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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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Photo of Infamous7100
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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 Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doppelrock is ruby colored with notes of brown that make it look dark when not held to the light. The body is both clear and translucent. A light tan head has a creamy look to it, and has good retention and leaves behind a few scraps of lacing.

Sweet toffee and caramel flavors are balanced out by toasted and roasted notes.

The dominant flavor in Doppelrock is definitely a mix of roasted malt and toasted malt. Behind that there is even more malt, with a good bit of toffee and some caramel. The malt base is definitely sweet, but it tends more to the rich, dry side overall. A bit of earthy, spicy bitterness sneaks into the finish.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy, pretty good for the style.

As usual, this is a good effort by Great Lakes. I had a few of this at the bar with no complaint. My buddy and I had a discussion about the ABV, but neither of us guessed that it would be close to 8%, so the booze is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle outta the 4 pack. Pours a ruddy bronze, establishing a smallish white head that leaves behind some slight, sticky lacing. The aroma is warm and malty, but a little weak. The taste brings a well balanced blend of malt and hops with an enjoyably sticky finish. A credit to the style.

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Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is reddish-brown in color, a bit lighter than I might expect from a typical doppelbock, and pretty clear. A nice, dense light brown head is just over a finger high, maintaining its form well and leaving patches of lacing behind.
This one is malt-forward on the nose, but with a healthy dose of hops. Interestingly, more caramel is evident than the molasses and licorice I get from most, though they are present. A bit of toffee with breads and something like plum or, perhaps more accurately, tart cherry (think Bing) is in the background as well. Alcohol is also present.
The taste follows suit, but this one really reminds me more of a strong bock than a doppelbock. Breads and caramel from malts are complemented by a sturdy hops adding some floral bitterness for balance. Just a touch of dark fruits sweetness pulls through with a smoked toffee flavor peeking through also. Alcohol is fairly hot and ever present.
The mouthfeel is also perhaps more appropriate for a bock, and less robust than the big boys of the style. The body is medium. Carbonation is moderate and lends to some crispness that leads well into smoothness. The mouthfeel is good, but it should be richer, fuller and more robust with a bigger body to really compete with the best of the style.
Treating overall as drinkability, the ABV really cuts back on how much one can drink.

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Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a nice description of the beer and lists the abv. (7.8%) and has a freshness date of "06/01/11".

Appearance: The body is very dark with deep reddish highlights and is capped by a tall light tan head. The head is slow fading and it slowly settles to a light ring of slick lace at the edge of the glass. Some lacing is left on the glass at the top.

Smell: Its aroma has sweet caramel and dark fruit notes with herbal/botanical hop notes. I also get a light boozy character and a slight hint of mineral.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice solid bready and doughy malty sweetness with notes of caramel and slight hints of fruit like dates, fig and plum. This is surrounded by a big warm booziness and backed up by earthy and herbal hops bitterness. I also pick up that slight mineral edge as well. The palate is smooth, almost creamy with a firm medium to full body and medium carbonation.

Notes: Overall I feel it's a well made and very tasty Doppelbock. Its only set back is the heavy alcoholic warmth and this will probably mellow just right with a little age.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
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 jsulko
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into shaker pint

Pours a darkish brown/amber color with off white head that lingers

Spicy toasted smell

Taste is malty with hints of carmel with a lingering hop finish. Slight chocolate/coffee flavor as it warms up

A good Double Bock, nothing too special S omething I would seek out again.

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass

Appearance: Dirty amber-brown brew with minimal lacing.

Smell: Wheat, malts, light chocolate scent and some spices as well.

Taste: Chocolate malt upfront, peanuts, wheat malts, caramel.

A drinkable brew, but needs some minor changes: head retention should be better; needs a little more body; The chocolate flavor is a nice addition to the style, but needs to be toned down a bit.

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Photo of cokes
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear cherrywood bronze with a tight-cropped bleached-khaki foam that retains and laces equally well.
Toasty aromatics, with bits of fruitcake- raisins and figs. Toffee and caramel tease out as it warms, but overall, the nose is fairly closed.
It fares better in the mouth, toasted grain and honey notes arrive initially, morphing and suggesting glazed nuts. Golden raisins and dates add a fruitiness, though it never deepens beyond this. Caramel brings a late canvas which the mildly herbal hops play against. Alcohol is an absolute nonfactor. Which aids in drinkability, but, honestly, limits its appeal in the style.
It's absolutely well-crafted. Though a generalized muted sense makes it feel more of a bock than a dopplebock. The elevated price tag doesn't add to my sense of enjoyment, especially since its strong suit is drinkability.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish amber color. it's really like a deep brown with a touch of amber involved. Think Mahogony.
The flavors and scent have a sharp spiced element over the top of burned toffee and dark fruits like currants. Spices like this always make me think of christmas spices and candies, thanks grandma. Dark toasted bread with blackberry fruit preserves.
Crisp upfront and lingering feeling on the finish, coating.

