St. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock
Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG

St. Martin Dunkler DoppelbockSt. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock
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Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
Ranked #43
Ranked #12,591
3.98 | pDev: 12.56%
Nov 14, 2021
Jun 19, 2002
Very Good
St. Martin Dunkler DoppelbockSt. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock
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Feb 02, 2013
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Reviewed by falloutsnow from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Champaign, IL
No clear bottled on date, but "1.06" stamped on bottom of back label
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Aktien's Dunkler Doppelbock is a solid, chocolate-meets-caramel-meets-fruity-yeast-esters version of the style. The blend of esters, caramel malt, and chocolate is expertly pulled off, and combined with a decent aroma and satisfying mouthfeel, this is a doppelbock to pick up if seen. Would really like to try this fresh to see what the differences are.

Pours a 2cm dirty white/very light tan head. Composed of smallish bubbles, this looks very soft and pillowy. Head retention is fairly poor, as it dissipates in under a minute, leaving a thick ring around the glass with a few faint islands of foam atop the beer. Very minimal lacing. Body is a very dark reddish-amber hue, with light revealing more of the deep, mineral-red color. Some carbonation is visible through the transparent body.

Very heavy smelling. Aroma is of roasted malt, caramel malt sweetness, dried fruit (prunes, raisins, currants, black mission figs) and some spiciness (from ethanol?). Some oxidation is evident. The result is a darkly sweet beer, with faint nods towards roasted malt and chocolate, fruity esters, caramel, and sherry (from the oxidation).

Taste is a smooth, delicious blend of chocolate and caramel malt with dried fruit esters and yeastiness around the periphery. Very pleasantly surprised, as the aroma was indicating this might be oxidized. Caramel malt sweetness is very well balanced across the palate with the roasted/chocolate flavor at all times. Sweetness is never cloying, despite no obvious hop bitterness. Aftertaste is of light chocolate and caramel with very faint pure roasted flavor in the close.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with low, gentle carbonation that creates a soft, smooth mouthfeel. Finish is fairly dry. Generally, very inviting.
Apr 16, 2012
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Reviewed by stover4

4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I am a beer lover through and through, and I've tasted many beers from around the world from large and small breweries, and though I enjoy all types of beer I find that I truly enjoy the Doppelbocks.

I would rank this beer in my top 3 beers of all time. I would like to say though, that since the brewery has changed owners a few years back it seems this beer is not quit as good. You won't be disappointed but it's just not quite as good as it once was.

I wrote this review to pointing out something for true doppelbock drinkers. If you find a bottle with the old label (as in the picture above) that bottle was brewed by the original owners. If you see it, buy a lot of it. You will not be disappointed. Now it could be that the older bottles have just had time to settle, but I tend to think it's the new staff at the brewery. All in all this is still a very good beer.
Feb 28, 2012
Rated: 4 by cdwil from Texas

Dec 30, 2011
Rated: 4 by vince4953529 from California

Nov 15, 2011
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Reviewed by Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice off white head and some good lacing as it goes down. Smell is rich caramel and toffee along with hefty amounts of figs, dates, and other dark fruits. Slight hint of nuttiness as well. Taste really brings the dark fruits forward along with caramel and some candied brown sugar. Mouthfeel is fairly full and nicely warming without really being boozy. Very nice drinkability. Other than Andechser, probably the best Doppelbock that I've come across.
Oct 01, 2010
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Reviewed by brokensail from California

4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Dyan for hooking it up with this one.

A: The pour is a slightly muddy mahogany color with very minimal head formation and carbonation.

S: What a nose on this beer! Plenty of yeasty esters providing banana and clove notes. There's also a nice fruitiness to it as well as a nice caramel, toffee, and chocolate sweetness.

T: The beer is pleasantly sweet with flavors of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and some cola. As the beer warms up, the yeast flavors really come out, especially the bananas.

M: A medium to full bodied beer with somewhat minimal carbonation.

