What Is a Doppelbock Beer (and What Makes It a Double)?

Think you could substitute lunch for a beer? Apparently, you can with a Doppelbock. And it’s what Paulaner monks did during Lenten season. So…meal replacement? Maybe so. But it’s not the only good thing about a Doppelbock beer.  
What Is a Doppelbock Beer?

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“The more you drink, the holier!” That’s what Paulaner monks would say in the 1600s after brewing a Doppelbock.

Strong beer? Nah. Strong lager? Think again. Big strong beer? Spot on. A Doppelbock is one of Germany’s biggest beers, and after one sip, it’s easy to see why. Curious? Keep reading.

What Kind of Beer Is a Doppelbock?

You’ve heard about an IPA, right? Which means you’ve probably stumbled on a Double IPA too, correct? For refresher’s sake, a Double IPA (DIPA) is an intensely hoppy beer with double the amounts of well…everything. Malt, hops, and alcohol content.

A Doppelbock is almost the same as a DIPA. Take note of the “almost.” Minus the hops and malt, a Doppelbock has higher alcohol content than a traditional Bock.

You’re getting a ton of malty sweet goodness in a Doppelbock with toasty notes. Some versions will have caramel, toffee, and chocolate notes included. Fruity esters or flavors like prune or raisin may also be present.

But if you’re looking for the classic definition and what was traditionally brewed, then…

A Doppelbock is a “meal in a glass”. Is that possible? It certainly was for Paulaner monks in the 1600s. Drink a Doppelbock today and you’ll immediately know it’s a full-bodied, rich, and malty lager.

Its appearance also ranges from copper to dark brown. But take note. Some Doppelbocks will have a pale color.

If a brewer uses lighter malt like Pilsner malt, for example, you end up with a paler version of a Doppelbock. But even though it’s lighter in appearance, don’t judge a beer by its color.

Either way, a Doppelbock is a Doppelbock. And that means it’s going to be hella strong. Malt-bomb strong.

What Does Doppelbock Mean in German?

Doppelbock translates to “double beer” and it’s no surprise seeing as how it’s one of Germany’s biggest beers today.

When the style first emerged in the 1600s, Paulaner monks called it “liquid bread.” Why? For one, monks were very strict when it came to their fasting period. During Lenten season, monks were required to fast for a total of 44 days.

The longest period of which was the 46-day stint of Lent. As a result, the monks made a beer that would help sustain their fasting period and also acted as a meal replacement.

That “meal replacement” was none other than the Doppelbock. Because it nourished and sustained their bodies and souls during this period, it came to bear the name “liquid bread.”

In fact, Paulaner monks believed that drinking liquids cleansed both the body and soul. And so, these holy monks drank copious amounts of Doppelbock and preached, saying:

“The more you drink, the holier!”

What Is the Difference Between Bock and Doppelbock?

A Doppelbock is the stronger version of a traditional Bock. Think of it this way. If you could power up a Bock and add more oomph to it with more malt and ABV, you get a Doppelbock.

Does that mean a Doppelbock has more hops? Not at all.

Bocks are all about rich malty flavors, so hops in any Bock should be faint or restrained. Traditional Bocks have ABVs between 6% to 7%.

Doppelbocks will have an ABV between 7% to 12%. However, there are some that go as high as 14%! If you thought a traditional Bock was malty and strong, a Doppelbock is even more malty and stronger.

What Does a Double Bock Beer Taste Like?

Of course, maltiness is the dominant flavor profile here, specifically fresh, toasted malt. Imagine toasted bread. Now, imagine fresh, toasted bread.

Delicious, right? But that’s not all. A Doppelbock will also taste sweet, but not too sweet that it becomes as sweet as candy.

Candied beer? What do you think that would taste like? Not too good presumably.

Although most Doppelbocks have a malty, toasted flavor, you might also taste toffee, chocolate, or caramel in some versions. However, toffee, caramel, and chocolate notes only take a secondary role. It’s not meant to dominate the flavor profile.

And finally, a Doppelbock might also have dark fruity flavors like raisin or plum.

Is Doppelbock a Lager or an Ale?

