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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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540 Ratings
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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | 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:
Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 09-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 540 | Reviews: 281
Photo of exitleft
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle date but it was released last month. Pours hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense 3 finger white head with nice retention that reduces to a lacing cap. A good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of huge banana, clove, bubblegum, pepper, spices, bread, and some wheat tartness. Some outstanding and complex aromas here with big strength. Taste of big banana, clove, bubblegum, bread, pepper, spices, and tart wheat. Small amount of bitterness noticed on the finish; with lingering notes of big spices, clove, banana, an bubblegum for a good period of time. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcoho lis well hidden for 9%, only a slight warming after the finish. Good amount of drinkability but is still a sipper because of the gravity. Overall this is an excellent weizenbock with a ton of flavor and nice balance.

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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy dirty golden, amber with no head.

S - Overripe banana, wheat, phenolics and some spice. Butterscotch as it warms.

T - Spicy with a heavy overripe banana flavor, light yeasty phenolics and a boozy heavy alcoholic finish.

M - Sweet and almost syrupy with a boozy warming feeling.

D - Pretty solid until the boozy flavors pick up as it warms.

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

Pours an orangish-yellowish copper color with a lot of white, frothy head that lingers for some time. Scent is packed with cloves, banana, and bubblegum. A bit of tart aromas along with Belgian yeast. Taste is initially clove and bubblegum, then some wheat characteristics kick in along with the banana and sweet, bright fruits. Hints of bitter hops as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat fluffy. Drinkability is high. Overall, I know I've said it before, but weizenbock is not my favorite style. I would have to put this one up there with Vitus, though. Lagunitas delivers once again!

Photo of silentjay
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very cloudy straw color with a large cloud-like white head that quickly recedes and leaves behind just a bit of lacing.

bubble gum sweet aromas dominate. some clove/banana aromas sit behind that. not a lot of malt aroma maybe some doughy bread, but thats stretching.

yeasty and sweet flavors of bubblegum, with a spicy finish of clove/coriander and some cracked pepper. nice yeasty flavors without any malts to balance/add complexity and a booziness throughout.

medium bodied and velvety, but with a warming and slightly harsh swallow.

definitely not on par with traditional German examples of the style, and not even "Americanized" into something different, just an average example of what should be a great beer. value, as always with Lagunitas, however is great.

Photo of Ghenna
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Gehrig
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this as part of a good spree at the magnificent Neil St. Piccadilly.

A thick durable finger of slightly tan froth atop a muddy brown body with orange trim, with the head leaving nice lacing. Fruity esters meld with somewhat dense malt, with some citrus (orange and lemon especially) joining chocolate, ample biscuit, and a hint of oak lingers.

Solid Weizenbock, excellent texture, light on the tongue but rich in flavor. The taste is a bit spicier than the nose indicates, with pepper and some ginger accentuating the orange peel taste. A bit of berry emerges in the finish, while the malt backbone remains sturdy as chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee carry the day. The best element of Doppel Weizen to me is the mouthfeel, just right for the style--airy and effervescent, but packed with goodness for the palate.

Overall, while Doppel Weizen isn't quite at the level of excellence as Brown Shugga, Hop Stoopid, et al., this is still damn good Weizenbock that will sate the palate. Good, solid representative of a terrific and somewhat difficult style to pull off. Definitely recommended.

Photo of ZacharyMmm
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just got back from Humboldt Hoptoberfest, and this was one of my favorite brews.

Alcohol is hidden very nicely, and covered by an array of bannana and clove. A large punch of flavor Great taste from start to stop. Creaminess throughout.

Looked great in glass, with a quite large off-white head. Beer color is copper.

Lagunitas is becoming a quick favorite for me among local California Breweries.

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10oz mini-imperial nonic at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy lemonade yellow-brown with short tightly bubbled white head with a couple of thin random lace formations.

S: Strong banana bread aromas with light herbal lemon and fairly boozy berry alcohol

T: Very raw alcohol character off the top but the banana, clove, and bready maltiness come through and create a very warming, comforting flavor profile.

M: A great example of the tangy, slightly sticky but also thick weizen feel with the warming alcohol.

