Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional doppelbock fermented with an old world lager yeast. Reddish brown in color, with a mild hop profile, Consecrator is a well balanced, full bodied beer with a smooth, malty finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 02-09-12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly clear brownish amber orange with some shades of ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Moderate amount of lace sticks around.

Smell: Sweet and bready roasted caramel malts with a good amount of toffee and grains. Hints of nuts, chocolate, and brown sugar. Also a subtle hint of dark fruits in the background. Smells very rich with the roasted caramel standing out the most.

Taste: A big bready taste of roasted caramel malts. Some hints of chocolate, toffee, grains, nuts, and some brown sugar. Also a nice dark fruit presence with hints of raisins and dark cherries. Some earthy hops provide a little balance in the background. A pretty good and full taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Doppelbock. Everything you would expect from the style. One of the better American versions.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very cold and blustery day on a hill in baren Southern Minnesota seems like the perfect time and place for this beer. 12 oz. brown bottle. Body is a deep mahogany color, slightly scarlet when held to light. Head is very small, which may be a function of the high abv. Smell is of brown sugar and toasted malts with some alcohol in the background. Taste is bright and sweet, with a lot of alcohol present, to go along with a brown sugar sweetness. I'd like to see more body, but I don't consider that a major downfall of this beer. Slight coffee tones hidden under everything else going on. A very good beer for a very uninviting day outside.

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Photo of SovereignSect
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A. Pours a reddish-brown with a small head and minimal lacing.

S. Malt and citrus are the the most dominate in the smell for me. Also a slight hint of hops. It isn't as hoppy as many of Bells other offerings though.

T. Caramel dominates the flavor. Has a sweet flavor to it, but not as good as some other bocks.

M. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Slightly thick. Has more of a syrup texture to it.

D. Has a sweet flavor that hides the alchohol, which makes it very easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged on 02/09/12. Opened seven months after packaging.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to about one-quarter finger of head that was a darker shade of tan. (Had to get very aggressive at the end of the pour to create a head.) After a few minutes the head disapated to an edge-ring. The brew is a dark amber with a deep ruby red hue. It is dark but still translucent and not at all cloudy.

S: The aroma consists of a sweet bready malt and some sweet and funky yeast.

T: The taste starts with a sweet bready malt with some dreid fruit notes of raisins and prunes. There is also some sweet yeast that is just a little bit funky, too. There is also just a touch of bittering hops to to keep the sweetnes from becoming cloying.

M: This is a full-bodied beer with a heavy feel. (Hey, this really is liquid bread.) There is only a small amount of carbonation, which fits the heavy body well. It is also a very smooth beer.

O: This is a "must try" for doppelbock fans and dark beer fans. It hits all the right notes for a doppelbock, and it hits them with flair. This is a sweeter, malt focused beer, and the balance comes more from the funkiness of the yeast and only somewhat from the hops. The result is a very pleasing brew for malt fans.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, thick slightly tan head. Aroma is very sweet. Very complex malt tones in this beer. Slightly viscous mouthfeel. Cloudy, slightly muddy appearnace. Sweet tastes like dates and raisins are evident. Layered tastes like fruit cake and caramel apples come through if you look hard enough. Dopplebocks are not one of my favorite styles, but this is a good one. Right up there with Celebrator, S.A. and Sprecher.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossy, glassy sienna brown color, shot through with a reddish rust shade. The off-white head is thin and morphs into a crown very quickly. No lace whatsoever.

The aroma is malt incarnate, with a nice warm breeze of alcohol floating in. A strong hazelnut essence rolls in, as does root beer taffy and loads of caramel/toffee all twisted together.

Flavor delivers everything offered in the aroma, all of it well-balanced and amplified on the tongue. Malt is a fantastic and fairly unsubtle balance of cooked sugar sweetness (caramel, basically) and the slickness and earthiness of some kind of nut-based syrup (hazelnut flavor shots?). A little brown sugar, some toffee and a wonderful flare of alcohol strike me as just right. I want nothing more from this and receive quite a lot.

Mouthfeel is slick and slippery, and with barely any carbonation, yet just enough to give it some presence, it does well in this department too. Glassware suggestions be damned, I used a snifter and this beer's texture makes me glad I did.

