The Doppelrock
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

The DoppelrockThe Doppelrock
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
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 soju6
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep Mahogany color with a good tan head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and a bit of dark fruit sweetness. No hint of the alcohol.

T: Multiple variety of flavors as every sip is a bit different. There is roasted malt, chocolate, cramel and trace of dark fruit sweetness. A nice touch of bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly full body, smooth and creamy. Very well balanced. Hints of the 7.8% ABV as it warms.

O: Easy drinker, a good winter evening sipper. A solid doppelbock.

 537 characters

Photo of IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany in color with a light haze while its cold, but clarifys as it warms a bit. Poured with a thick bridge foam that reduced to light wisps and a ring around the top of the glass. Sweet roasted malt and dark fruit aromas, raisins and figs, with a hint of chocolate. Boozy aromas sneak in as it warms up.Smooth, thick and creamy feel. Sweet roasted malts up front with dark fruits and chocalte malt in the middle and an herbal hop bitterness at the finish. Similar to aroma, there's a little booziness at the finish. Finishes with a lingering sweet malty but herbal hop bitterness.

 589 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

 717 characters

Photo of falloutsnow
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL

Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a sizable, 4-5cm head of medium sized bubbles, light tan in color. Fades to a 1cm head over the entire beer, lasting the tasting. Beer is dark red-amber in color, transparent, and with lots of carbonation. Lacing is a sheet of bubbles that fades to a thick string over time.

Scent has loads of malt complexity, ranging from dark bread to pure caramelized sugar sweetness, but also includes what I'd say is sweet chocolate aroma, from a higher inclusion of some roasted or chocolate malt into this? Good, but I would have liked a stronger dried, dark fruit character as well.

Taste has sweet and roasted flavors mingling together fairly successfully in a unique combination for the style. Opens with heavy malt sweetness, tied closely to roasted chocolate malt flavors. This leads to taste of leathery prunes and roasted ancho peppers. Mocha flavor returns near the end, along with its complementary malt sweetness. Finish is of chocolate bread, kind of like eating a piece of German bread with a piece of semi-dark chocolate. Also of very dark tobacco.
--Aging (2 years) this beer enhances the earthy, roasted ancho pepper-like flavors along with the chocolate (chocolate particularly in the close and aftertaste). The caramel malt sweetness is there, but lurks in the background. It's an interesting flavor that grows on you as you drink this.

Medium-heavy bodied, with just enough carbonation to make the beer foam a bit when sipped; not disagreeable. Finish is dry and bit sticky, not terribly so.

This is a very good doppelbock and an interesting take on the style that I appreciate. Will continue picking this one up.

 1,720 characters

Photo of gordavidson
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear dark amber-brown liquid with a thin and creamy light brown head. Looks rather still.

S- Caramel, bananas, grapes, clove, and bread. Interesting and intriguing.

T- Same as the aroma with the addition of some nuttiness and alcohol. Tasty.

M- Lightly carbonated with a smooth body. The finish is a bit numbing from the alcohol presence.

O- A unique doppelbock. Drinks rather nicely for the rather apparent alcohol. Definitely worth trying.

 458 characters

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get ready for more adventures from the Clearance Singles Cooler!

Looks darker brown with reddish highlights around the edges. Very small sand colored head that turns into a film of froth without much lacing. However, I cannot fault this smaller head because my bottle is 2 months past best by date... Not very hazy at all for a doppelbock... Still has plenty of good delicious malt bomb-ey smell that also includes some raisin in the mix. And the taste is much of the same, but the interesting thing is that the clearance shelf has cold-aged some intriguing leathery and damp tobacco leaves flavors into the mix along with the typical caramel toffee malt deliciousness with the only flaw being a fairly middle sized wallop of booziness that makes the overall taste a bit more like a higher ABV Wee Heavy than a Doppelbock. Body is large enough to match the large flavors, in fact almost too thick, yet smooth enough in texture to mitigate the way that a thick body can sometimes get annoying.

It is worth noting that this is the first time that I have ever tasted a Doppelbock (other than Samiclaus, of course) that evolves into something delicious and interesting when tasted 2 months beyond its best by date stamp. Usually old Doppelbocks just taste stale and horrible to my tongue, so this is very unusual in that regard!

Now I shall have to find a fresh bottle next year when it rolls around to determine a starting point from which it changed.

