Doppelbock Dunkel | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Austria | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tavernjef on 02-18-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
241
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
16.17%
 
 
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8
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13
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Photo of Lexx
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up at whole foods in lincoln park.
Pours a nice, clear reddish amber color with a creamy, very light tan head.
The scent is very bready, alcohol, raisin, little brandy.
The taste is slightly metallic, raisin bread, hay, thin caramel.
Not the best, but definitely enjoyable. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of chocolate and crystal malts along with a dry lager yeast aroma. There seems to be some roasted malt character as well. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty taste that goes down easy and finishes sweet with a dry lager yeast element. It's not very exciting. There also seems to be some sort of off flavor in the finish. The alcohol is hidden well. The mouthfeel is average. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but nothing I'd buy again. It's much too sweet and syrupy for me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish color with off tan head.

S: Dark raisins, dried fruit on nose.

T: Big bread notes, some toffee, sweet molasses with rich chocolate and caramel. Slight honey bread flavor. Rich caramel and a slight alcohol presence upon warming.

M: Body is somewhat thin as well mouthful.

D: a sweet rich bock providing for a good experience.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark-almost black color,no head. caramel malts,toffes, cocoa,coffees on the nose. Taste is actually quite lacking, aromas were a bit more powerful. Medium-lighter side on the mouthfeel with a tarty finish. Actually quite easy to drink. A good dopplebock if you are new to them, but I don't think I will seek this out again.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep russett brown with some reddish tint a large fuffy slight off white head that settled into a creamy mass for the duration of the glass was nice.Kind of a green sour apple note hit it the nose along with some toasted nut and mineral and lightly sweet brown sugar,light to medium bodied creamy mouthfeel coats the mouth nicely.Lighter flavors really sweetish brown sugar and molasses tones along with hint of green apple with an underlying mineral note.Pretty standard but good nothing to go out of the way to find like I did today though.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend left this one in my fridge. Nice

A: Dark brown color with minimal white head that quickly went away.

S: Caramel and malt. Not too overpowering.

T: For the ABV and style this is a rather light taste. Just like the smell it is the sweetness of caramel fading into a nice malt flavor that balances it almost. The sweetness is way up there in this beer and needs more malt or something else to balance it out. That said it is enjoyable.

M: Solid medium body.A little bit creamy at the end. Carbonation is near perfect on this one.

D: For the style and ABV a very drinkable beer. I think my friend said he paid almost $5 a bottle so that would not make this on the top of my list as there are better beers available for less. Worth a try though.

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Photo of crwills
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear pale amber with very little head. Aroma is somewhat boozy, with a lot of powerful caramel and a little bit of what I think was anise. Taste is caramel again plus lots of dark, ripe fruits. Quite sweet, and the carbonation makes me think of Coca Cola (at least in the nose). Alcohol is warming but not overbearing. Tart aftertaste.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A-This beer pours a clear warm brown body with a thin film and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S-The smell of caramel malt and cream is followed by a smell of fresh toasting dark malt.

T- This beer has a caramel dark roasted malt flavor with a nutty quality to it and finishes with a smooth bitterness that balances the malt nicely.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture and a clean finish.

D- This beer has a smooth rich flavor but the lagering really gave it a clean flavor, perhaps a bit to much of a clean flavor.

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Photo of Derek
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brown/black, light tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Root beer? Dark caramel, brown sugar, slight breadyness.

T: Dark caramel, cola, dark bread, slightly burnt (similar to a swartz).

M: Moderate body & carbonation, some residual sweetness.

D: Fairly average.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another spot-on choice of John, from Smokeless Joe's. Brown with soapy head. Chocolate malt with caramel, lots of lace dots. Smooth and creamy, good dunkel. Expirey in 08. Chocolate nose. Brown sugar, and it is on sweet side, though bitterness and a drop of burnt molasses

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Photo of aforbes10
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE. Pours a deep, dark purple with a slight yellowish white head on top. lacing is moderate. smells vinous and boozy, with hints of grape, coffee and caramel. Toffee and used bitter coffee grounds in the flavor. also some dry alcohol and old fruits. cough syrup taste and feel on the finish. Alcohol and bitterness are a bit over the top. mouthfeel is somewhat creamy.somewhat syrupy. I dont know about this one overall...it tastes unblanaced and with flavors that i dont really expect from a dopplebock. Not overly impressed and i don't think i'll be having this again.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep and rich mahogany hue topped by about a finger of head that dissipates to roughly a centimeter after a couple minutes.

