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 JerseyKirk
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not the biggest fan of this style (or bock beers in general), but I found this one to be very pleasant, and I'd recommend it.

This beer poured a dull but clear orange-copper color that was quite bright. The beer had a nice head of medium sized bubbles that stuck around for quite awhile. Aroma was malty and cereal-y. Flavor was not overly sweet and cereal-y (what I don't like about bock beers!) but was lightly caramel-y and also had some sour notes and abundant maltiness. Mouthfeel was rich but not over-the-top thick. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of ski271
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium-dark copper with an off-white, creamy, small head that quickly diminished to a film and left sporadic lacing.

Smell: Mild. Malts are dominant, of course. Caramel, grass, and a hint of resin.

Taste: Malty & sweet. More caramel sweetness, lightly bitter, and a slight dark fruitiness. The finish is long and very sweet with a light alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Filling and sweet, like a doppelbock should be. A decent beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.

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Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on the light end of the spectrum for a doppelbock with a decent sized sand colored head made up of small, fluffy bubbles that lasts for minutes and leaves just a bit of lacing on my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

very malty aroma which is mostly of molasses, butterscotch, toffee, and caramel. very boozy, as well with a touch of dark fruits.

taste is like raisins dipped in molasses. lots of sugary sweetness with plenty of booze.

mouthfeel is rather light bodied and lager-like, with some syrupy sweetness left behind in the sides of my mouth.

meh. drinks ok. nothing special, very safe. though alcohol is apparent, its not as strong as it could be for an 8+% beer.

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Photo of Kraken
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 2/20/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. moderate pour called fourth a 1/8 inch of off white head that faded quite quickly. Light and spotty lace. Color is a deep ruby brown.

Nose- A nice light hop profile. Some citrus and pine coupled with a deep roasted caramel.

Palate- Light citric hops. Huge and deeply roasted caramels. Chewy, some moderate sweetness. Dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Chewy

Drinkability- Good.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Formed a thin 1/2 finger, white head with very little retention, and no lacing to speak of. The body is a reddish amber...clear all the way through.

The first thing I was able to smell in this brew is sweet malts and caramel. You can detect some spices and maybe a nuttiness in the background.

The sweet malts dominate the palate. Caramel, weak fruits and a sweet molasses like flavor are also present. Some spices come through at the finish.

The mouth feel is medium, creamy and slightly carbonated.

Drinkable...not my favorite for the style, but a decent brew none the less.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into it has a dark mahogany color body with no head. The aroma is of dark fruit and raisin. The taste has malt back bone and has a dark cherry and raisin flavor. The mouthfeel is good and overall is a good beer. This style is not one ts

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Photo of aforbes10
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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 chilidog
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found on tap, wow in my area.
Poured a dark reddish brown. Tan head on top. My carbonation was light, so head faded as did the lace.

Aroma of malty goodness, nut and dark fruit.

Taste is all malts, dark fruit with hints of cherry, fig, and earth. Alittle hop around the taste that dries the aftertaste as it lingers abit.

Drinkable yes, its not boozy like other doubles. The 8.3% abv hides well, but will sneak up later.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan foam, with fair retention. The head fades to a thick ring with large islands of thin foam overlaid with film atop the body of the beer, nearly creating a persistent cap. A few spots of lacing that fade quickly. The core is a leathery cordovan with more caramel red in soft light. Mostly translucent.

Smells of dried fruits and sweet Irish soda bread (including the currants) along with dates. Some tropical notes are evident with warmth.

The taste is very bready and caramel-sauced fruits and nuts. Almond and brown sugar emerge in the middle with banana floating in with booze and a touch of cinnamon. I would have preferred a final spice note and perhaps some herbal or flinty edges to pull the reins on the sweetness and give balanced character.

The mouthfeel is rather thick and chewy, with the heavy body and fairly low carbonation..Lingers a bit sticky/filmy. Ethanol warmth is shrouded in the malts.

Overall, this brew is nicely styled. More innovation would draw me back to it more frequently. But growlers to go home for spicy barbecue meals never disappoint.

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Photo of mentor
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Jan, 2005. Hard poured to obtain almost no head...just a tiny ring around the glass. Looks like a gorgeous bock, dark rust orange in color, but is mildly cloudy. Smells of caramel, chocolate, and I get a hint of orange. Whoa, the taste is sweet malty and smooth. Caramel, bready, vienna (or munich) malt, and a bit of baker's chocolate (which I certainly wasn't expecting). Has a piercing fine carbonation that adds a hint of sour/acid immediately after the swallow. Any hop bitterness is gentle, but I do get a bit of zing late that could come from hops. Tough to tell, as the zing could be the result of alcohol and carbonation combined. This beer contains some bock character mixed in with many other non-traditional bock characteristics. Medium thick body with moderate carbonation (but the carbonation forms piercing bubbles on my tongue).

