Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Altenmünster Winterbier DopplebockAltenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock

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Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 123
Photo of Embers
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To be fair this is only my 2nd Doppelbock and am not sure yet whether it's really a style I enjoy a lot. Purchased a week ago in a pint bottle with no discernible brew or expiration date. Poured into a pint glass at approximately 50 degrees F. Initially it had a decent size head, creamy and kind of a caramel beige, it receded to a mere skim fairly quickly and there was little lacing of note. Not much carbonation but not flat either, the bubbles were medium sized and just kinda got to the top of the brew when they were darned good and ready. First sniff the aroma was quite strong, fairly sweet and dark. The taste was also sweet and dark at the same time. It did seem at times that the sweet and malt were fighting for dominance and my sense of taste was a bit confused by that. Definite chocolate overtones which were a nice complement to the sweet. Good mouth feel, full body. An ale to drink slowly as it seems to mellow and change a bit as you sip it over time.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz swingtop bottle
Pours very dark brown with a reddish hue. Head is a pretty tan color that lasts a while and then goes to a nice skim.
Smells of Malt, some cane sugar, caramel and dark fruit.
Tastes of Malt sweetness and prunes.
Very smooth beer. Medium bodied and rich.
Very nice sipper. Interesting without being too complex.

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Photo of justin7742
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer in a 1 Pint, .9 fluid oz bottle with a fliptop. I poured it into a pint glass and was quite impressed by the dark brown amber color and thick, creamy, beige colored head. The lacing is exelent and smells of sweet roasted malt. The smell does not deceive as it is a true litely sweet, roasted malt flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel and a drinkability that invites another bottle to from the cooler. Great German beer with full body and flavor. I would indeed buy this beer again.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Chestnut brown with some nice red highlights to it. The head forms much browner than doppels tend to, almost having a stouty quality. Unfortunately, retention is nil and it all goes away in a couple minutes.

S: Dark fruit aromas, a toasty malt, and some caramel-toffee scents very mild on the back.

T: Some lighter toffee notes, wholegrain bread, lighter alcohol spiciness, and a touch of bitter flavour.

M: If nothing else, it feels great... a rich body. A bit shy of being creamy and chewy, but very nice all the same. If it had a bigger flavour going on, it would be an absolute hit.

D: Not bad, not great. I'd certainly drink it again if the opportunity arose, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up again. Good for a try, though, at least.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque black with a bit of red if held up to light. Rocky head that doesn't last but doesn't fully diminish either.

Big malty aroma has bits of beef, flowery perfume, dark fruit and caramel.

Taste is malty but light and well balanced

Mouthfeel is very creamy with a medium body.

Creamy and very nice.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a beer that keeps it simple with the full on potential of becoming complex. I'll keep it simple too; 4's down the board. So sexy sitting idely in a red wine glass, so beconing with its porter-esque smell, so satisfying with its medium body taste. Can you say, "chocolate and toffee." Great, now "crisp". Beautiful. And finally "Mocha-choca-latta." You got it.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5 L swing top to a pint glass the liquid is very dark red and has good carbonation. The head is a tall 3 fingers light tan and leaves a nice lace.

The smell is ok, some over ripe fruit and dark bread.

The taste is better, dark bread not toasted, and raisins. More clean tasting then most of the style but could be more complex.

The mouthfeel is thicker then medium but thin for the style, the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is ok, worth a try.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of Offa
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is pretty good and interesting, but I didn't like this nearly as much as the Altenmunster Maibock, which I think is wonderful.

Very dark red-brown, this has a medium tan head that dissipates quickly to a small ring.

The aroma is sweet malted grain, raisins and old apples, very alcoholic with a hint of caramel.

The taste is wine, raisins, cooked apples, and a hint of fruitcake. It is rather sweet with a hint of bitterness. It's rather smooth and doesn't taste as alcoholic as it smells. It has a meatiness. As it warms, it seems smoother and more caramelly. It's not bad but not really something I would drink often, unlike their maibock.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful head that recedes so slowly that it forms foamy rocks and lots of thick lace on the glass. The color is dark, dark brown where very little light gets through

Good chocolate ice cream aroma--obviously malty, carmelized raisins, flowery.

Rich, almost like chicken soup broth, and very low carbonation. Sweet from malt sugars; this has some lactose milkiness to it as well. The finish has just enough hop to provide interest.

