Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
103 Reviews
Read the review
Full Sail "21" - Anniversary DoppelbockFull Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: 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.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 114
Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Congratulations to Full Sail for 21 years! Their anniversary Dopplebock shows a lot of maturity and character. But not all is sugar cubes and simplicity... or is it?

The beer opens with a beautiful aroma, chocked full of sweet, toasty malts- molassas, sweet breads, stone fruits, light rum-like alcohols, and fruitcake. Delicate, yet complex the aromas are quite seductive.

Dark mohogany, rusty brown, and ruby help to describe the color. A mild haze keeps the light out. A short-lived dainty head falls on the beer and struggles to retain or lace- somewhat uncharacteristic for a Dopple.

The sweet, sweet taste of toffee, caramel, and confection set the stage for the beer. The fruitcake flavors are coupled with light toast, bread crusts, and the meaty-savory-melanoidin rich flavors that define Dopplebocks. Figs, dates, grapes, and raisons begin the fruity complexity (not in an estery way, but in the way that dark Munich malts provide). No hop flavor, and only enough bittering to keep the beer palatable and enjoyable. Light on alcohol flavor.

The beer is efforvescent, bubbly, and airy up front but after the carbonation escapes, the beer falls quite sweet and heavy on the tongue and palate. Never reaching the true malty-dry target, the beer seems a bit heavy and syrupy in the end.

The 21st birthday beer is a fine Dopplebock but it lacks the depth and dry-malty flavor and feel of authentic German varieties. Though it's a very sweet and shallow version, it's quite tasty and enjoyable for the malt lovers out there. Thanks BrewsB4Shrews!

 1,555 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a rocky head that leaves a polka dot pattern scattered across the pint glass

Smell: Brown bread, spice cake, figs, golden raisins and treacle

Taste: Treacly sweetness, up front, with an interesting range of flavors developing by mid-palate, including grenadine syrup, tea, fig, wintergreen and an herbal bitterness; after the swallow, the flavors balance out well, though the finish is clearly inclined toward the sweet

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied and slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A year of aging has reduced the hoppy influence that others noted was pushing this off style; it is now drinking beautifully and is an nuanced a doppelbock as I have tasted; the only thing that is holding the score back is the syrupy mouthfeel

 800 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rust orange with a hint of brick red (think sunlit autumn leaves) and a fine yeasty haziness that lends character. There probably isn't a ton of chocolate malt present. Atop the liquid sits a creamy crown of beige colored foam that is beginning to leave scattered patches of sudsy lace.

Even with very little foam in the way, the nose is too low on power to be considered good. The beer smells mildly toasted, somewhat caramel-like, lightly fruity and gently spicy. Sure, the aroma lacks personality, but something tells me this could be pretty good beer.

Full Sail 21st Anniversary Doppelbock is definitely good beer. It may not be the equal of the world's (read: Germany's) best, but it's faithful to the style in the way that some U.S. versions aren't. As the color suggested it would be, '21' is more amber doppel than dark doppel. While I prefer the latter, delicious beer is delicious beer.

The (still only moderate) malty richness that was expected in the first third of the bomber is beginning to appear in the middle third. This big lager has a judicious sweetness that is nicely offset by a hint of spicy hoppiness. It also hides its alcohol exceptionally well.

Even though the flavor profile isn't wide-ranging, it is deep and satisfying: toasted brown bread covered with bittersweet fruit jam, steely caramel and a woodlands herbal-earthy-spiciness. Hard to describe, easy to love. Warming almost allows the flavor score to be bumped. An increase in the drinkability score is a well-deserved compromise.

The mouthfeel is right on the money for an 8.0% lager. I usually subscribe to the notion that bigger is better, but it's hard to argue with a beer that is this glassy smooth and hangs on so long after the swallow. Very well done.

