Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Allgäuer Cambonator DoppelbockAllgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock
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Brewed by:
Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
Germany

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 02-25-2002

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99
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Pours cloudy dark brown with a lasting beige head and some lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

Flavor is also malty and sweet, but not too sweet for the style. Caramel, toffee, syrup, and brown sugar. Lots of great dark fruits, particularly raisin and date.

Fairly full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Not at all boozy.

This is a very good doppelbock overall.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome brown with nice gentle head. Is quite good at a cooler temperature as well as gaining complexity when it warms. This is a roasty doppelbock, a bit closer to some porters than other doppels I have tried. Not as sweet and toffeeish as other doppels. This is more austere and woody, a little reminiscent of varnish. I think this would serve more as a restorative on a crisp dry winter day rather than a warmer for a damp spring evening - as I have used in this case. The finish is pretty dry and does not cry out for more. I had an insanely pleasurable experience at Zum Schneider in NYC with a basic helles lager of Allgauer's... I wish I could find more products of theirs to bring home, this doppel is the only bottled brew I've found.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and rather dark brown is the appearance, the head large at first and then reduces for a nice lacing effect. Malty aroma, pleasant if a bit subdued. Tastes like sweet molasses, a little toasty as well. It's very pleasant in that nothing is overdone. I find it more drinkable than other doppelbocks I have tried. Those others weren't bad by any means. This one is just a little less "in your face" with the sweet maltiness and thickness. A few of these could sit in my stomach and I would be fine. The high ABV shows in the finish but not in a bad way. A very drinkable doppelbock.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 3rd and final of the Allgäuer beers tonight, Cambonator - Dunkler Doppelbock.

Comes in a 500ml brown bottle with a gold foil edged label. It has a picture of a snow covered town, or village, in Germany. Very festive.

Now this beer pours a very dark brown color. Held to the light, not much gets through, but the rays that do are refracted to give a deep red, ruby-mahogany hue to this beer. The head is a shade of tan-brown that looks like that found atop a Guinness, a tight compact 1” deep head that looks perfect. Settles to about 1/8” though later.

Aromas: Wow, again so pungent that it permeates the air as I poured the beer and immediately makes me go, Aarghh…. A closer controlled inhalation reveals a plethora of sweet malt molassic aromas that expand the initial malty nose that is now so prevalant in my Apartment. This beer has more nose than Concorde.

This beer sets itself up well, before I have even tasted it. Fuck, what a Taste!! Pardon my French (German?) but this beer has plenty to say. This beer rocks - big style. I am in love.
This is my first real Doppel-Bock Tasting, and boy am I enjoying it. Initial tastes are of roasted malt, Walnuts, molasses, very rich Dates followed by an alcoholic warmth that makes way for a malt sweetness that just makes you want to run into the street naked and profess your love for this beer. Monster. I am very impressed by the beer, by this style perhaps. It just reminds me so much of Callard & Bowser Licquorice Toffee from England that I am homesick for the first time in 15 months. This beer is simply Gorgeous. So highly drinkable for a dark 7.2% ABV beer, that the people that made it should be arrested.

This bottle cost only $2.39, midway between the St. Magnus ($2.20) and the Winterfestival ($2.50), and it was the last to be tried, it’s a good job, because I am stocking up on this beer – f**k the others.

I am enjoying my road trip into the Wonderful World of German Beers.

Ich liebe Allgäuer Cambonator Bier und, der es jetzt stocked in meinem kuhlschrank permanent ist.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

03/19/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- from the tap into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Dark chocolate colored pour with a very light head and average lacing.

Smell- Roasted malts and a strong caramel scent.

Taste- Almost like a nutty dark dark chocolate candy bar. Lots of sweet mollasses and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel- This one went down super easy due to it's thicker mouthfeel. Nice low carbonation and very creamy.

Drinability- One of the better doppelbocks out there. Celebrator and Weltenburger it is not, but, not tremendously far away.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's brown with a trace of red. The head is tan and fairly thick and fizzy immediately after the pour but fades fast. It has a candy-like sweetness in the smell and taste. I must be falling in love with dopplebocks because I like this one a lot less than others, but I'm still scoring it up there.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a goblet. Pours a deep dark brown that is almost black with red shining through at the edges. It has a 1/2 finger light tan head that reduces to a thin blanket and leaves no lacing. The smell is all malts - caramel, molasses, grains, raisins, and some sweetness. It is warming with lots of grainy/toasty/sweet/ malts that are slightly cloying and contribute molasses, caramel, dark fruits, and anise. There is also a nice hop bitterness and some green hops behind all the malts. Kinda tingly at the beginning but much better by the end. It's a good dopplebock but perhaps a bit too sweet.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint .9 Fl. Oz.

