Great Lakes The Doppelrock | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes The DoppelrockGreat Lakes The Doppelrock

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by alleykatking on 11-16-2010

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clearly, none of the previous reviews of this brew written here have been done so by anyone with the ability to properly compare this dopplebock to that of its ancestors.

Being stationed in Germany from 1984-1987, I have had first hand (mug) experience with the true German Dopplebock.

Great Lakes has hit this one out of the Jake, across Lake Erie, and right down I-71 (which is backwards I sue me).

The color, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and especially the long long long (did I mention the long) dry finish of the Hallertau hops are exactly what the Germans were brewing in the local gasthauses back in the mid 80's

It gets my Liederhosen in a bunch when I see a whole boat load of schiza written for the sake of writing schiza. I'm just sayin'


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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went up to the Great Lakes Brewpub in Cleveland 4 days after the release of the Doppelrock

Appearance - Come out from the bartender in a small mug. The color was a very dark amber color, but not as dark as what I would expect from a doppelbock.

Smell - The smell was the second best part after the taste. I could smell a good combination of malt and hops.

Taste - This is probably the best tasting beer I have ever had. The malt came through like I expect from a doppelbock, except (in true Great Lakes Brew Company fashion) there was a good hoppy presence that is not normal from the doppelbocks that i have had to this point.

Mouthfeel - The finish was good. The malt was the main taste in the finish.

Drinkability - This was up in the range of Oktoberfest drinkability. If I'm not careful, I could drink The Doppelrock all night without a care in the world.

If you see the seasonal 4-pack in a store, pick it up. Trust me, you wont regret it.

i found a 4-pack of bottles!

Appearance - Poured a very dark amber color with an inch head

Smell - very mild, almost to the point of being absent. What scents I do catch smell of highly roasted malts.

Taste - I taste highly roasted malts that are offset very nicely by a non-overpowering hop presence. There are no spices, no gimmicks; just a simple yet perfect soppelbock. The hops and malt balance each other very .

Mouthfeel - The bitterness of the hops comes through with guns blazing in the aftertaste, yet doesnt linger more than desired. For such a dark beer, it is very light.

Drinkability - Just like out of a tap, this beer is the most drinkable doppelbock i have ever had. The full flavors are appealing, amd the light nature make this the most drinkable dark beer I have ever tasted.

After trying it on tap at the Brewhouse and then in bottles, I can honestly say this is the best beer i have had.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It starts like a doppelbock should, dark brown color and a big creamy head. The nose is basically just dark, sweet malt, but it’s huge.

Lots of dark sweet malt in the flavor, along with nuttiness and bittersweet chocolate. Almost no hop presence, but that’s fine with this style. A little bit of wood and alcohol warmth. Bit of a sweet and dry finish. And a very late sour hit.

This is one of those that’s great to drink or to sip and savor. Overall, an excellent beer. Very good example of the style.

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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn this beer is good. Smells smoother than a doppelbock usually does. You smell something carmelish and ever so slightly boozey.

The miiddle is amazing. Sometimes i forget how good Great Lakes is. It's so damn smooth for a near 8% beer. I could chug this thing. One of the smoothest doppelbocks I've had in a while.

The finish reminds me of a tree root. Weird explaination but that's a good thing. This beer leaves a great mouthfeel behind.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant chestnut brown under a 1” finely bubbled clingy light tan foam cap.
S: Rich bread, kettle sugars, spice.
T: Malt driven rich and complex malty palate with grain, spice, hints of wine and a light hop bitter accent on the finish.
F: Full bodied with slightly below average carbonation.
O: An excellent doppelbock.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep dark brown color, though clear.
poor head retention, no lacing.

smells of rich malts, carmel, and a subtle hazelnut.

huge, huge malt flavor. sweet caramel notes. hazelnut comes through in the finish, and then hop bitterness balances it a little bit.

big rich mouthfeel, but the lagering gives it a crisp finish.

i like this beer. a very enjoyable lager.

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Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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