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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,110 Reviews

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: 1,110 | Ratings: 3,152
Photo of Shade1951
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flavorful! Poured from bottle into glass with very small amount of head and not much lacing. Nice deep dark amber color. Smell seemed subdued. Some malts. After drinking mostly in-your-face ales, it's a bit hard for me to appreciate subtlety.

Taste is much more pronounced than the smell, which is a good thing. I get some notes of dry sherry, maybe a bit of prune. Has a somewhat creamy feel to it. High ABV really isn't apparent.

I'm not a big fan of lagers in any of their iterations, but this is a good one.

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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 chuckm
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My friends who enjoy craft beer joke that they can tell when I think something is exceptional by the way I gift 6 packs to all of them. This is just such a beer. On the pour the color is a reddish caramel and a bit lighter than I was expecting, however the smell is intoxicating (no, that's not from the 8.2 ABV) and hints at smoked/roasted meats along with a sugary side. I suck at describing scents. However the taste is glorious, full, creamy and cloying, this is a fall night beer that deserves to be an every weekend beer. I may be in love, just hoping my Podunk Indiana source continues to carry this gift from God!

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my sister who introduced this lovely little number to me. Don't usually seek out the double Bocks, but glad I tried this one. My sis, who does like this style, echos my warm and fuzzy feelings on this brew.

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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 SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a beautiful reddish brown with a two inch off white head that leaves patches of lace everywhere.

Smell is biscuit, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, and some oak.

Taste follows biscuit, dark fruit, and oak up front with caramel and toffee lingering in the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is almost large, creamy with mild carbonation, not really dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is really nice, a fairly cool July evening and this is really tasty. Thanks @jzeilinger for yet another winner.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque maple brown color with a small head.

Smells of caramel, fruit, some dark chocolate, and figs.

Drinks incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is very light, with low carbonation. The 8.2% is near undetectable. Taste is slightly disappointing, not because it's bad, but because it's so incredibly subtle.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a nice medium brown, chestnut perhaps. Head is light tan and luscious, but did not last too long, detracting some from my score. Aroma is rich sweet bread, almost muffiny, and woodsy, very malty. Taste is dominated by nutty, rich, slightly sweet malts. Molasses cookies and gingerbread men. A little tingle from the alcohol as well. Solid stuff. Mouthfeel smooth, rich, a tiny bit slick. This is delicious.

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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 Whey2Hoppy
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- This is exactly the type of look that you would want and expect from a good Doppelbock, save for one minor detail. The beer pours with a beautiful amber red color just light enough to be transparent. There’s a moderate amount of visible carbonation running up the glass, and it poured at first with a thick, fluffy, eggshell colored head. Sadly, this faded after only about five minutes to basically nothing, with only faint amounts of alcohol lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma- Sweet brown candied sugar is the primary aroma here, with a strong hint of maple syrup and ready malts. No hops to be found here, but that’s expected. It’s all malts, baby! Again, a textbook example of the style. The only real complaint I could have here is that the aromas aren't quite as potent as I would want them to be, in a perfect world.

Taste- Follows the nose, but the sweetness here is just subdued enough to prevent the beer from becoming cloyingly sweet or bready. The first kick of flavor comes straight from those maple syrup notes, but the malts come in right after, giving it a kind of bread crust flavor that is absolutely delicious. Hints of caramel on the finish, along with the slightest kick of alcohol. Just enough to let you know that it’s there.

Body- Very full bodied for the style, making it resemble a kind of syrup even further. However, the carbonation gives this beer a kind of soapy mouthfeel that I’m honestly not that much of a fan of.

Overall- This is a truly excellent beer for malt lovers everywhere. It may be a bit too sweet or malt forward for some, but those people should probably just stick to other styles of beer. Is it the best representation of the style out there? No, there are certainly some flaws with this beer, and areas that just don’t stand out amongst the greats. However, I would certainly say that this is one of the better readily available, year round Doppelbocks brewed in the United States. It would also serve as a great introduction to the style, and perhaps even an introduction to craft beer in general, since it lacks the extreme bitterness of some hop-forward beers.

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Photo of fx20736
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, early Spring 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Deep Burgundy amber. Offwhite head that dissipates almost completely.

Smell: Rich, fruity caramel

Taste: sweet caramel and plums

Feel: thin

Overall: one dimensional, sickly sweet

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Photo of fscottkey
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Really awesome brown color. Transparent brown (almost cola color). Has 1/2 a finger of khaki head. The bottle lists the ABV (8.2%) and the best by date (07/26/16).

S: [3.25] Caramel and wine tannins.

T: [3.75] Caramel. Dried cherries. Brown bread.

M: [3.50] A little thin for an 8.2% beer. The finish has a bit of a soapy taste.

