Great Lakes The Doppelrock | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes The DoppelrockGreat Lakes The Doppelrock

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of corby112
2.22/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up at Capone's.

Pours a dark caramel brown/copper color with ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of soily, piney hop character. There's also a bitter smelling roasted malt presence with hints of caramel and hazelnut underneath. The nose is kind of one note and not very impressive.

Medium bodied with a blast of earthy bitterness that lingers throughout, dominating the other flavors, into a long dry finish. Very earthy with the taste of dirt, soil and spice. Underneath there is a sweet malt backbone with hints of toffee, hazelnut, chocolate and caramel. Although these malt elements are there, they are buried beneath the earthy bitter flavor. The ABV is well masked with little heat but the harshness of the flavor makes it pretty tough to drink. I usually love Great Lakes' offerings but this was a pretty big disappointment.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a shaker pint. Deep see-thru amberish brown capped with a head that's modest in size, but sticks around pretty impressively. Scattered lacing.

Nose is pleasant but nondescript, toasty grains and chocolate. Tastes more interesting, perhaps not strictly to style. Malts are very nutty and quite toasty, hops are earthy and rather tealike. Creamy and thickish with moderate carbonation. Lacking in crispness. I'd have guessed brown ale in a blind test. Not a great doppelbock, but tasty enough.

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Photo of deebo
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark ruby red yet clear, a tight yet short beige head without staying power.

S-Candied fruits dominate, cooked sugary malt. Aromas of molasses and raisins.

T-Intense carmelized fruits that builds into a burny and rotten fruit. Some weaks hint of smoked wood.

M-Moderate to heavy carbonation and medium bodied. Mouthfeel/body is nice upfront but lingers too long into a bitter finish.

O-Reminds me a bit of a doppelbock/dubbel hybrid but the combination doesn't work. I like the upfront taste but it doesn't end well.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small roastiness and mellow lager notes. In the taste, roasted malts and a lager like feel all the way through. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry caramel like aftertaste. EH! Its OK, thin and lacking flavor for what it is.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 06/01/11 Poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.

Dude Looks Like a Lady
A clear rusty color brown beer with a few active bubbles rising to the top. The beer has pretty deep shadows in the thicker parts of the glass. A decent sized head leaves equally decent lacing. The color of the foam is kinda weird. Its a yellowish white.

Smells Like Teen Spirit
The aroma here is big on grains and toffee. Some lighter chocolate is there too. Hops seem adequately low, and stay out of the way with a delicate tea leaf aroma.

Suck my Kiss
There is a lot of nuttiness to this beer. The earthiness is offset by a little toffee. Grassy hops bring things towards balance, but the sweet stuff edges it out. This isn't huge and rich, as I had hoped. I think if I didn't know any better I might call this some sort of malty brown ale.

More Than a Feelin'
Fizzy with a sharp carbonation. Too much. It really defeats any chance this has of being rich and creamy. The feel doesn't seem to be too thinned out from it, but it doesn't help. This beer finishes very dry. Its like drinking a Dennis Miller joke.

Over the Hills and Far Away
Give me a Celebrator. But in all honesty I didn't expect this to be better that Celebrator. I did, however, expect it to at least be above average. This stuff really is just about average. Its like a Muzak version of a Jimmy Page solo, it should be awesome, but its just been castrated.

I would have written an awesome review full of rock and roll references and things, but this beer just didn't inspire me to do so, Wasted Years.

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Photo of bobhits
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark amber red color. This beer ventures towards the dark side but just misses. A nice head but the abv kills it leaving lacing.

Toffee and caramel malt on a dark burnt toast. Sweet as hell, yet with great lakes I’m interested in what is to come.

Cherry, more cherry, and yes cherry malt? There is a toasted and roasted malt flavor here. Certainly some caramel. The hops are far stronger than any other beer to style, but cherry flavors are abound. The finish is far more hop dominate than those I’ve had from Europe, but this is perhaps the best part of the beer. The hops however are a finish only as the beer is dominated through and through from sweet malts and alcohol.

Harsh alcohol is still present here. A thick body that is to style but the flavors do not make this enjoyable.

I don’t know that I like this style. This is interesting, but falls short of better beers.

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Photo of tjacobs610
2.94/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark in color with a small head that has a caramel color and a very small amount of lacing. Color is a reddish brown with a small amount of carbonation

S: Very sweet aroma, with hints of caramel and grains mixed with an odor of fruit

T: Very malty sweet and grainy in taste. It starts out kind of dull and finishes very sweet as the malts are able to be tasted. It doesn’t have an overly strong taste either.

M: Medium bodied, with low carbonation. The malts come to taste almost right away making the beer start strong and finish smooth

O: This beer is moderately good, it has great color and feel but it seems to lack a little bit in smell and is also a little too strong at first

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Photo of jsisko01
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very dark reddish-brown color with a centimeter thick, off-white head. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, toffee, and alcohol.

Taste - Very sweet.. with roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, bready, and an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall - Not really my style of beer..

