Bock? I'll Take a Double


I have a desk calendar at work called “365 Bottles of Beer for the Year”. I usually read the page each day and then rip it off and put it in a pile in my desk. Today, however, I was inspired to write about the beer on the page, as it’s one of my favorites: Troegs Troegenator Double Bock.

Troegs is one of my favorite breweries and happens to be a mere hour or so from my home (which is quite convenient). It also happens that Troegenator is my favorite of their standards (though Rugged Trail gives the Bock a run for it’s money). Here’s some of what my calendar has to say:

This is a voluptuous reddish-chocolate lager in the doppelbock style. It’s an explosion of malt, toffee, chocolate, and toasty sugars. Burnt sugar notes from a decadently long time in the kettle keep the caramel sweetness of the malt at bay. Hops are almost an afterthought…

Let’s break down what a doppelbock is a bit more before moving forward. German Beer Institute defines doppelbock:

Doppelbock (literally “double bock”) is a stronger and usually darker version of the Bavarian Bockbier. It is exceptionally malty, with very little bitterness. Standard Doppelbocks may have as much as 7% alcohol by volume. In the strongest versions (around 10 to 13%), you can actually taste the alcohol.

German purity laws dictate exactly what can and can’t be done in all beer styles, but American versions can take some liberty with ingredients, etc. That said, I am not a real brewer… I’m barely even a homebrewer… so I don’t know if Troegs sticks to the German standards; frankly, I don’t care. My calendar states that the recipe is “modeled after the classic Andechs doppelbock” and I’ll take the calendar’s word for it. Troegenator holds up against any of the German doppelbocks, such as the equally decadent Ayinger Celebrator, Paulaner Salvator, and Spaten Optimator. And, at 8.2% alcohol, Troegenator is a nice winter warmer, so now’s the time to get out and grab a case.

Here in Pennsylvania, it’s relatively easy to find. I can’t speak for Troegs’ availability anywhere else, though I expect the East Coast, especially the Northeast should have it at most distributors. Here are a few of the locations that I’d recommend picking up a case if you live in Southeastern PA (great selections of other stuff, too)

Radnor (Philly Burbs, near Villanova area)

The Beer Yard

King of Prussia (Philly Burbs, near the Mall)

Kunda Beverage

Pottstown (Halfway from Philly to Reading)

Frank A. Smith Beverages
(They have an awesome event called the Craft Beer Swap on Saturday, December 12th that features Troegs, as well as other faves of mine, Stoudt’s, Victory, and Lancaster – side note: PA have such great beer!)

Wernersville (15 miles West of Reading on 422)

South Mountain Beer


~ by thepaintedman on December 3, 2009.

2 Responses to “Bock? I'll Take a Double”

  1. It is really crazy that you wrote about this. I found you on bing and I had been searching for information about this. Nice site, thanks for the info. I will return to check for new entries

  2. Thanks for the spam Bette. Much love.

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