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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

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Reviews: 1,110 | Ratings: 3,152
Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut brown hue allows very little light through. There's just a trace of tan head in the middle of the top. Sweet aroma of dark malt and marzipan is present. The flavor closely mimics the aroma with plenty of sweet dark bready malt and marzipan. The mouth is a touch sticky with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This doppelbock is a crystal-clear, sparkling ruby-brown beer; its thin, creamy tan head quickly degrades to a thick collar, into which the sparse bands of lacing quickly retreat. The nose is light-medium in intensity: an extra-toasty, zwieback-like malt leads candied Concord grapes and hints of toffee and booze. The palate shows the dark vinous notes from the nose, but not so sweet, as well as a dark, toasty malt character, hints of molasses and significant alcohol undertones. The finish is surprisingly clean, showing just a bit of bitter toffee, and the linger is an alcoholic bitterness that lasts for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is on point for the medium body, and the texture is medium-peppery, creamy and astringent. (12 oz bottle, 78 days before best-by)

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Photo of cplaya280
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is just an all around amazing beer. This has a really good taste and a good 8.2% abv. I would definitely drink this beer over and over again

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Photo of smbslt
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby and garnet highlights shoot out from the sides of the glass.
The head was the color of dry grass but was not sustained by the countable bubbles of carbonation.
Burnt sugar and toffee aromas with a little bit of grassiness
The taste of malt is fairly one dimensional, the hops finished smoothly
Feel is not as chewy as it could be
Hoping for a little more .

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Photo of Sabtos
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a lot distinguishing this beer from any other basic medium body brews.

Dark amber, caramely malts, a touch sweet. Simply put, it just does not seem very inspired.

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Photo of soccrgump
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: deep amber copper; two finger tan head, which dissipated somewhat quickly.
SMELL: molasses, bready malts
TASTE: fig, raisins, molasses, dark malts; definite hoppiness at the back
FEEL: medium body, little carbonation; warming, but not too much alcohol despite its 8% abv
OVERALL: good beer. Not usually my style, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful color, disappointing head.
S: mainly a malty caramel with some fruit.
T: same as smell with some molasses and a spice finish
F: not quite syrupy, but definitely a chewy beer.

I will buy again, but not when I plan to drink more than a few.

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Photo of Rugbymikes
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice smooth pour that was offered at our local Kroger's grocery store. Picked up a growler and had to drink it all in two days. Can definitely taste the black cherry and molasses in a light way. Slight head, finishes nice.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish copper color with a quickly disappearing lacey head. Nice blast of caramel and molasses on the nose. Tastes of black cherry, malt and molasses. Medium feel with light carbonation. Good solid beer for this style.

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Photo of Myotus
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 31Aug15) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 18Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter fingers worth of light brown foam that shrivels into a partial line within 15 seconds. Copper in color. Rising bubbles are high in quantity and are both medium and small in size. Lacing is thin and hardly existent.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel, molasses, and sweet bread meet with mild aromas of figs and black cherries along with subtle spicy and bitter hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong black cherry, fig, molasses, caramel, and sweet bread flavors bombardmy taste buds upon first sip. Mild spicy and bitter hop flavors enter next and form some balance to the beer as sweet bread flavors become stronger and dominate to the flavor profile.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: This is one of my favorite styles and it was well executed. If you're looking for a balance between sweetness and hops, look elsewhere. Although somewhat balanced, the sweetness just steal the spotlight on this one.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear brownish garnet color with a small tan head. There is no retention and spots of lacing. Smell is toffee, caramel, chocolate, and bready malts. Taste is the same with a hint of raisin. Also a sweet finish. Feel is thick and viscous. Really coats the whole mouth. Overall a really solid beer, but not my first choice of style.

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Photo of hardysf
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer for the style. Received in a BIF with a matching T-shirt. Nice clean pour and very clear. Lots of bready malt in the nose with some toffee and caramel. Taste was similar, lots of dense bread notes with some caramel and even some chocolate in there. A hint of booze on the end. A little too sweet for my preference.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange red with a foamy khaki colored head. Smells like vanilla, oak, brown bread, raisins, caramel, chocolate, plums, and mild spice. Tastes sweet and malty like molasses and caramel with mild dark fruit notes, dark bread, light spice, and mild earthy wood. Feels light and slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice malty doppelbock.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Troeganator is a special brew. It pours a beautiful dark amber color with a nice small head. I don't detect much by way of scent, which is odd, but this beer is smooth from start to finish. Really, really clean.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I didn't realize this had such glowing reviews, I'm beginning to suspect I may have had a bad bottle. Well, here was my experience with this beer...deep red color. I don't even remember what color the head was because it was totally gone within seconds, before I even had time to snap a photo for the forum. The beer itself tasted and felt kind of stale, heavy, and lacking carbonation. There was a faint smell of roasted skunk. The alcohol was noticeable and not pleasant. I ended up drain pouring it half way through because it was getting worse as it warmed up. So maybe it was a bad bottle, maybe I just really don't like this style...but it isn't something I'm going to try again to find out which one it was.