O: More proof that Lagunitas can do a pretty good job with most any style. This isn't in the league with Schneider Aventinus or Weihenstephaner Vitus, but there is nothing wrong with the delicious weizenbock. A little on the hot side (also a feature of most Lagunitas big beers), but I would definitely take the chance to lay a few of these down and see how they turn out -- especially at the Lagunitas price point.

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

Cloudy orange colored beer with a good sized off-white colored head.

Smell is sweet bruised bananas and clove, though the clove is really much weaker than the banana. This is very much a banana scented beer, if you prefer a heavy clove wheat beer this isn't one.

Starts out sweet with a good banana and a pithy bitterness. The whole beer goes like that sweet, banana then some bitterness. Alcohol is WELL hidden, this could easily sneak up on you! Bit of clove in this but this really is a Banana Beer.

Mouthfeel thick.

Overall I love it but you have to Love Bananas. In a word this is a Banana beer, this one fact will decide if you love this or hate this.

Photo of obrike
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber at Specs...first time I've seen this one so I thought I'd give it a try.

Pours a cloudy light-copper...not much of a head and no lacing, although a slight ring of off white remains for the duration.

Scent of sweet bananas, bubblegum, tart yeast. All on cue for the style.

Taste follows scent...along with a sharp, boozy bite at the end. I like it...a nice kick to the palate. This is not your typical hops driven Lagunitas beer...a good changeup from a great brewery.

Always willing to try a beer from these guys. This one, albeit not the best weizenbock I've had, certainly fits the style nicely...the extra abv is a bonus. Thanks Lagunitas!

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've loved Lagunitas beers since I tried their first. Most of their beers are hoppy and quite delicious. They do something to their hops to make them orgasmic. When I saw that they made a weissbier I was very intrigued. It doesn't seem to be what Lagunitas is used to making but if they're going to be trying out new beers then I'm all for that.

I poured this into my .5L Spaten stange glass. It's head grew very tall and extremely bubbly. The bubbles were very small and the head fizzes away very quickly. Color of the head is off-white, a bit tannish. The beer itself can best be described as a murky copper color. Looks damn tasty!

I like this smell. Wheaty, citrusy sweet, and a bit boozy. It's as if someone baked an orange wheat bread. I very much get a cereal grain smell too that makes it have a certain mealiness to it. Strong smell.

The dominant flavors include wheat/grain and strong orange-ish (reviewing beers always creates new words). Along with the orange citrus flavor I also pick up sweet banana and white grape. There's a tart acidity as well. There's a bitterness there as well but I wouldn't say it's "hoppy". Alcohol lingers thought the finish. A good amount of flavor here and a decent taste.

This is a medium-bodied wheat beer with medium carbonation that adds some bite though overall it's has a creaminess.

I appreciate this "different" beer from Lagunitas. It's not a great weissbier but I definitely enjoyed it. It's also not usual for a 9% ABV weissbier. Me like!

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a weizen glass.

Appearance: poured a hazy, dark orange hue with two good fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite nice.

Smell: biting wheaty aroma with a definite hint at the big brew beneath. It's surprisingly light in intensity, though; still good, but pump up the volume, please.

Taste: big wheat and barley malt flavor with a fair bit of tartness thrown in. Bitterness is pretty balanced, but hop flavors aren't really that present. Alcohol is pretty strong. This is a decent beer, but not a great one.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a nice, creamy consistency. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty decent beer. I think with the aroma improved and the alcohol bite toned down a bit, we'd be looking at a serious contender.

Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy burnt orange with a thin but creamy white head, decent retention and heavy lacing

S: nose starts with banana and spices, mainly clove, some spicy yeast notes come in as well, some candied orange on the end

T: the taste starts out very fruity with an emphasis on banana and orange, things continue to get sweeter with some notes of molasses and caramel coming in. The spicy quality prevents this beer from going overboard on sweetness

MF: smooth and creamy body, nice texture

O: well balanced beer, high abv is well hidden, nice representation of the style, this is a good value beer and definitely worth a try

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

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber color. The medium-sized, faintly amber-tinted, head has a medium, frothy texture. Retention is average, and a bit of lacing is deposited on the glass.

