Privatbrauerei Bischoff

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German Doppelbock
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3.18 | pDev: 23.27%
Privatbrauerei Bischoff
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Photo of AltBock
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz. green bottle with a simple gold label with a white circle in the middle. Inside the circle is a dreary crude drawing of the German countryside. The back label has the Government warning and a best before date.

When poured into a simple Pilsner glass, this Dopplebock was a nice dark cola brown with a few amber highlights. The head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and dirty white in color. It was one of those colors where it wasn't white or beige. Good retention that left behind a sting of rings and a spot or two of lace. I honestly like the color of this beer.

The aroma of this Doppelbock took the sweet route instead of taking the roasted road. The aroma was sweet with sweet malts, caramel, molasses, a little raisin, a few herbs, and a subtle whiff of olives at the end. It was an interesting aroma. The taste was similar to the aroma. It liked the sweets more than it did the roasted elements.

The taste started off with sweet malts. It was so sweet that it tasted like cola a little bit. Behind the malts was some dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and a slightly weird herbal hop bite. I like the taste of sweet Doppelbocks, but this was too sweet.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with little carbonation, and a sweet aftertaste. It wasn't candy sweet. It was more cola sweet. If I'm ever in the mood for a sweet Doppelbock, I'll pick this one up again. It looks really good, but everything else was...not so good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Immortals and a doppelbock...a good pairing...? We'll see... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises mild caramel, light buttery biscuit, a vague sense of miscellaneous greens, and a soft touch of mild cocoa. It's all really vague, muddled, barely distinguishable from background nose radiation (AKA smells). The taste holds notes of maple syrup, light cocoa, very light roasted malts, honey, and a bit of biscuit. The aftertaste, though, resonates with Band-Aid-like notes that blend into strange herbal flavors. The body is a rather lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a generally solid d-bock, not one I would ever put near the top of any list, but one that suffices as a tasty-enough choice, though that aftertaste does ruin things a bit.

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Photo of stevoj
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 2012: Catch up rating. Weak and murky doppelbock, nowhere near the quality of some of the Bavarian standouts. props for trying but just doesn’t cut it.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into tulip glass
A – Almost a 3 finger light tan head has moderate retention, beer with no light appears nearly black with a little light it is a clear rich brown, a few strings of lacing 3.5
S – Roasted malt caramel, herbals, milder prune & mineral notes 3.5
T – More grainy than I expected, a strong herbal bitterness imparts an aftertaste that reminds me of a ricola herbal cough drop. Moderate spiciness and a very mild sweetness. The more I drink the more I’m recognizing what I’ll call an alcohol and hop zing. 2.5
M – Light to moderate body, watery on the palate, perhaps undercarbonated 2
O – Not a fan of this beer, I’ve not had a bock like it previously and nor will I again if I can help it 2

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Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single finger head Without significant lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is mostly fit and toasted malt. Flavor is similar with dark fruit, toasted bread malts and herbal notes. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Overall not on par with the doppelbock genre I am familiar with but not a bad beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.99/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best Before: 10/02/12.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a slim, bone white head.

Smell: An unappealing sniff of grainy pils malt soaked in ethanol, hardly yielding little notes cherry cola.

Taste: Store-brand cola and a sweet thin drizzle of simple syrup for the pils malt. A dark fruitiness and decaying grass clippings introduces a sudden and surprising alcoholic harshness, which sort of embodies the taste in the cruelly long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: No need to make any excuses for this, as it's just a rather poor example of the style. I didn't finish the bottle, I couldn't finish it. I got 99 problems but a Bischoff ain't one.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

best before July 26, 2012

A: Dark reddish brown with a thin head that disappears completely and leaves no lacing.

S: Faint with sulfur, sweet malt, fruit and alcohol. The sulfur dominates.

T: Fairly subdued flavor, and not a typical doppelbock by any means. Light toasted bread and herbal hops. Alcohol gives a medicinal characteristic. Not nearly as sweet as one expects.

M: Bubbly and very thin.

O: This is an odd doppelbock but not a bad beer. Not good, but not bad either. Only the unhidden alcohol impedes drinkability.

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Photo of bsp77
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with moderate off-white head, settling to a thin line.

Smell: Caramel, spicy hops, cherry, molasses and soy sauce. A little mild.

Taste: The taste is...odd. Some of the aroma comes through (cherry, caramel, soy sauce), but there is also some sickly dark fruit, and something akin to gasoline. Then there is a sudden, strong spicy hoppiness at the end, along with a medicinal aftertaste. However, it does taste better (just slightly) than that description sounds.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium body, tingly off finish.

