Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Andechser Doppelbock DunkelAndechser Doppelbock Dunkel
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#715
Reviews:
489
Ratings:
1,174
pDev:
9.81%
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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fruit and slight nut taste up front get overran by alcohol & body, lots of body! Licorice also is there. Beautiful brown to black color. Tried this numerous times after purchasing in getranke markets and on base class-six stores. It was the perfect beer for cutting the chill on the long chilly German winter nights. All the beers from this brewery are great. Wish I could've visited the monastery...

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark purple/brown color with a large egg-white head on top, rather foamy. Decent retention that slowly reduces to a thin cap on top. Thin, soapy lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: Sweet aroma with some caramel, dark fruit, plum, raisins, a little bit of chocolate, and brown sugar.

T: Some more dark fruit, dates, plums, and a little raisin. There is some brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, and a little bit of cola. Hint of red apple on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy. No hint of alcohol at all. Slightly dry finish.

O: Very impressed. Great flavor profile and extremely easy drinking. Mouthfeel is superb.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Deep brown body with a small off-white head. Smells of caramel, bready malt, some dark fruit. Tastes very bready with some sweet caramel and brown malts. A touch of cola before becoming earthy and a little bitter. Medium bodied. Wanted to try this a long time ago. Glad I got to try it. While it’s good, it’s not all that remarkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/19/10 notes. Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip, shared with a friend. Best by date of 12/23/10. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for giving me this bottle as it was a big Want and something I wasn't really sure how I could get without an international trade; thanks Mike!

a - Pours a dark amber-brown color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. The head has great retention and lasted for several minutes, and left nice lacing on the glass. Looks perfect to me.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Also getting some nuts and dark fruits. Very malty, but very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, nuts, bready malts, toasted malts, and roasted malts. More caramel in the taste than the smell in my opinion. Both are great, but I enjoy the taste a little more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. The body is very smooth and creamy, and easy to drink.

d - Overall I loved this beer and am so glad I got to try it/that it didn't disappoint. It looked amazing and I really enjoyed the caramelin the taste. I felt like I could have drank a ton of this, and wanted to. Would love to have again and something I'll be on the look out for if I ever go to Germany. Up there with Ayinger Celebrator for my favorite of the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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 drewone
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the chance to acquire a decent amount of a fresh batch of this recently. Thrilled to finally be able to put this one under my belt, I wasted no time at all with getting one chilled down to enjoy. Served out of the fridge and poured into a twenty ounce pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/22/2008.

The look was absolutely perfect, and I really mean that. For the style, it gets no better then this one, hands down. Rich dark brown in color and completely opaque, save for a few touches of light peaking through on the sides and bottom, giving it a slightly reddish tone around the edges. Some nice, light carbonation came trickling up from the bottom of the glass, converging into a rich three inch head of off white foam that took what seemed like forever to finally settled down. Rich side glass lacing then followed this and I mean I cannot stress enough how good this one looked.

The aroma was a touch lighter then I would have expected, but still absolutely great. Rich notes of caramel and toffee just ruled the day here. Some light notes of bready malts and a touch of earthy hops in the back, with the tiniest hint of a spicy alcohol, but so mellow it was barely noticeable. Then I took a taste. This had to be the smoothest, creamiest, bock I have ever encountered. Hands down just ridiculously good. Super sweet with nice notes of caramel, toffee and rich bready malts all over this. So subtle in its profile, so rich in its complexity, it was seriously hard to match this in terms of anything I have had in the style before. Super smooth carbonation and a body that bordered on the full line, as it was so filling and creamy that I nearly melted into my chair. Rich, and very sweet aftertaste then moved me right back to where I started leaving that toffee like flavor laying across my tongue for the rest of the evening.

