Doppelbock Dunkel
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ranked #2
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4.31 | pDev: 9.74%
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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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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3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Sunday at 10:05 AM
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
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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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
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
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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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MNAle from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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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zac16125 from South Carolina

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

Bottle number: L2660, which I assume is the Julian System to make this beer approximately 7-8 months old. Another new to me beer, which makes this another double dip between this thread and a check off the Beers of Fame list.

Pours a dark amber color, fully translucent clarity particularly when held to light. A large and dense light tan head hangs around for the entirety of the drink. Nice lacing. Beautiful beer. Aroma is a malt bomb. I get notes of sweet bread, caramel, some dark fruits, earthy spicy hops. Taste is big dark fruits up front, caramel malts in the middle, and earthy moderately bitter hop notes on the finish. Other characters I get are subtle unsweetened cocoa, and some herbaceous but not quite floral notes. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice smoothness, perfect carbonation, and good drinkability. Overall a great beer. I’d put it slightly above the Korbinian I had earlier tonight.


Apr 24, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a nonic pint. L2380 is the date on the bottle.

Pours a dark caramel-ruby color with a pretty large head that dissipates to a few millimeter thick layer. Smell is very toffee and raisins.

Taste is richer than the aroma, for sure. Definitely get the toffee and raisins, I get some dark toast, walnuts, maybe a hint of coffee or chocolate. Moderate molasses sweetness, light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than other doppelbocks I've had recently. Not thick or chewy, just a noticeable and pleasant heft. Overall, this is a nice beer.

Apr 16, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

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

Poured a dark mahogany and a light tan head that dissipated after several minutes.

Taste the sweet malt, black bread and toffee up front mixed with dark fruit and a non-bitter, lingering aftertaste. Medium-light mouthfeel and good carbonation.

Apr 09, 2021
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Candied dark fruit invites the nose upon the brownish mahogany pour.
Taste is caramel and sweetness like brown sugar...a tasty sweet beer.

Feel is full and rich and creamy in the right carbonated way.

Apr 04, 2021
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, date code L2660 - so that's Sep 23 (266th day of) 2020.
Looks nice, a deep dark copper, crystal clear with a fine off- white head.
Aromas of toasted bread, caramel, raisin and toffee.
Great flavors, dark bread dough, caramel and dried fruits, malty with a touch of bitter cocoa.
Feels robust and malt focused, but well carbonated and lively with a clean bittersweet finish.

Overall excellent, a top doppelbock! Glad I could find this in my local bottle shop.

Mar 11, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: super dark, pours with a medium white head

Smell: some malt, but also some iron not much of a smell, and the iron is unpleasant

Taste: very nice malty flavor, super smooth, some almost chocolatey notes at the finish

Feel: incredibly smooth

The beer is very good overall, just disappointing that there is not much to the smell

Feb 12, 2021
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark brown with garnet/ruby highlights. Nice clarity, not cloudy. Fluffy off white head with good retention.

Aroma: Malt forward. Sweet dark fruit. Bready, light toast. No caramel or roasted malt flavors.

Flavor: Some spiciness. Sweet Munich malt breadiness. Restrained bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Soft & full bodied. Low carbonation. Medium length finish with faint bitterness.

Overall: Wonderfully pleasing Doppelbock brew. It's soft and sweet but not cloying or sticky. It has just enough bitterness but it's barely perceptible and fades quickly. Beautiful dark brown appearance with ruby highlights throughout. I know this was not the most fresh sample, so I can't imagine how much better it is a bit fresher.

Feb 11, 2021
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

July 30th, 2016 - A dark brew, with a bleach white foam, it is a study in contrasts here inside my Delirium Tremens glass, but the smell is distinct with butternut squash, red miso and an aroma familiar from my days in Tokyo making pots of nabe in the winter. The body is a little for these rich notes, but the red miso is still present and clear, with garlic and red pepper flakes for seasoning and spice.

Jan 24, 2021
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep copper with a medium white head. Aroma is mild but a mix of bread and fruit. Taste is malty and caramel and a touch of dark fruit. Feel is very good rich and coating. Overall a very nice doppelbock.

Jan 23, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark brown with a moderate amount of head. The nose is incredible. Soft nutty notes appear first, then raisins, sherry, yeast, malty, pizza dough, and toffee. Just a beautiful nose that keeps me coming back for more! The taste continues along this excellent trajectory. Sweet toffee, sherry, old books, raisins, plums, figs, a touch of chocolate, and bread. Wow. So incredibly smooth and delicious. Definitely one of the best doppelbocks I have had the opportunity to try. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the aftertaste is long and malty. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Overall, I will seek this out and buy as much as I can.

Dec 20, 2020
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Charles_Ball_Fuller from Missouri

4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear and dark brown with a deep red glow that gives a nice, dark mahogany color. Really beautiful dark head.
Smell: Distinct hoppy smell mellowed out by chocolatey and even a little like baking spices. Sweet.
Taste: Quite a bitter punch at the opening and the finish. It's bitterness is similar to that of the exterior of a dark challah exterior. Really mellow and chocolatey, even clove-y during the hold. As it warms up, it actually mellows out much more and the rich darker notes are much stronger while the bitterness fades drastically. It gets sweeter the longer you drink it. As it warms, it also starts to bring out something akin to a really hot light-roast coffee that isn't abrasive - think Guatemala.
Feel: Medium-full bodied, akin to drinking flat soda. Fine carbonation that isn't overpowering or obtrusive.
Overall: A really well-rounded beer that goes great post-dinner with simple deserts. This beer changes more the longer I drink than any I've had, and I really enjoyed how long it kept my interest. Delicious!

