Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,115 Reviews
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

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Photo of stewart124
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish color with an off-white head that does not last long. Slight lacing around the glass. Smells of complex malts and possibly some noble hops. The taste is warming with a presence of alcohol that lasts in your stomach and throat. Very clean taste and yet a syrupy body in the presence. Hops are slightly present. This feels and tastes like a good dopplebock.The aftertaste is very malty and sits well on a cold winter night. Nice beer and I think it fits the category well.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper/amber color with a thin head. Lightly carbonated compared to other beers, but nothing to worry about; just a characteristic of this particular beer. Very sweet, malty smell with hints of caramel. Taste mimicked the smell. Was a bit thin on the mouth but very refreshing. For a fairly strong beer, would like this one in the summer.

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Photo of Marty
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Foxman
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep amber, with hints of flashy orange and ruby. Fine columns of rising carbonation fountain upward. A finger of pithy white head settles promptly to thin cosmos of foam. Flips of lacing adorn the glass.

The aroma is a simple swath of fruity malt, carrying pie cherries and the slightest vaopr of alcohol ringing the aura.

Far and away, it's malt first in the flavor, with a baked grain earthiness and mellow dark fruit notes. A quick flash of vanilla passes through the center, then is upstaged by a toasted doughiness. Alcohol again makes the briefest of cameos, then the hops make their one true showing, carrying a rounded, dry bitterness through the finish. It drops away quickly at the end.

Medium bodied, there's a slightly creamy feel that slips away to a dry noble tingle.

It's basic, if not truly remarkable, malty goodness. Nothing here shines overly brightly, but all shine enough to be notably enjoyed. It's sturdy and reliable, like a good, trusty pair of shoes, never wearing out its welcome and impressing enough not to be forgotten. The ABV has some backbone, but is not crippling, and rather it just warms nicely. This is one very pleasant, well-crafted interpretation of the style.

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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 blitz134
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear caramel amber body with a 3/4" white head which hung around. Strong malt aroma dominated with bready and yeast aromas then followed up with a touch of sweet caramel. Some toasted malt essence comes through as well.

Taste is malty, as expected. Taste is alright, nothing overly dominate. Comes through with a toasted malt nuttiness similar to a brown ale but also has some dinner roll breadiness. Not much of a hop profile, but there is some hints of floral hops coming through. Overall light in the flavor department. I just noticed the abv on this. It is totally hidden.

Body is a bit thinnish, not as thick as I expected. Drinkability is really good though. Nice and refreshing and easy to put down. Dangerously drinkable

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Photo of HokieNoPokie
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A sweet, warming beer that goes well with dessert. Not an incredible head but very well carbonated. A fruity, bread like aroma with hints of alcohol and a dark amber color. Smooth, malty taste that leaves your entire body warm while the carbonation tickles your tongue. A good choice for those cold fall or winter nights, and despite what the Troegs web site tells you, goes really well with a chocolate brownie.

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

I have had this numerous time just note with note book in hand.
A- Nice dark just shy of brown amber. Small white head, lacing evident
S- Large maltyness lots of sweet undertones meet part way by a mix of noble hops, maybe some chocolaty bits too
T- Great taste lots of malt caramel still some chocolate tones but finishes nice with a little bit form the noble hops.
M- A little thin but nice carbonaiton.
D- Easy sesison beer

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Photo of jakester
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel.

Arrives a clear dark copper with a one finger head of cream colored foam. Looks pretty effervescent. The head drops to islands and a ring, with good lacing.

I'm not picking up much smell. Faint Munich and caramel malt, faint floral hops, and a little alcohol. Maybe it was too cold to start, but as it warmed, the smells didn't really pick up.

Flavor is clean, sweet malts, maybe some cherries, with just enough bittering hops to counter some of the sweetness. The Munich malt shines in this one. Very nice doublebock. As it warms, you can taste bready malts and some alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet, like it should be. Carbonation is medium. Finish is a long sweetness.

This is a good doublebock; sweet, malty, with a good kick from alcohol. Poundable, but watch out!

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Photo of walleye
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to weeare138 from the bottle. poured a dark amber with a with a off white head. not at all what I expected fr a doublebock. aroma, malts, a maple syrup and molasses, caramel, plums. flavor the malts take the lead on this one than got some sweetness , caramel, honey, and dark fruits

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a purple label and a yellow ring around the face of an old, white-haired, bearded man's face with horns. this is the troegenator! there is a neck label that has two eyes and says "awake the troegenator". 8.2abv.

appearance: pours a clear dark cherry red with copper highlights into a pilsner glass. large off-white fluffy head that dropped to about a half inch and laced all the way down. super sticky.

smell: strong floral hop notes for a doppelbock. some fruity aromas along with light bready and alcohol scents. caramelly sweet after aggitating.

taste: first sip is malty, with a lightly spicy hop flavor and some alcohol. nice prickling on the front and front-sides of the tongue. pears and other dark fruits. light bitterness, alcohol and chocolate in the only slightly dry finish.

mouthfeel: this has a crisp light-medium body. a little light with slightly higher carbonation than other doppelbocks. swallow is very smooth, however.

drinkability: good drinkability. alcohol is evident but not a problem. taste and mouthfeel also make this an easy drink.

overall: i'm not convinced this is a doppelbock, but it's a good beer none the less. don't be scared of the "troegenator"!

