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

Poured from tap at the brewery. Pours an amber maple syrup color. Really sweet english malt aromas. Taste is super mellow english malts, some caramel sweetness, a bit of vanilla, and mild mild hop. Its super smooth and really well balanced and super well hidden for 8%abv. Really nice brew! and great dopplebock...a must try for the approaching fall season.

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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 turnerk3
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a charming dark amber hue, highly similar to a mahogany characteristic. A modest eggshell white head which has just as modest retention.

S: A delectable sweet, fruity makes up the foundation of the aroma. This is followed by a toasty, caramel essence which shapes into a respectably complex concoction.

T: The malts are much more reserved in the taste than in the smell. Surprisingly there is still a hint of hop bitterness, but it does well to remind you that you are drinking a dark lager. The toasty aspect comes out superbly. There is also an impressive masking of the ABV.

M: The carbonation is astounding. It provides an exceptional catalyst to supply the mouth with all the flavors. A slight Jekyll and Hyde effect occurs. The malts originally leave a subtle sticky, chewy feel, but after a while it seems to drain out the mouth. Resulting in an equivalent dryness on the tongue.

O: Notably unique brew that is a must try if available. This contributes an enjoyable twist to the style, and it does well to deliver an exceptionally easy to drink 8% beer.

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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 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 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 superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 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 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 prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wolfgang pours a darker copper color. It’s relatively clear. Lots of light cuts through. Really nice crimson highlights are noted with a little light behind it. It’s topped with a light tan head that stands about a finger or so tall. It’s rather quick to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good, but is lacking a little in strength. More would definitely help. It features a nice chocolate malt scent up front. Smells like cocoa. There’s a hint of toasted malt, but it’s subtle. It’s a tad grainy, earthy, and grassy. Yeast is noted and works well into the mix. There’s a bit of alcohol and praline nuttiness on the tail. Light, hoppy notes are also present. Smell mostly floral and grassy. It’s not bad at all. Just needs more strength.

The flavor is definitely a notch (or two) better. The malt base is very nice and smooth. It’s mostly chocolate and toasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Very flavorful and strong. There are definitely some earthy and grassy notes that linger throughout. They could be attributed to some noble hops. Tough to say. Secondary flavors include yeast, bread, praline nuttiness, and alcohol. The alcohol is pretty well integrated and isn’t warm or hot at all. Finishes malty and earthy. This is very tasty stuff, indeed!

Wolfgang has a medium body that’s all kinds of smooth. It actually leans a little full. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels really nice and creamy. This is very good stuff, but mouthfeel is probably its strongest point. Goes down very smooth and easy.

It’s been a while since I’ve been really impressed with one of Great Divide’s bomber releases. Today…I’m really impressed with Wolfgang. This is very good stuff. It’s very flavorful and is extremely enjoyable. Great Divide did a great job with this one. Keep this one in the rotation, please! Easy recommendation.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Love the brewery and love the style, expecting big things from this bad boy.

A: 1/4" tan head over mahogany liquid.

S: Toffee, figs, pears, green grapes, chocolate.

T: Pears, walnuts, figs, toffee, green grapes and grass.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Kudos for Great Divide for even making a doppelbock. This under-appreciated and under-represented style needs more brewers to step up to the plate and deliver. For "liquid bread" the viscosity of this doppelbock was a little thin, and the flavours were a little uncharacteristic. However, this is still a good doppelbock that is worth trying. But, so far my favourite North American take on the style is from Les Trois Mousquetaires in Quebec.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love seeing a summer seasonal beer that isn't your normal/cliche style nowadays (I've had enough APWAs, thank you very much.)

This a 22 oz. bottle dated June 5th, 2012 that is poured into a pint glass.

A: Looks great. Clear brown with a two-finger khaki head. Retention is good.

S: Smalls very malty. I pick up notes of dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, and a bit of spice.

T: The heavy dose of malts continues in the taste. Loads of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, and a splash of dark fruit. Not as estery as I was expecting. Slightly phenolic. Ends with a touch of hops and spice. Reminds me of my good friend, Celebrator.

M: Silky smooth. Medium-heavy body. Really perfect for the style. Way too easy to drink.

O: This one hits its mark. Most American doppels tend to be way too crazy. This one is reminiscent of traditional German doppelbocks. A good summer beer, but not really sessionable due to the high ABV. I wish I had a big ceramic mug for this bad boy..that would be perfect!

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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 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 chickenflea
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dopple! Huge, foamy, then frothy, tan head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is an nice, clear cherry brown. Aroma is fantastic with roast, malt, fruits. Flavor’s like nose with lots more going on. True to style. Lots of depth. Plenty of malt with muscle mildly bitter perfectly balance. Body is full and generally round. Finish is like true to flavor with no unpleasant surprises.

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Photo of L0ne
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with golden highlights. One finger of sticky, bubbly, off-white head.

Bready, doughy, burnt-sugar sweetness (bordering on maple even? mmm), some dark fruit, faint bittersweet chocolate. Light spiciness alongside herbal hops in the finish cut the richness with just enough bitter and freshness to keep you wanting another sip.

Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, maybe just a touch of warming alcohol.

Loved it! Wish it was something I had regular access to.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Let's see how this panes out. Pretty stoked since I haven't really had a doppelbock all winter to really enjoy.

Appearance: at first pours a somewhat cloudy, amber brown, but that quickly changes as it settles into a muddy, brown, opaque coloring. I dare you to hold back and resist this great looking beer. Tan, frothy head settles to about 2 inches and takes its time fading all the way to the bottom. Impressive lacing down the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted, caramel, little hop goodness is quickly noticed. Somewhat cocoa roast is also noticed and is quite inviting. Possible dried fruits like fig are noticeable. Some graininess balances out the whole aroma department. Delicious and inviting. Can't wait to take a sip.

Taste: First sips reveal an instant rush of caramel and roasted malts goodness. Hints of chocolate and molasses are definitely noticeable and gives a sweet flavor to the roasted malts. It's a pretty big pop of malty goodness. But towards the end, the malts turn to an almost bready flavor. Bit of a downer, but not trying to bash the whole thing. Good overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus body with medium carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I wasn't really expecting much. But boy, was I blown away. Not just another boring bock, but something special. The sweet cocoa and malty bitterness really balances out the flavors and brings everything together. Delicious and goes down quite smooth. I would try again and would totally recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of slammo
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors Jersey City. 22oz. Bottled on June 25. I am very happy with this Doppelbock. Pours a beautiful dark cherry color with a tan firm head. It looks delicious. Caramel nose and maybe some chocolate. The taste is of darkened fruit and toffee, some hops as it recedes. Very enjoyable.

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