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single

Appearance: This really isnt as dark as some doppelbocks, but it looks really nice. Very clear reddish amber. Not much head retention or lace though.

Smell: Faint malt sweetness and flowery hops. Not much here.

Taste: Much better flavor than smell. Pretty nice thick caramelly malt flavor, and a fair amount of detectable alcohol. This is pretty sweet and would not be good if the hop bitterness wasnt there. The finish is a little sweet, but not very hearty. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice mouthfeel. Smooth and slightly viscous. Coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Its a pretty decent beer, but I wouldnt seek it out. There are better dopplebocks, lots better. I wouldnt turn it down. Overall, its just not big enough tasting malt wise.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Troegenator is a dense, vermillion lager with a dense, beige head that fades to a film with oily bubbles that leaves outstanding lacing. The aroma is a little faint with notes of slightly sweet malt and bread, along with something herbal and grassy. It's medium-full bodied and pretty smooth. The finish is a little starchy and syrupy. All of the flavor comes late in the taste. There's a pretty prominent herbal bitterness and the sweetness hints toward dark fruit and raisins. Alcohol is present in the flavor as black pepper and it provides some warmth. I find it pretty difficult to get excited about lagers. I don't go out of my way for this kind of beer but I would gladly drink another one of these.

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Photo of montageman
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first Troegs offering. Poured into a pint glass. Clear reddish brown in color with no head and very little lacing is left after moments. Nothing much going on in terms of smell - some malt maybe a little brown sugar, nothing too impressive though. Taste is better - roasted malts and caramel with a little hoppiness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is decent - I like my dopplebocks a little more syrupy, though. Regardless, this isn't bad by any means & I would definitely go for another of these. Recommended.

Received in a trade with markgugs.

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Photo of mntlover
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not what I was expecting from a double bock. Poured an redish brown with head that fars quickly to small ring of bubbles. Smells of alcohol, bread and light fruits.Tastes light crisp yeast mixed with fruit flavors along with a alcohol finish. Medium bodied brew not like any double bock I have had before not bad but pass me a Salvator next time.

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Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beautifuL beverage was poured from a 22 oz into my favorite pint glass. The copper color and medium head was a sight to behold. The sweet smell was second only to the ultra-sweet taste. No hops at all, this was all malt. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin for the alcohol content. This was dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had this brew and I must say it was pretty good. I see a lot of mixed reviews on this beer but for a's good.

This beer hides the alcohol level well and has a good taste. Pours a small head but is carbonated enough to let you know your drinking a beer.

If you a Bock fan this double will satisfy your thirst and is worth a try.

Bottom Line: decent brew.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper in colored with a 2 fingers of white head that hung around... very nice lacing.

S: Rich coffee with some dark fruits maybe raisins and cherries. Very sweet smelling maybe some caramel and some breadiness.

T: Starts with toasted malts and bread then the Dark fruits with a rich sugary flavor maybe roasted caramel. Then a nice hop complexity at the end adds some depth and balance.
There is a slight alcohol warming at the end.... Flavor improves as it warms up.

M: Medium to heavy in body has a sweet and slick mouth feel pretty lightly carbonated.

D: My first Double Bock, overall very nice brew... Pretty complex.... Very flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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 BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a regular pint glass. I cant believe i have not had this yet.

A- Troegenator (love the name) Pours out a very dark copper/bronze color. Up towards light it has a mixture of orange and deep red to it while it has a very clear view through the glass. Did not get more than 1/2 inch of beige head that left no lacing. Oh well the color is very nice.

S- I'm getting an overall sweetness from this double. Alot of sweet malts and some hops giving off a certain pineiness common with troegs brews. Bready qualities with some spice.

T- A nice mix of sweet and toasted malts giving off the usual caramel/toffee flavor. This one has hops in it for sure. A bit of syrup and raisins with an overall bready quality. This has a slight earthy quality. The 8.2% while well hidden shows up.

M- Overall medium bodied, maybe a step above as a slight bitter quality is felt. After 5oz or so I started to get a not so pleasant aftertaste which included the alcohol. A good amount of carbonation is felt as well.

D- I usually drink my troegs right up but i took my time with this one. While i enjoyed it i was not so eager to finish it. The abv is not the problem, it's probably the aftertaste. All and all I enjoyed this.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich red-brown color with a one finger off-white head in my imperial punt glass. The head eventually settles to a ring around the edge of my glass. The smell is of dark fruit, a slight red apple, and some rich malt. In the taste I get more of that dark fruit, maybe a touch of syrup. Not much of a discernible hop presence. Mouthfeel is generally thick. An enjoyable beer, but not one of my all time favorites.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.
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