Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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 jslot38
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that first turned me onto craft beers a few years back. The label has changed, hopefully the beer is still just as good as I remember.

Appearance: I had the head space with this glass so I gave it a hard pour which revealed a nice cascade and formed an off-white thick head. The body is a dark deep amber hue. Some nice rings of lace formed while drinking.

Smell: Primarily biscuit malts, subtle alcohol aroma.

Taste: Very mellow and subtle, has a nice warming alcohol presence. Upfront with mild phenols, some clove, and a few dark fruits, plums, raisins etc... Followed by a small cluster of earthy hops and rounded out with biscuit malts.

Mouthfeel: A very well rounded mouthfeel. Hits first with a higher than normal level of carbonation which quickly fades off. Nicely done.

Drinkability: Even at 8.2%Abv this is drinkable stuff, no abbrasive qualities. Certainly one of the best doppelbocks I've had, and one that will always have significance in my craft beer life.

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Photo of parsleyd12
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased @ South Cumberland Liquors in Cumberland, MD 21502

For someone who prefers a lighter beer, this is excellent.

I drank from a bottle, so I haven't paid much attention to color, however:

You can smell plum, caramel, and maybe a hint of cocoa?

It goes down very smooth and not until after you swallow you can you detect most of the flavors

Honestly, I would never have guess that this beer is 8.2% alcohol

Very drinkable, I think. It would not be hard to finish a few of these in a sitting regardless of the higher alcohol percentage. Yum!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Courtesy of Adrian910ss): Poured a clear dark brown color beer with a small brown foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry figs and plums is very enjoyable. Taste is very sweet with good caramel malt and some dry figs and plums. I thought this was closer to a BW then a doppelbock though; I could not detect any of the banana or cloves characteristics that I usually associate with the style. Body is about average with medium carbonation and alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of jmc44
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a half-liter mug from Ludwig's.
Deep ruby brown in color; tight light tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smells sweet, malty, with hints off chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Faint hint of hops is hiding there but is extremely faint.

The malt is sweet and prominent in the flavor, roasted nuttiness and similar to a strong brown ale. Virtually no hop flavor, as to be expected. A touch of alcohol is looming in the taste as well, although not to the extent that others have reviewed, IMO.

It's a fairly heavy brew but easy enough to drink in the half-liter, all around a solid beer. Recommended, although I will stick with Celebrator when it's available on tap.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle bought at the Drafting Room in Springhouse, PA. Pours into my orval goblet crimson hued with hardly any head at all. Smells of cherries, candi syrup and fusel alcohol...alcohol being the most prominent odor. Taste is a dense and spicy malt + alcohol. Alc. is host and to some extent dominates the flavor. Some sour strawberry and pomegranete tastes. Somewhat thick and syrupy. A bit harsh overall, what with the alcohol being poorly hidden. Maybe it would be better if sat down a few months, but i'm not so sure.

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Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep mahagony red with a small off white head that fades somewhat quickly into a thick ring around the glass. Very little lace and plenty of floaties.

Sweet caramel, and toffee malt aromas, hints of milk chocolate, and an every so slight bit of floral hop.

Very tea like in flavor, somewhat thin, with the same caramel, and sweet malt that showed in the nose. Watery also, floral, and less milk chocolate than the nose.

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Photo of bruachan
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear and brown with an amber hue. the head holds nicely, supported kindly by strong carbonation. i can't decide if the color is pleasing

this is a doppelbock? yeah...i guess so. it tastes like a strong brown ale. it's got that bready flavor i'm not sure i would expect in a DB, minus the substantial malty backbone. the carbonation seems out of style and the result is a drier beer that i would expect. fairly hoppy, as well...especially on the aroma

the flavors are nice, but it lacks the depth and assertiveness that i've found in celebrator or korbinian

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Photo of JasonA
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish clear copper, martzenesque. Lieelt to no carbonation. No real lazing.

I dont get much out of the smell. Maybe the ABV is hiding.

Taste is ok., More alcohol than flavor. HOwever, the barley does come through with some hops after further review. Does have his own flavor, but you have to find it in the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is biting, little harsh with ABV. Carbonation maybe over expectations, but not over bearing. I think this is better than average for the style.

Drinkability is above average. I think this beer is better than advertised and deserves multple opportunities. Pushing the envelope for the style with ABV and carbonation.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich red-brown with an off-white, bubbly head supported by enthusiastic carbonation.

A bit nutty and sweet in the nose, but nothing jumps out. Pretty straightforward malt. In the mouth, sweetness pushes to the fore, followed by a mild smoky character, with a slight hop bite, all nestled in a slightly frothy medium-to-light mouthfeel. Finish is slightly metallic, with little hints of caramel, grain, toast, etc. all around.

You know, it's OK - doesn't show its alcohol too much, not hard to drink, but not really something I'd go for if I'm out for a doppelbock. Not bad, but I think you can do better.

