Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen
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German Weizenbock
Ranked #40
Ranked #19,208
3.85 | pDev: 13.51%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen
Notes: This special brew was designed with the help of our Freistaat Bayern brothers who also built the brewhouse upon which we brewed it. It's a new twist on an old tradition!
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Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Yeasty, slightly herbal spicy floral notes, kinda funky bready wheaty malt, banana, vanilla, faint citrus, a little dried fruit, and some caramel honey sweetness.

T: Funky bready wheaty malt, banana, some spice, dried fruit, fig and date, vanilla, floral notes, light citrus, orange and lemon, some yeastyness, and rounded out with caramel honey sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely not a style I drink with any frequency. In fact, it's rather far off from my usual stuff so it threw my palate for a loop for a bit. That said, it was a fun one to try and I'd say it's aged rather well, probably rounding out some of the Lagunitas-ized edges into a somewhat more traditional flavor profile. Wouldn't mind seeing this one brewed again.

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Photo of stortore
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Had 11/9/17.

Pours a lightly hazy, kind of sickly looking orange, with a two inch plus head and some foamy lacing. Smells of malt, light caramel, a fruity tropical hop aroma. Wheaty and a little grassy. The taste is malt, a piney hop bite, some caramel and bread, a little pineapple. Good amount of hop bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a good body, well carbonated.

Hardly a traditional rendition, but has less hops than I expected. Very drinkable, but no reason for them to bring it back.

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Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead on 10-9-17 for $4.99. No bottling date visible. Received at TW in 6-6-17 - took a chance on the 4 months residence on the shelf.

Beer poured orange with a solid white head that has some hang time.

Nose has hints of bubble gum and citrus.

Taste is bubble gum and citrus over a large wheat base. Finish is surprisingly a citrus hop.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing special.

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Photo of RobHB
1.02/5  rDev -73.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am a big fan of Dopplebocks and Weizenbocks, so I had high hopes for this beer. I was expecting a malty, sweet beer that had some caramel presence. Typical flavor notes one associates with both of those styles. I tasted none of that in this beer. What this tasted like to me was poorly made IPA with unbalanced hop bite. In other words, nearly the opposite of what are the tasting notes and characteristics of a Weizenbock.

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Photo of Mortuus_Sonos
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

I’ve been wondering how Lagunitas' offerings have been stacking up since Heineken International bought them out and figured this cost-effective, seasonal bomber would be a good way to find out. Yea, it’s OK. Upfront there’s some bready wheat and caramel notes, which fades into mild citrus hops and pepper. It’s drinkable and fairly inoffensive. My biggest complaint was the mouthfeel; the carbonation was off and it made things feel soapy, thoroughly coating the palate. On the positive side of things, the 8.70% is nicely disguised. For a bomber under $5, it may not be the best, but it’s also not the worst.

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Photo of migwell
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, I'm Migwell from Northampton, Massachusetts and my profile includes an actual picture of me, a human person. For some unfathomable reason, these facts are minimized or hidden on this site. Annoying, probably because I came over from the more user friendly and international Rate Beer after they sold out to the Budweiser conglomerate.

Lagunitas, a brewery that I like very much, sold a half share to Heineken, which characterized the buyout as a take-over, while Lagunitas characterized it as a 'partnership'. Whatever. Heineken is not ABInBev, clearly out to destroy craft brewing. The fairly recent buyout of Wicked Weed by the Bud crew, however, has caused me to forever eschew their production.

Anyhow, those of us who love Lagunitas are aware of their gender bending misnomers they conceive for their new brews, often quite confusingly off the mark. The only brews I'm familiar with in this category are the Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus and the Weihenstephaner Vitus, neither of which I encountered after a year and a half living and drinking beer in the Franconia region of Bavaria. And neither of which resemble this Lagunitas mish-mash.

Drinking a Unibroue Trois Pistoles alternating with this. *I was under the impression that Unibroue's stuff was call wheat... certainly tastes that way, and at 9% would clearly be a doppel weizen... forgive me if I'm incorrect, but the Pistoles is so clearly the superior, more subtle, more drinkable brew that if this is a fair comparison. The Lag product is as so often the case, a poor facsimile. More power to Sucks, Little Sumpin', Maximus and their various seasonals.

