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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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if 12oz bottles are new but it was decently priced at $2.50 a single.

A - Ow wow a twist off. Color is darker than expected for a dopplebock but a nice dark clear ruby amber. Head is a half inch that turns to a creamy opaque colored head.

S - A nice bit of caramel like bread with slight fruity yeasts, berries, and maybe a touch of roast.

T - Sort of like a dopplebock porter I get liquid smoke then caramel sweetness that leads to a bready malt. Finish Smooth but kind of chalky with yeast and bittering hops.

M - Medium mouthfeel but not as heavy as some other examples of the style.

Overall a different take on the style with an assertive bit of smoke and hop bitterness. I like it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16ozer bottle from mixed 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2 inch tall beige head. Would like a bit longer head retention time, but for a dopplebock, we'll forgive and move on. Amazingly deeply reddish brown in shade, a thing of beauty in front of the light. Heavy malt nose, with alcohol apparent. Sweet malty flavor, with undercurrent of berries or cherries, and that alcohol that was present in the nose is only found here in the warming feelings of the mouth and tummy. Exactly what I'm looking for in a dopplebock. Mouthfeel is excellent as well, and the drinkability drops down just a tad, because although I want more and more, I know it'll kick my ass later... So glad Sprecher is now getting distributed in MA!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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 jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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 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 ZAP
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 tavernjef
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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 Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a bottle today (10DEC05) which was given to me by Randy Sprecher after the BA ABF in June, 2005. Thoughts mostly echo what's below, though I'd kick the appearance up to 4.5... gotta love those glimmers of garnet in that deep chestnut color. Also feel the taste is worthy of a 4.5 as well, with the super caramel malt sweetness playing nicely off the floral hops at the end. A verry nice bier, perhaps in my second tier of DBocks...
Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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(Original review of 03APR04). Doppelbock is one of my favorite styles, one of the first non-mainstream styles I got into in the early 80's. Sprecher's version (with a bottled date of 18DEC03) pours a deep, dark, clear chestnut hue, with a thin, light tan head. This layer of bubbles is quite fine, and tends to ring the edge of the glass, with just a tiny bit of lacing. Nose is malty and sweet, with toffee/caramel notes lurking within. It gives a nice idea of the taste to come. Body is a solid medium, and it has a creamy, velvetty feel on the tongue, as a Doppel worth its weight should. This Bier has great malt all the way through; a solid foundation. It is roasty yet sweet with caramel, and with a touch of chocolate making an appearance as well. It has a lovely touch of late hops which take the edge off of the malt just enough to not let it be cloying. Verrry nice, and it gets better as it warms, too! Das Bier schmecht sehr gut!
Vielen Dank, Herr jeffboo!!! (4.0/4.0/4.0/4.5/4.5 = 4.10)


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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Appearance is as per the BA Database Photograph. A 16 fluid ounce brown glass bottle with the word ‘Sprecher’ embossed into the bottles neck profile. Twist off cap, which I actually noticed before I used my Bottle Openers for once as it nicely labeled as such even with some red arrows. A yellow dot matrix code and date of 12/18/03 appears on the neck also, with a note on the label that says that this beer is best 120 days from this date.

Appearance: A massive light tan head forms easily and has excellent retention. The unlit dark brown body has a refined mahogany body with dark ruby flashes when held to the desk lamp. The smooth creamy head and solid body give this a very nice look in my McEwan’s Scotch Goblet.

Nose: Like a malted hot drink mixed with the smell of cooling freshly made dark bonfire toffee. Burnt odors mixed with a soothing comfortable malt heaven smell.

Taste: Yet again, home-made Bonfire Toffee and a thick Ovaltine Maltiness dominate the beer. Some caramel and a light bitterness occasionally trances the sweetness. But the malt is always the main player here, however, it finishes with a fantastic splash of raisins and plums all entwined in a luxurious dark malt and fruity finish. Nicely balanced and neatly done.

Mouthfeel: Chewy at times, which endeared me to this Dopple Bock. Quite the scrumptious beer all round with a very comforting mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easily dispatched, the sign of a good beer for me is one that has disappeared by the time I get to this part of my review. I finished this before I even got to typing the Mouthfeel part!!

Overall: A solid offering to finish a late Friday Night and a very busy week at work with.

Thanks to an exceptionally patient BigHuge for this one!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Deep, Bready, Sweet, Warming

Perhaps a classic now as it has been winning over beer geeks for over 20 years. Even with a massive maltiness there is a lot of balance here with a touch of roasted grain and alcoholic warmth. Drinkable as the size does not hinder the sipping at all. A prime example of the style and a must have.

STYLE: Dopplebock | ABV: 7.85% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of cokes
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 sulldaddy
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling this brew with fish113d. Beer is room temp and I am using a snifter. Not the dirty one! HAHA
The beer pours a chestnut hue with garnet tints and develops a light beige head that fades quickly to an edge layer. Mild toffee aroma and some general fruitiness mixed in berries and pears I think. First sip reveals a small yet prickly carbonation and average body. The flavor is sweet and sugary up front with toffee and brown sugar dominant, some ripe fruit as well. The finish is rather dry and allows some hints of vanilla. There is a bit of a sweet coating on my tongue after the swallow almost a syrupy feel to it. Overall a very nice brew and easy to drink. Wish I had bought more than one bottle!

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Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 Vancer
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good fall brew while watching some football. Clear, deep amber with a tan head, nice lacing. Hints of spice on top of a malty aroma. Some notes of pepper in the quaff, which starts malty sweet but balances out and finishes dry and earthy.

Medium bodied, still a fairly rich brew. At $1.70 for a pint bottle, it won’t break the bank.

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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 allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently at Whole Foods on Houston St because it's March and this is the time of the year to enjoy a beer like this! Although this isn't the best Dopplebock that I've had, it was a great buy and I was getting tired of all the heavy beers from the winter. This one packs quite a wallop in terms of the alcoholic content, but at no time did I feel that this was too strong or that the flavors were out of whack.

This had a nice pour to it - a nice garnet brown hue to it and just a bit of head and no lacing and I expected. The mouthfeel was balanced well with notes of plum, chocolate, and a bit of lambic-like sourness. The alcohol, as I said before, is there, but I've had beers that were just as strong where I had to take it slow due to the taste. Not the case here, as this goes down pretty easily and leaves a nice, slightly roasted aftertaste.

Although a lot of the Bock and Dopplebock beers taste the same to me, this is the time of the year to have them as the days are milder and the nights are cool. This beer fits the season well since it's dark, strong, but not heavy and warming like other dark styles are. While nothing in particular stands out about this, it's worth finding if this style is up your alley!

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Dopple Bock from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.6% out of 100 with 181 ratings
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