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 Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big mouthfeel and tasty. Pours mahogoney coloured body with big foamy head and retained off white head.Rich malty aromas. Thick creamy mouthfeel.Mild bitter finish, ginger bite. Dry aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable.Suitable carbonation. Bottle from Premiere.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fitting name for a Cleveland borne beer that allows for the cheeky play of monikers. The Dopplerock is a formitalbe dopplebock but misses a few minor marks when compared to authentic Bavarian varieties.

An impressive mohogany colored beer pours with a semi-viscous swirl and settlement. A dense and rich off-white head tops the beer with very much a whipped cream appearance. Intricate patterns of lace form as the beer falls. A mild haze keeps the appearance from world class status.

Very malty to the nose with obvious high notes of malt balls or malted milk, at time reminds me of buttermilk in an oddly appealing way. Rich toffee and brittle give a sweeter and toasty note of the crust of fresh baked breads. A quick swirl of the glass brings an unexpected cherry-like estery scent (not typical of the style).

Toffee, brown sugar, and maple sweetness meets the front of the tongue and develops into a slightly burnt caramel taste and away from sweetness through the middle portion of the palate. As sweetness is replaced with dense bready malt flavors, the beer takes on a 'fatter' taste that makes it more robust. Where a mild dark/dehydrated fruit flavor makes a light impression, it seems more like cherry- almost leaving a cough syrup taste late. Reserved bitterness helps of prevent the malts from cloying, but largely reside in the background for a slighly bitter finish to go along with a malty/toasty finish.

Full and robust, the beer's sweetness and maltiness shape both the fore flavors and finish, becomming only moderately toasty-dry in the finish.

As many American versions of the style go, this too lacks the classic melanoidin flavor and toasty-dry finish in favor of malty sweetness. Where the two go hand in hand, authentic versions give more depth and quality while avoiding one dimensional sweetness. The Dopplerock is a good beer that could easily sit within strong/stock ale or old ale catagories as well.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft @Old Chicago in southern suburban Detroit.

This beer appears a clear dark reddish amber hue, with one finger of creamy beige head, which leaves some sparse streaky lace after a brief spell. It smells of bready caramel, a bit of toffee, leafy hops, and mild booze. The taste is toffee/caramel, nougat, a bit of treacle, earthy hops, and an underpinning alcohol edge. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-heavy in weight, and quite smooth, though hop-pecked at times. It finishes with a drying edge, though the toffee and booze sweetness is never far away.

An agreeably decent doppelbock - well offset by a counterbalancing dryness, and just enough warming to remind one of the imminent summer's end.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at 55º as recommended into a 12 oz. tulip glass.

Lovely translucent garnet color, topped with an ample cap of tan foam. A crown of lacing forms, ringing the inside of the glass.

Dried fruit and nuts, trail mix with traces of toasted multigrain bread plus some brown sugar and gingerbread. Very malty, lightly sweet, with a complex fruitiness from the yeast.

Soft supple feel, even carbonation, not cloying at all. Finishes a bit dry in fact. Low level bitterness, slight hint of alcohol at room temperature. Toasted malt, bitter walnut, blackened toast without the acridity of the charred bits. Lightly lingering dry bitterness. Pleasant feel, with dominant nutty malt flavors. Overall it's very enjoyable, and showcases it's malt complexity nicely.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear mahogany color with a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smells slightly sweet and malty. Hints of dark fruit, nuts, and caramel.

Taste: A bit sweet with hints of nuts, perhaps almonds, and dark fruit. There is some grain and a hint of caramel. The finish is bitter and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, delicate carbonation and a finish that is slightly slick.

Overall: I thought this was a nice representation of the style. The hints of fruit and nuts in the taste were very welcome. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's. Served in a mini snifter.

Pour yields a brew that is a moderate brown color. Medium off-white head that doesn't last too long and doesn't really leave any lacing behind. The nose has a bit of dark malt with mild sweetness. Some caramel and a bit of dark fruit there as well. Not terribly aromatic, however. The flavor has some mild caramel sweetness and a touch of bread. Pretty tame. Medium body with no real alcohol noticeable. Pretty decent, though I normally expect more from both doppelbocks and Great Lakes, especially when it comes to lagers.

