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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,110 Reviews

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: 3,153
Photo of wesblount
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber color with an eighth to quarter inch head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a ring of head on the top

S: A malty, possibly chocolately smell

T: This brew tastes pretty similar to its smell. A malty, sweet taste with a hint of a chocolate taste

M: A slightly creamy feel with a short lived sweet aftertaste fading to a mild hoppy, bitterness

D: This is one of my favorites. A nice dopplebock for (almost) any beer lover.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, pretty beer, ruby red with tan head. Smells of typical doppel fruit, licorice, with hints of smoke and bread. Taste ends with tinge of alcohol, but the rest of rich berries, caramel malt, and I know as "doppelbock licorice." Maybe there's a better name for that flavor, beermail me if you know it. Easy to drink at 8.2%, if I were in PA, I'd pick up a sixer.

Thanks to JohnnyM2002 for the trade.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber with a short, whitish cap composed of fine and coarse bubbles. The foam subsided quickly, but left behind some nice lacing as it settled to a ring. Very nice malt in the aroma, fresh grain, crackery, with just a hint of something richer - chocolate maybe? A bit of caramel as it warms too. The flavour's very similar, low bitterness with mild, malty sweetness. There's a bit of fruit towards the end that seems to accompany a mild alcohol warmth. Notes of floral hops and spice mingle in the finish. Solid body, well-integrated carbonation with just a little residual sugar. I quite enjoyed this beer. Not quite spot-on as far as the style goes, but very tasty.

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Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ename chalice, the is a deep brownish amber color, with a small, creamy brown head with small bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving little lace. The is a aroma of is sweet and rich, a mix of almond, maple syrup, raisins, nutmeg and alcohol. The taste was mainly malty and less complex then the aroma, with more emphisis on the alcohol, and the finish somewhat balanced by the bittering hops, but not enough for you to forget the +8% ABV. The mouthfeel is creamy and not as heavy as one might expect, but the best flavors in this beer do not remain in the aftertaste, which quickly fades to a bitter dryness. I'd guess the brassyness of this beer would mellow nicely with extended cellaring. Overall, it is a fine Double Bock but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured out a dark amber brew with a fluffy 2 finger head. Has a low profile smell,malty but very subtle.taste of a sweet malt,mildly hopped,,and a twinge of alcohol.not bad,,just not something i would want a couple of.mouthfeel not bad, a decent brew

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a nonic from a 12oz brown bottle crimp-on cap

Beautiful clear ruby red color,frothy off-white head lacing down the glass.
Pronounced aromas of a sweet candy-like carmell and fruityness,tropical fruit-like,very pleasing and inviting.
A very balanced taste that was sweet caramelly,fruity,nutty.Chocolate flavors with a hint of the 8.2 alcohol at the finish. very pleasing fruity overtones throughout with a nice syrupyness.
A bit thick mouthfeel,but not as thick as you would think.Very smooth,creamy,cloying thats enjoyable,a nice dry tartness to the finish.
Very drinkable for a doublebock,can't believe I'm drinking one. So smooth,tasty,delicious,doesn't even seem filling. Could be a dangerous beer. A great doublebock,one of my favorites,will drink this one many more times.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted from the bottle in a pilsner glass.

The beer pours a translucent amber brown with a thin off white head that doesnt hold or stick at all. The smell is some dark but mostly munich malts. The taste is a reflection of the smell with very little hops but tons of sweet maltiness. The mouthfeel is a little thin with nice carbonation. Overall not one of the upper tier dopplebocks but nothing really offensive about it.

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Photo of pavandal
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Troegs Troegenator mug from a growler purchased at the brewery on 11/1/06.

The beer poured a deep amber color with a 1/2 inch creamy head which quickly shrunk down to a small film over the top.

Little smell was evident, some hoppy aroma but not much. Pretty average smell.

Taste is very good. You can really catch the yeast flavor, it has a very bready kinda thing going for it. Almost no hop flavors to this, at least that I can detect. Lots o' malts though! I'm enjoying this thoroughly.

I like the mouthfeel of this. It has a smooth feel to it, the alchohol isn't really present either. Very easy to drink, thick, but not too thick. Filling too, but that's something that is a result of the style.

Very drinkable. As I said before, it's easy to drink. ABV is a little high to session, but if you are at home with some, enjoy!

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

When you are sipping a beer, do you ever feel like you are talking to someone's less-popular younger brother? That's kinda what this beer is like. Now, I'm not saying it is bad, but I cracked one of these bad-boys after a St. Victorious and so comparisons are inevitable.

