Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt DoppelbockLeinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of jbradburn
1.46/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Whoa... this isn't a dopplebock. too thin for look and feel. Aroma is off and has a bit of a lemony flavor. If it wasn't for the dark color, I would think this was a shandy. Sorry, Leinenkugel's, not sure what you were shooting for.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.89/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Deep garnet brew that appears brownish-black when not held to the light. A nice tan one finger head reduces to a thin cap within a minute, and some nice lace is left on the glass.

S - Mushroom like smell reminds me of pizza. This is not unpleasant, but very odd and unexpected. Caramel and whole wheat bread.

T - Vegetal, mushroomy, dusty, and bready. Again, not quite nasty....but not very good either. I taste nothing of the expected flavors in a dopplebock.

M - Thin and watery. Undercarbonated and odd-feeling in the mouth.

D - Not good. This is far off the beaten path as far as style goes, and the mushroomy characteristics are bizzare and unwelcome. I really like Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark and I thought that this would be similar but maltier...boy was I wrong. Leinenkugel has come up with another sub-par brew. Creamy Dark is the Leinenkugel brew that I like so far. Avoid this one.

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Photo of AltBock
1.9/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle with a brown and gold shiny label that has one of the biggest butts that has ever been on a beer label. This butt is so big that you can....I mean, the label has two big goats or rams (your choice) head butting over land or a female. These goats or rams are head butting under the Leinenkugel symbol of a Native American woman looking to her right. If you look closely, the goats or rams and the Leinenkugel symbol are in front of a room filled to the brim with oak beer barrels. The neck label has the Leinenkugel symbol with a small sentence about the brewery and they ask if you want to join their club. No thanks! No date anywhere, but on the border of the neck and the bell of the bottle is some kind of batch or bin number that the brewery can only read and not their consumers. Poured into a Pilsener glass.

This big butt was a dark chestnut brown with plenty of ruby highlights all through out the beer. It had this really nice creamy one finger head of this white going on tan colored foam. It had really good retention and left behind plenty of sticky white/tan colored lace and rings. The appearance was so nice that I had hoped that the rest of the beer was going to turn out just as nice as it looked. Long story short, it didn't! It had an aroma of dry spicy hops with just the slightest touch of roasted caramel malts. When I swirled it around, a mild whiff of cantaloupe emerged. When it warms up, the cantaloupe aroma gets a little stronger and conquers the spicy hops and malts. I don't want to know why there was cantaloupe in the aroma. The taste was WEAK and THIN! Not only that, but the flavors weren't good either. The taste was that of bitter hops with a dash of caramel, a hint a roasted malts, and with a slight alcohol head butt at the end. It was more hoppy than malty and that just doesn't seem right to me. What isn't right is all those weak and thin flavors in this beer. The mouthfeel was way too light, heavily carbonated, and with an aftertaste that has more taste in it than what's in initial taste. The roasted malt aftertaste should have been in the initial taste instead of showing up late in the aftertaste. Basically it looked really nice, but looks can be deceiving. One of the best looking, but worst tasting Doppelbocks out there. It's just a dumbed down Doppelbock that I'm sure I won't touch ever again.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.94/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured one of these in one of my beer drinking glasses.
Pours dark like a cola, or coffee, no foam head or lacing of the glass.

Smells fruity, and/or chocolaty.

Tastes the same, dark tasting, chocolate, kinda has a dried grape taste to it, weirdly enough.

Very mild carbonation, barely any, so almost as smooth as water.

I'm not familiar with bocks so I can't compare it with others.
It's alright, tastes like what i think a season winter one would, dark, but kinda fruity.

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Photo of smcolw
1.96/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Light brown color and fairly clear. Brief head that supports no lace.

Very light smell. I need to put some liquid in my mouth and suck air over it to get the deeply roasted caramels. The sweetness comes later.

The taste is overly sweet but the body doesn't correspond -- it is way too thin. The carbonation is okay given how light the beer is. This makes the beer unacceptably unbalanced. Short aftertaste. A clear miss.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.97/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Dark brown with maybe a hint of red. Small but persistant off-white head. Nearly opaque, but clear. Looks tempting.

Smell - Not as strong as you might expect. Malty with a little caramel, but not at all prominent.

