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Hefe Doppelweizen | Marin Brewing Company

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Marin Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by pezoids on 10-25-2002

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 40
Photo of emmasdad
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on my recent trip to San Diego. I have always been a huge fan of Marin's beers, and they are one of the breweries I miss most from California. This one poured a ruddy brownish color, with a good fluffy off-white head. Malty, refreshing, good bananas and brown spice.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

boom into an allagash wit glass. thanks mike. this beer sits a semi-cloudy hearty pee colored yellow with a soapy, quickly vanishing foam. lacing is watery but present in small amounts leaving not much more than dots and specks.

aroma, contrary to previous reviewers, seems more lagery. noble hops shine in the forefront, followed closely by a lemony clove hint. rather sour for a weizen with little-to-no banana notes to be found anywhere in my glass.

man, this is a weird tasting beer. i get new-wave belgian out of it much more than imperial wheat. first sips are lemony-sour with mellow hop freshness and sweet malts.. very much like a green belgian pale ale. continues with a finish that displays mushy fruit, some banana.. and even some watermelon. mouthfeel is crisp due to perfectly excessive carbonation and drinkability for a 7% beer is through the roof. it's a shame this is such a mess- marketed differently, this beer could live up to more expectations and please more people.

not a bad beer by any stretch, just a painful misnomer. hefeweizen fans, stay away!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bomber in San Francisco 2 months ago, and finally I got around to trying it. The appearance is lighter colored than I expected, kind of a hazy yellow color so light it almost looked like a witbier. The smell is probably the best part, yeasty in a St Bernardus style. The taste is somewhere between STB Tripel and Schneider Weiss, which should be awesome but somehow wasn't all that satisfying. Nicely made although a little bitter in the after-taste.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a review of a bottle I picked up at a local BevMo.... Alewife had 2 pints vom Faß earlier in the day (20JUN06) while dining at the Marin Brewpub. She enjoyed hers quite well...

Pours cloudy, with a dull, lemony-yellow/straw-like hue. Possessed plentiful carbonation, which helped add to a billowy, whipped cream, off-white head of at least 1". Lacing was decent, on the whole. Aroma consists of some light banana, a touch of clove, and some lemony snickets. Has a little yeasty action, too. Body was a bit less than medium, with a fine prickliness pervading things and attacking the tongue.

It has some very light bready malt, with more banana and lemon coming into play. Also has a wheaty, crisp, new-mown hay character, and is a bit dry with some spicy yeast hits at the finish. Fairly good, all in all. Wish I'd tried it on tap at the Pub as well.


overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of clickpush
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 22oz bomber to weizen glass. Can see some individual bubbles coming from the bottom, but no streams. Lays down a thin one finger white head that's gone very quickly and leaves only a tiny amount of lacing. It's an average looking semi-cloudy pale orange color.

Nose: Floral and acidic, mixing brambles and citrus. In spite of the acidity there is a sweet smell as well that gets carried in on the alcohol and shows up at the end of the whiff. Hints of vanilla.

Mouth: Slightly sour at first, like an unripe peach, but moving back the beer leaves some sweet notes to be discovered at the tip of the tongue, like maple syrup or brown sugar, and a considerable hop presence in the swallow to balance the whole thing out. It leaves a mild plastic taste along the sides of the tongue and contains a gentle spiciness from the warming powers of the alcohol. A bit weak on the carbonation, but what is there lasts through the whole experience and doesn't wimp out in the back of the mouth. Enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours with a dull gold body, hazy and translucent. The head is short lived, barely half an inch tall and no lacing to mention. Some bubbles linger on the surface of the brew -- pea-sized and unimpressive.


Lemon zest rapidly turns into a Lemonhead tart sweetness. The finish smacks of grapefruit juice and menthol cough drops.


Opens with a flat spread of slight bitterness, backed up by a rather hearty push of cirus zest bite. The middle is rather nice, where these two flavors combine into something that resembles a coherent taste. The finish isn't bad: blunt background of lemon rind, a chewiness to the yeast, and a receding flicker of high-pitched hops.


Somewhat thin, like skim milk; carbonation, I could use more of it here.

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Photo of baiser
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, golden, hazy body, with a frothy and foamy white head. Good retention. Creamy mouthfeel - very light and refreshing as well. However, nothing about the taste resembled a decent hefe. Just a tiny amount of spiciness, dominated by an overpowering sweetness from the malt. Not much fruit either. Finsihes dry and watery. Not the greatest from Marin.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy orange/yellow with a full 2 finger or better white head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aromas are pretty typical American wheat with biscuit or bread hints and wheat peppery spice but no banana found in German wheats.
Taste is again fairly typical for an American wheat but more so....sweet blonde or pale malts with softly sweet spicy wheat...light white pepper with a slight bite at the end.
Aftertaste becomes very clean and refreshing as all of the malt leaves the mouth and just spices and hops bitterness remains.
A very slight alcohol aftertaste as well.
Fairly drinkable and an interesting brew I would try again.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured into a glass was a medium, hazy, deep yellow with a orange hue and no foam. The first sniff showed evidence of sweet fruit, with a hint of yeast. The taste had a sweet/tart yeasty flavor, with a hint of orange and banana's. The tart/acidic is from the orange. I like it because it was sort of a different flavor than other Doppelweizen's.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy brown with a touch of gold. Nose has some bruised banana and toasted wheat cracker. On the palate the bruised banana comes through as well but the focus is more on the wheaty flavors. Finishes malty sweet. Comes across unlike a true to style hefe-weizen.

