Sudwerk Doppel Bock
Sudwerk Brewing Company

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #143
Ranked #27,332
3.79 | pDev: 11.87%
Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 81 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong caramel malt, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of raisin, hint of ester, yeast, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness and a hint of metallic notes. Tastes of strong caramel malt, alcohol, sweet malt, slight wheat, yeast, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, good appearance and aroma, but metallic notes are troubling and body lacks complexity and blend of aroma.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pilsener Glass. No date.

L: Deep mahogany. Ruch ruby hues shine through when held up to the light. Half finger beige head has minimal retention.

S: Faint aroma, some malt and some molasses like notes.

T: Good malt presence, less molasses and more charred bread like body.

F: Full, creamy, crisp.

O: Not a bad doppelbock but I have had far better.

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Photo of rclangk
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very handsome dark reddish brown with a modest beige head. A somewhat sweet aroma. A pleasant mix of flavors; bread, caramel, roasted coffee detected.

I would would drink this brew again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, reddish amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and floral notes. Roasted malt taste with toffee and caramel. A subtle bitter bite.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark auburn draft pour with beige head. Sweet cherry nose. Flavors of cherries and dark chocolate. Medium lite mouthfeel. Very good overall - compares favorably to Celebrator.

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sudwerk calls this "Doppel Bock Ulimator" now. Really a great example of the Doppelbock style, a less than common appearance in California. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft - Little Italy.

Dark, dark color-- not exactly brown-- with a deep ruby tone in the Crooked Line tulip plus an exuberant foam. Plenty sweet but also a lighter, sudsier body than might be expected for such a malt bomb. Flavors are seriously roasted grain.

Hints of walnut and figs with a bitterish finish. The sudsy mouthfeel is in keeping with the German style. Sweet aftertaste is appealing as well.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.19
Purchased: Feb. 22, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 28, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany color with two fingers of bubbly tan head. Minimal foggy lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention.

Smelled roasted nuts, sweet caramel sauce, toffee, chocolate, wintry spices, cocoa nibs, slight bitter coffee beans and peppery spices.

Tasted cocoa nubs, chocolate, caramel, toffee, wintery spices, roasted nuts, slight crayon and faint bitter aftertaste,

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

A pretty decent beer overall. Great for the winter months. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly good American attempt at a German style that isn't filled with assinine "innovations" such as adding weird ingredients and such. Pours a nice black color in ordinary light, but is clearly a dark brown when held up to lighting. Good, tight creamy head of lace with small bubbles that remains for a long time. Nose is on the lighter side, but still gives a pleasant and appetizing bready quality. Good balance of malts, sweetness, and overall drinkability here. Nicely flavorful to savor, but can easily be enjoyed in a proper Mass stein with suitable fare. Glad to find this one.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an enjoyable beer, nothing wrong with it, several good points.

Dark beer. not thick, higher ABV as expected

One of the nice things is the extra flavors you get with this bock, not bland, some roasted raisons in there, very smooth after taste. Easy to drink, went down pretty quick.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A half finger of head on a dark brown colored body.
The smell is faint overall: roasted malt and candy.
The taste is good: roasted malt, bread, malt sweetness and a tiny lemon bitterness at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A nice, solid doppelbock.

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Photo of pkalix
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark, ruby around the lighter edges of the glass.
bland, almost non-existent smell.
taste is bitter, not much like the great german doppelbocks i am accustomed to. no sweetness whatsoever.
medium feel, kind of half-a$$ed kind of an attempt.
overall, i think i remember having another Sudwerk brew... and it was just kind of okay. this one only qualifies as a dopplebock .... in their brewery? it has none of the traditional characteristics except maybe a higher abv and it's dark(?)

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent doppel. That being said, it is not by any means outstanding. The beer pours a very average amber color, with a distinct note of barley. The beer has a hearty taste with its 8 percent alcohol, and the taste of sugar is abundant. The beer has minimal lacing and head and leaves a nice taste on the palette. Too bad Sudwerk discontinued their other beers, as their other beers were top notch.

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Photo of dcook11
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two finger off white head, some lacing. The beer is brown, with reddish tints, when held up to the light, you can see through it. Smells of malt sweetness and syrup. Tastes of the same, with a slight peppery quality. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. Ok.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 10/27/11.

Pours a clear super dark reddish brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready dark malt, dark fruits, and some sugar and spice aromas. Taste is surprisingly sour with dark bread and tart dark fruits. Some spice flavors linger on the aftertaste and provide a slight bitterness. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with an acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this just isn't a very good beer. I would very much enjoy the flavors if there wasn't such a prevalent sourness. The mouthfeel isn't doing much to help either. Perhaps there is some sort of slight infection going on with this one.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look – jet black in color, with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – malty smell, with maybe some fruit essences and/or spices. Maybe a touch of molasses. Not a strong hop aroma at all.

