I love this beer. I love everything about it. From the packaging through to the last drop, the whole package feels authentic and satisfying.
Pour is an amazing, garnet color with absolute clarity. Copper notes hits when the light bounces off it beautifully. Head is well formed, but dissipates pretty quickly. Small ring of foam is retained on the edges, but little lace on the glass. Head and its retention might be the weakest part of the beer.
Nose is all that you would expect with a rich, malt bomb promised … and then, in the tastes … it delivers. Of course it does. Why wouldn’t it? One of things I love most about German beers as a group, is that they almost always deliver exactly what they say they will. Some of this is connected to the culture being tied to the Reinheitsgebot (even if there are beers that don’t necessarily adhere to it completely), there’s an understanding in the culture that people want what they said they want, and what they have paid for. Any those people understand beer and its place in the daily life of folk.
The beer is actually very light in the mouth, noticeably so for the style. That might be a detractor for some, I would understand that, but of course the easy feel conversely adds to the drinkability greatly. Sweet? Yes, sure, it’s supposed to be, that’s the style dumbass. The requisite, simple caramel notes roll around the finish too.
Sweet malts hit with a barrage, but the back end is sharp and bitter with what feel like (but might not actually be), a noble hop bite. Simple malty alcohol, with the aforementioned pleasing bitter bite in the back end being noticeable and delicious. Plenty of brown bread and light brown sugar which is to say, this is a genuine Doppelbock. Yeah this is that.
I may have said that I love this beer earlier, because I do. If you understand anything about beer, you should love it as well.