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: 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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Photo of hwwty4
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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 -8.9%
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 -16.3%
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 +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.

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Photo of bort11
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +16.6%
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 -0.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +5.3%
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 +3.9%
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 +6.1%
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 -7.9%
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%
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 CHSLBrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured, in its entirety, into a big mug. Looks tasty!

A-A beautifully clear copper-colored beer. A nice tan head flirts with the rim of the mug before it reduces to a thin layer.

S-Big on the malts, with toasty and sweetish bready aromas. A bit of nuttiness comes through with just a touch of chocolate.

T-Robust, big malts with sweet caramelly flavors, perhaps a slight toast, and a smooth alcohol flavor. Hop character is appropriately absent, with bitterness also kept to a low level.

M-Medium-full body with a pretty high carbonation level, which enhances the feel and overall experience of this beer. Very smooth with an almost creamy appeal.

D-A very drinkable brew. Pleasant and complex, yet smooth and easy to drink, this beer showcases the style.

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Photo of JoshuaCain
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Buebie
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce brown bomber into an oversized snifter.
Nice looking 2 finger white fluffy head sits atop the brew off a semi rigerous pour. Color on this is spectaculer, a transparent redish mahogony with some chill haze.
Bubbly white retention with very thick globby lace that streaks down into thin spotty drapes.

This thing smells so good, each wiff brings in a new smell.
There are some floral purfumy hops, a grape wine like aroma, dense and thick moist bread, cream cheese, roasted grains, sweet malts, caramel, apples, man this is fruity and bready in aroma.
It smells quite sweet.

Its sweet up front with a good doseage of honey like flavors, slowly become more fruity and bready. Its no Chimay as far as wine grape flavors go. Its more of a welche's grape juice. Some darker fruit as well with hints of figs and plums weighing down the fruityness.
Grassy hops balance things out after the swallow and add a touch of bittering. There is a touch of chocolate on the tip of my tounge, but just a bit. Maybe some chocolate grains?
This is definatly a sipper with its strong sweet flavors and the higher abv.

I really enjoyed this one.


Bottle pulled from the cellar

Semi rigorous pour produces a cola fizzed head of about an inch. Settling fairly quick and leaving a thin cap and generous collar.
Color remaining the same.
Aroma has changed quite a bit and for the better. Much more caramel malt goodness, touch of bready aromas. Resembles a good barley wine without the hops.
Only a faint distant vinous aroma now, almost all of it gone. Something reminiscent of pecan pie.
Mouhfeel is pretty smooth, carbonation seems mia. Starting out sweet with malts and now a blsting of bitters. Bitters take leave as quickly as they came around and make way for malt sweetness and a bit of leafy hop flavors.
Not sure what or why on the bitters, but they were not pleasant.

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Photo of davidw987
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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 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.

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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!

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Photo of morebeergood
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
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 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

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut hues with a lasting thick white head. Leaves nice lacing.

S: Not as full on as others in the style. Malty, toffee notes.

T: Very balanced doppelbock. Perhaps a tad too hoppy, but some like it hot, no? I prefer the maltier versions, but this tastes delicious nonetheless.

M: The 21st (amendment?) goes down smoothly, and it feels most excellent on the palate. Carbonation is just right.

D: Very high due to the taste and mouthfeel. 8% ABV is around the norm for the style and meshes well with the ease with which this brew goes down the gullet.

In short, a most excellent doppelbock! I hope Full Sail adds this to their line-up as it ranks up there with the very best Germans originals.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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 hellbilly
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber maple syrup color which gets muddy from the yeast sludge. it*s cap is off white, vigorous and short lived.

the aroma is grainy and malty sweet with notes of chocolate, fruit (berries?)and caramel.

lots of malt and barley in the flavor profile though it is not nearly as sweet as i had expected... very soft and well mannered. toasted nuts, caramel, floral alcohol and light chocolate show up before a spicy peppery kick on the clean finish. definite yeasty character in the aftertaste. medium bodied though fairly creamy... easy to put a few away and not notice the abv%.

nothing really jumps out...

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Full Sail "21" - Anniversary Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.8 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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