Great Lakes The Doppelrock | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes The DoppelrockGreat Lakes The Doppelrock

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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 BottleOfPills
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving is a 12oz bottle, best served before 06.15.11. The bottle is dark, and I'm in a hotel, so I"m pouring into a plastic non-beer drinking glass.

The appearence is a dark-brownish red color, pouring a 1 finger dirty tan creamy head that quickly dissapated. Overall I think pretty darn good.

The smell is not overpowering, but to me this is a flaw, maybe I have a cold (don't think so) but I really don't smell anything, maybe a hint of hops, but overall it's just pretty average to me.

The taste is excellent or should I say "exceptional", not too strong, caramel, hops, like fire roasted if that makes sense. It doesn't but I don't think there's caramel in there either.

Mouthfeel is crisp the way I like, not flat like. The carbonation is great and holds for a long period. Good to exceptional.

Overall this is a very good beer and feel as if my money has been well spent on this 7.8% ALC/Vol double bock lager.


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Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although I love rock (actually, that's a ridiculous understatement) depictions of "rocking" and "rocking fans" on beer bottle labels come off pretty cheesy. Still cool they're showing love for the double-neck guitar. The actual appearance of The Doppelrock once poured is pretty much stunning. A fiery red/brown color is host to a creamy tan head that, while not super-thick, hangs in there forever and slaps some slippery lace onto the glass.

Aroma is big and toasty, with pumpernickel and cocoa backed up by a light whiff of the alcohol. It's very nice.

Taste makes me think of dark German bread, black sesame seed, and cocoa nibs, with a light touch of mineral and just a slight bit of alcohol underneath it all. Toasty is the word here, but a nice herbal edge gives it some zip. A hearty, comforting double bock taste that only gives away its American origins due to some leafy, green hops that work their way in. Fairly dry with not much flavor left in the short finish, although the herbal character remains.

Slick, almost velvety texture, a total pleasure to hold in the mouth.

Great Lakes usually impresses, and this one continues that tradition. I would not hesitate to buy more, and fans of the style should be very happy with it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part two of my five part flight. Another 4oz for a buck!

A - Poured a very nice dark amber with a layer of head that turns to a moderate lace ring in the glass.

S - Smells of caramel and sweet malt with a touch of gain and hops. Very little alcohol in the nose is a surprise.

T - Very smooth creamy sweet malts with caramel being in the middle and a mild hop presence that has a creamy finish. Alcohol taste and burn very low which made this sampler easy to drink.

M - Light to medium. One of the easier drinking Doppelbock I ever had.

Overall I really don't care for the style since it's usually pretty boozy but Great Lakes did a great job of keeping the alcohol well hidden and delivering a great flavor to boot. Would prefer it over Spaten's version any day!

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Photo of TheSarge
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 yesyouam
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes The Doppelrock is a very clear, deep red beer with a big, foamy, khaki head that has outstanding retention and lacing. There are spicy hops in the aroma with some slightly sweet caramel. There are notes of wood resin and chocolate. It has a smooth, medium body that finishes a little chalky. It's a bold taste. The tangy, slightly sweet malt is balanced out with a nice wooden bitterness. Roasted flavors and melanoids are detected. It has a long, hot, bitter aftertaste. Wow, this is like as lager version of an American barley wine. It packs a punch.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at 55º as recommended into a 12 oz. tulip glass.

Lovely translucent garnet color, topped with an ample cap of tan foam. A crown of lacing forms, ringing the inside of the glass.

Dried fruit and nuts, trail mix with traces of toasted multigrain bread plus some brown sugar and gingerbread. Very malty, lightly sweet, with a complex fruitiness from the yeast.

Soft supple feel, even carbonation, not cloying at all. Finishes a bit dry in fact. Low level bitterness, slight hint of alcohol at room temperature. Toasted malt, bitter walnut, blackened toast without the acridity of the charred bits. Lightly lingering dry bitterness. Pleasant feel, with dominant nutty malt flavors. Overall it's very enjoyable, and showcases it's malt complexity nicely.

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Photo of Bills453
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark brown/ very dark copper color, darker than I expected actually. Nice tan color two finger head lasts for a bit.

Smell - I smell yeast and malt, sweet smell. Smells like bread, fresh bread baking.

Taste - the sweetness from the smell remains in the aftertaste. I very nice tasting doppelbock.

Mouthfeel - quite smooth and creamy!

Overall - yet another damn delicious offering from Great Lakes, my favorite brewery on God's green earth!

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Photo of musicforairports
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, ruby hues in the light. Decent head and minor lacing.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, sweet dark fruits. Gets more complex as it warms.

Flavors of dark caramel, vanilla, figs, light chocolate. Moderately sweet. Smooth.

Medium mouthfeel; clean and smooth. Lightly creamy.

