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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88
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
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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 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 brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a very dark iced-tea color when held to light. About a finger of creamy bubbly head.

Aroma - ripe plums, some dark earthy malts. Decent, but a little light.

Taste - malt dominated, some sweet raisins, hints of chocolate mixing with the alcohol to create a Lady Godiva chocolate liqueur effect. Hops are very mild, not really a factor as the alcohol controls the finish.

Mouthfeel - average carbonation, excellent smoothness and overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability - pretty delicious stuff,, while potent, and easily a multi-bottle qualifier.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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 beergeek.biz

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 msubulldog25
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 500ml bottle at Whole Foods a couple weeks back. Poured to a pint glass. A wintery scene on the label.

A: Looks deep brown until held to light, then shows a lovely warm chestnut/auburn with a bounty of big rising carbonation. A creamy 1/2 finger head, egg-shell white, that ever-so-slowly fades to a whisper of film.

S: Malty sweet and nutty. More than a little 'corn syrup' smell. A hint of 'lager' metallic-ness in there, too...

T: Ample sweetness, buttery caramel and toasted hazelnuts. A little cocoa, some nutmeg spiciness. Finishes with some dry/medicinal hoppiness.

M: Sticky sweetness on the lips, but a little spicy in the relatively carbonated mouthfeel. What could be thick and syrupy is actually a lively, relatively crisp-tasting dopplebock. Body is medium and carbonation level is low-to-medium...

D: A smooth, easy-to-consume lager. Good balance in the flavor, but not a smell that drew me in. I'd drink it again, but not my favorite dopplebock. Worth trying.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with a brown head which is long lasting and laces the glass. Slight aroma of raisins and sweet malt. Slight chocolate aroma as the beer warms. Flavor of caramel, raisins and sweet chocolate. There is also a metallic flavor present. The sweet flavor leads to a finish that is dry bittersweet chocolate. No alcohol to note in either the aroma, flavor but a slight warming in the finish.

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Photo of DIM
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
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 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 cliff1066
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerguy101
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 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 beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt.9oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $3.99. No obvious freshness date. According to the label, this is a “Dunkler Doppelbock.” Does that mean that a doppelbock not labeled “Dunkler” is going to be light in color?

Poured a dark, cola-ish color that takes on a more rubyish tinge when held up to light. Decent sized beige head with lots of lace left on the sides of my glass.

I smell dark, roasty malts and some traces of dark fruits. Rather yummy smelling but not over the top at all.

Tastes like toast, with brown sugar and some dark fruit notes. In the background there’s a little bit of pipe tobacco and some booze, which I wasn’t expecting from something listed as having an abv percentage of 7.2. Finishes somewhat drier than I’m used to with doppelbocks, but not in a bad way at all.

Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not quite as full bodied as some doppels I’ve known but it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s missing any depth.

Not bad at all for the price. This isn’t a great, essential beer but it’s pretty good. It definitely went well with a late-morning omelette on a day spent at home nursing a sore knee. If I were out at a bar I wouldn’t want to session this but as a one-off it was rather tasty.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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 CrellMoset
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. glass.

Appearance: A hazy brown body with orange and garnet highlights around the periphery. A white foamy one-finger head fades rather quickly but leaves solid sheets of white lacing. Pleasant-looking.

Aroma: Moderately pungent and complex. Raisins, some lighter fruity esters, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and spices - cinnamon and allspice are what I get. Nice.

Taste: A bit of a step down, but not too much. Dominated by maltyness, as is expected - toast, slight chocolate, caramel, toffee - but there's a healthy dose of spicy, prickly phenols here, some mild hop bitterness, and, unfortunately, a little bit of solventy alcohol in the close after this one warms. Still very nice, though.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly full-bodied, smooth, delicate, fine-bubbled, and prickly. Very nice!

Drinkability: A damn good doppelbock, with a reasonable and decently well-hidden alcohol for the style. Well-made, tasty, a little spicy, a great array of malt notes - definitely recommended.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown bordering on black. dark head, spider web lacing, alcohol cuts down on the head retention as it warms.

