Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Troegenator Double BockTröegs Troegenator Double Bock

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +0.3%
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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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thank you to TheManiacalOne for getting me this beer.
Pours a dark amber with a small head that melts to a ring of lacing lasting the entire drink.
Aromas are malty with some caramel and bready yeast.
Taste is sweet amber malt and caramel. Some dark fruits like raisins and prunes or plums.
Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with a little alcohol warmth going down.
Aftertaste is surprisingly clea and not cloying at all. Slight reminders of the overall taste making you want another drink.
Very enjoyable.
Thanks, TheManiacalOne

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Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin off white head, and a deep clear amber color.
S- very bready, sweet, light fruits, and one other smell I can't put finger on.
T- Bit of warming from alcohol. Very sweet brew like most dopple bocks I have a tried. Some light dark fruits hidden in there. A caramel taste with a certain tang to it I can't put finger on. Some spices also. The aftertaste is pretty low key. Some caramel with light fruit.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation.
D- Is alright. Nothing amazing and has a couple weird tones but at same time is pretty darn good. Think I prefer the Spaten Optimator.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Rubied light brown, decent head with ridiculous lacing. I'm trying three Doppelbocks today, and this is the lightest of them, by far. Seems a bit off-style.

S: Alcohol-soaked grapes, hazelnut coffee, a touch of caramel and a hint of banana. The nose is pretty faint, but that's not overly problematic.

T: Really well-blended flavors. Light coffee, raisins, banana and brown sugar/caramel. The sweetness here is well-tempered by peppery alcohol and grassy hops. Well-rounded.

M: A bit cloying on the palate, with some real sugary lingerings. With such a well-blended flavor profile, it's a darn shame that the least mature flavors stick around.

D: The flavors were nice, but the cloying stickiness made me lose a lot of steam moving through this one.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear mahogany amber coloration. The head was a fluffy caramel tinged biege coloration. The head started at two fingers high and resolved to a thin foam. Thick lacing remained behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer is loaded with caramel maltyness. This combines well with a brown sugar and maple syrup. The fruity combo of apples and raisans float on the surface of the beer. The beer has a vaguely floral hoppyness.

Taste: The beer delivers a major combo of malty maple syrup. The fruityness is mostly of a apple sort. The hops bring a pleasing bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer has no off flavors or smells. This beer is a very pleasing and satisfying beer treat. Troegs delivers big time on a great beer drink.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seeing as how this just won a silver medal at the GABF and I have been meaning to try it for ages I figured it was time to pick some up. Nice, caramel brown color to it. Malty aroma with a slight mustiness to it. Bold malt flavor. Treacle like and somewhat nutty. Just a trace of bitterness to it. Suprisingly dry in the finish. Body could use a boost to be a bit more full. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Nice to see it is a year round offering.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tasting glass from the tap at the Troegs brewery; a dark reddish-brown with a small head.

S - A roasty-malt aroma with some spice (cloves, maybe vanilla?) and hints of dried fruit.

T - The first impression is a roasted nut-brown flavor that is quickly followed by a burnt cocoa/caramel kick. Despite the combination, is goes down very smooth and masks the alcohol very well. Rich flavors that work extremely well together.

M - Medium body (the aroma and first sip lead you to believe it is a thicker, creamy beer, but this isn't the case) that finishes very crisp.

D - An excellent Doppelbock that goes down very easily and it suitable for a yearround selection (if you're into these tastes in the summer :-) It's one of my favorite Doppelbocks.

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Photo of
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Light copper in color, clear, modest light tan head. Aroma of grapefruit was first to make an appearance, but this faded as it warmed. Followed by caramel and molasses, cherries, bread, and a faint whiff of alcohol. Taste was sweet - dark fruits, cherries, almost vinous. Hops were quite mild, contributing a little bite at the end and some balance throughout. Body was medium, carbonation seemed fairly high for the ABV. Texture was slick, and the alcohol warming was noticeable very early on. A very good beer, which struck me as almost port like, but lighter in body and not as sweet. I also thought, given the other Troegs products I have tried, that the hops would be "bigger", but they stayed pretty true to style.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Nice looking beer. Inch thick head. Dark orange/amber color.

Aromas of sweet malts, some caramel, some molasses.

Taste was good. HIt the spot on a cool evening. Sweet malt, not much bitterness, Typical doppelbock flavor, but not overly sweet. Quite balanced, actually.

Mouthfeel is good. Very smooth with mild carbonation to keep it fresh.

