Animator | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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3.88/5
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104 Ratings
AnimatorAnimator
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany
hacker-pschorr.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Among the earliest Doppelbocks, Animator draws you in with its deep mahogany hue and creamy foam crown. Your experience culminates on the palate with notes of chocolate, roast, brown sugar, licorice, apricot, and exotic fruit.

Added by DrunkenPanther on 01-21-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,153
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
104
pDev:
9.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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24
Gots:
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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep, dark amber coloration with a medium, foamy head. Smell is quite subdued, not much aroma there at all. Very slight hints of caramel malt, brown sugar and booze coming through, although the nose improves slightly as the beer warms. Taste is quite sweet, being dominated by caramel malt and brown sugar. Some bready malt and dark fruits coming through as well: raisin, fig, along with a mild herbaceous note, clove and just a hint of licorice. Finishes quite bittersweet, with a light bitterness and booziness. Medium body and carbonation. This reminds me a lot of Salvator being quite sweet and boozy, but is a bit more complex and better balanced. Still a bit too sweet/boozey for my taste though, especially as it warms, which really brings out the booziness.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Swing top bottle; October 17 drink by --

Color is ok ok the red/light side for the style but head dissipated almost immediately; smell and taste are very sweet/syrupy for style; mouthfeel is a bit watery with mild cloy and moderate carb; not great for the style but for Germany an ok beer.

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Photo of mangeke
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautifully executed doppelbock. Dark amber with thin silky head, nice sourish malty aroma. taste is even richer with hints of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, malt, buttery smooth and soft lingering on the palate. A treasure to enjoy!

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Photo of marcrech
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 10Crumra
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcotom
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A meal in a glass! Pours a beautiful dark brown with a substantial light tan head. The aroma is an indication of what is to follow on the palate: roasted malts, yeast, dark fruits, caramel, a hint of chocolate. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, nice warmth from the alcohol. Overall: outstanding. It's everything you need in a beer.

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Photo of spycow
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has some yellowish hues. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving thick, wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer warms up, the smell strengthens a bit, having aromas of apples, toasted malts, and raisins.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, also having additional flavors of brown bread, chocolate, and dates with hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This doppelbock seems to be a bit lighter in body compared to other beers in the style, but has complexities in both the smell and taste. It is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thick, tan head. Exceptional appearance. Malty to the nose and mouth. I am a BIG fan of the classic German malty double-bocks and this is a really nice one! Recommended!

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Photo of BrewRaider
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely exceptional beer. I am not normally a dark, malty beer guy -- I am a hop-head. But this was an incredibly smooth, full, balanced beer that was in a word -- delicious.

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Photo of Epicfail97081
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brewerburgundy
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16.9oz flip top bottle, best before 06/2015.

Animator is a good looking beer. You might try to pick it up at a bar if it were a lovely auburn haired lass. She has a haze to her and a wonderful creamy head when poured straight in.

Aromas of sweet grainy Vienna malt, rock candy, and a whiff of alcohol.

Grainy, nutty sweetness. Finishes with a dose of bitter alcohol that isn't messing around, but isn't off-putting.

Full malty body with low-medium carbonation. It's rich.

It's a lesser Doppelbock than many, but I'm sure fresher is better. I really like the flip top bottle, but the beer is lacking depth in aroma and flavor.

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Photo of rab53
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ALC82
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tlloyd417
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I see no Chuck Jones 'round here... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear honey-garnet topped by a three-quarter-finger cap of glowing tan foam. The nose comprises rye bread, rich caramel and toffee, mild earthy greens (mostly akin to tobacco), mild stonefruits, and a minor whiff of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, with hints of cocoa powder and licorice and some light maple syrup in the background. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty damn solid d-bock, something I wish were around all the time for a relatively inexpensive option.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Boy, this sure looks and smells like a Dopplebock. I poured aggressively to get the large tan head. Body is a largely clear amber with orange/brown/red tones.
Nice rich malt aroma with hints of alcohol and putting forth bread and fruit. Soft aroma, but pleasing. A bit of residuals from yeast show.
Lager body and overall lighter. Richness of the malt is not to excess but still there nonetheless. I immediately had a ding to the pre-frontal cortex. Ding!
Quite smooth. The malt and alcohol show strongest and the fruit lags quite a bit behind. A soft dryness and very little hops to speak of.
Not as complex as some. Very nice feel.

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Animator from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 104 ratings