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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 06-16-2002

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4.31
pDev:
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Photo of JayQue
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good Dopplebock. Pours a clear dark amber color with plenty of ruby highlights coming through when held to a light. Medium size antique white/very light tan head. Good retention (maintains a covering of the glass) and some lacing. Aroma and flavor are strong toasted malt, some dark fruit (mostly raisins and a little cherry) . There is some light chocolate flavor and at the finish, a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a Dopplebock, some good ones are like a bready sandwich, but still more than adequate.Overall this rates with the top Dopplebocks .

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dopplebock pours a brown color with a slightly red tint. It is lighter than most dopplebocks that I’ve seen. It has a light, frothy head of foam and a high amount of carbonation. The smell is fairly sweet with notes of caramel and some fruit notes, possibly cherry and dates. There is a nice variety bready, caramel, and chocolate malt flavors, though the body is a bit lighter than optimum for a dopplebock in my opinion, though many other reviewers claim the opposite. The fruit flavors are a little more subtle, but there is definitely a slight date and maybe some cherry flavor as well. The flavor is a little sweet, but not as sweet as the smell would have you believe. The finish is slightly on the dry side. Overall this is a pretty good dopplebock, but I’ve definitely had better. The flavor profile is pretty interesting, but despite what reviewers say it tastes a little light compared to my favorites like Celebrator, Unser Aventinus, and Korbinian. Other than those though it’s pretty great, but I do think it's a little overrated.

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Photo of cmf
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from keg at cloister into 0.5 L stein. Beer poured red and clear with a good head. Very little aroma. Excellent dunkel with focused on even taste little hop flavor. Some bitter aftertaste adds to the experience.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the 500 ml. bottle stamped L-3004. Sampled on May 30, 2016.

That is a gorgeous looking deep amber brown pour leading up to a modest off-white head that diminishes some.

Sweet malts, molasses, raisin reign supreme with a low hop profile.

Medium to heavy body. Delicate and smooth.

The flavor brings out all those rich and luscious molasses, sweet malts, and raisin characters of the nose. Mild bitterness to end. In an ocean of hopped-up bitter beers this one is a step back to the long German tradition.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Worthy of the reputation. Pours a dark copper with a head that stays. Smells of fig and plumb, so the hops comes as a pleasant surprise. So much fruit and slice that it has a bit of a Abby taste. Right up there with Celebrator. On tap at the Sunnyvale beer garden.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Brown with a reddish tint. Some active carbonation. 1/4 inch head that holds for 30 seconds. Liquid is substantially opaque, but some light gets through. Looks clear.

S - Prunes, raisins, malts, sweetness, sour cherries. Smell is very strong.

T - Same as smell, but not as strong. No bitterness. Some alcohol. Prune start turns into sour cherries. Finish is just a tad planty.

M - Medium to Thick. A little carbonation burn . Taste holds for 15 seconds.

O - Enjoyable. Great strong smell that matches the taste.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a dimpled mug. Paid £3.10 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, bright, chestnut body with plenty of beautiful ruby highlights and fine streaming carbonation that only becomes visible when held to the light. A dense, foamy, two-finger in height, light tan coloured head quickly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind small amounts of soapy lace.

Rich, sweet, toasty and bready malt profiles lead the aroma upfront. Substantial notes of toffee and caramel follow, along with raisins, plums and dark stone fruit. Lighter hints of banana-like yeast esters are noticeable in the background, becoming more apparent after warming slightly. Taste follows suit, but encompasses far more complexity than the nose implied. Soft caramel and toffee lead above an abundance of warm toasted malts, before transitioning to a complex amalgamation of dark fruits. Raisin-like sweetness is the most prevalent flavour, but fleshy plums, figs, prunes and cherry are all perceptible, along with hints of brown sugar and molasses throughout the mid-palate. Towards the finish, slightly darker roast characters combine with mildly bitter hops to bring traces of dark chocolate, cocoa, spice and earth, expertly preventing the hugely malt forward profile from becoming cloying. In the mouth, a medium to full body and moderate carbonation give a soft, smooth and velvety feel, drying out just slightly towards the finish in combination with a pleasant amount of alcohol warmth. Traces of roasted bitterness and dark chocolate linger on the palate, but the finish mainly comprises of residual malt and fruit sweetness.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Hugely complex, incredibly well balanced, and ridiculously quaffable. Perhaps it could finish a little drier, but ultimately it still remains the best Doppelbock I have come across to date. Recommended.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber-orange. Nicely formed head. Lasts a bit too.