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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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 5/29/2012. Pours very cloudy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some decent soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, biscuit, toasted malt, nuttiness, chocolate, pepper, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, bread, toasted malt, honey, chocolate, earth, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Big malt flavors on the finish with some spiciness; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, biscuit, chocolate, and toast on the finish for a bit. Flavors were not as robust as I was hoping for, but were still extremely balanced with good complexity. No cloying sweetness at all; with a slightly dry finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel which is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Very easy to sip on. Overall this is a really nice doppelbock. Nice flavor balance with good complexity; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured a deep garnet color with a fluffy beige colored head that held well atop.Aromas were a little light with brown sugar and caramel sweetness mainly standing out.Bready with that brown sugar sweetness on the palate,the alcohol is really hidden, you would have no idea the ABV was so high.Not overly complex,quite simple reallly,but it tastes good.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Oakmont National Pub, Havertown, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a nice cola brown, slightly hazed, with a small, dense, white head that receded to a thin wisp, and laced nicely. Lots of caramel malts in the nose, nutty, with some toasted bread. Similar taste, roasty malts, bready, nutty, caramel and toffee, and a touch of figs and plums. Also a definite coffee quality present in the taste; not as pronounced as a coffee stout perhaps, but a coffee essence was definitely present here. Not much alcohol noticeable. Smooth, a little bit sweet, not much hops to speak of. Medium mouthfeel, nice and drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for bringing this beer all the way to DE for me.

A: Pours a dark mahogany/brown color with a one finger tan head that dissolves to a thin layer on top. Some thin rings of lace form.

S: Fruit aromas hit right away, some ripe strawberries and some darker fruits like fig and plum. Some caramel and toffee as well.

T: Again some fruit, but a bit more subdued than the aroma. The flavor profile is much maltier in comparison. Caramel and toffee, some brown sugar, and maybe even a bit of maple. There is some bready malt near the backend.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth. No lingered taste.

O: Pretty good beer, full flavored, drinkable for abv and style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazelnut colored brown. Lots of hints of reddish colored hues throughout the glass, and especially around the sides and bottom. I I was able to get a nice tan colored foam pillow on the top that rose maybe an inch and a half over the top before settling down to just a half inch layer that stuck around throughout the entire session.

Deep roasted malts were commonplace here, with tons of sugary notes residing inside of them. Lots of nuttiness coming through now, the sweetness still there, but really being blended out now. Really very big and complex aroma, very nice and strong.A rich nutty caramel wave came crashing through my mouth upon the first taste. Really rich and smooth, it really just kind of sat there letting you absorb all of these rich flavors that just, well were wonderful. lots of caramel and earthy grain like flavors then coming in behind it, deepen the profile and adding a good bit of backbone to it. nice and sweet and grainy. The finish was quick, nothing really dragging on for too long, but not crisp or clean; a smooth drawn out sugary close was to be expected.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for sending this one to me.

A: The pour is a mahogany color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Nice dark fruits on the nose up front which provides a fair amount of the sweetness, the rest of it coming from caramel maltiness. A little bit of toasted malt and a sort of surprising amount of roast.

T: More caramel and toffee malt type sweetness on the flavor. Still some dark fruit notes, but not as pronounced as on the nose. Some breadiness is there as well. A bit of alcohol, unfortunately.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: This wasn't the best doppelbock, which is sort of surprising because the Great Lakes lagers I've had have generally been quite good.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is transparent and amber hued with crimson highlights. The aroma brings sweet malts, as well as a light fruit and nut character. The beer is sweet and malt forward, with a subtle earthy taste. The body is rather thin. The finish is dry with a hint of hop bitterness. A decent brew, but a bit too thin and sweet for me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber ruby brownish red body with a light speckled khaki head. Aroma has figs/rasisins, with a touch of green apple. Big caramel malts with a nicey artisinal bread layer. Flavor is sweet upfront with the malt profile flexing it's girth, a great example of another well brewed lager from Great Lakes. A bit of herbal hops to balance things out but the booze is really well hidden. More caramel dark fruits like raisins/plums/ and some green apple tartness make up the backbone of the flavor profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel even keeled carbonation with a touch of sticky residual sugars but not cloyingly so. Overall impression is this beer will be popular across the board by both beer geeks and newbies to the craft beer realm very solid welcomed addition to Great Lakes lineup of beers.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This brew appears a clear deep amber brown color with 2 fingers worth of yellowish tan head that quickly recedes to a large bubble composed uneven surface across the top of the brew. Before a sip is even taken, patches of lace form across the glassware. When held to the light, this brew takes on more of a burnt ruby color with some particulate stuck hanging in suspension despite a careful pour.

