CONSECRATOR: 92 Points
Dedicate yourself to this
This Doppelbock is released seasonally on Fat Tuesday in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Reddish brown in color with a mild hop profile, Consecrator Doppelbock is a well balanced, full bodied lager with hints of caramel and molasses in its smooth, malty finish. As with our other lager brands, Consecrator undergoes a lengthy lagering period. Unlike the 6 week profile of the other two brands, Consecrator experiences a full three months in the fermenting vessel, giving it an exceptionally smooth character.”
My Description: This is a delicious Doppelbock that displays a great array of dark fruit notes and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. It begins with a decent, beige colored head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a spotty amount of lacing. The aroma smells great and is very welcoming with notes of raisins, figs, caramel malt, herbal hops, and tobacco. Consecrator is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. However, the beer does feel kind of thin preventing this bock from having that liquid bread characteristic that this style is known for but that is a minor letdown because the flavor profile is still excellent. Toasted malt and some caramel notes give way to notes of herbal hops, dried plums, raisins, and a touch of chocolate. The aftertaste is minimally bitter keeping this lager more on the sweet side. Bell’s Doppelbock is smooth, clean, and highly enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with smoked sausage, baked pretzels, or grilled lamb chops.
ABV: 8% Color: Deep Red/Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10
OPTIMATOR: 92 Points
This Doppelbock is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Bottom-fermented Dark Beer “Doppel Bock” with a deep dark color and a rich roasted malt flavor.”
My Description: This a very nice representation of the style; it is smooth, tasty, and filling. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with roasted malts taking center stage accompanied by notes of toffee, dark fruit, and a hint of nuttiness. Optimator is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The blend of flavors is really enjoyable with notes of roasted malts, molasses, bread, and a light dark fruit presence. The aftertaste is clean and minimally bitter. The alcohol is felt slightly but overall it is hidden nicely. This tasty brew is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, BBQ duck, or chocolate cake.
ABV: 7.6% Color: Deep Garnet Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
TAP 6 AVENTINUS: 100 Points
King of Weizen Doppelbocks
This Weizen Doppelbock is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Deep and complex – for big and relaxing moments by the fire. Dark-ruby colored wheat doppelbock with a creamy fine head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meet liquorice and roasty aromes. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish.”
My Description: Taking every piece of this Weizen into consideration, this is one of the smoothest wheat beers I have ever drank; plus it doesn’t hurt that the flavor profile is delicious. It begins with a very large, light beige colored head with an amazing retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is warming and welcoming with notes of bananas, cloves, malt, bread, and a touch of floral hops. This beer is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is well balanced with a slightly complex flavor profile. There are notes of bananas, cloves and other yeast spices, hints of dark fruits, raisins, bread, and caramel. The caramel becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the alcohol only adds to the enjoyment. This beer is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, grilled steaks, or chocolate desserts.
ABV: 8.2% Color: Chocolate Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
HE’BREW REJEWVENATOR (2013): 89 Points
a monk hybrid
This Dubbel/Doppel/Fruit Ale is released for a limited time in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “How better to celebrate the evolution of the year than with recipes inspired by generations of the original craft beer warriors, the Monks! Top with a healthy dose of Shmaltz and witness the rebirth of Rejewvenator! “The winter of bondage has passed, the deluge of suffering is gone, the Fig tree has formed its first fruits, declaring all ready for libation.” -Song of Solomon.”
My Description: This is a rather complex beer with great fruit notes and a pleasing aroma. However, the alcohol presence does not accompany the other flavors but rather dominates from time to time, which hurts the overall drinkability of this brew. It begins with a large and bountiful, beige colored head with a good retention level and a notable amount of lacing. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. There are deep flavors in this beer that develop as the beer warms up. Upfront, there are notes of toasted bread, dark fruits like plums and figs, and sweet candy notes. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with faint yeast notes. This beer is tasty and a great choice for those who like dark fruits. It is best served around 50°F.
ABV: 8% Color: Ruby/Brown Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
EICHE DOPPELBOCK: 96 Points
Smoky liquid bread
This Doppelbock is released in the Winter season in 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “While for the classic “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier” traditionally beech has been – and still is – used, the malt for “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is kilned with Oak wood. The resulting Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt has a smoother and more multi layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt. The hence complex smokiness in the “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops. With 8% alcohol and amber color it matures for months in the deep brewery cellars underneath Bamberg into a special treat for smoke beer lovers.”
