wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light caramel color, small head. Caramel aroma
Good flavor which is slightly candy like. Ok finish
but not as strong as I want.
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Glowing polished mahogony appearance. Aroma of warm malt bread and other nice things, but held back by the alcohol fumes. Dark and malty with an alcoholic fire. Mostly sweet, but with a little stewed hop bitterness in the finish. First brewed by the Paulaner monks of Munich in 1634, this is the original Doppelbock. The monks were forbidden by the other Munich breweries from selling their beer until 1751 when they were allowed to sell their Sankt-Vater-Bier on the feast day of St. Franz of Paula. In 1799 the monks brewery became the property of the Bavarian state, after which it based through various hands and changed names several times. The popularity of Sankt-Vater-Bier, which over the years had become corrupted to Salvator, led to many copies until in 1895 the brewery was able to trade-mark the name. Other breweries now use such name variations as Triumphator, Celebrator, Detonator, Maximator and Optimator. Since 1921 the brewery has bought up several other breweries and is now one of the biggest breweries in Munich. In 2001 Heineken acquired a 49% share in the brewery with the intention of promoting the Hefeweizen at the expense of many of the other products of the brewery. There is some belief that the recipe has changed in recent years.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This amber beer has ruby glints and a medium foamy heat that dissipates into good lacing. The nose is intensely sweet and deeply malty with toffee and soft apple fruit. The palate is not nearly as sweet as the nose would indicate, but it does have a nice caramel backdrop on which the light toasted grains and overripe fruit intermingle. The finish is quick and light with a soft burst of herbal hops that quickly fades into the rich caramel finish.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very pleasing red/amber colour with a slightly soapy looking but white, clean head. A malty toffee nose with a low hop aroma. The taste is creamy and full with a good hop presence to balance the strength of the beer. Carbonation is low which is good for this style.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby red with some darker brown tones and some richer yellow tinges. Very clear though, no yeast in bottle. Head was very small to not existent. When present it was a whitish beige. Not tons of aroma, spicy though, with some hops and maybe a little dry malt aroma.
Begins dry and somewhat bitter but quickly explodes with a big spicy fruit flavor with sweet orange, tart cherries and a mix of light toffee and saltwater taffee adding a lightly chewy texture. The carbonation level is not too bad and adds to the texture. Has some yeast flavor to it and definitely a dry hopped flavor I wasnt expecting that was pleasant. Very spicey throughout, though as it finishes the taste leaves too quickly. This beer was well balanced and the body tastes very flavorful with lots of bursting fruity malt flavor in your mouth, but overall, is a bit dry and ends unremarkably. A lot gentler than both Schneider Weisse and Celebrator. Dosent kill you with sweetness, that was a plus and does not seem overly alcoholic. I do not see a cloying or even a very sweet finish that others talked about.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice red amber color. Sweet malty aroma with hints of citrus. Taste is sweet, malty and faintly acetic. Decent but definitely a rung below Spaten Optimator on the Doppelbock ladder.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A reddish orange color with a creamy tan head. Molasses, sweet malts, brown sugar, and burnt caramel in the aroma. This reminds me a little of some barley wines. The flavor is sweet and malty with some wood and caramel.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a magnificent glowing crystal clear reddish copper color. The head began as nice thick tan, but soon dissipated to nothing. The aroma and flavor were malty sweet...bordering on syrupy, cherry, iced tea, and alcohol...at times very much like a weak barley wine. The feel began as crisp and bubbly, but soon became more flat and thick. Interesting beer, had the feel remained consistent I think I would have like it much more.
sethdude (697) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 Finally, number 100! Poured a deep red color, good initial head dissipates quickly. smells mostly of malts, maybe some sweetness too. Flavor is, once again, malts with little hop, medium carbonation, pehaps a bit of a cidery taste, and a little metallic. A middle-of-the-road beer.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a full-bodied, transparent and copper colored beer with a medium-sized, but quickly dissipating tan head, as poured from the 0.5L bottle I sampled. By the time I finished, there was virtually no lacing on the pint-sized pub glass. This Doppelbock leads with a pleasingly bold, ripe fruit and malt aroma. The initial flavor is malty and quite sweet with hints of raisins, ripe grapes or prunes mid-palate. Still, by the finish, I found the beer to be well-balanced and layered with pleasing carbonation and an appropriately dry and light hop flavor. I also noted a trace of alcohol in the long finish.