Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

very good
3,224 Ratings
Tröegs Troegenator Double BockTröegs Troegenator Double Bock

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Photo of rdruckenmiller
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Sweet bananna bread flavor in the nose. No noticible hop aromas. Bannana smell uncharacteristic of style. No diacetyl. As beer warms, banana aroma begins to disappate and more of a sweet bread aroma comes through. Whiffs of chocolate and just a very slight hint of alcohol.

Appearance: Pours with a thin white head that disappates quickly. Poor head retention with no lacing. Color very clear and ruby amber in color. Color slightly more red than expected of the style. For being right in the middle of the alcohol range of the style (8.2%) I won't take the alcohol content as an excuse for the head retention.

Flavor: Rich sweet maltiness with moderate fruitness remencicent of plums and hints of that banana again. Sweet bread crust flavor, especially in the aftertaste. No detectile diacetyl or hop flavor. Sweet but balanced enough not to be cloying. Lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium full body and medium-low carbonation. Smooth without any astringency. Creamy mouthfeel that leaves some coating across roof of mouth after swallowing. Barely detectable alcohol warmth.

Overall: Why a 3.5 overall when all but mouthfeel was in the 2's? Because this is a pretty good beer when only focusing on drinking enjoyment, but not a good example of the style. The beer, rightfully for a double bock, leans toward malty sweetness but balanced enough to avoid being cloying- it's a drinkable beer. Bannana aroma detracted and not typical of the style- not a typical clean lager fermentation. Maltiness was rich but lacked melonodian depth that exemplifies the style. Being part of a mixed 12 pack won't deter me from purchase but I'm sure not buying a straight sixer. Disappointing considering the other brews Troegs puts out.

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Photo of HeelsandEers
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Vinithing
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of EmmetD
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of rgille2
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of ralree
2.77/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Extra-dark reddish-brown with a fluffy tan head. Decent head retention, but not much lacing.

S: Rich caramel malt, some dark fruit. Lots of alcohol, and some hops in the background. Spices are also in the mix. Pretty sugary smell.

T: Fruity on the tongue, strong alcohol, a little cloying. Smoky malt is in the background. The sweetness of this is overpowering, as is the alcohol.

M: Really dry and clean. Carbonation good, non-astringent. Too bad the taste doesn't match the quality of the mouthfeel.

D: I can barely drink it, but someone who appreciates massive fruit and alcohol might.

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Photo of wiegs4life
2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Chimay glass.

A - Dark copper look. Looks like iced tea almost as some would prefer a long island ice tea.

S - This smells better then this taste which is rare in most of the beers i have drank. Oh yeah, i should probably describe what this smells like. This may be way off but it smells like fresh almonds even though i'm sure they were nowhere within the brewing process.

T - I find this beer tasting like nothing i can think of. It's kind of a unique taste.

M - This beer had a terrible feel. It has a rough texture and a horrible aftertaste that reminds you more and more why this beer isn't that good.

I'm not a fan of this brewery, and this beer is just another reason why. This is a standard beer that I think isn't worth a shot at.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FrothyBeverage
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has an amazing brown town hue. The smell was not to my standards at all, at bit funky in my book. The taste is very unique and differnt upon other beers i have sampled. points for orignality. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth even though lotta alchol. Drinkable nonetheless and yours truly

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Photo of BWH3
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegenator Doppelbock Troeg Brewery
12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F

Appearance: The rich red-amber of marzen malt. The head is a nice caramel/beige. Head pours large but dwindles a touch fast. Color right on but head is too weak. Wonderful clearity. (3.0)

Smell: the notes are vanilla, toasted nut/bread, and that unique malt sweetness of the German caramel malts. None of the flavors are robust nor are they truly unique. Nice attempt at the style but need more richness and could be more aromatic. (2.5)

Taste: tastes like it smells. Would be good for an Octoberfest, but not sweet enough or full flavored enough to be a Doppelbock. No alcohol warmth either. This kind of beer is why the Germans have laws about their beer. Simply I felt jipped when I drank this –imitator. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: Pretty good. Big compared to a pils but not quite the density of a weisse beer. Not enough to compensate for the other disappointments. (3.5)

Drinkability: Actually, as an Octoberfest beer, I would sit back a guzzle quite a few. Unfortunate mislabeling. (3.5)

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Photo of sharp315
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mlockman
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I just had a bad bottle, but this made me physically ill to the point that I could not finish the bottle and actually didn't touch another doppelbock for another 6 months; had some good doppelbock since then, but certainly can't bring myself to drink another Troegenator, even if it was just a fluke

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry I just didn't get it with this beer. Poured a meager 1/8" head which immediately disappeared. Had no smell to me. Simple mild and sweet malt flavor. Just not much to it in my sample. Probably the best thing about it was the somewhat unique auburn brown color.