S: A very malty and coffee-like aroma in the nose, and if it tastes half as good as it smells, it'll be a winner.

T: The malt presence up front was a little strange, as it had a sweet side but was also not as strong as other doppelbocks. It was somewhat weak, but interestingly enough, a slight hoppiness came through in the middle. That follow-up made for a good balance of flavor, but was washed away, just like the malts in front, into barely an aftertaste. Hops come out a little more as the beer warms. Still, its weakness was appealing and disappointing at the same time.

M: Carbonation was at a level that provided the perfect accent to the flavors within, and it made for a silky mouthfeel.

D: This one is quite an anomaly, at least for me, in the sense that it tastes like a relaxed doppelbock, which can be a good or bad thing. But the flavors won't offend, it really just depends on the kind of mood you're in.

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Photo of clvand0
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with a medium head that hangs around and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of nutty notes with some chocolate and hints of alcohol. The flavor was a bit of a let-down. It has a nice dark malt character with plenty of nutty notes, but there is also an astringency and grainy character in there that takes away from the experience. The alcohol comes through in the flavor as well. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Though a mild disappointment, I still beleive that the beer is worth a shot. The pour delivered a promising deep ruby / mohogany hue, but with head retention that started fizzy and loosely knit, and finished quite flat with no lacing. The aromas swayed be back with a deep, almond scent with heavy notes of dehydrated fruits (plumbs, dates), and a hint of chocolate, kona coffee, and rich toffee. The sweet flavors continues what was experienced in the nose, but the bitterness seemed more distractive than complementary. Over-hopped with earthy, pungent hops later gave an astingency to the mouthfeel. Alcohols gain intensity as the sweetness subsides, and often crossing the fence to fusal territories. Grainy flavors persist into the aftertaste. A rich bready, yeasty, toasty flavor arises early, but offers very little quality to the body. The body weakens considerably into the finish delivering a cola-like flavor late. I would have expected this lack of quality from the majority of American breweries who attempt a Dopplebock, but not a classic German brewery

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Photo of mbutter1997
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear dark brown with reddish hue and 1" of light tan fizzy head.
S: Pungent aroma of molasses, toffee and a hint of alcohol. The nose is quite sweet but still smooth and pleasant.
T: Taste resembles the nose, with a bitter hop character added...all well blended and balanced.
M: Smooth with warming alcohol...typical doppelbock.
D: A decent overall beer - and I would have it again - but there are better beers out there.

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Photo of tobyandgina
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'd have to go with OK on this one.

An average head, a bit frothy, off-white and diminishing. Not much lacing. A dark amber in color.

A heavy caramel smell with a bit of perfumey hops - even a slight plum taste.

Mouth feel was soft, oily and a little metallic.

All in all, it was interesting, but the metallic-ness kind of ruined it for me.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a beautiful dark crimson copper, a light tan head of a quarter inch sitting on top with light lacing. At first the aroma bursts out of the bottle, explodes out of the glass, but settles down a bit for the long drink. Toffee is prominent, nice malt blend, faint fruits, pretty nice. The taste is also yummy, brown sugars, toffee, molasses, raisin and maybe cherry, but a tiny, almost unnoticeable metallic twang after the end. The mouth is creamy, nicely carbonated, lightly warming, overall an interesting doppelbock. Not my favorite, but one I'm glad I found. Thanks to josephhaugen at Cellar's for recommending it.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit surprised there are so few reviews of this one. Sampled at Stubbie in Gainesville, poured into a tall, thin Kulmbacher glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany color, some head with decent retention, little lacing.

Smell: Typical dopplebock aromas: malt, but lagery-clean. Some caramel and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malts, rounded off with hints of cocoa and caramel. A bit more alcohol than I prefer in the flavor, finishes on that note. Kind of a strange finish, really, not sure it's the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, but the Optimator I had before this one was better.

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Photo of meatyard
2.34/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear mahogany color with a 2" light tan head that leaves some lacing and decent head retention.
The smell is something, not much of something but something unidentifiable to me.
The taste is a little banana but more so a blah nothing good taste.
Mouthfeel is medium..
Drinkability is not so great.
Maybe there's something wrong with this bottle but it doesn't taste like any decentdoppelbock that I've had. I don't recognize any of the things that point to a poorly kept bottle. I couldn't finish it, preferring to use the calories on something I enjoyed.