The smell of this brew is deep caramel malts mixed with a fruity indication that is caught somewhere between hops and alcohol esters. Some faint citrus notes along with some mineral quality and sulfuric indications. As it warms up, the fruity and sugary side of this brew conform into something minorly reminiscent of molasses and tangy raisin-like qualities.

The taste is sweet with residual sugars, dark caramel malt comes right to mind before some fruity flavors that just like the nose indicated are a mix of alcohol character and fruity hops. It has a lasting aftertaste of dark caramel malt mixed with fruit almost like apple skins or raisins with a tangy kick of something almost like molasses but without the burnt or light smoked quality. Also included in the taste are the previously mentioned mineral character that is more faint than the aroma led on. The bitterness of the hops plays a fairly decent role of keeping the sweetness of this brew in check. It provides a flavor that is somewhat herbal and lasting which provides a unique mixture of flavor with the caramel malt sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is felt throughout the entire experience both in fruity flavors and warmth down the back of the throat. As far as doppelbocks go, this one is balanced fairly well and something I would approach again in the future.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from barak316, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a deep dark brown with brilliant garnet highlights when held to light. Smells of caramel and burnt sugars with hints of dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. Taste is fairly sweet with a counter of burnt sugars. Some dark fruits come out in the flavor but this one lies heavier towards the melanoid side of things. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet burnt sugary slick kind of mouthfeel. Nice beer, perhaps not on the level of some of the German beers of the style, but a nice drinker nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with syrupy red hues. Thin lace.

S - Faint malt sweetness and dark fruits. The nose was muted quite a bit, and I was hoping for a nice malty doppelbock aroma.

T - Dry alcohol, malt sweetness, fall spices, distinct toffee and fruit skin aftertaste. The alcohol is pretty forward. Maybe a bit young tasting to me.

M - Fairly smooth mouth but not as viscous and sturdy as other doppels.

O - A nice beer but lacked in the richness and flavor complexity of what I expect from a quality doppelbock.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has a real pleasant fragrance to it. Flavor is heartier and a bit more robust than I would have imagined. Fruit tones seem reminiscent of something on the tip of my mind but far away from my tongue. (translated: I can't figure out what fruit this reminds me of) I usually can't stand bocks or doppelbocks, but this one is nice. It's always cool to be able to try a style that you don't really care for, yet are still able to aprpeciate it.

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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 smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner style glass. Let to sit and warm up a bit in the bottle.

A really nice dark copper clear body, with very hard to see slow up carbonation. Head is an off white/tan color and kind of soapy looking. No lacing but some faint legs are noticeable.

A malty typical doppel bouquet but with a faint dry wheat?/grain smell behind it, borderline spicy almost cinnamon. Hints of a dry yeast almost like torula flakes or something.

Taste is wet bodied, hints of grass and faint malt, kind of slightly carbonated in the front. Somewhat dry parched palate feeling in the mouth after a swallow.

I was hoping this would be a little bolder but it isn't, and it doesn't have that great thick malt I associate with this style. It's good for drinkability but I think I might go for something else in this style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Iron Horse, beer served in a snifter. Beer is brown hazy and a big head, small bubbles, nice retetnion some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet but weak.

Beer is thick in the mouth but I really like it. Sweet up front, nice malty backbone, decent finish, not dry, hides the ABV well, overall a drinkable beer. I'd have it again.

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