Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by goodbyeohio on 09-14-2011

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Ratings: 734 |  Reviews: 349
Photo of RobHB
1.02/5  rDev -73.3%
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 TheBen5
1.3/5  rDev -66%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of deldad
1.44/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

Wow. If it had "all day ipa" on the label I would rate it higher. So far off style no comment needed.

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Photo of hyndmanevan
1.48/5  rDev -61.3%
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 dragomni
1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.83/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pretty orange-peach color with a sticky head.

Smells of hop, pine, and grapefruit, slight suggestions of marshmallow.

Flavor is an IPA. An ipa fermented with a mild strain of Hefe yeast. Lemon, banana. That's it. It's a lagunitas ipa with wb-06. Can't these guys do anything else?

Feel is crisp and resiny - like an ipa.

Major points deductions. This is not a Hefeweizen or a bock of any kind. It's a stupid ipa. Im so sick of lagunitas one trick pony bullshit. Complete unoriginality. This is a major weakness for Lagunita's. Please learn to brew a style if you're going to release it. Do not cover your IPA recipes with a different strain of yeast and a trendy label.

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Photo of crusian
1.87/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I really dont understand how Lagunitas gets label approval and distribution so quickly in texas while stone has so many problems. I am going to start a thread about this...

anyway, bottle from local shop. pours a light amber color with a minimal head.
nose smells like smoked ham... honeybaked ham... gross. I was hoping for the typical lagunitas hop.
taste is VERY ham like... almost turns my stomach. after my gag reflex, there is a bit of a hop profile coming through, nice bitter finish, but seriously, this ham flavor is making my stomach churn, I think this is going down the drain...

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Photo of HoptimusPrimal00
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of trixdout
2/5  rDev -47.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of industrialswill
2.27/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

They might as well label this stuff "High Strength Banana Beer.
Appearance wize, all beer is beautiful and this one is no exception. As a matter of routine, this beer gets a rating of "good" from me for appearance.
Aroma is a different story..the smell of this beer is simply unappetizing. I smell banana and alcohol fumes. Like Banana Aftershave Lotion..?
Tastes like it smells, but with a pinch of disgusting clove thrown in. If this stuff was made in prison in a ziplock bag from left over banana peels, I'd be pretty proud of it...but otherwise it just isn't what I'd call "good beer".
The saving grace is the relatively high alcohol content. I was able to fight my way through this bomber, but I would have found a bottle of just about any malt liquor to be much more enjoyable.

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Photo of DougdaBrewer
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It seems to be missing all of the Weizen character I would look for in a German Hefeweizen and or Weizenbock.

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Photo of Derranged
2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From memory, poured into a weizen glass.

Looked good, nice color. Smelled sweet, malty, a little booze a bit hoppy. The taste takes a wrong turn: This was too sweet and a bit too hoppy for a weizenbock.

This was a miss and is indicative of brewery's obsession with hops. Although, being that this was from by a California microbrewery, I should have known better.

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Photo of AZbelgian
2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Pours a cloudy golden color with a small foamy white head.

S - Crisp aroma of banana with a hint of clove

T - True to the aroma, tastes of banana and clove are the most notable at first. This moves quickly into the strongest unfiltered flavor I've ever experienced in a beer. The flavor is tingly and biting on the tongue and overpowers and drowns out everything else. This lingers uncomfortably long on the tongue.

M - medium mouthfeel, unfiltered flavor gives it an undesirable flavor and an uncomfortable tingle

O - This beer would have real potential if the unfiltered character didn't overpower everything else. Overall I was not impressed. Some re-tooling on this one might improve it substantially.

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Photo of musicman575
2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hooray! A new weizenbock, and it's out of California. This should be interesting.

The label of this beer depicts some slightly opaque amber liquid with a gigantic fluffy head. What came out of the bottle was totally different - something thick and muddy yellow with hardly any head, even with a pour that became increasingly aggressive as I really wanted some plumage to bloom from the glass.

At least it smells nice - Good 'n' clovey with banana and orange rind. Wait, little bit of sulphur.

The hops really subtract from the taste of this beer. I haven't had any other weizenbocks with much hop presence at all. It's also nowhere along the lines of any of the delicious hopfenweiss beers. With an ABV of 9%, maybe they oughta ferment less and have more residual sugar. The wheat malt wants to be noticed, but gets buried by the bitterness. As it goes down, booze burns a bit in both the throat and nose. Again, the hops don't help that either. I like it when beers fizz up across the tongue, bringing out more of their sweet nuances. This beer doesn't do that.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a size cloudy with about a half inch head that recedes quickly. Lots of wheat on the nose, some tropical fruit and coriander as well.

Nothing to special taste wise that I can tell yet. Lots of yeast which gives it a grainy texture, tiny bits of graitfruit in the middle and a very very subtle hop presence on the swallow. The beer also has a slightly sour taste like other lagunitas brews I've had before.

