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:
1,122
Reviews:
465
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

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1.25/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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2/5  rDev -53.5%

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2/5  rDev -53.5%

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2/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.84/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Goin' after some big fish here, the current top-rated doppelbock. Let's dance: It pours a dark-ish sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises dry toffee and lightly-toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light vanilla bean and watered-down cocoa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this stuff is about as painfully average as you can get. Something tells me it's all about unattainability here: Because this stuff requires at least an overseas trade or a vacation or a lucky hookup, it's perceived as better than it really is. (I call it Westy syndrome.) Sometimes, it's still good, but it's never nearly as good as reputations hold it to be. Huge case-in-point here.

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2.84/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is a long-time Want for me, it has been available in my area for a while now but haven't bothered to pick one up until today. An assumed batch number of L3293 is listed on the back.

Appearance - Dark red pour with some orange highlights. A beige head starts off pretty tall and eventually reduces to a splotchy cap with bits of lace.

Smell - Hm. Toasted dark bread, some caramel and cocoa, and nuts are nice, but there is also earthy paper tart cherry weirdness which seem out of place/off. Not bad, but definitely not great.

Taste - Light sour cherry, weird sweetness, licorice, caramel, nuts, some cocoa, cola, bit o' hops. Unfortunately a step down from the smell, not awful, but weak with noticeable off-flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium high-carbonation, watery, not the malty feast that a doppelbock should be.

Overall - I've heard rumors that this beer has gone downhill and/or has infection reports, etc., just wasn't sure how true/extensive it was. Though this wasn't awful, it was easy to see this isn't the beer it could or should be. Not sure if recent reviewers are obliviously blinded by its past reputation and overall rating or if I just got unlucky on this bottle, but either way, an unfortunate disappointment.

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2.88/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

purchased in the Munich airport.

Appearance: nice deep red; 1/2 finger head off-white head which dissolved quickly and left little trace.

Smell: roasty; maybe some worcestershire/soy in there.

Taste: continues the roast and soy; slight malt sweetness (but could use more) and hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: lighter body than I'd expect; low carbonation.

Drinkability: I want to like this, but there's so little to recommend. Other reviews trend higher, but most other examples I've had of this style are better.

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2.91/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep reddish amber appearance with a layer of beige head. Nose is very malty with hints of smoke, cereal grains, a bit of vegetal character and some notes of corn. I get some aroma of dry dog food as well... Ehhh... Not so good. Taste has a one dimensional fruity sweetness with notes of grape. A bit of a tart turn at the end. Taste is a bit sloppy. Mouthfeel is moderate with light carbonation. Overall, not a huge fan.

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2.93/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beautiful dark auburn color. A color I've never seen in a beer. Hardly any head.

Smells sweet and malty. Quite nice.

It has this mouth puckering sourness to it. Bitter and sour. Malty, it tastes a bit like liquor. There's a strong alcohol flavor, which is stronger than the percentage it contains, which I don't find pleasant.

Stings the tongue with carbonation. Not bad, but interesting

Ultimately I find the flavor too strange to drink extensively. It doesn't sit on my taste buds in a great way.

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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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3.06/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had some expectations of this beer. Bought it in Germany a few weeks ago. Poured the beer in a Palm glass. The beer gives a very nice lightbrown to red head with some red rings which come up!! Haven't seen this before. The beer itself is darkred rubybrown with a bit of carbonation.

The rest is average. The smell is reasonable, i smell a bit of the malt which is used.

The taste is not spectacular, also the mouthfeel.

I drank the beer during a game of cards. Then it's very drinkable.

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3.08/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked up at a bottle shop in San Fran, might have been old because while it looked and smelled okay, the taste was just off, and certainly not worthy of the praise this one typically gets. Would be willing to try again though.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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