Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #37
Ranked #13,675
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Tuesday at 03:22 AM
Feb 12, 2003
Very Good
Notes: Monks had fasting figured out. No food? No problem. Just drink a Double Bock. Thick and chewy with intense notes of caramel, chocolate and dried stone fruit, ‘Nator (as we call him) serves as a tribute to this liquid bread style.
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4.05 by cabsandking from Ohio on Tuesday at 03:22 AM
3.94 by Taenim from Delaware on Jan 10, 2022
3.81 by Babydave from New York on Jan 03, 2022
4.06 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 2market from Pennsylvania

One of Troegs outstanding staple offerings. A go to!

Dec 29, 2021
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Dec 26, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dano213 from Pennsylvania

12oz bottle purchased off the shelf for $2 as part of a mix-a-six pack. "Freshest by 6/10/20" but I don't think that some age will be detrimental to this beer. I took this out of the fridge a few hours ago, so I am drinking it just slightly chilled.

Look: Pours a very pretty color - it's a very dark amber, brownish color with ruby undertones. It's not clear, but I can tell that the beer has nice clarity. There is a very thin ring of beige head that is hanging around.

Smell: It smells a bit boozy. Lots of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits (dried cherries, dried apricots), along with sweet vanilla, cocoa powder, and coffee aromas on the finish. The aroma is very complex and there's also a floral component. Even with all that is going on here, the nose still gives the impression that this is a lager and it will be relatively crisp. What I find so interesting about this beer is that if I was drinking this blind and was told that this was a bourbon barrel aged beer that has been cellared for a while, I would believe you. There is that much complexity in the aroma. Secondary notes of dried dates, dried figs, and dark bread.

Taste: Wow, this is an intense and richly flavored beer. The taste is very much in line with the nose - it's very malt-forward and you get a lot of those caramel and dried cherry flavors at the forefront and on the mid palate. The finish is also malty but restrained and tempered with slight roasty bitterness and spiciness. It's insanely drinkable for 8.2% ABV.

Feel: Medium to full mouthfeel. I am still perceiving this as "relatively light" (it's not heavy or cloying at all) and that makes it very enjoyable and drinkable. It's nicely chewy and appropriately carbonated.

Overall: I cannot believe that it's been so many years since I have had a doppelbock. It's such a tasty style, and this is a very well made version.

From the bottle:
Hops: Magnum, German Northern Brewer

Dec 08, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mccrackrlm from Connecticut

Poured in a pint glass, a dark reddish/brown color. Not much foam after the pour, dissipating very quickly. I get chocolate, coffee and caramel tastes. There is enough carbonation and flavors for a pleasant drinking experience. Probably the fifth 6 pack of this I have purchased. A value buy for an 8.2% delicious drink. As I have said before in some reviews, I can smell the beers/ales/stouts or whatever but this nose is not so good at identifying them.

Nov 25, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by CobraChicken

Have drank from the bottle and from the can. The first sniff gives the aroma of dark grainy bread with a hint of coffee grounds, subtly lingering in the rear. Carbonation seems pleasantly high and allows you to transition slowly into the flavor like dipping into a warm jacuzzi. First flavor that hits is a fresh pumpernickel bread mixed with figs, then smooth coffee notes to finish. This is quite enjoyable and easy drinking. The higher ABV does help you feel warm and relaxed quite quickly and makes this a great brew to wind down a cool autumn night. This is a great introductory doppelbock for those who are new to darker styles.

Nov 17, 2021
4.48 by WhiskeyMax from Iowa on Nov 14, 2021
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1.11/5  rDev -71.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by kirkankalanka

Sickeningly sweet, both, the smell and the taste. Does not remotely compare to the German version of this style.

Nov 04, 2021
3.94 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Nov 01, 2021
4 by kuhndog from New York on Oct 19, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Pours the color of cola. Nose is slightly sweet also like cola. Head was slightly tan that disappeared quickly. Taste is again slightly tasty cola flavor with a hoarhound candy flavor-esk. Good Bock beer.

Oct 13, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rclangk from West Virginia

10/2021 Thomans brought to Isle of Palms

Oct 02, 2021
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 21, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hankp59 from New York

Everything works in this doppelbock. Nice head on the pour that fades quickly. There is pumpernickel bread and hops on the nose. Sweet malty flavor is balanced by a near perfect hops to temper the sweet. Rich and sweet this is beautiful for the style.

Sep 05, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours copper with a 1/2" tan head, which slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is caramel, roast malt, dark fruits, bread.

Taste is caramel, toffee, slight chocolate. roast malt, raisins.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. semisweet finish.

Pretty decent Dopplebock.

