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Bonator | Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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3.97/5
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90 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
Germany
klosterbrauerei-weissenohe.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WYVYRN527 on 06-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,257
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
90
pDev:
11.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Tivlavrie
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from fridge temp. Dark brown with some transparency. Vanilla and caramel on the nose. Flavor is strong - lots of caramel and malts. Mouthfeel is nice - creamy. Overall, really nice.

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Photo of Hanyuu
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma has some sweet, toasted malt and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts with toasted malt, slightly spicy and boozy. Body is on the lighter side and has medium carbonation. I don't really like this one. It's quite boozy and also has a stale grain / rotten fruit flavor.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This dopplebock pours a reddish brown color with a thin white head. It’s maybe a little lighter than most dopplebock’s that I’ve seen. The smell is sweet and malty, with hints of caramel and molasses and a faintly fruity as well. My doubts, arising from the lighter than average color, about the robustness of this dopplebock are put to rest immediately upon sipping it. It has a full malty body with flavors of caramel, gingerbread, and dark chocolate as well as a faint flavor of dates and a mildly acerbic hop finish. It finishes quite dry as well. A common criticism is that it’s too sweet and I have to agree with that to some degree, but I actually don’t mind it that much since I think that it avoids tasting artificial. This is a good beer, but dopplebocks are one of my favorite styles and I have tried a lot of great ones. This is certainly a level below the likes of Celebrator or Kloster Andrechs, but it is enjoyable in its own right and in my opinion is a good one to try.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass. 1 Pt. 9 fl oz swing top bottle.

Chestnut dark brown, and slightly red a bit as well for the body color. Comes off like milky chocolate and a bit dense looking with just barely a hint of carbonation that you can see. Creamy and very nice fluffy top, a very yellow and light tan colored head, making an easy two finger pour. Settles slowly to a finger not even breaking. Solid looking doppelbock.

Very clean sensing aroma on the nose. Light toffee angle, slightly waffery and almost crackling malt slightly. Small sense of bready yeast a bit, a little bit of pasty character. Very subtle sweetness and mellow definitely not going for the syrup bent here.

Palate keeps it simple. A real excellent mouthfeel, gives a real nice creamy texture and malt backbone to the flavors. Mid palate light in caramel and toffee flavors, with a light thickness that coats wonderfully. Small hinting banana ester on the finish that just barely comes out on the finish. A little bit of purple grape like sweetness too which makes things interesting.

A solid doppelbock, and drinks very quickly.

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Photo of Johnct
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

.5 litre bottle from Ambrosetti in Berlin. Regrettably brief notes below:

HEAD: ~2.5cm. Pale khaki colour head. Nicely soft in appearance, with a thick consistency and ample creaminess. Frothy and inviting. Retention is good for this high an ABV - ~6 minutes.

BODY: Deep amber-copper of below average vibrance. Lighter in colour than I expected; most great doppelbocks I've encountered are much darker. No yeast can be seen within; definitely looks a lager.

AROMA: Toasted brown bread, prune, faint grape, stonefruit, caramel, bready sweetness. The malt bill seems more in line with a Maibock than a doppelbock...no chocolate, dark, or schwarz malts here.

Hop profile is minimal (to style). Yeast character is clean, indicative of lager yeast.

This is a bit of a scattered thought, but this seems like the kind of aroma you'd expect if a rauchbier was brewed without being smoked...dominated by brownish malts and creamy.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Sweet and filling, but not so much it comes off as true bread-in-a-bottle. I've had heavier, darker, and frankly more interesting doppelbocks, but this has the requisite sweet malts. No chocolate, schwarz, or dark malts, though...this is a doppelbock for the Maibock lover. ABV isn't unnoticeable, but it's far from overt.Caramel, faint brown bread, cream. Hardly "dunkel."

I don't dislike it. Hop profile is all but nonexistent. Yeast profile is predictably clean and ester-free.

