Troegenator | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: 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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Ratings: 3,318 |  Reviews: 1,158
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear reddish-amber body lies beneath a creamy light tan head that both holds well and leaves nice lace throughout the glass. Some alcohol is noteable in the aroma, but it adds rather than detracts; mingling with a gently toasty maltiness and light floral hoppiness. It's medium/full body is enhanced by a very fine, median carbonation that gives it a touch of crispness on the tongue before releasing its gasses and becoming creamy-smooth. The flavor is quite bold with a rich, bready and toasty malt. It doesn't have the lightly chocolatey character that some doppelbocks have, but it does contain a mild fruitiness. Floral and spicy hops balance with both flavor and a gently restrained bitterness. Again, the alcohol is present but not overwhelming, and helps to dry the finish and leaves a touch of spiciness at the back of the mouth. An interesting take on the style with more fruitiness and floral hop flavor coming through than many darker & malt-laden versions exhibit. In fact, it's very much like and "XL" helles bock! Quite enjoyable; and probably too drinkable considering its strength! Well worth trying!

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Photo of queenboadicea
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting offering in the world of American Double beers. It pours a facinating shade of reddish pinkish brown. The malt is pronounced, but not overpowering, and the finish is quite sweet. The alcohol is well hidden, which is interesting, considering it weighs in at 8.2%. All in all, a good lighter-style Double for the warmer summer months, though nothing outstanding. Reminds me oddly enough of a Spanish or French Rose wine.

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

Pours a medium copper color topped with a thin tan head. The head slowly fades to just a ring of foam. Strong caramel aromas are blended with hints of roasted malt and hops. The hops are noticeable immediately on the tongue, but then a myriad of flavors fall in behind it. On the first sip I get roasted malts, caramel, a bit of alcohol, touches of lemon and a bit of a black licorice note. A bit of a toasted butter note finishes out the first taste. The second sip is sweeter, with touches of dark molasses with a slight dark chocolate component. This is an impressively complex beer. The ABV is noticeable, but some time in the bottle may help diminish the alcohol esters. The mouthfeel is smooth, but not heavy as many dopples tend to be. This is a big beer that could be enjoyed easily on a warm spring day. It has decent hopping rates, a clean mouthfeel, and a great finish. An excellent beer from Troegs, a brewery I am gradually becoming more familiar with that continues to impress.

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Photo of Maestro
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is hefty. The malts are strong and filling. The nose is malty and the hops don't really shine through. The beer is all about malt. The head is quite thin and fades to almost nothing. The beer is quite red with some brown as well. The alcohol is quite present as you move to the middle of the brew. This beer is a meal in itself and is quite a treat to close out the winter season. Cheers.

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Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer. I like double bocks, but this does not taste like most of the double bocks that I have enjoyed in the past; yet, I cannot find it in me to condemn this beer.

The cap came off with little noise, and indeed it is difficult to create much of a head with this beer. I've had three in the past couple of days, and resorted to pouring the last straight up into my glass; that way, I got a head of about an inch and a half, which quickly settled into a tan skim with a little bit of lace.

Very little aroma. The taste is a very smoky, maple syrup, with a slice of ginger snap in the middle. There is also an odd thin afterburn of alcohol and charcoal. I have actually come to like that after-taste, though it was not pleasant at first.

The taste that lingers is alcohol and charcoal. That does not sound appealing, but it is not as bad as one might think. In reading some of the other reviews for this beer I see references to malt whisky, and I wish I had thought of that at first -- that is exactly it, it is like Scotch, really.

This is an intriguing beer. You take a sip, put it down, and think about it for a while. Worth trying.

NOTE FROM OCTOBER, 2003. Later Troegenators have had nice, thick and full heads with good lacing. Either I had a bad batch or perhaps an old one? In any event, I am updating my review and changing some numbers accordingly.

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Photo of HopheadEd
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark brown, barely able to see through. Slight head that fades quickly and settles to a 1/4 inch collar. Smells are that of all malt, dark, roasted. Big malt taste with a nice balance of hops in the end. Slightly short mouthfeel, a little dry, with a tart, short finish of hops I can't put my finger on. Very drinkable as the alcohol is not easily detected. Nice beer from Troegs.

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Photo of Jarod
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I’d like to say that every-time I drink this beer it gets better and better and new and exciting flavors seem to emerge. So I might have to re-review it from time to time. Now, this beer poured into the glass a crystal clear, lightly carbonated red/orange color. The head was thick and creamy, and the color was a beige color that had a orange hue to it. It was a long lasting head that never really disappeared and some remnants were still there at the last sip, and the lace was much like the head, it was sticky and it stretched to almost the bottom. The aroma was fairly simple at this time, the first thing that hit me in the face was oranges, fresh oranges, then a slight wave of floral and citrus hops bit at my nose, some creamy chocolate malt seemed to also be present (I noticed it before, but it is very slight), but mostly I smelled oranges. The taste was more complex then I would have thought. I tasted fruit (oranges) some light citrus hops (which made it slightly bitter), a light creamy milk chocolate, malt in the middle, kind of made my mouth feel watery, and hints of alcohol were also present in the late middle and at the end. The last taste to come to me at the end were citrus hops, but it was well blended. This beer was creamy in texture and very satisfying, a good beer to always have somewhere either on tap or six pack. Also a very sneaky beer. You feel fine and great while sitting and having 2 or 3 but watch out when you get up, because you will have the “jimmy legs”.

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Troegenator from Tröegs Brewing Company
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