Tröegs Brewing Company

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #22
Ranked #8,886
3.97 | pDev: 11.59%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12 oz. bottle into a clear Imperial pint glass poured for observations. It's a dark caramel colored brew that brought very little head nor glass lace with it. What it did bring is a dankly sweet malt aroma. This drinks velvety smooth whilst bringing mostly a good malty flavor. Defined, a malty flavor that's not overly sweet, yet rich and complex. There's just enough carbonation to make this quite quaffable and forgive its lack of head and lacing. This has to be one of this brewer's best.

Jan 01, 2021
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BergBeer from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a shaker pint

Look: Brown-ruby red with a thick tan head. Crystal clear.

Smell: Bread, dates, a little smoke, and spices.

Taste: Much like the smell. Big jammy date notes up front followed by whole wheat bread and a hint of banana. Finish is sweet and clean with baking spices.

Feel: Thick and sticky on the palate. Little alcohol. No bitterness. Fine carbonation.

Overall: One heck of a American Doppelbock. On top with the German Doppelbocks I’ve had. Excellent.

Dec 21, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: color is a combination of dark mahogany and dark cherry. a little bit of ruby red in here as well. head pours 1.5 finger tan, that fades to a film pretty quick

s: tons of caramel, toffee, and molasses upfront. rich fruit cake, followed by prunes, plums, and dates. fig cookies and more caramel at the end

t: follows the nose. caramel, molasses, fig, and plums upfront. date, prunes, and fruit cake as well. a touch of sweet toffee and a little bit of earthy hops

m: medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky. moderate carbonation

o: pretty nice Doppelbock. not as rich as the nose would have indicated, however it is still filled with malt sweetness and a touch of earthy hops in there for balance. i would recommend, yes

Dec 20, 2020
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RUSSRGR from Delaware

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, it is a dark amber with no real head. Hints of banana, possibly chocolate, and malts hit the nose. The taste is malty with a bread and chocolate flavor. I got slight oak barrel taste as well. Medium bodied with a warming feel at the end.

Dec 15, 2020
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ViggieMech from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six pak at the Market At Main Restaurant downtown Lynchburg, VA in Oct. 2020
L: Cola brown with a very slight lacy head which disappeared.
S: Fruit cake, bread with a strong malt after taste.
T: Oh Wow! This Double Bock does not disappoint!
F: Full with body
O: I'll look for a repeat in the Orlando area at my Total Wine Store

L: Cola brown with very thin hed

Nov 22, 2020
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jernjawn from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am not particularly well-versed in doppels though this is an interesting enough brew to make me want to explore the style

attractive red mahogany, little to no head.
smells like risen bread, sweet malt, banana.
banana bread, caramel, toasty.
medium bodied, a bit sticky, warming.
enjoyable and interesting, possibly lacking an element to bring it all together

Nov 13, 2020
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CKav from New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look=dark red like kidney bean color
Smell=sweet, fruity smell with raisins/grape, dark cherry
Taste=matches smell; sweet malt, rich
Feel= full with a little warmth, with a small (not bad) aftertaste of sweetness
Overall=A very drinkable beer even around 8%; nice in the cooler weather. I would definitely drink this again: above average

Oct 04, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can date freshest by 12/1/20 into a pint glass.

Pours a deep reddish copper color with about one finger of light brown head. Mild head retention into a thin rig around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smells of a fruity raspberry/cherry/strawberry mixture along with dark chocolate and a touch of caramel.

Taste follows. Fruitiness is front and center with sugary sweets in the background. Fairly strong alcohol taste as well. I haven't had it in years but this reminded me of Southern Comfort. I could be way off there, but the mixture of alcohol and sweetness brought it to mind.

It's got a heavy mouthfeel and quite honestly is a little bit of a chore to drink. I think that's mainly because of the alcohol. This beer is a sipper for sure. Not much carbonation to speak of. Boozy aftertaste.

Overall, I don't really like this beer and wish I had bought a 6 pack instead of 12. That being said this is really a flavorful beer and incredibly interesting to drink. I would recommend for that reason alone.

Aug 02, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Tulip.

