Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Wolfgang Doppelbock LagerWolfgang Doppelbock Lager
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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 06-20-2012

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117
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432
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark amber color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a bit below average, but a ton of lacing is left.

3.0 S: The nose is a bit underwhelming. Toasty with a hamster bedding type of mustiness. Caramel sweetness, but dry overall. Booze is well hidden. Lacking in complexity and not enough potency in the aromas presented to make up for it.

3.0 T: Same goes for the taste. Closer to boring than exciting, but well made. Lots of toastiness, with a mild caramel sweetness and a bit of mustiness. Not as dry as the nose, but not sweet either. Booze is again hidden well. I'd be a little more impressed if this was a 4% amber ale, but it isn't so I'm not.

3.5 M: Medium body. Dry, crisp carbonation that works well enough. Lacking creaminess, but again, it works with what is presented.

3.0 D: It's not a bad beer and it's definitely drinkable, but there isn't enough flavor to put this anywhere above average.

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Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - pours a light purplish amber with a soft, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - smells only of toasted malts

T - faint dark fruit, big toasted malt, a hint of caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was disappointing. The toasted malt notes dominated throughout. There were subtle hints of a solid doppelbock underneath the toasted malt, but it had no hope of coming out. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. red foil capped bomber bottle. Simple, but informative recycled paper label with a silhouette of a German man with mug of beer chasing a wiener dog with a sausage chain in its mouth. Right above them in a big red sash is the name of the beer. Off to the sides is a bottle date, food pairing suggestions, and a paragraph that has a brief history of the style and tasting notes in it.

Poured into a simple Pilsner glass. This Doppelbock appeared to be a mahogany color, but I believe it was more of a cherry wood color. No real highlights in this beer. Solid cherry wood color. On top was a 1/2 an inch dirty white head of foam. It wasn't white, but it wasn't tan either. Good retention that left behind a small skim of foam and tiny spots of lace around the color. Above average Doppelbock appearance.

The aroma just wasn't popping out. Even when it warmed up and it was swirled around, the aroma still didn't come up that much. I got a whiff of roasted malt, dark chocolate, a raisin or two, and a little caramel in the background. Not bad, but the aroma could have came out more.

It tasted like it smelled. And like the aroma, something was holding it back. The first taste that came to me was the roasted malt. That taste was then washed away by a gentle taste of dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, and then it finishes up with a dried hop taste. The dried hop taste at the end made it a little interesting. I think some caramel or molasses sweetness would have been better than a dried hops.

This was a medium bodied Doppelbock with a faint aftertaste. This faint aftertaste only consisted of a pinch of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and more dried hops. This aftertaste doesn't bother to stick around. 8% ABV? Felt more like it was between 5-6% ABV.

I'm on the fence with this beer. It looked nice, but it smelled and tasted like something was holding it back. I might try it again in the future. That's because it's a solid Doppelbock.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours light ruby brown with a small light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel / toffee and chocolate malts with a little fruit and smokiness.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malts with some dark fruits and some smokey alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice rich and sweet doppelbock.

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Photo of Ego
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cold winter nights demand something a touch darker... I wasn't in the mood for a stout so perusing the old cellar I ran across this which I have neglected to try until this moment...

bottle marked 6/25/2012 as a born date

eyes...
this has been sleeping in my cellar some months now but still produces a big fluffy head of 2 fingers tall on an easy pour, the slightly craggy head has a lazy audible sizzle to it, the head maintains a decent size for the duration here, lacing is good, the carbonation does not seem to be in any rush as it saunters up in fairly organized columns of gas, sort of a brown tone with ruby glow, pretty good looking

nose...
lots o' prunes, bitter chocolate bars in the fridge, the bready-ness of the malts is hard to detect but definitely there, slight whiffs of a roasty cousin come a swishing by here and fro, interesting but nothing to write home about

taste etc...
for a moment there I thought the carbonation would be off putting.. but then it was OK on the swig but then it did get a bit too prickly on the aftertaste, bummer, this sips pretty smooth with a light medium body, definitely a bit lighter than many DBs I have encountered, that DB warming kick from the ABV is definitely there though, the malty dusty taste is present where the grains are really shining, it falls a bit short on what follows, instead of a deep roast flavor of coffee tone or perhaps chocolate it sort of peters out, not totally however... just a bit mild for my tastes.

verdict?
a good beer, definitely not an americanized version of the style and yet not as refined as the stalwarts brewing in germany

