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Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG
Germany
loewenbraeu.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-12-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 60
Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap- well, it didn't exactly inspire. some decent caramelly malt. But then the soy and stickyness kicks in, and the alcohol is pretty evident. I also got a bit of paint thinner in their aswell. OK, but a bit simple and raw. Very simple and sweet doppelbock, some mollasses.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A beautiful dark chocolate color, quite consistent. Eggshell colored foam, two fingers, slightly less.

S - a slight hint of caramel with mostly a wheat smell, yet sweat in a very traditional doppelbock way. Not a strong odor.

T - Enjoyable with a slightly more verbose hint of hops in the mid section of the beer. The initial sip and finish are predominantly malty with a strong overtone of caramel.

M - Due to it being a dunkel, the beer is a little heavier than a lot of doppelbocks. Smooth; one can feel the sugars in the slight stickiness of the residue

O - this is a good beer; probably better than I'm giving credit. The highlight is the presence of a nice bitter hops taste accenting the strong caramel overtones. A middle-of-the-road doppelbock which is very traditional.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, best before the end of January 2012.

Pours a dark, clear mahogany. One-finger head is modest, but sticks around admirably.

The aroma is very Lager-like and not as dark or malty as I expected. Some hops, biscuity malts.

The flavor is thickly malty, but not rich or too sweet. Very basic crusty bread and light caramel flavors. Surprisingly well-balanced by the bitter hop action. Bit of coffee. Lacks the dark fruit, toffee and chocolate notes of the best Doppelbocks. The mouthfeel is obviously force-carbonated and a tad soda-like, though with good weight.

A decent Doppelbock. At least the 7.6% ABV is very well-hidden.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

Into my beer mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium-thick off-white / tan fluffy head that slowly fades to a film. A deep dark brown, burnt umber colour with lower levels of carbonation evident. A ring of film remains and leaves some splotchy lacing. Colour is quite nice.

SMELL: Decent nose of toasted and caramel malt, toffee and a bit of bread as well.

TASTE: Toasted and caramel malt up front and some sweet toffee as well. A good touch of spiciness in the middle through the finish. Mild but long lasting aftertaste is slightly spicy form the alcohol and has a touch of bitterness to accompany the malt sweetness. Pretty good overall.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Standard for the style.

OVERALL: A good tasting doppelbock for sure, but a little average everywhere else. Nose could be a little bolder, but this is certainly a doppelbock worth seeking out. Recommended.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, in the classic Lowenbrau signed pottery glass, at a local pub

A- The head is dense and creamy but does not seem to be very big. After some sips it has totally receded, leaving a decent lacing. It then appears (it was a pottery glass) that the colour is a deep dark brown

S- Toasted malt, then sugar and caramel. Maybe a bit smokey to compensate for the sweetness

T- Actually not as flavourful as i expected. The malts are dominant, bringing a toasted feel and some caramel, but there's not much else (maybe some weak herbal notes from the hops) and the preminent sweetness gets a little boring

M- As for taste. Not as much as i expected. The beer is weak on the palate, nor crispy nor really strong for it's ABV. That's the mouthfeel of a dunkel. Still decently smooth and pleasantly dry

D- An easy drink. It leaves a slight metallic aftertaste on the palate that may hurt the drinkability. Have a sip of water once in a while to wash it away

Honestly, i was a bit disappointed. This beer is good, but lacks personality

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown that goes oxblood in light with lumpy beige froth that
holds.
Straight up malt syrup nose with dark German bread, molasses and a bit of
overripe banana.
Treacle, black cherry, chocolate cake and cola with winter spice hops.
Fig ending and tightening minty linger. Light to medium, chewy, slight
fizz.

Roasty over fruity, burn not especially well hidden and maybe a bit thin. A
MOR doppelbock - not big and syrupy but not lean and tart. Nothing wrong
with it but I can't see chasing it down again.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark amber, tiny head, sticky lacing.
Pretty weak smell, some dark malts, faint caramel and a generic dark fruity sweetness.
Taste is also pretty straightforward. Toasted malts with faint caramel, dark bread crust, hint of nuts. Muddled dry dark fruit, mostly raisin, some berries, red apple and some citrus zest. Spicy feel, with some funky herbs to it, refreshing. Alcohol has a faint medicinal hint, stronger as the beer warms. Mildly bitter finish.
Medium carbonation and body, more watery than other doppelbocks. Aftertaste of fruity sweetness and alcohol (which gets a bit disturbing).
Not a great doppelbock, but a decent one at least. Plenty more better out there tho.

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Photo of InDreams
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from Munich in a 500mL glass and cellared about 4 months (so not too long), then poured into a Pilsner.

A: Poured into the glass producing a nice half-inch of tan head, which left a very minimal amount of lacing, but lacing nonetheless. As my experience went on, the head would dissipate to a few millimeters of tan crown. The beer was a very fine dark reddish brown...quite enticing.

S: Try as I might, I had a lot of trouble bringing out the aromas with this particular bottle. Perhaps it was due to my having brought it back from Munich and aged it, as the first one I had, back in Germany, had more of an aroma to it. Regardless, it was somewhat sweet and malty, with a bit of caramel and dried fruits, perhaps raisin...

T: So damn smooth. Very, very pleasantly sweet, with a roasted caramel malt backbone and plenty of dried fruitiness, again like raisins. I'd say it's pretty bready too, with a tad bit of spice on the back end from the hops. Very balanced all around, although admittedly I've aged this awhile, perhaps contributing to the smooth taste and nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied and super smooth, with an almost syrupy quality to it. Not much in the way of carbonation.