In the world of bocks, this could be a new favorite of mine. It is very easy to drink and provides enough complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't realize this was a Dopple at the time of purchase. I always felt that Dopplebock releases should be more wintry than spring. One of my favorite styles, so I'm happy to oblige. The beer pours the typical mohogany hue with a terse head formation, but nice retention with timid lacing. Aromas of deep, rich malts with fruitcake breadiness and esters, nuttiness, cocoa, and added spiciness. Soft, yet complex aromas. Flavors are very toasty and cocoa-like, hiding much of the complex breadiness and fruitiness of the nose. Herbal hops and molassas flavors round out the finish. Thinly textured for a Dopple, but makes the beer somewhat easily drinkable. I prefer a more chewy textrue that just wasn't there. A bitter, spicy aftertase rises late, providing a mild distraction. A nice beer, but there are better Dopplebocks out there-- Andescher and Salvator.

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

Pours a five+ finger almost tan head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Deep mahogany almost black color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet fruity with slight fruity/chocolate finish. $4.70 for a 500ml flip-top bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's time for the fourth of six beers here in the Second Unorganized Invitational, and this one is actually a winter release. Half-liter bottle with a flip-top, on to the beer:

Dark brown in color with a big creamy head that refuses to go down. It's a beauty to look at as it rests in my Stella Artois chalice. The nose is okay, dark bread, light raisins, and a touch-up of soaked grain. When the beer touches the tongue, dissapointment settles in. The apearance of the beer is nice, but the taste is mediocre. Raisins and alcohol compete for supremecy here. Burnt toast flavors make their way on too with some astringency. The overall flavor is too light for the doppelbock-like 7.2% ABV. Well, at least the latter pleasantly warms the stomach.

This one ended up being a let-down, but there are still two more beers left in the Second Unorganized Invite, which will conclude with a double feature tomorrow.

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Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark coffee color brew with a thin white head and fair lace. It has a balanced wheat-malt blend in the aroma. The taste is close to the aroma with a honey, butterscoth feel. A medium bodied at best but very drinkable. A flavorful beer that isn't as much of a mouthful as most doppelbocks. Pretty decent though.

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

Had this bier on April 27th from a bottle.
A: Pours a rich, dark chocolate color that is opaque...good start. Nice thick head that dies down after a few minutes. Decent lacing. Throughout my drinking of this bier, there was a sustainable 1/2 inch head.
S: Mostly chocolate with light caramel and the slightest of coffee aromas. A rather thin smell, had to get my nose really into the bier to get a wiff. Sweet, not too exciting.
T: A little thin but still moderately full in flavor. Doesn't fill the mouth like other doppelbocks, but more still more than adequate.
M: Thin, but still good. No hint of bitterness in this bier; nothing to turn me off from it.
D: Overall, this was a "B" bier. Nothing too exciting and nothing bad about it. A good bier that I would have again, but not one that will stick with me for awhile.

Enjoy one.

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Photo of albern
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer looks very enticing with its inky black color, thick tannish creamy head, along with its retention. Not much lacing going on though. The smell has some phenols present that detracts from the choclatey, caramelly, very malty nose. The taste has an odd caramel flavor to it surrounded by better chocolate, coffee, butterscotch, and roasted malts. There is definitely an off sweetness to this beer that just tastes like caramel maybe gone a little sour. Other reviewers mention apple and pear ... maybe that too but its the overly malted caramel that will diminish this beer everytime. The mouthfeel is a bit tart, somewhat oily, and the drinkability is compromised by the overly sweetened caramel. This strikes me as a beer that would be much better fresh, on-tap. I picked this up on a lark at Julio's in MA. It's a one and done for me, but it was worth the venture. This is a bit of an odd doppelbock.

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

All of a sudden I found this brew at my store and damned if I have never tried a witer doppelbock before. Not to shabby. Poured a dark chocolate brown. Nose had a malty uproar with a hint of smokiness laying low. Tastes of milk chocolate and roasted malts swirled in my mouth with a hot cocoa like finish and tantilizing alcohol warmth. It was a decent winter warmer.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque, with a huge head.

Rich malty smell with just a kiss of chocolate.

Same rich malty start with more chocolate than the smell. Also a little nuttiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Pretty full-bodied. Not chewy, but definitely full and rich.

A pretty tasty beer overall, but I don't see myself tracking this one down again.

Tasted on 2/21/08.

