Doppelbock Dunkel
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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From:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
 
Germany
Style:
Doppelbock
Ranked #2
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,540
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 9.81%
Reviews:
553
Ratings:
771
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 27, 2022
Added:
Jun 16, 2002
Wants:
  454
Gots:
  192
SCORE
95
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Notes: This world famous bock from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain is not meant to be rushed, but savoured slowly. As solid as a rock, Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel presides over the evening meal with a colour reminiscent of dark copper with nuances of fiery red. Its clear gleaming look harmonises with its firm, fine pored head.

Also the aroma delights the connoisseur: soft roasted accents and a nuance of dried fruit carrying a vein of caramel. This Doppelbock Dunkel from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain presents a pleasant effervescence. And then there’s the unmistakable flavour: mouthcoating and velvety, strong and yet pleasantly malty – a powerful, robust body. At the same time, it develops an easily recognisable sweetness, embraced in roasted cocoa and a light, bitter hoppiness.

Concluding with a powerful punch, this Doppelbock departs with a lingering aftertaste of quality plain chocolate. A strong Doppelbock that embodies the centuries old Benedictine brewing tradition, sip by delicious sip.
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Reviewed by budsNpils from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Outstanding. So smooth for 7.1%, that 7.1% is packed with rich flavors to. It's all balanced out right. 1 of the most flavorful lagers iv had easily. Will be purchasing more while I can. Would recommend
Nov 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Grabbed a 0,5l bottle at the local liquor store type place in Sindelfingen. SO cheap! Been a long time since I’ve had this style and been an even longer time that I’ve wanted to try one of this quality. Very strong aroma, almost barrel like, and drinks quite strong for the ABV. Very clean and delicious!
Oct 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Sep 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by Dicers from California

Jul 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.26 by clm9 from North Carolina

Jul 26, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a pint bottle from TW-Greenville, SC 5-23-22 for $3.99. Bottle best by 3-2-23,

Beer poured reddish brown with a very nice white head that has some hang time.

Nose is nice, dark fruit esters dominate.

Taste is a medium malt base that is flavored very nicely with figs and currants from the yeast strain. Finishes with an excellently incorporated noble hop leading to a delightful finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a wonderful beer and representation of the style!
Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by Stignacious from New York

Jul 04, 2022
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Reviewed by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pours super dark, with very tight bubbles on the head. Smells of dates and figs with a good deal of simple caramalt, not quite dark and roasted but certainly caramalt. Thereafter is a hint of spice, almost like rye but not quite. Reminds me firmly of Korbinian's malt bill.

Oh wow. This is awesome. Fig upfront, with those classic dried fruit, but there's no real brown sugar there. Those can feel so sweet. There's a hint of almost oxidized character but I mean that in a good way, in the way that aged beer has that kind of flavor about it. Tastes so good. Just beautiful, rounded malt character with spice and some very tidy hoppy elements. Mostly though, it's just so full and decadent but in a drinkable way.

Cheers, Completely earns every ounce of its reputation.
Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle code L2281 , which I think translates to 8/16/21

Not quite as legendary as Celebrator, but I’m sure nearly as good, we have the Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel. I hear this one come up into conversation every now and then, so I knew I had to pick up a bottle when I saw it. Let’s see what it’s all about

Pours a slightly cloudy brownish red with 2 fingers of creamy tan head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose on this one is definitely sweet, but also a bit savory which is a nice touch. I’m picking up on aromas of raisin, sweet molasses, brown sugar, bready malt, toasted grain, light herbal hops, and a touch of dark chocolate

The savory vibe really comes through in taste too which I dig. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting pumpernickel toast, brown sugar, fig, cocoa powder, light black pepper, and toffee. The swallow brings notes of brown sugar, sweet molasses, raisin, cocoa powder, herbal hops, pumpernickel toast, and light vanilla

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth and slick beer. Finishes slightly sticky but nicely balanced

This is a damn great beer. Typically something that would be better for the depths of winter, but a cooler spring night like tonight is also a beautiful compliment to this beer
May 25, 2022
 
Rated: 2.86 by stephenlee93 from England

May 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Stengelfoot from California

May 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by WDJersey from Colorado

May 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.57 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Apr 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by arzt from Germany

Apr 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by BeerWasp from Germany

Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a mahogany brown. It is still crystal clear, beautiful in appearance. I get molasses and well browned crusty bread. Maillard, I get Maillard! Getting molasses, a well browned bread crust, some caramel, some brown sugar. This is terrific.
Feb 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500 ml bottle stamped L0961 poured into a tulip glass.

Dark clear walnut hue. One finger tan head with spotty lacing, light surface carbonation.
Strong stone fruit, caramel, ginger aromas.
Sweet prune, raisin, toffee, light roast malt, hop zing.
Creamy mouthfeel with light bitter finish. Good carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Delicious well balanced Bock equal to Celebrator and Augustiner.
Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- 500ml traditional bottle pours into a tulip glass with a deep, dark brown body. A creamy, puffy cap forms on the beer with a light tan hue. Good head retention. Lacing is webs with spottiness as well.

S- Dark fruits with raisin definitely coming on strong above a nice mixture of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light roast, cocoa, tobacco, spices and buttery bread. A bit of smokiness in there that works well with the sweet spiced raisins.

