Great Divide Brewing Company

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German Doppelbock
4 | pDev: 10%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 432 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of L0ne
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with golden highlights. One finger of sticky, bubbly, off-white head.

Bready, doughy, burnt-sugar sweetness (bordering on maple even? mmm), some dark fruit, faint bittersweet chocolate. Light spiciness alongside herbal hops in the finish cut the richness with just enough bitter and freshness to keep you wanting another sip.

Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, maybe just a touch of warming alcohol.

Loved it! Wish it was something I had regular access to.

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L0ne from Texas, Sep 21, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant ruby tinted chestnut under a clingy 1” light tan head.
S: A hint of tobacco that transforms into earthy aromas joins bread, prune, and plum on the nose.
T: Brown bread, dark kettle sugars, big malt character, light earthy bitterness on the finish.
F: Very smooth, creamy and soft in the mouth with above average body and slightly below average carbonation.
O: A big but easy to drink doppelbock.

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pat61 from Minnesota, May 07, 2015
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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma definitely gets your attention - strong and malty with a caramel overtone and notes of spice and chocolate plus an earthy hint. Pours a translucent chocolate brown, close to mahogany, with a thick and fairly persistent tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Flavor does not quite equal the promise of the aroma, but is still quite good - malty, bready, subtle notes of caramel, cloves and chocolate. Smooth texture has good body and fizz, and leaves a malty, woody, slightly chocolaty finish. Get this goat!

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Cyberkedi from Georgia, Jan 05, 2015
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy brown colored body.
The aroma is dry hay, caramel and grain.
The taste starts off with a mild lemon bitter and quickly moves to caramel and malty sweetness that carries through to the end. The finish is long and sweet.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
A solid drink.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Clear red amber with slights haze from the pour. Off-white head maybe 1/3" with a hard pour and light bubbles to its frame.

Smell: Very light maple hop scent. Comes and goes.

Taste: Can you say awesome? Very good relaxing bitterness offset with a bit of sweetness to it. Has maple syrup likeness to it that is very addicting and perfect for this weather we're having.

Mouth: Medium body, feels light with averse at best stickiness.

Overall: i haven't read a review yet for this beer but I can see the reviews being a over the place. Definitely more of a warm weather beer, really doesn't need tweaking and honestly I would be glad to buy another bottle. Salud.

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Apr 21, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - A very active pour yields just about two fingers worth of slightly late to develop rich and creamy khaki colored frothy goodness... Limited retention gives way to a full uniform slightly thick veil of creamy lacing... The color is a slightly murky medium-to-dark mahogany... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble or two seen streaking at the top of the glass... A very nice looking brew and spot on for the style...

S - Malt bomb!!! Yes, please... Bursting at the seems with toffee and caramel goodness... Brown sugar... Fruit cake... Candied pecans... Some light milk chocolate notes... A very subtle smoke presence... Very enticing...

T - As expected this one is all malts through and through... Sweet rich caramel... Brown sugar... Toffee... Fruit cake... Light maple syrup... A faint woody component... There is a subtle but pleasant smoke presence that emerges and lingers on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Very limited carbonation... Smooth and sleek... Perhaps a bit on the thin side of the ledger...

D - A most outstanding Doppelbock which shouldn't be a surprise coming from a fine brewery like Great Divide... The only real constructive criticism is that a bit more of a robust mouthfeel would go a long way to making this offering truly world class... With that aside, this is still an terrific well rounded lager with lots to offer to all those who encounter it...

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philbe311 from Pennsylvania, Mar 23, 2014
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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the aroma of this beer. Has good lacing and maintains a minimal cream colored head to the finish. Dark, cloudy amber color with sweet notes on the pallet. The 8% abv is the con on this one. After half pint one starts to taste the alcohol instead of the caramel, toffee flavor. Overall I would recommend this as a two pint wonder on movie night at home. Great taste!

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Let's see how this panes out. Pretty stoked since I haven't really had a doppelbock all winter to really enjoy.

