Innstadt Doppelbock Extra | Innstadt Brauerei

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Innstadt Brauerei

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 42
Reviews by Luiz0930:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 0.5l bottle about 10 days ago at the Georgetown Deli ($5.99). Opted to lead off with this one today, Super Sunday...

Poured into an imperial pint glass... This DBock has an intense, deep chestnut hue. It is clear, with a solid amount of carbo rising within. Head is creamy and light beige, starting at about 3/4" and slowly receding to a thin layer of bubbles covering the liquid. Lacing is top-shelf as well. Smells as a good Doppel should, with loads of malty sweetness, caramel and toffee. The body is medium to medium-plus, and this bier lays quite smoothly on the tongue.

Flavor also has the requisite sweetness yet never gets cloying. There's more caramel and toffee, as well as some dark bread with raisins and a smidge of brown sugar. There's some ever-so-subtle floral hopping going on at the end, but the lead player here is the maltiness. Not overly complex, but quite satisfying. Prosit!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat coppery color with a decent head. Soft, malty aroma. Somewhat caramel like. Decent malt flavor. Again with the caramel. Slight solvent taste to it which I assume is the alcohol. Medium hop bitterness. Good enough mouthfeel but lacks the extra "umph" needed to really make it stand out. Finish is on the dry side. Fairly decent doppelbock.

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Photo of yidbeer
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried the beer in a flip top bottle. Dark ruby color apparent when held to light. Nice creme brûlée head. Lots of caramel notes in aroma. The body is a little thin. Lots of caramel and sweetness up front but a sour aftertaste with a slight burn. It bills itself as a malt liquor and I usually like those but this is just okay. I finished the bottle but had no urge for another.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt orange with a hint of brick red. It looks like this won't be one of those roasted malt doppels. The khaki colored crown is the highlight of the appearance. It has a whipped creamy texture and is more than capable when it comes to decorating the glass.

The nose is nothing to write to Germany about. Then again, maybe it is: "Better smelling beer would be great. Thanks. Sincerely," There's a whiff of steely caramel malt, some musky hops and... not much else. How does one say 'ho-hum' in German?

This so-called doppelbock (my label reads Doppel Bock Extra) tastes more like a plain ol' bock. I'm not impressed with the first few sips and am unlikely to be impressed with the next few. Or any few after that. Like all Innstadt Brauerei beer, IKD is passable at best and forgettable at worst.

This lager is malt-dominant and modestly sweet. So far, so okay. Flavors include steely caramel-covered apples, a mixture of golden and dark raisins, and a finishing (metallic) bitterness that has nothing to do with hop flavor. If you're a bock fanatic, increase the flavor score one half point. Or one full point, depending on your degree of fanatacism.

The body/mouthfeel ain't too shabby, but it's no great shakes either. It's medium for the style and is sparsely carbonated. Chances are, it won't make any impression at all unless you think 'mouthfeel' when you drink.

Doppel Bock Extra is the last of the Innstadt Brauerei beers in my cellar. None of them have been better than slightly above average... and this one can't even reach that relatively low bar. If you're looking for a good German doppelbock, keep looking.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a swing-top bottle.

I got a finger of deep-tan head with moderate retention. It has become more and more humid as the night has progressed. Color was a deep brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was richly malty, like caramel or toffee, underlain by a pleasant nuttiness, like walnut or chestnut, perhaps. I am not big on nuts, so I do not have a wide range from which to choose. Mouthfeel was approaching creamy, certainly very smooth with a caramel nut flavor on the tongue. This was dangerously smooth and easy-drinking, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Finish was sweet with that caramel-nut flavor continuing, but I also caught some alcohol heat at the extreme finish. This should come with a yellow "Caution" tag at least and maybe a red "Danger" tag for the uninitiated. Zounds!

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Swingtop 500ml pours a clear mahogany into the Bitburget pilsner glass. Plenty of thick ivory marshmallow cream floating on top, leaving a sheet of lace.

Good ol' woody caramel malts in the aroma, progresses well into the quaff with a well balance of hops to round 'er out. Even a hint of anise lurking deep in the mix. Not sweet, but even bodied and drinking easily - although the alcohol is not that high at 7.2%

A bit on the weak side for a German brew - but good for a cool fall evening.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml swing top bottle.

Coca-Cola color with some caramel highlights and barely there, sluggish bubbling. All beneath an off-white, one finger head that goes down to a thin ring of foam. Sweet carameled fruit, like prunes, toasted malt and just a little alcohol. Warm, carmelized prunes and pears on a thickslice of sweet wheat bread. Throughout all of this, a very noticeable warming alcohol. The palate is smooth, but a bit too warm. The alcohol tends to take too much control of the smell, flavors, and palate of this beer. There needs to be more balance.

