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 cindyjeffsmith
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice clear bronze. Not much of a head, wispy and of white.
Smell: malty and fairly rich. A good nose for a doppel, not outstanding.
Taste: very similar to the nose. Good, rich, nothing outstanding, fairly simple.
Overall: just a repeat of the nose and taste comments. Good not great.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hyvee in West Omaha, NE
No obvious bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Sprecher's doppelbock focuses on traditional sweetness and some untraditional smoke flavors in their recipe. Despite this, the brew turns out to be about average, somewhat lacking in complexity of flavors, particularly dried fruits, and not particularly deep in richness or flavor, both of which I find appealing in doppelbocks. Generally, I don't think I'd seek this out again.

Pours a 1 cm tan head, descends rapidly to a 0.5cm ring around glass with a thin island in middle. Minimal lacing, but leaves some good washes of foam after a sip. Body is a very dark brownish color away from light; in it, it is a dark ruby hue.

Aroma opens with very sweet malt, bread, a bit of yeast, and ethanol. Also offers slight caramel and toffee scents, light fruitiness, and curiously, a bit of bubblegum. Scent is good, but not particularly strong or exciting.

Tasting begins with brown sugar, dark malt, and some caramel flavors towards the front of the tongue. Strong sweetness has largely overwhelmed by mid-palate, slightly estery, a dash of old black pepper. Back of the palate picks up light smoke flavor and ethanol. Seems to be lacking dark, dried fruit complexity, much intensity, and the ethanol detection is a bit unexpected in a doppelbock due to the heavy malt backbone. Also, not much "depth" to the flavor; seems to be about halfway "deep."

Medium to medium-heavy body with fairly modest carbonation, creating a smooth, but slightly stagnant mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry and slightly sticky.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good caramel toasted malt and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced bittersweet malty flavor with a moderate smooth balanced finish of moderate to long duration.

Standout doppelbock.

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

16oz bottle. Brewed on 12/18/03
Pours a dark garnet brown with a 2" fading beige head and some patchy lacing.
The aroma is a sweet and nutty malt with notes of toffee. A distant alcohol and whiff of smoke are detected.
A full, almost buttery malt body has a rich toasty malt flavor. A slight smoky taste mixes with flavors of toffee, coffee and brown sugar.
A tart lemon/lime bitterness and over-ripe apple taste balance the malt sweetness. A bit of bourbon-like alcohol fuminess gives this brew a different angle of the Dopple Bock style. It ain't bad!

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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 Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a medium brown color with not too much of a head. The aroma is very malty. The flavor is very well balanced with a delicious toasted, malt flavor and a bit of carbonation to give it some volume. Probably one of the better seasonal offerings from Sprecher's. Overall very nicely made.

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

Pours a hazy bright dark amber-brown with a decent foamy lasting off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Has a sweet fruity and bready aroma. Sweet and malty fruity and caramel flavors, medium body with a slick and smooth mouthfeel, finishes sweet, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep brown body and some nice lacing left from a solid head.

S - Worcestershire alongside alcohol and berries.

T - Sharp bread flavor with an interesting subtle mesquite flavor. Not what I was anticipating but it is certainly unique.

M - Watery and rather light in the beginning. It offers some slight abrasion one I get past halfway the halfway point of each sip.

~ The more i drink the better it gets. Try it by a fire in cold weather for a nice winter treat.

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Photo of botham
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Winter
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with ruby hues. Light tan head. Aroma primarily consisted of malt. Not much else that I noticed on the nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied. Rich oily, roasted malt flavor with coffee-like tones. Hints of a mild fruit sweetness (raisin and plum). Finish has a mild bitterness to it. A fine example of the style from Sprecher and a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of marburg
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown-burgandy, fairly clear. Not much in the way of head; what's there certainly fades quickly. Caramel and sweet, wet malts. Deep down there's an almost fruity sensation that reminds me of a squished fig newton. Smacks of roasted bitterness in the middle through the end. Somehow remains "light" and drinkable. Stays very smooth even through the hop bitterness; never gets astringent, something I've found common in some bock and dopplebock beers that are trying too hard for balance. Just a trickling of prune juice across the tongue washed away by more dominant "pure" malt flavors. Quite a nice doppelbock.

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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 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.


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


Nicely roasted malt aroma with hints of ripe plum.


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 Rastacouere
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy medium brown boasts a lasting off-white head. Excitingly vinous aroma full on the currants and blackberries jam flavors. Sweet Iced tea like caramelic malt comprises a generous roasted raisin bread overtone. Nutty with more roasted candies and pumpernickel complexities all while deploying a savant fruit knowledge. Fitting lagerish body with moderate carbonation may not carry it to excellence, but doesn’t affect negatively either. Remarkable take on the style mostly due to its unique deep roastiness.

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