Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

very good
3,208 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

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Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass: color is a dark amber touching on transparent brown, with amber hues on the edges. Head presents about 1" thick, clings and sits on top very well.

Smell is sweet malt mixture of roast and caramel, hints of raisans and maybe cherries. Love this one.

Taste is clean, flavors are crisp, malt sweetness dominates in the form of caramel and hints of roast and raisans.

Mouthfeel is great for such a strong, malt dominate beer, flavors linger but are not overpowering. Enough hop bitterness to clean it up.

Overall, just a great example of this style. Definitely a little biased as this one my first real craft brews I tasted, but this is good representation of the doppelbock malty clean flavors.

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Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear ruby copper color with less than a quarter inch head that quickly fades to a skim cover and a spotty wispy lace. mild smell of dark fruits, sugary with hint of alcohol. taste is very good its complex and very sweet up front with fig, dried plums, raisin, caramel and toffee slightly spicy warm finish. mouthfeel lacks carbonation tends to flatten out. overall not bad taste really saves this beer.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12 oz bottle with a mix six pack not too long ago. Cracked it open while watching Ravens/Steelers. Which has little do with anything other than the fact that I drink most of my beer while watching football these days.

A: Cider colored, only darker. Sort of a burnt orange/brown. Poured with one finger of deep beige head that disappeared gradually and left even rings of lacing on the glass.

S: Seriously sweet and heavy caramel malts with a bit of plum fruitiness.

T: Sugary sweet caramel malts lead into a dark fruit, plum or raisin notes and then back into a sting of brown sugar. Booziness is surprisingly light given the ABV, and converse to conventional logic, seems to mellow as it warms, also allowing a bit of bready-ness to develop. A dash of bitter tang and spice tickles the tongue.

M: Heavy and slick. Carbonation is of the prickly "spiders dancing on your tongue" variety.

O: I like malty beers and bocks, but this is only the second doppelbock I've ever tried. Good, but not as good as Thomas Hooker's Liberator, IMO.

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Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a brownish red out of the bottle that gives way to a nice head

S - the nose is sugary, stick, dark fruits with lots of caramel malts and toffee

T - taste follows the nose perfectly. This is filled with sticky toffee and sugary dark fruits with a little bit of toastiness in the mix. All of the essential doppelbock flavors are present and in full force. Pretty solid.

M - nice medium bodied beer with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel to it

D - this is a delicious doppelbock. Lots of really good malts flavors blend together to form a really solid example of this style from this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of BoozeHound81
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice almost Mahogany color, not much head wise. The taste almost reminds me a of a trailmix snack bar,minus the sweetness. I got heavy notes of fruity goodness in the smell.Finishes a tad dry,only wanting another swallow to test that dryness again. Tasty brew overall.

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Photo of haywire77
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a beautiful deep copper red with a half inch of slightly off white head that faded rather quickly to a light cap. Good lacing.

Smell is very faint. Lightly sweetened malts and bready undertones. Not a lot going on here.

Taste on the other hand is awesome. Smoked woody malts and dried dark fruit. Better than most of the style with way more flavor and complexity. A little bit of hop bitterness shows up on the tail end.

Mouthfeel is awesome as well. Medium bodied and slick with hop oils. Carbonation is mild and refreshing.

Overall this is a staple for the style. I use this beer as a gateway for my non craft drinking friends, and they all love it. Another knockout from Troegs.

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Photo of Amazingbeer
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I could taste too much alcohol. Nice hints of raisin. You get a sweet raisin taste up front followed by a malty bread flavor then it ends with a slight hop bitter. The alcohol flavor overpowered everything else. I am not a huge bick fan this beer is true to the style if you are a big bock fan give it a try its just not the beer for me.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish-amber with a small finger of dingy head. Sweet aroma of toffee, bread, and hints of dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly thin mouthfeel. Taste dominated by sweet malt--toffee, biscuit, and just a trace of spice and dark fruit.

Worth trying once, but I was a little underwhelmed by this one; felt like the sweet malt was a little too dominant, even for the style. ABV was pretty well-concealed.

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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 jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy deep amber, slight chocolate and toffee scents, nice and malty scented.

Definitely a sweetness to this beer, kind of like one of those chocolate nugets. Getting lots of dessert flavors from the front of this beer, a very nice malt backbone for sure. However the beer ends distinctively dry cutting out the over-lingering sweetness I hate so much. A nice balance of hops finish this off leaving you with a slight breads and chocolaty mouthfeel.

Honestly, surprisingly awesome. Quite the well balanced beer with lots of surprises a beer drinker could want. Dangerously drinkable.

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

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with ruby highlights. A one finger white head forms upon pouring and quickly reduces to a very thin ring around the outer edge. No lacing.

S: Very sweet with lots of dark fruit as well. Some candied raisins and dates and a bit of doughy malt.

T: A nice dose of caramel as well as some candied dark fruit and brown sugar. A little bit of doughy/bready malt balances the sweetness a bit.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Drinks very smooth and slick.

