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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Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 180
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 Crosling
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark burgundy color, with a collar of light tan foam. Wort-like nose, with some nice malt elements of caramel and raisins, butterscotch and honey. Flavor is tremendously lacking and poorly flavored, doesn't have the intensity I would like. Not extracted well.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chocolate brown, with black and ruby hues. Big 1/2 inch head settled to a thick suds cover. Medium viscosity, with no real visibility.

Aroma: Chocolate malts and light raisins, along with metallic zing. A little milk development as it warms.

Taste: Raisins, toffee, balanced with espresso notes. Bitter finish gives away the booze, which gets a little more oppressive the more I drink. Not much middle palate development, which doesn't help the boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected, though the finish became more and more inky as I drank; tough with the booze.

Drinkability: Not a bad doppelbock, with good sweet malts and toffee profiles. But the imbalance with the booze and odd thinness leave this a little harder to drink than other doppelbocks. However, the woman I spoke to from Sprecher said that the brewer was working on the recipe, so this is a beer I'll return to. This is definitely one to try, though it doesn't stand up to German or other Wisconsin doppels.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a deep reddish brown with a thin tan head. Slightly metallic aroma to start. Mostly caramel malt in the aroma along with some noble hops. Malt dominates as would be expected. Fairly rich with a long dry malty finish. Malt is a little muddled for my tastes, but that is pretty typical of an American dopple.

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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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$4.99/ 4-pack

As I have said before, Sprecher doesn't have the ability to knock your socks off, but they are truly one of the greatest, low-priced, breweries in the country. This seasonal dopplebock was decent overall, but didn't have the normalities that I look for in a dopple bock. It seemed a little too dark for this style. It was remnant of a porter in both appearance and taste. The was a nutty, roasted presence that seemed a little off-balance, but the finish was very nice and malty. A great seasonal that is definately worth a try!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body that is pretty dense with a thin wisp of off-white head on the top. A gentle carbonation rises on the sides of the glass.

S- The dark malt flavor is soft with a hint of coffee in the there.

T- The taste of dark malt has some pot caramel flavors with a dry bite in the finish. There is a faint note of hops but it is pretty non-descript.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice features but they are balanced by just as many off-flavors.

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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 Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think this style gets extra points and there is a narrow range on the main suppliers of it, not always deserved. Yes, this particular beer was roasted and gave off a roasted and licorice aroma, and was black and in fact smooth mouthfeel. But it was fairly ordinary and certainly a bomber was too much. I have enjoyed this style produced by others.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My 1 liter blue bottle is gorgeous, opens with a whoosh & pours a garnet hued chestnut with 1 finger of tan colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Rich breadyness, chocolate & licorice, gingerbread

T: Cakey, a bit of licorice, baker chocolate & some cardboard up front. Dryness, plums, boozey warmth, peppery spices, leafy hops (not helping), as this warms. Finishes dry, with some caramel, vanilla-cola & a bit of leafy hops again

MF: Chewy, some traces of carbonation

drinks fairly slow, would try this again closer the source, obtained from liqorama, bit I rate this a pedestrian DB at best. I do wonder if it's a bit old? No matter, DBs should hold up

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Photo of beerguy101
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and bready. A full-bodied bock. Deeply roasted malts, the malt flavors are really quit complex, nutty, sweet, fruity and woody. There is also a touch of bourbon like quality to this beer. Hops are very mild, only slightly bitter. Smooth taste. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce black and gold bottle with a brewmaster premium reserve tag around the cap, purchased from Cooke's for $4.29, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Deep dark brown with some amber red highlights, small 1/2 inch light tan head that did not last long, minimal retention, not much lacing

S-Dark fruits including prunes and plums, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, burned accents, various aromas of sweetness, caramel, toffee, berries, and candy

T-Big raisin flavor right off the bat which was odd because I could not smell them, malt and sugary accents in the middle, finish was sweet with caramel and some chewiness, taste did not change much over time, got slightly sweeter but nothing worth getting worked up over, lots of roasted malt towards the end, also some maple syrup, complex brew with complementing flavors

M-Thick and creamy body, not syrupy but definitely on the verge, taste did not last too long, sweet and roasty mouthfeel, needed more carbonation

D-Drank a pint of this and that was just right, more would not be ideal because of its heaviness, ABV is right below eight and alcohol is hidden well, smooth

First beer from this brewery and got it because it was on sale, look forward to try new beers from this brewery, might drink again, recommended to try once at least

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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 RJUGA03
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown almost black body that is slightly light penetrable. It holds head much like my bald father holds the hair crown on his head...scant lacing.
S-Roasty, sweet and slightly alcoholy strong.
T-On the draw I noticed a bit of rasin, roasted malts, and a tad bit of honey finishing with a smoothly lingering dryness.
M-Malty, Syrupy, and solid.
D-It is very drinkable I am a bock/ alt fan and would like to expierence more of them!

