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German Doppelbock
3.51 | pDev: 13.96%
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 95 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Omnium
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear amber with half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Sweet malt, touch of smoked maple.
T - Mix between a lager and bock, sweet malt, that it.
M - Smooth, clingy.
O - Its just ok, I wouldnt get it again though.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-copper color with a light-tan head that vanishes into a thin, lace-free wisp. A sweet-smelling beer: caramel, over-ripe apples, prunes, some rum, yeast and bread. The taste is OK. Malty, brown sugar, roasted grains, a slightly mineral and oaken finish. It a bit more viscous than I like for double bocks, and the carbonation is subtle - just too syrupy for me. The alcohol is hidden nicely on the taste side. Not sure if I would search this one out again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very rich dark caramel color with a creamy half inch of head 1/4. Sort of sticky head. Not bad.
S - Sweet caramel with a mild medicinal cherry hint to it. Bready malts and little hops. It doesn't smell bad.
T - Pretty nice starts out with sweet caramel then the cherry pits followed by some bready malts and the finish has kind of a metallic note but fades after a few sips.
M - Kind of close to the style, drinkable yet not chewy. This high gravity version goes down smooth.

Overall this is one of the tastier offering I have had from Erie Brewing so I am glad I picked up the single for 3 bucks.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a brownish color brew with some ruby red highlights and a one finger white head. The head faded slowly to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was strongest of a roasted malt mixed with some caramel sweetness. While these were the strongest other lighter notes were present as well. Some smells of a light vanilla and notes of chocolate give it overall a nice smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a heavy roasted malt flavor mixed with notes of caramel and molasses sweetness. As the taste advances flavors of chocolate enter as well. The caramel at this point gives way to a more dark fruit sweetness in nature. These flavors take the taste to the end where a light oak and vanilla flavor greets the tongue, leaving a pleasing sweet roasted semi-sweet chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was on the medium in terms of creaminess side with a carbonation level that was moderate as well.

Overall – Quite nice and very easy to drink for a 7.8 % abv. It has wonderful roasted flavors. Give it a go if you have the chance.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luscious-looking dark ruby-red/amber, with a thin white head, no lacing, poor retention.

Nutty scents with some dark fruits, caramel, pineapple make up the aromas of this brew. Very pleasant nose here, makes one curious and eager to taste.

Excellent smooth and chewy mouth of dark caramel malts, creamy vanillaness, some dark tango fruits and faint hops. Good solid medium, drinkable body, with big carbonation.

An overall decent brew, good doppelbock but not even a great example, would have again, worth having once, maybe twice.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish red beer with a finger's worth of head that is fed by a hefty stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, giving it super long retention. Only leaves a slight amount of lacing.

S: The smell is not all that strong, but what is there is extremely malty with a lot of toffee and caramel. Underneath there is a slight crispness that lightens it up.

T: True to the style, this is a malty, malty brew. Slight chocolate notes, lots of caramel. There is also a slight savoriness on the back of the tongue which is reminiscent of root beer, but is nice and keeps the beer from being cloying. It is still a bit sweet for my taste, and a bit reserved for a doppelbock.

M: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation as well.

O: A thoroughly decent beer. Not one I would necessarily seek out, but one that I'll happily drink if it's offered.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not usually a favorite style of mine, but this one is pretty good. pours sludgey brown with a half inch tan head. smells german malty, roasty, and strong, like a pot of really strong black coffee, but in malt form. taste is pretty good, autumnal, with the alchohol in good balance. mouthfeel is on the syrupy side, and for a beer this malty, it probably needs more vibrant carbonation to make it more drinkable. i wouldnt do a 6pack, but it was a nice one to try. seasonally appropriate and good with bbq chicken and beans

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Photo of 57md
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light brown with a finger of head and no retention or lacing. The nose is nutty, which is a bit odd but certainly not unpleasant. The upfront taste is bready and malty, but overall it is a bit thin. There is a small touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. The overall flavor became a bit deeper as it warmed. A decent effort, but nothing special.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly opaque for a beer that pours such a dark color. Has about a two finger head which recess to a respectable amount of lace at the top of the beer. Smells of roasted dark malts with hints of licorice.

getting some familiar flavors and some strange ones you don't expect from a doppelbock. Starts with dark recognizable fruits such as raisins and dates but finishes with lighter fruit flavors such a s grapefruit and oddly enough strawberry. The flavors somehow work together oddly enough.