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Photo of blakesell
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I was going to age it back, but considering our blizzard, it's time to drink it now. Poured from the 16oz bottle into a Belgian wine glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark amber that is clear when held to the light. there is a thin finger head of foam. Dissipates to a astrological pices symbol. Lacing sticks to the sides, but not thick lacing.

Smell- Malty for sure, a bit of alcohol. Delicious toasted breads in the malt. I would call Munich and Vienna for malts used. Sweet carmelly scents linger. Light chocolate.

Taste- Rich and malty as it should be. A hint of smokiness and chocolate from roasted malts. This is a very fine doppelbock. Smooth and warming. A bit higher hopped for the style, but very nice overall.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied with a creamy character, medium carbonation. Smooth as can be.

Drinkability- An excellent example of the style, strong and rich. I would love to have more of this and may just buy it in the huge 2L bottle that is also available.

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Photo of Zorro
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A find at the BevMo.

This is a clear coke a cola colored beer with a thin tan to light brown colored head.

Smell is very light, just a little bit of malt and a little banana and very faint bubblegum.

Little bit sweet and fruity at the start and it is mostly apple. Astringent bitter aftertaste. Again I keep tasting apple flavor in this. Not much else here the hops only seem to show up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not to over use a word but everything seems little about this beer. Drinkability is below average. This doesn't really taste like Bock Beer. At best it is better than Budweiser I guess but I really have no reason to taste another one of these.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz from BevMo

A - Dark brown-black, cappucino head, alpha clumps, lots of head, with no legs. Not sure this is a true doppelbock.

S - Lt coffee, lt malts, sugars, apricots, pear esters, and honey. Is this a doppelbock?

T - Is this a dubbel or a doppelbock? Plums, light taste of dark roasted coffee, sugar, and pear esters. This beer needs a new identity. Not really a doppelbock.

M - Lt carbo, lt bitterness. Nice offset of sweetness. Very syrupy, much like a Flemish-style finish. The mouthfeel would be perfect for a flem.

D - I could definitely drink another based on the taste and mouthfeel. I don't believe this is a doppelbock, but certainly tastes great as a dubbel or a flemish style beer.

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a 500ml. brown bottle with swing-top and no freshness date. It pours a dark cola-brown with a big two-finger beige head that dwindled to an 1/8", leaving initial intricate lace.

Sweet malty nose with notes of dark overripe fruits and a boat load of alcohol. This brew certainly smells a lot stronger than the ABV of 7.2%...nothing wrong with that.

The taste is great...sweet, malty and fruity with the strong presence of alcohol really mixing things well. Nice balance with a clean and mild warming finish.

Good body, mild but ample carbonation give this brew a smooth and creamy, kind of fluffy mouthfeel...very nice.

Highly drinkable and a very good representation of this style IMO. When feeling like a Doppel, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this one again.

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

From the swing top bottle this poured a nice rich amber-brown with a fat tan head and very rich lacing. Nose of fruits and roasted malts. Moderate mouthfeel. Flavors of malts and hops, with some sweetness. Slightly bitter finish. Quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.47/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. German bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a fizzy off-white head, with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Cola, actually smells a lot like a Pepsi, with some chocolate malt added.

T: Not good, way to bitter, odd sugar character, with cola.

M: Don't really have a problem, could use some more heft though.

D: Not a good dopple when comparing it to Salvator, Korbinian, and Celebrator, won't buy again.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into my Spaten glass. Purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. for $4.99, January 2008.

Pours a deep rich chocolate brown with a huge fluffy head. Reminds me of a Root Beer Float with really dark root beer.

Aroma of toasty chocolate malts, and a very faint spiciness. Also a faint, very faint hint of smoke.

Flavor is sweet chocolate and dark German bread. Once again, a hint of spice, with a light hop astringency at the end of the swallow.

Rich full mouthfeel, and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a pretty nice beer, although it may be a touch too sweet for more than occasional consumption.

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Photo of Drew966
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Altenmunster Winterbier Doppelbock pours a dark brown with orange around the edges and a thick ivory colored head from a brown half liter swingtop bottle. The aroma is underwhelming, a touch of cocoa perhaps, but otherwise hard to distinguish anything else and it just isn't very good. The mouthfeel is relatively thick. The flavor isn't particularly doppelbock like, it's better than the aroma though. Malt is the dominant flavor, raison seems present at certain temperatures and not at others, and maybe some cocoa is noticeable, hops are minimal. Just kind of an average beer.

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