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark reddish brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly to a smattering of bubbles on top. The aroma is sweet with burnt sugars and light sweet dark fruits along with a bit of toffee that seems a bit out of place. Faint floral hop aroma provides little balance to the malty sweetness. The flavor is sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar flavors and a bit of burnt sugar sweetness. Light prune flavor along with a weak coffee type melanoid thing going on. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet crisp mouthfeel. I find that so many American breweries try to replicate the dopplebock style and can't seem to pull it off. This is a fine beer, but compared to some of the hallmarks of the style it just doesn't compare. The smooth melanoid and rich dark dried fruits are lacking in this example.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has some roasted malt with a hint of chocolate mixed in. The flavor is very similar. There is some roasted malt and a very light hint of smoke. I also get some chocolate and some dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also fairly pleasant, albeit simple, as I pick up some cherry, brown sugar and some underlyng chocolate. The flavor profile is more of the same, though I appreciate the fact that the beer is not overly sweet and the finish is pretty dry. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, but the beer delivers considerable flavor and the finsh is fairly long and smooth. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile... I'm really not picking up the 8% abv. in this beer.

A nice enough domestic version of the style, though for the life of me, I cannot imagine why I'd want to drink this over some of the better versions readily available from Germany.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled June 5, 2012.

Appearance: dark ruby-brown hue with no haze at all. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Nice looking beer.

Smell: extremely biscuity, toasty, nutty malt aroma. Nicely composed, but biscuit is just a character I don't like too much.

Taste: biscuity, bready, and caramelly. There's a light fruity characteristic which I like. Bitterness and hop character are quite low. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and a nice smoothness. I like it.

Overall: Wolfgang is not a bad beer at all, but its flavor profile just doesn't float my boat.

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Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fizzy tan head starts slow and grows to two fingers. It stays forever. Color is dark brown with ruby red hues. Smells of sweet malts, persimmon, syrup and burnt sugar. Tastes sweet, syrupy and grainy. There's some brown bread involved, and I go looking for spice, but can't find any. It's a bit sticky as it should be and the alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Creamy up front with some crisp edges. Drier than expected. A welcome end of the summer treat that I will likely revisit soon.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on June 5th, 2012.

A- Pours a very deep amber brown color with 3 fingers of tan head that has wonderful retention and leaves some dainty lacing on the glass.

S- Aromas of sweet candied dark fruits like plums, raisins, figs, and dates. Malty, nutty, and bready. Not the most aromatic Doppelbock on the market.

T- Follows nose well. The sweetness of the candied sugar dark fruits is not overwhelming. Flavors of toasted bread come out. It's easy to see why they call this "liquid bread".

M- Solid medium body. Goes down smooth and easy for the 8% ABV. Moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A decent Doppelbock from a well respected American Brewery, Wolfgang is worth seeking out if you want to try something new.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish cola, small tan head, leaves pretty fast. No lace.

S - Dark chocolate, bread and malt.

T - Taste matches smell pretty well. Very malty, with a hint of chocolate and dark bread in the background.

M - Light to medium body, good balance, clean finish, good carb.

D - Very drinkable, especially at the ABV.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Bottled June 15, 2012
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass

Great Divide's doppelbock features well-balanced flavors between sweetness and bittering European hops, perhaps the most balanced I've experienced in a doppelbock. Blending herbal, green, and bitter hop components with a subtle caramel, roasted, and chocolate malts, the beer is decidedly appealing to whatever one's interests are. That being said, I felt like this could use more malt depth and complexity, for being a doppelbock, such as using more chocolate or nut-like malts.

Pours a 1cm head of medium tan foam, made up of small bubbles, that has above average retention, gradually decreasing to a thin ring around the glass and an island of wispy foam atop the body. Lacing is above average, with some spiderwebs and smaller constellations of spots elsewhere. Body is a transparent ruby-brown color, with slightly active carbonation visible, stemming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of mildly sweet caramel, a bit of brown sugar, light cocoa, a hint of orange esters, yeast, deep brown European breads. The aroma is sweet, but not particularly so, partly due to its generally moderate, average-intensity nature, but also because it is very well balanced by the European hops.

Overall, flavor is not as sweet or caramel-rich as some doppelbocks, instead looking towards a blend of roasted, caramel, and chocolate malts that is well-balanced by the European hop usage that adds notable bitterness and green, leafy flavor to the beer. Opens with some brown sugar sweetness and not overly sweet caramel flavors, Mid-palate features heavy malts with a bit of roast and noble hop bitterness and herbal character. Back of palate picks up continued roasted malt, a bit of chocolate malt, noble hop bitterness, and some caramel flavor. Aftertaste of European hop bitterness and lesser residual caramel-like sweetness.