I am so happy I opened this doppelbock tonight. I have said it before. I love trying a new beer and being happily surprised.

It pours a deep mahogany brown. Light penetrates the sides of the glass but not the middle. A big off white head starts us off. It dissipates slowly but leaves a trail of lacing like a labyrinth. Beautiful. The scents are sweet toffee with some dry wood. A bit of malty sweetness, grain and an alcohol bite. Some light cream and then a tinge of sourness to finish the olfactory parade.

Splendid. Almost too many flavors to write about. Many malt flavors dominate this doppelbock. Sweet toffee and molasass. There is a nice alcohol flavor to give is some balance. Sweet fruits like dates dipped in syrup and a seared burnt nut flavor. A caramel finish and an after taste that is pleasant and does not linger.

The mouthfeel is very good. Silky smooth. An in between medium and heavy bodied doppelbock, this one drinks easy. A bit of an alcohol burn but nothing that will take away from the enjoyment I had sampling this beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a mild head that didn't last very long. Looked like a very rich, malty brown with no lacing.

Smell- A bit of caramel and a lot of malt. Very sweet smelling.

Taste- A little grassy, but plenty of malt to make you forget that earthy note or hops. Did very much enjoy this flavor with my pot roast.

Mouthfeel- A slightly bubbly palate, but mostly a thick malty sweetness overall.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark clear brown brew.

Smell is very malty and fruity with a touch of spice, a bit of cherry and chocolate scent.

Taste is smooth and malty without any rough edges to it. Quite a fruity doppelbock with no sign of that pesky Soy Sauce flavor that shows up in these sometimes.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad Doppelbock, I like the Pinkatus better though.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chestnut, big head, long lasting

Aroma: Malty, sweet, fig-like

Taste: Starts sweet and malty, then finishes dry and hoppy; pretty well balanced overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time, so please disregard those scores

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells amazing. Tons of malty sweetness that oozes with caramel and raisins. Even the most vigorous pour only produced a thin ring that I wouldn't even call head. The beer is dark brown in color with a ruby glow. The lack of carbonation in this beer is almost to the point of flat, and it makes for a disappointingly watery mouthfeel. It isn't as sweet as the aroma suggests, but then that's not such a bad thing. There is plenty of caramel and butterscotch flavors up front. Towards the end there is a bit of alcohol and a faint bitterness that is more astringent then hop induced. A decent doppelbock with an amazing aroma.

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Photo of anders36
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown colour with a nice big head that disappears quickly though. It has a little sweet smell and some roasted smell, evem some fruity smell. The taste is also a little sweet, but not to sweet for me. It also has some roasted taste with a hint of fruit and caramel. This is a bockbeer i could drink more of. It leaves you with a nice warm feeling. I have been to Kempten a couple of times and this beer will make me go there again.

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s a deep brown brew with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head. The beer has a moderately intense roasted malt aroma, backed with a modest alcohol smell. No hops in the aroma, and just a slight caramel and chocolate smell. Not as much fragrant malt aroma as the stand-outs of the style. The taste is sweet and creamy. The beer has fairly low-to-medium carbonation, and considerable malt flavor. Bitterness picks up near the finish, which also dries out a bit, but the brew still shows no hop flavor. This is a fine and engaging beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical midsized bottle, no freshness dating, Nice wintery scene artwork on the label, but no freshness dating to be found. Pours dark almond amber, slight off white head and only minor lacing. Nose is of currants, and pleanty of toasted malts. Flavorful and strong brew, notes of molasses, toasted nuts and malts, burnt fruits. Complex, strong and tasty version of a heady and usually quite enjoyable style, well worth a try.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with more effervescence than anticipated, and displaying off-white head of many bubble sizes. Settles to a thin but creamy cap that tops a nutty brown concoction, nearly opaque but not quite there. Decent lacing.

Prunes and dark fruits, raisins not exlucded, to the nose. Brown sugar. Hints of cinnamon, which I like, as I'm somewhat obsessed with cinnamon.

