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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany
andechs.de

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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1,105
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4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of FBarber
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a frothy off-white head.

Smell has notes of grapes, dry red wine, raisins, prunes, brown sugar, and lots of bready malts.

Taste follows the nose with a very dry red wine and bready malt flavor up front. Remarkable how dry the flavors are. Sweetness is less than expected but there are some brown sugar notes. Some dark fruits - raisins, prunes and red grapes - are also noted. Didn't really get any of the chocolate mentioned in the description.

Feel is light yet full bodied. Medium but gentle carbonation. Very dry throughout with a bone dry finish.

Overall a lovely doppelbock and immediately one of my favorites for the style.

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Photo of Premo88
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: ruby red, clear, topped by thick 1-inch-plus head of tan foam that sticks a little; the red has just a twinge of brown/orange in it; the head lingers for a couple of minutes, and there's enough activity in the glass to keep a frothy thick collar and skin of foam; a wonderful percolating show off the pour and a gorgeous beer all around -- the collar and skin are works of art; doesn't lace much but it's still a work of art

S: dark dried fruits galore ... dates, prunes, raisins, raisin bread ... and all of it super sweet; as it warms, the lighter malt gives off some buttery bread; so sweet and dark-malty at times you get a little chocolate out of it ... like a chocolate-covered donut; if the butter is diacetyl, one ask to ask "who cares?" ... noses don't get better than this

T: strong dark malt flavors with tamed-down sweetness, unsweetened prunes; as it warms, a little more sweetness shows up; raisins

F: what beer's all about ... tons of good carbonation, a decent body and all of it softened just a tad by the constant skin you drink through; it seems very light at first, but the overall effect is a near-perfect midweight

O: as good as advertised, perhaps better; Andechs is chock full of dark malt flavors with one of the sweetest, dark-fruitest noses you'll ever come across; as it warms, the flavor opens up into a true treat, almost as good as that nose; at 7.1% ABV it's strong but just tame enough to help you counter the fact that you want to drink it way too fast; I bought two bottles, I should've bought half a case -- it's good enough that I'll seek this out again and again and drink it year round

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel. Decent khaki head, light cola color.

Malty nose, not much else that's clear or prominent.

Yeasty, malty taste, bit of rye bread, and a little bit of dark fruit.

Mouth is big, but pretty smooth. Carb is mostly in the swallow.

In comparison with other high rated and common examples (Samichlaus, Celebrator, Salvator), this is pretty standard. Not a lot of distinct character, just a well done doppelbock. Fans of the style will appreciate this grand dark lager.

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Photo of sinclairbeergarden
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Beautiful dark reddish brown. Light head, dissipating quickly.

S- deep bready yeast smells. rye bread, currant, molasses even. Malt over all

T- Really light for the ABV.. dark cherry. chewy malt flavor. some kind of bark/root flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

F- smooth, light, ready finish.

O- Really a great example of this style. Thick, full, but light enough to drink more than one. Deep dark and malty. Yum.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jesus this is beautiful. Light brown head is plentiful and sticks around on top of the beautiful deep red body.

Taste is malt and malt and malt. Toffee and light peaberry coffee. me of worthers lol. Overall quite smooth.

Excellent.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brown color with a slight white head.

Smell - The sweet malts of a doppelbock resemble freshly baked dark bread.

Taste - There are big sweet chewy mulch here. Dark fruit, caramel, perhaps a hint of cola, then a slightly dry sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This thickness allows this to linger nicely.

Overall - this is a top-of-the-line doppelbock.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always up for a Doppelbock, especially this time of year.

Pours jet black with hues of brown. Smells of caramel and black licorice with a little toasted grain. Tastes of plum, caramel, and chocolate with pine in the finish. Has a roasty enveloping for good measure. Medium, smooth and robust.

There's no going wrong here.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber/brown color with a decent sized tan head, fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass or a cap.

Smell has a huge toffee and caramel aroma, quite earthy as well.

Taste starts out with the toffee flavor and lasts pretty much throughout, hints of chocolate dance around in the mouth, still very earthy, quite viscous, soft carbonation with a velvety feel.

This was one of my whales for a long time, I'm quite glad this Doppelbock finally made its way stateside.

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Photo of puck1225
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beautiful dark brown with a wonderful thick fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Smoky, earthy smell, very fragrant. Bold taste: smoke, chocolate, dark toaste. Sweet and malty with just a hint of bitterness. Great beer!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear and dark chestnut brown in color. Kakhi, finger width head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind a thin, mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge. Not much for lacing aside from a few spots here and there.

Smell - Solid toffee notes with a touch of caramel, earthiness and some dark fruitiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. A punchy combo of toffee and caramel, off-set by fruity notes of fig and lesser raisin. Light, earthy hops and a touch of cocao in the finish, off-setting much of the sweetness and leaving a fairly balanced finish, though a trace of fruity tartness lingers well afterward.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation to moderate carbonation. Slick, smooth texture makes this an easy drinker with a lightly dry finish.

Overall - It's no Celebrator, but this is a fantastic doppel in it's own right. Strong flavor that's complimented by a smooth, drinkable quality and a well-rounded finish. If you see this, do not pass it up.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish-brown, with a one-finger, white head that dissapates quickly. A little carbonation.
Smells of big, carmel malt.
Taste is of sweet malt. Dried fruit with a nice roasted finish. A hint of other fruits such as banana. Some light hop backing. A slight licorice as well. Slight chocolate in finish.
Velvety smooth finish makes this feel awesome. Nice warming from the alcohol.
I will get this one again!

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Photo of pkalix
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

great price ($3.99) for such an awesome brew! cola-looking but severely lacking in carbonation. i blame shelf age for this as the place i purchased it is notorious for having old beer and the european stuff sits longer than the american stuff. but even with the lack of carbonation this has a very good flavor. a little sweet as most dopples are and a dry finish. dark(er) fruits and the typical great german flavors.....

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Photo of Reidrover
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem Oregon $3.99 Dark amber/ brown colored body with a nice sized thick and frothy cream colored head. Unlike most dopplebocks the aroma of this is mainly wheat, vanilla and hazelnuts. Nice Taste similar to the aroma but more of the dark fruit and over ripe bananas , raisins and a bit of licorice appear..many flavors as it heats. Delicious smooth and silky mouth feel. An excellent traditional dopplebock.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful coppery amber brew with big head in the buxom Weissbier glass. Very sudsy with clouds of carbonation in the mouth in the best German style. Sweet and malty. Tangy edge with a musty, malty aroma.

This tastes more like an English Old Ale to me, with the murky malt and the oxidized note. Some of the usual wheat esters but more burnt clove and lacks the banana. The odd bitterness with the old spice (not the aftershave) aftertaste is not what I like in the Doppelbock, but apparently it's authentic. Date stamp is "L 0906" which would make it not quite four months old. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, which has a whole range from this brewer.

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Photo of JayQue
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -4.7%
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 -18.4%
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 +10.2%
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 +1.6%
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 +10.9%
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 +1.2%
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 +2.1%
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 +10.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting that Benedictine monks hold to their monastic brewing tradition in this German style.
From my reading, they adhere strictly to traditional brewing and lagering techniques. (Interesting aside, the label omits yeast as an ingredient. )
But, their adherence to tradition shows. The malts are full in the nose, but particularly well-blended in the taste. The fullness of the finish tells me this is a great beer. No need to improve this one.

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."
A 1/14/17 re-tasting confirms all this praise and does not change this rating.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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