Invader Dopplebock
Valkyrie Brewing

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #198
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Ranked #38,643
3.61 | pDev: 13.85%
Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: The picture in the BA database doesn’t really do the bottle full justice. Heavyweight looking, a thick golden foil encases the crown cap, and almost covers the entire neck of the 22ounce brown glass bottle. The top of the foil has a red round sticker with the words ‘Something Special from Wisconsin’. The main (and only) label has a silver background with dark green text. A Viking Longboat rides the froth atop a large Mug. Listed as ‘Invador Doppelbock’ and described as a ‘Big German Bock Beer’. No strength or freshness date listed.

Appearance: Pours with a darkish brown, reminded me of polished horse chestnut, or as we called as children, conkers. Light haze, that exhibits some very dark ruby hues with mahogany flashes when backlit. Decent enough head at first but the tan covering breaks and finishes as a thin broken covering, but not until after it has left some nice ring lacing.

Nose: Nutty nose with some toffee caramel and malts. Malt extract molassic odors mixed with some dark fruits and plums.

Taste: Thick feel at first starts a smooth blanket of toffee, caramel, roasted malts and some dark fruits in the back end with a taste that reminded me of crushed figs. Sweet malts in the finish but nothing detracting. Slightly sticky aftertaste after a while.

Mouthfeel: A nice ‘thick’ feel that is satisfying, but is somehow not really backed up by the beers body or alcohol.

Drinkability: I had no serious problem getting rid of this Bomber in about 10 minutes. Sure it was the first of the night but it was easily quaffed. The lack of any alcohol feel, the nice body and a decent taste profile make for an enjoyable Doppelbock.

Overall: Worth trying. Thanks to one of Minnesota’s finest, BigHuge, for this Wisconsin Doppelbock.

May 27, 2004
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ZAP from Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


New 12 ounce bottles...not getting as much of an off taste with this one but it is still a weak DB...really only about an average bock..I poured it face down to stimulate a little head...body is on the lighter side of medium..sweetish flavors and nose...i'm getting mainly dark fruits..some least it's not "off" like many of their offerings I've tried...

I'll sum it up ike this...if you want to try a new "doppelbock" from a small brewery in Wisconsin give it a try...just realize Wisconsin has many small breweries that produce much better beer than this...It's Ok which is better than my first review and I'll upgrade the ratings slightly..

3-18-02 A doppel only in name..maybe a straight bock...if Salvator, and S.A, and Consecrator are "Major League" doppels this is a "Little League" version with a bad taste.

Dark mahogony in color..very small creamy textured head..not a lot on the nose(faint caramel tones)...has an off-taste I am finding in most Viking beers..thin for a doppel...slight hop on the finish..don't care for the taste...nothing special here..

Apr 16, 2005
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear burgandy. Nice head that lasts a while. Thick malt evident on the nose. Clean malt tones hit the tongue at first. A small bit of roastiness. Malt sweetness does not overwhelm. Could actually be a bit more of a malt taste for a Dopplebock style. Good dopple, but not in the elite class.

Mar 19, 2002
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottles (12 oz) in a six pack...medium dark clove brown (brighter red in the light), soupy greenish middling head typical of many Viking brews but OK in a Doppelbock. Thin but adequate dripping ring laces. Slightly buttery aroma, a little bit of vanilla. Body is medium, carbonation is higher than flat but pretty minimal. Flavor is decently full, but helped by the low carbonation (tea-like), starts with apricot and sweet pear fruitiness, moves to a little bit of bitter apple core and stems, finishes with a dusty vaguely cocoa impression and aftertaste. No real indictions of alcohol or Doppelbock oomph. Not bad, not overly sweet, lighter and more fruity than most Doppels. Drinks easily.

