Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 17
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 09-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass; shared with best friend

A: peachy orange; no head (!); good carb action; looks viscuous
S: sweet honey; appealing
T: sweet, flavorful; heavy on the yeast, booze, and spice (cloves); low hop profile, but heavy on the bottle conditioning; this will remind you more of Belgium than Germany

A really solid, fine beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Schneider&Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse glass a hazed deep orange infused golden with a thinner than expected white head that did hold well,I was expecting more of a large bloomer.Hefty sweetness,green apple,and spiced bananas in the nose,its quite boozy I gotta say.Sweet with a big shot of clove-spice on the palate,the alcohol is large but it doesnt over power,there is a decent drying note in the finish.It's a robust weizenbock,a little on the hot and sweet side at first,above average but not great.

Photo of RoyalT
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is cloudy of course, a dull orange in color, with a modest head that showed little retention.

Smell – The sharp banana and weizeny yeast are strong at the smell and the light malt aroma makes this one true to its name.

Taste – This fell apart at the taste. It’s not a bad beer, but the banana came across as cheap and the yeast, while tasty, failed to carry longer than half a millisecond. The bock portion of this beer was burnt and harsh.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and lacked the fluffy mouthfeel required of the style and the excessive bitterness was completely out of place.

Drinkability – I actually didn’t mind drinking this one it just didn’t live up to the billing. Since there’s really no such thing as a double weizen I tried to use my imagination. It certainly didn’t pull off the official Weizenbock designation on BA and struggled to justify making a double version of a dunkel weizen.

Comments – The brewery said that they had a German brewer create the beer then send it over to the US then they mimicked it and made it in the “Lagunitas style” but I find it hard to believe that any German brewer invision this.

Photo of AdamToomey
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was definitely excited to see this brew at my local beer store and the under six dollar price tag was pretty hard to resist.

A - Poured this beer into a Weizen glass. The beer pours a beautiful translucent honey color with a minimal white, creamy head. Great lacing throughout. It definitely has that signature wheat cloudiness which I have come to enjoy.

S - Spice, spice and more spice. The spices definitely dominate the aroma, followed by banana and the sweetness from the malts. While all the other breweries are busy releasing Oktoberfest's, the aroma from this beer definitely makes sense for this time of the year.

T - The taste is on par with the nose. Tons of spice, banana and sweetness from the malts. The taste is nothing that will blow you away but it is still pretty delicious. It is definitely fun to drink and a great change of pace if you are looking forward to enjoying a seasonal that is not an Oktoberfest. The spicy characteristics work so well with the cooling weather.

M - The crisp and light-body of the beer really help to accentuate the spicy characteristics and also help lend the beer a very easy drinkability. At 9% by volume this could be potentially dangerous but makes it all the more fun.

O - This is not one of my favorite styles but I was looking for something different and this is definitely something I enjoyed drinking. The spices and banana like qualities was delightful. I highly suggest trying this beer if you are looking for a good seasonal that is not one of the the thousand Oktoberfest's currently on the shelves. The spice like quality of this beer make it perfect for the changing seasons. Pick it up, kick your feet back, and enjoy. Just don't expect to be completely blown away by a complex/unique take on the style.

Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange/brown with maybe one finger of head. Head has decent retention and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Smells a bit like sweet banana bread with a bit of alcohol thrown in. Also a faint bit of spice. Pretty nice, but a bit of a heavy aroma.

T - Sweet bread malt with a lot of banana ad a bit of spice. A bit sweeter than I would like. It does begin to dry out with more spice, mostly pepper and clove, near the finish, but still quite sweet.

M - Slightly slick, medium mouthfeel. Some earthy dry bitterness on the finish.

O - Pretty good, but a bit too heavy and sweet. There are others in the style that I like quite a bit better, but this certainly isn't a bad beer.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to stumble on this beer on draft at the Bulls Head in Lititz today. A lot of BAs have recently listed them in the top lager echelon although the Pils was the only exampler generally available in PA. The DW is an excellent beer in the aggregate; some might even consider it restrained in flavor and general presentation. Refreshingly, an amped style didn't accentuate the supporting flavors along with the basic malt/hops effects. I APPRECIATE brewers' abilities to pack ABV into a balanced flavorful product without wresting the drinker into submission. The general smoothness and drinkability (mea culpa)of this item is a real achievement. I wish more of their lagers were available out here.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usual Lagunitas reasonable pricing as this quality 22 ounce bomber was under $5.

