Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Bischoff

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Privatbrauerei Bischoff

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Derek on 04-02-2006

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Photo of ktrillionaire
1.31/5  rDev -58%
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 jasonjlewis
1.74/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I got this in a beer of the month club. It's horrid stuff

It pours a decent 1 1/2 finger head with ok retention that lasts 1/3 of the way down. It has a typical brown color.

The smell is of sulfur and perfume and astringent alcohol. Not very good at all. It makes me not want to drink this beer.

The smell doesn't lie. Underneath is an astringent beer with almost no flavor other than dms, astringency and some weak ass caramel malts and some weak hopping. This tastes like cheap soda water flavored beer.

The mouthfeel is weak. I have had soda water with better mouthfeel than this. this is a joke.

There is nothing I can say good about this beer except why bother?

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Photo of masikon
1.81/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a surprisingly clear auburn brown, little head, dissipates quickly. Nose is "blah" , nothing really to report here. Taste basically matches the nose, boring and light. This taste a lot like soda pop or something. About the only thing going for it is that at 7.5 percent, you can't even taste the alcohol. If the other reviews for this beer weren't so bad I'd assume it was a bad bottle. Avoid.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.94/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The screw-top cap does not bode well for the quality of this doppelbock. Makes me want to drink it out of a brown paper bag.

Dark rust orange with a small splash of brick red. The sandlewood colored crown is large after a vigorous pour and actually looks pretty damn good. Great glass coverage as well. Let's hope the appearance isn't the high point of this experience.

Ain't no way Doppel Bock smells like a doppelbock. The nose is a dead ringer for that most venerable of styles... Euro dark lager. There's a hint of brown malt and an equal amount of musty hops. I would suspect old age, but the 'best by' date isn't until this time next year. No appreciable alcohol is a minor plus.

What good (or even average) beer ever came out of a bottle with a screw-top cap? This stuff is all kinds of lousy and will be tough to get through. I'll take a '40' of good ol' American malt liquor any day of the week. Brown paper bag optional.

Alcohol has now officially entered the building. This Privatbrauerei Bischoff brew tastes like a poor quality Euro dark lager mixed with several ounces of grain alcohol. In fact, it comes dangerously close to hot and harsh. I hope the German homeboys don't have to pay $2.99 per bottle like I did because there have to be cheaper (and more pleasant) ways to get your groove on than this.

The malt backbone is impressively spindly. Less than complementary flavors include stale cocoa powder, bitter grasses, sheetmetal and antifreeze. Okay, so I've never actually tasted antifreeze. Or sheetmetal. There's also an underlying sweetness that is akin to dark Karo syrup. Not good. Not good at all.

The mouthfeel is way too thin for the style. Again, think 4.5% lager. There aren't even enough bubbles to keep things interesting, despite a healthy 'pffft' on crown cracking.

Other than looks, Bischoff Doppel Bock has absolutely nothing to recommend it. In fact, it might be the worst doppelbock in the history of beer. My advice is to stay as far away from this one as possible.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.99/5  rDev -36.2%
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 jjd315
2/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of cokes
2.06/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Out of the screw-top bottle this pours to a dark mahogany brown with a quick rising (and quick-falling) gray-beige head.
The nose is primarily of that green-bottle sulfur and grass. Over time some brown sugar, corn, and raisin notes arise. I wish this was packaged differently, but regardless, this has very little of what I look for in a doppelbock.
Sweeter in the mouth than in the nose. Brown sugar, green raisins, corn syrup..and lots of it. A brief dusting of cocoa powder and root vegetables. Then more offensive non-root vegetal stewed cabbage notes. Sulfur creeps up along with a vague grassy hop note. No alcohol to speak of, but a touch of grainy heat dots the swallow.
The body is fizzy and light up front, then settles into a lazy stickiness. it touches on both sides of bad here.

Maybe the screw top predisposes me to think of cheapness, but this absolutely plays the part. It's like a Doppel Malt Liquor, and seems stale as well. I'd give it the benefit of the doubt if it's "drink before date" wasn't 09/01/09 (even if this really means January). It reminds me of some of those over-proof dark Russian lagers. All full (or awful) of industry and hopelessness. This is ghastly shit.

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Photo of woemad
2.09/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green 500ml bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew for $4.07 Rear label states beer is "best before 24.04.08." On the bottom of the strange, tonic water-style twist-off cap is an odd illustration with the number 2.

This poured a dark mahogany color with a big, noisy, sudsy off-white head that settled after a couple of minutes. Very little in the way of lace.

The nose on this beer is sweet and brown sugary. Not complex at all. Smells like a really dumbed down example of the style.

The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Big sweet flavor with a very mild, bitter, raisin-like flavor in the background. Is this what a Malt Liquor version of a doppelbock would taste like?

Has a pricky, over-carbonated mouthfeel, and is way too thin in the body for the style.

Possibly the worst doppelbock I've ever had. None that I've enjoyed less springs to mind right now. It's drinkable, but only just. I definitely won't be getting another one.