Unbalanced but not imbalanced, Bonator has a plain straightforward presentation of its simple shallow constituent flavours. Look thee not for subtlety, nuance, or intricacy here. The build is very contained, with a narrow range of flavour. Flavour duration and intensity are average. Cohesive, though not gestalt in the sense that it doesn't taste like a whole which exceeds the sum of its parts (if you'll excuse the pretension implicit in that phrasing).

Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, with unwelcome high carbonation. More weight and heft on the palate is expected in the doppelbock style, but in texture as well as taste it leans light for the style. Smooth, wet, rounded. Not chewy or coating per se.

This texture fails to accentuate specific notes or to elevate the beer as a whole, but it's a decent complement to the taste.

OVERALL: A doppelbock that leans towards the lighter end of the spectrum, Bonator will fail to please those seeking big bold versions of the style with a robust flavour.

But, then again...who is this phantom demographic that wants a "drinkable doppelbock"? This is a style that's meant to hit heavy, bread-in-a-bottle, balls to the wall 'cause it's fuck or walk. If you don't want a sipper but you want the flavour profile of a doppelbock, you know, maybe...try drinking a bock?

High C / AVERAGE

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Aroma is toasted malt dominant, with sweet melanoidin character combining to create a toffee tone. Floral notes are subtle. Notes of prune become evident.

Flavor is fairly sweet upfront, becoming toasted and nutty mid palate, with an almost woody finish. Muted prune and fig add complexity at the base. Starting to get a little flat/cardboard character, but still very tasty.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of afsdan
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drmeto
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear copper with a medium,foamy,beige head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-syrup,nutty,caramel,toffee,spice
T:
-Follows the nose plus slight breadiness
F:
-medium body
-medium carbonation
-very faint alcohol warmth
O:
Nice Doppelbock.A little too light in Body

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4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dryndantheman
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of unimatrix1
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of jmtpi
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of doktorhops
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes I have Doppelbocks on the brain at the moment. I have a craving for that delicious sweet dark fruit bready goodness and those full-bodied creamy Ales. I have an addiction, and the only cure is more cowbell, err Doppelbocks. Wirtshaus Klosterbrauerei in the picturesque Bayern town of Weißenohe seems as good a place as any to produce an Ale that will slake my Doppelbock lust, or is it?

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Deep clear burnt caramel body with a 1cm cappuccino cream-coloured head that sits firm in the glass, like a proud Bavarian man-about-town-in-Lederhosen.

S: Quite a bit of funk on the nose, aromas of over-ripe fig, dark plum, date, moist brown bread and sweet molasses. Wowzer! What an intriguing bouquet. I'm really digging this brew so far.

T: The funk carries over to the flavour - all manner of over-ripe tastes (fruity and otherwise) trip wildly across the tongue; fig, plum, date, heavy brioche and caramel. There is the slightest hint of lemon rind in the hops (and I mean barely noticeable). This is a malt/yeast driven affair on a scale that makes Weihenstephaner (the makers of Korbinian) take a step back and go "Whoa, easy there!". Also noted is a touch of metallic twang - a tiny blemish in an otherwise fine Ale.

M: Lays a brown velvet carpet on your palate with its mid to heavy body and thick, creamy carbonation.

D: The over-ripe fruit funk is great with this one, the body is not. It's almost too cloying, too heavy bodied to be enjoyed, but it really gives meaning to the description of a Doppelbock as "liquid bread" and for that reason I regard this Weißenoher Klosterbrauerei Bonator quite highly. If it was a tad (and I can't believe I'm saying this) lighter, and a tad less over-ripe in its fruitiness it would easily be a Korbinian beater. As it is I am challenged just finishing the one bottle, I will however (like some intrepid 19th century explorer) brave the Doppel!

Food match: A meal unto itself requires no food. Seriously it would be a bad idea to undertake any meal with this brew, however if you were foolish enough to attempt such an undertaking my recommendation would be something roasted and German, such as a pork knuckle foolish soul.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Bonator from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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