Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by goodbyeohio on 09-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 284 | Ratings: 548
Photo of crusian
1.87/5  rDev -50.8%
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 industrialswill
2.27/5  rDev -40.3%
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 Derranged
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
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 -35.5%
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 -34.7%
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 -34.2%
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 tencents
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
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 Pahn
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%
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 -29.7%
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 kraypd
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
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 Elimination
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
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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Photo of SirSketch
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - very hazy orange-yellow color with minimal head.

S - Floral honey, orange and grape juice are all very apparent. Much like wheat wines I've had.

T - Loads of bubblegum flavor, honeysuckle and bitter orange, but the aftertaste is overpowered by an artificial grape flavor (think Flintstones vitamins).

M - Full mouthfeel with little carbonation to lighten it up. Unbearably thick at times.

O - I found this to be much too viscous and overpowering in phenols and grape character to be enjoyable.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It poured with a cloudy pale golden hue, almost no head and very visible carbonation

S - Overall, the scent is quite muted. The scent is of your typical wheat beer with a slightly pronounced banana character

T - The banana is extremely intense and the brew is overly sweet for my taste

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated

O - This isn't a "bad" beer by any means, but I'm not a huge fan of this brew. The muted nose and overly sweet flavor made this bomber hard to finish. There are definitely better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of DIM
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This cloudy, murky looking golden straw color. It was served to me with a small, but long lasting, frothy cap.

s: Lots of bananas and cloves along with some bubblegum. There was a little too much medicinal heat.

t: Sweet up front with plenty of banana and bubblegum character; it was a a little citrus-y even. The finish had a dry, sharply herbal medicinal quality that made my pint a bit of a chore to finish.

m: Relatively big and chewy.

o: Lots to like from these guys, and at reasonable prices. This one was a miss for me though.

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Photo of litheum94
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Murky, golden body. Thick, light tan head builds a dense cover and then dissipates, leaving nothing.

Classic aromas of cloves, bananas and bubble gum. Wheat grains in the background.

Spicey clove and banana sweetness. Creamy wheat and then a big bite of alcohol. Spicey and tongue burning. Leaves a fusel taste in the mouth.

I have had two completely different experiences with this beer: my first bottle I split with my friend and I thought it was the best example of the style I've ever had. So I bought another bottle for myself (and to review) and felt like I was getting my ass kicked by the alcohol flavors. I'm confused as to how this could happen. I'm hoping I somehow got a bad bottle. I'll try one more to figure out what happened.

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Photo of raffy313
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Weizen glass.

A somewhat cloudy amber/orange color, with very little half inch off white head. Some slight lacing, but otherwise appearance was quite uneventful.

Smells are bananas, cloves and wheat. Very sweet, fruity lemon/orange like aromas. AND... I've heard this as a description before to describe a beer's aroma, but have never actually had the pleasure of experiancing it until now... HAM! Honey-baked ham, to be exact. Kinda weird.

Flavors are intense. Similar to the nose. Quite alot going on here, but sadly... abit one demensional... not very balanced. Just sweet!

Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Has a weird unpleasant artificial sweetner(saccharin)-like, dry aftertaste that definately takes away from the overall drinkability.

Oddly enough, I enjoyed this beer quite abit initially, but the more I drank, the less I liked. Hard to explain, it just went nowhere. Odd aftertaste kinda killed it for me.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bleary orange peel color with an off white two finger bubbled head. not see thru in the slightest. Almost appears two toned under the right kind of light. Very dark and distant in the middle, but a light passing on the outside.

s- sweet malt out front, banana, sweet fruits, tart.

t- up front quite boozy. masks alot of the sweet flavors that i'm getting slightly at the end. The banana seems to stay around, almost an orange peel to it. dark fruits only sting for a second.

M- Not as carbonated as i thought it was going to be, very viscous, and lingers on the palate. medium to heavy bodied, and at no surprise the 9% is present.

Overall I'm not very pleased with it. There is little carbonation to counter part the boozyness. All i'm tasting is bananas, and i know its common with the style, but there should be more malts. This is a supposed to be a step up from dunkle but the taste just is not there for me. I've had way better from Lagunitas, and i guess i was expecting more then this.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, weizen glass, 2011 version.

Clear sunset goldenrod yellow that glows pleasantly. My buddy poured softly, so the head is not what it could be. Swirling and rising bubbles show that it has potential.

More banana than clove dominant nose. Sweet wheat, sweet.

Salty banana bread, again, the clove is subdued. A peppery bite and a soapy sweetness. Lagunitas hit all the classic notes, no more, no less.

Slick and slippery and honestly, syrupy. It's a tad too much.