 1,451 characters

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pretty reddish chestnut color. A fast pour yields the brief appearance of a big-bubbled tan head which fades to nothing after just a dozen or so seconds.

Aroma give promise of a big malty beer, great caramel and sweet malt notes, some raisin, maybe a slight hint of buttery diacetyl. Overall effect is just a great aroma. Taste is caramel sweet malt, with small roasty notes in the background. Just a touch of hop bitterness (may be perceiving something else as hops here) through the middle that fades quickly leading to a very clean finish.

Big body in this double bock, nice full mouthfeel and very smooth. Carbonation is moderate in the mouth, though more visible in the beer itself.

Nothing about this beer would discourage me from opening another right after. A nice big sipper if you want, but so easy to drink.

 830 characters

Photo of Mitchster
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 4-pack of this, which is par for the course for anything that comes from GLBC, even if it's new, but this is one exception to the rule, where I would have been fine just buying the single.

Brewed with Harrington 2-row, Munich, Cara 45, and Chocolate malt. Hopped with Hallertau. 7.8% ABV, 18 IBU, OG=18P.

Pours out to a very clear walnut, forming a tan/yellow head with very good retention and adequate lacing, with mild to moderate carbonation whose bubbles slowly make their way to the surface of this syrupy brew. The munich malt toast sits atop a thick malt base with notes of dates and yellow raisins. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a dense body. The taste opens with dates and figs, then a very herbal middle, which doesn't quite sit right with me for the style, a mild to moderate bitterness, and perhaps some carob in the aftertaste. Boozy with some harsh medicinal alcohols not typical for GLBC brews.

While this is a good beer, this is not the way I like my dopplebocks. Optimator is one of my favorites because it is so easy drinking and clean, which is what this beer lacks. I would pass on this one.

 1,118 characters

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lost review! Found some notes in my notebook from June 9, 2011. Woop woop! Poured into a nonic pint glass at TJs Great Lakes Family Reunion.

The color is deep brown, much lighter around the edges, with amber-y hues throughout when held up to the light. 1 cm head with moderate retention, though it produces some friggin incredible delicate and cobwebbed lacing. Just gorgeous.

The bouquet is full of caramel and chocolate; rich, but somewhat one-dimensional. The flavor adds some roasty coffee-like notes and a European earthy hop character to the caramel and chocolate, bringing out a more well-rounded feeling that I got from the nose. The body is creamy and full.

The only thing that falls short here is the aroma. Another very good German-styled offering from the folks at GLBC.

 787 characters

Photo of seabass87
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into pint glass.

A- This beer has a ridiculous head. Cautious pour yields 3-4 fingers of creamy tan head. Had to pour twice. Very dark amber with only a little bit of light passing through. Leaves bits of minor lacing.

S- Smells like a well balanced doppelbock - not too sugary sweet but with a fair amount of malt. Hints of bitter chocolate and caramel.

T- Follows the nose for the most part. It's mellow and sweet at first, with the caramel malts and bitter chocolate shining through. Sort of the classic doppelbock base. The bitterness transitions into a bit of hoppiness, which helps balance the beer. There's a bit of funky punch in the transition that I can only describe as barley. Not so fond of that. We are then left with a bittersweet aftertaste. The alcohol is masked fairly well, and there is little warmth in the finish.

M- Medium bodied and relatively creamy. Decent amount of carbonation - more than is often found in the style... Would have liked less carbonation and a bit more thickness. Dry finish.

O- A respectable effort by Great Lakes. It's not the best doppelbock you can get, but you could do far worse.

 1,153 characters

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Enjoy by 6-15-11, Whatevs. light khaki pinch of a head that dissipates like an eclipse. Brown with warm pumpkin color notes.

S: Rich, creamy, plums, and even some hints of vanilla.

T: The smells slightly elevated with a slightly dry carbonation. richness of a bock. Tastes of raisins and plums are definitely peeking through. There's a few different trends of flavor in this. a bell curve of the flavors and a rising boozy undertone that comes over the whole thing and isn't really noticeable until the finish.

M: Bottoms wet, tops a little dry. An enjoyable ying and yang. Probably more wet overall, this shields the booziness too.

O: I love bocks! This is a decent one for sure. The booze seems to be creeping up on this one though, it was less apparent a few weeks ago from the same batch.