Jan 12, 2005
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cokes from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany stained with a brief tan top.
Molasses, figs, prunes, leather and wet dirt aromatics.
Begins butterscotch malty, turning quickly to prune juice. Lingers in prune land for a while, then begins to disintergrate into wet gauze and cardboard. Smoky cherries and Viking's mossy yeast are both noted. Rides outs dirty, with tea notes.
Keeps the maltiness together long enough to be considered decent.
Moderate to thin mouthfeel. Seems to bulk up as it sits.
Somewhat worthwhile, but far from special.

Mar 03, 2003
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears to be almost flat on the pour, with no head rising up from the beer. Color is chestnut brown and slightly red. Smell is very malty with slight maple syrup and honey scents. Taste is fairly thin, almost like a dunkel lager as opposed to a dopple bock. Slight bread qualities add to the brown sugar sweetness of this beer. Mouhfeel is crap, with absolutely no carbonation to add any bite. Drinkability is ok.

Jan 22, 2005
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brakspear from Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep mahogany and a slight creamy tan head, carbonation is very evident. The aroma is sweet malt, with some toasted notes. No real hop aroma present or necessary for style. the taste is also very sweet, the flavor does not have much depth or complexity and the mouthfeel seems a bit weak. A decent, but not outstanding beer.

Aug 05, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viking's Invader pours a very deep chestnut brown body with a touch of a crimson cast beneath a short but creamy tan head that holds shortly before withering to a decent collar. Some sticky rings of lace are initially left about the glass.

The aroma is rich with sweet buttery caramel; and the flavor is even fuller, richer, and sweeter with a dollop of buttery maple syrup, melted brown sugar, sweet doughy bread, and a touch of soft berry-like fruit. It's quite luxurious and rounded, and while sweet, it's never cloying. It's backed by a firm bitterness, but it's really that there's not much left behind that leads it towards dryness. It has a dextrinous medium body, which seems light for the style, but somehow works. It's at least drinkable in that regard, and it's very-fine bubbled, moderate carbonation leaves it silky smooth (and less filling). An interesting, sweetish brew.

Apr 12, 2007
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the new 12 ounce Viking bottles, a much more attractive presentation, nice design, illustrations of viking ship and swaord, utterly wasteful foil around the cap.
Appearance:Hazy ruby coloration,good, 1/2 ,"creamy head.
Big, almost syrupy malt sweetness in the nose. deep, though, with tones of maple, mollasses, dark fruits, black cherries, apples, a touch of sour. oddly.
Taste: Rich malt, mostly cherries and fruit. Definitely tasty, though, can't deny that, still feels like it's not quite what it ought to be, to be a doppel. ...a little something extra, maybe?
A nice enough try, but give these guys some time and they'll get bigger and better.

Mar 31, 2005
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jeffboo from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is dark brown with reddish highlights and a small tan head. Aroma of leather,tobacco,roast malt,earth, and burnt sugar. The flavor isn't as complex as the aroma. It has a smooth,sweet malt flavor in a medium bodied brew. The flavors run through vanilla,raisin, and maple syrup but the malt is a bit muddled. It finishes nutty and toasty. A nice dopple but not overly complex with the malt flavors not bold enough.

Jun 19, 2003
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark mahogany in color with a lusciously thick pencil width high head of light tan colored tight froth with some larger bubbles, sustained for a while then fading to a thin ring and gets minimal spotty lace. Whoa Nelly is this stuff tangy sweet....taangy! Nose of malty sweetness abound with a good sense of toffee, some plum, caramel and molasses. Taste is sweet toffee and unripe grapes upfront mixing with light butterscotch, a bit thin and short lived in the flavor dept.; lacking in some depth. Has some hindering roastyness and finishes with a souring yeast and soft earthty hops adding to the balance of overall sweet tangyness. The feel starts lightly creamy and thin but picks up a nudge and favors a close mediumness with lingering tangy candied apple in the mouth and tongue.
Worthwhile effort, not especially memorable, but decent enough to finish off the bomber without any second thought.