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Photo of Derek
2.1/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This green bottle with a screw cap is best before 10.11.06.

A: Looked very promising. Ruby-black, awesome plethora of fluffy, off-white head. Unfortunately, there was very little retention or lace.

S: Sulphury with lots of hop aroma (soapy/clean). Uncharacteristic of the style. After it breaths a little, the maltyness becomes perceptible, with a little dark bread & raisin. Some spicyness comes through as well.

T: Bitter chocolate & caramelized raisin. The alcohol is fairly assertive (sherry-like). The fruityness is more like an Ale (yeasty esters), and with the sulpher, it's almost like there's a British brewmaster at work here?

M: Moderate to full body is fairly chalky. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Initial aroma is stinky and off-putting. The alcohol is also fairly assertive, making this one a little rough.

I'm comfortable in saying that this is the worst dopplebock I've ever had.

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Photo of KI9A
2.2/5  rDev -29.5%
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 Proteus93
2.31/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: An interesting twist-off cap, dated best before 09.01.09. Poured a cola colour, with a somewhat fizzy but reasonable head. Little bits of lacing smattered around.

S: Not much going on... some perfume-like aromas, a sweet malty edge, hints of dark fruit.

T: Kind of unusual... sweet malts with a slightly metallic bitterness. Notes of old perfume - similar in some ways to bad gin. Perhaps a little dark fruit - primarily raisin - but it kind of gets lost in the other flavours. A grassiness and that little bit of 'skunkiness' sometimes found in things like German pilseners. Not the most pleasant thing.

M: A medium body, medium carbonation, a little left lingering afterwards. Nothing horrid here, but nothing too interesting, either.

D: I might not go so far as to say 'undrinkable,' but that doesn't mean it's really any good, either. I don't know if I can even say 'not bad.' An unusual, somewhat unpleasant take on the style. Not one I can bring myself to recommend.

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Photo of jlindros
2.33/5  rDev -25.3%
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 abents
2.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle with twist off resealable metal cap.

Pours out a rich transparent mahogany with a nice big white head that laces very well, very nice looking beer. Smells lightly of hops and adjunct crap. No malts really just that Czech dark lager odor. Taste is pretty boring. Slightly sweet caramel malt flavor, very mild and not too appealing. Green bottle funkiness is also occurring here which doesn't help the flavor out. For 7.5% it's hidden very well, the sweetness makes it seem a lot less potent than it is. Not a real good beer, definitely better doppelbocks out there, but ok, eh.

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Photo of stevoj
2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
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 -15.1%
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 TAMU99
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
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 CWiggins
2.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for a doppelbock. If I'm on the prowl for something new and I spy that term on a bottle I'm sure to at least give it a look; nine times out of ten I'll purchase it. Such was the case with Bischoff's Doppelbock. The screwcap was certainly odd, but it didn't put me off in the least. Alcohol amount wasn't on this bottle. A "best by" date of 09.01.09 was printed on the back.

It pours a very dark brown with lighter chestnut highlights. A lean off-white head appeared early on, but it soon dissipated into the ether. Grainy and slightly herbal aromas waft up from the brew, along with those stylistic toasted malts. It's a pleasing aroma, but not as full and intense as some other doppelbocks I've experienced.

The flavor sure is malty; from the front to the finish malts are the main focus of taste. There is a bit of sweetness in the center just for balance. Also, the finish and aftertaste are a little hoppier than I imagined they would be. As a matter of fact, the aftertaste is mostly bitter hops. Hmm.

It's a little more carbonated than I prefer, but it's certainly not "fizzy" by any means. The mouthfeel is somewhat elegant.

It's not my favorite doppelbock, not even close. But it isn't without merit, especially for those seeking out a slightly leaner style.

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Photo of bsp77
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
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 far333
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't notice the screw cap when I picked this one up. Light caramel colored, tending to orange in the light. A full inch of tightly bubbled foam rises up and lingers long. The head settles out like sudsy soda bubbles, popping loudly and leaving no lace.

Aroma of caramel and toffee, plus some raisin, and grassy notes. Some alcohol coming through as well, smells almost malt liquor like.

Very thin and watery mouthfeel leads to flavors that fairly match the aroma, but with much less depth. There's a metallic tang rising up, and an aftertaste reminiscent of cheap adjunct macros, plus a burnt flavor.

Not the best example of the style that I've had. Low drinkability.

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Photo of GABrew
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of geexploitation
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a quite dark russet brown with a smallish head that soon disappears. Aromas are your average doppelbock aromas -- dark bread crust, raisins, molasses and other sugary notes. Some green, Continental hops in there that remind me of Styrian Goldings... although they probably aren't. On the palate, sweet with plenty of hop bitterness at first before a high level of fruitiness comes out. The finish dries out just a tad as some rye flavors pop up. Mouthfeel is just lighter than medium, with some obvious alcohol being the central detraction. Overall, this is your average doppelbock. Nothing special... and with so many great examples out there that are just a tad more expensive, there's really no reason to bother with this one.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Vancer
3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
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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