Schloss Eggenberg Doppelbock Dunkel Review
Name: Doppelbock Dunkel
Brewery: Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
A Bock is a defined as a strong lager from Germany. Traditional bocks are sweet, relatively strong (6.3%–7.2% by volume), lightly hopped (20-27 IBUs) lager. The beer should be clear, and colour can range from light copper to brown, with a bountiful and persistent off-white head. A doppelbock is simply a stronger, more malty bock.
For those that don’t experiment with different beers I’ve found that bocks are a pretty safe jumping off point. They don’t have the extreme bitterness as (I)IPA’s but they still pack a lot of flavour and body. For this review I’m going to review a doppelbock that’s readily available from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a lovely dark reddish-brown with a small head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: The aroma on this one is a little complex. I definitely smell the malty sweetness coming through. This leads to bread/yeast and some sort of fruit, possibly figs or raisins. I don’t get any hop notes coming through
Taste: The first taste is very malty (as can be expected from a doppelbock). Within the sweetness of the malt I can taste figs and raisins as well as notes of nuts and yeast. The taste closely mimics the smell and once again I can’t detect any large amounts of hops. From what I’ve gathered the bitterness falls around the 17 IBU so I’m not surprised that the hops are lost.
Mouthfeel: I found this beer to have a small amount of carbonation but it still had a medium body. The finish is slightly dry and alcoholic but not in a bad way.
Drinkability: Coming in at 8.5% ABV this definitely isn’t a session beer. The sweetness from the malt isn’t overpowering and the dried fruit notes and dry, lingering finish adds to this beer.
This was one of my first Doppelbocks and the first beer I’ve tried from Schloss Eggenberg. While I’m more of a hophead, I appreciated the balance of this beer. While the hops aren’t noticeable the sweetness isn’t overpowering and doesn’t make your teeth hurt. The price tag also doesn’t hurt your wallet at only $2.85. I would definitely buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t experimented with different type of beers.