The Doppelrock
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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German Doppelbock
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
The DoppelrockThe Doppelrock
Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 420
Photo of Extrajoker00
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A : amber to brown,with a good one finger head 4.0

S : yeasty exotic with fruit caramel and vanilla 4.0

T : very big and well balanced flavor.complex aftertaste 3.75

M : heavier then many, robust but with a ever softening finish 3.5

D : smooth and drinkable, despite its heavier ABV and character 3.75

Great Lakes is a favorite brewery of mine, and again I am reminded why

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is near perfect on this one, nice dark amber to brown with a light tan head.

Smell is molassesy upfront, hints of bourbon and caramel and toasted malts light honey in there as well and maybe some vanilla.

Taste is sweeter caramel like malt hints of molasses and honey and toasted malts. Flavors are less intense then nose.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, probably not as strong on the tongue as most doppelbocks and also a little drying.

Overall, very solid doppelbock, I love the nose on this beer, pretty complex, the taste was less so and it was a bit drying. this would be a very good beer to try on draft.

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Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 BuckeyeSlim
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a vibrant copper reddish brown. Two-finger head of rich, tan, thick foam slowly dissipates, leaving a surface of fine lace and pockets of larger bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is dark ruby red and clear, with a thin trail of carbonation rising thru the center.

S - Rich toasted, some roasted malts, with caramels and pulses of 50% milk chocolate. A hint of toffee after it warms. Also suggests very moist freshly baked chocolate-banana bread. Only complaint is the nose is rather subdued, even after warming - have to coax it out of the snifter.

T - A bit darker than the nose, but matching it. Nicely toasted/roasted malts and darker chocolates come to the forefront, but bitterness in the profile is pretty subdued - just the right amount to be able to enjoy the malts/sugars over a prolonged time without drowning in them. Noble hops deliver just enough undefined earthiness to compliment and balance the sugars while at the same time remain in their supporting role.

M - Somewhat fizzy at first, but gives way to a surface creaminess on the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Good body and well-integrated. Finish fades quickly to soft echos of sugars on the tongue. Not at all as thick as the chocolate tastes might suggest it will be, but definitely no thinness, either - just right.

O - Skip the chocolate dessert tray and make this your last course of the night. This doppelbock features rich chocolate malts with just the right balance of hops to make them delicious without being heavy or filling. Could easily enjoy several of these over post-dinner conversation without feeling like I've cleaned out a Godiva factory. Another winner from Great Lakes. BTW - while this review is based on tasting from a bottle, I remember the servings I've had both this year and last on tap as being even better. It's one of those beers where the delivery is even better than the anticipation.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A stiff pour delivered a little over a finger of tan head. The body is a nice brown cherry color. Nice lacing.

Sweet caramel and malt with some smokiness.

Sweet caramel and malt start her off. A little smoke and dark fruit continue the journey. A little banana also peeks in after a while. A little dry on the end.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Really expected it to be a more solidly medium bodied beer. That said, it does roll over the tongue well, even though it is slightly sticky.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at j ryans

A- a nice reddish caramel look with ridiculous head of light brown foam that lingers. Hearty Brew says it all from the standpoint of what a doppelbock represents. The foam does not go away

S- awesome bready malt with some sugar sweetness. Oddly enough, this scent was similar to the fat tire I had the other day. Just a good bready malt scent with some sugars involved

T- wow, what a taste. A good facefull of malty sweetness that is fluffy with a bready malt taste and aforementioned sweet sugars. Very flavorful and filling on the taste

M- good coating flavor all over.

O- not sure how I missed this brew from one of my favorite breweries. I need to grab a four pack asap

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 fmccormi
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a stemless wineglass (one of those new Heady Topper-branded stemless glasses, actually). Freshness date of June 2, 2012 printed in white ink in the bottom-right part of the label (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 06/2/12 9448AE”).

Appearance (3.5): Half a finger of tight, dark-tan foam rises on top of a clear, deep ruby-amber body, with just some simple, sudsy spots on the sides—not particularly lacy.

Smell (4.0): Bit of molasses, light bitter chocolate character, and earthy. It smells a bit like warm, moist feed or silage—anyone who grew up with cows around probably knows what I’m talking about. Not “hay” in a bretty way, but warm, most, sweet and earthy in a feed / grain way. Nice and warm. Some mild, grassy hops to balance.

Taste (4.0): Following the nose in some ways, with a mild but distinctly roasty note accompanying that sweet, rich barley flavor. It’s kind of like bran flakes warmed up with brown sugar. Earthy, grassy hops lead the finish: it rounds out the palate with a very earthy, slightly grassy bitterness that adds a nice, very “Old World” feel to the body. The lager yeast is there in the flavor, but it doesn’t leave any chalky or metallic notes like it sometimes does. No ABV detected on the palate. Very nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Great mouthfeel, moderate carbonation that is lush and filling but never prickly. The body is on the full side of medium and somewhat viscous, but still manages to keep a drying finish. Combination of hops and alcohol maybe, but it works. Very drinkable.

Overall (4.0): I really enjoy this doppelbock. It really is like liquid bread in a lot of ways, and that’s what I dig about it. I don’t go for all that many malt-centric beers, but this one’s a keeper in my book.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, roasted red-brown. It has a light pancake head, and some lacing.

Nose is malty and slightly dusty. It has a mild sourness and some dark fruit.

Taste is heavily roasted malt with some hints of dark cherry and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of carbonation; very drinkable.

Overall, it is great roasted beer without an overwhelming amount of malt.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes The Doppelrock, served in a clean pint glass.