Full Sail 21st Anniversary Doppelbock is a rock-solid version that even a hophead like me can enjoy. Because I've been drinking so quickly, the alcohol is making a profound and/or witty ending to this review an impossibility. Bottom line: buy it if you can still find it.

 2,025 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

 1,909 characters

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 564 characters

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

 499 characters

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade!

Pours brown with a tan/off-white head that thins and stays. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with earthy spicing in the back.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with earthy/floral notes in the back. A light roast comes in as it progresses. A touch of warming alcohol shows in the balanced finish.

It reaches full-bodied with a lager smoothness appropriate for the style.

Drinks well, especially for the abv. A nice, balanced, interpretation of the style. Doesn't quite have the rich maltiness that some classic interpretations have, but a nice hop balance makes up for it, making it a very nice American interpretation of the style (though hops stay in the traditional type for the style). A very good job here! Thanks again, John!

 808 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy crimson, smallish beige head.

Big, bold fruit in the nose, bright and buoyant, cherries and berries...caramel malt tones, as well. Large and fierce. Love it.

Tasting it: There's the malt, the grain, big and chewy. Nice, full, rich, clean, well-balanced. Doesn't really get where I want a great doppelbock to go, but it's pretty damn good.

Lovely stuff. But, for a great doppelbock, a bit richer and sweeter, I think. This is a nice, dry, even-handed version. Which is good. But...not great.
A nice lager, and a good way to celebrate 21 years!

 555 characters

Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/05/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. 2008 bottling. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown colored pour. Semi bubbly 1/2 inch head on the pour. Head fades reasonably fast and leaves little lace.

Smell- Very light scent. Deep dark malt, smokey, almost Rauchbier like at times. Smells a tad salty.

Taste- A bit laid back for an 8% beer. Smooth with dark chocolate flavors, a touch of alcohol as well. Malt is lightly burnt, but not super heavy. Hops come into play a bit more than expected.

Mouthfeel- Mid range to lower carbonation level. Light hoppy bitter aftertaste as well as a touch of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Decent output from Full Sail. I've had better one off's from them. Definitely no Celebrator, but still worth trying. Better than average.

 832 characters

Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

 410 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This had been in my fridge for about 2 years...pretty darn cold too.

Pours a murky, nutty, mahogany brown. Looks really nice, but the head isn't all there. Perhaps due to coldness or age.

Aroma doesn't quite feel full. Nutty, sweet, caramel..a bit of a tootsie roll type deal.

The flavors are nice. The combo and blend of the caramel, nut, cocoa and some herbals is quite impressive. The flavors are full, smooth and not overpowering. There's some orchard fruits in the background, perhaps overripe apples.

Feel is creamy yet the alcohol provides a good bite to mix things up a bit.
A nice beer.

 606 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, malty, very slight toffee, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, with some toffee/spice. Medium body, smooth, slightly bitter/dry finish. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, I like it.

 364 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a thick, three-finger thick, creamy tan colored head. The beer is a deeply red stained, dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red / cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty with a sweet, toffee-like, almost malt syrup like, toasty malt and a big brown sugar coated biscuit notes. This is definitely quite rich and at times makes me think of dried figs and caramelized raisins. As the beer warms a touch of hop aromatics become noticeable with both a light herbal note as well as a touch of hop fruitiness.

Somewhat thick and viscous as it hits my tongue, the beer retains the chewy malt body throughout, though it is not on the heavy side for a Doppelbock. The beer is somewhat sweet, though it is not a simple, sugary sweetness, but is instead a nice malty, toasty, caramelized sweetness. There is a touch of warming alcohol to the finish as well as a hint of spicy hops and a light bitterness. Malty flavors of toffee, concentrated Maillard browning flavors, brown sugar, . There is a soft, lightly balancing hop character here that provides a touch of spicy herbal notes to the flavor. This gets a bit more balanced between the dominant malt character and the hop notes as it warms up.

