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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 547
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 282 | Hads: 547
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: murky darker amber color, nice dense rocky head
S: medium nose, characteristic banana and cloves, true to type, bready
T: a bit hot from EtOH but true to type with banana and cloves, malt and yeast, need a just a bit more malt sweetness for my taste
M: has a bit of metallic bite half way through that settled down, expected just a bit more malt

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Fine white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Delicious aroma of caramel, banana, fruit and clove. Flavor is complex, wheat, caramel malt, banana, light fruit, clove, orange citrus. Somewhat bitter finish takes a slight edge off a very tasty beer. Nice creamy, medium to heavy body and nice carbonation. It is a bit heavy bodied for the style, so the "Bavarian-Styled" is a bit off. However, I really enjoyed this take on a weizenbock. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Got my 220oz hefeweizen glass out but I will be damned if I couldn't get the head that is on the bottle! Ow well pours a nice hazy amber with a half inch of head.

S - Straight up banana from the yeast with notes of pepper and clove. Smells very spicy.

T - Thankfully the spice doesn't transfer to the taste as much, but is a very solid Weizenbock. Notes of smooth banana from the yeast with a slight bittering from the hops. Finish is spiced clove and sweet. Very good.

M - I found it to be more than a sipper since the yeast was not cloying as other Weizenbock's so solid medium body.

Overall I even though I expected some caramel or toffee from the doppelbock side they pulled off a great brew regardless. I upped the overall score since I can pick up bombers of this for only 4.85 much cheaper than most world class of the style.

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Photo of mactrail
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely cloudy golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Fine lacing and a wonderful mouthfeel. Creamy and rich like the German versions. Maybe a little too crazy with the clove and fruit flavors but it helps stand up to the alcohol. Quite boozy in the nose. So fragrant, and every sip renews the smell. Really spicy.

Sensational powerful sipping beer without the hop overdose of some Imperial monsters. Not as sweet as a barleywine. So I call it a very drinkable and interesting stong ale. I haven't seen this before so I'll try to remember where I got it and stock up. One of my favorites of 2011.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange body with a tight creamy head that leaves sporadic patches of lace. Aroma is very heavy. Heavy with banana and clove and spice. Yeasty aroma too. Flavor follows suit nicely. This is very smooth and flavorful. Creamy full body with a flavor packed punch. Alcohol is barely detectable...quite the feat for 9%. Huge weizen properties. Big doughy yeastiness present with pepper, lemon, clove and banana all mixing in nicely as well. This is well done.

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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Hazing clears over time, but doesn't go completely bright. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Intense green banana, bready notes that tone down as bit as this warms

T: Follows the nose, a touch of phenols & cloves up front. Much banana, yeasty & sweet bready notes play together very well as this warms, There's almost a banana bread mixed with cloves vibe here, it works very nicely. Finishes with slight herbal & clove bitterness & nice ripe banana

MF: Rich malty body with firm carbonation that goes creamy. Nice warming sensation to this

This is as good as any Weizen bock I can remember having here or in my 3+ years in Germany. Well done Lagunitas!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pony Bar, NYC. 8oz pour into mini nonic style glass.
Looks fantastic...hazy/cloudy deep orangey honey color with a nice thick head. Smells fantastic, orangey, weiss typical but alcohol is obvious.
Taste...you guessed it, fantastic. Absolutely packed with flavour. Aroma matches taste...easy finish with the high ABV. I absolutely loved this brew. Great personal twist on a beer staple.

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Photo of CHickman
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer review notes from 12/10/2011, on tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY: pours cloudy dark orange color with a 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing.

Smells of banana, clove, wheat, yeast, orange peel, coriander, lemon and sweet malt; nice funky combo of banana and yeast in the nose.

Tastes like it smells with banana, clove, wheat, yeast, coriander, orange peel, lemon, cinnamon, pepper, tea leaf, herbs, brown sugar, coriander, allspice, sweet malt and light spices; very tasty, very traditional and very complex at the same time-this is a tasty beer that has a hint of heat and lots of spices, making for a very sweet and intricate brew.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with high fizzy carbonation, a watery feel and a tart and sweet finish that is on the dry side.

Overall tasty and enjoyable, this was full of flavor and hid the ABV like a magician. A high recommendation for this style, this was quite easy to drink.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 9/9/11, purchased 9/2011 and well stored at temperature since.

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier Signature glass.

Pours a nice thick one finger head, which slowly reduces to a thin cap. Easily revived, a live ale.
Golden honey amber color, with amazingly lively carbonation. The carbonation explodes from the bottom of the glass thru the entire pour.

Huge aroma of yeast and malt. The banana and citrus yeast definitely dominate. The golden, toasty malt hides in the background. Wonderfully fragrant and extremely enjoyable. Excellent!