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Photo of jmc44
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color, with slightly offwhite head. Not much lacing.

Surprising unaromatic. Faint odors of coffee, roasted malt, and earth. Nothing special here.

Flavor is fairly standard. Its quite sweet, with coffee and caramel, and a noticiable metallic tasting finish. Sort of like a light version of Samiclaus. Not unpleasant, although I thought the metallic taste was a bit too much.

Fairly smooth for the content, not as heavy and thick as would be expected for the style. Slightly disappointing in this regard.

It is pretty drinkable to to it being only medium bodied; of course the abv presents a problem.

Overall, a decent brew, but not something I am likely to try again.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good, nicely true to the style: a good bit of richness but still smooth and somewhat restrained, with that distinctive raisin fruitiness, some caramel/toffee and heavy touch of chocolate/coffee roastiness.

Fairly similar to their other eisbocks and doppelbocks, but not as rich or alcoholic, and much easier drink. Not the most superb doppel ever brewed, but very solid.

Recommended.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolatey brown, with a one finger head that settles quickly to just a ring. The lacing is thicker than expected, leaving a nice web.

Smell; sweet caramel and toffee malts are present, but they are a bit subdued. There doesn't seem to be anything going on in the aroma other than a significant alcohol presence.

Taste; very sweet, with the caramel, toffee and chocolate malts, and just some hints of bitterness, but not very much. There's a bit of a metallic twang in the background, but on the plus side the alcohol is barely noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and very smooth with the low carbonation, and the drinkability is only decent with this being so sweet. I could definitely only drink one of these in a night.

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Photo of phisig137
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful bottle pours a deep brown with copper highlights, and a two finger head. Decent retention leaves clumpy lacing and a thin blanket of foam over top of the glass.

Aroma is fairly mild, but full of alcohol. Mildly bread like, with some raisin aromas, and a hint of grassy hops. Alcohol is prevalent though.

Flavor is much better, with gentle hints of raisins, figs, and some deep malty caramel. Big time biscuit and yeasty flavors and a dry long lingering finish make this a pretty decent dopplebock. Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy, and silky smooth. Drinkability is pretty good.

Despite the fact that I can't really taste it, the alcohol seems to bevery prevalent on the nose. Mouthfeel is great, but I'd like to have a little more malt character and sweetness. It is nice to have a relatively clean dopplebock that isn't cloying, but I was expecting more in the way of malty flavors, especially from the people who produce Samichlaus. This has it's highs and lows, and overall is very decent. Worth a shot, but don't expect to be wowed.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent doppelbock. Nothing too special but not horrible by any means either. It pours to a dark brown ruby color with a decent clarity when held to the light. Little to no head or lacing.

The smell is fairly weak. Has a good bit of caramel and toffee with a bit of a metallic hint. Smells a bit on the sweet side, like chocolate covered cherries.

As expected from the nose, it is indeed a bit sweet for a doppelbock. Huge amounts of caramel malt and toffee flavors. Almost tastes a bit candied, with hints of chocolate and cherry cordial. Also a hint of vegetal flavors as a byproduct of cold lager fermentation. Only a very subtle roastiness and coffee flavor in the late finish. A hint of metallic late in the finish as well, accompanied by a mild noble hop bite.

The body is fairly full with a crisp carbonation. Alcohol is subtle, but there. Overall, it is a decent doppelbock, but far from a favorite.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a very fresh bottle to a pint glass. The liquid id a dark reddish brown, with nice carbonation. The head is a good thick thumb, light tan and leaves a good lace.

The smell is less then I would expect, a slight toffee at best.

The taste comes back with a pleasant but soft and mellow woody toffee flavor, notes of carmel and coffee are very weak but enjoyable. The sweet malt is off set in a moderate hopy finish. This brew is quite pleasant and good tasting but the flavors I get are a bit understated. Also a rare menthol not is present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is good, yet not as bold as I want from a DB. Crank it up just a tad fellas. Better then medium body and good carbonation, are nice.

The drinkability is only challenged by what the beer could be and not what it is. It is nice and enjoyable but has room to grow and refine. Prosit, MK

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Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
84 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.
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