Grape aroma with a touch too heavy caramel.

Velvety, big body. Light carbonation.

Not too sweet fruit. Heaviest on fig with a little banana. Not too sweet caramel. Bit of bready crust. Also get some hay/wheat in there. Hint of clove spice. Departs with some chocolate elements. Banana-raisin bread pudding.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased bottle 2-28-15. Bottle date L 1595 – June 8 2015
L: A 2” fairly persistent light tan foam column tops a brilliant chestnut pour.
S: Strong bread aromas include bred crumb and crust, traces of tart, fruit, no big hop aromas.
T: Whole grain bread crust flavors, mildly sweet, light kettle sugars, spicy malt flavors, and a restrained hint of chocolate and caramel. The chocolate and caramel come out more as the beer warms. No discernible hop flavor but a slight bitterness. A touch oxidized with traces of wet cardboard.
F: Very creamy medium to medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: Despite the oxidation, still a very good beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany brown with a medium head that leaves a ring and lacing. Nose is brown sugars, dates...all that good dark sugary stuff. Flavor is sweet and warm dark malts. Maybe not as complex as I was expecting, but still very good. A bit too carbed for my taste, but full mouthfeel and not cloying. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like that Benedictine monks hold to their monastic brewing tradition in German style.
From my reading, they adhere strictly to traditional brewing and lagering techniques.
And it shows.
This lager is listed on the "1001" and deserves to be there.
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "luscious."

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Photo of mncoinman
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Initial smell not of a strong bock malt...more of a dunkel influence. Pours ruby red with minimal foam head. Nice carbonation. Good balance on the sweetness (not too much or too little). Nice warm feeling within after drinking. One of the better mixes of doppelbock dunkels that I've had. Although I tend to favor the distinctive malts that come with doppelbocks, this one does a reasonable job of not letting the dunkel overwhelm the combination of the two.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark, , near brown colored beer, semi-clear with bright ruby accents around the edge of the glass. Poured a light head that slowly fades away. No lacing.
S: Amazing. Has hints of dates and purple grapes, also smells like fresh chocolate. Very hearty and sweet.
T: Repeat of the smell, with dark fruit qualities layered within a light chocolate maltiness. Slight similar burnt notes to a porter but much lighter. Slightly dry/bitter on the finish
F: Very rich, mildly acrid/astringent. Body is full, carbonation is on the higher end. Drinks a little heavy, a bit of a sipper.
O: Great doppelbock, never tried before, will certainly drink again.

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Photo of mkh012
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark red with a thin head. Smell is subtle - caramel, raisins, and slight cherry. The taste largely follows, with some hefeweizen-like banana notes in there as well. A very light and drinkable beer with restrained but prominent maltiness. Nice, but nothing as remarkable as the Aventinus I drank before this. Maybe a little unexciting despite how well-balanced it is. B+ for me

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Photo of dxm
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Andechaer am Dom in Munich. Smooth, rich, with an off-white head. Perfect with the fresh hot pretzel the waitress sold us. Hints of sweetness and a deep malt flavor. I don't understand why some craft fans insist on hopping up everything. There's a reason the Germans don't change up their recipes.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nearly no head and what's there fades to rim bubbles. No lace. Deep brown color but light passes through the center easily. Clear.

Raisins in cream is the first smell I get. There may be some vanilla as well in the background.

