Navigator Doppelbock | Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Navigator DoppelbockNavigator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Navigator Doppelbock is a traditional strong dark lager, brewed with a Munich malt base for richness and depth of flavour. Navigator was hopped with restraint and cold fermented with our true lager yeast to showcase the quality ingredients and the craftsmanship of this beer.

Added by ericj551 on 12-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Kakaraht:
Photo of Kakaraht
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep brown, with a thin tan head that has good lacing.

S: Sweet deep earthy malt up front, with a spicy floral hop, dried fruits and a clean alcoholic finish.

T: This one really taste like a doppelbock, with that extremely heavy dark malt flavor that is reminiscent of Munich during the winter. The alcohol is very present and and a rich thickness to the sweet malt. The spicy hops play well with the raisin and prune flavor that intensifies as the beer warms.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, and a deep rich smooth mouth feel with an alcoholic finish.

D: Great beer, love Lighthouses specialty beers. They really clean up when they make them.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of pudoo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle from EskimoDave - thanks!

Pours a deep mahogany with hints of ruby and purple, finger of light tan head which have some retention.

Sherry, golden raisins, floral spicing, prunes, hint of alcohol.

Caramel malt sweetness which is not as bready or "fruit cakey"as the more traditional offerings. Raisins, plums, grassy, slightly herbal hopping which is more assertive (seen this in more and more North American takes on the style), leaves a drier finish, toffee, rye bread. Alcohol is there, a little too assertive for my taste.

A pretty tasty beer, love this new series that Lighthouse is doing. Very adventurous and while nothing has been an absolute grand slam, there have been some very good beers so far - this is one.

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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby-brown with a light tan head, thin ring of retention leaves a little lace.

S: Plenty of alcohol in the nose, sherry, golden raisins, nice hop spicing (pepper, grassy, floral & hints of minty herbalness). It really reminds me of a fresh Salvator, vom fass.

T: Caramel malt sweetness is blanketed with a nobel hop spicing. Alcohol is a bit assertive (would probably benefit from a little more lagering time). Golden raisins, plums, peppery, grassy, slightly herbal, sponge toffee, rye bread, balanced bitterness (over 30 IBU?).

M: Moderately full body has some residual sweetness that really comes through in the finish. A bit more crystal malt sweetness than the bready bocks of Bavaria.

D: A good drinker.

A bit of a North American take on the style... bigger & a little hoppier, with local (rather than continental) malts coming through. I like it, though I'd dial it back to 8% (cutting back on the crystal) and give it a little more time in the lagering tank. But hey, that's just me.

I like this "Small Brewery - Big Flavour Series" and enjoy the variety, though hopefully they'll do this again!

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Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighthouse Navigator pours a deep brown that shows a brilliant red hue when held up to the light. The head fades fairly quickly, but lingers long enough to leave creamy coffee colored lacing.

The aroma is rich with tons of malt character. There is some nice toffee with hints of chocolate and toasted malt.

Tons of malt comes through in the flavor, rich and slightly roasted without being overly sweet. A moderate bitterness pokes through the clean malt flavor, balancing the caramel malt flavor nicely. There is a bit of a nutty flavor in the finish, as well as a slightly astringent quality.

A bit of alcohol shows up as the beer warms, but it's fairly well hidden. Overall another solid beer from Lighthouse!

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Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Jlefa
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid dopplebock that is easy to drink while still keeping the complexity for the style. Not overly sweet like Phillips or the old GI Xmas beer that needed some age, this is a drink now beer that dishes up carmelly goodness with a decent hop profile. Lighthouse is impressing with their specialty line in both quality and quantity.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad doppelbock from Lighthouse. It has a good, malty character but its very subtle on the spice. There is a warm alcohol character in the taste that isn't present in the scent. Decent dopplebock taste, but a little heavy on the malts. Carbonation is good, but this is served in a bomber and that and the alcohol content make this kind of a dessert beer.

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Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Navigator Doppelbock from Lighthouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 11 ratings