Taste - Not much too taste at all. There is some roasted malt flavor here, hint of burnt caramel or mollasses maybe. This beer is, however, quite thin for its class. Not the robust beer one would expect from its appearance. Not actively offensive.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Watery. More carbonated, crisp than I would expect from this sort of beer.

Drinkability - This is not a "very strong and rich lager." Would certainly rate better if Leinie's didn't label this a doppelbock. Like most who have already rated this beer, I want a lot more out of my doppelbock.

And what's up with the marketing of this beer? Head butting goats doesn't strike me as very Midwestern Northwoods. Just weird.

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Photo of rye726
2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a poor attempt at a Doppelbock. It is a clear amber color with a weak head. The nose and taste are both way to light for me. Stale and grainy malts with some sweet flavors. A light body with fizzy carbonation. Not the most drinkable as it doesn't taste very good.

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Photo of semihobo
2.01/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a few days ago, no date anywhere.

Crystal clear, a little darker than the glass of its bottle. One finger of head quickly dissipated.

Smells of cola, roots, and carmelized sugar. Some recognizable and reasonably complex malts and a slight hoppiness.

Slightly sour and very weak. Some nuttiness, faint charred malts, could stand some more bittering. Could stand some more anything. Some earthy tones are nice.

Mouthfeel is very watery and overcarbonated... "liquid bread"? Hah, mouthfeel-wise this is more like a Diet Coke. No finish at all... it just vanishes.

Glad that Leinie's tried this, however, I will stick to their other brews. Perhaps it's unfair for me to review this in comparison to other Doppelbocks, as they were probably not trying to ace the style. Oh well, they put the name on the bottle. Will offer the remaining bottles to guests. You can't win them all...

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Photo of ZAP
2.03/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Kind of a Michelob Amber Bock type of beer...If you want to call it a "dark lager" then it's average to above average..if you want to classify as a doppel it is well below average....Not enough body/character...a bit watery...some caramel malt tones along with some vanilla but it is a huge step below any "legit" doppel...They were closing this out for $4 a sixer...I'll drink it at that price and look at it as a decent dark lager, but never in my wildest drunken stupor would I select this when looking for a "good" doppel to buy..My ratings are for how it stands in the doppelbock category..

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Photo of elmocoso
2.08/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A crimson-brownish, no head and just a slight ring around the glass.

The nose is malt and corn with an underlying sweetness that is more than apparent in the taste.

The taste is nothing great. Kind of sickly-sweet like a bad american pilsner. Not good.

I have had this before and didnt remember it being this unremarkable. Oh well, tastes change


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Photo of mhewes
2.18/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A : Pours a nice brown colors with a little head that doesn't hang around

S : Pretty much just sweet malts, nothing else.

T : Extremely disappointing for a doppelbock. Mainly just the sweet malt. Not even close to any of the German doppelbocks.

M : Thin and light

D : It is easy to drink but for the style, it just doesn't do it. I don't plan on having it again.

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Photo of svraines
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap, but it seemed like all the beers being served at this establishment were not getting good pours because almost nothing that came out had a decent head on it.

A beautiful sparkling clear deep reddish-brown color, whisps of remaining foam. This is one dark bock.

Can't get much out of the nose. Either it is not there or it would be better with some head.

Taste is mildly yeast-fruity, mildly malty, mildly alcohol. Not nearly bold enough to be compared with other dopples, let alone some of the better bocks.

Nothing wrong with the mouth feel, not too slick which I find some dopplebocks to be.

There is just not enough flavor to want me to take another drink. After a while, I took big gulps so I could finish this one and move on.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
2.26/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've waited several years to try the Leine Big Butt, and thanks to my cousin, I finally had my chance. Unfortunately, I was not impressed with this offering.

S = There was not much of any kind of aroma.

T = Just a hint of yeast and malty flavor.

MF = Very thin and watered down.

Overall = I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one, but I won't be drinking anymore of it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.29/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear dark amber color. The head is larger, but recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma has a very faint hint of caramel, and nothing else. The taste is a little more pronounce than the aroma. However, it is mild, and plain. The mouthfeel is thin and watery for a doppelbock. Overall, this is a weak example of a doppelbock. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of JDV
2.3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours mostly black with a slight transparencey to hit and no head. Smell is malty and rich. Taste is thin, bland maltiness with a hint of tartness and not very flavorful compared to the nose. Not really very good or fresh tasting, and is a bit thin and bubbly. Eh...

