jazz88 (2600) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A rich brown with a foamy light brown head. A roasted malt, caramel, vanilla flavor with a roasted malt and nut aroma. Fairly full in body and well balanced.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty and moderately sweet. WabashMan is right, the head faded very quickly. Still had a nice smooth flavor. Maltiness masks the 7.2% well.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 A lovely mahogany colored doppel with a nice tan head. The aroma of this one is spectacular, though it seems to have a love it or hate it reaction among ratebeerians. Flavor is also quite nice, though not QUITE up to the level of the superior aroma. However, this is a GREAT doppelbock, and in my opinion, only the Celebrator goes above and beyond this one!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 Yes, and again yes. Slightly thick , fruity and bready. More coffee when cold; gets fruitier as it warms. Finishes semi-dry. Not much caramel. Good stand-alone beer. Tried this at the recommendation of a German friend. Quite glad I did. I try to keep this on hand as an everyday beer. It may not be very memorable, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable.
bigbish (596) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice brownish-red color. A good sized light-tan head forms when poured. Some yeasty aroma, and nice roasted flavors. One of my favorite beers.
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright auburn color with a cream colored two finger head. Toasty, roasty malt aromas. Creamy feel. Sweet malt up front that leads to a toasted malt and mild bitter finish. Lacks a touch of body and a touch sweet, but still near the top in the doppelbock genre.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear ruby amber with a tannihs white head. Malty sweet aroma with roastiness and a whiff of currants. Lots of great flavors - malt, biscuit, sweetness, roastiness, and light chocolate. Dry with a full mouthfeel.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my first favorites, its surprizing to see I haven't rated it yet. Nice clean color to the body with a nice head floating atop. Soft fruits are complemented by plenty of caramel, toffee and a bit of chocolate. Pleasant and easy to drink. A good beer that is fairly easy to find.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I found this Spaten to be pleasantly strange to put it mildly. The aroma begins with kicks of heavy malt and dark fruits..fairly simple but quaint. The pour appears brown with heavy heavy carbonation but is a nice fiery red when put up to a light source. Good sized head complete with a beige head leaving a slight bit of lacing on my glass.. a nice looking dark. The flavor however was a bit funky to say the least. At first the dark fruits and malt blended into a somewhat nutty taste..very strange. It then matured into the beer i was expecting which was a heavy dose of malt supported by a cast of plum, and grapefruit flavors..very nice indeed. It is a dopplebock, but geez the malt was a bit in excess here..i didnt care to much for the ending where the fruityness subsided. An average doppelbock, but a pleasant drink nonetheless once i got involved with it.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper colored beer w/ light beige head, nice lace on glass; Munich malt, caramel/melanoidin, clean aroma with some alcohol. No dark fruit like some examples; Malty flavor w/ some caramel, very well balanced, finishes a little dry, clean and slightly astringent. Slight hop flavor in the finish. Carbonation level is good for a dopplebock with a slight warming alcohol mouthfeel. Much better on tap as opposed to a bottle.