D: A really fantastic doppelbock. Quite complex and deep both in flavors and aromas--great all around.
Apr 17, 2010
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Reviewed by NittanyBeerFan from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Dyan for bringing this one. Unexpected, it was a last-minute addition to "The Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were A Part Of."

Pours a medium brown color, similar to that of a weizenbock. Upon opening the bottle, there is a scary moment as foam rushes upwards, but it culminates in a meniscus and no beer is lost. In my glass, it looks nice a crisp and clean. The carbonation is nowhere to be found, and as a result, I wonder why the gush was so nearly imminent.

Aroma is classically simple like most of the doppelbocks that I have tried. Toffee and chocolate come through...still not sure how they do that with only 4 ingredients. There is also a very nice German yeast spiciness.

The flavor brings on even more impressiveness. The toffee and dark chocolate usher in a surprising vanilla flavor. Everything is nicely proportioned.

I am astonished by the complexity and simplicity of this the same breath. This is one of the best doppelbocks that I have had the pleasure of trying. I look forward to my next bottle.
Mar 31, 2010
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Reviewed by sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-Pours a deep, not quite opaque dark brown. Some off white head dissipates rather qiuckly, leaving a thin skin but no lacing.

S-Lots of caramel, sweet malt and raisins.

T-Rich caramel sweetness in the front with a surprisingly rich roasted malt and a hint of smokiness in the finish. Excellent depth of flavor.

M-Medium bodied, almost heavy with some nice coating qualities.

D-Delicious. A very tasty doppelbock that I really enjoyed.

Mar 28, 2010
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Reviewed by baos from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
1 pt 0.9 fl ounces into pint glass.

A: Nice hazy dark reddish amber with 4 finger head on pour that pretty much disappears along with some nice lacing on the get go. Looks like tea after the head vanishes.

S: Rich malts with caramel background notes. A bit of grainy booziness. Dried dark candied fruits.

T: Light chocolate with molasses and deep fruit preserves. Ever so subtle caramel notes. Lighter than some of the meal in a bottle varieties that I have had like Celebrator.

M: Medium to Full, very nice.

D: I had 6.
Jan 29, 2010
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Reviewed by largadeer from California

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Got a couple of these from Dyan. Thanks, dogg.

This beer pours a murky dark brown, opaque in the glass but not quite black. Like their helles lager, a small quater-inch head forms, but it sustains nicely. It smells of dark fruit - raspberries, figs, dates - and chocolate. Swirling brings out hints of molasses. The taste is remarkably balanced, berry-like fruit flavors providing a lot of complexity without cloying the palate. Spicecake and chocolate appear toward the finish, along with some nuttiness and dates. The finish is roasty and dry with a light hop bitterness. Very complex without compromising drinkability, this is awesome stuff.
Nov 13, 2009
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Hell. I know I've had better dopplebocks then this one. I'll post it as soon as I can recall what it was... but I wouldn't hold my breath.

The beer pours a coffee brown color with surprisingly good head retention and OK lacing. On the nose this beer is gorgeous. I get brown sugar, milk chocolate and cherry cough drop, but believe me when I say I get a boatload of all of it. As attractive as this beer smells, it's every bit as good on the palate. This beer is rich and malty; just everything a good German dopple should be. The beer is fairly sweet, but there's just enough hops to keep the beer from becoming heavy or tiring on the palate. The beer has a lovely long, chocolate filled finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long finish. Drinkability is exceptional, and I'm ever so glad I have another of these bad boys in the fridge. Have no idea what the alcohol is, but it's very well disguised. Just delicious. Very, very impressive.
Nov 08, 2009
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
If there's a better way NOT to label a beer for freshness, I don't know what it is. Best before: nothing printed. Month bottled? Not notched. Onto the beer

In my Aventinus glass, St. Martin sits a ruddy brown with crimson highlights. A dense light brown head fills the rest of the glass, receding to a disk.

