Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Brewed by:
Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
Germany

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-21-2007

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Ratings:
123
Reviews:
90
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
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Photo of MNJR
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a dull, murky brown. Almost no head and very thin lacing. The smell is faint. The flavor redeems it a bit, though. I taste grain and then some lush fruit - sweet & sour apple/prune flavors, then a licorice finish that is good until a copper aftertaste settles in. Mouthfeel is a bit flat. It's not bad, but not too impressive, either. This stuff is not cheap. I paid $3.49 for pint + .09 swing top bottle. The bottle and label may be the best thing about this beer. ABV is high, so at least you get a decent buzz from downing one of these. Drinkability is definitely questionable.

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Photo of THORN
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pt. .9 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into mug.
A: Very dark almost purple brown. Pours thin frothy head. Sediment at bottom of mug is apparent with a few CO2 bubbles.
S: Malts, barley, and a little bit of rye.
T: Sweet dark malts that have a faint cocoa quality. Contains an unwelcomed sourness.
M: Medium on tongue.
D: Body is mild, flavor is limited, but alcohol is surprisingly well covered.

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Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass.

A - Dark amber with huge white head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing.

S - Mostly yeast with barley but there are also slight hints of rye and wheat.

T - Right away it is bitter with bready aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with significant carbonation.

D - Good drinkability; just what I expected from this winterbier dopplebock.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark ruby caramel brown with a large beige khaki head, thick and cloud like forms intricate scattered lacing. Aroma has deep plum mild chocolate edge with herbal hops. A deep dark malt base with a mild mineral water edge, a bit of booziness is evident. Flavor is full of plum and wet tobacco leaves, herbal hops with a metallic mineral water edge to it. Mild bitterness weighs heavy with malt sweetness and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit soaked with deep fruits and residual sugars in the finihs, carbonation is moderate easy going. Drinkability is decent not something world class a bit sticky with malts making it a bit tough especially as it warms. One of my first Christmas seasonals this year, keep em coming.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife picked this up for me from a local store and it was discounted down to $2. Not sure what that means but here goes....

Pilsner glass pour and met with a flat cola color with a head with staying power.

Aroma consists of a major whiff of grape juice, nutmeg, prunes and malt.

A tangy, spicy taste with a malty finish. Pleasantly surprised how smooth it is when first encountering the aroma and seeing the label stating "malt liquor".

At 7.2%, one is perfect for a sitting though multiples would be somewhat difficult as the taste is somewhat strong.

From the previous reviews I wasn't giving this a fighting chance, but overall it was not a bad beer at all! The bottle itself is attractive, beer is good and is definitely worth a try. Not the greatest but not the worst by far.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 ounce swing top bottle (gonna be a refillable growler in its next life) $14.99 from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours darker amber, clear, with a medium khaki head, moderate volume,frothy with nice retention shown and then a fine and minor film. Respectable bits of slippery lacing and light sheeting left on the glass. Malty, dark bread nose. Tasty, malty brew. Lots more bready notes, dark caramel, vanilla, toffee, light mocha latte light smoke and milk chocolate notes wafting around in the rear and adding to the complexity. Quite dry and snappy in the finish. Quite an enjoyable fall/winter time sipper. Reading some other reviewers with less favorable impressions, perhaps I got a fresher sample, cuz this one tasted pretty darn good.

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Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown with a big 2+ finger pillowy head that leaves some spotted lacing

smells of cereal grains and some bready malts also a little sweet dark fruit but i expected more

taste was good - a bit thin but good - not a powerful beer - roasted malts chocolate fruit and alcohol

mouthfeel is thin and light which you dont find in most doppelbocks - good carbonation nice smooth creamy finish

drinkability is great imo - it might be thin but that just adds to the drinkability - just watch out for the 7.2 abv

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown swingtop bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of off white head. Decent malty aroma with some dark sugar. A little alcohol in the aroma, but not the flavor. This seemed a little thin for a dopplebock. It had some molasses and a bit of noble hop bitterness in the middle. This was a fairly lackluster example of a dopplebock. Perhaps it was a bit past its prime.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This one pours from its swing-top bottle into my imperial pint class a dark chocolate brown with a small but nicely contrasting white head. The difference between the darkness in the glass and the starched white head is strikingly beautiful. The head itself is small, and reduces to a nice white cap after a few minutes. This one is all about the details... small white collar, and midnight-dark brew. Nice.