Taste – definitely malty, with a touch of a smoky flavor in the middle. Still not much of a strong hoppiness in the taste, but there is a tinge of bitterness toward the finish. Still maybe a bit of a molasses touch toward the finish as well. Aftertaste definitely permeates with bitterness.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – Not a bad brew at all. It definitely has some character to it. Somewhat intriguing to think about while tasting.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date code of 11181

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bready, dark fruittyness

T: Rich maltyness, with a hint of toffee, cocoa, & dryness up front. Some plummy notes mix with brown bread & molasses, a touch of brown sugar there as well, just a little herbal hop bitterness. Finishes bready, figgy, dryish with just a touch of licorice

MF: Rich, malty with subtle carbonation

A good, not great dopple. I will buy this from time to time, cheaper & fresher than most of the German stuff I get around here.,,

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a light white head, solid retention.

S: Heavy malt, dark bread, brown sugar.

T: Big malt flavours, never cloying which is nice. Brown sugar, some toast and roast. A nice elegant flavour.

M: Medium to full-bodied, soft easy carbonation, frothy and creamy. Not overdone, acidic or overly carbonated.

O: A good American made dopplebock. So many times they can be oversugarfied, but Sudwerk knows what they're doing. Sudwerk makes consistently good lagers so I'm not surprised.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic for us Sacramento/Davis locals. I must have been drinking this beer for 15 years. Also a good sign of the cold weather.

A: nice deep brown. Shocking little carbonation though, there is almost no head on this thing. Seems almost like a mistake. According to the bottling date is was only bottled a week ago.

S: Malts

T: Roasted malts on this one. hints of booze.

M: it's a lager

Overall: can't complain on this one. Goes great with cold weather.

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Photo of allanplaysguitar
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appereance - Pours nearly opaque brown, head retention is poor
Nose - Light toffee and malt. A little biscut and a little bit of bitter chocolate
Taste - Bitter coffee/chocolate malt, sweet dark fruits come in just after that. Toffee and bready, alcohol does show well, (maybe a little too well).
Mouthfeel - A little thin, not as full bodied.
Aftertast - Again, a bitter malty-ness, reminiscent of black or chocolate malt.
Overall - I feel there was too much or too many specialty malts used in the grain bill that over powered the Pilsner or Munich malts that normally shine through.

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Photo of beagle75
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, dark brown, opaque at the center, with one finger of beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark, tannic grain--quite vinous--with little depth. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with big juicy dark fruit that gives way to clean roasted malt. Acidity and bitterness peak in the middle, marking a gradual transition from sweet to dry. The finish continues to dry out, and shows restrained bitterness with lingering flavors of dark heavy bread, caramel, and fennel seed. Occasional whiffs of alcohol are detected in the taste.

M: Medium to heavy viscosity, occasionally too acidic but dispersing quickly on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: With a smell that is generally unappealing and flashes of conspicuous acidity, this beer is saved by the presence of clean dark flavors--particularly the roasted malt. It begs to be served with rich fatty food where caramelization can be complemented and the acidity can be put to good use cutting the fat.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby-brown with three fingers of chunky light brown head that faded into a thick fuzzy film that left streaks of sticky lacing.
S: Sweet notes of sugary malt balanced by notes of peppery hops.
T: Sweet hints of molasses hit first followed by grassy hops and black pepper. Finish has roasted notes, a good dose of chocolate and just a touch of tobacco. Sadly, the aftertaste really reminds me of stomach acid (throw up), and I don't really feel like finishing my glass after I get this review done.
M: Sharp tingly carbonation over a medium body and acidic mouthfeel. Aftertaste lingers and has a touch of alcohol in it.
D: Pretty average doppelbok. I see what they were getting at, but every aspect of this beer (except maybe the appearance) fall short.

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Photo of bbb099
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A - Pours with minimal head. It has some lacing, but could use some foam up top. Color is dark brown, almost black.

S - Light aroma of roasted malt and toffee.

T - Moderate to strong flavor of what you expect from dark malt: bitter, cocoa and coffee-like. Leaves a bitter, smoky aftertaste.

M - Medium to full-bodied. Average amount of carbonation.

D - Taste very good but not overwhelming, goes down easily.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with ruby brown highlights that had a thin head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was slightly boozy with brown sugar, molasses, slight toffe, dark fruits, and faint raspberry notes. The taste had the brown sugar flavors but had some smokey character with molasses, dark fruit, toffee accents and a touch of raspberries. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, astringent, and creamy finish. It drank good and was a solid doppelbock. I definitely overlooked this brewery.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours raisin brown with a thin ring of chocolate milk colored head.

S-Sweet caramel malts, sharp booziness, brown sugar.

T/M-Very roasty, not as sweet as the nose suggests. The caramel maltiness hits mid-palate, and quickly fades into roasted malts and bittering hops. Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a long, rich finish.

D-Not a by the book German doppelbock, but a pretty solid beer overall. Not the kind of thing I would want all the time.

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Photo of vacax
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark reddish brown, bright, with a whitish head displaying low retention. Aroma is nutty and somewhat figgy. Tastes of caramel malts, nuttiness, moderately bitter with licorice, roast, and malt. Medium to fuller in body with typical middling bubbliness. This is decent for a doppelbock, more flavor than most of the beers at the brewpub thankfully.

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Sudwerk Doppel Bock from Sudwerk Brewing Company
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