Cinderbock | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Very Good
103 Ratings

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 100
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled in March and patiently aged for 9 months (although I'm not sure that any real change has occured). Carefully poured, it's only slightly hazy (and has a cleaner, and obviously less yeasty, taste than when the yeast swirl is eventually poured). The tawny body is topped by a full, pillowy ivory head that holds well but leaves only minor spotty lace. The aroma combines a clear Beechwood smokiness with a rich, sweet maltiness that reminds me very much of the beers of Bamburg. I find it quite welcoming, and even comforting. Both the body and carbonation are medium, and the very fine bubbles caress the tongue before becoming creamy in the mouth. The flavor is more complex than the nose suggests, with a sweet graininess upfront followed by some pleasant woody notes from the smoked malt. It then becoming more toasty as the bitterness rises, and finishes with a long lasting bitter/sweet and smoky finish that's entrancing and enticing. At this point the previously hidden alcohol steps out to help dry things up. Beautifully balanced! The smokiness is not so bold as to turn you away at the first sip, but strong enough to maintain your interest (as your palate becomes accustomed to it) throughout the entire glass. The rich maltiness supports the smoke, but is also supported itself by an underlying bitterness. Exceptionally well done and well worth seeking out!

 1,376 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short brown bottle with no freshness date though the smoked malt and higher level of alcohol will give this brew and extended shelf life.

Appearance: Hazy from the yeast showing a tawny colour, rocky head stays as long as the beer is there.

Smell: Fresh malty aroma with a lined hard wood smokehouse and yeasty smell. In the raw and very aromatic.

Taste: Medium to full bodied, light crispness within the creamy mouth feel. Very malty with an even bigger smokiness and a thin layer of yeastiness on the palate. Deep complex toasted malt flavours and smoke linger forever. Hops are mild with a light twang within the smokiness and bitterness middle to end that struggles to match up to the malt. Smokiness tastes like a hard wood rich smoke and is close to being dominant. Warmth from the alcohol hints in the end as the beer finishes off a tad sweet and smoky.

Notes: Wow! I knew it was smoked but this is a deep smokiness that is strong but does not go overboard. Maltiness makes sure of that and an alcohol that is late in the game brings things around. Once I knew it was this smoky I went right to the creamy goat cheese and crackers for a contrast pairing.

 1,193 characters

Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, this one opened with a burst, poured with a ton of carbonation, 4 inch head and a lot of bubble continuing to rise up.I was a bit worried this stuff had turned.Anyway it calmed down in the glass and exhibited a strong smoky nose, a nice smoky flavor profile and a decent, if highly carbonated finish. This stuff tastes like a BBQ. Not for everybody , but its allways worth supporting the good folks @ Heavyweight

 426 characters

Photo of yankeeheel
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown with a wild billowy eggshell colored head. Tons of retention and soap suds style lacing.

Smells mostly smoky with a little nutty background.

Tastes like a light version of last nights beer. Nice amount of smoky malt meets you up front. The middle tends to be quite sweet and buttery. Almsot a little plum in there too. Finishes kindly with a little nit of a warming glow.

Mouthfeel is quite light but not thin. Lagering works for this one.

I could drink a few of these. Goes down easy. The smoke might get a little intolerable after a while.

 580 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears an amber orange tone with a thin off white head. Aroma is a sharp sweetness masked by a screen of smokiness. Almost like being in a smokehouse, with hickory tones to it very pleasant. My first smoked lager of any kind and the label is awesome a smoking goat, gotta love it. Taste in my opinion is wonderful, it mixes sweet malty bock characteristics with a stream of smokiness that just works. This beer is daring and I am glad the brewer took the chance with this one. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated full mouthfeel, but smooth drinking overall. I think anyone who cares for smoked beers would love this smoked lager.

 625 characters

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Heavyweight Cinderbock

Appearance- hazy brown tinted orange with a thin head/ no lacing.
Smell- smoked ham. Small woodchips; cedar, hickory, and cherry.
Taste- like a smoked ham sandwich. Sweet malt and a slight roasted hickory hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- smokey, like accidentally inhaling the campfire. Very sweet throughout.

Overall- No..No..No.. Just can't drink it. Sorry Heavyweight but smoked ham flavored beers are not my forte'. Just too smokey and too sweet. Might go well for those of you eating a big meaty meal, but not enjoyable otherwise.

 557 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A most interesting surprise from the gifts of the generous Ilkerts in NJ. This one is average in every respect, albeit very fresh and refreshing at the end of another super humid day. Sourness like their baltic porter! Smoke which is not my thing. Bit of metallic aftertaste.

 275 characters

Photo of beerluvr
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The newest release from this great small brewery is a smoked amber bock. Had a chance to sample it on tap recently (although it's now availiable in 4-paks) at the breweries' recent open house, and it's a killer! Lovers of smoked beer will rejoice at this one, a great smoky/sweet malty nose sets the stage for what's to come...lots of smoke, though not as powerful as say Schlenkerla Rauchbier, with substantial body from the malts bringing up the rear with a nice but subtle hoppiness that blends with a long smoky finish. Those in the NJ/NY/PA area should seek it out.

