My Turn Series #005: Chris | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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My Turn Series #005: ChrisMy Turn Series #005: Chris

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 06-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance - The was a brownish amber color with a modest mocha head.

Smell - Maple is very detectable in the aroma, but the malts are also very present.

Taste - Maple and vanilla make an impression in the initial taste. The vanilla makes this one seem quite smooth. The sweetness of the vanilla fades in the aftertaste creating a dry vanilla impression.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, chewy, and malty are the best words to describe the mouthfeel .

Overall - I liked this one way more than I would have expected. The vanilla and maple impressions really add to this doppelbock.b

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber to medium brown in color with a hazy body. Fairly large head forms and retains very well. acing is also pretty good.

S- First thing that hits the nose is sweet maple flavor. Some dark fruit flavors typical of a doppelbock follow the maple flavor. Underneath all of the scents the vanilla makes its presence fairly well known.

T- Starts off with a lot of darker malt flavors combined with maple and vanilla sweetness. Dark fruit flavors are strong in the malt and mix interestingly with the sweet maple and vanilla. Towards the middle of the drink, the malts take over more from the sweet flavors and a more traditional doppelbock flavor overall is found. A slight bit of malty and hoppy bitterness is found at the end of the drink, and the dark fruits and bitterness are the lingering flavors.

M- Fairly thick and creamy feeling with a definite alcohol presence. Carbonation is right in line with the style, being low to medium. A smooth drink that is somewhat slowed by the heavy malt bill and alcohol level.

Overall, a very interesting version of a doppelbock. Sweetness provides a nice balance to a normally very malty style. Maple and vanilla not as prominent as expected, but could be due to age. Still, this beer is worth trying if you like new takes on traditional (German) styles.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It's not quite copper in color. It is a dark burnt orange. I got about an inch of beige head.

S - The maple is apparent. There is a lot of sweet toffee and caramel malt. I really don't notice any vanilla.

T - It is sweet but not overtly so. The maple and caramel malt blend well. I get some subtle vanilla on the finish.

M - Medium and a little syrupy.

O - It is not my favorite doppelbock, but it is an interesting beer. I like it. The sweetness is balanced out by just enough hops. I would have it again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From: In-person exchange with sleuthdog
Date: Bottled 2013-06-06
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass

Lakefront's Chris Doppelbock is a strong, semi-dark version of the style that is upfront with its maple influences, less so with its vanilla, and eager to display its ethanol. While the flavors were generally enjoyable, they did not focus on the expected doppelbock characters of toast, dates, and figs, instead showcasing ethanol, and thus disappoints. Would not get again: one to age and see how it fares in a year or two.

Pours a 2.3cm tall head of tan colored foam, small to medium in size giving a slightly frothy and simultaneously soapy appearance, which has somewhat above average retention, lasting 1.5 minutes in a gradual descent to a thin ring of residual foam lingering around the perimeter of the glass. Despite the above average retention, lacing is nonexistent. Beer is a dark amber brown, with light revealing orange-brown hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent beer, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is pleasant, but not as heavy or big as I was anticipating. Major scents of notable maple syrup, toasted nuts, and caramel and light brown sugar sweetness. Good, but perhaps a bit too light and sweet from the syrup and vanilla, with not enough emphasis on the heavy caramel and toasted bread base of a classic doppelbock.

Aside from the fairly amateurish obviousness of the ethanol in this doppelbock, the flavors are enjoyable, though not as deep and rich as the exemplars of the style. Front of palate finds light caramel and brown sugar, with hints of maple syrup, mild toasted bread, and ethanol. Mid-palate experiences continued light caramel and brown sugar, maple syrup, some toasted nuts, toasted bread, faint nuances of vanilla, and fairly obvious (peppery, spicy) ethanol. Back of palate of peppery and spicy ethanol, maple syrup, light caramel sweetness, cough syrup, vanilla. Aftertaste of caramel, maple syrup, hints of vanilla. Aftertaste of toasted bread, maple syrup, vanilla, light brown sugar and caramel, and lingering ethanol.

Beer is heavy bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy (1/3), then smooth and foamy (2/3). Ethanol quite obvious on the palate and in the nostrils. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. Wanted something sweet tonight, and this seemed to fit the bill.

