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:
1,130
Reviews:
467
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brianmandell
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OSRAY
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and malty taste. Copper color, little to no aroma.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The head is khaki hued and the body is a clear, coppery, dark brown. The aroma is very rich and doughy, like pungent bread crust; there's some dark dried fruit and perhaps a little mocha. First up in the flavor is a wave of rich, bready malt which is moderately sweet; there's some rum raisin, just a little alcohol, and then grainy caramel in the finish. The mouth feel gets a little dry and sticky in the back end; it has a medium-full body and nice, fine carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable doppelbock, not too boozy and loaded with bready malt, but varied with zesty dried fruit flavors. It's rich, flavorful, lovely in appearance, and not too intense. Love the aroma—very reminiscent of molasses (Swedish rye) bread or shoo-fly cake.

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Photo of MaxOhle
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice. Pours nice with a slight tan head that settles quickly. First thing I noticed was the taste of caramel and a hint of fruit. Overall a very nice beer and will keep it on my list of regulars.

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

Suppose I could write up some big, stupid review in the style of Ozymandias, bemoaning the essential ephemerality of beer-geek grandeur, basking in this fallen brew as a mean of stress how the most mighty of us shall fall. As much press as you used to get, the ticks, man. The ticks gonna take you down.

This has been on my Want list since the Want list was a thing. This was in the BA top 50 for most of the early to mid aughts, and it's still held in very high regard by people who care about German beer (who are mostly old and very crotchety and spend their days locked away in their garages homebrewing ESB's). I found it just sitting on a shelf, like it was nothing. Pretty reasonably priced, too.

Pours a very dark amber with the fleeting head that's typical for the style. Smells very sweet and toasty, with big nodes of raisins and caramel. The closest reference I can make is Spaten's so-so Optimator, but this avoids the sticky sweet syrup nodes that make that beer a bit too intense. This aroma is very, very sweet, but still contains enough zippy bockmalt to avoid resembling a type of industrial sweetener.

Tastes like it smells: intense, quite malty and sweet, pulling back just milliseconds before the whole thing would become too intense. Toasty malt starts things off, ripping quickly into a middle of bockmalt, raisins, butter caramels, and old sweetened bread. It's intense and interesting throughout, and it avoids evoking the scene in _Gravity's Rainbow_ where Slothrop nearly pukes while being subjected to British candies. For whatever reason, American pallets can handle intense foreign flavors only so long as they are savory. That's why the desert cart at Indian restaurants stays stocked even while the rest is picked clean. I'll eat any of the savory shit without question, but good god--you ever have that candied carrot pudding stuff they put out for desert. There was so much sugar in it that one bite nearly gave me a seizure.

Uhh, okay we're going off the rails, here. Point is, even though I am what doctors call an "Advanced Drinker," I still worry that I haven't develop my pallet for doppelbocks. This seems exquisitely brewed if only because I can easily appreciate its intensity. It's not exactly my cup of tea--I still prefer the stoutier DBs like Celebrator--but I can still give them a hand for brewing it so well.

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Photo of SStein
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wallbj
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h4ger
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phigg1102
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sixpoint
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwar
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Was excited to try. Good not great.

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Photo of MPSTARR
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a slender lager glass.

A: Dark caramel color with reddish hues. Perfect clarity. Fine-bubbles off-white head retains very well in the narrow glass. A thick blanket of lacing coats the glass surface.

S: Brown molasses, brown bread, toasty grain, treacle syrup, pinch of cocoa, golden raisin. Traces of hay and grass. Mild brush of alcohol.

T: Bread crust, nutty, cocoa. Toasty grain and hay. Rich treacle syrup and brown molasses. Grape skin. Dried dates and prunes. Grass and herbal hop spice kick up a bit more on the back end and bring some balance. Faint brush of alcohol. Treacle, molasses, and nutty flavors on the finish.

M: Thick and rich body. Coating and a bit syrupy, but some fine and prickling carbonation lifts it away. Slick and almost silky. Mild alcohol warmth.

O: This is about as good as it can possibly get in the world of Doppelbocks. It brings a rich malty complexity that few others can hope to match, and maintains easy drink ability throughout the session.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Revisit April bottle coded L0536:
Looks and smells great-dark brown, clear, with a bubbly tan head. Nose is molasses, brown sugar, dates, figs. I also get a light smokey note, very subtle.

Revisit (rating adjusted for it);
Bordering on roasted malt, there's a light chocolate note to the molasses opening that is kept in check by a clean, maybe slightly woody bitterness. There's the slightest bit of burnt toast before the dark fruit notes come out. Feel is just on the heavy side, but carbonation in this bottle is fine.
Original:
The taste, and more so the feel, are a disappointment. Maybe I (or the distributor) let this sit too long, but it was damn near flat. The body was decent despite this, but it was hard to get by. The flavor, which mostly mimicked the nose, was perhaps a tad too sweet, but dark fruit and brown sugar seemed close to the right profile for this malty beer.

My hopes is I will revisit this once to see if the feel was an anomaly. Given the ratings it seems like it deserves another shot.
Revisit: Forget that statement for almost a year, but it was one I should've paid attention to. This beer is far better than my original experience (3.79), with taste, feel, and overall all increasing.

Luckily I won't be hesitant again, but we're at a tie now - assuming and hoping my more recent experience is the norm going forward.

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

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ManBearPat
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer... Went to the liquor store to peruse in addition to reserving a keg for a grad party, and this caught my eye for some reason.

I love doppelbocks as a style generally, but this one really nails it. I try not to read BA reviews before forming my own opinion and didn't in this case... I literally logged in to see how highly it would be rated, as I knew I had discovered something truly amazing from the Motherland.

Crisp, clean caramel and bread-y notes complemented by a superior mouthfeel make this a 95 (or better!) for sure. Wish I had another...

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 nassstnate
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,130 ratings.
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