Troegenator | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 3,368 |  Reviews: 1,169
Reviews by Siggy125:
Photo of Siggy125
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful rubyish caramel color with ivory head, dissipated quickly.

Smells big on breaded malts, but the nose was rather non-descript.

Tastes of the same breaded malts, and some caramel. Pronounced dried fruits and baking spices. Wine-like alcohol in the flavor. The ABV shines thru well but not stinging.

Good mouthfeel, flavors last fairly long thru the finish. Very drinkable. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of ErikaBockDopples
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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!!

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Photo of thecommonman
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Sak3
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of CoryIanShafer
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 FBarber
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | 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.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/amber color with a light but sticky head,the a aroma is bready and malty not much sweetness in the nose.The tasteTaste is very bready and not really sweet for the style some lingering caramel notes but not much,the ending is rather dry and hoppy for a doppell.Not bad but not sweet enough for me.

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Photo of Marty
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had two of these at Bridgewater's Pub in 30th Street Station during my 3-hour delay. (SEPTA employees were striking and the electric lines were down).

I found this beer to be very refreshing, despite what I thought was a stale keg at the pub. There was not much in the carbonation department, but I'm not sure if the blame falls on the beer or Bridgewater's. At any rate, this beer poured a thin amber color with almost zero head or aroma to speak of.

This is an easy drinking beer, though, and it tastes alright. Pretty malty, with a mild hop finish. I would like to try it again out of a bottle to see how it compares, and this beer has also made me want to try out some more of Tröegs' offerings.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dirty brown with some orange coloring and a constant flow of carbonation from the bottom up. The head came up nicely and the pits stayed until I drank them away after letting the beer warm for 20 minutes.

Smell – The traditional bock aroma is complimented by some hearty roasted malts. I can also pick up some classic stout notes like coffee, espresso, and chocolate.

Taste – The is an interesting brew. There are some definite stout flavors in here, like the notes mentioned in the Smell category. I can also pick up some significant hops and alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with a bit of alcoholic sting and some bitter notes from the burnt malts.

Drinkability – This was good, but it sure as hell is no German Doppelbock.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear redden light brown body with a creamy tan head.

Aroma: Nutty, chocolate, dark fruits, vinous booze, herbs.

Taste: Hot chocolate with figs and plenty of dark roasted malts, herbs, buttered toast.

Mouthfeel: kinda boozy, full bodied, beefy or bready, warm.

Drinkability: Ok, this is pretty good stuff but there are better and more available DBs for me.

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Photo of Turbo
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MadScientist
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium copper with great clarity. The light tan head dissipates to a thin collar having a rocky texture.

S: A rich, moderately-strong malt aroma with moderately-low melanoidins. There is a slight caramel note and a moderately-soft alcohol aroma. Light cocoa and dark fruit aromas of figs and plums become evident as it warms.

T: A rich malt flavor with moderately-strong melanoidins, light caramel and chocolate. Moderate hops bitterness that is a bit strong for style but very enjoyable. There is an underling malt sweetness throughout with a balance that is slightly sweet. The finish is somewhat sweet with an aftertaste of hops bitterness and slightly grainy malt.

M: A medium-full body with moderate carbonation and a slight warmth in the back of the throat. Sliky smooth with a light creaminess and a very faint astringency.

O: A great beer to enjoy while warming up by a fire. Malt forward yet balanced and oh so drinkable. The hops bitterness is too strong for the style.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of sherm570
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of bonns42
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured from 12 oz bottle into a Troegs pint glass. Perfectly clear reddish brown with a creamy head that dissipated almost immediately.

Aroma: mild scents of toffee or caramel. Caramelized brown sugar aromas were also present. Not a very strong smell.

Taste: Sugary sweet, but not as much as many other doppelbocks I've had. Dark biscuit and caramelized sugar tastes are prominent with a hint of dark chocolate hiding in the background. Not as heavy on the chocolate as some other varieties. Some alcohol lingers on the palate, but it lends a nice spicy characteristic rather than washing out other flavors.

Feel: Coats the tongue and lingers for a few seconds, but not a super-heavy syrup characteristic that is present in other doppelbocks.

Overall: Does't feel as heavy as other varieties, which is a nice change. Easier to drink than other doppelbocks. While it's certainly lighter than most I've had, it is a much more enjoyable beer because the flavors are not sickeningly sweet or overpowered by alcohol. Quality offering from central Pennsylvania.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Troegenator from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 3,368 ratings