The Doppelrock | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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The DoppelrockThe Doppelrock

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

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 420
Photo of bluedragon710
5/5  rDev +29.5%
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 +26.4%
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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Photo of McNealc31
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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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Photo of GreenJetta912
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of MadScientist
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a very nice looking beer that is very clear dark brown with ruby highlights. There is a long lasting, creamy light tan head.

It has an intensely melaniodin aroma like the thick brown crust of an artisan bread. There is moderate aromas of toast and carmel in there. No noticeable hops aroma and just a hint of plum and chocolate that rounds out the nose.

The flavor is like chewing on a thick, dark crust of a loaf of bread with the melaniodin flavor propionate and toasted flavors following right behind it. There is a moderat hop bitterness and no hops flavor with a slight hint of chocolate and plum. The alcohol give a slight warming. A clean lager profile from the yeast without any diacetyl, phenols and only the slight plum ester.

It's very smooth with a medium-full body with a moderately low carbonation. No astringency.

This is a big, rich lager with some nice dark toasty and bready characteristics.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby, mahogany color..hard to tell, but there appears to be lots of floaties in there. Finger or two of off-white almost tan head. Not a lot of lacing, but nice film with bigger bubbles around edge of glass.

S: Wow. I don't have a lot of experience w/ Doppelbocks, but this caught me off guard. Very full and rich. Roasted malts, dark fruit, mild chocolate. Man..that's nice.

T: Pretty complex. Roasted malts, tart fruit and a sweetness from the chocolate malts. The alcohol is slightly present in the finish, but unless it's heavy, I won't complain.

M: Full, rich and smooth with just a little bit of tingle from the alcohol.

O: Again, I don't have a lot of experience with the style so I may be overrating this a bit, but I like this a lot. This is a very interesting, complex and enjoyable beer. I'll get it again.

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Photo of IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany in color with a light haze while its cold, but clarifys as it warms a bit. Poured with a thick bridge foam that reduced to light wisps and a ring around the top of the glass. Sweet roasted malt and dark fruit aromas, raisins and figs, with a hint of chocolate. Boozy aromas sneak in as it warms up.Smooth, thick and creamy feel. Sweet roasted malts up front with dark fruits and chocalte malt in the middle and an herbal hop bitterness at the finish. Similar to aroma, there's a little booziness at the finish. Finishes with a lingering sweet malty but herbal hop bitterness.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Very much looking forward to trying a Doppelbock from Great Lakes Brewing. Pours a dark amber color with zero head into Great Lakes pint glass. Smells of malt and sweet bread and a bit of fruit that I can't quite place. A nice little bite on the lips in the front end that gives way to a nice rich malty mouthfeel that finishes clean. A nice example of the style and there's a decent bit of carbonation that mixes with the malt to keep it from being too rich, thick or alcohol heavy. Another solid offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to try this new Great Lakes Seasonal. Enjoy by date 06/01/11

A- Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights. A thick slightly off-white foam head leaves behind nice lacing.

S- A very rich sweetness is present in the nose with aromas of caramel, bread, toffee, and a touch of chocolate.

T- The flavor is certainly an extension of the nose. Nice malty sweetness with caramel, brown sugar, and slightly roasted flavors leading the way. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. Full flavored brew that soars above most of the other "spring seasonals".

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Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a very dark amber with a 2 finger width tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a lace around the glass
S-Sweet malt, honey, and molasses
T-Light brown sugar and honey, the hops provide enough bitterness to keep the malt from being too sweet but doesn't contribute a ton of flavor.
M-medium-full bodied
O-Excellent beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of veinless
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shoutout to my main man AwYeh for this - I will see you in three days, be ready to drink some great beers in return for all this!

Pours a deep purplish brown with red hints and only faint translucence outside of a direct light source. Head is two fingers, finely bubbled, and very neatly arranged on the top - it looks like someone put it on using a straight edge. Leaves spotty lace and keeps a thin cap on top for the duration of the beer.

Smells of dark fruits, nuts and baked malt. The nuttiness combines well with some good spice, namely cinnamon and nutmeg. Not the strongest smell in the world, but holds its own with quality scents.

Taste is a solid combo of spice, slightly charred toasted biscuit and a lot of mellow dark fruit. Nuttiness from the nose is developed more here which is nice. Figs and plums come to mind, and the finish is slightly sweet and sticky. Really a fantastic combo all around, and the beer never focuses too much on one of these aspects - everything is pretty much equal and achieves its maximum potential. The sweetness at the end is honey-like, and pretty much perfect. Gives Ayinger Celebrator a run for its money. Tiny bit of alcohol breath as the beer warmed for me - it's not bad but I'd rather it not be there.

Mouthfeel paces a fine line between thin and syrupy with calm. Approaches watery at times, but just when it is about to it gets sweetened and thicker. Drinkability gets helped out a great deal by that along with the mellow yet flavorful taste. I may be biased being from NE Ohio and all, but this beer was just plain awesome - I'd be happy drinking this and only this for a month straight.

