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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 95
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 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 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 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 riversider76
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown,with a thin tan head. Not much retention and no lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Body is thin with some carbonation. Taste is of malted chocolate milk,with a hint of roasted nuts. A very light version of this style, but not bad...

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Photo of Morey
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice red hue when held up to the light. Decent head at first, but it settled rather quickly. Little to no head retention.

Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

This beer is well balanced with the hops and malts blending together nicely. Malts win out. Usually I can tell a lager from an ale with incredible ease, but this almost tastes like a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for the style, but this raises the drinkability.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not quite as strong and heavy as other beers in the style, but a good beer none the less. The 7.8% isn't noticable AT ALL!

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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 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 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 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 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 treyrab
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this tonight and poured it into a pint glass...

A: Pours a very dark copper, pretty much brown. Absolutely no head by any means. Does not lace. It is nice and clear though, so at least that is good.

S: The smell is very light. Some dark malts and caramel. Smells pretty sweet.

T: To my surprise the coffee and chocolate flavors in this are the strongest. It is light coffee and toffee followed by a mild caramel sweetness and not much hops. Pretty sweet.

Overall, this is an interesting bock for sure. A lot of coffee notes, but nothing too robust. Give it a shot if you get the chance.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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 johnnyirishman
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-A bueatiful dark reddish amber color, poor head retention.
S-A sweet malty smell, very inticing kind of saying "drink me"
T,M-The taste is lightly fruity and roasty at the same time. Very enjoyable.
D-Suprisingly easy to drink and I'd bet that the abv sneaks up on you quickly..

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 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 Foxman
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hot chocolate deep brown. A thin stripe of light brown head is soon erased. Lacing is sparse and sporadic.

The aroma is caramel first, with a patch of roasted grain earthiness that moderately sweet and fruity. A hint of peppery hops is there and gone.

Upon sipping, I was hoping for more, but got a replay of the aroma on the palate, with caramel, baked grain, and a splash of dark berry fruit. The hops are again really more an intimation than a reality, and alcohol is touched upon where in the aroma it wasn't. A round and almost funky doughiness lies neither bitter nor sweet on the tongue as it finishes quickly. It's in no way bad, but it's not quite good either, and not to mention very fast.

Medium bodied, it flows faster than it should, with a rapid unsticking of the malt as it rushes away.

I'd heard some good things, so I expected quite a bit more than I got. And I don't think the anticipation built it up too high, but rather, it came in too low. It doesn't have a lot of dimension, and with the ABV, it should deliver more for the money, so to speak. And that means, in the end, that it's not as drinkable as one might want of their bigger beers. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't offer it to others either.

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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 berserker256
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with little head. Maybe I should have poured it more quickly into the pint glass. I smell sweetness (not Walter Payton) and some roasted malt. But I taste a variety of things from licorice, prunes, and roasted smokey malt to possibly a hint of vanilla. Alcohol warmth is noticeable. There a touch of a bitter aftertaste also. A little burning carbonation, too. Like when you drink a Coke too fast. Not a bad beer. But not great. Pretty good.

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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 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 BeerIsland
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At least two place in Baltimore have this on tap. It's pretty good, somewhat reminiscent of the recent Lancastrators. It's not a lively beer, but very solid and easy going. The drinkability masks the kick so even though you might want a third, best think about it. The Alt was also available on tap and was the better beer, I think.

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Fallenbock from Erie Brewing Co.
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