Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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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
Ratings:
1,120
Reviews:
463
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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145
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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 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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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jakea
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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 Iamjeff6
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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

Pours a beautiful crisp, clear brown with red and gold highlights. Pours produces a decent head that has staying power and kicks off tremendous sheets of lace. Aroma, dark malt, toffee, wheat and spice. I swore I got a whiff of hazelnuts also.
Taste is truly to behold. Very wet malt and toffee front backed with a spicy yeast finish with a hint of alcohol power. To me this prototypical German taste and if I close my eyes I can feel myself singing county road and the Star-Spangled banner in the Hofbrau House in Munich.
Truly beautiful beer and need to find a way to import to the US (besides carry-on luggage.)

Thanks to TRBeer for this beauty.

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

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of bobsy
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured it was time to attack the German Top 25 with zeal, so I hunted down a few brews in the UK and the Andechs was the first I popped.

Pours a wonderfully deep mahogany with a two finger tan head that leaves impeccable sheets of lacing to the very end. Huge bready aroma, joined by chocolate, raisin and toasted nuts. Full of wow. This could well be my favourite doppelbock. A huge bready backbone provides the base from which massive chocolate, nut and dark fruit flavours soar. The alcohol is only perceptible in the very finish. Medium full body, but I felt the carbonation could do with a bit more pep.

Wonderfully drinkable, liquid bread indeed.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown color with a light head over top, leaving most of the liquid bare. Clarity is perfect. Nose is excellent balance of sweet doughy bread with a toasted crust playing in the bakcground. Its all about bread and toast. There is a light raisinyness there, but faint. Flavor is very nice. Good toasty malt, light notes of brown sugar very mild raisin. Everything is in harmony here. Feel is right at the cusp of being thick, with a very light carbonation. Velvety smooth and almost chewy. An incredibly tasty beer. I would have to say this is the best dopplebock I have ever had. A treat I hope to find again at some point.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,120 ratings.
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