Note: I just saw it's 7.8% abv...I am stunned. This goes down as well as any beer out there - awesome job GLBC.

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Photo of Spider889
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Great Lakes seasonal, I think this is the best newer offering they've had recently.

Live review from the bottle, but I have also had this on tap. (Actually did a side by side between this and Celebrator.)

Pours with excellent clarity, a robust dark hardwood grain color. The head can be easily controlled with this beer. If you wish you can produce several fingers, I seem to prefer a more subdued pour after a half dozen of these this season. A tall pour seems to destroy much of the carbonation. With a clean glass I have been able to produce a true wall of lace which is quite exceptional.

The smell is very warm and bready. Dark wheat and toasted grains. Lots of yeasty unbaked dough in there, as well as sweet fruits like fig and date. Compared to Celebrator this is not quite as sweet, and much more grainy. That said, it smells much more fresh to me, and very clean.

Crisp and chewy malt goodness greets the palate. Doppelrock is full of flavor. Toasty bread crust and dark grains.There's plenty of sweetness, but much less than in some versions of the style. Great Lakes always does such a wonderful job of creating amazingly clean and fresh flavors.

Chewy with soft, pillowy carbonation - quite nice, though maybe the carbonation is a tad low for the style. I like it this way.

Overall I have really enjoyed this brew, and sincerely hope it makes its way back around next season. I wish it were cheaper, but it is easily several dollars under the Celebrator price point.

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Photo of kkipple
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Prototypic for the chance to try this one. First time. Bottle is "best by" 6/1/2011, so just a little past the date. It didn't seem to hurt this beer at all.

A. Ahh, now this is more like it! After suffering through a raft of lightly caramel colored American Doppelbocks, it's refreshing to see a darker version of the style. This is pecan colored and clear, with a fine, dense tan head that never dies and actually leaves some lace behind. Excellent.

S. Very nice, full, pulls no punches and hits everything you want in a Doppelbock. Sweet, rich, layered malt, complex, dark and bready, toasty-booze, prune, hearty caramel, cool, no hops, lots to like... Very German, I would not be able to tell this was brewed in the US if you told me otherwise.

T. A few sips confirm: The Doppelrock is simply one of the best traditional Doppelbocks I've had from America, shames many German examples. This is rich and complex, without being sticky or sickly sweet, and boasts an astonishing balance of complementary flavors. Prune, singed sugar, dark hearty bread with a little carbon-toast, a dry, rye-bread spiciness (from the yeast I suspect), mature. Delicious.

M / D. Well rounded carbonation keeps this sweet grain-water from being too heavy on the palate, the whole endeavor is quite easy and smooth, with just a tiny amount of alcohol warmth to keep things going. Finish is long and semi-sweet and very toasted dark bread.

The Doppelrock is just flat out fantastic, a drinkable delight that holds its own with the best German examples of the style. Highly recommended. I'm going to look for this next time I'm up North.

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Photo of tapman
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, fluffy, tawny head on top of a ruby-brown body with bits of sediment floating around when held to the light. A bottle conditioned American Doppelbock? Cool.

Smell is toasty, roasty; raisin toast aroma. Some floral hop notes.

Very grainy tasting with sweet molasses and once again raisin toast. Bitterness is very low, though the hops come through in the finish as subtle and earthy.

Seems fine for the style. A little dry in the finish.

A fine example of the style from a trusted brewery. A lot less hoppy, relatively, than imported versions I have had and very sweet.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a darker ale fan I found the presentation very acceptable to the eye,very rich dark red tint and a nice lacey light cream colored head that disapated in about one minute.

I poured this into a Sam Adams Lager glass that captured the aroma very well and discovered some nice odors being released from this bock. As spring is starting and allergies kicking in my nose is losing its ability to identify all the complex odors going on in the glass.

When I lifted the glass to my lips I received some head that was very soft and slightly sweet. After tasting the lacy foam and sucking in the wonderful odor I got down to the reason for this exercise...THE BEER! WOW, what a wonderful feel.... soft, creamy, smooth and very drinkable. This "best by date" of 6/12/11 had a hint of sweetness that was forward on the palate (tongue) with the right amount of bitterness at the back of the throat that didn't linger too long, as the hops came out at the right time.

Overall, I will get this one again. I might share the four pack with my wife but my friends will have to get their own...hehehehe.

I would serve this with a pasta with a red sauce that was heavy on the veggies and cheese. It will compliment it well.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super deep mahogany and clear bodied with a densely rich beige crown sitting on top reaching about a finger high. Intricately thick layers of sheeted lace patterns itself heavily on one side of the glass and soak back into the skim on the drinking side.

