Dopple Bock | Sprecher Brewing Company

Dopple BockDopple Bock
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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 yemenmocha
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnes09
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque chocolate brown with an inch of frothy tan head that recedes to a thin creamy blanket and stays.

Aroma of roasted nuts with molasses and maple sweetness and a mild alcoholic spice.

The brew lays down some rich malty flavors of sweet molasses and roasted almonds to start things off. Then the warm bite from the alcohol comes in but is not overpowering. It finishes off with a nice roasted malt flavor of coffee and chocolate. I can also detect a hint of coconut which adds an interesting touch.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied initially but finishes somewhat watery (seems a little thin for the style.) Also very smooth and low level of carbonation.

Not a bad brew. A lot of interesting and complex flavors going on. Plently of superior brews out there but this one is worth a try.

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Photo of Hendrick24
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks go out to BeerFMAndy for this bottle!

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thick luscious tan head capping it off. Great retention; left some sticky lace globs on the glass edge. Scents of raisins, prunes, tart grapes, and alcohol. Different.

The body is creamy and smooth. Thicker than many of the Dopple's I've had. I like that. Flavor profile starts out mimicking the scent with some tart fruitiness, raisins, and a light alcohol burn on the backend. But the finish is very full and bready. Some mild toasted bread crust and crackers. I like that finish!

Decent beer. Probably my favorite of the style so far, and I will admit, this is not one of my favorite styles in general. Recommend.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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 ADR
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish sienna color with a creamy 1/4 inch head on a hard pour. Coats the glass lightly, little lace. Malty aromas, some sense of fig and raisin. Decent mouthfeel, consistent but somewhat lighter than stickier Doppels. Very pleasant taste, slighlty buttery caramel with even some chocolate notes. Well-balamced, hops are background players but are noticeable in the light raisin tones. Overall, this strikes me as meeting style, but middle-of-the-road -- in the Salvator category with slightly more limited body. A drinkable beer for sure, though.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprise of a dopple for sure, this beer poured out very dark with a small amount of head. I couldn't decipher the bottled on dates of these bottles, but I will guess they are over a year+ old, but i didn't notice any ill affects because of that fact. The taste was very malty, but not with the syrupy brown sugar flavors that many young dopples have. A dryer, more porter -like flavor with increased acidity and coffee flavors. Alcohol is very present. Mouthfeel is right on, and I proved to myself that the drinkability is very high.

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Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 psoriasaurus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a nearly opaque dark brown...ruby hues...with a a short lived tannish head. very little lace. sweet sugary aroma...lots of maltiness abound...slightly solvent...very pleasant. lots of yeast and malt induced flavours...a delicate balance of cocoa and caramel...toffee and coffee...alcohol spice and a lingering boozy bitterness. very smooth. mouthfeel comes off as slightly thinnish but the brutish alcohol makes up for it by making the body seem larger than it really is. this is a nice doppelbock. especially as it warms a bit. very drinkable. i like it!

cheers to zap for letting me sample this enjoyable brew!

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Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 granger10
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 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 sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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