Pours heavily clouded orangy amber, minor light tan head, leaves just a glimmer of a collar and next to no lace...alright no lace...

Fruity nose with some cloves, bananas and hints of yeast.

Warming, complex, and flavorful,with yummy yeasty phenolics more cloves, more bananas, honey, light lime, some mild hot sauce spice sensations on the gums. Nice night capper at 9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a large white head. The aroma is very heavy on the bananas with some cloves and wheat also present. The flavor is similar with a few additions. The two predominant flavors are bananas and orange citrus, with some wheat and a little bit of cloves. There is also a low to medium amount of bitterness as well as some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of goatxpower
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First off, let me say that I love this style and I love this brewery. I may be willing to try this beer again and edit my review, but....

A- hazy, murky amber. NO head to speak of which was a big disappointment. Visible carbonation, but lack of head and murky color give off the illusion of flatness.

S- it smells great! Bananas, clove, maple syrup.

T- this is where I'm on the fence. I love the huge malt in this beer. It is almost cloying, but in a GOOD way. The banana and clove are HUGE, which is good and typical of what you would find in other weizenbocks like Vitus or Aventinus. The alcohol is very hot in this beer and this is its major flaw. Because it not only adds a harshness and an astringency to the taste, but it also makes the huge banana and clove flavors harder to deal with. I wanted to like this beer, but I found it hard to drink. That being said, there are some other little complex notes that I kept noticing. Spiced apple, peach, almond.

M- felt undercarbonated for this style. The carbonation was not a very noticeable component. I also, still, couldn't get past how hot it was and this sort of skewed my interpretation of the mouthfeel. That being said, this beer certainly lingered on your palate for some time

O- I was a bit disappointed. I wanted to like this beer, but I found it hard to drink. However, I may try it again and see what I think of it the second time.

Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy but bright orange with billowing foamy white head.

Smell: Massive banana and bubblegum, with some clove, wheat and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, with loads of sweet banana and bubblegum, at least at first. Then the hops and clove come in and provide some great balance. Ends with lingering pepper and clove.

Feel: Creamy full body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish after the initial sweet onslaught.

Overall: This is a great Weizenbock, and I seriously do not know what is wrong with the reviewers to date. I usually do not like it when Lagunitas steps away from their hoppy comfort zone, but this is incredible.

Photo of deebo
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy, dirty light brown with white head

S-Banana esters, cloves, wheat, hefe weizen for sure

T-Banana bread! Yeasty, malty and heavy. Nice flavor

M-Pretty full bodied. Heavily carbonated, a little alcohol end note but never would have figured this beer was this strong. Well done!

D-A little heavy, but is definitely a souped up Hefe.

O-Nice flavor, strong wheat taste, heavy on yeast and malts. A really good beer, a good beer to start the night with.

Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Cloudy, dark orange, nearly brown, with a thick, tight, off-white head that eventually leaves messy lines of lace down the glass.

A big aroma consisting of mashed up bananas, a tiny bit of clove, wheat, and a bit of bright citrus.

A more sweet and sugary example of the style, or at least compared to others I've sampled before. The banana and clove flavor is present, but there also seems to be a lot of caramel and sticky toffee, candied oranges, and a big wallop of wheat. Big and flavorful, though a bit too sweet.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average example of the style, but this doesn't rank as one of my favorite offerings from Lagunitas.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle

A - nice one finger head, color clear orange gold.
S - Big wheat flavor initially, followed by citrus and coriander tones.
T - As smell indicates, also with overwhelming sweetness. Too many banana esters throughout.
M - Nice light mouthfeel with medium body and light carbonation
O - Overall too sweet for me, I used to like the heavy bananas in a hefe, but this was just too much.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle insanely priced, meaning about five bucks or a little under. I poured this one into a Weihenstephaner glass and it looks great dead sexy wheat beer. My beer mirrors the image set on the label behind the wording it looks appetizing and beautiful at the same time. Deep orange copper body heavily clouded yeast suspsension well refined, with a big cloudy head forming thick and rising above the rim of my tall hefeweizen glass. The long lasting head sits well above the glass and slowly dwindles leaving even bands of lacing as the head fades away. Head smells rich of banana and residual sugars it's actually pretty amazing alcohol combinations causing banana bread combinations. Mild nuttiness and a bit of booze alcohol in the finish with each smell. Flavor wise it's stronger than expected...very german in nature but again the booze qualities take away from the overall 9% it's extreme sweetness and alcohol booze flavor also detract from it's likeable components overall. Hey, who I'm I to judge that this isn't to style or the right alcohol it's a great beer brewed on a German Rolec system. Okay more banana/glazed sugars think bananas foster lit on fire with some brandy then soaked in sweet malt sugars then bottled it's a bit hot in nature...but again I'm enjoying this...Overall go get some before this hulking hefeweizen is all gone.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy lightly toasted bread crust color with a slow motion carbonation that forms strands of microbubbles trailing up the sides of the glass. There is a thick beige head that last for the full beer.

