Doppelbock, or “Double Bock”, is a Bavarian lager beer first brewed by the monks of St. Francis of Paula. As the name suggests, they are stronger than typical Bocks, with an alcohol content ranging from 6% on the low end to some that are above 10%. Historic versions were on the lower range and were considered “liquid bread” by the monks. Most versions I have come across are dark amber to nearly black, but pale versions do exist. If you’re a malt fanatic, this is your beer. One significant trait of Doppelbocks are a thick, creamy persistent head, with stronger versions having impaired head retention, and can display noticeable “legs”.
As far as aroma goes, there is an expected strong maltiness with virtually no hop aroma and the presence of dark fruit as well as some roasty chocolate. A lot of doppelbocks have names ending in “-ator”, either as a tribute to the prototypical Salvator or to take advantage of the beer’s popularity.
Doppelbocks are hands-down my favorite lager, so this list, like my Christmas beer list, was difficult to compile. I may get a tongue lashing for not including the legendary Ayinger Celebrator here, and while I’ll admit it is an outstanding beer and a classic example of the style, these 5 for me, edged it out. You can’t go wrong with any of them, they are well worth seeking out.
Honorable mention (because I can):
Sly Fox Instigator
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