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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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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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 drseamus
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this at the Delirium Café and I’m glad I had it when I was there because it was impossible to find in either Koln or Dusseldorf when I was there, despite its availability being listed on the Andechs website.

This has a dark brown/reddish body with only a little head. There is a huge malty aroma with caramel notes that pours from the glass. The taste matches the aroma with big sweet malty flavors with caramel and some accompanying bitterness that builds at the end. As it warms up, the caramel presence increases until it is nearly the primary flavor. This is only medium bodied with good drinkability. It is a good beer but I did expect slightly better because of the reputation.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a glass bier stein

Clear mahogany ruby with a small steady stream of carbonation. Creates a two finger dense taupe head. Settles into a solid taupe foam layer.

First sniff was of toffee. Deep rich fruits, figs, plums and raisins. Rich malts.

Smooth taste of deep rich malt, deep fruits, chocolate. Gentle carbonation. Smooth aftertaste. Delicious.

Yet another tremendous beer from Andechs. Worthy of stocking in the fridge and repeating often. Great, great beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generous off-white head forms atop the dark brown body. Head is foamy, frothy, sticky, moderately lasting. Light ruby hints make the color seem complex. A truck of malt in the aroma. Various flavours of smoked fruits, red berries, blue berries, cherries, light smoke, light roast. Terrific integration of the aromatic components. Another sniff gave me mineralic or salty notes. Another hinted me toward bread. Yet another proposed candy sweetness almost approaching honey. If the aroma contained a truck of malt, it’s 2 trucks you have when sipping. Its intensity is pushed further although always staying in the subtlety grace as opposed to a celebrator. Incredible precision, every angle is well cut. Bolder than the aroma in its leathery expression. Quite dry overall. Nut skin, roasty and earthy light hops finish. Could last a little longer perhaps. It really tastes like fresh and clean water was used. Incredible malt depth they have there. Gets even better as it warms, close to a 10 as far as taste is concerned, I guess just a bit more length would nail it. Polite medium to full body, high carbonation is at the limit of being too much. Stellar doppelbock that grows on you sips after sips. New developments and happenings every time. 2 thumbs up to Stephen and his neighbor for this unique chance!

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev -7%

Very smooth drinking with less of that port wine, rummy taste characteristic of the style. I would still prefer a weizenbock but this is very good. Not too sweet, fully loaded with caramel and burnt sugar. I would rank this third behind EInbecker Winter Bock and Korbinian.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first beer to review with the new system. Also, first beer reviewed from Germany on a German kezboard, with the z and y switched, so here goes...

Appearance: lighter in color than I was expecting, more orange or garnet than deep and dark. Big off white head with good retention, but leaving little lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, toast, brown sugar... surprised by all the fruit, in a lager. no hint of smoke, which i love in ayinger's celebrator.

Taste: raisin, brown bread, bit of roast & toast, brown sugar. malt is the star, but there is enough hops bitterness to balance. never becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel: medium body, bordering on full. reasonable carbonation.

Drinkabilitz: I now have a second favorite Doppelbock. Glad to be in Bavaria at the moment, and looking forward to a brewery tour in a couple of days. Hopefully the beer there will be as good as this Andechs offering..

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Photo of hwwty4
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the wonderful exbeastiefan for packing this back from Amsterdam for me. One of only a handful of my original wants from when I joined the site that I haven't had the pleasure of trying. Stoked.

Best by date 06/06/12. Poured a 500ml bottle into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a mahogany brown,with a decent 1 inch head that leaves just a little lacing. The aroma is amazing. Huge notes of caramelized sugars. Toffee and toasted breads. Dates and figs cover just a hint of booze. Super complex nose. The flavor starts off with dark fruits. Dates with just a little prune. Brown sugar and caramel. Toast mingling with earthy hops. Just a tiny hint of booze as it warms. The mouthfeel is light and creamy with just a bit of dryness on the finish. Man, this a fantastic beer. I'm so glad I finally got to try it.

