Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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117 Reviews
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:
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Added by oberon on 06-20-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
433
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
42
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27
For Trade:
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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 433
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 Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

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 Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I, another new GD beer, it seems like every 3 months there's a new one to try,

A: Pours a clear mahogany with a medium light tan head. Limited lace, average head retention.

S: Sweet crystal type malt, some roast, molasses.

T: Nice sweet malt flavour with a mild noble grassy hoppiness. This is quite well done. Not overly sugarfied at all. Fairly one-dimensional, but a good flavour.

M: Medium full body, not cloying at all which is impressive in an American dopplebock, pretty smooth, some crisp carbonation.

O: A solid lager for sure, the price is problematic when compared with Germany, but surely worth a try.

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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 One2Remeber
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright ruby red color / dark mahogany. Thick tannish head, doesn't stay long.

S: Rich sweet malts, mild toffee and hint of chocolate. Acidic aroma as it warms up.

T/M: Silky smooth for a lager. Tons of rich flavor. Starts off bitter then turns to a sticky sweetness and ends with a chewy toffee goodness.

O: This would pair perfect with a really sharp cheese. One of the most flavorful beers while still maintaining a level of drinkability. Reminds me of a mild, more drinkable scottish ale.

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Photo of philbe311
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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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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 macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a CCB pint glass (I know, but I didn't pour it).

A: Dark brown in color, but is clear when held up to the light. Moderate visible carbonation, with 1/2 finger's worth of a light tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet dark chocolate, mocha, maybe rum-soaked raisin.

T: Follows the nose - sweet cocoa, dark fruit, caramelized sugar, toffee, coffee malts.

M: Towards the thicker side for a lager, maybe a touch under-carbonated. Alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: A good dark lager. Generally not my favorite style but this one is one of the better examples I've had.

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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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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 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 Vec2267
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - mahogany, with a thick head that falls to a subtle lace

S - caramel, chocolate, malty sweetness

T - semi-sweet, the hops give it just a bit of bittersweet balance, caramel, toffee, alcohol well hidden

M - thin for the sweetness but rich, very drinkable

O - rich without being overly sweet, lots of cookie/caramel/toffee flavors

This brewery tends to go over the top (Yeti in all its variants), but this is spot on for the style. Rich and sweet but considerable complexity. Not sure why this is a summer release - not ideal for Florida heat in the dead of summer.

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Photo of riored4v
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip with a thin tan head that faded quickly. Clear body with ruby and dark brown colors.

Aroma was very nice with some dark fruit notes, good amounts of caramel, light roast and chocolate. Somewhat bready and earthy.

Chocolate and dark fruit flavors up front followed by toffee, caramel and some light earthy bitterness. Flavor mimics the aroma fairly close. Some light grain and bready notes as well. Light raisin flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium body that was slightly chewy. Medium carb and a clean finish that was light. No signs of ABV.

Overall this was an enjoyable blend of flavors. Went down alot lighter than 8%.

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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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of RockinRob925
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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 kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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 oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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 russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Kromes
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear dark brown with ruby edges and a two finger tan colored head that just sits on top of the beer.

S: Toffee, chocolate, alcohol, and a touch of hop.

T: Toasted malt and caramel with a touch of alcohol and earthy hop.

M: Heavy mouthfeel. A little syrupy, but smooth.

O: A pretty good Doppelbock. It is clean and has good flavor.

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

Appearance: deep brown with red highlights. Fairly full head on the pour with thick lacing that reduces to zilch.
Smell: Toasted bread. Hints of chocolate. Pleasantly mellow.
Taste: as the nose. Very mellow, pleasant roasted malt.
Overall: very nice dopplebock. Enjoyed very much.

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