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Bayern Doppelbock | Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Bayern DoppelbockBayern Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc.
Montana, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by alexgash on 11-13-2004

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 74
Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark garnet-brown with a small, tight, light tan head.
Nose is rich, rummy malts, leathery plums, sugary-tangy grapes--almost vinous--with light alcohol notes. Delicious. Taste starts out very nice. Rummy, with ripe fruit skins (grape, apple, plum). Perfectly sweet. Rich, caramelly, malty base is exposed in the middle. Lightly roasted notes, and a spicy, vegetal hop bitterness take it gracefully into the finish. Finish is long, bittersweet, and warming. Good balance. Big-bodied. Good carbonation. Creamy feel on the palate with a syrupy finish. One of the better doppelbocks I've had.

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Photo of wakeele
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good example of a Bavarian Doppelbock. I live just 5 minutes away from the brewery, so I get it just about as fresh as anyone. Jürgen Knöller is a Bavarian Brew Master and so is one of his assistants--Thortsen Geuer. I've also been stationed in Germany, so I've been exposed to authentic examples strait from the source.

This beer pours nicely and has a modest head. A fresh pour is smooth and slightly creamy. There is some slight lacing. Good carbonation for an 8.4% ABV Doppelbock. Dark and malty. You get a nose of sweet malt. I get a slight taste of all the barleys used. You are certainly not aware of the alcohol level.

I really like many of their beers. This one isn't exactly like all the other Doppelbocks out there and isn't exactly what I've been use to. My favorite for a long time has been a Paulaner Salvator. This is no Salvator. The front is a bit more complex than most Doppelbocks, so it takes some thought to discern the qualities you're looking for and what is has to offer--this I've learned from drinking this quite regularly. At first, it may be a bit different from what you are looking for or what you are use to--I know it was for me--but it really does offer quite a bit if you really read it deeply.

But, that's what I get from it. This will change for me a month from now from regular drinking of it. I'll recommend it to anyone...but I'll also recommend to try every other one out there too.


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Photo of constantine_272
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, dark amber. Not quite black, still slightly translucent. Doesn't leave any sticky irregular foam. The foam is silky and thin and drifts down the glass.

S: Nice and light. Just a hint of sweet roast, very mild and clean.

T: Starts off with a bit of tanginess which fades quickly to sweet red fruit flavor which is balanced out with a mild roast. Very nicely balanced; nothing stands out as too bold or overbearing.

M: Nice mouthfeel except for a lingering roast aftertaste. Possibly a bit thick for my taste, but easily can overlook that for the amount of alcohol it's that's in there.

O: Excellent winter warmer. Very nicely balanced. Great soft flavor, but still a deep rich mouth filling beer. You would never know this beer delivered 8% alcohol.

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Photo of Abita45
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A personal winter favorite. Because its run had ended at Bayern, it was poured from a bottle into a pint glass about 15 minutes after I landed in Missoula.

It rose with a tight, slightly tan head and was aromatic from the start. Garnett colored with a rich smell similar to how it tastes. If there's such a thing as "roasted fruit" then that describes its taste; a semi-sweetness over top of a rich malt and caramel flavor. Full-bodied with a taste that really holds up through-out.

It has a high alcohol content, but for a morning of icefishing, nothing tastes better. A true treat that I look forward to all year long.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear mahogany with an inch to 2 inches of tannish foam.

Sweet smelling with doses of brown sugar and molasses and a candy like caramel.

Some roasted malt added to what I got in the smell and I end up with a great tasting Doppelbock. I don't detect any bitterness and why would I want any? Lol.

Pretty thick mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

This is SO good!

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Photo of ncjoshman
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I waited twelve long months for this beauty to come my way again.

A: A deep and dark, yet clear mahogany with a thin milky head. Lacing is minimal.

S: Not too much here. Roasted malt comes through the most.

T: A dark fruitiness fades into a super malty roasted flavor. God, is it good. Very bold, but not too much so.

M: Pretty thick, but with a wine-esque acidity. A very sticky aftertaste isn't my favorite thing.

O: Man o man, is this stuff excellent. I'm a huge fan of bocks, so this is right up my alley. No shortage of great beers in Montana, but this one is special.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a raisin brown with ruby and garnet hues up to the light. A fairly thin one-finger cream colored head of syrupy bubbles fades pretty quickly leaving behind a thin ring of bubbles without much noticeable lacing.

aroma is subtle, with light malts, vanilla and confectioners sugar. hints of raisin and spice... cinnamon and cloves?

The first sip is overly malty sweet, sugary, and maple. Once my palette adjusts, this brew opens up into a fairly complex expanse. Sweet rich malt with a fruity apricot, date, and raisin. woody oaky and rum notes mixed with a hint of smokiness... finishes with a smooth sweetness and a definite spice - pepper, clove and cinnamon. Interesting.

mouthfeel is full and slightly syrupy with a bit of vibrant carbonation that prickles the tongue and brings out the spices in the brew.

