Doppelbock Dunkel
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ranked #187
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3.74 | pDev: 12.3%
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a reddish brown color with a modest head, soon reducing to an island and thin ring. In the nose, it is malty with roasted notes. In the mouth, it is roasted and caramel malts, slightly sweetish.

Jul 29, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 17.58 (Including tax and discount)/four-pack of 11.2oz bottles ($ 0.392/oz) from State Line Liquor, Elkton, MD. Reviewed 7/16/19.
Undated bottles. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 58 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Amber, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, red-amber, translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), light tan, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a three to four mm crown and rocky complete cap.
Lacing – Fair - Narrow bands of tiny bubbles with an occasional arch.
Aroma – 3.5 – Strong toasted caramel malt aroma.
Flavor – 4.25 – Light, slightly caramel, maltiness with moderate coffee taste and bitterness. No alcohol taste or aroma (8.5 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, bordering on syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 (-0.25 point for unmarked personal container.) – Pleasing doppelbock with an unexpected coffee taste.

Jul 16, 2019
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octortus from Canada (ON)

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL Bottle. ABV 8.5%
Appearance: Deep red-brown, Less than a finger of off-white head, Subtle lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit, Malt, Bread, Molasses, Yeast.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Smooth, Syrupy/Sticky.
Flavour: Molasses, Dark fruit, Bread, Pleasant alcohol, Sweet malt, Hint of hops.
Overall: It fits into its style, but it's definitely too sweet. You'll feel the alcohol. Something seems to be lacking.

Review: 12

Apr 06, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep purple color.

Nice white head; strong lace. Very loud as it dissipates!

Smoke and dark plum in the nose; enticing. Unique.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dark fruit flavor; plums, dark cherries. Slight metallic taste; I wonder if this is old. Tart.

Mar 04, 2019
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Themorg826 from Rhode Island

2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look- quite dark, zero clarity. Little head; faint white lacing when first poured

Smell- Sweet sweet sweet! Malty and alcohol scent. No hop smell

Taste- Sweet alcohol taste- tastes like it smells. Light toffee, cane sugar and caramel tones on the aftertaste

Feel- Very little carbonation, strong and pleasant alcohol taste along with the malts

Overall- Strong and dark . Not great

Jan 14, 2018
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish-brown with a thin and fizzy tan froth.

Aroma of faint gum, grain and black grape.

This one is super sweet with molasses, black grape and burnt sugar. Almost cloying, but not quite.
Medium with noticeable alcohol heat but not overwhelming.

Always love to come upon a new Doppelbock on the shelf, but might pass over this one next time. Then again, I might not.

Aug 19, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, mahogany color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, strong alcohol, strong caramel malt, adjunct, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, strong alcohol, strong caramel malt, adjunct, hint of wheat, hint of raisin, hint of floral hops, and pale malt. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, good complexity and feel, and a decent blend, but the body is lacking due to the adjunct.

Mar 24, 2017
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber hue for color paired with a soft malt aroma. Following this is a caramely flavor accompanied by an extremely smooth body. Overall this is a really great traditional doppelbock, first of which I have ever had from Austria.

Mar 08, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Very dark brown with an inch of slightly off white foam. Minimal lacing.

Smells of toffee, bread, dark fruits. It's not all sweet. There's more than a hint of bitterness.

The taste is bready, has toffee with some mild pitted fruit, kinda sweet but not when compared to the brewer' s other offerings. To me, this is sort of bland.

Medium body, fairly light carbonation, feeling all of the 8.5% abv.

Not my favourite from this brewery.

Jan 14, 2017
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into dimpled seidel. Fizzes, no head. Dark ruby brown.

Nose of dark fruit, sweet bread. Malt.

Taste: A little smoky, but not very roasted. Dark fruit. Dried cherries. Clovey hops.

Bold but not overbearing mouth feel.

A heavy, masculine beer. For fans of Eisbock, Dunkelweizen, Weizenbock, Imperial Oktoberfest, scotch ale, and doppelbocks.

Nov 18, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark, slightly reddish brown with a 1/4" light than head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a think layer of foam. Sipping creates some scattered patches of foam that slide down the side leaving a few small speckles behind.