 570 characters

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Stubbie1
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange in color with a thick white head. The head quickly fades to nothing. Aromas are malt and maybe a hint of plumb and yeast and yes a hint of smoke. Flavor is malt sweetness with a slight bitter pop in the middle. They fight for number 1 but the sweetness returns in the end. A mild smoke and hint of alcohol is also noted.

Overall, not a bad brew. Light bodied and smooth going down. Didn’t knock me out of my shoes but it is worth the try.

 456 characters

Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours maroon and leaves a thin white lace. The nose is spectacular, so smokey just the right amount of smoke and sweetness in the nose. The body is clean, clear, with a small amount of yeast settled in the bottom of the glass. The taste starts on the palate smooth, def malty up front by design smoke infused bock. The taste on the palate then moves to a small lemon tartness on the palate, to a smoke presence that reminds me of eating some smoked meats almost savory funny what the nose can tell the tastebuds, then it finishes sweet with some caramel, toffee, and the smokiness you get from roasted nuts. Very complex and a pleasure to drink.

 655 characters

Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cluody orangey amber with an enormous dish soap head that recedes slowly.
Aroma is dry-rub ribs (meat and all!), citurs orange and lightly burnt caramel.
Flavor is sweet and smoky with an underlying light malt profile and also a wisp of citrusy hops.
Mouthfeel starts very lightly sweet then moves to a smoked and lightly spiced finish.
Drinkability is decent but I think that the bottle probably doesn't do this beer justice. I imagine the tap version is much more subtle and complex.
Thanks to beerluvr for another great Heavyweight beer.

 553 characters

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of a couple Heavyweight brews I carted back with me from Boston, Cinderbock came in a stubby 12oz bottle that bore no freshness date. I emptied the bottle into an imperial pint glass.
Good thing I went with the impy pint glass, too. Hugely effervescent, Cinderbock blew up upon hitting the glass, producing a massive, fluffy white head that took fully five minutes to settle down. Even the most gentle pouring techniques resulted in a big flare-up. The carbonation looked more like a hefeweizen than a doppelbock. The end result was a cloudy dark orange beer sporting a big foamy white head that slowly dwindled down to a small layer of foam and left decent levels of lace behind.
The nose had a sweet meaty aroma similar to teriyaki beef jerky or applewood-smoked bacon. Very nice though I expected a stronger smoke aroma. Sweet malt aromas consistant with a d-bock linger and mix with the smokiness.
The taste had that sweet honey-glazed ham and applewood bacon flavor going full throttle. Good levels of sweet grains carry the load unimpeded by the smokey, meaty taste. Light hops bitterness in the finish, virtually unnoticeable. Light alcohol tang in the finish, also.
The feel was lighter than usual for a d-bock and very lively, considering the immense level of carbonation.
Overall, Cinderbock was quite enjoyable. Kind of a doppelbock/rauchbier hybrid that was quite appealing. Not as full-bodied as a d-bock or carrying the heavy smokiness of a rauchbier, Cinderbock nonetheless blended the two together for a tasty brew that I'd love to get more of. Recommended.

 1,582 characters

Photo of rdrummer
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh baby, talk about smoke. I haven't tasted anything like this since drinking rauchbier in Nuremburg, Germany. This is a great looking beer with a hazy golden color and an immense head. You don't want to give this a vigorous pour unless you're ready to wipe up the spillover.

The aroma is one of a wood fire with a backing of hops and alcohol. Their is an undertone of yeast as well. The taste borders on too much smoke, but doesn't go over in my opinion. The overwhelming taste is that of smoky malt, but there is a hoppy kick as well.

This is crisp and clean in the mouth. It has a feel of a hefeweizen and the foaminess as well. The smoke makes this a one beer wonder for me. I love it from first drop till last, but I have to wait a couple days before trying another.

 777 characters

Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a gem of a brew from heavyweight, and it's in a style that i love more and more each time i sample a new brew within it. the cinderbock pours a nice, slightly cloudy bright orange with a moderate 1/4 inch thick head and minimal to no lacing. the smell is simply out of this world. smoke and wood but with touches of sweetness and malt pushing through. very well done. magnificent really. the taste is damn near just as good as the smell, with that hearty smoke flavour prevailing over a nice malty base. a bit of alcohol adds a nice touch at the finish. a complex brew that is oh so easy to drink. bravo.

 604 characters

Photo of santoslhalper
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appereance: Poured a cloudy copper with a bubbly brownish head that dissapeared to nothing.

Smell: The smell is almost like a rauchbier, with huge smoky notes. Sticky sweet malty notes are also pleasent.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a mix of doppelbock and rauchbier. Imagine a big juicy rack of barbecued ribs covered in sticky sweet caramel with fruit juices on top. Ok doesn't sound that great, but this beer tastes nice. The mouthfeel is the usually wonderful Heavyweight creamyness, with a slick finish.

Drinkability and Overall: A different a nice doppelbock for sure. Was a treat to try, and unlike any Doppelbock I've had before. The smoky notes were ridiculous. This is another quality brew from Heavyweight.