Maybe I had an old or bad sample? Worthy of a name like Troegenator? Not today. And I'm generally a big fan of Troegs.

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Photo of oneeye
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.
Pours a cherry burgundy with lots of carbonation. A black cherry glow with a two fingered head.. The head is light and fluffy that leaves a ring of lace around the constant head.
It smells of sweet malts and alcohol. Dried dark fruit and red licorice. Funky cherries and alcohol. A bit sour and sweet.
The taste is very sweet and very alcoholic. Sweet mollases and cough syryp. Red licorice with a boozy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. A full bodied beer with a warmth of alcohol.
I give the drinkability a low score considering the alcoholic aftertaste that taste like cough syryp. It lingers on far after you have finished this beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep clear copper with an orange/light brown thick head that quickly fades.

Nose is pure ripe banana with undertones of light coffee and carmel as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, although Flavors are assertive but simple. Nicely balanced bitter and malt but simplicity of light coffee, light roasted grain and a short finish (although with a bit of bitter light espresso) make other doublebocks a better choice.

This is not a "bad" beer. It simply is nothing special and not all that food friendly or drinkable. However, bottle has a cool label, I'll give it that!

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Photo of TAMU99
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice Brwon-amber color, good creamy head
But after that this beer is forgettable.
I just wasn't really impressed. The balance is too heavy on the hops which would be fine, but those aren't really in concert with each other. The malt again is ok, but that's about all I can say.
It's an ok beer.

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Photo of imasickboy
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is short, and to the point. I really didn't have much to say about this one. Being a local beer, I'll likely try it again in the future, and re-review it. Hopefully something else will strike me.

Poured a reddish brown, with just a little head, which receded quickly.

Seemed to have a complex aroma to it, but nothing I could distinguish specifically at the time. This was a definite downer for me.

Smooth, medium body, with an alcohol feel, which was no surprise.

The tastes were similar to the smell, a lot there, but nothing that I could pick up on individually, though there was a slight coffee aftertaste.

Seemed pretty average, but the potency was obvious. I never did decide whether that was good or bad. The flavors all seemed well blended, obviously, based on this vague review, but it was still a decent beer.

My only other thought on this one was the lack of fresh hop aroma that Troegs seems to use in so many of their beers. The lack of it disappointed me. I look forward to it.

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Photo of Bm1
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of harrymel
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled 21JUN11

A: pours a brown ale with cherry hues. Despite full bore pour, no head formation. Central cap of off-white foam with a rim of the same. No lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Apple skins, sugar, faint praline. Dirty malts. Okay, a bit sweet without the complexity to justify it IMO.

T: Roasty malts and sweet alcohol. Some nice overtures of raisins, wood and caramelized sugars. Alcohol is a little sharp, but not too bad.

M: Thin for the style with moderate carb. Dry finish. Not impressed here.

O: Meh, mediocre doppel to me. I would like the beer to be a hare turbid, produce some head, more complex and layered flavor profile, a better feel and long finish .

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Photo of frDan
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too phenolic, aftertaste of hairspray. Not near as refined as many German counterparts.

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Photo of bmcmahon1024
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Did not care for at all. More of a whiskey kind of after taste.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/13/10. Bottle pictures the Jewish Moses with horns...I think. Maybe that's the Troegenator himself. Hazelnut with auburn edges. White head is a shy maiden as it quickly retreats into a thin skim.

Like Grenouille in Patrick Suskind's Perfume, this baby has no scent. Maybe some Munich toasty sweetness? I'm trying to hard for an 8.2% doppelbock.

The soft, plush mouthfeel stands out more than any actual flavor. Taste is mostly blah Munich toasted sweet with a chocolate malt whimper in back. Little hop spice.

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Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,224 ratings.
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