Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock

Reviewed by on March 19, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

  • Origin: Weltenburg, Germany

  • Rated On: March 19, 2015

  • Best Before: April 28, 2015

  • ABV: 6.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Doppelbocks are the stronger German lagers originally brewed by monks to aid them during their fasting periods, most prominently Lent.  The Weltenburg Abbey brewery’s version is also a dunkel, so we can expect some even bigger, more complex flavours.

This 500ml bottle pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely bubbly, and sort of creamy beige head, which leaves a few weak instances of seaspray webbed lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of lightly astringent caramel malt, a touch of butterscotch, dried, slightly vinous black fruit – prune and fig, mostly – damned near inert noble hops, and a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is much bigger, with a well-rounded caramel/toffee/bready malt backbone, still sturdy dark, well aged fruitiness, mild cellar mustiness, and earthy, kind of leafy hoppiness (like the ‘-ator’ trope for naming doppelbocks, this review is big on the ‘-iness’, it would appear). Any alcohol warming seems to have found an outside distraction, or something. The bubbles are there, sure, but quite verily hidden for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, no cracks, really, and with strong aspersions to creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt still obviously the star here, in conjunction with the fruity esters, to be sure, while the booze and hops sit bristling at the kids’ table.

Like wine pairings with food – I’m more of the opinion that you should drink and eat what you like, and just hope that they get along, with a few obvious caveats, such as this – a rather pleasant and drinkable doppelbock on a chilly early spring day – that’s what it’s all about.

Brady White



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