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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 SheepNutz
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge ass thanks to Kev for sharing this one!!! Half a liter bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium ruby red color with two fingers of head that die off slowly, leaving a little bit of lacing. The smell is sweet and malty. Lots of caramel going on, with a slightly toasty aroma. Just the slightest bit of alcohol. Very full. The taste is smooth and malty. Both sweet and roasty, a perfect balance. Lots of biscuit malt in there. The harmony of flavors is unreal. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick, yet smooth as silk. The drinkability is deadly for a 7.1% brew. This is awesome.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark reddy brown body, clear. Thick fluffy tan head with some retention but towards the last third it was pretty slight

Smell, sweet caramelly malt, some dried fruit

Taste, thick sweet malt, some raisins, some roasted flavour on the finish. Sweet and estery

A pretty enjoyable dopplebock

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

Nice two finger tannish fluffy head. Beautiful dark reddish brown color. So-so retention and lacing. Great aromas of figs, banana, clove and sweet malt. Nice dark fruit favors, with a bit of banana, clovey spiciness, and sweet molasses. Nice fairly thick mouthfeel for a lager, sweet finish, but not cloying. This beer is one of the classics, and now I know why- simply outstanding!

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

Pours a clear dark brown and the small head goes away in a flash.

Aromas of sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Roasted malts, coffee, fruit, and finishes smooth with I'd say some mint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light with some carbonation. Finishes bitter chocolate.

This is a drinkable beer and one in this style that I'll seek out again.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! David said I could open up one of the bottles I brought back with me this past year. Freshness date was still good. Shared the bottle with David and Uncle Jimbo. More than cola colored, I poured a thick chewy tan head that was full of a nice Germanic pumpernickle bread. The carbonation was really nice, not too little, not too much. Full bodied, but the spot on Germanic breadiness, and smooth hoppiness make this more sessionable than other Doppelbocks I've tried. It lives up to the hype, if you are not expecting overwhelming alcohol. Would drink it again, and I can, 'cause I still have a bottle left.

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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 jonb5
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer has a great mahogany colour, is smooth without too much carbonation but I just drank a cheap french lager. Can smell smoked dark chocolate, it also tastes like smoked beer. There are hints of coffee and dark chocolate. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Too heavy to session but still very good. This is a beer I can recomend to fans of doppelbock but I won't be drinking it every weekend

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

Huge thanks to johnnybravo for hooking me up with 2 bottles of this nectar. Having had this in Nuremberg and finding it to be amazing, I had to get a hold of another bottle or two, if for memory's sake only.

Pours reddish brown with a 1 finger white head that holds up fairly well.

Smells of apple, raisins and caramel/brown sugar malt.

The taste is rich with brown sugar coated apples, raisins, caramel and other, similar fruits. The malt body is very much a brown sugar/caramel combo of flavors. Slight alcohol presence at the end, but nothing out of place.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich (for 7.1%, this has a ton of flavor), with medium, bordering on low, carbonation. Altogether enjoyable for this beer.

Drinkability is very good.

Highly recommended. Nothing may beat my first experience with this beer - sitting in the Andechs beer hall in the gorgeous city of Nuremberg, drinking a couple 1/2 liter steins of this - but yes, this is one fine doppelbock.

Previous review (from memory after having had at the source):

Excellent doppelbock! Got to have this while in Germany, served at the Andechs pub in Nurmberg. Wonderful dark brown color with a nice head. Smell was sweet - caramel like. Taste was perfect - nice rich not too sweet caramel malt flavor. Like drinking liquid happiness. Perfect sweetness level. Mouthfeel was also perfect. Very smooth and silky. Medium body - perfect mouthfeel to go along with the great flavor. Drinkability was high for this - perfectly balanced - I went through a full liter probably too quickly. Why does my favorite doppelbock have to be basically impossible to get in the US?

Previous score: 4.5/4/5/4.5/4.5

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Photo of Chaz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In color it is between a Ruby-red and chestnut. Pours with excellent/brilliant clarity, topped with a very appealing head, just a bit darker than "pale-tan." Plenty of lace as it drops.

Semi-sour and Sherry-like on the nose. Notes of plum , treacle, sweet... also some oxidation (HEY! It's a long way to Minnesota! Especially since this one made a layover in a NYC bodega.)

Notes of slightly-tart cherry and medium/pale "domestic" malts on the first sip, and they play very nicely together. Some deeper notes of roasted, dark malt toward the middle, and a rather dry finish -- excellent! Not as cloying as I thought it would be from the nose, and not nearly as off-putting as the notes of oxidation suggested, either.

Easy-drinking, and rather lighter in body than I'd expected.

I had mentioned "Sherry" right away, and this one is also vinuous in the best way -- the better doppelbocks definitely feature that characteristic, and this one is certainly among the top doppelbocks. I would definitely recommend this bier to anyone interested in the style. ;)

Did I mention that it was lighter in body and also very-easy drinking? Because it is. In fact, this one might be "dangerously-drinkable" in a certain biergarten setting, nestled in the hills of Bayern . . . SOME day!

