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Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TommyW on 01-02-2009

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Reviews:
58
Ratings:
127
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear garnet in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige colored head that died down rather quickly, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of brown bread with raisins are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty and slightly sweet with flavors of brown bread and dark fruits along with some notes of caramel and nutty malts. There are no traces of bitterness from the underlying hops but there's enough of them to keep this from being overly sweet.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable compared to other beers in the style because it isn't as full-bodied and filling and no traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant garnet with a sticky half finger rocky khaki colored head atop,a nice looking beer.Some cookie dough and caramel in the nose with a tinge of metallic.Not a big rick flavored doppelbock but there is some caramel and rum-like sweetness,some dark fruit and faint drying in the finish,as others have noted it has some mild nuttiness.Not bad,it's a little sweet but doesn't seem as big as it is.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, toffee, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, toffee, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good doppelbock style. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served up a clear, deep, dark orangey body, or, at least in the subdued mood lighting of the lower "The Fred" bar at the new Taco Mac location in the Prado. Topped with an inch-high head of beige foam.

Smell: An aroma smelling heavily of sugars which themselves have also been heavily toasted. Fruity notes of golden raisins spritzed with a dash of alcohol.

Taste: My, but it's sugary sweet! Toasty, bready malts with a slight underlying nuttiness. Moderate dried fruit tastes as one might expect. Spicy, leafy hop presence but no more than a thin, short-lived hint of bitterness. Then, it's right back to the sweetness and the toastiness until the drying finish that carried a bit of alcoholic heat with it.

Mouthfeel: It just barely slides into medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: A so-so, but oh-so sweet doppelbock, perhaps even a bit too sugary for me and I'm a chap who usually enjoys a sweet brew.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014 33ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

The clear body has a nice red-brown color but this is topped by a weak bubbly head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: simple but appealing with strong hints of brown sugar and dark fruits.

Flavor: a bit more complex adding, for instance, a hint of roasted nuts; lightly sweet with some mild bitterness added in the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-light carbonation; medium body; slightly astringent.

O: good example of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/9/2015 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep ruby red color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood of the style but there are other Doppelbocks that I would choose first.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Very tasty! Dark, hazy, orange-amber color with a nice white head that retained pretty well throughout the session. Aroma of dark sugars and toasty malts. Delightfully sweet taste--not sickeningly so--with rich, smooth malts, and flavors of caramel and dark sugars. Some spice obviously present too, with an organic, earthy quality in the background. Pleasant and smooth, medium body, highly drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant ruby in the body with a nice quickly dwindling white pearl colored head forming. Fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Interesting bottle green stubby with a red foil label, aromatics offer up ripened fruit notes. Clean bright malt character shines for from this Christmas doppelbock, pours a bit thin compared to the average German strong lager. Flavor is caramelized sugars glazed upon ripened dark fruits a hint of banana with ice cream and caramel sauce. Finishing the sweetness a touch of toasted bread balances out the sweetness with a faint hint of herbal hops. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied easy to drink especially for a doppelbock, typically a heavy liquid bread kind of beer with layers of texture/flavor. Overall a pretty weak offering, this brewry is interesting I've never seen this beer since this year showing up at the Market District in Robinson this one showed up during the Christmas beer season at my local in Ohio.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass. Green bottle… WATCH OUT! Oh here we go.

Deep creamy vanilla yellow head off the pour, settling to a simple two finger thickness and almost nitrous bubble appearance. Body color is a shimmering and BIG red chestnut quality and hints of brown edges. Light carbonation hits through the body, and some lapped up sheet lacing in places makes its presence. Very beautiful looking brew.

Light toast aromas give to a solid caramel character. The toffee angle hits with softer notes a much lighter sense of body perhaps beneath. A lighter doppel but also stays light on the phenols and spicy hot qualities with simple balance. Good solid aroma. More importantly, WE HAVE DODGED THE SKUNK MONSTER!

