Tröegs Brewing Company

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #23
Ranked #7,780
3.96 | pDev: 11.62%
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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Reviews: 1,182 | Ratings: 3,395
Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
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

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Photo of Djoneil
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of DeuilEtoiles
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of DWSerrao
4.83/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of Imakoniver
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of RockHop
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice brown bubbly clear look with tannish billowy head 3 fingers high. Retention and lacing are minimal. Caramel and biscuit notes. Mild hint of spice an occasional banana. Bit of a boozy hit, but well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours out a perfectly clear, Amber/copper color. It forms a thin, khaki colored crown. No lacing left at all, but I like the clarity.

The nose brings huge amount of toasted sweetness layers of caramel and toffee. Some dark, dried fruit as well, like cherries. Some sweet dark bread.

The taste comes in being a little sharp. Kind of acidic, floral fruit. The alcohol is definitely in there, not hiding. The toasted notes are still in there of some caramel and toffee.

Overall, it’s a nice doppelbock. I like the toasted notes and sweetness, but I feel the sharpness could be toned back. If this cleaned up and smoothed out some edges to finish a little cleaner, it could be a great drink.

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Photo of SDM1994
2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I hoped for better, I have now tried about 10 different doppelbock beers since discovering my love for them and I just wasnt impressed by this one. Initially when I first took a sip I thought I was going to like it quite a bit since the initial taste was sweet and malty but it has a hops aftertaste that I just didn't expect from a doppelbock. I cant stand IPA and generally I find doppelbock beers to be the complete opposite when it comes to flavor. For me the bitter after taste just rewened an otherwise good beer. Although I don't much care about the color I did notice it had a slightly lighter color than its competitors. Smell was decent but didnt really stand out.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear, dark, reddish brown with a small, rapidly vanishing cream-brown head. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Caramel, prunes, dark fruit, brown sugar/honey, dark chocolate, cherry. Smells like a delicious dessert.
Taste: Caramel, cherry, chocolate, honey, some raspberry. Sweet, but not cloying. Wonderfully balanced, heavy malt flavor.
Feel: Thick, mouth-coating, decadent. Lightly carbonated.
Overall: This might be one of my new favorite dark beers. Very tasty and very drinkable even with the heavy malt flavor and high ABV.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a clear amber with a modest head, soon diminishing to a thin layer. Caramel malt in the nose and caramel malt in the mouth. Nice!

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Photo of CodyBasden
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark bronze almost reddish tint, you have to give it a good sniff to pick up the notes of caramel, it is a delicious beer with a tiny bit of lingering bitterness but didn't pick up on the caramel and chocolate, nice full body

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Photo of jkblr
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two 12 oz cans bb 4/23/19 poured into a tall mug at fridge temp 8.2% ABV 25 IBU. The beer pours bright light bronze with chestnut highlights and a little khaki head. The head recedes to a thin film and ring. The aroma is toffee, brown sugar and subtle smoke. The taste is semisweet caramel toffee malt with savory undertones and a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, very good. This beer lacks the complexity of some German examples, but can be had fresh and affordable, providing you live in their distribution area.

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Photo of erk0607
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Ruby brown crystal clear body, fluffy tan head that reduced to not much more than some lacing, not much residual effervescing
Smell: Faint caramel and bread and honey smell just above the rim of the tulip glass... enough that it's there but not overpowering
Taste: Strong roasted caramel and breadiness, sweet, minute amounts of noble hops. A roast-bomb.
Feel: Not overly viscous but stillmedium-heavy mouthfeel though with foam, flavor clings to the tongue and mouth even after swallowing
Overall: Good, roasty beer, solid choice anytime you want something strong flavored but not crazy full of adjuncts and other flavorings.

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Photo of RMehrenberg
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin head initially foams up to a thick inch or so. Caramel-amber in color. A more transparent Coca Cola Has a heavy Scotch Ale taste. Caramel and toffee with a strong alcohol presence. Thick and velvety going down.

