Bayern Doppelbock | Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Bayern DoppelbockBayern Doppelbock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by alexgash on 11-13-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
20.73%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 74
Photo of harrymel
1.96/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes verbatim on 11/27/10

A: Little/no foam on this one. Deep brown easily transferred by light making a cherry red hue. Excellent clarity.

S: Sweet rye bread with a hint of nutmeg/allspice. Okay.

T: ABV is poorly addressed here. Boozy and warm with toasty flavor.

M: Very light and flat for a Doppelbock IMO.

D: Good for a pint, not much more.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color. Despite A relatively aggressive pour the head didn't develop much, it stood 1/4 inch at its tallest. Retention is disappointing. I can see carbonation rising in my glass. Smell is of sweet dark malts, raisins, dark fruit. Taste touches on the dark fruit in the middle of the tongue. I also get sort of a citrus and chocolate taste toward the back of the tongue. Body is of appropriate thickness with good carbonation. Sadly, sort of a letdown. I've had other doppelbocks that have been significantly better at a similar price point.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From Ashand, Oregon this poured dark ruby with a tiny brown head and little lacing. Nose was mostly of sweet malts. Thin body and mouthfeel nothing like it looks. Flavor is sweet and there are fruits in the finish. Overall the flavor is not bad, not good. I am not very expert on the type so don’t know how to compare it on that basis, but I note below others thought a lot more of this than I did.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a hearty brown color with red at the rim and base of the glass. Soapy-oiled reflection in the weak foamy head and a thin trace of lace

S: very sweet raisins and malts, and wet paper

T: malt heavy, cinnamon, light raisins and figs paired with a good chunk of caramel sweets. Somewhat of a festive beer according to the label, seems different for a doppelbock style, not really digging it. Alcohol notes showing through in and about the halfway mark

M: lingering fruit astringency and clove. Body is the best feature about this one, smooth/creamy and mild feel

D: as far as the flavor is concerned it is a bit to sweet at times and redundant. I was hoping for more hops, not really any that I picked up on. I thought it said that it was brewed with a few hops...if so, they take the backseat in this one. It is a doppelbock after all...

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Photo of TheBishop
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bayern Doppelbock is a decent representation of the style, not spectacular like Ayinger Celebrator but a good accessible beer especially here in Montana. I'm not sure why any Micros here in the US have not come close in this style to Celebrator. This one is above average though.

This beer pours very dark, head is average with little lacing. Carbonation is almost non existent. Smell is not pronounced, but there is a hint of cherry. Mouthful is pleasant and light. Taste is smooth and silky good in my opinion. Drinkability is pretty low due to the very evident alcohol bite to it which detracts from the overall experience.

If you see it at your local store pick a 6er up and try it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roasted chestnut brown with generous coppery orange highlights. A lack of opacity isn't a problem for a doppelbock. An increasingly vigorous pour generated just one finger of ecru colored foam. It looks decent enough, but is leaving the glass almost untouched.

The aroma needs to be more malty... and more powerful in general. Despite the rapidly disappearing cap, no more than a whiff of darkly earthy malt and smidgen of chocolate makes it out of the glass. Warming helps a little.

Bayern Doppelbock could use more malty guts where flavor and mouthfeel are concerned. Beer of this style should be at least a little bit rich and full-bodied. The flavor is acceptable enough, but I want more of it and I want it to last longer than a quick 'how do ya do?'.

Specifics include pumpernickel bread, cocoa powder, a date-like medium-dark fruitiness and a hint of spice. The relative lack of malt sugars allows the Saaz and Hallertauer Perle hops to make contributions, both in terms of an underlying grassiness and a balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel was way too light initially and is beginning to firm up a tad as I get deeper into the bottle. It's still on the thin side for the style, though the laid-back bubbles are within the wide range of acceptable.

With a few changes, Bayern Dopppelbock could be pretty good beer. It has the flavor profile down pat. Now it needs the boldness and depth of flavor that only more malt can provide. While it isn't as classic a version as Pilsner, this big lager definitely has potential.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to howl1309 for sharing. Poured brown with red highlights. Some light penetration when backlit; no head or lacing. Nose is dark fruit (raisins and prunes) and molasses. Taste follows nose, but flavors are somewhat subdued for the style. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with an even amount of background carbonation; no burn, just a presence. Easy drinking with a subdued flavor profile, which makes it easy drinking and less cloying.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first from this brewery, from the bottle.
Pours a dark ruby red with a small wispy beige head that leaves lacing and bubbles.

Smell is slightly muted with molasses, caramel, toast, and dark fruits.

Taste is a mediocre blend of dark fruit and brown sugar.

Feel keeps this one from being a complete failure as its well carbed and has a nice slickness that compliments its average taste.

Overall there nothing really wrong with this beer its just rather bland and average.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from weefisheads via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the translucent dark reddish brown brew. Head quickly fades down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with very nice lacing. Aroma is heavily sweet and vinous, enough to almost remind me of Samichlaus and Sam Triple Bock, but let's hope it's not that intense. Taste is dark malt sweetness, coupled with an anise character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good, but this one just goes a bit past dbock for me.

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Photo of Sark
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours with a thin surface head and a dark red-brown tone

Smell- mild noble hop tones with lightly toasty malt character, very mild mannered overall

Taste- sweet bread with nice yeastyness, mellow hop and malt isn't as sweet as i normally find doppelbocks

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with crisp bite on the end

Overall- a good standard version of a German classic, nothing super spectacular or over the top

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

12 oz bottle pours very dark brown with thin off white head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is sweet and toasted malt with a hint of alchohol. Full mouthfeel with no noticable alchohol warming as the aroma hinted at, a bit wet with no noticable carbonation. Taste is sweet maltyness with some toasted grain flavor and just a hint of chocolate, if anything it could be a bit too sweet. Pretty nice overall, very drinkable with great matly flavor.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with auburn highlights; despite a hard pour, I could only raise about half an inch of head, though bubbles and legs clung to the side of the glass

Smell: Dried dark fruit (raisins and figs) as well as caramel and sassafras root

Taste: Opens with dark fruits (raisins and figs) and burnt brown sugar, with the burnt sugar elements building in intensity through mid-palate; underneath the sweeter flavors there is a depth of flavor that adds some balance, though the malts dominate into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: With better carbonation, this would be a first class doppelbock; still, it is a pretty good example of the style

Thanks, sholle, for the opportunity

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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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Photo of loren01
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brownish red color, small head disspates quickly leaving a tiny bit of lace on the glass
S: Dark fruit, molasses and slight banana smell
T: Good maltiness, caramel, fruity and slight banana taste. Real tasty dopplebock
M: Medium bodied a little bit light on the carbonation.
D: This is a very good Dopplebock. Very drinkable, maybe not more than 1 at a time but a nice wintery heavy beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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