Fallenbock | Erie Brewing Co.

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Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by santoslhalper on 12-05-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.54/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice medium rown color with just a hint of amber. It did not pour much of head.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt aroma. Not overpowering but very present

Taste: Over the top malty flavor, well balanced with the high alcohol content (7.8%). I did not detect any alcohol burn that can be presnt in some bocks.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied flavor, the maltiness just coats the whole mouth. Then the thiness of the alcohol and the carbonation come in to rinse the palate, leaving behind the a malty aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer I would share with friends. The taste an ease that this beer went down makes it dangerous at 7.8%.

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Photo of rayjay
4.54/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A hazy beer with minimal head and lacing. Pours a deep shade of autumn brown. I'll call it above average, with below average foam. The beer needed to be roused to create any foam at all later on.

Flavor is clean and dead-on. Rich milk chocolate and carmel malt body. Very mellow bitterness peaks through as the malt recedes, like the bitterness from a chocolate bar. Alcohol is barely noticeable, and almost no detectable levels of esters and sulfur compounds; obviously lagered for some time. Finishes fresh and clean like mineral water. Very well done!

Mouthfeel shows some richness from the heavy malt bill, but is well crafted and light enough to be perfectly drinkable. Almost too perfect. Very light carbonation, of which I am a fan, and it works very well with this beer (guessing around 2.05).

This beer has the complexity to keep you very interested, and the drinkability to make you wish you had more quick. Just rich enough, not an ounce too heavy, and spot-on for the style while flaunting lots of personality.

One of the most enjoyable beers I've had in a long time, with none of the usual dopplebock complaints. Big cheers to Erie!

Thanks to imstillthegman!

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Photo of yelterdow
4.51/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass. $8.99 a sixer at ShopRite Liquors in Lodi, NJ. Freshness date of 8227 is lasered on the bottom.

Appearance- Reddish brown and clear, save for a bit of haziness after the final swirl. I'm baffled... the bottle calls this an Octoberfest, the style according to BA is a Doppelbock, and there's a coating of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. I'll do some fact-finding later, right now the aroma is beckoning some attention.

Smell- Incredible balance of chocolate malt and roasted malt, both completely in harmony. Given no information, this could wear the disguise of an American Brown Ale, with its rich and decadent aroma.

Taste- As with the nose, there is a tie between the roasted malt aspect of this beer and the chocolate... the sweetness is nowhere near the typical Doppelbock character, which in this case is terrific. At 7.8%, this is delicious and subtly complex... fresh and bright, it's near perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick and most elegant, this beer dances in the mouth and creates a stage for the ingredients to demonstrate their masterfully congruent properties. A true cross between a Brown Ale and Doppelbock (at least to me), this goes down as one beer I won't soon forget. Erie has crafted a true gem here, and I'm so happy to have picked this up on a total whim. Definitely recommended if you can score a fresh example.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of jhicks12
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Our gangs in sharon Pa and also Georgia City lights in hermitage pa. Poured a dark brown with a thin thin white head. Picked up the aroma of chocolate, sweet malt, and carmel. Very nice taste of chocolate and fruit and a nice subtle spicy hop finish. Very drinkable bock and another nice beer from Erie Brewing

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a clear, very dark copper with a thin, quickly fading beige head. Perfect amount of slow-moving carbonation.

Smell: Complex and interesting. This really smells unlike any other Doppelbock I've ever had. Strong fruity, almost belgian yeast and candi sugar notes, but still wonderful malt sweetness (molasses, caramel) balancing it out. WONDERFUL!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Not as Earth-shattering as the smell, but it still taste great. Complex malty sweetness greets your mouth at first, with a ncie touch of fruits, and then finishes with a ncie hop bitterness. Still, I'm getting Belgian Brown Ale notes all over the place. I know Erie holds true to Reinhietsgebot (forgive my spelling), so I don't know what would impart that. Doesn't mean I don't like it. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: The 3rd of the 3 new Erie brews. This one is a smooth, tasty, drinkable Doppelbock, albiet a strange one. The flavors and smells of this are really unique for the style, but are entrancing as well. Really something else, but worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with virtually no head.
Smell is loaded with dark ripe fruits. (plums, raisins, figs)
Taste is malty sweet with lots of dark fruit evident. No evidence of alcohol.
Rich and full in the miouth with nice taste retention.
Almost too easy to drink at 7.8% alcohol.