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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 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 brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Some malt sweetness with maybe a hint of plums. Very subtle aroma.

T - Very sweet and malty. Some caramel with a hint of toffee and dark fruits. Not as complex as other dopplebocks.

M - Full and chewy. Nice mouthfeel.

D - A little too sweet and lackluster to be really enjoyable.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a snifter, the dark brown and amber colored lager left a very lacey and "thin" looking head which dissipated to absolute nothing within 20 seconds. My buddy Sulldaddy's was a bit more lasting, possibly due to dust or dirt in my snifter...damn Sully letting me drink out of a dirty snifter! (may as well Cleveland Steamed me...jerk!)

Anyway, to smell it though was pretty appealing. It was very malty and caramely but was mild in potency of aroma...had to spend a minute or 2 on this one to get anything out of it. However, it was quite nice.

The taste proved to be also mostly malty, but mild w/ a bit of dry oak flavor towards the swallow, and with sweet toffee or caramel flavoring, w/ some nice alcohol burn as well, which was mostly mild.

The carbonation was quite bitey up front, medium-bodied throughout w/ a nice sweet alcohol burn at the end. Drinkability was pretty decent...not my favorite dopplebock by any means, but a nice find as well.

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Photo of tpd975
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kiefdog for this one.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a very small head. Very little retention and no lace.

S: Bold caramel aromas with hints of toasted malt. Just a touch of alcohol can be detected as well.

T: Nice roasted caramel malt flavors with a nice blast of dark fruit. Bold raisin with hints of bread.

M: Medium in body pretty smooth.

D: Not bad.

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

Pours a strong dark garnet with a minimalist off-white head. Zero retention and scant lacing. Served at cellar temp.

Smells solidly of fig and raisin.

Tatses quite malty up front. The initial burst is interspersed by gobs of fig, smoke, currant, and whiskey. Has quite a strong medicinal ending which is a little bit od a downer.

Mouthfeel is bordering on quantam for a doppelbock.

Drinkabale, but maybe two at a sitting, tops.

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

Dark tan head sits atop this deep, dark brown beer.
Aroma of roasty malt, an earthy character, alcohol, and a hint of spice.

Taste shows a mildly sweet, medium roasty malt backbone. Earthy hop balance, although still malty overall. Spicey alcohol bite. Hint of raisin and dark fruit. Spicey alcohol and malt sweetness linger on the palette at finish.

Good mouthfeel.
Above average drinkability, but the alcohol is to evident to score higher IMO.

Overall, a solid Dopplebock. Dopplebock fans will likely rate this a bit higher than I did.
Big thanks to Jeffboo for the bottle!

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

16 oz bottle

Poured very dark, nearly opaque chestnut brown with a off white head that quickly settled to a heavy ring. not much lacing however.

nose is raisin and molasses sweetness, overwhelmingly so.

Taste follows smell. up front lots of raisin flavor, like i was chewing on a mouthful. there is some molasses/brown sugar sweetness mid palate. not much in the way of finishing hops to cut all the sweetness. this one says all over your mouth and tongue after swallowing, not atypical for a german dopplebock i guess.

I couldnt drink more than one of these at a time since it is so sweet and raisin-y, but it was pretty tasty nonetheless.

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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 OldSock
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance and Presentation – From Luke’s. 1 pint bottle, something I wish more beers came in. It has a lackluster off-white head that only grows to one finger with an aggressive pour and quickly falls to absolutely nothing. The beer itself is dark brown with red highlights when held to the light.

Smell – Slightly roasted malts with a nice sweetness. Coffee with sugar comes to mind. This could use a more powerful aroma.

Taste – Similar to the smell, rather sweet with mild roastiness. There is also a bit of alcohol that catches me off-guard every once in awhile. The taste is a bit muted, I may be drinking this a bit too cold, stand by for warming... After about 10 minutes the flavor is about the same, solid but not too interesting or complex.

Mouthfeel – Despite the small head the carbonation is fine, and the body is medium, it could stand to be thicker.

Drinkability and Notes – This is a solid beer with good drinkability. However there is a lot of room for improvement, the appearance and mouthfeel could use some work as well as some added complexity and power in the aroma and taste. Still one of the better American Doppelbocks I have had, and a pretty good deal for the price. This was particularly disappointing after being really impressed by Sprecher's Black Bavarian.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce bottle. Pours out a dark brown color topped with a couple inches of off-white head. The aroma is sweet and somewhat roasty. A little bit of a sour smell in the background. Chewy malt flavor. Slightly metallic. Hops are there, but not too strong. Finishes spicy and fruity. Like the aroma, the flavor has a sourness lurking in the background. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. No sign of the nearly 8% abv. Pretty good drinkability. If it weren't for the sourness, this would be an excellent dopplebock.

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