Andechser Dopplebock Dunkel
Brewery: Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Color: deep mahogany
Head: rocky, tan
Nose: rich malt, slight caramel
Body: full, medium-carbonation
Palate: richly malty with roast creeping in, underlying hops add just a bit of bitterness
Finish: long, bittersweet
Served: on tap at the brewery’s Bräustüberl in Andechs
Impression: This is one of the Dopplebocks people want to try and it was one of my first. There’s certainly no better place to do it than at the brewery’s atmospheric Bräustüberl after climbing the hill to get there. It’s an impressive looking bock, with a massive tan head that thins but lasts. It’s deceptively strong at 7% and though you can get a half-liter, it just feels better drinking it from a liter mug. It’s rich malt all the way, with some dried fruit and caramel creeping in. There’s some roast to even things out and just enough hops to make it moreish. It goes incredibly well with their homemade Obazn, a cheese spread that make their already amazing pretzels that much more amazing.
This is one of my favorite dark beers in southern Bavaria but my favorite beers hail from Franconia.