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Photo of ATPete
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Let me start out by acknowledging the excellent label gracing this beer. The brew pours a transparent and light bending ruby brown color with a small screen of a white head that dissipates very quickly. Big nose of sweet chocolate malt. Perfectly toasted, smooth and silky malts directly up front while tasting and a big milk chocolate blast balanced by a slight hop twang mid palate moving into a long toasty aftertaste. Chewy enough, no alcohol heat whatsoever and very drinkable. This beer definitely gets a recommendation from me this fall.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking Erie beers since my freshman year @ Allegheny College and I've tasted just about every beer I'm on my way to having tried every single bottled offering and most of their drafts that they make and always have available at Porter's Tap Room (original train station Erie Brewing locale, explains Railbender Ale as being your flagship) which is supposedly about to start brewing their own under the name BrewErie at Union Station. We'll see what goes down but here's to this fine Erie offering...appears a plum dark cola brown large off white head leaves large specks of lacing. Aroma contains fruity alcohol notes with a massive chocolate creamy presence, raisins, very vinous in nature with herbal hops bringing a tobacco leaf quality...very nice smell. Taste has a very flavorful approach with waves of chocolate, plum, raisin soaked with mild alcohol notes...but the cocoa powder seems to dominate for me hops leave behind a mild bitterness on the palate with a grassy, earthy leaf note that goes well together definitely an enjoyable experience. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy evenly carbonated, medium to fuller bodied great stuff velvet smooth on the palate really flows too easily. Drinkability somewhat filling but really is effortless emptying a 12 ounce portion, another quality product from Erie Brewing they seem to have evolved nicely with the added bottles to the lineup.

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Photo of sgerwel1985
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of cpac22
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of pcsnyder
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 BMan33
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on top of a clear, dark brown body with some ruby highlights. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Fruity caramel malt with toasted notes and some toffee. Some cola like notes in the background, but no noticeable hops.

T - Fruity caramel, just like the aroma, with notes of plum and raisin. Toffee and toasted malt in the middle. Finishes sweet and malty with lots of fruity caramel, some raisin and plum notes, and a hint of roasted malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Well, cool weather is finally upon us, which means it is time for some bocks! I decided to begin with Fallenbock, and it turned out to be a pretty good one to start with. Great caramel malt character, more in the flavor than the aroma though, and a full, rich body. Flavorful and well made, I can't find anything to complain about here. It is not as complex as some other bocks, but it is nice and drinkable.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
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 LeftyBWS
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Generally murky brown in color, but with a noticeable glowing copper tinge to it, as well. The head is smooth but kinda thin, yet retains pretty well, very light tan in color.
S: Definitely some caramel malts and earthy smells up front. There's also a kind of grassy/leafy smell. Overall, simple yet pleasant. Later I get an underlying bready scent.
T: Calm and subtly sweet malts at first, kinda bland but nice. The middle lets the sugars explore a bit and introduce some more grassy tastes. The finish has a really subtle spice to it, but is generall smooth, malty and bready. Overall, it sounds cliched, but it tastes like fall. Certainly tasty and smooth throughout.
M: Refreshing throughout, not very heavy. Strange tingle of sugars or something else in the finish, though.
D: Pretty darn good. No hint of the roughly 8% ABV.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Brian700
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is the first beer for me from Erie Brewing Co. This one pours a deep brown with a reddish tint and has a tan head that settles down to a ring around my glass.

The aroma is of caramel, mild vanilla, and a little bit of cocoa.

The flavor follows the nose. There is some dark fruit, caramel, vanilla that flows right into a cocoa finish with a little bit of alcohol warming. Very nice flavor. The spicey hop presence is just right. It melds with the malt creating almost a mild pumpernickel.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a medium carbonation level.

This is very drinkable so at 7.8% ABV you should be careful.

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Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thin offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice roasted/nutty scent along with a dry almost burnt toffee aroma. The taste is good. It has a thin, brown ale flavor (roasted, caramel, Victory malts) that goes down easy and finishes dry with some lingering roastedness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking bock, but it's too thin IMO. The elevated alcohol is well hidden which makes this a fine sessionable beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Fallenbock from Erie Brewing Co.
3.53 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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