Pours a dark burgundy/mahogany color with an almond-colored head of a half-an-inch. Poor retention, nice color. 3.5

Toasted grain, plum, clove, fig, menthol, and a hint of maple. 3.5

Big toasted grain flavor with some strength. Tangy dark fruits althroughout. Very malty with a sliver of herbal hop. Some minty character in the finish that makes it interesting. Definitely a little candied and ripe. All in all, a juicy doppelbock. 3.5

Medium-bodied and leaning heavier. Lesser carb. Pretty soft feel. A strong point for this one. 4.0

Great Lakes keeps great styles simple. And, usually, that produces some great beers. This one's not exceptional, but near the upper rung among American-made doppelbocks. 4.0

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Photo of angelogarcia3
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ithaca Coffee Company pours this beer in a pint glass. The beer has a cream colored head with dark copper color. On the nose it is very lite aromas of roasted malt, and chocolate. The first taste is creamy and thick with flavors of roasted malt, & bittersweet chocolate, with a slight bitterness on the finIsh.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Doppel Bock really turned out to be a gem. I love it when AMerican breweries take this style on. Most succeed from what I can tell.

I poured about 18oz of this brew into a standard German issued dimple stein, and The Double Rock makes a strong three finger thick, tan foam cranium. The body is dark ruby red in color, and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is woody and vanilla, some hints of caramel, metallic hops, root beer and cola mixed altogether.

The taste has most of the qualities of the aroma, but adds in a dry red wine, in the way of merlot or shiraz, but finishes sugary sweet.

The brew is mildly carbonated, full in body, clean in finish albeit with a sligth alcohol warmth.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is very good and glass covering lacing is left.

3.5 S: Toasty with caramel and toffee. Somewhat grainy. Maybe I was having some olfactory hallucinations, but I could smell some pussy a few whiffs.

3.5 T: Again toasty with caramel and toffee. The taste also has a fairly strong vinous cherry component to it.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good weight without being overly sweet. Moderate carbonation with a light creaminess.

3.5 D: Not bad, but not as good as a typical GL brew.

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Photo of KDawg
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap. Pours a dark mahogany color with a small head

nicely balanced aromas of malts, caramel, grains and a touch of toffee. Decent depth on the aromas as well

medium/full bodied with a nice feel. Lacking a bit on the mid and finish and some depth as well. Balanced with flavors of toffee, caramel, and grains

I was a bit disappointed in this. I was hoping for more but it didn't seem to have as much depth or style to it as I wanted. A good beer but there are better doppelbocks out there to try first

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz poured into a snifter

A- Incredibly dark amber color. Almost non see through, A two finger tannish off white head with average retention.

S- A heap of burnt caramel and roasted toffee. A few coffee notes and some chocolate that remind me of a stout. A sugary sweet feel and some dark fruits.

T- A big feel, coats the mouth with a lot of interesting flavors. A good bit of dark fruits. Lots of the burnt caramel and toffee characteristics come through. A tiny bit of alcohol but only as it warms. Some brown sugar possibly.

M- A creamy coating feel fill your mouth, along with ever changing flavors. A decent amount of bitterness and a pretty dry finish.

O- Doppelbock is not one of my more known styles. But of the ones I have had, this is a good example of what the style is. Wonder how it would fare with some age?

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Photo of rangerred
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a 1.5 finger tan head.

Aroma has quite a bit of fruit in it, specifically cherries. Also a little bit of caramel.

Cherries come through first in the taste quickly followed by some light caramel. Some light bread is present as well along with a bit of an alcoholic astringency. This is the one negative I have with this beer.

Overall, I really like the flavors presented here but I thought the alcohol was a little too noticeable. Otherwise this is a really good, hearty beer.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
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 johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 fountainofyouth
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass at RFD in Washington, DC.

Appearance: It's a rich reddish-amber with a fair-sized white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet, malty, and fruity. Maybe a little cherry. Good but a little faint.

Taste: Follows the nose. It's very sweet, almost to the point of cloying, even though the flavors aren't all that intense. There's a touch of earthy hops and nutty malt background. There's a little bit of spice to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light for the style. I'm not sure if I like it. Light-moderate carbonation, appropriate for the style. Maybe a little bit of alcohol on the finish.

Overall: Not one of my favorites, but a good bock and one I could drink again.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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 jwhawkins81
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/1/11 and tasted on 3/12/11

Aroma - Delicious malt lagerness. Deep malts not roasty just sweet.

Appearance - Dark golden amber light tan head that quickly dissipated leaving just a collar.

Taste - Malty goodness smooth not a lot of detectable hop flavor.

Notes - Despite the good words I put into the taste section of my notes I gave this beer and overall B and I didn't write a lot of words in the review so I guess this was just an OK Doppelbock.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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 gdrydenc
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 titosupertramp
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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 siege06nd
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint. Disclaimer: this one is a few months past her Best By date.

A: Pours a gorgeous ruby brown color, man is this good looking. Two fingers of some of the softest tan head I've seen. Lacing absolutely eats up the sides of the glass. This is a great looking brew.

S: Caramel malt, bready yeast, some mild sweet chocolate on the nose. Can't wait to try it.

T: Caramel, roasted biscuit, sweet bready malts, and some light chocolate wash over the palate. A very pleasing roasty, sweet finish. Age certainly hasn't hurt this one too badly, though I recall it being less cloying fresh. Still, this tastes great.

M: It sits on the palate nicely. Creamy, smooth, and well-balanced. Carbonation is spot on.

O: Doppelrock is a damn fine brew. A wonderful display for the style. Light and complex, this one gives you wave after wave of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, and roast goodness, while retaining a lightness and sessionability that Great Lakes seems to have mastered in most of its brews. Enjoy this one!

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The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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