Bocks belong to the lager family, and that includes your Doppelbock. Other members like Maibock, traditional Bock, Eisbock, and Dunkles Bock are all lagers.

Now, you might be wondering…what about a Weizenbock? You’re looking at the black sheep of the family. Or put simply, the wheat version of a Bock brewed with an ale yeast strain.

Is a Doppelbock a Wheat Beer?

By tradition, a Doppelbock is not a wheat beer. Back in the day, a Doppelbock was brewed with 1/3 wheat and 2/3 dark kilned barley malt.

Even if wheat is part of the grain bill, that doesn’t make it a wheat beer. Your grain bill needs to have at least 50% wheat for a beer to be considered a wheat beer. In addition, wheat beers are cloudy in appearance. A Doppelbock, on the other hand, has a clear appearance.

Traditionally speaking, Doppelbocks rely more on Munich, Carafa, or CaraMunich malts. These malts add malt complexity and impart a darker color.

However, innovation has led to a couple of variations of a Doppelbock. One such variation is Aventinus wheat Doppelbock. This Doppelbock wheat beer has toffee, caramel, chocolate, banana, and clove flavor notes.

Despite being a wheat beer, the aroma didn’t have the typical aroma of a wheat beer. Instead, it had more Bock-like aromas leaning towards caramel. Even with a lot more wheat added to this beer, it was still malt-centric overall.

What Is a Wheat Doppelbock?

A wheat Doppelbock is literally as the name says: a Doppelbock + wheat. If anything, a major change in this style would probably be…

  1. Yeast strain to impart fruity esters similar to clove or banana
  2. More wheat in the grain bill

The base malt shouldn’t vary so much in a wheat Doppelbock. That means your typical base malts like Pilsner, Munich, Vienna, and CaraMunich are all standard options.

As mentioned in the earlier section, Aventinus wheat Doppelbock is one example of a wheat Doppelbock. Sly Fox Brewing Company also offers a Hefeweizen Doppelbock.

Now, is a wheat Doppelbock cloudy in appearance? Most likely. After all, a wheat Doppelbock is unfiltered since it’s part of the style of wheat beer.

What Is a Helles Doppelbock?

Don’t let the word “Helles” confuse you. A Helles Doppelbock is still, in essence, a Doppelbock. The only difference? The type of malt/grain used.

Because a different malt is used, you might get a lighter or darker appearance as a result. Doppelbocks actually come in 2 versions: a paler version and a darker version.

The darker version is a style you might be more familiar with. It has a dark brown appearance with a malty, toasty flavor profile and light caramel or toffee flavor notes.

The paler version will also have a malty, toasty flavor profile. But what’s different is the use of Pilsner malt instead of the standard Munich and Vienna malts.

So where does a Helles Doppelbock come in? Think of a Maibock first. Another name for a Maibock is a Helles Maibock.

A Maibock is malty just like most Bock beers are. However, the main difference is that the hops in a Maibock shine through slightly more.

That means there’s more hoppiness in a Maibock but not to the extent that it’s a hoppy Bock. The result is a dry, crisp, and slightly hoppier Bock.

Think of a Helles Doppelbock as a combination of a Doppelbock and a Maibock. You’re still getting the malt-centric flavors but what’s different is…

  1. It’s paler in appearance due to the use of Pilsner malt
  2. It’s dry and hoppier than a Doppelbock

What Is a Doppelbock Dunkel?

Doppelbock Dunkel is a Doppelbock brewed by the brewery Klosterbrauerei Andechs. In fact, it’s a world-famous Bock and Andech’s trademark.

Guess where it’s from. Bavaria’s Holy Mountain. And here’s what makes it even more interesting.

Doppelbock Dunkel is made by a centuries-old Benedictine brewing tradition. Wait – did you say Benedictine?

Surprised?

Doppelbock Dunkel is brewed by Benedictine monks at Andechs monastery. The best way to drink it? Savor each sip slowly.

As for its flavor notes, you can tell without a doubt it’s a Doppelbock because of its velvety, malty, robust body. Not to mention, there’s a discernible sweetness along with roasted cocoa notes and a light bitter hoppiness.

