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Bonator | Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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

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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49
Ratings:
87
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
15.7%
 
 
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Photo of Arbitrator
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L in RWC.

A: I'm not going to criticize the clarity here, because like a dumkopf, I poured in the whole bottle, yeast and all. It's an opaque maroon body capped with a finger of long-lasting light beige foam. When it settles, it leaves some broken film on top of the beer, as well as a medium collar at the edge. No lace.

S: Raisins, caramel, toast, a hint of herbal hops.

T: Raisins, caramel, a whole-wheat / rye grain taste (could be some kind of spice, but it has a graininess to it), a touch of dark berries. Slight nuttiness carries into the aftertaste along with toffee and caramel. Herbal hops throughout, but they accentuate the malts instead of being the focus of the flavor.

M: I expected this to be drier and to showcase what the yeast can do. Maybe a poor expectation. It's semi-dry, with soft, fine carbonation at the end that cleans up the flavor. Full in flavor; each sip produces an assortment of sensations on the tongue.

D: It has been about a year since I had the Andechser, which is my gold standard for the style. I'm inclined to compare the two because they are both klosterbrauerei-based doppelbocks. This one is less dry, with less complexity, but it is still a good example of what centuries of fine brewing tradition can do. A+ would buy again.

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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 peabody
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark reddish amber with three fingers of off white creamy suds and lacing all over.
Smell hits you from way back. Yeast and spice.
As you get closer the caramel and malt blend in with the yeast and spice to make a great smelling beer.
Taste is a little hot but still enjoyable. Malt sugar and alcohol with a bitter aftertaste.
Taste is kind of boring and one sided. Not a lot of things stand out except the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is sticky and sugar retention is solid through the entire tasting.
Drinkability is only as much as you can stand here. Too much heat but this would be nice on a mid-winter's night.

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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 BeerWithMike
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled (actually the whole 550ml -16.9 ounce) bottle on 12/7/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a 2+ finger creamy beige head that lasts for a while. Good lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of nuts, caramel, maple sugar and dark fruits. The taste is even better with a hint of figs and dark wheat bread. Very easy to drink with no bitter aftertaste. Great balance of different flavors just add more to this brew. Really enjoyed this one!

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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 Domingo
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying the Weissenohe Dunkel, I was looking forward to this.
Pours a reddish brown color with a thin sheen of slightly off-white head at the top.
The nose is boldly sweet with lots of molasses, super sweet malty flavors, dried fruits, and caramel.
The taste has a ton of depth. Rum raisins, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of cocoa, and nuts. The malty flavor is potent and there it a hint of heat to it, but nothing too extreme. Hops round out the middle, and the finish is of hazelnut liqueur.
The texture is pretty typical. Chewy, but still nothing you have to sip gradually.
The heat's enough to keep this from being one of the absolute best DB's, but this is still an absolutely excellent beer.
Highly recommended.

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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 doktorhops
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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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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 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 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 jmbranum
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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 4balance
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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 slayer3604
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Thick turbid maroon and dark oak capped with a beige head that sticks around forever!

S-nutty maltiness, caramel and figs OH MY

T-velvet, smores (chocolate and marshmellows on graham crackers), caramelized walnuts and a tad of rich tobacco leaf.

M-Charmingly smooth, but cloying! GRR! I guess its necessary to compose such a smooth 8.2%er, but at the same time, this beer gets sticky.

D-very drinkable, but like I said, sticky.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this bier from a half litre bottle.

A: Pours a nice caramel brown color with a decent head that last for a long time. A good looking bier.
S: A sweet malty aroma that is very pleasing to the nose.
T: A good doppelbock taste. I really like the dopplebocks, but this one is a little strong, still good. Sweet, caramel taste that is very good.
M: Rich and foamy, a god mouthfeel.
D: 1-2 of these is plenty for me. This is not a session bier.

Overall, I really like this bier but only in small quantities. I strongly recommend this bier to anyone who is into doppelbocks. Prosit!

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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 Amgarnier
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Pours a dark brown, slightly hazy, One finger creamy head that dissipates quickly. High alcohol allows for noticeable lacing.

s: Strong toasted malt scent: very sweet. Some prunes in the background. No diacetyl, clean fermentation.

t: The malted aroma comes through strong in the taste, providing a lasting sweetness; Caramel and somewhat biscuit characters in the malt. Slight taste of prunes. Slight hop flavor. Sweet/ not dry finish.

m: Full body, feels like your eating a piece of toasted bread. Low carbonation. Smooth with no astringency.

O: Great beer very malty, a good beer if you don't like bitter brews.

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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 sourdoughsteve
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the swing-top bottle in to a glass. Nice dark brown color with a beige two-finger head. The head settled quickly, and the aromas were of dark fruits, and maltyness.
Tasted like Celebrator, but with the bitterness turned down a notch or two. I'm not a hop-head, so this is a plus for me.
Wonderful mouthfeel, and the alcohol (which is substantial) doesn't jump out at you. Very well balanced, in my opinion.
Can't drink these all night, but when you're in the mood, find a Bonator and enjoy it!

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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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