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


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RATINGS: 1940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2001
Now that’s what I call a Doppelbock!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2001
I hate to rip on a beer most people seem to really like, but I just can’t convince myself to like this one. There is a sour flavor (can’t quite place it) in the middle of the malt that sends my taste buds shuddering.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2001
Excellent! I love the maltiness in this beer. Extremely full of flavor (and alcohol for that matter). I don’t feel I could drink too many of these in a row. Not only because of alcohol, but the full flavor would soon dull my palate. Well, sitting here taking another sip...I could have a few more. Nice hop finish and aftertaste...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2001
When you only want one or two

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 November 2001: Malt, malt, malt, malt. Give this to anyone who says lagers are ’weak’ or ’simple.’ Great nose full of malt, yeast, chocolate and alcohol -- almost rum-like in a way. Flavor is absolutely the essence of richness; add a little sugar and flour, stir it up and you’d have a great beer pudding. The alchol presence may be just a tiny bit too high, otherwise this would be near a ’5’ for me. Perhaps bettered only by Celebrator. 8/5/9/4/18 4.4

June 2006: the 12 oz bottle, purchased today and poured at cellar temperature into a Hair of the Dog glass shows a dark chestnut color with a voluminous lastingin off-white bubbly head that diminishes slowly leaving uneven lacing....dark chocolate and burnt caramel dominate the nose, toasty malt and a touch of wood smoke, touches of herbal/grassy hops....the body shows light alcohol warming, dark malts with limited sweetness, some prune/raisin character and a bit of hazelnut liqueur towards the soft finish....very smooth, soft, moderately filtered mouthfeel. This has held up well over nearly 5 years and 3000 ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2001
I really enjoyed this. Full of flavor, nice malt taste with just tinge of sweet. Easy to drink with a nice aftertaste. Not as heavy as I was imagining it to be. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2001
Deep dark mysterious toasty sweet-ish beer . This beer will seduce you. Best with food , otherwise you’ll be unable to get up from where you’re sitting . I am a big Spaten fan.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
frogfan99 (10) - Ft Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2001
Why would anyone like this beer. I guess Im just used to the ’cheap and nasty’ beer sold all accross the country. I’d rather drink penzoil than another Spaten Optimator

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 An absolutely enjoyable brew. Its pretty cool to know that some one drank nearly the same brew in the 1400's. My only question is about the two shovel heads on the label.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (142) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 first sip very strong, aftertaste hangs for a long time on the palate coffee and malt lingers. first beer doppelbock i have tasted back in 2001 and i liked it a must try for beer lovers alike. Also found the proper glass to enjoy it out of. Drinking a beer out of the proper glassware makes all the difference in the world. 2011 still the top of all doppelbocks always a good german beer.

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