A solid enjoyable Bock, that i'd rather drink on a crisp fall day while raking leaves. It would be great for that.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Rich malty aromatics in the forefront. Hints of dark bread, caramel, toasty aromatics. Flowery and spicy hop notes to balance. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep ruby colored pour with a rich batter-like head.

Flavor: More rich malty character. Toast like and doughy bread quality is dominant. Earthy hop character provides a nice counterpoint. Finish is dry and slightly hoppy. Balance is decidedly malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. Slightly creamy. Nice alcohol warmth on the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A very drinkable, very flavorful dopplebock. Carbonation was a bit on the high side which I think is what made the bitterness seem sharp. Still, malty without being too sweet or making you feel full. Well done.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single from Chevy Chase, best by 15 June 2011.

A beautiful deep reddish brown with mahogany highlights, there's a dense, light brown head that recedes to a disk leaving some lace. The nose is solid. A blend of a minty, spicy German hops, a heavily caramelized Vienna malt character, rich, bready along with brown sugar as well as some dark fruit and even a hint of bitter chocolate. Great stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of dark caramel, and hop bitterness. Earthy, minty and spicy and decidedly German, the hop character is fresh and assertive. Very well balanced with a rich, melanoidin malt character, there's flavors of raisin bread, brown sugar and dark caramel and even a little bit of nuttiness. Drying on the finish with an earthy, hopppy bitterness, I can't say I can pick out the chocolate that I can smell. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels mildly creamy on the palate and is really really enjoyable. Overall, this isn't the best dopplebock, but good lord, is it a good one.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
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 veinless
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shoutout to my main man AwYeh for this - I will see you in three days, be ready to drink some great beers in return for all this!

Pours a deep purplish brown with red hints and only faint translucence outside of a direct light source. Head is two fingers, finely bubbled, and very neatly arranged on the top - it looks like someone put it on using a straight edge. Leaves spotty lace and keeps a thin cap on top for the duration of the beer.

Smells of dark fruits, nuts and baked malt. The nuttiness combines well with some good spice, namely cinnamon and nutmeg. Not the strongest smell in the world, but holds its own with quality scents.

Taste is a solid combo of spice, slightly charred toasted biscuit and a lot of mellow dark fruit. Nuttiness from the nose is developed more here which is nice. Figs and plums come to mind, and the finish is slightly sweet and sticky. Really a fantastic combo all around, and the beer never focuses too much on one of these aspects - everything is pretty much equal and achieves its maximum potential. The sweetness at the end is honey-like, and pretty much perfect. Gives Ayinger Celebrator a run for its money. Tiny bit of alcohol breath as the beer warmed for me - it's not bad but I'd rather it not be there.

Mouthfeel paces a fine line between thin and syrupy with calm. Approaches watery at times, but just when it is about to it gets sweetened and thicker. Drinkability gets helped out a great deal by that along with the mellow yet flavorful taste. I may be biased being from NE Ohio and all, but this beer was just plain awesome - I'd be happy drinking this and only this for a month straight.

Note: I just saw it's 7.8% abv...I am stunned. This goes down as well as any beer out there - awesome job GLBC.

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Photo of accordselux
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams pint.

Pours amber leaning more towards red. I am impressed by the color. The head is also impressive. It is very fine and thick and stays around.

Smells like bread with a sugary sweetness. A little bit of hop.

Tastes like liquid bread, as expected. A little earthy/roasty. Sweet as well, without much hop presence. There is a bitterness in the aftertaste- not overpowering but definitely there.

Nice thick mouthfeel with good carbonation to keep it from feeling syrupy. Holds its own even after warming up in the glass.

A good beer. I have not had many doppelbocks and this is the first one I've reviewed. I'd drink it again if I was in the mood.

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Photo of Thanby
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany with ruby through the middle, small off-white head that dies quickly.

Smells like a pretty solid bock body, a tiny bit of dark fruit, plenty of brown sugar sweetness, not a whole lot of hops noticeable but there's a slightly earthy quality in the background.

The first taste is big on the malt body and there's a tinge of cherry tartness around the edge. The body is rich and almost a little chewy, a bit of the brown sugar but not quite as sweet as it smells.

Full body and still pretty well carbonated, I can't find the ABV at all. Slightly sticky finish with lingering malt that's a bit dry for the style.

Overall a good production, solid, but not as hoppy as Great Lakes usually makes 'em.

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Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug. Enjoy by date of June 12, 2011.

Appearance: Fairly dark but brilliant red that really glows in the light. Just a thin white cap on top.

Smell: Caramel, cherry, light roasted notes, and metallic & spicy noble hops. A little mild - seems more like a Marzen, Vienna or standard Bock.

Taste: Fairly sweet caramel, brown sugar and cherry, with some very light chocolate and toasted notes. Overall, a fairly complex malt profile. Some spicy, bitter noble hops at the finish, but they actually seem a little off-putting, as if the malts and hops don't quite gel.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is somewhat smooth, dry finish.

Overall: A solid Doppelbock that could have used a tad more balance. As it is, it is certainly enjoyable and quite drinkable, but a little too sweet as the hops don't quite measure up.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown with shimmers of cardinal red, 2 finger oat/tan head, world class lacing.