The beer has a thick and unique body but I couldn't see myself having more than two. Definitely a good brew though

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Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a chestnut brown brew, a dark yet moderately transparent beer with a very faint head. It's aroma is nice...rich malts, bready and a little hint of toast. Not as intense an aroma as I would like, and the roasted-ness is a little more than necessary, but still good. The taste is similar to the aroma. There's a little slick, oiliness on the tongue. Nice malt character in the hind-taste. The finish is long, with a decent balance. Full in body and a nice overall character.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, the head was fizzy and tan in color. The smell of the beer had a sweet malt aroma coming off of it. It was rather nice I though. There was also some light autumn aromas in there too. The taste was malty and slightly sweet upfront. The mouthfeel was pretty good for the fall season, it wasn't thick but it had a bit of a heavier feel to it. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of kaybort
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark caramel color. Appeared dull. Smell was pretty good, had a sweet nutty smell. Bitter at first taste. Earthy flavor, almost grassy. Had a strong aftertaste which I didn't enjoy. Was not as thick as I thought it would be. The taste of alcohol stood out too much. Not balanced. Pretty easy to drink, but I deducted points for the unpleasant aftertaste. Although it was also kind of flat. Probably wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of Billolick
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours dark mahogony, darker tan head, fast to clear out, leaves a collar and some middle of the orad bits of lacing.

Some malt in the nose along with sweet smelling cola.

More dark malts, more cola, chocolate, chalky dryness..bleech...this stuff is a mess...flavor on the back end is thin and I'm getting a bit more annoying chalkyness....needs more malt, more hops, something....not my favorite. Highly doubtful, I'd go here again.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these as a throw in for reaching 60,000 beer miles on my credit card last bottle run. Not bad, but maybe I should of taken the commemorative paper weight instead.

Pint glass pour. Coarse, foamy light-beige lather. Clear, dark amber body, like the color of a sizzling heat lamp.

Smell is of simple soaked grain, a little bit of caramel, along with a small amount of rye.

Taste is of malt extract, molasses, cola, with a really dense whole grain bread finish. Alcohol is pretty forgiving.

Dry, but textured. Malted & somewhat roasted, but not sweet, or fortifying like a bock. Carbonation is strong, but doesn't thin the already less then full body.

Pretty good for an imperial brown. Pretty wack for a bock.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

With an earthy/musty opening to a thin and empty body, this beer is underwhelming and does not compare favorably to other bocks.

The beer opens with a grainy-sweet aroma, mixed with earthy/stale character. Lacking the deep maltiness and melanoidin notes that make Dopplebocks complex and rich, this beer smells bland and old.

Flavors are also grainy, sweet, musty, dusty and overall tasting like stale bread and a little like mushrooms. The beer never develops any Munich malt character, nothing resembling toast, dates, figs, chocolate, or even brown malt.

The body is thin, weak, and watery. Not even close to the malty rich textures and lingering malty-dry sweetness that is expected.

Unfortunately there's little about this beer that fits any Bock style of beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep, roasty, coffee brown with a finger and a half of foam that recedes slowly. Aroma is raisiny, plum, and a candied sweetness.

This is certainly malty, but the body is a bit thinner than expected - this could stand to be a bit chewier. Finishes pretty dry for a Doppelbock. There is a bit of an alcohol bite on the back end, but nothing unpleasant.

Overall, this is pretty good, it just needs a little more... of something. Some more sweet malty flavor, or more chewy mouthfeel, or more roasted character... anything to round this beer out a bit and make it more complex.

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Photo of IronLover
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, almost black with reddish hue at the edge of the glass. Poured with the brief appearnce of off-white head tha tquickly disappeared. No head retention or lacings. Generally light aroma with hints of toasted malt and chocolate. Flavors are much the same as the aromas. Light, watery thin feel with low carbonation. This was pretty unremarkable in every aspect.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Ah, now-a-days, that is no guarantee of respectability of character." -- Oscar Wilde

A - It looks almost like an infected stout, which is an appearance I am all-too familiar with. At any rate, it is intended as a Doppelbock-Festbier hybrid or something like that, so the aforementioned appearance is welcome in this case. And if you don't know what an infected stout looks like, what're you waiting for, trade for some ___ (insert infected [BA] Stout of 09-10 vintages), it is an awesomely frothy, apple-smelling experience and you really shouldn't miss out.

S - Well well... I don't get much, but what I do get is vaguely crappy. As the brew warms or airs out, I know what part of the familiar yet disdained "aroma" is: new shoes. Like a new pair of L.A. Gear (with the double shoelaces) or British Knights. Uggghhh. I like the look of new shoes, but not the aroma, especially in a culinary sense.

T - My first thought is that this is an unclassifiable brew, in terms of style. My second thought is that it tastes both better and more interesting than it smells, though that is hardly a guarantee of respectability. There is a roasted character that is quite prominent on the palate which makes me think of an English or US Brown Ale. Not any raisin-fig maltiness or anything else qualifying it to wear the '-ator' designation which it smartly declines. I can say with certainty that this is not a Doppelbock, nor any plausible representation of a German-style brew, which is a statement rooted in parameter and not subjective quality.

M - Somewhat creamy, fair enough for the hodge-podge of stylistic intents.

D - Yeah. Wait, no.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown on the the pour, with ruby red highlights. Light tan finger of head adorns nicely. Solid looking d-bock.

