Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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BEER INFO

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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Ratings:
123
Reviews:
90
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
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Photo of bashiba
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with bright ruby red highlights, and huge thick and creamy head.

Odor is light and grainy with a bit of toasted malts

Flavor has a light toasted grain taste with subtle hints of molasses , brown sugar, and anise. Has a lightly bitter sharp finish with a touch of metallic copper.

Mouthfeel is light and oily.

Overall I though this was a fairly average christmas beer, and a very average doppel, together they might be slightly above average, but nothing great.

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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 Shawnadams330
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 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 ArmyATCBrewer
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 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 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 moose1980
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Certainly on the paler side of the Dopplebock spectrum. Deep gold/light copper with a creamy, white head that dissipates slowly leaving heavy lacing. Maybe due to this being a pale version - which I'm not as familiar with - that lovely, deep maltiness is lacking. Nice Noble hops aroma though. Flavors are pretty flat; none of the bready, toasted flavors that makes the style so great. Also no caramel stickiness in the mouthfeel. Very low carbonation, but this is a two liter flip-top bottle, so maybe it isn't as fresh as should be. Overall, not very good , but for benefit of the doubt, it may be better were it fresher.

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Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's on the lighter end of the color scale for a Doppelbock, sort of a deep, clear amber-copper. The head is fluffier and less dense than I might expect, but sizeable enough and with good enough retention that it doesn't look bad. It's able to drop some spotty lacing in moderation on the glass.
The aroma is malty and breay with some good sweetness and a touch of molasses to it. It might not be as big or robust as the best out there, but I think it's pretty standard for the style as it used to be or as it's still brewed classically in Germany. A bit of cocoa and a gentle bite actually make for a fair complexity. I'd liken it to a cookie that's not too sugary and is baked with ginger and molasses.
The flavor's not as complex, and it gets a little too light for my liking. There's only a hint of either the molasses or anise/black licorice notes typical to a doppel, breads are less pronounced, and some of the strength of the nose is lost. It is a little spicier and has just a ghost of something like floral hops bitterness.
The mouthfeel is where I'm really at a loss. Who took a robust style like this and decided it would be better to take out some of the depth and body, to thin in out, and thought it would be better? I'm not sure I can get into a light-bodied doppel, to be honest. Maybe it's not that bad. It picks up a bit as it goes. Still, let's give this one some more heft.

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Photo of samie85
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark molasses color with one finger of light tan head.

S-A bit of butterscotch and some nutty malt.

T-Big, huge, nutty and dark fruit malt notes with with a light, crisp bitterness.

M-Rich and full mouthfeel although medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Pretty drinkable for a doppelbock, the richness usually gets to me but I'm not having that issue with this one.

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

Appearance - This is a very dark brown in color with little head.

Smell - The aroma consists of some heavily-toasted malts, a light yeast smell, and lots of raw sugar.

Taste - The taste is much bigger than the smell. The darkish malt and big sugars explode on the taste buds. The sweetness lingers too and picks up a lightened fruity character at the finish.

Mouthfeel - This is in between light and medium-bodied with a bitter flavor but not a real bitter texture.

Drinkability - This is nowhere near as good as their Cambonator Doppelbock but it is passable.

Update - I originally reviewed this with an 07 vintage so thought I would take a second look with the 08 (drank in Mar 2009). I have to say it is exactly as my first review reflected. The nose is very soft even when warmed, the taste is big with a lingering sweetness, and I really didn't care much for the texture or appearance.

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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 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 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 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 letsgopens
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't your average Doppelbock but its still pleasurable in my opinion. It pours a matted, dark, woody brown with a near black appearance. Visible ruby highlights are present along with a nice grayish beige head that retains its frothiness for a reasonable amount of time before diminishing to an effervescent cap. A good amount of lacing remains as well as some small clinging bubbles on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is bright and buttery with a great deal of herbal notes. Some nice fruit character: darker fruit as well as apple and yeasty grain. A slightly phenolic/soda character is detectable also. Starchy with a decent amount of hops; reminiscent of the Saaz variety.

Buttery and crisp in flavor with some light caramel and molasses. Once again a good fruity component. More dark fruit, apple, cherry, and a distinct spiciness. Mild but pronounced hops and a slight vinous quality. Again there is a slightly metallic/phenolic note along with some noticeable booze.

A bit thin for a Doppelbock in my opinion with a primarily bright, crisp feel and a moderate grainy/buttery texture. Slightly starchy but with a slicker, juicier finish. Some warmth in the finish and moderate carbonation throughout. Tasty and palatable but a bit dim for me. Certainly quality though.

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Photo of Darwinbms
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZPB
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Pamola
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of reizorc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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