L: Dark brown with ruby highlights and mostly clear, two finger khaki head with good retention, bit of lace.
S: Big malty caramel, dark fruit, chocolate and a dairy-like aroma.
T: Caramel and dark fruit, attenuated but still has a medium-high sweetness, restrained hop bitterness, noticeable alcohol, finishes less sweet.
F: Medium-full body, viscous and creamy, low-medium carbonation, slightly warming, finish is drawn out @15 seconds.
O: Decent Doppelbock.

Jul 01, 2020
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Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great dark lager, perfect for the late summer-fall season.

Look: Beautiful deep red, especially when held up to light. Decent lacing and good tan head.

Smell: Dark fruits, somewhat floral, caramel, and vanilla. Somewhat bready as well, like dark whole grain bread.

Taste: Rich caramel and vanilla, sweet baked goods, a bit of black cherry, and a slight alcohol burn, just enough to be comforting.

Feel: pretty well balanced; though it's a high ABV beer, it isn't overly heavy, and is actually refreshing in a way thanks to the fruity notes. At the same time it's warming and chewy enough to work in the colder months due to the breadiness and caramel/vanilla.

Overall: the stout of lagers, this doppelbock is complex and comforting, perfect for a sleepy evening as it starts to get cooler. Highly recommend!

May 10, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 8/11/20

Despite the warming weather, I have still been searching recently for less represented (and generally maltier) styles. I've heard good things about this one, and I'm in the mood for a malt bomb rn

Pours a semi-cloudy dark amber with a finger of tan head, fades at a reasonable rate, no lacing

Mmmmm, I'm smelling what I came for. I get strong caramel malt, dates, vanilla, and even a hint of spicy earthiness. Just a bit of roast

The taste mostly follows, and the spice comes out to play more here. The front of the sip is actually pretty balanced malt and hops, sweet but with defined bitterness. The end of the sip is more like a barleywine, dark fruits and caramel, with an almost cinnamon-like spice to tie it together. Pretty complex stuff here

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, this finishes both crisp and chewy. Goes down super easy and I could have a really good night throwing back a few of these

'Nator had some lovely fruity notes that balanced the malt sweetness and made for a cohesive experience. This was really solid stuff. Certainly not the best beer I've ever had, but a winner nonetheless

May 02, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown on the pour with ample head and some lacing. Great fruity, sweet aroma. Notes of caramel, chocolate and dried fruit, but not too sweet. Malty finish. Nicely priced and very drinkable. A very good one from a brewer that I like.

Mar 19, 2020
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Mitchster from Michigan

2.06/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 6 pack for $13.99 while in Maryland and wishing I hadn't. Pours out to a clear medium brown, forming a modest light yellow head with OK retention and lacing. The nose is not very good. Candied cane sugar/cola/caramel sweetness.
The mouthfeel is cloying, syrupy, medium-dense body. The taste is pretty bad, like the smell...caramel extract, cola, cane sugar. No malt nose, no malt character, just sugary cola like sweetness. Bitterness is very mild, not balanced.

Probably the worst dopplebock I've had. Can not recommend. Not even close to celebrator, optimator, salvator, korbinian, maximator. More comparable to someone's first homebrew attempt.

Feb 27, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber appearance with a medium size head that left good lacing. Toffeeish, caramel malt aroma. Dark bread pairs up with sweet malts in the taste; hops are understated. The fuller bodied mouthfeel is a big difference. Finishes on a spicy note.

Feb 19, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminiscent of a cool, clean root beer: dark ruby-brown with an off-tan head.

Savory caramel, chocolate milk, malts and mocha round out an aroma that's somehow humble yet intensely alluring.

Smooth as a silk kimono and twice as comfy. Medium body lends heft to an otherwise mild doublebock. Carbonation is like the whisper of a gentle creek: a soft touch of bubbles at an easy pace. Just enough to remind you that you're enjoying a fresh beer.

A semi-sweet baptism of milk chocolate caramels, creamy malts, and dark fruit. Incredible balance. The caramel malts linger quietly throughout. Tender plums and ripe fig sing a fleeting lullaby in the aftertaste, there and gone in an instant but impossible to miss.

Sublime. Perfect for any moment, but especially after a meal or during a game. The 8.2% strength all but guarantees a buzz, but the booze is well disguised within the strikingly powerful-yet-subtle flavors that Troegenator provides.

