Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Bischoff

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Privatbrauerei Bischoff

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.8/5  rDev +51.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +42%

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4.5/5  rDev +42%

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4.5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of imperialstout27
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
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 StaveHooks
4.04/5  rDev +27.4%
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 scoobybrew
4.03/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear copper color with a thick foamy head that has excellent retention

S - sweet decoction-like malt, some graininess

T - sweet malty taste initially, but finishes amazingly dry enough not to be cloying; VERY clean fermentation qualities

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Very nice doppelbock, very tasty and enjoyable, fits the style well - it's uncommonly clean - even for other examples within the style - which indicates (to me) a very well done lager fermentation process/procedure

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4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is malty caramel with hops in background. Decent dopplebock despite being in a screw-top green bottle. Best by Apr 24, 2008. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.96/5  rDev +24.9%
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 steveh
3.76/5  rDev +18.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
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 jbphoto88
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, mahogany with a thick fluffy cappuccino colored head. Sticky lacing that lasts in a dirty snow mound in the center of the glass. The green bottle doesn't bode well for this one but on the plus side, it's 2° Cecilius out and I am in Germany at a Christmas market.

Smell is a malty mix of caramel and toffee. Very mild and smooth. I am usually not a fan of the style but this one doesn't smell to bad.

Taste is of toffee and malts. A little sweet caramel mixed with a touch of hop spice. Moderate carbonation making a silky smooth beer. The flavor is all about the malts with a slight touch of alcohol flavor in the finish.

I love the rings of foam on the side of the glass as you drink. This one taste great and is a nice deviation from the dominating German pils in the area.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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 OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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 albern
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a bad dobbelbock, despite the generally negative reaction from the other reviewers. The beer pours a clear dark mahogany with a decent tannish head that is average in retention. No lacing, but that is typical for the style. The aroma is very sweet, almost raisiny and perhaps a bit nutty, certainly an indication of the sweetness to come.

The beer is medium bodied, very sweet, very malty, there are caramel notes all over this beer, I think plenty of brown sugar, a bit of raisin, and some metallic zing especially right out of the pour. There is a slightly mouth puckering sweetness in the finish. The beer is fairly flat in carbonation, but this is typical of the style as well. Most dobbelbocks have more chocolatey presence, which this beer does not. It is overall just a bit too sweet, slightly syrupy in consistency, but the 7.5% ABV is well hidden. There are a few warming notes, but it is quite drinkable. Not bad at all. The brewery should do away with the twist cap, since this has very bad associations with awful malt liquors.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of crossovert
3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Bischoff
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