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 WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clear, deep reddish mahogany color with a single finger of sand colored head that lasts for several minutes and leaves fairly decent loops of lacing behind on the glass. Lighter side of medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells of chocolate and yeasty bread with just the right amount of herbal and earthy hopping to accent the sweet aroma. Taste is centered around toasted bread in front with medium amounts of nuttiness and lesser quantities of chocolate and yeastiness in the background. As the glass warms, the herbal and earthy hopping aspects gain enough volume to make one of the more strikingly dry finishes I've ever tasted in a Doppelbock. In fact, overall this beer seems to be balanced more towards being savory and bready than being about caramel and toffee, and I'm totally OK with that. However, on the other hand, there is only the merest ghost of a presence of dark fruits in either nose or flavor, which could stand to be somewhat bigger relative to all the other elements.

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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 ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and toasted bread.

Tastes of the fruits with some backing sweetness. Notes of figs, dark cherries, and some plums. Toasted bread notes fill out the middle along with some syrupy sweetness. Some slight spiciness comes through on the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is good doppelbock, that is another good offering from Great Divide.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wolfgang is a deep chestnut brown colored lager. There is about an average size head sitting on top and is pretty dense. Plenty of lacing around the glass. Lots and lots of carbonation.

Aroma is all malts. Sweet and sticky smelling with dark fruits and graham crackers and toffee.

Complex tasting malts with sweet malts toffee and stewed fruits.

Drinks bitter upfront and mellows out towards the end with some alcohol warming.

There is a very slight metalic taste present but not a factor for me.

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Photo of denver10
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a caramel looking brown with a nice beige head. A nice bready aroma filled with some toffee, caramel, a little nutty. Flavor was very smooth also filled with bread, toffee, caramel, and a little nutty. It never gets too aggressive and offered a great balance. A nice fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, totally hit the spot at the bar tonight. I'd put this right behind the Yeti series for my favorite offering from Great Divide, might have to go out and grab myself a bomber of this.

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Photo of DavidST
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, bottled on July 03, 2012. This pours a clearish dark brown with a smaller short lived tan head. The smells are good, toffee, caramel, roasted nuts. The feel is medium to a little thicker and creamy. The taste is pretty great roasted nuts, caramel, dark fruit, quite nice.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

Wolfgang is a deep redish brown with good clarity seen around the edges. The head is tight and creamy. It settles slowly and leaves nice Laing behind.

Aroma is malty and sweet and that comes through in the taste as well.

Flavor has toasted malt, biscuit, rye bread, and hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with great balance and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really nice beer and perfect for the fall season. Now they just need to make it a six pack.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy tanish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of toasted caramel malts, bready and chocolate malts, some smoke and a touch of dark fruit, coffee, and lager esters.

T - Starts out with some toasted caramel malts, with some chocolate and dark fruit notes. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with some smoke and coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, some smoke and dark fruit, and a hint of coffee and booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, roasted, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malty backbone with some good roast and body to balance.

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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 dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of shand
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a deep ruby color with a small head. The aroma is malty and chocolatey, with some bread. The taste follows the nose, with a robust amount of malts. There's roast and bready aspects here for sure, along with some chocolate and caramel flavors. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and decently carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is one of the best American Doppelbocks I've had, easily. It's not up on Celebrator's level or anything, but it's a great stab at the style.

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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 Sweasty
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide brings us a doppelbock. It looks the part of a nice doppelbock. Wolfgang pours a nice dark mahogany. Things are topped off by a fingers worth of light khaki head. Head settles to a ring leaving some lacing down the glass.

Wolfgang has a classic malt centric nose. Light floral hops hit first. Plenty of sweet caramel notes. A fair amount of brown bread present as well. Some toasty bready malt notes rounds things out.

Flavor is no less malt centric. Plenty of sweet caramel hit first. Brown bread notes are much stronger on the palate. Strong molasiss notes blend with the bready qualities. Floral hops show just enough to add a little balance to the sweetness. The finish is lightly floral with a barest hint of alcohol spice. All in all a very clean lager.

Wolfgang is nice and full-bodied, but not overly chewy.

