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 OnThenIn
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: There is a finger of tan head. This beer has a very rich dark amber color. There is definitely lacing from this beer.

Smell: The smell is dominated by sweet malt, but has some bread like characteristics. There is definitely a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: The taste starts of very sweet. It ends with some tart characteristics and some hop bitterness. There may have been some dried fruit flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth and has a medium/full body. It lacks a little bit in carbonation.

Drinkability: This is definitely a sipper and an enjoyable drink. However, I just really didn't fall in love with it and feel that one is really enough for the night.

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Photo of beerking1
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Roast malt aroma, although faint. Dark amber, crystal clear, with a light tan head that pours big and lasts. Flavor is malty and toasty, but rather mild. Good hop balance. Body is a little thin for style. Alcohol apparent, but not overpowering. Nice doppelbock.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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 kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown mahagony color with a nice 1 1/2 cinger slightly off white white that collars around the glass. The aroma is rather subtle and clean with notes of malt and caramel. Medium mouthfeel. The flavors I get out of this are raisin, plum, banana, all mixed with a slight bitterness. The alcohol notes are also rather subdued. The mild bitterness as the end is not something I am super keen on but otherwise this is a pretty nice drinker.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a (pint, 6 fl. oz) bottle into a standard pint glass, this left a 1.5 inch light off-white colored head on top of its dark red, nearly ruby color.

With the initial mouthful I detected light hints of caramel and nut. A robust but pleasant body followed that left an aftertaste of medium hops and a slightly sweet red berry flavor.

An average drinkability that paired quite well with a brie cheese beef burger on a lightly toasted English muffin.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep ruby amber, not well carbonated

S-Toasted/roasty malts with some licorice

T-Strong malt presence, not much bitterness, flat finish. Some caramel is in there as well.

M-Medium bodied but thin/watery with little to no carbonation.

O-Not sure if I got a bad bottle bottle but this was unlike many of the other Doppelbocks I've had; thin with a boring malt presence.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Really awesome brown color. Transparent brown (almost cola color). Has 1/2 a finger of khaki head. The bottle lists the ABV (8.2%) and the best by date (07/26/16).

S: [3.25] Caramel and wine tannins.

T: [3.75] Caramel. Dried cherries. Brown bread.

M: [3.50] A little thin for an 8.2% beer. The finish has a bit of a soapy taste.

O: [3.50] This beer *really* needs to warm. Before it warms it has limited flavor. It is flat and not tasty. As it gets closer to room temp it really opens up. Lots of caramel flavor. Really nice as it gets warm. Before that it is subpar.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was not what I was expecting. I have not tried too many of this style but I really expected something a little darker in color and stronger in flavor. This poured a copper color brew with a thin white head. The smell was very malty and sweet. The taste is malty and sweet with not much else going on. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste along with lingering alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel but not very rich. Good drinkability. This beer is good tasting but not what I was expecting at all. I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't search it out either.

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Photo of discovolante65
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Total Wine in Va Beach. Finally got one of these fuckers, only had to travel 525 miles from home to get one!

Pours a nice amber color with a smallish off-white head, head is gone in seconds. nice lacing though.

Smells like Caramel or Toffee, tough to tell the difference. Little bit of brown sugar/molasses, slight citrus aroma as well.

I have to say that I got nothing out of this, taste and smell while it was cold. I really, really enjoyed this once it was damn near piss warm. My wife enjoyed it as well, she hates beer, so I'm not sure what that means....

Taste is malty, caramel, and creamy with a weird tropical fruitiness in there as well.

Mouthfeel is medium/thin, I expected more body, but the carbonation made up for it.

Drinkability- I would, and did, drink another one after my wife drank half of the first one. I would, and did purchase another one as well. I'm not over the moon about this, but good dbock for the price.

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

This one pours a brownish red color with a thick foamy tan head. This one smells a bit fruity with notes of chocolate and caramel. The nose on this one is not strong at all. Malty sweetness is what comes up front in the taste followed by a slightly bitter finish. This is a medium bodied beer that goes down smooth. The 8.2 percent was not noticeable which defiantly helped the drinkability. An above average Doppelbock that is good but not my favorite of the style.

