omhper (20553) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep golden with rich head. Raisiny malt aroma. Sweet and fruity. Malt flavours, like paper and plums, dominate, yet it's no more than medium bodied. Fairly bitter finish with notes of salty licorice.
bhensonb (11977) - 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.
argo0 (11885) - 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.
Ratman197 (10640) - 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.
adnielsen (9690) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Light golden orange, hazy appearance with a small cream colored head. Fairly light malts in the nose with the characteristic Bock smell. Sweet pale malty bock flavor with some bitterness, especially on the finish. Lighter malts than many other Doppelbocks and less flavor also.
crossovert (8591) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. 3.49$.
It pours a clear gold with a fizzy white head that leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates.
I love the smell of Helles Doppelbocks. This one smells like big loaf of sweet bread. There is some pretzel in there too along with a touch of earthy hops.
The flavor is rich and malty with again the fresh bread flavors, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. The hops are there too, providing a subtle bitterness to cut the sweet ever-so-slightly.
This is a fine brew.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-10-2011 06:05:45
3fourths (8455) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear medium-dark gold, white head. sweaty nose, light fusels, medium corn, medium dough. malt-liquor like. syrupy, a little too much ethanol tasted. unpleasant.
Ughsmash (7260) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL bottle. Poured brighter golden with quite a bit of sediment and a short-lived, but sticky eggshell head. The aroma picked up very sweet toasted bread and honey notes with a hit of raw alcohol on the back of the nostrils.. some brighter, white spicy yeast if you dig deep. The flavor found the expected bread and light honey at the core, and picked up a soft complement of lighter-skinned fruit sugars.. toasted grains, fresh grass, and herbal bitterness around.. finished with toasted grains and some honey topped by a splash of warm black pepper. Medium-bodied with a spotty feel and flow through the palate (slick at times, sticky at others).. seemed a hair hot (compared to the ABV) and adjuncty.. overall an OK drinker.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle (imported by Morandell imports Gardena, CA): Pours a transparent bright golden brass with a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly sweet pale malts with some floral noble hoppiness and a hint of sweet corn. Starts with decent fullness and an effervescent carbonation with a light sugary sweetness and some honey notes quickly giving way to an overly assertive noble hop bitterness with lingering earthy black peppery character and some alcoholic warmth. Doesn’t have any of the sweet dark caramel notes or complexity I expect in a doppelbock. This seems more like a malt liquor or a heller bock at best.
Ernest (6538) - 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.