Great Divide never ceases to pump out quality brews. This is one of the most drinkable doppelbocks brewed on this side of the pond. The alcohol barely makes its presence known. I'm not quite sure this lives up to the German greats, but it comes damn close.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown/mahogany with a nice light tan head with decent retention into a Lagunitas Mug
S: smells awesomely sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. slightly bready and toasty as well. there was a little alcohol on the nose at first
T: caramel, toffee, toasted and bready malt, a little chocolate, slight alcoholic fruitiness. slight hop bitterness at times. swallow brings more toffee and toasted malt. a little nutty as well
M: a little over medium with nice and soft carbonation
O: very good. nice complexity and very well done. Great Divide makes some great beers and this one doesn't disappoint

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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 beerpadawan
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came with a creamy, fine-bubbled head of a luscious tan color. An aroma of sweet milk chocolate and cold hot cocoa.

The flavor matched the aroma in many ways, but with some additional nutty notes and marshmallow. It is a jaunty beer that steps lightly despite it's 8% ABV. The creaminess of the head, although it did not retain thickly, settling rather quickly into a film with some fluff around the edges, played well with the flavors.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours red-brown, perfectly clear. Head is one finger, light brown. Good retention and some lacing.
S- Aroma is fairly mild with a bit of mild caramel and some toast.
T- Malty flavors with good caramel and toasted flavors. The hops come through more than most doppelbocks with some pleasant noble hop flavors.
M- Medium body, maybe a bit lighter than I would like. Nice and creamy consistency though.
O- I liked it. A good example of an American made Doppelbock.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had chilled in ale glass, chez White

A: very dark cola color; good steady head; fantastic lacing; excellent carbonation
S: caramel, sweet, molasses
T: rich caramel, chocolate; treacle, molasses, but not overly sweet (a tendency in this genre); hint of smoke; hops subdued; fantastic balance of elements

Solid, great beer!

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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 JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with a smallish tan head that fades quickly without lacing.

Smells strongly of figs and raisins, along with roasted malt, and spices, not unlike raisin-fruitcake.

Tastes similar to smell, raisins, figs, dried dark fruits, molasses, roasted malt, toffee, spices, mildly sweet. Fruit or raisin bread characteristics.

Body is medium to full, firm, chewy and holds together well. Mildly carbonated. Lingering sweetness and roasted malt flavors.

A decent dopplebock, could easily replace the raisin bread for your morning breakfast.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany w/cardinal shimmer, finger khaki head,
patchy lacing

S: biscuit, malt, toffee, nutty

T: caramel, toffee, nutty, big malt, ripe fig,
mild roasted biscuit finish

M: med/heavy body, creamy/smooth mouth

O: WOW! Love this brewery and style, BUT
this is one of the best doppelbocks
I have ever enjoyed. So complex and delightful.
Will seek out more bottles and highly recommend.


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Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a nice 2 inch foamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, bready, dark fruits like rasin, plum. A little chocolate nutty aroma also. Some nice yeasty sweet smells with molasses and burnt sugars.

Taste - Nice huge flavors of roasty malts and chocolate/caramel flavors. Very sweet, added brown sugars, molasses and almost a chocolate syrup flavor also. Dark fruits and a little spice add some more flavors. A little hop even comes at the finish. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel - Thick, sweet and tons of flavor. Tounge gets the malts, sweets and spices, were palate gets more malts, dark fruits and some hops. Afertaste is sweet, malty and long lasting.

Overall - WOw this is nice. Sweet, easy to drink, and pakcs a punch. Very balanced even with it being sweet, and it gets real sweet once it warms up. Alcohol is masked very well. A great beer, one of the best doppels ie had in a long time.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a very dark amber with a thin layer of bubbly khaki head that vanishes quick. 

S:  Aroma opens up with west roasted caramel, toffee, cherries, vanilla bean and dark breads. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose with rich and decadent flavors of caramelized sugar, chocolate covered bananas.  The sweetness is offset by earthy hops. A silky medium-full mouthfeel with a gentle tingle of carbonation on the edge of the tongue. Finish is semi dry with earthy notes and vanilla. 

O:  I expected this to be good but I was shocked at how good it really was. It was rich and earthy a complex balanced treat that is hard to find flaws in. Great Divide really nailed this style. 

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 433 ratings.
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