Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Doppelbock DunkelAndechser Doppelbock Dunkel
BA SCORE
4.28/5
1,141 Ratings
Andechser Doppelbock DunkelAndechser Doppelbock Dunkel
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#664
Reviews:
471
Ratings:
1,141
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
427
Gots:
149
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,141 |  Reviews: 471
Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Sean9689
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally ended up scoring one of these. This one is tough to find, but it finally ended up in my fridge. Poured from 500ml bottle into Pilsner glass.

A - Pours a burnt caramel color with a huge light tan-colored head. The head on this one is massive, even with a very careful/light pour. There's lots of sticky lacing along the side of the glass and it doesn't seem the huge cap is going anywhere.

S - As soon as I pried the cap off, I could smell the wonderful malt aroma. Lots of burnt malts, caramel, molasses, and toffee. There's such a nice sweetness to this beer, it's wonderful to savor the aroma over and over.

T - Very similar to the nose. A wonderful malt profile, some caramel, toffee, molasses, etc. There's a very nice sweetness, but in no way is it overpowering or too much...it's just right...in fact, I would say perfect. A nice touch of sweetness on the finish mixed with some bitter dark chocolate.

M - Light to medium bodied, frothy smooth carbonation, oily/creamy finish. I would expect this to have a bit more of a body, but it doesn't detract too much.

D - I see can why this one is rated to high here on BA. I didn't expect to be so blown away by this one. It easily surpassed my expectations. I don't know when I'll get to try another, but I am already looking forward to it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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 srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark like raw dense cider, off white .5 inch head leaves to disk. Small bubbled tight lacing.

S - Deep wort like malt. Bready, doughy.

T - Taste as smell. Add some grain flavors too.

M - Creamy, great carb, good coating, beautiful balance. Everything in sync.

D - A very nice beer. Not sure its worth the hype for me, but I like it!

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Photo of homebrew311
2.91/5  rDev -32%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottled received as a very generous gift from PatandDavid who are awesome people thanks again!

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear garnet stained brown with a 1 finger rocky beige crown that shows some retention and a little lace. Pretty classy example of the style.

Smell: Nice mixture of sweet malt, bready malt and dark fruit (prunes, plums, figs, and dates soaked in molasses), a dash of tart sourness, and a whisper of smoke. Not exactly pungent but of good quality.

Taste: Same as the nose (yeah!) but with a bit more depth and character. Quite flavorful while still retaining the clean signature quality of a lager. An impressive feat in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable and highly enjoyable!

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Pegasus
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal-clear amber in color with a massive and stable tan head. There is lots of slow-rising carbonation, and excellent thick lacing.

Aroma: Rich dark bread aroma, as well as a lesser earth note, and caramel. The bread note is as pronounced as one would find in a kitchen while bread was being baked.

Taste: Opens with incredibly rich roasted dark malt, lesser earthy notes, and a slight smoke. Later, dark caramel notes appear. Late in the taste there is a note of smooth, mellow warming alcohol, which spreads throughout the chest and lingers on and on. There is a slight herbal bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, very, very full, soft on the palate with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely superb beer, well worth the great effort required to obtain it. This beer is truly a feast for the senses, after having it, many good, competently made doppelbocks seem quite the lesser. The brewing monks who developed this style called it "liquid bread". Well they knew of what they spoke.

Update 09/25/2016:

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish-amber body, crowned by a large, dense, persistent tan head, with thick, glass-coating lacing.

Aroma: Deep notes of German dark bread, caramel, molasses, and sweet, vinous alcohol.

Taste: Begins with flavors of German dark break, molasses, caramel, and toasted malt. As the taste progresses, some bitter cocoa is notable as well. Throughout, there is an undercurrent of dark fruit. Finishes with a mild note of earth and toasted malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full, like velvet.

Drinkability/notes: Stunningly excellent, would be a fine accompaniment to a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years dinner. Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel was everything I remembered it to be.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen point nine ounce brown glass Euro-style long-neck bottle, served in a New Belgium chalice.

Many thanks to my fiancée’s parents, Marlis and Bill, who went to considerable effort to obtain this beer in Germany and hand-carry it back to me.