Jul 25, 2021
4.1 by BiologyBob from Texas on Jul 06, 2021
4.33 by Flathead5173 from Ohio on Jul 02, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by MichaelQuixote from New York

My favorite American beer, period.

Jun 25, 2021
4.25 by trdtercel92 from Ohio on Jun 15, 2021
3.82 by markallmon from Tennessee on Jun 08, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours an almost clear reddish brown with a small head and some lacing.

Smells of bready malt. Tastes of sweet toasted malt, cherries and raisins. There is a bit of alcohol warmth to the finish.

Medium body and slight carbonation. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This brew is a plesant winter warming sipper.

May 23, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by sheshoots_shescores

Not a professional reviewer - just a beer fan. While learning how & why higher-ABV lagers can run scarce, I took a chance on Troeg. Very nice indeed. Welcoming, like a small gathering of friends you trust not to smother you. Toasty-malty & substantial without being thick on the tongue. I can see why it is referred to as food-friendly. The first lager I've ever found continually drinkable as it moves from fridge- to room-temp.
I'll get better at this.

May 15, 2021
4.26 by steevo24 from District of Columbia on May 08, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Jeez from Massachusetts

Deep copper to almost maroon on the eyes. Malty and bready on the nose. I taste mostly dark bread and caramel. There is definitely some dried fruit character to it, but I do not recognize it (never had stone fruit). No chocolate that I can detect, which is a departure from other bocks and their derivatives. Feels thick and hearty with no alcohol warmth. A good beer to kick back and enjoy by the fireplace. 'Twill not be that season for a while.

May 01, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mikeinportc from New York

Clear deep amber , showing some ruby-red tint when light shines through it. Slight, quickly-dissipating tan head.

Smell is mostly toffee and caramel, with some slight fruitiness.

Taste is toffee, light caramel, an earthy/woody note, a slight nutty flavor (walnut + pecan) , finishing with the fruity flavors hinted at in the aroma (dried cherry +canned plum+raisin ? - Brighter/fresher than "prune", and more sweet than just "dried cherry" ) . Light bitterness, more of that woody note, and a little bread crust, linger after finish.

Feel is light-medium, with a slight syrupy character, and light, very fine, carbonation bite coming in late. Slightly drying finish.

Overall, pleasant and easy-drinking. The whole is better than the sum of the parts .

Apr 25, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a 12 oz single as part of a mixed sixer from Ingles Spartanburg store cooler 4-14-2021 for $10.98. Freshness by 080721; consumed 4-25-21.

Beer poured copper with a nice off white head with the original pour.

Nose is wheat bread and dark fruits.

Taste is unleavened wheat bread forward with a nice light touch of peaches and apples. The finish is well balanced as it is not sweet but definitely not hoppy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall an enjoyable doppelbock that i am glad to finally have after hearing about it on BA over the years! Would have again if offered or available.

Apr 25, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jonphisher from New Jersey

Aroma to me is noticeably dark fruity, immediately dark cherries, has a twang thing to it that is masking most everything else. Some subtle sweet dark candies, like toffee with a touch of licorice.

Taste is interesting because the aromas that were prominent take a back seat. It is mostly dark bread with some chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel is medium and full, creamy full mouthfeel. Smooth clean and dry finish with subtle, had to search for it, bitterness. The 8% abv is all but unnoticeable, this could be dangerous if you didn’t know the abv.

Apr 25, 2021
4.18 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on Apr 25, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Pours a deep red copper with a huge-ass beer-battery head that leaves delightful lacing. "A looker, this one," says drunk Yoda. Smells like malt out the wazoo. Like all the pleasant malt smells (dark bread, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar) times two. I love the nose on this thing. Tastes almost as good, too. Toasted bread, light caramel, a little fruity, some floral hops. Damn; this is fucking nice! Wicked smooth and slightly chewy without any cloying, syrupy sweetness. I don't know if I'm just in a really good mood or what, but this is the best beer I've had in awhile. This is what I really want when I think I want a barleywine. Also, I'm randomly finding big, off-beat Troegs stuff in the beer cave at my local gas station. I like it. May this trend continue.

Apr 24, 2021
4 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Apr 24, 2021
4.06 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey on Apr 17, 2021
4.07 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Apr 16, 2021
3.75 by rugbyallen11 from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

The beer is a very dark but distinctly red affair with a tan head. the deep hue is mesmerizing when held to the light. On the nose there are strong notes of caramel and with some of maple syrup and nuttiness as well.the taste is clear with that caramel flavor and nutty earthiness at the end. the mouthfeel is thick but the carbonation is so-so. Overall, a great filling beer.

Mar 18, 2021
3.62 by HollandTunnels from Pennsylvania on Mar 01, 2021
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