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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 1,109 | Ratings: 3,151
Photo of SilentSabre
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This looked and smelled wonderful, but the taste and mouthfeel just weren't there. I felt so, anyway. It poured the caramel amber colour of 100's of other doppelbocks with a big fluffly sand coloured head. Lots of sticky lacing. It looked nice. The smell was quite lovely, as well. Plenty of sweet roasted malts, some brown sugar, heavy maple presence. I was quite excited at this point. Taste had sweet malts and a bit of a dry finish, but quite honestly, it was very dull and empty. Lifeless and unexciting. Ho-hum. Mouthfeel was very thing for the style, I thought. My overall opinion of the beer was very average and boring.

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Photo of Tbn2
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer to trade and also to convience myself I can enjoy some lager styles as much as ales.

A-Pours a deep brown with about a fingers worth of a white head. Head settles rather quickly to just a ring around the side and leaves no lacing.

S-Very earthy. Grains are very prevalent and not much hops to speak of. A faint presence of yeast as well.

M/T-Taste like it smells. A good earthy balance of grains with the hops just touching the tongue at the end. Starts rather sweet to me and ends with a dry hoppy flavor that I am sure is characteristic of this style, but I'm not too found of.

Overall this beer isn't bad. Like I said, I bought this to convince myself that I can like lager styles and I'm not sure if I would go back for another one. I'm sure anyone who likes Bocks will like this one, but this style just isn't for me yet. I'll work on that...

Bottoms up...

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Photo of hman43
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours amber.

Smell: It has aromas of caramel and dark fruits.

Taste: There are caramel flavors with dark fruits, and a rich sweet malt.

Feel: It has moderate carbonation, a moderate feel, and it is moderately bitter. It does have slight alcohol warmth.

Overall: It is a sweet beer of strength with plenty of caramel and dark fruits.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, lighter than usual for a Dopplebock, with a foamy fizzy head and lots of visible carbonation. Aroma is both floral and of charcoal, along with some cane sugar. Taste is a soda-like Dopplebock with a lot of fruityness and light raisin notes. Seems pretty thin for a dopplebock and overly "processed" for a beer. More like they mixed together Dopplebock syrup with water and carbonated it. Not altogether terrible, but this definitely doesn't remind me of the amazing brewing of German beers you'd find in Ayinger Celebrator or Spaten Optimator.

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Photo of jgap
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the great trader jac5084 for this one. Pours deep, dark amber with significant tan head that has pleanty of retention. Smell is sweet, ripe apricot and fig with some alcohol hints. Taste is very sugary ripe fruit, caramel, and toffee. A lot of apricot in the taste. Smooth alcohol finish. Doesn't appear to be a very complex beer at all. Fairly one dimensional. I just don't think this is my style

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Photo of bboven
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, ruby red body with a thin ring of lace around the edge of the glass. The lace shows up but slides back down into the beer quickly.

Black cherry aroma, a bit of other fruitiness from the yeast going on.

More cherry going on here, weak in the beginning and then a bit like cough syrup, but in a good way, if that makes sense.

Too highly carbonated, but still nicely coating.

A bit weak on flavor and aroma. Not too bad, though.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown (very clear) ale with 1 finger head. Moderate lacing after the head dissipated. The smell to me was very malt forward- hard to get the malt impression out of my mind long enough to sense other aromas.

Taste, likewise- was very malty. Slightly sweet. Mouth feel was lighter than I expected for a darker beer.

I have to be careful on the drinkability rating- I prefer a beer with more hop notes (and many times WAY MORE hop notes), but this was the first Dopplebock that i've tried and It's not a favorite. To be fair, I'd have to say that if you like malt forward brews you may very well enjoy this.

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Photo of nomad
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a nice very red amber color that had a great lustre to it. Creamy tan head, sat okay, and some lace. Smelled of apples, cedar, and sweet brandy alcohol scents. Also some serious green/oily hops, but no florals, pine, etc. sorts of scents. But none of the above scents were that convincing...

Taste came on smooth, with rum, apples, and hops - these were green/oily at the finish though, and a bit astringent. Creamy flavors in the middle, it seemed a bit off. Smooth mouthfeel, but quite a bit drying for the style, created again by the hops.

If the hops could be changed and the malts enhanced (slightly roasted?), this beer would be much better off.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Brown in color with minimal carbonation. Thin head dissipates to nothing in just seconds. Very drab appearance to this beer with nothing really going on visually.

S: Dark malts, chocolate, bread, biscuit and some cinnamon type smells.

T/M: Wow, really sweet up front, almost candy like. No hops to speak of at all. Malts are what you get from start to finish. Graham cracker like tastes here with the sweet malt flavors. Beer has a decent body to it, medium I would say, but goes down very easy. Not to much texture in the mouth, no dryness due to the lack of any hop notes. Really, really sweet through the whole beer. No apparent booze smells or tastes at all.