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Photo of AltBock
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle with a simple black and gold label. No, this beer is not from Pittsburgh. Inside the gold part is the name of the beer in large ass silver letters. Above the name of the beer is the name of the brewery in a red banner on top of a blue oval. Inside the blue oval is a tiny drawing of the brewery. The back label contains all the mandatory US info and some weird notch date system on the side. Out of numbers 1-5 and letters A-D, mine was notched 1D.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this straight up German Doppelbock was a clear cherry amber with some faint orange highlights along the side. The initial head of foam was a good 1/2 an inch in height and dirty white in color. It wasn't white, beige, or tan in color. This head of foam had fast retention, but it did manage to leave behind a tiny string of rings and small blots of lace now and then. The color was nice to look at, but the head of foam wasn't much to talk about.

The aroma was on the sweet side of things. Not candy sugar sweet. It was more roasted and sweet. Up front in the aroma was the roasted malts. It was after the malts when the aroma got sweet on me. This part of the aroma was sweet with caramel, molasses, figs, and black cherries. After all the sweetness, the aroma then finished up with some yeast and wheat bread. The aroma was a little unique.

The taste wasn't as sweet as the aroma suggested this beer might be. It was more dry and roasted than sweet. The taste was dry and roasted with roasted malts, a drop of molasses, a pinch of caramel, a subtle black and here and there, and then it finishes up with a bitter wheat bread taste. I know I mentioned a few sweet flavors in there, but the sweetness just wasn't there. The sweetness was quickly covered up by the beer's roasted overtone.

This was a medium bodied German Doppelbock that a pretty good level of carbonation and a dry and slightly roasted aftertaste. There wasn't much going on in the aftertaste. My taste buds found some dry roasted malt, black cherry, wheat bread, and yeast. This aftertaste didn't bother to stick around. That would be too much to ask.

Overall it's pretty much a standard run of the mill German Doppelbock. It won't knock your socks off, but it won't offend your tastebuds either. Would I buy another bottle? Probably not.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid doppelbock, but perhaps a bit light on everything for the style. While not a bad tasting beer, it misses a bit on each rating category.

A light brown, ruby pour just shy of brownish. Tan head, some sticky lacing.

The caramel aroma is a bit stale, perhaps some oxidation going on. Semi sweet, but not sticky. Faint apple and raisin. If there were more of everything this would be a great beer. As it is, it's a solid one. Nothing wrong with that.

Nice feel to it, could use some more sweetness and stick. Nice with some smoked cheese.
The price point is great, at $3/bottle.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from liquid solutions

Swing Top makes some noise upon opening, a bit of gushing, might've lost a half oz.
Pours caramel/brown with 3+ fingers of tan head head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, with brown sugar & pears

T: Brown bread, apples & dryness up front. More brown bread, plus caramel as this warms, along with a little spicy hop profile. Finishes with cinnamon, figs & leafy hops & just a kiss of booze. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nice chewyness

Drinks really easy, just not a great dopple could do 2 or 3 prior to boredom setting in

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Photo of matjack85
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this 500ml brown, swing-top bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $3.99. There is some kind of notching system on the back label that may be a freshness code, but I have no idea what an A and a 2 may stand for. There is not a letter for each month - only an A,B,C, and a D, so as far as I am concerned there is no freshness date.

The beer poured a chestnut brown color with some reddish tinting when held to the light. It made a nice 2½ finger light brown head that lasted about 2 minutes, but left very little lacing.

The smell is all malt, and I mean MALT in capital letters.

Mostly malty caramel and toffee flavors but also some raisin-like fruit and a good dose of spice. There is a bit of alcohol flavor to this as well. The only thing missing here is some hop presence. Dopplebocks don't have a lot of hops, but this one has virtually none that you can taste.

This one is smooth and medium bodied, but with only low to moderate carbonation.

If you like malty beers with a raisiny background, then you can knock a few of these down in one sitting. If you like a more balanced beer, then one may be enough.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flip-top 500 ml bottle picked up today at Tres Bonne Cuisine... Paid somewhere in the neighborhood of about $4.50 or so.. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger khaki head.... the brew is surprisingly dark with a brilliant crystal clear ruby when held to a light.. lace is spotty yet somehow just clings to the glass.

This smells so amazingly fresh.. Tons of beefy toasty notes and some lighter caramel malts dominate... Very fresh smelling.

Flavor has very rich malt profile.. wow... very toasty with lite chocolate.... pretty dark melanoidin flavors.. seriously complex and just tastes "German".. very German.. A long boil was used on this sucker.. The body is a firm medium with a great creamy carbonation...

I really need to do some research about Tres Bonne Cuisine... they are getting in a bunch of German lagers that are available no place else in town... and they are very fresh tasting... I just wish they kept them in the coolers as opposed to on room temperature shelves..

I never go to TBS unless Brenda drags me to Costco.. but I need to make them a part of my regular rotation.

Edit: My review may seem fairly high.. but this is a seriously proper dopplebock.... and again... It tastes way more fresh than the Spaten or Optimator that I find at the other stores.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dmamiano
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby pour that enhance the ruby as held to the light. Big tan head that fades way too fast leaving small trails of lacing.
Sugary malty in the nose. Spicey, but mostly caramel and fruitiness(ripened).
Taste is thick, slightly cloying but in a good way. Burnt sugars and slight bitter finnish.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the top on this pint-sized bottle and was rewarded with a loud "pop" and a serious gush of foam up the neck of the bottle. It did not go over the top before I was able to get pouring. A deep chestnut color with a rockin' tan head. Thick, foamy, and rocky all at once.

