Great Lakes The Doppelrock | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes The DoppelrockGreat Lakes The Doppelrock

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Ratings: 420 |  Reviews: 213
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Appeared dark brown with a short tan head. Honestly, this tasted like a lager version of an imperial brown ale. There was a bit of roast and then caramel and toffee, but none of the licorice and berry fruit notes I'd expect from a true doppelbock. It's like it's just too clean, and yes, it tasty, clean beer - an American take on the style I suppose. The body is also appropriately thick and smooth. A strong but relatively drinkable beer.

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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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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 buschbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It pours copper with an inch and a half of beige head.

S - I get a lot a caramel and earthy aromas.

T - I get some burnt toffee as the main flavor.

M - Medium mouthfeel

O - Another quality offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - deep amber red; a scant finger of pale tan foam rises and falls quickly to a thin coat; a rather tight, fine bead; plenty of little bubbles rise from the bottom

S - it is a little on the cold side, but the nose is reticent; caramel, honey, faint molasses, crusty bread are present; slight whiff of alcohol after some herbal/leafy aromas

T - malty palate; more caramel, buckwheat honey, warm crusty bread; even as it warms up, there is not is not as much as I was anticipating here, but it is still quite good; there is a distinct streak of alcohol - more sharp then warming; finishes sweet, then hot again; decent length

M - quite nice on the attack, but I think the heat takes away from it; CO2 is a little distracting; still, a very appealing drink, and I keep going back for another sip

O - so many good parts and a few niggling distractions; quite good

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Photo of NODAK
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is pretty sweet and heavy even for style. Loads of caramel, some molasses and alcohol comes through as well.

Pours a dark amber in the glass...not too much of a head to speak of. Decent lacing.

Taste isn't quite as rich, but certainly has good caramel malt presence, as well as a dark fruit and licorice presence, which I found to be a little different for style. Sweetness/maltiness isn't as heavy as many of this style but I wouldn't characterize it as light. Small bitterness at the end, with a small molasses sweetness.

Fairly average doppelbock. I drank it very easily, though.

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Photo of searsclone
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Good lacing.

Smells like honey and caramel

Taste like caramel, toffee, malt and burn toast.

Creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Probably my favorite Great Lakes to date

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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 biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Doppelrock looked like a raisin... until backlighting revealed all the many majestic colours that actually encompass it. The fact that literal transparency is still preserved despite the deep tone makes the claim that this was brewed according to a purity law all the more believable. Impaired retention is somewhat understandable given the strength.

If this is your first time smelling a doppelbock, I know of few better examples to be greeted by. The thing they call "melanoidins" is a distinct characteristic of Munich and Vienna malts that resembles browned bread crusts. Viscous molasses, dark fruit paste (prune, red grape) and crumbs of chocolate make up the remainder of the welcoming committee.

You know a bock is sufficiently malty when you're first instinct upon sipping it is to chew. The taste of melanoidins - that of rich, toasty, browned bread crusts - is indeed chewy, if not crunchy. A strong wave of alcohol washes it out in the finish, however, supplanting the sweet (and somewhat smoky) maltiness with some pretty high-octane fruity esters.

The palate becomes a battle grounds of competing tastes and textures: brown sugar-like sweetness kicks things off, followed by the crunchy toast of browned malts, which is quickly axed by an earthy, bitter hoppiness, which is eventually set aflame by a bomb of fruity, fusel alcohol vapors. When all is said and done, you want another sip.

I get the reference, but 'The Doppelrock' has to be the cheesiest name in all of American craft brewing. Notwithstanding, it's a hell of a beer. And Great Lakes is a hell of a brewery - I expected nothing less than for them to masterfully capture the characteristics of the style and deliver on a rich, gratifying lager. Indeed, that's exactly what they did.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with some amber hues around the edges. Provides a tight 2 finger tan foam head with some nice retention.

S: As it warms, it gets a tad more potent. Small amounts of caramel, bread, brown sugar and alcohol.

T: Starts off with a caramel and brown sugar taste, not overly sweet though. The bread and biscuit flavors appear in the middle bringing the sweetness into check. Finishes with a balance between all flavors with only a slight hint of alcohol.

M: A nice medium bodied beer, slick and creamy with a small amount of alcohol 'heat' on the palage.

