Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,107 | Ratings: 3,140
Photo of Duff27
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half-inch slightly off-white head that fades moderately fast. Translucent brown in color.

S- Sweet smelling, first thought was of mints for some reason.

T- More roasty flavors that previous dopplebock offerings. Slight dark fruitiness. Well balanced!

M- Well/adequately carbonated. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- First and foremost, what really makes Troegenator, is the nicely hidden ABV for being 8.2% I don't believe it shows...which greatly enhances drinkability. Troegs nails it again, and while not the best dopplebock, Troegenator certainly holds it's own.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time. Thanks to hudsonphotog for making that happen.

The beer pours reddish-brown with an off-white head. The aroma is very malty with cherry. The flavor is more of the same, with sweet malt and a heavy cherry flavor. You get some caramel malt but the sweet cherries are the predominant flavor. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnnyM2002

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is of sweet malts, and caramel. The taste follows the nose. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Drinkable, a slight twist on a doppelbock, just about like many other's I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a regular pint glass. I cant believe i have not had this yet.

A- Troegenator (love the name) Pours out a very dark copper/bronze color. Up towards light it has a mixture of orange and deep red to it while it has a very clear view through the glass. Did not get more than 1/2 inch of beige head that left no lacing. Oh well the color is very nice.

S- I'm getting an overall sweetness from this double. Alot of sweet malts and some hops giving off a certain pineiness common with troegs brews. Bready qualities with some spice.

T- A nice mix of sweet and toasted malts giving off the usual caramel/toffee flavor. This one has hops in it for sure. A bit of syrup and raisins with an overall bready quality. This has a slight earthy quality. The 8.2% while well hidden shows up.

M- Overall medium bodied, maybe a step above as a slight bitter quality is felt. After 5oz or so I started to get a not so pleasant aftertaste which included the alcohol. A good amount of carbonation is felt as well.

D- I usually drink my troegs right up but i took my time with this one. While i enjoyed it i was not so eager to finish it. The abv is not the problem, it's probably the aftertaste. All and all I enjoyed this.

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Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this before from a bottle, but the legendary woodychandler hit me off with a can. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty crimson color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, caramel. Taste is bready, malty, alcohol is present, a touch of caramel sweetness, tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew worth checking out.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby red color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a full amber color. The head is frothy, about a finger thick and is a tan color. The aroma is rich with notes of cherries, carmalized malt, toasted bread, and fresh cooked biscuits. The cherry note is quite interesting, and though not strong adds a sort of fruity back drop to the aroma. Nice... this beer is thick and creamy from the beginning, as I take my first sip it just coats my mouth. There is a nice sweet full maltiness here that is characteristic of a doppelbock. The flavors that I can pick up remind me of caramel coated biscuits, honey, vanilla (though I think this is more a product of the creamy mouthfeel), and a hint of fruit notes; cherry and orange perhaps. There is a light bitterness in the finish that just barely tries to balance the rich maltiness that dominates this brew. This is a very good Doppelbock, and I am quite enjoying it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. 12 oz poured into a bottle, ruby notes and some off white head. Looks like the good doppel I know it is. Kinda have a history with these.

S. Spicey, malty, boozy. Tasty and unique.

T. Sweet caramel notes from the malt. Some delicious sugar coated fruit flavors (fig, date) are underneath. Just a slight bitterness to balance, and it finishes on the sweeter side and incredibly strong.

M. Full bodied, flavorful, sweet.

D. This one is dangerous. A six pack will be the end of you, guaranteed. But that is the allure of the Troegenator. Its sweet and very well crafted, and can lure you to drunkeness easily.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust toasted caramel malt with a smattering of noble hop.

The taste was deep and robust with elements of toasted grain, sweet caramel, chocolate malt and dark fruit. There was a solid toasted biscuit finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side.

Overall a very nice dopplebock. Tasty and complex.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red delicious apple lathered with dark butterscotch. The body is a concentration of red tones but it's silhouetted in gold. Lagering has produced absolute clarity. Its deep tone doesn't reflect much light but does illuminate substantially with some directly behind it. Its surface is shamefully bare and despite constant swirling remains without even a trace of outline.

It's a lightly floral bouquet rammed pack with toasted bread, caramelized candy, dried dates and apricots and a big bucket of honey. The whopping share of toasted, buttery malts takes on a faint resemblance to maple syrup. No chocolate or coffee but plenty of crispy toasted bread crusts, plums and prunes, and a giant ladle full of caramel.