Aroma is of bready and hearty malts, spicy figs, other mysterious dark fruits. Just a lovely, warm inviting aroma. Taste is big and bready, the sweet spice of hot cross buns on Easter morning. Some roasty malts and hop spice that really plays together nicely. This is a tasty brew for sure.

Big chewy feel with minimal carbonation. Thick, and truly a meal in a glass. Glad to have tried this beer and I will get more when the opportunity arises.

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Photo of largadeer
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Rust red, muddy and opaque. The head recedes to a thin collar pretty quickly.

Smells very good, raisins and brown sugar, cocoa, bit of molasses. Little vinous, too. Smells pretty rich and sweet.

Definitely sweet for the style, pleasantly so. Most of Innstadt's beers are on the sweet side, so this comes as little surprise. Raisins and brown sugar are the first thighs that come to mind. Sweet red grapes, molasses and carob round things out. Pretty full-bodied, not the most quaffable doppelbock around, but displays some great flavors. Ends on a clean malty note, leaves some lingering caramel and brown sugar flavors sitting on the tongue.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby-brown andhazy with the faintest head and lacing.

S - A very sweet and malty nose. Candy sugars, malt syrup and twizzlers candy present.

T - A rich, chewy mouth of malt. Metallic and mineral flavors present paired with sweet bread and honey tastes.

M - A sweet medium body, slightly viscous with a warming finish. Sturdy and supports the abv and big malt bite.

O - A traditional doppel, with lots of malt and sweet chacracter.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange. almost red. Very clear, thick white creamy head. No sediment.

Aroma is malt, bread, sugar, and alcohol. Most flavors are nicely balanced but I don't like how strong the alcohol comes through, it is a bit distracting when the rest of the beer smells so nice.

Flavor is very traditional doppelbock. Mild/modeate sweetness, tons of malt, biscuity (slightly), and unfortunately some of the alcohol again but not as much as the aroma.

Heavy body, moderate CO2, quite drinkable but sadly its not one of the best doppelbocks I've had. Still a good beer all around.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After my appetizer of the brewery's lager, it was time for the main course: its doppelbock. Served on-tap at Hollingshead's in a half-liter mug, on to the beer:

Light brown knitted with burnt orange, sitting below a bone-white puffy head that slowly drops to little more than a trace. This doppelbock, while not wildly complex, has its moments and is quite enjoyable. It starts with a hint of smoked almond flavor, it then turns sweet. Kind of like raisins/grapes rolled around in pastry dough. It boosts a good balance, though the feel isn't as chewy as one might hope for in a doppelbock. Worth trying out.

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Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice creamy head. nice color of brown, dark mahogany.
smell is of sweet "doppel-ly" malts.... typical doppel, indeed.
slightly roasted, syrup-y and a bit bitter. typically sweet but with a twang of bitterness seemingly a bit beyond the normal of this type. decent but not spectacular.

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Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and served from a 500 ml bottle into a tall slender mug with an Innstadt logo. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: dark mahogany or walnut brown with reddish tone, 1" light tan creamy head, sheets of lacing slide down the side on sipping. The head recedes slowly to a thin ring around the liquid and a thin layer of foam that covers the surface. The layer of foam lasts to the very end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is that of dark caramel or brown sugar with some floral and earthy notes from the hops, but is not particularly complex

Taste: The flavor is relatively simple for a doppelbock and contains carmelized malt flavors with brown sugar dominating and with hints of chocolate or cocoa. There are also some mild grassy hops present.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and is slightly creamy from the long lasting carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins in the gentle sweetness of the malt, transforms to a dry hop bitterness and simply fades away.

Drinkability: While not the equal of Ayinger Celebrator or Victory's St. Victorious, this is a tasty, well-made doppelbock that is smooth and goes down easily. I could be quite happy drinking another but a half liter of beer with this ABV is more than enough for me right now.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the capped bottle into a pilsner style tall glass.

A real creamy light tan colored head is the first thing I notice, and a super dark mahogonay body. When the glass starts to fill it gets just blood deep red nearly with lots of dark brown hues. Light rising carbonation. Whipped up like chocolate ice cream looking topping and some rings of lace. A very nice looking doppelbock.

Classic aromas of toffee and sticky yeast abound. Not as grand as some others but very solid, with a little bit of nutty character to match with it also.

Mouthfeel is interesting, a good licorice like coating through the palate and teeth, but not much sticky malt presence and a light touch in feel. There's some sharp carbonation on first sip but then get's quite moderate. It's a bit distracting to enjoy the palate. Some sticky malts and light toffee, a good amount of stinky yeast on this also.

Overall enjoyable and some great qualities, but I probably would prefer some of the classics, but this is no slouch and can do nicely.

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