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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brownish caramel copper with a body with a thin tan head that reduced to a thin veil and left minimal lace.

S-strong sweet caramel malt and a bourbon-esque quality. Dark fruit notes of raisin and prune. A touch of alcohol fusels and a touch of oak dryness.

T-Rich caramel malts with a nice bourbon touch. Notes of dark fruit, with raisin and prune. Hints of chocolate, cofffee and spicy, earthy hops in the finish. Not sickly sweet at all, in fact finishes rather dry.

M-Medium bodied with a dry finish that makes it feel lighter than it really is. Quite smooth and easy to drink. Lingering flavours of oak and prune quite prevalent.

D-Quite possibly the best American dopplebock I have had. Not to sweet, dry finish and not lacking flavour....a great combination!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McGrath's, Harrisburg, PA on 4/16/09.

A - Walnut brown body with almost two fingers of creamy beige head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and minimal lacing.

S - Subtle nose with woody notes, sweet caramel malt and slight dark fruit notes suggesting raisin, prune and dried apricot. A light smokey character and hint of coffee emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Chocolate and caramel malts with hints of dark fruit, especially raisin and prune. Slight earthy hop notes and an oaky, woody character develops in the middle, followed by a subtle alcohol presence. Finishes dry with mild bitter and faint nutty astringent notes.

M - Medium bodied, almost a bit too light for a Dopplebock, though. Lite syrupy texture with a soft carbonated mouthfeel. Finish is pretty dry with a touch of wood and hop bitterness on the palate.

D - This is an easy drinking Dopplebock with a well-concealed ABV, especially for the style. Next to the Black Bavarian, this might be the best brew I've sampled from Sprecher thus far.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle with a "born on" date poured into a Pilsner Glass.

A - A Very little tan head emerged from this guy but went away almost instantly leaving only a ring. The color is an incredibly deep amber, almost opaque at first glance.

S - A heavy, sweet malty smell overruns anything else for the most part. In the background you can find a bit of buttered sourdough bread, yeast, honey, a hint of vanilla, and some cocoa.

T - The heavy malting lends itself to a plethora of flavors in this beer. It's striking feature is obviously the strong malt and the sweetness it brings, but there are other things at work too! Molasses, mineral hints, dense bread, and slight oatmeal with honey.

M - Despite its appearance of no carbonation, its actually level is quite high. If left in your mouth unagitated if feels like soda. It's a full bodied beer certainly but while being thinner and not so viscous, it also borders on thickness.

D - This beer certainly has it's place but when it comes to drinkability in quantities more than one you may want to look elsewhere. Its definitely a sipper.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
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 steveh
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Offering

A -- Very nice, deep chestnut color with a light tan head.

S -- Alcohol, earthy malts, some mild dark fruit and even molasses.

T -- Rich, dark bread malts, mild dark fruitiness, maybe a touch too much roasted malt to style, but not at all stout-like. Dry alcohol warming finish.

M -- Soft and almost syrupy mouthfeel -- medium full to full body.

D -- Scary good. Starkbierzeit ist gut, ja?

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Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle

A- Pours a very dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel with not much hops and just a hint of alchol.

T- The taste is very sweet and rich with a lot of malt and caramel. Very good stuff.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable considering the higher ABV. Overall, Sprecher Dopplebock is a solid beer that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tpd975
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Bung
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber pour, off white head. Large amount of small carbondation permeating throughout. Malty/sweet malt aroma. Lively mouthfeel. Good mix of roast and sweet malt flavor. Strong toffee/caramel, hints of raisin. Very medium bodied, with a little stickiness to it. Excellent version of the style, better than some German versions I've had.

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Photo of Crosling
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
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 CaptainIPA
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Sprecher Brewing Company in Glendale as part of a fundraising dinner for WFB Kickers SC. Go, Fireflies!

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a one-finger, caramel head that doesn't linger.

S: Sweet caramel malts, hops, spice, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Robust malt and sweet caramel with notes of oatmeal and raisin. A hint of licorice. Plenty of hops to balance things out. A flash of alcohol on the finish.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: Relatively easy to dispatch for the style.

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Photo of nickynick
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher Dopple Bock poured a very dark brown, even appearing black, with a fluffy nice tan white head. Smell was of brown sugar and chocolate. Taste was excellent. Chocolate and sweet dark malt. Wasn't overly sweet though. Mouthfeel was good. A little thick but very nice. Drinkability was good. Didn't feel overly filling, but with almost 8% ABV have to be careful with this one, because it goes down really easy. Overall this is a great doppelbock. One of my favorite styles, from a brewery that is becoming one my favorites. Well done.

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Photo of happygnome
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark brown almost black color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a sticky ring of lacing around the edge of the glass and remains stuck to the glass as the level of beer drops
s: cocoa, oaty, very sweet thick malt aroma
t: strong flavors of cocoa and oatmeal
m: medium to full bodied beer, ranging more towards the full range

overall, i really enjoyed this brew, nice strong malt aroma

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black and brown brew with a one finger tan head that eventually reduces to a collar. Whipping this beer around in my big ass snifter brings a big thick finger back up, where it sits for quite a while. Some nice wet lace is left on the glass.

