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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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1,118
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
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Photo of phiberoptik
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jason for the taste. Next time I will Rosetta Stone some German so we can read the bottle...

Pours a reddish brown with some golden hues. I didnt note any noticeable carbonation from the pour.

Smells of spent barley, very much full of grain notes and a sweetness from the malt sugars.

I taste so much grain in this. Again there is a noticeable sweetness, but wet spent grain is what I taste. My wife mentioned it reminded her of rice crispies.

Nice carbonation on the tongue, lighter in body than the color would suggest.

This was a nice taste and I am glad to get to try one of the highest rated doppelbocks, but the graininess is a bit much for me. I am much more of an ale drinker.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 7-30-2011
thanks jason

A - deep ruby/amber body, quickly dissipating tan head thins to a thick film

S - spent grain, dark fruits, nice complex malty nose

T - earthy, dark fruits, grain

M - medium body, fairly smooth.

O - this is pretty good.

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-red almost gold color with s little bit of head

S-smells like decadent spent grain. Kind of inviting

T-a little bit of fruits mixed with a bunch of roast malty notes

M-medium body and oh so smooth and decadent

O-solid brew, Germans know his to make their beer...

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks jason for bringing this!

Pours A golden brown. A nice touch of tan head. Smells heavily of barley and other maltiness. As simple as i could ever expect. Tastes just like it smells. Simple. Barley, malts, overall not too crazy but solid. This is a boring style in my opinion but this brew tastes great. Incredibly simple while still being tasty

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Photo of dansmcd
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, dirty yellowy head billowing above the darkest almost black ruby essence.

S - Yeasty. coffee, chocolate and raisin.

T - Very malty. Coffee, prunes, bitter dark chocolate, and smoky roasted malts. Delicious.

M - Alcohol content veiled in this smooth, creamy full bodied dopple.

O - A cracker. Very easy to drink but well worth savouring. Deserving of its high rating.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think Jason shared this one with me.

A - Pours a rich brownish/reddish color with a finger of off-white head that had some good retention and lacing. Solid looking beer, and very good for the style.

S - Caramel and malts are the obvious backbone of this beer, and it has a deep dark fruit/prune smell with a little bit of breadiness to it. Good stuff.

T - Taste is a lot like the smell, with a little bit of alcohol to cut through the sweetness. This kind of reminds me a little bit of a quad, other than the bready taste bringing it down a notch and breaking it up. Good dark fruits, caramelized sugar, and molasses.

M - Pretty close to full bodied, with soft carbonation.

O - Pretty great beer. This is a style that is hard to do tons with, but it is rich, with good flavors and balance.

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Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 KrautAficionado
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

cherry-lacquered brown in color with a dense, spongy, 3/4" tan head riding on top for the duration of the beer. Aroma is delicately composed of french silk pie with chocolate graham crust, stark chocolate toffee, flame licked tree bark, and turtle fudge frozen custard. Flavor chimes in as lighter fairing. Cocoa dusted, crushed graham crackers. Silky chocolate trait folds back the fragile flavor layers. Liquefied chocolate wafers emit a vibe akin to a touch of room temp hot chocolate, cooled at its warmest state with an ice cube or two and dulled it down by doing so. Mildly roasted accents with circumstantial caramel drizzles. Errs on the light side, gently tossing over the tongue with a moment’s respite at more concrete semi-chocolate characteristics. A mild chocolate butterscotch generality gently weaves in and out as we go along.

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Photo of rjvaudreuil
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drunk from a snifter glass. pours dark brown with some orangy huhes. medium sized off-white head. aroma of caramel, raisons, very roasty, sweet,with a bit of alcohal. flavor is sweet and caramely, dark malts, very flavorful. just a bit of alcohal at the end. probably my favorite doppelbock although i have only had about five different ones.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Note: this is not my favourite style though I have tried to take it into consideration and marked accordingly.

Appears brown/ruby with a frothy head. Smells rather average to me, caramal/biscuity.

Taste is an improvement, bitter and sweet. Dark fruity tastes and a small amount of hops.

Overall a good doppelbock, went great with a cheese sandwhich too.

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

Dark brown color with ruby note. Caramel, malt, and bitter roasted notes. A bit of honey somewhere in the background, too. The taste, it is simply liquid bread. The head does not keep for too long and is rather flat (what is perfectly fine here). The beer is quite strong but you cannot tell the alcohol level. The alcohol is hidden behind the bread taste. Even the finish does not show any alcohol notes in the palate.
Again... perfect drink for pumpernickel bread slices. Marvelous winter warmer.

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Photo of ikats
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, ruby in color, with significant light brown head. Beautiful to look at. Aroma is full of roasted notes. If any beer should be likened to "liquid bread" - this is it. Beautiful malty taste. Very smooth. Full of flavor. There is maybe just a hint of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is terrific. It's medium body (actually, maybe even full bodied).