Every winter, I look forward to this one. It's definitely sweet, and if not in the right mood, could be slightly cloying. But it's richness and complexity is beautiful. All of the flavors blend nicely, yet remain distinct enough to be interesting and full. Not a bad iteration of a dopplebock. Very quaffable for an 8% brew... definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Malt and fruit nose
Ruby brown with a 1" tan tinted off-white foam cap.
Big malty rich flavors but there is something non-German about the palate.
Medium full body, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany body. Thick crop of rocky beige head on top. Retention is very good as is the lacing. Aroma is good and solid. Sweet and malty. Seems pretty rich by the smell. Some raisin accents. And a little rum on the nose as well. The taste is very even keeled and tasty. This isn't as thick, rich and complex as the best of them, but it is actually pretty good. Rich malts accented with molasses and chocolate. Nice lingering dark berry flavor. Solid flavor. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could, but it's not quite a 4.5 in my book. Very drinkable. Body is medium-full and carbonation is picture perfect.

Thanks for the minikeg mighty zap.

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Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this min-keg (5L) for about two months...got it for 12.99 and was curious as I had not heard of Bayern. Let me just say that was a great purchase. I am reviewing based on the beer and not the value but you can't top that.

A-Dark brown bordering on black...some ruby highlights...perfect cream tan head..

S-Very nice maltiness...dark fruits (plums, black cherries), and a dark chocolate dimension as well.

T-Very similar to aroma...the dark fruits are my first impression and again it is plums and black cherries and now And now I notice red grapes as well....malty....along the lines of molasses but not that overbearingly sweet.

M-First impression was this is on the lighter side for a doppel but the more I drink the more it feels about right. Certainly not a big huge doppel but it is not light in the shorts..

O-I'm impressed. I've had many domestically made doppels worse than this one and only a few better. Well done and recommended..particulary for 12.99 for5 L which is like 2 and 1/2 growlers. I should shut up....they'll probably raise prices now.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark brown with edges of garnet, thin but sturdy lacing

SMELL: Herbal, hint of alcohol, molasses bread batter, spicy, clean, grassy

TASTE: Silky smooth, creamy, big body, full malt jacket, toasted grain, bready, grassy, malt sweetness, nutty, mild husk, faint broth, malty finish

Full on malt bomb here, a lovely one at that. Seriously this is a really good brew and puts most US brewed Doppelbocks to shame.

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Photo of Elimination
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is a dark dark red only found this out by holding to light. Very little head at all

Smell is raisin banana pear very fuity sweet and definitely malty

The raisin stands out exotic fruit brown sugar molasses very tasty

Mouthfeel is rather light very little carbonation but good flow

This is a damn good bargain dopplebock glad I picked this ne up

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Photo of chumba526
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears almost black. There is a small tan head.

It Smells strongly of caramel, sweet malts, banana, slightly grassy, and slightly of dried dark fruit (raisons and prunes).

It tastes of brown sugar, there is a slightly toffee flavor, a nice dark dry fruit flavor, a bit of a yeasty banana like flavor and a yeasty fruitiness. There is a nice bready flavor to the beer as well. The beer is really sweet but there are other flavors to complement the sweetness so it is not one dimensional. With that said this is a malt bomb. Malt balls would love this.

The carbonation is moderate high. It seems around average for the style.

The alcohol, heaviness and sweetness of this beer limit the drinkability. However I can easily make it through one glass of this.

Overall quite a nice doppelbock I found the sweetness to be quite high though it was easy to tolerate. This is not my favorite style of beer but this is a well done traditional take on the style. For what it is it is a great beer. To those who like sweet malty beers you should go out of your way to find this beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with some ruby highlights that barley shine through. Upon pouring there is a tiny fizzy white head which fades very fast to leave a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a roasted malt and grainy smell. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of some darker fruit of plum and cherry as well as a bit of a caramel and brown sugar sweetness. A little bit of an alcohol booziness is there as well producing a rather warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick and hearty doughy taste with lots of roast and a great deal of sweetness. The sweetness is initially of a caramel and molasses flavor with some other sweet flavors of a dark fruit nature of plum and fig coming to the tongue as the taste moves on further toward the end. A little bit of a graininess develops later in the flavor profile and is joined by just a hint of a warming rum taste. In the end, with the sweetness seeming to step it up even more with more brown sugar and some cherry coming to the tongue, one is left with a nice sweet and roasty warming flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side overall. For the style, rum flavor, maltiness and even the sweetness the feel is very nice, bathing the tongue in all the rich flavor.

Overall – A sweeter doppelbock with lots of nice flavor. At only $5.99 (on sale) for a 6 pack this is an amazingly good buy. Very tasty and certainly a nice winter style warmer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz as part of a mixed 6-pack from the Albertsons in Lewiston MT. Enjoyed from a big red wine glass.

Short lasting tan head.. the brew is crystal clear deep walnut... very pretty... no lacing to speak of.

Good malt profile.. dark bread, toasty and very clean.. not as "deep" as I would hope for or remember from previous bottles, but I still dig it.

Malty with a bit of prune... plenty of toast and a hint of cocoa.. nice but not very rich... still very clean.

The body is medium with a smooth lite carbonation.

I honestly remember liking this one a lot more... but what do I know? Has Bayern switched up recipes or brewers lately?

