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Fallenbock | Erie Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 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 kaybort
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
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 -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 PEBKAC
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -29.1%
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 FickleBeast
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -2.3%
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 -11.1%
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 +11.4%
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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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 thain709
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +0.9%
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 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 bob3701
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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%
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 PretzelsNBeer
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -10.3%
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 +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 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 riversider76
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +8.6%
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 -9.1%
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 trekbiker3000
4.54/5  rDev +29.7%
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 +28.9%
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 +29.7%
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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Fallenbock from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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