Beer Advent Day 3: Dopple Bock


Brewery:  Sprecher Brewing Co.

Location:  Glendale, WI

Style:  Dopple Bock Lager  ABV: 7:8%

Contribution by:  Christian Arvold  (Thanks Christian!)  Sorry for not mentioning the first two days:  Day 1: Little Sister contributed by Olivia McQuade.  Thanks Olivia!  Day 2: Surly Fest contributed by Zach Pietrini.  Thanks Zach!

Sprecher Brewing Co. was started in 1985 by a former Pabst Brewing supervisor, Randal Sprecher.  Sprecher’s vision was to brew beer in the rich tradition of the German heritage of Milwaukee, (and Wisconsin in general).  The history of brewing in Wisconsin is strong and rich, to say the least.  Brewing began in Wisconsin thirteen years before it became a state (May 29, 1848). By the late 1890’s nearly every community in Wisconsin had at least one operating brewery. Sprecher Brewing Co. seeks to continue in that great tradition…specifically the German tradition.

The Dopple Bock that you partake of tonight is a dark lager that finds its origin in a beer that was originally brewed as liquid bread to sustain Bavarian monks while fasting.

Cheers to liquid bread!

Advent Reflection: As I think about what Scripture to share and reflect on during this years’ Beer Advent I have been continually led to the Minor Prophets.  I could share from the traditional ‘Birth of Jesus’ passages found in the Gospels but I think that we can gain a lot from the angst, attention, and anticipation of the minor prophets.  Jesus himself spoke to two of his disciples and addressing their lack of understanding revealed to them how Christ is seen in all the Scriptures…“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (Luke 24:27)

As we journey through the Minor Prophets this Advent season, let’s ask the LORD to open our hearts to see all of the things that were said concerning Jesus, the Messiah.

Joel 2:12-15   12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
14 Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing– grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.”

As I read this passage I am struck by verse 13 and the strong reminder (hearkening back to Exodus 34:6) that the LORD is gracious and compassionate.  Slow to anger and abounding in love!  When we return to Him after going astray or messing up…He is gracious and compassionate.  That grace and compassion is found no where else more abundantly than in the birth of Jesus…who will save His people from their sin (Matthew 1:21).

5 thoughts on “Beer Advent Day 3: Dopple Bock

  1. I have never been a fan of dark beers but what the heck. First impression from pouring it into a mug is that it looks like root beer. It smells like a mix of malt and caramel to me.

    First sip is surprisingly good. Definite BIG malt flavor. A bitterness that is not unpleasant. A smooth aftertaste that fades within a few seconds. I honestly was expecting a more cloying flavor so it was a pleasant surprise.

    I was engaged in a project and the beer warmed before I had finished it (rare but it happens sometimes) and it actually drank somewhat smoother and the bitterness faded. Good beer.

    The reflection is, to me, the essence of the holiday. Although characterized as a “waiting” period, I have always viewed advent as more of a “moving toward” period. It is during these four weeks that Christ is brought back into our daily lives. We start to prepare for his birthday, we start anticipating the giving of gifts, we look forward to family and down time, and I believe we start to become more Christian. At our last chapel at Hope Tom talked about WWJFYD (what would Jesus Find You Doing) and for me this is the time that I act more Christian. The warmth of this cold holiday for me is the knowledge that we as a community come together in so many ways as we contemplate returning to the warm embrace of our Lord.


  2. This was my first bock. I can taste why I don’t drink these. But I won’t let it go to waste. I will get it down. It’s so heavy I can see why they call it liquid bread. Love all the hard work you put into this Bobby Kolb


    1. Chris..i agree that I can see why monks called it liquid bread. It had a rather sweet caramel taste to me that took awhile to get used to. This was also the first dopple bock I’ve had in a long time. I’d have to try more kinds to see if I’d develop a taste for them


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