Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

Wolfgang Doppelbock LagerWolfgang Doppelbock Lager
BA SCORE
86.1%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 433 ratings
Wolfgang Doppelbock LagerWolfgang Doppelbock Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oberon on 06-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,431
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
433
Liked:
373
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.05%
Alströms:
4.11
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
27
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 433 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with poor retention on a clear deep mahagony brown body.

S: plum and raisin dark fruit, chocolate, mollasses and caramel malts.

T: Senisweet caramel malts up front with molasses and brown sugar fading to a dark chocolate with light semisweet dark fruit finish.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: full bodies beer for the season. Fairly complex and nice beer for the style.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted and toasted malt, brown sugar, and some slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity flavor. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not usually a huge bock or derivative fan, but this one is perfectly true to the style, and i love it for the fall. it pours deep and alluring low glow red color like cherry wood. its got a one inch thick caramel colored head that lasts the whole glass. smell is big big german malts, autumnally appropriate, maple sugary. the flavor is more than just the malts, although they are there in a big way. there is also an earthy yeast that makes me feel like raking leaves, carving pumpkins, and smoking a turkey all day. its just that kind of beer and flavor profile. the feel is outstanding. its got a huge body on it, but its still plenty drinkable. the sweetness up front and not in the finish, which i am not used to but really liked in this beer. the finish is bready and quick. its a lovely bomber of beer for less than 8 bucks. ill be enjoying this all fall.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light aromas of brown bread and earthy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some added hints of raisins and a light amount of bitterness with bits of spices in the finish. Only faint traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer seems quite balanced and drinkable compared to other doppelbocks because it isn't as heavy on the palate and doesn't have any stickiness.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear auburn color with a very nice head that turns rocky while leaving a fair amount of squiggly lace behind

Smell: Rich caramel and toasted brown bread aromatics with some fig and date elements

Taste: Opens with the caramel and toasted bread while adding the dried fruit, in the middle; moderately sweet, after the swallow, with a bit of graininess in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Better than most of the domestic examples of the style I have tried as it avoids the cloying sweetness; still it lacks some of the malty depth and complexity of the best of the German examples

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO - 7/26/12

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of toffee, caramel and floral notes.

T - Good toasty malt flavor with toffee and caramel. Just enough hop bitterness for balance.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty dopplebock. Nice to find it on tap in Columbia.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/5/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep mahogany color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, dark bread, biscuit, nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark malty flavors with well balanced fruitiness. Taste of caramel, raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, chocolate, biscuit, nuttiness, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, biscuit, nuttiness, and light earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of dark malty flavors with moderate fruitiness; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Great balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering; one of the better examples I have had in the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager
22 oz. / 650 ml bottle
"BOTTLED ON: JUN 25, 2012"
$8.99 @ Whole Foods Regency Circle, Omaha, NE

Great Divide's Wolfgang pours a clear deep-russet brown that appears to be a deeper mahogany in the full pint glass. The frothy khaki head has a lightly yellowish cast to it. It rises up to a rounded pillow that wants to escape the confining walls of glass, and then slowly settles into a much denser, foamy cap. As you sip it leaves almost solid walls of lacing behind. They eventually slide back down into the brown liquid, but overall the head retention and lacing are quite good.

The aroma displays a distinct caramel maltiness, and not much more. There are some hops behind it, and you could toss about descriptors such as toffee, cocoa and chocolate, but basically it's one rich aroma rather than a more complex mix of items.

The flavor is similar in that way, but certainly more complex... the label says it all: "caramel, dark fruit and toffee balanced by a subtle hop character". The caramel and toffee appear right upfront, followed by the dark fruit across the middle. It's a softer fruitiness than you might find in an Imperial stout or a dark Belgian, but it remains dark fruit. There's at least less dark fruit "skin". Beyond that you find a welcome waft of minor floral hops that helps to balance it by giving it a little something more than malt and fruit, and a truly balancing bitterness. At this point you have four different components working almost in unison, but still standing on their own: the caramel/toffee malt, the 'light' dark fruitiness, the soft floral hops, and the balancing hop bitterness. There's one more addition to that, which is a note of chocolate that appears in the dry finish. The alcohol is superbly cloaked, lending just a light bit of pepperiness.

Overall, this as a remarkably balanced example of the style. Worth seeking out for fans of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An odd choice for a summer seasonal maybe but hey maybe not.Bottled on June 5th 2012.Poured into a 1/2 leter stein a deep amber tinged mahagony with great looking sticky off white crown atop.Alot of bready malt and molasses in the nose,a whiff of alcohol and caramel as well.Caramel and molasses flavors with a tinge of dark fruit,an underlying bready maltiness is the main component of the flavor profile.Just a tad thin in the feel but this is a real nice doppelbock,maybe not a beer I would wanna drink in the heat of summer but very good none the less.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.92/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Great Divide. Pours a moderate brown. Light toffee and dark fruit. Some sweetness. Medium body. Fairly good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark garnet red to mahogany in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a thick ring around the edges of the glass (both wide and tall) and a medium sized patch of extremely thin film. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a moderate strength malty aroma with some toasted malts, brown bread, and nutty notes. There are also some additional notes of floral hops and a lighter presence of grassy hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer also has a strong malt flavor - there is the strongest presence of brown bread along with some more moderate notes of toasted and nutty malts. The beer is only lightly sweet, not cloying... There is a light presence of floral and grassy hops with light amounts of bitterness that does not linger.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Unlike many American versions of this style, it is not cloyingly sweet - this is much more true to the German version of the style. This beer is very easy to drink and hides the 8% ABV extremely well. Very enjoyable and definitely a beer I would get again.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Jun 05 12

Pours chestnut with a thumb of tan head. Super lacing & average head retention

S: Breadyness, some peppery notes, some dark fruit once warm

T: Brown bread, some figs & raisins up front, some dryness. Dark fruit, brown bread & slight peppery hoppyness as this warms. Finishes with dark fruit, dryness & a bit of leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, wanted a little more malt back bone

Very drinkable, a good, not great dopple. Was hoping for a little more from this brewery...

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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.1% out of 100 with 433 ratings
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