A solid dopplebock if there was one. Bready with an intoxicating combination of caramelized sugar (mildly burnt), brown sugar and a dark fruit character with figs, plums and raisins. This is like liquid fruit cake, rich and decadent, while avoiding being saccharine. Very clean, there's no real hop character noticeable

Opens medium-light in body with bread-like character. Sweet with a raisin bread like character with the caramelized sugar showing through. There's a surprising cream-like flavor (light) and this really works very well with the fruity sweetness. The mid-palate is a touch watery (just a little heft would have gone a long way) before an excellent finish with a mild burnt-sugar bitterness and some fruitiness. While the flavors live up to the beautiful nose, the light mouthfeel is a little disappointing, and I can't help but dock half a point, almost against my will. Carbonation, while visually prominent is soft and lush, Just incredibly drinkable, I wonder why this isn't rated higher.
Oct 29, 2009
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours brown - slightly hazed - with a tan head that descends to a patch. Some trailing lace slides down the glass without much stickage.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with hazelnut and earthy spicing.

The taste is of sweet caramel and a vague hint of alcohol with some fruity/earthy notes. Sweet with a touch of noble hops in the finish.

It is medium-bodied. Slightly swishy.

I like the aromatic malts here the best. It is sweet, though with some balance. Caramellish/toffeeish, nougaty in character as a whole. A nice doppelbock!
Sep 10, 2009
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Reviewed by abfraser from California

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Deep dark brown with a beige colored head that dissipates fairly quickly into no head.

S: A doppelbock--big huge sweet maltiness. Caramel. Faint maple syrup aromas

T/M: A malt bomb. Quite sweet for the style, with the residual sugar leaving my lips sticky. Bread-like finish. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Nice medium body.

D: Very enjoyable. There's no notation of abv on the label, and I never would have guessed it was 7.5%. Hides it pretty well.
Jun 14, 2009
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Reviewed by JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
500 ml purchased at Tres Bonne Cuisine on Overland over the weekend.. The price was about $4/bottle for all 8 of the bottles I picked up... Tonight, poured into my Chimay goblet.

Beautiful lite tan head stands easy 1" .... the brew is crystal clear deep amber/mahogany.. nice retention but no lace.

Nose is deep and rich.. smells very fresh.. thick toasty malts with touches of raisin.. very complex and surprisingly rich.

Flavors mirror the nose with a touch more malty sweetness than expected for the style.. but the deep maltiness really helps tie the palate together.. toasty with passing notes of chocolate.. a little maple??!!.... don't know where that came from.. :-) The body is expected pretty full with smooth carbonation.. I just can't get over how fresh this tastes compared to alot of the "supermarket" dopplebocks..

Probably a touch sweet for the style.. but still is pretty remarkable.. oh so clean.. a little nuttiness arrives with the warmth... The sweetness makes me strike it down a notch.

I don't know where they are getting these brews at TBC.. but I am not gonna complain... and neither should anybody else.. We always need more/better beer in Idaho and TBC is supplying a nice niche.

Mar 31, 2009
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Reviewed by popery from California

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Reddish brown liquid with a creamy head. Good lacing.

S: Sweet, doughy and a bit spicy. It's what I want form a doppelbock but not a ton more.

T: Not quite enough bite for my liking but otherwise good. It's sweetly bready but maybe a tad too sweet.

M: Very nearly cloying. It's not quite sticky or bad, but it could use better hopping to mitigate the big malt flavors.

D: Not terribly drinkable. It's a doppelbock, but even among this heavy style, the sweetness of this beer gets to be a bit much over time.
Mar 25, 2009
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Reviewed by shbobdb from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
It's hard when you delve into the more esoteric fringes of a style where the best-of-the-best are so readily available.

A good brew, lots of prune, chocolate, cherries -- I think that is what is bugging me, the cherries. It tastes like cherry cough syrup. Really overpowering.

