Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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1.85/5 rDev -51.9%
I really dont understand how Lagunitas gets label approval and distribution so quickly in texas while stone has so many problems. I am going to start a thread about this...
anyway, bottle from local shop. pours a light amber color with a minimal head.
nose smells like smoked ham... honeybaked ham... gross. I was hoping for the typical lagunitas hop.
taste is VERY ham like... almost turns my stomach. after my gag reflex, there is a bit of a hop profile coming through, nice bitter finish, but seriously, this ham flavor is making my stomach churn, I think this is going down the drain...
09-18-2011 03:48:02 | More by crusian
2.25/5 rDev -41.6%
They might as well label this stuff "High Strength Banana Beer.
Appearance wize, all beer is beautiful and this one is no exception. As a matter of routine, this beer gets a rating of "good" from me for appearance.
Aroma is a different story..the smell of this beer is simply unappetizing. I smell banana and alcohol fumes. Like Banana Aftershave Lotion..?
Tastes like it smells, but with a pinch of disgusting clove thrown in. If this stuff was made in prison in a ziplock bag from left over banana peels, I'd be pretty proud of it...but otherwise it just isn't what I'd call "good beer".
The saving grace is the relatively high alcohol content. I was able to fight my way through this bomber, but I would have found a bottle of just about any malt liquor to be much more enjoyable.
12-25-2011 23:58:57 | More by industrialswill
2.3/5 rDev -40.3%
A - Pours a cloudy golden color with a small foamy white head.
S - Crisp aroma of banana with a hint of clove
T - True to the aroma, tastes of banana and clove are the most notable at first. This moves quickly into the strongest unfiltered flavor I've ever experienced in a beer. The flavor is tingly and biting on the tongue and overpowers and drowns out everything else. This lingers uncomfortably long on the tongue.
M - medium mouthfeel, unfiltered flavor gives it an undesirable flavor and an uncomfortable tingle
O - This beer would have real potential if the unfiltered character didn't overpower everything else. Overall I was not impressed. Some re-tooling on this one might improve it substantially.
01-29-2012 22:52:50 | More by AZbelgian
2.4/5 rDev -37.7%
Hooray! A new weizenbock, and it's out of California. This should be interesting.
The label of this beer depicts some slightly opaque amber liquid with a gigantic fluffy head. What came out of the bottle was totally different - something thick and muddy yellow with hardly any head, even with a pour that became increasingly aggressive as I really wanted some plumage to bloom from the glass.
At least it smells nice - Good 'n' clovey with banana and orange rind. Wait, little bit of sulphur.
The hops really subtract from the taste of this beer. I haven't had any other weizenbocks with much hop presence at all. It's also nowhere along the lines of any of the delicious hopfenweiss beers. With an ABV of 9%, maybe they oughta ferment less and have more residual sugar. The wheat malt wants to be noticed, but gets buried by the bitterness. As it goes down, booze burns a bit in both the throat and nose. Again, the hops don't help that either. I like it when beers fizz up across the tongue, bringing out more of their sweet nuances. This beer doesn't do that.
10-02-2011 04:52:05 | More by musicman575
2.5/5 rDev -35.1%
Pours a size cloudy with about a half inch head that recedes quickly. Lots of wheat on the nose, some tropical fruit and coriander as well.
Nothing to special taste wise that I can tell yet. Lots of yeast which gives it a grainy texture, tiny bits of graitfruit in the middle and a very very subtle hop presence on the swallow. The beer also has a slightly sour taste like other lagunitas brews I've had before.
Mouth feel was nice, medium bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation. The high alcohol content coats the throat but almost barely. I think that what im most impressed with in this beer. For such a delicate tasting style you would never be able to tell this is 9%
10-16-2011 23:38:10 | More by jtierney89
2.55/5 rDev -33.8%
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3inch white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy orange and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Mild banana bread, some solvent-like alcohol, sugary aromas, lots of yeast influence, some suggestions of citrus (orange, or chewy orange candy). Too restrained, but all the different notes work great together.
Taste: Potent yeasty and phenolic flavor up front, moving to high apparent bitterness (too high) and a crushingly hot (but sugary) finish. Bit of banana bread in the aftertaste.
Wow, what a miss. None of the complexity of the nose. Some good stuff happens at the beginning of a sip, then it just gets bitter and boozy. I like this less every time I take a drink of it. If I actually finished the bottle (just had 1 full glass), it would probably receive a few 1s by the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Sugary, almost chalky. Very hot. Mild carbonation. Not that bad, not that great.