T- Definitely get some nice sweetness out of the gate with medium candi sugar and toffee vibes coming to mind with strong spiced dark fruit notes with raisin, fig and prune notes. Mostly around the toasted brown spectrum but some light cocoa, roast and smoky vibes. Bread, slight buttery-ness, pumpernickel bread and some bitter hops and spices.

MF- The body is medium and the texture is creamy with some frothyness. The carbonation is at a moderate level. Bittersweet ending with spiciness and caramel lingering.

Personally prefer Celebrator but its certainly impossible to go wrong between this and that. Malty but plenty of depth of flavor and balance throughout. Love the depth of the malts here with the toast, sweets, light roast and hint of smoke/tobacco.
Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown like a cola with a thin head that appeared then disappeared. Color of head was tan. Nose is malty and slightly caramel. Taste is also caramel with a slight licorice hint that gives way to a malty molasses flavor. Almost like hoarhound candy my grandmother would give me as a child. Superb Bock beer.
Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by mistaya from Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Draught from Keg. Dark red color. Aroma of German hops. Taste is malty, sweet, a bit of pumpernickel, and heavenly (thanks to Benedictine monks). Mouth feel creamy, toasty. Maybe the best I've tasted, hard to put Celebrator down a notch, but this one does.
Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by irishevans from California

Dec 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Nov 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Stratscott

Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Kiiz

3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
L: Ruby brown, mild off white head, mild lacing.
S: Fresh buttered bread, caramel. A little boozy.
T: Follows nose with a bit of red fruit. Booze not noticeable.
F: Light/medium bodied, taste lasts moderately long. Not much carbonation. Just seems too light and refreshing for me. Almost feels more like a summer lager.
O: Very solid and I like what it’s trying to do. For some reason it just didn’t resonate much with me. Definitely worth trying though.
Oct 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.84 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Oct 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by Traveler1 from Texas

Sep 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Sep 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by McBraniel from Virginia

Sep 17, 2021
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark, red-tinted copper color with ample, soft tan head. I’m not detecting much on the nose, just a slight malty smell. Tastes of yeasty bread, caramel, toasted malts, a hint of bitter hops, fig, raisin, toffee, a hint of cocoa. The distinguishing characteristics are the yeast strain, which is unique and pleasant, and the strong depth of the malt background. The other flavors are restrained but noticeable, combining to make for an extremely well balanced final result. Perhaps a tad sweet to be highly sessionable, yet I could easily imagine drinking a liter or more on a nice day. The feel is medium thick and creamy with excellent carbonation. Overall I understand now why people like dopplebocks. The low quality American versions that I have tried don’t do justice to this very fine libation.
Sep 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by Biergerd from Germany

Aug 31, 2021
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Reviewed by NLu1776

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
These are commonly referred to as mortar shells because of the size and shape of the bottle by American GIs. I would grab them by the case when they were stocked. The taste is incredible with a robust mouth feel. It sits somewhere between a porter and a stout. I wish we could get them imported to the States. This was my go to when I was stationed in Europe.
Aug 31, 2021
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Rated by Todd-Gerstemeier

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Great beer, most favorite dark beer.
Aug 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by Mikexw from New York

Jul 05, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
solid Doppelbock, good depth and above average for style. if you like Doppelbocks, you will like this one. If you don't like darker beers, you probably won't like this one.
Jun 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by IRONRakkasan from California

May 30, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review 1536

My continuation for the fame. This beer is 44 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer created a massive three-fingered head with excellent retention. The light tan head is airy and creamy leaving some lacing on the glass as it dissipated slowly. The lacing on the glass is minimal. The color is SRM 20, dark brown with ruby highlights. The clarity of the beer is clear with a few carbonation bubbles.

Dark roasty malts, smoke, Maillard, toffee, caramel, and some floral. Nosing further, I detect malty sweetness, earthy tobacco, a hint of phenols, and chocolate.

Dark roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, and toffee are what I perceive first. Next, I taste floral esters, phenolic, floral esters, smoke, Maillard, caramel, earthy tobacco, and a smidge of phenols,

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and thick.

The body of the beer is medium-plus, low carbonation, and fuller finish.

This beer is stupid good. Neither of the flavors is competing for center stage. Some doppelbocks I have consumed, the smoke, and Maillard are more present than I prefer. This beer is balanced in more ways than one. The flavors are spectacular. I enjoyed this beer and would consume it regularly.
May 19, 2021
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear mahogany with somewhat sparse rising bubbles. 1 1/2 tan head, thick, with good retention. It forms pock marks as it recedes and leaves behind momentary lacing which slides down into the beer.

Rich aroma. Dark fruits and sweet molasses. Raisins and figs. Some toast.

The toasted pumpernickel bread is more up front in the flavor than in the taste. Blending in nicely are the dark fruits and sweet bready malts. The middle and finish are smooth and complex. It tends toward the sweet, but the totality is a sumptious blend of the various flavors. The aftertaste is on the sweet side, but not overly so, and leaves a pleasant coating.

Mouth feel is luxurious and medium-to-substantial.

Overall, this is a full and gorgeous doppelbock. Complex, mellow, and a wonderful interplay of flavors.
Apr 29, 2021
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