Bonator | Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WYVYRN527 on 06-27-2009

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86
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
15.7%
 
 
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Photo of Imbibecules
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: A beautiful dark ruby/amber. Initially strong light amber/cream colored head with little retention but completely understandable given the ABV. Good clarity.

S: Burnt espresso/dark chocolate with a significant sweetness in the background. Rather inviting.

T: Cloyingly sweet at first to the detriment of the beer. As sipping progressed the espresso, dark chocolate, and caramel flavors became more prominent. Some dark fruitiness. Alcohol almost undetectable.

M: Creamy, but sticky with a moderate amount of carbonation at the back of the mouth. Could end slightly drier.

O: Felt flawed in sweetness and amount of burnt flavors. I wouldn't turn one down, but I would certainly not purchase this again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
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 Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -24.1%
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 John_M
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's during their rare and obscure beer festival.

The beer pours a solid brown color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just a light aroma of brown sugar, cinnamon and cola. Rather an odd combination here... On the palate, this is really a pretty weak effort. There is some light brown sugar flavor, but this beer is really very light and watery. Considering this beer is listed at over 8% abv., I was surprised. This has to be one of the more simple, one dimensional doppels I've ever had from Germany, and I'm surprised. On the other hand, I have to say the alcohol is very well disguised, I would have probably guessed it to be in the 5% range. However, boring and simplistic as the flavor profile is with this beer, I really can't give it high marks even for drinkability.

Not impressed.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear garnet with tan head.

S - Toasted brown bread, toasted brown sugar, vanilla.

T - Follows the nose - Brown bread crust, woody grain, caramel, light but earthy bitterness, some berry fruit underneath. Bready and nutty on the finish.

M - Low carbonation, thin medium body.

All good except for the mouthfeel was a little off. I would drink this again but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of drtth
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is hazy dark caramel brown color. The ¼” fluffy head is a nice tan color that persists reasonably well. Sipping for the first 1/3 of the beer leaves some bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is on the simple side and mostly dark caramel or brown sugar with a bit of dark breadiness thrown in.

Taste: The flavors include mostly some dark caramel sweetness and nutty character along with a touch of breadiness. The alcohol is nicely concealed here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium and the carbonation is faint. The medium long finish is mostly sweet malt fading a way to an almost dry but not at all bitter ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I sipped my way through this one and kept hoping that some of the complexity I’ve found in other doppelbocks would eventually emerge, but it didn’t. Consequently this is not a beer I’ll be seeking out and I’ll probably not have it again given how much better several other doppelbocks are. However, if someone else was buying and this was my option I’d probably drink another.

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Photo of RDAdams
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - The pour was reddish brown in color with a weak cream colored head and lace that demonstrated it 8.25 ABV.

S - A definite sweet malt aroma with some floral notes.

T - Sweet malt, toffee, caramel, no noticeable hopsl.

M - Body is low-medium, but very smooth. The finish is clingly and the aftertaste is toffee flavored caramel.

O - This is a nice beer, but the aftertaste cries out for cleansing.

Serving type: bottle
Purchased at: The Perfect Pour in Elkridge, Maryland

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Opens with a whoosh, pours an effervescent caramel with a thumb of cream colored head. Pretty good lacing & so-so head retention

S: Pears, a touch of brown bread, slight figgyness

T: Figgyness, leafy hops in tiny amounts& apricot jam up front. A bit of woody hops as this warms, some pear & dryness as this warms, slight treacle sweetness. Finishes with toastyness & a bit of persimmon & apricot

MF: Medium boodied, slight carbonation, thins a bit as this warms.

Not bad, but not a great dopple in any way

Easily one of the worst beers I've had from Franconia. Then again I had most at the delicious source too long ago, sigh...

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Photo of peoplewithhands
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a large mug

Appearance: ruby red/brown with a head that starts out thick and rapidly subsides into a thin line that stays and laces as you drink.

