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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

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4.3
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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 francisweizen
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-Tap! At De Vildeman in Amsterdam, Holland. I've heard much about this brew, but when I failed to get a bottle from Germany, I decided to try this when I actually saw it on tap! I'm really glad that I did, as this is probably the best Doppelbock being made! This was dark as night, with some rusty edges of maroon and brown. The head was small, tan, and short-lived. The aromas were of fresh bavarian soft pretzels, deepl malts, and slight floral hops on the finish. The taste was extremely malty, not too sweet, and hoppy on the finish. The perfect doppel! The mouthfeel was thick, creamy, and oh-so-smooth going down, and the drinkability was excellent. This stuff is like liquid crack...amazing and highly recommended by this BA!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown red color with a nice light tan head and decent lacing

S-toffee, dark fruit, wheat bread, light spices, hint of cocoa

T-toffee, caramel, raisin, fig, dark bread, hints of cinnamon and cocoa, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a great Doppelbock, great rich flavors and an enjoyable beer to savor

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Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with a one finger head that does not linger long. The first thing I noticed was the incredible aroma that was given off as the head died down. Lots of dark fruit including plum and raisin, and a hefty malt backbone. The taste is more of the same. A truly extraordinary example of a doppelbock. It doesn't get much better than this in the style. I will definitely pick up another one.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. After years of craving this beer, I'm so happy it's finally available locally.

A:Pours a beautiful, clear garnet body under two fingers of fine, pillowy tan head. Retention is great, but lacing is on the weak side. Lovely overall.

S: Purely malty, yet extremely complex. Each inhalation brings a new wave of aromas, ranging from toasted bread to raisin to dark chocolate to licorice to cherry. Bittersweet and amazing.

T: More direct here, with rich dark fruits ahead of toasty malt on the mid-palate; the finish brings notes of grape skin, cocoa powder, and booze. Delicious, but a trifle harsh for only 7%.

M: Medium-to-full body with carbonation to match. Mouth-filling without being sticky. Wonderful.

O: This definitely lived up to the hype, if Doppelbocks can exactly have hype. It's definitely a more subtle, complex beer than Celebrator, and for that reason I prefer it. It's especially gratifying to have such a world-class beer be so affordable.

Cheers!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized off-white head that is very thin for the style. Head quickly dissipates to a very thin film, but soon everything vanishes. Colour is dark brown, like sienna or burnt umber. Next to zero carbonation evident.

SMELL: A medium scent of caramel malt and toffee. A slight hint of spiciness in the nose as well, which is nice. Not bad, though it could be stronger.

TASTE: Some sweet caramel malt, toffee, and some sweet wood in there as well. Very sweet and malty initially. Aftertaste is mild but long lasting, including some sweet wood and some spiciness, with a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice and relatively well balanced, but a bit too weak.

PALATE: Thinner bodied with lower end carbonation. Smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little bite at the end. Finishes with the right amount of stickiness on the palate.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable, goes down very easy, but unfortunately it's not quite memorable. Kind of neutral and overrated in my view. This is one I'd have again, but wouldn't go out of my way to find.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A couple of days ago (20AUG06) I opted to quaff the 2 remaining bottles of this I had in my fridge. I bought them in Rothenburg on 29SEP05, costing 0.85EU per 0.5l bottle, or just about $1.15 each. Best before date on them was 11APR06. I poured both into a 1.0l Spaten glass mug... was drinking outdoors, and the garnet/ruby/chestnut hue was beauteous! A creamy, fine and tight tan head topped the bier off, and it lasted throughout the session, with some decent lacing as well. Nose was rich, malty and toasty... lovely! The feel on the palate/tongue was exemplary! Smooth and velvety, and almost chewy in body... I loved it! And though it was a few months past its supposed prime, it tasted fan-friggin-tastic!! It was a malt monster! Lovely caramel sweetness with no hint of being cloying. It coats the mouth with such rich flavor! The hops have long mellowed and taken a powder, leaving mounds of malt to massage the tastebuds. Damn, it tasted great!

overall: 4.9
appearance: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5

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Review added 27FEB02 - Vom Faß (enjoyed last October - 2001):
Oh baby, is this one good! Wish I were back in the sunshine at the Biergarten at Kloster-Andechs! Gorgeous brown/ruby/garnet color; big, frothy head which thins down but sticks around. Produces excellent glass-lacing! Malt nose is super....great aroma, with some toffee notes! It's body is between medium and full, and has medium/smooth vollmundikeit. Flows over the tongue oh-so-easily! Flavor whacks you with a rich, roasty, malty sweet flavor, and a big alcohol-warmth. Has a very slight bitterness right at the end. Mmmmm!! Hope to get back there again!! Zum Wohl!!