Candied dried fruits! Over-ripened pears and apples with all the sticky, sugary sweetness of a candy coating. There's a really generous amount of caramelization, hint of honey, and again plenty of well toasted (but not roasted or burnt) bread. The beer is undoubtedly deliciously malty, but still, it falls just a notch below the level of strength or richness I've become accustom to with dopplebocks. Truthfully, I'm finding a little watery on some sips.

A liberal use of hops has ensured at least a quenching bitterness, although the monstrous proportion of malt produces an incredibly sweet and sugary profile that overrides it. There's some impression of the alcohol but you'd never really be sure it was there. The beer isn't totally heavy-bodied but from each sip the malts settle in for a lengthy stay on the palate.

A solid offering. Troegs seems to not always just hit style guidelines with pin-point accuracy but also land right on the mark with regards to quality as well. These are the two areas where I've found the most consistency with this brewery. Oh, and if you count my tremendously enjoying their beers, that makes a third category they've excelled at as well.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy mahogony with a short pancake head that quickly fades.

Smells sweet and malty with a burnt sugar and soy sauce finish.

Subtle burnt sugar taste but with a hoppy backbone. A little sweet, but the hops balance that. I'm not sure the hops and malt are as integrated as I'd like.

Fairly highly carbonated, a little sticky, but still nice. Fairly drinkable, but the lack of integration would begin to bother me.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown, red-tinted color with a big tan head that has good retention and lacing. Bready malt nose, some floral hoppiness, caramel and brown sugar, and a hint of booze.

Very nice, big and chewy malt presence, lightly toasted, very faint earthy and floral hops way underneath. Moderate sweetness, dark fruit and caramel. Tasty and aggressively flavorful. Somewhat sticky finish.

Medium to slightly full bodied with solid carbonation. A well done and very satisfying example of the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber-brown hue with a clear body and a lazy effervescence. Head is almost nonexistent; other than that, this beer looks great.

Smell: rich caramel and nutty malt character with a hint of dark fruits. Not super complex, but well-crafted and enticing.

Taste: pretty much what you get from the aroma, although the fruity character is enhanced. There's a big raisin character with accents of cherry which work out well on the palate. I rather like this beer!

Mouthfeel: very big body with a mild carbonation. The body lends a very good, silky texture, which actually resolves as a nice creaminess despite the light effervescence. Good.

Overall: this is a tasty and fulfilling beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark copper red/brown, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Aromas include caramel, black bread, oak, vanilla, and raisins.

The taste is great- dark and smooth as hell. Black bread, caramel, some vanilla, dark fruits (raisins and figs), oak, and sweet grain.

No alcohol perceived, which is great considering the ABV. Very drinkable and smooth, full creamy mouthfeel.

One of Troegs' best beers, one I will always love.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle bottled on 09/09/14. Sampled December 1, 2014.

Dark mahogany brown pour with a modest tan head.

The aroma is sweet and malty with a weak barleywine sweetness.

The body is medium to full.

The taste is incredibly sweet and malty with a moderate bitter finish. It is quite tasty.

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Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light brown with an off white head. Lots and lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is malty, syrupy, raisins, and toffee.
The taste is of the same decent aromas mixed around in a decent take on the style.
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and full bodied.
Drinkability is decent. A nice regional doppelbock.

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Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish red with a light tan head, slight retention & lacing.

S: Slight sulfur upfront, dark fruit & bread, slightly floral & spicy with a toffee sweetness.

T: Light breadyness, slightly burnt caramel, dark fruit, slight spice, alcohol is really well-hidden. It's got the right flavours, but they're subtle for its weight.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth.

D: Very drinkable for its strength. It really doesn't seem that big.

Thanks for picking this up sstacko!

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Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is a copper dark brown with a foamy finger head.

The aroma has caramel, sweet roasted malt, and a spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon.

The flavor is quite lovely. The beer has big malts and caramel sweetness. It then lingers to that signature doppelbock stiffness in flavor with whole wheat breadiness. It has a round mouthfeel.

