Dopple Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

very good
180 Ratings
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 BeerBuilder
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown color with ruby highlights. It forms a creamy light brown head. The aroma is sweet, malty, and bready with a bit of grain. The flavor is sweet, and malty with a breadiness as well as a bit of fruitiness to it. It is a smooth drinking beer. Not a bad full-bodied dopple bock.

Sampled 2/1/04

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Photo of allstar255
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 carln26
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher beer has always been available at the airport in Milwaukee, and has been there to keep me company in flight delays. I was very happy when this beer became available here in MA. This dopplebock has a deep brown color with a medium tan head , not too much lace. A candy, malty aroma from the roasted malt dominates the nose. A thick, rich malty taste with a light alcohol back. No hops to be found in the flavor. Heavy mouth feel with a great drinkability. Many dopples are dominated by alcohol, this one really puts the malt forward. Nice beer.

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Photo of Westuh
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of durwood64
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

I continue to be surprised by this brewery, maybe because I bought a mixed four-pack for $2.95, but this stuff is great! Surprisingly authentic tasting. Pours a deep dark brown with some crimson shining through, and a white creamy head. I love the milky creamy tastes and smells coming from this beer. There's also a decent amount of complexity in the taste. First of all, it's a malt explosion. Soft and sweet for the most part, but a bit of bitter coffee been rounding out the finish. There's a nice almost merlot character to this beer which I'm finding quite nice. A great dopplebock from a great brewery.

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Photo of happygnome
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 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 malcontent
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 green_plastic
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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 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 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 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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