Crisp, hoppy entry on the palate, followed by caramelized banana and yeast, then a little somewhat sweet malt. The yeast and malt play against one another in a very delicious way. Medium mouth feel and lively carbonation, perfect for the style. Just the faintest hint of the 9% ABV and quite enjoyable for it. Delicious!

Long lingering finish of bitter hops and yeast.

Excellent balance of all the components of this brew. Wow, this is just flat out delicious!
Even though this bottle is three months old it tastes amazingly fresh, almost as if it was just tapped.
I have become a great admirer of this brewery. No matter what the style they brew their signature hops are present, and what delicious hops they are.
Very Highly Recommended!

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Photo of confer
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is good stuff, but then everything these guys make seems to be good. Anyway a coworker picked up a case of 22 ouncers and it was split at work. I got three and for the price I might just go get a case for myself. It is a yellow with a an orange glow very hazy. Didn't get much of head. Smell is classic hefe-weizen. Fresh baked banana bread. The taste starts as a classic hefe as well but ends with a nice hop bite, not too much to make you forget about the hefe yeast though. It is very silky smooth, has a thick feel. Overall a great beer. I guess it will probably be brewed only this time though, that is a shame. The alcohol is hidden so well as to make you think you drinking a much lower abv beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a deeply hazy amberish orange color with a half inch of head that withers down to a thin ring of foam around the glass's edge with sparse surface foam and not much lacing.

S- Instant notes of banana and some clove. Smells refined yet still yeasty. Also a touch of some malty sweetness as well as burnt sugar.

T- The aroma carries through to the taste fairly well. Still the banana, clove and some yeasty esters followed by some orange. It transitions into a bit of heavy, warming alcohol but it's all cushioned by the malty body making it, overall, a balanced experienced.

M- Quite a mouthfull of a mouthfeel (yeah I'm corny). Leaves a layer of saliva on the tongue after sips. Also a bit harsh due to the high alcohol, but it's easily excusable. Medium carbonation.

O- Definitely like nothing I've ever had before. Way to go.

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Photo of leaddog
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an opaque golden orange/wheat colour with a thin bubbly head. Slight bubbles present.

Smell - Banana, clove, plum, cherries, sweet tropical nectar.

Taste - Holy banana! Banana and clove flavours are most predominant, with a bit of spiciness and bitterness from the malts. Quite a unique flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light, tingly bubbles.

Overall - An enjoyable Doppel Weizen by Lagunitas. There are some very unique flavours in this brew, particularly the strong flavour of the bananas and other fruits. The ABV is pretty well concealed in this one. Very nice.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - impenetable hazy golden orange, short white head quickly dissipated to a few ransom islands of foam
S - very fruity and aromatic with lots of citrus and some light yeasty, a lot of sweetness of the finish
T - gentle citrus with yeatsty banana and pear flavours, come to think of it very rich, well done
M - light and well carbonated, light dry
O - Lagunitas-Tang-Clan Aint nottin ta fuck wit (repeat)!

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaquely hazy sunset orange hue with a one finger white head on top that reduces down to a sea foam sheet. Patchy lacing. Clove in the aroma, Belgian yeast and malted wheat in the aroma. Hint of banana and booze as well. Nice nose.

Full-flavored with a nice drinkable body. A nice little spicy yeast spruces up the wheat and clove tastes, giving depth and character to this brew. Noticeable boozy presence that also spices everything up fantastically, adding to the flavor, not taking away. Its both challenging (in a good way) and easy to drink at the same time as alcohol, clove, spicy yeast, malty wheat, and that hint of banana swirl around the palate. Light hit of lemony hops hit the back briefly, just to bring the balance around full circle. The wheat and clove stick around in the linger as the spicy yeast cleans everything off. This beer drinks very smoothly and cleanly, yet prickly on the tongue from the alcohol and spices.

Very well done brew by a great brewery. Full flavored, balanced and a great all around drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 22oz bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $4.39 in late 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a slight fluffy head. Scents are very floral with hibiscus, banana, and yeasty tones. Taste is smooth and flavorful. It has a wheat and slightly bitter taste with some flavors of biscuits. Quite fulfilling and tasty. Definitely a must try, especially since it's a limited release.

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Photo of exitleft
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy lightly rusty water color

S: Light spice and banana. Boozy

T: Clove comes out as well as the banana, but the alcohol keeps from becoming cloying on the palate.

M: Medium body. Citrus and hop zing. Boozy warmth on the tongue.

I enjoyed this beer a lot, and would love to try it with a nice roast beef sandwich with sauteed onions and horseradish sauce on pumpernickel. Once again Lagunitas provides quality with a nice price.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished off one of these at the Bronx Alehouse after my shift at The Yardhouse last week. Poured into a goblet glass...