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Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd call this a wheat malt liquor. It's really an American wheat style with a slight bump in alcohol. For that style, it would rate really high, IMO, but it's not much of a Hefeweizen. Only some faint fruity flavors, a very modest spiciness. Some citrus flavors, a hint of bubblegum. Malty but thin bodied. Sharp taste with not much weight behind it. Attractive light foamy appearance in the big chalice.

22 oz bottle from Beer Revolution in Oakland. Seems like a rather nondescript beer, whatever style this may be, but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, large bubbled head that sits atop a hazy, straw-gold colored beer. The beer has light aromatic notes of banana when I pop the cap as well as some notes of clove. There is a lightly tart note of lemons as some wheat-grain notes and perhaps some lightly spicy hop notes. This is quite light in the aromatic department, though it is not bad in any way. As with most Hefeweizens the aroma seems to fade pretty quickly no matter what one does. The components are here, I was just expecting something a bit more concentrated in something with Doppel in its name.

The beer is quite dry up front with a nice tart note to it. Spicy hop notes are quite a bit more prominent than in the aroma finishing off with a light bitterness. The finish is actually fairly sharp, which is a combination of tart wheat & yeast notes as well as a sharp yeasty bite and the aforementioned hop notes. This is quite light and easily quaffable, certainly the qualities one would want in a standard Hefeweizen. There are some light fruit notes here that remind me of apples and pears; these notes seem to be the major contribution of this being a Doppel, though they are fairly soft and well integrated with the rest of the beer.

Interesting, this beer is quite different than I was expecting. For some reason reading the bottle name I thought this would be a Weizenbock, once I poured it I was expecting a concentrated big Hefeweizen. Neither of these things really materialized. I am amazed how light and refreshing this beer is, despite its alcohol percentage. It does not have nearly as much character as I would expect from a traditional Hefeweizen yeast (perhaps it doesn't use a traditional version). In the end, this is quite drinkable and even enjoyable, but I wish it had a touch more character.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

04/12/06- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Dark brown in color. 1/2 inch head with light lacing.

Smell- Mostly sweet malt. Limited banana and clove, but it is there.

Taste- All malt in this baby. Banana comes through in the beginning, but the clove seems lacking. I do like the sweetness though.

Mouthfeel- Not as thick as I was expecting after the malt hit me. Seemed kinda thin. Fairly well carbonated though.

Drinkability- Not up to my standards, but still drinkable.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my standard tulip

A - Straw gold, nice head, persistent lace. Murky like a hefe.

S - Almost German, or Belgium nose , with that grassy wheat hefe blend.

T - I get a mix of hefe and complex Belgium.. candy and wheat. A very different beer.

M - Foamy, not exceptional.

D - Not cloying, fun to drink.

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Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that seems to slowly fade out. Little spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge creamy wheat, bubblegum, banana, light citrus, and fruity esters.
Taste is of the same great aromas but there is a mild bit of soapiness fill wheat preventing this from entering the upper level of great wheat beer.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin with some mild citrus notes coming through.
I seemed to like the bottom of the bottle the best. Seems to be less of the off flavor and some nice sweet and crisp balance deep down in there.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy light brown and dark yellow. Wheat aroma.

Appreciated the addition of hops that you don't see in this style. Apples and something else fruity. Lemon and banana possibly. Saaz and cascade hops. A neat foray and change of the style, another good effort to smackdown boring purists with. Still not my cup of tea, but gotta respect the change. A good price, especially for a Marin beer.

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Photo of rallison
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy straw color with a somewhat fizzy head.

S: Smells like a standard wheat beer - straw, wheat, some banana and citrus.

T: Also pretty standard - nothing exceptional. It's got a good amount of wheat flavor, and again some banana and lemony flavors. Maybe a bit of clove. Flavors are altogether decent, and they aren't too weak.

M: Nothing special - kind of a standard hefeweizen lightness without it feeling too thin.

D: It's drinkable enough, but I probably would opt to open a different beer if I needed a second bottle of something.

It's enjoyable, but relatively basic. This won't be a beer that makes you sit back and say "whoa!" It is, however, tasty enough to have a glass of.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from jgaston courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, banana, wheat, yeast and light malts.