Appearance: at first pours a somewhat cloudy, amber brown, but that quickly changes as it settles into a muddy, brown, opaque coloring. I dare you to hold back and resist this great looking beer. Tan, frothy head settles to about 2 inches and takes its time fading all the way to the bottom. Impressive lacing down the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted, caramel, little hop goodness is quickly noticed. Somewhat cocoa roast is also noticed and is quite inviting. Possible dried fruits like fig are noticeable. Some graininess balances out the whole aroma department. Delicious and inviting. Can't wait to take a sip.

Taste: First sips reveal an instant rush of caramel and roasted malts goodness. Hints of chocolate and molasses are definitely noticeable and gives a sweet flavor to the roasted malts. It's a pretty big pop of malty goodness. But towards the end, the malts turn to an almost bready flavor. Bit of a downer, but not trying to bash the whole thing. Good overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus body with medium carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I wasn't really expecting much. But boy, was I blown away. Not just another boring bock, but something special. The sweet cocoa and malty bitterness really balances out the flavors and brings everything together. Delicious and goes down quite smooth. I would try again and would totally recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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DMXLOX22 from Pennsylvania, Mar 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a: Rich browns

s: Carmel and roasted chocolate

t: complex with carmels. chocolate, and roasted wood.

m: very good tasting beer. Nice complex flavors but no over powering. The wood overtones were real nice.

o: this is a very good dopplebock and a great beer to put in the fridge. It was very much like the german dobbelbocks but had a nice addition of local flavors to enhance the taste.

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BoilerMo from Indiana, Feb 24, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle split between a pair of pint glasses. Poured at fridge temp, around 41 F. It's been sitting in my fridge for a long time -- bottled on June 5, 2012 (today is February 16, 2014). So...not sure what that means for a dopplebock.

Pours rich, dark coppery-brown color. Little head. Not hazy, just dark. Little or no carbonation. Smell is caramelly, yeasty, slight dark fruit. Fairly mild aroma.

Taste is sweet, caramelly, some kind of roasty bitterness. Darker roast is very evident. Slight smokey character. More hints of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is a little flat (maybe age?), quite sticky. Overall, it's not bad. Not special. But, I wouldn't consider this a definitive review, being more than 1.5 years past the bottled on date.

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snaotheus from Washington, Feb 16, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Murky reddish brown in the glass. Poured a nice creamy 2 finger head. Good retention, trailing and lacing.

S- Cinnamon raisin bread. Dark fruits, earthy spice, a little booze, and some pepper.

T- Dark fruits, raisin, caramel, apple, bread, booze, earthy hops, and cinnamon.

M- Medium body with light carbonation. Slick on the tongue.

O- I enjoyed this beer. It had a lot going on with really nice balance.

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tmm313 from Georgia, Feb 14, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July 2013, poured into dimpled stein.

This beer has such a great, rich color-- a dem-like deep reddish bronze, deep deep coloring. Very beautiful to light. Thick beige head doesn't last, but makes a lovely topping to the beautiful glowing liquid. Smell is all German lager; bready malts, candied nuts, ripe fruits and an overall earthy hop aroma. Sweeter, but lots of complexity. No alcoholthat I noticed, just that rich doppelbock aroma. Wolfgang enters the palette on a slighty herbal note, with more hops upfront. A malty middle brings on lots of those fruits; plums, apples, I've seen some people mention raisins/licorise and I see where they could taste that. I like a sweeter, less hoppy doppelbock and Great Divide has seemingly tailor-made this for me. Lots of rich malty tastes, with a wonderful lager body. Lots of complexity but it is still easy to sip and savor.

A great go at probably my favorite style of beer. So yummy, masterfully brewed. Another home run from Great Divide. A whole bomber to myself, lucky me.

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SamN from Colorado, Feb 12, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really interesting brew. As fortune has it, a local shop was letting 22 oz bottles go at $3.99, so I bought the four remaining. For me, the most prevalent flavor is black licorice a la old school Panda boxed black licorice more than anise. I started with the beer right out of the refrigerator and drank the second half of the bottle closer to room temp. The licorice faded on the front end but lingers long after drinking, for me.

What I've noticed most about this beer is that the various characteristics are evident but subtle and passing, each quality presents itself and then fades into another. After the initial black licorice I tasted a suggestion of currants, which was later followed by a good natural vanilla with faint molasses and cherry notes.