Pretty good, but not on the same par as the Continental brothers.

All 4's.

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal at 46 degrees.

Appearance: The beer is a dark copper brown with a one finger head. The head is creamy and off white the head has held for a little bit. There is a lot of effervescence present in the beer. The clarity of the beer is very clear. I am surprised to see that there is lacing on the glass, but it is there.

Nose: A caramel and a sweetness notes with a slight roasting of the malt. There is a slight note of toasted bread.

Taste: A nice complex malt with a toasty and caramel flavors. There is a subtle sweetness in the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is creamy with some carbonation. The body of the is medium. The finish is nil. I was really surprised by this beer. It is really good. The beer has a really nice flavor and feel. I was thinking that it was going to have a thin watery body, but I was wrong.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a half finger light tan head that dissipated quickly to a thick film and ring around the glass. Light aroma of caramel malt, dark dried fruit. Flavor is caramel and bready malt, dried fruit, nuts and a hint of rye bread. Finishes malty with light hop bitterness. A very nice flavor profile. Medium bodied. Great malt flavor with other interesting flavors. I liked this quite a bit.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep brown with an almond head that thins to a cap and then to nothing with no lace. On the nose there is a big base of bready malts, cocoa and molasses, really dark fruits further back, and some acetone. In the mouth the deep fruit comes out with molasses and toasted malt, some chocolate again. There is no booze here. If it had a bit more heft this would be really great, but it's merely good as it is. The body is medium full, vinous, a little syrupy.

Overall, this is a nice doppelbock that could be so much more with a little tweak here or there.

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Photo of olmatty
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a low creamy tan head with light lacing and moderate retention. Beer is a deep brown with a hint of amber.

Smell- Dark malts with slightly sour nose.

Taste- Lightly sweet and earthy malts and hops enter seemlessly a biscuity molasses finish.

Mouthfeel- Chunky and rich with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- At 8% ABV a tankard or two and you'll be happy, but looking for your bunk. A very nice brew in the German Oktoberfest tradition.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Creamy tan head is about 1/2 inch thick and dissipates rather quickly. Very sweet aroma of caramelized malt, dark fruit (prunes), and molasses. Palate is again full of dark sweet malt, with dark fruit (fig, prune), and molasses. Body is a little bit thinner than I would like in a strong doppelbock, but still conveys the flavors quite well. Significant alcohol presence is evident on the finish. By the time you get to the bottom of the glass, it is apparent that this is not a session beer (beware the sneaker effects of an 8% beer). Nevertheless, nice and tasty and a good domestic take on a doppelbock.

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Photo of woemad
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Daanen's in Hayden, ID for $2.50 (screwy ass prices there). "Best before March, 2005." Oops.

Poured a very dark garnet color, with a brief, off-white head. Wispy foam collar and slight lacing.

Smell was quite nice. There were dark fruits like plums and raisins in the scent, along with notes of oaky red wine and brown sugar.

Taste measured up to the smell. It starts with sweetly malty taste with notes of caramel and brown sugar, then the fruity bitter taste comes in to balance the sweetness. Not the best tasting doppelbock I've had, but it's pretty good.

Not quite as thick as most doppels I've had, but not wimpy either. It could use a little more body, but it's not a life threatening emergency by any means.

This is a nice tasty domestic doppelbock. It's not fantastic, but its nice. The main complaint is the price. It makes me wonder if there is some odd Idaho bottled beer tax at work that ups the price. If it were available in Spokane and for the usual regional micro prices, I'd buy this regularly.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a mahogany red with a tan colored head, no head retention, not much carbonation, it's clear, some slight lacing.

A: Roasted caramel, toffee, very malty, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Like the nose it's roasted caramel, toffee, malts, alcohol is well hidden, very drinkable and smooth, semi-dry finish, aftertaste is of roasted nuttiness.

M: Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: This beer could use a little more punch in the flavor and some more body, but overall it's a tasty and very drinkable beer. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of ShwarzAl3r
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a very dark brown look with a slight ruby tint in the light. The head is mostly non-existent except the thin layer around the edge touching the glass.

S: The smell is fairly weak but I mostly got a wheaty bread scent with a hint of alcohol undertone.

T: The taste is strong, the abv on this page should be a range up to maybe 12% after examining descriptions of this beer. A flavor of a heavy bread, with a slight bit of spice comes on at first followed by a tinge of alcohol that warms you right up.

M: It is a full beer that has a good thickness, which is slightly creamy it ends with a nice alcohol warmth.

O: Overall the beer is definitely worth the purchase. In value you can't get much better than this with the flavor and quality I definitely recommend this beer as being top notch.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark brown with slight reddish hues and an offwhite head

rich malty aroma, carmel malt, slight apple notes as well

smooth malt followed by caramel, slight fruit on the finish, and slight sugary notes

medium bodied, not too sweet or heavy, reminds me of a belgian brune kinda

smooth, malty without being too sugary, very smooth and enjoyable

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Photo of hopdog
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with kyzr (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy brown color with a thin sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, some toasted nuttiness, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, some nuts, caramel, and dark fruits. Alcohol content well hidden.

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