Nov 18, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark brown, clear, dark tan slight head.
Smell: Dark bread, ginger, molasses, prunes, raisins. Smells like a Christmas bread.
Taste: Slightly sweet, brown bread, molasses, burnt sugar, graham cracker. But not really that sweet. This is outstanding.
Overall: 500 ml bottle is perfect. I get 3 or 4 small glasses from one bottle. A superb after dinner indulgence, like a fine cigar.
So good.

Oct 17, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting. The Andechs brewery predates the Reinheitsgebot. This is a super premium lager. Another way to put it, is that it's a Bock bier. Bock is distinguished by it's roasty qualities and long lagering process. The flavor has more nuance due to the roast, and the bier is smoother after lagering.

L: Pours dark brown and very foamy. The way it foams is magnificent. Happy little bubbles, clumping in some places from the bottle conditioning. It's also glossy with a caramel appeal.

S: It has a deep roasted complexity about it. This contains no wheat, only barley. That said, the aroma resembles barleywine, perhaps Scotch ale if it were more smokey. Heavy barley. Caramelized from the roast.

T: It has almost a candy like sweetness, a tangy bready caramel. It doesn't taste bitter at all. Brilliant candidate for bottle conditioning, its already mellow profile will become even more so. If you're already familiar with doppelbock, go right for it. If you're not, this is a wonderful way to learn.

F: Toasty finish. There's nothing on the tail end to muss things up. What residual there is is welcome, would pair well with a barbeque. Rather manageable at 7.1%

O: Beyond lovely. Outstanding quality.

Oct 15, 2020
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champ103 from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark but clear reddish mahogany/brown. At first a dense beige head rises to two fingers. Good retention initially, but that fades to a small ring eventually and leaves some spotty lace.
S: The nose on this is huge, it just wafts out of the mug and fills everything. Baked crusty bread, dark cherries, plums and raisins, chocolate. Oh man.
T: Follows the nose with that amazing layered malty flavor. Baked bread, dark chocolate covered cherries. Plums and raisins. Sweetness comes on strong of coarse. Along with an earthiness, almost like tobacco and peppery spice, even just a touch of bitterness sneaking through, that keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. This is excellent.
M/O: A full body with moderate carbonation. Just enough of a crisp snap to let you know the carbonation is there. Then becomes ultra silky smooth. This is a wonderful sipper. I can come back to this with ease, and for a big Dopplebock, would not get tiered with multiple rounds.

I have had this several times, but never put my thoughts down. This is a great Doppelbock, and up there with Celebrator for me. World class is all I have to say.

Sep 18, 2020
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cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, date code L0620
It's good, have had it before. This bottle tastes fresh enough.
Taste: Heavily toasted bread, some caramel/toffee. Hints of buck wheat honey/raisin/molasses flavor to it. Also hint of roasted malts.

Aug 12, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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

A - Chestnut brown color with thin caramel colored lacing and nice, vibrant carbonation cascading up through the middle. Very nice clarity with this beer.

S - Lots of bread and bread crust on the nose along with roasted toffee.

T - Follows the nose: bread, bread crust, toasted toffee, and finishes with a delicate earthy citrus over top of toasty bready caramel / toffee malt. Finishes balanced but on the sweeter side.

M - Thick and full bodied with a silky texture that leaves the palate mostly wet.

O - This is a fantastic Doppelbock.

Aug 10, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours maroon amber red-brown with a dense creamy lasting khaki colored foam head. Smells like toasty brown bread, dried dark fruits, caramel, molasses, hint of chocolate, apple, raisin, grape, plum, prune, dates, hint of yeasty funk, with floral earthy grassy hops. Tastes rich and concentrated with toasted brown bread, caramel, molasses, dark toffee, some chocolate, dried dark fruits, mild fruity esters like apple, raisin, grape, plum, prune, dates, hint of clove spice, and floral earthy grassy hops. Feels medium bodied, full, rich and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great doppelbock dunkel.

Jul 24, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Resembles a glass of coke, clear. Pours with 2mm head that almost immediately clears - odd - there was foam on the beer earlier just now, plus the glass has a nucleation spot!
S- It's mild, I just get a pleasant toasty grains note.
T- It's deeply toasty, some richness, very rounded, it rolls across the palate in a very elegant manner. There are several subtle side-notes, for example I'm sure some find fruits like raisons and similar.
F- It's elegant, there is little feel of it being 7.1%, it comes over a lighter, itself of course another sign of elegance and class.
O- It's pleasant enough, and I'd happily buy and drink it again, although I am surprised to see a '95/World Class' rating here, that to me is very rare to find, I've only rated about 5 of my 1240 ratings that high and they were each just stunning dazzlers, show-stoppers (like; Icelandic Lava Beer, German Weihenstephaner Vitus, Belgian St Bernardus Abt12) - to me, this is pleasant, but nowhere approaching that league.
Bought from BeersofEurope/UK for home delivery. 500ml bottle, BB: 02/01/2021. £2.74.

Jul 18, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

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

Pours a brownish copper color with a finger of fluffy head. The nose has notes of caramel and bread. The flavor has a sweet maple syrup taste upfront. The finish is semi-sweet caramel.

Jun 22, 2020
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