O: Another solid effort by Troegs. Very drinkable for a relatively heavy beer/style. No sign of the 8.2% at all.

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

Ahhh the Troegenator...Troegs shows here that they make one of the best double bocks around. I have never had it on tap but always from a bomber to a pint glass. It always has that distinct smell that i like...i would rate this beer perfect but im never the biggest fan of the mouthfeel or the finish..But the appearance is gorgeous and it smells wonderful....I highly reccomend trying this beer.

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Photo of Marty30
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A. A clear blackcherry body with a small off-white head,that quickly dissapears. Spotty lacing.

S. I get some ripe cherries upfront,followed by caramel and a bit of toffee.

T. Hand&hand with the smell. Kind of sweet cherries with a small amount of caramel and toffee. I get a touch of alchohol in the finish.

M. Nice and crisp very well carbonated for the style,it's just enough. Good medium feel, kind of a sweet beer with a nice bite in the end.

Overall this is one of my favorite lagers,I usually get a sixer about once a month. Very good lager!

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing doppelbock, a bit soft but in turn rather drinkable.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Burgundy label with a busy illustration of the head of a a horned-goated and bearded deity wit some hops. Shows bottling date 071311, and notes 8.2% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber to amber brow pour, 1" of creamy head with low retention, fair surface memory, and minimal lacing.

S - Soft nose, with sweet malty caramel notes and a minimal hint of dark fruit.

T - Flavor holds and expands the nose with dexterity around the malty sweetness, some sense of dark fruits.

M - Medium body with low and fading carbonation which never feels watery and leads to a pretty smooth flow.

O - This is a nice US take on a doppelbock, rather drinkable and approachable if one is keen on that malty lager sense.

Notes: Easy as it is, and considering that I´m not too crazy about doppelbocks, it works pretty well. Not something that I would ever actively seek out, but worth the experience.

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Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a mahogany color with a small head that fades quickly and some lacing

S: Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, spice and some sweetness.

T: Taste of dark fruit, a spicy sweetnessand some alcohol. Has a fairly dry finish with a lingering sticky sweetness.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth but way too sweet.

O: Decent beer, but came across as a bit too boozy with a sticky sweetness.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Appearance - Dark reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There isn't a lot of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, butterscotch, molasses, earthiness, raisins, red apples

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, butterscotch, and some molasses. There are also notes of apples and raisins and the booze isn't really hidden. It finishes with a malty dark fruit sweet aftertaste.

Overall - I think I expected more with this beer. It was good but no where near one of the better dopplebocks I've had. Happy that I gave it a try but I'd buy something else next time.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #66
Served On: 9/21/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

I’ve been in the mood for dark beers lately. I've had this one in the fridge for a while. This was from a 6 pack I found a few months ago at Mountain Liquors on route 15 at the PA and Maryland line.

Look: Hazy caramel brown color. Zero carbonation. Had a 2 finger head of tight tan bubbles. Head receded quickly.

Smell: Dark fruits like raison or plum. Heavy notes of biscuit, brown sugar and spice. Slight hops in the background; also some booziness. The intense pungency of this beer reminded me of a barley wine – like Flying Dog’s Horn Dog.

Taste: First was a heavy malty sweetness (again like a barley wine). Middle of the palate was a spicy brown sugar and some nutty notes. The finish was rather light in comparison to the rest of the palate. Brown sugar and spice lingered for a moment and then an alcohol warming sensation took over. It was a dry finish with the dark fruits reappearing and a faint sweetness.

This was a pungent brew that had qualities of a barley wine. The typical larger character common to the Bock style was not really present. Regardless it is a very complex and flavorful beer. I would say this beer would certainly age well - even being of the lager variety.


Vintage Notes:

Ba Review #66.5
Served On: 10/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Date/ Code: 04/15/11

I thought I would add some bonus material to my original review that includes tasting notes on a cellared bottle with about 18 months on it.

Look: Appearance did not change much from the fresh bottle, other than the clarity level was higher. Carbonation was still rather low and the head also seemed the same as the fresh version.

Smell: The 2011 vintage had a slightly sweeter nose, as the lager quality seemed to be lost in a syrupy sweetness. The original brown sugar scent seemed to take on more of a caramelized quality with age.

Taste: The beer mellowed out quite well with some of the spice and dark fruits moving into more of a mild caramel with a lager biscuit hitting somewhere towards the middle. The alcohol warmth was completely gone. The finish had faint dark fruits with the sweetness hanging on.

This was my first attempt at cellaring a lager style. The main noticeable difference from its fresh counterpart seemed to be the elevated sweetness, while the original pungent qualities seemed to combine into one smooth continuous palate with the familiar dark fruits and sweetness hitting at the end.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark blood red-amber. thin offwhite head. leaves decent lacing

nuttiness is strong. caramel malts. some dark fruit.

taste matches smell

drank it right from the fridge which made the carbonation feel strong. a little more time out of the fridge would have lowered its bite.

delicious for a beer with a high abv.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,208 ratings.
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