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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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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 551
Photo of Saunapoika
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this one from a bar/restaurant in northeastern Minnesota.

Bartender poured into a towering 22oz glass. Nice head retention throughout my dinner. Aroma was strong on the malty side with very little hop influence. I enjoy a malty beer so it appealed to me. Carbonation was right on as far as I was concerned which led to a smooth mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate were evident upon the initial taste and then the roasted malt flavor took over. I really enjoyed this brew with a fresh walleye dinner. Outstanding.

I heard Leinenkugels will not be brewing this Big Butt again. I'm glad I had the chance to experience the Big Butt.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up as a single in Ohio somewhere due to their lack of choices. However, I was not disapoointed in the selection in the least. Great malt characteristics, balanced by slight chocolate and caramels flavors. Enjoyed this one a bit colder than usual, but it held up well with some North Carolina BBQ. Liked this style as well.

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Photo of teg8612
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this from the Leini lodge at the Target Cneter during a Timberwolves game. Hard to tell the color from the white plastic cup but appears dark brown, duh. Smell is not right as you get more of a alcohol smell with only light chocolat and toffe. Mouthful is light without the rich maltiness you would expect from a Doppelbock. No hop at all which might explain the stale, alcohol finish. Not a good representation of the style. Needs work. I heard they are pushing this out to make way for the Apple spice in the winter seasonals. Good, bring it back with some character.

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Photo of keoki182
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Big Butt is the first dopplebock that I ever had. It’s very watery for a dopplebock, but the color is a gorgeous deep brown with a light brown/tan head. The aroma is wonderful, chocolate and toffee hints abound. There is quite a bit of alcohol taste that comes through, which is odd considering it’s relatively low (5.8%) abv. No hop presence to speak of, this beer is all malt. This beer is pretty decent for the price.

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Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lifesaver at Riverview Stadium in Clinton, Iowa. Actually, the beer selection at this Low-A ballpark is better than it is at Wrigley Field...

Pours dark purple with a small, fast dying head.

Smells more like a single bock. Very caramely malt. Simple and light, but nice and sweet.

Taste pretty good. Once again, certainly more of a bock than a doppel, with simple, fairly light sweet bock malt starting out, moving into caramel sweetness, and ending on a light, brown sugar sweetness.

Yeah, it's pretty weak and has no business calling itself a doppelbock, but for a macro bock it's actually pretty good. The sweetness is pleasant and there's actually some complexity to the flavor.

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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 objectivemonkey
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but dark ruby brown, carbonation rising, good head for a bit shrinking to nothing, and ok lacings. Aroma is on the weak side, with only slight notes of caramel malts. Taste has hints of roasted malt, tones of toffee, molasses, with a warming nutty ending. Mouth is just too thin. Don't quite understand how this is doppelbock, seems like a normal bock to me, and a pretty average one to me.

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Photo of wingman14
2.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich dark brown with a thin white head. Smells very crisp with few aromas, not much going on there. The taste is distict and bold, hard to discribe, but nothing that is amazing. A very watering and thin beer, which was a bit suprising considering the color and pour of this beer. The mouthfeel was not so pleasant, the overcarbonation combined with the bite of flavor take away from the experience. It is an ok beer to drink, but I recommend the other offerings from Leinenkugel's. They have the best cheap beers around. You can try this beer if you are interested and have tried everything else out there. Not something I would buy again.

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Photo of uwpman
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have to admit that I wasn't sure about this brew at first. I tried with twice before setting down to write this review. If you are considering trying Big Butt, be forewarned that it should be drank at 40-45 degrees. This brew gave an aftertaste that smacked of stale coffee when warm. I was impressed with a rich creamy tan head that poured out. It dissapated quickly and left little lacing for the rest of the beer. The higher alcohol content aided it sliding down, but left me feeling a bit cheated. I love a good doppelbock and this one wasn't too shabby.

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Photo of nflmvp
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Admittedly, I am a Leinie's fan. It comes from growing up and going to school within a stones throw (not literally) of the Leinenkugel brewery. That being said, I consider this to be one of their better brews. I particularly enjoy how drinkable it is. I'm not a fan of heavy hops and this one doesn't over do it. It pours a nice dark brown and with a tanish head. It goes down with a light sweetness followed by a roasty malt and molasses profile. I find this to be very drinkable even though it may not be an award winner. Tap me another one, will you?

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Photo of bearrunner44
2.64/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Red-tinted color, with a big & creamy head.

Smell: Sweet. Lightly roasted, slightly creamy caramel aroma with touches of cherry and hops. Not very strong.

Taste: Gentle, slightly dry, roasted barley flavor. Nutty. Hints of fruit, mostly cherry. Light, oily splash of hops in the finish. Esters also pop up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light bodied. Highly carbonated; the bubbles burn the sides of the tongue and lend a somewhat soda-like feel.

Verdict: It's quite weak in body and flavor for a doppelbock, but it's better than I expected.

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Photo of maddamish
2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small head that quickly diappeared. no lacing at all.

Reddish brown in color.

Smells of grain alcohol.

Slight caramel and malt notes. The flavor is pretty weak and I was expecting more out of a doppelbock.

Very watery in the mouth. I was not impressed with this at all. the drinkability is about average but I won't be pulling this off the shelf anytime soon.

