It's Ash Wednesday which means it's Dopplebock season.

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  1. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,026) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    Originally Dopplebocks were drunk by German monks during Lent, so in their honor I am drinking an Ayinger Celebrator and o, my is it tasty. Tomorrow is Weihenstephan Korbinian.

    Who else likes Dopplebocks?
  2. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    Dark Horse coffee dopplebock is great for the current season.

    But yeah in general these beers are my most preferred lagers.
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  3. Sneers

    Sneers Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I love doppelbock. I haven't had one in a while, but 'tis the season.
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  4. biercycle

    biercycle Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Dopplebocks were some of my early craft beer favorites. Ayinger Celebrator, Spaten Optimator, and EKU 28 are all some of my favorite "comfort" beers. Making me want one now!
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  5. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    The same for me. Doppelbocks have a soft spot in my beerheart because they were the first style I latched on to when I was getting in to craft. I still revisit old favorites like Celebrator, Korbinian, and Asam Bock all the time. Some of the better American versions I've had are Thomas Hooker's Liberator and Victory's St. Victorious.

    Thanks to this thread, I'll be purchasing a few doppelbocks on my next trip to the store.
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  6. Chickenhawk9932

    Chickenhawk9932 Savant (917) Jul 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I have to try the Korbinian, My favorite is S'muttonator.
  7. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Devotee (476) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Like several others in this thread, doppelbocks were the first style of beer I truly enjoyed (namely troegenator). I'm taking a few days off from beer after overdoing it a bit the last few days, but I'll certainly break a couple bocks out before lent is over. Don't sleep on maibocks either come spring!

    Quality thread.
  8. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,152) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

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    Troegs Trogenator is a respectable American Version
  9. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,562) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Capital Brewery in Madison,WI makes many fantastic Doppelbocks.
  10. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Celebrator is freaking divine.
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  11. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Love German Doppelbocks.

    Top Shelf for me are Celebrator and Korbinian.
    Will happily drink an Optimator or Salvator though.

    Don't care for the vast, vast majority of American attempts.
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  12. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (355) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    I love Celebrator. Can't think of many other dopplebocks i've tried (or that I could even get here).
  13. TwelveOunces

    TwelveOunces Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2011 Kentucky

    underrated style
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  14. dgugliuzza

    dgugliuzza Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2009 Illinois
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    Such a wonderful and classic beer style. This thread reminded me that the season is upon us and I couldn't be more excited. Hoppin' Frog just released a dopplebock that sounds intriguing.
  15. acevenom

    acevenom Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Louisiana

    I'll definitely have a few doppelbocks this Lent. This is still one of my favorite styles.
  16. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,304) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I'm sure there are some really good American ones out there, but honestly none come to mind. And my guess is that the best ones couldn't compete dollar-for-dollar with something like Optimator.

    The four you mention are top quality, pretty available, and really well priced. Beyond them, though, are a few others I like to get from time to time, just to mix things up:

    Doppel Hirsch- not a great value, but still up there in quality. Tremendous nose, too.

    Augustiner Maximator- more of a bock-plus. Pretty elegant for a doppelbock, it doesn't bowl you over but really shines if you are having 2 or 3 at once.

    Schloss Eggenberg- as pricey as Celebrator, and definitely not in its league, but take that out of the equation and it represents a nice balance point between power and finesse.
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  17. darky

    darky Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    Celebrator and Optimator ftw. I haven't had Optimator in nearly a year, time to fix that...
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  18. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    I just got a bottle of Grand Teton Double Vision Dopplebock. I'll definitely have to throw it in the fridge since it's apparently the season for it.
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  19. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,139) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Gotta go with the og, salvator. On another note as a Knight of Columbus I whole heartedly wish I could fast this lent and sustain myself on doppelbock until easter... :wink:
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  20. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Liquid Bread! I will have to grab some celebrator. That is such a great beer.
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  21. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,026) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    had a korbinian last night. It was great.
  22. Bung

    Bung Poo-Bah (2,274) Nov 5, 2007 Michigan
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    American versions, Bells Concecrator is descent. The Capital stuff is good as well.
  23. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,439) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    I enjoy them on odd occassion, never heard of the Lent business.. had a Smuttonator last night which quite nice..

    So it's officialy doppelbock season or rabbit season? or is that duck season?

    Good time of the year to be enjoying one without question.
  24. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Devotee (424) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    As mentioned above, I would put Capital Dark Dopplebock right there with the German's. Tastes alot like Optimator but a bit better to me.

    Love Autmnal Fire as well, but i do not think of it as a classic dopplebock.
  25. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Korbinian, Celebrator, S'muttanator are all kick ass. Haven't seen S'muttanator in a bit though.......
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