S - Smoldering woodfire and charcoal. Wet twigs used as kindling in the absence of anything more combustible on a dark wet autumn night at the campground. Mild hints of dark chocolate and prunes.

T - Big time raisins and prunes with a very pleasant smoky flavor. Almost like deeply burnt sausages topped with grilled plums and raisins. This is nowhere near as overly chocolaty as many doppelbocks, but the sweet dried fruit aspects give it an edge in the complexity department.

M - Medium bodied and pretty sweet. This one has a full sugary taste on the palate that is balanced by a good deal of smoke.

D - This would go well with a desert featuring candied dried fruits and dark chocolate. Decadent and extremely deep and complex. This is one of those brews that really stands out within its respective style, but does so by being really different. This is like that kid who was valedictorian at your high school commencement, but after two years of college decided to die his hair purple and get deeply involved in D&D instead of applying his abundant intelligence towards a more lofty goal.

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Photo of rodney45
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark. Scary opaque. If held up to the light im convinced there is a small demon swimming around. He's red. Head doesnt stay around long.

S: I get a hint of fruit, almost pomegranate. Malty, somewhat of a rye smell. Hints of chocolate, and toasted crystal malt.

T: This beer is all malt, really smooth, and i mean i cant find any hops. Its a caramel, or crystal malt too... I like it... but a hop head wouldnt get anything from this. It feels like a porter, drinks like a stout, but they call it a doppelbock... crazy Germans. My favorite part of this beer is the fact that unlike so many other german bock's, it has no astringent flavor. Very good representation of the style.

M: Very velvety, and smooth. I cant find the alcohol. But like many of the imperial stouts, dopples and quads ITS THERE.

D: Dangerously drinkable. I could put back the whole bomber and not notice it. (shhh I just did)

Hard to find, but if you can its a good value German doppelbock. Its a good first if you've never tried the style.

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Photo of prototypic
2.02/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Winterbier's an orange stained nut brown color. Ruby highlights are revealed by a little light. It's topped with a gigantic light caramel colored head that reaches over three fingers deep. Pretty impressive. It was surprisingly quick to disappear given its stature. Lacing was on the lighter side too. It looks good, but its behavior is a little peculiar.

The nose is a little below average. It doesn't exactly leap out of the glass. There are some sweet malty notes present. Smells mostly like chocolate malt. There's something bearing resemblance to raisin or dark fruit, but it smells a little off. Uh-oh. Is that a little metal that I'm smelling? Grain is noted a little late. That about wraps it up. Honestly, it smells worse with each passing smell. I've changed my mind. It's worse than below average. It's bad.

Abomination. The flavor profile is equally as bad as the nose (if not a little worse). I'll hit what little good there is first. A light cocoa flavor kicks it off. There's obviously some chocolate malt here, but it doesn't taste like much. It's a little sweet and tangy. There's some sort of dark fruit presence here, but it's not well done at all. It's sort of raisin-y, but trails off. I can't quite put my finger on it. It's extremely metallic and the flavor evolves into a rank pungency that's difficult to put into words. Man, this stuff is bad. The more I drink the worse it tastes. The aftertaste is downright foul. The flavor is worse than the nose. I had really hoped for better, but it just isn't meant to be. Did I get a bad bottle?

Winterbier has a light body that feels way too thin. Carbonation isn't bad, but it's not exactly close to smooth. Drinkability is downright poor. There's frankly nothing enjoyable about this experience. Do not want.

Oh boy. What a letdown. This is probably the most disappointing beer I've had in quite a while. I'm hopeful that I didn't get a bad bottle, but an overall score of "B" for this stuff certainly gives me pause. There's simply no way this a "B" beer. It's flat out bad. I'd love to give a few pointers on how this beer could be improved, but it'd take way too long. Just stop and let's forget it ever happened. Wow.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on clearance at Jungle Jim's. For $1.79 I just couldn't pass it up.
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color. About two inches of head form on the pour. Smell is very dark malts with some toffee and nuts coming through in the flavor. For the value this is a very good beer. Medium on the mouthfeel with very good flavor. Easy drinking and well done.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Discovered at Ramsey Liquors on 2/12/09. $3.99 for a 16.9oz bottle, I'll serve this at a few degrees above refrigerator temperature in the classic Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Appearance- Gotta love the swing top! It bursts open with a waft of malty sweetness... not a bad start. It pours a beautiful deep cognac, more brown than red. The two-finger head condenses so tightly that after a few moments the bubbles becomes almost indiscernable. Not much lacing at all.

