St. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock | Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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St. Martin Dunkler DoppelbockSt. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of shanny1981
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of stover4
4.8/5  rDev +20%
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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +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.


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Photo of baos
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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!

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Photo of abfraser
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.


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Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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!!!!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of satowns
2.46/5  rDev -38.5%
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

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Photo of Minkybut
3.36/5  rDev -16%
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.

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St. Martin Dunkler Doppelbock from Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
4 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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