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Photo of orsulacp
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1 inch light tan head in a pint glass that disappeared quickly. Deep copper color, very clear. Sweet malty molasses with a faint chocolate smell. Taste was all sweet malts, a bit too sweet for me. There is low carbonation and a glycerin type feel in the mouth, like a big red wine. It seemed to leave some alcohol in the mouth. Very drinkable, I didn't notice the high alcohol.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper tones, with orange. Very clear.

Smell has hints of light molasses, hops, and odd as it sounds, wet toad.

Deep heavy malt taste, a little alcohol, and just a touch of hops on the finish. Not bad for a 49 cent bottle snapped up at a Kroger on the road.

Slightly thick, not cloying. The carbonation creeps out near the end.

This one could be good all night...very drinkable.

Be well

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

poured a clear copper color with moderate tan head. Smell is of dark fruits (plums, cherries) with a touch of alcohol. The alcohol scent fades as the beer warms and becomes more enjoyable. Taste is truly impressive with great maltiness. The 8.2% is undetectable and and is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good american version of a Doppelbock. Troegs has done a good job of packing some nice smooth chocolate malts in this beer. The smell is fairly week, as is the very small quickly disappearing head. All in all a good beer with a semi-sweet flavor. The abv doesn't show through and is hidden well with the malt flavor.

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

Pours a slight off red in color with a slight but resilient head. Aroma is malts and slightly of lager yeast. Taste is very sweet with a slight hint of alcohol. Kind of a sourdough bread thing too. Also has strong toffee tones. Hops come through as unripe fruit--but just barely present. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy. Not sure if this is my thing or not.

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

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a dry lager yeast aroma. It's sweet with a toasted feel. The taste is good. It has a warm, malty flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts as well as some raisin esters in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid doppelbock; another fine offering from Troeg's.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the tap, now trying the bottle.
A: Clear brown, head seems small, maybe due to the alcohol content (?).

S: Richly malty, notes of a dark bready smell. There's a fair amount of a caramel aroma here with a fairly strong smell of alcohol. No hop aroma at all.

T: Sweet malts dominate, there's a bit of a bread crust taste late in the flavors. Hops? Off in the corner in a timeout. There's a bit of an alcohol taste to this, not surprising considering, but it tends to fade over the course of drinking this.

M: A bit more than medium in body. Nice level of carbonation. Alcohol warmth is pretty strong, which is nice, but it's leaving me with that whisky feel in the back of my mouth, dry and medicinal.

D&N: Well done, Trogner Bros! Biased, to be sure, but the fact that this is from my home state gives it a big drinkability factor, it's local and it's awesome. Definitely worthy of recommendation.

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

Light reddish colour, good suitable hops, creamy easy drink. Well malted including chocolate malt, carmel. Damn good for the style. Well carbonated. Bit of yeast, toast. Light spiciness and orange mid-sip. Light bitter finish. Unique, I like this brewery.

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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 Boto
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught: This one poured a clear, dark reddish/coppery color. Mine had almost no head to speak of. There was some sweet caramel malt to the nose. The aroma also contained some spicy floral notes. This one has a nice, sweet caramel malt taste, with some hints of fruits. A hint of bitterness and some spicyness in the aftertaste. Very Nice!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice reddish-orange amber pour. Very thin head.

Aroma - lightly sweet and grainy, leaning to the malty, raisiny side, kind of earthy too. I wish there was more intensity here to enjoy.

Taste - good malt and chocolate base, some roastiness in there and a kind of unsweetened raisin flavor, very intriguing. A little sweeter on the swallow to go with some light balancing hops. The hops linger a bit on the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, raisin and clove come on stronger as it warms. Overall, a milder but appealing doppel.

Mouthfeel - appropriately smooth with average carbonation.

Drinkability - goes down very easy, one of the easiest drinking doppelbocks I've had.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a clear dark copper with a thin, fading off white head.

Smell: The smell has a sweet malty feel, with nice caramel notes, balanced out by gental aromatic hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a very balanced and smooth caramel malt mixed with yeasty, almost bready notes. The balance is dead on, and the malt flaovrs are very rich and pure tasting. The hops only add the tiniest bit of bittering in the finish, leaving it with a wonderful aftertaste and mouthfeel.

Drinkability and Overall: It's been some time since I last had this beer. Since then, I've had many more Doppelbocks, including many good true German onces, and this beer is still killer. Quite a good representation of the style, without having that normal American bock flavor.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, almost red with a thin white head that dissapates quickly, with moderate carbonation. The aroma is dominated by malt with hints of raspberry, caramel, vanilla and oak. The taste is quite malty just like the smell and you get just the faintest hint of hopping in the background. The malt flavor is not overwhelming and is quite well rounded with a tart fruit flavor (raspberries or perhaps strawberries or even cherries) and a smooth vanilla flavor as well as a molasses sweetness that follows. The finish is slightly dry and bitter but that makes it all the more refreshing. I haven't had many dopplebocks but i enjoyed this one. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation, and it hides the alcohol fairly well. Not an "excellent" beer but pretty damn good, and it seems like it could be sessionable despite the high alcohol.

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

Pours a clear reddish brown/rusty color with an off white head that settles down into a minimal covering. Fairly active carbination. Aroma is of carmel & a little vanilla. Flavor is a bready maltiness, with more hints of caramel and vanilla. Little to no hops present in the flavor, this is NOT a brew for you hopheads out there. Sweetness is cut by a hint of alcohol, but it’s well hidden for a beer listed at 8.2% abv. Medium body & texture. Has a fairly clean, slightly bitter finish. Overall, one of my favorite beers, it turned me into a Doppel lover!!

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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