Dec 14, 2012

Schloss Eggenberg Doppelbock Dunkel

Along with the bottle of their Samichlaus Helles that I reviewed the other day, I also picked up a bottle of Schloss Eggenberg’s more “pedestrian” Doppelbock Dunkel. This beer may be less potent at 8.5% ABV, but it is no less flavorful than it’s big brothers.

As far as doppelbocks go, there are many that I have thoroughly enjoyed throughout the years — my favorite being that of the goat clad Celebrator. This brew from Eggenberg isn’t quite up there at the same level, but man is it tasty. It’s earthy, malty character is just in line with how I like my doppelbocks and with its amped up alcohol content, it’s just right for warming up on a Winter’s night.


This brew pours a dark, dark brown with a large, light tan head that dropped slowly, leaving behind decent lacing along the inside of the glass.


Raisin, wheat, grains, a light toast and malt sweetness fill the nose with a welcoming aroma. There’s not much of an alcohol presence on the nose initially, though it does present itself a bit more as the beer warms.


This is a tasty beer with just enough sweetness (without approaching a cloying level) to match the earthy character of the malts. Dark fruits, wheat and a light toast fill the mouth from start to the wonderfully lingering finish. The alcohol is there, but not in any fashion to distract and only adds to the drinking experience. For such a big beer, it certainly goes down smoothly.


I love the earthy character to this beer. It, coupled with the moderate sweetness, really makes for a great seasonly brew. Warming and full flavored, this doppelbock will definitely be seeing more shelf time in my fridge over the next couple of months.

Rating: 4/5

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