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Brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu (InBev)
Style: Doppelbock
Munich, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1998   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The classic German dark beer, bottom fermented ’Doppel Bock’. Full bodied with a deep dark color and rich roasted malt flavor.

Supposedly only available in USA, at least not in Germany.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Dark brown almost black color with medium light tan head. Very malty and not very rich aroma. Flavor was one of chocolate and malts. Became more chocolatey as it warmed. Nice doppelbock.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5557) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Dark brown in colour with major ruby highlights -- absolutely no head. Very malty aroma with a slight grapey and subtle vinegary aroma. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour, alcohol very noticeable with some grapey hints. Aftertaste malty and alcoholic - a bit sweet as well. Overall a good doppelbock - respectable for the style! I had this pint at MacGregor's in Rochester, New York.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Spaten - my first Bavarian and thus always brings back memories. Thick and malty. Sometimes when I'm not ready/not in the mood it's just too malty and rich. Rich and roasty, big and just gives me an old world sensation. Even if it's a misconception on my part, I'll keep living in my lederhosen fantasy.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhoto (14) - Terre haute, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Brown in color with lighter creamy head. Not as sweet as other dopplebocks I have tried. Medium to full bodied, with an average lasting sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Sweet malty nose; minimal head without much lacing. The roasted malt flavor with hints of fruit and chocolate is smoothly complex. Not as complex as Ayinger's offering but top notch none the less. I'm amazed at how inexpensive this is for the quality. A wonderful offering perfect for enjoying in the coming fall weather.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2003
This dark brown beer pours with an off white head that fills my pint glass. The head slowly recedes to a rocky layer of foam that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma is all malt sweetness, with a slight huskiness. The taste is roasted malt, caramel, and sweetness. Notes of chocolate and a slight smokiness are present as well. Very complex flavor. The alcohol is noticable on the finish, and it warms the throat on the way down. The finish also has a lingering sweetness, most likely also from the alcohol. This is not a beer for the hop fan, but malt lovers should but it by the case. The mouthfeel is very full and creamy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2003 On tap in a small town pizza parlour where they reffered to it as "Spaten", I had to probe further to get the kid behind the counter to go over read the tap handle and let me know what kind of "spaten" it was. Head had dissapated shortly after pouring. malty aroma, strong malty nose giving way to sweet biscuit flavors which gave way to a pleasent alcohaulic warming. Excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Very nice strong flavour - spices, raising. Very tart palate, but smooth. Very complex beer - I can easily see why it's one of my friend's favourites. I could drink this every day without getting tired of it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DasFass (4) - GERMANY - SEP 27, 2003 does not count
this beer is maybe a little dry and slighltly acidic............ but is good in its category prost prost kamerad

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Very little hop aroma in this beautiful dark ruby/brown lager. Smell is of unfermented wort, like homebrew before you pitch the yeast. Nice and sweet like it should be, with a full mouthfeel. Slight twang on the finish that just keeps it from being cloying. I want to brew a clone!


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