Smell- Cherries in syrup, cream, and cardboard... then more like wet paper as the tasting unfolds. The malts are prominent but are not as bold as many German Doppelbocks I've sampled in the past.

Taste- The malt and subtle fruit flavors meld nicely, I'm getting strawberries and, strangely, papaya. The finish brings with it a hint of chocolate and licorice, and then finally a lasting hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Seemingly appropriate for the beer, the texture is abundantly carbonated without being too aggressive or gassy. I'm not in love with this beer at all, as it lacks the finesse and balance of more widely available choices.

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Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the 500ml swingtop it comes, big ol' rich and creamy eggshell head on top of a murky deep mahogany brown brew. Good amount of ring lacing in the Bitburger pilsner glass.

Laden with a spicy aroma that has hints of caramel and woody bourbon. Not the best blend of these qualities in the quaff, which is on the harsh earthy leather side with a bag of corn husks tossed in for good measure. A bit of sweet caramel in the finish saves this one from the never-again section of future buys.

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Photo of becktone
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 12-18-08

Eye: This one pours really nice. When first poured into the glass it let off a huge cascading head that slowly receded to a more appropriate size. The head is dirty white going towards tan in color and is now peacefully sitting at about a 1/4 tall, however it does continue to diminish to little more than a moth eaten blanket over the top of this beer. Color of this beer is brown, dark brown. When light passes through this crystal clear brew some red highlights are present. Lacing is poor, spotty at best.

Nose: This beer has a much different aroma than I expected. Its aroma is very clean. Very weak malt aroma, which is odd given that this is a doppelbock. Saaz hops are prevalent. Infact, were it not for that spicy hop aroma, this beer wouldn't have any aroma whatso ever. The aroma is very much akin to that of a german style pils. Maybe some weak malts fighting to be noticed in the back.

Tongue: As in the nose this one is thin on the big malty flavor that it should have. This reminds me more of a schwartz beer, its dark but tastes very light. Those hops are foreground again as in the aroma, spicy in flavor and definitely noble. Alcohol is perceivable. There is some roasty dark malt flavor in here, but nothing like what a doppelbock should be. This is very bland in flavor, and again it seems more of a schwartz. I've had quite a few doppelbocks and I'll have to say that this is nowhere close to what I think of when I think doppelbock. Not a bad beer, and don't get me wrong, I would drink this again, I like it but as a schwartz and not a doppelbock. It tastes fine, smells fine but not for a doppelbock. I'd not classify it as a doppelbock...did the brewers taste this one before they decided to call it a doppelbock?

edit: The best way to describe this one is a pils with a bit more malt and some hints at dark grain/malt.

Feel and Drinkability: Not heavy on the palate, nowhere near being heavy or filling like many of the doppelbocks I've had. Again, it drinks more like a Euro Pale Lager or a Pils. Carbonation is high, it scrubs the palate and the finish is crisp and clean, no lingering flavor, no big malt here. This is a very easy brew to drink, but if I want a doppelbock I'll not be reaching for this. Glad I tried it, but really I only bought it for the cool looking 2L swingtop it came in. Overall not a bad brew, but stylistically the brewers missed doppelbock bay a longshot...maybe that's what happens when a traditionally seasonal brew is brewed year round...this and Shiner Bock are both off for what their brewers claim them to be.

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Photo of pecokid
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Calvert Wine and Spirits. Clean malty sweetness. Slightly above average alcohol taste. Dark reddish amber color. The carbonation gave it a spritziness that may be a bit high. Clean balanced mouthfeel. Enjoyable beverage. In the age of big beers, this one might be overlooked but it should not. I would buy this one again if I run accross it.

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Photo of droomyster
2.72/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear mahogany with a big, frumpy, tan head with decent retention. Smells is neither pleasant nor doppelbock-like. Smells way to much like rotten raisins; also has overly heavy notes of yeastiness, sawdust, and cheap tequila. The actual taste is somewhat redeeming, but ultimately the nose just kills it for me. It is possible that I am drinking an expired bottle and should taste it again to give it another hearing but at 4 dollars per bottle I am not willing to try it again.

