Tröegs Brewing Company

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #22
Ranked #9,143
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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JohnnyK from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Sep 14, 2014
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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

16 oz. Can.

A deep brown/red hued and amber color. A short, bubbly, fine and thin tannish colored foam cap. A fine layer sticks around.

Mega sweet malty aroma, toffee, milk chocolate and raspberries, fine leather shoes, bourbon casks i.e old antique furniture, basically, thick, heady dark malts. Earthy, wet-leaves and dry soil for the hops.

A sweet and sour malt bomb. Thick and maple syrup sweet, maple syrup because of the subtle woody, grainy backdrop. Not at all malty thick or heavy lime a stout, no roasty-chocolate, more, sweet syrup, amber malt flavor. Complex and deep with more subtle, woody, earthy and sour hops. The deep lager bock yeast adds the big, funky sour, tangy flavor's, which all come together in the classic German Bock style.

The feel is of a full, lush body mouthfeel, clean, not "crisp" but very clean. A long, woody, cloying malt ends it.

Overall, A massive Bock, a fine American version of this classic German masterpiece.

Dec 19, 2016
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CoryIanShafer from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Nov 11, 2018
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thecommonman from California

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Perfect for frozen weather. Strong maltiness, melanoidins, with some toastiness. Very rich, almost a subtle milk choco. Almost ruby in color. Could use a bit more lager crispness.

Jan 08, 2015
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ErikaBockDopples from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A truly good light, sweet dopplebock. Sugary, refreshing & light for a dopplebock. Yum!!

Apr 06, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, mahogany hued body; thin yet persistent head; small patches of foam adhere to the side of the glass. Aroma of black cherries; sweet; roasted malts lingering in the background. Dark, dried fruit flavors; raisins and figs; suggestion of brown or charred sugar; fairly bitter with an alcohol edge. Heavy body; warm; heavy sweetness on the palate.

A potent little doppelbock that in one way seems almost too sweet yet still manages to just miss being cloyingly sweet and nails the style. The flavors are bold and varied. Subsequent sips sometimes brought additional flavors such as baked apples with cinnamon. Rich and varied throughout, this is an interesting and satisfying beer.

Oct 14, 2016
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Sak3 from Connecticut

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

Look: A rich black body with an off white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: An overwhelming sense of alcohol and I enjoyed this smell. But as soon as the beer first touched my taste buds I could also smell notes of cherries with the initial copious amount of alcohol.

Taste: I detected primarily cherries up front and then it ended with a smokey after taste.

Feeling: A smooth drink that went down quickly without a kick of the alcohol percents.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer that I bumped into by chance.

Dec 22, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 4/3/2015:
Pour is a burnt amber towards burgundy, very clear, and with a nice head of small bubbled (honeycomb I read recently). Head fades slowly to a thin covering of the surface.

Nose is a bit of molasses, but one that is very light or has been watered down (which fine, it actually smells lighter). Also get a little raisin, and a breaded honey-nuttiness almost like baklava. I also get a bit of toffee-so did I hit all kinds of sweetness? Yes, but it's because the sweetness pairs with the other notes in different ways, somehow. Very interesting and nothing I've noted before.

Taste is not much of a surprise from the nose, though an amber ale-like bitterness cuts into the sweetness nicely. Little more dark bread with fruit-raisin and date, with some light spice of maybe cinnamon. Body is medium easily, and does fill the palate with flavor, but might be a tad light for the style still. Carbonation plays a role with about medium intensity that also throws a bite into the sweeter notes.

Sure I had this before now, but I don't think I appreciated it then. Much appreciation for this pour, though.

Aug 12, 2015
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FBarber from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500th review!

Pours clear and crisp, dark auburn in color. Tannish off-white head dissipates steadily leaving a ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell is bready with some dark stone fruits, overly ripe apples and grapes, and slightly sweet.

Taste follows the nose with a solid bready malt backbone that is immediately apparent. Stone fruits, ripe apples, and red grapes. There is a sweetness from the fruits but its not overly sweet. Slight hoppy bitterness on the finish that just provides some balance to the beer. The flavor profile on this beer is incredibly well done.

Feel is smooth, light, drinkable. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall this might be the best American made dopplebock. Incredible flavor, and an outstanding beer overall.

Dec 28, 2016
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2beerdogs from California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @JNForsyth for this PA gem
Pours a rich avocado honey color.
Smell is a mix of nuttiness and bready malt.
Taste is a bit sweeter than I expect for this style but quite tempting. Again a bit bready or biscuity, nuttiness takes a back seat.
Finish is consistent with the whole journey.
Finish is slightly sticky which keeps that sweetness clicking litley in the back of my mouth.
Revisited thanks to thebeers. NBS BIF #6
More caramel and molasses than I remember. Bumping up in taste and smell. Fuller bodied than I remember too.

Feb 16, 2015
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I brought back 2 bottles from Pittsburgh this week, looked forward to trying it for some time. Now that I have I'm a little disappointed. It tasted more like a maibock than a doppelbock, less rich in every way than I expected. Not a bad beer as such, just not what I'd hoped.

Nice appearance, copper colored and clear with thick chunky foam. The smell was sweet malts buch not the definitive smell I get from every Optimator, Salvator, etc. Taste was understated too, not bad but not great. I'll drink both beers no problem, but they're not the special treat I'd hoped they'd be.

Jun 17, 2007
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beerbutcher from Maine

3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours deep reddish brown with a tan head

aromas are a bit of the rasiny fruit and then there's some heavier malt tones, though somewhat muted. there's a bit of malty bock character on the nose, but it's not terribly obvious.

the palate is rich, slightly sweet and creamy before trailing off to a sweet and bitter finish.

the mouthfeel is alright.

all in all, a bit underwhelming for the style. i have come to know such greatness in this category..;.

Aug 31, 2008
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sideshowe from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.9%

Nov 16, 2011
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BeerPhan86 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours reddish brown with a nice two finger tan head. Slight lacing but the head dissipated quickly.

S - Grainy and malty with hints of dark fruit. Not very aromatic.

T - Sweet and malty up front and slightly bitter with dark fruit towards the end. Cherry is definitely noticeable. Finishes slightly dry and bitter with some earthy hops.

M - Thin and lightly carbonated, which works well for this style.

D - This is dangerously drinkable given the ABV.

Overall this was a nice doppelbock with some hints of cherry. Very well balanced and easy drinking!

Jan 01, 2011
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MrOH from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +5%
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

Dec 28, 2018
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JacobMutberg from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Oct 09, 2012
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Dirty25 from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Apr 02, 2014
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UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Nov 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Feb 17, 2013
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Gemini6 from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 05, 2015
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todesengel135 from Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -55.9%

Jul 16, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -1.3%

Dec 09, 2014
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Willgooding35 from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 05, 2017
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meatyard from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a dark, clear amber/brown with a short, light tan head and not much lacing.
S-Is lots of malt and some dark dried fruit like raisins and figs.
T-Is a lightly toasted malt & sweetness and just a bit of warming alcohol presence.
M-Is medium to thin.
D-Is good. The alcohol is noticed and felt at the end of a 22 oz. bottle but not overtly so. I could go for another sometime.

Dec 07, 2008
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mbrandon2w from Maine

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz
Pours with just a whisp of foam, very low carbonation.
Beautiful ruby red color.
Not getting a lot of aroma, bit of raisin, lightly caramelized sugar, bread.
Taste is very nice. Malty sweet, with with some raisin and dark fruit, followed by a modest kick of hop bitterness at the end to balance out the sweetness. Bitterness seems a bit jagged.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel.
Very easy to drink. Wouldn't mind more.

Mar 23, 2009
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