Other than that, it is well-built. Good full mouthfeel, nice light carbonation. Too sweet, cough-syrupy. The bad outweighs the good on this one. I'd grab a Korbinian or Celebrator next time.
Apr 05, 2008
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Reviewed by orangemoustache from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-pours deep and dark like thick mollasses with ruby red highlights when held to a light,thick rootbeer looking head dissapates rather hastily,leaving behind a small amount of lucious lacing

S-malty,sweet dark fruits ripened to absolute perfection,roasted nuts

T-sweet caramel malts,dark fruits are very prominent,chocholate covered rasins,alcohol comes through strong in the middle with spice on the finish,with hints of Cinnamon Toast Crunch

M-full bodied like Starbucks expresso roast,sticky and sugary coating the tounge,medium to low carbonation brings the focus of this dunkle to the BIG malts that are active from start to finish

D-this is a heavy hitter in so many ways,I could probably drink a couple of these 500ml bad boys and be perfectly content,if the world ends tomorrow I'm just going to be happy that this was my last beer-yyyuuummmyyy!!!!
Feb 20, 2008
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Reviewed by Gehrig from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
In keeping with my delving into saintly beer tonight, St. Martin is now on deck. It presents a modest but surprisingly durable finger of bone-white head on a rich reddish brown body. The smell is a bit understated but still pleasant, with fruit, brown sugar, and modest spice--cinnamon and a dash of ginger. I like the taste, especially the overtures to roasted malt, but wish it were a more forceful Dopplebock, one with a bit more fruit and spice. Nonetheless, this is good, and a very nice accompaniment and contrast to my snack of raw shrimp and wasabi. The fruit emerged more with patience, offering berry, oranges, a hint of banana, and spice. It could also use a bit more carbonation, though it isn't exactly flat, to allow the flavors to more thoroughly converge.

In retrospect, it seems as though I'm nitpicking. Perhaps I am, for this is a really good beer, regardless of the constructive criticism and the fairly good scores. It's darn good and, combined with the wares I've tried from Ayinger, in fact just might propel me on a long-delayed German kick to follow up on my deep Belgian kick in which I've been immersed for the better part of a year. My criticisms, from an admitted pedestrian beer lover, try to convey ways to make this rather good beer great. It's not far from that, and anyone who tries this will thoroughly enjoy it.
Feb 10, 2008
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Reviewed by satowns from Colorado

2.46/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Number code at bottom of back label: 00.01.05.

Poured into a 0.5L dimpled mug. Ruby brown opaquness, but the beer is extremely clear. Loud soda-pop head of foam that disappears just as fast as those bubbles atop a soft drink. Medium level of carbonation, which is true to style.

Fairly metallic aroma. Slight level of DMS as well.

Flavor of dark malts is there, but not as complex as expected. Doesn't have that rich sweetness that is associated with dopplebocks. There is no finish in this beer. Flavor is all in the liquid. As soon as it leaves your tongue, so does any perception of flavor.

Seems over attenuated, quite thin mouth feel/body. Not as rich and fully bodies as others in this style.

Overall, St. Martin Doppelbock is disappointingly one-dimensional.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Drunken Lullabies by Flogging Molly
Feb 02, 2008
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Reviewed by Minkybut from Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very black with a nice mahoganny (dark) color. The smell of the beer was sour to me and not appealing at all. It worried me. However the taste thank goodness was not sour. In fact it was a little sweet but not too bad and tasted like a caramel toffee candy treat on the exhale after the gulp. I will buy again.
Dec 09, 2007
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Reviewed by chefscott79 from California

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
a good dopplebock

not a whole lot of head and a beautiful reddish brown color....

smells like roasted malt

tastes like a really malty beer nothing too different tasting...just malty

good...but not anything super exceptional

I would not buy it again though...too many different great dopplebocks
Oct 26, 2007
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Reviewed by ElGordo from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep brown with golden-orange highlights, crowned by a diminutive tan head that takes an early exit. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, some dark fruit, and a little bit of tangy yeast. Palate is mostly dark fruit sweetness up front, with some caramel malt, brown sugar, and toffee notes as well. Mild fruity hop flavors emerge mid-palate, before the dark, rich finish. Body is creamy and substantial, but not too thick. A tasty beer, but not one of the best doppelbocks around.
Sep 18, 2007
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Reviewed by rm0312 from Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From the bottle into a pint glass - Dark brown with a light frothy head that dissipated quickly but retained a nice lacing. Good aroma of toasted nuts and caramel; decent body and mouthfeel; nice mellow bready toffee flavor with a touch of caramel. Very good drinkable beer.
May 12, 2007
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Reviewed by Jarhead271 from Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: This is a very clear, brilliant ruby red brew. I held it up to some light and was amazed at the clarity and color. Dense off-white head, which doesn't stick around--probably cuz of the high alc content.