Chocolate chip cookies, toasted qualities, and dark fruits make up the jist of the smell.

Plums are the centerpiece as it warms along with the background bakers chocolate and some toasted wheat bread. Not much from the other side of the spectrum although a touch of citrus towards the finish is a nice addition. Dopplebocks are an incredible style and this serves it well.

chewy mouthfeel, carbonation is very laid back in the midst of such a thick brew. Alcohol is hardly evident until late into the aftertaste.

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Photo of marc77
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Deep bister hue, with tralucent crimson flashes when held to light. Mountainous, steadfast beige head leaves meandering foam trails. The aroma is comprised of bittersweet cocoa dusted prune along with roasted pecan hints. Mild cola like caramel wafts are discernible as well. Trace ethanol spice. Quite clean aromawise. Burnt light chocolate cookie sweetness upfront in flavor. Dries quickly, leaving a static backer's chocolate tinged white crouton suggestion. Livens somewhat as it breathes, with dried date and buttered hazelnut hints skewing balance back towards sweetness. Subtle smoky black malt undertone. Lightly bodied and over attenuated, with a lanky mouthfeel that could use additional girth. Finishes with a savory brush of black licorice and table salt notes. A tasty doppel, although it falls a bit short on complexity and body. It is, however, one of the most drinkable I've encountered. Drier than most, for sure.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 pmcadamis
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, what's up with the name? (In an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice) "I'm duh cambonator ....I'm he-ah to save John Conn-ah ...I'll be bock!" Get it....BOCK. Ok. I apologize for my crappy sense of humor. Anyhow...

This one pours dark and flat black with a deep purple tint when held up to the light, and the lable shows a quant German village buried in snow.

A half-finger tan head only stuck around for a minute before dissapearing almost entirely, but some suds re-appear when aggitated. This brew looks flat and boring in the glass, but the bottle is very, very cool.

The scent is caramely, malty, milky, and sweet. Hints of milk chocolcate and vanilla flavored coffee creamer also.

Damn! This is one sweet beer! Sugary and malty, this one feels very full and smooth in the mouth. My first impression is of chewy caramel candy... the kind that yanks out your fillings and sticks around in the cracks in between your teeth for days. This is follwed by big bitter chocolate (that really develops as the beer warms) and a nice alcohol kick in the back of the throat. I'm also picking up some very slight dark fruit flavors too ...like a super-ripe plum.

This one is heavy and sweet like that bitter dark chocolate that my mom used to cook with (she told me not to eat it plain...but I did anyway and sort of liked it). I enjoyed the full, sweet, thickness that is presented here, but the overly bitter dark chocolate character eventually becomes a little too much. I feel that one is definitley enough for now, but I will most likely come BOCK to this one some other time...maybe in the winter (like on the neat bottle)!

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Proteus93
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Chocolatey brown, very deep amber pour - mild head, longer lasting than other dopplebocks tried. Caramel coloured, a little lacing. Nice pour.

S: Mild caramel & toffee, oats, grape/raisin + prune... several different notes, but they are difficult to make out with a modest aroma. Unfortunately, that costs it.

T: Quite heavy, compared to the smell. Rich dark fruits, caramel flavours, a surprising hops taste (to what I was expecting, at least - not to be taken for any sort of intense hops), with a dash of cinnamon, toasted oats, nuttiness. A zesty fruit finish, with a dash of spiciness. Rather good, and perhaps not the best I've had, but a very intriguing and complex brew.

M: A little heavy and thick, a little closer to what I might expect from an eisbock. Coats the roof of the mouth, and albeit a little overdone, still a reasonably decent drink.

D: An interesting brew, this is one I would like to try again simply for the purpose of tasting again and getting a better feel for. Not the most spectacular thing I have had, but still quite good and it will hold my attention.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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 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 AltBock
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
3.81 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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