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 Ieatlambfries
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark orange with a small tan head that dissipated very quickly leaving little to no lacing. The smell was malt and alcohol with some hints of grain and caramel. The taste was very sweet, and malty/caramel. The malt was defiantly the dominant flavor, very little hop taste and some alcohol in the background. Also some fruity notes were evident, raisons perhaps? Mouthfeel was good. This was a very full bodied filling beer, although I see that others felt it was thin for a doublebock. Reminded me of a barley wine in it's sweetness and consistency. Drinkability was good as well, I would have another if I happened to have more than one. I would defiantly try this doublebock again.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color. Medium head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits. A medium bodied dopplebock. Malts are rich, fruity and sweet. Touch of toffee, bread and molasses. Very smooth tasting. Hides the 8.2% alcohol very well. Perhaps a little thin? A nice dopplebock. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Mangus
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - copper, redish-orange, very pretty, very nice, makes me want to take a hearty sip.

Smell - clean, light, malty smell with hints of earthiness.

Taste - damn nice. Sweet, slight maltiness lends to it's smoothness. Can taste the alcohol hint ever so slightly, almost like a tease. Reminds me of that nice MILF at cousin Joe's wedding I ended up going home with. Warm, sweet, a bit aged, and smooth like honey.

I'm a big supporter of local brews and I'm real happy to have Troegs Brewery in nearby Harrisburg. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my fav's when it comes to US brewed dopplebacks. It was a very nice dark color, almost motor oil, with a tan head. The head retention was very nice and lasted quite a little time. It then fell to a thick laceing. The taste was nice and fruity, more of the plum variety, plus had many different malts included. It resembled the belgian brews quite well. I would recommend this one for anyone that is looking for a solid US brew.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was amber, with a wispy white head. The smell is a very bready malt. The taste is a very heavy sweet, bready malt; however, the malt doesn't run wild like most of the other dopples, and alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is just right. Drinkability-wise, could have a couple more, since the sweetness isn't annoyingly cloying.

I said that dopplebock was my least favorite style, and I dislike most of the malt monsters, but this is so well-balanced, that I genuinely can enjoy this one. A great beer from a great PA brewery, and one I'll be looking for again.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color and head that quickly dissappears. Aroma is fruity alcohol and not much more. The fruit that comes to mind in the aroma is peach. Behind that fruit is a hint of malt. Flavor is sweet and then quickly leads to dry finish. The beer is very crisp. The alcohol is subdued which is surprising due to the amount of alcohol that is sensed in the aroma. It is a fairly drinkable beer despite an 8.2% ABV touted on the label.

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Photo of Edwin
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice, rich, amber/ruby color with a tan head. Just a great looking beer from the first glance.

Smell: A spicy palate with a touch of nut and maybe a hint of caramel.

Taste: IMHO the best beer by Troeg's. Lots of nutty flavors, with some spice and a hint of caramel. A very good brew with a lot hidden inside. A touch of alcohol as well, giving it just a slight bit of bitter. Awesome, to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and not a lot of offensive feel. Goes down easy.

Drinkability: It is extremely drinkable. Very good flavor and so smooth, beware the higher will rock you.

Overall: Just a great beer. Enjoy it in moderation. Respect it, ot it will plow you. One of the best offerings by Troeg's.

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

Appearance: Brown bottle regular cap, blue/yellow/red label. Body is rich ruby, light brown head, fair lace and retention.

Smell: Caramel, some nuttiness and spice.

Taste: Sweet caramel and fairly strong nut flavors, a little spice too but not as much as in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Good full body, a nice warm feeling from the alcohol. Leaves a thick coating in your mouth.

Drinkability: Very high on my scale. This is a warming, sweet, rich brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep ruby with a caramel tan head very nice appearance lacing is sporatic and scattered but it's all good. Aromatics takeover deep over ripened plum tones drizzled in a milk chocolate sauce and a touch of floral hops lingering. Taste conists of waves of malt this is one malt monster very nice and it gets more and more appetising with every sip. Seems chalk full of caramel malts with some type of specialty thrown in to give it the chocolate finish very smooth and not overly sweet a great strong lager that's still a bit dangerous when it come to drinkability. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied but incredibly smooth at the same time no cloying textures one great easy sipper. This beer is great year round especially when your in the mood for a malty dbock with trace hops.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deep brown amber colored brew with a decent off-white foam sitting on top. It will eventually die leaving layers of lace on the glass. Nice roasty malts combine with a sweet aroma to make for a very desirable nose.

