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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2003
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (688) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
the aroma is a malt lovers paradise, lots of maltyness, a slight roassted aroma and just a hint of fruityness. the dark brown and very clear body hold the tan head for longer than expected at this alcohol level. the flavor is a combination of malt and alcohol with just enough hops to rein it in and keep it from going crazy sweet. there are some dark fruit flavors and a touch of hop flavor and bitterness that fit the style perfectly. this thick, full-bodied beer has low carbonatino and coats the tongue with it goodness. it is a slightly warming beer with lots of flavors to enjoy and plenty of alcohol to make everything else enjoyable too.

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