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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 06-20-2012

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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 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 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 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 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 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 stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fizzy tan head starts slow and grows to two fingers. It stays forever. Color is dark brown with ruby red hues. Smells of sweet malts, persimmon, syrup and burnt sugar. Tastes sweet, syrupy and grainy. There's some brown bread involved, and I go looking for spice, but can't find any. It's a bit sticky as it should be and the alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Creamy up front with some crisp edges. Drier than expected. A welcome end of the summer treat that I will likely revisit soon.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep dark mahogany color. A foamy cream colored head recedes to large bubbles and wisp. Webbed sticky lacing coats the glass. The aroma is toffee and caramel sweetness followed by an oak wood note with a faint smokiness. The taste is much like the aroma with delicious sweet caramel and buttery sweet bread starting off. Toffee comes in the middle with a slight woody quality to finish it. Faint hops in the finish that leaves a slight tang. Mouthfeel is sticky and otherwise medium in weight. Overall, this is truly delicious. I need to drink more Dopplebocks.

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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 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 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 StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Pours a clear red copper, with off-white and horizontal patches of lacing.

S - Toasted cereal grains, very clean, brown sugar, earthy molasses, hazel nuts, baked brown bread.

T - Follows the nose with heavy cereal grain, reminds me of Total cereal. Sweet molasses coated grain. Some grassy hops on the back end creates a peppery bitterness. Brown fruit bread crust rides through the middle along with an hazel nutty flavor. Finishes dry and bready.

M - Heavier side of medium body, moderate carbonation,

Very clean and bready. Nothing complex but very precise malts. It drinks very new but i like it. Not sure why they called this Wolfgang for a Dopplebock.

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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 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 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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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 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 AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. red foil capped bomber bottle. Simple, but informative recycled paper label with a silhouette of a German man with mug of beer chasing a wiener dog with a sausage chain in its mouth. Right above them in a big red sash is the name of the beer. Off to the sides is a bottle date, food pairing suggestions, and a paragraph that has a brief history of the style and tasting notes in it.

Poured into a simple Pilsner glass. This Doppelbock appeared to be a mahogany color, but I believe it was more of a cherry wood color. No real highlights in this beer. Solid cherry wood color. On top was a 1/2 an inch dirty white head of foam. It wasn't white, but it wasn't tan either. Good retention that left behind a small skim of foam and tiny spots of lace around the color. Above average Doppelbock appearance.

The aroma just wasn't popping out. Even when it warmed up and it was swirled around, the aroma still didn't come up that much. I got a whiff of roasted malt, dark chocolate, a raisin or two, and a little caramel in the background. Not bad, but the aroma could have came out more.

It tasted like it smelled. And like the aroma, something was holding it back. The first taste that came to me was the roasted malt. That taste was then washed away by a gentle taste of dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, and then it finishes up with a dried hop taste. The dried hop taste at the end made it a little interesting. I think some caramel or molasses sweetness would have been better than a dried hops.

This was a medium bodied Doppelbock with a faint aftertaste. This faint aftertaste only consisted of a pinch of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and more dried hops. This aftertaste doesn't bother to stick around. 8% ABV? Felt more like it was between 5-6% ABV.

I'm on the fence with this beer. It looked nice, but it smelled and tasted like something was holding it back. I might try it again in the future. That's because it's a solid Doppelbock.

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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 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 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 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 jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty clear deep tarnishes amber hue with a big frothy off white head. Clean bready nose with notes of caramel, biscuit and earthy hoppiness. Subtle notes of chocolate and espresso.

Wow. Extremely good! Smooth and creamy with a strength that's masked excellently. Rich breadiness and clingy carbonation with a massive full mouthfeel. Rich chocolate covered honey roasted peanut like taste. Lingering savory saltiness in the mouth. Hands down excellent. So damn good. Lots of perfectly roasted malt.

Great divide does not make bad beer. It's official.

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