It is very rich and smooth till the last drop. Loads of dark malts welcome you into a well-made doppelbock. I think the fact that this beer was very heavy and I had it in 90 + sun at work may have hurt my experience a bit, but imagining what it would be like under more flattering conditions, I bet it would be great. Some coffee and chocolate flavor in the mix, it had a good deal of complexity. I will return to this one in the winter.

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Photo of nomad
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a nice very red amber color that had a great lustre to it. Creamy tan head, sat okay, and some lace. Smelled of apples, cedar, and sweet brandy alcohol scents. Also some serious green/oily hops, but no florals, pine, etc. sorts of scents. But none of the above scents were that convincing...

Taste came on smooth, with rum, apples, and hops - these were green/oily at the finish though, and a bit astringent. Creamy flavors in the middle, it seemed a bit off. Smooth mouthfeel, but quite a bit drying for the style, created again by the hops.

If the hops could be changed and the malts enhanced (slightly roasted?), this beer would be much better off.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This was a deep amber beer that had some red highlights when held up to the light. The bubbles that rose up through it moved a little slower that usual, a testament to the viscosity of this brew. A huge, three-finger head rose up with a typical, non-aggressive pour. The coarse, tan foam settled down very slowly, becoming more dense as it did so. At least a portion of the bubbles remained floating on top of the beer until I had finished the drink.

Smell: Right after the pour, there was a very strong vegetal aroma to this beer. As it settled down, this smell, though still present, subsided and gave way to aromas of sweet malt, caramel, and spicy plum. As the beer really started to warm, a light smokiness emerged.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth in the front of the mouth, almost to the point of being buttery. There was a little tingling in the back of the mouth that I contributed to the alcohol.

Taste: The flavor was a mix of many components that remained steady from start to finish: caramel, sweet malt, dark fruits, pepper, and smoke. The aftertaste was all sweetness.

Doppelbocks aren't high on my list of favorite brews, but this one was very enjoyable. While sweet, it wasn't cloying like many other beers that I have had of this style.

Thanks Jarod!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Pretty cool looking bottle. Even the crown cap looks cool, an old fashioned, Olde-Worlde looking design. The 12 fluid ounce bottle has two labels, the main obverse label has a dark blue background with a cream and white colored picture of a horned & bearded mans head. The neck label has a pair of demonic looking red eyes that I swear follow you around the room.

Appearance: Lucid red-amber body looks great, but it has no head! I tried to cajole a head from the depths of the body with a swirl – with zero success. The lack of head spoils the appearance for me.

Nose: Alcohol and Malts with a soothing dark fruity aroma.

Taste: Malty, with a light sticky feel on the tongue once swallowed. Some caramel mixed with dark fruits and alcohol in the middle. Astringent ending with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Solid and wholesome, backed by the unobtrusive alcohol levels.

Drinkability: Pretty good when you realize that it’s 8.2%, but the lack of inherent carbonation, soon deflates its appeal a little, which is a bit of a shame.

Overall: A bit of an excursion from what I expect from a Doublebock, but not bad, the lack of inherent life and a head took the edge off of a solid offering that could have notched to this to a ‘Plus-4’ beer. Thanks to Nero for this one!

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/amber color with a light but sticky head,the a aroma is bready and malty not much sweetness in the nose.The tasteTaste is very bready and not really sweet for the style some lingering caramel notes but not much,the ending is rather dry and hoppy for a doppell.Not bad but not sweet enough for me.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rather respectable dopple with malt being cables that keeps this bridge afloat. Smelled of chocolaty sweet malts no noticeable hops in the nose but that goes along with the style. Beer was having a problem being poured and would foam over almost every time that is was poured so had just a slight carbonation with it finally settled so the initial pour had a huge head but when I was finally served it just had a little head on it. Taste is of sweet chocolaty malt no real alcohol flare and mouthful is thick and nourishing. Tastes to good to be this strong.

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Photo of fattychubs
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a nice copper color, with a small light tan head, aroma of malt, with a slightly floral alcohol like smell. Taste is bold throughout, with a good malt intro, sweet fruit like middle, and finishes crisp yet creamy. Body is medium, with a bit of carbonation, and balances everything well.