A malty, dark fruit taste profile as well, but not necessarily sweet. There is some nice spicing. Caramel. Roasted grains. Slight alcohol presence, with a spice and "dulling" quality that actually fits nicely into the taste profile. Some hop bittering mingles with the malt-party crowd.

Crisply carbonated with a cresting prickliness, this drinks easier than some doppelbocks. Pretty nice.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - chestnut brown with no head at all

smell - cocoa, dark chocolate, cherries, malts

taste - similar to the nose, cocoa, malts, dark chocolate, cherries, malts, caramel, molasses

mouthfeel - medium body, low carbonation, smooth, slightly sweet

drinkability - good beverage that I will look to get more of in the future

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Photo of womencantsail
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The pour is a dark brown with plenty of amber tones to it. There's a large off-white head that sits on top.

S: Not an overwhelming aroma, but good. Some decent dark fruit notes such as cherries, dates, and raisins, but mostly dark specialty malts that provide a subtle roast and sweetness.

T: Starts off with a definite metallic tinge, but it fairly quickly fades to rather normal doppelbock flavors. Moderate raisin and date flavors with a decent caramel sweetness along with some molasses.

M: The body is medium with a certain creaminess on the tongue and moderate carbonation.

D: A nice doppelbock that was dangerously easy to drink. Wouldn't mind having this one again.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I took a big $2.95 chance on a dusty half-liter bottle of this German doppelbock at my neighborhood convenience store. Glad I did. Some quick descriptives that come to mind are: dark, hearty, bold, and satisfying. “Hearty” would be the key operative. The color is brown-vermillion with a modest head and carbonation. The panoply of malts is positively seductive with a kiss of sugar and a slight nod towards Kahlúa. Enticing.

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Photo of nickss
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with a ruby tinge.... skimpy 1/4" head which quickly dies down to a thin cap.

Deep malty aroma... nice, but rather one dimensional.

Big brown sugar flavour paired with a generous heaping of malt. A touch of cinnamon and some fig... nice.

Thick and chewy, with perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable.... a delicious treat for an autumn night.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liquor, IN.

Poured dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate complex sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Moderate sweet flavor with with a moderate sweet finish of average duration.

Good drinkable beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip. Appearance is dark brown with red highlights. A solid off-white head forms and retains well.

Fairly mild aroma, nutty and caramelized, slightly metallic. A bit of date-like fruitiness.

Toasted and caramelized malt flavors wash the palate first, follower by raisin-like fruitiness and a touch of roasty astringency. Full bodied, rich, fairly dry and bitter in the finish.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy ice tea color with a foamy beige head that splashes dots of lacing

Smell: Dark fruit (figs and dates), walnuts and toffee; but I am also picking up a hint of acetone and alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a fruity toffee flavor that lasts throughout but is joined, midstream, but a touch of astringent bitterness on the sides of the tongue; milk chocolate, fruit and nut finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is nice and complex; it isn't in the top tier but it is not far off

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Photo of BigBry
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hollingshead Deli in Anaheim, 17 oz pour into a dimpled mug.
Slightly hazy brown with reddish orange highlights. White head fades slowly leaving solid sheets of lacing. Fruity aroma with caramel, toffee, malts. Malt dominated flavor, slightly chocolate, caramel, and some mild hoppiness to finish. More full bodied than expected, very smooth, alcohol is hidden. Well made example of a doppelbock, highly enjoyed.

Kenny the bartender told me to enjoy, because this was the last keg, and the brewer will no longer be exporting to the States.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 500ml bottle just like the one in the pic and served in an imperial pint glass. This d-bock had a really dark chestnut color. A low level of carbonation and a modest pour still managed to produce a firm off-white 1" head that left some nice lacing on the sides.
The nose was all about malt...lots of caramel aroma and sweet toasted malts. Around the periphery, some lightly burnt grains and a hint of herbal hops lent their aromas to the mix. But the main player here was malt.
The taste had more balance than what the nose would indicate. Sure, Cambonator was loaded with the flavors of carmelized molasses and brown sugar up front but as each taste progressed the toasted malts took the edge off what could had been a very cloying taste and feel. Then a mild herbal finish further balanced things out, making for an enjoyable brew. The feel was full and chewy, really filling, and smooth.
Allgäuer's Cambonator is a big, hearty doppelbock that's quite appealing. A real malt-bomb. Nicely drinkable and the best of the Allgäuer line-up, at least those that I've had to date.

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Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.
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