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Photo of DanJan
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep amber. Small head with no lacing. Not too strong of a smell but hints of dark fruit, molasses and "breadiness". Taste is exactly what you would expect with a little more sweetness from the darker fruits and a very slight alcohol burn on the end that's more pleasing and warming than anything else. Very slight carbonation but leaves an enjoyable stickiness on the tongue that lingers on. Overall a great beer for a cold night that stays with you!

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - a dark mahogany...light head that dissipates quickly...zero lacing

Smell - fruit cake (raisins), dark malt

Taste - follows the smell...yeast hints, but not sour in flavor...a hint of cherry and distant molasses...it's a nice blend

Feel - a little acid which I am assuming since there isn't much carbonation in this beer...leaves a prickly sensation in the mouth. It's hearty and warming.

Overall - I rate my beer styles as DIPA/Imperial Stout/Porter, but this beer would be one that I would order to drink on a regular business. It's very hearty and goes well on a cold winter day.

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Photo of thebeers
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown with a finger of tan head. Nutty malts with a hint of cherry sweetness and some alcohol in back. The taste is similar, but much fuller, with black bread, caramel, molasses and a mouthfeel that's creamy up front and coats the tongue with a lasting prickle of carbonation even after swallowing. Interesting take on the style.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a clear reddish brown with a 1 cm off white head. Lacing is patchy and the head reduces to a thin film.
S- Dark fruits and a hint of alcohol.
T-The major player in the taste profile is dark malts. The dark fruitiness I associate with Dopplebocks is very muted. Not as sweet as alot of other beers in this style and the alcohol is much more noticeable as a result.
F- carbonation is prickly, but overall fairly light. The overall mouthfeel is medium and appropriate for the style.
O- A good dopplebock, if not quite on the same level as it's German counterparts.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very good for the type - it being a Double bock and this beer tasting more like a hells. sweet, tasty, wonderfully.

very good heer based a on seldomly crateated formal

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Photo of Whiteturtle
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle pour

Pours a dark but transparent bronze/mahogany. About a 1 inch head.

A beautiful aroma. I get fruit bread, raisins, cranberries, and brown sugar.

Starts off with a surprisingly acidic bite, and it follows down the throat. As it warms, a smooth creamy body forms in the mouth. The estery taste is always prevalent, but calms as the beer reaches closer to room temperature. Burnt caramel and dark chocolate flavors pop up with warmth as well.

The 8% is not exactly hard to find, so keep that in mind.

Dopplebocks are not normally a beer I seek out (authentic or domestic). I have just never cared too much for the style. However, the only drawback to this beer for me is the abrasive ABV. The mouth-feel and taste of this beer is top-notch. Its milky malty sweetness contrasts the ester acidity masterfully.

I just moved to the east coast, and Troegs is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. All of my midwest and west coast friends want me to send them yuengling. But I think if I slip a bottle of this to them they wont complain. I love that this is a flagship beer and is available year round. At $11 a six pack, its extremely worthwhile.

Even if doppelbock is not one of your favorite styles, give this a try. The quality is too good to pass up.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single picked up at Julio's. Have had this before but don't remember much about it, always nice to revisit and review an ol Troegs standard. This has a bottled-on date of 5/21/15.

A - Looks kinda copper-colored, but holding it up to the light reveals a beautiful translucent blood-red beer with plenty of rising bubbles. A sandy-colored head starts at a meager half-finger, a thick ring and slight cap remain at the end.

S - Dark caramel, brown sugar, raisin, apple, bits of chocolate, molasses and bread. Loads of malt, as it should be.

T - Caramel, dark malts, molasses and dark fruit make up much of the flavor here with a bit of roast presence that helps balance out the sweetness. Some toasty chocolatey tones and maybe some spicy hoppage going on here.

M - Pretty velvety smooth, good not-too-heavy body with medium-low carbonation with loads of malt. A touch of alcohol warmth but really quite drinkable for the ABV/style.

O - A pretty serviceable American doppelbock. The price and availability are huge pluses, definitely quenches a malt-bomb fix, nice for these increasingly chilly autumn nights. As usual with U.S. examples it seems to lack the complexities usually found in its homeland counterparts, but that's a minor complaint really.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; brownish amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a thick collar; sheets of lacing;

S: sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, dark rum, a hint of alcohol;

T: a touch sweet up front; dark fruit joined quickly by molasses; stays that way all the way through; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish; a little warming, but hides the ABV well;

O: great example of the style;

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Photo of djkman
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep Amber brown.
Smell is sweet and malty.
Taste : like beer you have for desert instead of desert. To me this is liquid dessert.
You don't smell the alcohol in it unlike a strong IPA. Or like the mad elf which you can smell the alcohol a mile away. (That's not a bad thing time, I love the mad elf. Look forward to it every year now)
Overall it's my list for the fall.
A good beer for the fall season. Warms me up.
That's my review

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Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange-brown from the bottle into a pint glass. Nice creamy head but very lacing. A sweet malty taste, very pleasant. Nice floral smell that adds to the taste. I enjoyed this beer.

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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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