D: Easy drinker, probably on the sweeter side for some. For me its alright, not doing anything special for me really. Maybe a decent example of the style, but really its a huge malt bomb that is actually hard to drink towards the end from the sweetness.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A ho-hum amber color, minimal head or head retention. Light color for style. Aroma is toffee like. Taste is strange, a slight corn flavor. Slighty twangy/sour. Alcohol, while present, isn't obtrusive. Not one of my favorites for this style. Mouthfeel is good, slightly thick.

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Photo of 0_0
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - Bronze colored, Beautiful Like true justice
S - Caramel and Dark Chocolate,
T + F - large, carbonated, airy rich malty flavor
O - Solid body, great beer

It's like malty chocolate justice, my favorite stripper

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Photo of pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Deep Mohagony pour. Short head with some rention. Ok lacing.

S: Deep sweet malts with a fruitcake smell. A touch of spicy alcohol.

T/M: Bready and doughy malts. Sweet with some holidy type spices. Sweetness is a bit syrupy and starts to become cloying. Full bodied with standard carbonation.

D: I started struggling to finish towards the end of the drink.

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Photo of WSB
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very pretty dark reddish brown color with a shallow, brown head.

The smell is malt and yeast, call it bready, with a hint of the high alcohol content. The aromas are mild, warm, and pleasing.

Mouthfeel is alcoholy warm, surprisingly so, yet creamy and silky. Its a medium bodied brew, not too heavy or thick.

Taste is complex- malty, with an earthy sharpness that might be spicy, but its overwhelmed by the alcohol on the tongue, so the spicy is sort of washed out. There's a hop bitterness in the after taste and a vague hint of some kind of sweetness trying to fight through as well.

When I checked the web site for the malts and hops used, I found that they used Pilsner, Munich, and Chocolate malts. So its probably the chocolate malt trying to provide the sweetness, but it ends up more balancing off the bitter than giving a real sweetness. Hops used were Hallertau, and Saaz, which I know little about except that Hallertu seems to show up in a lot of IPAs, Saaz, not so much.

Finish is mellow, bitter but mild.

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Photo of drperm
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Russet, coppertone, the color of English breakfast tea or Captain Morgan's spiced rum. Not as dark as I was expecting it to be, for sure! Pours a nice milky head. The appearance was one of the nicest things about this one.

Nose: Definite esters, honey-roasted peanuts, caramel, and American hops with a strong alcohol undertow.

Taste: Spritzy right off the bat, a little sweet-and-sour action, hops (too hoppy for me -- a definite sign of an inappropriate American appropriation of European classiness), tartness, sea salt, brown sugar, cheap Hershey's chocolate, and bananas on the finish.

Palate: Spritzy with a smooth finish. Nice.

Overall: Tart for the style. Definitely flaunts its 8.5% for all its worth. This was completely not what I was expecting from a Doppelbock -- oh, how I miss Ayinger Celebrator. This is not German (bananas aside), but a true American spin -- a brown Doppelbock. However, style aside, it's pleasant enough -- and the more I drink it, the more I like it. Think pairing with chocolate covered pretzels, or desserts with peanut butter. Certain sweet, dark entrees (ok, concession to the German original -- sausage!) would be nice, too.
This is a quite amenable and pleasant brew, if definitely on the strong side (I've had higher ABV beers that hid their strength and seemed lower than this one's 8.2%).

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Photo of FosterJM
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

857th Review on BA
Bottle to Bock

Bottled 11/11/10
Batch: Unreadable

Thanks to my wife for bringing this one home from Elkridge, MD

App- A darker cream soda brown with some yellow/orange highlights. A small 1/4" impish head was there. Fell to a small layer of bubbles.

Smell- I think alot has faded on this beer. It was more straight malts versus any actuating aromas. Had a slight sourdough smell with a little dried cranberry.

Taste- Taste follows the nose with an abrasive wet malt flavor. A little bit of sweet/spice duality intermixes. With the malts comes a bit of caramel and sugar. I can see where this wanted to be, but with less than desireable cellaring or handling this was less than its best showing.

Mouth- A little bit of a light/medium body with some thin parts. A little bit a medium carbonation with a lot of caramel and dried cranberries behind it.

Drink- I love her to death for putting up with my beer habit. I thank her very much for finding this on a shelf, but its my fault for not teaching her to look for bottle dates. This one is on me. I wanted to be blown away like I was with Thomas Hooker and Ayinger but sadly wasn't. Ill try this one again someday fresher.

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Photo of davidt
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep red-mahogany with very thin head that rapidly dissipated. Light malt aroma. Very sweet, malty flavor. Seems a bit on the thin side. Easy to drink and masks the alcohol well, but lacks pizzaz. I was looking forward to trying this,a nd was a bit disappointed, I had to go back and check the bottle to confirm it was this year's bottling.

