Brewed by Monteiths Brewing Co. (DB Breweries)
Style: Doppelbock
Greymouth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Monteith’s Doppelbock Winter Ale is a smoothly rich beer with a dense head, a powerful aroma, and chocolatey malt notes – the perfect way to cheer yourself up this winter. As of 2007, Doppelbock Winter Ale replaces the previous Monteith’s Winter Ale seasonal release which boasted cinnamon and clove flavour cues.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 20, 2010
Yeast, clove, and a hit of chocolate in the aroma. Kind of sugary.
Flavours remind me of speight’s old dark, but with clove. Kind of a hot beer, with fusel alcohol + a bit dry for a ’winter ale’. I suppose it can’t deviate too far from the normal DB range...
Not bad, but nothing special. I could probably drink a couple bottles before I got sick of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmeup (638) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2010
Nice Ruby/Brown with a lasting even 5mm head. Malty, roasted bitterness, sweet & earthy. Lacking in body dept. Named in wrong style, but still quite pleasant enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1295) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle. Deep red with slight beige head. Aroma has hints of chocolate and perfume. Medium body, creamy with good carbonation. Fruity, tangy start moving through rich toffee with peppery notes to a dark malt finish. Overall, really very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1383) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2015 From a 330ml bottle on 3/6/2010. Has a sweet chocolate, coffee and brown sugar aroma. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, a little coffee and touch nutty. The flavours are balanced very nicelyby a firm bitterness on the end. A lovely winter beer which has become a bit of a fave. Rating 3.7. Re-rate on 24/7/2015. From a 330ml bottle, bottle just labelled ’Doppel-bock’. I have continued to imbibe this on a semi-regular basis in recent years and remain a real fan. My experience with most Monteith’s beers has been fairly underwhelming, but this is a notable exception. Really malty and chocolatey - very quaffable and quite delicious, with a pretty impressive nose. Vastly under-rated on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34317) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 26, 2010
Bottled. A chestnut-brown beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and nuts. The flavor is sweet with notes of brown sugar, bread, malt, and nuts, as well as lighter notes of alcohol, leading to a dry nutty finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - JAN 31, 2010
Could use a little more oomph but a serviceable beer. Lots of malt on the nose in the mouth it is medium bodied with hints of fruit and chocolate. Servicable Doppel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (3502) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2009
Dark brown, frothy light beige head. Caramel and vanilla nose, some dark berries or prunes.Quite thin body, soft mouthfeel. Fruits, a little alcohol and some mild balancing bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydian1 (1354) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 16, 2009
330ml bottle (expiry 3/2010). Pours dark brown with a reddish tinge and a medium coffee-brown head. Rich malty aromas of burnt brown sugar, dark chocolate, toffee and faint hops. Palate is medium bodied with a smooth sticky mouthfeel and roasted bitter malt flavours dominating. There is a trace of smoke in the finish. Rather lacks the "Christmas cake" richness of the best Doppelbocks but still pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle - Dark reddish brown with beige head. Medium carb and body. Sweet, caramel malts, with a spicy chocolaty flavour. Mildly bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Draft at the Blue Duck in Milford Sound. Pours a dark red-brown with a light tan head. Sweet aroma and flavor of caramel, brown sugar, fruit, toast, and roasted malt. Light body and sweet, thin, sticky mouthfeel, but also watery and highly carbonated for an odd lack of balance all-around.

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