Look: Yeah, nice and dark. A rich garnet with a fluffy off-white head. Perhaps a pinch on the redder-side of Doppelbocks, but a good lookin' brew.

Smell: There is a nice layering of malts going on here. Some nice dark fruits (prunes, in particular) mixing with some wonderful bready notes. It was good, but somewhat muted. I think that the alcohol played a role here. I'm not saying that one noticed the 8.2%, but I think certain aspects were sacrificed to get the alcohol up that high.

Taste: The taste follows the smell. Very enjoyable, a solid, wonderful Doppelbock but nothing special. If I lived near the brewery I would drink this beer quite often, don't get me wrong, it's a great beer -- but there is a wide gulf between 'great' and 'amazing'.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick. The alcohol actually helps here, balancing out the very thick malt monster of this beer to thin it out just enough to make it more drinkable. A nice touch.

Drinkability: A great beer for drinking on a cold autumn day. Thanks Muenchenerkindle. It's a nice brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from SilentSabre, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a decent-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, dark fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is rich and malty with flavors of dark fruit (raisins & raspberries), caramel and some hops. The After-taste is slightly sweet and fruity.

M: Very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink, very well-hidden ABV, but slightly filling, this is a beer that is worth staying with for an evening.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Red fruit punch looking,small head that didnt last long.No lacing around the glass.Bubbles here and there coming up.

S-Some floral hop smell and tons of malt I think.

T-It has a sweet taste to it,I think its very malty and some small hop flavor to it.I say this taste like a stout,maybe it is in the same family.

M-Carbonated and full tasting.It has a strong taste to it I think.

D-This is my first Doppelbock,I liked it,I have 3 more left for the week that I will look forward to enjoying.I can see you enjoying this in the winter season.I dont really think its that boozy.I reccomend.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thank you to TheManiacalOne for getting me this beer.
Pours a dark amber with a small head that melts to a ring of lacing lasting the entire drink.
Aromas are malty with some caramel and bready yeast.
Taste is sweet amber malt and caramel. Some dark fruits like raisins and prunes or plums.
Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with a little alcohol warmth going down.
Aftertaste is surprisingly clea and not cloying at all. Slight reminders of the overall taste making you want another drink.
Very enjoyable.
Thanks, TheManiacalOne

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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 BlackJeremiah
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Rubied light brown, decent head with ridiculous lacing. I'm trying three Doppelbocks today, and this is the lightest of them, by far. Seems a bit off-style.

S: Alcohol-soaked grapes, hazelnut coffee, a touch of caramel and a hint of banana. The nose is pretty faint, but that's not overly problematic.

T: Really well-blended flavors. Light coffee, raisins, banana and brown sugar/caramel. The sweetness here is well-tempered by peppery alcohol and grassy hops. Well-rounded.

M: A bit cloying on the palate, with some real sugary lingerings. With such a well-blended flavor profile, it's a darn shame that the least mature flavors stick around.

D: The flavors were nice, but the cloying stickiness made me lose a lot of steam moving through this one.

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

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear mahogany amber coloration. The head was a fluffy caramel tinged biege coloration. The head started at two fingers high and resolved to a thin foam. Thick lacing remained behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer is loaded with caramel maltyness. This combines well with a brown sugar and maple syrup. The fruity combo of apples and raisans float on the surface of the beer. The beer has a vaguely floral hoppyness.

Taste: The beer delivers a major combo of malty maple syrup. The fruityness is mostly of a apple sort. The hops bring a pleasing bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer has no off flavors or smells. This beer is a very pleasing and satisfying beer treat. Troegs delivers big time on a great beer drink.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seeing as how this just won a silver medal at the GABF and I have been meaning to try it for ages I figured it was time to pick some up. Nice, caramel brown color to it. Malty aroma with a slight mustiness to it. Bold malt flavor. Treacle like and somewhat nutty. Just a trace of bitterness to it. Suprisingly dry in the finish. Body could use a boost to be a bit more full. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Nice to see it is a year round offering.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tasting glass from the tap at the Troegs brewery; a dark reddish-brown with a small head.

S - A roasty-malt aroma with some spice (cloves, maybe vanilla?) and hints of dried fruit.

T - The first impression is a roasted nut-brown flavor that is quickly followed by a burnt cocoa/caramel kick. Despite the combination, is goes down very smooth and masks the alcohol very well. Rich flavors that work extremely well together.

M - Medium body (the aroma and first sip lead you to believe it is a thicker, creamy beer, but this isn't the case) that finishes very crisp.

D - An excellent Doppelbock that goes down very easily and it suitable for a yearround selection (if you're into these tastes in the summer :-) It's one of my favorite Doppelbocks.

