Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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
Photo of morebeergood
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bomber at the Albertson's grocery store in Magnolia WA for $3.99. Poured into two glasses. Extremely weak brown color, almost see through. Smelled a bit like molasses. Taste was just average, with nothing really standing out. I thought this beer was very watery also, with almost no backbone I expected from a doppelbock. Drank this while eating some cheese, and I liked the cheese more. What a letdown.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of mentor
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Released in Colorado, just in time for the GABF crowds. Pours a heavy finger of light tan head. Creamy and slowly settles to a ring around the glass. Liquid is a mildly hazed very dark brown with orange tainting. Smells rich caramel, dusty, raisin juice, earthy, and mild phenol. Vegetal nutty and mineral. Brown sugar and chocolate after the beer had warmed.

Tastes nutty with mild chocolate and an odd herbal spice. Vegetal earthiness. Toasted grains have an edge of roast and scorch. Dark charcters dominate over the munich malt, which comes across as dry, like powdering of very sun-baked flour on your tongue. Dark fruit esters at moderate levels, which is too high for the style. Alcohol is free of fusels at a nice level of cleansing sting. Carbonation is fine, but too strong for the style. Just too dry for a doppelbock. Md-thick body is about right. I'm wondering if the herbal vegetal I'm getting is from the hops. If it is, I'm not at all fond of the flavor.

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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 Hojaminbag
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one in one of my recent trades with Wasatch, thanks john.

This one has a russet to dark amber body with a small tan head. It doesn't hang on long, but it does leave a bit of lacing on the glass.

Not a ton of strength in this nose. Some caramel sweetness and a little bit of spiciness.

The flavor here doesn't blow me away. There is some good sweetness that has notes of caramel, toffee and a bit of chocolate. There is some slight spiciness in there, but I think that most of the hop profile on this one comes from American style hops and provide a little too much bitterness for the style. A touch of warming in the finish also.

Mouthfeel is good, right body for a doppelbock that comes in at 8%ABV.

The drinkability is ok, but not great. I think this one is a little out of balance, leaning toward the hoppy side for a doppelbock.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed to celebrate their 21st anniversary, Full Sail's "21" is patterned as a doppelbock with a bright fruity nose and polished auburn color. It's not as sweet and fruity as its initial aroma suggests, but has a peppery bite and hot alcoholic presence. The flavor reminds me of a chocolate bonbon filled with cherry liqueur. But the strong alcohol and thin body delivers a hot settling to the stomach.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- This beer had a lot of head. A head that was fluffy and thick and liked sitting atop the beer. The beer was a dark clear brown. Almost like a mahogany color.

S- There is a strong smell of alcohol in this beer. After that smell of the alcohol goes the great smell of caramel as well as some clove that is there.

T- This doesn't taste like other doppelbocks I've had in the past. The alcohol is present in the taste and very much there. The traditional malty taste isn't quite as potent. I do taste some caramel taste, but it isn't as malty as I would like. I'm kinda wondering if this beer needs to sit for a while.

M- Feels good in the mouth, the alcohol definitely stings the tongue.

D- Not too bad, easy to drink, but it isn't as thick as one would like.

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Photo of woemad
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for approx. $4.

Poured a dark mahogany color, with an inch of bubbly, light tan foam that dropped quickly, but was easily re-agitated back to life. Vague, spotty lace.

Vinous in the nose, and malty, with caramel/toffee notes.

Sweet tasting, with caramel up front. There's dark fruit in the background, along with some woodsy notes and a warming alcohol. The sweetness is a little too big, though. There's not quite enough balance.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Decent but nothing great. I've had it now, and I don't think I'll need another one. If it was just a little more balanced, I'd like it a lot more.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to julian for giving me this a while ago.

Poured a 22oz bomber into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a mahogany brown with a nice 3 inch head that disappeared into just a thin ring around the glass leaving no lacing. The aroma is sweet biscuity malt, a bit of toast, dark fruits like raisins and dates, a bit of brown sugar, and black pepper. The flavor is a bit of raisin and dates, intermingled with toffee and toast. It is, more then anything, a little bit watered down. It's definitely a bit thinner then I would have expected it to have more body then it actually did. This is a really just an average beer. They could have definitely put a little more into this beer, but hey, its drinkable.

