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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany | website

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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446
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1,058
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
15.55%
 
 
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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Drinks of the World in Bern.

Looks great with a dark red-brown body and light tan head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of smoke, port and dark bready grains. The flavor, unfortunately can't quite match the brilliance of the aroma and falls a little flat without any big fruit, grain, or other yeast character that really stand out. It's still a pleasant mix of dark bread and dates thats quite nice.

The drinkability here is also amazing. This is certainly a beer that could put you in the gutter if you're not careful.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a giant stange at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich, nut-brown hue with minimal haze and a thick head of creamy ivory foam. Looks outstanding.

Smell: sweet, caramelly and extremely malty aroma. Smells like Whoppers candy.

Taste: sweet with big malt flavor. Not a lot of complexity, mostly just a very clean, very sweet malt character. Very solid.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess.

Overall: sweet but nicely quaffable; this is an archetypal doppelbock.

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Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper clear color with a 4F head into a pilsner glass.
Nice looking beer.

The aroma is not as strong as other Doppelbocks- some figs and toffee- but mild.

Mouth feel is malty- relatively smooth and works well with this beer.

Taste: deeper than other Doppelbocks. More breadth, malt, figs.
There was too much bitterness in the finish for this style.

Overall- quite good, but there are other beers in the style I prefer. I like the deep malt-fig character, but the bitterness is too pronounced. I would prefer more malt, stronger fig in the aroma.
The bottle date was late December- perhaps the beer was past its prime. Nevertheless, quite good.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small butter cream colored head that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, some very nice toastiness that mixes well with the sweet maltiness, crackers and bread, and a bit of graininess. Taste follows with some sweet maltiness up front, golden raisin sweetness, fruit and berries, caramel, a great molasses quality, toasty grains lead to a nice crisp hop quality in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, carbonation is on the low side which allows the malty sweetness to weigh slightly on the palate before a small peppery crispness works to balance it out towards the finish. Very enjoyeable and highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle
L - creamy beige head holds good retention atop a bronzed brown body
S - fainter aroma of earthy hops, caramel, grain, and toffee
T - rich and sweet, toffee, caramel, grain, earthy spicy hops, slightly peppery on the finish
F - fullish body, creamy and smooth, finishes clean
O - a bit of a surprise here. I was expecting better. It's still really good, but I was hoping for a little bit more from the #2 ranked doppelbock in the world.

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Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured in my mug I got in Ueberlingen in 2003.

Pours a dark amber color with a strong, off-white head that retains very well. Smell of burnt caramel, slight bit of earthy hops, and some dark fruit, most noteably some cherry. Smell still is a little weak for what I was expecting, good, but not very strong. Light toastiness in the taste. Certainly some burnt caramel is noticed as well as some slightly grainy flavors. Sweet caramel finish, that ends up being dry. Higher than medium carbonation with medium body. Very nice beer to drink, I think it may be even better when enjoyed straight from the brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense bold flavour, bit of everything. Roast, whiff of smoke, some sourness, dark chocolate, molasses. Medium-full chewy mouthful. Dark chocolate colour, chocolate aroma. Creaminess and really interesting range of flavours with multi-course meal. Thanks Mr. Madsberg from Denmark.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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 bluegrassbrew
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RedHaze for the trade!

Poured into a pilsner glass.

This beer is a deep amber/brown with a two finger tan head that drops to leave a nice cap. Some lace sticks around the glass.

Smell is subtle. Some roasted malt and just a hint of chocolate.

Taste is nice and balanced. Roasty yet sweet. Not as burnt as some other dopplebocks. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall, this is an very tasty brew. Silky smooth mouthfeel and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 7.1%, not 7.0% like the brewery website says. Deep chestnut colour, large and creamy light tan head. Very nice roasty aroma with notes of rye bread, caramel, hints of liquorice and chocolate. Fairly dry roasty flavour (roast malts), notes of coffee, toast and rye bread. Dry and hoppy bitter finish. An excellent doppelbock, not as smooth and sweet as some others of this style."

