Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Doppelbock DunkelAndechser Doppelbock Dunkel
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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #2
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
95
Ranked #799
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 9.74%
Reviews:
525
Ratings:
1,264
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SCORE
95
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Andechser Doppelbock DunkelAndechser Doppelbock Dunkel
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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Reviews by hopsputin:
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

a: absolutely beautiful rich ruby read color with some hints of brown, purple, cherry, and managony. 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly

s: sweet caramel malts, clove, dark pears, cardamon. some nice earthy grass. sweet banana bread, fresh dough, fig, plum, and raisin. more bread and cracker with of hint of pepper to close. awesome aroma

t: big hit of sweet malts and caramel upfront with some sticky toffee. plums and fig behind that with ripe banana, a touch of wheat, and grass. huge doughy fresh bread presence with a touch of clove. a faint hit of dark chocolate and more dark bread

m: full mouthfeel with strong carbonation

o: seriously awesome beer. excellent example of the style. complex, yet easy to drink. like liquid bread. a must-try if you like the style

Apr 06, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

one of the top beers in germany, according to this sight, and i have to admit, its taken me awhile to fine one, and i may have been blinded slightly by the hype, but as i sit down to this frothing glass of crystal clear but super dark brown brew that is kriek cherry red in bright light, do i realize and appreciate just how good this is. sometimes i think we lose track of traditional styles, and how good the good ones are, people dont rave about dopplebock, it doesnt have pounds of dry hops, bacteria, or bourbon barrels, so it slips under the radar, and that is unfortunate because it is deserving of far higher praise. as that style goes, this one is one of the better going. beautiful caramelized barley sugars here in nose and taste, and ancient yeast strain, and a pleasing softness. its so simple but yet so deep, like a well made bread pudding, save some of the residual sugar. feels like the one that is most often copied. its hard to call it as nuanced as some of the crazy wilds out there, but its quality is through the roof. amazing its a lager, i often think that with dopplebock, but especially here, there is so much yeast flavor. affordable world class german beer has the weird distinction of being shelf turd material here in colorado. i hate that, because this is what beer should be, and beer economy, but i can only imagine this fresh on tap at the source. oh baby!

Apr 06, 2015
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep mahogany coloration with a reddish hue and a medium, creamy head. Smells of toasted, bready, caramel malt and dark fruits: fig, raisins, with just a hint of brown sugar, chocolate, licorice and herbal hops. Taste is an excellent balance of roasted, caramel, bready malt, pumpernickel bread, dark fruits: fig, raisin and lighter notes of chocolate and estery spice: clove, with just a hint of licorice, brown sugar and herbal, earthy hops as well. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and some caramel malt, dark fruits and estery spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

This is without a doubt my personal favorite doppelbock due to its rich, perfect balance of sweet, toasted malts, bitter, herbal hops and light estery spice resulting in quite a complex, yet easy-drinking Doppelbock that never turns too sweet and boozy while still feeling quite rich and satisfying.

Feb 03, 2018
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MikeyBadnews from Massachusetts

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

Short review but worth it. Smells incredible like figs, brown sugar and chocolate milk, tastes like a dark chocolate yoohoo with Kahlua.

Really good stuff.

May 26, 2017
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ZAP from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been awhile since I put in a 5.0 but this is as good as it gets for a doppel and for a beer in general. Huge sweet bready characteristics reminding of fresh baked honey bread drizzled with a brown sugar and raisin compote. Caramel, maple, molasses, dark fruits. A malt lovers dream. Body and weight are kept in check and this drinks almost like a regular bock but with much more flavor.

The best there is and probably the one beer I would take to a deserted island. It would certainly be in my six pack to bring. I would rate as one of my top 5 beer of all-time maybe #1

Apr 22, 2015
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a weizen glass) mind estens halt bar bis: 191010
A- Glows clear but dense with a deep walnut brown body with a sea of microbubbles in slow motion to a light tan creamy head that last and last with nice lacing with each sip.
S- The rich sweet toasted maltiness with some caramel malt with raw grain in the background and a Vienna malt.
T- A rich roasted flavor with a slight sweetness leads to a dry finish with a nice darker roasted malt that grows in the finish. A hop bitterness blends with roasted dark malt and a light sulfur note all linger together after the finish.
M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a nice creamy texture.
D- The full rich dark malt with some lager qualities and no real nougat melanoidins notes. This is a big beer with a nice supporting bitterness. It is a full meal in a glass.

Jul 14, 2010
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homebrew311 from Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep reddish amber appearance with a layer of beige head. Nose is very malty with hints of smoke, cereal grains, a bit of vegetal character and some notes of corn. I get some aroma of dry dog food as well... Ehhh... Not so good. Taste has a one dimensional fruity sweetness with notes of grape. A bit of a tart turn at the end. Taste is a bit sloppy. Mouthfeel is moderate with light carbonation. Overall, not a huge fan.

