Bayern DoppelbockMay 1, 2001 Missoula, MT
Bayern Brewing Co.
Available: MT, WY, ID, WA
“Bayern” refers to the German state of Bavaria, home of the founder and brewmaster of Bayern Brewing Co., which specializes in German style lagers. This doppelbock is brewed with two row Herrington, Pale, Munich and German dunkel malts, and Hallertauer, German Perle and Czech Saaz hops.
Original gravity: 1072
A great warmer for a long winter night: dark, luscious, and just what your doctor would order. This beer is very well made and so rich that it is almost chewy with toffee-like goodness. A delightful and assertive brew with just the right kiss of hops. Montana's finest, and definitely worth a trip to that state.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer pours a deep reddish-brown and raises a tight-knit tan head. The aroma is malty with an almost fruity note reminiscent of marshmallows. On the palate, the beer is quite sweet, with the hops very much in the background. The malt flavors aren't concentrated though, and there are roast flavors showing through instead. The hops, hidden earlier, linger in the aftertaste. Though the label says brewed in the tradition of Bavarian brewmasters, this beer tastes more like a Scandinavian porter than a doppelbock. That said, it would be a nice beer to have with a stew.
- Garrett Oliver
Big, bubbly, creamy head. Ruby to dark brown color. Malty aroma with a hint of cinnamon. When first poured, this beer seems a little carbonic for the style. As it settles, it becomes smoother and slips down with deceptive ease. It seems quite light in body for the style. Quite a robust, toasty, balancing dryness. The late alcoholic warmth is the feature that most volubly says “doppelbock.”
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.