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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 mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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 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 biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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

A: Deep red in color. Crystal clear, with a nice light tan head on top. Looks very nice.

S: Deep raison and caramel notes. Dark bread and malt throughout. Sweet with burned sugar.

T: Huge malt flavor, bready, and sweet with burnt caramel notes. Roasty and bready.

M: Fairly light in body. The carbonation seems a touch high, and it leaves the palate with a slickness, and a touch of bitterness from the malt.

D: Overall very nice, while not excellent it is nice to try something new from a great brewery.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown to auburn color. It has a smallish fairly dense white head leaving some lacing on the glass. A slight haze in the glass and is nicely carbonated.

Aroma of course is malt driven with a rich and complex malt bill. Some toffee and bread I can pull out. Not over powering since I think most lager styles are not very aromatic.

Taste is rich and complex malts with hints of bread and toffee, some toasted bread towards the end.

Mouthfeel felt a little thin even watery with a decent alcohol warming in the aftertaste.

I think this is a pretty good beer and is a very good example of the doppelbock style.
A fine offering from our friends at GLB.

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

This one has a real pleasant fragrance to it. Flavor is heartier and a bit more robust than I would have imagined. Fruit tones seem reminiscent of something on the tip of my mind but far away from my tongue. (translated: I can't figure out what fruit this reminds me of) I usually can't stand bocks or doppelbocks, but this one is nice. It's always cool to be able to try a style that you don't really care for, yet are still able to aprpeciate it.

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Photo of jonandhisflask
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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 deadonhisfeet
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of kell50
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured The Doppelrock into my Great Lakes Brewing Company pint glass on 5/12/2012. Bottle received from a friend 2 weeks earlier.

A- A ruddy, brownish/red color with a quickly fading head. A sticky lace reminiscient of a cobweb appears as the beer goes down.

S- Not too much on the nose. A hint of a biscuity, crusty malt aroma comes through slightly. A little touch of alcohol show up too.

T- Nice! Love the punch of the malt. Very woody; it has a great simple complexity of flavors that start off malt forward but finish a slightly sweet nutty taste. Not much going on in regards to hops. This is indeed a solid and FULL flavored brew.

M- I really like this one. Super easy drinking beer for almost 8% abv. It’s very smooth with nice compact carbonation.

O- I'm admittedly not a huge German style beer guy; however this one might make me turn over a new leaf. Great Lakes (even while conforming to the Reinheitsgebot) has the amazing ability to create exceptional beers time and time again.

Long story short, if you see this one- pick it up!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Deep, copper/amber in color, with a big, tight head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet malt,toasted bread
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, faint cinnamon and caramel. Nicely balanced not overly sweet. Very smooth and rich and very drinkable for the relatively high ABV.
Although not my favorite style, a solid, smooth brew all around. I have yet to have a bad offering from the boys at Great Lakes!

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Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/15/11; consumed 5/10/11

Pours a beautiful reddish amber with one finger of light brown head and slow rising carbonation.

Smell has some of the hallmark scents of the style: dark bready notes, dried fruits (fig and raisin). Smell starts off well, but unfortunately there is an off-putting aroma that I can't quite place, maybe a combination of alcohol and slight funk?

Taste is sweet caramel malts up front, followed by dark bready notes, raisins and figs. Some apparent alcohol on this finish.

Has a nice medium mouthfeel. Feels full without being heavy.

While there are a few off notes, I thought this was a pretty sold doppelbock. However, too sweet to be outstanding.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 6/1/11
Lot# 7892GE

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago IL

Price - $12.49/4-pack

Brewed according to the (Reinheitsgebot) Bavarian purity law of 1516. Which means this beer is only brewed with barley, hops, yeast and water.

Lite mahogany in color with amazing transparency from start to finish, This beer is clean. Starts out with a quarter inch creamy white head that's short lived. Nothing clinging here, legs try to form but can't quite stick.

Aroma of caramel, ginger, brown sugar and hops. A little lite in the nose overall and lacking in sweetness.

A hint of caramel and raisins are noticeable in the flavor but the hops just overpower the sweetness. This example lacks the full luster of a dopplebock (dark fruit, toffee and a touch of smoke).

The mouthfeel is pleasent with a good amount of carbonation. Lite to medium body, finishes dry and a little warm.

Overall a solid beer and quite drinkable considering the 7.8 alc/vol. Appearance shines here in my book.

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Photo of Morey
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown in color. Ruby red hues can be seen if you hold it up to the light. Nice cream colored head that is leaving behind plenty of lace.

Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is big and malty up front. There's a sweetness that comes into play towards the middle. Just a touch of bitterness from the hops. Finish is quite smooth with a bit of warming alcohol.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. There's a nice creaminess to this beer.

An above average Doppelbock, but I've had a couple better ones over the years.

Morey's Bottom Line: A rather drinkable DB. It's no Celebrator or Smooth Hoperator, but it's pretty darn good.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad stab at a doppelbock. It tastes pretty German to me.

Attractive, voluminous, pinkish head - thick, meringue-y, pillowy. Decent retention (slow fade) and lacing. Close to maroon liquid with autumn orange highlights.

Some of the Munich comes out on the nose, a little bit of the chocolate as well. While overall not super potent, the smell also sports a nice floral hop aroma and hints of over-ripe strawberry and rich, syrupy sweetbread.

Bready, baked flavors are front and center here - Munich and Cara malts coming out the most, chocolate a tad. Malty and sweetish. Getting some kind of fruity pie filling thing and an almost leathery aftertaste. It's all good, fairly clean. First sip or two, with full foam in effect, was uplifting. Ended up showing medium-full, round in the body. Clean and leaving a slight bitter tingle/tang-le.

Maybe lacking a bit of complexity and depth, but a very enjoyable beer (yet again) from Great Lakes. Hmmm, how far from Philly is their brewpub?...

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Photo of nrbw23
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear, deep reddish brown color with an off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves behind nice lacing.

S- A very rich sweet malts. Picking caramel, bread, toffee, nuts and a touch of chocolate.

T- Follows the nose pretty well, is pretty much a malt bomb and not really getting any hops or bitterness. Malty sweetness with caramel, brown sugar, and quite a bit of roasted flavours.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, and I really enjoyed this one. I like what GLBC did here.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Moderate layer of white foam on top of solid, thick brown beer. This comes with nice lacing as well.

Smell: Definitely alcohol and some hints of chocolate here. Definitely some pungent hops as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Spiced chocolate with pepper bitterness at the end. Extremely thick mouthfeel that goes down nice and creamy.

Drinkability: A very good sipper for sure.

Overall: See drinkability.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 5/29/2012. Pours very cloudy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some decent soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, biscuit, toasted malt, nuttiness, chocolate, pepper, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, bread, toasted malt, honey, chocolate, earth, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Big malt flavors on the finish with some spiciness; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, biscuit, chocolate, and toast on the finish for a bit. Flavors were not as robust as I was hoping for, but were still extremely balanced with good complexity. No cloying sweetness at all; with a slightly dry finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel which is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Very easy to sip on. Overall this is a really nice doppelbock. Nice flavor balance with good complexity; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 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 EORS
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Great Lakes The Doppelrock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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