Overall: While the worst Doppelbock accusations seem a little unfounded, it may be the worst Doppelbock I have personally had, so maybe there is cause for those comments. However, I could imagine worse.

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Photo of crossovert
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz green bottle (why?). Date on bottle says 10.02.12.

It ours a nice color, a deep reddish brown with a foamy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is kind of boring for a doppelbock.

The flavor is a bit better. It is not like a Bavarian doppelbock. It is actually pretty interesting to have a north-German doppelbock because they are rarer and a lot different. I would still take it over most American doppelbocks that throw way too much in to cover up shortcomings in their lager-making abilities. This one isn't as sweet and dryer than Bavarian examples, also more subtle. There is still a noticeable hop character to it. The sweetness takes up the back end though, with not hop bitterness to level it.

Overall not bad, but not up to par with Bavarian examples.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small alcohol and dryer fruit notes. In the taste, fruity and a small dry alcohol like note in the end. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. A bit fruity, but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
1.31/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Something is way way wrong here.

Part of me says this tastes/smells like a crappy Doppelbock or Euro Dark; that part is the manifestation of the eternal optimist within me.

Another part says that this smells/tastes like fermented wrapping paper; that's just keeping it real.

Ugh. Two (ghastly) sips, then a drain pour.

Quoth the venerable BuckeyeNation: "...stale cocoa powder, bitter grasses, sheet metal and antifreeze..."

Also quoth the aforementioned BuckeyeNation, still venerable: "In fact, it might be the worst Doppelbock in the history of beer..."

That about sums it up.

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Photo of steveh
3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new offering at the local good beer store -- though my label doesn't look like the BA profile, it meets all the other criteria.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut brown with a sudsy, slow settling, off-white head.

S -- Sweet bread crusts with some light fruitiness back -- a bit weird to style, that.

T -- Same sweet bread crusts up front with some mild hop spiciness in the middle and finishing with a toasted bread character that is almost buttery in its sweetness, but not in a diacetyl way. Aftertaste is hot, peppery alcohol -- near phenolic, very dry.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and soft to a dry finish and the body is medium.

O -- Overall impression is a good Doppelbock, while not being the usual Optimator or Salvator in sweetness, the bready malt character certainly makes this palatable.

*Interesting that this Doppelbock comes from north and west of Frankfurt am-Main, not a Bavarian brewery. Makes me wonder if the drier character is more prominent in that area of Lagerland.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown color with no head or lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste: Again very sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and hard to avoid the sweetness.

Overall: Decent beer dominated by sweetness and alchol. One is enough at one time.

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Photo of TAMU99
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a solid, clear brown with a moderate off-white head. Leaves a moderate lace. Smells of caramel, sugar, alcohol and dark bread. Taste is sweet, like sugary dough. Complex malts, a little heavy, but tasty. Rather overpowering syrupy mouthfeel and a cling of alcohol make this one good for a dessert or a single serving. I probably won't buy again, but not a poorly made beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this 500mL bottle at Amity Wine & Spirits in New Haven CT for $2.99. Crazy twist-off cap, I haven't seen one of those since the 80s on a soda bottle. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear deep brown brew gives a thin fizzy tan head. Nose is somewhat vegetal and earthy, like baby food yams... brown sugar, starchy grain, dried apricots, hint of citrus hop, maybe some cola. Yes that's it, just like sweet potato Pepsi. Taste is also kinda like a starchy cola, similar to the smell but without too much of the vegetal yam aspect, fairly sweet. Feel is moderately thick with a soft but abundant carbonation. Finishes with some ginger and lingering yammy sweetness. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Kinda meh... not bad in any particular way, just... meh. Too sweet? Too bland? Maybe. Very very vegetal and starchy... baby food, stewed sweet potato/ yam (can't say that enough). Lower Drink score for lack of interesting goodness and general feeling that I don't feel compelled to have it again (though the retro cap is quite a novelty).

This is like 7.5% ABV soda/ pop. Give it to an anti-beer person who likes root beer or Dr. Pepper and I think they'd be quite happy.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.04/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a ruby dark brown. 2 finger off-white head.

S - Old bread with a sweet and sour malt. Burnt toffee. Dark cherries. Musty grain. Very earthy overall.

T - Toffee malt, pumpernickel crust. Sour grain adds an interesting twist. Raisins, toasted walnuts. Complex malt. It takes on completely different characteristics with varying temperatures. Muted red apple, pear and green grass

This is a very mysterious and complex Dopplebock. I can smell and taste the traveling miles in this beer. I can't even begin to unravel the flavors. I think it makes for a very interesting take on the Dopplebock style. Don't pass this up. It's a trip.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.96/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer as a part of a Beer of the Month club.

