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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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Reviews: 659 | Ratings: 1,420
Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my newly aquired (but washed) Darryl's Wood Fired Grill pint glass and the brew is a semi hazey orangeish brown brew with 1/2" of tan head that dissappears quickly leaving little on the surface and no noticable lacing.

The aroma is dark malts, some wheat, and sugar. The flavor follows the nose with a touch of alcohol, but to me the sweetness is way to forward and kills the actual malts from coming forward. Mouth feel is medium heavy, again from the sweetness. Medium low carbination.

TO ME, this was not an enjoyable Dopplebock and it is probably my least favorite Bell's offering that I have tryed to this point.

A C brew.

At $14.99 a 6 pack (with 5 more yet to consume) this has got to be the shittiest value in my 5+ months of trying real beer. (Didn't really piss me off till I looked at my receipt just now and saw what I paid for this crap).

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Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled this at the recent tasting. Pours a clearish maroon color with a short lived head. Smell was smoothly malty, and some dark fruitiness perhaps. Taste was creamy and tart caramel with a medium body and average carbonation. Goes down pretty easily and alcohol is hidden well. Nothing too spectacular, but also not one of my preferred styles.

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Photo of claspada
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aromas begin with earthy and grainy notes mixed with light caramelized sugar and toffee and slightly dark fruity maltiness.

The taste followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. A nice dark fruit/raisin flavor emerges if you really dig in here.

The mouthfeel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. The problem for me is that it is TOO drinkable for an 8.0% beer, why do all lagers taste diluted and boring. Way too refreshing, crisp and drinkable.

Overall this is a good beer but not a great Doppelbock by any means. Isn't even worthy of drinking the bathwater of great examples of this style from Salvator, Weihenstephaner and especially Ayinger. Also falls way way short of the best American example from Thomas Hooker. This is a pass for me as far as a recommendation goes.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Try to hard to concentrate? Pours a clear mahogany brown color with a slight reddish hue. A soft white head with some retention but does not make it through the full tasting. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is malt-sentric with a nice kettle caramel notes. A bit sweet for style but ok. Some candy and melanoidin aromas. Noticeable yeasty notes with stronger esters. Some plums and figs. Some lighter rose and bubblegum notes as well. A touch of diactyl as well. A hit of fusels but noticeable alcohol notes.

The taste brings out more esters/phenolics but still has a strong malt base. The kettle notes back off but still a good caramel base. A bit too sweet with some sugary notes that linger into the finish. Some minerally notes as well. Almost like a fluoride thing going on. The plums comes out as well as a light pineapple and pickle note. Noticeable alcohol as well.

The body is too sweet. Although does not have that under-attenuation feel. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall there is something funky going on here in the taste. Almost like a weird yeast, but eh.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear ruby red with a finger of head that is tan.
The aroma is some bready and spiced malts and creamy caramel, which follows into the flavors with a roasty toffee and a handfull of fig and date like fruit flavors. I expected more punch from this one, but everything is really creamy and light overall, could use some more viscosity and spices to hit the mark closer, but is a decent Dopplebock. I wish they would just Eis this thing.

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Photo of granger10
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very different from the usual doppelbock. Also tastes very one-dimensional-maltiness with caramel and molasses. This taste never leaves. It also has a strong alcoholic taste like most doppelbocks. But this time the Bell's yeast and it's sourness is not near as enjoyable. The balance and complexity are not there but this beer is still decent enough to get again.

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Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a clear dark copper/chestnut amber color with mahogany edges and a half finger off white head that immediately disappears. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly toasty aroma with lots if caramel malt as well as some toffee and hazelnut and faint bitter hops.