Aroma-wise, you get soft roasted accents with a hint of caramel and subtle dried fruit flavors. It also finishes strong with a lingering semisweet chocolate note.

No wonder Doppelbock Dunkel is a world-famous Bockbier. The description alone is enough to get anyone’s wallet hungry.

Be careful, though. This Doppelbock packs a punch. At 7.1% ABV, it’s definitely a Bock.

What Is Chocolate Doppelbock Beer?

Double chocolate beer. Wouldn’t that be a beer worth trying? However, Chocolate Doppelbock beer isn’t an official Bock style. But it exists, and the style depends on the brewery that made it.

There are several breweries that manufacture Chocolate Doppelbock beer. These breweries include the following:

  • Toboggan Chocolate Doppelbock by Susquehanna Brewing Co.
  • Count Bockula by Chrononaut Brewing Co.
  • Chocolate Doppelbock by Lucky Girl Brewing Company
  • Chocolate Raisin Doppelbock by Cape Cod Beer

See – here’s the thing about Chocolate Doppelbock. Think of it as an innovative or added spin to a Doppelbock. Of course, you can already tell that the flavor notes would be chocolate. There’s no doubt chocolate malt is part of the grain bill.

In fact, a Doppelbock can have chocolate malt but it’s not necessary for a Doppelbock’s original style.

As mentioned previously, every Chocolate Doppelbock style varies. For example, the Toboggan Chocolate Doppelbock is brewed with the following ingredients:

  • Cocoa
  • Crystal malt
  • Munich malt
  • Chocolate malt
  • Hallertau hops

For Count Bockula, the malt and hops used are different as well:

  • German Munich
  • CaraMunich
  • Midnight wheat
  • Floor-Malted Pilsner
  • Brown Sugar
  • Count Chocula cereal
  • Saaz hops
  • Tettnang hops

What’s interesting about Count Bockula is that it takes inspiration from the Chocula cereal.

As you can see, a Chocolate Doppelbock is more of an added spin or twist to a Doppelbock. The same goes for Chocolate Raisin Doppelbock by Cape Cod Beer. They used chocolate malt along with raisins to add earthy fruitiness.

This earthy fruitiness balances the roasted dark cacao nibs that give a Doppelbock its chocolatey flavor. Ultimately, a Chocolate Doppelbock is a Doppelbock that uses chocolate malt along with your typical malts for the style:

  • Munich malt
  • Vienna malt
  • Pilsner malt
  • CaraMunich malt

How Is Double Bock Beer Made?

A Double Bock beer or Doppelbock is a lager, so first and foremost, a diacetyl rest is vital in the brewing process.

As with all lagers, a diacetyl rest is an extra step during fermentation to remove any off-putting flavors in your beer. However, making a Doppelbock isn’t so simple that a diacetyl rest will give you a great Bock beer.

Brewing a Doppelbock is tough if you don’t pay attention to things like…

  • Yeast strain
  • Malt choice
  • Terminal gravity
  • Fermentation temp
  • Mash and sparge temp
  • Hop selection

High-quality malt is the key to brewing an excellent Doppelbock. Fortunately, the malt nowadays is so refined that you won’t even have trouble performing a single infusion mash.

Back in the day, brewing a Doppelbock involved a decoction mash. What is decoction mash?

In a nutshell, you remove a portion of your mash, then boil it in a separate container/vessel. From there, you mix it back into your original mash.

A decoction mash was traditionally used to extract the most out of your malt. So, you’re probably wondering, why don’t a lot of brewers do this? For one, malt was less modified before. In effect, a single infusion mash wasn’t enough to get the most out of your malt.

Second, some brewers feel decoction mashing is a waste of time and energy. But other brewers disagree. After all, there are a lot of benefits of performing a decoction mash, such as:

  • Higher melanoidin production
  • Increased yield
  • Increased removal of DMS or dimethyl sulfide

Either way, whichever you choose is fine. A single infusion mash is more than enough to get the most out of your malt because of how well-modified malt is today.

But if you prefer to do a decoction mash, don’t worry, you’ll learn more about that in this guide.

What Is Doppelbock Made of?

