be about halfway "deep."

Medium to medium-heavy body with fairly modest carbonation, creating a smooth, but slightly stagnant mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry and slightly sticky.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if 12oz bottles are new but it was decently priced at $2.50 a single.

A - Ow wow a twist off. Color is darker than expected for a dopplebock but a nice dark clear ruby amber. Head is a half inch that turns to a creamy opaque colored head.

S - A nice bit of caramel like bread with slight fruity yeasts, berries, and maybe a touch of roast.

T - Sort of like a dopplebock porter I get liquid smoke then caramel sweetness that leads to a bready malt. Finish Smooth but kind of chalky with yeast and bittering hops.

M - Medium mouthfeel but not as heavy as some other examples of the style.

Overall a different take on the style with an assertive bit of smoke and hop bitterness. I like it.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep brown body and some nice lacing left from a solid head.

S - Worcestershire alongside alcohol and berries.

T - Sharp bread flavor with an interesting subtle mesquite flavor. Not what I was anticipating but it is certainly unique.

M - Watery and rather light in the beginning. It offers some slight abrasion one I get past halfway the halfway point of each sip.

~ The more i drink the better it gets. Try it by a fire in cold weather for a nice winter treat.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint. Bottled Oct 1, 2010.

A: Pours a translucent, dark mahogany color with 1/2 finger of fizzy, pale tan head. Little retention or lace.

S: Caramel aromas and good floral hops, very nice.

T: Like the smell, mostly caramel flavor, also dark fruits with a little spice, somewhat one-dimensional and a tad too sweet. Not bad, but a little boring.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel, a tad under-carbonated.

O: Not bad, but really a pity that the flavor couldn't live up to the smell. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown color with a single-finger off-white head that fades quickly into a fairly-thick collar. The nose has a bit of caramel and dark fruits along with some bread and a fair amount of sweetness. The flavor is pretty sweet without much else accompanying that aspect. There's some dark caramel and brown sugar plus a bit of fruit. Medium body with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Decent example of the style.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drained last night with Marquette's final four hopes. Solid offering from Sprecher who specializes in German style offerings. Toasty caramal malts with a nice balance long finish and quite smooth drinking ability. Very nice beer and one that I would seek out again in Milwauke or Philly.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2005...
Appears a a russett brown with a ruby hued edge. A tan head slowly fades out into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Taste is of mollasses, caramel, anise, oxidation, peanuts, and sweet cocoa.
Mouthfeel is of medium bodied, sweet, raisiny, and lingering.

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Photo of tapman
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, sand colored head that got to three fingers, fizzled down to a 1/2 and then maintained that 1/2 finger for quite a while. Body is a dark brown with ruddy highlights.

Raisins and toast is the aroma. Maybe a little allspice.

Cinnamon, allspice, ark toast, though no astringent roastiness. Hops are earthy and minty and the darker malts give that raisiny taste. I prefer less raisin, but still big on good flavor.

Pretty good, smooth though a little thinner than I like, though I'm used to doppel bocks on draught. I mean, DOUBLE bocks. sorry.

Sprecher makes good beer at a good price, plus it's more local to my hometown of Chicago than beer from California or Europe. Less shipping equals less fuel used and the savings are passed onto me, the consumer. Not great, but pretty damn good.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.49/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high expectations for this beer but came away disappointed. The smell was muted and the taste was not robust with a bit of astringency. Mrs. Marvin was so put off by the taste that she didn't finish her glass (which is quite uncommon).

I have had several great Sprecher beers (most notable the Russion Imperial Stout and Black Bavarian) but this won't find its way back into our house.

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Photo of bsherb
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The way it looks belies it all-around if you ask me. In a glass and held up to a good light, the ruby red color screams, " Drink me!" Lacing when poured is quite spider-webbed - nice!

S - Curious because nose is light. Malt but with some citrus notes and coriander. Alcohol present but not overwhelming.

T - Again, a little strange like the smell. Mirror image of smell. Cellared maybe, but this one is a twist-off so probably not wise.

M - A bit thin for a doppel. Somehow, this beer is falling a bit short of it's style high points.

D - I've had it before and been more pleased. Maybe it was the batch, and maybe the "small batch" difference is why I can't write more to its praise. Still, I ain't dumping it down the drain (not that I would any beer). Actually, after a glass, it seems a little more satisfying - just not quite.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice tall creamy head that gradually fades to persistent lacing. In my Duvel tulip the color is very dark but a light shining behind it reminds me of a red laser - very bright and a brilliant red. Not at all what I was expecting.