The finish has a bit of a nutty aftertaste that I really got a lot of from Paulaner Salvator. However, this has more aroma, rounded flavor, and sweet caramel malt. It’s quite decent. The aftertaste is a bit of an issue for me.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep, clear amber color. Low carbonation. Nose is malty. Medium bodied. Starts with semi-sweet raisins, finishes mellow, the high ABV is not noticable. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, Va.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark but brilliantly clear ruby colour, with a filmy head of yellow foam. Head dissipates a little, but sticks to the edges with pleasant lacing. Looks quite heavy and thick. I approve, in particular, I love the colour.

Huge phenols of wonderful banana and dark toffee. Really smells quite German - it has notes of the good German weizens, with the toffee of a wonderful weizenbock. Really, it reminds me of Aventinus - full of dark alcohol, but toffee sweetness and leavened wheat notes. This is really wonderful.

Taste is very similar, with roasted toffee notes, but not too grainy, and certainly not burnt with acrid dark characters. Delicious clear mouthfeel, which is what leavens the palate otherwise, leaving just the slight roasted sweetness, without creating something too heavy or cloying. It stays incredibly drinkable, a clear and pleasant roastiness, just folded in with a light dark sugar note.

This is an exceptionally drinkable brew. It has such a wonderful clarity to the palate, which leaves it quaffable and delicious despite the alcohol content. This is truly comparable to the best German examples - once again, the US shows me what it is capable of. Tröegs really know what they are doing with this brew, and showcase a truly world-class doppelbock. Astonishingly good.

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden mahogany edges and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Spicy aroma with lots of sweet malt, subtle dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Hints of zesty clove and pepper along with some hazelnut and chalky tart yeast.

Fuller bodied than expected with lots of sweet malt, subtle chocolate and spice. Lots of clove, cinnamon and brown sugar balanced out by hints of sweet caramel malt, chocolate, toffee and hazelnut. Slightly toasted with some rye, toffee and biscuit flavor. Spicy up front, quickly balanced by the full malt body. Silky and flavorful with a well masked ABV making it dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty..Aaron for this and many others.
Poured a nice bronze color with a tannish head that faded as I sipped. Nose was caramel, brown sugar, slight hops and malty. Taste was caramel, sugar, Munich malts and maye even choco or caramel malts too. Hops was not a typical US hop profile, very subtle. Tase also carried a nice amount of dried fruit like raisins and figs. Mouthfeel was alright.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red with a 2 finger firm dirty white head that was moderately lasting.

S: a rich big coffee flavor, dark breadiness, chocolate, and a light underlying fruitiness (dark cherries).

T: The flavor was nice and smooth with sweet roasted caramel upfront, sweet chocolate and dark fruit (dates, cherries). There was a warm breadiness, and a slight alcohol warming from the 8.2% abv.

M: A sweet and slick mouthful that was lightly carbonated.

D: Nice drinkability with very good flavor and enjoyment that wont disappoint.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with amber hue and lace patches down the glass. Aroma has some semblance of dark fruits thanks to raisins, prunes, along with caramel/toffee sweetness and a graininess to it as well. Caramel/toffee sweetness with slight dark fruit taste more than the typical banana/yeast taste in this style I seem to get in this style and has a dry finish. Like the balanced and malty and fruity sweetness and a really good beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a warm amber body that is crystal clear with a gentle carbonation of micro bubbles. There is a thin ring of light tan foam that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a soft sweet toasted malt smell but it is very light and smooth.

T- This beer has a spicy sweet caramel malt favor with a faint dark malt hint and a very light pot caramel note that doesn't get in the way of the malt flavors but enhances it. There is a soft hop bitterness in the finish that supports the malt flavors nicely.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that gives it a cask poured quality.

D- This beer has good malt flavors but they are very smooth and a bit muted. The pot caramel flavor was not overpowering but just enhanced the malts. The hops balance was just enough to finish the beer with a nice lagered quality making this very drinkable.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Troegenator served at Haydn's on Pine in Harrisburg, PA.

Appearance: The bock has a deep ruby red color and a thick, THICK head.

Smell: The bock has a semi-sweet deep malty aroma. There is no sign of any hops.

Taste: The bock has a strong malt aroma, bordering on very sweet and caramel-like, that finishes long. That malt character lasted a long time after the beer was gone.

Mouthfeel: The bock's strong malt character gives the beer a sweet feeling without overdoing it, nice.

Drinkability: The beer is very drinkable, a little too strong though (costing it a bit). A nice interpretation on the style.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,140 ratings.
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