Aroma: Sweet Caramel, and nut are the main malt aromas. There is also a very noticeable graininess, which some people may not like, but I love it. No noticeable hop aroma. Yeast esters are very low. With the big sweetness and slight ester combo I noticed a very small amount of strawberry. I also notice some vanilla too...where did that come from? Possibly a sweet/grainy combo with a small ester contribution. I'm loving it though. Very surprising--this is the first time I have noticed this in this brew. Overall, a very complex, layered aroma. I would be satisfied by just smelling this brew.

Taste: Wow. Huge nut flavor. Possibly the largest of any brew I have tried. Alcohol flavor is also very noticeable. Rich layers of malt. Sweetness, then nut, then a little biscuit. I notice a little vanilla flavor too--very yummy. Big graininess in the flavor too. Very large flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Body: Medium body, and low carbonation. Good presence in the mouth contributes to the overall experience, while the low carbonation keeps you focused on the great flavors.

Drinkability/Overall: Huge aroma and flavor. Layers of goodness. You could pick out small flavors and aromas in this brew for a long time. I love the sweetness and I love the big graininess. Flavor and aroma are very similair to smelling/eating dry malted barley. Hands down, the best bock beer I have ever tried.
Dec 14, 2006
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Reviewed by WetCoaster from California

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Lovely cola mahogany with a puffy, loose butterscotch head. Decent retention.

Smell: Decent, though a bit odd. Fruity, a bit spicy and sweet, but a bit light and not what you might expect from a dopplebock; no coffee or chocolate that I'm picking up.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Perhaps the toffee beer to end all toffee beers. Tastes exactly like the candy; seems to even have a slightly salty aftertaste. Interesting. The mouthfeel is exceptional, super smooth and chewy -- loved it.

Drinkability: Good example of the style. Perhaps not distinctive enough to seek out, but a very enjoyable dopple if you chance upon it.
Nov 04, 2006
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Reviewed by msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Color was a rather flat brown, lots of tiny carb bubbles but almost no head or lacing. Seemed bored to be in the glass.
S: Nice smell, lots of fruitiness (ripe cherry), caramelly malt, some alcohol and a touch of smokiness.
T: Tastes about as good as the smell. At times almost candy sweet, but balnced with a toasted malt and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol present, too.
M: Very smooth, again seemed a bit flat or syrupy. Yet it had some carbonation, a moderate body and a nice lingering sweetness from the malt.
D: It's July and I'm drinking what seemed to be a fall/winter warmer. A pretty nice beer, but I've had other doppelbocks I've liked better (less sweet, more complex). Worth a try, but one of these was enough for me.
Jul 10, 2006
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
served from a typical Geman style brown bottle. Dark brown beer, with ruby tints, thick creamy tan head. Uber-malty aroma as expected, hints of cocoa and milky chocolate, cookies and creme very nice. Thick luxuriant chocolaty malts to begin with , gets slightly thinner near the hops .Slightly fruity..actually quite nice stuff. Really nice palate to this beer, silky smooth..want to drink more. A very nice beer, quite drinkable , in fact a good "simple"( positive) doppelbock.
May 27, 2006
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Reviewed by Crosling from Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Light brown in color with a mostly diminishing head of light tan foam. Dry, somewhat medicinal and totally unpleasant aroma giving hints of of herbal german hops and malt aromas of caramel, molasses and dark fruits. Malt accented in the flavor and fairly subtle and smooth. Fruity (plums, raisins, figs), caramel and a hint of herbs. Overall, just a little too gentle for my palate and it has an unpleasant malt flavor.
Apr 10, 2006
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Reviewed by Tupperwolf from Washington

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours a clear ruby brown into my pilsener glass, capped with a stark white head which remains at a half inch until I drink, whereupon it falls to a thin covering. It leaves behind no lacing, and a few lazy bubbles are visible rising in the depths.