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Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be a good little bock for a good little price.
It pours a nice rich, dark color. The head is tan that does fade to only leave slight lace. Not as thick and hardy as other Doppels, but the 5.7% aids or shows a balance to a thinner bodied bock.
The aroma is carmelized malts and dark breads.
The taste is dark roasted malts, toffee, alittle hop but all makes for a good creamy mouthfeel. There are bolder bocks yes, but drinkable thisone is.

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Photo of dmowen
4.01/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very dark and to me pleasing color with a fairly good head that does'nt stay long.smell is kinda malty and very slightly spicey.
mouth-feel for me is just right; not too fizzy or not too bland.flavor is a nice roasted carmel flavor with a slight chocolate flavor hint. goes down real good with the exception of a lingering after-taste
that i didn't care much for. i found that as it warmed to room temp the flavor intesifed somewhat which i like. i also discovered the after-taste issue is not a problem if you are munching on somthing also. over-all i would recommend it if you like a dark hearty beer.
i will sure buy some more.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep mohogany with a short head that fell in a hazy sheet and a tease of belgian lacing.
the aroma is very malty, carmelized malt, hint of hopsack, ever so slight hint of chocolate.
the flavor is rich with malt, noble hop flavor, clean middle, slightly spicy finish. the after taste is very pleasent, i can not put my finder on the flavor but i like it.
the mouthfeel is pretty good.
this beer is rather good, not a big fan of leinie products, but i do like this. even though i think it is a little low on the alcohol. its still a reat tasting beer.

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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 hero27
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Mulligan's in Cedar Falls, Iowa..

A bit better on-tap than the bottled version. The caramel malts really shine, and it is a good malty brew to session. While this is definitely pretty thin for a dopplebock, it is enjoyable and fairly easy to drink. Not a huge fan of Leine's typically, but this one was alright on draft.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.02/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark cola color with two fingers of tan head that vaporized quickly with noisey, soda-like fizzing. It holds steady at a thin layer. Nose is brown sugar, cinnamon, and nut.

I am struck first by a big earhty hop flavor, then bitter deeply rasted dark malt, then sweet sweet nutty-toffee malt. There is a strong cola character and a slightly alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little out there I admit. It is oddly light and thin fizzy, stingy carbonation that wafts up into the sinuses.

I really love this beer. It is an odd one, and almost resembles soda more than beer, but what an awesome soda it is eh? I feel its low rating probably comes from the unfortunate name of "Dopplebock" surly it is no mach for any "-ator". It is cheap and damn delicious though.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on-tap on 01/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Auburn/copper in color with a low beige ringed head and low carbonation bordering on flat. Moderate to high sweet malt aroma and flavor with a light sweet and sour Granny Smith Apple character. Medium-light bodied; a bit light for the style.

Glad I got to try it but not a real contender in the category.

Per JL website:
Avail: Jan—March
Malts: Two-and six-row Pale malt, Munich, Dark Chocolate, and Caramel.
Hops: Cluster, Mt. Hood
5.8% ABV
194 cal. & 18.8 g carb (12 oz.)

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Photo of StAnthony
2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm right in line with Frozen's review below. Weak. Flavorless. The most watery take on doppelbock that I've come across. Which is really too bad because Leinie definitely has the skills, but for some reason this brew falls below their quality standards.

It's not bad, it's just not doppelbock. The dark malt's there but the body is way too thin and it lacks the slight residual sweetness I was expecting. Very dry with a less-than refreshing finish.

Part of the problem has to be the low ABV (for a doppel), which, if higher, might have given this the kick that the name suggests.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average at best. Could be so much more if just more attention was paid to it... Pours out to a brown color similar to Diet Coke. Minor notes of lacing over a light foamy tan head. Aromas were very weak, only hints of earth and malt were notable. Taste was mediocre; weak flavors of roasted malts and grain were most noteable, with some hoppy bitterness toward the finish. Mouthfeel was far to thin to be contending with "real doppelbock" feel. Drinkability is fair. If it were more robust and had a real mouthfeel, this would be a real winner.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Both muts enjoyed this one immensely. Good. I've got 11 more of these to rip through and I'm probably gonna need their help.

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Photo of flatspin187
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've drank a couple various Dopplebock, and in my opinion they all have about the same taste/ after taste... I seem to be a fan of dopplebock, and i really like this Big Butt Dopplebock.. And were i am from this seems to be pretty popular cuz they cant keep it in stock.. I would recommend trying it.. For about $5.50 a six pack.. u cant go wrong.. Has a nice dark color.. creamy dark tint head.. and i personally love the taste of this beer..

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Photo of spacholl
2.77/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It starts with a tannish creamy head but it doesn't stick around long. It has the same clear color as a cola. It smells sweet like slightly burnt carmel. The taste is sweet also with a roasted hops finish. Lightly carbonated.
A little sweet for my taste but drinkable. I suggest having it with spicy foods or with the turkey dinner that the Mother-in-law over cooked. It couldn't hurt.

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Photo of palliko
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Definitely NOT a Doppelbock! Perhaps a nice try, or a wannabe, but no resemblance to the genuine article. The appearance is red/amber with a nice size head of foam and a little lace. Aroma is muted: nut-like, malted, with a hint of brown sugar. Initial taste is very timid, consisting of weak malt, sweet fruit that’s barely there. Body is medium, with a little carbonation, and the finish is instantly forgettable. Pass.

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Photo of gimmehead
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, nearly black with a thin head that is in a hurry to be elsewhere. Smells mostly of sweet toasted malts, and tastes much the same with the addition of a slightly burnt flavor. Not much going on here. Not offensive in any way, and available at many convenience stores.

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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.2 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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