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

Pours a clear amber with a medium sized light tan head.The head fades to a covering of the glass. Nice ladder like lacing. Nose is mild, some earthy malts, thats about it.

Tastes good, not complex like the only other two dopplebocks I've tried: Ayingers and Spaten, just good. The taste is malty but balanced with a bit of bitterness. A lot of malty beers I've tried are too sweet or wind up tasting stale or sour at the end. This one is crisp and tasty throughout. No hint of the 8.2 abv. I rated it as a dopplebock and it comes up short in the "big" flavor department.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is good for a beer that strong. A nice beer, but not in the same league as the other dopplebocks I have had.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -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 copasetic
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice clear dark amber/mahogany color with very little head, isolated to a little ring of froth around the edge of the beer after a minute or so. The smell is rich malts and caramel with a slight whiff of hops. Taste is big, malty, and mouth-filling with a sweet sticky finish. Body is full, but not overly heavy and rather nice. After a moment of caramelly maltiness, it finishes fairly clean.

Pretty good doppelbock, and the hints of hops make it just a bit special. Not for mass consumption, but for a glass or two of enjoyment every now and then.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear rediish brown body with minimal beige head and some spotty lace.

S- sweet caramel brown sugar malt with some floral hop aroma and a whiff of alcohol.

T- sweet malty flavor, toasty, brown sugar, light hop and roasted bitterness. Well hidden alcohol. Finishes rich and malty with a touch o chocolate.

MF- full and soft with perfect medium level carbonation. Somewhat drying and sugary on the cheeks.

D- a litTle too sweet for me but nicely drinkable for such a big beer. Alcohol is discreet and feel is so smooth that this one could disappear a little too quickly.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A - Poured a very thick dark reddish amber. Had a rich syrup like look with little to no head that vanished right away.

S - SWEET. Sugar, maple, grapes, almost smells like grape juice.

T - Yum! Tastes pretty good. Not much bite, very sweet, but thick. Tastes like a dessert-ish drink to me, but pretty tasty.

M - Doesn't really feel like beer. Feels like a fruit juice.

D - I wouldn't want to drink too many of these. Aside from the high ABV, it is a bit thick and filling. Enjoyable, none-the-less.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass and for $4 figured I couldn't go wrong
Nice head which fades but leave nice lacing. Malty but a aftertaste that just didn't sit well. Not sure I would have another.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color was a murky brown amber with a small white head that had some pretty decent staying power.

Nose was of candied, toasted caramel with an earthy undertone.

The taste was of raisins, bready malts, and caramel, with a slight bit of cocoa.

Felt big, and full bodied on the tongue. Kinda chewy.

There is an alcohol warmth that prevents this beer from getting a good drinkability rating.

All in all , a good offering, something to consider from time to time, but wouldn't go too far out of my way for it.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to sholland119 for the Troegs hook-up

Pours a nice, amber tinted, deep copper color. Two fingers of tan foam form quickly and dissipate just as quickly. Lacing is foamy and doesn't hang around long.

Nice malty nose with hints of caramel nuttiness. A kind of buttered bread presence. Light hints of figs and dates. Also, some notes of honeyed apricots.

Flavor is lighter than expected.
Nice roasted maltiness. There's that butterey bread presence, again. Light fruit notes follow the nose. Hint of cinnamon spice. Good caramel notes and hints of honey.

Body is medium, at best. Definitely on the lighter side of the Doppelbock scale. Taste is enjoyable, but the body needs to be quite abit fuller.

This could be used as a 'gateway' Doppelbock. It has the qualitys that you'd expect, thay are just toned down. This makes it very easily drinkable.
I just, generally, want more than this, from the style.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into Pilsener glass.

A: Pours a deep mahogany, and even with a mildly aggressive pour, there's not much head to speak of. Needless to say, the lack of head results in a lack of any lacing. Perhaps I was a little sloppy with the pour, but, as it stands, this one is very lackluster in the aesthetics department. Only a re-visit in the future will tell if the fault is with me or the brew itself.

