Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Allgäuer Cambonator DoppelbockAllgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of bigsassyster
1.91/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Nice body to it. average head.
Smell gave off some sweet smells.
The taste and drinkability were god-awful. It tasted like there were chemicals left in the bottle. I couldn't even drink half the bottle. It was the first beer I have ever put down, and not been able to come close to finishing.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Reddish brown with a small head and no lacing.

S - Slightly soapy, currants, black pepper and faint prunes drenched in alcohol.

T - Malty, with a slightly bland fruity presence and a very bland, very bitter aftertaste.

M - High carbonation tingles throughout the beer, thick and frothy, mildly refreshing to not refreshing.

D - Okay, rather bland overall. Not worth seeking out. If you stumble upon it, it might be worth a look. I know that I won't bother with it again.

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Photo of corby112
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Teresa's Nex Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a beige head. Malty aroma with chocolate and caramel notes. Very carbonated which takes away from the richness and smoothness of the chocolate malt flavor. Nothing special.

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Photo of DIM
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was perhaps the darkest doppelbock I've seen. It poured with a large off-white head that faded fairly quickly leaving little lace in its wake.

s: I found sweet bread, brown sugar, fig jam, and a little chocolate. Not as rich as some, but very inviting.

t: Falls far short of the smell unfortunately. Starts off okay with flavors of sweet bread and toffee that lack the layers I found in the aroma. The sweetness builds to near cloying levels towards the middle. The finish has an off tasting lingering bitterness and a bit too much heat.

m: Oddly heavy feeling.

o: There are lots of great doppelbocks out there and this just isn't one of them.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip with a four finger thick, dirty, light brownish, tan colored head that sits atop a dark, opaque, black-amber colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, purple tinged, deeply red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of concord grape aromatics, toasty grain, biscuit malt, perhaps a hint of dusty chocolate and a hint of an herbal edge to it. Really the concord grape aroma is the most noticeable thing about the nose.

Fairly sweet, but the concord grape note has become more of a berry-like note in the flavor. Rich, but not overly thick, about a middle of the road thickness, though perhaps a bit on the light side. Chalky malt notes of cocoa, toasted grain and soda crackers seem to become noticeable somewhere in the middle through to the finish of this beer. There is a hint of bitterness here, but there is also a touch of herbal character that could be ascribed to a hop influence. Still that malt induced fruity berry notes are the dominant note here, at times it is a little distracting. Really this is just not all that appealing to me.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer a few years ago and didn't think particularly highly of it at the time. I thought I'd give another one a try (from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL).

Pours thick, big bubbles in a bone white head that's about 1 finger in height. Head collapses, lacing around rim of glass in a few spots. Beer is dark brown in color with amber highlights when held up to light.

Smells of caramel, coffee, boiling malt, and alcohol. Slight hint of prunes as well. Still, none of these scents really merge well together and things feel a bit adrift.

Something is off here, at least in regards to doppelbock standards. This is definitely a sweeter-type doppel, but what I taste is dark, sugary malt, almost like a really heavy cola. A bit winey in flavor near the end. Cloying sweetness. Not really reminiscent at all of dark fruits, more of syrupy sweetness.

Finish is semi-dry. Body is thick, with a fairly low amount of carbonation.

I didn't find this particularly enjoyable, but it wasn't altogether awful, either. The taste is the major detractor, with the over-sweetness and slight cola flavors a real turn-off. I will probably stay away from this for some time, if I ever go back to it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 26 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer is clear brown. It has a malty, caramely flavor. It's a decent doppelbock, but nothing to write home about. There are lots of other doppelbocks out there which are better

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at Sam's in Chicago this past summer. Poured with a medium light tan head which mostly dissipated and no lace. Color is nice dark, clear mahoganey. Aroma is fairly simple of dark, sweet malts, fresh, and little hop. Flavor's about the same. Body seems a bit thin for a dopplebock, but does have good carbonation. A little warming in the short finish. Ok beer; nothing special. Could do a whole lot worse. Could be a session if you didn't have any other choices.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Mustard
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" dating; purchased for $2.29 from the Wine House in West LA; scenic portrait of a snow-dappled Auschwitz on the label; ok, sorry, a little Jewish hostility escaping there.

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruddy brown; fine, two-fingered, mocha-tinged head; adequate retention; moderate, web style lacing.

Aroma: Largely of toffee and caramel.

Taste: Like all doppelbocks, somewhat sweet; primary flavor characteristics are of molasses, dark bread and toffee; mild hop bitterness; buttery; nutty; somewhat spicy and floral. Medium bodied; poorly carbonated.

Notes: I must say I found the flavor profile more than a tad weak vis-à-vis the likes of Ayinger's Celebrator, Paulaner's Salvator, KW's Asam-Bock and Pizza Port's (Carlsbad) C-U-lator; nothing bad here, though, to be sure; definitely worth a try.

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Photo of AltBock
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this Doppelbock on-tap at Teresa's Next Door on 2/16/2008. They served it to me in a goblet. It was an interesting glass choice they made, but I thought it worked out quite well.