Sweet and rich like a dark double bock should be. Lots of raisin, it could almost pass for a port or sherry except for the carbonation, which is still low for this styled beer.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice two finger tannish fluffy head. Beautiful dark reddish brown color. So-so retention and lacing. Great aromas of figs, banana, clove and sweet malt. Nice dark fruit favors, with a bit of banana, clovey spiciness, and sweet molasses. Nice fairly thick mouthfeel for a lager, sweet finish, but not cloying. This beer is one of the classics, and now I know why- simply outstanding!

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Photo of Surdu
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Beautiful finger-width head and a dark red mahogany pour
S: Figs, licorice, roasted malts, molasses, honey, a little clove and banana
T: Toasty liquid bread
M: Crisp yet full bodied
O: Second only to the Ayinger Celebrator in my book.

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Photo of TH28
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml btl. No apparent code date. Appearance: Deep brown and clear, with a beautiful deep ruby red and a moderate khaki head. Aroma: Strong dark fruit character of raisin, fig, and plum Taste: Rich bready, toasty maltiness with caramel and roast. Strong dark fruit flavor continues, predominantly raisin and fig. Fruit has a slightly spicy feel. Bitterness just strong enough to counter the rich malt. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate carbonation. Alcohol strength well hidden. Finish: Toasted bread and dark fruit linger long after. Overall: Top notch Doppelbock. Complex malt character of bread, toast, caramel and a slight touch of roast. Raisin and fig fruit character stays strong on the nose and continues through the taste and finish.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

found at Pemberton Farms in the peoples republic

Brown to deep garnet color. At first it smells like new dried paint. Some bread crust as it warms. Taste is caramel, old diner coffee that's been sitting around awhile and black cherry. Good but not as good as advertised.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back on 1/28/16 with a good friend. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) for around $4.99 from Hy-Vee. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "HB-MUNICH" .5L handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a deep mahogany in color with a good 1-finger foamy/creamy beige head. Lots of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of sweet malts with spices for the most part. Taste follows the nose with some dark fruits (plums?) with a hint of caramel as well. Very tasty and goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Smooth and creamy. Medium+-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, a great German brew!

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Photo of Dravin
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Willybecher glass. Bottled on code of L 2365 (my understanding is 236th day of 2015).

Look -- Pours a nice amber brown with a finger and a half or tan head that settles down to a ring around the inside of the glass and a thing layer across the top of the beer that sticks around for the long haul. Leaves decent lacing.

Smell -- Nutty, caramel, hints of molasses, prunes/raisins, and an extremely faint sweet chocolate.

Taste -- Much like the nose except the chocolate comes through a touch more. It has a nice sweetness that avoids being cloying. A finishing bitterness helps prepare you for the next sip. Extremely well balanced.

Feel -- Nice and smooth with a body that has just the right heft for a doppelbock. It's luxurious without coating the mouth and tongue.

Overall -- It is a fantastic doppelbock that showcases the wonders that malt can pull off when you make it the focus but it's extremely well balanced by the right amount of hop bitterness to pull it together and keep it from being a cloying.

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Photo of Curiosibeer
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one ias a favourite of mine! And was a very popular one in my facebook's Curiosibeer. Colour is dark, red; medium white head; bittersweet smell; flavour is strong, malty and and bittersweet.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, no dating that I can find but L 1595 is stamped on the back label. This was a recent arrival at my local beer store so I'm assuming it's somewhat fresh. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, dried dark fruit, and some light grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some breadiness and chocolate noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and very easy to drink. I thought this was really good, I'll have to pick up some more soon if there's any left at the store! $3.49 a bottle.

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Photo of braker649er
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Complex, malty flavor. I tend to prefer less malty beers, but this one's flavor is undeniably rich. Might be my new favorite malt-forward beer.

L-beautiful, copper to ruby with brownish off-white head
S-solid, just didn't knock me out.
T-nice balance of malty sweetness that also had grainy depth and some fruit and dark chocolate at the edges.
F-smooth
O-I can see why this is world famous for the style

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