EithCubes (5434) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose is heavily grassy with some hay and dusty, outdoorsiness, good noble hops with a hint of citrus and pale malt coming through. Not what I was expecting all! Sort of a doubled Heller Bock, confirmed by the golden transparent body and lacing, creamy, rocky off-white head. Outstanding. Taste is dry, bitter, a bit soapy in feel, lightly tangy, relatively straightforward/simple malt profile but has some great zinfandel and chardonnay notes, more than just a touch of honey. Medium, slightly slimy body with a little pepper to taste, but no heat. Touch of cereal grain, and there’s an undeniable connection with another style - a smoother, lagered, more refined version of a malt liquor. A little different, but good and interesting.
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The al/vol enters the malt liquor catagory making it the best one I have ever tasted.A few clicks north of Salzburg reveals an awesome old skool brewery.The potato masher bottles remind one that it is time to start WWIII.Worth finding.
notalush (5638) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle - more like an "imperial" heller bock than a true doppel - medium burnished gold pour - has the sort of honeyed maltiness and grassy hop character and lightly estery quality in the nose that a lot of hellers have - light toasted vienna maltiness - medium body, somewhat creamy mouthfeel - starts out fairly sweet, with the lightest hint of raisin, which is the only doppel-ish quality here - sweet, toasted malts and a bit of green raisin - moderate bitterness turns a bit grassy and herbal on the tail end, as the beer dries out a bit - lightly spicy finish compliments the moderate alcohol presence - not terribly complex, but pretty good.
Ratman197 (12680) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml Bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness, honey and light graininess. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, honey and light fruittiness with a crisp dry finish.
after4ever (7358) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
500. Pours a brilliantly clear dark gold with a big sudsy white head. Lots of nice stringy lace showing on the sides. Nose is somewhat musty, showing some egg whites, faint pepper corn, and probably some cardboard. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Pronounced pepper, egg, and cardboard notes on the mid palate. Long peppery finish. Had better.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (bread, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with light notes of honey and metal.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, slightly metallic.
It has that characteristic malt aroma that could only come from Germany, Austria, or Czech Republic. It’s not the most clean or characterful example, admittedly, but it’s still solid for what it is...a strong pale bock.
drjay44 (3272) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours a white short lived head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark golden (SRM 5-6) body.....nose is cereal, biscuit, toast, with some grass, and a bit of spice.....taste is light cereal (Grapenuts) to start, then light spicy hop bitterness arrives, relatively dry throughout, alcohol is lightly present....mouth feel is medium, carbonation adds a spritz to the experience. This meets the criteria for a pale Doppel Boch. It is very different from the more commonly available dark versions, and is the first one I have tasted. This is much more Pilsner like it its qualities, although the malt definitely dominates the hops. This is much cleaner and less cloying than dark versions, and the heavy malt flavors (dried fruits, heavy sugars) are absent. It is more refreshing and less nourishing. BJCP 6/3/13/5/7
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle. Small white head atop crystal clear apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, some honey. Taste is moderately sweet, straw/grass, bread, some honey, pepper, light alcohol. Medium-full body, some stickiness. I think of this as a doppel heller bock, rather than a doppel bock -- not bad if you don’t expect caramel/dark fruitiness.
bhensonb (13612) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours rather brassy with a foamy white head. Aroma of malt with some strong grassiness. Medium plus body with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel with a pretty good dose of bitter. Clearly too malty to be compared to an IPA, but I’m doing that anyway. Pretty good beer.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Man, I really needed a beer tonight.
The kid was screaming with colic all night and, Leah is getting burnt out dealing with the kid all day without respite. It’s a tough situation right now, especially because I want to see the kid stimulated and given every opportunity.
So, I cracked this extra received from Clint (scrizzz). Thanks!
Pours like a a bud light... hm. Dopplebock? I think not.
Aroma is banana, estery, sulphur, and sweet corn. Seriously, I think the color is affecting my flavor profile. More ester and sweet biscuit- probably contributing to the perception of corn.
Taste is malty, sweet, biscuit, slightly watery, hints of bitterness and sulphur.
Finish is sweet and simple.
Bleh. How is this rated so high?