Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt DoppelbockLeinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 4/6/15. 5.8% ABV per the label

Pours a clear super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and slight nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, fruit, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with solid aromas, but the flavors are a bit boring and forgettable to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

man, i really dont care for this one, tons of sugar on it, not anything like a lager, and i am surprised if it is one in fact. young and sweet, watery looking with aromas of brown sugar, fake maple syrup, toasted white bread, and slight oxidation. the flavor is quite similar, but it feels a waste of time to break down all of the different sweetnesses i taste in this, suffice it to say its a real sugar bomb, and not particularly true to what makes the german dopplebock such a delicious style. it lacks grain complexity, it even lacks that meaty hearty mouthfeel and deeper toast levels i usually look for. i dont think the alcohol takes it into the right realm either, although with more time and a heartier yeast, this might not be so bad, dry it up a little, ramp up the booze, all very useful potentially. as it sits not, its one of my least favorite beers from these guys, and frankly on the verge of not even really being craft beer quality.

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Photo of djrn2
3.29/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased and drank with no real expectations of it being a great beer. I've had many American Micro Dopplebocks that have been completely bastardized. This beer rises above many of those, but barely. Starts wit a promising pour that shows higher-than-normal carbonation, but a vivid mohogany / ruby hue and a creamy, withstanding foamstand. Aromas a quite faint, but do include all of the necessary dried fruits, light spiciness (lowly hopped) and malt heavy sweetness. The flavors show an emphasis on the malts with lighter fig, dates flavor with backup flavors of nuts, smokiness, and chocolate. Though the flavors are present, the are light. Thus the beer tastes and feels under-malted and not as full and round as needed. The overcarbonation proves distracting. The beer shows a raw grain flavor late with a mild grain husk astringency. The alcohol strength does not seem to be on par with most great Doppels. Overall, not a bad brew, but when wanting a Dopplebock, I'll go to the true German classics.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a reddish brown with a small tan head. Leaves minimal lacing.

S - Malty and nutty.

T- It has a nice sweet malt flavor. The nut flavors are fairly strong, too.

M - It is soft and smooth. Medium-bodied.

D - I really like this brew. It may be the best Leinenkugel product.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/6/2015. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, molasses, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, molasses, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, molasses, light chocolate/nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid doppelbock style. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. The mouthfeel and robustness of malt flavors were lacking, but the taste was generally what I expected in the style. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
2.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Boone757
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinie's Big Butt pours a deep mahogany body with a crimson cast beneath a foamy tan head that holds well but eventually drops to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering.

The nose is somewhat limited for the style, but it displays a caramelish maltiness that has some toffee-like and caramelized sugar aspects to it... some underlying darkish fruit... and perhaps even a hint of roastiness (maybe just from chocolate malt) in the background as well. It's not quite as rich and bready as most, but it is clean and inviting nonetheless.

In the mouth it's medium bodied; and its fine-bubbled median carbonation lends it a delicate zest across the palate. Again, not quite up to doppelbock stature.

The flavor delivers a mild, darkly-caramelish / dark-sugar maltiness that's just lightly sweet, and backed by a firm bitterness. There's an underlying fruitiness, and perhaps a thin dusting of cocoa, but it never achieves any of the expected bready/malt quality that the style dictates. Some very limited dark fruitiness (raisin) appears; and there's a smear of hops in the background.

Mild. Drinkable. Not particularly strong. Or enticing.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz.bottle dated April 2015.

Pours a dark reddish brown, excellent clarity, with a small light tan head. Head reduces quickly to a thin ring.

Smell: fine, rich, malty aroma with suggestions of dark bread and chocolate.

Taste: Milder that the aroma suggests. Slightly sweet.

Medium body with some bite rather low carbonation.

O - Not bad, but rather mild flavor for style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of light tan head settles very quickly and leaves no lace. The body is dark amber and extremely clear.

S - Deep, malty aroma with lots of caramel and just a hint of hops.

T - Dark malt flavor with some toffee and roasted notes. Finishes quickly with some lingering sweetness and light caramel flavor.

M - Moderate to thin body with high carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Quite easy to drink, but it seems to gain some of its drinkability at the expense of depth of flavor. The aroma is quite nice, but the flavor is somewhat flat and even a bit watery, while the body is far too thin. Not bad, overall, but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/8/2016 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, brown sugar, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and some fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.19/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear medium cola brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of crimson highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted malts, caramel malts, and even lighter aromas of nuts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted, caramel, dark, and toffee malts with only a hint of sweetness. That is followed by a light flavor of nuts and just a hint of light fruit (green apple). Light amounts of metallic flavors linger in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and smooth through the finish.

O: This one is nothing special, not offensive and fairly easy to drink but not one that I will be getting again.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nose of biscuity malt, light caramel, nuttiness & hay, faint cocoa. Taste thin roasted malt, caramel, & chocolate, faint nuts, medium bitterness, thin body and watery.

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Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay a dopple with 5.7 abv, called me skeptical, but here we go...

Pours caramel/brown with 2+ finger of sand colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Corny with brown sugar

T: Caramel, herbal hops, dryness, hints of booze, & licorice up front. Dryness, a touch of leafy hops, a smaller touch of brown sugar & light caramel as this warms. Finishes dry with a modicum of caramel & toasty malt.

MF: Medium bodied, seemed to thin as this warmed.

Drank alright, would be more believable as a bock, lost some points since it didn't posses malt depth, of any real spiceyness or fruittyness, to much Midwest/American influence here for me, closer to shiner than Celebrator to be sure. I like their dark cream lager more so...

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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 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 woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Once again, out of the singles cooler at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, into my reefer and now, into my glass! Man, I love popping in there just to see what's goody in the singles coolers.

From the bottle: "Spring Seasonal Inspired By The Bavarian Tradition With Five Varieties of Malted Barley Brewed With Pride By the Leinenkugel Family Since 1867."; "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867."; "Carefully Brewed By The Leinenkugel Family For Six Generations".

Of course, this beer is being accompanied by Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" with the review in tribute to Robby Rob Johnston.

I screwed the cap off without difficulty and began an aggro pour that created two-plus fingers of foamy, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Nose had a chocolaty malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was unexpected, almost like a fountain-era Cherry Coke. Mmm. I was just a wee one when the last of the drugstore ice cream fountains closed in the early-1970's, but I have never felt like Cherry Coke in bottles or CANs really hits the mark. This, however, does. I know that there are better iterations of the style out there, but anything that evokes pleasant childhood memories has to be given props. Finish hovered somewhere between semi-sweet and semi-dry. The yeast really did a number on this beer and I am surprised that they held it under 6% ABV. I would not hesitate to recommend it to someone curious about the style, thanks to a) its relatively low ABV and b) its relatively low price point.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the twist off brown 12oz into my Cumberland Brews pint.

A - Dark caramel brown w/ an inch and a half of fluffy smooth beige head. The lager has good clarity and the lace on the pint clings fairly well.

S - Light metallic, nutty and creamy malt w/ caramel and almond-like odors.

M - Sugary, moderately full carbonation w/ an element of adjunct in the relatively thin feel. The finish is dry w/ a nutty chalky tinge.

T - A pleasant sweet malt flavor starts off the taste with slight nutty creaminess that becomes dry almost powdery w/ a hint of medicinal flavor. There is a gentle hop spice and more chalky tinges keeping up w/ the creamy sweet dark malt until it gets cloying as it is slightly warm.

D - This fell short of what a doppelbock should be IMO. Not horrible even though there are some off flavors, I could take it or leave it basically worth a try.

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.2 out of 5 based on 558 ratings.
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