Overall: One of the worst Lagunitas beers I've had, and easily the worst weizenbock I've ever had. Poorly made in so many respects, with the final result being too bitter, wayyy too boozy, and not very good otherwise.
They shouldn't have bothered releasing this.
07-07-2012 04:17:06 | More by Pahn
2.58/5 rDev -33%
Poured from a bomber into a goblet.
A: Hazy, light orange-amber color with a peripheral ring of fine white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.
S: Over-ripe bananas reveal the presence of authentic weiss-beer yeast, and also suggest underattenuation. Breadiness identifies a baked good--more a quickbread than something leavened by yeast. Aside from a subtle spirituous thread, this beer smells like banana bread.
T: Begins very sweet, with bready malt and an odd estery astringency. Acidity is bold, citric, but not out of place. The astringency, however, has an aspirin-like quality that is hard to shake. Wheat is muted in the middle, and bitterness is insignificant in the finish, other than the medicinal-type still hanging around. No alcohol is detected.
M: Medium to thick viscosity, acidic and syrupy coating the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This is a clumsy attempt to install big Bavarian flavors together in a high-gravity package. It has Lagunitas written all over it--it lacks balance, with clove phenolics absent from the sensory profile. Palate fatigue is induced almost immediately after first exposure.
12-21-2011 20:19:06 | More by beagle75
2.6/5 rDev -32.5%
appearance - not sure if I got a bad bottle but it poured pretty flat and whatever head there was dissipated immediately leaving a flat looking hazy orange amber and unappealing-looking beer.
smell - none of the complexity of the authentic Bavarian wheat beers and even a touch of soap.
taste - Full, complex, fairly pleasant.
mouthfeel - flattish but also a certain warm softness. Finishes decently.
overall - Really not sure what this beer is supposed to be, and as mentioned, I may have gotten a bad bottle, but it is neither a weizen nor a doppelbock in color, aroma, or taste. The label mentions that it was "designed" in Bavaria but it tastes nothing like anything I ever had in my ten years in Munich. In this case that is a bad thing. Very disappointing. The last beer I had from this brewery was outstanding.
09-01-2012 02:32:26 | More by tencents
2.6/5 rDev -32.5%
A: cloudy orange color with white head that dissipated way too quickly. No head left after a few minutes from pouring.
S= spicy aroma with a hint of banana-hefe.
T= Very bold, with spicy notes. Finish displays way too much alcohol flavor to claim that this is a Bavarian style. This is an overly amped up Weizenbock that went a little too far in this reviewers opinion. Bavarian styles are about balance.
M= somewhat flat.
O= Up to this point I have been very fond of the Langunitas recipes but this one fell far short of the Langunitas reputation.
11-26-2011 22:52:25 | More by kraypd
2.7/5 rDev -29.9%
Saw the label approval for this months and months ago and have been waiting patiently for it
Pours a copper orange yellow, with a ominous darker center of the glass as the light passes through, a good amount of a white head.
Smell of clove, strong spice, a bit of bubblegum in the background and some definate earthyness, dirty almost mildew like
Taste is anything but what I search for in a weizen. Strong harsh spice, a bit of a sour twang, almost infected of a taste. It comes across more belgian yeast character. The bitterness is very strong, it jumps out with a bite of a very mealy hop that makes it a bit hard to swallow. There is even a chicken broth taste that I would say even turns to a vomit like character in the aftertaste. Some buttery character is thrown in the mix as well.
It has such a strong carb, and a lot of viscocity that it covers the tongue and sticks to you.
Overall, this seems strange to come from lagunitas, It was a try, but does seem to fall short.
09-15-2011 19:38:47 | More by Elimination
2.7/5 rDev -29.9%
A - very hazy orange-yellow color with minimal head.
S - Floral honey, orange and grape juice are all very apparent. Much like wheat wines I've had.
T - Loads of bubblegum flavor, honeysuckle and bitter orange, but the aftertaste is overpowered by an artificial grape flavor (think Flintstones vitamins).
M - Full mouthfeel with little carbonation to lighten it up. Unbearably thick at times.
O - I found this to be much too viscous and overpowering in phenols and grape character to be enjoyable.
