BJCP Style 5: Bock
Examples: Paulaner Salvator, Spaten Optimator, Eyinger Celebrator
Serving Temp: 45°- 50°
Glassware: Flute, Pilsner, Snifter, Stein (small) or Tulip.
Aroma: Little to no hop aroma but a very strong malt presence that can be toasty or even a caramelly.
Appearance: Pours clear, copper to brown with red highlights and a large pillowy off-white head that may dissipate quickly due to the elevated ABV.
Flavor: There is nothing but malt sweetness in a doppelbock. These will be rich and complex with toast, caramel and sometimes even dark fruits. Spicy noble hops and alcohol try to balance the sweetness in this malt-balanced beer.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with average to low carbonation, alcohol warmth and smooth.
Food Pairings: Cuisine: German, Meat: pork, game. Cheese: earthy (camembert, fontina). Dessert: rich and spicy.
HopHeadSaid: Doppelbocks are bocks on steroids! These are definitely sipping beers and should be consumed in small quantities. The character of any beer changes as it warms but this style is perhaps the best example. Taste this beer right after you take from the fridge, don’t let it warm. Pour it into a snifter or a tulip glass and wrap your hands around the glass to warm it. Pay attention to how the beer’s character changes from prickly carbonation with little malt character to smooth, rich malt flavors and a pleasant alcohol warming sensation.