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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1980   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2001
Well deserving of its world fame. I first had this on tap at Chicago’s Map Room, later bottled; good both ways.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
All4Grog99 (22) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2001
a good dark beer, but lacks the complexity that would set it past the best of its class. Dark and malty with licorice and alcohol overtones. Brought forward through a light body and malty aftertaste. Very good especially for the price, but doesn’t rank too highly among my favorites.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chump99 (1) - USA - DEC 14, 2001 does not count
This is the original beer! Check the label - ’Since 1397’(!) Everything else came after. This is a beer that counts. 2 shovels dig your grave twice as fast. Best enjoyed when alternating with Carlsberg Elephants.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian99 (3) - USA - DEC 7, 2001 does not count
This was hyped up as one of the world’s best dopplebocks. I am used to Augustinerbrau Maximator and it just doesn’t compare. I don’t find this to taste bad, but it was not worth all the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2001
good beer from legendary brewery; hardly the best of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2001
a bit on the sweet side. some caramel and maple taste. I enjoyed this, but this isn’t a six pack to drink all in 1 night. This is more of a ’2 beers with a steak dinner’ kind of brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2001
Ah, this is Munich in its essence. The darker full flavored malts make for a beer which speaks of the gristing of aromatic grain. Deep dappled copper with orangy highlights and a profoundly rocky and stable head. A touch of sulfer claims this beer as ’Lager’ and proud of it, cleaning the palate from the robust malty character. Strong yes, but well attenuated and not overly sweet. This is a fine beer from one of Munich’s best breweries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EJB9299 (1) - Gig Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2001 does not count
Great beer for those who love porters or doppelbock’s. The beer is always best when on tap. I will agree that on occasion it has faltered in it’s consistency when bought off the shelf in a bottle, but overall it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had, and you don’t even need to drink that much of it either (7.5%). Good color, aroma and wonderful flavors (coffee, nuts and hops). Great Beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagerman99 (66) - USA - NOV 26, 2001
I don’t like the sweetness, but I love the undertow dark flvours and the richly textured body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2001
Dark amber, nearly brown colour, nutty aroma. The flavour is nutty and malty with hints of caramel and maybe some toffee. The complexity might be a bit lacking, but the beer is wel rounded with a nice sweet finish. This beer is right up there with Salvator as a quality authentic doppelbock, but the two don’t even come close to matching Celabrator.

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