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Photo of
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Light copper in color, clear, modest light tan head. Aroma of grapefruit was first to make an appearance, but this faded as it warmed. Followed by caramel and molasses, cherries, bread, and a faint whiff of alcohol. Taste was sweet - dark fruits, cherries, almost vinous. Hops were quite mild, contributing a little bite at the end and some balance throughout. Body was medium, carbonation seemed fairly high for the ABV. Texture was slick, and the alcohol warming was noticeable very early on. A very good beer, which struck me as almost port like, but lighter in body and not as sweet. I also thought, given the other Troegs products I have tried, that the hops would be "bigger", but they stayed pretty true to style.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Nice looking beer. Inch thick head. Dark orange/amber color.

Aromas of sweet malts, some caramel, some molasses.

Taste was good. HIt the spot on a cool evening. Sweet malt, not much bitterness, Typical doppelbock flavor, but not overly sweet. Quite balanced, actually.

Mouthfeel is good. Very smooth with mild carbonation to keep it fresh.

Overall I really liked this beer. It wasn't overly sweet, as some doppelbocks can be, yet still had a nice doppelbock flavor, making the beer very drinkable.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a small head. Lots of malt in the nose, with a hint of hops. Taste is very malty, much like a doppelbock should be. Very light amount of carbonation with helps the delicious malts seep through. Very good example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This looked and smelled wonderful, but the taste and mouthfeel just weren't there. I felt so, anyway. It poured the caramel amber colour of 100's of other doppelbocks with a big fluffly sand coloured head. Lots of sticky lacing. It looked nice. The smell was quite lovely, as well. Plenty of sweet roasted malts, some brown sugar, heavy maple presence. I was quite excited at this point. Taste had sweet malts and a bit of a dry finish, but quite honestly, it was very dull and empty. Lifeless and unexciting. Ho-hum. Mouthfeel was very thing for the style, I thought. My overall opinion of the beer was very average and boring.

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Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a low, light khaki head into my fine Great Taste of the Midwest tasting glass. The beer is an orange medium-brown in color.

smell: At first I get notes of toffee and walnut cake, followed by banana pudding with soggy vanilla wafers and a touch of caramel malt. There is a low, papery hop aroma. A hint of ethanol emerges only as the beer warms.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and a lighter medium in body.

taste: Light, nutty malts with unexpected notes of banana bread. There is a negligible, lightly tealike hop flavor. Not much to it really, but tasty.

drinkability: pretty easy, alcohol well hidden

The third beer in the lineup at a doppelbock tasting with the three BAs below, provided by expatsteve

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lugged back from PA by expatsteve and split aming him, Blackie, dirtylou and myself over an impromptu bock session.

Pour: ruby-amber, crystal clarity, minimal toffee-tan head.

Nose: lactic/diacetyl cinnamon-caramel, toasty biscuity malts and a sprinkle of cocoa.

Taste: sweet, winter warmer-esque spice, caramel toffee bock malts, nuts and a metallic fruit finish.

Feel: creamy, smooth body, fine carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: sweet, nutty, spicy - not what you expect in a doppelbock, but interesting nonetheless. 8.2% booze is all but invisible, so kudos for that. Not a bad offering from Troegs, but it struggles to compete with some of the other doppels we drank that day.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby and orange color with some tan hues. Pours without much fanfare, without much head or lacing. Thinner body, with good visibility.

Aroma: Bready malts, with what smells like some diacetyl notes. Raisins, caramel, creamy full nose. Some mild orange developments.

Taste: Some buttery notes upfront with some grassy notes middle and back. Caramel and golden raisins, with some hops pepper, orange and honey. Light, with exceptional masking of the booze.

Mouthfeel: Low creamy carbonation nonetheless reveals a slightly thin body, without enough characteristic sweetness to the malt. Easy enough to drink, with a bready finish.

Drinkability: Good; solid with in the style and easy to put away. THe first time I had this it seemed very bitter with too much cocoa, while this time the diacetyl notes were a little distracting. Good for a regularly available beer, but a little thin and underdeveloped for the style.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with Blackie, Expatsteve, and golden2wenty1 during a recent doppelbock session

appearance: poured into a 2006 great taste tasting glass...pours a light mahogany-amber, much more down to earth than the previous pouring of liberator...light beige head with not much lace

smell: my first reaction was that this was a well done, but pretty standard doppelbock...sweet apple aromas dominate for me, dried fruit, light almond aroma

taste: nice sweetness level, lightly toasted grain/malt, butterscotch, faint banana, booze almost non-existent for 8.2%, dried fruit, raisin, plum

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, abv completely hidden

drinkability: fine for the style

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,153 ratings.
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