jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flip top bottle. Pours dark brown with ruby and thick off-white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is roasty with some sweet malts. Flavor is yeasty, roasty, and slighly fruity. Mouthfeel is a little oily, but that’s not really a bad thing. Far from the best doppelbock I’ve ever had, but still a good beer.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 500 ml bottle. The store also had a super cool 2L bottle that I seriously considered buying just to get the bottle. stay on topic! Dark brown, almost coffee colored body. Light khaki head. The aroma is surprising bananas with some amaretto. The body is nice and smooth, vanilla and amaretto are the dominant tastes here. Notes of caramel and some light cocoa also sneak in behind that in the finish. A solid doppelbock.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flip top bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Pours a rich ruby brown hue topped by an initial large creamy head which fades but leaves good lace. The aroma is very caramel and rye bready with a few vapours of herbal hop and mineral water as well. The taste starts malty sweet and moderate fruity with a fig newton character. I picked up some molasses twang and even a note of charred (but not smoky) malts. The mouth feel is thinner than expected by works well enough within the flavor profile. A solid bier and worth a try.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with some reddish hues and a tan head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel and bread. Flavor is malty with a galance between caramel and some roastedness.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Party Town shared with shigadeyo. Poured clear dark reddish brown with an averae light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good caramel toasted tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Good well balanced roasted tart fruit malty flavor with a moderate smooth balanced bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good doppelbock.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009
1/02/2008: Altenmünster Winterbier Doppelbock hass a clear brown appearance with a moderate level of carbonation and a lasting, foamy light tan-colored head that produces good lacing. On the initial pour there is a nice reverse cascading effect in the head. The aroma is interesting as it is a bit funky/sour at first, but hints of caramel and chocolate quickly become noticeable. This beer is strong and flavorful with caramel, hints of coffee, and some smooth alcohol. It has a medium body and is a bit sticky on the palate. Overall this is more of a dark lager that’s strong. I was hoping for a bit more character for a doppelbock though...
0.5 L flip-top bottle (Alc. 7.2% Vol. / 06 L264M3L) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #15 for this beer. Score: 6/4/7/3/14=3.4
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9/19/2008: Altenmünster Winterbier Doppelbock is dark brown with a tan bubbly head. It smells like a dark German lager and has dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and black olive (?!) in its flavor. It has an average body and the beer is just okay overall.
1 pint, 0.9 fl. oz. flip-top bottle (Alc. 7.2% Vol / 07 L364M3 E) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Score: 5/3/6/3/11=2.8
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Almost black red-brown with a decent tan head that dissipates quickly to a small ring. The aroma is of sweet malted grain, fruit, esp. raisins, it’s very alcoholic and has a caramel element. The taste is wine, raisins, a hint of fruitcake, it’s sweetish with a hint of bitterness, smooth and doesn’t taste as alcoholic as it smells. It’s somewhat meaty and a little reminiscent of a malt liquor, but a tad more complex & rich. As it warms, it is smoother and more caramelly. It’s not bad but not really my type and is not a beer to drink in large amounts or often.
StefanSD (1925) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 500 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a very dark translucent brown with a small off-white head that quickly recedes to nothing. The aroma is light with apple, cinnamon and earthy notes. The flavor is rich with apple, cola, sweet malts and almonds. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but fills out nicely by conclusion and the carbonation is lively and prickly. The finish is long with more cola and a touch of astringent alcohol. Overall: A very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Recommended.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle from BevMo Carmel mountain. Poured a hazy brown with a reddish hue. Very thin, tan head with not much lacing. Nose was of weak hops, and slightly sweet malt. Not much flavor to speak of, can’t compare to Celebrator or Salvator Dopple Bock.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml. swing top bottle, coded freshness date at the bottom center of the back label, sampled in a pilsener glass.
Poured a ruby hued dark brown with an robust pale tan head of creamy foam that slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing, fair amount of sticky lace at the brim of the glass.
A bit strange smelling for a doppelbock because the hops are the first thing I noticed, floral and quite herbal. Further whiffs reveal traces of sweet fig-like fruitiness and roasted barley, traces of smoke. Also in the mix is estery alcohol.
Not as full bodied as some doppelbocks, but I like it. Enough carbonation to give the moderate body a creamy firmness, crisp and dry, this is a smooth drinker. In the beginning this has a fermented sugary sweetness balanced by a nice mild sour fruitiness, prunes and figs, before turning roasted nutty in the finale. The hops are more assertive than in a lot of doppelbock, a good herbal spiciness that has an drying, cleansing effect in the finish. The alcohol is barely noticeable at first, just a low temperature fruity warmth, then it acquires the hop spiciness, adding an sharp alcoholic bite to the dry ending.
When I saw the 7.2% ABV, I was worried this was going to be a relabeled Cambonator Doppelbock, but it is very different from that. Different and slightly unique tasty, I thought this was very enjoyable, well worth picking up a bottle of this to try for yourself.