S - Double chocolate chip cookies and tawny port. Dark baking chocolate, oatmeal cookies with raisins, and those oatmeal based Powerbars. This smells like a certain type of Kashi "Go-Lean" breakfast bar that I've had before...I think it was oatmeal raisin flavored. An outstanding nose!

T - Again, oatmeal raisin cookies washed down with a glass or port. This has a really nice hop tang to it that balances the thick malt sugars nicely. There are truculent fruit flavors going on here too...dried apricot and prunes.

M - Thick and malty, with a soft dryness from the hop flavors. The carbonation is silky and lush, and the finish is all tootsie roll and double chocolate chip cookies. A minute or two after swallowing, a glowing ember of alcohol warmth rises from the center of my gut. Nice

D - I'm super-impressed with this one! Maybe my enthusiasm stems partly from the fact that I haven't had a doppelbock (one of my favorite styles) in a while, but this is nevertheless a really tasty beer! This was perfect for a rainy and slightly cool day like today!

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Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Rzzzzz
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sprecher glass during the first intermission of Sharks/Flames Game 6. The game sucked, the beer did not.

Appearance: Very dark with a small but creamy and unwavering tan colored head

Aroma: Roasted malt, coffee, prune.

Taste: Rich and malty, notes of toffee, coffee, and a nice hop bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, very smooth.

Drinkability: I should say so. No wonder my brother won't leave Milwaukee.

Note to self: visit brother more often.

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Photo of tayner
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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 malcontent
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding frothy finger of head atop a beautiful, nearly opaque mahogany body. Looks the part to a "t".

Toasty, roasty, hazelnut sweet with a slight burnt scent on the back waft.

Brown sugar sweetness carries into a mildly roasty, vaguely butterscotch aftertaste. Rich yet straightforward and without the slightest hint of alcohol.

A little too thin for my liking but damn, if I don't love the flavor. For my money Sprecher and their brothers at Capital are churning out the best German beer outside of the Rheinland.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,'

A: Pours a dark brown, mahogany colour, with a full, off-white head, limited lacing, however.

S: Light, some maltiness, molasses.

T: Very rich flavour, as George Costanza would say, "It's like a flavour explosion." Tasty, rich malt and molasses/treacle bombard the tastebuds, very sweet.

M: The mouthfeel was surprisingly really light and thin, needs a lot more body for this style of beer.

D: Overall, I think it's a really good beer, the taste makes up for some of its flaws, easy to drink, I'd like to delve more into this one.

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Photo of botham
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a deep chocolate color with brilliant garnet highlights. three fingers of toffee colored head top it off.

aroma is malty, with caramel and a bit of chocolate and a distant roasted character. an earthy base of plum and raisen offsets the malts. good breadth of aroma here.

taste is strong on the malts up front, with the same caramel and a bit of chocolate. the earthy base is present here as well, providing a great contrast to the malts. finishes smooth with lingering dark fruits.

mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a creamy texture. no alcohol is present until a bit of warming takes place. very refined.

drinkability is good. the high alcohol makes this one a good warming winter brew, but may shy some drinkers away. all in all, this is a solid doppelbock, on the upper half of the bell curve. another solid brew from Sprecher. cheers!

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Pauly2X
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark maghogany, the two finger head faded slowly.

S- Chocolate with hints of toffee.

T- The chocolate and toffee come through joined by solid malt and light notes of dried fruit. This is all balanced out nicely by the hops.

M- Solidly smooth.

D- Cold winter night and a 4 pack of this, nice.

A must try if you like the style.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Splendid dopplebock from Sprecher, not to be missed. This weekend was "Cookie Weekend," where my sister-in-law comes in to town to visit and bake hundreds of cookies, in about a dozen different styles, with my wife. Oooohhh, boy. I like to call it "Fudge Weekend," because they make killer fudge, and I could eat a couple pounds if left alone.

Sprecher's Dopple Bock went very nicely with a couple pieces of fudge, for future reference. The 16 oz. bottle poured well into the pint glass, a nearly black hue leaving little froth, but giving lots for the nose to contemplate--plenty of chocolate, caramel, and yeasty good tidings. The taste is rich and smooth, smoother than many dopples, in fact, and somewhat (though a little less) comparable to Sam Adams' first-rate Double Bock. I also get a nice hint of berry. Decent carbonation deprives this of what would be a better mouthfeel, but this is a terrific beer, a great dopplebock with sweets on a very cold Midwestern day. Cheers!

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a thin, bubbly beige head.

Smell: Aroma of dark fruits and cherries stewed with a hefty dose of sugar. Plenty of sweet-smelling dark maltiness.

Taste: Rich dark malt flavor with notes of toffee and molasses and a ton of sweetness. Nice fruitiness with the taste of prunes and cherries. Lightly smokey. Sweet, spiced candy-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Remarkably tasty. So good, the police got involved.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a fancy looking 22 oz bottle with black and gold for a label with a wax covering that goes over the bottle cap.

It poured a 1/4 inch head that didn't stick around too long and it looked like a dopplebock should. It had a nice dark brown color and was surprisingly clear.

The only problem this beer had was that the smell wasn't up to par. That doesn't mean that it smelled bad but it just didn't smell as strong as I think it should have.

The taste was very nice, real smooth and chocolatey. Not a lot of complexity there but very nice. It had a medium-heavy body for a lager and the carbonation enhanced that a bit as well. Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 181 ratings
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