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

A-dark brown red color with a nice light tan head and decent lacing

S-toffee, dark fruit, wheat bread, light spices, hint of cocoa

T-toffee, caramel, raisin, fig, dark bread, hints of cinnamon and cocoa, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a great Doppelbock, great rich flavors and an enjoyable beer to savor

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark mahogany amber with a thin khaki head that had decent retention and light lacing. Rich malt aroma of caramel malt, brown bread, nuts and dark dried fruit. Flavor follows, with dark bready and caramel malt up front backed by dark dried fruit, particularly figs and dates, a little dark fresh fruit, a hint of rye. Mild grassy hops in the finish. Good medium body with active carbonation (not producing much of a head, oddly enough). A rich, satisfying doppelbock with the best dark brown bread character of any I've tried. Lots of depth and smooth into the finish. A tempting malt bomb of a beer. Glad this brewery is available again in the Northwest.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish brown color with a small thin, fluffy, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, sweet caramel and honey, light alcohol. Sweet chocolate, caramel, light roastiness, musty cobwebs and light alcohol as well. Creamy mouthfeel, this is a solid Doppelbock.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark copper, slight hints of red (clear) with a two inch light tan, bubbly head. This a very well balanced and flavorful beer. Amazing notes of caramel, roasted malts and dried fruits. Smooth, a bit sticky on the lips in the finish. Medium bodied and goes down easy. Can easily see the high rating for this and I'm glad I was able to finally grab a bottle.

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Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the real surpises during PIB was to see this beer on tap there.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty outstanding, as the beer show-cases considerable cherry, vanilla, a hint of butter scotch and even light chocolate on a malty frame. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and while the beer is pretty malty and fairly sweet, the beer is not at all heavy, and the beer came across as surprisingly drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and this beer is ridiculously easy drinking. It's a bit on the sweet side, which didn't work all that well on a warm summer day in Portland, but this beer would be a real treat to drink in fall or winter.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured into a snifter.

a: dark cherry in color held up to the light. Thick but not hazy. One and a half finger off white head that dissipates quickly. Limited and delicate lacing.

s: mo' f'in 'lasses. Toasted grains. Faint coffee.

t: More molasses, coffee, toasted grains, vegetal finish...as in root vegetables roasted with a meat.

mf: Smooth and slippery up front. Slight peppery carbonation at the finish. Very delicate for something so heavy.

o: This beer is focused. It certainly knows what it wants to be and is just that. A solid doppelbock.

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Photo of bmac093
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 Tucquan
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-10-30 in Columbia, PA and again on 2014-02-16, side-by-side with an Ayinger Celebrator.

A - Pretty clear dark brown with ruby highlights. 2-finger light tan head that sticks around and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Rich, lightly toasted dark sour wheat bread, dark fruit and some earthy spice. Not very strong.

T - Rich dark malt with plenty of dark fruit accents like tart very ripe figs, cherries and plums. Light caramel sweetness. There's a nice hop bite on the finish that balances with the dark fruit. Very rich and satisfying.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial going down but dries nicely. Really good, thick feel.

O - See my Ayinger review for more detail but with the Ayinger, the contrast between the various flavors is more pronounced / bolder. The Andech's has more of an integrated / balanced flavor plus a firmer mouthfeel. In this head-to-head comparison, the Andech's wins by a nose. This is the best doppelbock I've ever had. I enjoyed everything about it and look forward to having more no that they are available in PA.

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

THE doppelbock in my book, with an incredible caramel-chocolate flavor profile. It teeters on the edge of getting too sweet, but an earthiness, ostensibly from the hops, reins it all in. Truly delightful and one that holds up surprisingly well, as I've had bottles a good year and a half from filling that were still in good condition.

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Photo of basica
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Andechser Doppelbock is the top rated Doppelbock on BeerAdvocate.com; it was the first
Dopppelbock I tried and it was at Brauhaus with Paul. This Doppelbock pours out dark brown
with a nice foamy head. It smells a little malty and when I tasted it, it was unexpectedly
Belgian. Paul who was with me had a taste and felt that it tasted like a Belgian trappist
which he felt to be strong, rich and fruity. Yes the Andech Doppelbock had a fruity taste
to it; the maltiness is present but not as pronounced as I would expect albeit the fact that
this is my first Doppelbock. The mouth feel was slightly thicker than medium bodied which
is good; the after taste was more fruity than malty. For a seemingly thick and dark beer
going mildly strong at 7.1 ABV this Doppelbock is really drinkable and actually it was
quite a pleasure to drink it. My only issue is again the lack of malt and the strange
ressemblance to Belgian fruity dark ales. I would like a Doppelbock to be really majorly
malty but then again this is my first Doppelbock and I liked it anyway, regardless of the
style's specificities. I have another Doppelbock in my fridge to benchmark this with; that
is none other than Paulaner's Salvator which I am pretty curious about and I would probably
be trying it pretty soon.

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Photo of rjp217
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a mug...

A - Brownish/ruby red appearance with a one finger head. Decent lace retention on the glass

S - Nothing discernible for me. Some light malts and a little caramel possibly, a little bit of a letdown

T - WOW! An absolute stud. Malts, toffee, caramel, cocoa, milk chocolate. They all meld together perfectly. Pretty complex and unlike anything I have tasted. This is so different and so good!

M - Medium to full body feel, mild carbonation that rolls off the palate pretty smooth

O - Most importantly the taste takes the cake here. It totally raises the stock for me in this one. So unique and savoring. Although the other attributes aren't quite there, the taste of this beer is truly world class.

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Photo of RockyCoast
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth; not too carbonated, very malty, and at 7.1%, you can drink a couple, and still carry on a cogent conversation. And at a retail price of well under $5 for a Pint, you can buy a couple, and still pay the rent.

