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: 241 | Ratings: 554
Photo of sagefool
3.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good...just not typical of what I've come to expect from the style. Don't buy it as a Doppelbock. Maybe inbetween a brown ale or bock.

I've had both the Ayinger Celebrator and Spaten Optimator. This doesn't come close.

It's better than a Shiner Bock...more filling. Some may deduct points because Leine's are an SABMiller product. I'm not going to do that.

A nice, filling beer which is above your average beer (even some craft stuff I've had), but is in no way indicative of the style.

I wouldn't be embarrassed to bring it to a gathering, but It doesn't even rate as a Doppelbock.

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Photo of Elaineblo
4.24/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was around a couple years back and has sense been re-crafted, I must say I rather enjoy it. Taste's like it is mixed with a new castle and oatmeal stout very rich in flavor. You can't drink more then a couple because its really filling, but the taste is good if you like strong beer.

Dark beer
Strong flavor

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Photo of supervike
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's a gorgeous light brown transparent color. The smell is sharp and metallic, maybe coppery and the tang of yeast. There is a nice hint of malt, but that metallic taste overpowers it...but overall the taste is thin and not complex. I'm not too well versed in Doppelbock style, but I can't imagine this is a shining example. I wouldn't turn down a free one, and it goes well with some beer nuts....

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

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle. This brew pours a crystal clear brownish red with a nice off white head of tight beaded foam that settles to a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of some of the usual suspects. Rich caramel malts, a hint of toffee, a little bit of nuttiness, and a hint of raisins. Absent would be the bread notes. Flavors follow the nose with sweetly roasted malts, a light raisin flavor to the rear, and a light nutty aftertaste. Still absent is the liquid bread goodness known in the style. Finishes lightly sweet and roasted. Makes a decent enough session brew, but a little lacking in the doppelbock category.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a beautiful dark brown color with a finger width light brown head. Smells of malts, some roasted caramel, maybe a hint of nuts. Taste is nice and smooth, has a warm caramel taste, very smooth feel. Overall a very good, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I have to admit being a Leines beer I did not have sky high expectations and I'm sad to report I was not disappointed. I knew something was up with the light-medium caramel color. He aroma was sweet with malt and bread. The taste made me conjure one thought "My ass this is a dopplebock"! If this was labeled as a marzen that would make sense, but the taste just doesn't match the style. I don't think I'll go back to this one.

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Photo of ChrisFurlowLSU
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looked good in the glass, even smelled alright for a doppelbock. But, could have used a little more flavor and the mouthfeel was a little thin for my liking. Very easy drinking, sessionable beer, though.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured aggressively into a pilsner, the body is a deep, dark amber color very clear and filled with mild carbonation. The head is about two fingers thick, light tan and very fluffy accompanied by a thick lacing.
Banana bread there’s a mild yeast smell as well, mild malts and a faint bitter smell to it.
Roasted malts towards the back of your mouth followed by a mild chocolaty flavor with a mild tartness in its aftertaste.
Light bodied and smooth.
Not bad overall and very easy to drink.

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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 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.

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Photo of gotweid
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown beer with no head, little carbonation. Aroma is off as is the taste for what it's supposed to be. It tastes more like roasted grains and is thin bodied. Somewhat smooth, very little hops detected. It's not a bad beer, it's actually very easy to drink and I don't mind having a few, but it's no Doppelbock. Like most Leinenkugel's beers, it's wimpy.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.06/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If for nothing else, this is the beer that got me off of macro beer and experimenting into microbrews. While this isn't the prime beer for connoisseurs it is an excellent gateway beer for newbies. Liked the roastiness when I had it back in the mid 90's in dark body. Maximum respect. Tell your friends to try this one before offerings like Rasputin... they may not be ready for that yet.

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

I picked up a six pack of Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock yesterday at Krogers. I've been meaning to try this beer and I thought I should get a six pack and give this beer a chance, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 1/25/15. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a pretty clear amber red color that took on more of a red color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left hardly any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it left some lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some sweet malt, caramel malt, grainy, brown bread and bread crust like aroma with some clean yeast showing up in the background. up next comes a noticeable nutty aroma with some more toasted aromas showing up with just a slight earthy hop aroma. This beer had a decent aroma, but I wouldn't say it's true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same malts aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they have more of a toasted and roasted aspect to them. Up next comes that clean yeast that goes right into the a that same nutty aspect that I got in the aroma and this time it shows up just a little more. On the finish there's not bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it has a sweet malt, caramel malt, toasted and nutty aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, it just not true to style.

M- Very smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but it was too carbonated for the style.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer, but I didn't think it was a good example of the style, it just seemed to roasty for a Doppelbock and the big nutty aspects felt out of place too, to me it tasted similar to creamy dark with less roasted flavors and more nutty flavors. This beer had nice drinkability, it was very smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, a little creamy, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these, especially in the spring time. What I like the most about this beer was the was the taste, it wasn't bad tasting beer, it just wasn't true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was how off from the style it was, there's no way I would guess this is a Doppelbock if i tried it blind. I might buy this beer again, but not if I want a good Doppelbock. I think this beer is worth trying, but if your expecting a true to style Doppelbock you will disappointed. All in all I liked this beer, I just didn't think it was a Doppelbock, to me it tasted much more like a brown Ale. It's not a favorite from this brewery and it's one of my least favorite Doppelbocks. I appreciate the effort, but I think this beer should just be rename and just start from scratch, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of Fritz_____
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish brown.

