Doppel Bock | August Schell Brewing Company

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Doppel BockDoppel Bock

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August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is available from January through March.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-08-2002

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 67
Reviews by Southernbrew:
Photo of Southernbrew
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown, pretty good sized bubbly head.

Some caramel sweetness in the nose, a bit of spice, hints of bread.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth. Rich caramel flavors up front, faintest taste of alcohol, some spices begin to show as well. Hints of apple come in as well. Weak aftertaste of earthy sweetness.

I have basically no experience with doppelbocks and while this one is good, I found the body to be a bit thinner than I expected.

Thanks to Tastytaste for the trade.

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Photo of cokes
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear bloodied brown with a sinking khaki head.
Brown sugar, and liquorice form the primary aromas, masking some peach-esque and red apple fruitiness.
Floating molasses maltiness, fading quickly to black liquorice then to raisin. Turns abrubtly harsh and grainy midway (though less so as it sits). Returns to a soothing toffee malt depth with lingering woodness, and touches of alcohol spice.

Altogether too thin for a doppelbock, but still passable. More heft would make this a real winner. And lose the jarring middle as well.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear ruby brown with a creamy light tan head.
The aroma is caramel, whole grain, raisin and brown sugar.
Nicely complex taste with dark malts up front - a little chocolate and caramel backed up my raisin and plum. A bit of roasted grain. Some hop spice.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
On the lower end of the Dopplebock spectrum perhaps, but I still think it fits the style thanks to its complexity.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, nuts, chocolate, and yeast. Dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and prune. Some sweet hints of brown sugar. Light hint of earthy hops. A solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuts, and yeast. Dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, and prune. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Light hop bitterness towards the finish. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Doppel Bock. Nice caramel and dark fruit flavor.

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Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear darker brown color, small-bubbled head of 1/2 an inch or so. Sweet and deep aroma, like a sugary pumpernickel loaf. Nice and full malty flavors, caramel and a touch of tobacco-like bitterness. Aroma is a little detergent-like on the drink. Flavor is good but a little mid-pack for the style. Falls short of sticky (a good thing) but not a "best of class" contender.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint.

I love the way this beer looks. Deep copper color mixes with medium brown. The head is as creamy and persistent as a milkshake. Looks like a meal.

I make a great deal of effort to get at the aroma here and find that it isn't popping at me. It's pretty light and hints at dark bread, sweet malt and floral yeast. The malt has a quality that reminds me of a helles or pilsner.

Been a while since I've had a doppelbock but this does feel lighter in body and flavor than what I would expect. But what's there is a good presentation of sweet dark bread and sweet malt. A grassy and mildly spicy hop again recalls a pilsner for me. Interesting.

Overall, this is smooth and drinkable, if perhaps lacking the creamy, richness I wanted.

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Photo of Jon
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schell's dopplebock pours a deep brown color with a tight, off-white head. Decent lacing qualities, but nothing to write home about. Smell is a bit subdued, with main notes of maltiness present. Taste is well-balanced for the most part, with notes of malt, fruit, toffee, and hops present. Alcohol is around, too, but is hidden fairly well. Fairly creamy overall, here's a pretty good dopplebock from an American brewery.

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Photo of bditty187
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber-brown hue, translucent; small, quick to fade off-white head, soapy leftovers, no lace. Weak nose, slight toffee influence, minor maltiness… rather clean overall. The palate seemed a tad too simple and boring. There are some toasty malts, caramel notes, toffee, and some nice spicy hoppiness. The body is too thin for a Doppelbock. The finish is too clean as well. Little aftertaste… if any. The alcohol seems absent; I was shocked to see the high abv… sure couldn’t taste it (or feel it). This is a half-ass Doppelbock, it is better than that bastard that Leinenkugel produces but is that saying much?

Nevertheless thank you feloniousmonk for the sample.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red, aroma very hard to detect, perhaps of sweet roasted malts. The taste of sweet malts, a bit sugary up front and creamy. A nice doppelbock, stays smooth and foamy, with a tiny biscuity aftertaste, consistently sweet throughout. This is a decent version of the style, however, does not come close to the top dawgs, i.e. Celebrator...still one of Schell's top offerings.

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Photo of morimech
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Missed this beer when it was an annual release but nice that Schell's bringing it back 10 years later. Purchased as part of their Bock Pack.

Garnet hued with a large dense head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Aroma is fruity with notes of raisins, figs, dates with a bit of caramel and bread. A lot of fruit notes in the flavor as well. Where did all these fruity esters come from? Mostly raisins and some prunes that overwhelm the malty qualities. What malt comes through gives a bit of caramel and musty grain flavors. Wish I could of gotten more. The body feels a little thin for the style and for this ABV.