10-22-2011 01:53:02 | More by SirSketch
2.75/5 rDev -28.6%
A - It poured with a cloudy pale golden hue, almost no head and very visible carbonation
S - Overall, the scent is quite muted. The scent is of your typical wheat beer with a slightly pronounced banana character
T - The banana is extremely intense and the brew is overly sweet for my taste
M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated
O - This isn't a "bad" beer by any means, but I'm not a huge fan of this brew. The muted nose and overly sweet flavor made this bomber hard to finish. There are definitely better examples of the style out there.
01-23-2012 02:35:13 | More by EnJeiBee
2.78/5 rDev -27.8%
Murky, golden body. Thick, light tan head builds a dense cover and then dissipates, leaving nothing.
Classic aromas of cloves, bananas and bubble gum. Wheat grains in the background.
Spicey clove and banana sweetness. Creamy wheat and then a big bite of alcohol. Spicey and tongue burning. Leaves a fusel taste in the mouth.
I have had two completely different experiences with this beer: my first bottle I split with my friend and I thought it was the best example of the style I've ever had. So I bought another bottle for myself (and to review) and felt like I was getting my ass kicked by the alcohol flavors. I'm confused as to how this could happen. I'm hoping I somehow got a bad bottle. I'll try one more to figure out what happened.
09-30-2011 03:48:12 | More by litheum94
2.78/5 rDev -27.8%
a: This cloudy, murky looking golden straw color. It was served to me with a small, but long lasting, frothy cap.
s: Lots of bananas and cloves along with some bubblegum. There was a little too much medicinal heat.
t: Sweet up front with plenty of banana and bubblegum character; it was a a little citrus-y even. The finish had a dry, sharply herbal medicinal quality that made my pint a bit of a chore to finish.
m: Relatively big and chewy.
o: Lots to like from these guys, and at reasonable prices. This one was a miss for me though.
11-16-2011 20:05:40 | More by DIM
2.88/5 rDev -25.2%
Bomber poured into a Weizen glass.
A somewhat cloudy amber/orange color, with very little half inch off white head. Some slight lacing, but otherwise appearance was quite uneventful.
Smells are bananas, cloves and wheat. Very sweet, fruity lemon/orange like aromas. AND... I've heard this as a description before to describe a beer's aroma, but have never actually had the pleasure of experiancing it until now... HAM! Honey-baked ham, to be exact. Kinda weird.
Flavors are intense. Similar to the nose. Quite alot going on here, but sadly... abit one demensional... not very balanced. Just sweet!
Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Has a weird unpleasant artificial sweetner(saccharin)-like, dry aftertaste that definately takes away from the overall drinkability.
Oddly enough, I enjoyed this beer quite abit initially, but the more I drank, the less I liked. Hard to explain, it just went nowhere. Odd aftertaste kinda killed it for me.
01-05-2012 04:20:09 | More by raffy313
2.93/5 rDev -23.9%
Pours a bleary orange peel color with an off white two finger bubbled head. not see thru in the slightest. Almost appears two toned under the right kind of light. Very dark and distant in the middle, but a light passing on the outside.
s- sweet malt out front, banana, sweet fruits, tart.
t- up front quite boozy. masks alot of the sweet flavors that i'm getting slightly at the end. The banana seems to stay around, almost an orange peel to it. dark fruits only sting for a second.
M- Not as carbonated as i thought it was going to be, very viscous, and lingers on the palate. medium to heavy bodied, and at no surprise the 9% is present.
Overall I'm not very pleased with it. There is little carbonation to counter part the boozyness. All i'm tasting is bananas, and i know its common with the style, but there should be more malts. This is a supposed to be a step up from dunkle but the taste just is not there for me. I've had way better from Lagunitas, and i guess i was expecting more then this.
02-27-2012 23:50:49 | More by IIKaRuII
2.98/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
01-20-2012 19:24:49 | More by williamjbauer
3/5 rDev -22.1%
22oz bottle, weizen glass, 2011 version.
Clear sunset goldenrod yellow that glows pleasantly. My buddy poured softly, so the head is not what it could be. Swirling and rising bubbles show that it has potential.
More banana than clove dominant nose. Sweet wheat, sweet.
Salty banana bread, again, the clove is subdued. A peppery bite and a soapy sweetness. Lagunitas hit all the classic notes, no more, no less.
Slick and slippery and honestly, syrupy. It's a tad too much.
This beer checks almost all of right boxes for a weizenbock. It is too sweet for me. This is one Lagunitas brew that doesn't have a twist though.
01-05-2012 20:15:42 | More by brewerburgundy
Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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