Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock | Full Sail Brewing Company

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Full Sail "21" - Anniversary DoppelbockFull Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released Fall 2008 to celebrate Full Sail's 21st 'birthday'.

Added by Todd on 09-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 103
Reviews by waldowin:
Photo of waldowin
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice crystal-clear amber, thin white head, fades to a ring. Carbonation visible throughout.

Smells of toasted oats, pine, and a wisp of sherry. Tastes of cinnamon, cloves, and a hint of pepper; sugars carry the body of the beer fairly well, coming across as plums, candy, and perhaps a hint of green apple.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and not overly big, the medium carbonation robs a hint of the "bigness" at the end, but overall it's spot on.

It's a little roastier than I'd go for a beer to make a session of, but 22oz of this is just about right.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Our pints are raised for seeing another year of Full Sail. Gratz!

Crackling light tan head drops slowly to a thin lace. Crystal-clear tawny color. Spicy hop and alcohol in the nose with some browned toasted malt ... the alcohol actually comes through a bit more than the usual Doppelbock, but certainly not a problem. Full bodied and really smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. The toasted malt seems clean, though it pushed a mild rustic character of brown bread, toasted husk and faint caramel throughout. Hops are tame with a pleasant, balancing bitterness and some deeply embedded herbal/spicy flavors. Quick breath of alcohol shows its 8-percent ABV, but stays clean sip after sip. The finish points toward dry with a slight puckering, toasted husk and last fume of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Needless to say, this is quite the malt bomb. A solid rendition of the style, enjoyable all around, and any beer geek in the know has probably already jumped on this release. And so should you.

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Photo of JasonA
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent carmel, prolly a little lighter than expected. Light carb, though sticky with islands.

Smells medium malty, maybe a bit boozy, esp for only 8%. Maybe some raisin, but the malt is up front, especially for color. Something sweet, not sure.

Wow, smooth. Wonder if its from my aging. Crazy is the carb almost taste like a nitrous seed.

Some bitter, but boy do I have to look for it. Light, yet amazingly malty. As a side note, it is going great with my whole wheat grilled cheese (cheddar/gryere). Slight tear with the ABV sense with this.

Would like another one. Not crazy special, but very good for the style.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear ruby brown with a minimal off-white head that quickyl turns into a ring of bubbles. Aroma of cereal, roasty malt, brown sugar, straw, with toffee. Nice malty doppel with the strong Noble hop as advertised. A little thin for the style, but still very nice.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Picked this up at Texas Liquor in Carlsbad, California at $4.99 for 22 ounce. Pours a dark, opaque brown black. Copious amounts of cappuccino head swirl about in my Sam Adams Boston Lager pint glass. Oaky malt, toasted brioche and caramel dominate the nose. Lots of caramel in the taste as well, with some toffee and chocolate. I was impressed with all of the flavor blending seemlessly.

Congrats to Full Sail on 21 years and to many more!

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Photo of davidw987
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had some great Full Sail beers before so this one looked promising. It's also a style that I've discovered recently so win win.

Pours an unusually pale color. When you're expecting something porter colored and you get amber, it's a little off-puting. Nevertheless, good clarity and head although the later wanes quickly.

Aroma is faint but some roasted malt and brown bread comes through.

Taste is nice and well-rounded giving off sweet, bitter, and roast. Also a bit of alcohol but it's not hot. Just a slight burn to remind one it's 8%.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body, good level of carbonation. All appropriate for the style. Drinkability is good especially considering the strength.

It's nowhere near as good as the German originals but maybe it's unrealistic to expect that. Then again, for a good sized craft brewer releasing something "special" for it's 21st, I expected better.

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

Full Sail is 21 years old. I've been 21 for 18 years. I've had two Full Sail beers now. I have some catching up to do.
(Sent by msubulldog25, King of Portland!)

Pours out a glassy brown/garnet color with modest off-white head. Simple, with the color being especially entrancing.

Uber-malty aroma. Even a root beer smell, though pulling a rich toffee and fresh butter-cream essence along. Alcohol comes in and give a warming, glowing essence. Reminds me of a Scotch ale.

Flavor is wonderful and very, very malty. Gooey candy-like sweetness; rich chocolate cake-batter; nutty; hints of vanilla and toffee; alcohol is present enough for a nice warm glow, but polite otherwise. Grape bubble-gum middle and end through to the finish, where chocolate and caramel also reside.

Texture is slick and buttery, yet plenty lively thanks to medium carbonation. Dry, with a slight tartness in the finish, causing a mild pucker inside the mouth.