A big cheers to BA user "gory4d" for the assist in finally* getting to try this one.

* After hearing about this brew for the past thirty years, we FINALLY have a wholesaler that is bringing in the S&H Brands portfolio of which the Andechs brands are included, and yet for some reason said wholesaler doesn't bring in Andechs! What a shame: I'd LOVE to try this side-by-side with a Korbinian or three...

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

Appearance - translucent mahogany colour with tan head

Smell - Toffee, caramel, hazelnut, soy sauce

Taste - toffee, caramel, hazelnut, hint of soy sauce, mixed nuts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness and nuttiness upfront, bitterness in the back end and the finish is toasty and bready

Overall - a very tasty dopplebock that I'm glad made it to the States. Will strive to always have this on hand. Recommended

Price Point - $4.25/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of Risser09
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 liter bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by 3/25/09

Appearance: Pours a transparent brown color that goes from red to orange as the bottom of the glass thins out. Carbonation slowly moves to the surface. A 2" light tan head builds and shows great retention. Some lace tentacles span around the glass.

Smell: Sweet nuttiness of almonds and pecans meet with a slippery butter aroma. Biscuity caramel malt aromas are mouthwatering. Butterscotch and dark rum. A great aroma.

Taste: Robust, sweet malt flavors of butter, fig, raisin, biscuits, caramel malt and almond. There is even a slight hop bitterness that balances out the flavor profile. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Buttery, smooth, sweet, chewy and actually a bit bitter. A subtle alcohol notation at the finish, along with some belly warmth.

Drinkability: A great German brew that is worth seeking out. I can't imagine a better doppelbock than this one. Spectacular aroma and closely matched taste. An awesome brew.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in Munich, Germany. Best by 08/10/08

Pours a deep dark mahogany, with a one finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; caramel and molasses dominate upfront, followed closely by a little chocolate. Brown sugar covered dates, with a mild hint of some herbal/grassy hops fade to a some more dark fruits such as raisins and plums.

Taste; thick sweet molasses and caramel kick things off, then chocolate and a faint roasted malt flavor comes forward. The middle is all dark fruits with some dates, raisins, and cherries (after a bit of warming). Herbal/grassy hops are present, but they definitely take a supporting role to the malts.

moutfeel/Drnkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth carbonation, and, for me, the drinkabilty is off the charts.

I've had about twenty bottles of this so far between Germany, and the bottles I've brought back, and each time I've had this I discover another flavor that I didn;t notice before.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber-orange. Nicely formed head. Lasts a bit too.

Grape aroma with a touch too heavy caramel.

Velvety, big body. Light carbonation.

Not too sweet fruit. Heaviest on fig with a little banana. Not too sweet caramel. Bit of bready crust. Also get some hay/wheat in there. Hint of clove spice. Departs with some chocolate elements. Banana-raisin bread pudding.

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

While the aroma and initial taste are sweet, that of malt and carmelized brown sugar, the finish is quite dry; like a much drier version of Smuttynose's doppelbock.

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

A - plum purple copper body, with 3 finger tan head that reduces quickly leaving good lace

S - munich malts and wholewheat breads hit me, with a slight malt sweetness

T- not overly flavoursome but very sweet and a nice alcohol kick in the finish, well balanced but no identifiable sweet toffee plum syrupy notes. NOTE* As it warms, more syrupy sugar plum notes become apparent, perhaps some vanilla

M- medium carbonation, that settles well, is not harsh, good body

D- very drinkable for the abv, i was pretty thirsty drinking this and was knocking it back, could be pretty dangerous in a session, enjoyable.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear dark, rich burgundy color with ruby tints. Looks like a solid brew. Heavy cream head fills the glass and drifts substantially.

Nose is on the light side, shallow coffee and malts.

Taste is large and insistent, fairly complex. The dominant taste is a blend of rough and bitter toasted malts, sour sweet malts and black cherry, and some coffee and toffee nuttiness to round it out.
Hints of booze are appreciated in the otherwise supersmooth and mellow brew. Controlled sweetness and clean finish. Nicely done.

Carbonation is tight and soft on impact and fills out in strength and effect in the mouth, yet maintains alot of the softness. Excellent feel, creamy, heavy. Despite the power of the taste and viscous body, goes down moderately easy.

I was sad to only have one of these, but many thanks to Bourre for bringing this guy over from the old world.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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