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Photo of MrOH
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber, not much of a white head, no retention, not much lace
Smells like raisins and dark caramel
Flavor follows aroma along with lots of bread crust
Heavy and sticky, which follows style, I suppose
Not my favorite, but a pretty good doppelbock

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Photo of CoryIanShafer
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thick and syrupy, dark brown, with a nice tan foam head, smells of newly cut grass, bread and fruit, feels almost like a light barleywine, toffee, caramel, stone-fruit, velvety in the mouth, towards the back end its a bit on the bitter side, so it starts of sweet, which is actually very good, but towards the back end it becomes bitter, which could be toned down just a bit for my taste, overall drinkable.

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Photo of Moir1994CT
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has alot of taste and flavors going on in a smooth manner. Troegs is known for brewing an interesting and smooth product and this is no exception even with a 8.2% ABV. Now be aware, this beer says on the bottle that it has hints of chocolate in it. Id disagree. Its much more than a hint. Its an overload of scent of chocolate. To my tastes and nostrels its almost like someone tossed some hersheys dark chocolate bars in a beer barrel. Now if you dont like that flavor and scent this is not for you. It took me by surprise thats for sure. However even with all the flavors going on at once. It still comes off as very smooth given its higher ABV. Would i return to it. no, not my thing, but is it bad. No it is not.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Roughly the color of dark-brewed iced tea. Short to medium tan head. Kind of a sweet almost tea-like aroma, really. Possibly some hints of chocolate and / or caramel. Initial taste very pleasant with, again, a certain slight sweetness. Not bitter... Ok, maybe some little bitter notes beneath the surface. I'd absolutely buy this again.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woooaaaah skippy! Another beer that tastes like an old ale/scotch ale, but this one is much sweeter, roastier/nuttier than other favs, i.e.-Erie Railbender ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Winter Warmer. Well, those taste similar to me. I am not sure why they call this a double bock beer, very curious. When I think of a bock beer I think a sweet, malty, black beer. This one is sweet and malty though.

Eye: dark reddish brown with a tan head. Some nice lacing on the glass.
Nose: sweet and malty, bread.
Tongue: Sweet malts, roasty, nutty, sort of burbony boosey taste on the end with a bit of bitter hops on the end.
Mouth: More body than most beers of this color, almost heavy.
Overall: It is a wonderful ale that I could drink on and on. It is really well done and I like the sweetness of it.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown Amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste is malt and raisins.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No observable bottling date, but it does say Freshest by 5/14/18.
Look: Deep plum/brown in color with hints of red. About 2 fingers worth of head, with minimal retention. Very generous amounts of residual glass lacing. I am a fan of both the color and presentation of this beer.
Smell: Huge notes of plum, figs, and dates. Also some hints of apricot and peach in there. There is a sweetness to the smell, reminding me of caramel and butterscotch. Malts prevalent on the nose as well.
Taste: Maybe since I am new to the style, I am over impressed, but I am diggin' this. Huge flavors of dark fruit, compiled with a rich caramely sweetness. The front end is mostly sweet, and the finish is somewhat bitter. The aftertaste is really sweet, with a molasses-like lingering flavor. Malt flavor is prevalent throughout the taste as well.
Feel: Medium in body and weight, with moderate carbonation. Slick property to the beer, but not chewy. Smooth yet nice balance of bitterness.
Overall: I am impressed. I enjoy the richness this beer has to offer. It is sweet, slightly bitter, and very tasty. Can't detect the 8.2 abv at all. I am grateful to have tried, and want to try more in this style. Cheers!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troegenator brewed by Tröegs Brewing Company, with an ABV 8.20% This Doppelbock pours out nice brownish color with a small white head. This brew has the look of iced tea, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Troegenator is roasted grains and malts. There is also a nice amount of sweetness and mild hop bitterness to this brew. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold and Rich with flavors. You first pick up on sweet Roasted grains and malts. Then mirror hop bitterness at the end. There is a lot going on in Troegenator. This brew has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 8.20% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel of Troegenator is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Troegenator a 4.5 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Tröegs Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle (part of a variety pack) into pint glass. Pours a clear reddish-brown with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is emphatically molasses, accompanied by smoked malts, oak, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet. OK but not something I'd seek out.

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Troegenator from Tröegs Brewing Company
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