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Photo of ngandhi
2.3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Murphy's. 2.00/pint special.

Mostly corn with a touch of cocoa. Finishes with popcorn. Entirely disgusting experience. No perceptable alcohol (or beer, for that matter). This isn't a doppelbock in any way; it's thin and overloaded with adjunct. Intensely grainy like chewing on the husks of spent wheat.

I've always thought of Leine's as I think of Duff beer (from The Simpson). I imagine a giant vat labelled "BEER" with a bunch of spigots labelled "RED", "ORIGINAL", and so on and a couple guys standing around with eyedroppers adding a bit of color to each one. They all taste like the Original with just a hint of caramel, or honey, or cocoa, or whatever added. Big Butt confirms that belief. They take a style that, even when made poorly, can be masked by big, extracted chocolate and caramel flavors and give us swill instead.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of nklatt
2.36/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Oh! A new beer at my favorite burger place who's draught selection includes *three* varieties of macro light beers, Sam Adams, Leinie's Honey Weiss, and Summit (they don't tell you it's the Extra Pale unless you ask). They substituted the doppelbock for the usual Leinie's Red. I'll give it a go.

Appearance is opaque, burnt red color with a decent head that didn't last (could be the glass - this isn't a beer-lover's bar). Aroma was mild, but the beer was served pretty cold. Flavor? Umm, slightly hoppy and negligible malt flavor or sweetness. Smell and flavor did not seem to improve upon warming. Feels like water in the mouth. Not a terrible beer, but a terrible doppelbock.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into my GI MBA glass

A - A dark cherry chocolate color with a small foam head that barely forms before fading away. Not much light gets through and lightly reflective. Could see a decent bit of carbonation trailing up through this one as well.

S - smells actually rather citrusy. I get a hint of lemon and orange that really dominates the nose. There are really none of the usual dopplebock odors of chocolate or even malty sweetness.

T - Taste is actually also rather citrusy. Get a big hit of orange peel and lemon at first. Somewhere in the middle of the beer there is the slightest hint of sweetness and even chocolate. It is barely noticeable though and quickly leaves before the orange peel flavors come back again. Kind of an odd take on the style and the orange is rather strong.

MF - actually very watery for the style and for any good beer in my opinion. Really hoped that it was a bit thicker or stickier. It also had a bit of an astringent after feeling in the mouth.

D - overall, an okay beer. I won't mind finishing off the 6 pack as the beer is unoffensive but it is only an okay beer. I would probably not buy it again if I saw it out at all.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Flawless crimson with a significant infusion of orange. I've seen darker brown ales. Hell's bells, I've seen darker dark lagers. The cap is pale ecru in color, soft and airy in consistency, doesn't last long and leaves arcing strands of lace on the glass. This beer barely (and I do mean barely) has an acceptable appearance for the style.

The nose isn't acceptable no matter the style. I swear that I can now pick out the aroma of Munich malt at ten paces. The other malts in use are supposed to be chocolate and caramel, but it's tough for me to identify their contribution. Weaker than weak.

I was going to give Leinenkugel credit for attempting a style that the vast majority of macros (well, it is) wouldn't dream of brewing. After a few sips, I don't think they deserve any credit at all since Big Butt is such lousy beer. It's a pity that there are some people whose only exposure to doppelbocks is to this... non-dobbelbock.

First of all, if you aren't going to give your doppel much malt, what's the point in brewing one at all? This style is as much about malt as IPAs are about hops. Where's the rich, malty flavor? Where's the expansive, creamilicious mouthfeel? Where's the alcohol? Where's the sink? Just kidding on that last one. I'll be able to get through this bottle just fine, but won't have a jolly good time doing so.

The beer tastes like bad homebrew. Okay, let's try again: lightly saccharine sweet, watered down cocoa with a few drops of malt extract, a handful of freshly-dug earth and a sprinkling of minerals. This is pretty inoffensive stuff. Unless you know what real doppelbocks taste like and then it's pretty entertainingly bad.