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Photo of Onenote81
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.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Duvel tulip glass. A rich mahogany color with somewhat thin off-white head. Retention and lacing is mediocre. Smell is very bland, a little biscuity malt and small amount of dark fruit (some cherry or even cranberry). Taste is very caramel malty with some citrus kick to it I think. Mouthfeel is fine, pretty light and moderatly carbonated. Overall a fine beer but like other offerings from Full Sail, it just really didnt jump out to me as memorable. Well worth the $3.99 though.

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Photo of iD9
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a cognac snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours nice and smooth building a very small head which quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing, and slight carbonation is evident. Nice, clear red hues throughout the beer. It looks solid, reminds me of Hemp Ale a little bit though not quiet as rich.

Smell: You can smell the malts up front. Short of that nothing remarkable.

Taste: A good solid beer. Roasted malts up front with a little bit of sweetness. A touch of bitterness at the end but you really have to look for it. Not much to say about this.

Mouthfeel: Reminds me of Kilian's Irish Red. Medium body, nothing terribly noteable.

Drinkability: Good drinkability but nothing groundbreaking. Pretty standard stuff.

Overall, a good beer but nothing earth shattering. It has its good notes for sure. I'm not terribly familiar with this style so maybe I'm just missing something?

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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 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 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 Bitterbill
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought this at Liquor Max in Loveland Colorado.

It pours a clear deep copper colour with a small head of foam.

The smell is very light to my nose. I get slight notes of caramel malt and some grain. Nothing much else....

The taste is better than the smell. Notes of dark fruit, caramel malt, light chocolate, and lots of toasted malt. Not bad tasting at all but not what I expected from a Doppelbock. I guess I was looking for a stronger malt presence and what I'm tasting, the malt is not allowed to be the best that it can be, if that makes any sense. Also, the alcohol is more noticeable than it should be, imho.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is light, it finishes grainy with a sweetness that doesn't *do* it for me.

Bottom line: Well, it had to happen. Full Sail brews have always impressed me until..this one. And this one is *not* a very good sample of the style, me thinks, and isn't all that easy to drink but... Full Sail, I think a little tweaking on this brew could change things around. Your brewers, time after time, have proven that they can brew some awesome beers, many of which I have tried in the past, and I look forward to saying the same for your Doppelbock in the near future.

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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 JoshuaCain
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.

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

I've been craving a doppelbock for a while, picked this bomber up at Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $4.50.

A: Dark amber, nice brown color, excellent red highlights, no head at all. A few spots of white bubbles, but really nothing remarkable. Filtered and very clear. Not a bad looking beer really.

S: Big malt character in the nose, molasses, very sweet, brown sugar, faint hint of booze, and thats about it. Kinda weak in the nose.

T: Smooth caramel flavors, definite boozy kick, and some citrus rind hops. This is tasty, but not really satisfying my craving for a good dopplebock. Really a mellow beer, I hoped for a little bit more of a malty pop in the mouth. Molasses and caramel are nice, but not nearly present enough. Seems just a bit watery.

M: Thick, light carbonation, pretty dry, extremely sticky around the mouth. Definite alcohol warmth. Hits all the proper dopplebock notes in the mouthfeel.

D: I think one bomber is more than enough of this. It is just a little to simple and subdued to really pursue any more than a bomber of it. It is a year old, but I don't think one year would cause this much mellowing. There are some good things going on, but not really something I'll seek out again. I'm still craving a good dopplebock, time to go buy some Optimator or Salvatore.

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Photo of Arbitrator
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.

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Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bomber in Secret Halloween 2008 courtesy of thethrone. Poured into my Great Lakes dimpled mug. Appears a clear golden brown color akin to dark ginger ale with barely a finger of light tan head. Smells of sweet caramel biscuity malts and a touch of dark fruit. Tastes of caramel malts, sweet rolls and toffee. Medium in both body and carbonation. Slight alcohol burn, but overall, a tasty sipper on a cold night.

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Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 114 ratings