Overall I really liked this beer. It wasn't overly sweet, as some doppelbocks can be, yet still had a nice doppelbock flavor, making the beer very drinkable.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a small head. Lots of malt in the nose, with a hint of hops. Taste is very malty, much like a doppelbock should be. Very light amount of carbonation with helps the delicious malts seep through. Very good example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This looked and smelled wonderful, but the taste and mouthfeel just weren't there. I felt so, anyway. It poured the caramel amber colour of 100's of other doppelbocks with a big fluffly sand coloured head. Lots of sticky lacing. It looked nice. The smell was quite lovely, as well. Plenty of sweet roasted malts, some brown sugar, heavy maple presence. I was quite excited at this point. Taste had sweet malts and a bit of a dry finish, but quite honestly, it was very dull and empty. Lifeless and unexciting. Ho-hum. Mouthfeel was very thing for the style, I thought. My overall opinion of the beer was very average and boring.

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Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a low, light khaki head into my fine Great Taste of the Midwest tasting glass. The beer is an orange medium-brown in color.

smell: At first I get notes of toffee and walnut cake, followed by banana pudding with soggy vanilla wafers and a touch of caramel malt. There is a low, papery hop aroma. A hint of ethanol emerges only as the beer warms.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and a lighter medium in body.

taste: Light, nutty malts with unexpected notes of banana bread. There is a negligible, lightly tealike hop flavor. Not much to it really, but tasty.

drinkability: pretty easy, alcohol well hidden

The third beer in the lineup at a doppelbock tasting with the three BAs below, provided by expatsteve

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lugged back from PA by expatsteve and split aming him, Blackie, dirtylou and myself over an impromptu bock session.

Pour: ruby-amber, crystal clarity, minimal toffee-tan head.

Nose: lactic/diacetyl cinnamon-caramel, toasty biscuity malts and a sprinkle of cocoa.

Taste: sweet, winter warmer-esque spice, caramel toffee bock malts, nuts and a metallic fruit finish.

Feel: creamy, smooth body, fine carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: sweet, nutty, spicy - not what you expect in a doppelbock, but interesting nonetheless. 8.2% booze is all but invisible, so kudos for that. Not a bad offering from Troegs, but it struggles to compete with some of the other doppels we drank that day.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby and orange color with some tan hues. Pours without much fanfare, without much head or lacing. Thinner body, with good visibility.

Aroma: Bready malts, with what smells like some diacetyl notes. Raisins, caramel, creamy full nose. Some mild orange developments.

Taste: Some buttery notes upfront with some grassy notes middle and back. Caramel and golden raisins, with some hops pepper, orange and honey. Light, with exceptional masking of the booze.

Mouthfeel: Low creamy carbonation nonetheless reveals a slightly thin body, without enough characteristic sweetness to the malt. Easy enough to drink, with a bready finish.

Drinkability: Good; solid with in the style and easy to put away. THe first time I had this it seemed very bitter with too much cocoa, while this time the diacetyl notes were a little distracting. Good for a regularly available beer, but a little thin and underdeveloped for the style.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with Blackie, Expatsteve, and golden2wenty1 during a recent doppelbock session

appearance: poured into a 2006 great taste tasting glass...pours a light mahogany-amber, much more down to earth than the previous pouring of liberator...light beige head with not much lace

smell: my first reaction was that this was a well done, but pretty standard doppelbock...sweet apple aromas dominate for me, dried fruit, light almond aroma

taste: nice sweetness level, lightly toasted grain/malt, butterscotch, faint banana, booze almost non-existent for 8.2%, dried fruit, raisin, plum

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, abv completely hidden

drinkability: fine for the style

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber to brown in color with a very small amount of off white head that fades quickly. Aroma is a very nice big malty sweetness like cooking up a rich wort. There are also a nice aroma of dried fruits, prunes, raisins and strawberries. Taste follows with big rich sweet maltiness and prunes. Light to medium in body there is a little slickness on the palette with a slightly drying finish. This ber was like dessert, a nice malty treat, very enjoyable.

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Photo of mjc410
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my La Moneuse tulip builds a two finger, boisterous head that quickly falls to a light tan glass ring. The beer's color is a dark ruby-brown. Head retention is the cause for lost points here, even though it does manage to lace a bit.

Edit: another bottle, poured into my stein, exhibits marvelous, rocky, the whole-length-of-drinking-experience longevity. A 5.

Smells strongly of sweet caramel malt. No aroma of alcohol spice. Raisiny, dark berries, etc. Enticing.

