Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by goodbyeohio on 09-14-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
619
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
48
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Reviews: 306 | Ratings: 619
Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

eyes...
high sizzle in my fizzle, audible white bubbles crackle into nothingness in the matter of some moments, gurgling pools of carbonation appear on the now clear surface, slightly orange tone and easy to read the through, that is pretty much all of that...

nose...
spicy alcohol, coriander, some juicy fruit tone, banana tone... pretty on for the style

taste etc...
much like the odor... fruity flavors with a bit of yeast/spice, lots of lively carbonation as a distraction for the heavy ABV, medium body that wants to sway heavy... but manages to stay rather light, the alcohol can be distracting at times flavor wise... the flavor is pretty consistent, nothing huge, nothing bad, it drinks pretty easily considering the ABV weight, definite stomach warming on this.

verdict?
this will punch you and you might barely notice, supremely nice mouthfeel but overall a bit lacking in character in terms of "wow" factor (love those catch phrases yo... word)

music @ now : solution .45

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Catracho5
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a full white creamy head, highly carbonated, lots of lacing.

A: Lots of lemon, citrus, hint of banana, lots of hops, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Like the nose, hints of lemon and zest, banana, spice, touch of malt breadiness, very smooth and drinkable.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, slightly dry finish.

O: Not very familiar with this style of beer, but this is surprisingly good, nice balance of flavors, smells really hoppy but the hops are not as present as they are on the nose.

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Photo of jkblr
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottled 2/25/17 poured into an Ayinger pokal at fridge temp 8.7%. Aroma is IPA-like with soft citrus predominant. Pours translucent copper with abundant off white head. Head retention is nice with an 1/8" lasting as the beer is consumed. Taste is soft citrus again with maybe the smallest amount of malt coming through. Mouthfeel is wheat beer soft with abundant carbonation and an underlying bitterness that stops short of being harsh, but is right at that limit. Overall, I am torn. As a "beer", this is well made and enjoyable, as a Bavarian-styled Ale, I can't find the smallest piece of Bavaria. If you are a Lagunitas fan, spend the four or five bucks and see for yourself.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dorky, clean label attracted me. Body is slightly hazy golden color with a white head that leaves plentiful dots of lace. The nose offers mucky notes of wheat, melon, bubblegum, and a touch of clove. The flavor offers artificial variations of all of this; I blame the ABV for the mutation. It's fine to drink, just that none of the flavors are very clear or authentic. Body is decently heavy, not quite creamy, but smooth enough.
I actually wish it was hazier. This weizenbock leaned more towards hefeweizen but without the clarity of flavors, I believe due to the alcohol percentage. A poor excuse for exacting German standards, but drinkable and inoffensive enough.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber into a Lagunitas Mason jar.
L: Hazy orange color with a small eggshell colored head, very nice lacing.
S: Big fruity aromas here. Grapefruit, lemon, melon. Did I say fruity?
T: See above, with a malty backbone.
F: Certainly not thick and chewy, but a nice smooth creamy brew.
O: I bought this about a week ago, not expecting a whole lot. Boys and girls, was I off base on that. One terrific beer, another $3.99 Lagunitas bargain.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Schneider&Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse glass a hazed deep orange infused golden with a thinner than expected white head that did hold well,I was expecting more of a large bloomer.Hefty sweetness,green apple,and spiced bananas in the nose,its quite boozy I gotta say.Sweet with a big shot of clove-spice on the palate,the alcohol is large but it doesnt over power,there is a decent drying note in the finish.It's a robust weizenbock,a little on the hot and sweet side at first,above average but not great.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is cloudy of course, a dull orange in color, with a modest head that showed little retention.

Smell – The sharp banana and weizeny yeast are strong at the smell and the light malt aroma makes this one true to its name.

Taste – This fell apart at the taste. It’s not a bad beer, but the banana came across as cheap and the yeast, while tasty, failed to carry longer than half a millisecond. The bock portion of this beer was burnt and harsh.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and lacked the fluffy mouthfeel required of the style and the excessive bitterness was completely out of place.

Drinkability – I actually didn’t mind drinking this one it just didn’t live up to the billing. Since there’s really no such thing as a double weizen I tried to use my imagination. It certainly didn’t pull off the official Weizenbock designation on BA and struggled to justify making a double version of a dunkel weizen.

Comments – The brewery said that they had a German brewer create the beer then send it over to the US then they mimicked it and made it in the “Lagunitas style” but I find it hard to believe that any German brewer invision this.

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Photo of AdamToomey
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was definitely excited to see this brew at my local beer store and the under six dollar price tag was pretty hard to resist.

A - Poured this beer into a Weizen glass. The beer pours a beautiful translucent honey color with a minimal white, creamy head. Great lacing throughout. It definitely has that signature wheat cloudiness which I have come to enjoy.

S - Spice, spice and more spice. The spices definitely dominate the aroma, followed by banana and the sweetness from the malts. While all the other breweries are busy releasing Oktoberfest's, the aroma from this beer definitely makes sense for this time of the year.

