Rob Widmer calls his Doppelbock “liquid bread.” It’s full and wholesome, filling and satisfying. It tastes like whole grains, toasted nuts, and milk chocolate. But on the other hand, this is an eight and a half percent dopplebock. It warms your belly and stings with dry alcohol. Thus the “helmet required” warning.
According to legend, the doppelbock style was once brewed in during lent by fasting monks. They couldn’t eat any food but cleverly realized beer is not food — even monks exploit technicalities to avoid church rules (see also: the famous beaver is fish decision). A few years back a brave Iowan followed the monks’ lead and made it forty-six days on a liquid diet of doppelbock. Beer is full of healthy elements — vitamins and minerals, proteins and carbohydrates — but even so the part-time monk lost over twenty-five pounds.
If you drank Widmer’s interpretation for sustenance, you wouldn’t lose much weight, but you might end up with a head injury.