As mentioned earlier, the key to a great Doppelbock is good malt. For any Bock beer, the bulk of your grain bill should be German Munich malt. Or preferably, any low-protein malt with less than 11.5% protein.

Why is malt so important in a Doppelbock? Mainly because a Bock is all about malt flavor. You can tell it’s a good Doppelbock because of its clean maltiness, rich bready body, and dominant malt profile.

Doppelbocks also keep specialty malts to a minimum. The same goes for your hops. Ultimately, a good Doppelbock is made of the following:

  1. Low-protein or European malt (Example: Munich malt)
  2. Healthy yeast strain
  3. Low-alpha acid hop varieties (Example: Hallertau)

How to Brew a Doppelbock

When brewing a Doppelbock, let the malt do most of the talking. Munich and Pilsner malts are great options if it’s your first time brewing a Doppelbock.

You can add some caramel and roasted malt as well, but both should be kept to a minimum. Why? Too much caramel malt isn’t going to end well for a Doppelbock. It’s worth noting that caramel malts have a tendency to be astringent.

65% Munich malt and 35% Pilsner malt make a great grain bill to start with. You can even add chocolate malt to give it a light chocolate note. However, chocolate malt should make up only 2% of your total grain bill. Here’s a sample grain bill for a Doppelbock:

  • Munich malt: 9 lbs. (4.1 kg)
  • Pilsner malt: 4.5 lbs. (2.04 kg)
  • Chocolate malt: 2 oz. (57 g)

CaraMunich malt is also a good option. This will add some malt complexity and color to your Doppelbock. 10% CaraMunich should be sufficient. So, for example, if you wanted to brew a traditional Doppelbock, a good grain bill to start with could be…

  • 2-row Munich malt: 11 lbs. (4.9 kg)
  • Pils malt: 3 lbs. (1.4 kg)
  • CaraMunich malt: 2 lbs. (~1 kg)

If you want to add more Munich to your Doppelbock, feel free to do so. You can have between 50% to 75% of Munich malt in your grain bill. As for Pils malt, 15% to 40% is viable. And lastly, keep your CaraMunich to 10% or less. This might look like…

  • 2-row Munich malt: 12 lbs. (5.4 kg)
  • Pils malt: 2 lbs. (907 g)
  • CaraMunich malt: 1 lb. (454 g)

Does Double Bock Have Hops?

A Double Bock will have hops, but these will all be low alpha acid varieties. You don’t want hops that add a strong bitterness to your Bock like Chinook or Centennial. Instead, opt for Noble hop varieties like:

  • Saaz
  • Spalt
  • Tettnanger
  • Hallertauer Mittelfruh
  • Styrian Golding
  • Northern Brewer
  • Perle
  • Magnum

Personally, Perle, Magnum, Tettnanger, and Hallertauer are excellent hop options to use for a Doppelbock. Finally, keep your IBU low like in the lower 20 IBU levels. Bitterness isn’t a defining quality in a Bock.

What Yeast to Use in a Doppelbock?

First off, choose a yeast strain with good attenuation and low diacetyl. Yeast strains with low diacetyl will make the diacetyl rest a lot easier on your part.

In addition, don’t choose a yeast strain with crisp or dry characteristics. You’ll want yeast with maltier characteristics to complement the maltiness of your Doppelbock.

For a Doppelbock, go with Munich, Bavarian, or Bohemian yeast strains, such as:

  • Wyeast 2124
  • Wyeast 2206
  • White Labs 820 or 830
  • White Labs 838
  • Wyeast 2308
  • White Labs 920

Either of the yeast strains listed above will work well with a Doppelbock. Don’t forget to keep your yeast healthy. Unhealthy yeast even with the freshest hops and highest-quality malt will still ruin your beer.

Finally, pitch your yeast at a temperature between 46°F to 48°F (8°C to 9°C). Remember, you’re brewing a lager so the yeast should be bottom-fermented in colder temperatures.

What Mashing Temp to Use for a Doppelbock?

If you’re doing a single infusion mash, maintain the temperature between 152°F to 155°F (67°C to 68°C). Make sure to add your hops 60 minutes into the boil. If you want to add more hops, you can add them with 20 minutes left in your boil.