S: Malt. A little fruit.

T: Lots of sweet malts, with a bit of toastiness

F: More body than the average Leinenkugel's beer.

O: A very pleasant surprise. Not the most complex beer, but much richer than I expected. A good value in boxes of twelve.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.84/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour into a shaker glass produces about a one inch head which reduces fairly quickly but does proves quite sticky, with a creamy veneer throughout the tasting. The beer is a crystal clear ruddy brown with pretty active carbonation.

Very light on the nose, with hints of molasses and a maybe a touch of diacetyl. Clean but fairly complex taste with a crisp finish. Notes of dark fruit lead the way, with a base nuttiness and flashes of molasses, toffee and chocolate. The creamy mouth feel and clean finish invite repeated sips.

This is a very nice beer, borderline excellent, and one of Leinie's best. A good value at around 7 bucks a sixer at Three Bears Alaska.

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Photo of bwood06
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark reddish brown with a small, light head that dissipates quickly. White head. 3.5/5

S - Smell is mainly toasted bread and grassy hops. Not getting much else. 3/5

T - Dominated by toasted bread. Some grassy hops. Very little going on here. 3.25/5

M - Light and dry. Moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. 3.75/5

O - Decent offering. One of the more enjoyable offerings from Leinenkugel. There are other darker beers that I prefer but this is a beer that I could drink several of and be satisfied. 3.25/5

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Photo of ordybill
3.79/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass,
Aroma- Has a a very nice malt and fruit aroma.
Appearance- A dark brown color with a small tan colored head.
Taste- Has a nice malt flavor with a fruit flavor tossed in also.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation, has an oily texture that blends well with the flavor.
Overall- A pretty good doppelbock from Leinenkugel. There are better but this is a nice version.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a big doppelbock drinker. Wife picked up a six pack more her style. Seems average, not bad. Strong, caramelly malt flavor from smell to finish, never too overbearing. Since I am on the hoppy side of life, while very open minded to all types, I have a tougher time in this bock area. I'll try to grab a high rated bock ASAP to gain a better feel. Big Butt worth a try or a 6.

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Photo of Wedge35
3.22/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Fairly full head dissipates quickly to a thin head. Spotty to no lacing. The beer is the color of deep mahogany and nearly opaque.

S: Light sent. Hints of (barely) burnt sugar and malty hops, barley. Faint coffee scent.

T: a malty, coffee-ish, dried fruit brew. Not as malty as I'd like or as sweet as I remember a dopplebock being, but a beer that grew on me the longer I drank it. Hoped for a more "liquid bread" kind of beer.

M: Not overly crisp, but not as smooth as a fuller/maltier D-bock could be.

O: Seeing as it's Lent, I'd like to try Ayinger's Celebrator to get a comparison. As I said earlier, this beer grew on me. I'm no expert on the style, but I've had one or two. I hoped for a maltier, breadier beer with a smoother mouthfeel.

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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 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.

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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 Chaz
2.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant and dark, cola-brown in color, topped with a medium tan head. Seems well carbonated. Minimal lacing from this fresh, gently-poured bottle.

The style's familiar, malt-driven character is here, but it smells "thin" and seltzer-like.

Sweet and lightly-tangy/tart on the first sip, the brisk carbonation has a palate-scrubbing effect while simultaneously coating the tongue in the blend of sweet dark and roast malt character. Finish is sweet -- very little bitterness.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability, but maybe a little too brisk and bubbly for the style. This is also lighter in alcohol for the style, and that gives me the impression that this brand is marketed to people who may not be ready for the headier, heavier import brands -- or the few domestic doppelbock brands which manage to see wide distribution for that matter.

Overall it's a nice beer, but a little tame for the style. Give me a solid, single Bockbier (August Schell, I'm looking at you) over this one, any day.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown color. The head is two fingers high, and mocha in shade. Both the texture is soft (yet thick) and the retention is decent - combined with the lacing streaks on my glass, it's a pretty damn good looking beer. (4)

Smell: Pretty typical for a bock (at 5.8%, this is no doppelbock), this brings subtle notes of caramel, brown sugar, and noble hops. Touches of butterscotch rounds it out. As it warms, the malts pop up more vividly - even some chocolaty and roasted notes appear. This is not a bad nose at all, it's just not a damn doppelbock. (3.25)

Taste: Caramel and brown sugar hit the taste buds first. It seems a bit more well-roasted than typical bocks (again, no doppelbock here), bringing some slight coffee and chocolate near the middle. I do get a little cigarette butt (ha!) action on the finish, but it's not too bothersome. After a while, some dark fruit flavors pop up. Wow, Leinie made a somewhat complex beer! Not bad, guys. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: The sweetness normally prevalent in Leinie's beers is controlled a bit better here. This is probably due to the fact that it's carbonated well. Still, its slender body does this beer no favors (and it's still pretty damn sugary on the back end, clashing with the thin texture). And I still get a sense of flabbiness from the whole palate feel. Despite the lower ABV, it's harder to drink than a lot of 8%+ doppelbocks out there. (2.25)

Overall: I really wished Leinie called a spade a spade here. There's nothing doppel about this bock - not in flavor, and certainly not in ABV. As a regular bock, though, it's decent. It still has a few problems (the flavor can't keep up with the feel, it's still too sweet), but it really isn't bad. I'd drink it again, if not wish to seek it out. (3)

3.15/5: Doppelbock my ass; actually decent otherwise

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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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Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.2 out of 5 based on 554 ratings.
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