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Photo of Brent
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doppelrock - Doppelbock, clever wordplay, then the label goes on to blather on about the double-necked guitar famous in Cleveland - methinks they come out of the gate trying too hard. Indeed, the cleverness of the name exceeds the inventiveness of the beer which you would expect from the hype to be a bit in-your-face. To the contrary, it is a bit bland. Caramel malt, moderate malty body, some generalized sweetness. For such a big abv, not much going on here. After a string of sub-par doppelbocks, I feel the need to go back to the source and recalibrate my taste with a Celebrator.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dopplerock pours hazy deep chestnut brown. Retains head well. Bits of (I hope) yeast floating suspended in the glass. Little to no aroma coming from the glass. What little there is smells of roasted nuts. Immediate alcohol taste, this one is a bit stronger than others. Medium-full mouth feel. Not a lot to the initial flavor profile, but the finish is deep, roasted nuts. Tastes more of a nut brown than a bock. Certainly not the favorite bock or dopplebock I’ve ever had. Singlular notes in both the malt bill and hops. Real flavor profile doesn’t appear until the beer has disappeared.

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Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a thick ring. Color is a dark caramel copper brown.

Aroma: Big biscuit flavor. Very malty. Caramel and toffee. Seems to have some scotish malt flavors to it. Kind of roasty.

Taste: Again, all malts. Toffee, caramel, biscuit, and some scotish malt flavors. Boozy. Dark dried fruits. Molasses.

Mouthfeel: Dry and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and boozy.

Overall, too much malts for me. Straight up all malts. Too boozy as well. Just not a good dopplebock imo.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 4-pack of this, which is par for the course for anything that comes from GLBC, even if it's new, but this is one exception to the rule, where I would have been fine just buying the single.

Brewed with Harrington 2-row, Munich, Cara 45, and Chocolate malt. Hopped with Hallertau. 7.8% ABV, 18 IBU, OG=18P.

Pours out to a very clear walnut, forming a tan/yellow head with very good retention and adequate lacing, with mild to moderate carbonation whose bubbles slowly make their way to the surface of this syrupy brew. The munich malt toast sits atop a thick malt base with notes of dates and yellow raisins. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a dense body. The taste opens with dates and figs, then a very herbal middle, which doesn't quite sit right with me for the style, a mild to moderate bitterness, and perhaps some carob in the aftertaste. Boozy with some harsh medicinal alcohols not typical for GLBC brews.

While this is a good beer, this is not the way I like my dopplebocks. Optimator is one of my favorites because it is so easy drinking and clean, which is what this beer lacks. I would pass on this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

"We will we will doppelrock you!" Sorry, I couldn't resist. The doppelrock (yes, the "The" is absolutely necessary) pours a clear garnet-ruby topped by a finger of dirty cream foam and populated by a bunch of floating particulates. The nose comprises caramel, light buttery biscuits, figs, red grapes, light maple syrup, and raisins. The taste holds notes of caramel, bitter orange peel, light bitter dark chocolate powder, light burnt rye toast, and a hint of red wine. Whoa, this does not follow, nor does it sit all that well with my 'buds. The body is a light-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a too light and not-very-appetizing d-bock. Can't really say all that much else about it.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear,tawny, caramel color with about a one finger tan head.
S: not much coming out here. You get the roasted malt and some sweet aromas, but kind of lacking.
T: roasted malts and caramel. Its on the sweeter side with a slight bitterness toward the back.
M: thinner than I thought. Bit of a dry finish that's semi sweet.
O: not bad, but expected more from GL. Will try again to see if this was just a subpar batch. Needs a bit more flavor.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this after liking the bottled version so much.

Appearance - Appears to have a much more amber color than I remember from my bottle pours. A caramely brown and malty looking beer. Served in a stein and it laces well to it.

Smell - Way stronger in light fruits than I remember from the bottle. Slightly malty and a strong bitter smell.

Taste - As with the smell, filled much more with dark fruits than the bottled version. I later realized this was because the beer was served too cold. It almost got to the point that I thought I was drinking a lambic. I didn't get any of the bready malts that define this beer until it warmed up after twenty minutes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite a prominent alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is sweeter than I remember it. Dark fruits and bitters seem more prominent as compared to the bottle. Not sure if it was just the temperature this was served at or if it was the tap; but I'll take a bottled version of this over the on-tap I had tonight any day.

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Photo of jtmartino
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Bruery snifter.

Color is a deep, rich, ruby/bron with a thin, saltine-colored head.

Smells of sweet, candied fruit and some caramel. Rich and savory.

Taste is sweet up front - candy sugar, some tart fruit, that finishes in a bitter, almost smokey flavor. Not a huge fan of the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and well-rounded. Decent carbonation with a light syrupy-consistency that works well with the dark fruit colors.

Overall this is a pretty tasty beer. The odd bitter aftertaste from the malt is reminiscent of the bitterness from an over-steeped tea bag, and doesn't mesh well with the rest of the beer. Other than that, it's a decent offering form Great Lakes.