This beer checks almost all of right boxes for a weizenbock. It is too sweet for me. This is one Lagunitas brew that doesn't have a twist though.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle

A - nice one finger head, color clear orange gold.
S - Big wheat flavor initially, followed by citrus and coriander tones.
T - As smell indicates, also with overwhelming sweetness. Too many banana esters throughout.
M - Nice light mouthfeel with medium body and light carbonation
O - Overall too sweet for me, I used to like the heavy bananas in a hefe, but this was just too much.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pleasantly hazed light golden orange colour, with a fine head of white that settles to a decent but uninspiring film. Body is really nice and thick, and the carbonation is powdery and fine. It's not outstanding, but it's solid.

Nose is slightly wheaty, but also peppery and spicy with a really strong alcohol presence. In fact the boozy astringency almost strips out everything else, leaving only hints of banana and spice as a battered afterthought. Not bad, but a bit brusque.

Similar on the palate: the booziness, while not providing much heat or prickle, actually provides a lot of the spicy astringent flavours, leaving a slightly bitter spiritous taste in the mouth above the moderated banana sweetness. Feel is thin but hot and chewy, leaving the astringency in the flavour to work itself on the inside of the mouth.

Meh. I mean, it has some true weizenbier characteristics. It also has the "bigness" associated with a weizenbock. But overall, it's a bit too unbalanced and a bit overwhelming. It doesn't have the complexity it needs to justify the heat.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A hazy burnt orange with a billowy off-white cap. Fills the flass perfectly. Some streams of bubbles pushing north.

The nose is full of banana, clove, wet hay, and doughy yeast. There is a hint of booze poking through. Pretty standard aroma.

Undercooked banana bread with clove, wet hay and a touch of fruit from the yeast. Some mild warming in the finish. The doughy yeast is strong throughout.

Creamy with a medium to full feel. Boozey on the finish.

Overall, this is a pretty standard weizen with the booze dialed up a notch.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewing a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a hazy copper hue, looks similar to an unfiltered apple cider.
A fizzy eggshell white head foams up minimally and is completely gone within seconds. The beer looks like a still beverage almost immediately after the pour looks more like unfiltered apple juice now than beer.

Aroma is a mix of some caramel and some spicy hops. I also get a bit of green apple I think. Not sure if that last part improves the beer, it doesnt seem to be infected, but something is a little funky here. I also get some mild clove notes mixed in the background.

First sip reveals a crisp bodied beer with fine tingly carbonation. Very easy drinking and mild texture.

Flavor is some sweet malt with caramel and some grainy notes, rolls to a bit of spicy hop bite and again some sort of green apple notes that are a little funky, not quite tart, but on the verge. Cloves are in the finish and linger a bit. No where is the booze evident from start to finish.

The beer is easy to drink, but the slightly funky flavors and murky showing take away from some of my enjoyment.
A decent beer, but I wonder if mine was a little off?

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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 JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the COOP on Friday night... Poured into my Corsendonk goblet (where is my weiss glass??) Decent 3/4" head... little lacing and still there is spotty lacing... the brew is hazed golden orange.

Nose shows big pulpy overripe banana ... lite clove balances slightly in the phenol dept....

Flavor is more in the lite clove and background spice phenol element.. banana comes out swinging with some lite toasty bread points... pink bubblegum meshes with everything on the finish making for a complex yet sorta messy end.

Body is sorta thick even given the style.. needs more than a lite carbonation... decent at best..

This brew shows all the bones of a good brew that was pushed through too quickly.. too sweet with the heavier esters and phenols... the malt sweetness brought them up front too quickly and made them linger.... drier malt profile would help significantly.


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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fluid brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; the style doesn't seem to my liking methinks.

A: Pours a one finger head, a bit thin, without any cream, and of average retention. Colour is a hazy orange. Appealing for a hefeweizen, and welcome for this style.

Sm: Citrus esters: orange especially. Quite pleasant. Wheat is also present, obviously. Really appealing. Maybe light hidden peach? A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange and wheat (predictably). They're balanced, but overall the flavour is a bit weak and definitely simple. I find it boring but pleasant, and a bit too high ABV for what it needs to be. There's not much to say about such a simple beer. It's fresh and pleasant, but in a way disappointing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick. It suits the flavour in a general manner. It doesn't feel custom-tailored or anything.

Dr: Decently drinkable, but too high an ABV for the flavours. There isn't a lot going on in this beer, and it comes off as uninspired and boring as a result. It's like a hefeweizen with a high ABV. That said, it's pleasant and enjoyable all around. Fans of the style will likely enjoy it.


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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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