Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

241 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 555
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.

 645 characters

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.

 950 characters

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.

 1,007 characters

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.

 295 characters

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.

 1,706 characters

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.

 660 characters

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.

 167 characters

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.

 1,152 characters

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.

 381 characters

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.

 962 characters

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.

 2,327 characters

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...

 732 characters

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.

 875 characters

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.

 424 characters

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.

 1,673 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appears a ruddy burgundy brown hue with a large quickly fleeting caramel tan head leaving thin lacing unevenly around my pint glass. (3.5) Aroma comes off with a layer of fruity undertones especially ripened fruits like raisins and plum notes mild chocolate doughy sweetness going on with a grainy off quality that I’m not really diggin’. (3.0) Flavor is far from a doppelbock and I’m not sure where the alcohol content lies but it comes off finishing like a normal brew some mild dark chocolate and roasted qualities but overall lacking the herbal noble hops finish with the complex fruit and alcohol mix that a true doppelbock is able to provide. Doesn’t fulfill my German beer cravings the way it should but it’s a decent shot and better than the Leine wheat beers with apple, honey, raspberry, etc. (2.5) Mouthfeel is in the light to medium body range with some substantial light syrupy textures carbonation is a bit too much but doesn’t ruin the experience. (3) Drinkability is not too high for me although compare this to a Celebrator and you could probably consume more I don’t think you would want to, it’s a six to one ratio I’d rather drink one Celebrator before drinking a sixer of this. (2)

 1,211 characters

Photo of jwc215
3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by May 18, 15:

Pours brown-ish with a thin, lasting off-white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with a fair amount sticking.

The smell is of dark fruit (cherries, prunes) with brown sugar and peppery alcohol.

The taste is of sweet dark-ish fruit. The malt is watered down. A touch of balancing hops is there, but very mild. Alcohol comes through.

It is rather thin and somewhat fizzy for the style. Still, it is easy enough to drink. Nothing special here. A rather thin, sweet doppelbock.

 505 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, cherry-red color, with a big, creamy head o' foam, so, impressive in that regard.
Aroma: malty, slightly roasted, a touch nutyy, hints of fruit, caramel rings in, too. Very mild, all told, though...caramel-nut-malt, they all show, somehow, but very, very meekly.
Taste: faint, mild, mellow...might pass as a bock, but a doppel, no way! This doesn't give your tongue anything to grapple with, your tastebuds anything to toy with, your palate anything to enjoy. There's a sweet malty character that shines through the flavor, bright cherry-ishness, nutty-ness, and it equals an okay drink if your standards are low enough, but, once again, not a doppelbock!!
Very underwhelming beer, though not undrinkable, it's just that if you say "doppelbock" on the label, you're setting up a standard that must be upheld somehow. This bottle is akin to calling something "kriek lambic" and offering up cherry kool-aid!

 927 characters

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

Pours a clear mahogany color. 1/3 inch head with an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint if bread dough. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, hint of syrup, hint of coffee, hint of roasted malt, hint of hops, slight alcohol, caramel malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, complex, but not well blended and not the traditional flavor profile. Also, the aroma is weak, so not a great Dopplebock.

 568 characters

Photo of stevoj
2.82/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Albertsons. Decent looking pour, dark, clear brown with a soft foamy beige head. Sweet, nutty aroma and taste, but kind of watered down. Finishes sweet, like a root beer barrel candy, and painfully dry.

 214 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased as part of a Wegmans mix-six pack. Let's be real, I only bought this for the name.

Pours a dark, roasty looking brown, with a half inch head, and not a lot of lacing.

Doesn't smell a whole lot like a dopplebock. This one seems to be more like a dunkel or something. Toasty malt and some grassy hops are the main aromas.

This is probably the lightest ABV dopplebock I've ever had. It's more of a very drinkable, but kind of bland, dunkel, or even just an American brown ale. There's a bit of an odd metallic note, and some unpleasant lager bitterness, but on top of that, there's a good amount of grassy hops, and some toasty bread flavors, but hardly any deep malt complexity, like I'd expect with a dopplebock. Just too light and bland. Not a dopplebock by most definitions of the word.

This is fairly light bodied, with a light, and crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation. Probably the only real highlight of this one.

A really quite pathetic attempt at a dopplebock. If they branded this differently, it would be a little better, but rating to style, it's a bit of disappointment.

 1,117 characters

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark chestnut color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, dark breads. Taste is the same, malts, dark breads, a bit mild for the style. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but didn't have that malty punch I expect from this style.

 328 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up today at the Coop for $1.20 (always suprised to see this brewery in Boise).. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" lite tan head left a little spotty lacing.. brew is brown with ruby highlites.

Weak aroma of toasted malts and caramel with barely discernable chocolate... very weak ... let's hope it's not as watery as I'm anticipating.

Flavor is also very lacking... lite/medium body .. too much carbonation.. not very malty at all ... needs alot more richness and malt complexity ... reminds me of a slightly bigger boned Munich Dunkel ... and only slightly at that.

Overall, I am glad I had the chance to try it .. but the only redeaming quality is the drinkablity .. and the label is pretty cool.

 720 characters

Photo of puboflyons
2.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of May 02, 2016. Sampled on March 18, 2016.

The pour is fairly attractive with a mahogany brown color under a quick lasting tan head that dissolves to a ring.

The aroma has a mild malt note but more of an apple or grape fruity character. Like juice. Low hops.

Light to medium body.

Again, like the aroma, I pick up more of a fruity quality to this than a malty quality, which I sort of expect in the style.

 463 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Deep amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel/malty nose. Starts with a bitter - not sweet caramel flavor, some hoppiness in finish. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

 303 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.2 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.