Butthead Doppelbock | Tommyknocker Brewery

604 Ratings
Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 12-05-2001

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber mahogany nut brown really, light beige head forms nicely with even fine lacing around my chalice. Aroma has super sweet raisin and green apple notes going on. A hint of earthy tobacco leaf and minty herbal hops. Flavor is super sweet with toffee and simple syrup tones a bit of harshness from the earthy herbal tobacco leaf tones I was commenting on. Nothing like a German doppelbock this one induces diabetes, the malts seem like they never fermented out all of the big time residual sugars going on and it still weighs in at 8.2% abv. Mouthfeel is super thin absolutely no body for such a big brew, this is a doppelbock light lager. Drinkability is okay but why buy this one you can have a Celebrator or a Salvator. Easy to consume well hidden alcohol semi enjoyable beer that I won't be seeking out any time soon.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker- Butthead

A- Good ruddy brown with a huge thick head. Small lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Thick caramel/ molasses malt with a touch of spices and alcohol.
T- Sweet thick malt. Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses dominate. Slight vanilla and clove bite with a touch of medicinal alcohol.
M- Very sweet and cough syrupy. Thick and cloying, phlemy!

Overall- just too syrupy and sweet. A pint is fine but I'll move on.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Toffee brown, chill hazed, with not much head. Great lacing throughout. Aroma of raisins and bready malts.
There is some roasted malts and nuttiness to it, but a bit too much alcohol bite to understand any sort of complexity. Medium mouthfeel, finishing sweet and warm.

Overall, the drinkability gets downgraded due to the harsh alcohol bite. Might be more going on there, but I can't detect through the burn.

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Photo of rye726
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one the other night. An average dopplebock that started off with a mahogany color and a weak tan head. Nothing special in the nose department. Some dried fruits and sweet malts. The taste was a little better. Sweet and malty but not much complexity. The body was a bit light. Overall, a decent drinkable brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like watered down maple syrup with its rich ambers. No bubbles though, not the best start for a lager. OHHHH wait, theres some very vague bubbles noticed when you close one eye and put it an inch away from the glass. The aroma is a little stinky. Starts with alcohol and malts of a sweet brown sugar and medium roasted malts throughout the entire beer. The alcohol gives the brew a bit of a flat taste though. Levases the palate feeling a little tinny for a dopplebock.

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Photo of chaunur
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a puny off white head. Another try with a very hard pour yielded only slightly better results. Neither displayed any retention and only minimal lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a very slight floral hint and a whiff of alcohol. The taste was also mildly sweet with a moderate bitterness.

While not a bad beer I just didn't care for the overall taste. Friend likes it, we'll trade for something.

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Photo of northaustin
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a schnifter glass. a light brown with slight head and a bit of lacing. there is a slight transparency when held to the light and also posesses a sort of cranberry color when held to the light. this one is interesting indeed.

smell is a little to alchoholic
taste is a little to alchoholic but is very interesting at the same time.

mouthfeel is a little funky but the overall drinkability is pretty good for having a unique flavor. at 8.2%abv the price is right and i recommend keeping it in the fridge for when the time is right.

my hats off to the tommyknocker brewery for making a good beer that is high abv and affordable

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A=Deep dark red appearance, low carbonation, little head

S=Caramel odors, alcohol noticable

T=Sweet caramel taste, with roast background, alcohol very noticable

M=Good easy feel, light carbonation

D=Probably would not venture to have a whole lot of these.

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Photo of JDK
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy dark amber with very little head
No lacing to speak of
Smells of burnt caramel and toffee.
Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation
Tastes of raisons, toffee, alcohol and burnt caramel.The taste lingers for several minutes
Not one of my favorites but plenty of others like it. Definately worth a try so you can form your own opinion.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label nicked 31, December and either 09 or 10 (can't see because bottom of label is torn). Doesn't say if that's the born on or the best by date.

Appearance - Medium brown slightly hazy body. Almost no head. Bit boring looking.

Smell - Very malty. Smells good, but nothing special for a dopplebock.

Taste - A little on the bland side for a dopple. Slightly astringent and a bit more bitter than others I've had.

Mouthfeel - A bit astringent. Not a big body.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty meh for a dopple bock. Good for a beer, but boring for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his place.

Best by 2/4/13.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit-flavored medicinal quality on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a pretty good smell but the taste is somewhat odd.

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Photo of katan
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Deep and dark amber and copper colored. While being dark, the beer is clear. Head formation is light, only leaving behind a dirty white film.

S - Very light to non-existent nose - only a light malt sweetness is present.

T - Starts off with a carmel and sugary malt sweetness. Bready and yeasty. Gets some alcohol warmth. Mid-stream is rather flat, not much flavor. Finishes with a malty caramel note. A hair of nutty flavors in the finish.

M - Full bodied - creamy, clinging, and sugary. Carbonation sting is not noticeable. Clean aftertaste.

D - Moderate drinkability. Not filling, flavors are not overwhelming. ABV is fairly potent however - but it is well hidden in this case.

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Photo of KajII
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with some reddish highlights and an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film and medium collar with poor runny lacing.

The aroma was of a lightly toasted sweet grain malt and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and a mild fruity ester.

The taste was lightly sweet and rather malty with a hint of caramel and just a touch of chocolate form the start, then changed slightly into a bitter sweet taste with a light fruity presence and a mild alcohol finish. The flavor was short lived with just a light lingering alcohol taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and dry in texture with a somewhat lively carbonation.

Overall this was a decent Bock beer with a really good taste and a smooth drinkability...