(5.0/4.5/4.5/5.0/5.0 - 4.70)

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sending this along. Been on my want list for quite some time.

Off white fizzy head that builds and settles fairly quickly. Beer is a very deep amber color with some burgundy color. Not much lace.

Smells like toasted pumpernickel and also a lot of caramel.

Caramel flavor, almost cola like and toasted brown bread. At moments I sense Dr. Pepper. Almost cherry now and again. Nice.

Very mild carbonations.. Smooth mouth feel...

A very good beer, but I have to admit, it’s not as outstanding as I had imagined. I realize this is among the gold standard for the style. Very happy to have tried it.

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

great price ($3.99) for such an awesome brew! cola-looking but severely lacking in carbonation. i blame shelf age for this as the place i purchased it is notorious for having old beer and the european stuff sits longer than the american stuff. but even with the lack of carbonation this has a very good flavor. a little sweet as most dopples are and a dry finish. dark(er) fruits and the typical great german flavors.....

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger off white head. Recedes down to a thin cap fairly quickly.

S: A big overlying rye bread note, caramel, toasted bread crust, grain, light powdered cocoa, earthy malt and some light dark fruit notes.

T: A rich wave of rye and nuttiness right away. Middle is primarily dark fruit, with a bit of banana and raisin skin. Light cocoa, molasses and rye crust on the finish. Very well balanced. A really solid doppel.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel has a fairly thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, dark-brown, bubbly appearance, with low-to-moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, sweet, syrupy, brown bread crust, raisin, spiced bread, raisin bread, and brown sugar. Taste is of the same elements, riding alongside moderate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel finishes somewhat crisp, surprisingly drinkable, and exquisite.

RJT

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Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Eric for this rarity.

Appearance: It pours a dark copper/bronze color with some ruby highlights around the edges. The head is caramel colored and is about two fingers deep. Retention was very good, though lacing was on the light side.

Smell: Dark fruit aromas kick it off. It's a blend of raisin, plum, and prune. It smells a little sweet. Malts are very prominent on the nose. Smells like the roasted variety with a bit of caramel blended in. Hops are more apparent than I would've ever guessed. Very nice surprise. They have a bit of an earthy character to them. It's a nice smelling beer, but not quite as deep as I expected.

Taste: The nose is actually a nice representation of the flavor. But, the flavor is more impressive. Raisin, prune, and plum are strong with a little residual bitterness. Roasted and character malts provide a solid base and some sweetness. It's really a light, sweet flavor though. It is a little hoppy, but it's an earthy hop flavor. I wouldn't characterize it as bitter. Surprisingly, this has a really well-balanced flavor. I was expecting very malty and sweet, but it's balanced nicely. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a nice medium body and is very smooth and silky. Carbonation is spot on for this one. It's dialed down a little and it goes down really, really easy. Drinkability is likewise very high. I'm not the biggest fan of Doppelbocks, but this is among the finest.

I'll go ahead and 'fess up on this one...I wasn't expecting to be this impressed. I'm really not a huge Doppelbock guy. This had "overrated" written all over it for me. But, it delivers. It's not perfect, but it is no doubt damn good. It's simply a "must try" for all BAs. Thanks again, Eric.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1374th Review on BA
Bottle to Bock Glass
500ml

Best by: 20/11/12
Thanks to my inlaws for bringing this home from Germany

App- Deep & Rich copper mixed with brown. Fairly dense with some shinny yellow in the center. A good puck of a off white/beige head with a pond layer top.

Smell- A lot going on in this one. A bit small with aromatics of sweet sugar, caramel, wheat and raisins. Seemingly small quad, bock and wheat beer in one. No sign of 7% and just a touch creamy.

Taste- This is very tasty, rich and smooth and filling. More sweetness than I wouldve thought with a malty, raisiny flavor and a touch of creamy sweetness. Again like a small quad with rich flavors that are balanced and layered well.

Mouth- Med/med. creamy malty, liquid simple syrup with brown sugar and wheat.

Drink- Just a fine example of a wonderful style. Wonderfully layered, sweet, savory and rich. Glad I have more!

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Photo of stortore
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 Ml bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours a nice, deep, caramel brown; fairly thick looking with a medium head. Not much lacing. Smell is lots of malt, caramel, bread, brown sugar, some yeast, some chocolate. Smells great. Taste is really malt forward, as is expected. A little roastier than some, but not bitter. Caramel, molasses, a little more chocolate than the nose. Rich, full bodied, lingers on your tongue.