Jul 24, 2003
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-tinted ruby with a light beige, creamy head. So far so good. Light dough and toffee aromas mix with cooked vegetables and noble hops. The ever-present Viking yeast funk is there too (although it works a little better here than in others). Taste starts with moderately sweet fruit and bread and toffee malts. A dash of rum (a low proof rum). Vegetal bitterness into the finish. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. One of the better Viking's I've had, but still needs work. It's also a bit tame for a DB.

Mar 26, 2006
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nflmvp from Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour netted me a 1/4 inch, dense tan head that dissipated to a light cream cap with moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell is a little malty and mildly sweet. No real alcohol presence. Taste is similar with a sweet, fruitiness and again, no real alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is relatively thick and does a decent job coating. Drinkability is a little better than average.

I'd hoped for more out of this local Wisconsin brew but at least it's palatable.

Apr 24, 2006
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Skidz from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New 12 oz. style bottle for the meager drinker in you. I always liked the bombers, but I guess these are more consumer friendly.

Pours out straight orange-brown and sits a cloudy chocolate brown in the glass with a smallish off-white head, fading to a faint skim leaving a few short lacings around the glass.

Smells full and malty with a nice evened spice character to it. Raisins and dates balanced with cloves, banana and cinnamon. Candy sweet overall, with good roasted traits.

Tastes unusually malty, quite laid back. Dark, toasty flavors paired with gooey bits of dates and prunes. Dark caramel and brown sugar. Mild spicy notes giving off some pepper laced with a warming alcoholic glow. Finish has well-controlled and even bitterness fading to the side of the roasted flavors.

All out smooth and creamy in the mouth, fine carbonation and a nice full body to carry the weight. Very well placed.

A fine dopplebock with its own nuances to enjoy. I can easily appreciate this more frequently. Viking seems to have another fine beer on their hands here.

Feb 28, 2005
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raspberry caramel with loads of swirling yeast that can only be seen with backlighting. I'm beginning to wonder what the hell is going on. This is the fourth beer in the past few days that has had very little head. The helmet on Invader is oatmeal in color and is barely as thick as the Dallas, Wisconsin phone book. Cool color on the beer though.

The nose isn't very doppelbock-like, but I like it. The beer smells like bread pudding studded with sticky dates and coated with butterscotch and caramel sauce. Given the color, I'm not surprised that there aren't any chocolate notes or other aromas derived from dark malt. Unusual, but good.

What an odd beer. I'm not sure that I would have identified Invader as a doppelbock if blinded. But then I'm not sure what it most resembles either. I don't think I can do better than repeat my description of the nose when attempting to relate what the beer tastes like; they're virtually identical.

This is incredibly sweet beer. So much so that I wonder if sugar was added. Strange as it might sound, especially since it's been a while since I had one, I think I might have been able to identify this 'doppelbock' as a Viking beer. Maybe it's the brewery's yeast strain. Warming brings out an earthiness akin to sweetened pipe tobacco... and even more diacetyl.

Normally, I would love a mouthfeel that's this full and chewy. This one feels artificially full, however. Again, it seems as if sugar was added... and wasn't completely incorporated. A mild chalkiness on the finish is probably what's leading to that impression.

This beer is too strange for its own good. Of course, the same could be said for quite a few of Viking's offerings. If you like your doppelbocks stickysweet and heavy on melted butter and caramel, then give Invader a go. If you prefer something closer to the style guidelines, give it a pass.

May 18, 2007
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CharlesDarwin from Rhode Island

3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. Bottle at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. I’m fairly unimpressed with this brew, despite what others have said. The aroma is a bit spicy and that continues on the palate. The flavor is overbearingly of raw cane sugar, and it's not too distracting, but it leaves a peculiar harsh smack that lends an air of one dimensionality.