O: This is not an overly complex brew but it is tasty. Easy to enjoy despite the small amounts of alcohol taste present.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of caramel and burnt toffee. It's relatively dry with just a hint of alcohol warmth. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that's half burnt toffee and half roasted malts. It goes down easy and finishes with a touch of warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good doppelbock. It's easy drinking and full flavored.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
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 wspscott
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by 6/1/11

A: Pours with an off-white half-finger head that drops to a thin film leaving lots of lace. The color is a light brown/ruby color that is crystal clear. A pretty beer.
S: Bready malts with a little bit of medium caramel and a hint of dried fruits.
T: Bready and toasty malt combined with what seems to be some caramelization from the kettle. No sign of alcohol, just a slight warming as it warms up.
M: Very "rich" but not quite creamy, attenuated enough to be on the border of crisp. A nice level of carbonation. Slightly drying on the tongue, almost a little astrigent.
D: A very good doppelbock, easy to drink on a cool/damp night, almost too easy. A very good example of the style, but not out of the ordinary. Solid, worth trying.

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

Poured into a tall hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of red. Fine tan head, with very little carbonation in the beer. Head retains well - up to the end of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, might even be a little bit of a smoky smell at the end.

Taste: Crisp and malty, with plenty of mellow biscuit flavor up front and gradually some more chocolate/coffee notes throughout. Finish is dry, alcohol really comes through, along with a hint of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and well-bodied, probably the fullest of the Great Lakes beers I've tried.

Overall: A very well-balanced, enjoyable beer, but nothing that strikes me as outstanding. It delivers plenty of malt character, some of which I probably don't appreciate. At $3 for a 12-oz bottle, I probably won't buy it again, but am glad I tried it.

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Photo of DanThomas
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Vibrant red/brown, like a dark cherry wood color. Lingering fingernail sized head that is pretty robust. Adds a nice smooth touch to a very beautiful beer. Some lacing falling down the glass.

S- I get a lot of sweet malt, a pleasant warming alcohol and a hint of toffee.

T- Sweet bready malt hits first, and at the back of the palette the sweetness turns into a nice combination of toffee and caramel. There is also a fruitiness to it that I can't quite name. The taste is pretty mild compared to most doppelbocks I've had. That's okay by me.

M- The beer really excels here, but pretty much all GLBC beers do. The alcohol has a pleasant warmth but you really don't taste it. It's very full-bodied and this works well with the milder taste. Very well-rounded. Sweetness is not cloying and it is washed away well by a dry finish.

O- This is the "session" doppelbock if there ever was one. The perfect beer for a spring night; the mouthfeel brings warmth and the more mild taste brings refreshment. It's just extremely well made. ABV really sneaks up on you. Another wonderful entry from Great Lakes

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a very dark ruby with a fingers worth of light tan head.

The nose offers some caramel and vanilla notes, all surrounded by a boozy blanket.

The taste is full of rich caramel malts with a sweet biscuity taste. The alcohol presence comes through boldy towards the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation matched with a creamy textured smoothness.

Overall, i thought i wasnt a fan of dopplebocks but this is pretty impressive.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a mug.

A- Poured a mahogany brown color with finger and a half light brown head. Almost no lacing.

S- Notes of toffee and caramel

T- Caramel, sweet malts, toffee, the alcohol comes in pretty strong but no alcohol burn, just some warming Mild hoppy finish, but overall pretty sweet.

M- Full bodied and fairly mouth coating.

O- The first dopplebock that I have enjoyed. Very malty and a bit too sweet for my palate, but another well-crafted lager from Great Lakes.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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 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 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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Photo of Bung
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Macs.
Amber pour with ample white head that laces pretty well.

Malty aroma, caramel, toffee. Some raisin, yellow raisin.

Taste has a good dose of malty caramel. Then something a bit musty? Herbal pine later, almost toasted malt finishing.

Lighter mid bodied, maybe a bit light. Not as much to it as I'd like. No heat and pretty drinkable though.

It was a bit of a miss for me, not bad but not in Great Lakes upper level.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a very thin, tan head. Nose is unremarkable, though I don't recall ever hankerin' for a big whiff of a bock before, so I figure this one is typical - and therefore average - for the style.

The taste, on the other hand, is remarkable. Starts off with a nice round mouthful of dark chocolate and finishes crisp and dry with just a hint of lingering sweetness. Think chocolate stout with a dry Irish stout finish. Fantastic.

I've tried four of five of GLBC's offerings, and this one is my favorite so far.

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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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