S- Even during the pour there is a fruity ester aroma and some bread crust notes that follow.

T- The touch of mixed canned fruit esters has some softer banana characteristics to it. There is a bitter snap at the finish that has some lemon hop characteristics and a touch of clove comes through as it warms. There is a pungent bitterness that lingers for a moment after the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a thick and creamy head and a tight fizz with a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish. The alcohol heat hangs on after each sip.

O- This is a nice beer but the 9% ABV makes a bit of a burn in the finish aswellas pushes the clove flavor in the taste. There is some nice hops but the bitterness is a bit too much of a bite. This is still a meal in a glass like many weizens but the canned fruit in syrup esters or hops are an interesting twist.

Photo of SolarMikey
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found while on a Central Florida vacation, perfect for a warm winter afternoon while the pig is roasting away. The beer is a deep golden color, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation that visibly continues for a while after pouring. The medium white head lingers well.

It smells of banana and cloves, but not overwhelmingly, and malty yeast and wheat contribute to the aroma.

Flavor is dominated by esters, yeast, and sweet malt, though there is some bitterness in the background. An initial hoppy bite gives way to a nice long sweet finish.

The beer is somewhat thick and creamy without being syrupy in the least, and the carbonation is lively.

It is a solid example of a Bavarian weizen and extraordinarily drinkable for being 9% ABV (I was surprised to learn this after the fact), though the flavor profile doesn't stand out among those of other beers in its class.

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More notes from during the site remake...

This brew is an extremely clouded dark yellow, short of amber. A good sized fluffy white head holds itself well and remains a thick foam after falling off a bit, leaving patchy lacing.
There's no doubt this is some kind of Weizen; lots of bubble gum, banana, and clove are all over this. Underneath is some wheat, and the light, bready malts are allowed to come through. Just a bit of hops are detected.
The flavor is much less subtle, as the yeast seems to overcome everything else. This is a banana/bubble gum bomb with a twinge of hops to it. Not bad, but it's not allowed to shine.
The feel is light to medium, heftier than a regular Weizen and I suppose appropriate for an Imperial. It's crisp, almost spritzy, and goes just a little too prickly.
Overall this is a pretty good beer. I'd like to see the yeast tamed down just slightly and open up this beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. A little hard to discern from this particular side-label rambling, but is this offering actually brewed in Germany?

This beer pours a dark golden yellow hue, with one finger of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves a low ebb of lace around the glass as sinks away. It smells of sweet bready malt, banana smoothie, mild clove and white pepper, a bit of pitted orchard fruit, some musty hops, and a lurking alcohol edge. The taste is more sweet, well, sweet stuff - malt, tropical fruit, and edgy phenolic booze, with that banana character lording uber alles. The carbonation is on the low side of moderate, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth amongst a tugging alcohol edge. It finishes still pretty damned sweet, the booze and yeast providing the only counterbalance.

The weizen in this one is strong, to be sure, but it is the doppel that truly stands out - big booze, bit malt, big Lagunitas messing about in Bavaria. Still a good tipple for your hard-earned dough, though.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgain yeast, bananas, cloves and spices.

Pretty damn drinkable for 9% and not at all that offensive malty typical Lagunitas malty profile that comes from their IPAs or even Little Sumpin Wild.

Belgian upfront and candied cloves and spices /Guava Fruit.

Admittedly, I have slim to no experience with this style but enjoyable nevertheless if you're a fan of Belgain Yeast.

Pretty tasty and worth the $4.50 22oz bomber at least just to try once.

Photo of GetMeAnIPA
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bomber into pint glass.

A – Poured a heavy orange, amber color. You can tell right off the bat that this is a heavier strong wheat beer. Not too much head or lacing. Actually almost zero head or lacing, but I did use a light pour. The light head that is there is a creamy bubbly head.

S – Good aroma of wheat, banana, sugar, and alcohol. Most wheat beers smell the same to me, but this one has a little more bite. I can smell the alcohol which causes an ever so slight burning of the nostrils. I take it it’s the high ABV.