Consecrator reminds me of Germany's highly-rated Andechser doppelbock, with as much oomph and gooey sweet deliciousness as that one. I'd call this beer severely underrated at the mere "B/Good" rating it currently has here. Another fine, fine beer from Bell's.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this bonus bottle during a trade!

Pour hazy medium dark brown with a white head that only made its appeareance when I poured vigourously, calmed down quite rapidly to a thin film and laces shily to the glass.

Huge toffee, brown sugar, prune and fig-like and malty aroma, a bit of coffee too, intense and very clean. Flavor is dominated with the malt. Its as good as a genuine german doppelbock like Salvator.

Exellent brew, try one!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8251 Bottled Jan 08, enjoyed 09/03/09

Pours a reddish brown with a nice ruby hue when held to light. Smallish bubbly tan head dissipates quickly. Holy malt aroma Batman! Lots of Molasses and toffee, and burnt sugar. Raisins and some other dark dried fruits and a touch of alcohol. Very little if any hops present in the aroma. Taste is more of the molasses caramel and burnt sugars. You think its going to be sweet, but there's just enough hops and alcohol in there to pound that malt back down. Finishes with a lingering prune/raisin finish. Thick body with a light carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. That's a pretty damn good Dopplebock. Bell's continues to impress me with every beer I get to try.

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Photo of MichPaul
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first ever Doppelbock and I'm really enjoying it!

It's hard for me to review something if I have never tried the style. It feels unfari to not be able to compare to some other, but here goes.
There is not a lot of smell that hits you once you pour, but that's ok. The beer pours kinda a dark Amber color, and looks quite boozy.
For me, this has more of a mixed drink feel rather than a beer, but I still enjoyed it.
I'm not sure if I will search this beer out necessarily, but I would like to try some others of this style to see what some others taste like comparatively.

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Photo of Buebie
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy gave me this bottle to try, picked it up today.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle ino a snifter. Poures a ruby dark red that glows almost a pale brown when held to light. A good inch and a half of white fizzy long lasting head. Receeding to a thin cap of retention and silky lace rings.

Aroma is of grapes, dark fruits, hints of cocoa, ant bready caramel rolls. Just a touch of roasty grain aroma, its quite fruity.

Sweet upfruitn with a juicy creamy mouthfeel and wisps of smooth creamy carbonation. The grape aroma is very much present in a raisiny plum like grape flavor. A touch of spicie rye and more chocolate and ceral grain roastieness. This is so well balanced with malts and grains and just a touch of dry hoppy finsih. Lingering with a clean crisp mildly fruity finsih.

Excellent brew!

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 4/3/14

Consecrator Doppelbock by Bell's Brewery
poured from a12oz. bottle into my Ragtime Ricks beer mug

P-packaging: standard brown bottle cool label with two single goats 3.75

A-appearance : amber copper color, with a orange-ish tan to finger head 4.5

S- smell: caramel, malts and faint alcohol 4.25

T-taste: mmmm malty, follows the nose caramel roasted malt doughy and a little warming alcohol 4.25

M-mouthfeel : full bodied, mild carbonation malts give way to alcohol lingers a little 4.25

D-drinkability: a little heavy but mild enough to enjoy a couple 4.0

O-overall: enjoyed this one, great effort from Bells 4.25

200th rated beer. Much anticipated Doppel, did not disappoint. will have again

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass at Wine Styles

It's a deep red that's a touch cloudy and a wimpy tan head. The aroma is striking, with an abundant amount of plumb and some toffee. The taste is subdued, but only slightly, with a bit more of the malt coming out to make it more balanced. It's smoothness is almost at the top of the scale but it does have a mild dryness I don't see much in this style. Overall, a great beer I'd have again.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Completely crystal clear amber colored. Beautiful. Not much head and lightly carbonated. Smells bready, malty and sweet. Taste is bready and slightly sweet. Some grape and raisiny flavors. Finishes clean. Alcohol hidden. Mouthfeel is relatively light for being somewhat high gravity. This is expertly crafted and an American hallmark of the style. Won't find many better for this style than this! This style is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Bottled on 02/10/14.

