Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock
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Bock - Doppelbock
3.81 | pDev: 9.19%
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Full Sail "21" - Anniversary DoppelbockFull Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock
Notes: Released Fall 2008 to celebrate Full Sail's 21st 'birthday'.
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tpd975 from Florida

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

A: Pours a light sort of flat brown hue. Small tan head no retention or lace.

S: Aromas of pan darkened brown sugar, caramel, and roasted malt.

T: Simple sweet malt flavors mostly caramel but ample amounts of brown sugar and slightly nutty toffee. Very mild chocolate notes with a dash of spice and dark fruit.

M: Medium in body, malty sweet from start to finish. A bit dry in the finish.

D: Pretty good. A solid brew.

Jul 21, 2010
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MisterClean from California

4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber from Bev Mo. I also had this on tap in July at Full Sail.

A - Dark auburn to brown, mocha head, dissipates quick, exposing light lacing.

S - Clove, cinnamon, malt, and lots of autumn type flavors in the smell. Overall, this is the model of a doppelbock.

T - Caramel, honey, cinnamon, and autumn type malts (possibly heavy munich and vienna).

M - Hardly any hops, but none needed as the malt bill is very subtle, yet highly drinkable. No alcohol either, excellent for an 8%.

D - Ideal doppelbock, nails BJCP guidelines. Great for fall. Good thing I shared with others as this bomber is 8%.

Oct 15, 2008
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Rayek from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, with a small red tinged head and active carbonation. Very nice clarity. Head retention is good and substantial lace is left behind.

S: Heavy toffee and pepper, with a hint of citrus and a touch of alcohol.

T: Bittersweet toffee up front that's aided by a bit of caramel. Bitterness comes on with a strong pepper bite that doesn't overpower the sweetness of the malts. Finishes warm, with a lingering toffee flavor.

M: Medium body is both silky and syrupy. Carbonation level is right on.

D: I liked this doppel a lot. Very nice drinking on a cold spring day. I'm glad I picked it up.

Mar 29, 2009
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mikereaser from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jan 26, 2012
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popery from California

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

Good doppelbock, lots of spice, a tad sweet. It pours a very nice dark caramel color with a dissipating beige head. The nose is sweet and malty with a lot of fruit notes and some spice. There's a lot of malt in the beer, as there should be. The feel could be a bit lusher, but it's still quite good. The flavors are caramel, mineral, cardamom, lemon, pepper, some butteriness and a hint of cinnamon. It's just a bit out of balance with sweetness, but it's not by a lot. There are better doppelbocks out there, but this one does not disappoint.

Jan 27, 2009
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HalfFull from California

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany amber into a pint glass. Head doesn't linger and lacing is minimal. In fact the carbonation surrenders to a near flatness half way through the glass.

A bit nondescript on the nose. Malts and alcohol are present, but the brew is otherwise a bit loose and scattered. Definite hop notes help out.

Taste is likewise a bit off key. Nice malt flavor initiates, yet doesn't offer a convincing close. Somewhat light in body for the style, this brew has a decent feel and drink and reminds me of a fortified amber.

Nov 17, 2008
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Brewsmith from California

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is full of malty and has a rich melanoidin character, with a touch of toast. Deep brick red amber with a small beige head. Flavor is malty, like toast with a slight figgy fruit character. Bitterness just balances the malt, while still being malt forward and not overly sweet. lingering dark caramel in the aftertaste. Chewy and rich, but balanced and drinkable. Very nice.

Jan 26, 2009
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CHSLBrew from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured, in its entirety, into a big mug. Looks tasty!

A-A beautifully clear copper-colored beer. A nice tan head flirts with the rim of the mug before it reduces to a thin layer.

S-Big on the malts, with toasty and sweetish bready aromas. A bit of nuttiness comes through with just a touch of chocolate.

T-Robust, big malts with sweet caramelly flavors, perhaps a slight toast, and a smooth alcohol flavor. Hop character is appropriately absent, with bitterness also kept to a low level.

M-Medium-full body with a pretty high carbonation level, which enhances the feel and overall experience of this beer. Very smooth with an almost creamy appeal.

D-A very drinkable brew. Pleasant and complex, yet smooth and easy to drink, this beer showcases the style.