Cherries are indeed distinct in the flavor - When I review a beer, always take a peek down the line at two or three previous reviews to see what they say, and I agree with previous reviewers - there's a definite cherry scent, mingled with alcohol. It's sugary, but fortunately manages not to be syrupy or cough-medecine-like - it remains a doppelbock smell, albeit a sweet, fruity one.

Taste is sweet and nutty, with light, zippy fruit tones - A little darker than mango or passionfruit, but definitely a sweet, fruity malt flavor. Alcohol is definitely present, bitterness is nonexistant. Slick, clinging, almost cloying but not quite.

Sticky in the mouth - sugary feeling, it's slightly swishy in carbonation, and is extremely sticky after swallowing. The aftertaste sticks around forever.

Not the best doppelbock, but certainly good, and certainly drinkable.
Mar 25, 2006
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Reviewed by Zorro from California

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a clear medium brown colored bock beer with a good thick tan head.

Very fruity in the aroma department. Cherries and figs are the dominant scents. Malty with a good aroma of raisins and plums. Good aromas of almonds like a port wine. Nice aroma of brown sugar and faint rum aroma.

Taste is a little sweet but not sugary sweet. Brown sugar and figs are the first flavors to make a bold appearance. Nutty flavors and rum are the next flavors and the cherries seem to have disappeared. After a while this beer settles in to the taste of rum soaked fruitcake with a nice trace of bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel is good.

An all around pleasing Doppelbock beer. No flaws at except possibly that it isn't outstanding in any respect just full competent in all of them. This Doppelbock would make an excellent example of the style for any taste training.
Mar 24, 2006
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Reviewed by DogFood11 from California

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Interesting find at beverage warehouse. Poured into a Weizen glass it looks good but average for the style. Alcohol wears down the thin head quickly and leaves a thin island like appearance. Lacing is non existent.

Real deep and dark rich fruit smell. Plumbs, Alcohol.

I was surprised a bit that the alcohol came through so strong. Its not well hidden and that can be a plus for some or a minus to others, but the bottom line is its up front and personal. I don't mind that abrubt warming especially when its backed by a complex dark sweet fruity profile. As it warmed a bit this beer mellows into more of an easy drinker.

I liked it alot. German beers in general are a perfect addition to my palate. This one is a staple for my beerfridge in the future.
Feb 25, 2006
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours mahogany with a large bubbly white head. Average head retention and minimal lacing

Smell: Frutiness, alcohol and spicyness mingling together well

Taste: Maltyness, spicyness, raisins, alcohol and nutiness and more malt in the finish

MF: Thick, chewy and perfectly balanced

Great warming gem from Bavaria, tasted & smelled better as it warmed, will certainally buy again
Jan 07, 2006
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Reviewed by Mitchster from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Best before without a date, the month isn't notched, but it says 01.05 at the bottom-left corner on the back label. Since 1308. Pours to a sparkingly clear deep ruby, forming a small off-tan head with poor retention and good lacing. The nose is nice and malty with sticky amber malts, raisins, cherries, dates, vanilla and rum (an interesting note, probably from alot of caramelized sugars). Carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is initially prickly with a syrup medium-dense body and a smooth finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma, however, there is a chocolate syrup note hovering over it all and alcohol is quite discernable in flavor. Bitterness is herbal and mild to moderate...more evident in the belches than in taste. Aftertaste is of chocolate and leather.

A pretty nice dopplebock. Smooth and easy to drink, and not to bitter or spritely to enjoy casually.
Nov 23, 2005
St. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock from Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
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