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 ne0m00re
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Clear brownish ruby with constant bubbles, it poured with a dark cream head with big bubbles that died disappointingly quickly to a thin collar with OK lacing.
S: Very nutty (pecans) and a little woody, cream, bananas, some light caramel, some brown sugar. All right.
T: Pretty much what you'd expect from the smell, but a little earthier, gin on the finish, and the green leafy hops linger.
M: Creamy, but a little more spritzy than I'd hoped.
D: Overall, this is good, but a little lackluster for Great Lakes. Maybe I just miss Blackout...

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoy by 06/01/11

A - deep crimson body with towering tan head.

S - warm toffee, grassy malt, yeasty. kind of peculiar

T - heavy roast, dry sweet caramel. This is funny tasting. Some interesting spices.

M - nice serious full body, smooth.

D - Quickly growing on me. nice warming finish. good to drink

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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 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 Lolli1315
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown color, but when light is shown through the glass it shows the great clarity of the beer. Slight ruby highlights around the edges as well. Pour with a persistent tan creamy head with noticeable lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Moderate-high malt aroma takes control of the nose. There is a lingering sweetness as the toasted malt emerges a little more. A light spicy hop aroma is noticeable in the middle, most likely the product of a noble hop. Slight prune and plum as well as chocolate towards the finish before being swiped away by a moderate alcohol smell.

T- Rich toasted malt character begins the beer, but doesn't last as long as expected. Plumes and raisins begin to emerge towards the middle and linger throughout the taste. Edging into the finish there is a rise of a slightly apple and tart flavor with low levels of diacetyl. Alcohol rises in the finish in moderate or slightly stronger levels to finish out the end of the beer. Not as clean of a taste as the smell.

M- Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel as a result of the moderate carbonation.

D- Not a bad beer altogether, but lacks the clean flavor that really defines the style. I would prefer to pick up a Celebrator, but I have no problem finishing the rest of my 4 pack.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6/1/11

A-golden to dark amber with great head retention
S-nice Caramel malt. very sweet.
T-alot like it smells. nice nuttiness to it. stong on th malt with a slight bit of sweet caramel to it.
M-medium body, creamy and smooth
D-very drinkable like most doppelbocks. not a bad brew at all!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 6/1/2011. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, with a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like toffee, caramel malt, dark fruit (figs), and a bit of brown sugar. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, just full of malty goodness. There's also a nutty taste noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it's very smooth and enjoyable. This is a good brew, and a nice addition to Great Lakes bottled lineup. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best by 06/01/11) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Deep copper-orange-brown color with a light tan head. Foam was 1/4" on pouring, but died down to a thin skin across the top and a ring around the edge. Strands and sheets of lacing noted here and there. The color is quite nice.

Smell: Good and deep caramel malt, not much else though.

Taste: Roasted malt up front with a hint of char (a bit wood-like), then moving into caramel sweetness. Bitter finish (not too strong) that lingers for a bit at the end. Nice and tasty with this simple and balanced profile.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a juicy and chewy mouthfeel. Sticks to the teeth a bit.

Drinkability: This one went very fast - highly drinkable on it own, and went quite well with a meal (ravioli). I could easily see having another although by the end of the glass I'm starting to notice that higher ABV since the beer was finished rather quickly. Overall very easy to drink and a bit dangerous with how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of output01x
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mug from tap at the Great Lakes brewpub.

A 2-finger bubbly cream-colored head spilled over the rim, but soon diminished. Body is nearly black with shades of blood-red. Excellent lacing.

Notes of caramelized malt and honey are present. A little more of a bouquet would have been appreciated, however.

Caramelized malt and a little bit of hops are immediately noticed along with spices I can't quite pinpoint. A little nuttiness and dark fruit are also there. A slight alcohol warmth is noticed near the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is creamy but not syrupy. It coats your mouth well but does not overpower. Lighter body for the style.

Drinkability is very good for a doppelbock as this is one refreshing brew.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer. The head was not as thick as I would have preferred and the scent was a little lacking. Great complexity in the flavor with an excellent mouthfeel that makes this as drinkable as a Bock.

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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 beerhan
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hap on tap at the city tap compliments of the Great Lakes girls passing out several free samples. Thanks again!

Poured into a five ounce glass, very little carbonation and a thin but frothy head. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. A rather light brown, does not look much like a traditional dopplebock.

Smells very malty with hints of toffee and caramel. Not a very big aroma.

Taste is very mild. Some cocoa, toffee, maple, and a very subtle fruity taste.

Feels very heavy at first then incredibly light. Not quite what I was expecting, it almost feels like a watered down dopplebock. I have not really had that many however but all that I have had have felt much 'bigger' and pack a bigger punch.

This is a very sessionable beer. However the alcohol eventually will catch up to you. If this is the same price as the rest of great lakes 4 packs I would say its not worth the money but if its less give it a shot. I am very sad that this took Blackout's spot for february because that is a far superior beer. I do hope this is not a permanent seasonal.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/16/10

A:Pours a see thru Amber/Red color with a fingers worth of that falls slowly, nice
lacing is left down the glass

S:Nose is a little muted with some carmalized malts coming thru, figs and dry fruit are
also pick up slightly.

T:Very nice, smooth up front and in the middle with the carmalized malts. The backend
is dominated by a sweet taste of grapes and dry fruit that lingers around the palate.

M:Body is not what you would expect as the style would expect but fits the bill nicely.
Sweet fruits and slight tartness linger on the tongue, leaving a little stickiness hanging

D:Score is all around on this one, does not represent the style well but is actually really tasty and easy to drink. Fruits and sweetness dominate this one and make it pleasurable. GL definitely hit something different with one.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of different pours tonight..good stuff. New seasonal high gravity 4 pk coming out during the spring.

A- Pours a brownish red color. Red hues comes through when held up to the light. Half finger tannish colored head that showed light retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma was a little muted. Candied fruits (plum was the biggest) with some sweet caramel malts. Light boozy aroma in the backend of the beer. Nothing over the top but good nevertheless.

T- Plums come out first and foremost in the beer. There is a light bready malt that comes out in the tailend of the front and more so into the middle. I can pick up some light maple in the middle as well. Alcohol comes the back with some more malty character. This beer is full of flavor into the ending. Nice surprise.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonationis good for the style. Light candied fruits and caramel malts left on the palate with those same malts and alcohol in the aftertaste. Good balance in all the flavors. Alcohol showed light-medium drying on the aftertaste. Clean and crisp flavors overall.

D- The ABV is well hidden in this beer. I had a couple imperial pints along with a pint and it was easy as can be to drink. Great Lakes can be a hit or miss sometimes with me but this was a well made beer.

The only thing I really don't like about this beer is the mouthfeel is a little under for what I think of a Doppelbock. Although, with this beer it is good. A good try in this style from them....good job. Can't wait for this to come out in 4 pk's.

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