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Photo of carln26
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color is right with this beer. It’s a deep brown with some ruby highlights. It was topped by a 2 inch tan head that receded quickly into the glass, yet left no lace. The aroma is all malt with toffee, caramel and just a hint of a dark cherry. The flavor is thin. It has some of the caramel and toffee, but there is no richness or depth. The cherry flavor disappears. The mouth feel is thin and watery, and overall this has a low drinakbility. Sorry, this is one of my favorite styles, and I don’t believe it is that hard to brew, so I’m a bit disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With an aggressive pour, the beer has an intense amount of foam with large bubbles. This lasts about a minute. Beer is transparent and has visibly active carbonation. Dark amber or wood-stain in color. Head is dark tan in color. Bubbles remain in center of glass, but no streaking or lacing.

Dominant scents are malt sugar and alcohol pungency. I also pick up on distinct brown sugar, and prunes. Metallic or iron-like scent in the background. Is it the water? Hops? Nothing to complain about, but there are many more unique, complex, or better-defined doppelbock scents out there.

The dominant tastes are the malt's sweetness and the alcohol. Where's the malt backbone to cover up the booziness? In the background, I pick up on traces of caramel, walnuts (or nuttiness), and dried brown figs (barely). Again, not particularly standing out from anything beyond par for the doppelbock course.

Mouthfeel is moderate to heavily carbonated, perhaps overly so. Medium-heavy body, which is pleasant, with a fairly dry finish.

A fairly decent doppelbock, if nothing special. It's affordable, ok-tasting, and available, though there are others I would choose in its place.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown pour, off white head in the 2/5" range. Aroma was of brown sugar, brown malt, chocolate malt and a slight nuttiness.

Taste brought the alcohol head and more of the sweetness, but not enough to cover up the booze. Dark fruits give it some metallic bitterness, needs more malt for the mouthfeel to shine. Some toffee malt stuff going on if you can get past the negatives in the form of bitter, boozy and metallic.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cherry red mahogany color devoid of carbonation or a head. No lace. Nearly crystal clear presnation.

S: Not much going on; a touch of buttery malt, but that's about all that I can pick up.

T: Distinct note of roasted malt and medium bodied caramel and cocoa. A sugared grapenut taste is present, and mingles with a slight woodiness that rears it's head toward the finish. Not bad.

M: Wow. Holy flat beer. This one was like having cool swamp water flow through my mouth. Very mild creaminess, no carbonation, and only the slightest hint of density.

D: Aside from the favorable flavor, this one's kind of a flop. Very mediocre.

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Photo of beeragent
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer poures a medium copper, forming a 1/2 inch tan head. Light spots of lace along the glass. The aroma is dominated by the malt. Nothing else is detectable. The taste again is dominated by the malts, followed by a noticeable alcohol presence. Very warm taste, regardless of what temperature the beer is served at. Medium mouthfeel and decent finish. Less than enjoyable flavor and high abv. make for a not-so-drinkable beer. Overall, I was dissapointed with this brew. The flavor was a bit lacking, and the alcohol presence a bit too noticeable. I just suppose this isnt my style of beer, but I will keep searching within the style.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence--Deep reddish brown, with 1cm head.

Smell--Not a very strong scent at all, having a tough time even describing it.

Taste--Smooth and rich, with a vague citrusy aftertaste that I'm not too fond of; there is a faint taste of alcohol as well.

Drinkability--The taste is killing it for me, I couldn't imagine downing more than a couple of these

Notes--at least the alcohol content will get you somewhere nice. I won't by this one again, but if offered, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber, almost brown, with little to no head despite a pretty robust pour. Smells of malt apparent from the get go. Maple, sassafras and toast aromas with a hint of floral hops, perhaps a tad oakey. Medium mouth feel – perfect for a lager. Very interesting flavor profile. Almost a root beer flavor to it. Single notes without much depth or complexity, even in the finish. Tastes a tad like cough syrup. What it comes down to is too much alcohol (8.2%) to really enjoy the bock flavors. Overall, not impressed.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It is pretty deep copper brown color that poured with a very small head that fell very quickly. Though the beer is dark, I am used to a DoppelBock with this hue to be crystal clear when held to the light...this one is noticeably cloudy even after it settles.

Aroma: There is some alcohol noticeable in the aroma, and this brings with it some dark fruity aroma's like plums. There is some toasty malt there, but I get very little Melanoidins in this beer. There are some caramel notes there that may be obscuring the Melanoidins if they are there.

Taste: This beer is way mild for a DoppelBock, and this is one of my favorite styles. I get some toasty notes here, but not nearly the earthy notes that you get from a rich German Bock. Flavor-wise, I think that this beer would probably be better suited for a Traditional Bock, but the alcohol has been turned up a bit high for that style. It needs more flavor for it to fit this style.

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Photo of happygnome
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a nice hazy copper color with about a half inch of head that dissapears quickly leaving a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass as well as spotty lacing on the top of the beer
s: caramel malts dominate tale nose of this one also playing are faint piny hops and the aroma of alcohol
t: strong caramel malts hints of hop bitterness and alcohol
m: medium bodied beer with some lacing

overall, this isnt a beer that i think that i will buy again

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Photo of rworkman
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of wspscott
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Dark ruby color, crystal clear with a thin white head.
S: Sweet malts, not much else.
T: Again, sweet malts, slightly bready but, not a lot going on.
M: Crisp, nice carbonation.
D: I have not had many doppelbocks but, I don't think this is close to the style. This is a nice beer but, not a great one. I am glad I just got a single.

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Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
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