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

bottled
available

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2012   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Not so impressive head, but a nice dark brown color. Smooth and malty but not quite what I was looking for out of a dopplebock. Still, that being said, it was a good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kingfish (5) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003 does not count
Aroma: Rich crystal-choco malty tones with pleasing alcohol sweetness. No hop aroma perceived. On warming, there is plum, black current, then turning towards dried fruit, & I think I just want to crawl inside the glass! Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby highlights & clear as one can tell. Low tan head that persists & is creamy. The carbonation is very fine & well-done. Yum is an understatement! Flavor: Rich semi-sweet choco-malty with hints of tobacco hop flavor. Residual crystal-like sweetness approaching cloying but steering clear at the finish. Definite alcohol warming. A very faint acidic-fruity sherry character denoting of oxidation: I am impressed that this should be so well preserved from Safeway (well – I did grab from the very back of the shelf). Bittering is enough to support the malt for the style & is not obvious. On warming, the malt flavor slides more towards a light blend of molasses & not overtly heavy; even later this matures to raisin with a hint of diacetyl which I am willing to accept. Mouthfeel is generously full & round with a nice creamy texture, moderate carbonation, & a hint of grain astringency that in my perception complements the delicate balance & supportive of the dominate malt signature. Overall, this is another of my favorite styles & it is well represented in Spaten as oppose to Paulaner which has thinned over the recent years. Truly a meal into itself, but I shall save some to have with my dinner…maybe :o) Outstanding!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2003
This brown doppelbock has a short-lived head, smooth malty sweet flavor and a malty, somewhat dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spatenLA (4) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2003 does not count
One of my overall favorites for Doppelbocks. Smooth and creamy with a hint of something sweet that conceals the higher alcohol content. Wonderful brew for sitting by the fireplace and staring out at the snow as it warms from within. Spaten did well with this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Wonderful deep brown with a frothy cream head with some lacing. Deep nutty caramel smell. Tasted quite light, a little sourness in the flavor but quite smooth and inoffensive. As it warms it becomes a little more nutty and hoppy. Nice beer for Spaten. I enjoyed this one a lot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
coca-cola like colour and a slight alchoholy taste.. head disappeared fairly fast. i was expecting a bit more from this, it was a tad on the bland side.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2003
Huge brown sugar malt aroma on this brew. There's also a slight sour hint of vinegar. Medium heavy body has soft carbonation and is extremely smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghawener (1592) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - NOV 6, 2003
Deep, strong and heavy with complex and intense flavorthat is very well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Deep Rich Mahoghany color. Little to no head out of bottle. Very smooth and satisfying. Roasty and caramel undertones. As well as coffee flavoring makes this very tasty. Not as good as the Autumnal Fire offering from Capital Brewery. Very good beer. I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1593) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2003
I have to admit that this is a style I've not had many of, so I can't speak to its suitability for the style. When I had it, it was served in a snifter. Very dark brown, toasty flavor with just a hintof the hops and alcohol. Definitely makes me want to drink more of this style.


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