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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 BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep ruby brown colour with a two finger head of foam that has okay retention. This one leaves a lacy ring cover over a sparkling CO2 filled body.

Smell - Sweet brown bread malts dominate first off with pancakes and treacle. The hop presence is mild and leans towards the earthy there is also light touches of fruit in the back and here.

Taste - Very sweet and pleasing fruity front with treacle and the booze coming in later around the middle section. The middle booze section is nice and warming and finally there are some light hop nips that help provide balance.

Mouth feel - Full and creamy body with nice tingle in the body as you drink. Decent warming feeling here as well with a nice drying end.

Overall - This is a wonderful beer and I would recommend it to any one it is nicely balanced although it does lean to the sweet side of things

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Photo of Reidrover
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem Oregon $3.99 Dark amber/ brown colored body with a nice sized thick and frothy cream colored head. Unlike most dopplebocks the aroma of this is mainly wheat, vanilla and hazelnuts. Nice Taste similar to the aroma but more of the dark fruit and over ripe bananas , raisins and a bit of licorice appear..many flavors as it heats. Delicious smooth and silky mouth feel. An excellent traditional dopplebock.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while in Germany at the Wiesbaden Rathaus.

A nice dark dopple bock with lots of malt and chocolate and coffee.

The taste was much the same and the mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Not as complex as I hoped but still quite drinkable.

I wish I could have tried all the Andechser beers at this place but unfortunately could only get through three. Next time...

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The main beer I wanted on my one night stopover in München.
On tap at Andechser am Dom.

What is basically a pint glass is laid before me holding a beer with a thick tan head and a transparent dark bodied brown beer with orange and red highlights.
The nose brings forth aromas of dark fruit with a big bready presence.
The aroma translates well into the taste. The dark fruit and breadyness are there with some added grape.
The beer is a little sweet and sticky with a smooth medium body.
Goes well with the their interesting Spätzle dish.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle $4.49 and poured into a pilsner glass. I'd heard about this beer for years and so I was excited to grab a bottle now that it is distributed in Denver. It's good enough that I've gone back for three more bottles. Dark amber color, almost brown with a small sheen of foam on the top. Aroma has the faintest touch of chocolate, nutty and fruity. The flavor is sweet, fruity, slightly bready. Overall this is quite a nice dunkel.

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Photo of shapudding
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 10/05/05. Can’t read anything on the label -all in German except the Reinheitsgebot! Dark and rubied-brown and clear, can barely see through it. Lovely thick, milkshakey head with a ton iof khaki froth and bubbles crackling through. Lusciously heavy malty aroma, it just smells thick! Caramelly, karo syrup, mollassess... Slightly creamy feel, bit chewy, but not heavy, more medium bodied. The caronation is jut barely noticeable. Very wet feeling. Taste of caramel malts, light toastiness, more sweetness, towards the end of the sip. I get thoughts of cream sherry, but I can’t decide if it is from the aroma, taste of maybe just more of the whole experience.... You get a lot of flavor punch in this without it being too much. Not too overpowering. Very good flavors. Makes me keep thinking about it, keep tasting more and more, with each sip of it. Nice one!!
Thank for this one Horst!

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Photo of joemacpherson
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- dark reddish brown with no head at all?!

S- Fruity and malty with a bit of tangy olive. Smells like dark, sweet spent grains.

T- Very fruity. it has a deep roast malt body and finish that is a little smokey.

M. good carbonation. a bit syrupy, which would be complemented by a more creamy head if it had one.

D. Not so much.

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Photo of Damian
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a ,5l bottle
Best before end: 25 03 09
Served in a pilsner glass

Acquired in a trade with mikesgroove

The beer poured a crystal clear, amber-mahogany color with a tight, creamy, light tan, two-finger head that faded to a lasting cap. Chunks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was robust. Very beady and sweet with a rich caramel maltiness and some brown sugar notes. Slightly nutty. Somewhat candy-like and a touch boozy.

The taste was decent but not stellar. Definitely not as full-flavored as I anticipated. Sweet caramel malts came through strong up front. Buttery and smooth. Slightly grainy in the center. Quite bready and biscuity. The flavor profile faded rather quickly on the back end. A touch of booziness appeared on the finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth yet thinner than expected. Somewhat fluffy on the palate.