Taste is immediately of cocoa, followed by intense dark fruit, and ending in a great malt flavor. Flavor is slightly vinous, and very juicy-sweet, throughout. Manages to leave a wheat toast aftertaste - very nice! I only pick up on a lisht hop bitterness (probably just enough to keep the malt in check). Also, there's a nutty taste which I picked up on late, almost like pecans and walnuts.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for a doppelbock, but very smooth, owing to only mild carbonation.

Overall, a nice, strong db that hides its alcohol very well. I'll reach for another - I bought a case!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brown amber with a thin off white head.

S - Caramel, dark fruits, slight breadiness.

T - Sweet malt, caramel, hint of dark fruits with a slight hint of alcohol also. The flavors are not as pronounced as other dopplebocks I have had.

M - A little on thin side of moderate. Slightly watery compared to other dopplebocks.

D - A solid dopplebock but it seemed a little light for the style. Very easy drinker for 8%+.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

anyone notice that the guy on the label has a cock for a nose?


clear reddish amber pour. thin, creamy constant head. a beautiful beer for being so still, but lacking somewhat in excitement. lacing happens, slowly, some dissolves... average.

sure smells like a dopple. woody malt aroma evokes large amounts of grain. carob syrup and a weird, yeasty version of a protein shake emerge in the scent here. on-target but perhaps a bit overdone in terms of maltiness. wow.

tastes good though.. measures up to its german counterparts. a bit sour, a bit caramelly, and the rest earthy dirt with almost NO hop presence whatsoever. if you asked me what caramels for diabetics would taste like, i'd probably liken that to this beer experience. for 8%, this goes down smooth and the mouthfeel is rather silky as well... it exhibits a perfect level of carbonation. the way this beer feels going down is the best thing its got going.

again, another above average beer from troegs. not their best though. still ok. then again, i'm weaned on liberator.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

See-through ruby color looks good underneath an even better looking tan head. Unfortunately the head doesn't stick around too long.

Nice heavy aroma features butterscotch, with notes of caramel and toffee swirling around it. Malty malty malty...that's the name of the game here, at least in the aroma.

Flavor echoes the aroma, luckily without the cloying sweetness that the aromas suggest. Don't take it wrong, this is sweet alright, just not overly so. An earthy hops presence peeks out from the dominant malt, and flavors of dark fruit, root beer and cocoa dust come through strongly. Also a slightly astringent grassiness and medicinal molasses that leans toward the flavor of a typical barley wine. Alcohol is well-hidden, though there's a slight warming glow that hits you as it goes down.

Mouthfeel is thin, letting this fairly high ABV beer go down easily. A real enjoyable doppelbock, one I'd have no problem returning to again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy mahogony with a short pancake head that quickly fades.

Smells sweet and malty with a burnt sugar and soy sauce finish.

Subtle burnt sugar taste but with a hoppy backbone. A little sweet, but the hops balance that. I'm not sure the hops and malt are as integrated as I'd like.

Fairly highly carbonated, a little sticky, but still nice. Fairly drinkable, but the lack of integration would begin to bother me.

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Photo of Vancer
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice DB – strong suit was the pour, a nice clear mahogany brown – topped with a frothy tan head that easily laced all the way down.

Good aroma of chocolate and hints of coffee, rich malt notes. The quaff confirmed the malty backbone of the deep roasted barley, great hints of chocolate throughout the glass. This was drank after a Victory St. Victorious, quite close but the St. V wins.

Very crisp and dry, and, the 8.5% is well hidden, and not noticeable until after the bottle, when you stand to go get another!

Another great brew sent by BeerBeing - he's the brew man!

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Troegenator served at Haydn's on Pine in Harrisburg, PA.

Appearance: The bock has a deep ruby red color and a thick, THICK head.

Smell: The bock has a semi-sweet deep malty aroma. There is no sign of any hops.

Taste: The bock has a strong malt aroma, bordering on very sweet and caramel-like, that finishes long. That malt character lasted a long time after the beer was gone.

Mouthfeel: The bock's strong malt character gives the beer a sweet feeling without overdoing it, nice.

Drinkability: The beer is very drinkable, a little too strong though (costing it a bit). A nice interpretation on the style.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute glass a cherry maple color. Kind of looks like a lite coffee. Thin beige head that quickly recedes to a thin rim of lace. Smells of caramel and burnt toast. Taste wise this is a malt bomb and a very delicious one at that. Caramel up front, bready, with a very nice toast finish. Long lasting toast aftertaste. Thick and chewy in the mouth. Very drinkable for 8%. The alcohol is hardly noticable. I haven't had many dopplebocks, but if they taste like this I am going to explore them further.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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