O: [3.50] This beer *really* needs to warm. Before it warms it has limited flavor. It is flat and not tasty. As it gets closer to room temp it really opens up. Lots of caramel flavor. Really nice as it gets warm. Before that it is subpar.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Very dark amber, clear, little head
S - malty, dark fruity
T - sweet, roasted malts, lingering aftertaste
F - smooth, medium to full body
O - very pleasant, hides the >8% very well, quaffable.

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Photo of dmnota
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-brown, transparent with slightly tanned head and ultra-fine carbonation. Caramel, toffee, raisin, fig, pumpernickel bread crust. Not as warm and boozy as expected but still an excellent, comforting brew. Finishes with sweetness slightly cut by toasted bread.

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Photo of teromous
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 02/12/16

Appearance: It has a very dark brown body with good transparency. There is a thick foamy off-white colored head on top with good retention and lacing. I wouldn't change a thing about the appearance of this beer.

Aroma: There is a light sweet caramel aroma and a touch of an herbal hop aroma. There is a light scent of alcohol but it's not off-putting. The caramel aroma is the strongest of these characters. It's a very simple yet outstanding smelling beer.

Taste: Rich bread crust and sweet nutty flavors with a layer of sweet caramel on top. This is a fantastic tasting beer. It has all of the wonderful flavors that you want and gives you nothing else. The aftertaste has a very light herbal quality and more of that nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit light for the beer. It is smooth but it just lacks a thickness and presence.

Overall: It's a very outstanding beer and I would highly recommend this. It has a wonderful classic Doppelbock flavor without any negative attributes. My only quibble would be that it could have more body but it does not prevent me from enjoying this fantastic beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut brown hue allows very little light through. There's just a trace of tan head in the middle of the top. Sweet aroma of dark malt and marzipan is present. The flavor closely mimics the aroma with plenty of sweet dark bready malt and marzipan. The mouth is a touch sticky with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This doppelbock is a crystal-clear, sparkling ruby-brown beer; its thin, creamy tan head quickly degrades to a thick collar, into which the sparse bands of lacing quickly retreat. The nose is light-medium in intensity: an extra-toasty, zwieback-like malt leads candied Concord grapes and hints of toffee and booze. The palate shows the dark vinous notes from the nose, but not so sweet, as well as a dark, toasty malt character, hints of molasses and significant alcohol undertones. The finish is surprisingly clean, showing just a bit of bitter toffee, and the linger is an alcoholic bitterness that lasts for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is on point for the medium body, and the texture is medium-peppery, creamy and astringent. (12 oz bottle, 78 days before best-by)

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Photo of cplaya280
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is just an all around amazing beer. This has a really good taste and a good 8.2% abv. I would definitely drink this beer over and over again

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Photo of smbslt
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby and garnet highlights shoot out from the sides of the glass.
The head was the color of dry grass but was not sustained by the countable bubbles of carbonation.
Burnt sugar and toffee aromas with a little bit of grassiness
The taste of malt is fairly one dimensional, the hops finished smoothly
Feel is not as chewy as it could be
Hoping for a little more .

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Photo of Sabtos
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a lot distinguishing this beer from any other basic medium body brews.

Dark amber, caramely malts, a touch sweet. Simply put, it just does not seem very inspired.

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Photo of soccrgump
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: deep amber copper; two finger tan head, which dissipated somewhat quickly.
SMELL: molasses, bready malts
TASTE: fig, raisins, molasses, dark malts; definite hoppiness at the back
FEEL: medium body, little carbonation; warming, but not too much alcohol despite its 8% abv
OVERALL: good beer. Not usually my style, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful color, disappointing head.
S: mainly a malty caramel with some fruit.
T: same as smell with some molasses and a spice finish
F: not quite syrupy, but definitely a chewy beer.

I will buy again, but not when I plan to drink more than a few.

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Photo of Rugbymikes
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice smooth pour that was offered at our local Kroger's grocery store. Picked up a growler and had to drink it all in two days. Can definitely taste the black cherry and molasses in a light way. Slight head, finishes nice.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish copper color with a quickly disappearing lacey head. Nice blast of caramel and molasses on the nose. Tastes of black cherry, malt and molasses. Medium feel with light carbonation. Good solid beer for this style.

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Photo of Myotus
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 31Aug15) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 18Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter fingers worth of light brown foam that shrivels into a partial line within 15 seconds. Copper in color. Rising bubbles are high in quantity and are both medium and small in size. Lacing is thin and hardly existent.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel, molasses, and sweet bread meet with mild aromas of figs and black cherries along with subtle spicy and bitter hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong black cherry, fig, molasses, caramel, and sweet bread flavors bombardmy taste buds upon first sip. Mild spicy and bitter hop flavors enter next and form some balance to the beer as sweet bread flavors become stronger and dominate to the flavor profile.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: This is one of my favorite styles and it was well executed. If you're looking for a balance between sweetness and hops, look elsewhere. Although somewhat balanced, the sweetness just steal the spotlight on this one.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,152 ratings.
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