Appearance: Clear dark copper/red-brown beer. Very little foam/head after pouring. Barest thin white ring at the edge slowly renewed by the bubbles coming up from the beer. No lacing.

Smell: Very rich caramel and toffee with a hint of grapes in there.

Taste: Very rich caramel and toffee. Sweet, but not cloying. Some fruit notes, and the malt takes on a pastry-like bready sweetness mixed in with all the caramel and toffee flavors. As it warmed up the noble hops start to come out mildly at the end - giving a mildly spicy/earthy/bitter finish at the end to complement all the sweet flavors. Really tasty and well done.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick, little bit sticky, just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable - I really wish I had seen a six pack of this in the store and picked one up rather than the single I spied. Rich and full of flavor. Went well with a meal (pasta and chicken with a cream sauce) and I would not mind having it all by itself. Will definitely have to revisit this one next time I'm at the store for more beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle poured into my pilsener glass. It pours a deep reddish/copper color with a white head about half an inch thick that settles to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of my glass about 3 minutes after being poured. Sweet malty aromas of caramel and candy dominate, along with maple and brown sugar and rounded out by a bit of a nutty aroma. Sweet bready, malty flavors with hints of nut, maple and caramel are present. Nicely balanced. No flavor dominates another. Very well balanced taste. Surprisingly sweet in smell and taste for a beer of this style. The 8% ABV is well masked here. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, almost too easy for a beer of this style and ABV level. Definitely at least worth a try.


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Photo of NODAK
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fairly sweet...some toasted grain in there...a mix of caramel and grains.

Body follows the aroma pretty well. There's a good amount of sweet, caramel malt in this beer that has an undercurrent of toasty grain underneath it throughout the swallow. However, it isn't as sweet as most doppelbocks I've had...doesn't come across as heavy. A bit of astringent bitterness from the heavy malts hits at the back but it is minor and fleeting.

This actually reminds me of some oktoberfests I've had because of the toasted quality to it, and that the heaviness of the malts is toned down a bit compared to other doppelbocks. Tastes very German for this reason. Very tasty, though. Easy to put back.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We need more doppelbocks in this world.

Poured into a tulip glass, head presented very thick, 1+ inch, color is light tan; body color is copper to amber, more amber, nicely transparent.

Smell is subdued, light caramel, raisin and toasty malt, some other fruity notes present.

Taste is very clean, light, can't believe its 8%, so exceptionally smooth. Flavors are similar to the nose, clean, light nice caramel, raisin, toast, other fruity notes.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, this is not a sweet doppelbock, not cloying. light flavors and sweetness balanced by solid hop bitterness. Subtle carbonation to keep flavors present.

Overall, this beer is very good, solid doppelbock. Clean flavors, not too sweet, maybe more helles bock than doppelbock, but the lighter doppelbocks are a good balance to the heavier ones.

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Photo of adman08
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Brown with an obvious red tone. Moderate head that fades fairly quickly.
S-Aromas of toffee and roasted malt. Fairly sweet smelling.
T-A complex mixture of flavors, hints of vanilla, light toasted malt, toffee.
M-Very smooth, almost creamy feeling. Decent carbonation.
Overall, extremely good for the style. Rich malt flavors but not overpowering. Sweet but not too sweet. I love the smoothness. This is a fairly expensive beer but I'd highly recommend trying it at least once if your a fan of sweeter, more malty beers.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch # 10150

A-dark marble brown with white head that disapates to white lacing around the edges.
S-caramel and malt like I have come to expect from these beers
T-alot like it smells. Very sweet, almost like a piece of candy. Not bad at all
M-crisp clean and smooth. Very creamy
D-wow. So drinkable. Solid brew

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Photo of kels
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to say I was surprised this only got a B overall. I definitely found it to be one of the best dopplebocks I've had this spring. Poured from the bottle into my Bell's pint:

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous shade of amber-brown with a well-retained 1 1/2 finger thick, full, tan head. Clear with moderate carbonation running throughout.

