bartzluke (337) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz pour from refrigerated bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. Pours hazy, but fairly clear. Huge fluffy white head with moderate retention. Golden. Nose is malt, flowers, and candy. Mouthfeel is moderate. Taste is fairly odd for me. Candy sweetness, a little malt, some honey, biscuit, pineapple, maybe even banana. I’m having some trouble pinning the taste down. No alcohol notes notable, which is surprising for an eight percent pale beer. Well crafted, I’d say, but not my thing.
JDBaker11058 (1540) - Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: clear deep gold, with a short, fizzy white head that shrank and vanished quickly. Aroma: strong lager nose, with honeyed grains, a bit of floral hops and white bread. Taste: bready and grainy, with a big dose of honey, light pineapple, and shortbread cookies. Finish: lingering floral and slightly herbal hops, but with a sweet, slightly sticky note lasting too. Notes: Never had a ’helles doppelbock’ before. Light like a helles, not as boozy or malty as a true doppelbock. More like one of those crazy Russian strong pale lagers but, you know, GOOD. Bottle from Total Wine & More, Fairfax, Virginia (Pickett Center).
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There are better doppelbocks, but this one’s decent. It’s not as malty as flavorful as the competition, however.
StevieT (998) - AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Velvet smooth with interesting banana flavour and minimal bitterness. Not bad.
sremed60 (15) - Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very interesting beer. The label identifies it as an 8% doppelbock, so when you try to imagine what you would expect an 8% doppelbock to be - this is not that. Still, it was a very enjoyable beer and easy to drink. It poured a lot lighter in color than I expected, which explains why the have it listed as a "helles" dopplebock. I poured it fairly aggressively into a goblet and got almost 2 fingers of decent white head. I didn’t expect that either or I would have poured differently. The head stuck around too. Aroma was very subdued, (and as redundant as it sounds, it did not smell like I expected it to. It was a lot lighter. Mostly a sweet barley malt, but the hops was definitely present. It did not smell like a high gravity beer. No alcohol detected. The taste was likewise a lot lighter and and smoother than expected. It was a very pleasant light smooth malty-ish, slightly on the sweet side taste. Not over powering in any way. More like a light lager or pilsner. At 8% ABV it could be a very dangerous beer because you don’t get any of the alcohol in the smell or taste or after taste. Not even a slight warming sensation. I find it hard to rate because it’s not a bad beer. It’s just not at all what you’d expect from this style. It’s a well crafted brew. Nothing at all unpleasant or off about it. Very well balanced.
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - APR 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doppelbock from Louisiana, true to the tradition of giving them names ending in -ator (could have been Alligator in this case just as well, I suppose). Fairly thick and frothy, thinly lacing, egg-white head over a deep ’old gold’ coloured beer, as good as clear, but with tiny bits of yeast floating here and there. Quite pleasant sweet malt aroma with impressions of cookies, butterscotch and caramel candy, apple cake, freshly baked white bread, bourbon, dry white wine, toasted bread, powder sugar, starfruit, candied lemon and some less attractive hints of rancid butter, stale sweat and bubblegum. Sweet and lightly toasted malty taste, caramelly, with some restrained fruitiness at first (red apple, pineapple), soft carbonation, very subtle sourish touch, minerals, cookie dough, ’clean’ and smooth, leading to a finish of gently warming, bourbon-like alcohol, some grassy hop bitterishness and, more than anything else, lingering malt sweetness. Does have the typical profile of a German pale Doppelbock, not overly complex, but malty enough, with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Enjoyable if you like malty lagers, and does not need to stand back for comparison with the classic German examples of the style.
MikeJslc (768) - USA - APR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep gold, clear, off-white head. Malty balance with toasty Vienna malt notes, a thick mouthfeel, bready and a little biscuit, clean, slightly warming. Good helles bock.
csaso (1689) - Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - average size foamy head, clear gold color, sweet malty and mildly fruity aroma and flavor, pretty smooth finish, not bad overall
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
magpieken (129) - - FEB 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle. Pale gold colour, decent slightly off-white head which reduced to a ring, traces of lacing. Very gentle aroma, honeydew? Lightly sweet taste. Medium-full body. Smooth, slick texture. Fizzy carbonation and a little alcohol warmth. Not as assertive as your typical Doppelbock but decent enough in its own right. 6.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden yellow pour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt. taste is sweet malt. Ok tasting. so-so lacing.