Smell: very rich nutty sweet honey nose with some booziness, but not overwhelming

Taste:sweet at first with nutty coffee bitterness and a little dry finish

Mouthfeel Medium body, slightly creamy with just a touch of carbonation at the end

Overall: Nutty, warm....good

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modestly murky caramel-orange with cherry skin highlights when backlit with morning sun. A thick slice of buttered wheat toasted colored cream looks decent enough and doesn't melt too quickly. Solid all around.

The nose, like the color, is more consistent with an amber/golden doppelbock than a dark doppelbock. Too bad my preference is for the lightly roasted and cocoa-like versions of the style. There's really nothing wrong with it, but it isn't a special aroma by any means.

Bonator, while a damn sight better than Monk's Christmas (this beer's little brother bock), is not one of my favorite versions of all-time. It doesn't have the rich and malty character of the world's best, nor does it have the flavor power and depth. Still, not a bad brew for what it is.

Specifics include toasted brown bread, caramel, figs and a light sprinkling of bitter tea leaves. Still no cocoa or coffee. The next highest taste score was almost reached, but warming hasn't opened up any hidden caches of wonderfulness.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side and is slightly underbubbled to boot. Not bad in either case, however. It seems like quite a few swing-top bottles struggle to maintain a tight seal. They might look cool, but caps rule.

Bonator Traditional Doppel Bock is not my kind of brew... though it might be yours if you love big Germans lagers. At least I will now think of this brewery as respectable, which wasn't the case after the review of Monk's Christmas.

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Photo of drmeto
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Premiere Gourmet. Very rich, bit overly sweet, cloying. Reddish dark bown, thick pour, thick mouthfeel. Honey, light spice. Drinkable but not the best representative of the style, would like it less sweet. Very malty aroma.Warming, alcohol hidden.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a mug...

P: Dark Amber color with a full finger of frothy tan rootbeer head. Good retention and nice vertical lacing along the glass. Streaming bubbles with a thick layer of swimming foam that stays on top.

S: First off is dark chocolate, followed by toffee, espresso and roasted caramel malts. Figs, spices and wood are also players in this warm welcoming.

T/M: Heavy toffee presence with a confident blend of amaretto, dark chocolate, and mild dingy earthy hops. The finish is a wet bitter sweet alcohol and coffee finish.

O: Good double bock with complementing flavors and a smooth finish that leaves you wanting more. A reasonable price which will cause me to grab more.

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Photo of bareju
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Black Sheep in Dublin, Ireland, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Ruby red with off-white head

S: Figs dominate smell

T: Figs are dominate, sweet, no bitterness. Fairly one-dimensional. Reminds me of strong dark belgian ales.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium carb and slightly syrupy. I really like the mouthfeel, but it doesn't match the dark fruity tastes at all.

O: Good, but the figs definitely overpower other tastes in this one.

* From tasting notes

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Photo of generallee
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz swing top bottle into a mug.

Appearance: The body has a deep brownish coppery color with dark reddish amber highlights. On top is a small collar of tan foam. The head slowly settles and clings to the glass as I drink. This makes for lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a big deep aroma with tons of malt character. It has deep roasted grain with notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread and toasted nuts. The alcohol is also noticeable and adds a touch of fusel character which is a little distracting.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is big and full bodied like the aroma and like the aroma it starts with a big bready and roasted grain like base. Inside of it are notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread, and some light toasted nuts. I also pick up some dusty/earthy and mildly fruity yeast as well as some old dried/leafy hop spice. This adds some light bitterness to the background. Mingling through all of this is a very noticeable fusel booziness that has a harsh edge to it.

Notes: There is a lot of depth and complexity but it has its ruff edges too.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Pours semi-opaque, amber in color, about a 38mm head that is white-brown in color. Not much visible carbonation (but it's not easy to see into the beer). Head recedes gradually to leave a film of whiteness across the beer for essentially the entire session. Lacing is noticeable and quite nice.

The scent is a bit weak, at least to my nose. While I pick up some breadiness, caramel, and a bit of banana-y ester, they're largely pale and very ephemeral. I'd like a little more presence in this area.

This is, taste-wise, one of the better doppelbocks I've had. The bready maltiness is very present, but not over-the-top or lingering past its welcome. It is further complemented by flavors of caramel, floral hops, and a bit of rum on the back of my tongue. Not as complex or going for the same things as Celebrator, but good in a different direction.

