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Dopple Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

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87
very good
111 Reviews
Dopple BockDopple Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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Photo of Pauly2X
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +14.5%
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 -11.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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%
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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Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good reddish mahogany color, with a quarter inch of head on top. Nose consists of lightly-toasted caramel. Good malty flavor, toasty enough to offset the sweetness despite the low hop presence. Finish is a little nutty. Oddly, there seems to be a little fruitiness, but it doesn't detract much. The noticible alcohol at the finish does, though. Big bodied but not too "thick".

Nice beer. I gotta start hitting up friends more often to bring back new beers when they travel.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one out of the bomber that has thick brown wax(like) sealing the top, which made it hard to even get it open. But when open finally, pured with a rich, brown, bubbly head that lingers. Matly nose with some of the 8% alcohol showing up, and a bit of spice, like anise--fairly sharp. Creamy chocolate taste and extremely smooth, the kind of smooth that I imagine got people to switch to lagers from ale once upon a time. But, in spite of the exceptional smoothness, the beer isn't light in the mouth, but very solid and full.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle 8.0% ABV. Plain gold font on black label.

Pours with a frothy densely packed khaki beige spongy head cap over a chestnut cherrywood deep nearly eggplant hue.

Nose ofers up a light vegetal and spice cake initial start, leaning over towards a slight copper penny metallic side, and ginger snap.

First swigs: Caramel, Earthy lightly smoked porter-esque with a residual table sugar and syrup sweetness. Malt flexed muscle of raisin, ripe apple, and ripe banana finished with a mild bitter drying flour ending.

Feel is slightly unrefined as far as doppelbocks range. Maybe this could have benefited from a more Earthy nature and a drighter nose. Soft frothy carbonation which adds to hide the 8% ABV completely.

Last swigs: Moderate doppel that behaves withing the rules of the doppel sandbox. Surely worth a shot for doppelbock fans. Too much banana ester in the flavor department.

Beer is good. Happy doppel beering.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown, clear beer with ruby highlights. No bubbles, but an aggressive pour makes a fat, sudsy head. Once it falls, no lacing. Smells of toasty, roasted malt. Nutty and rasiny. Some hint of the alcohol and a musty caramel smell.

Tastes like yeasty, roasted malt and alcohol. Sweet in a dark fruit sort of way. Very smooth mouthfeel. Substantial, but a little featureless. This stuff is carbonated?

A big and hearty beer? I guess it's pretty good. Pretty hard-charging alcohol. If in the mood for doppelbock, though, I may go a different route.

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

Dull black cherry with bright orange trim. The top half of the glass is filled with a sandstone colored cap that looks whipped creamy rather than dense and milkshake-like. Thin sheets of lace are starting to form and are beginning to fissure and tear as they lose contact with the falling head. All in all, Dopple Bock is a better than respectable looking doppelbock.

The nose is fruity above all else, with aromas of bruised apples and ripe pears. Interestingly enough, it isn't dark in the least. There's no roasted maltiness that I can detect and no hint of cocoa or molasses. It certainly doesn't smell as dark as it looks.

This is a much better beer on the palate that I had anticipated after the sniff test. It's on the lighter end of the style spectrum in terms of flavor, intensity of flavor and mouthfeel. What gets through makes a positive impression, though. Baker's chocolate, dark caramel, raisins, light treacle and well-toasted nuts fill the mouth with each upending of the glass.

Dopple Bock is the sort of beer that makes it easy to remember that doppels are lagers. It isn't heavy in the least and has a simple, clean, refreshing quality that makes it a pleasure to drink. While an ABV of 7.85% isn't stratospheric, the brewers have done an admirable job of hiding it. All in all, this is a well-constructed lager.

As alluded to above, the mouthfeel is on the light and airy side, especially given the style. That would usually give me pause, but it works well here because it matches the rest of the beer's attributes so beautifully. This is one the best 'light' doppelbocks that I've had in quite some time.

Dopple Bock may not be Sprecher's finest accomplishment (see Black Bavarian), but it's a damn fine beer in its own right. I wonder, for the millionth time, why the Wisconsin breweries don't distribute to this state when we're a mere Mississippi River's width away.

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Photo of indy169
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Sprecher Dopple Bock pours a deep copper and has very decent lacing. The smell is bright for this style and resonates of a deeper substance. Flavor is really pleasing. Cocoa hints as well as coffee with a slightly nutty finish. This beer strikes a unique balance of interest and style. One of Sprecher's best.

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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 cbl2
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/30/2006 $4.99 22 oz. 8.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a clear dark brown with hints of orange topped by a quarter inch of tight tan head that settles very slowly.

