Brewed by Engel Brauerei
Style: Imperial Pils/Strong Pale Lager
Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Light golden malty doppelbock

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2002
Good beer and a cool label.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2002
Apperance: cloudy, deep golden colour, thin lacy white head at the start though it fades away fast. In terms of aroma this beer was almost non-existant with only a faint malty nose. For a 7% german geer, this one is extremely light in body. There is a definite lactic acidity similar to what is found in lambics, flander’s browns and berliner weiss beers. It is extremely unique and tantalizing and certainly not in the traditional doppelbock style. So light in body for 7%, you’d think they used adjuncts like the belgians do to lighten the beer. It is sooooo easy to drink and so refreshing. Not a doppelbock at all... I need another!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Rich malty flavor and aroma, subdued alcohol sneaks up on you

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Pours slightly turbid dark straw/orangish with almost no head and floaties. Aroma of big malt, dark fruit, candi sugar, molasses, honey, apricot. Tastes malty, with a great sweet fruitiness coupled with honey and subdued hops. It did taste slightly flat, but that didn’t deter its taste. Finished slightly dry, with more fruit and honey. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 It is a good example of the European Strong Lager style with a soft, gently malt character, hint of acidity in the finish, and pear notes. Dangerously drinkable stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 21, 2000

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Read some prior reviews after seeing how light in color this is. Oakes says it's a European strong lager; okay, I can deal with that. It smells mildly fruity, like apples and pears. Not very carbonated, but very, very sweet. This posed a problem: it did get slighlty cloying (not as much as I would have thought considering the level of sweetness), but add more carbonation and it would have tasted like a sparkling fruit wine. I hate sparkling fruit wines. I liked this. The level of carbonation was okay. Mouthfeel light, which helped combat the sweetness. Finish not too thick. Alcohol not noticeable. Overall, very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
sweet and almost tart was pretty nice overall i wouldn’t mind trying again sometime. Had a complex sweet/fruity taste good body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stefano99 (19) - Ghezzano (Pisa), ITALY - DEC 29, 2001
Finally something different from the usual german lagers! Rich colour and taste, very pleasant!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2002
Vehement pear juice spread over rich caramel malt…Some acidity in the background…Surprisingly good for brewery…

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