Troegenator | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Monks had fasting figured out. No food? No problem. Just drink a Double Bock. Thick and chewy with intense notes of caramel, chocolate and dried stone fruit, ‘Nator (as we call him) serves as a tribute to this liquid bread style.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle (part of a variety pack) into pint glass. Pours a clear reddish-brown with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is emphatically molasses, accompanied by smoked malts, oak, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet. OK but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this gifted to me while camping, I will need to return the favor on the next camping trip...

Right out of the bottle it pours a nice, dark ruby-tinged, brownish color that is crystal clear. The head to it is decent but with no staying power and no lacing to mention. The smell is bready, yeasty, and masks all of the 8.2% ABV, which as far as the taste is concerned is definitely there, but very light - not that stark or hot taste of booze in the mouth, well mixed in my opinion. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, lightly carbonated, and makes for dangerously easy drinking that you will fill later. Overall, this is an exceptional beer in my opinion. I'll be keeping an eye out for this brewer in during my trip to PA later this summer.

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Photo of Turbo
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpalinchik
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DioS
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of quadmad
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So this is the reknowned Troegenator. I have been meaning to try this for a while. Pours a dark bronze, almost light cola color with a healthy tan head. Nose is yeast and chocolate malt and raisins and molasses; kind of interesting.

Crisp but delicate in texture, with a big melange of flavors through the aftertaste: mocha, molasses, grapeskin, smoke, peat, and caramel. This is roasty and tasty and complex and very much on style. Good show.

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Photo of beertunes
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to bl00 for this one from NBS BIF #007. 12oz bottle poured into 10oz fluted tulip. Poured a clean, clear reddish brown color, with just a thin cap of off-white head that no retention or lacing.

The aroma was full of nice brainy malts, with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Very similar on the tongue, with the caramel a bit more notable, and a wee bit of an alcohol bite on the finish.

The body was very nice, smooth, even, a little over medium, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was excellent, a very easy drinking version of the style. Overall, very nice. Most Dopple's tend to be too sweet and too hot, this one handles those issue quite well. A must-try.

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Photo of SteelerBeerNut
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anthony-s
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep ruby reddish gold color with small cap.

Aroma of dark toffee and ripe stone fruits with an airy hop brightness.

Taste is very full but with a charming balance that's almost delicate. Like the resounding percussion of a concert grand piano that goes on to develop elegant subtleties. The heavier elements of dark malt are there yet the interplay of dark fruits (ripe black plumbs and figs) keep the strength moving forward with a fluid grace. Hops remain ever present like high notes that keeps the whole in balance.

Full flavor with balancing carbonation.

This is a powerful beer with presence, one I'd serve first to a new acquaintance who expressed a like for beer.

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Photo of Nosquatch
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJimmy02919
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

The color is very red for a doppel bock. I found this beer to be far too syrupy and flat for my liking. The smell and taste of molasses was highly overpowering and drowned out any other potential flavors such as coffee that I've seen in other reviews. The head dissipated in seconds and it's lack of carbonation made it look as though it had sat out overnight. As a fan of stouts, porters and trappist ales and other German doppel bocks I found this very disappointing. Congratulations Troegs you've made the only doppel block i didn't like.

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Photo of hairnic
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samlover55
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 5/14/18
L- dark red-ish/brown with no head
S- diving into a vat of caramel, candied apples, molasses
T- similar to nose, but the taste has more depth
F- thick and chewy, above average carbonation, nice tingle to it
Overall this is full flavored and smooth drinking, with just a slight alcohol burn, amazing

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Photo of bobstockwell
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbb77
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PrideofCleveland
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of bgillespie
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown, copper. Almost with a purple color. Thin tan head.

Smell: Sweet, bready, malt

Taste: Caramel, chocolate, malty.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with a alcohol kick.

Overall: A solid beer, don't usually go for the bock beers, but this one is tasy. Would have it again.

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheAce
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sable
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tröeggenator is a Doppelbock style beer, a style favored by monks for sustenance during the Lenten fast. I guess that when you can't eat, you're still allowed to drink. It's supposed to be "chewy" in the mouthfeel, but I'm not getting that ... It's fairly clean and crisp in that sense. I associate a silkier, fuller mouthfeel with chewy.

The smell is a delight. Super rich, malty, vanilla, and mildly fruity, maybe a bit cherry, with a definite sharp alcohol note.

The color is reddish brown, but lets a lot of light through. The head dissipates quickly.

The taste is like a milder version of Mad Elf. Caramel, roasted malt flavors, chocolate, some vanilla, a little snap of hops, and fruit flavors. The label says something about stone fruit, but since I don't know what they mean by that, I'm saying cherry again. The hops even out the flavor and keep it from being too sweet.

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Photo of bret717
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- pours a clear and brilliant chestnut brown w/one finger tan head that fades to a thin layer; minimal lacing

Aroma- caramel, sweet bready malt, faint whiff of perfumy hops

Taste- rich, sweet bready malt and caramel followed by distinct hops that come off more spicy in the taste, and are mildly bitter

Feel- medium bodied and medium carbonation

Overall- very enjoyable dopplebock with rich, sweet malt balanced by perfumy/spicy hops

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Troegenator from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 3,335 ratings