This could easily pass for a Scotch Ale. But I can believe in the doppelbock thing too. Whatever it is, it's very good. Full Sail's "epic and glorious" birthday has been appropriately commemorated.

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Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber for $5 at Alvey's Four Firkins. This was a very drinkable beer, but by no means a true-to-style doppelbock. It seems to have been fermented too dry and clean, leaving little flavor beyond the hops aftertaste. While the hops leave nice spicy finish, this beer is all finish, it never starts. There's barely any aroma. Really, this just tastes like a dry dark lager with a decent kick of hops.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

Pours an effervescent caramel with 1 finger of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Bready, spices & brown sugar, plus pears

T: Brown bread, rye, orchard fruit & a touch of white pepper up front. Pears, a bit of booze & some honey as this warms. Finishes dry, bready & a touch grainy

MF: Chewy, with creamy carbonation & some nice fruittyness

Drinks great for the style, although a bit ragged on the edges, but a nice dopple for the money $4 a 22 oz bomber.

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Photo of HalfFull
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

21 anniversary doppelbock from a 22 ounce bottle.

Dark brown-amber, huge tan head and fair amount of lacings. Dark roast malts, minor citrus-orange hops, some oak, burnt caramel. Alcohol is a bit obvious.
A bitter / sour finish. Unusual beer.
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability is not that good due to the 8% abv.
Not very like any doppelbock I've had but don't let that deter you from giving this a try.

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Photo of abfraser
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruddy chestnut brown. Pours with no head. No lacing. Not the most attractive brew

S: Sweet malt, some dark fruit. Definitely smells like a doppelbock, but not very strong aromas

T/M: Sweet malt, brown sugar, faint fruit, a little spice. Not an aggressive personality type beer, quite subtle. Mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I'd expected for the style

D: Pretty drinkable but that's because it's relatively bland.

An ok effort.

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the COOP today for about $4.. poured into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Shared with Brenda.

Label has a big red 21 behind all the lettering... aqua green background. Label says, "They say your 21st birthday is a rite of passage. The milepost that marks your evolution from child to adult. With all the attendant privileges & responsibilities. We say it's a great excuse to brew a killer."

1" head dies back with little lacing.. nice cap though.. brew is dark chestnut with crystal clear ruby highlites when held to a light.

The nose is very light for a doppelbock... fairly light maltiness... low toasty malts.. not much else.. sorta out of line yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is also missing most of the expected rich malty flavors.. Some very mellow melanoidin and toasty notes are present, but are not nearly rich enough... again some yeasty fruitiness toward mid-palate and the finish... Simply not that clean and needs more maltiness.

Body is also fairly light for the style and given the ABV.. needs more viscosity... not very smooth.. reminds me of a bigger boned low-hopped amber ale.

I hate NOT giving this brew a better review, but it just does not strike me as a doppelbock... Sorry. Galt.


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Photo of Brewsmith
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to the kind trader who sent me this bottle. I had been mulling over whether to order some and I am glad I got a chance to try it first, as it really sealed the deal for me. Served chilled and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/28/2008.

The pour was the best I have seen for this style hands down, and I have tried the best of the best lately. Rich and dark in color, there was a nice hazelnut brown color that was immediately evident. Very dark and nearly opaque, though there was some level of clarity to it that allowed the light to bounce off of it and showcase some nice reddish tints around the side. The head rose up to a height of around three inches and literally just held there for what seemed like the rest of the night, all the while dropping tons of lace all the way down the sides of the glass. Simply outstanding look to this one.

The aroma was very, very rich. Lots of deep malted sugar. Tons of caramel and thick earthy notes just rippling through this. It just had that heavy feeling to it throughout the session, really very well done I have to admit. This carried over wonderfully into the flavor. Smooth, soothing, just a wonderful exploration of the senses. Deep caramel malts were the main show on this one. Huge notes of thick, almost candied sugar notes, with all evidence of the alcohol laid to rest and nowhere to be found. Rich, creamy, and smooth, this was by far the thickest, and fullest dopplebock I have ever run across in my life. It was like a dessert, so filling and ridiculously full. I do not even know what else I can say about this one, I was blown away. I could not stop drinking it, just so rich.

Again, I am done with this one, it was wonderful and I will be getting more ASAP. I am not sure what it was about this, but wow, this was just an incredibly flavorful and satisfying beer. I would recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty good.

Appearance- dark brown color, reddish tint, translucent

Smell- sweet, toffee

Taste- toffee, caramel

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good, I would probably drink it again. I also bought one to age. I will drink that one in a few years.