Awesome beer, complex yet subtle at the same time This is the first I've had, and it's right there with Celebrator. Won't be my last.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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 beergoot
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, reddish brown body; dense, luscious, lasting head. Big roasted grain aroma; dark fruit sweetness, raisins. Caramel and brown sugar sweetness; well-balanced bitterness and a touch of booziness. Heavy body yet delicately smooth on the palate; velvety; warm.

There is nothing like a well-done example of a classic beer style, and this German offering does an exceptional job of delivering the goods.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-10-30 in Columbia, PA and again on 2014-02-16, side-by-side with an Ayinger Celebrator.

A - Pretty clear dark brown with ruby highlights. 2-finger light tan head that sticks around and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Rich, lightly toasted dark sour wheat bread, dark fruit and some earthy spice. Not very strong.

T - Rich dark malt with plenty of dark fruit accents like tart very ripe figs, cherries and plums. Light caramel sweetness. There's a nice hop bite on the finish that balances with the dark fruit. Very rich and satisfying.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial going down but dries nicely. Really good, thick feel.

O - See my Ayinger review for more detail but with the Ayinger, the contrast between the various flavors is more pronounced / bolder. The Andech's has more of an integrated / balanced flavor plus a firmer mouthfeel. In this head-to-head comparison, the Andech's wins by a nose. This is the best doppelbock I've ever had. I enjoyed everything about it and look forward to having more no that they are available in PA.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 4, 2016 (notes and rereview) - Bumped aroma from 3.5 to 3.75
On tap at Church Key.

T - dark fruit - raisin and prune, nutty, malty, brown bread.

MF - Medium bodies with a creamy smooth slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Big thanks to the man the myth.... the mikesgroove.

A: Pours a nice deep brown with a nice tall cream colored head. Okay retention with nice chunky lace.

S: Very malty. Tons of caramel, and brown sugar.

T: Malty as well. Rich sweet caramel and brown sugar. Hints of chocolate and light dark fruit. Subtle molasses and a hint of nutty toffee. Malty goodness for sure.

M: Medium in body, smooth and sweet.

D: Pretty good. Wonderful malt bomb.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish ruby colour, ring of off white head, light lace on the glass as well. Smell is a nice mix of malt and dark fruits, comes off quite jammy with some nutty/almond like points, but great aromas of malts and fruit all the way through. Taste isn't quite as nice as the nose but retains the flavours of malts and nutty dark fruit, a bit jammy as well, plums and a bit of chocolate mid palate into the finish, more dark fruits in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium bodied with a nice feel. A really good doppelbock but not as good as Celebrator, still really nice to be able to try this though.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle.

Poured a dark reddish brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, roasted nuts, and all around malty. Tastes of caramel, toasted nuts, dark fruits, and some chocolate.

Notes from 12/17/07.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a small cap that lasts for a while

S: Very malty with some sweet caramel and bready notes to go along with toffee, dark fruits, and a light earthiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light caramel sweetness that is balanced by a nice bready presence and molasses. Dark fruits and toffee come along afterwards, along with a very light estery note from the alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: One of the top doppelbocks out there for sure. It could use a little more body, but that's the only complaint. It's very easy to drink and is quite complex. Good price at $3.49 for a 500 mL bottle as well. Not easy to find in the states (at least not yet) so get some if you happen upon it

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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

500 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Mahogany brown with 1 finger of creamy, tan head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Sweet brown bread, fig, date, molasses, toffee, and concord grape.

Taste
Sweet dark fruit notes of fig, date, and concord grape. Caramel, toffee, molasses, and plenty of sweet brown breadiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky, smooth, and sweet.

Overall
Super balanced, smooth, and easy drinking. An excellent Doppelbock!

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Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from beersofeurope.com...

Poured a deep russet brown colour with some coppery hints. Dirty mocha head poured quite small and fizzy then faded almost immediately to light ring around the edge. Quite a lot of carbonation drifts to the surface... no real lacing...

Aroma - Deep rich spicy dark fruits (raisins, prunes, some strawberries, pears), toasted bready malts, toasted fruit cake, brown lemonade hints, some creosote traces, brown sugar sweetness, light medicinal / herbal notes, some leatheriness, slight vinegar notes, no real hops..

Taste – Pretty strong toasted bready malts, deep treacle sweetness, toasted nuttiness, spicy dark fruits (raisins, figs and dates), malt loaf / fruit cake, the faintest of smokiness, light peppery notes, some woodiness...

Feel - More carbonation than i expected - i would have preferred this to be more smooth and creamy... medium bodied... pretty drinkable for a 7.1% beer...

Overall - A pretty good Doppelbock but not the best in my opinion.. the Weltenburger Asam-Bock is easily better than this... definitely worth a try though...

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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