Jan 13, 2009
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emmasdad from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typing in another old review. Poured from the bottle a medium brown color with a smattering of light brown foam on top. Aromas of malt, brown sugar and milk chocolate. On the palate, this one has a fairly thick mouthfeel, with sticky toffee, brown sugar, chocolate and caramel.

May 18, 2011
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 22oz bomber this beer was a rich copper color with lots of visible rising carbonation. The three finger head of beige foam retained itself well and left chunky bands of lacing. The aroma was complex, roasted malt, caramel malt, a slight citrus and some musty quality. The flavors were equally complex but highly enjoyable. Roasted malt, caramel malt, some doughy malt and citrus rind, as well as a light tanginess. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation perfectly soft and the body medium. Displaying great balance and some complexity yet having retained a sessionable element made this beer one of my favorite finds while home in Santa Fe for the holidays.

Jan 23, 2009
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kels from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to colts9016 for throwing this one in my box!

Beer pours a nice, rich, ruddy brown. It is pretty much opaque with a 1 finger soapy toast-colored head. Bits of slippery lace stick to the walls of the glass before sliding back into the faded-to-foamy-skim head.

Not a ton of aroma off this beer. I get a little bit of the sweet and bready malts, and little hint of something metallic.

Big taste in this doppelbock! There's a ton of malt that's caramelly and toasty at the same time. The hops come through nicely and are slightly citrusy, slightly appley. The taste is definitely grainy that reminds me a little of rye. Alcohol comes through a little stronger than expected, warming this beer up. Beer is full of well-carbonated fizziness. There's a good amount of stickiness left on the palate after the drink, and the heavy breadiness hangs around pleasantly. Pretty drinkable. Not overwhelmingly amazing, but still quite tasty.

Feb 01, 2010
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brokensail from California

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old notes.

A: The pour is a dark amber color, definitely some brown notes and a finger of tan head.

S: Pretty much what you expect from a doppelbock with notes of dark fruits such as raisins and plums, cola, and toasted bread. Maybe a touch of molasses and brown sugar.

T: Sweet brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. Bread and toasted malt with a touch of roast. Some plums and raisins, perhaps some cherries as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty decent example of a doppelbock, especially for one brewed by an American brewery.

Mar 20, 2011
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from breity awhile back. Thanks, man! Just now getting to this bottle.

Poured into my pilsner glass a deep tawny color with a huge off-white head. Nice ruby tint to this. Very pretty beer. Smells of caramel malts, bread, plum, and earthy tones. Decent.

Mouthfeel is really weak on this. I was sorely disappointed. Very wet and slick. This was just too slippery of a drink. No crispness to this at all. Flavor was very malty and bready. Sweet toasted sugar throughout. Finishes slightly sour like sourdough. Well-done.

Drinkability was fine enough. I just didn't dig the mouth on this one. Overall, a fine beer though. Glad I got the chance to try it.

Apr 14, 2009
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taylorhamrick from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark red/brown color, but the head is pretty thin, even pouring straight down. You can see a lot of bubbles rising through the beer. Doesn't leave much lacing at all. Looks alright, but not too exiting. The smell is really nutty and grainy. Sugary, almost burnt, chocolatey, but really grainy, almost a bit grapey and fruity, maybe it's just the smell of the skin, thanks to the way they cooked the grains. The taste is good, very similar. Like nuts, sugar coated nuts, roasted sugar coated nuts. Very syrupy, with a note of chocolate, some roastiness in the finish. Still very grainy, like eating slightly spicy oatmeal, there is some hop spiciness to it as well. Interesting. Good body, thick and syrupy, very sticky, which I really like, but it might be just a little to sticky. The carbonation is nice and mild, a little tingle as it goes down. I like it. I also liked drinking this quite a bit. The ABV isn't too high, and it drinks quicker than you'd expect. I could definitely see myself drinking this again, though there are better doppelbocks out there.

Oct 22, 2009
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100floods from California

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally found an excuse to use my Spaten big ass mug I got from Toronado during Oktoberfest.

This poured a dark amber, no head, no lacing. It kinda lightens up when you put it in the light (duh). It's not very thick. The body is thin, a light hint of a syrup texture that goes really well to the sweet malty taste I can't seem to get enough of. Big caramel flavors and happening and there's a decent amount of carbonation, but not too much. It's done right. I could be wrong, but there seems to be a slight alcohol aspect too. I'm sure that wasn't intentional. I seem to taste it a lot with this kind of beer.