M – Heavier mouthfeel than most wheat beers. You can tell you aren’t drinking a standard wheat beer here. A nice full bodied beer, but still very drinkable. Light on the carbonation. It’s almost like drinking a dark wheat beer the body is so full….I am loving the body on this one. The mouthful is full, creamy, and barely carbonated.

T – Similar to the smell, strong wheat flavor comes through first, but then paves the wave for the alcohol finish. The three flavors that come through the most are the wheat, sugar, and alcohol.

O – I liked this beer. I was looking for something different and saw this one for a reasonable price. I love Lagunitas, so I thought I would give this one a shot. I even asked one of the guys working at the store if they recommend it, and they replied it’s good, worth trying considering the price and ABV. I guess I wasn’t expecting too much but I would defiantly recommend this and would drink it again. To like this beer you have to like strong, sweet wheat beers. It’s like an “imperial weizen”…not sure if they brew those or not, but this one would be the blueprint.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A shade lighter than most weizenbocks I've seen (or maybe it's just been too long since I've had this style), it's a bit cloudy and doesn't sport a very large head, but what's there is just a shade off white and nice enough. Liquid is washed-out rusty orange in color.

A healthy dose of musty, soggy banana in the aroma, and other, less definable fruit characteristics. Also bready, in the way weizens of various stripes can be. Nothing to suggest a beer of mindblowing proportions, but let's not judge until...

...the taste. Which is equally as fruit-laden as the aroma. Even more so, as it takes the banana, plus lots of pear, lots of peach, and some apple, and magnifies it against a foundation of rather sweet caramel-y malt. There's a hint of white pepper and a pinch of black pepper too, and without this subtle spicy character (which is surely partly thanks to the 9% alcohol) I'm afraid this beer would be too one-dimensional. But it's not, and I'm enjoying it.

Plenty of spritz in terms of carbonation, and the liquid itself is smooth and light-to-medium bodied. Even a little bit sticky. The alcohol/spice factor is up front most in the finish, where cinnamon also flashes across the tongue, and banana isn't far behind.

A sweet take on the style, both in terms of sucrose-like flavor "sweet" and just plain, "yeah, sweet!" Only complaint is that it's, well, a little too sweet. Would have liked a breadier, heartier element to shine through stronger, and maybe a tad less alcohol presence, but as is, more than good enough.

Photo of cokes
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky golden orange with a tight-cropped off-white head. Retention and lacing are both average.
Straight-up banana bread nose, baked with clove, allspice, and ginger. Some walnuts here as well. With warmth, it gains some white grape vinousness.
Through the mouth, it maintains the mainstay of banana bread, but its fractured a great deal. Bready sweet upfront, doughnuts primarily. Banana secondary and suprisingly short. Yeast spikes after that, with clove and pepper. Alcohol rears up and adds a starchy vodka hotness around the close, ripping apart all the Weizen-y quaintness.
Medium-full bodied with an initial rush of carbonation that flees with some haste, leaving it sticky and flabby, then dried and sheared off by alcoholic slickness.
There are some attractive Weizenbock traits here, but it's simply too big for it's britches.

Photo of ChopperSmith
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a .5 liter tall Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep golden, almost amber, in color, A nice two-finger off-white foamy head that receded quick and with minimal lacing.

Smell: Spicy yeast and sweet wheat, with just a faint amount of hops. Also a whiff of alcohol in the mix.

Taste: Much like it smells...sweet, wheaty and yeasty...with a fair amount of spice like clove, nutmeg and pepper. A good Weizenbock profile, with a good warming from the alcohol.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Slightly slick on the tongue.

Overall: A good Weizenbock with the alcohol pumped up. A great beer for a cool fall evening, like tonight. I like this, and for under five bucks a bottle, it's one I'll be sure to buy again.

Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Almost liquid banana. Banana aroma, mouthfeel consistency, and in the taste. That and the cloves, and herbal orange peel aspect to it are not my favourites, and were counter to a style I like a lot better. The mouthfeel is above average. Dark brown bodied. Better after spicey food.

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with very little head. The nose has notes of banana, pepper, and clove. The taste is bananas and clove up front with some wheat undertones in the finish. There are some light phenols that add warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, and moderately carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid beer. The flavor is on point and the spiciness and alcohol warmth really make for a big beer. The name confuses me a little as this comes across like a really solid weizenbock with little if any notes of a dopplebock. This is worth checking out if you like the style.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.