One of the better doppelbocks I've had. Definitely opts for a more complex malt character over heavy sweetness. Glad I was able to pick a 4-pack up while traveling.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a reddish-brown color with a billowing tan head. The head had big carbonation bubbles entrapped within and eventually faded to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The sweet is heavy of dark bread. Roasted malt with a good helping of sweeter molasses and some light dark fruit aromas of prune are all in the mix creating a nice aroma overall.

Taste – A big bready flavor meets the tongue. It starts out more mild in roast flavors and instead had a good level of brown sugar sweetness. The brown sugar became more molasses as the taste advanced with some notes of dark fruit entering the taste. Overall the sweetness is rather lighter then at the beginning and at the same time the bread flavor takes on a heavier roast taste as well. These flavors transitioned very smoothly and in the end, when mixed with a lighter alcohol flavor, left a very satisfying, slightly warming, feeling on the tongue. Fantastic!!!

Mouthfeel –The body is slightly chewy with a very low level of carbonation. These two characteristics allow the flavors to sit on the tongue and allow that wonderful aftertaste to linger.

Overall – One tasty brew. It has great flavors, a wonderful smell and feel and gives you the perfect warming feeling, making it one to sit back, sip and enjoy.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a caramel, reddish iced tea color. Three fingerd of light tan head form up slowly, thickly. A nice looking lacy weave around the glass as it recedes.

Aroma - sweet toasty grains; bread crust or freh baked bread.

Taste - like the aroma, toasty grains with a sweet, slightly doughy edge. Big malt flavors that keep coming as the nbeer warms, giving a more robust grainy presence as it goes. A tickle of alcohol warmth on the swallow. Finishes with a malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - slighty heavy, plenty smooth. Carbonation is there but understated for this bigger brew.

Drinkability - I find it easy to sip through several of these. Good stuff, GL!

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Photo of AJacob81
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally picked this up in a sampler pack from Copperfield's. Should've gotten a 4 pack, as this really pleasantly surprised me. Poured into a pokal glass.

A - Dark brown brew with auburn highlights supports a 2-finger beige head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

S - Brown sugar, molasses, and roasted malt with just a touch of earthy hops. Faint notes of milk chocolate and anise.

T - Deeply roasted malt dominates at first, then the flavors from the nose show up in support. The finish has a nice bite of black coffee, and a slightly spicy hop kick. This is malt-heavy, but more complex than the other American doppelbocks I've tried.

M - Thin to medium body, but decent carbonation definitely helps. As a lager, this is within style, but could be a little richer. Finishes dry.

It's no Celebrator, but this is easily a top-notch American take on the style. Will definitely be buying this fresh next time it's released. Another fantastic offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Durty Nellies. Appears slightly muddy brown, tan head leaves a small collar and spotty lacing. The nose is rich and malty with waves of caramel sweetness and a touch of roastiness. Some molasses and nut in there as well. The taste starts sweet with a firm malt presence. The sweetness is balanced nicely by toasted malts and a hint of roast. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for style with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a tasty example of the style, I like how the sweetness is kept in check.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 6/1/2011. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, with a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like toffee, caramel malt, dark fruit (figs), and a bit of brown sugar. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, just full of malty goodness. There's also a nutty taste noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it's very smooth and enjoyable. This is a good brew, and a nice addition to Great Lakes bottled lineup. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazelnut colored brown. Lots of hints of reddish colored hues throughout the glass, and especially around the sides and bottom. I I was able to get a nice tan colored foam pillow on the top that rose maybe an inch and a half over the top before settling down to just a half inch layer that stuck around throughout the entire session.

Deep roasted malts were commonplace here, with tons of sugary notes residing inside of them. Lots of nuttiness coming through now, the sweetness still there, but really being blended out now. Really very big and complex aroma, very nice and strong.A rich nutty caramel wave came crashing through my mouth upon the first taste. Really rich and smooth, it really just kind of sat there letting you absorb all of these rich flavors that just, well were wonderful. lots of caramel and earthy grain like flavors then coming in behind it, deepen the profile and adding a good bit of backbone to it. nice and sweet and grainy. The finish was quick, nothing really dragging on for too long, but not crisp or clean; a smooth drawn out sugary close was to be expected.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Dark burgundy with a nice 1/4 inch of foam. Dissipates to a ring then slowly fades leaving lacing on the glass. Sweet carmelly malt smell. First taste is malty coffee and caramel. Lightly sweet malt and a light molasses taste with a slightly bitter finish. Light mouthfeel easy drinking. Not my favorite Doppelbock but good.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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 brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6/1/11

A-golden to dark amber with great head retention
S-nice Caramel malt. very sweet.
T-alot like it smells. nice nuttiness to it. stong on th malt with a slight bit of sweet caramel to it.
M-medium body, creamy and smooth
D-very drinkable like most doppelbocks. not a bad brew at all!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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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