Kartäuser Doppelbock Dunkel
Memminger Brauerei

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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #122
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,282
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 8.66%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
66
From:
Memminger Brauerei
 
Germany
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of Bottek007
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Volor caramel, rust. Mild foam. Taste sweet but at end metallic mild metallic taste. Overall fine, at least A different type of beer for last of advent 24 beers

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with about medium body and carbonation
Aroma is malt,yeasty doughy bread, dark fruit
Taste follows the nose, malt,bread,pastry. Just a bit sweet but the finish is almost a little dry
Overall it isn't earth shattering but still a very decent,flavorful beer that I would try again

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL can, EXP 05/2021. The last of the 2019 Kalea/Costco Advent calendar. That I am finally getting to. A foamy beige head caps a copper colored bier. Malty aroma of caramel, bread crust, toasted grain and a bit of earthy German hops. Big sweet & rich flavors of toasty grain, caramel, toffee, bread; hops are modest and spicy/herbal as expected. Full creamy body, pleasant carbonation, sweet on the finish. This was one of the best, if not the best of the pack.

It was a fun 24 pack to go through - sad to see it go but happy to see it go. It was actually quite difficult to keep up with throughout the month of December.

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Photo of hman43
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours amber with an off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: There is a nice caramel aroma. There are very low toast notes and very low dark fruits.

Taste: There are some caramel flavors and moderate toasty elements in the flavor. There is a very low dark fruit elements.

Feel: It has a medium body with smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, the malt is where the balance is from beginning to finish with medium bitterness.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The twenty-fourth, or dare I say vierundzwanzigste, can in the Costco/Kalea 2019 Advent Calendar.
Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) can into a muffin top taster pint; best by 05/2021. Note, can says it was brewed and canned by Privatbrauerie H Egerer, not Memminger.
A: Pours a crystal clear, color color with a one finger, wheat color head, rim retention, and rings of fracturedlacing.
S: Aromas of fresh baked bread or toast and caramel.
T: Semisweet to sweet. Flavors follow the nose, with orange and berry notes. Somewhat metallic bitterness, not a plus, but seems to pass with time.
M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. A tad watery.
O: Drinkable, disappointing this was the only Doppelbock Dunkel in the case and not a very strong one at that. Hardly what I would have liked or expected for Christmas eve. Not quite coal in the stocking, but in that direction.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

$ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 11/23/19.
Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Body – Amber, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a two to three mm crown and a rocky partial cap.
Lacing – Fair. Thin broken bands of tiny bubbles.
Aroma – 3 – Very weak. Sweet malt lacking any hints of toasting/roasting. No hops.
Flavor – 2.75 - Taste follows smell, otherwise a bit of caramel and toffee. No alcohol (7.5 % ABV as marked on the can) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 2.75. Drinkable if you like sweet beers but not to style – don’t expect a doppelbock in anything but ABV. Approaches cloying.

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Photo of jkblr
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500mL can stamped EXP 05/2021 (19 months from now) poured into a mug at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours bright dark amber with fizzy light khaki head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and tiny island. The aroma is toasted sweet bread with hints of dark fruit. The taste is semisweet caramel/toasted malt with a pronounced metallic or mineral note that comes on mid palate and dominates. The finish is mostly dry with medium bitterness and slight earthy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. No alcohol presence or fermentation flaws. Overall, ok. The mineral/metallic note kills this one for me.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the costco advent calendar 2019 assortment
16 oz can poured into a teku

Translucent brown cola appearance, tan one finger frothy foam cap , settles to a foamy layer, decent retention, some lacings

Aroma of malt, grains

Taste is Roasted malts, semi sweet ,

Medium sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Kartäuser Doppelbock Dunkel." Currently #95 on the top rated German Doppelbock list.

CAN: 500ml. Expires 05/2021. Pull-tab. Red and gold label. Acquired as part of a 2019 Beer Advent 24 pack at Costco (which ran $59.99 USD plus tax in New Orleans).

7.5% ABV. "Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops."

APPEARANCE: Vibrant golden body boasting excellent clarity (obvious filtration) and liveliness.

Head is ~5cm in height. Off-white with faint khaki-grey hues. Lasts a good ~5 minutes, which is impressive at 7.5% ABV. Appears well carbonated.

AROMA: More candied sweetness is present here than in most good doppelbockbiere I've tried (which tend to be bready and maybe toasty, but not overtly sweet aromatically). Candied orange peel, bubblegum phenol, candi syrup (making it almost seem Belgian), poorly attenuated pale malt, sticky sweet treacle...this aroma is all wrong for the style in my opinion, suggesting a sugary sweet brew with no breadiness, caramel, toffee, or toastiness to it.

Aromatic intensity is pretty high for the style.

I'm not looking forward to trying it.