It had a dark chestnut brown body with a few crimson red highlights along the edges. It had a decent light tan colored head of foam that had good retention. This head of foam left behind a small tan film and a streak or two of lace. This had one of the most smokiest aromas I've smelled before in a Doppelbock. The aroma was very smoky with olives, a hint of smoked meats, wood, and a smidge of dark roasted malts in the background. The aroma was on the boder of being a Rauchbier. The taste was also smoky, but not as smoky as the aroma. It had a lightly smoky taste of dark roasted malts, a few olives, a slight touch of caramel, and then ended with dark roasted hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a short lived aftertaste of roasted malts, dark fruits, and dark roasted hops. It's always was fun for me to try a new Doppelbock on-tap and this one was no different. It was nice little medium bodied smoky Doppelbock that was close to becoming a Rauchbier.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep mahogony color. A slight head that slowly recedes. Malt aroma-caramel and toffee. Big malt flavor upfront-notes of caramel,vanilla and brown sugar. Very slight trace of alcohol in the finish. Good mouthfeel-appropriate body for the style. A good doppelbock,enjoyable enough but I find it lacking some of the "highs" that can be found in other examples. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dayton, OH AleFest:I really enjoy drinking and rating Dopplebocks and even though this is not the best Dopplebock that I've had to date, it was not too bad.The appearance was a small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was clear, uncarbonated and the hue was reddish-brown.The nose of this Dopplebock was malty along with some caramel.The flavor was sweet tasting and malty.It has a very smooth mouthfeel and is light-medium bodied.There was a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear cola brown with a 2 finger light tan frothy head. Very nice retention and good lacing. Substantial yeast sediment.

Dark malt and light caramel on the nose. Along the typical average smell of the style.

Flavor is predominantly just euro dark malt. Faint Caramel notes. Pretty rich. Faint dark fruits like raisin and figs.

Full bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall it's pretty good. Average drinkability. Nothing that'll blow any minds but a good cold fermented dark beer.

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Photo of mhewes
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : Poured a nice brown color with a solid head that took a bit to go down

S : Lots of malty goodness

T : Good solid malt flavors. A little on the dry side

M : A little thinner than I was expecting. Good carbonation

D : Real easy drinking. I could drink another one but I've had better doppelbocks

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Photo of allengarvin
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am unfamiliar with this brewery, but I bought 3 different beers from them online from

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with no head to speak of. The top of the beer is oily smooth.

Aroma: mainly malt, lots of it.

Taste: High body with malt that hits right away. There's also some sweetness from the alcohol, and enough hop bitterness to keep it from being cloying, but no hop taste.

A good dopplebock, but not one of the real complex or interesting ones.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle served at cellarish temps in something kinda like an Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Clear dark cola brown with red highlights. Topped by a short-lived, but large, tan head. Specks of foam were left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Robust and earthy smell of caramelized malts, almost sickly sweet. Hints of maple, plums, and other dark dried fruits.

Taste: Intensely sweet caramel and light molasses. Toasted and slightly smoky malts on the finish. Kind of cloying at times. Bittersweet aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Mildly boozy and rather thick bodied.

Drinkability: A textbook doppelbock, but a little too sweet to my tastes. Somewhere between Celebrator and Troeganator in all categories. I like the other two better. Good intro to the style, I'd say.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of beerguy101
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Large head. Aroma is malts and dark fruits. A medium bodied dopple bock. Malts are roasted, slightly sweet and fruity. Touches of cherries and plums, Hops are spicy with a touch of grapefruit. Very smooth taste. Well balanced. I like the off dry finish and the full round mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is rather dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Hollister
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, a mildly disappointing Doppelbock, that really only got my attention once. The appearance was nice, dark and mellow, very crisp with an off-white head that didn't last long. The nose was fairly weak, but common with the style - mostly malt, with a late entry of banana and oats. The beer enters the mouth smoothly, perhaps too smooth, and roasted malt mildly prevails. Pleasantly, in the top of the mouth after swallowing, walnuts make an elegant and well balanced appearance to really save the beer. The alcohol was masked somewhat throughout, but present after the fact. Not bad overall, very drinkable, but not what it could be.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nriech
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown, nice lacing, little head retention.

Smell: Nice and malty with sweet caramel. Roasty.

Taste: Nutty chocolate. Sweet molasses and rosted malts. Bittersweet aftertaste. A little chewy and strange sweet aftertaste.

Overall an easy to drink dopplebock but a little high on the ABV to make it a standard. Decent brew from an excellent brewer. Will drink again anytime though.

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Photo of drtth
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in dimpled mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear, dark brown with faint reddish color (mahogany). Tan head starts out about ½ inch thick and goes slowly, leaving behind lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt with touch of fruitiness and dark toffee and no real hop presence

Taste: Initial taste is the dark molasses sweetness of the malt followed by a growing bitterness in the aftertaste as the malt tapers off.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, with medium body and a medium long finish

Drinkability: One would be fine but would switch easily. Not the best doppelbock but a good one and worth coming back to.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Did some serious yard work yesterday morning and decided to treat myself to a late lunch at Rustico in Alexandria, VA for lunch. Had their mushroom pizza, which is awesome, and two beers. The Allgauer Cambonator was the first.

Presented to me in a standard pint glass, it was a deep mahogany/ruby, brown/black color. There was very little head, but it left behind a decent lace. A pretty beer. The nose was rich and malty sweet (fig, dark cherry, and vanilla), with notes of coffee and chocolate. A multi-layered aroma that was much-appreciated. The taste, however, was not as intricate as the aroma. It was lightly sweet, with some bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a dense vanilla extract or almost a molasses flavor to it. Nice, but not quite what I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was thinner than expected but smooth, with a carbonated fizzy finish.

It's a nice doppel, but not the best around. I've had many better versions of the style. Still, it's a very good beer and worth trying if you ever find it on tap.

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Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 99 ratings