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

Pours very clear amber and brown. Small, tight subdued tan head forms and just as quickly fades to nothing.
Aroma some very light caramel and a touch of molassess on the front. Some darker fruit notes emerge as it warms up a bit.
Flavor has a heavy, sugary, syrpy sweet toffee and caramel notes with some dark wheat bread notes as well.
Mouthfeel is closet to medium with no real bittering present to cut the syrupy domination. Finishes with just a hint of a warming alcohol punch and some astringent notes.
Drinkability is above average but nothing really special going on here. Very one-dimensional to the sweet side.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper color with some ruby tint. A very clear beer.

Sweet maltiness in the aroma with some caramel notes and some graininesss. I also picked up a bit of a vegetal aroma coming through. Not super clean (like the Optimator I tried next).

Finishes drier that I'd expect, given the sweet malt aroma and flavor. Hops were a bit much for a good doppel bock.

Overall a decent beer...but since I had an Optimator next, I could tell it didn't measure up.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice garnet color with a light to medium clarity in it. Small head of off white comes up and over the top of the glass, settling down into a broken crown with a decent bit of lacing around the edges. Aroma is off right from the start. Muted hops, caramel, and a sour wet cardboard are all coming together in the wrong way. Flavor is just off on nearly every angle here. Muted flavors, bready and not put together well at all. The finish was bitter, and overall just not working here at all.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bready, sweet malt, nice touch of hops, is not thin at all.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet musty almost skunky (wet leather) smell. Darkish auburn color with a slight pale white head. All that is left after the initial pour is a slight sheen on top of the brew. The taste is dominated by sweet caramel malt flavor. The brew seems very one sided. The finish is slightly metalic.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweethome
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chestnut brown with nice tan head. Malty nose with a spicy charachter and just a hint of alcohol to let you know it is a dopplebock. Fills out the palate very well, fluffy but full. Very sweet. From there, it doesn't seem to know where to go. German hops present, maybe a little too much for the style. A candy sweetness takes over and is a bit cloying. Lacks depth.

All around pretty good taste, but never quite steps up from the initial taste. Fails to finish. Virtually no aftertaste which really disappointed.

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Photo of jrsaffert
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Freshness date of 05 14 16 stamped on neck of the 12 oz. bottle:

Pours copper-hued amber with a head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of grain, honey, nuts.

The taste is of sweet caramelized grain with floral/earthy touch in the semi-sweet finish.

It's on the lighter side of the style. Alcohol well-covered. Pretty smooth.

More of a bock than a dopplebock overall, in my opinion - but close enough to fit the style to work. Easy enough to drink. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of Doyle
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Dave2234
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tawny brown (light amber) with a nice tan head and decent carbonation but no lace. Moderate sweet malty aroma with light raisiney notes. Sweet candy-like maltiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: a bit light for the style.

Per ASBCo website: Ingredients: Pale 2 Row, Munich, Caramel, Cara Pilsner and Black malts, domestic Mt. Hood, Cascade and Centennial hops.

Available Jan thru March

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown color looks like watered down coffee or strong iced tes. Head is very small, maybe 1/8" of bubbles. Smells roasted and sweet, lightly chocolatey, but all maltiness. Taste is big and malty, level of sweetness is consistently strong, but never approaches cloying. A slight alcohol tingle embelishes the flavor and the mouthfeel. I like it, not one of the greatest doppels, but solid.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium amber brown, clear as always for a Schell lager, with a big head of light tan. smells sweet and also spicy, like some alcoholic candy spiked with cloves. this is for me the last of the 4 beers featured in the “herd of bocks” box (sort of wish it were labeled “box of bocks” instead, as that is what I keep calling it around the house), and despite being a double bock it seems to be the second most full-bodied after the blue labeled regular bock, with the other two decidedly lighter in heft. but all 4 have been good to great, and this has to go down in my memory as one of the best mixed 12-packs, maybe the best, I have ever had the privilege of drinking.

the big nose is shown not to have cried wolf once the beer finds its weigh into the liquids hatch.
a sipper, but not a foreboding or unfriendly one. indeed, all 4 of these beers have been so friendly you might say they err toward an excess in gregariousness. the dark caramel in the doppelbock is sinfully delicious and is joined by a chocolate-y bitterness that recollects a good quality box of chocolate covered caramels, plus a slightly bitter ending. so packed with flavor, I will leave some of the unpacking for later and just meditate on what a glorious vacation it was. maybe a little coarse or rough around the edges, but nevertheless a pleasure.

the pink and blue label goes down in my book as the least attractive in the lineup, yet the beer goes down as arguably the best. really, all but the pre-prohibition could be declared the champ on any given day, and even the latter has its merits and is well worth a go.

4.25, 4.25, 4, 4-4.25, 4-4.25

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