A: Pours a cloudy maple color with a small off-white head.

S: Nose brings maple, sticky molasses, a bit of bready yeast, maybe a hint of vanilla, mild raisin.

T: Taste brings caramel, a bit of plum, prominent maple, whole wheat bread, a bit of brown sugar. I expected this to be somewhat cloying but surprisingly it's not.

M: Medium-bodied with a bit more than moderate carbonation.

O: The vanilla isn't really showing up, but perhaps that's a good thing (it might be too sweet otherwise). This is a pleasant beer with no hint of the almost 9% ABV.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, amber-hued body with an ivory head of moderate size.

Smell: Sweet-scented blonde caramel, ever-so-slightly nutty, with raisins and stone fruit, tenuous maple, very little vanilla, and grim alcohol.

Taste: Expectantly sweet, with the maple showing (though it doesn't knock you over), though not particularly much of the vanilla. Dark syrup, lightly nutty caramel. Fruit compote. A little bit of booze. Lightly herbal, lightly bitter. Though mild, the maple flavor is sustained until the sweet, nutty-toasty-maple finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation with a bit of stickiness overall.

Overall: A passable, non-traditional doppelbock, though it never fully delivered on its promise of vanilla and maple.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden ruby red/copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with caramel malt, vanilla bean and subtle smoke. Some grassy, earthy hops followed by vanilla, pepper, malt sweetness, dark fruit and molasses. Kind of bland with subtle vanilla extract integrated into an Americanized dopplebock.

Medium bodied with peppery spice and a bitter, earthy hop character that lingers over faint vanilla, molasses and sweet malt flavors into a slightly dry finish. Thankfully, the favor is more interesting than the aroma suggests. Dry, sticky hop bitterness with peppery spice followed by caramel malt sweetness, bread, toffee, hazelnut, dark fruit and chocolate. The maple and vanilla notes are very subtle with a touch of sarsaparilla, vanilla bean and syrup. The high ABV is very well masked making this beer pretty easy to drink.

Overall, this beer was pretty interesting with an American twist on the style. I usually hate this, but the vanilla, maple and spice add complexity. Pretty flavorful and although I'm not a fan of hop bitterness in this style, this is a flavorful beer that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Jester King snifter.

With the Bears' victory now sealed, we turn our attentions to this guy. What can I say, I'm a sucker for adjunct-laden beers that promise intriguing flavor combinations. This one pours a clear ruby-amber topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, light cornbread, mild vanilla extract, light sweet flowers, light powdered sugar, and a hint of maple syrup way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the different sweetnesses competing for top billing, somehow without causing some sort of messy clash. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid and tasty, if somewhat against-the-norm, d-bock. Frankly, it's almost too easy to drink for its own good (or mine, for that matter...).

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has ever so slight hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with faint hints of maple and vanilla.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has some sweetness along with notes of maple syrup and hints of vanilla.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be easier to drink compared to other doppelbocks because it doesn't feel as heavy on the palate and no traces of alcohol are noticeable in the taste. It would have been nicer if this beer had a stronger smell and taste of maple syrup and vanilla.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and mellow, earthy maple syrup and vanilla bean aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and vanilla bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that shows maple and vanilla aspects but they are fairly subdued, especially in the flavor.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark reddish copper color, bright clarity, tan foam has a creamy surface texture.
Spotty lace around the edges of the glass.

Aromas of maple and nutty malts, vague vanilla is present. At room temperature, there's a sharp note isopropyl alcohol that materializes for better or worse.

Creamy and smooth, maple is big, very malt forward, pecan and almond, maybe a little vanilla in the aftertaste. There is a vague hint of alcohol, though it's not overbearing. Overall this was really enjoyable to sip on for an hour or so, there's some traces of alcohol, but the taste is pretty nice.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/6/13

Pour: Nice red-brown with great clarity. Head was enormous, thick, full four or five fingers worth of off white color. Lacing is modest.

Smell: Like your typical dopplebock. Has a huge caramel sweetness, malt and a great nut presence. I want to say the maple jumps out at me because that is what I was hoping for but unfortunately it does not. It is there but not in the dominating way I was hoping.