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Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DIM
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

edit: batch L3293 had some fairly strong vinegar notes. Not at all like the bottle I reviewed below.

a: Bright, chestnut brown; poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Big, beautiful dark bread (pumpernickel?), some figgy fruit, European milk chocolate. Subdued but deep if that makes sense.

t: Nutty, toasted pumpernickel breadiness dominates with hints of dark fruit and lingering warm chocolate.

m: Perfectly silky.

o: Just a beautiful beer. Different from, but on par with, Celebrator.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev -6.5%

My first brew from this brewery, this dunkel pours ruby brown with thin off white head and
very light lacing. Nose of caramel malts, fresh biscuit, and almost a brandy like aroma.
Taste is first and foremost caramel malts dancing with a lively mouthfeel, sweet biscuit
like flavors on the back from the yeast, and a very light hop flavor on the aftertaste.
A most excellent example of the style with a light syrupy sweetness that is good enough
to sustain any monk. Ahhh...beer, meat, cheese, and praise to God....maybe they got
something going on in the monasteries after all!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear deep amber brown with an off-white lasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was slightly smoky with Munich malt and dark fruits of raisin and prune followed by deep caramel.

The flavor was Munich malt then more of the dark fruits, raisins, prunes, and plums. The caramel contributed to the complexity of the malt backbone which also was quite crisp.

The finish dried out over time with lasting caramel and dark fruits long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full.

0.5L bottle from German dept store in Cologne...cost of about $2.50 US...thanks to Richard Todd for bringing it back!

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Photo of DOCRW
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle fresh from Germany via evantwomey - thanks, Evan! Best by date of 31.05.11.

Pours a fairly clear deep brown color with a copper tint. Two-finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Crackery malt and toasted bread mix with caramel on the nose. Caramel, biscuit and light toast with a very mild heat on the slightly sweet finish. Medium-to-full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a lightly sweet finish. Somewhat drinkable as the alcohol is fairly well-hidden and the flavors are clean and decently complex. Very good doppelbock overall, but I've had a few much more widely available examples of the style that I like a bit more.

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Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt red-rust color with a super-creamy head composed of zillions of tiny bubbles tightly bonded and looking like fresh cream. Immediate lace and the head sticks around for the duration.

Wonderful aroma gives off strong waves of caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, root beer, and just the right amount of alcohol. Also reminds of any number of caramel/chocolate candies.

Flavor is all the nose promises, especially toffee and root beer. Also some raisin and burnt sugar. Sweet at its center, but with a delicate dessert-like spice that I can't pinpoint. Maybe a mixture of anise and cinnamon. Together with a forward but not cloying alcohol presence, this is a bold, unsubtle doppelbock that drinks like a replacement for candy-and-liqueur after-dinner treats.

Medium-bodied at best, the texture here is slick and slippery, with just a little bit of carbonation propping up the exciting flavors.

Had NO IDEA this beer was so highly-rated on BA. Had I known, I might have picked up more bottles on my recent German adventure, but judging from the # of reviews here, maybe it's available in the states? Nevertheless, now that I know it, I will definitely be on the lookout for more. Yummy, and that's putting it lightly.

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Photo of rydev24
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of safaricook
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of spoony
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml bottle (date code says L1754) into a snifter.

A-The beer is a pretty garnet/ruby color. It is quite dark, but the liquid is clear and you can see through it in the light. The head starts out at nearly two fingers tall, but quickly fades to sheen on top. Foam is mocha colored. Not much carbonation and no lacing.

S-The aroma is a delicious mixture of sweet, dried and candied fruit. I smell plum and golden raisin, in particular, as well as brown sugar, a bit of earthy roasted barley, some cocoa powder, and a slight whiff of warming alcohol spiciness. Awesome.

T-The taste doesn't disappoint. There is a ton of malty, sweet fruit. Plum, raisin, and prune come to mind. I also get notes of brown sugar, toast, chocolate, and just a bit of roasted barley grain. The finish leaves my palate with a warm kiss of alcohol spice and earthy tobacco.

M-The feel is medium to full in body and slightly sticky. Carbonation is smooth.

O-Wow, what an awesome beer. This thing really blows me away. I have always enjoyed doppelbocks, but this is a whole new level of complexity, balance, and flavor. If you want hops, go elsewhere, but if you want a delicious, full-body winter beer, you will have to work hard to do better than this.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1,141 ratings
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