Brewed by Würzburger Hofbräu (Schörghuber)
Style: Doppelbock
Würzburg, Germany


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
SYMPATOR DOPPELBOCK Here the word "Bock", which in German means billy goat, has nothing to do with the horned, four-legged creature. In fact it is a corruption of Einbeck, a town in Lower Saxony, that gave its name to the strong beer that originated there: Although for many Bockbier is the quintessence of the art of brewing in Bavaria, it was first created in northern Germany. Nowadays it is mostly brewed and drunk in Bavaria. Roughly one third of strong beer output nationally comes from Bavarian brew kettles. It’s mostly in winter and spring, when the weather is cooler, that local beer drinkers reach for higher percentage specialties from the brew kettles of Würzburger Hofbräu. What is common to all strong or “Bock“ beers is that they must have an original wort content of at least 16 percent. In the case of Doppelbock / double Bock / the original wort content must be at least 18 percent. Original wort content must not be confused with alcohol content. The original wort content refers to the proportion of dissolved materials, above all sugar, but also protein, minerals or vitamins, that are in the wort before fermentation. As the yeast in the course of fermentation turns the wort’s dissolved sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide, it is obvious that the higher the original wort content the higher the alcohol content of the beer produced. A rule of thumb for converting original wort content into alcohol content is to regard alcohol content as approximately one third of original wort content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Clear mahogany colour with a thick off-white head. Sweet and malty aroma. Nice sweet, malty, fruity taste with some caramel and perhaps some chocolate. Full bodied and smooth, low carbonation. I shall enjoy this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2007
Pours a dark copper colour with a fair amount of light brown head and the carbonation of a pilsener. Aroma a malt, spice, burnt sugar and a wiff of alcohol. The taste is initially sweet, with dried fruit and black syrup, there’s then a slight bitterness and a definite taste of alcohol, which in reminisant of barley wine, but less over-whelming. The aftertaste is one of warming, sweet malts. Very nice and quite different beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2006
Bottled. A very dark, reddy brown coloured beer with a decent tan coloured head which dissipates after a while. The aroma is malty and bready with some sweetness and some licquorice. The taste is more of the same together with some plummy fruits and warming alcohol. Rich and sippable. Very tasty, another triumphant doppelbock from Germany.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (17272) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 1, 2011
Bereits im Antrunk entfaltet das Bier einen sehr würziges Malzaroma an den sich ein untergeordnter süßer Ton klammert und so die Würzigkeit unterstützt. Im Mittelteil kommt der Hopfen hervor und stellt sich in den Vordergrund. Dennoch wirkt er sehr unwichtig, dagegen wird das Malz etwas erdig und schokoladig und zieht so die Blicke erneut auf sich. Angenehm röstig-karamellig, dunkelmalzig, aromatisch. Die süße im Abgang weicht, da sich auch hier das Malz breitmacht und noch einmal seine voluminöse Seite zeigt. Ein sehr gelungener Doppelbock ohne Fehler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2003
Banana, fruity, malty and light raisin aroma. Redbrown color, beige head, good lace. Very sweet (bit too), hint of sourness, light bitter, very fruity, hint of chocolat, hint of caramel. Little sticky and full.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (7292) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 Smallish, white head over mahogany-red body. Sweet, malty, earthy, bread-like aroma. Smells somewhat stale, like most German beer. Powerful, sweet taste of malts, very nicely rounded, like marzipan, lingers for a long time in the mouth. An excellent doppelbock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15264) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle, 7.9%. Weak aroma, sweet, dried fruit. Clear dark brown colour. Very small head. Good sweet flavour, sweet fruit and a hint of cream. Some alcohol to balance, but very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10669) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Bottle. Sweet malty aroma with hint of raisins, dark brown clear color with nice tan head. Sweet malt flavor - a slight astrigent / chalky finish that fades as beer warms. Better at room temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2006
I seem to have been on alot of samichlaus recently, so this is me trying to cun down maybe? (hehe). Aro ma is rich and sweet, with toffee apples, plums and maybe a little yeast having a wee say also. Taste is similar, and warm,ing, but excellently drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
19th November 2006
Warning! Early amateur rating! Smooth easy drinking dark beer. Lingering sweet notes and traces of banana. Very nice.

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