Smell is good, with ample roasted, malty aromas, a nice smoky aroma, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is very malty, with a lot of roasted characters, and a bit of sweetness.

Feel is nice and smooth, light to medium in body. Carbonation is good.

The is a sold d-bock, nice flavors and aroma. Nothing life changing, but easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into my willybecker.

The color is a cola-colored deep brown w/ garnet hues and translucent clarity. The beer has a thick rocky cap of pale beige which settles rapidly to a ring of beading. The lace sticks like confetti. The smell is good w/ some floral and sweet caramel esters and mild toasted malt aroma which is complimented by dried fruit and the alcohol aroma comes in late. I found the feel to be thin for the style and was not impressed by the low carbonation either. I felt the beer was practically stale by the halfway point. I noticed more alcohol on the palate as it progressively warmed w/ a slight bitterness balancing the malt sweetness.

For taste I was on the fence because it had some of the malt qualities you expect but also had some detractors in the taste like short lived sweetness and more prominent alcohol than I would personally like to see in the style. I did think some of the malt flavors were ok in the caramel range and a light presence of hops was welcome. This is a beer I started off liking, but as it evolved the enjoyment wore off when it became warmer with a more alcoholic flavor and week malt backbone compared to other finer examples of the style. I would say it is not bad, but not the best either.

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Photo of thain709
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer poured a darker shade of mahagony brown with ruby highlighting...an off white head sat about two fingers and fell into a thin cap...some lacing

S - A very sweet nose comprised of roasted malt (boarder line burnt), caramel/toffee, chocolate, and some nuttiness

T - The taste of this is a little off from a doppelbock...the burnt malts take over the forefront and they provide a chocolate and caramel flavor...but the burnt part isn't nice...fruits and nuts are in the middle to add a little depth to the beer...but the ending is where it gets me...there is a touch of lactic acid and it throws it off the doppelbock tracks...now I'm thinking this is a milk stout

M - Medium bodied...smooth...can't complain

D - Another? No thank you...I was really thrown off by this beer...I don't see how it can be classified as a doppelbock and Erie calls it an Ocktoberfest...to me it tasted more like a milk stout...the lactic acid twang was unappealing to me

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with an ecru head that leaves a respectable pattern of lace

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit (prune) and a hint of chocolate; the fruity aspects dominate

Taste: Opens with the sweeter prune and chocolate elements joining the chocolate; after the swallow, prune and grain flavors take over with a hint of smoke at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not quite where it needs to be as a doppelbock, the beer is easy to drink

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Equal parts dark bronze and mahogany brown that is actually russet red with light behind the glass. Despite a somewhat vigorous pour, the head peaked at one slim finger and has almost faded in the one minute since. No lace gives the beer a forlorn sort of look.

Erie considers Fallenbock to be an Oktoberfest... and then they went and used chocolate malt... which makes it smell like... you guessed it... a doppelbock. The nose is a step up from the appearance, but we aren't talking blockbuster.

Actually, this seasonal brew tastes more like a nut brown ale than anything else. Oops, let's make that a nut brown lager. No marzen should have this much cocoa-chocolate flavor. This is slightly better than average beer, but that's as far as it goes.

Some fruity ale yeast esters would have helped a flavor profile that's on the skimpy side. There's very little depth and there's no complexity whatsoever. A modicum (or more) of malt sweetness would have been good, though it probably wouldn't have saved the day.

The body/mouthfeel is too thin and the carbonation seems as if it exists on the edges of the beer rather than being buried within. Slightly too many bubbles early become slightly too few late.

Even though it's nothing to write home about, Misery Bay IPA is probably Erie's best beer. Fallenbock might assume that spot for the malt lovers among you. Sorry, but I'm less than impressed.

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Photo of bob3701
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Looked black at first but held up to the light it is a clear deep copper color with a big tan head that rapidly disappears into a very thin foam. No lacing what so ever. Great malty aroma. I thought the taste was a little on the weak side and a little too much carbonation for this style beer. Overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown - almost black with a thin tan head. The head slowly falls to a wisp. The package claims it is an O-fest, but looks more like a bock, as implied by the name.

The smell is earthy (hint of anise?) with some chocolate and dark fruitiness.

The taste is sweet - darkish maltiness with a cerealish graininess - slightly nutty. A flash of roast comes and goes in the middle, leaving the finish as sweet as it began.

The carbonation is mild to medium...and, though it (barely) holds together, it has a watery character that almost makes it fall apart.

On an "up" side, the alcohol is very well covered. Not sure of the style, but I don't think they are either - I'll buy into doppelbock as listed here, though package says "o-fest"...whatever - A malty, sweet (though thin), darkish ale... Outside of style, it just didn't thrill me in any way, though wasn't "bad" in any category either. Too sweet for me, though, to have more than one.

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Fallenbock from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 95 ratings