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

Pours a clear garnet with one finger thick dense tan foam, settles to a thin layer leaving sprays of lace on the glass. Smell: sweet brown bread, prune, cherry-ish. Taste: toffee, plum, fig, with an earthy and grassy hopping cutting in midsip. Note of alcohol in the finish. Tasty. Bottled June 5, 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 Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid doppelbock this side of the pond. Everything about it is like its German counterpart, but just a bit lighter. Looks great. Deep hazelnut and clean. Head is 2 fingers of off white nice foam that settles to dusting. Sticky lacing.

Aroma contains nuttiness, sweet light caramel malt, and solid strength toffee.

Tasting it finds a nice break up of parts. At first, the malt and toffee come in to sweeten the palate. Nuttiness and earthy hops are next, followed by a more grassy hop flavor. Overall, though, it's a sweet beer. A touch of smoke. Lighter touch of leather/tobacco.

For a robust summer beer, this isn't bad at all. A nice doppelbock from GD. Would go well with some BBQ dark meats.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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 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 warrenout330
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a dimple mug

A- brown colored, Ruby high lights on the edges. Thick off white head that sticks around for ever... eventually goes to a pillow over the beer.

S- bready malts, caramel malts earth funk at the end.

T- sweet caramel malts, sweet bready malt like Easter bread. Very delicious....liduid bread.

M- medium body with.. moderate carbonation... earthy hop bite... a lingering sweetness all the way through

O- this might be my favorite offering from GD. For once a American brewery can make an exceptional German dopplebock! Find it, drink it, its liquid bread. A meal in its self.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red color put it to the light and you can see the clarity in this beer. Nice creamy looking head tan color. Smell is slightly sweet raisin scent malty. Smells like a good doppelbock should. Sweet, slightly smoky flavor. The toasted smokiness is on the back of the tongue. Slightly hot as well but not offensive. Probably will get even better after it breathes and warms a little. I'd buy this one again if I was in a doppelbock mood. Mouthfeel is pleasant slight bit of carbonation on the tongue when swirled in the mouth.

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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 Misanthropy_Sipping
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Kearney at Boogaarts market just on a whim, thought a doppelbock sounded good and hadn't had this before... may have even been the only or one of the few available.


Pours a nice deep reddish brown, deep rust red. Very nice. Has an off white creamy head. It's not overly carbonated but is t be expected, seems just about right. And is, I'd say they hit a perfect mark for style and carbonation. Low to medium...

Smells bready, doughy a bit, dark fruits. Kind of a plum/prune smell. A bit of a spicey booze hint to it which is nice. The smell is a bit mute and subtle.

On taste it is also pretty mellow, no one flavor is extraordinarily aggressive. Which is good, there are several things going on in this doppelbock. Some good caramel notes in the front with a dulled down sweetness. Which is good, the sweetness is one thing that it really has going. It is there but is not at all overly or under done. Its a perfect suit. The dark fruits come in, a bit of prune, dried black cherry. There is a really nice dry dark chocolate taste going on which mingles and lets out into a bitter coffee. Bitterness comes apparent to be a happiness which is very subtle and is good for this beer. It gives it a nice dryness.

It's on the medium thick body side but is still very drinkable. For 8% ABV it is incredibly drinkable. The alcohol just doesn't really seem to make an appearance. It has that German malt thing going on. You know by the taste it is a German style beer. I also detect a certain Belgian -e- ness sort of thing happening. It is not out there but I think it may have to do with the dark fruit notes. I don't know what it is. But everyone should know that certain Belgian "thing". Whatever it may be.

Kind of sticky in a way, but a nice bread dough kind of a sticky.

Overall this is a pretty damn good doppelbock. I rated it on the higher side because I have been trying to pay special attention to style. For the style this was probably one of the best done doppelbocks I have ever had or have had for quite some time. I have to say that it rubs elbows with a personal favorite... Korbinian from Weihenstephan.

I'll likely purchase another bottle of this when I get a hankering for a doppelbock again... or just need a good, easy drinking beer with a bit more malt and a bit more character to it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark red amber. One finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, hint of chocolate. Flavor is dominated by sweet malt with a hint of cocoa and a pleasant sweet finish of nuts, malt and light hops. Nice flavor progression and very pleasantly malty. Medium bodied with a good mouth feel. A great take on a doppelbock that I will return to.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma definitely gets your attention - strong and malty with a caramel overtone and notes of spice and chocolate plus an earthy hint. Pours a translucent chocolate brown, close to mahogany, with a thick and fairly persistent tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Flavor does not quite equal the promise of the aroma, but is still quite good - malty, bready, subtle notes of caramel, cloves and chocolate. Smooth texture has good body and fizz, and leaves a malty, woody, slightly chocolaty finish. Get this goat!

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle, Bottled on 6-14-2012, about 8 months in the bottle.

