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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle 330ml. Great beer, with malt-driven aromas. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and milky chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and long length. Palate is almost creamy, with medium-to-full body. Dark brown, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
Thick fruity aroma. Dark black with reasonable head. Heavy coffee flavor with little aftertaste. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1384) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (973) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2009
Bottle - pours black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate malt and caramel aromas. Chocolate malt flavours with a nice dry roast malt finish, which is quite warming. Nicely full bodied, great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidAust (195) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2015
Very nice beer, it a little light in aroma, taste and alcohol strength for a true dopplebock. However, it is well priced (when you can get it) and great introduction if you bringing someone over to the style from the lighter ales. Great to drink several as it isn’t too strong. Happy to recommend, but if you are a serious doppelbock connoisseur you will find it weaker in every sense. Think of it as a sessional dopplebock. Which is why I buy it - enjoy the taste and can have two or three as opposed to one with the stronger brands. Plus it isn’t super cold in Qld, Australia during winter so a 6% dopplebock makes a lot of sense. BTW pours well with several fingers of foam, but it does disappear fairly quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5910) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma contains loads of caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some caramel malt with some subtle notes of toffee but none of the banana or cloves notes usually contained in the style and that I usually appreciate. Medium creamy body with some good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dudar (108) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 10, 2011
Red brown pour with thin creamy head. Nose: sweet malt, caramel, banana, milk chocolate, honey, toast. Taste: sweet malt, some toffee and mild milk chocolate, fruity-sweet with slight tang and modest brisk bitterness. Med-full body, soft creamy carbonation. Nice and balanced beer, totally worth every penny. Enjoyed it a lot with bold flavours of gamey meat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (1613) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2014
From a bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head, oaky malty aroma and rich malty flavours. I like it, a good doppel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patersoi (152) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2015
Pours mid brown with decent clingy head. Aromas of hazelnut. Taste follows on with hints of Nutella. This lingers with some sweet maltiness through to the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
alepig666 (78) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2009
Poured black that shows up red under light, minimal light tan head. Wheaty aroma with lots of sweet malt and toffee, very nice! Taste of mostly sweet malt, with nice wheat in the background, slight hop bitters and a bit of burnt toffee and chocolate. Swallow is mild yet flavoursome, with an aftertaste of mostly the aforementioned malts, with a nice mild bitter hop aftertaste settling in after a while. Definitely not true to the doppelbock style, but still a brilliant brew in it’s own right. If they righted the false advertising I’d give it a medium 4 at least.

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