Drinkability was good. This pleasant, easy-drinking doppelbock masked its alcohol quite well.

I had very high hopes for this difficult to find brew, but unfortunately it did not win me over. This is a better than average doppelbock but definitely not one of the best (and certainly not a top twenty-five beer, in my opinion). I am perplexed as to why this beer garners the attention that it does.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice beer.

Beautiful brown & cherry color. Good fine head.

Taste is malty, a little sweet on the approach, hint of sweetness on the nose as well. Complex. On the palate it resembles a porter, actually.

Some mocha on the finish, long subtle bitterness. Not Celebrator, not by a mile, but still a beer that the maker should be proud of.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a .5L 2014 bottle.
I've had this excellent dunkel on tap at the brewery in Andechs several times over the past few years. While the bottled version is not quite as pleasing as the fresh draft version I remember it is certainly excellent for style. The alcohol is very well hidden, there's a rich malty backbone, and the beer has great balance.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Trapp Lager glass. Dark, crimson body with three fingers of off-white head. Gorgeous pour!

Smells like dried fruits and sweet wine. A truly terrific scent.

Taste matches the smell point for point. And it's absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and carbonated. Perfectly pleasant.

This beer came in a mystery six pack of bombers and other large beers. I'm glad this one was in there. A real treat.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Klosterbrauerei Andechs, served in a 0.5L glass in the bier garten. The beer was dark auburn, kind of a burgandy shade of brown with a tan head. The liquid was clear, possibly it was aged to perfection by the monks.

The smell strongly reminded me of the wort from my home-brewing excursions, a very nice and strong malty aroma. The flavor was sweet and malty, a bit of fresh baked bread, and a tad bitter in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, a really big thick presence. For drinkability I'm going to knock off a full point, in that you can tell there's a buzz hitting you and the threat of impending drunken stupor stops your hand from reaching for the glass too often.

Overall, not as outstanding as I'd hoped but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Finally! A HUGE thank-you goes out to Kate F. for picking this up for me while she was in Munich. Sadly, I couldn't get my act together and get it before the best-by date (3-5-11) had passed (damn you, recession) but it's here now, and I'm stoked to try it. 500ml brown slimline pop-top with nice label poured into 18oz dimple stein. Bring it on.

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark walnut with burgundy highlights. This sports a dark ivory/light tan cap wihch soon fades to a thick ring. Would like a little more head retention on this, but that could have something to do with the age.

Smell: Now this gets things back on track! I was worried this might be somewhat muted or downplayed, considering the age, but it smells friggin delicious. Sweet dark caramel, huge notes of toasty bread, and a hint of apple and raisin jump out. The aromas are big and bold too; this smells absolutely delicious.

Taste: The taste is very smooth up front, and displays a nice mix of caramelly/bready and fruity flavors. Sweet, dark caramel leads things off, followed by toasty bread, and then by a dry maltiness (Munich, likely?). You think that's the aftertaste, but then you get a bit of dark fruitiness (I'm thinking dates, maybe)? This flavor, while nice, is a bit muted, and I'm wondering if this is one of the losses of age. Either way, this is a remarkably smooth Dopplebock that tastes more like 6% than just over 7% abv. A medium, firm bitterness brings up the back end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full and rich.

Overall: I think I can say that a few weeks out from the brewery, this is probably more than worthy of 'the best dopplebock in the world' title that it receives here on BA. Even now, with four months having passed since the 'best by' date, this is still probably my favorite dopplebock I've ever had. I love the strong, toasty bread and caramel flavors and the way they balance with a hint of dark fruit. The hop bitterness is just enough to keep this from becoming cloying. Really well done. Thanks again to Kate for this awesome treat!

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, tan-brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt, caramel, and smoke

Taste: burnt caramel, smoke, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet and smoky, medium carbonation, smooth

Overall: A really nice and smoky classic dopplebock. The smokiness allows this to be sweet but never cloying. Amazing on tap. I would certainly pick this one up again.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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