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Photo of argock
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by 6/25/11 stamped on front label. Received as a gift from my generous bro Greg.

A: Soft caramel-brown with 2-finger bubbly beige head with good retention and a few spots of lace down the mug.

S: The aroma is very light with some biscuity, bready malt with some mild herbal, noble hopping.

T: Kind of a let-down from a brewery with so many good brews, especially with more than a few good lagers to their credit. Lightly malty with some caramel-toffee and fig, but mostly belly-warming alcohol, which isn't obtrusive or overly hot, but kind of dominates due to the very mild sweetness. There is a light herbal-tinged bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-heavy bodied but still reasonably crisp due to the stellar carbonation character. Finishes moderately dry.

O: Decent but needs a little more malt character in the flavor to really reach the top 1 or 2 tiers in this style.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear ruby-brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel and not much else. The taste is like the aroma with a little more depth, but not much more. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chewy texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a rare miss for Great Lakes Brewing. I cannot see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a Great Lakes Doppelrock over the 4th weekend. The appearance was ok...the color was a ruby red and clear....except for the "floaties", which had I known there were would be floaties I would not have dumped the whole bottle in my glass. The white was good and color was white. The smell was dominated by sweet malty nose. The taste also was very sweet and malty. There were some peat/smokey undertones and the beer came of the pallete clean. The beer is good, just to sweet for me....could only drink one per sitting.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- very dark amber slight lacing true to style

Smell- not much of an aroma slight malt smell

Taste- ok but not sweet enough for a doppelbock

Mouthfeel- kind of light and not as good as I expected from Great Lakes

Overall- average beer from a great brewery if they tweak it like the did the Octoberfest could become a great beer

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Photo of curasowa
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark red color with twin fingers of tan head that lingers a long time with nice lacing.

Aroma: Big toasted malt nose with hints of molasses and gingerbread.

Taste: Sticky sweet with lots of nutty, toasted malt which becomes more bready towards the end. Finish lingers with some hotness from the alcohol showing up.

The Rest: Body is medium, and this beers almost seems green. It's a bit rough around the edges and a year or two in the cellar might mellow it out nicely.

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Photo of hardy008
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium brown color with a 1 finger light tan head with good retention. The aroma has caramel malt, light brown sugar, and a little bit of dark fruit. Not a very strong aroma.

The taste is pretty much like the aroma. There is a decent amount of sweetness, with a bit of toasted malt and hops. While not a bad beer, the flavors and aromas are too light in my opinion.

Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, but far from the best Doppelbock I have had.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- nice clear dark brown with orange highlights. tan colored foam is dense and frothy and settles quickly leaving minimal lace, but holds at about 1/8in disk.

S- sweet and toasty aroma of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, mocha, marshmallow, and floral hops. sandalwood and plumeria add a fragrant spice.

T- toasted and sweet with a hint of alcohol. burnt cookies, caramel, nutty, chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, pecan, damp wood, soil, nice herbal bitterness throughout. finishes pretty clean with long lingering malt flavors. there's some astringency however, and i don't like that in this style of beer.

MF- robust and a bit syrupy with low carbonation, this is almost like malt water. more effervescence would liven up the body and hide the alcohol better. leafy feel and alcohol dryness left behind. could be much better.

D- i might have to put the doppelrock over there with grassroots ale. some tweaking is necessary to take this one from "meh" to "rock solid".

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Photo of zeledonia
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, very reddish brown, and clear, with a solid two-finger cream-colored head that slowly dissipates. A few little streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is rather light and flowery. Honey, a blend of sweet, bready malts, and some yeast back behind it. Has that earthy, bready, yeasty aroma that most doppelbocks do, but it's a bit weaker, and preceded by this light flowery fruity sweetness (floral hops, maybe?).

Taste: this is a true malt-bomb. Thick, bready, sweet caramel malts dominate the flavor, and are followed by some peppery flavors that linger and kinda dance on the tongue, and a little touch of bitter after that. The almost-finish is quite nice and complex, but it can't pull the beer out of that pool of malt. And then the sweetness comes back in for the knockout punch. It's just overly sweet and pushy, even for a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is quite good: thick and chewy, as it should be, with ample carbonation to remind you you're not drinking syrup. Unfortunately, it lingers on the tongue past when I want it to, but that's because of the taste, not the feel.

This is a, hmmm, "passable" doppelbock. I'm enjoying drinking it, but it's not one of my favorites. Many better ones out there. Needs more balance to the flavor - tone the malts down a bit, and I think some tasty sublety would come through. But as it is, those nice flavors are buried.

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Photo of JRed
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark red with off white head that dissipates but clings to the sides of the glass. Weak aroma of stale grapes, slight spice, and grains. Tastes of dark fruits, slight spice, medicinal notes, salted grains, slight bread and nuts, dry with some residual sugar. Heavy carbonation with medium body. The Doppelrock is the dumbest name I've ever heard but the beer isn't as bad as I would've guessed. Worth a try but no reason for multiple pints.

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