In the end, I was utterly blown away by this one. One of the best beers I have ever had, period. It was just so smooth it almost defined logic. I could not simply imagine having something this good, and here I was enjoying it. This one needs to be tried by everyone, it defined the style for me. What a happy night.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer is a hazelnut brown color with crimson highlights. Atop the beer is a thick inch of beige head that leaves a healthy dose of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is pleasant but subtle with hints of yeast and bread.

T: Without a doubt, this is the best doppelbock I have ever had, one of the two best lagers I have ever had (Humulus Lager), and one of the best beers I have had the pleasure to taste. Rich, smooth, packed with flavor...this is world class beer. The beer has a yeastiness and/or bread-like quality characteristic of Belgian quads.

M: Alcohol content completely hidden. Remarkably smooth .

D: Insanely drinkable. It took a lot of willpower to drink this as slowly as I did. My highest recommendation.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear medium brown color, with a small quarter inch head, and not much lacing. Doesn't look like much, to be quite honest.

Smells pretty nice, like caramel, dark fruits, lager yeast, and a little bit of chocolate.

The taste is similar. This is one of the smoothest dopplebocks I've ever had- the alcohol doesn't show itself whatsoever- just smooth delicate flavors of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, dark fruits, chocolate, brown sugar and some lager-ish yeast flavors. The malt character on this one is sweet, but bready. No real hop flavor to speak of.

This one is medium bodied, not as thick as I'd expect, but it is only 7% ABV. A little bit creamy, but mostly crisp, with a lower amount of carbonation.

This is widely considered one of the best dopplebocks in the world. I find that hard to dispute.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Greg for including this as an extra in our recent trade! I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time.

A: The pour is a dark amber-kissed brown color with a finger's worth of khaki foam.

S: A nice sweet nose with some cola, chocolate, and caramel. There's a fair amount of roast to this, which I was not quite expecting.

T: The flavor is pretty much what I expect from a doppelbock. Toffee, caramel, cola, cherries, and just a pleasant sweetness overall. The roasted and toasted malts provide some nice complexity.

M: The body is medium with a very nice creamy and smooth carbonation to it.

D: I really liked this doppelbock, which is becoming a style that I enjoy very much. Good flavor and mouthfeel, and easy to drink.

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Photo of rab53
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish orange with a frothy tan head that slowly recedes to form a cap on top. Smells of caramel, raisins, burnt sugar, melanoid, slight earthy aroma. Taste is quite sweet with lots of darker and burnt sugars, dark dried fruit like raisins and prunes. There's a touch of alcohol heat but it disappears just after I notice its there. Long lingering sweet malty prunes on the finish. Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet almost bubbly mouthfeel. That's a nice bock here, I only wish it were a little easier to come by on this side of the pond.

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Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

500ml bottle I got sometime ago. Noticed this was within a month of it's best by so I opened it up with the only person i know who is crazy about this style - BA smoked. The brew pours a clear mahogany with ruby hints through the body. This looks almost like a clarified sort of maple syrup with 2+ fingers of yellowish tan froth. Stringy fingers of lace stick to the glass. Flawless appearance.

The smell has a solid toasty grain scent that is strikingly fresh. If you have ever witness the sheer awesomeness that is the smell of mashing in to a grist composed heavily of chocolate/caramel malts, this is it encapsulated in a glass. Notes of molasses and toffee, burnt sugars, mild chocolate, coffee and caramel all swell up in the nose. Some herbal hops and modest alcohol inclusion break up the malt assault in your nostrils.

The taste includes flavors of molasses, chocolate and nutty grains on the sweet side. Contrasting is a modest herbal to citrus hops inclusion with minor carbonic quality mixed with minerals. The aftertaste is buttery toffee, raisins, molasses and some earthy to herbal hops along with that carbonic quality previously mentioned.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It is crisp and somewhat lighter in the feel for 7+%. This is a solid integration of flavors with nice complexity. It has a lingering cling on the palate almost like butter which is my only gripe. Overall a really nice experience that was significantly better than I was expecting. No wonder this is #1 in the style. Get it.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1,174 ratings