D: Superbly drinkable, with the balance and smooth quality. Again, I've aged it, so that contributes, but as I remember it in Munich, fresh, it was just as good.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle bought at Ambrosetti in Berlin in late September 2010 poured into my Spaten seidel

BBE 01/2011

A- Mahogany brown body with excellent clarity, off white 3 finger head that reduces to 1 but is sustainable! Lacing is average to minimal

S- Lots of toffee, caramel, biscuity sweetness. An underlying dark roasted metallic munich malt note, focus is definitely malt sweetness.

T- Toasted malt coming through first and lingering throughout with a chocolate malt note underneath. Perhaps a little plum fruitiness in there too. A little hop bitterness in the finish gives a semi dry finish. Alcohol very well hidden, smooth

M- Clean lager finish, low carbonation, perhaps a touch thin on the tongue, but that is picky. I think the best way to describe it is it has lost a bit of liveliness due to age!

D- Not a malt bomb in my view as its doesnt have a rich malt sweetness on the tongue. Toasted malt more apparent with a decent hop bitterness in the finish. This reminds me more of a higher abv Munchen dunkel. Very enjoyable though.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good solid doppelbock from Lowenbrau. Sweet taste, hints of molasses, toast, aroma of burnt coffee. Pours almost black with thin beige head. good mouthfeel and slight lingering tanginess in the aftertaste.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a small beer glass the liquid is a chard red copper with ok carbonation. The head is small, tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is good nice dark fruits and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is good very malty dark fruits a bit of alcohol and some other malty notes of dark chocolate and pepper.

The mouthfeel is nice less then full body slightly pricky but nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good a fine DB to be sure.

Prosit MK

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Photo of aleigator
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost black color with red hints to it, while holding the beer against the light, together with a big, fluffy white head.

Smells of earth infused, spicy licorice, soothed by toffee and raisins.

Has a lower carbonation, resulting in a very soft mouthfeel, which turns out to be a tad fuller than your usual Bock.

Tastes of toffee, wood bark, dried earth and rock sugar from the beginning, with spices joining in. The beer's spiciness creates a peppery bite, mellowed by the overall smoothness, opening up the palate to raisins and glazed caramel. After the swallow the established sweetness finds its counterpart in an earth supported dryness, almost reminding of cold pressed coffee beans, due to the use of a prominent, utmost spicy earth quality and warming alcohol, creating an awesome balance till the end.

This convinces for creating a fantastic and ever evolving depth of flavors, highlighting typical Doppelbock qualities, together with a unique, spicy twist.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a deep mahogany red colour. Mocha head poured big, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like top then faded to good thickish covering... barely any carbonation bubbles... lots of thick lacing coats the glass..

Aroma - Toffee maltiness, roasted nuttiness, spicy dark fruits (raisins, figs, prunes, some apples), light pepperiness, earthy notes, cola traces, toasted malt loaf, treacle, light woody traces, alcohol just noticeable...

Taste - Spicy dark fruits (figs, currents, apples, plums), toffee and treacle sweetness, toasted malts, light nutmeg notes, warming alcohol, medicinal traces, butterscotch notes, light pepperiness, some very light hop bitterness...

Feel - Pretty rich, smooth and creamy with just a little sharp bite underneath... medium / full bodied... Very quaffable although pretty dangerous at 7.6%...

Overall - An excellent and nicely balanced German Doppelbock... recommended...

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Photo of karait95
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown color with some reddish hues,looks good but head is not as big as it should be, dissipation is medium and traces are not many on the glass.

S: strong malt body with high alcohol and toasted malts well made but nothing really extraordinary.

T: flavor is very aligned with aroma, malty heart supported by high alcohol, toasted malts are the center.

M: balanced sensation with some sweetness at the beginning and little bitterness at the end, nice lasting ending with structure.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Löwenbräu restaurant in Heidelberg on Hauptstrasse.

I ordered Triumphator in a 1 liter stein, in order to celebrate my return from a half year deployment, so it seemed fitting to just indulge.

The brew came out in perfect form. There was about 2.5 inches of thick lightly colored milk chocolate head, which stuck well to the glass the whole 1 liter serving. The body of the brew is big in body, with a near blackness with reddish hues shining through when held up to indirect sunlight.

Aromas detected were of slightly burnt toast, with hints of a vanilla and herbal medley.

This beer is pretty bold in taste and ABV, but felt a little thinner in body than expected. Also, there was only a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

Overall Triumphator is a very enjoyable Doppelbock. With the ease of drinkability, this could sneak up on one, if not aware of the higher ABV.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent from Holland and immediately drunk. Smells and tastes like an old ale and a malty brown ale combined. Not too sweet, rich and a sipper. One of the best German beers I have had, and unique for what I have ever had. Complex between the malt and what seems like a German barleywine.

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Photo of engisch
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle of beer I got on my way out of Munich.

This beer pours a deeper brown than it's lighter Dunkel brother and has it's same high clarity. The head on this quickly disipates leaving what looks like dark iced tea. The smell is of malts. The taste is of malts, with little light carbonation. This isn't my favorite dopplebock as that would probably be Celebrator from Ayinger, but this is not something to pass over, as it is still quite tastey!

I would have to call this a "Triumph"!

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : red brown color, with tan foamy head and nice lacing.
Smell : rich roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and roasted flavors with a warming alcohol finish (better in winter).
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Doppel Bock.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Clydesdale
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 wahhmaster
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Derek
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 bierman2000
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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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