I actually picked up on something like dank rotting wood, but in a really nice way - maybe that's just the Pacific Northwesterner in me. The alcohol is present but, like the rest of the various aspects, not cloying or at the front. Everything moves in and out. I'm the type to eat and drink slowly, for the most part, so I'll take a few deep drinks and then let the beer sit on the table for five minutes; I think the tortoise had it right, slow and steady wins the race. My second or third time lifting the glass actually presented a kind of soy or tamari quality, with salt lingering. I also get tar, if that makes sense, kind of as a deeper extension of the licorice. Interesting beer, no doubt.

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quid from Washington, Jan 17, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof. Pours a deep reddish amber brown with a decent amount of light tan head. Collar holds really well. Aroma is caramel, some medium roasted malt, and a little bit of dark fruits. Taste is very earthy, some caramel. Very low carbonation and medium-high body.

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mverity from Florida, Jan 02, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle from NBPW...

A: Pours mahogany-brown; light ecru, one-finger head; good retention leaves a few strands of lace.

S: Rich, sweet malts; toffee; pumpernickel; dates; raisins; lightly spicy... cinnamon / ginger bread.

T: Dark bread; caramel malt; hints of dark fruit and fig; light hoppiness and a touch of alcohol help balance things a smidge.

M: Full body; textured mouthfeel with crisp carbonation provides some snap - maybe too much(?).

O: A delicious doppelbock and a great winter lager; “meal in a glass” is true for this one.

*from notes 12.14.13

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jpro from Colorado, Jan 02, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a flared pilsner with a moderate hand. Label reads bottled June 25 2012. Festive red foil cap.

A: Dark amber-red with good clarity. 1 finger of off-white head with ok retention. Lots of lacing!

S: Very sweet malt, raisin, dried cherry, dates. Caramelized sugar. Slight booze.

T: Roasted malt with a full sweetness. Light spice. Raisin, toffee and dark chocolate. Semi-dry finish with mild hop bitterness. I appreciate the subtle hopping. Some unusual apple juice flavors occasionally pop up. Light alcohol. Does get a bit cloying by the end of the big bottle.

M: Low-moderate carbonation with moderate body. Smooth and only faintly sticky. Nice.

O: Pretty good doppelbock. Drinks well. Rather sweet. Lacks the complexity and depth of something like Celebrator, but definitely worth trying out if you like doppelbocks. Or Great Divide. Or both, like I do.


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fourstringer from Maryland, Dec 12, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (bottled on June 14, 2013) into a snifter.

A-The brew starts with a one and one-half finger head of mocha-colored foam. The head drops immediately to a thick cap that hangs around for a minute. No lacing. The beer is dark brown with a ruby tint. A fair bit of light gets through.

S-The aroma is heavy on roasted grain and barley, as well as molasses and caramel. There is a bit of cocoa powder. Alcohol is sweet and noticeable, but never intrusive or hot. A pleasant and inviting smell, for sure.

T-The taste is a little more disjointed than the smell, but not awful. There is still some grainy roasted barley, caramel, and dark fruit sweetness (from the alcohol), which you would expect from the style. However, I also get a root-beer-like flavor that is a bit odd and the finish provides a surprising bit of herbal, hoppy bitterness.

M-The feel is medium body with a lazy carbonation that sort-of ekes its way onto your palate.

O-This is a pretty enjoyable example of the style, with a few quirks. The look and smell are spot-on for a doppelbock, but the taste throws a few curveballs that I cannot fully endorse. The first curve is the strange, almost spicy, zesty character that accompanies the malt bill, and the second curve is the strangely herbal/floral finish. These oddities don't kill the beer, but they take it off style and I'm not sure I agree with them.

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spoony from Colorado, Nov 26, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, kind of ruby colored with almost no head. I love the way the soapiness slides back down the side when tilted. smell of sweet malts and bread? dark fruit. some nuttiness. and, sweet again.
taste is sweet and malty; little hop bitterness. some alcohol in the taste I think this is an excellent version of an American dopplebock. some places just seem to do a LOT right- Deschutes, The Bruery.... Russian River. Green Flash... even Stone and Lost Abbey. among others. I have come to feel Great Divide is another one of those places. I love the dopplebock and that is a style most of those other breweries just listed don't seem to have a great one of, if even one at all.