Purchased on New Year's Eve at RSVP in Portland, Maine, I'll make this one a frequent purchase in 2014!

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fiery red-orange-dark bronze with brighter orange highlights. The beer is absolutely pristine and is a marvelous, multi-hued prism when bright sunlight is permitted entry. Atop the liquid is a glorious crown of foam that is the color and consistency of light brown sugar mousse. Enough lace sticks to keep visual interest sky-high.

The aroma is chock full of roasted malt, dark fruit and earthy hops. More nostril-filling power would be welcome, but what's here is still very nice. My hope is that some of the nose's best tendencies will be amplified on the palate. If so, then this doppelbock will more than live up to its reputation.

This is exceptional beer and is truly world-class. While it isn't as huge as anticipated (I keep having to remind myself that doppelbocks are lagers) it's definitely on the hefty side for the style... and that's a very good thing indeed. More malt is almost always my preference when it comes to malt-dominant beer.

Dark fruits (dates primarily) lead the way on the palate, followed closely by toasted brown bread, dark caramel, cocoa and chicory coffee. Even though dates are prominent, the beer isn't all that sweet. In fact, I'd say that sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw. The long finish even makes a move toward dry and clean; remarkable in such a malty beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn close to big lager perfection. Only the best beer on the planet is able to deliver this amount of mouthfilling volume coupled with a velvety suppleness and a flavor-sustaining light viscosity on the finish. A subdued amount of carbonation is icing on the doppelbock cake.

Klosterbrauerei Andechs has had since the Middle Ages to perfect this beer. One sip is all it takes to prove that they did so long, long ago. I might not even mind a several week, monk-like fast if I had Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel to sustain me for the duration. This is one of the three best versions of this style that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. I'd like to thank the incomparable feloniousmonk for his much appreciated generosity.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Seanniek91
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 16.9oz (0.5L) bottle into a Guinness 250th anniversary Imperial Pint. Fridge temp.

Grabbed by a coworker for me while he was in Germany.

Appearance- Relatively clear amber/brown with one finger of bubbly white head that didn't last long leaving a pleasant ring around the beer.

Smell- Caramel malts, mild hop earthy aroma, metalicy smells, maybe some dark stone fruit. Not too impressive. Mostly just roasted malts.

Taste- Caramel, toffee, cherry, plum, light roasty coffee, and a heavily roasted malt backbone. On the sweeter side, but not cloying by any means.Perfect example of a Dopplebock. Alcohol is hidden as well.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and rich (but not too viscous) with moderate carbonation. No booze burn at all. Very creamy throughout.

Overall- One of the best Dopplebocks I've had. Truly a fantastic example of the style.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger off white head. Recedes down to a thin cap fairly quickly.

S: A big overlying rye bread note, caramel, toasted bread crust, grain, light powdered cocoa, earthy malt and some light dark fruit notes.

T: A rich wave of rye and nuttiness right away. Middle is primarily dark fruit, with a bit of banana and raisin skin. Light cocoa, molasses and rye crust on the finish. Very well balanced. A really solid doppel.

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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 scbeerman
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding doppelbock. Pours a gorgeous dark ruby color with two fingers of light tan, smooth head which slowly dissipates while leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is of nutty malt and dark fruit, although not terribly strong. Taste is rich and complex, heavy on hazelnuts, raisins, and a light bitterness and herbal flavor from the hops. Delicious. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than average (to be expected at 7.1%) but very smooth, pretty true to style. Overall this is a world class doppelbock, a little lighter than most but extremely rich and flavorful.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This Doppelbock is *VERY* long-time "Want" for me, finally had the chance to try this at Portland International Beerfest 2013. A 4 oz. pour (clean glass, first taster of the day) - 1 ticket/$1!.

A: Deep amber with a distinctly reddish undertone in the sunlight. Good, steady carbonation rises and generous lacing falls from a dense ivory head that starts at nearly a finger. Would love to see this as a full pour in "proper" glassware, but this fest's glassware does it justice.

S: A bit sweet and floral, something akin to caramel apple, candied nuts and honey.

T: Plenty of fruit: apple, pear, fig and a little woody brandy. Sugary and malty/grainy (pecan pie or brittle?), but then an ashy-dry bittering follows in the finish. Sturdy and complex flavors, quite well-balanced.

M: Awesome smoothness/creaminess - probably my favorite attribute. Vaguely sticky, but not too starchy/gummy. 7% alcohol is well-concealed.

O: What a treat to try, among my favorites of this terrific festival and among the very best of this beer style that I've tried. Extremely easy to drink (as were the other three from Andechs at PIB, I should add...). Sweet at times, fruity, nutty, and a balanced bitterness - bold and satisfying. Very glad to have tried this!

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Photo of stoepsel
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown body with a reddish touch and a caramel head.
Wide malty taste but not too heavy. Finish with a very strong but not annoying hint of licorize.
Awesome beer and for me a clear reference for the Doppelbock-style.
If I had to choose three beers to take with me to a lonely island this one would be on the shortlist.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 who hand carried this back to the USA.

Pours into my glass a deep amber/brown with a big creamy white head and great clarity. Looks quite inviting in my glass. Aromas start with deep rich malts. Caramel, sweetbread, a touch nutty and doughy. Just intensely malty with toffee accents as well. Rich, deep and enticing.

First sip brings caramel and toffee German malts rolling all over the place. Doughy with a bit of nuttiness that moves into some dark fruit flavors as well. Flows down with rich lingering malts and a touch of bitterness. Not the most complex of beers but a clean, tasty malt bomb that does not disappoint.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with solid medium body. Quite drinkable and somewhat like a meal in a glass. "Liquid bread" is not a bad way to describe this one. Well worth tracking down if you love doppelbocks. I would love to try this at the source sometime.

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