Some sweet malts and dark fruitiness in the aroma. Maybe some aromatic hops as well.

The taste isn't as sweet but there's still some sweetness. Lots of dried fruit flavors with some roasty bitterness on the backend. Some alcohol dries things out as well.

The mouthfeel is very nice - not too thick, not too thin, with smooth carbonation that doesn't advertise itself but does its job perfectly. If there were a little less drying alcohol it would be a 5 for mouthfeel.

Drinkability suffers a little from the noticeable alcohol and from the slightly excessive bitterness on the backend. Not that it's not drinkable, but it's definitely not something I'd go for more than one of at a sitting.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap says "premium reserve" but the label is identical to the one pictured.

Rosy burnt umber tone, high clarity, two fingers of sticky foam initially. Sticky arcs of lacing adhere to the glass. Very fruity esters up front, raisin, currant, plum. Lightly sweet and pleasant, but later the booze shows through as it warms.

Fruity again on the palate, with plum, raisin, and fig notes. Full bodied and very malty in the middle with some nutty almond and amaretto traces. Lingering aftertaste of amaretto and raisin. Seems to have ample carbonation though it comes off as hidden. Easy to finish a pint, it's a touch sweet and boozy, which can be expected for a strong Doppelbock. Overall this is one of the better Sprecher beers I can remember.

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this extra!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks go out to BeerFMAndy for this bottle!

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thick luscious tan head capping it off. Great retention; left some sticky lace globs on the glass edge. Scents of raisins, prunes, tart grapes, and alcohol. Different.

The body is creamy and smooth. Thicker than many of the Dopple's I've had. I like that. Flavor profile starts out mimicking the scent with some tart fruitiness, raisins, and a light alcohol burn on the backend. But the finish is very full and bready. Some mild toasted bread crust and crackers. I like that finish!

Decent beer. Probably my favorite of the style so far, and I will admit, this is not one of my favorite styles in general. Recommend.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby hues. Off-white short head doesn't last long with a thin film around the edges

S - Dark fruits, sweet tart cherry, some roasted malt

T - Sweet, malty with a bit of roasted quality about it. Dark fruits, raisins, a bit boozy. Some cherry character

M - On the lighter side of a medium body. Wet, smooth, a bit of heat as it warms

D - Tasty brew! Would definitely buy again. Don't know if I would want to drink more than one in a session, but very enjoyable

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently at Whole Foods on Houston St because it's March and this is the time of the year to enjoy a beer like this! Although this isn't the best Dopplebock that I've had, it was a great buy and I was getting tired of all the heavy beers from the winter. This one packs quite a wallop in terms of the alcoholic content, but at no time did I feel that this was too strong or that the flavors were out of whack.

This had a nice pour to it - a nice garnet brown hue to it and just a bit of head and no lacing and I expected. The mouthfeel was balanced well with notes of plum, chocolate, and a bit of lambic-like sourness. The alcohol, as I said before, is there, but I've had beers that were just as strong where I had to take it slow due to the taste. Not the case here, as this goes down pretty easily and leaves a nice, slightly roasted aftertaste.

Although a lot of the Bock and Dopplebock beers taste the same to me, this is the time of the year to have them as the days are milder and the nights are cool. This beer fits the season well since it's dark, strong, but not heavy and warming like other dark styles are. While nothing in particular stands out about this, it's worth finding if this style is up your alley!

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Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black wax capped bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Hazy muddy brown with ruby tints with minimal ecru head. Bit of lacing here and there.

S: Dark fruitiness hints of cocoa and malts. With a wee bit of vanilla booziness in the background.

T: Oaky almonds with hints of bitter chocolate and raisins. Ends with an oak sappy bitterness.

M: Light for a double, but good nonetheless. The light body matches nicely the woodiness of this brew.

D: Good.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a siedel. Bottled sometime in Nov. '09.
Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick hazy brown amber with reddish highlights. Surprisingly, it produced no head whatsoever even after a vigorous pour; just some gray bubbles.

(S)- Has a toasted nuttiness of almonds with a slightly sweet molasses & caramel background. Bits of vanilla.

(T)- Dry, with more of those roasted nuts with just the right amount of raisin-like molasses sweetness. Just a tiny twinge of hop bitterness in the background.

(M)- A nice balance of the above flavors; nothing overpowering or harsh. A good carbonation level. Thick, but fits the style.

(D)- A solid Dopplebock that is perhaps one of my seasonal favorites from Sprecher. A good drinker for a style that I usually dont typically find very drinkable. Definitely one I will always look forward to each Fall!

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