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Löwenbräu Triumphator | Löwenbräu AG

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3.9/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG
Germany
loewenbraeu.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,795
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
66
pDev:
8.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of zmeik
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jonmikel
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of thommo_nk
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft, 500mL serving at Haxenbauer's in Munich. Black in colour with no head to speak off, smell is of caramel and burnt malts. Taste is of treacle and aniseed. This is a magnificent beer, however one is enough. Goes well with typical Bavarian cuisine.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl Bottle: best before the end of Dec 2012, poured @ home into a 'Back Forty Beer Co' badged US pint glass on 23 Nov 2012, it didn't all fit in one pour!

Looks good: mahogany with a red hue, on top a blanket of biege foam.

Sweet malty molasses hit the nose straight away: treacle, toffee and caramel in no particular order fill your senses with pleasure. This is going to be one sweet malty brew and you'll know that before the beer gets anywhere near your mouth.

The rich almost creamy body is all about those malts: luckily they aren't so sickly as the aroma suggested, fruitier and nuttier than full in your face sweetness. Still plenty of those molasses around but they are subdued by the hops and alcohol contents enough to stop them completely taking over and as the beer warms a little the beers true flavours begin to appear. Dark berries, raisins, chocolate, ground coffee beans and Dundee Cake.

Complex, interesting and alcoholic: three of my favourite beer characteristics.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so I am the person to kick this beer into the top 10, being the 10th reviewer. I loved this beer, so here goes...

Appearance is dark brown, with a little red and a head which collapses and sticks to the glass. A good amount of carbonation is present.

Smell is very malty, which sets 90% of the character of the beer. A top of that there is the chocolaty and molasses smells. The yeast has produced a fruitiness giving some cherries. I also get some earthy hops and smells of sweetness and a full body.

Taste is sweet malty which mild roasted notes of chocolate malt. These roasted notes are quite mild and not sharp in any way. The beer is spicy with some cinnamon and clove. Body is full and mouthfeel is sticky and sweet. Drinkanility is not great, but it drinks faster than expected.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Löwenbräu Triumphator is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (50-55F). This regal doppelbock pours up with a low, streamlined tannish-white head that royaly rests atop a dark copper-reddish brown body. The head disspates rather quickly due to the alcohol. The aroma is enticingly rich with some melanoidins & toasted grains that's reminiscent of freshly roasted almonds with hints of dark fruitiness (carmelized raisins, chocolate cherries, plum preserves, etc...). The dark rum laced alcohol interplays nicely at the rim of the glass with the other components. The flavor starts surprisingly light with just a touch of spiciness from the Noble hops, then gives way to a solid malt backbone with a hint of molasses. The hop bitterness is just enough to add a near perfect balance to this malted giant. There's just a touch of cheek warming in the slightly nutty-spicy sweet finish. The body is medium-full to lightly full bodied with a touch too much carbonation. All good!

This is a wonderful, classic doppelbock from one of Munich's top breweries. Try pairing this classic doppel with hearty game stew or traditional spit-roasted Schweinshaxn (pork knuckles) and palm frites. Here's to a Triumphator!

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of WJVII
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Reviewed from notes while in Germany) The description of this beer said "Black Bock Beer" but this beer had a reddish tint to it, dark, nontransparent with a 2 in tan head with limited lacing on the glass. The aroma of this beer was of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee notes. The taste was a little doughy, but had a good balance of chocolate sweetness. It was extremely smooth going down with a caramel back note. This was one of the better beers that I had on this trip (had in the basement of the glockenspiel at Ratskeller bar/restaurant).

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mobyfann
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .75EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 21.05.2005

Pours a dark brown base with a huge fluffy white head, average retention and a few laces on the glass. The smell is bold of malts and has a crisp fresh aroma, very impressed.

The taste is a wonderful sweet malt taste, not heavy at all. This is the lightest doppelbock I've had plus it is really smooth on the palette. The alcohol is rich and non-existent, I could drink these for hours and pay for it the next morning.