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Photo of sweethome
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Swingtop pint bottle.

Pour is very dark brown. Held to light it produces a beutiful crimson hue. Head is subdued and a bit odd. Fizzy head goes a away quickly, leaving a small tan head around the outside of the glass.

Nutty nose, deep dark fruits. A hint of smoke.

Entry is blast of rich and sweet malts. Just a quick smokey hint midmouth. Decent mouthfeel, but not fully developed. Carmel malt flavor dominates. A bit of nuttiness. Slight essence of allspice or cinnamon.

A bit sweet on the finish. Hop bittering arrives rather late on the palate, but can never quite provide the balance I desire here.

Very nice flavors, a mouthfeel that is bit lacking for style. Flavor assult that doesn;t quite mesh for me.

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Photo of MillySox
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark brown lager with an off white slightly tan head. Smells a little grainy and alcohol. Seemed a little low in gravity for a dopplebock. The taste was a little smoother than what the smell indicated. The grainy aroma did'nt really carryover into the flavor. Left a slight sweetness on the tongue and a little warmth in the throat from the high alcohol. The hops flavor was not overpowering but present. Seemed a little stronger than 7.2, and that's fine by me.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a good doppelbock with an interesting blend of spices, hops and malt. The malt is strong and thick, nice and proper for a doppelbock. There's a little bit too much alcohol flavor. It's not bad, but it could be a bit more warming and less vodka. The nose is pretty good. There are some earthy metallic hops. The flavors are honey, chocolate, spicy, caramel and earthy hops. The feel is pretty good, but it's not exceptional, like some of the top doppelbocks. On the other hand, it's very drinkable. I blended it with Tetley's English Ale and that turned out very well, like an interestingly creamy bock.

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Photo of larsee01
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt, 0.9 oz serious-looking glass bottle poured into glass goblet

A--Dark, dark pouring out of bottle...don't know if I've ever seen that exact color in a beer before...like burnt umber. Held to light it is barely translucent and carbony, but not cloudy. Garnet hues mixed in dark brown. Decent and very light-colored head initally, but doesn't stand up. Not much in the lacing department.

S--Malty and sweet. You can smell some booziness here. A bit earthy.

T--Maltiness is prominent, with some earthy and metallic notes. Alcohol is pronounced, and noticeable bitter...but it effectively balances rather than detracts. I can't say this is an overly complex beer, but it is decently balanced.
This beer is pretty good, but not among the best I've had.

M--Medium bodied. A bit thick in viscosity, but finishes relatively dry.

D--You probably wouldn't want to stay with this after 2 of the big bottles, but definitely drinkable and enjoyable dark winter lager.

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Photo of Needsbeer
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

X-mas present from my uncle. 16.9 oz bottle with pop top. Poured into my Stone 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: Soft fizzy head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

N: Very mild nose, caramel, and traces of malt.

T: Light malt sweetness, touches of roastiness, traces of hops at the tail end. Lingering caramel and raisins(?). The 7.2 ABV gives mild alcohol warmth throughout.

Notes: Not my favorite style, but good for what it is. A good stepping stone for BMC drinkers into more complex taste profiles.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this giant beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was coca-cola colored witha big tan head. The beer smelled yeasty and like coffee with a malty hit afterward. Taste was slightly coffee with a smooth vanilla after-taste. The beer was rather dry on the finish. It was okay, but I will not buy again.

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Photo of chilidog
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought thisone to try prior to bringing the cool looking swingtop allong to a christmas get together. At 3.99 and our trees look like the ice-covered label, ya its worth a bring-along.

It poured a deep reddish brown. Good, full tan head that did fade with little to no lace.

The aroma was of sweet dark malts and fruit. Not to strong on the nose.

Taste was sweet malts, dark fruit like red plum, prune and raisin. A slight alcohol bitter-sweetness at the end.

Drinkability, ya and even at 7.2% its smooth and yet mild. A good valued BA winter beer to bring along esp. with a cool swing top.

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Photo of deg
2.42/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown, almost black and opaque. It let a little light through. A good dark brown head which faded to a little lace. I couldn't smell much of anything, and the only thing I could taste was raisins or figs... no caramel, no malt, nothing else. I noticed no overwhelming aftertaste.

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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
3.58 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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