T: The taste is decently balanced, with flavors of banana, wheat and lemon. There’s a good background of yeast and a light but hearty malt character along with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Pretty smooth with a little crispness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style even though it might not be one of the better Hefeweizens that I’ve had, it’s a decent beer to drink if your in the mood for a Hefe, but I don’t think I’d want to drink more than one and there are several others that I would pick first.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light gold color. Huge bubbly white head that became cloud-like as it fell. Seemed over carbonated.
Fresh grainy aromas of both wheat and barley. Fruity with citrus smells and a bit of clove.
Clean tasting but a bit light on flavor. Wheat, citrus and spice. A decent blend of flavors but quite subdued.
Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel and perhaps a bit to much effervescence.
The 7%ABV was well hidden but this was much lighter than I expected. Would be refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of Gusler
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a transpicuous golden amber color, the head modest in size, bright white in color and the texture creamy and the lace sufficient to coat the glass. Dominated by malt, light hint of yeast, citrus crisp and fresh, sweet as is the start with oodles of malt, the top middling in feel. Finish is strikingly acidic, the hops scarce and the aftertaste dry. A drinkable beer, but not what I would call a good beer, stretches my tolerance to call it “Average”.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This came in a 22 oz bottle that says 7% and comes with a purplish version of the label shown on this page.

This beer poured a very wheatbeer color, that is it was yellow/tan color that was hazy. The foam was a nice white but died off real quick. I had a hard time telling apart the wheat smell and the alcohol smell. Maybe it was both, who knows.

The taste was alright, it had some definite wheat flavor and a considerable alcohol burn for something of this strength. Quite sweet. Some noticeable bitterness and possibly some lemon-like sourness from the wheat. Despite the strange balance of flavors, it had a nice body to it. Not too thick and not too thin. Not overly drinkable on account of the burn and the smell but its worth trying as it is in one of those unexplored catagories of beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: I’ve had quite a few of the Marin brews, but something drew to this one, it didn’t look familiar at all, sure enough this is a new one. Comes in a 22oz Bomber which has the familiar looking Marin style label. Labeled as ‘Hefe Doppel Weizen’, with a prescribed strength of 7.0% ABV on the label. The label on my bottle is different to the one pictured, the wording is different and the background is a light brown and not dark blue as depicted.

Appearance: Cloudy body, funky golden marmalade appearance, some light dregs in the base on the glass but nothing extreme. Decent sized white head rapidly forms on the pour and builds into a 4” thick monster that takes a little time to settle down. When it does, it to relaxes to a ¼” thick stable cap. Above average carbonation. Tonnes of lacing litters the sides of my glass.

Nose: Lots of lemon soaked wheat, tart lemon meringue pie filling and some sharp acidic grapefruit, aromas are rounded

Taste: Lemon curd start that rolls into a wheat beer middle, sour tang in the center, sharp-sour see-saw until the yeasty ending gains a controlling hand and wraps up the whole show with a curtain calling grapefruit finish that has a mild hop character.

Mouthfeel: Despite the 7%, this has a rather thin mouthfeel. Creamy yeasty feel nevertheless, but nondescript and lacking ooomph.

Drinkability: The Bomber was welcome, but the last third was a bit of drag, it’s not a bad brew, just a very boring one, I lost interest halfway through the 22 ounces.

Overall: Cost $3.59, and it wasn’t worth it. Akin to a Wheat-Lite. Rather disappointing - given its strength, I expected much more taste and body.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: opaque dark yellow color in which large random clots of carbonation kicked slowly to the underside of a smallish white head that sputtered and faded down to nothing in short order. Certainly looks nothing like a German-styled hefeweizen.
Smell: lemony citric tang overlaying a modest bready malt aroma. Has a sharply acidic aroma. Banana and clove aromas? Nope.
Taste: hmm, lemon zest and soggy grains. Touch of spice and soured fruit and parting shot of alcohol to the back of the throat.
Feel: thin, rather watery and weak.
Drinkability: despite the (barely) average smell and taste and enhanced alcohol content relative to nearly all other hefeweizens, this is reasonably drinkable. That said, this is a major disappointment as I expected much more from Marin. Try it if you must; otherwise, move past this brew to something better.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the Hefeweizen version, not the Weizenbock. This beer has the right photo, but the wrong name. Poured cloudy orange-gold with a lot of brown sediment in the end. Strong off-white head. Aroma is musty wheat with some clove. No banana or bubblegum in the taste. Lots of wheat with... hops? In a hefe? All in all, this was a good beer, but not really what I had in mind for a German Hefe.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, same price as the regular Hefe, so I thought I'd try this out,

A: Pours much lighter than expected, thinking this was a weizenbock by the label I expected a much darker beer. Ale is a clear yellow with a very fizzy short-lived head, not what I expect out of a hefeweizen.

S: Wheat bread, some perfumy esters, apple.

T: Tastes a lot at first like a light version of Star Brew. A lot of bread, with some medicinal alcohol character almost malt liquorish, but not that harsh. Not a lot in the way of esters typical to this style.

M: Silky and solventy, alcohol is evident, but I like the feel overall.

D: A beer that was quite different than I expected. Fair, but not something I'd spend $3.99 on in the future.

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