Aug 07, 2006
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dirtylou from New York

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: pours from the odd foil covered 12oz viking bottle into a great dane imperial pint glass, more ruby than mahogany, 1/8" tan head with very little lacing

smell: big biscuit aroma sweet red apple, grape, big sweet malt presence, banana, clove, a touch roasty, nutty

taste: pretty tasty...buttered biscuit, apple, grape, banana, pear, clove, big and nutty, sweet malt, roasted nut, caramel, fig, date.

mouthfeel: medium body, very smooth

drinkability: pretty solid

May 25, 2006
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doubleshovels from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from Viking. This Doppel Bock pours a thin head and offers up minimum carbonation, a quality a enjoy in Viking products. Invader offers up a good aroma, but it finishes with a mild alcohol burn. The aroma also hold big fruit which also holds through the taste, where it is followed up by a very big wave of toasted hazelnuts. Yumm, good as a stand alone, great with food and cheese.

Feb 18, 2007
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brdc from Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle, pours a nice looking dark brown brew, with a tan head with decent retention and some lacing.
Aroma is pleasant, nice caramel, sweetish malts.
Body is rather thin, and the beers is excessively sweet and unbalanced, with the same caramel taste, but not a lot else.
Acceptable, but there are better doppelbocks in the taste.

Mar 30, 2008
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supercolter from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok so going to have to disagree with just about everyone on this one.
Appearance alright so it's pretty bland. Not a lot here except a dark and thick beer with a tiny head. Smell is much better. Lots of cocoa and butter. Taste is similar with some sweet malt thrown in the mix. Mouthfeel is like velvet, no carbonation but nice on the tongue. Drinkability is awesome.

Mar 04, 2009
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MuenchenerKindl from Germany

1.84/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

poured from a stubby the liquid looks good, dark with good carbonation. The head is tall tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is ooouuch, nasty, juniper and fungus.

The taste is really really bad.

The mouthfeel is thin and soda like.

The drinkability as a class 1 drain pour. MK

Sep 23, 2008
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umustdrink from Minnesota

3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle "acquired" from their booth at GG brewfest.

A - Very deep mahogany color, blood red when held to the light. Head is dark white and settles at a thick ring around the edge and some thin patches in the middle. No lacing.

S - Creamy bready malt aroma with the familiar banana note I've experienced with other Viking beers.

T - Light spicy malt taste following a dry carbonation bite. Semisweet chocolate and ginger characters play along with the malt.

M - Slightly overly carbonated for a doppelbock. Creamy after the initial carbonation bite.

D - For the style, this is just an okay beer. Probably wont have this one again.

Apr 04, 2007
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is 2 finger, off white, frothy, and the retention is excellent.
The nose is minimal. There's a slight fruity aroma coming from this beer.
Taste - This is where this beer shines. There's a lot of flavors in this beer, that work together very well. A hint of fruit. A hint of caramel. A floral taste also.
Nice full bodied. Nice carbonation feel on the tongue.
This is a great offering from Valkyrie. It makes me very tempted to make the trip there again very soon.

Mar 06, 2018
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cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brewery Notes: Invader is a Doppel Bock with a caramel apple laden nose and aromas of allspice, heather and wildflowers.The taste starts with a bold caramel malt and apple character leading to a wonderfully mild hop balance with a woody and floral finish.
Availability: Seasonal - Released in January
Color: Deep Amber
Alcohol Content: 6.5%

I haven't had this beer in many years. I even kinda forgot that it existed. Bought a 6 pack bottles from Woodmans in Altoona. No date code on Bottle that i could find.

Pours nice, deep slight red copper amber color with nice fine head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Nice smell that is sweet slightly floral.

Taste is a mixture of different things. Hints of dark roast, bread, plum, apple cinnamon and Caramel. There is like a flower sweet taste too

It's a good beer. Nothing super great but Not bad, Glad I bought the 6 pack. Something tells me this beer has short shelve life. It is unpasteurized.

So my number comes out at 4.03/5. Seems a little high but it is what it is. This beer really is in the 3.7 to 3.9 range

Mar 04, 2018
Invader Dopplebock from Valkyrie Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 24 ratings