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Photo of badbeer
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a decent off-white head that stuck around and left bits of lacing. Smell is of biscuits, slightly floral, but very light aroma. Caramel, biscuit, a hint of dark fruit, as well as a slight metallic taste and a watery finish make up the taste. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Honestly becomes a bit cloying, nothing real special here, probably won't try it again.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted from the bottle in a pilsner glass.

The beer pours a translucent amber brown with a thin off white head that doesnt hold or stick at all. The smell is some dark but mostly munich malts. The taste is a reflection of the smell with very little hops but tons of sweet maltiness. The mouthfeel is a little thin with nice carbonation. Overall not one of the upper tier dopplebocks but nothing really offensive about it.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for hooking me up with a bomber of this in the Size Matters BIF.

A: Amber body with a soapy beige head. Some moderate lacing looks alright. 3.5/5

S: More fruit than the Smutty Doppelbock I just had. Its not as robust as the Smutty though. Some lightly floral hops for some depth. 4/5

T: Again not as robust as the Smutty. Brown sugar, green hops, biscuit, and some aluminum. 3/5

M: Thinner than expected, smooth and mild carbonation, clean finish with moderate stickiness. 2.5/5

O: Not the best doppelbock I've had tonight, but not a bad one by any means. Some deeper character and a bigger malt presence would help. 3.5/5

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks a bit like carbonated root beer. Modest head fades quickly; no lacing.

S - Dried figs and raisins; toffee/warm caramel. Nice.

T - Has a nice malty caramel thing going on with a touch of raisin and some sourness on the finish.

M - Somewhat refereshing carbonation that's light but serves this brew well. A touch creamy, too.

D - Perfectly drinkable and I'm guessing it's better on tap. I'd drink it again but would not necessarily seek it out. Probably food friendly.

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Photo of cbless97
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark caramel hue with fluffy, thin head at top

S- Sweet malts, caramel, with a slight alcohol sent.

M- Strong alcohol and sweetness to it

T- A surprising cider or apple-like taste.

O- Not at all my style of beer and I have little to compare this to in the same genre but I like it. It's a nice "one and done" beer. I am happy to try this

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Photo of rawfish
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy rusty red brown, very dirty looking haze with a molasses tinged thin head of maybe a finger. Retention is almost non existent with just a bit of cling to the glass from the cap of bubbles on the surface.

Chocolate sweet malt with a heavy does of molasses, toffee, vinous fruit, bananas, peat and grain husk. Booze is clearly evident. Punchy sweetness here, could be cloying if not for the grain husk gritty aroma and some lager yeast.

Molasses, peat, milk chocolate powder and caramel sits heavily on the tongue as some grainy flavors attempt to lighten it up. An assortment of chocolate candy and near cloying with a bit of alcohol. Hops are non existent as the sweetness lifts with a bit with the lager yeast and grainy finish.

Hefty with average carbonation and slick and sticky on the palate. Better when colder, harder to get it down as it warms.

First time having a Troegs, they got a little bit adventurous with an already sweet style and cranked the malt sacrificing the hops and lager character. It's not a hot mess, somewhat complex but by far the sweetest and heaviest lager I've ever come across. More like a wee heavy or plain old ale than a bock. Borderline cloying, probably worth revisiting if you want a meal of dessert in a glass.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a thick tan head. The head dissipates slowly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Very malty. Has kind of a sweet smell with a little bit of breadiness in there too.

Taste: Malty goodness. You can kind of taste the alcohol in this one but that isn't unusual for doppelbocks.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but not as full-bodied as I expected from a doppelbock.

Drinkability: An average dopplebock. Certainly not the best. I prefer the German versions better and this one certainly doesn't stack up. Still worth a try though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass a hazy chestnut brown with a small, creamy, white head. Aroma was pretty weak, but roasty malts abound for the most part. Toasted bread and malts in the taste, dry and grainy, with hints of raisin and apple skin. Pretty strong alcohol sensation. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable, but only if it's my only option.

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Photo of shertz
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated fresh before 9/16/07 into a Pint Glass.

A- Two finger head quickly goes down to a thin layer on top. Nice Amber color with lots of bubbles rising to top. Looks nice.

S-Malty and sweet. Floral smells are ample but the smell is quite sweet.

T- Taste like sweet pineapple with molasses. Alcohol does come out after a few sips, almost like Nyquil in the aftertaste.

M- Some carbonation, but oily mouthfeel. Pretty thin.

D- I think drinking more than 2 of these may leave you feeling toasty for the night. It's pretty good for the style. Would be a good sessions beer if not for high ABV.


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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,151 ratings.
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