Pours a nice warm shade of darker brown, hazed, medium tan head, soft, fluffy and loose. Head stays nicely, leaves a thicker colar, and plenty of high, fine and scattered lacing.

Nose is bready, with a hint of nuttyness, and some sweet malts

Taste is full of toffee, dark breads, caramel and dark, ripe fruits. Deeply flavorful and tasty brew.

mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with carbonation on the lower side and feeling just about right.

Overall an enjoyable and worthy take on the noble style. Happy to get to try this slightly aged bottle.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An amber color with ruby highlights. Tan head as a thin layer of creamy carbonation sticks around. Slight lacing and the color is clear.

S- Classic bready component found in a dopplebock. Caramel very noticeable as it lingers in the malt sweetness. There seems to be a slight weird smell. I want to say piney, but that is not exactly it.

T- A very rich malt taste that is abundant in bready character with slight amounts of nut. Seems to be a hint of roasted malt in the finish of the beer and that is where the nutty flavor seems to become most apparent as well. A caramel sweetness also compliments the malt character.

M- Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Sweet flavor as expected.

O- A great dopplebock, and I have to admit I was not expecting it to be this enjoyable, especially after the one strange component of the smell. Glad to see a great dopplebock released by an American brewery.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Clear red amber with slights haze from the pour. Off-white head maybe 1/3" with a hard pour and light bubbles to its frame.

Smell: Very light maple hop scent. Comes and goes.

Taste: Can you say awesome? Very good relaxing bitterness offset with a bit of sweetness to it. Has maple syrup likeness to it that is very addicting and perfect for this weather we're having.

Mouth: Medium body, feels light with averse at best stickiness.

Overall: i haven't read a review yet for this beer but I can see the reviews being a over the place. Definitely more of a warm weather beer, really doesn't need tweaking and honestly I would be glad to buy another bottle. Salud.

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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 Jason
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, bottle on date on the label.

LOOK: Deep reddish brass tone, epic lacing

SMELL: Clean, floral, toasted dark bread, clean alcohol, nutty, grassy

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, mild crispness, full-ish body, loaf of bread, toasty, nutty, hay, very malty, light sweetness, herbal hops, warming clean end

This beer does not get in you face like many other American brewed versions, very well balanced and drinkable for its size. On par with its German counterparts, hunt this one down.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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 TempeBeerMan
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear ruby brown with a nice two-finger khaki colored head. Lacing is "complete", as in it rings every inch of the glass when sipped. Looks awesome.

S - Clean aromas of nut, toffee, and dark fruit. Just the tinniest bit of mint.

T - Big, rich, sweet malt taste, just like a Doppelbock should. Flavors of toffee, cashew, caramel, milk chocolate, leather, and date. Just a bevy of (non-burnt) malt flavors. A sizeable earthy hop bite makes itself known in the finish, bringing a nice balance right before it would become cloying. Decently complex.

M - Thick and chewy. Almost redefines "full bodied". I found it to be perfect for the style. Finishes strangely dry and crisp.

O - I really enjoyed this, as I found the complexity intriguing. The dry finish was a little strange, but a minor flaw. A worthy effort.

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

Nice combination of malt sweetness and ripe dark fruits greet the nose. Some nuttiness noted. Wonderfully rich brown and amber body greet the eye. Head is fairly thick and creamy. Nice lacing on the glass. Taste blooms with a rich malt character, rich and nutty, lingering to the end. Nice hop bitterness, coupled with a pronounced (but not over-the-top) alcohol presence follow-up after the malt tastes. Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, and medium bodied.

Wolfgang exemplifies the doppelbock style. On par with many of the better German varieties and well-worth grabbing a bottle or two (or three or...).

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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 Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An American doppelbock...something to be applauded and feared at the same time. It's great that they're making one, but many (most?) are nothing special. Let's see what GD has done.
Pours a medium to dark brown color. Cherrywood highlights and just the right amount of foam that doesn't disappear and does a good job of lacing, to boot.
Malty, bready sweetness. Caramel and amaretto with layers of dark bread. Appropriate alcohol that doesn't hide, but also doesn't overpower. Just the tiniest amount of cocoa. I get just the tiniest amount of smoke in there as well. Maybe a kiss of rauchmalz? Either way, it works, and this is honestly damn tasty. Maybe one of the best US doppels I've had.
Not quite "authentic" but I think they're shooting for another poor clone either. A good spin on a classic style that really works.
I had this a few weeks ago on a less than stellar palate and thought it was good but nothing amazing. However I'm loving this in bottles.
Cheers to GD - they're heading outside the box more and more, and doing well!

(Note: I love doppelbocks and am usually disappointed by non-Bavarian versions, so take that into account. A good US version probably gets a little extra support from me. I'm not saying my rating is inflated, but people that don't love doppelbocks might have differing opinions)

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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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Wolfgang Doppelbock Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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