October 2008

Gadd's Sixpack

By: David Gadd

With the arrival of autumn, serious beer drinkers get down to business with authentic German doppelbocks

Weihenstephaner Korbinian
A saintly signature double bock from the world's oldest brewery, with history dating back to St. Corbinian in 725 AD. It's now operated as the official state brewery of Bavaria. An unctuous, urgently downable brew the color of a mahogany piano, with dry, chewy malty notes and heady floral overtones.

Paulaner Salvator
At Paulaner they’ve been doing beer right since 1634, and their world-class doppelbock is brewed today from a recipe unchanged since the 1770s. Luscious with buxom malt flavors and a slippery mouthfeel, this is the holy bruiser that started the trend of giving doppelbocks names ending with -ator.

Ayinger Celebrator
Black as a night alone in the woods. The obscure, nocturnal flavors are brightened somewhat by a thread of acidity that leads the way out of the forest, by way of chocolate frosting and malt ball flavors. As dense, mysterious and delicious as a Grimm fairytale.

Allgäuer Brauhaus Cambonator

A dark double bock from the scenic Allgäu district of Bavaria. The heavily-perfumed floral nose alone is enough to knock your lederhosen off, but just wait . . . . Unbelievably opulent flavors of licorice, incense (myrrh?), cola and chocolate-covered cherries. A beer of Byzantine complexity.

Aktien-Brauerai St. Martin
This gemütlich Bavarian doppelbock could almost be confused with a homespun English porter, so rich and chocolatey is it. Notes of cocoa, Ovaltine and malt play in a sweet-but-somber key on the palate and lead into a long, Wagnerian finish.

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