Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen
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German Weizenbock
Ranked #41
Ranked #19,472
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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Reviews by Hippopotamus:
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Hippopotamus from California, Nov 29, 2011
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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.84/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomb into a traditional Weizen glass and Dogfishhead signature glass.

A golden amber color with a monsterous thick foam cap. Super retention, thick lace hangs around with a constant cover. Amazingly health look. Massive lace and constant covering is very rare.

A honey-soaked wheat malt aroma is simply amazing. Herbs and spices with sour green earthy tones, banana's and cream from the Weizen yeast and hops.Huge nose with major complexity. Alcohol heat, boozy with herbs and spices pop out much more as the brew warms.

The Double, Dopple Big -fat Weizen is in full effect! Massive honey drenched wheat malt complexity is as huge as any I've experienced. Old world Bavaria meets west coast USA !! The dense wheat malt flavors are a beast! The feel starts out much like Coltrane's "a love supreme" jazzy and funky, and becomes dense and extreme like the "bitches brew"of Miles Davis circa 1970. . Full of life, long and lively with a dense, smooth finish of the smooth west coast style jazz of Dave Brubeck from 1958. The malt gets pretty heavy and slick but also very smooth in the end.

Double-style sweet wheat malt dominates, sour and extra spices from the yeast and hops, green earth and tangy yeast brings it all back home. Classic Bavarian flavor with extreme west coast stylings." Endless summer on the Rhine river". Is a nice summery of the overall effect of this brew.

The complexity is out of this world high, traditional balance and quality is equally impressive. When you pray a beer will never know it's good.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Apr 27, 2017
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3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Brolo75
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Brolo75 from California, Apr 08, 2017
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1.48/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Is this an April Fool's joke? Why call an IPA a Doppel Weizen? When I want an IPA, I tend to look for beers that say "IPA" on the label, and when I want a beer that isn't an IPA, is grab beers that don't have "IPA" on the label. Silly me for thinking Lagunitas could do something other than an IPA.

Look - Hazy
Smell - Like a ton of hops
Taste - I can only taste hops
Feel - Fine
Overall - Hated it because I specifically DID NOT WANT AN IPA.

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Photo of jkblr
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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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jkblr from Indiana, Apr 09, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois, Apr 04, 2017
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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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RobHB from New Jersey, Sep 10, 2017
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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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NickSMpls from Washington, Jun 15, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an opaque, dark orange color with a small, but stiff cap of off-white head. Nice lacing.

Nose is big on the banana and clove and hides the alcohol very well. The wheat is not very prominent, its hiding behind all the other rampant yeast esters.

Ahhh, theres the alcohol...although it is pretty smooth and blends in well with the yeast flavors. The wheat and other malts are pretty tame, just a light grain husk and toffee character. Mouthfeel is plenty full and the beer comes across as moderately sweet. The beer is maybe just a bit too big for a lighter-styled weizen, perhaps a darker, maltier beer could support the yeast and alcohol better? Maybe more Aventinus and lass Vitus? Still, I am enjoying this one and am drinking the second of two that I purchased. A non-super hoppy Lagunitas offering is always welcome in my fridge.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin, Apr 03, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant orange colour, burnished in tone. Head is thinned out, quite white in colour. Lace is OK, not very impressive. Looks nice though, could use some more head.

Smells sweet and a bit fruity, kind of sour at times as well. Big banana aromatics with red apple and pear rounding out. Slight savoury note as well and a big boozey whiff promising good times. Maybe a touch too green, it does smell a little tart, but I am still very interested in drinking this.

Taste is spicy, sweet and fruity. A potent cocktail indeed. Banana base with nutmeg, lots of nutmeg. Golden syrup, biscuity and some fruit notes on the back - pear and apricot. Light in flavour but lots of deep complexities to their light flavourings. Fruity, sweet and really quite gooey. I like, but I do feel a bit more spice would really jazz this up to eleven.

A bit blah on the mouthfeel. Full, and syrupy, not much texture. It's just a big sticky thing.

Nice big wheaty blob. Sweet, but nice spicy phenols give it some excitement, and it's the exact sort of sweet blend I really enjoy.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hazy orange with an off white head.

Sting of carbonation hits the nose, followed by banana, a floral bouquet, musty yeast, and orange/coriander.

It is full flavored with rounded mouth feel. A complex chewy brew.
Hits first with a sting of carbonation, then bitter herb hop flavor hits in the back of the mouth giving way to a bitter orange bite. Banana and rum flavors come through reminding me of Banana's Foster. Spice hits on the roof of the mouth with notes of cumin/nutmeg. Has a nutty, earthy flavor. This is a lively, interesting, complex beer. For me all the flavors don't quite come together in unity, but it is full flavored and worth a try.

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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania, Nov 28, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts, Oct 08, 2017
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3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new Lagunitas bomber on the shelf is usually a good thing. This one poured a very hazy orange with a light head. The aroma is very light of bread, yeast and a little spice but it may be a bit cold to really get more out of it The taste is of cloves, banana, yeast and malts but with a strong spice that lingers throughout. There is a little bubblegum on the finish and I don't find the 9% really at all. It is a bit different but an enjoyable brew. Pretty drinkable but a bomber is more than enough.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bierdeflanders from California, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

KiMiRaiK from Washington, Jan 20, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with a one-finger off-white head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cracked wheat, yeasty and toasted malts. Very nice with a touch of banana and clove.

T - It had a strong banana presence with a good dose of clove, wheat and yeastiness. Nice toasted malt backbone, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and a sneaky alcohol presence.

O - This is a great weizenbock. And at $3.99 for a bomber, it is an awesome value. Lagunitas is so good and so affordable.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jlieber17 from California, Oct 27, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like tropical fruit. Much diff from any weizenbock I've ever had and I don't like it. Missing the banana and clove flavors I like in a good weizen

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jaxon53 from Connecticut, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Bonis
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes: 10/27/2011

A - Cloudy golden orange. Half inch of head vanishes relatively quickly.

S - Bananas and bubblegum jump out. Spicy cloves and yeasty bread linger beneath. I'm missing the hops for Lagunitas (haha), but this smells ON POINT for the style.

T - Again, I get lots of sweet bananas and bubblegum. Heavy malty sweetness with a strong German yeast presence. Clove spice gives a little bang, and bit of booze burns the throat. Decent overall, but nothing overly impressive.

M - Body and carbonation are both on the higher end. A pronounced booze sting exists.

O - A nice German style beer brewed by Lagunitas. Nice to see them go for something beyond their traditional hoppy American strong ales. It does remind me of a sweeter, boozier version of some other hefes I've tried before.

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Bonis from Ohio, Nov 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

TheMarkE from California, Jan 11, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color with a nice white head.

Smells like bananas, cloves, spicy yeast, and cream.

Taste is pretty spicy, some cloves, strong yeast flavors, and creamy sugars. Finish is dry, a bit boozy, tart, and banana like.

Mouthfeel is full, crisp, and a bit prickly.

Overall, this is a good Weizenbock. It's not super drinkable because it's a bit strong, but I like the complex flavors. Kind of surprised by the so so ratings, because this is an interesting tasting brew.

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flexabull from California, Sep 26, 2011
Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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