S: big sweet malt punch, YEOW! mild fig/date fruit scent, hint of nut/toffee

T: sweet malt, nutty front, mild bitter/spice finish

M: medium body, slight slick/oil tongue vibe

O: Great Lakes is to be applauded, this is DELICIOUS! ABV is well masked in the rocking guitar solo that is the big malt flavor. I could drink more than a few of these bad boys. It's hilarious how my palate has evolved; 3-4 years ago i would never have loved bocks.

Check this beer out before The DOPPELROCK Tour leaves your town.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber with a tan head that had reddish tint.

Smells of caramel, malt, wheat bread, and green apple.

Taste caramel malt sweetness giving way to roasted wheat bread chewy mouthfeel. Finishes dry with green apple bitterness. There are some nutty notes popping from time to time.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Enjoy-by date clearly marked on side of front label. Some rockin' clearly going on the front label..

Pours a clear, reddish-brown. A supremely dark tan head recedes and thinly coats my pilsner glass. Smell is super-fresh, lite-chocolatey and lite-brown sugary malts. Also, a bit of bitters. Very pleasant. Taste "rocks" much more than the smell. Rich and buttery, full malts take over the profile. Very complex malts, running the gamut from toast to molasses to coffee, never quite slipping to the "dark" side. Finish is a residual bitterness from the malts. Also, a bit of alcohol burn - almost produces a charred character. This beer easily masks its 7.8%. Maybe freshness played a factor, but this is the most enjoyable doppelbock I've had to date.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all after reading a couple reviews i find it quite terrible that someone has the nerve to questions someones review. Reviews are a matter of preferences, and should be kept that way. that being said here is my review
Pours a a rusty red that is clear enough to see throuh. has a nice finger and a half head that fades away rather faster. has light retention and doesn't hold all that well.
malty goodness in the beginning. toffee and spices are what really come out for me. hint of alcohol present as well.
first thing that comes out for me is the maple and brown sugar. toffee that is roasted. has like a medicine taste aswell. like cough syrup. bitter finish which is a nice twist from all the maltyness.
oily and dry finish. unlike a few others i have had. full bodied and they seem to sneak the nearly 8% by you with all the maltyness.
overall it is a good dopple, but is not perfect in any means.

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Photo of Franz4
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best by date 6/1/11

A- head is a light tan with a golden tint to it, not quite a fingers worth and fades quickly to a thin ring. Color is a nice dark ruby auburn.

S- nose isn't incredibly strong, I noticed toffee, brown sugar, and some mild spice.

T- malted barley is prominent, same toffee and a slightly milder brown sugar as was evident in the nose. Hops take a backseat, as they should, but they're in there and add a little depth to the beer.

M- I thought this was slightly overcarbonated, and I would have liked a slightly fuller body, nonetheless, it wasn't too far off.

O- I thought this was OK, but just slightly above average. I think there are maltier doppelbocks out there and ones that define the style and are more drinkable as well. It's nice to see Great Lakes branching out, but this one doesn't really meet expectations. Stick w/ Xmas Ale and Blackout.

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Photo of bluedragon710
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clearly, none of the previous reviews of this brew written here have been done so by anyone with the ability to properly compare this dopplebock to that of its ancestors.

Being stationed in Germany from 1984-1987, I have had first hand (mug) experience with the true German Dopplebock.

Great Lakes has hit this one out of the Jake, across Lake Erie, and right down I-71 (which is backwards I know...so sue me).

The color, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and especially the long long long (did I mention the long) dry finish of the Hallertau hops are exactly what the Germans were brewing in the local gasthauses back in the mid 80's

It gets my Liederhosen in a bunch when I see a whole boat load of schiza written for the sake of writing schiza. I'm just sayin'


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Photo of bigbubba
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark copper colored beer with a slight tan head. The head dissipated quickly. There is little carbonation.

The aroma is appealing, very malty. The flavor is very good, malty with a balanced hoppiness. The lack of carbonation may be appropriate for the style, but in it's place I would prefer a bit more body.

The drinkability is great. This is the kind of beer that makes you want to take big 3oz. gulps. At 7.8% that can be dangerous, but also a good time.

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Photo of headbucket
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark when looking at the glass, when held up to the light it is a very deep, dark red. I really like the color. A decent amount of head on the pour but it doesn't stay around too long.

S: A light smell, have to really dig into it to a get a smell. Dark, toasty/lightly roasted malts. The smell isn't bad in any way, just not very strong.

T: Dark bread/biscuit flavor. Dark fruit. Toasted malts on the aftertaste, and maybe just a little of dark fruit lingering on my lips after it all.

M: Somewhat thick and heavy without being too much. Not overly carbonated.

D: Pretty nice. I'm not too into bocks and doppelbocks for the most part. This one is sweet but not too much for me, and there is a good mix of the bread, lightly roasted malt, and fruit flavors. The alcohol isn't too apparent in the taste. This one is going down pretty easily, could see drinking two in a row if I was in the mood for a dark, malty beer that would bring a bit of a buzz with the almost 8% abv.

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