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Weihenstephaner Korbinian

Weihenstephaner Korbinian

Brewing as early as the 8th century, and in continuous operation since the 11th century, Weihenstephaner has had a few years to get things right. Doppelbocks, such as Korbinian , were originally brewed to help monks sustain themselves during times of fasting, so of course you would expect these to be especially tasty, and nutritious!

Korbinian pours a deep mahogany with ruby edges. The aroma is caramel and a hint of raisin. The first sip, and you know this is special. Remarkably smooth, full, and creamy, the caramel, dark chocolate, and toffee flavors completely coat the mouth. The hops make a bit of an appearance, but this is, as it should be, a beer that is all about the malt. The 7.4% ABV warms just a bit as it goes down.

Love this beer. Full of delicious flavor, creamy mouthfeel, nicely balanced with the hops. Flawless.

Grade: A

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Great Lakes The Doppelrock

Great Lakes The Doppelrock

I know it’s a bit late in the season for a doppelbock, but how can you go wrong with A) a doppelbock and 2) anything from Great Lakes?

Great Lakes The Doppelrock is a very exciting beer for me. One of my favorite styles from one of my favorite breweries. It starts like a doppelbock should, dark brown color and a big creamy head. The nose is basically just dark, sweet malt, but it’s huge.

Lots of dark sweet malt in the flavor, along with nuttiness and bittersweet chocolate. Almost no hop presence, but that’s fine with this style. A little bit of wood and alcohol warmth. Bit of a sweet and dry finish. And a very late sour hit.

This is one of those that’s great to drink or to sip and savor. Overall, an excellent beer. Very good example of the style.

Grade: A

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Paulaner Salvator

Paulaner Salvator

From another monastery, and one of the supreme styles of the example, here is Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock. Another substitute for food during lent, and translates to “Savior”. It can certainly save me!

Pours a fuzzy copper. More orange than brown with not much head at all. Smells of butterscotch and sweet bread. The taste is big, smooth, and creamy. Lots of butterscotch, but a bit of a sour bite in the finish. Some late alcohol and sweetness, too.

It’s quite good. I’d put it in the top tier of doppelbocks, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite.

By the way, the website listed on the label doesn’t exist. That has me a little worried.

Grade: B

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Troegs Brewing Troegenator

Troegenator

You’ve heard beer referred to as “liquid bread.” Doppelbocks are why. During times of fasting, monks would rely on stronger beers, like doppelbocks, for nutrition. I love them because they taste good! Troegs Brewing makes quite a tasty one with Troegenator.

A dark copper with ruby edges flows out of the bottled adorned with an interesting looking character set off with bushy white hair and a nasty set of horns. I assume he is The Troegenator. Smells like bread and spice. Not a lot of hops here, but I do get some sweet, toasty bread, some spice in the finish with a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. Not really bitter, and the 8.2% ABV is sneaky.

Compared to Celebrator, this is not as creamy and the mouthfeel isn’t as full, but the flavors are more assertive.

Troegs Brewing is based in Harrisburg, PA and this is the first I’ve had from them. But based on this and reading the brews on their website, I’m very interested in trying again.

Could I live on this if I had to? I’d certainly be willing to try!

Grade: A

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