Lancastrator Doppelbock | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by ROMER79:
Photo of ROMER79
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a brown color with a tan one finger head from the tap. Caramel, dates, chocolate, and raisins were present in the smell. The taste was the same pretty much. Maybe just a little more fruit poured through. The Mouthfeel was great and the drinkability was easy as can be!

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2010 version of the Lancastrator is on tap. Historically, this beer was brewed on Christian Heim's birthday; this version was likely brewed around the same time but, alas, the significance is gone. Presenting a pretty, deep garnet in the glass, there is little aroma wafting up through the head at first. Initial tastes reveal big malty flavors with some toffee and a little chocolate in the back. The balance of sweet and dry is great with a very nice amount of conditioning; all adding up to a very drinkable beer despite the, lower than previous interations, 8.1% heft. It was nice watching this beer go down with lacing all the way and malt aromas picking up. There's just a hint of alcohol in the flavor as well, adding nicely to the mix. This, like the current Baltic, is one of the better versions LBC has put out. Great job, guys!

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tumbler glass served at LBC's new Harrisburg location on Eisenhower.

A: The bockbier is indeed dark, a hybrid dark chocolate/caramel mix that shows equally khaki brown and chocolate liquor (visit Chocolate World if you are unsure what chocolate liquor is). A small band of tan head sat atop the glass.

S: The nose is malty, strong on caramel and toffee notes. The malts do not come across as being particularly concentrated (as opposed to the Consecrator that I reviewed this past weekend).

T: The malt flavors rule the day here without being dictatorial about it. Caramel and toffee malts create a sweet body that remains relaxed throughout. Those malts never accumulate in such a way that they become tart. An alcoholic heat holds the taste together without burning the tongue. A good beer, if not restrained.

M: The caramel and toffee body could easily be mistaken for a brown ale, so it seems that the doppelbock could use a little more concentrated malt flavors. Beyond that, I was a fan and I am generally not a doppelbock drinker.

D: This is surprisingly quaffable with a relaxed flavor that doesn't push too hard.

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Photo of Mudawg
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served at the brewpub in a pint glass.

A: My beer was served with the head already gone and no film. Suffice it to say, I don't expect much lacing. The body has a bright brass color and ruby undertones with medium intensity. Clear with just a little chill haze. This is the lightest looking doppelbock I've ever seen.

S: The nose is weak initially but as the beer warms (finally), the aroma begins to present itself. Roasted caramel and very light molasses malts. Very little if any hop contribution. Even now that this beer is as open as it's going to be, the aroma is still not impressive.

T: And the taste follows. Mundane is the best way to describe it. Yes, mundane with an off-putting metallic edge. Where is the depth of flavor? Where is the nuance and complexity? While the basic flavors are present, there is no character here. Why half-ass a doppelbock? (That last sentence needs to be on a t-shirt.)

M: The mouthfeel is the best attribute of this brew. Prickly carbonation. Light to medium light body. Being a lighter colored doppelbock, don't expect anything thick, full or cloying, it's not going to happen.

D: I'm not impressed with LBC's doppelbock. They have plenty of other good offerings to chose from so I'll be ordering one of those next time.

NOTE: I'm fairly confident that while I ordered the Doppelbock, I was served the Spring Bock. But since I can't be sure, this review will remain here until I can prove otherwise.

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Photo of weeare138
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with a hint of red. A nice, 1 inch head that lasts for a minute and fades into perfect lacing in the glass.
Smell is of caramel malt and toasty bread with sugar and a feint bit of smokiness.
Taste is decent. Smooth malt richness melts in the middle of the tongue with a bitter chocolate and hoppiness flavor.
Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, resonating on most of the palate but concentrating on the middle of the tongue.
LBC's dopplebock is good and one of a kind.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of Phatz
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date 3/03/2006
Very nice doublebock from Lancaster Brewing company. At this point in time I am not aware of this beer being bottled. This is not confirmed so someone please beermail me if this is wrong.
I had on tap at Lancaster Brewing company tonight.

Appearance: Dark brown/red color with a tan head. decent lacing.

Smell: nice sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and a bit of smokiness to it.

Taste: very gentle on the palate easy drinking. Hints of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, only a touch of molasses and again the subtle suggestion of smokiness lingered in the pleasing aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nice. Not quite as think as some doublebocks Like SA or Celebrator but still thick enough for the style. I think it is the alcohol that help break this up so it was not extremely sticky. it had a bit of drying burn to it that was a nice touch.

Drinkability: I found this went down extremely easily although I took it slowly. The ABV is not listed but it must have been significant because I noticed it after just one. Taste only - this would be sessionable to me but that alcohol would catch up to you.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear dark brown with reddish undertones. Filled almost to the top of the glass the beer has a thin 1/16" ivory head that recedes soon leaving an irregular thin patch on part of the surface and a small ring of foam that persists to the very end of the beer. Sipping leaves scattered patches of foam but little or no lacing to the end of the beer.

Smell: The faint aroma is predominantly light caramel/toffee in nature with no hops showing.