But, remember. A Doppelbock shouldn’t have a high IBU. 17 to 22 IBU for a Doppelbock should be fine.

After your mash has rested for 60 minutes, collect the runoff until you hit a final gravity of 1.020.

This is important. If your final gravity goes above 1.020, you might end up with a Doppelbock with cloying sweetness. In other words, you’ll have a lot of residual sweetness.

In the previous sections, there’s a reason why CaraMunich malt was added to your grain bill. Mainly to help you achieve a good final gravity without having too much residual sweetness in the end.

If you plan to do a decoction mash, the process will be different. Keep your mash thin, so about 3.5 parts water to 1 part grain. The process is as follows:

  1. Start with a mash temp of 120°F (48.9°C) for 15 minutes.
  2. Then, raise the temperature to 144°F (62.2°C) and maintain it for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove 1.2 gallons (4.5 L) of your mash.
  4. Heat the 1.2 gallons of mash to 158°F (70°C).
  5. Maintain the temperature for 15 minutes, and then bring it to a boil.
  6. Let it boil for minutes and at the same time, stir your mash.
  7. Place mash back into the original mash and maintain a temperature of 158°F (70°C).
  8. Maintain the temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Remove 1.2 gallons of your mash again.
  10. Boil the 1.2 gallons of your mash for 15 minutes and stir your mash while boiling.
  11. Place mash back into the original mash and stabilize the temperature at 170°F (76.7°C). This will be your mash-out.
  12. Transfer mash to lauter tun.
  13. Collect wort.
  14. Cool wort to 46°F (8°C), then rack your clear wort.

In a decoction mash, make sure to add your hops in when there are 60 minutes left in the boil. Try to aim for a final gravity of 1.070. Once you sparge, you’ll know when to stop when your hydrometer reads around 1.022 to 1.025.

How Do You Ferment a Doppelbock?

When fermenting a Doppelbock, slow and steady give you the best results. Start your fermentation temperature between 47°F to 50°F (8°C to 10°C). Then, 3 to 4 days after you pitched your yeast, slowly raise the fermentation temperature.

A good rule of thumb is to increase it by 1°F (0.5°C) per day. This should allow you to hit the 60°F (15.6°C) temperature mark in about 10 to 12 days. Then, leave your fermented wort at the same temperature for another 2 weeks.

If you’re doing fermentation after a decoction mash, start at a lower temperature between 46°F to 48°F (8°C to 9°C). Then, let the temperature freely rise to 52°F (11°C). Maintain a temperature of 52°F for 2 to 4 days, then bring the temperature down to 42°F (5.6°C).

After, rack off any settled yeast and maintain a temperature of 42°F for 2 to 3 weeks. Lastly, bring the temperature down to 32°F (0°C) and hold the temperature for 8 weeks minimum. Remember: the longer, the better.

How Long to Lager a Doppelbock?

Fermentation for a lager usually lasts between 2 to 4 weeks. But when it comes to lagering, the minimum is about 4 to 6 months at a temperature between 30F (-1°C) to 32F (0°C).

However, this depends on the homebrewer.

Some might lager for a good 6 to 8 weeks then bottle. Other brewers will stick to the bare minimum of lagering for 8 weeks. Others follow the general guideline for lagering, which is 1 week per 1-degree plato.

You can use a free online Plato/SG table for this. The way it works is if you had an original gravity of 1.070, that would give you roughly a 17-degree plato.

Since the general guideline is 1 week per 1-degree plato, you’re looking at 17 weeks or 4 months.

Can You Age a Doppelbock?

Aging Bock beer in general isn’t too farfetched of an idea. After all, lagers are a type of beer that takes time to mature, hence the long lagering period of 4 to 6 months.

Compared to other beers like an IPA, for example, aging one wouldn’t be a good idea. It mostly boils down to the hops. More hops used in the brew mean a shorter shelf life.

For a Doppelbock, it’s definitely worth a shot. You can age it but if it already has a good malt profile and flavor after lagering, there’s no need to either.

Ultimately, aging a Doppelbock is more of a personal preference or experimental approach. However, the maximum number of years for aging a Doppelbock would be 2 to 3 years.

