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


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RATINGS: 1927   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours a deep drown with a medium off white head. Aroma of sweet malts and caramel. Tatse is malt dominant with a good caramel flavor, finish is well balanced with hops. Great beer, well crafted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Rich, heavy, and not overly powerful. A good doppelbock, despite doppelbock not being my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolsak (9) - - FEB 4, 2014 does not count
Optimator is my favorite doppel. It’s rich, medium-heavy, and not overly alcoholic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBLP (7) - Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
Pours with a big head. Comes out dark, but can almost see through. Aroma is very hoppie (sp?). Very creamy flavor and strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (203) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Pours a deep brown with a creamy white head. Big malts and molasses and not much else. Tasty but a little rich for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVukelich (37) - Algona, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Gave it a Euro-pour right down the middle of the glass. Built a tall, beige head. Real, rich brown color. Less than average lace after sipping. Aroma was that sweet, malty smell you’d expect from a doppel. Flavor was the same. Definitely sweet, no bitter hop flavor...plum or raisin notes, maybe? I could barely pick up the higher alcohol content. Carbonation was less than average and mouthfeel was decent. The viscosity was medium and not a long aftertaste. This is a classic version of the style. Shouldn’t disappoint most that are looking to sample a decent doppelbock.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cowboy7381 (3) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2014 does not count
Great smooth beer. High on malt taste, but not bitter. Good mouth feel and goes down smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle->willi becher. Dark brown with medium lite tan head. A: malty, with grains, grass, brown sugar. T: bittersweet malt, with both roast and caramel, grains, molasses, burnt sugar. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1486) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Doppel rivalry: Spaten vs. Paulaner. The other rivalry match-up that occurred today makes me need a drink. In this games, everyone wins. Aroma of earthy malt and candied black cherries. Dark cola like appearance, except rather still. Sweet dark fruit taste, doesn’t feel so strong and to be fair it isn’t. at lest relatively speaking. Medium body, slick feel. A very good introduction to doppelbocks. For export only...strange InBev trickery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2014
0,5 l bottle from Systembolaget. A dense lightly tanned head, atop a clear ruby-brown body. Initial aroma is light acidic-fruity, followed by a scent caramel and dark bread, and a wee note of nuts and licorice. Body is medium full. Soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Not very sweet-flavored, yet flavorfull with a big malt base. Taste of dark caramel, rounded roast, with a light pepper tone and hint of dark dried fruits and licorice. Low bitterness. Finish is surprisingly short, bordering on watered down. Overall, a more then decent beer with lot of fine Doppelbock qualities.

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