Wonderful beer! It's almost worth a return trip to the Munich area.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

medium mahogany with a big light beige had, great retention and lacing... epitome of a doppelbock, molasses, prunes, bready... the taste is just like the nose but with a touch to much alcohol on the finish... not my favorite style but its great for the style

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

0.5L Mug On-tap at the Kloster Andechs....

Appearance: A lightly darkened caramel brown with some, but very little, reddish transparency to it. Solid bubbly consistency with a frothy head.

Smell: Malty sweetness that hints toward caramel and bread but with it's own element of fruity darkness.

Taste: Definite malt kick of caramel sweetness but with a balance of both dark fruit and hop tones that add to the subtle complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium crisp carbonation with a smooth, highly drinkable, body. Beware! xD

Overall: For those who enjoy a good Doppelbock this is easily in the upper echelon of the style so consider it a must. This beer sets a standard. Make a mecca and go see the monastery. The food and beer are extraordinary and will set the mood for the best, most palatable, experience.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.02/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red colour, very Hellish with a bright shiny quality to it. Head is surprisingly light, but nice bubbling. Lace is amazingly dense and sticky. Looks heavy in some ways but the head is great.

Nose is very grainy and nutty. So much honey on that as well, it just reeks of honey oat bread and just is way too sweet, bordering on insipid. It's weak as far as complexity goes, and just simple. A disappointment.

Taste is better, but still big, sweet and grainy with honey-oat notes on the front. Develops more complex, and stronger, red wine characters towards the back but still falls short of pleasant complex sweetness. Bit of a citric twang late-mid which is the most interesting note cutting through a fairly insipid malt-bomb. I'm not a big fan of this style at times and this is a particularly simplistic example.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel, mostly thin to carry this mostly uninspiring palate.

Yeah, I'm not particularly impressed with this. It's a malt bomb; it's quite plain. I don't like beers that are this sweet but this commits the double sin of lacking nuance or complexity.

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Photo of jamescain
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weissen glass

Appearance: Light brown with an off white fluffy head. There are little bubbles streaming up the sides from the glass telling me this will be pretty lively.

Aroma: German maltiness with dark fruit hints. Caramel with a little bit of smokiness, this is as you would expect from a doppelbock.

Taste: Definitely a bready aspect to this beer with a touch of clove and caramel rounded off with some yeastiness. Not the most diverse beer I’ve ever had, but fitting for the style.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable for 7%. German beers tend to be lower in alcohol and the higher versions tend to show through. The carbonation was not as I expected but fitting for the style and gave the beer its medium body feel.

Overall: A good beer, not the best beer, but a solid representation for the style.

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Photo of crossovert
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle purchased at the local Edeka, mente antes de: 30.12.11.

The pour is actually not that pretty with this beer. It has a beautiful rusty reddish brown color and tan head but it comes of as too soapy looking.

The smell is fresh and clean, just smooth, sweet malt flavors like dark bread, honey, dark fruit,and brown sugar and some subtle but noticeable hops that produce a delightful smell.

The taste is out of this world, i haven't had a good doppelbock this fresh. It is bursting with sweet malt flavor with raisins and dark sugar, it is clean but the sweetness isn't too low. The sweetness is higher than the average doppelbock though, so bear that in mind.

Overall a solid doppelbock, the best? Maybe.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne as part of an order. Sent to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, to celebrate my 1200th beer review.

Pours a lovely burnished red-brown colour, with a fine and full head off off-white foam. Lacing is patchy and spotty, but subsists well enough. Body isn't that thick, but the carbonation is so fine that it produces static lacing when tilted. Looks very good.

Nose is classically German, given some phenolic characters of sharp crushed organics, along with a genuine robust grain character, along with a freshly baked bread sweetness. Not huge, but extremely classic, and perfectly fitting in the genre.

Taste is clean and clear, with a pleasant grainy overtone that demarcates it into the German style quite comfortably. Smooth entry with some bready yeast on the finish, and a thick body that gives it some heft.

Despite the heft, the body feels a little empty—it doesn't have a lot of fullness on the palate, or the complexity to keep it going.

It's not a bad brew, but it's far less complex and far less exciting than some of the other brews I've had the privilege to try this evening. I feel I've had much better doppelbocks, and I'm a little disappointed that I saved this one for my 1200th review.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a classic and a proper formed beer. but in the face of some fresh examples in germany this is just on par with some other solid beers. color is dark bronze with a nice healthy head that was consistent through the easy drinking 5 minutes the glass when down. a wonderful balance of bock. some leather smokey, some hay, some toastiness. but still not as smooth as expected. lean like a lager and no abv in sight. this is a proper and food ready doppelbock.

