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 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 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 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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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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Photo of bbothen
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Deep dark nutty brown with a small less than 1 finger thick tan head.

Light aromas of toasted malt, sweet malt, sugar, hops, all very faint.

Sweet maltiness, booze, fruitiness, toastiness, nutty.

Smooth, kinda creamy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, warming alcohol. Feels nice.

Nice user friendly warmer type brew. I'm niot gonna lie, I'm not real familiar with this style & what it's characteristics are "supposed to be". I enjoyed it & would have again.

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

Service Temperature, 50 degrees. Service Glass, Ranier 12 ounce Pilsner.

On this warm sunny day in Seattle (odd isn't it), I can see a burnt burgundy clarity that acts like an anchor against the strong pearly head that dissipates in a shredded mass of lace.
The nose is roasted with nuts, some minor cocoa, and alcohol. As I take a sip I am reminded of sweet-end figs, some burnt caramel, hone, barley, and a slight earthiness.
Overall mouth is medium and in my opinion a beer that might need a stern time out (maybe 6 months?)


Happy 21st Full Sail, thanks for sharing some of your spoils.

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Photo of dfitch81
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Didn't even know this was out/existed till I saw it at the store. My experience of doppelbocks has been mixed - it seems to me that its an easy beer to get wrong (I knew - but perhaps never truly understood - what "cloying sweetness" meant until I sampled some less-than-stellar doppelbocks). However, if a brewer gets it right a doppelbock is one lip-smackin' good brew. Happily this is a good one. "21" pours with a pleasing dark amber colour and is topped by a finger's width of quickly dissipating head; forget about lacing, you won't find it here. Malts dominate the nose, appropriate to the style. Sip, and the sweetness of a doppelbock is there as expected: raisin, brown sugar, a hint of plum, caramel and black-strap molasses. However, all this sweetness is tempered by a dash of spicy alcohol which keeps the parade of sugars from getting tedious. "21" also has a Pacific NW twist: an undeniable hop presence rises up later in the taste, something you won't pick up in any German-brewed doppelbock. Bottom line: this beer is true to its style but also tells you where it's from, which I think is really cool. Very enjoyable overall, but share the bottle because the alcohol is a tad much if you down all 22oz. Good job and happy 21, Full Sail - wishing you many more.

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

The 21 was a lovely looking brew that was dark brown with a lovely 1-2 finger foam head. It had a solid, dense looking tight foam head with tight bubbles clinging to the sides of the last. It looked similar on the outsides to glass of milk.

The aroma was definitely a malt dominated smell. Also had some sugars emanating. The taste was real smooth and was a sugar malt bomb. Maybe a little lighter than the gold standard but still a great taste. In the mouth it was semi chewy and had a little bit of bitterness on the finish. Overall I was very pleased with the offering and the price was ridiculous for the return. Buy if you can.

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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 czechsaaz
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is malty but not in the big melanoidin way I'd expect in a dopplebock. I get hints of roast malt and actually a hop presence, also a little odd for the style.

Brown and very clear. Poured with a small 1/4 inch or so tan head that faded quickly to a small ring around my glass. Light rising bubbles in the glass pretty much dissipate leaving not much head behind, but that appearance is also O.K. for the style.

Flavor pretty much redeems the negatives I get in the aroma and appearance. Nice malty backbone, lots of melanoidin and deep caramel flavor. Tastes like base malt that was boiled for a long time to achieve that caramel flavor. Bittering hops are there and there's a little bitterness in the aftertaste but the malt is the star. I get sweet honey and tons of caramel.

Full bodied without being heavy. The carbonation is medium to light which again is appropriate for the style. Lightly alcoholic in the mouth but even more warming in my stomach.

A pretty easy to drink big beer. At 8% it goes down pretty smooth. Not a world class dopplebock but at under $4 for a 22 it is definitely worthy of picking up a few. I might even age a couple just to see.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle purchased at BevMo (Burbank store) into a Becker glass.

With its medium reddish-brown color and amber highlights, this doppelbock is on the lighter end of the color spectrum for this style. The eggnog-colored head starts out tall and rocky from a heavy pour, then condenses into a half-finger tall cap of dense, small-beaded foam. As the head shrinks, it leaves good lacing on the glass.

The smell is also quite light for the style. It reminds me more of a dunkles than a doppelbock. It has a bright, clean lager smell with some light fruit and mineral notes. On top of that is a solid roasty and nutty (hazel and brazil nuts) character and a bit of caramel and toasted wheat bread. Not as sweet or rich as you'd expect from the style, though the nutty aromas intensify as the beer warms.

Flavors follow the "light for the style" theme established in the Appearance and Smell, but this is better than I was expecting from the nose. There's a subdued sweetness at the start, backed up by a dry Vienna lager character. More sweetness emerges as the beer warms, along with a touch of caramel and some delicious roasted hazelnut flavors. There are also light notes of dried black mission figs and toasted flax seeds. The finish shows a bit of lagerish harshness, followed by nutty and mildly sweet flavors like toasted vollkorn bread. Noble bitterness makes a brief, balancing appearance. Sweetness lingers.

Body is more medium than full, with a softly rounded feel and excellent texture from the light carbonation. Mouth-coating but not cloying. Alcohol provides a bit of graceful warmth, but this is not a "hot" beer.

I was unimpressed at first, but this beer definitely grew on my as I made my way through the bottle. While the color, smell, and flavors are on the light side of the style, the mild sweetness and nutty flavors are delicious and satisfying. A bit more malty richness would make this an excellent beer. I'm glad I got the chance to try it, and I look forward to opening another bottle in the colder months later this year.

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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 froghop
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.

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