The beer pours a very dark amber color. The head was dirty ivory in color, did not pour very thick, and disapeared relatively quickly.

The aroma of the beer was carmel with a hint of my brother in-law's favorite description of aroma...wet grass. Even with an abv of 7.5% there isn't any hint of alcohol in the aroma.

The initial taste is deep and oaky. This beer starts more like a Schwartz Beer than a Dopple Bock.

In the middle, the beer maintains Scwartz Beer like qualities. The malty flavors are present and it seems to evaporate on the tongue while producing a warming sensation.

The finish is where you can see why this beer is a Doppel Bock. It is very well balanced, and there is a bit of a bite from the alcohol.

Overall this beer has a great body and is very drinkable. Fans of Scwartz Beers and Dopple Bocks alike will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of imperialstout27
4.07/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, clear, reddish-brown with a light beige head of average size and duration.

S: Very malt-focused, as expected. Prominent aromas of toasted grains, with burnt caramel and notes of coffee. Very light toffee. Warmth makes the grassy hops more apparent, as well as an aroma of fresh hay.

T: Very well-balanced. There's some light residual sweetness that builds with warmth. Richly malty with some dark fruits. Bread and toasted cracker notes linger in the finish. Hops are lightly spicy, herbal, and grassy, and the bitterness is adequate to balance the malt.

M: A medium to full bodied beer with light to moderate carbonation.

D: The 7.5% is well hidden, and the flavors don't get old. I found it very drinkable - above average for the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

We like to judge a brewery by both their lightest beer and their strongest. So it is good to know that Bischoff has a Doppelbock in their lineup for us to try.

A snap-crackle noise comes from the head as it slowly drops down to a ring of lace. Deep tawny brown color shows a little bit of clarity when put up to the light. Grainy toasted bread aroma with a hint of alcohol and herbal hop. Big nugget of malty richness bursts on the palate with dark bread, toasted grain and a grassy undertone. Hops and a mellow alcohol sting enough to balance the maltiness. Some spicy hop flavor comes to the table with ease; a clean beer to say the least. Faint alcohol starts to warm about halfway through the bottle, and the closer the beer gets to room temperature the more the maltiness opens up. Finishes with semidry malt linger of grass and toasted grain.

Maltiness is in your face, raw and fresh with an edged brashness that does not go wild. Very well-balanced and complex, yet very drinkable for the style. Hunt this one down to get a different perspective on Doppelbocks.

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Photo of KI9A
2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

99 cents, on sale. Strange soda type screw cap. Hmm, I gotta try it.

A: Cola black, some head, nice lace.

S: Ehh, Heineken. Thats all i get, is Euro-skunk.

T: Once the skunk passes, I get some dark fruits, prune, raisin, tart apple.

M: Funky sourness. Meh..

D: Drain pour. Miserable shit. But, I', only out .99 cents! I didn't expect much at all, but, this was worse.

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Photo of Vancer
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as that strange screw top drew me in like a moth to a flame, but this green bottle concerns me. Poured ok into my Bitburger glass (German, eh?), with a decent tan head. Nice lacing on the way down.

First whiff was not good, nothing but Euro skunk instead of the standard dopplebock aromas (look 'em up). Initial taste is not too bad, nothing great but not bad. Decent amount of caramel and sweet malt backbone.

This would be an above average brew, if not for the euro yeast and resulting skunk. I let it sit for awhile, and it make it drinkable - but I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently on tap at Chicago's Christkindlmarket. The beer was a dark brown with a wisp of a small-bubble head. The aroma was dominated by malty scents without much defining character. A tad husky on the palate as the grains dominate. Toward the finish some earthy, almost grassy, hops make an appearance. It is a nice touch to an average doppelbock. Nothing outstanding here, but nothing revolting either.

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Photo of jlindros
2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Oh no's! $4 1+ pint of beer, and C rating for a beer from Germany, and with a screw top, it must be a shitty beer. Well, I've already had like 5-6 DFH awesome beers tonight including a couple Johnny Casks, so this is my way of ending the night. Lets see how bad it really is...

A: It has a screw cap like a soda, not even a beer cap. Pours with an atrocious head that takes up 4x what the beer does on the pour. It quickly fades to double the beer, but slows its rate of decay from here. Lots of big bubbles pops all around the head. The slightly clear almost brownish maroon red color masks itself with the darkness and huge head.