TASTE: Caramel, candied orange peel, poorly attenuated pale malt, candi syrup, a hint of silky bread towards the back end. No toastiness, toffee, or bread crust here. Marmelade, molasses. Sugarplum. Fruitcake. Treacle. Heavy residual sugar. Doesn't nail the style for me to say the least.

So sweet it's imbalanced, with alcohol warmth riding backseat to the sweetness in a pairing of flavour I find off-putting.

Flavour intensity is high for a doppelbock. Sugary candi syrup spikes this into insulin-problematic chore-to-drink territory.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, surprisingly silky soft, medium-bodied, unrefreshing, sticky, coating, a bit creamy.

I'd expect a heavier coarser feel on the palate in a proper doppelbock.

OVERALL: I don't see the appeal here at all...the sweetness is just too tough to get past and the flavour profile is not the bready toasty one I'd expect in a great expression of the intended style. Those who want saccharine liquid marmelade may enjoy it, but it's far from a competent stab at a doppelbock...possibly the worst German attempt at one I've had.

I guess it'd be tolerable as a 4oz taster...

Low D+ (2.30) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours deep copper color with a one finger head just off white foam. The head fades rather fast to leave just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of molasses, brown sugar and lots of dark fruits of cherry, prune, raisin and plum. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of bread and yeast as well as a touch of hay and herb. Overall it is a very inviting smell.
Taste – the taste begins with a nice smooth and sweet flavor with tons of dark fruit tastes of cherry, plum, and prune. Along with the sweeter fruit comes a god hit of a very bready taste with the bread being a mix of a wheat bread and slightly doughy taste. Sugar tastes of caramel and molasses are lighter upfront, but join the fruit tastes in big style as the taste moves onto the end. All the while some very light yeast tastes as well as some very light herbal tastes join the tongue to leave one with a very sweet and malty, but still quite smoot taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For a doppelbock of its strength I was anticipating something slightly thicker in nature. While said the feel and slightly lower carbonation were nice for the brew and made it a very easy drinking and approachable, yet still very flavorful brew overall.
Overall – This was a very approachable and fruity rich doppelbock. I rather enjoyed this one and would suggest it to anyone wanting something robust and fruity doppel without having as much of a heavy feel as most doppel’s have.

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Photo of brenn79
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can, thanks bro- Pours lightly hazy dark orange with minimal head. Aroma is sweet, syrupy, caramel, malty. The flavor is sweet, sticky, syrupy, caramel malt, some bitterness to try and balance out the malt, boozy Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Large and dense off-white head, with good persistence, Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: A profound dark bread notes and caramel dominate the aroma, though there are hints of dark fruit, as well. Earthy notes are present, and a slight spiciness.

Taste: The taste begins with a strong note of caramel and dark bread. As the taste progresses, a wave of dark fruits present, plum being the most notable. The relatively high ABV of 7.5% goes unnoticed, appearing neither in the taste, or as warmth. Finishes with a lingering note of dark caramel.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, excellent.

Drinkability/notes: Very nice and drinkable, a treat in the cooler months.

Presentation: Packaged in a 500 ml, 16.9 ounce steel can, served in a standard Pilsener glass. Beer number six (December 6th) from the 2017 Costco Advent Beer Calendar.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml can, from the 2017 Brewer's Advent Calendar, shared by a friend on his birthday.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with one zaftig finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bit of mitochondrial lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some muddled dark orchard fruitiness, a hint of indistinct spice, and plain earthy, leafy, and herbal noble hops. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, bruised apples and pears, and more understated earthy, leafy, musty green hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite understated in its wan-seeming frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes sweet, and definitely fruity.

Overall - this is merely a run of the mill version of the style, mostly sweet and saccharine. Ultimately forgettable for me, but it looks like other people like it a lot, so what the hell do I know?

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Photo of Buck89
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Prom the Advent box. Poured into a snifter. Crystal-clear ruby-copper color with a thick and dense tan head. Nice retention. Bready aroma with mainly biscuit and some caramel. No detectable hop aroma. Huge bready flavor, mainly following the aroma but with a fairly intense malty and almost spicy character. Smooth feel and medium bodied. By far my favorite thus far.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy-brown, that still shines a ruby red when held directly up to the light. Head formation is two fingers and off-white in color. Good head retention with great lacing left behind. Aroma is bread, biscuit, and crystal malt. Nice density to the bread. Flavor profile is crystal, biscuit, and bread malts, working the palate from light to dark. Mouth feel is smooth and borderline creamy with a medium thickness. Overall, good use of malts in the flavor profile with the aroma lingering just a touch behind. It's a well constructed beer otherwise.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can poured into a standard pint glass. Day 6 of the advent. Pours a clear dark brown with orange highlights, with a thin sliver of lace. It sizzled as I poured it. The aroma is nuts, vanilla, doughy yeast, and something I can quite place. The taste is right in line with the nose, with some caramelized malts and sugars. The mouthfeel is medium light, at times creamy but not heavy, and level of carbonation is medium low. I never quite determined the line between doppelbock and dunkel (the former being one of my favorite winter styles) but this seems to sit right where that line should be.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 50 degrees into tall wheat glass:

L: marzen/Amber

A: caramelized malt with a touch of alcohol burn and fruit just like a doppelbock should

F: super thin and creamy. A bit soapy though along with some bitter salt

T: malt, caramel, mild alcohol burn, slightly salty and soapy

O: it's quite smooth for a doppelbock and easy drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden and only doppelbock I can think of as better is Vitus.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

From Costco. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Sentience Tha Android's Tale. Very easy drink for such abv,with usual doppelbock notes well adjusted but also the soapyness found in other beers of costco's beer calendar

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Photo of Atlas1
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A friend gave me this tallboy can from a 25 beers of Christmas set that he got at CostCo. The fact that Kartauser includes their dopplebock in a 25 beers of Christmas box set makes me appreciate it that much more.

Pours a dark amber color with a small one-finger head an no lace. The nose is earthy but muted. Faint banana, with a dull bread scent. Maybe a hint of apple or pear, it's hard to tell. The taste is better, though, with a sweet malty flavor, banana, plum, maple and faint clove. The mouthfeel is smooth, but not as textured as I'd expected it to be.

Overall, it's an underwhelming beer in my opinion. Not bad, but nothing exciting here. Perhaps my expectations were too high, although I'm not sure why thy would have been. A nice enough beer, but I don't see myself revisiting this one in the future. Cheers.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass from the can.

Appearance: Extra foamy Amber to brown body with extra bubbles. Off-white head rising just about one finger's length at the very least.

Smell: light toated bread with hint of malt scent. Dissipates quick but not too bad.

Taste: Sweet taste consisting of maple and malts. Smooth raisin bread like feel minus the cinnamon but with wheat notes.

Mouth: Smooth finish close to dessert but slightly dry. Semi sticky feel is nothing to complain about.

Overall: Nice touch to a somewhat busy day. Normally not my cup of tea but that is the reason why I love beer. Always in a glass, Salud!

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Photo of FBarber
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick off white head that dissipates leaving spotty slick of foam on top of the beer along with a ring of foam along the outside. Beer is clear when held to the light.

Smell had notes of dark fruits, bread, a touch of yeast, maybe some caramel notes? Very nice aroma for a doppelbock.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dark fruits - slightly sweet in a sweet fruity way, not artificial. Lots of bready malts, some caramel malts, with a touch of bready yeast. Although there was no indication of hops on the nose you definitely get some earthy hops on the back end of the flavor. Touch of bitterness from the hops is noted.

Feel is medium bodied, but is lighter for the style - makes it very drinkable. Medium carbonation, slightly prickly. Very smooth.

Overall this is a really well done doppelbock - true to style and tasty. I doubt I'll see this one again, but it was well worth the pickup.

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Photo of josephandbrown
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited to open Day 18 of the Brewer's Advent Calendar and see a doppelbock. Finally, a hearty, full-bodied beer in this collection! Kartäuser does not disappoint; it is either the darkest or the second darkest beer thus far, and the highest in ABV by a fair amount.

KartäuserDoppelbock poured a dark ruby brown, between 20 and 24 on the SRM scale. It is clear when a light is held to it, and there is a steady column of bubbles leading from the bottom of the glass to the top of the beer. There was a decent head on the pour, but it has not lasted long.

There are big, clear aromas emanating from this doppelbock, a welcome change from some of the light-scented lagers in this pack. Hop notes are not present; all the smells I get are malty. There are notable caramel smells, and some hints of toasted bread. The caramel comes through on the flavor pretty strongly. The beer has a general sweetness that I think is hiding some chocolate flavor as well. In the aftertaste, it is almost like a barleywine.

I am overall very pleased with Kartäuser. It is rich and full-bodied and sweet without being cloying. It has a flavors consistent with its smells, and it is a pretty beer to look at. I will definitely keep an eye out for it on taps.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Costco Beery Advent Calendar. From the can, it pours a ruby-brown color with a nice head. Definite Caramel Malt in the nose. The mouth gets the rich malty flavor of yummy goodness. Yum!

One of the better cans in the Advent Calendar. Still goes in the 2017 Calendar.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : red-brown color with tan foamy head (some lacing).
Smell : roasted malty and caramel aromas.
Tasted and mouthfeel : toasted caramel with malty notes, and alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style doppel bock.

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Kartäuser Doppelbock Dunkel from Memminger Brauerei
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 66 ratings