 801 characters

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ Rivertowne Pub and Grille

Poured a dark brown color, head was fairly small but lacing was good. Turned a neat ruby color when my glass was almost empty.
Caramel malty aromas. Bit of a bubblegum smell in there. Hop aromas were almost absent.
Sweet and toasty dark bread malt flavors. Rich flavors here.
Carbonation was higher than I expected. Moderate alcohol feel. Nice full body but still felt clean.
Very nice beer, another great offering from GLBC. Highly recommended.

 488 characters

Photo of kkipple
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Prototypic for the chance to try this one. First time. Bottle is "best by" 6/1/2011, so just a little past the date. It didn't seem to hurt this beer at all.

A. Ahh, now this is more like it! After suffering through a raft of lightly caramel colored American Doppelbocks, it's refreshing to see a darker version of the style. This is pecan colored and clear, with a fine, dense tan head that never dies and actually leaves some lace behind. Excellent.

S. Very nice, full, pulls no punches and hits everything you want in a Doppelbock. Sweet, rich, layered malt, complex, dark and bready, toasty-booze, prune, hearty caramel, cool, no hops, lots to like... Very German, I would not be able to tell this was brewed in the US if you told me otherwise.

T. A few sips confirm: The Doppelrock is simply one of the best traditional Doppelbocks I've had from America, shames many German examples. This is rich and complex, without being sticky or sickly sweet, and boasts an astonishing balance of complementary flavors. Prune, singed sugar, dark hearty bread with a little carbon-toast, a dry, rye-bread spiciness (from the yeast I suspect), mature. Delicious.

M / D. Well rounded carbonation keeps this sweet grain-water from being too heavy on the palate, the whole endeavor is quite easy and smooth, with just a tiny amount of alcohol warmth to keep things going. Finish is long and semi-sweet and very toasted dark bread.

The Doppelrock is just flat out fantastic, a drinkable delight that holds its own with the best German examples of the style. Highly recommended. I'm going to look for this next time I'm up North.

 1,635 characters

Photo of UDbeernut
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a cheater pint, sample about a month past its freshness date

A: 1/4" foamy off white head with good retention, mahogany amber color, lots of carbonation

S: sweet nose, dark fruit, hint of flower hop

T: malt and caramel sweetness upfront, notes of cherry and raisin, flowery hops in the mix

M: full bodied, chewy mouth

O: another great beer from glbc. I should have bought another bottle to age and compare.

 436 characters

Photo of Kelly88
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Zola's Pub down in Mainstrausse. Served in your standard pint glass.

A- dark transparent brown that is very reminiscent of ice tea. Started out with a nice business casual khaki head but soon fades to young wispy dreams and a maduro ring. I really like the look of this one. Classic doppel.

S- very sweet in the nose. Cherries with raisen bread come to mind. Very appealing.

T- sweet fruity malts, cherries and almost a chocolate dipped strawberry taste. Alcohol kicks te sweet out in the finish to balance the profile which is a welcome finish. Well done.

M- on the heavy side for a lager. Delivers all flavors with considerable weight and distinction. Smooth and moderate weight so it drinks very well, where's my liter mug at?

Overall an exceptional doppelbock with an exceptional name. You could drink this all day and you would want to with all of it's exceptional attributes. Not really a summer beer but the welcome splash of flavor among the boring summer beers is a great change of pace.

 1,019 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

 710 characters

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 671 characters

Photo of jonandhisflask
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A Dark red to a deep mohagany very clear. poured a good tan head which lasted a good 25 seconds.

S-im getting huge malts, dark fruits hints of cocoa and chocolates. and almost no hops.

T-roasted malts, cocoa, burnt brown sugars. hints of alcohol, dark fruits and some graininess towards the end.

M-medium body, goes down ever so smooth, awesome carbonation. ends a bit dry again with a grainy finish.

O- great beer, its been a favorite of mine, whenever its in stock i go head and get a few packs. you should as well! cheers

 531 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

 521 characters

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear reddish brown colour with a very large size frothy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, dark fruits, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, roasted nuts and some dark fruits. Thee is also a bit of a chocolate taste and some light hops. The beer finishes with a dark fruit malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I was really impressed with this beer. The taste is very well balanced and the alcohol was well hidden. I'd definitely buy this beer again.