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Photo of russpowell
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to GnomeKing for this, enjoyed in a Andechs glass

Pours caramel/ruby red with a rocky 4 fingers deep sand colred head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Semi-intense breadyness, pepper

T: Breadyness, caramel & slight warming alcohol. Roasted grain & some chocolate notes follows. Brown sugar & hints of cinamon also surface. Finishes warming, bready & yummy!

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy for the abv. Lack some style points on asthetics, but a really nice dopplebock, if I could get this all the time it would be in the rotation to be sure!

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Photo of clabaugh
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very attractive dark amber hue with pristine clarity. Adorned with a modest but invitingly creamy beige head. Retention is solid, and lacing remains in good supply.

Smell: Roasted malt aromas fill the nostrils. Barley, hints of cocoa, roasted chestnut, and alcohol in noticeable proportions. Replete with cereal smells; also wheat bread, grain, a hint of brown sugar and coffee bean.

Taste: Boldly flavorful. Piping hot, soft, doughy, and dark bread garnished with honey. Accented with ripe, juicy grapes and a robust alcohol presence. Lightly spiced, revealing hints of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a light syrupy sweetness. Thoroughly warming from tongue to belly.

Drinkability: Not shy in revealing its alcohol content. Doesn't take too many to become plainly inhibited. Yet fine flavor with pleasant complimentary attributes.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a reddish copperish amber, decent head to hardly anything, falling sheets of lacing. Aroma is pretty nice, chocolate malt first and most present, something earthly I'll take is a subtle hopping, some nuts and fruits, raisin, molasses, pretty nice.

Taste is nice and dark, chocolate malts with molasses, dark fruit notes, some brown sugar, that earthy hops buzz, good but was hoping for better. Mouth is pretty nice, right on for what it needs, but a little disappointing. Good body, right carbonation, but just doens't scream spot on to me. Overall, I'd drink this simply for the name:) but... its a pretty good beer too.

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one.

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

Big thanks to fitzIPAtrick for handing this off to me.

A: Pours a dark copper with purple hues. Half finger cream colored head. Nice retention on this one. Damn fine lacing.
S: Sweet sugary and fruity malt notes. I'm getting candied apple and dark fruit notes.
T/M: Sugary with a caramel malt profile. Slight cocoa and leafy notes also detected. Dark fruit malts with a slight twang of hops here and there. Thick and juicy with a pretty big body. Sugary sweetness hangs in the aftertaste and finish. Bitterness on the tongue after the initial malty wave.
D: Enjoyable, but a bit too sweet for me unfortunately. High abv of 8+ goes unnoticed. Glad I got to try this but having more than one of these would be too many.

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Photo of briscott99
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a nice dark red amber color. It has a short head that disapates rather quickly. The nose is very malty and there is just a tiny bit of a fruity, somewhat wine-like aroma in there too. I don't detect too much alcohol in the nose for having such a high ABV. The taste is another big dose of malt. The taste seems to mirror the nose with a slight winey taste. It's also a bit yeasty/bready tasting. Nice medium to full body, but definitely lighter than some of the darker doppelbocks out there. On the finish there is a nice mild hop bitterness that drops in.

Overall, good, but not great IMO for this style, but I tend to prefer the darker beers in this style. I would definitely drink it again and it is an enjoyable pour from a good brewery.

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Photo of wesblount
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber color with an eighth to quarter inch head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a ring of head on the top

S: A malty, possibly chocolately smell

T: This brew tastes pretty similar to its smell. A malty, sweet taste with a hint of a chocolate taste

M: A slightly creamy feel with a short lived sweet aftertaste fading to a mild hoppy, bitterness

D: This is one of my favorites. A nice dopplebock for (almost) any beer lover.

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

A nice, pretty beer, ruby red with tan head. Smells of typical doppel fruit, licorice, with hints of smoke and bread. Taste ends with tinge of alcohol, but the rest of rich berries, caramel malt, and I know as "doppelbock licorice." Maybe there's a better name for that flavor, beermail me if you know it. Easy to drink at 8.2%, if I were in PA, I'd pick up a sixer.

Thanks to JohnnyM2002 for the trade.

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

Clear coppery amber with a short, whitish cap composed of fine and coarse bubbles. The foam subsided quickly, but left behind some nice lacing as it settled to a ring. Very nice malt in the aroma, fresh grain, crackery, with just a hint of something richer - chocolate maybe? A bit of caramel as it warms too. The flavour's very similar, low bitterness with mild, malty sweetness. There's a bit of fruit towards the end that seems to accompany a mild alcohol warmth. Notes of floral hops and spice mingle in the finish. Solid body, well-integrated carbonation with just a little residual sugar. I quite enjoyed this beer. Not quite spot-on as far as the style goes, but very tasty.

