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 Wer34truh
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque maple brown color with a small head.

Smells of caramel, fruit, some dark chocolate, and figs.

Drinks incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is very light, with low carbonation. The 8.2% is near undetectable. Taste is slightly disappointing, not because it's bad, but because it's so incredibly subtle.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a nice medium brown, chestnut perhaps. Head is light tan and luscious, but did not last too long, detracting some from my score. Aroma is rich sweet bread, almost muffiny, and woodsy, very malty. Taste is dominated by nutty, rich, slightly sweet malts. Molasses cookies and gingerbread men. A little tingle from the alcohol as well. Solid stuff. Mouthfeel smooth, rich, a tiny bit slick. This is delicious.

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Photo of hman43
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours amber.

Smell: It has aromas of caramel and dark fruits.

Taste: There are caramel flavors with dark fruits, and a rich sweet malt.

Feel: It has moderate carbonation, a moderate feel, and it is moderately bitter. It does have slight alcohol warmth.

Overall: It is a sweet beer of strength with plenty of caramel and dark fruits.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- This is exactly the type of look that you would want and expect from a good Doppelbock, save for one minor detail. The beer pours with a beautiful amber red color just light enough to be transparent. There’s a moderate amount of visible carbonation running up the glass, and it poured at first with a thick, fluffy, eggshell colored head. Sadly, this faded after only about five minutes to basically nothing, with only faint amounts of alcohol lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma- Sweet brown candied sugar is the primary aroma here, with a strong hint of maple syrup and ready malts. No hops to be found here, but that’s expected. It’s all malts, baby! Again, a textbook example of the style. The only real complaint I could have here is that the aromas aren't quite as potent as I would want them to be, in a perfect world.

Taste- Follows the nose, but the sweetness here is just subdued enough to prevent the beer from becoming cloyingly sweet or bready. The first kick of flavor comes straight from those maple syrup notes, but the malts come in right after, giving it a kind of bread crust flavor that is absolutely delicious. Hints of caramel on the finish, along with the slightest kick of alcohol. Just enough to let you know that it’s there.

Body- Very full bodied for the style, making it resemble a kind of syrup even further. However, the carbonation gives this beer a kind of soapy mouthfeel that I’m honestly not that much of a fan of.

Overall- This is a truly excellent beer for malt lovers everywhere. It may be a bit too sweet or malt forward for some, but those people should probably just stick to other styles of beer. Is it the best representation of the style out there? No, there are certainly some flaws with this beer, and areas that just don’t stand out amongst the greats. However, I would certainly say that this is one of the better readily available, year round Doppelbocks brewed in the United States. It would also serve as a great introduction to the style, and perhaps even an introduction to craft beer in general, since it lacks the extreme bitterness of some hop-forward beers.

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Photo of fx20736
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, early Spring 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Deep Burgundy amber. Offwhite head that dissipates almost completely.

Smell: Rich, fruity caramel

Taste: sweet caramel and plums

Feel: thin

Overall: one dimensional, sickly sweet

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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 ljdrinksbeer
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Very dark amber, clear, little head
S - malty, dark fruity
T - sweet, roasted malts, lingering aftertaste
F - smooth, medium to full body
O - very pleasant, hides the >8% very well, quaffable.

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Photo of dmnota
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-brown, transparent with slightly tanned head and ultra-fine carbonation. Caramel, toffee, raisin, fig, pumpernickel bread crust. Not as warm and boozy as expected but still an excellent, comforting brew. Finishes with sweetness slightly cut by toasted bread.

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Photo of teromous
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 02/12/16

Appearance: It has a very dark brown body with good transparency. There is a thick foamy off-white colored head on top with good retention and lacing. I wouldn't change a thing about the appearance of this beer.

Aroma: There is a light sweet caramel aroma and a touch of an herbal hop aroma. There is a light scent of alcohol but it's not off-putting. The caramel aroma is the strongest of these characters. It's a very simple yet outstanding smelling beer.

Taste: Rich bread crust and sweet nutty flavors with a layer of sweet caramel on top. This is a fantastic tasting beer. It has all of the wonderful flavors that you want and gives you nothing else. The aftertaste has a very light herbal quality and more of that nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit light for the beer. It is smooth but it just lacks a thickness and presence.

Overall: It's a very outstanding beer and I would highly recommend this. It has a wonderful classic Doppelbock flavor without any negative attributes. My only quibble would be that it could have more body but it does not prevent me from enjoying this fantastic beer.

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