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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,110 | Ratings: 3,152
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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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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 -9.5%
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 -9.5%
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 -9.7%
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 -9.7%
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 -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a.glass. 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 -9.7%
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 chilidog
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -10%
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 -10%
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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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,152 ratings.
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