I don’t see how they can call this a Bavarian Style Doppel Weizen, the aroma is dominated by citrus, grass, and floral from too much high alpha American hops, and smells quite boozy. Pours dark gold with a small white head that leaves slight lacing. Taste is dominated by grain, excessive hops, syrup, and hot alcohol, like some poser version of a Bavarian beer on steroids. Leaves a really bad aftertaste from the hop flavor and bitterness. The description has nothing to do with the beer and is almost unreadable. They want to turn everything into an overhopped IPA.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a traditional muted gold, moderate cap, slight carbonation. Aroma is a clash of old world / new world - it has traces of warm baked bread from Bavarian malt, but there is a hop addition that spoils the smell. Not extremely off-putting, but lacks that hearty embrace a good German bock should have. A little fusel in there too.

Flavor starts very malt heavy, big flavors of sticky pudding, butterscotch, and rye. The finish lacks the same punch, those big flavors fade quickly & it finishes with a bland hop sputter. Should have kept it classic, but Lagunitas always has to push those hop additions, and it really does no service to this particular brew.

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Photo of hopfrog
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At only 34.2 IBUs, the bitterness is atypically low for Lagunitas. Very big, boozy, and sweet with a thick, chewy mouthfeel from the wheat. The yeast imparts estery banana and pineapple notes that come together with the mouthfeel to give it a somewhat like a fruit juice cocktail-like quality with some hoppy spice peeking out from the background. As with most wheat beers, I recommend it with a lemon slice to cut the grainy finish and—in this case—brighten up the heavy sweetness. At its best, you get a tangy lemon slice pastry with a wallop that was brewed to knock your block off. Enjoy!

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


A Lagunitas bomber oldie but one I have overlooked until now. Just purchased at a store known for its extensive stock, first I'd seen this one on a shelf for awhile.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed pilsner.

a: Nearly clear dark gold with an inch and a half frothy white head which receded to dense lacing and heavy surface foam.

s; Fruit cup leaning to pear.

t; Follows the nose with hefty biscuit malt undertones and a mild hop bite. Sweetish finish.

m; Medium plus, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o; A substantial (even tempting to call it chewy) brew which is good for the style and covers its higher ABV well.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - hazy orange copper color with a slight white head
Smell - does not smell like a dopple Bock, it's hoppy and smells like a floural pale ale
Taste - Carmel malty with a very slight piney citrus note
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - doesn't taste like Germaine anything, more like a American pale ale

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, I can see what they are going for, but it has this muted and cardboard like flavor that makes me think that it might be the on the older side. The alcohol was well hidden and the drinkability wasn't bad, I just wish the flavors were a little brighter. I would buy this beer again, but I would make sure it's fresh.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle slowly into a chilled glass mug. Nice cloudy amber colour with virtually no head until I was finished pouring. At that point a nice half inch of off white head developed. Smells of smooth wheat with some citrus and slight fruit. Taste is very crisp. Piney wheat and citrus. Great mouthfeel. Prost!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark gold with 1/2" head and mild lacing. Smells sweet, getting fruit, bread, wheat, citrus. This tastes amazing, very smooth with loads of sweetness, lots of fruity notes, bread/biscuit, some light citrus, and honey. This is a very full flavored beer but very easy on the palate. I am really happy with this one, it was way better than I expected and would get more of them whenever I see them around, awesome stuff.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a weizen glass. Pours a lovely burnished orange with a slight haze to the clarity and a fluffy, half-inch, bright white head. Nose expresses candied figs, light malts, a hint of citrus and faint earthy/herbal notes towards the back. It's all a bit heavy and lacking delicacy. Taste consistent with nose; however, candied citrus dominates the flavor profile and everything else is present, yet diminished albeit not in a bad way. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a kiss of acidity. Overall, not my favorite example of the style yet quite enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a 2 1/2 inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of wheat, light fruit, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of wheat, a little bit of caramel, pineapple (very noticeable in the finish), a little citrus (lemon, in particular), a bready quality, and pepper. For the most part, this is a solid flavor, but not an outstanding one. Needs to be a bit more assertive, but is still fairly tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer in some respects, but is still drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of Ob512316
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Ipa glass.
Look: Amber, with thin white head.
Smell: Pineapple, biscuits,and pepper
Taste: Pineapple, biscuits, grapefruit, pepper, then a hint of caramel.
Feel: full bodied, slight alcohol taste.
Overall: a complex beer from Lagunitas. It was as I expected.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Bold bready wheat and malt, citrus hops,peppery, toothy. Nose is spiced, floral hop. Amber/Gold color, slightly unfiltered. Medium/full body, like a meal. 34 IBUs