S: Some brown sugar and malty sweetness. A slight hint of roasted grains underneath, but not prominent enough to balance out the sweetness. Comes across a bit too clean, but not off-putting.

T: We're slowly improving as we go. An aggressive wave of dark chocolate and caramel sweetness comes through, immediately cut down to size by some toasted grains and a slight twang of hop bitterness. Surprisingly, for a beer above the 8% ABV mark, the alcohol is absolutely shrouded for the most part. A very slight hint of it can be detected behind the roasty aftertaste.

M: Thank goodness this brew feels better than it looks. A medium-full body offering a well-controlled carbonation and a moderately creamy textures. Does a good job of expanding in the mouth and sliding across every tastebud. Finishes smooth.

O: I'm not "wowed" by this and it's definitely not Troegs' star brew, but it's not bad by any means. The flavors aren't overly complex, but they're satisfying and it offers exceptional drinkability. It's dangerous in the sense that it's flavorful and feels sessionable even though it's donning an 8.2% ABV. Not outstanding, but I'd recommend it to fans of the style. Worth picking up a bottle if you can.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: small less than half finger khaki head. Cleared instantly. Deep amber to red.

S: bread, toast, caramel, hint of vanilla, tobacco and slight sweetness.

T: wow. Caramel sweetness right off the bat to a smooth sweet finish but balanced with hops so its not cloying. Hint of alcohol is in the middle. Toffee notes.

M: sweet all the way. Thicker for sure.

O: I like it. I love bocks. Sometimes when you get high alcohol it detracts. Not here. Easily drinkable. Not by favorite style but I'm branching out. I like it though. Well rounded beer.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegenator was one of the first beers I was introduced to when joining the craft beer world, and I loved it.

Pours a thick rich amber brown color with a semitight head of foam.

Smells of biscuit malts and dark dried fruit sweetness, with a touch of alcohol

Woah Nellie!  Holy malt sweetness batman!  Don’t remember it being this sweet and malty.  Super sweet malt and dark dried fruits, just as the nose suggested, dominate the palate.  A hint of warm alcohol on the finish, with a long sweet finish.  Minimal hop presence in this.

Mouthfeel is thick and solid, perfect for the style.

Overall this fits the style, but it was just too much sweetness for me.

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Photo of albern
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm just not a huge fan of the doublebock, and this beer didn't do anything to disabuse me of my biases against the style. It pours a nice amber brown, almost mahogany color with a thick creamy head that laces all over the glass. The beer is thick, slightly syrupy, and has decent retention. The nose on the beer is very slight, not pronounced at all. I'm getting some earthy lager like aromas, some caramels, maybe a tad bit of cellar mustiness. I'll wait until the beer warms more and perhaps the nose will sufficiently emerge.

The taste is quite boozy. There are definite sweet malts, lots of caramelized malts, crystal malts, and some rum soaked fruit flavors. The beer is strong and the ABV is coming through pretty loud and clear. The beer is smooth and creamy, but it has a slight but noticeable throaty burn from the ABV. The nose eventually emerges on this beer and it really is floral. The sweeter raisin and fig tastes come out a bit as the beer settles, but the ABV is more than I bargained for. It's all okay, I'm not a big fan of the style, I will account for that in my ratings, but I'm still not overly impressed.

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Photo of patmcd
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant, Blood-orange color that poured a one-finger off white head.

I smell some deep molasses and yeasty bread on the nose.

Tastes of mocha, and a hint of caramel, and possibly some raisin/currant flavors. The alcohol is definitley detected though.

Pretty carbonated, but feels relatively light for a doppel, but the high ABV does show it's form.

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Photo of vazy
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a single fingered head. The color is a rich amber/caramel color and is clear. Its has a floral scent with sweet caramel maltiness. The taste is slightly bitter at first but a semi-sweet chocolate flavor comes around. Its somewhat buttery, biscuity and roasted.

Its a medium mouthfeel and goes down pretty easy. Its really drinkable, but maybe not at first. I came around to this beer quiet quickly.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,201 ratings.
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