How Long Does a Doppelbock Last?

A Doppelbock should last fairly long given it’s stored properly. By “stored properly”, that means

  1. It was stored in a fridge or at cold temperatures
  2. It wasn’t exposed to sunlight or kept on a beer shelf where sunlight would directly hit it
  3. It was packaged properly so that oxygen doesn’t leak into the bottle

If a Doppelbock was stored in optimal conditions, then it should last for 2 to 3 years. However, by the 2-year mark, you should notice a difference in its flavor.

Once a Doppelbock reaches 2 years of storage, expect some degradation in the beer. But generally speaking, it’s best not to let a Doppelbock even go past 6 months after it’s bottled.

If it was brewed with roasted malts, then it may last longer because roasted malt can improve the shelf life. But overall, that would also depend on how it was stored and how much roasted malt was used.

Now, this is not to say though that if a Doppelbock goes past its expiration date, then it’s completely bad. To a certain extent, a Doppelbock will be bad. But not bad enough to kill you. It’s bad in the sense that the taste might be musty or off-putting.

Other possible changes to the beer include the following:

  1. Any hops that were part of the Doppelbock will fade away
  2. The alcohol will mix/meld with the maltiness – it won’t taste good

How Do You Drink Double Bocks?

There’s no specific way to drink a Doppelbock. Either from the bottle or glass, both should still taste great. However, if you want the full experience of drinking one, get either of these glasses:

  1. Pilsner
  2. Tulip
  3. Mug
  4. Stange

A mug might seem off or even weird to drink a Doppelbock in, however…

If you’ve been to Andechs Monastery, the Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel is served in a half-liter dimpled mug. In fact, a Tulip glass is best for enhancing particular yeast notes, so for a Doppelbock, it’s not exactly as beneficial.

Either way, a mug is more than enough to enjoy a Doppelbock.

Do You Drink Doppelbock Cold?

You’re free to drink a Doppelbock cold. Some Doppelbocks will have a specific serving temperature. For example, a Doppelbock Dunkel is best served at 45°F (7°C) to 48°F (9°C).

Other Doppelbocks might have different serving temperatures. Some might be served at warmer temperatures and others at colder temperatures.

However, the general rule of thumb is to drink a Doppelbock warm. Yes – warm. And that’s because beers with a fuller body and higher ABV taste better warmer. How warm? That’s what you’ll find out in the next section.

What Temperature Do You Drink Doppelbock?

The best serving temperature to drink a Doppelbock is between 55°F to 60°F (13°C to 16°C). Now, it’s not exactly warm, but compared to the serving temps of other beer styles, it is.

For better understanding, here’s a list of serving temperatures for different beer styles:

Serving Temperature Beer Styles
35°F to 40°F (2°C to 4°C) Most light lagers
40°F to 45°F (4°C to 7°C) Munich Helles, Kolsch, wheat beer, Czech and German Pilsners
45°F to 50°F (7°C to 10°C) American pale ales, Stouts, IPAs, Porters
50°F to 55°F (10°C to 13°C) Sour ales, Bocks, Scottish ales, Belgian ales, English bitters and milds
55°F to 60°F (13°C to 16°C) Imperial stouts, Doppelbocks, Barleywines, Belgian strong ales

Here’s something to remember as well:

  • If the beer has a light body and low ABV or alcohol content, it tastes better cold
  • If the beer has a full body and higher ABV or alcohol content, it tastes better warm

How Do You Serve a Doppelbock?

You can serve a Doppelbock at a temperature between 55°F to 60°F (13°C to 16°C) in any of the following glasses:

  1. Tulip
  2. Mug
  3. Stange
  4. Pilsner

Nevertheless, serve your Doppelbock however you want to. If you prefer to serve it at a colder temperature, go for it. If you’re more comfortable drinking from a Tulip glass rather than a mug, that’s perfectly fine too.

At the end of the day, don’t let anyone tell you you’re drinking your beer the wrong way. There’s nothing wrong if you prefer a Doppelbock cold or warm.

And it’s harmless to drink from a mug as is to drink straight from the bottle. Bottoms up. Cheers!

What Food Goes With Doppelbock?