S: Some sweet, wheaty notes in the nose. Spicy, peppery phenolic notes combine with a fairly assertive alcoholic presence. Cloves and very ripe bananas are evident. Some nice yeasty character overall.

T: Lightly tangy and moderately sweet up front. Yeast character takes the forefront here. Spicy notes of clove and pepper are prominent, along with some banana and orchard fruit (ripe pears). Alcohol adds a bit of spiciness and heat as well, but manages to be refined despite prominent presence.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is supple and smooth, and a bit on the light side. Thanks to some moderate phenols and prominent alcohol, the finish is fairly warm and dry.

D: A nice offering from Lagunitas that strays a bit from their "strong ale with boatloads of American hops" modus operandi. The alcohol is integrated nicely, but comes across a bit too sharply overall. This is a good weizenbock, but there are better American (and German) versions out there.

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

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance is a cloudy brownish-orange with hardly any white head. Aroma showcases the yeast, banana, some clove, a little spicy bite, a sweet malty backbone just there. Taste is parallel to the smell; banana and fruitiness, some spicy phenol, a nice yeasty body. This is balanced with a hop bitterness that is just discernible. Where is the 9% apv? Hidden very well. Carbonation boils off the back of the tongue; it becomes smoother towards the end of the drink though. Overall I like this beer. I am not familiar with the style and after this I am ready to see how else it can be done. Balanced and interesting.

Photo of bbb099
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mjyoung for this one!

A - Cloudy orange, color of apple juice. The head disappeared quite fast and leaves very little trace.

S - Smells like a sour beer. Acidic, some grapefruit and yeast.

T - Crisp banana, tart and yeasty flavors. Small amount of hop characteristics.

M - High amount of carbonation. Nice, medium to full body.

O - Nice and clean flavors. The alcohol content is well-masked. Good overall, though I have not had many weizenbocks.

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

appearance: Loads of bubbles. A little cloudy. Dark orange.
smell: a little fruit, a little spice.
taste: much like the nose. Very tame for a 9%. drank this guy fast.
overall: Lagunitas occupies a special place in my beer heart. Every beer is good or very good and reasonably priced. There aren't any that are in the superstar category, but a consistent good to very good line-up.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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 kennylopez
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from from 22oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: a full fingers worth of frothy white head that fades to a nice film as you drink it. Has a golden hazy hue to it that is quite appealing. Beautiful layers of lacing as you enjoy it.

Smells: I pick up a citrus hop that is paired with a hay and grass hints. There is definitely a different barley or yeast smell or both that I do not recognize in other Lagunitas brew.

Tastes: the smell was quite accurate. I do taste a hint of a lemon in the hops with and sweet floral kind of finish.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated until the very last drink. there is little alcohol taste present in the aftertaste, yet for the 9% its quite sweet and very enjoyable. Leaves the mouth feeling little aftertaste after a few minutes which makes me anticipate the next sip.

Overall: I am not to familiar with the traditional style that inspire this ale, but I tell you what I really enjoyed it. Its very easy drinking and a creeper as far as the head change. I got a bottle as a gift, but hope to find it on my trip to the shop next time, I will hunt for them if necessary.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy wheat color with about an inch of foamy head that quickly recedes, leaving a nice thin sheen of lace.

S-bread, banana, and peppery spice top the nose.

T-spicy and bready up front, with the yeast carrying through the middle and into the finish and coated with a muted banana finish.

M-decent balance, slightly heavier than expected. slick on the palate.

O-not bad to try, but as a limited release this isn't anything i would feel the need to horde for the ages either. This is definitely a breed apart from the Lagunitas offerings i've tried before, and worthwhile.


Photo of Vonerichs
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque gold body with average white head. The body is extremely hazy.

The smell is overripe bananas and heavily phenolic.

The taste doesn't bother to mask the alcohol. It's boozy. Flavors of banana, vanilla extract, and bactine aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and boozy.

I wasn't feeling this one. It was too boozy and medicinal which overpowered what could have been some nice banana and vanilla flavors.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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