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 cooncat
2.08/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, picked up in Erie, so it couldn't be fresher. It was provided to me by a friend, as I've stopped buying Erie Brewing selections myself.

A vigorous pour produces a one inch fizzy head, reminiscent of soda pop, which diminishes to nothing quickly. Color is a garnet brown.

A very light nose of sweet malt is detectable, but only by the meanest.

The taste shows a thin maltiness, somewhat bready and biscuity in nature, but by no means what it should be for a bock, much less a dopplebock. The fizzy carbonation gives the mouthfeel a thin feeling. There are no hop flavors detectable, and, for a beer that is supposed to be 7.8% ABV, you'd swear you were drinking an "NA" brew .. no warming effect that I could detect.

I've had a lot of Erie Brewing Company beers, almost since they came into existance. Their beers seem to lack consistency. I had this beer one or two years ago, and it wasn't as poor as this 2007 offering. Almost all their brews vary from batch to batch, and I admit to being disapointed. The one saving factor used to be that you could pick up a case of any of their brews for less than $20 .. in some cases, much less. That no long is the case, and they've priced themselves in the range of Victory, Great Lakes, Southern Tier and Stone. Needless to say, given their inconsistency, I would choose one of the latter over Erie Brewing offerings every time. Sady, I cannot recommend the 2007 Fallenbock.


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Photo of kb2250
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
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 flyingmick
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
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 alexgash
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light cola brown with amber edges. Small, ephemeral ring of light beige-white head. Rummy fruits, chocolate Twizzlers, light vegetal funk, and cola sweetness. Not bad. Taste starts with slightly metallic, astringent grain. Moderately sweet fruits (figs, dates) and cookie dough combine with an almost sour backbone. Vague herbal hops throughout. Finish is sweetish and soapy. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and too soapy. Needs a little work, but not terrible.

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Photo of clfrost
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of kaybort
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
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 -16.4%
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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Sagehawk
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of HopSlap72
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of jaybags
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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 PretzelsNBeer
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown with little head when poured into an american pint glass.
The smell is very unassuming & is a bit on the sweet bready side. The smell is akin to a dopplebock - sweet and malty.
The taste is very one dimensional; there's not a lot of complexity to this beer. It's a sweet, malty beer that doesn't taste like it's a 7% beer, meaning there isn't that alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied and the carbonation is right where it needs to be for a a dopplebock - not too carbonated.
The drinkability of this beer is slightly above average as it's a beer that is balanced and easy to consume despite its high alcohol content. It's also a beer that non-hopheads could enjoy since it is balanced and on the sweet side.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep ruby brown with little head. No retention and virtually no lacing.

S: Mild dark fruit and sweet malt.

T: Starts mildly sweet but contains a certain roasted flavor. Reminds me of a porter or brown ale with candied sugar added

M: Silky smooth, vert slight carb tinge.

D: Very smooth, good and easy to drink. Not a bad beer if it was in a variety pack.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
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 strictly4DK
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark chestnut, 1 inch creamy tan head, little retention or lacing.

S - Sweet grains, chocolate, rounded out by an odd lactic scent.

T - Strong notes of chocolate and bready grains, hint of espresso, finishes roasty with little hop presence.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Leaves roasty aftertaste with hint of chocolate.

D - Little alcohol presence so its a nice drinker. However, I would only drink this again if I could get myself out of the habit of putting my nose in the beer first.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a dark, dark red with little head.

Smell was of rich chocolate and dark fruits. Very smooth.

Taste started chocolaty, with some bread and fruit flavors. It was ultimately ruined by a buttery taste that just didn't seem fitting.

The feel was pretty poor. Very slick and oily. It was like flat soda.

My review is making this beer sound awful, and it's really not that bad. But I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. It appeared a clear red with an off-white head. While this tastes like technically flawless beer and the flavors are pleasant, it's just a clean, dark, and strong lager with little palatable resemblance to a legitimate doppelbock. Sure, it's easy drinking for the strength and I like the mild toffee malts, but this isn't a doppelbock.

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Photo of thain709
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Fallenbock from Erie Brewing Co.
3.53 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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