Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Altenmünster Winterbier DopplebockAltenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock
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Brewed by:
Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
Germany

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Todd on 11-21-2007

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89
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122
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
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Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz resealable bottle suitable for home brewing.

Into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown with reddish hues. Nice cotton white head lasts a few minutes. Lacing persistent and coating on the glass.

S - Nice sweet malt, dark fruits, fizzy cola.

T - Some banana, licorice, slight 'Dr. Pepper' like quality, a little long term on the sweet.

M - Medium carb, medium coating, light to medium body.

D - Nice enough beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Party Town.

Poured clear dark reddish brown with an average light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good caramel toasted tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Good well balanced roasted tart fruit malty flavor with a moderate smooth balanced bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Good doppelbock

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Portertime
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 larsee01
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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 nocheinsbitte
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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 chilidog
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this monster 3L bottle!

Light fizzy head, crystal clear ruby mahogany red.

Nose like a cheaper doppelbock, cheaper for a true german that is, light fruity esters, wheat, molasses, hint of sweetness that comes like booze and cola, hint if raisin.

Taste starts with lots more dark wheat, caramel, molasses, esters with more fruity flavors, light banana, raisin, clove, biscuit, bit of booze that gets a bit warming, spicy chewy hops, light creamy. Hint of metallic twing but barely. Finish is dry but still sweet, more biscuit, wheat, plenty more raisin and light bananas foster, bitter spicy hops.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, light syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall not bad, a bit cheap but cheap for a true german doppelbock, nice malts and wheats, fruits, bit boozy too.

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Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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 blakesell
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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 orangemoustache
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a tall medium tan head that holds tightly for a min. before dropping away to nothing,and leaving gobs of lace from top to bottom. The nose smells of brown sugar and roasted malts,very inviting to say the least. This is a toned down Doppelbock. Sugary caramel malts and smokey charcoal flavors abound. Chocolate turtle candies come to mind chocolate,caramel,and roasted almonds. A full bodied Winterbier is welcomed in my glass any time.

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Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this massive 3L bottle amongst JLindros and BPK59. Poured into a duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a clear burnt malty hazel appearance with a nice two finger off white heads that fades to leave a light thin blanket.

S - Aromas of burnt sugars, caramel, and malts.

T - More of those burnt caramel and soft malts. Slightly metallic. Really not too shabby.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly under carbonated and a bit thin.

O - Overall this was a solid dopplebock. I believe I paid under $20 for this 3L so for the price it was definately worth it.

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Photo of joe1510
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Swingtop
$4.59
Binny's Orland

Altenmunster's Winter Doppelbock pours a beautiful clear mahogany with some deep ruby highlights when backlit. The fluffy beige head grew to two fingers on the pour before falling to a respectable one finger crown. This is a really nice looking beer.

Things get started with a very bready aroma; banana bread upfront with faint hint of cherries. There also seems to be a slightly toasted nut character. A touch of alcohol floats in and out. This is all around a good smelling doppelbock.

Flavor has the same characteristics as the smell but everything seems to be a little muddy. Banana bread with cherries is there along with the toasted nuttiness but there's no distinguishing the two. They seem to wash together too much. There's also a mineral quality that doesn't help the flavor a whole lot. Good but not a standout doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Body is on the heavier side of medium and creamy as it glides through my mouth. There's a little alcohol heat that knocks down the mouthfeel a hair.

This bottle is enjoyable but enough for me for a sitting. The alcohol is a little too pronounced to enjoy more than the 500ml.

This is a good doppelbock but one I will pass up from now on. With the availability of Tucher's doppelbock and Celebrator it's hard to justify picking Altenmunster's version again.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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 FtownThrowDown
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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 chetripley
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into my shaker pint. I like the swing top German bottles, not only because they are good for homebrew later, either. I saw the big 2L bottle in the store but I wanted to taste it before going huge.
There was a lot of carbonation and bold strong flavors, mostly the alcohol punch following the strong maltiness I usually associate with a doppelbock, but there was something extra in there, a little spiciness, that I think made it an effective winter beer too.
Not the best doppelbock I have had, but rather good and a nice presentation. I will try the maibock next from them.
Purchased from Liquor Barn in Niles, I, a good place for Polish, Czech, and German beers.

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Photo of musicman575
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I saw this behemoth 2-liter bottle at Bevmo for a decent price so I put it in my cart.

Dark and clear like coffee with a thin, tan head that vanishes almost as fast as you can say "Altenmunster Winterbier Doppelbock". It takes about a minute to say though.

Has a carmely smell with less malt than other doppels. A whiff of booze too. It tastes like it too. It's much too light-bodied and clear to find its place in the ranks of thick doppelbock greatness. That doesn't mean it doesn't have enough alcohol. There's plenty of it.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, tea colored brown-amber with a half finger of slightly off-white bubbles that melt rather quickly to a fine mist of white covering leaving no lace in their wake.

Aromas are mostly toasted to burnt malt with brown sugar and an underlying lager yeast smell.

Taste is sweetly burnt malt with dark brown sugar and caramel followed by a very faint citrus hops.

Aftertaste is brown sugar and alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel a little thin for the style.

Overall, still a wonderful doppelbock for a winter's evening.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a decent sized head and a thin lace.
The aroma of malts,raisins and berries/fruit.
The taste started sweet,alcohol taste with malts,berry tones and cherries. Some light toffee hints.
The feel was medium body,low carbonation and a sticky finish. The alcohol seems well balanced because it is not offensive at all and seems to the job on a cold night.

Note: If you are feeling a bit cold then have one of these.

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Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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 MisterClean
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Gehrig
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An unusual dopplebock in my estimation from Altenmunster. The appearance is tremendous, with two fingers of mocha colored froth topping a deep mahogany, ruby-tinged body--really great-looking beer. The rest is merely pretty decent, to me. The smell is unusual and not off-putting, but like the taste, a little thin for a dopplebock. It contains a decent amount of fruit, lots of malt, and some herbal spices, but more fruit would certainly be better. Same with the taste, which I find wanting. I like the good malty taste, the sweet-sour flavor, the plum-orange-lemony melange is good, but everything is too understated. This is dopplebock, not modest pilsner. It should be more arresting, though it's far from terrible.

Disappointingly, the beer goes a little flat towards the middle, which is a no-no. All in all a nice beer but an unexpected and somewhat below par dopplebock.

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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.
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