Fallenbock | Erie Brewing Co.

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3.5 w/ 95 ratings

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by santoslhalper on 12-05-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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 BEERchitect
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
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 brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a small, thinning, white head.

Smell: Huh, pretty mild aroma here. Slight notes of dark malt, smoke, berries, and spearmint.

Taste: Sweetish dark maltiness with a hint of dark caramel and chocolate. Touch of smoke. Berry fruitiness. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Kinda basic, at best. Aptly named, I must say!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.29/5  rDev -6%
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 Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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 WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Billolick
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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 jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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 tempest
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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 WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Stinkypuss
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a. on tap poured into a pint glass. Ruby brown with a nice off white head and a bit of lace.

s. Caramel malt and some roasted grains in the background.

t. A nice malty tone with a bit of earthy hop bitters. The yeast provides a slightly fruity tang of dark fruits. Sweet and malty with a boozy, roasted finish.

m. Overall full bodied and full flavored.

d. This is a fine dopplebock and a bit of a surprise. Erie has always been decent to me but this has been the best Ive had from them thus far. Good to drink by the pint on a cool fall day.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin off white head.

S: Very sweet aroma and flavor upfront from the caramel malting.

T: Flavor is sweet caramel, with a light neutral hopping. Drinks more like a red ale rather a bock. Theres a little alcohol detection upon warming of the tongue along with some very light bread notes.

M: a tad thin with light bread notes, and sweet caramel.

D: The label depicted a goat fallen over drunk. Expected more from it style wise. Alcohol is hidden very well for 7.8% making for a very good drinkable sweet bock but lacks the hearty bread palate and chocolate notes that are most commonly associated with the style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Suds
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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 StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of skaboom420
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Fallenbock from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 32.6% out of 100 with 95 ratings
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