A: A quite cloudy/hazy grapefruit color w/finger plus wide lacing head. A much lighter weizenbock as compared to an Aventinus or even Sam Adams Winter lager....the yeast cloud is impressive indeed.

S: Spice & clove at first then hops which does not surprise me w/Lagunitas...why not throw more hops into the recipe...Clear malt & booze undertones but not offensive at all

T: Following nose quite spicy almost in the style of a tripel. The yeast, clove or even banana character are masked by the hop-follow up & then the nose stinging booze infusion.

M: Medium to thick with cloying nature in the back jowls. While light as compared to other styles, the cloudy yeast nature prevails.

O: A great take on the style & a California influence in my humble opinion. Not on the sweet side but more of spice then minor hop bomb & boozy follow-through. James Langstine, the owner of the Bronx Alehouse mentioned this was Lagunitas' first shot & I look fwd to downing the next & thereafter>>>

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Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy amber color with a fair white head and decent lacing. The aroma offers solid vanilla banana with subtle clove wheat. The flavor suggests bubblegum banana and sweet lemon highlights over thick sweet bready malt. This is medium-plus bodied with fine carbonation and a somewhat effervescent feel. The banana clove idea is dominant with a beautiful feel. There’s some thick cereal hints here but it’s mostly a banana cocktail with good legs. Very, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gatch
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy, golden-yellow with a bubbly, fizzy, white head that builds and fades quickly. Definite "legs" on this one because of the % ABV. While pouring this, I thought of one word; "viscous."

S - Very fragrant. Very German. Bananas, clove, caramelized sugar, some spices like clove and nutmeg.

T - Very similar to the nose. Very German. Bready, sweet, boozy. Barely any hop presence. Sweet malt takes the leading role in this beer while alcohol plays the supporting lead role.

M - Clean, crisp, and a warming booziness in the finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dirty yellow, no head or lacing when poured slower.

S - Banana big time and some sweeter malts and some yeasty thing going on.

T - Taste is as expected for a dopple weizen but with a nice hop balance. Boozy and has a thicker banana thing. Some quick hoppy zestyness but not overpowering, more on the aftertaste side. Some clove and orange but not much at all. Very nice for the style. Has a definite hop taste... but sooo balanced and nice.

M - Lower to medium carbonation, not too dry at all. Good flavor to carbonation ratio. Great aftertaste for a Wiezenbock

O - Overall... this is a great Doppel Weizen, but one of the styles of beer I don't spend to much time on. I am more of a hop head... although Its kinda hoppy but also to the weizen style. It is thicker for a weizen, so don't get the impression its a watered down beer. I like this for a Doppel Weizen, especially as a 9% brew. Thumbs up for the style!

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of bluHatter
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Attractive cloudy orange with a foamy/sudsy head.

S: I'm smelling cloves and fruit. It's actually an amazing nose... Difficult to place, but it is delicious and entices good feelings of things to come. On to tasting...

T: Strong christmas spices. Like a pine tree and egg nog. Yeast. Sweeter than I expected, but maybe that's sap from the pine tree? This taste grows on you after a couple sips...

M: Just thick enough. Not tons of carbonation, but with the flavor there doesn't really need to be.

O: Delicious. Interesting... Lagunitas strikes again with yet another winner. I think this is my favorite from them that I've tasted so far. It's exactly the kind of beer I look for when I don't wanna mess around and just want something great.... what? This is limited release? Why Lagunitas? Why?!

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Photo of Ghenna
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this a few weeks ago, and this is my sixth bottle. That is to say I really really enjoy this beer- heads up.

Orange hued copper pour, white fine bubbles sit aotp this beer, and linger for a long while. Good retention too.

Hop profile is typical for Lagunitas, heavy on the citrus and immanently approachable.

Flavor is big, though not being a lager drinker I have trouble describing it. The citrus-y hops are definitely present. Kind of bavarian hef-ish in flavor in terms of esters, but generally nice.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, cloudy golden hue, with a moderate off-white head, leaving thick, creamy lacing.

S - Smell is of banana, cloves, lemon, slight hints of pine, bready malts, and other spices. Mostly classic Bavarian smells with a slight American twist.

T - Rich, sweet bready candy-like malts, with notes of banana, lemon, cloves, and molasses. Slight alcohol kick going down, but is amazingly well concealed in the flavor, this one is a sleeper for sure! Or as I also put it, deceivingly delicious.

M - Full bodied, with mild carbonation, and a slick, creamy texture. Dessert-like.

O - Overall, this is an excellent Imperial Hefe/Weizenbock, and Lagunitas has done a great job stepping outside their comfort zone here. Much recommended!

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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