Feb 04, 2020
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours the color of root beer. It is clear with an insignificant head. The aroma is a pleasant combination of sweetness and malt. The taste is similar to the aroma - malty and sweet, but is overshadowed by the taste of alcohol; as is expected by its relatively high ABV. The texture is somewhat creamy with a nice level of effervescence.

Jan 12, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; freshest by 04/27/2020, so canned a year earlier.
A: Pours a crystal clear, copper color with ochre highlights, a two to three finger, wheat color head, solid retention but limited highlights.
S: Aromas of caramel, bread, mocha, cherry, and orange zest.
T: Sweet, toward semisweet. Flavor match the nose closely. Light bitterness.
M: Medium bodied within more than moderate carbonation.
O: I really like this Doppelbock without necessarily being able to pinpoint why. Relatively light, smooth, yeah

Dec 21, 2019
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Elpollo4 from New York

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It’s difficult for me to be too objective about this beer. It’s simply amazing to me as it is not too sweet, yet clearly has notes of chocolate and caramel. I am not a fan of stouts or imperial IPAs with these notes, as they are often way too overpowering. In my opinion, this has a lot to do with the 8.2% ABV balancing the sweet flavors, and this is what I usually look for in beers with sweeter notes. For me, Troegenator is the ultimate post-meal beer or afternoon snack beer if you enjoy doublebocks with some extra flavor.

Nov 24, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid reddish brown beer. Think with tastes of caramel and chocholate. Reasonably priced and drinkable. Also taste some stone fruits in this brew as well.

Aug 19, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown clear color with full head. Not much that I can detect in the smell. Tastes of chocolate and bread. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. I like it, just not a lot. Above average, but right at the point between average and outstanding

Jun 21, 2019
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Confident I've sampled this before on draught, but this review is based on half (over a couple of sessions) of a six-pack (Freshest by 092319) picked up at the local grocery (Eddie's of Mount Vernon here in Baltimore). According to the 12oz bottles, I've been doing this wrong pouring the contents into a 12oz-snifter vice the recommended "tumbler" - I'll correct that going forward (wonder if I'll be able to detect a difference). In the meantime:

Pours a reddish-copper color with two-fingers of khaki-colored head eventually disapates with minimal lacing. A slight malty scent (although my seasonal allergies may have hidden much). Nice malty taste with perhaps a hint of stone fruit (cherry?). Inital pleasantly full (chewy?) mouthfeel yields to a late acholol warming. A solid, but NOT my favorite doppelbock.

May 27, 2019
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Fatheroftoomany from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red amber deep in color with small head. Mild fruit taste, bottle says stone fruit I get light cherry notes. Coats the mouth with a full taste and finishes smooth. Overall not my favorite but a beer worth drinking.

Apr 24, 2019
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DeuilEtoiles from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I didn’t pour my Troegenator into a “snifter” or “tulip.” A lot of tulips writing reviews with snifters in the air on BA.

Looks like a bottle of Troegenator. Well, we’re off to a good start.

My cat sniffed the bottle. She only drinks Mad Elf, though she didn’t turn away. Good sign. Smells like Troegenator to me. Honey, cherries and a little chocolate.

I imagine there are “fingers” and/or delicate tendrils of foam in the bottle; perhaps as delicate as the pretentious fingers tapping out many of these reviews.

Tastes sweet and boozy and beautiful, like Troegenator should. Some fruit (decidedly less than your average BA reviewer), darkness and sweet. Oh so sweet!

Mouth feels like a mouth with beer in it.

Finish is about four minutes.

Apr 09, 2019
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DWSerrao from New York

4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a chewy beer. I tasted sweet caramel and chocolate. The mouth feel was soft and smooth. The color is a dark chocolate and pours with a nice head.

Apr 05, 2019
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Imakoniver from New York

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a good double bock. It pours out the color of a black tea with little to no head. It smell like it tastes. It smells and tastes of burned caramel, chocolate, and dried fruit. It finishes a bit like a liquid fruitcake with a velvety mouth feel. It would be a great winter beer to be sipping by a roaring fireplace or at the ski lodge.

Mar 28, 2019
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