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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen

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539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 09-14-2011)
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Photo of fsimcox
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, off-orange color. Off-white foamy head dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Some lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and banana, hints of sweet fruit, and cloves. Some hints of bubblegum, and an overall wonderful aroma.

Tastes of banana and citrus, with some tart sour notes in the finish. I think they overdid it a bit with the alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with some carbonation in the finish. A very full bodied beer. A warm finish with the alcohol.

I was very excited to try this beer, and the wonderful aroma made me think this beer would not disappoint. But the alcohol finish was a little too much for me.

Still, a very good example of the style.

Photo of industrialswill
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Pjev11
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jbonapar
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on Xmass even 2011.

Amazing pour, thick thick thick creamy head with a cloudy light amber. Cool.

Smell is basically 100% ripe banana's. Dam. That is some banana there!

Taste, amazing. Almost like sweet banana cream pie. It is SO strong in the Banana departement. However, there is a biting clove flavor at the end. A really nice beer for sure.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 drawbackwards
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SolarMikey
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 BMac17
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange, creamsicle

S: Cloves and fresh baked banana bread

T: Sweet cream with bitter hops on the back but the banana really stands out

M: Med to heavy rich

O: A fun once in awhile beer.

Silky, rich and spicy clove all mashed together with tangerine cream and orange zest! This “double wheat” make’s your mouth water from slightly bitter and floral hops with a banana bread finish.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter this beer pours hazy golden-amber with a white sticky head the diminished to a skim and leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is highly banana, clove, malty wheat, and hints of citrus. The flavor is a pleasant mix of phenolic yeast tones, crisp, malty wheat and a slightly tart, dry finish. The hop bitterness and medium-high carbonation accent the dry finish. Just a few hints of booze emerge after the swallow, especially at the warms. The body is medium-full, bordering on full but pleasantly so. Overall a well crafted tasty beer.

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of beagle75
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

Photo of jesus808
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MNJR
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick powerhouse of a brew. Color is normal for a weiss, golden and cloudy. Smells fragrant and strong: spice, lemon/citrus, lemon cake or cookies, and a bit of alcohol to boot. Goes down much thicker than I expected. Chewy, spongy and yet creamy mouthfeel. Very strong and spicy flavor. A hint of astringent in the background. Estery and yeasty. But, not bad. Just a bit "too much" for me. I don't have much experience in the doppel weizen department. Maybe just not the beer for me, but if this is your thing it seems to firing on all cylinders.

Photo of Sinewave
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a one-finger white head. Heavy lacing left as I drink.

Smell: Smells of wheat and bananas, with a hint of spicyness.

Taste: Mainly cloves and bananas, wheat, biscuits, light alcohol, metallic tinge.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied and creamy, low carbonation. Definitely a sipper.

Overall: A great beer to sip on to warm you up, do not buy if you dislike banana flavors in your beer, though!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Lagunitas Doppel Weizen during a beer tasting party last night. The beer poured a copper orange with an off white head and not much lace. Banana dominates the smell with subtle spices backing it up. The beer is big….I would call this an Imperial Heffeweisen….the banana clove are included with the taste along with some ABV!!! The mouthfeel was a full body with mild carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

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

Poured into a big ole Weizen glass from a bomber. Slightly hazy orange color with a good amount carbonation bubbles swimming to the top. The head was a two finger and the lacing and retention is good as well. Some nice sticking to the glass.

The aroma is has the sweet banana bread character that I always look forward in any good German style wheat ale. The alcohol is sweet but not overwhelming despite the ABV.

The alcohol and sweet banana bread is dominate flavor in this wheat ale. Not bad at all, carbonated and very easy to drink. Yet, the alcohol is a little pungent but warming.

Medium/light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

I recommend picking this ale up while you can find it. Tasty and very warming for the winter season.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky oxidized orange is dense in clarity with a thin, creamy, bone white head. A steady spacious rise of effervesce is observed when backlighted. Head retention was short and the lacing was clean.

S: For aroma there were musky oranges, bananas, bubblegum, and some apple-citrusy notes. Refined, smooth delivery.

T: The flavor was malty, spicy oranges, and tropical fruit (mangos, and starfruit). Bananas, and bubble gum come compliments of the yeast. Musky and spicy with sweet caramelized grains are realized on the finish with some tart lemon citrus, doughy wheat notes, and a spicy bite of alcohol.

M: thick and creamy, spicy bite of alcohol mixes with some warm caramelized malt and yeasty notes of banana. Sharp tingly presence of carbonation.

O: a good show of malt and yeast, spicy alcohol with a bomber drinking big here. Definitely pronounced by style and worthy of a try.

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ironman88
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of CHickman
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

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

A: Poured from the bomber into a Weizen glass. Body is hazed golden-orange with a one-finger white head that leaves plenty of lace on the glass.

S: First impression is the banana esthers. Also some wheat, and a bit of spice.

T: Starts out like rising bread dough, with a wheat twang that's quickly subsumed by sweeter malt flavors: some honey and caramel malt. Also oranges/citrus. Alcohol makes its presence known in a bit of heat and spice toward the back end. Aftertaste is bready and somewhat sweet.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is inoffensive. Finishes a wee bit sticky or slick.

O: Pretty good stuff. Maybe a tad bit too much alcohol and a little too sweet. But I'm enjoying it overall.

Photo of null
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.