Dopple Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

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111 Reviews
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 feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet hue , deep, nearly opaque, with a full, frothy, creamy head.
Aroma: sweet, soft, but mild, yet deep in maltiness.
Taste: big in the malt department, yum, delicious, loaded with toffee and caramel, thick malt, little hop, just a perfect kind of dopplebock.
Very sweet and very solid malty lager...very tasty, too.
Yum, yummy, yummers, ..but for dopplebocks, rather par for the course.
Still, as I sip, rather, how was it put, "yum, yummy, yummers."
Darkly, but fully, flavored, ...ah, delicious!
Hoorah, for Sprecher, again!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red chestnut color with a nice deep glow, thin tannish head that sits for a good time before simmering down to a very thin haze and ring, lacing is drippy leaving sparitic spots and globs behind. Aroma is a bit like purple grape juice with a tangy sweetning sense, with touches of caramel, raisin, and alcohol with some roasty tones to it, but overall a bit to light and subdued. Taste is mildly malty with a dull sweetness of fruityness upfront that flows right into a nice roasty end that has some cocoa and burntish notes. Moderately rich and creamy feel with a solid medium body and a touch of chalkyness and restrained sweetness intermingling with roastyness in the finish. A very drinkable brew with a clean, soft smoothness and quiet roasted character.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time out for a cup of coffee! Typical deep chestnut color. The head fades very fast. Aromas start malty, then quickly head towards coffee. In the mouth more coffee. The alcohol comes off slightly out of balance and overwhelms the flavor and warming richness of the style. Finishes with a bitter burt sugar note and a touch of sweet malt and raisin. A bit too carbonated-almost soda like-maybe they intended it for the root beer and it got mixed up? All in all a pretty good beer despite.

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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 oberon
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say this is one of the better American doppelbocks I have had.Poured a rich dark brown color with some ruby tint,smell was sweet and caramelly with some fruity esters,taste was sweet a little earthy and caramelly.Alcohol came through as it starts to warm.I have really liked all the Sprecher beers I have tried,each time I come home I get as many Bells and Sprecher brews I can get my hands on.

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Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby brown, shimmering… smallish tan head, soapy retention, no lace. Pleasing alcoholic, rummy-raisin, sweet malty nose… inviting. The prevailing flavor is rich, roasted malt with vague sweetness, surprising chalky bitterness (which balances the sweetness well), plus some plums, the alcohol is noticeable. This doppelbock has a pleasant finish… toasted malt, interwoven sweetness, exceedingly dry. Slight warming of the belly. The body is a little thin, it does seem to bulk-up as it warms. Drinkable, I’ll gladly have another one. Good stuff.

My bottle was two months past its “best before” date, it has held up very well. Sprecher makes a damn good doppelbock.

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Photo of Winter
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with ruby hues. Light tan head. Aroma primarily consisted of malt. Not much else that I noticed on the nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied. Rich oily, roasted malt flavor with coffee-like tones. Hints of a mild fruit sweetness (raisin and plum). Finish has a mild bitterness to it. A fine example of the style from Sprecher and a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Jon
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sprecher's dopplebock is a solid, well-crafted brew. Pours a deep ruby color, although the head is absent, leaving no remnants behind. Smell is mainly of sweet malt, toffee, etc. Taste is similar, albeit a well-balanced blend of the malt, toffee, a touch of alcohol and a hint of fruitiness. Very smooth and a bit creamy in the mouth. A classy dopplebock, for sure, this one could be consumed often.

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Photo of cokes
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A picturesque doppel. Pours deep, dark ruby with a pale khaki head that does not go away.
Faint raisin, and an almost tropical fruit smell. Nothing huge (per the style) in the nose dept.
Roasted malts up front, then runs the gamut from raisin to carmel before giving way to quiet, yet somewhat citric hops at the finish. Nice tasting, but I wish I could squeeze a little more out of this one. The malts do not jump out and ring my neck like I was hoping they would.
Afterwards, a subtle coffee flavor lingers. Hmmm, not what I expected.
Goes down fairly creamy, but too thin for the style .
Nonetheless, this is one I could drink all night...but it would be a short night. If there is such a thing as a session Doppel, here it is.
Somewhat pleasing, but not overwhelming. However, sometimes I like to be a little overwhelmed by my doppels. Still, good stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgandy color. Nice frothy head. Roast Malt aroma. Sweet and roasty taste. Some stout qualities in this one. Sweet taste. High quality Dopple. I would include this one in my top tier of Dopples (with Bell's Consecrator, S.A. and Ayinger Celebrator).

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Photo of ZAP
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review 5/5/05-

A little thinner than I remembered....sweeter but a slight off taste...decent but I thought the new Glarus Uff da regular Bock I had just before this was more substantial and better tasting...

Very dark brown/blackish...fruity on the nose with some alcohol and raisens...great brown sugar taste on the finish...very sweet, but not syruppy or oversweet..balanced...on the sweet side but not overdone...would make my top 7-10 doppels...definitely worth trying if you see it..

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Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
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