The alcohol taste is not strong for as high as it is, great flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of stirgy
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice orange amber color with a big creamy head. Complex aroma of caramel fruits and malt. Not overwhelming though. There's some grassy hops in there, too. The taste is very nice - rich with complex flavors and malty sweet. Very drinkable and the beer has hidden the alcohol well. A very nice and flavorful Dopplebock.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a real nice deep copper color. Light tan head. On the nose are aromas of German malts, lots of fruit and caramel. Taste is big and malty as expected. A mildly alcoholic impression is followed quickly by a huge caramel malt presence (Munich or Vienna), very juicy, very clean malt smoothness. Flavors of apple and even pumpkin pie are also evident. Mouthfeel was sticky slick with carbonation that was tight but a bit sparse. Finished with a slight alcohol bite and lingering sticky malt sweetness.

Overall impression - Another solid brew from Troegs. A bit one dimensional perhaps, but extremely well crafted, well balanced and drinkable, and for me, drinkability in many Dopplebocks is sometimes lacking.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a tan colored head above gorgeous clear reddish-brown liquid. The nose if full of bready maltiness, quite heavy & sweet smelling.

The taste is semi-sweet malt, some vague chocolate notes, nuttiness, little bit o' hoppiness & a good dose of alcohol warmth.

Finishes up clean and sweet, the alcohol making a lasting impression...liquid bread indeed! I think I'll indulge in another "slice" or two :o)

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Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bronze-ish brown with a low light brown head. Light Munich malt aroma. Munich malts dominate the flavor ... very Oktoberfest-ish but a bit stronger. Medium-Full (leans full) bodied and smooth.

A good beer but not a good one to represent the style; something's off but I can't put my finger on it... My least favorite Troeg's so far.

Per TBCo website & flyer: Hop Bitterness (IBU's) : 25
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Chocolate
Hops: Hallertau

Bottled: 01/30/03
Tasted: 06/07/03

($6.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a dark red with a tan head. The head gives away quickly to very little lace. The aroma was malt and hint of sweet caramel. There is a very slight hint of hops mixed in. The taste is sweet caramel & malt up front followed up by a wave of alcohol. There is no bitter after taste with this beer. Maybe a bit weak on the malt taste when you match it with other beer of this kind. With the 8.2% alcohol, it is very easy to drink. Overall a bit above average.

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Photo of Scooter77
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed with this beer, it wasn’t my idea of a true dopplebock. It pours a nice dark copper color with a small white head that fades away quickly. The aroma isn’t as sweet as most dopplebocks that I’ve had. Caramel, hops, and roasted malts are the most apparent scents. The taste is much like the aroma with a slight caramely sweetness detected upon the first taste, with mild chocolate undertones. There is, however, a dominating taste of alcohol noted during the entire drinking experience. The body is very thin and bitter. This is a decent beer from Tröegs but not the best that I’ve had from them.

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Photo of avylover
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've enjoyed troegs brews in the past so when I saw this one I snatched it up in a hurry...unfortunately, it disappoints for those expecting a "dopplebock". Dark reddish amber with a smallish head and very little carbonation. It has decent malty scent but the taste is slightly sweet, fairly hoppy and watery for the style. It seems american breweries just can't compare when it comes to this style. On the plus side it's very easy to drink and the alcohol is nicely masked, but I find myself noticing grainy & hoppy american pale ale characteristics while drinking. Decent brew, but way off the mark for the style.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly light compared to other double bocks Ive had. By light I mean in color, texture, and flavor. Color is light brown with orangish notes. Head is off white and quickly fades. Flavor is predominately sweet malts but not as strong as offerings such as Paulaner's and SA's. Theres some mellow, and let me emphasize 'mellow' hop flavor in there. Alcohol is not noticeable. In fact I was surprised when I saw it was 8.2% when I looked it up to write a review...A good double bock if not somewhat out of the ordinary.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is clearly in the Sam Adams class of d-bocks. I propose that an ADB category be created!

Pours heavy, clear brown--a couple of ticks lighter than Salvator, if I recall that one properly. Deep alcohol nose, and hot, heavy, nutty, grainy, dextrine body. Foretaste just vanishes and swims around to the mid-after arena, where it does a big malt-hops-yeast trampoline bounce on the crest of the tongue. Only a lip-locked, glottal pumping through the nose can separate the threads in the taste tapestry. Grain aromas linger strongly in the glass. Mild, tart coat remains on the tongue.

Not the Moravian malt, triple-decocted, melanoidin-infused, deep-lagered doppel I've come to love.......but still a pretty righteous brew.

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