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Photo of Sabtos
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic amber with a slight chill haze and a foamy, fuzzy clingy lace from a moderate off-white head.

Smell is really sharp citrus, pine, graham, and catty rug.

Taste is caramel, sweet biscuit, pine, with a medium froth.

This is way hoppier than it should be.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Our first go at this one. A hazy, bright amber pour with a tight head and sticky lacing. The aroma of malts and yeast come up and tickle the nose. It's quite tasty and the ABV is well hidden indeed. Taste is quite malty and good carbonation and mouthfeel. Enjoyed the short essay (in about 2 point type) on the side!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. I had this many years ago. Gave it a 3/5 overall rating without a review. Definitely time for a review!
A - tall ivory head slowly fades atop a clouded apricot colored ale
S - pineapple, banana, and mandarin, clovey yeast, honey
T - orangey citrus, mango, pineapple, light caramel, honey, banana, clove in the background
M - fuller body, moderate carbonation, finishes sweet with just a tad of bitterness
O - not your typical German Weizenbock, but what did I expect coming from Lagunitas? Good flavors with this one, very refreshing, even with the big ABV. Better than I remember it being.

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Photo of kenstogie
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

overly sweet without the hefe goodnes (mouthfeel, suspended wheat and great favor) fairamount of kick at 8.7 . hefes are great session beer but not so much with this. good beer but ..... ...also getting some soapy flavors.....

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Photo of Raime
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed as a bomber for $4.99 from my local Meijer.

Look - Pours a deep copper with a well frothed white head that leaves a decent amount of stick upon a finished glass. Carbonation is low.

Smell - A plethora of banana and fruit juice going on here. Touches of malt for balance but overall the smoothie level in on high with this nose.

Taste - Unfortunately the actual taste profile somehow did a complete 180. Predominantly catty hops with a touch of juicy sweetness on the tale end.

Feel - Full bodies with low carbonation and a pillowy factor due to head retention. Even maltier as it sits in the mouth.

Overall - Lagunitas makes some fantastic beers but their bombers almost always utilize the catty hops that I don't much care for. Has taken me three purchases to finally realize this. The nose goes from a well hopped weizen but the taste completely drops off into a generic chinook hopped DIPA that has sat around for too long. Appetizing nose, good looks but a letdown everywhere else. Can't recommend it and am likely done with all big bottled lagunitas offerings forevermore.

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

Golden orange in color. Fairly hazy in appearance. Lemon zest, Cherry skin and orange. Caramel malt profile. Lower carb, smooth sipper. Pretty good.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tall Pilsner glass. A bit of haze to yellow body with white head and good lacing. Citrus smell with a malty, lemony taste. Nice beer, but not sure exactly what style it is!

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

L: Cloudy medium golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leaves great lacing on the glass.

S: Rich and malty... caramel and sweets mixed with Lagunitas style hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Rich and malty... grains, wheat, and some sweetness and spice. The hop profile is classic Lagunitas... just tastes like one of their beers, and hoppy for the style but not bitter. Piney and floral... a bit of citrus, but more malt forward.

O: I always love the limited releases from Lagunitas, and this one was no exception... and they graft their characteristic hop flavor onto a Weizenbock. A tasty beer but probably not a great representation of the style. Really enjoyed it though, so.. this one worked for me.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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