 700 characters

Photo of hustlesworth
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- nice clear dark brown with orange highlights. tan colored foam is dense and frothy and settles quickly leaving minimal lace, but holds at about 1/8in disk.

S- sweet and toasty aroma of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, mocha, marshmallow, and floral hops. sandalwood and plumeria add a fragrant spice.

T- toasted and sweet with a hint of alcohol. burnt cookies, caramel, nutty, chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, pecan, damp wood, soil, nice herbal bitterness throughout. finishes pretty clean with long lingering malt flavors. there's some astringency however, and i don't like that in this style of beer.

MF- robust and a bit syrupy with low carbonation, this is almost like malt water. more effervescence would liven up the body and hide the alcohol better. leafy feel and alcohol dryness left behind. could be much better.

D- i might have to put the doppelrock over there with grassroots ale. some tweaking is necessary to take this one from "meh" to "rock solid".

 978 characters

Photo of tjacobs610
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark in color with a small head that has a caramel color and a very small amount of lacing. Color is a reddish brown with a small amount of carbonation

S: Very sweet aroma, with hints of caramel and grains mixed with an odor of fruit

T: Very malty sweet and grainy in taste. It starts out kind of dull and finishes very sweet as the malts are able to be tasted. It doesn’t have an overly strong taste either.

M: Medium bodied, with low carbonation. The malts come to taste almost right away making the beer start strong and finish smooth

O: This beer is moderately good, it has great color and feel but it seems to lack a little bit in smell and is also a little too strong at first

 696 characters

Photo of tapman
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, fluffy, tawny head on top of a ruby-brown body with bits of sediment floating around when held to the light. A bottle conditioned American Doppelbock? Cool.

Smell is toasty, roasty; raisin toast aroma. Some floral hop notes.

Very grainy tasting with sweet molasses and once again raisin toast. Bitterness is very low, though the hops come through in the finish as subtle and earthy.

Seems fine for the style. A little dry in the finish.

A fine example of the style from a trusted brewery. A lot less hoppy, relatively, than imported versions I have had and very sweet.

 579 characters

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is clear dark amber. It pours out with a nice tan head with very fine bubbles. The head quickly dissipates to a thin layer of foam. I don't get much of a nose from this beer. There's just a slight earthy, woody kind of scent.

This beer has a nice roasted malty taste with pleasant, punchy little highlights from the hops. I get flavors of toast, cookies, nuts, brown sugar, and allspice. There is a faint, zippy finish that's not too dry. This beer has a nice, creamy mouth feel. I don't detect any graininess or objectionable characteristics whatsoever.

Doppelbocks are not my favorite style of beer, but given my overwhelmingly positive experience with Great Lakes, I have this one a whirl and it was terrific. I reviewed the description of this style and, nose notwithstanding, this beer is everything a doppelbock is supposed to be. Highly recommended.

 868 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew that gives a bright amber coloring. It develops a massive three finger head impeding the pour for a few minutes, as we wait for the thick and cakey tan monster to subside. Big lacing sticks around the glass as it goes. The carbonation appears very high, and bits of microscopic sediment are noted suspended, laying still in the liquid. As we sniff, the nose fills with bright metallic twinges from a robust yeast character, and some steely grain action. The grain is also sweet, and dark. It mixes with some light buttery diacetyls to give a classic doppelbock feel to the nose. There is also some borderline funk, with the grains coming off sweet yet bitter, at times. The taste is equally surprising. We begin with bitter and biting grain. There is an overwhelming and unique darkness to this flavoring, as though we had a roasty porter mixing with a deep brown ale. The middle mellows out a bit as cooling grain, metallic yeast, and dark smoke wash the initial notes away. We finish with more grain, medicinal phenols, and a flash of soapy hops at the very outset. The aftertaste breathes with dark grain, bitterness, and a mineraly earthiness. The body is solidly medium and the carbonation is medium. The feel is slightly drying, with the darkness and bitterness of the grain, and the roof of the mouth is left with an astringent slickness. To each sip belongs a decent froth and slight coating. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks with ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the uniqueness in flavoring. While it upheld all of the classic parameters of the style it presented with some unusual components, specifically in the grain department. Here it deviated away from the sweeter, slightly roasty grain profile to something closer to that of a porter. This gave thorough bitterness, and a deepness of flavoring not found in your average doppelbock.

 1,897 characters

The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 420 ratings