Jan 05, 2013
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cambabeer from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Jun 06, 2013
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AugustusRex from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 03, 2015
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Jaskeller from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. I first had it in D.C's Churchkey and it knocked my socks off. Excellent sweetness to counter the dark chocolate-like bitterness. Overall really well balanced. You almost expect it to be darker and more viscous than it is. If you're a fan of Samual Smith's Oatmeal Stout then you might be a fan of this too (they definitely aren't identical of course, just same kind of sweetness and balance from a darker beer).

Mar 20, 2015
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sweethome from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Munich pub.

I'm going from notes taken last summer. I loved a previous bottled version of this I had and highly anticipated this visit.

Deep chestnut color. A dazzling array of cedar, dark brown and a deep tan head. Perfect lacing as consumed.

The nose is quite good, but I was expecting a blast based on my memory of how much I like this beer. Was it to be? Yes, a rich vineous style of chocolate, german malt, noble hops.

Smooth and rich entry. Dances on the tongue, provides a near perfect balance of sweet maltiness and hop bittering. A hint of hop flavor behind the caramel and chocolate with hint of roast malt. Everything I remembered and more. So fresh, so inviting. I enjoyed this beer for 20 minutes while enjoying the atmosphere...warm evening, cafe doors opened to the evening sky.

One of the best of examples of the brewers art I have found.

Feb 01, 2009
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Haybeerman from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 09, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Apr 05, 2016
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KJ2013 from Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 26, 2015
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opieo from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick rich balanced. Malty. Creamy. Full bodied and complex. This is a high quality brew. This is a must drink brew. Get it.

Dec 25, 2016
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks for the bottle, jizzslurper.

clear ruby pour with some pumpkin orange in the thinner parts, an active amount of carbonation that brings the beer to life. cloudy, resilient thin foam greets me with each arrival of the glass to my face.

smells very traditional in terms of dopplebock. big caramel and carob blast up front, with sweetened cherry puree and plum jam bringing up the second wave of sweetness. caramelized malt burn that reminds me of a hot bagel oven and the slightest hints of glazed carrot and black peppercorns.

clean and crisp. hell yeah goats, this tastes great! for such a complex beer, it doesn't linger in thickness or bust the palate for future sips. initially, i get alot of creme brulee-topper burnt sugar, as well as overripe dates. a big beer like this with the traditional neatness of a lager is a true achievement, and now i know where all of the hype over this beer last year came from. glad i had the opportunity to drink it.

and for a 7+%er, this is easy drinking. way too easy, in fact. i highly recommend this dopple to anyone who has the means to acquire it.

Apr 02, 2007
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womencantsail from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Greg for including this as an extra in our recent trade! I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time.

A: The pour is a dark amber-kissed brown color with a finger's worth of khaki foam.

S: A nice sweet nose with some cola, chocolate, and caramel. There's a fair amount of roast to this, which I was not quite expecting.

T: The flavor is pretty much what I expect from a doppelbock. Toffee, caramel, cola, cherries, and just a pleasant sweetness overall. The roasted and toasted malts provide some nice complexity.

M: The body is medium with a very nice creamy and smooth carbonation to it.

D: I really liked this doppelbock, which is becoming a style that I enjoy very much. Good flavor and mouthfeel, and easy to drink.

Jul 02, 2010
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 05, 2019
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MPSTARR from Florida

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

May 23, 2015
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Branlott42 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 28, 2018
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MattSn from Oregon

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

Oct 13, 2019
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BrewMaster from California

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

I had this beer at the cafe in the central are of old Burghausen with the Andechs umbrellas and sign.

Appearance: Served in a tall, narrow stange glass. Dark brown with a ruby hue. Off white head with very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Wow.

Smell: Caramel, malty sweetness and ripe berries.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with a clean maltiness and a light roastiness. Vinous, earthy, bark, brown sugar, and plums. This beer is thick and full with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet but smooth and clean.

Drinkability: Very good and drinkable. It makes a great dessert beer. It's strong but not overpowering or offensive. Rich in flavor and complex. I liked this beer in the bottle but I LOVE it on tap.

This was the last beer of the evening on my second night in Germany. I was still jet lagged but that night I had the best night of sleep of any night in Europe. This beer isn't high in alcohol but with the sugars and alcohol together, this was lights out for me. I look forward to drinking this beer again when I am in Germany.

Jul 01, 2005
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kkmiller76 from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 31, 2016
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mklisz from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Apr 15, 2014
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bmac093 from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown copper red color. A large head forms and fades but overall good retention. Smells of sweet toffee and a strong malt presents. The taste starts with a strong toasted malt and sweetness of toffee, carmel with raisin and chocolate. There is a subtle complexity. A faint bitter and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, and perfect carbonation. Overall, a great doppelbock. May not be at the same level as Celebrator but close. I'll be looking for it in the future.

Apr 19, 2014
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