Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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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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4.3
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Photo of unclekeith
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pegasus
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
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 JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was given this beer up at the Cloverleaf for passing the 2/3 mark on my first PhD and finally got around to it tonight. I never had this before and it had been a long time since I had a Doppelbock but this was a textbook example of the style that was quite potent but also deep in flavor and highly enjoyable once it fully warmed up and grew on me!

Good pour to this as the beer had a dark mahogany hue and bubbly tan head that quickly settled like soda. Plum and dark cherry in the nose with a nice caramel malt backbone in the taste to reinforce those. Syrupy, slick, and deep, the booze added a nice warming effect to this while subtle candied sugar and basic chocolate lent themselves to the sweetness of this beer. A moderate amount of sediment could be seen floating around here and there wasn't any lacing to be seen but when you have something that smells and tastes this alluring, there's no need for bubbles left on the side of a pint glass.

The booze wasn't strong here but it made itself known and enhanced this beer as it should it anything from this neck of the world. Belgian in style, the reviewer below me was correct in stating that this was like bread pudding. The softness made me think of banana bread however and this would pair great with either of those dessert delicacies. With a velvety mouthfeel and aftertaste the let the dark fruits quietly build up my palate, this was one beer that I wouldn't mind having again. Beautifully sinful while remaining true to form, this was one Dopplebock that may be the standard against which others are measured by.

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Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +7.4%
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 DIM
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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 SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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 safaricook
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5l bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Iain for the hook up!

A: Pours a clear, deep, dark brown with hints of garnet-red. Creamy, pillowy, one finger head that disappears quickly leaving no lace.

S: Chocolate and toasted bread dominate the nose. Also detected were hints of caramel and tangy fruit (like green apples).

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose with the addition of an incredible yeasty spiciness. The malt flavors alternate between dry and toasted and sweet and caramely.

M: Smooth velvet and prickly spiciness is what's going on here. This starts off quite actively carbonated and then dies off.

D: Incredible! This beer has forced me to reconsider my self imposed aversion to malty beers. This is so different (to me) it boggles the mind.

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Photo of CoryR
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of spoony
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Iamjeff6
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with RedHaze, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to try this great brew, best before date of August 2008, split with my girlfriend during the Cavs and Celtics game this afternoon, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Color was a deep brown with ruby red highlights, especially held up to my lamp, head was about an inch, it was creamy and offwhite, lots of small bubbles rushing to the top, decent retention, small amounts of lacing at the beginning

S-Aroma was quite fruity, berries, figs, plums, dates, black cherries, lots of raisins, and prunes, big caramel scent, brown sugar, toffee, candied malt, suprisingly a hint of light coffee, cream, and some bready accents

T-First sip of this went down incredibly easy when it was still chilled but that might have a lot to do with the one hundred degree plus temperature outside, it was rather yeasty with a large amount of dark fruits, especially prunes and raisins at first, faded into some slight chewiness but was barely recognizable, a tiny hint of booze in the finish that was probably closest to a toasted coconut rum, not too sweet but just there, increible balance, fruit really came out once it warmed and made for an enjoyable experience, never have enjoyed figs so much in a beer but I do love my newtons, do not have one complaint about this flavor, flawless for a dopplebock

M-Mouthfeel was so calm at first I could almost not believe it, carbonation was low to medium, the taste lingered for five minutes plus after each sip I had which is great, body was pretty full but probably more on the medium side, slightly sweet, dry, and crisp mouthfeel overall

D-Could have drank at least two full bottles of this, went down so easy and was so subtle for its style, could not taste an ounce of alcohol which is surprising because it was not even that low of an ABV, even went well on a super hot day, super drinkability

Have been told this is only available in Germany so I feel pretty lucky to have been able to try this, by far the best dopplebock I have ever tasted by a large margin, best German beer I have had period actually, wish I had more after finishing this, would drink this again in a heartbeat, very highly recommended

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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