Mouthfeel is as expected: heavier beer with moderate carbonation for a pleasing effect. Finish is semi-dry with a bit of astringency,

At 8.2%, this is a sipping beer for me. Just right for the cold fall and winter nights. Would pick another one up again without hesitation.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger head of fluffy tan foam. It left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet and malt with some mild floral notes.

T - It was malty and very sweet with a strong caramel and toffee presence. Very little hop bitterness at all.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a somewhat sticky finish.

O - This is a nice dopplebock. Big sweet and malty - like it should be.

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Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9oz brown flip-top bottle into a clear Donegal glass mug.

A: Garnet-chestnut with soft, foamy 1-finger cherry-vanilla head with decent retention but limited lacing.

S: Crusty bready caramel maltiness with slight sting of alcohol and herbal hoppiness.

T: Major maltiness with bready, toasted caramel flavor with candied fig and apricot jam and dull berry fruitiness of the alcohol. Hops are bit players and herbal and earthy for the most part.

M: Nice medium-body with slick mouth-filling feel and sticky sweet caramel aftertaste.

D: A very good doppelbock although not substantially different than some of the domestic doppelbocks (Bell's, Victory) and certainly doesn't compete with Ayinger or Aventinus. Very nice beer but big price tag hurts a little here too.

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Photo of socon67
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gravity cask at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn NY. Might be the first ever cask in the US.

A - Light amber color with an acitve fizzy carbonation in the pour. Sticky lacing on the top and some decent foam retention. Cloudy view belies some sediment of yeast in the pour.

S - Smells of walnuts, maple, and sugary sweet fruit. My first thought was that this was just like popping the box on a Russel Stover chocolate sampler.

T - Very sweet flavor with some bready yeast notes. Has a gritty protein flavor. Rich sugar stays throughout. Residual sugar of fruit adds to the complexity.

M - Crisp clean taste. Actually quite refreshing. Has a distinct texture to the liquid. By the time I finished the glass I found this to be a sneaky full bodied beer.

O - Not a style I go for but this was clearly a solid example of a traditional German dopplebock. If given another chance to have on tap I'd go for it.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. Flip-top bottle, this beer is a slightly hazy amber with a thick head about an inch and a half high. It settles quickly and shows good lacing. It expresses nutty aromas along with a slight nuttiness. Flavors are identical to the boquet. Malty with hints of toast and caramel, finishing with a fruity hop character. Rich and viscous, this beer coats the palate and the flavors linger for a long time. Bonator is quite drinkable, and I'm glad to have tried this brew.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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 LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark red amber, off white head with lacing. Nice malt aroma. Very nice medium creamy mouth feel; malt up front. Somewhat sweet malt middle with an abrupt dry finish. A nice malt bomb in an attractive package (flip top bottle). I will buy again

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Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade with Erzengel, cheers mate!

50cl bottle poured into Paulaner seidel

BBE 17 Aug 2011

A- Garnet mahogany body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy tan head, reduces relatively quickly to a crown with average lacing, but fine due to abv.

S- Sweet fruit cake, toffee malts, subtle hint of toasted malts.

T- Sweeter caramel/toffee malts up front balancing to a subtler toasted malt quality in the finish. If picky, the finish is maybe a bit thin in flavour, a little bit of an anti climax. Very smooth, no suggestion of alcohol heat at all.

M- Moderate carbonation and full body. Lager clean

D- A nice balance of sweeter and toasted malts on the palate but perhaps a bit weak in the finish. Body is excellent with a fantastic smoothess for its abv strengthened by the lager clean finish. A nice example.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty pomegranate juice colored body with copper hues. Thin off-white head, very clear.

S - A traditional sweet malty doppelbock nose with plenty of honey too.

T - So rich and nutty up front. Grainy and bitter notes, with slight fruit skin sweetness, like plum. Malty throughout with a dry alcohol finish.

M - A solid DB, delicious full flavor and body with a slightly dry end.

O - Well rounded, chewy, malty and warm.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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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