A lot of food goes well with a Doppelbock. Hearty dishes like beef stew or braised meat are great food pairings with a Doppelbock. Even something simple like roasted vegetable pairs well too. In fact, some even use a Doppelbock to cook food!

But it’s challenging too. The flavors of a Doppelbock can easily overwhelm a dish and even add too much sweetness. However, it’s still worth the experiment.

Other great food pairings with a Doppelbock include the following:

  • Gamey meats (boar, duck, venison, or goose)
  • Charcuterie
  • Cheese – especially aged ones
  • Mexican dishes
  • Potatoes
  • Pork
  • Prosciutto

Even better, try pairing your meat with a fruity or tangy sauce along with your Doppelbock. And if you’re still up for dessert, get anything with a cream custard or chocolate element.

Who Makes Doppelbock Beer?

There are several breweries today that make Doppelbock beer, such as:

  • Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammer
  • Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
  • Paulaner Brauerei
  • Samuel Adams Boston Beer Company
  • Dark Horse Brewing Company
  • Bell’s Brewery
  • Victory Brewing Company
  • Troegs Brewing Company
  • Fish Brewing Company
  • Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
  • Brasserie Vrooden
  • Sun King Brewing Company
  • Spaten Franziskaner-Brau
  • Kansas City Bier Company
  • Paulaner Brauerei Munchen

Now, take note. This isn’t the complete list of breweries that make Doppelbock. There are a ton of breweries today – even small-scale breweries – that brew Doppelbocks.

Where to Buy Doppelbock Beer

You’ll find a lot of stores online that sell Doppelbock beer, such as:

  • Totalwine
  • Drizly
  • Beermenus
  • Craftshack
  • Beerbay
  • gotoLiquorStore

It’s worth checking out each online store if you have a specific Doppelbock in mind. For example, gotoLiquorStore will have the following Doppelbocks:

  • Paulaner Salvator
  • Spaten Optimator
  • Mikkeller Frelser
  • Ayinger Celebrator
  • Troegs Trogenator
  • Rockwell Foeder
  • EKU 28

Craftshack, on the other hand, will have a different lineup, such as:

  • Aventinus Weizen Doppelbock Schneider Weisse
  • Tired Hands Trendler Doppelbock
  • Jackie O’s Convex Refraction Bock

If you can’t find your preferred Doppelbock on any of these sites, try Untappd. It’s one of the best places to find beer in your area.

Apart from that, you get a lot of insight into where else you can buy beer in different states.

Where to Buy Sam Adams Double Bock

The best place to buy Sam Adams Double Bock is on the Samuel Adams website itself. It’s all about getting the best quality, right? And what better place is there than the brewery itself.

Alternatively, you can buy Sam Adams Double Bock in these online stores:

  • Bevmo
  • Saucey
  • Haskells
  • Beermenus
  • Instacart

You can also use Taphunter to find where to buy Sam Adams Double Bock in your area. It’s convenient and easy to use.

What Is the Best Doppelbock?

The best Doppelbock is all about clean maltiness. And of course, there’s enough sweetness paired with brain-tickling alcohol strength to get you going for another sip.

Balance matters in a Doppelbock. And while rich maltiness is a superb quality, it shouldn’t be the only flavor note. That said, here are the best Doppelbocks that embrace balance, maltiness, drinkability, and strength:

Best Doppelbock Brewery
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock Ayinger Privatbrauerei
Weihenstephaner Korbinian Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Brauerei Heller-Trum
Salvator Doppel Bock Paulaner Brauerei Munchen
Troegenator Double Bock Troegs Independent Brewing
Hoppin’ Frog Frogichlaus Hoppin Frog Brewery
Vrooden Ur-Bock Signature Brasserie Vrooden Brewery
Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
KC Bier Winterbock Kansas City Bier Company
Les Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock LTM – Les Trois Mousquetaires
Duck-Rabbator Doppelbock Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Dominator Doppelbock Sun King Brewing Company
Samuel Adams Double Bock Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
Wobblor Crooked Lane Brewing
Spectator On Tour Brewing Company
Double Vision Doppelbock Grand Teton Brewing Company
Samichlaus Classic Bier Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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