Medium bodied with a slightly roasted caramel malt flavor. Hints of chocolate, hazelnut and a prominent spice presence. Lots of pepper, cinnamon and brown sugar as well as some subtle clove flavor. Dry finish.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Super bold red color. Looks like cranberry juice.
S: Not getting much here. Subtle malt or so. After the beer has warmed a lot more smells comes through. Good cherry scent. Apples, grapes. Alcohol is subtle.
T: Sourness that overpower some subtle orange flavor. Alcohol comes through on the finish.
M: Lingering sour bitter grossness. Get's better as the beer warms but still rather unpleasant.

This beer really didn't bring a lot to the table other than a sour lingering alcohol taste. Even as the beer warmed no real flavors came through. Great to look at but not to drink.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours nice and dark, almost black. Good head, no lace.
Smell is almost non-existent. A little malt and a touch of grape?
Taste is stronger Water malt, grape and caramelized sugar.
Aftertaste is mostly malty grape, cloying with a heavy coating especially on the palate. Light effervescence, medium body. Decent but not great.

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Photo of feedmechili
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was in the mood for doppelbock. It is that time of year. A couple of weeks ago, I fell victim to old Ayinger Celebrator. So, I decided to try something I knew would be fresh. Put simply, the price ($13.99 for a six'er) fooled me into thinking it would be good.

It poured dark-iced-tea color with an off-white head. The head was good and so was the lacing, which left rings around the glass as evidence of the declining level. It smelled like a doppelbock with an aroma of raisins, but there was a hint of cough medicine.

It tasted lake malty raisins, a bit on the sweet side. But there again was the cough medicine. I'm not a total snob, so I'll finish what I bought, but won't be replenishing or serving it to guests.

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Photo of blackearth
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Ray's Liquor in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a medium amber color with a thin white head. Bready aroma, medium bodied with a very sweet carmel flavor. Cloying finish with some warm alcohol feel. Nice to try one bottle but I don't need another until next Spring.

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Photo of asabreed
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice deep amber color with a quickly dissipating head, no little lacing, and not a lot of carbonation floating toward the top, probably due to the bigger body of the brew. The color saves this, though, for the most part.

Smell: Expected malt sweetness, a bit of roastedness, with some grain and some fruit, banana, and seemingly absent hops.

Taste: A lot of sweetness without a lot of complexity. Hints of fruitiness and malt without any discernible hops. Not unpleasant, but fairly sweet, heavy, and boring. Where's the semblance of complexity?

Mouthfeel: Very thick, a bit cloying, a bit watery, with not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: It seems that Bell's brews are hit or miss with me lately, and this one's surely a miss. I'm glad I only bought one bottle. For a beer that's 8$ and of the style and of course from the brewery I expected a lot more. Hardly and complexity or nuance, and fairly basic, with a lot of examples out there much, much better than this.

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Photo of HopDerek
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear reddish brown color with almost 2 fingers of foamy tan head that fades fairly quickly, leaving a thin ring and blotchy lacing. Smells of toffee, caramel, toasted malt, raisins, and alcohol. Tastes of caramel and not-quite-burnt grain with a fruity grape sweetness, minor notes of citrus in the finish covered up by a strong alcohol presence. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth and sweet, with some bitterness in the finish, but mostly overshadowed by medicinal alcohol flavor. Not one of my favorite brews from Bell's, needs more sweetness and to take the alcohol down a notch.

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Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark ruby-amber pour with a very thin beige head. Very sweet, with notes of prunes, raisins, caramel. Lacks bitterness, carbonation and the mouthfeel isn’t that great, either. The alcohol is a bit too present in the aftertaste. Overall, not a good beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 7 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: this pours reddish brown with a thin head.
It has a thick tongue feel and a bit of maltiness. The flavor is OK, but not an overly impressive doppelbock

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Pale copper in color, minimal head, and not much carbonation. The aroma was kind of sickly sweet malt, smelled doppelbocky. The flavor was not the greatest though, probably the worst doppelbock I've tried. Tasted just a little like puke at the end of the sips, I actually poured out half the bottle.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours an amber brown crystal clear body with a thin off-white head. Lots of tiny little bubbles and particles float in the glass.