If the mouthfeel is taken into consideration, a more appropriate name would be Scrawny Butt or Single Cheek. This stuff feels no more full than a dark lager... and that's no joke. Even though my expectations for the mouthfeel weren't very high considering the brewery in question, it managed to come in under the bar with room to spare.

Big Butt 'Doppelbock' amuses me for some reason. Not because of the double entendre of the name or the head-butting goats on the label (Leinie's best by the way), but because it's such a pathetic attempt at a style that shouldn't be difficult to brew. It isn't good beer, but the laughs were well worth the purchase price.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark brown color holding a sand-colored head. Smelled the dark malts clearly, but had a bit of a wet cardboard aroma as well. Disappointed in taste; a bit of toasted grain, rather sweet and strong mettalic taste. Mouthfeel was fiszzy and thin. Not what I expectoed (or wanted) in a Doppelbock.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours nice caramel brown color with modest head. Nose is surprisingly light with some toasty bread crust notes and whiff of caramel. Palate is the weakest part with a very thin body and very light malty flavors. If there was such a thing as a "Doppelbock Light" this would be it. Weak. And, only 5.8% for a doppelbock. Hmmm.

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Photo of DevAJ
2.49/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what to think of this. I certainly wouldn't consider it a doppel though, that's for sure. The smell is quite strange and it's a little more burnt tasting than I was expecting, which I suppose I should have guessed given it's low abv. If this would have been marketed as a plain old dark lager (in the style of Heineken Dark) it maybe would have gotten a higher score from me, but as a doppelbock this isn't even close in my opinion.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just tried this beer and enjoyed it immensely!!

Sorry, I enjoy beer, but I dont really care about the smell of vanilla or the essence of breadiness, yada, yada, yada, yada,yada - give me a break!!!! If ever there was a more clear example of how men have lost their balls in the last 70 years, beer is it. Grow a pair men and actually enjoy the taste, not all the superfluous silliness. Got floral notes in your beer? Then you arent drinking a beer, you are drinking a marketing guy's idea of what his mom liked about tea.

This offering, from one of my favorite brewers from the great State of Wisconsin, has about all that I like in beers. Good beer taste, good head when poured, decent aroma (although not overpowering) when sniffed and a great mouth feel when drank. This beer drinks like a silk glove (not that I have ever done so) it goes down so smoothly.

If I may ask this brewer to please make their brews more available in the southern states. I havent had a Trad Leinie in years. This Doppel sure makes up for that drought!! I enjoy their Canoe Paddler as well. Another great offering from a brewer who understands that beer, when made the way Germany makes it, is pretty much as good as it will get.

As for you floral note sufferers, I feel your pain, but I dont drink your expensive water. Grab a German beer, drink it without a napkin and get a pair.


6/29/2016 - follow up note - I just enjoyed a Spaten Optimator, will review momentarily. This Leinie Doppelbock is decidedly less powerful than the Spaten offering. This "big butt" (the goat is the symbol of the doppelbock - get it??!!!) is very good, but pales in comparison to the Spaten. If you prefer a lighter taste, get this beer. If you want liquid bread - get the Spaten. The Spaten is good, dont misunderstand, but it is MUCH more strong in flavor and tastes. Enjoy!!

10/2016 - real bad news - they use GMO corn in their brew. Sorry, I cant go for that, regardless of the reason(s) they give. Corporations say GMO is "not bad". Sure, I believe them, remember how cigarette companies said cigarettes werent bad for us???

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Photo of BlackAngus
2.52/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Dark brown, semi-opaque, with a very thin head that dissipated quickly.

S - Caramel, malt, and like a previous reviewer mentioned, kind of a mushroom aroma. Odd.

T - Malty, somewhat sweet, bready, a light touch of hops.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation, pretty clean.

D - Meh. Not a bad beer, but not a good dopplebock.

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Photo of budgood1
2.54/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a thin head and looks like a red, has a restrained nose of chocolate and caramel malt....the taste and mouthfeel are thin with chocolate and caramel malt......every sip you take leaves you longing for more depth. it just isn't in there. lightly hopped to balance the blandness. some graininess and alcohol in the finish.... but all around very disapointing.

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