The aromas include some carmel and a dark fruit like plum or fig.

The flavors include a rich sweet caramel, some of that dark fruit and a bit of grassy, herbal character from the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied with light carbonation. The finish begins as the intitial caramel sweetness faces to let the dark fruit emerge. The fruit then begins to fade as the slight herbal bitterness moves to the back of the palate before fading away.

For me this has been an OK beer, but is not one I'll be seeking out again. There are other doppelbocks I prefer, including some brewed locally. In particular this one has, at one point, too much sweetness and the flavors don't seem particularly well integrated.

Jul 03, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a ruby tinge. A little fine stream of carbonation. Topped with 1 fingers of light beige head.

Caramelized sugar, malt, creme brulee, egg yolk.

Malt, toasted malt and burnt caramel. Quite sweet with a lightly burnt finish.

Heavy, syrupy body, little fine carbonation.

Got at Cent Fest in Chiang Mai. Quite good for the style. Not super well rounded, but fair.

Apr 21, 2016
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mncoinman from Florida

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initial aroma indicates a mix of a traditional doppelbock with an off smelling, deep metallic additive. Mild head, quite dark brown color, average carbonation. A little bit sweet for a doppelbock...stick to the back of the palate a bit (syrupy). Not sure I understand all the differences between doppel and dunkel to get a gist for the flavor mixing, but they both are based primarily on Munich malt with little hop presence (YEA !, Take that all you hop heads !).

An OK beer, a but little too sweet to become much of a favorite.

Mar 15, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brewers haven. Rich and roasty with some molasses sweetness. Appearance is lacking, dull head, but that’s the only bad marks against this brew. Classic doppelbock.

Dec 24, 2015
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Timothy_Scott_Goeft from Taiwan

3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a redish hew, small tam.head leaves quickly. Dark brown body. Smell is malty bit roasty. Mouthfeel is dry light nice carbonation. Flavour is complex, small alcohol taste and a little taste a slight bittering almost like that of a coffee to the end. Overall a great social beer that ill look to enjoy again. Session dopplebock will be a yes to me.

Dec 10, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep mahogany brown, with dark walnut edges and reddish almost ruby hue but far darker body color. Creamy one finger head only a faint tan appearance, but settles to a very creamy thin crown puck and collar.

Sticky black licorice, hints of alcohol rum like and booze, with a nice thick toffee rich aroma. Clove spicy qualities, a brittle kind of tree bark and woody tone, fairly dry surprisingly but not at all hot either. Real nice smelling doppelbock.

Palate hits with good sweetness but manages to push the right buttons. Sticky toffee in the front, with thick caramel sweetness in the mid palate. Slightly dense clove notes, but with a light body that balances and coats the palate with ease. Clean finish, with a muted sticky quality that makes for easy drinking. Aftertaste hints a little mild licorice, even some plum like fruit just a bit too.

A real nice solid doppelbock and definitely on the sweeter edge, but very tolerable.

Dec 07, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting, strong and complex beer. Looks flat and unappealing but aroma and taste are very good. Pours deep brown with almost no foam head. Smells malty, fruity and alcoholic. Taste of alcohol is dominant, some cellaring would work well to balance this beer.

Oct 21, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant deep rerddish chestnut with some chunks floating around – probably a sign of age. No bottle date, billowy off-white thick creamy head, nose has some chocolate, more chocolate on the palate, not a lot of hops – might have something to do with both the style and the age, there is some faint coffee on the nose and on the palate. Very creamy, very faint licorice to anise, lingering malty toffee chocolate flavors, excellent lace, soft carbonation. Even with the chunks and age, it is very very good.

Jul 29, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased at Chester's beers of the world in Hamilton.

Appearance - a dark brown color with honey hues and a finger of white head on too that coalesces into a small cap.

Smell - a little earthy, some cherries and a dose of molasses.

Taste - starts boozy sharp with some earthiness before transitioning to a hint of cherry, treacle, molasses and finally black licorice.