Mouth feel was nice, medium bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation. The high alcohol content coats the throat but almost barely. I think that what im most impressed with in this beer. For such a delicate tasting style you would never be able to tell this is 9%

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Photo of gafferjohn
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of tencents
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance - not sure if I got a bad bottle but it poured pretty flat and whatever head there was dissipated immediately leaving a flat looking hazy orange amber and unappealing-looking beer.

smell - none of the complexity of the authentic Bavarian wheat beers and even a touch of soap.

taste - Full, complex, fairly pleasant.

mouthfeel - flattish but also a certain warm softness. Finishes decently.

overall - Really not sure what this beer is supposed to be, and as mentioned, I may have gotten a bad bottle, but it is neither a weizen nor a doppelbock in color, aroma, or taste. The label mentions that it was "designed" in Bavaria but it tastes nothing like anything I ever had in my ten years in Munich. In this case that is a bad thing. Very disappointing. The last beer I had from this brewery was outstanding.

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Photo of DareOfTheHog
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Pahn
2.64/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3inch white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy orange and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Mild banana bread, some solvent-like alcohol, sugary aromas, lots of yeast influence, some suggestions of citrus (orange, or chewy orange candy). Too restrained, but all the different notes work great together.

Taste: Potent yeasty and phenolic flavor up front, moving to high apparent bitterness (too high) and a crushingly hot (but sugary) finish. Bit of banana bread in the aftertaste.

Wow, what a miss. None of the complexity of the nose. Some good stuff happens at the beginning of a sip, then it just gets bitter and boozy. I like this less every time I take a drink of it. If I actually finished the bottle (just had 1 full glass), it would probably receive a few 1s by the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Sugary, almost chalky. Very hot. Mild carbonation. Not that bad, not that great.

Overall: One of the worst Lagunitas beers I've had, and easily the worst weizenbock I've ever had. Poorly made in so many respects, with the final result being too bitter, wayyy too boozy, and not very good otherwise.

They shouldn't have bothered releasing this.

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Photo of beagle75
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A: Hazy, light orange-amber color with a peripheral ring of fine white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Over-ripe bananas reveal the presence of authentic weiss-beer yeast, and also suggest underattenuation. Breadiness identifies a baked good--more a quickbread than something leavened by yeast. Aside from a subtle spirituous thread, this beer smells like banana bread.

T: Begins very sweet, with bready malt and an odd estery astringency. Acidity is bold, citric, but not out of place. The astringency, however, has an aspirin-like quality that is hard to shake. Wheat is muted in the middle, and bitterness is insignificant in the finish, other than the medicinal-type still hanging around. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, acidic and syrupy coating the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a clumsy attempt to install big Bavarian flavors together in a high-gravity package. It has Lagunitas written all over it--it lacks balance, with clove phenolics absent from the sensory profile. Palate fatigue is induced almost immediately after first exposure.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Label this a barleywine, and I would give it higher marks. However, this is not what I think of when I think of weizenbock. It smells, tastes and feels more like a barleywine.

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Photo of kraypd
2.69/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy orange color with white head that dissipated way too quickly. No head left after a few minutes from pouring.

S= spicy aroma with a hint of banana-hefe.

T= Very bold, with spicy notes. Finish displays way too much alcohol flavor to claim that this is a Bavarian style. This is an overly amped up Weizenbock that went a little too far in this reviewers opinion. Bavarian styles are about balance.

M= somewhat flat.

O= Up to this point I have been very fond of the Langunitas recipes but this one fell far short of the Langunitas reputation.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.69/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chalice: color is slightly hazy gold to copper, head is white, small bubbles, head presents 1 inch thick then dissipates to a thin top.

Smell - um, did I just pour a NEIPA? fruity, citrus hops, no real off yeast flavors, no banana, no clove. aroma is good, but not too style and I'll review components to style but give an overall rating that benefits the good flavor.

Taste is similar to the aroma - fruity, citrus hops, not much wheat, definitely more hops and cleaner fermented fruit esters. Fairly sweet, but not real doppelbock, weizen, weizenbock type flavors or components.

Mouthfeel is sharply bitter, a little sweet, but still way bitter than any other weizenbock.

Overall - not a weizenbock, but interesting flavors still - way hoppier than i'd expect i see the wheat but don't really taste it, and I don't get any weizen yeast which defines any weizen style.

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Photo of Elimination
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw the label approval for this months and months ago and have been waiting patiently for it

Pours a copper orange yellow, with a ominous darker center of the glass as the light passes through, a good amount of a white head.

Smell of clove, strong spice, a bit of bubblegum in the background and some definate earthyness, dirty almost mildew like

Taste is anything but what I search for in a weizen. Strong harsh spice, a bit of a sour twang, almost infected of a taste. It comes across more belgian yeast character. The bitterness is very strong, it jumps out with a bite of a very mealy hop that makes it a bit hard to swallow. There is even a chicken broth taste that I would say even turns to a vomit like character in the aftertaste. Some buttery character is thrown in the mix as well.

It has such a strong carb, and a lot of viscocity that it covers the tongue and sticks to you.

Overall, this seems strange to come from lagunitas, It was a try, but does seem to fall short.

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