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

Served on-tap

A- Dark brown with red hints if seen through light. A medium beige head recedes quickly leaving good lacing

S- Malt sweetness with some caramel/dark fruit hints. A faint smoked feel brings some balance to the sweetness

T- Mostly what the smell suggest. Sweet malt to give a light bready character, some caramel and maybe some clove hints at times. Maybe also some vague hop bitterness in the finish. Quite boring

M- Light for the style, with not enough carbonation in my opinion. Goes down easy without much to be worth remembering

D- Extremely drinkable for its ABV, but not that interesting. Still a beer that i would happily drink if there was nothing better avialable

Overall an enjoyable beer but i'm really suprised with such a high average rating. This beer had no bad flavours, nor bad aromas, nor nothing that may suggest a bad pouring, so i assume there was nothing wrong with mine. Just to make sure i was not wrong will try it again and re-review if necessary

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As prosimed, after scoring this beer a c+ i went back to it (november 22 2011) and it is now quite obvious that the on-tap version i had was a bit off. Second try is a 500ml bottle, i'm just pointing out differences between first and second tasting

A- Same colour and all but very much better retention

S- A roasted feel is now more lively, with some toffee hints as well

T- Not as sweet as first tasting. Still some caramel and bready notes, but now much more in balance with a strong chocolate/toffee taste. Some hints of roastiness and dark fruits as well. Kinda reminds of a porter

M- mouthfeel was quite watery on first tasting, now it is not. Dense, creamy body, but still very smooth with just a hint of carbonation

O- Amazing beer. Strong and dense in body and flavour but still as amazingly drinkable and balanced as the best bavarian beers are

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep amber with a large thick, very thick off-white head that takes a really long time to dissipate. Pretty nice lacings.

S: Sweet rich malty smell. Dark dried fruits, galore. Nothing else - they don't mess with the basics. Neat and clean.

T: Sweet malt, very sweet - just right. The dark dried fruits dominates (there are so many different ones; figs, plums, raisins, cherries to mention a few). Faint bitter hops.

M: Sadly this is the weakest part of any Doppelbock; aftertaste is to short. Body is full and carb. is mild.

D: Doppelbocks are great and this one is a great exampel of the style. The brewer doesn't mess with anything besides the basics and that is what makes this beer fantastic. The only thing that could make this beer better is time - I'm so happy that I bought myself a whole case and put most of it in my beer cellar for the future. Maybe I'll review another bottle from this batch in a couple of years after storing it properly...

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Photo of THECPJ
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 2/8/2011

A: copper-red brown, with a 1 finger tan head, leaves decent lacing

S: caramel, sweetness, malt, dried dark fruits

T: nothing but malts on this one, could not even distinguish a hop presence, nothing really lingers for very long

M: mild carbonation, thick, creamy, kind of sticks to the tongue--not necessarily the flavor, just the feeling

D: not my particular favorite style of beer, it's drinkable (aka, not the worst beer I've had), but not something I would routinely seek out.

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of spointon
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 500ml brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. My friend Dan brought me this bottle straight from Germany via his luggage, so this is a fairly fresh example.

A= This beer poured a very clear reddish-mahogany brown color with a 1/2" off-white head. The head settled to a thin film in no time but there were actually a few spots of lace left behind on my glass. Beautiful beer to behold.

S= Smelled like rich dark fruit - like candied figs and maybe a hint of raisin, malty sweetness, and a faint kiss of noble hops. Very clean, very restrained, and entirely pleasant smelling.

T= Started off with a rich bit of malty sweetness that faded long before it became too much. Subtle nuances of dried fruit and faint treacle washed my palate before disappearing. A mere notion of hop bitterness came into play long enough to balance things out. Finished clean and crisp, but then a long malty aftertaste lingered on my tongue for quite some time.

MF= Medium to full bodied with a moderate slickness on the tongue and a nicely crisp carbonation feel.

D= A very drinkable beer. Each sip left me wanting another, and the ABV is dangerously well hidden. I could see drinking a few of these in a sitting!

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really like this beer. I first had this beer while in Munich. The look of this beer is very good with its brownish red color and the medium foam once it is poured. The foam does abate after a couple of tastes. The smell continues to get better with time and as the beer acclimates toward room temp, but the smell has the roasted malt smell one loves in this style of beer. The taste is exceptional with its malt, slight hop bitterness, and the overall mouthfeel is exploding with flavor once again as the beer acclimates. I feel that I could easily enjoy two of these beers at one sitting being carful to remember that it has a 7.1% ABV. Prost!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to drabmuh for trading this excellent special brew to me, thanks Matt.

A: Brownish purpleish/crimson hue with a nice off white head with very nice lacing, light brown highlights to boot.

S: I don't know what to say other than it smells very 'German' in construction: Dark Barley, bran smells dominate with sweet malt to even it out. Hugh aroma. Smoky notes come through for me as well, very nice.

T: Awesome flavor, sweet and savory flavors work well together in this with huge barley malt dominting. Almost like a belgian quad mixed with a barleywine. Dark fruit meets huge cereal flavors with no alcohol burn at all. It's like drinking a loaf of hearty dark bread (in a good way).

M: Excellent. Rolls right over the palate, great carb, leaves the taste buds buzzing!

D: Excellent drinker, I would love to have a stein of this one day. It certainly deserves it's #1 Doppelbock status on here, its very refined and balanced as opposed to some that are just kind of all over the place. Excellent beer.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,118 ratings.
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