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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber-brown color. Small creamy off-white head soon becomes a heavy film.

Smell: Somewhat sweet aroma of cake-like bread, figs, and caramel.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts! Has a bit of sweetness, but not as much as in the aroma, and it is balanced out by some milk-coffee bitterness. Finishes out with a bit of hops. There's something else here that I can't quite put my finger on. No big hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and medium-bodied, with some very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for this type of beer; the 8% ABV is hard to notice.

Not what I'd typically consider a doppelbock, but this is a pretty enjoyable beer! And never thought I'd find a beer of this style "refreshing" while I'm sweating in my 80-degree apartment.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MASPuros for this one. 22oz. bomber served in a pilsner glass. Poured a dark copper with a finger of light tan head. Malty aroma, caramel comes out as it warms. Also a fair amount of American hops in the nose. Medium to full bodied. There is plenty of malt here, but you don't get the malt complexity of a good German dopplebock. Some sweetness. Hop bitterness makes it a very American take on the style.

Don't go into this beer expecting German Dopplebock, or you will be disappointed. Just enjoy it as a good beer. It has more in common with an old ale to me.

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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 fbinla
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.

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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 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 mrasskicktastic
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear reddish copper with a large sienna frothy head.

S - Metallic notes, sweet caramel, a bit of earthy aromas, a touch of white pepper.

T - Sweet and bitter caramel flavor that melds into a coffee and cocoa flavor. There is a bitter chicory in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, thick bodied, a little refreshing.

D - It is intense. Bold flavors, strong smells. It is by no means bad, but it is a force to be reckoned with. A beer to be reckoned with is not one that is drinkable. Drinkability suggests a certain ease of consumption. Drinking this isn't the hardest thing I have ever done, but it isn't a trivial task. That said, I enjoy it.

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Photo of Rayek
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours muddied brown cola, white or near white small head. Leaves to ring. Some soapy lacing.

S - Mild breadiness, maybe honey.

T - Medium malt intensity, somewhat mildly breaddy. Sweetness finishes somwhat dry.

M - Medium body, middle of the road feel.

D - Very drinkable, very non offensive.

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

Appearance: Copper, white head.
Smell: Shortbread, honey
Taste: Honey, cherries, caramel, crackers, dates. Spice and pine in finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, astringent.
Drinkability: Pretty good. No trouble finishing the bomber, and the sweetness does not linger on the palate.
Verdict: Pretty darn tasty for the dollar. $3.50 @ bevmo.

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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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of bort11
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasatch sent this one to me not too long ago. Thanks dude!

22 oz bottle, poured into a pilsner glass. Light tan head stands a solid two fingers, then lingers down to a wispy lace cap. Specks of lace cling to the glass towards the top. Color is a very interesting dark chestnut brown with excellent clarity. Steady carbonation rises from the bottom.

Smell is slightly nutty with a touch of honey sweetness. The nuttiness in the taste almost shifts to a woody flavor. A little herbal and a hint of mint.

Mouthfeel starts off very full, but then finishes surprisingly clean. Very crisp carbonation. This is dangerously drinkable. It doesn't feel like an 8% until I have finished the bottle.

Blipped "Body 21" by Morningwood

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Photo of SanBeeriegan
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark brown lager, clear and smooth.
S- Hints of malt with a strong nose of grain.
T- Smooth and sweet, with great taste of malt and Barley.
D- Goes down smooth and easy.

Well I came back from a trip to Germany and had many a marzen, dunkel, and double bock. This is an American rendition of of the German classic.

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Photo of illidurit
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of popery
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.

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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 alexgash
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Amber-tinged root beer body with a small, filmy, medium beige head. Cookie dough malts, rum-raisin ice cream, wood, and some vinous notes on the nose. Toasted malts up front. Some herbal hop bitterness as well. Cookie dough malt sweetness follows, with hints of vanilla and toffee. Herbal, woody hop bitterness into the finish, along with some cooked vegetables. Lingering hop bitterness mixing with rummy malts. Medium-full body with a slightly creamy feel. Pretty good doppelbock here. Happy 21st anniversary!

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

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late October for $3.99.

Beer poured a mahogany brown with a decent tanish head. Nose is perfumed with toasted malts and nuts. Taste is a hint of sweet chocolate, toasted malts, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lively on the palate, and fairly smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is a pretty good representation of the style.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
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.

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