T - The taste is on par with the nose. Tons of spice, banana and sweetness from the malts. The taste is nothing that will blow you away but it is still pretty delicious. It is definitely fun to drink and a great change of pace if you are looking forward to enjoying a seasonal that is not an Oktoberfest. The spicy characteristics work so well with the cooling weather.

M - The crisp and light-body of the beer really help to accentuate the spicy characteristics and also help lend the beer a very easy drinkability. At 9% by volume this could be potentially dangerous but hell...it makes it all the more fun.

O - This is not one of my favorite styles but I was looking for something different and this is definitely something I enjoyed drinking. The spices and banana like qualities was delightful. I highly suggest trying this beer if you are looking for a good seasonal that is not one of the the thousand Oktoberfest's currently on the shelves. The spice like quality of this beer make it perfect for the changing seasons. Pick it up, kick your feet back, and enjoy. Just don't expect to be completely blown away by a complex/unique take on the style.

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Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Drunkenass
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange/brown with maybe one finger of head. Head has decent retention and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Smells a bit like sweet banana bread with a bit of alcohol thrown in. Also a faint bit of spice. Pretty nice, but a bit of a heavy aroma.

T - Sweet bread malt with a lot of banana ad a bit of spice. A bit sweeter than I would like. It does begin to dry out with more spice, mostly pepper and clove, near the finish, but still quite sweet.

M - Slightly slick, medium mouthfeel. Some earthy dry bitterness on the finish.

O - Pretty good, but a bit too heavy and sweet. There are others in the style that I like quite a bit better, but this certainly isn't a bad beer.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerIsland
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to stumble on this beer on draft at the Bulls Head in Lititz today. A lot of BAs have recently listed them in the top lager echelon although the Pils was the only exampler generally available in PA. The DW is an excellent beer in the aggregate; some might even consider it restrained in flavor and general presentation. Refreshingly, an amped style didn't accentuate the supporting flavors along with the basic malt/hops effects. I APPRECIATE brewers' abilities to pack ABV into a balanced flavorful product without wresting the drinker into submission. The general smoothness and drinkability (mea culpa)of this item is a real achievement. I wish more of their lagers were available out here.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a large white head. The aroma is very heavy on the bananas with some cloves and wheat also present. The flavor is similar with a few additions. The two predominant flavors are bananas and orange citrus, with some wheat and a little bit of cloves. There is also a low to medium amount of bitterness as well as some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of goatxpower
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First off, let me say that I love this style and I love this brewery. I may be willing to try this beer again and edit my review, but....

A- hazy, murky amber. NO head to speak of which was a big disappointment. Visible carbonation, but lack of head and murky color give off the illusion of flatness.

S- it smells great! Bananas, clove, maple syrup.

T- this is where I'm on the fence. I love the huge malt in this beer. It is almost cloying, but in a GOOD way. The banana and clove are HUGE, which is good and typical of what you would find in other weizenbocks like Vitus or Aventinus. The alcohol is very hot in this beer and this is its major flaw. Because it not only adds a harshness and an astringency to the taste, but it also makes the huge banana and clove flavors harder to deal with. I wanted to like this beer, but I found it hard to drink. That being said, there are some other little complex notes that I kept noticing. Spiced apple, peach, almond.

M- felt undercarbonated for this style. The carbonation was not a very noticeable component. I also, still, couldn't get past how hot it was and this sort of skewed my interpretation of the mouthfeel. That being said, this beer certainly lingered on your palate for some time

O- I was a bit disappointed. I wanted to like this beer, but I found it hard to drink. However, I may try it again and see what I think of it the second time.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of HoptimusPrimal00
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of justinwright
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy but bright orange with billowing foamy white head.

Smell: Massive banana and bubblegum, with some clove, wheat and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, with loads of sweet banana and bubblegum, at least at first. Then the hops and clove come in and provide some great balance. Ends with lingering pepper and clove.

Feel: Creamy full body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish after the initial sweet onslaught.

Overall: This is a great Weizenbock, and I seriously do not know what is wrong with the reviewers to date. I usually do not like it when Lagunitas steps away from their hoppy comfort zone, but this is incredible.

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Photo of deebo
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy, dirty light brown with white head

S-Banana esters, cloves, wheat, hefe weizen for sure

T-Banana bread! Yeasty, malty and heavy. Nice flavor

M-Pretty full bodied. Heavily carbonated, a little alcohol end note but never would have figured this beer was this strong. Well done!

D-A little heavy, but is definitely a souped up Hefe.

O-Nice flavor, strong wheat taste, heavy on yeast and malts. A really good beer, a good beer to start the night with.

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Photo of canucksBC
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of handmuffin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 22 oz. bottle into glass at home. Pours medium amber in color, slightly hazy, with fluffy long lasting head. Aroma of vanilla, orange, banana and bready malt. No hop aroma detectable. Taste is more vanilla and orange with sweet caramel malt backbone. Small amount of alcohol flavor at the end. No hop flavor detectable and very low bitterness. Rich full creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall this beer is rich and flavorful that is superbly drinkable even at the high abv.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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