S- Sweet caramel maltyness with an otherwise very clean smell to this beer. A light fruity smell is faint but noticeable.

T-This beer has a light toasted malt taste with strong sweetness and some apple cider notes. No darker flavors are present. Very light finish with possible a hint of grape juice.

M- Medium body with no alcohol warmth or carbonation noted.

D- This has a strange light fruit taste without any malty backbone. The alcohol is very light for 8% and so is the malt. Not quite the oomph to call it a doppelbock.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper brown with a nice head after an aggressive pour. Smell is very sweet. Lots of honey, brown sugar, raisins and . Taste is of bread and bananas with some yeast. Mouthfeel is nice but the beer is just too sweet. It seems to be big for no real reason. I would prefer a little more subtle and drinkable beer for the style. Pretty decent, but there are other better, and for me, more accessible examples of the style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown and red appearance, not really as dark as I was expecting. Almost no head on it. To the point of being under carbonated. Aroma was roasty nuts.

Sweet and hot. A little sweeter than expected, less roasty than expected. I believe this might have been a bottle that was a year or two old for what its worth. Some tobacco notes with the alcohol. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice head at first. Gone in a flash! No lacing, but the beer is an enticing clear red color. Smells slightly sweet. The taste is mediocre. Again, pretty sweet, and not very complex. Tingy on the tongue. The high alcohol content isn't too obvious, but a 12 oz bottle is still just a little too much.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this interesting beer intomy tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was reddish blond color with a yeasty smell. The taste was slighly sour which I do not care for at all. The alcohol I thought was overpowering deminishing any taste the beer could impart on the palat. I will not buy again but will stick to the other fine Bell's products I like.

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Photo of tlema1
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: mahogany with a thin tan head
S: not much, some malty richness
T: Carmel sweetness
F: slight booze after taste
O:but there is something about this beer that I really don't like, that I can't put my finger on

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Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty brown with a burnt orange hue seemed a bit light for a doppelbock with a thin almost non existant head.Aromas were a bid bland I have to say some caramel and light molasses but nothing really stood out somewhat dissapointing.Flavors were marred by a real thin mouth feel for such a big beer almost watery somewhat sweet and grainy but kinda boring.Well I hate to say it because Bell's is one of my favorites but this beer really dissapoints there are to many other good doppelbocks to seek this one out.

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Photo of MJR
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big fan of Bell's ales, so I'm quite curious to see how well they can brew a traditional lager style...

Appearance: Pours a pretty plum color with garnet highlights and good clarity. There doesn't seem to be as much yeast dregs in the bottom of the bottle as usual, which is good considering the style. It's tan head starts out fairly big and shrinks down quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass with groups of bubbles scattered on the surface.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a bit of toffee. I detect a bit of a berry aroma, which comes across as raspberry. Toasted malt shows up as well.

Taste: Starts off rich with a caramel and toffee sweetness, that gives way to a generic berry flavor. Has the same toasted malt character that was detected in the aroma. After that, a touch of sourness shows up and throws thing out of wack. A bit of lactic tartness and astringency don't exactly help. Towards the finish, it takes on a vinous, sherry-like note, along with a swipe of alcohol. Strange...

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with an awkward dryness that highlights the strange finish. It starts out good, with a round and full feel, then takes an unwanted u-turn.

Drinkability: It's not looking too good... This is certainly the strangest doppelbock I've encountered. It starts well enough, then completely takes a turn for the worse. I'll stick with Bell's ales...

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown + red beer with minimal viscosity and head to it. Carbonation appeared to be lacking at this point. Aroma was a sweet, dark brazil nut kind of aroma.

Taste was sweet, good alcohol burn that was enjoyable for what it was. Reminded me of that ol' nut n honey commercial, because this was reminiscient of a beer with nuts and honey. A little more thin than an ideal doppelbock for my own tastes.

Could use more carbonation to bring out some of the nuances. Not a bad, not a great beer.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,420 ratings.
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