155. Monteith’s Doppelbock Winter Ale

Posted: August 29, 2012 in ale
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Monteith’s Doppelbock Winter Ale

Brewery info:
Monteith’s Brewing Co
Auckland, Timaru & Greymouth, NEW ZEALAND


Bottle size sampled: 330ml

Alcohol: 6%
Standard drinks: 1.6

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: ‘Monteith’s Doppelbock Winter Ale. This Bavarian ale’s full malty flavour is due to the crafting of four premium malts, delivering a voluptuous beer with a fiery-red hue‘.

What the label really means: I am all for voluptuousness! Bring it on I say. Volupt-away!

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Monteith’s do such excellent labels and this is really no exception. It’s staunch, and bold with a touch of playfulness in the font, emphasised with the curved label edge.  The dark purple works surprisingly well and seems to emanate a certain glow of warmth. They’ve kept it very simple and it just works.

I give it a label rating of 7.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  Delicious dark malty aromas are tickling my nasal cavities with the sweetest of intentions.

Taste: GLASS – The first thing I note when sipping this brew is just how deliciously smooth it is. It slides back with such ease that I am taking sip after sip in a vain attempt to keep some of this liquid in my mouth long enough to review. When I do, the second thing I note is that this is one fine chocolate, coffee, malt infused brew that is very warming. It has a strong, dry aftertaste and just a touch of bitterness. It’s a very enjoyable drop and far superior on many levels to last week’s reviewed winter brew.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – It’s good but not as great from the bottle. It becomes a little bubblier, losing that smooth edge. I also note that the bitterness increases and the complex malty notes fade into subtlety. 

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7 out of 10.

Song of choice: Try this alongside Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Hazy Shade of Winter

Accompanying food: Lamb…anything lamb [and I’m not just suggesting this because it’s a New Zealand brew]…with a selection of chargrilled vegies to sit along side it. Just for good measure.

Best season to appreciate: Definitely a Winter brew

All-nighter beer? I believe that all-night on this and you’d have a whopper headache the next day. But…it’s so deceptively smooth and enjoyable to drink that I’m willing to give it a go.

NEXT WEEK: Moo Brew Pale Ale

  1. Diddlysquat says:

    Great beer indeed, infact I’m loving everything to come from Monteiths at the moment including their apple cider.

    I did make the mistake of buying Winter Ale in slab form though and having a bit of a binge, unfortunately it loses its charm after several in a row. But in small quantities and with a meal its a real quality winter warmer.

    As a side note this was a difficult beer to obtain in early winter, I still remember with much amusement the crestfallen look on Radio Snivins face when he couldn’t locate some for his birthday. It seems to be widely available now and hope it remains so during summer as this will make a nice alternative to the usual summer lagers.


    • radiosnivins says:

      So, you’re a food matching expert now ‘ey, Diddly? Pff! You’ve never foozed whilst scoffing in your life. It’s one or t’other with you, as it is with me. Kipling said it best – ‘fooze is fooze, ‘n’ scoffs are scoffs, and never the twain shall meet.’ I really believe that…hic


      • radiosnivins says:

        At the risk of sounding like a flugelhorn self-tooter, not only is my above comment hilarious, it’s as accurate as a laser-guided Farouk. Doppelbocks were invented as food for Monks during fasts. So, stick, that in your wall cavity and smoke it out, Diddly. Hmmph!


      • Diddlysquat says:

        Powerful words Radio, powerful but false. I must call your attention to a review on this blog of a certain Cascade Stout. I do believe, and please correct me if I am mistaken, you recommended pork crackles as a fine accompaniment to this beer.
        Perhaps we can resolve this over a Monteith Winter Ale and a roast Lamb sandwich?


  2. radiosnivins says:

    I wholeonionly agree with you, ‘Kazoo. Yessirroo, I do. This stuff is a legitimate 60 kilometre’er. It’s my standout glug of the winter foozling carnival – last week’s being the worst – and, yes, it is potent, very potent – my penchant for waking up in wall cavities and meter boxes will attest to that – but as I always say, show me a foozler who trembles at potency, and I will show you the demagraphic for Bitburger Zero. Nine out of ten.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      It’s a good drop for sure…don’t know if it’s wall-cavity good, but it’s good…


      • Radio Snivins says:

        You must try Carton Black, ‘Kazoo. I’ve never been more poz of anything in my life. Carlton Black is the CUB opponent of Tooheys Old, but a million times better. Yer, about a million. It’s very sim to Winter Ale, only less whiffly and less wallety. I intend to do a blind taste test between the two of them this week to determine their exact simness. The results should be very interesting, and if they’re not, I shall fabricate them so that they are. The only onion in the ointment with the stuff is that Murphett’s don’t sell it anymore. One must seek supply from an alternative foozer, and alternative foozers, as a rule, are a snooty mob, with hard to understand accents, and extreme suspicion towards customers that wear loaves of bread on their trotters.


      • Radio Snivins says:

        Well, I did my Winter Ale/Carlton Black blind taste test test. Fabrication was unnecessary. I didn’t see the the brews until after I’d test glugged each, but they were identical in colour. I reckon you’d need a mass foozetrometer and a degree in stoichiometry to tell the differoo. Sniffwise, Black had some – toffee. I got nothin’ from the Wint. Fortunately, Wint is not sniffing whiffle, it’s guzzling whiffle, and guzzwise, it was as smooth as the corners on a convent washing machine. Black was harsh in comparision, but not prohibitively so, and it finished with greater chocolatiness than Wint. So, in conclusion, Winter Ale was the better fooze, but Carlton Black was far from disgraced. Radio Snivins has left the building.


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