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Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ename chalice, the is a deep brownish amber color, with a small, creamy brown head with small bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving little lace. The is a aroma of is sweet and rich, a mix of almond, maple syrup, raisins, nutmeg and alcohol. The taste was mainly malty and less complex then the aroma, with more emphisis on the alcohol, and the finish somewhat balanced by the bittering hops, but not enough for you to forget the +8% ABV. The mouthfeel is creamy and not as heavy as one might expect, but the best flavors in this beer do not remain in the aftertaste, which quickly fades to a bitter dryness. I'd guess the brassyness of this beer would mellow nicely with extended cellaring. Overall, it is a fine Double Bock but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured out a dark amber brew with a fluffy 2 finger head. Has a low profile smell,malty but very subtle.taste of a sweet malt,mildly hopped,,and a twinge of alcohol.not bad,,just not something i would want a couple of.mouthfeel not bad, a decent brew

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a nonic from a 12oz brown bottle crimp-on cap

Beautiful clear ruby red color,frothy off-white head lacing down the glass.
Pronounced aromas of a sweet candy-like carmell and fruityness,tropical fruit-like,very pleasing and inviting.
A very balanced taste that was sweet caramelly,fruity,nutty.Chocolate flavors with a hint of the 8.2 alcohol at the finish. very pleasing fruity overtones throughout with a nice syrupyness.
A bit thick mouthfeel,but not as thick as you would think.Very smooth,creamy,cloying thats enjoyable,a nice dry tartness to the finish.
Very drinkable for a doublebock,can't believe I'm drinking one. So smooth,tasty,delicious,doesn't even seem filling. Could be a dangerous beer. A great doublebock,one of my favorites,will drink this one many more times.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted from the bottle in a pilsner glass.

The beer pours a translucent amber brown with a thin off white head that doesnt hold or stick at all. The smell is some dark but mostly munich malts. The taste is a reflection of the smell with very little hops but tons of sweet maltiness. The mouthfeel is a little thin with nice carbonation. Overall not one of the upper tier dopplebocks but nothing really offensive about it.

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Photo of pavandal
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Troegs Troegenator mug from a growler purchased at the brewery on 11/1/06.

The beer poured a deep amber color with a 1/2 inch creamy head which quickly shrunk down to a small film over the top.

Little smell was evident, some hoppy aroma but not much. Pretty average smell.

Taste is very good. You can really catch the yeast flavor, it has a very bready kinda thing going for it. Almost no hop flavors to this, at least that I can detect. Lots o' malts though! I'm enjoying this thoroughly.

I like the mouthfeel of this. It has a smooth feel to it, the alchohol isn't really present either. Very easy to drink, thick, but not too thick. Filling too, but that's something that is a result of the style.

Very drinkable. As I said before, it's easy to drink. ABV is a little high to session, but if you are at home with some, enjoy!

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

When you are sipping a beer, do you ever feel like you are talking to someone's less-popular younger brother? That's kinda what this beer is like. Now, I'm not saying it is bad, but I cracked one of these bad-boys after a St. Victorious and so comparisons are inevitable.

Look: Yeah, nice and dark. A rich garnet with a fluffy off-white head. Perhaps a pinch on the redder-side of Doppelbocks, but a good lookin' brew.

Smell: There is a nice layering of malts going on here. Some nice dark fruits (prunes, in particular) mixing with some wonderful bready notes. It was good, but somewhat muted. I think that the alcohol played a role here. I'm not saying that one noticed the 8.2%, but I think certain aspects were sacrificed to get the alcohol up that high.

Taste: The taste follows the smell. Very enjoyable, a solid, wonderful Doppelbock but nothing special. If I lived near the brewery I would drink this beer quite often, don't get me wrong, it's a great beer -- but there is a wide gulf between 'great' and 'amazing'.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick. The alcohol actually helps here, balancing out the very thick malt monster of this beer to thin it out just enough to make it more drinkable. A nice touch.

Drinkability: A great beer for drinking on a cold autumn day. Thanks Muenchenerkindle. It's a nice brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from SilentSabre, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a decent-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, dark fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is rich and malty with flavors of dark fruit (raisins & raspberries), caramel and some hops. The After-taste is slightly sweet and fruity.

M: Very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink, very well-hidden ABV, but slightly filling, this is a beer that is worth staying with for an evening.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Red fruit punch looking,small head that didnt last long.No lacing around the glass.Bubbles here and there coming up.

S-Some floral hop smell and tons of malt I think.

T-It has a sweet taste to it,I think its very malty and some small hop flavor to it.I say this taste like a stout,maybe it is in the same family.

M-Carbonated and full tasting.It has a strong taste to it I think.

D-This is my first Doppelbock,I liked it,I have 3 more left for the week that I will look forward to enjoying.I can see you enjoying this in the winter season.I dont really think its that boozy.I reccomend.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,192 ratings.
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