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

Served from a 22oz. brown bomber with clever wording on the label and a seal over the crown cap. It poured a dark mahogany-red with a solid finger of off-white head. Plenty of visible carbonation, yet the head falls rather quickly.

The smell is sweet, nutty and spicy with a definite wave of alcohol pushing through.

Sweet caramel, roasty and nutty. Very earthy malt with a balanced sweetness and spice. The finish pushes clean with the alcohol left waivering just nicely. A very good taste for the style, but a bit over carbinated by the same token. A medium body with solid drinkability for the hefty 8% ABV.

Happy 21st Full Sail, well done!

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Photo of fctoaster
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured from a chilled 22oz bottle into a large (~750mL) mug. Put a good bit of distance between the bottle and the mug, didn't see much head forming at first, then wham! overflow- novice mistake, and an oz or to lost to the carpet. I hope the grey shag enjoyed it. Head is an off-white foam, dissipated slowly, leaving lots of lacing and small clumps of head at the end. A deep amber color- very clear after a successful decanting.

Smell- Being sick greatly reduces my ability to smell this beer. What I can pick out is a sugary sweetness- I suppose it is still a young brew, so some residual sugar is expected to remain until bottle conditioning extends further. Also a hint of... well I can't actually decide what it is. It reminds me of the smell of freshly poured champagne- maybe it's just the carbonation cutting through the mucus... If I were smelling this blind I would expect to drink a much liker beer, definitely not an 8% dopplebock.

Taste- Immediate sweetness on the tongue, almost like raw sugar- again, may be the scent preventing me from tasting the more complex flavors. The sweetness is followed immediately by a subtle bitter note, nothing harsh or overbearing- the floral equivalent of taste. A long draw leaves a mellow yet obvious alcohol aftertaste, almost metallic- are these fusel alcohols or just the illness?

Mouthfeel- Lively on the tongue: Light, carbonated, not as viscous or thick as others I've had of the style. Probably due more to age than anything else.

Drinkability- The kick after the swallow, slows the pace a little, but the lightness and sweetness balance that out. Could easily drink a few too many of these is a few too many minutes; the drinkability surpasses the alcohol. I would imagine that with a little more time the sweetness would mellow out a bit and a more caramelized character would develop. But for now, this is an drinker, not a sipper.

Expect a re-taste when a couple months and the illness have passed.

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Photo of Oahu
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

220z Bottle from Lee's here in Vegas. Having spoken with the Full Sail guys a couple of time and enjoying their beer thoroughly, I was excited to try their take on a doppelbock. Very different stuff.

A) Like Root Beer Candy with the sun shining through on a clear day. Mighty fine in appearance. Carbonation popping up from below recalls many a fish tank memory.

S) Caramelly, Piney, Chocolatey(?). Smells hoppier than my idea of a Doppelbock. Citrus(?)

T) Very different from what I expected here. This beer does not have the fully loaded wall o' malt hammer blast I expected from the smell and the style. Hints of cola and marmolade.

M) Watery. Me personally, I don't think this is a bad thing though. If you're a mouthfeel guy (is there such a thing?) this is not your beer.

D) I never thought A DB could be a session beer, this, however, would do mighty fine. I could happily drink 20 of these.

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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear deeply red colored beer with a small tan colored head. Near the brown spectrum but this light enough I'm calling this red.

Smells sweet and fruity with lots of fig and dried fruit aromas. Herbal and grassy hops but this is quite a fruity beer. Candied almond scent but this isn't really a nutty smelling Bock.

Starts out sweet candied hay? How else to describe sweet and grassy? Sweet and herbal with a grape flavor and some pineapple. One extra hard to ID flavor here, Guava!

Mouthfeel is full.

Very drinkable for a doppelbock. Lots of subtle flavors with this one rather than the usual "malt and nuts" flavor plan. Don't recommend many Bocks but I can recommend this one.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at a grocery store today, for about $4, which I would consider a good price for a high abv doppelbock bomber.

Poofy head, but it fades down fast to a lacing. Dark brown wood.

A roasty aroma, with some dry nutty notes amid the sweet malt. Bit of alcohol poking through.

Flavor is sweet and rich, but the malt seems to be artificial in some respect. Caramel sweetness with some molassas and dark sugar. Some cooked veggie/vegetol flavors. bleh. Some cardboard in there too it seems.

But not all is lost. It's got good drinkability and is quite drinkable, really grows on me. Plus, the abv is hidden very well.

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Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 114 ratings