Aroma:

Nicely roasted malt aroma with hints of ripe plum.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Rich creamy mouthfeel with a tinge of alcohol and ripe fig/plum characteristics. Very smooth and satisfying, with a warming sensation as the temperature rises. Another winner from Sprecher. Not the most complex of beers, but an excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of Fuller
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a small light beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma is of sweet malt and fruit. Thick, rich & sweet malty taste along with some molasses and caramel flavors. A hint of alcohol taste is also present. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but the body is much lighter than other doppelbocks I've had. A warming alcohol bite is noticeable as it goes down.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass a hazy dark brown color, ruby highlights were noted when held to the light. The head was a finger of firm creamy tan foam that fell to a cap. The lace was spotty, but sticky.
The smell was more more subtle than expected for the style. The scent was very much like a chocolate malt with roasted malts and alcohol.
The taste is real story here. Dark fruits, raisins, dark roasted malts, faint chocolate notes, fresh roasted coffee beans, light hop bittering, and ethanol.
Medium bodied, lighter than expected for the style. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.
This one is worth finding. Don't be put off by the weak nose, the taste more than makes up fo it.

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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 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 shbobdb
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too often American breweries fall into two catagories when they attempt European brews: either they Americanize the brew into something unrecognizable (see Pale Ale and IPA for extreme examples) or they merely clone an existing beer.

Neither description fits Sprecher -- they are a truly generative brewery. Take this Doppelbock as an example, it is clearly not a clone of a DB on the market, yet it easily could be. Give it a German name ending in -ator, put it in a 500ml bottle and in a blind taste-test, no one would know it wasn't German.

And here's the stat breakdown:

Look: A deep garnet body with a coffee-and-cream head whose lifespan is far too short.
Smell: Muted malt with a surprising hop presence.
Taste: Very good. A dominating biscuit flavour coupled with rum raisin.
Mouthfeel: Round and pleasant. Not as thick as some DB's, but not too thin. After a while, the alcohol numbs the tongue slightly, but it works.
Drink: Nice and easy. Not too thick, but loaded with flavour. I like.

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Photo of granger10
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep crimson color with moderate carbonation showing. A bit of a nutty caramel aroma with some burn but its none of the flavors are too prominent in the smell. Taste is loaded with malts and rich deep dark malts at that. Lots of plummyness here. Quite figgy with toffee undertones. A shot of some liquer thrown in. The initial roastiness subsides to a creamy feel at the top. The finish comes back with some roasty and spicy notes but the maltiness is always there. Intriguing, tasty, quite good. Those Wisconsin brewers can sure brew their lagers right.

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

Pours a deep dark blackish ruby with a decent white head, shrinking to a thin film, with lacing in thick sheets cascading down, strings catching on the glass here and there. Aroma is slighly sweet toffee on top of heavy malt base, some toffee and caramel hints. Taste is heavily malty, nice hints of toffee and even brown sugar. Can slightly get alcohol hints, in both taste and aroma, nice. This is one of those beers that is just good, all around, no weaknesses, but no real strong points.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours an office coffee black/brown leather mix. Head was pretty climactic in every sense. Overflowed the glas and gradually goes from foamy film to big ring o' foam. Of all the dopplebocks I've had so far, I really like this one look.

Smell- Pretty dark smelling compared to most dopplebocks I've tried. More focus on the malts than the sweet.

Taste- The contrast between the malty sweet and hop bitterness is very clear here. Strats out with gourmet coffee notes mixed then with dried apricots and German hops. Was pretty surprised actually. Pleasantly surprised I should say.

Mouthfeel- What a nice blend of dark and sweet and bitter and sweet. Definetly an American interpretation of the German dopplebock. But very well done I must say.

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Photo of jj21
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap
Pours out a Dark, dense brown with a good off-white head leaving great lacing. Great malty aromas with hints of caramel. Big but balanced mouthfeel with a hint of sourness of dark fruits. As it warms, it gives off even more spiciness. One of the finest Dopple bocks I've tasted.

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

16oz single, Woodman's

appearance: stubby 16 oz bottle from sprecher...pours a very dark cola color, tinted garnet, with a frothy beige head that with nice retention...very dark and fully body

smell: heavy malts, very rich, toffee, apple sweetness, faint dark chocolate, thick and chewy caramel, light sugary sweetness. a subtle yet inviting doppelbock

taste: one of the better brews i have sampled from this nice milwaukee-area brewery. very malt heavy, thick and sweet, toasty, extraordinarily well balanced. not that i would even know, but this one strikes me as more authentic to style then some of the other american doppelbocks i have had. slightly buttery, big time apple sweetness, abv pretty well disguised, bready. very nice doppelbock

mouthfeel: full body, creamy, very nice

drinkability: 16oz is the ideal serving size

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut with a thin but full tan crown. Very Belgiany. Lively flavorful yeast. Vinous in the extreme for a bock. Dark fruit front, toffee middle, and spicy/citric hop finish that improves as the beer warms. Very drinkable for a bock as well. A tad thin but still creamy enough to be enjoyable.

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Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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