My Description: The smoke flavor in this beer is definitely noticeable but more subdued than in other Schlenkerla beers. It has an average, beige colored head that fades quick to a film but holds and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and inviting with notes of malt and smoke with some underlying dark fruit notes. It is fuller bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The smoke flavor notes in this beer are great and multi-layered just like the brewer’s description said. There is also a sticky and sweet malty flavor accompanied by the faintest hint of plums. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and the alcohol is completely hidden. This gem is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with spicy sausages, grilled lambchops, or gourmet cheeses.
ABV: 8% Color: Amber/Garnet Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10
DOUBLE BOCK: 95 Points
This Doppelbock has an IBU of 25 and is a limited release in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Intense and warming, this indulgent lager is brewed with over a half-pound of malt in each bottle, almost enough for a loaf of bread. Brewed by monks since the 13th century, double bocks are one of the original “big beers”. The bold malts create a deep mahogany color, rich caramel sweetness and smooth body that’s balanced by the subtle citrus of German Noble hops.”
My Description: Not too many American Dopplebocks are as good as their German counterparts, however, this beer definitely is. It has a large, beige colored head with a really nice retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with deep malt notes, dark fruits like raisins and cherries, and a pleasing bread-like scent. It is roughly full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The texture is very smooth and will coat your mouth. The alcohol is beautifully hidden in this Bock behind a sweet malt body that dominates the flavor profile. There are also flavor notes of caramel, raisins, other dark fruits, and a hint of earthiness. The aftertaste is only minimally bitter bringing an overall great harmony of flavors in this Bock. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with rich desserts, grilled lamb chops, or a NY strip.
ABV: 9.5% Color: Dark Mahogany Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 2/10
SALVATOR: 94 Points
Replacement for food
This Dopplebock is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This is the original Paulaner, the founding beer of Paulaner. The Salvator Double Bock is a bottom-fermented beer and has been brewed in almost exactly the same way since the end of the 18th century. It combines the most delicate of hops and dark barley malt to give a strong, characteristically malty taste and an inviting, gleaming copper colour.”
My Description: Not only is this the smoothest Dopplebock I’ve ever had, this is one of the smoothest beers I’ve ever had. It has a very large, beige colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma smells great with big bread notes that are accompanied by a caramel scent and dark fruits like raisins. It is medium/full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. It has a chewy texture and the alcohol is nicely hidden. The flavor notes are slightly complex with flavor notes of bread, tobacco, molasses, caramel, and cherries. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and delivers a nice finish. This beer definitely delivers a satisfying experience and is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage or desserts.
ABV: 7.9% Color: Amber/Brown Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
KORBINIAN: 96 Points
Delicious liquid bread
This Dopple Bock is available year-round in 16.9 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A double bock beer that has what it takes. Not just for lovers of strong beer. With a malty aroma and great taste, our Korbinian is a true beer speciality. It goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as wild roasts and fowl.”
My Description: This is truly one of the great Dopple Bocks from Germany; all the elements are presented exquisitely, the beer is delicious, and it could substitute a meal. It has a good sized, beige colored head that holds nicely and produces a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly complex with notes of raisins, toffee, malt, and bread. The aroma smells terrific and is a great indication of what is to come. Korbinian is medium/full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The texture is creamy and smooth. Upfront there are flavor notes of dark fruit like raisins, figs, and plums. This is accompanied by a hint of chocolate and caramel malt. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and adds a feeling a warmth and satisfaction. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing a good balance to the overall flavor profile. I loved it. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, grilled sausage, or wood grilled salmon.
ABV: 7.4% Color: Dark Mahogany Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
WOLFGANG: 95 Points
liquid bread done right
This Doppelbock is released seasonally in the summer months in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewers’ Description: “Wolfgang has heavenly notes of caramel, dark fruit, and toffee balanced by a subtle hop character. While its revered history evokes an appreciation of austerity and sacrifice, this Doppelbock is a rich luxury—no repentance required.”
My Description: Drinking this whole bottle is a meal on its own, so I don’t suggest having this as a dessert to your dinner. It is your dinner! It has a decent, tan colored head that fades quick but leaves some amazing lacing behind. The aroma is not too strong but it is complex and welcoming with fragrant notes of bread, chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruit. It is a full bodied beer with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. This smooth beer has a great balance of flavors; up front there are notes of sweet malts accompanied by some earth notes and some bread notes. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of chocolate and alcohol. It is a highly drinkable beer and a great substitute for food. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted pork, German sausages, or aged Swiss cheese.
ABV: 8% Color: Dark Brown/Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10