Final Thought: This might be the best doppel out there with a strong competiton with Schneider-Weisse's Aventinus.

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Photo of ohmybock
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in Stuttgart several years ago at the Mathäser pub. It was so good I went back two more times. This is a wonderful doppelbock which I have never seen in the USA. I had tried some of the "Lowenbrau" bottled beers available in the States previously and wasn't impressed whatsoever. However, this doppelbock was fantastic! Give this one a try if you ever see it!

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Photo of bierman2000
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A malty dangerous highly drinkable Dopplebock. This is straight from "vom Fass" at the Lowenbrau brewery. It is a deep brown that is a bit sweet though not as sweet as the Paulaner Salvator's that I have drank here in the U.S. It goes well with pretzels and sausage and is very delicious and refreshing. The alcohol is noticed when one has had 2 Masses and tries to quickly stand. Word of caution: Watch out it hits you swiftly.

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the Spaten Hof in Munich on March 20, 2006. Strangely, Spaten Optimator wasn't available anywhere?

A: Mohogany, off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: Malty bread, raisin, hint of sherry.

T: Malty: Bread, nut, raisin, prune, chocolate. Slightly spicy (like tettnanger hops), alcohol is apparant. Pleasant bitter-sweet balance.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Smooth.

D: Very drinkable.

I was pleasantly surprised by this offering from the BIG brewer!

I also had this from a bottle, which had more of a burnt caramel flavour, and didn't have as much head retention (appearance would've been a 4.0).

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Photo of ssgunbond
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wahhmaster
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l Staropramen branded mug.

Appearance: Dark and cola-like in color. Thick, pillowy head that dissipates quickly leaving impressive lacing.

Smell: A lot of roasted caramel malt smells in here. Nutty notes come out a bit as well.

Taste: Strong, roasted flavors up front. Then, an assault of alcohol taste that definitely hits you strongly if you're not expecting it. Very good all around though.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, but not as smooth as other doppelbocks. A bit heavy on the carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid doppelbock, one of the best I've had. I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, clear reddish-brown color. The large, light brown tinted head has a very dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and some nice rings of lace stick to the glass.

S: Very malty aromas up front - brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Rather sweet, with substantial fruity notes of plums and raisins. Lightly bready and faintly nutty. Minor notes of spicy/herbal hops.

T: Maltiness reigns supreme here. Brown sugar and caramel are primary, but there's a firmer bready character lying underneath. Fairly sweet. Fruity notes of raisin, plum, and some apple peel. Hop bitterness achieves a nice balance with the initial sweetness. Some light herbal flavor. Alcohol is evident to a degree in the finish.

M: A bit more than medium bodied. Carbonation is lightish and fairly tingly. For some reason, there's a bit of a wilting character to the overall impact of the mouthfeel.

D: A very nice doppelbock. Not in the upper echelon of German doppelbocks, but well done with a good balance of malt sweetness and light bitterness. The mouthfeel was the only thing that seemed to need some improvement, but it's a pretty minor quibble.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a dark copper color, with a fine, tan head. Head lasts ok, in a thin layer, and leaves decent lace. Has a malty, sweet, caramel nose. Pretty nice! Medium body, and smoothness is right there on the tongue! Flavors start with sweet malt, some caramel and toffee... a good robust flavor profile. Not nearly in the same class as Salvator, Optimator, Sammy, or Celebrator, but a nice bier nonetheless... Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought a 0.5L bottle home from Munich last month, and just now poured it into my Andechs glass. The color is dark, opaque blackish brown with a thin tan head. The smell is immensely malty, perfect doppelbock worty aroma. The taste is very sweet and malty, with a long lasting bready after-taste. A bit thick and creamy, a very nice sipping beer.

Surprisingly good doppelbock, better than Andechs doppelbock dunkel in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark; dark chestnut; no remaining head

Aroma: Malty; sweet; light hops; dried fruit

Taste: Creamy; sweet; hints of coffee; pretty well balanced; quite tasty overall; very surprised

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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