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pkalix from California, Nov 23, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Thought this beer did well to combine old world and new world. The dark sweeter and bready malts are classic for the style in taste and feel, but the slight fruity hops on the finish give this beer an ending kiss of pleasant curiosity. Smell has more of a focus on the dark fruits, where the taste is more malt forward. Very nice

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REVZEB from Illinois, Nov 20, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- deep, clear brown with a ruby tint. About one finger of foamy tan head. Minimal head retention, but a slight amount of lacing. No visible carbonation.

S- Very little aroma. A hint of malts sweetness and alcohol.

T- whatever they did with the aroma was packed into the taste. Big caramel malt flavors dominate. Hints of nuttiness and a slight and pleasant hops bitterness on the finish.

M- has a pleasant fullness, mostly smooth with just a bit of bite on the finish from the hops

O- a great example of a Doppelbock. I wish there was more of an aroma, but other than that, this beer hits it all.

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delta490 from Virginia, Nov 13, 2013
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4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. Bottled on June 14th 2013.

A: Dark brown, barely garnet in the light. Nice tight tan head with good retention. Carbonation is visible on the sides of the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty, baked pizza dough, caramel malt sweetness

T: Heavy, slightly sweet, very lightly bittered just enough to balance. Slightly sweet finish is smooth and filled with caramel malt fruity flavor, but somehow nice and dry.

M: Filling but also nice and dry. Great job keeping the sweetness down on this one.

O: Great example of this style, and non metallic tasting, which seems to plague doppelbocks for me.

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51mmz0rz from New Jersey, Nov 09, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured into a glass, the beer had the trademark murky brown color with varying hues.

Smell - The malts from this doppelbock really get the attention of the sense of smell. The sweet malts really jump out.

Taste - On the initial taste, one detects a sweet maltiness. Highlights include burnt sugar, some dark fruits, and just a hint of sour. In the aftertaste, a dry sweetness concludes the experience.

Mouthfeel - Wolfgang had the thickness of a doppelbock, yet it was not quite as thick as I would like. The taste did not stick to my tongue as much as I would like.

Overall - This one of the better domestic doppelbocks available.

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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with one finger light tan bubbly head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Strong aroma right off the bat. Smells sweet, malty, and bready. Definitely some chocolate and tartness in the aroma as well. Medium bodied with great feel. Sweet Malty and bready with a slight bitterness to balance it out. Hard to explain since I am new to this style. Definitely fits the meal in a glass description. I am really enjoying this beer.

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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having had many products from Great Divide including a stop at the brewery itself, I was excited to give this beer a try. It is delicious! There is a reasonable amount of maltiness, it's mildly sweet, and thankfully has very little hop bite. Flavor and aroma is interesting ... pleasant caramel comes through as well as, believe it or not, a hint of banana!

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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium to dark brown, with garnet highlights. The head is large, creamy, and tan. Good Clarity.

Smell: Rich toasted malt, cocoa powder, and apricot jam make for a surprisingly yummy combination, with the latter being unusual for the style (darker fruits are more common). It's a nice switch-up, however, with unexpectedly good results!

Taste: Highly toasted malt is backed with sweet cocoa powder and melanoidins that create buttery caramel, raisin, and sweet prune flavors which, while evident, are not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with medium body that is made to feel slightly lighter by the medium level of carbonation. A very slight bitterness that seems to come from roasted malt rather than hops lingers into the finish. Some alcohol warming makes its presence known by streaming down the back of the throat.

Overall: Enjoyable and easy to drink. Neither a sipper, nor a gulper. The marmalade was an unexpected, yet fun surprise. Was lacking in the darker fruits and chocolatey flavors that are common for this beer style, but this did not seem to detract. The clean quality and finish made this an excellent representation of a Doppelbock in that the beer was flavorful and strong, yet still had the clarity and lightness of a lager.

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BethanyB from New York, Sep 29, 2013
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