Total Score: 8.65/10
Well, well, Weltenburger – been a while since I’ve sampled your fine wares with Baroque looking dudes on the labels, Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock is no different – this guy even looks like he’s drunk a few Doppelbocks too. Ahhh, Doppelbocks, the double goats of the beer world – full of kick and malty character [not sure if that analogy works – are goats malty? They’re pretty salty, so it almost works]. I love a good Doppelbock – my fav is currently Weihenstephan’s Korbinian (Dallas… cheeky Besson reference there!). Korbinian is up there for me – I’ve got it ranked #16 in my personal top beers, that’s some fierce competition for Asam Bock, I don’t think it and the surly gent on the label will be bold enough to take the Doppelbock crown, but then again we never know and that’s why I do what I do.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stein.
A: Yep, that was a hard pour… sorry, this’ll take a while to go down – fortunately these reviews aren’t live. Colour is a clear deep molasses caramel with a nice classic German cappuccino foam head, tan colour, which stands tall and proud to my bemusement. 8/10.
S: Macerated figs, toffee and caramel provide the highlights of this heady and sweet aroma. Slight metallic note in there provides an unwarranted distraction. Hints of earthy tones and chestnut too. It’s a pretty damn tasty aroma (apart from the metallic note), however it’s more on the sweet side compared to Korbinian (which was more thick and bready in the aroma). 8/10.
T: Less macerated fig, more toffee/caramel/molasses from start to finish. Thankfully not as sweet as expected – the sweet/dry balance works well here. There’s a touch of smoke, and earthy/nutty tones leading towards the finish which has a slight tobacco leaf note. Not getting so much of the metallic character noted in the aroma, however sweet flavours generally drown out metal ones, so I’m guessing that’s what has happened here. On par with Korbinian flavourwise, most impressive. 9/10.
M: Not quite Korbinian here though – body is just a touch thinner – still medium bodied, and it gets denser as the carbonation flattens out, though Korbinian is a bit creamier there. 8/10.
D: Weltenburger Kloster have put up a really top Doppelbock, though they fall short of Korbinian, this is still an enjoyable brew. Very toffee/caramel/molasses-centric, so if you like those flavours here’s your boy 😉 9/10.
Food match: Münchner Weißwurst mit pretzel und senf, ja hündinnen!