 731 characters

Photo of goz
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber, thick, but quickly diminishing white head. Aroma was smoky, like hickory smoked bacon. Flavor is similar, with a hickory smoke initialy, followed with some sweetness, mostly reminded me of apples. Body is medium, flavors dance with the mild carbonation.

 273 characters

Photo of Gusler
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As it sets in my special “BOK” glass, the color a amber to orange, the head pythonic in size, bubbly in texture, light tan in color and as it evanesces, the lace forms a fine sheet to seal off the glass. The smell of smoke dominates the somewhat sweet nose, makes me want to fire up a stogie? Begins sweet malt, top is rich and thick, the finish “Smokey”, perkily acidic, the hops understated, dry and a real treat for this “Grizzled Old Dark Ale” lover, my thanks to beerluvr once again for this opportunity to sample a most enjoyable beer.

 547 characters

Photo of PartyHatjo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Damn lot of head on this sucker. Initial pour filled the glass about 2/3 full with head the rest beer, had to let it settle. Color is copper--bordering more toward tan. Very hazy brew, and a thick head (as mentioned before) that laces well.

Smell: Smoked bacon cooking on the stove. Smokiness blocks off most malt aromas, some grassiness comes through in the nose.

Taste: Tried the head alone first--very grassy hoppiness to it. More hops than smoke in the head. Getting to the body of the beer there is a strong initial taste of smoke (again, bacon-like). Sweet maltiness provides good balance to the smoke flavor. This is my first smoked beer, and I definitely will be trying more of these.

Mouthfeel: Medium body...would have expected overcarbonation with the amount of head, but it's not really prevalent in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I like the beer, but I don't see myself drinking cinderbock after cinderbock in a session.

 955 characters

Photo of frank4sail
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malt nose with hints of burnt popcorn. Amber almost berry color. Off white 1/2 inch head. Lots and lots of mouth for a "lager". This is not a traditional lager your mother would order .. I would call it a "smoke" beer first with a taste that is dominated by the "burnt popcorn" big malt base. An intensebeer but, I would not call it very drinkable. The brew would go good with smoked meats or fish.

 404 characters

Photo of arguemaniac
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange amber with a foamy off-white head. The aroma features an appley, smoky character. The flavor is dominated by a robust cedery, peat smoke taste, though there certainly is some fruity malt sweetness and it’s all rounded out with an alcohol bite. The finish, as with everything else, is eclipsed by utter smokiness. Mildly creamy mouthfeel with active carbonation.

Quite possibly the smokiest beer I’ve ever had. Taste-wise, it really reminds me of a rauchbier more than a dopplebock. The smokiness was just a little too much for me, but it wasn’t bad. Recommended.

 588 characters

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Took a while to pour as the head on this yeasty, hazy, amber brew was tremendous. All and all a nice appearance that left a thick lace curtain on my glass. The smell reminded me of coming home from camping and realizing that everything you have smells like the camp fire. Very smokey, but also quite malty and yeasty. The taste was excellent. The smokiness of the smell was quite prevalent with plenty of sweet malty flavors to balance it out. Slight hoppiness and also quite a bit of flavor from the lager yeast, but really more of malty smoked wood flavor over all. The mouthfeel was rich and full bodied, a bit filling actually, which is why I only gave it a 3.5 on drinkability.

Over all an excellent offering that I certainly would try again.

 800 characters

Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the label on this one, a goat smoking. What more could you ask for. Appears a cloudy orange color with a light tan foamy head. Speckles of lace were left around the glass as this was consumed. Sweet and smoky aroma. Caramel malts mix quite well with a strong but not over powering smokiness. Not huge smokiness but a good amount that didn’t give me that liquid smoked meat feel. Taste was similar with a smokiness that lasts through the finish accompanied by a sweet caramel. Very nice and simple. Just the right balance of sweet and smoke. Creamy and smooth going down. Pretty easy drinking as well. I recommend picking this up for a change of pace, interesting without an overpowering smokiness.

 705 characters

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a cream colored head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of both sweet and smokey malt. Quite a unique and delicious aroma.

Taste is both sweet and smokey upfront. Quite a tasty blend. This is followed by a slightly cloying sweetness that lingers.

Body seems thin.

Quite drinkable, but just one in a sitting. The unique flavor is worth revisiting, but the sweetness keeps it from being sessionable.

 475 characters

Photo of ppoitras
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12ozer from a mixed Heavyweight Brewing 4-pack purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a pint glass, a HUGE frothy head formed immediately, so much so that I was unable to initally fit the full 12 oz in the glass. Beer was a orangish golden hue, and the aroma was like the air after a three-alarmer, smoke everywhere. Head still hanging on strong after 5 minutes and getting the whole beer poured, with froth sticking everywhere that the head has been. Taste is remarkably not as strong as the odor would lead you to believe, but the smoke comes on strong in the aftertaste. A good beer for those who smoke when they drink, they wouldn't even have to light up... Fits the style to a T.

 705 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Cinderbock from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 103 ratings