Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Wolfgang Doppelbock LagerWolfgang Doppelbock Lager

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by oberon on 06-20-2012

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Photo of tmm313
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of SamN
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of quid
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of mverity
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of jpro
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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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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.


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Photo of spoony
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of pkalix
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of delta490
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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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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 Vierenner
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of BethanyB
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Doppelbock and it was an extremely enjoyable experience.

From other reviews, I was expecting a little more of a head to the beer, the beer has a relatively thick consistency on pour

The smell was caramel-like with what I thought was a hint of grape/berry-like smell, but as I drank it, the predominant smell was caramel-toffee-like.

I bought it in the bottle cold, and I drank it slowly over about an hour - as it warmed, the sweetness of it came out.

My favorite part is that bready taste that kicks in just as you swallow.

Although a high ABV, it didn't taste like it did. I wish I had had some cheese to have with this, this is the perfect beer to enjoy over a period of time - I think it would greatly benefit with a food pairing.

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with some beautiful crimson highlights. A substantial one-finger, tan head that reduced to a 1/4" but that holds its own. Ripe, dark fruit scents: plum, dates, raisins, banana; some caramel and toffee notes, too; dark rum. The taste is a bit more one-dimensional: sweet, sugary, booze-soaked fruit cookies. Fig Newtons come to mind, and there is a breadiness to it. The lacing is exceptional, and the carbonation is understated. Not too syrupy or viscous.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown in color with a one fingering white head that has great retention.

Nose has loads of Caramel bready notes with mild toffe and a fig like fruity undertone. Some nice spicey hop is also detectable.

Lots of bready flavors meld in with subtle Carmel sweet dark fruit and a mild spice possibly from the hops. Really well balanced.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a good caramel like stickyness to it. medium carbonation and very slight dry finish

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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 Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a pilsener glass, clear medium brown beer with ruby highlights - couple of fingers of tan head

S: sweet chewy nuts, like pecans, toffee and caramel, earthy and musky

T: rich and deep malt flavors, treacle, brown bread; suggestions of spices from baked holiday fare

M: medium body, slick/smooth, flash of subtle fuzz from carbonation

O: a very nice beer - not a style I have great familiarity with, but I found this similar in feel and presentation to the Ayinger doppelbock, but the sugars were a little more forward and there was less complexity to the flavor. A rewarding drink in any event.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a brown color with some reddish highlights. A 1" head slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness is nice on the nose.

Taste: a nice malty backbone with ripe dark fruits, toffee, a mild bitterness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother towards the finish.

Overall: a very enjoyable doppelbock that has a nice focus on the maltiness without being overtly hoppy. Easy to consume this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/25/12 so it's just over a year old. Picked it up discounted to 8 dollars at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Ah good a pop of the top is smokey and rushing of carbonation. In the glass A deep amber red color very dark with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head.
s - A year really has rounded this beer out no strong alcohol smell it smells of plenty of raisin and plum really ripe dark fruit, bready malts, and some caramel malt to boot.
T - Right of the bat the yeast still vibrant smacks the palate with dry bread crust. Sweetness does try to balance with mild fruity plum and raisin and I can till taste the hops even as they come off very earthy. Great!
M - Very smooth drinking with a medium body, somewhat thick yet smooth hiding the ABV well.

Overall worthy of the 8 dollar price tag but I kind of wish this was bottled in 12 oz singles since the price would rival Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock and I could pull the trigger easier. Regardless they do make a great Doppelbock.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great to find a bottle of this I was kind of pissed when I missed it's release last summer, pours a turbid plum brandy cola tinted color with caramel beige head forming thick with large bubbles of flowing carbonation. Aromatics offer up hints of plum, raisin, dark malts over ripened fruit, beautiful beer almost cider like tartness amongst the dark roasted malts. Flavor rustic lager flavors, smoke meat, just a hint of that, with big ripe dark fruits, plum juicy raisins, and plum that dark juice you can only get from the source. A definite German style lager from Colorado, excellent take by all means I'm just so spoiled to have tried so many great doppelbocks from PA they are the kings of the German beer styles brewed in America with minor exceptions along the way. Hints of dark chocolate and toffee as I take a few more sips with the dark fruit a mesmerizing beer experience, I'm glad I'm digging in now a year later. Mouthfeel is great smooth easy going each sip easier than the next I'm glad I found it subdued and refrigerated for a year it's been truly lagered, easy going carbonation great chewy dopplebock medium to full bodied. Overall I can't stop talking about this beer, excellent stuff nails the style truly good drinking doppelbock they better still make this stuff.

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Photo of lancecenter
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

220z bomber bought at the local Gabriel's. Bottled on date of July 03, 2012. Drank Sep 07, 2013. Poured in to a Victory pilsener glass and a Boulevard tulip. I preferred the latter.

A - Dark red to brown. Two fingers of creamy head with excellent retention. Very good lacing.

S - Dark bread, dark fruits, caramel, and toffee. A little bit of alcohol on the backbone.

T/M - The fruit and bread hit me up front with caramel and toffee on the tail end. Soft, with minimal crispness.

O - This is surprisingly balanced. There is nothing obscene about this beer. And the 8% alcohol? Not even noticeable. The drinkability of this beer is off the charts.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/5/12.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a turbid orange/brown color with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

A nice aroma of dark fruit and caramel.

Great taste. Lots of toffee. Raisins and plums. Very smooth.

A rich beer, very enjoyable.

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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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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 433 ratings.
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