Taste: The flavors have some earthy bitterness from the hops along with some caramel/toffee sweetness that fades into the background leaving the earthiness of the hops more in command. The bitterness from the hops is slightly off for me in that there is more earthy than bitter character and I prefer it when there is a bit of final dry bitterness (rather than just the earthy taste) that I don't find here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with a smooth soft persistent carbonation that lasts throughout the beer. The finish is medium length but as I already said I'd prefer just a touch more dryness at the end.

Drinkability: This is an OK doppelbock that I've enjoyed drinking, and I'd not turn this one down if offered. But that being said there are others I'll drink in preference and given a choice I'd pick one of them.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful clear chestnut at the brewery. The bartender allowed me no foam, yet there was an off white/tan ring that clinged to the side and left a small bit o'lacing. Aroma was very sweet.

Very flavorful, with brown sugar, crystal malts, and chocolate coming through. I no the style shouldn't have it, but I really liked the addition of just a bit of floral hops on the end. Finished with caramel sweetness in hte mouth. Very drinkable, too bad I had a 2 hr. drive home.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For those that may have been following my posts re. LNCBC, you will remember that I was postively giddy when I heard that Bill Moore would be coming to brew at my hometown brewpub. Bill is renowned for his mastery with lagers and here is one more example. This review is for the 2006 batch.

This came with a thick, light-tan head above a very clear, ruby-red colored beer. The nose was rich with malt. The mouthfeel was thick, full and evidenced a bittersweet flavor on the tongue, like a mixture of licorice and semi-sweet chocolate. Yow! The finish had a bitterness, different from what I described earlier, more sharp, but it was also somewhat smoky. Bill, how do you do it?

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Photo of Puddleglum
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to review this one because I enjoyed it so much. I had it at the brewery and it came to the table with a nice head on that lingered and laced for a surprisingly long time for a lager. The aroma was of malt and chocolate with a taste of the same along with a burnt toast and caramel flavor. It went down fast and the carbonation was perhaps too much but made it zippy which offset the stickiness nicely. Great doppelbock!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a pint of this at Kclingers. The beer arrives in a pint glass rather cold.
The beer is a clear mahogany color with creamy beige head resting on the surface. Aroma is sweet malt with toffee and chocolate mixing with brown sugar and molasses. Very strong smelland sweet, reminds me of an old ale.
First sip reveals a thicker body than expected and slightly syrupy texture. Very mild carbonation. Flavor is sweet from start to finish with chocolate and molassess mixing again. SOme Brown sugar as well. The sweetness is a little cloying even for me.

The beer is much bigger and bolder than expected and seems to be more along the lines of an englsih old ale than a doppelbock. It was decent but not what I expected from the style.

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Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Frisco's the other day.

The beer pours an amber brown color, with good head retention and OK lacing. There's something of a sweet citrus malt aroma; the beer smells OK, but is nothing out of this world. On the palate the beer is pretty nice, albeit nothing mind blowing. It's a bit one dimensionable, but there are some nice flavors of brown sugar, milk chocolate and vanilla. The beer is medium bodied and is fairly soft and plush tasting. The abv. doesn't taste as if it's all that high, and the beer is fairly drinkable.

I don't know. This beer is OK, but is probably not something I would order again. It's on the spendy side here at Frisco's and there are just too many other beers out there that are better IMO.

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Photo of Fermenticusrex
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark clear caramel brown. Thin white head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Light aroma of sweet caramel malt with a bit of sour mash.

T-Sweet biscuity malt with a background twang of sourness. Leaves a bready aftertaste.

M-Rich and full bodied. Very smooth and well rounded. A very nice "hefty" lager.

D-Nice and smooth with enough flavour to keep things interesting. ABV goes totally unnoticed. A decent job by LBC for sure.

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Roberto11232
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub. Served as a bark amber colored beverage with modest slightly off-white puffy head. Smell is a pleasant mixture of roasted malt and coramel notes. Taste follows through with a strong maltiness combined with a some caramel notes. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Finish is more malt with a very enjoyable caramel sweetness. Well done beer with nice drinkability. Alcohol content must be fairly high.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Fish113d
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Served on tap into a pint glass at the brewery.

Poured a chestnut color with a nice dark ruby hue; very little light is able to pass through the glass. A slight oily surface layer sits atop of the brew with just a small string of tan edge layer.

Aroma reminds me a lot of wine grapes or plums. Some wheat aromas also come through (grain). However, the overall aroma was more sterile than anything. I'd like to have one at home to see any differences.

Sipping reveals a huge shot of bitter cascade hops up front with some chocolate malts behind it. A slight fruit flavored finish along with some wheat flavor. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was average. Tingly carbonation stings the tip of my tongue as well as a big alcohol burn dries this up just a bit. Medium bodied, but the alcohol makes this a bit tougher to drink.

Decent brew overall, but I would rather not fill a growler with it. One pint was enough for me considering the drive I had ahead of me.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a muddy red/brown with thin tan head and good lacing. Smells extremely sweet, lots of caramel character as well as some dark fruit notes, a touch of chocolate. Lots of malt in the taste consisting of toffee, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Finish is bitter chocolate and some hops. Medium in body with good carbonation, but is a little thin for a doppelbock. A little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Sipchue
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Lancastrator Doppelbock from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 24 ratings