DeGroen's Doppelbock | Baltimore Brewing Company

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DeGroen's DoppelbockDeGroen's Doppelbock

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Baltimore Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by dwarbi:
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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This perfect looking dopplebock has a medium sized off-white head. The beer is glowing amber-orange. A truly beautiful beer. Smells clean. I can't detect some vanilla. Tastes wonderful. It tastes a little chalky, thick, and sweet.... but in a good way! Somehow it works. Whips my tastebuds into shape. Very drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, dark chestnut body is capped by a frothy head of light tan foam that holds quite well and leaves some thin lacing about the glass. The nose displays a toasty and caramelish malt that's laced with some yeasty fruitiness and a thread of alcohol. It's full and creamy across the palate with a full body and very fine, median carbonation. The flavor is far less malty than might be expected, and what is present is fairly straightforward with a basic, deeply caramelized/almost-burnt sugar edge. There are no chocolate nuances, nor hints of roastiness or smokiness. Some floral hop flavors, however, lend a refreshing character that helps to keep it drinkable. It's bitterness is omnipresent but never steps into the limelight; and it finishes short and dry with just a flash of malt before the alcohol becomes apparent, and then slowly fades to reveal its lingering bitterness. It's a forceful but swift doppelbock - with more noticeable alcohol than it should have, and a little less malt body and character than it could have. Still, its aggression is not overwhelming. It's more of a jab to the face than a body slam! An interesting and enjoyable beer that's worth a try, but be careful because it will hit you!

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around, one of my favorite beers. Frothy white head, topped with a malty good smell and taste. Although two or three of these generally get me tipsy, you don't have that burning alcohol flavor that would overwhelm and mask that bready yeast overtone to all the Degroen's fare. I almost gave the beer a 5 in drinkability. It is smooth and light, and washes down the pretzels and sausage from the back kitchen.

The only possible negative thing you can say about Dopplebock is that Degroens only uses it currently as a seasonal. (Although lucky bar goers are given a special "Christmas in July" every year that will help with your non-seasonal Dopplebock needs)

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Photo of Terp96
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the current winter seasonal from Degroen's Breing Company in Dover, DE. New packaging with no reference to the now closed Baltimore Brewing Company where Theo DeGroen got his start in the U.S. The bottle also mentions that the DeGroens are "Master Brewers for Seven Generations." I believe this refers to the fact that Theo is a decendent of the Grolsch family. Correct me if I am wrong.

On to the beer. I used to have this at BBC and the new bottled version hasn't really lost a step. It pours a deep amber with a nice one finger thick head that disappears after a few sips.

Very nice aroma. Very malty and sugary sweet smelling. Dark fruit aromas. Slight hint of alcohol as well.

Taste is mostly roasted, sweet malt. Raisiny sweet. Very strong malt backbone to say the least with a slight touch of hops in the finish. Alcohol kicks in as well. Very warming.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and lingering. You feel as if this stuff is stuck on your lips. Pretty thick and sweet but the hop bitterness adds a slight bite at the end of every sip.

Not a very drinkable brew due to the alcohol presence and the fact that it is incredibly sweet. I drank an entire growler of this one evening while in college and it wrecked me for a couple of days. I guess those memories still run deep. Pretty good in moderation though.

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DeGroen's Doppelbock from Baltimore Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4 ratings