Mouthfeel- full bodied and a bit sharp from the booze. Too sharp for my liking.

Overall - not a flavour profile for everyone but for those who like it will like it a lot. Definitely worth a try for those who like the style and the treacle, molasses and licorice trio.

Jul 03, 2015
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat in the spirit of Paulaner Doppel: Sweet, but boozier and a slightly harsher and more bitter finish: Copper-colored: not much head or lacing. Somewhat cloudy in the glass. Probably wouldn't seek this out again, given available alternatives.


May 15, 2015
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Sathanas from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

I really enjoy the look of Schloss Eggenberg both in and out of the bottle. It looks like a beer you would drink while listening to black metal which is my favourite style of music. The drink itself is pretty dark, not nearly the darkest I've had, with a slight reddish tone by the light but the colour definitely holds true to the name Dunkel. However, there is next to nothing carbonation wise and the head, at least when I poured it, is non existent. This is disappointing to me because I really enjoy a nice thick head on my beers. Also disappointing, to me at least, is the fact that this came with a plain, black cap (for the collectors out there).

What really confused me about the lack of head on this beer is that the smell is super malty. With aromatics of spices (cardamon or all spice?), caramel, and tonnes of coffee, this doppelbock really had me excited to taste it.

The taste is quite nice. I liked it from the first sip. With a blunt punch of coffee and a subtle pinch of caramel, the initial sip was nice. Soothing. Slight hints of dark cherry, some sort of fruit I can`t put a finger on, and toffee, giving the the lips slight stickiness as if drink hot chocolate or a very sugary coffee. I may be tasting some chocolate?

It is a very soothing beer, giving the drinker a warming sensation from tongue to stomach even when served at a cold temperatures. For an 8.5% alcohol beer, one would expect a large burn from the alcohol itself, but there is almost no burn to speak of. Only a spark, not a fire. I live in mid-north Canada and this beer would be perfect on a cold, dark winter night before a crackling fireplace.

Overall, though my experience with bocks are minimal and not exactly my preference, I would say this is a solid beer with very few flaws, and though I doubt I would ever go out of my way to buy Eggenberg again, if it is ever in my path, I will not hesitate to buy it.Granting I have enough money since it is quite expensive in my area. For fans of bocks, I recommend trying it at least once. Not a fan of that certain spice in this.


Oct 07, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsener glass. A dark reddish brown beer with a shapely off-white head, with an aroma of light toffee, dried dark fruit, sweet wet grains, and some mellow spice notes. The overall aroma is homogenized, with the elements merging together. This smells like the Platonic ideal of a bock beer: A classic brown lager. The palate is similarly well-integrated, with no sharp corners or overtly bold flavors ... No one component tries to trump any other but there's complexity nonetheless. Quite crisp and dry for a doppelbock, with moderate carbonation and body on the thin side. Tastes like brown bread, nutty yeast, molasses, light rum, earthy ginseng spice, and sweet dough, with assertive hopping for the style. Finishes quite crisp and clean with some lingering noble hop spice and grass notes. Certainly well-crafted, although perhaps I was expecting more body and a richer, more sweet flavor profile.

Mar 02, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, light roast, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with light hops. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, light roast, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, raisin, toast, dark bread, light roast, floral, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance malty flavors; with a light hop balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent doppelbock style. Very nice complexity and balance of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

May 06, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown reddish color. It made barely one finger of off-white head with low retention.
Malty aroma, raisins, booze, strong licorice and earthy hops.
Sweet malty taste, booze, brown sugar, pepper and earth hops. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Full body with low to medium carbonation.
A bit too sweet and apparent booze, but still flavorful and warming.

Mar 23, 2013
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kvnstfrd from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark-brown, cola colour. Head fades away quickly, leaving some sticky lacing behind. Smells of toffee/molasses and a note of real liquorice. Taste is semi-sweet molasses, with a mild hop bitter, along with a coffee-ish bitter flavour in the finish. Picking up up some notes of fig preserves in there as it warms up. Body is between medium and full; carbonation is barely detectable. As I expected, another finely crafted beer from Schloss Eggenberg.

Mar 18, 2013
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