The beer is medium-bodied, with fairly low amounts of carbonation, leading to a smooth, though too-placid mouthfeel. Finish is expectedly dry, from hop usage and residual sweetness of the beer.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Prost!

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Photo of bump8628
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a tulip. Clear russet brown, thin head of khaki foam forms from a mild carbonation. Dark rye bread, raisin, and toffee. Clean, mellow and dry which is something American brewers typically don't achieve with this style. A well-aged musty character creeps in and adds some depth. Light floral hoppiness adds balance. Another well done, balanced yet big beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Pours a clear red copper, with off-white and horizontal patches of lacing.

S - Toasted cereal grains, very clean, brown sugar, earthy molasses, hazel nuts, baked brown bread.

T - Follows the nose with heavy cereal grain, reminds me of Total cereal. Sweet molasses coated grain. Some grassy hops on the back end creates a peppery bitterness. Brown fruit bread crust rides through the middle along with an hazel nutty flavor. Finishes dry and bready.

M - Heavier side of medium body, moderate carbonation,

Very clean and bready. Nothing complex but very precise malts. It drinks very new but i like it. Not sure why they called this Wolfgang for a Dopplebock.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, earthy malt, hint of hops, hint of pale malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight earthy malt, hint of hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, not enough hops to balance the high levels of malt, but good flavors.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewery as Old Wolfgang. I'm not sure if there is any notable difference to the "Wolfgang".

Ruby brown color where the can penetrate. Great lasting head that leaves ring lace after each sip.

Toasty, darker malt aromas; very little hop to the nose as the style suggests.

Lots of toast and biscuit on the tongue. There's a touch of burnt malt, but it's in the background. Light hop and even a lighter body. Carbonation is fine. Overall, easy to drink but not that complex.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: Well, it's regrettably illegible, though, I can make out 2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a wispy, sudsy layer of yellowed froth.

Smell: In the nose, a sizable pile of brown sugar, slight nuttiness, and toasted dark breadiness with the faintest hint of chocolate powder. Resounding fruitiness in the nose of candied dates and prunes. Even-handed dose of spicing. Some alcoholic wafts noted.

Taste: Fairly sweet upfront, with plenty of caramelized sugars, brown sugar, toasted (dark) bread crusts and some nutty, grainy hints. Very faint chocolate, molasses. As with the nose, there's a big 'pop' of fruitiness present. Herbal-toned, leafy hops, low bitterness. Wolfgang remains malty, fruity, and sweetish until the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slightly chewy, fluffy mouthfeel.

Overall: I liked it better than I thought I would. Worth a try.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, garnet and rust color mix. About one finger of head after a hardy pour. Tan foam eventually recedes to nothing.

Smells like a lot of dark fruit, rich, toasted and roasted bread crust. Sweet, roasted and rich aroma overall.

Rich, syrupy palate with a little abv.% heat that cuts through the palate on the finish.Rich, dark fruits, caramel and some dark toffee all mix together with a faint Earthy hop undertone. Rich, malty, sweet, and strong. A pretty good Doppelbock if I do say so!

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Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of malt, caramel, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of malt (a big amount, but not too much), dark fruit (plums?), and hints of caramel and toffee. A sharp, lively, focused flavor. More complexity than you usually find in this style.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very solidly made, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive coppery color with a big foam to start. Pleasantly carbonated though not exactly creamy. Malt and caramel in the nose.

Rich and rather sweet with smokey and spicy flavors. Nutty with a little roasted marshmallow. Somewhat buttery, but seems appropriate to the style. So mellow and malty, it borders on being too much of a good thing. If you like plenty of malt, but with some complexity, this is a good one to try.

Dangerously drinkable. Spicy with some gently hops along with the sharp flavors provide a nice balance to all the malt. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Philnor Liquor in Lakewood for $8.99.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with copper edges and a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt notes. Hints of charcoal, coffee bean, cocoa, caramel and toffee followed by bread and some dark fruit. There's also a subtle earthy hop presence.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, sweet and roasted malt and dark fruit notes. Slightly earthy and bitter up front with some resinous hops that linger throughout. Surprising for the style. Although the hop character is stronger than expected, the complex malt character dominates. Nice balance of sweet and roasted notes with subtle smokiness. Hints of bread yeast and roasted coffee bean followed by chocolate, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. ABV is very well masked with no heat to speak of. Complex, flavorful and easy to drink.

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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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