Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Bischoff

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Privatbrauerei Bischoff

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 63
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 jbphoto88
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
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 jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
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 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 albern
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
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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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 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 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 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 scoobybrew
4.03/5  rDev +29.2%
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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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 medic25
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a screw top bottle (new experience for me). Big frothy head with a dark red color. Small is pleasantly malty. Taste is typical for the style, if a little flat and thin. Biscuity aspects, quite malty, a little watery on the last taste with a slight touch of bitterness. Not a bad beer, although not the classic doppelbock I was hoping for...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Screw cap Bottle date April 2008, Sampled December 2007
The beer pours with an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored crown of froth that disappears fairly quickly to a dusted covering of bubbles. The beer sits in my glass an opaque, brownish tinged, almost black color that shows a brilliantly clear, amber-hued, ruby red color when held up to the light. The green bottle has not helped this very much, though I would not characterize it as smelling skunky, it does smell a bit of stale beer. Underneath this is a really grassy note that seems to be from both hop and malt. Faint, concentrated malt notes (a touch of caramel, some toasty notes and some biscuit-like notes) are perceptible at times, but sometimes only just so. Overall a fairly week nose, especially for a Doppel Bock, this would be a good nose on a Vienna or something like that.

Sweet and malty tasting up front. This has a slight, herbal hoppiness to it that is nice and it even has a touch of bitterness to it. It is perhaps a touch thin for a Doppel Bock, but does have a nice, medium fullness to it that causes the malt to cling to the palate just a bit. Touches of dark malt flavors show up in the form of toasted malt, a touch of chocolate, chewy caramelized malt sugars, touches of brown sugar and even some dried fruit-like notes.

Not a bad beer, it just seems to be missing a certain oomph-like quality. Somehow this one just does not really do it for me. Perhaps not as rich as I would like to see in a Doppel Bock, but it is flavorful enough to be tasty if not even enjoyable.

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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 CHADMC3
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

·Appearance: Deep brown color with a very lively carbonation at the pour. Very nice light cream colored head which gives way to a very light lacing.
·Aroma: Sweet Malt aroma, hints of nuts, maybe hazel? Also, a light caramel and raisin scent as well, I noticed the hop balance more and more about half way through.
·Taste: Sweet raisin & caramel flavor. Hops more noticeable in the taste of this beer. Flavor lights up the tip of your tongue more than anything else.
·Mouthfeel: Obvious carbonation and perhaps slightly metallic.
·Drinkability: Fair, not overly impressive, but worth a sample.

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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 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 WesWes
3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light malt scent for a doppelbock. It has a German pilsner aroma with pale malts and German hops. It's dark brown so I guess they added a little bit of choclate malt for coloring purposes. It has that Euro green bottle aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a rich, roasted flavor that is dry and heavy tasting. It has a nice caramel malt flavor, but it lacks depth. It tastes like a hefty pilsner loaded with caramel malt. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average brew at best. I'm not a huge fan of the taste. It just seems a little weak and lacking in malt character.

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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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