Smell: Very subtle. Would have expected a little more. Light, grainy malts and a very gentle, slight floral hop presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mmm...really nice! Toasted malts come across chewy and crunchy all at once and aren't overly sweet or caramelly. Light hop presence repeats in the taste, unfolding slightly floral in the swallow and aftertaste. Feel is creamy and moderate with a very refreshing finish thanks to the carbonation.

Drinakability: Very high - this is a great example of the style, and very accessible for people who like dopplebocks or those who are just getting into them. Solid!

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Photo of HisDorian
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first sip, this beer is AWESOME!!

Nice huge malty beast that surprisingly pushed me from Pales for a while.

Extravagantly carmel, super big flavor, big malts. Extremely smooth. Not a session beer. I can have 1, maybe 2 in an evening.

Poured from a bottle to a wine tulip. Nice vigorous spin of the bottle before opening the top. Super malty and the yeast is so flavorful. This may be my new favorite Bell's product...but Oberon is still my summer session beer.

Medium body for mouthfeel. Huge body for flavor. I'm ready for it to come out next season.

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Photo of motorhed
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours out with fairly low level of carbonation less than a finger of very light tan head. The color of this beer is fabulous, a cloudy very dark copper/brown with a touch of ruby red. Zero lacing to speak of as it is consumed.

S - First thing that comes to the nose is cherry and dark fruit sweetness with some funk. Some carmel and light malt in the background.

T - Dark fruit flavors up front with what tastes to me like a cherry cough drop. The middle consits of the carmel and malts. Really very little hop flavors in here but just enough malt base to balance the level of sweetness of the brew. No hint of the 8% abv.

M - Super drinkable, full-bodied, low carbonation levels, smooth finish.

O - Really liked this beer and i'm a big fan of the Doppelbock style in general, so i may be biased. Such a great balance of enough sweetness to balance the malt on this one. I couldn't taste a bit of the 8% on this brew. Will definitely be looking for and drinking this beer again.

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Photo of thryn
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a basic pint glass. Clear, bright amber. About a thumb of cream-colored head. Looks like a carbonation bubble party in the glass.

A lot of biscuity malt in the nose ... almost candy, with a sweet grassy character. Not much to it.

Ooooh, this is delicious! There's a ton of sweet malt, of course, but it's not too heavy. Fluffy biscuits, a hint of something buttery that I doubt is actually diacetyl, but maybe? It's not bad. A bit of hop to clean the finish,but plenty of sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Body is medium ... not too heavy at all, and that actually works really well for this beer. Carbonation keeps it from weighing me down.

Way drinkable for an 8% beer, and way drinkable for a doppelbock. The light mouthfeel and slight hop balance go a long way on this.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to find that one of my favorite establishments in the world is now putting BELL's on-tap! Mecklenburg Gardens, Cincinnati, OH has always been renouned for it's German cuisine and bier selection. Now, they've added a feather in their cap... BELL'S!

So, since The Bier Band was performing for a Bier Dinner at Mecklenburg's, I ordered up a big ol' litre of BELL's Consecrator. It was served with a big 1-1/2" off-white head that was poking over the rim of the giant mug. This almost cried to have a picture taken of it! The bier was a bright copper in color and quite clear.

The nose was of toasted malt and molasses.

Taste: Quite good! I picked up on toasted malt, molasses and dried fruit.

MF: Quite rich and robust. Appropriate carbonation that led to a nice creamy feel (just how I like it) and a bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Over the course of the evening, I had 2 liters... this was plenty. I was full, but I wasn't falling down either. I recommend Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with no real head whatsoever, but some active carbonation from nucleation in my Summit glass. Amber hued golden color and pretty clear. Decent lacing as well. A good looking beer apart from the head.

S: Pours with a wheat/malt/candi smell that is fantastic. Far less hoppy than the standard Bell's. Maybe some light spicy or citrusy hops if you really inhale.

T: The candi wheat taste is present in the taste to some extent, but not as strong as in the smell. No bitterness whatsoever, but some warmth from the alcohol going down. Fairly flat tasting though. The candy/candi sweetness increases as I go along.

M: Smooth and malty, maybe a little too smooth and could use some carbonation. Very pleasant though.

D: Great, a good beer to introduce someone into the more complex world of brews.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,428 ratings.
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