Definitely a solid Doppelbock; I like the rich maltiness here, though it could perhaps use a touch more richness. Actually 6 months of age might to wonders for this beer, but I am definitely enjoying this right now.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

 1,506 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.


 1,237 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a full white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Light nutty malt, sugar.

T: The flavour gives a strong caramel malt sweetness that dominates the brew. For a West Coast beer, even in this style I'd expect hops, but none are here, a very traditional flavour. Really nice treacle finish.

M: Softness in the carbonation character, with a full body, has good heft, very slightly cloying sweetness.

D: One of the best beers I've had from Full Sail, under $4 a bomber, a good high gravity lager. Nice to see a West Coast producer making a traditional lager and not Americanizing it to a degree.

 647 characters

Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

 683 characters

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horsebrass the other day.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is attractive, with some very nice caramel, chocolate and cherry. The flavors replicate the nose, except there's a creamy butter toffee component on the finish that I'm really loving. The beer is moderatly sweet, but has just enough underlying hops to keep the beer from becoming heavy or tiring. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and the abv. is very well disguised. This is one of the most drinkable domestic dopplebocks I can ever recall trying. I'm trying to remember a better, but at least at this moment, nothing comes to mind. This is pretty impressive.

 705 characters

Photo of jdhilt
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, two-finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Nose is caramel. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet toffee and caramel, hops balance but stay in background. 22oz gift bottle from Tigard, OR.

 264 characters

Photo of corby112
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

 731 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

 1,208 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Healthy Spirits yesterday on Dave's recommendation. Chilled and poured into my brand new Moonlight pint glass

A: Deep crimson, crystal clear, with a light brown head that shrinks from being an inch thick to a disk rather soon while leaving some lacing.

S: Rather underwhelming with some bready malt up front. Behind it is some caramel and nutty aromas that complement the initially disappointing aroma. Clean but not very exciting

T: Opens up with a pretty solid bready alt flavor that's well-complimented with some caramel sweetness and some fruity character as well - figs, nuts and a mild hint of banana. Finishes dry but with some complex sweetness

M: A little light in body but carbonation is good and the finish, adequate

D: All told, a solid offering, fairly easy to drink

 806 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber split three ways. Nice red-orange, almost brown but clear with a white head. It smells very malty which is obviously no surprise. The taste reminded me of plums and raisins as well as bready malt. This was very easy drinking, a good beer and I am not well versed in dopplebocks.

 290 characters

Photo of ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in my large St. Feuillien goblet, 21 is a dark ruddy chestnut with an exceptionally creamy tan head that leaves heavy, foam lace. The etching on the glass keeps a lively head through the last glass that forms a thick island in the middle.

Smell is dark malts, fruity, like a BSDA, with a strong punch of earthy, herbal hops.

Taste is very rich, fruity, zesty citric hops, almost like a barleywine, apricots and caramel. A pretty good big beer, it seems a little outside the lines of most dobblebocks.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium-light body.

Drinkability is pretty high, it's tasty and goes down easily. Still, it's on the sweeter, stronger side, and not something I can have a second bottle of in one sitting! Another value priced brew from a good local brewery that I'm always happy to support, I'll have to pick up another few of them for aging, it should hold up while for at least a year or so I'd guess.

 936 characters

Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 543 characters

Photo of illidurit
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Bomber to pint glass. Dark but clear mahogany/amber with a small, fleeting, beige head.

Nose: Toasted cereal grains and caramel are the main aromas, with a fruity undercurrent, possibly red berries. Smells like one of those whole wheat breakfast cereals with dehydrated strawberries in it.

Mouth: Dark grains, like the flakes in Raisin Bran, with less of the fruitiness from the aroma. Honestly this tastes like if Sam Adams made a doppelbock. Well I guess they do make one but I haven't had it, so what I'm trying to say is that it's passable as far as flavor, and it's certainly drinkable, but it lacks depth and fullness and it has a sort of watery finish. Clean but thinnish.

 687 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.8 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!