Palate hits very solidly and nicely. Very noticeable light but also creamy body, excellent actually as it's the first thing I notice about the beer on first sip. Light toffee and mixing creamy caramel goes with a much lighter character than your average doppel, less sugary and far less boozy. This is all doppel though, with excellent caramel malt flavors of classic tastes. Aftertaste takes some points down slightly, there's a lingering unnecessary and surprising metallic tiny twinge to this, but is luckily very small and doesn't take away from the above average palate being presented too much, but is a distraction. Some almost light crispness just wants to jump out here also.

An interesting bock, very beautiful and easy drinking on top of it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber. Slight head that dissipates immediately. Aroma dominated by sweet malt and a hint of light and dark fruit. Flavor is also sweet and caramel malt with dark fruit and slight nuttines. Finishes sweet with a light hop kick. The initial taste seems to have active carbonation, but quickly ends in a flat, but syrupy mouth feel that is more in line with the low carbonation appearance. A pleasant bock that is compromised by lack of carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong dried fruit aroma, with some coffee/dark chocolate bitterness in the flavor. Dark nut brown with thick foamy head. Not bad, but smoother dopplebocks are available, like Paulaner Salvator.

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Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Waterfront, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a three finger frothy thick white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cereal malt, smoke, some caramel and a musty hop.

The taste consisted of a smooth cereal malt with a slight sweetness and a bit of smoke toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very quaffable dopple. A bit toward the simple side, but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just a lot of sweet malt with a hint of chocolate. Flavors replicate the nose, with this beer delivering a boatload of sweet malty goodness. There's a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, which keeps this beer from becoming over the top sweet and malty, but it's a close call. Mouthfeel is decidedly medium bodied, and drinkability is OK. While the alcohol is pretty well disguised, the excessive sweet maltiness detracts just a bit. That being said, this is still a very nice, easy to appreciate winter bock. Nice.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours beautiful amber with a really large off-white fluffy head that stays for a long time before it dissipates, leaving lots of lace.

S: Sweet caramell-malt, a hint of dark dried fruits. Quality-hops.

T: Sweet malt, with some amount of dryness. Dark dried fruits and some alcohol in this complex beer.

M: "Alcoholic", with a full body and medium carboantion. The aftertaste is surprisingly short but holds a nice bitter dryness.

D: This beer could have been a bit better balanced. But a Doppelbock is always a Doppelbock...

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very dark gold/brown with a 1 finger of white foam. Another brew with fine lacing.

I have to say that the smell is awesome. Lots of caramel malt with a wee bit of grain, maybe a hint or two of chocolate.

The very same taste wise. A bit of a stronger grain presence but not out of line for the style at all.

Smooth mouth feel, almost at the top of the food chain as far as Doppelbocks that I have tried. Just as good as Celebrator, imho

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - I assume this is only a few months old since I got no sediment, a rocky fully inch of opaque colored head, and a nice deep clear brown beer.

S - Some mild grain skunk and fairly sweet oaky dark fruit goodness. I love some sweet dopplebock's

T - Not bad it has a good amount of caramel malt, some chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. Simply, tasty, well hidden ABV.

M - Has a mild grainy hint which I assume is skunkness from the bottle but other than that it's fairly smooth and medium bodied.

Overall I got this on discount from $3.50 (paid 2 dollars) and I was pleasantly surprised of it's smooth light flavors and well hidden ABV. A very solid dopplebock.

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Photo of bark
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is amber-red; the beer pours with a fizzing sound. The finger thick head is beige. Almost no lacing occurs. Looks good.

The smell is elegant and loaded with malt. Fresh semi-sweet notes and hints of alcohol, crackers and a touch of toffee.

The strong taste is dominated by fresh malty flavours. Some passing sour hints. Notes of cookies, nuts, beef stock and some spicy hints. The body is medium. Lots of bread, and fresh fruits in the aftertaste. There is a very noble and gentle bitterness in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is mild, yet very fresh. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A pleasant malty bock: Einbecker sure knows what they are doing.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery color with off-white head. Caramel, dark fruits, cloves and bananas on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with dark fruit and bready notes.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish copper color with good clarity. There's a finger worth of off-white colored head topping it off. Retention isn't great, nor is a lot of lacing left behind.