N: A pretty sweet malty and syrupy nose, almost with extract like aromas. A slight fruit and slight hop aroma break the skin, but really it cries cheaper beer. It does have some nicer malt aromas, like a typical German doppelboch, but has a much cheaper syrup like aroma. More medium fruit really dominate with the syrupy malt. I can't imagine how many times I will repeat that point, but if you are getting a a little weirded out, read the first paragraph again.

T: Starts just as I expected, like a watered down extract version of a nice doppelboch. It has some nice malty and fruity, as well as slight vanilla qualities of a nice doppelboch, but also adds quite a bit of a watery quality and syrupy extract like tastes that just hit the beer badly. It's pretty sweet and has a raisin crossed with roasted malt flavor. This could be a nice flavor in a beer, but it just seems ruined with the off flavors and cheaper versions of all the good flavors. It wants to be a good beer, but it's like the cheap cousin of a good beer who's parents won't let it buy anything good and while you all go to the concert with awesome t-shirts of various bands, this beer joins you after the concert, since he couldn't go, with a t-shirt of some band nobody heard from 20 years earlier since it was on sale.

M: Semi thick, decent carbonation, kinda syrupy and sticky.

F: Finishes even worse with the bad extract syrupy flavor really dominating and lingering for a while on the finish. It adds some decent bitterness and earthy flavors, but the bad syrupy flavor doesn't go away, even after a few minutes. That really hurts this beer too. Some bad metallic tastes also seem to emanate from the initial bad tastes and follow with more badness.

Final thoughts: I think you got the point, tries to be a nice beer, but its too cheap and crappy, and tastes like regurgitated raisins and malts. Pretty bad for an imported German doppelboch. They probably see this as their version of Coors and import it here since most American beer drinkers are dumb.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.8/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bischoff is an AMAZING German brewer. It is to German brewers what say, Dogfish Head is to Bud and Miller...

Appearance is perfect for this style, dark amber brown with a long lasting frothy head.

Smell is a very complex balance of malt AND hops....with the malt, as is true to style, dominating. A slight toasty Munich aroma can be discerned--amidst all the other things going on...

Taste is a delight with caramel predominant, however with the hops giving it a clean finish. No cloying malt syrup here. Aftertaste is pleasant, with the malt being cleaned up by the noble hops....perfect.

Mouthfeel is just right for this style, not too heavy, but very heavy....then somehow clean. Very nice.

You don't want to drink too many of these...or else you wind up on the floor with a splitting headache--but--that's what Bocks are supposed to be. When drinking this, one can understand why Monks--while fasting--would drink this style, even while staying faithful in contemplation of the divine...

Please note the Brewer's Association standard below...which this beer matches perfectly....
Malty sweetness is dominant but should not be cloying. Malt character is more is reminiscent of fresh and lightly toasted Munich-style malt, more so than caramel or toffee malt character. Some elements of caramel and toffee can be evident and contribute tocomplexity, but the predominant malt character is an expression of toasted barley malt. Doppelbocks are full bodied and deep amberto dark brown in color. Astringency from roast malts is absent. Alcoholic strength is high, and hop rates increase with gravity. Hopbitterness and flavor should be low and hop aroma absent. Fruity esters are commonly perceived but at low to moderate levels.Original Gravity (ºPlato) 1.074-1.080 (18 -19.5 ºPlato) ● Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato) 1.014-1.020 (3.5-5 ºPlato) ●Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 5.2-6.2% (6.5-8%) ● Bitterness (IBU) 17-27 ● Color SRM (EBC) 12-30 (24-60 EBC
For some reason, the (super) negative reviewers of this outstanding beer seemed to be hung up on the screw top. Seals as good or better than even a snobby cork.... How screwy is that?

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The distinctive 500 ml bottle with a resealable screw-cap, when poured into a dimpled seidel yields a clear polished mahogany-red body with a thick creamy cap of stained ivory foam atop. The head hangs around, deflating slowly, depositing wispy lacing onto the sides of my mug.

The smell is a bit grainy with a mild floral character, but there's really not that much going on in the olfactory department even as the drink warms.

The taste is mellow and malty with a mild caramel character and a silky-sweet dark graininess that lingers deep into the aftertaste. On the trailing edge lingers a note of creamy melted semisweet dark chocolate. The drink finishes with a slight drying effect and a note of cocoa.

The drink is light-bodied with plenty of carbonation, and could be pretty quaffable excepting the 7.5 % ABV.

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Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Bischoff
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 63 ratings