Bonator | Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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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:
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Added by WYVYRN527 on 06-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All the sweet and savory flavor of the dopplebocks that sustained the monks during lent also satisfies the sweet tooth for fans of lagers of the malty side.

Bonator opens with a garnet brown color that's showcased through bright clarity, casting only ruby highlights on the eye. A sturdy and lumbering head develops on the beer and settles to a blanket of creme that accomapnies the beer to the bottom of the glass. This is one masculine and gentlemanly looking beer.

Strong aromas on the sweeter side of maple syrup, soft nuts, toast, chocolate, and dark dehydrated stone fruits swirl about the nose with a heavy bready malt underpinning that pulls all the aromas together nicely.

Flavors rise in similar manner with the starch malt flavors of bread and toast providing a first wave and seems to be soaked by maple syrup in such a way to remind me of French toast. Accompanied with a secondary wash of cashews, dates, figs, red grapes, and bread crust. The strong savory taste develops a somewhat meaty undertone that settles toward a semi-sweet and lightly cloying finish.

Full bodied to the hilt, the combination of residual malt, protein, and starch cling to the mouth with saturating effects. Firm carbonation gives provides a short lived texture of marshmallow cream before the malty-sweet finish closes with mild vinous and melanoidin notes that extend well into the next savory sip.

Steering slightly from the dry toasty path of Ayinger Celebrator, this version revels in the malty sweetness to seduce the palate and calm the senses similarly to Weihenstephaner Korbinian and Augustiner Maximator.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1%
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 ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jmbranum
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very reasonably priced German dopplebock ($3.99 at Stevie's Bargain Liquor in NW Oklahoma City), sold in the reclosable-style bottles.

The aroma is heavenly. Rich with lots of maple-laden malty notes.

Pours a rich dark amber, almost the color of a dark honey. Giant tan head but one that disappears quickly.

Taste --- As expected, it is very rich and malty. Some maple notes. Nuts and caramel. Dark wheat bread. A little bit of hops in the background, along with some toastiness. Starts off fairly dry but ends with a mix of alcohol and sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit more carbonation than expected.

Overall... is very good. Reminds me of a sweeter and maltier version of Paulaner Salvator, but I need to taste them both side by side to know for sure. I will definitely be getting more of this beer in the future. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Imbibecules
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
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 npendres
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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 RDAdams
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 drtth
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
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 4balance
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured somewhat cloudy reddish brown with small tan head in a Chimay chalice, head dissipated to ring around edge, decent lacing.

Smells great! Roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, spice, sweet.

Tastes better! Deep dark and rich, roasted malts, roasted nuts, creamy caramel, dark chocolate, hint of cherries, spices, dates, figs, little sweet into a slight but welcome coffee bitterness, alcohol seems hidden well.

Slight carbonation - little dry with a somewhat creamy finish.

Really liking this one, I can see how they created this for fasting: this is a meal! Delicious! Flavor strengthens as it warms in glass. Cheers ~

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Photo of contec
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of peoplewithhands
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
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 BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1%
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 StaveHooks
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
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 FlandersNed
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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

Brilliantly clear mahogany brown colour with garnet highlights. Small, foamy, tan head. Fair to poor head retention.

Rich, nutty malt aroma with some bready melanoidin and sugar. Somewhat fruity. Classic.

Nutty, earthy, slightly roasty with some well caramelised melanoidin notes. A touch of fruit rounds it out. A slightly unconventional but nonetheless good Doppelbock.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice Doppelbock. Good malt character and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +1%
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 StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright ruby leaning towards oxblood with creamy ecru head that clings and sheets. Hints of Christmas spice, red berry and gingerbread on the nose.
Milk chocolate with some soil and maraschino cherry up front with leafy and spice hops.
Red plum finish, nutmeg linger. Thin but soft, chewy, a bit hot.

A light, chocolaty, sippable Dopplebock. Not as complex as you might want it, and a bit sweet, but way too easy to knock back.

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Photo of generallee
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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 OtherShoe2
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange brown with a good cream head that dissipates. No lacing.

Pint was a bit too cold, so initial sniff reminded me of fruit and caramel, almost like Twizzlers. As it warmed, the malt came out. Caramel, dates, roasted plums, vanilla. Real nice.

Rich and sweet, but complex. Cherries, stone fruit, plums, dried fig or dates, caramel, vanilla, wood leading to some brown bread and light bitterness intermingling. What a treat.

Full bodied, but could use a bit more. Loved this. Sipped it and didn't notice the alcohol at all. Not a hot brew. Very drinkable, and smooth.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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 falloutsnow
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Bonator from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
3.96 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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