Taste: Sweet. Caramel, toffee, nuttiness, malts are all over this as to be expected. Maple is hidden and vanilla is also.

Mouthfeel: Thick and palate coating. Smooth and enjoyable. Carbonation is light but spot on and helps break up some of the sweetness.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of this style but the maple and vanilla aspect grabbed me. I must say this one I did enjoy a ton. I find it would be better released in fall. I find it would be an awesome fall beer.

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Photo of jdkitchi
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a couple of these bombers and wanted to try one right away to see if I wanted to buy more before they disappear.

This pours a very dark reddish brown where you can see some light through it. It has a very thick off white head and lacing that sticks around for a while.

The smell is of sweet malts maybe a hint of maple & vanilla. It has medium mouth feel and is a little cloying. This beer is a malt bomb, sweet and alcoholic - maple sugary and vanilla perhaps.

This beer has a lot of residual sugars and was a very good after dinner treat. It is a descent Doppelbock.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, dense, tan head that has unexpected persistence and laces softly. A sweet, malty aroma that has undertones of vanilla and maple syrup (imagine that!). The vanilla melds very well with the sweet malt, and the maple hides just below the surfacte. RADIANT, deep burnt umber color is stunning. Wow...that's an unexpected flavor profile. It starts with that distinctive, aggressive sweet doppelbock malt, but has a deep toasty malt aspect to it. It peaks in a low bitterness, and right as that happens, the vanilla comes in, and right as that happens, the malt finish slams down the door and charges in. The finish is sweet malt, a touch of floral hops and vanilla, and THEN, if you wait for it, the maple shows up on your tongue for a fleeting moment.

Overall, it's not bad. If you like Doppelbocks, then you REALLY should try this (Lakefront makes GREAT Doppelbocks). It's a quality Doppel with a surprisingly subdued layer of complexity added in.
When I saw "Maple Vanilla" I thought this was going to be practically a SODA. But it's very restrained, and that worked very well for this.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
8.8% ABV, 25 IBUs, 21°P, 34°L, Bottled 06/06/13 printed in yellow on shoulder.

A - Fire-y crimson amber in color, Chris is clear as can be and quite vibrant to boot! A firm tall tan head rests atop for quite some time, slowly lowering to the beer's surface with very little in the way of lacing.

S - Like any good doppelbock should, Chris has a bold aroma of sweet malt, which brings gooey caramel, notes of toffee, and an underlying nuttiness to the table. My maple-loving self wants to project on this beer more maple than is truly there; light smokiness does emerge though and with a meaty, umami-like vanilla bean hint making for a great aroma that's finished with a faint whiff of solvent alcohol from the near 9%.

T - Malt forward again, and even though the aroma foreshadows it's bold presence, it's doesn't quite capture how malty this beer really is. Sweet, sweet caramel and toffee with warm, thick bread overwhelm the delicate notes of vanilla bean and maple again, though their nuances are effective in this sweet lager. Alcohol and notes of raisins trail off on the finish as this lager warms up.

M - Thick bodied - dare I say syrupy? The light carbonation does little to balance the heavy, albeit smooth body of Chris while it's sweetness approaches cloying levels making drinking more than a pint nearly impossible. A faint trail of warming alcohol, the same one found in the nose, returns on the swallow for a subtle nudge this beer has a kick. My Turn brewers don't have to brew a style based on the time of year they're releasing a beer, but this would be much better in late fall or winter where the thicker body and soothing sweetness would be quite enjoyable.

O - I'll be up front with my unfulfilled desires of this beer. "Maple Vanilla Doppelbock Lager". Chris is a very malty, smooth, and soothing doppelbock but it lacks the first two words in it's description, "maple" and "vanilla". Notes of smoke are pulled from the maple syrup and plenty of unfermented sugar remains in the brew which could also be an attribute of the maple syrup, but it's void of actual maple flavor. Vanilla is the same, really adding little beyond subtle nuances of the bean. Both "gripes" are more of a personal let down than anything though, because either way Chris is a great doppelbock loaded with (partially) unadulterated malty goodness ready to satisfy the sweet beer lover in anyone. And with it's capacity for aging, I'll be sure to keep a bottle around for the colder months ahead.

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My Turn Series #005: Chris from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.74 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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