Can't say I've had many german (or german style) beers. I usually dont go for them, I'm super glad when I do. This may be American, but it tastes very authentic.

Nov 10, 2008
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froghop from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark copper with a small light tan head, okay lacing.

smell of roasted malt, touch of caramel, and some cocoa.

taste is of caramel, sweet malt, a touch of cocoa, and some roasted nuts, somewhat an oily mouthfeel in the end.

overall a decent doppel, would be better if it was more stronger and a more powerful taste.

Sep 07, 2008
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SickBrew from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22oz bomber from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA and poured this anniversary brew into my favorite pilz glass. The brew poured with about a finger of tan head that dissipated fairly fast. Color is a reddish brown and quite similar an amber ale. Nose is richly malty, sweet, fruity and slightly alcoholic with little or no hop aromas. Flavor is decidedly malts and rich. Flavors are crisp, clean and slightly fruity - like good prunes. Mouthfeel is medium to full and the c02 is moderately low. This is a good doppelbock and a great way to celebrate (Celebrator) 21 years of brewing.


Dec 20, 2008
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BarleyMine from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this in a snifter and it poured a surprisingly clear, dark amber with a decent head as was the lacing. Smells of malts and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet and malty with slight molasses notes and a very minimal, but nice bitey finish. The mouthfeel is great, smooth and thick with great carbonation. This is a very enjoyable brew.

Dec 05, 2008
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Nov 16, 2013
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JoshuaCain from California

3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep mahogany brown with a nice pillowy cream colored head. nice retention and good lacing.
aroma is very faint, sweet malt and earth. a little nuttiness and raisin in the back.
tastes a bit better than it smells. the expected big malts up front with a little cocoa and dates in the back. a very dry finish with a pronounced grassy hop aftertaste.
mouthfeel is fairly thick, with decent carbonation, pretty enjoyable.
drinkability is quite good, since it was cheap.
overall not great as a doppelbock, but a nice easy-to-drink dark lager in general.

Jan 11, 2009
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep dark copper/chestnut brown color with mahogany edged when held to a light source. 2 finger off-beige frothy head that quickly dissolves into a thin ring and cap that last throughout.

Roasty nutty caramel malt aroma with hints of spicy pepper and cloves, hops, bready yeast and chocolate. The roatiness is prominent but not overpowering like a coffee beer. The cloves and caramel malt flavors balance things out nicely.

Smooth caramel malt body with a nice spicy clove presence. Hints of chocolate, bready yeast, banana, nut, toffee, roasty malts and sight hops. Alcohol very well masked making this a complex easy drinking dopplebock. The clove spiciness is very strong slightly overpowering the other flavors.

Aug 26, 2009
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Arbitrator from California

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Caramel brown color with 1.5 fingers' worth of head. Very enticing scotch-like appearance (well, except the bubbles). Beautiful shade of beer.

S: Brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits, toffee.

T: Caramel and toffee start off, working their way into dark fruits and brown sugar, ending with a toasted malt finish. Very rich and complex taste, something to savor in each moment.

M: Medium bodied, with light carbonation (could use some improvement on that front).

D: I'll make sure to pick up another bomber before they're gone. Good stuff.

Dec 23, 2008
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davidw987 from California

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bev Mo

The beer was a reasnably good product as you would expect from Full Sail. The product was fresher than most German bocks available in my area. The northwest hop influence was noticeable, but restrained in deference to the style. The malt profile was more along the lines of a bock than a dopplebock, but was still a pleasant sweetness.

Considering the freshness and the availabiltiy, I would drink this beer again.

Jan 03, 2009
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BeerBuzzGuy from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 01, 2015
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fbinla from California

3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a nice slightly off white head. Smells of caramel/toffee and something else i can't quite put my finger on.

Nice syrupy, jammy body not overwhelming, with tastes of malty, caramel, strawberry or maybe cherry then the bitterness kicks in to keeping it under control.

Good beer, i drank it today and it's hot outside very hot, really it's perfect for a fall day.

May 07, 2009
Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 114 ratings