Quite malty to the nose with some toasty almost burnt factions of toffee, vanilla, milk, and caramel drizzled with fig and dark cherry, dashed with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Taste is smooth and malty; soaked with toasty toffee, some brown sugar and maple sweetness in the front with a slightly burnt caramel taste pulling a bit away from the sweetness thru the middle areas of the palate. Builds in more breadish complexity and heavy pastry flavors and tones as it smoothes into the finsih. Huge fig and vanilla turn into the finish with some burntish almost smokey creamed milk and cinnamon spice sinks in as it finishes clean yet strongly set with a solid portion of cheek grabbing tang and chewy malted yummyness.

Feel is smooth and malty with a nice toasty aspect tugging in some nice little brittleness. Clean and overall sitting within a medium body. Puffs of spicey dryness bring in vanilla, toffee, fig, and cinnamon to it delicate complexity. Some tang and creamyness is evident with its malty Doppelbock body, but isn't quite as complexingly thick or cloying enough to meet some of the authentic German styles quailty. Still, this is one rocking awesome brew to behold and seemingly very fitting for Great Lakes!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Chimay glass.

Pours with 1F of tan head over a deep brown body, with tons of visible carbonation clinging to the sides.

Rich, sweet, and delicious aromas: Red grapes, port wine, toffee, chocolate covered cherries.

Dark fruits carry over into the flavor, with a light spice in the middle. Almost a juicy cherry pie quality. Some cordial liquer.

Mouthfeel is great for a Doppelbock. Not too thick or cloying. Almost refreshing.

A very easy drinking doppelbock, with terrific aromas, and a surprisingly "light" flavor and mouthfeel. A good gateway into the style.

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Photo of giblet
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured copper color into the glass with about one inch of head. nice rich roasted malt aroma hinting of chocalate. nice full flavor with a drier hop finish.

this beer is nice full bodied. left nice lacing down the glass. i am happy to have three left for enjoyment.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of Thanby
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany with ruby through the middle, small off-white head that dies quickly.

Smells like a pretty solid bock body, a tiny bit of dark fruit, plenty of brown sugar sweetness, not a whole lot of hops noticeable but there's a slightly earthy quality in the background.

The first taste is big on the malt body and there's a tinge of cherry tartness around the edge. The body is rich and almost a little chewy, a bit of the brown sugar but not quite as sweet as it smells.

Full body and still pretty well carbonated, I can't find the ABV at all. Slightly sticky finish with lingering malt that's a bit dry for the style.

Overall a good production, solid, but not as hoppy as Great Lakes usually makes 'em.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear red-brown with a two-finger, off-white, rocky and creamy head that lasted several minutes. Fantastic lacing.

S: Rich molasses and dark fruit aromas.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and moderate bitterness. Molasses and dark fruit are the primary flavors just as in the nose. Not much hops, and I taste just a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Smooth and slightly astringent.

O: This beer looks and smells phenomenal, and the taste is very good. Solid overall.

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Photo of sitarist
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby color, under less light it appears brown. On top of the beautiful liquid sits a thick, dense khaki head. The head takes its time, before falling to a top coating that leaves heavy lacing.

It has a pleasantly clean aroma with hints of fig newtons, apple, plum, and caramel. Nothing really jumps out at me, nor is it complex. Its overall aroma is greater than its components.

Just like the nose it lacks complexity, and its overall flavor is greater than any of its individual components. I do detect hints of sourdough pretzel, apple, plum, and the slightest hints of spice(white pepper).

Almost full bodied with just enough carbonation to let me know its not flat. Just a hint of warmth, and bitterness at the end.

For a style that I usually don't care for, these seem to go down pretty quick. I couldn't drink many in a sitting, but I can quickly knock a few off.

Another great beer from GLBC...these guys really nail German style beers!

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with quite a bit of light tan head on top of a amber brown, medium color. Solid looking beer.

S - A bit of boozy smell to it. The majority is just a bready malt with hints of caramel. Good smelling beer that lets me know it's a bit boozy.

T - The taste is pretty much what I'd expect. The caramel is very forward, and the breadiness and sweetness hit in the finish. Delicious beer, but one that is a bit exhausting to drink due to the sweetness.

M - Whether or not it's actually thick, the sweetness and the booziness makes it feel quite thick. It's a very mouth-filling beer. One that suits a football Sunday quite well.

Overall, this is a good beer. I got it a while back and has been sitting in my cellar for a while. I don't think a bit of age did any harm to it, if it didn't improve it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt! BBD 06/12/11

Pours chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Average head retention

S: Bready, spicey & some boozeyness once warm

T: Follows the nose, lovely nutty/caramel notes along with apricot & some dryness up front. Spicyness & breadyness dominate as this warms, some faint metallic hop notes ( blending in well ), slight plum notes as well. Finishes fruitty & bready with a touch of herbal & woody hops showing up late to the party

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, well put together

A very nice, doppel, I would buy the hell outta this ( & other beers from these guys ) if given the chance

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The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 420 ratings