Ugh. Green bottles. Thankfully, it's not very skunky. Because of this, I actually pick up nice aromatic notes of pumpernickel bread and caramel. Letting it open up will reveal a subtle toastiness and hints of cherry. There's also a nice noble hoppiness featured, above-average for the style. All in all, it just smells like it's well put together.

Much of the same toasty, molasses-laden qualities I picked up on the nose travels down to the flavor profile, especially as this beer hits the palate. The hoppiness is also there, but beautifully concealed within the malt backbone. Hints of cherry finish it off. There are literally no surprises here next to the aroma - it's a straightforward doppelbock with rock-solid balance.

Full bodied, ergo it's not the most drinkable lager ever. Carbonation is somewhat high. Thanks to the seemingly high attenuation, alcohol shows up in a vague sense. This doesn't burn, but it is a little more noticeable than it should be for 7.5%.

Good doppelbock. The flavors proper are balanced well, though it's a touch boozy. Definitely worthy of anyone's time, though I prefer Celebrator myself.

3.6/5: A fine example of the style, certainly

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-a deep red amber color with an off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, spices, hints of sweetness

T-sweet malt, caramel, ginger, molasses, dark fruit

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent doppelbock with good blend of flavors, but a little on the sweet side for me

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green bottle! What the hey.
Malt forward with soft melanoidins and a quiet toast character. Soft fruit too. Solid start.
Very clear and a nice copper/red color. Smallish darkish head that settles out quickly, but it does leave some dipping lacing that disappear in short order.
Fruitiness on the flavor, yum. Soft melanoidins again and the same with toast. No hops to speak of. Moderate drying. Alcohol is subdued in flavor but creates a warmness in the gut.
A little bigger than moderate in feel, but the low carbonation provides a creaminess and softness.
A good standard doppelbock. Quite rich, really. The flavors and good and the richness pushes a slower drinking experience.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A crystal-clear amber red body is surmounted by a moderate, somewhat coarse white head, which soon dissipates to a thin scattering of foam. A very few small bubbles drift lazily to the surface. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: The aroma is rather prominent and is quite similar to caramel glazed rye bread.

Taste: Opens with an abundance of toasted malt and caramel. As the taste progresses, some rather earthy hops present, vying with the strong malt background for dominance. Th relatively high ABV (7.5%) is felt as a pleasant warming sensation, rather than tasted. A little dark fruit presents late in the taste. Finishes with a lingering leafy, tea-like hop note.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with rather sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rather nice, well-crafted and quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a short, embossed custom green glass bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer of brilliant ruddy copper clarity. It's lightly carbd and of lite tan head. Aroma is lite and sutle with hints of dark candied fruits and rich malts. Definitely fits the season. Drinks dark and smooth a bit sweet with candied malts sugar and fruits. Towards the end one finds a soft warming alcohol to cut through the winter chill, or lack there of depending on where you are. I liked this beer it was esay drinking smooth sweet and bold.

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Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle via trade from bierkoning on ratebeer - thanks, Edo! Drank this while brewing my first lager, and paired it with some pork chops.

Pours a clear reddish-brown color with a medium-sized light beige head.

Aroma is malty with caramel, spices, and fruity esters.

Flavor is malty and sweet with caramel malt, brown sugar, candied dried fruits, and some spiced notes. Paired well with the pork chops.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, and not at all boozy. The 7.5% was more than I would have guessed.

Drinkability is high. A nice beer overall, enjoyable.

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Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a light beige foam, leaving residues on the glass. The color is copper or bright amber.

The smell contains sweet candy sugar tones, with raisins and dried fruits, complemented with fresh citric notes.

The taste is rather sweet but pleasantly balanced with acis and bitterness. You can feel raisins, dried apricots, and a good taste of hops.

The feel is rather "dry", but in all it is a very pleasant bock to linger over at a cold winters evening.

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Einbecker Winter-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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