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): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in weizen glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Clear to semi-cloudy body with medium bubbles to the body. Head is a little extra thick coming off just about two finger's length. Sticky lacing off the glass

Smell: Malt scent with a touch of lemon, not much to go with as far as scent.

Taste: Bitter malts and hint of lemon. The brew lacks a bit of that tangy banana sweetness characteristics most weizens carry.

Mouth: Above average stickiness with a medium to heavy carbonation.

Overall: I picked this up for 4 bucks at Costco and considering the price for a 22oz bomber it's pretty much a steal, but the brew is closer to lager if anything. Worth grabbing if it ever crosses your eyes. Salud!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
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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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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Photo of andrewh995
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color with a finger and a half of head. Smells of light esters, banana, and clove but the smell is very light. Tastes pretty much the same, sweet banana esters, clove, yeast, and somewhat apparent alcohol. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall an absolutely delicious beer, I'm not familiar with the style, but I would be willing to go out of my way for one of this style now that I've had it.

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Photo of BergBeer
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Translucent orange-amber with a medium white head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Sticky wheat and malt sweetness. Notes of green banana, lemon brightness, fruity yeast, clove, and more bready malt.

Taste: Big bready malt with notes of clove, paw-paw fruit, hoppy grass notes, light citrus, bruised pear, honey, and more sweet malt.

Feel:Medium to big bodied. Sticky and sweet on the palate with a moderate bitterness and a bone dry finish. Mild alcohol.

Overall: A strange brew. It got the notes of a German wheat beer but a pronounced hop note with a soupy sweetness. It feels disjointed. Meh.

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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 BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Wheat, yeasty esters, and an underlying fruitiness highlight the nose

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the yeasty esters and wheat notes, followed by some spices and general fruitiness. Finishes with lingering wheat and yeast influence

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice weizenbock that relies heavily on the yeast and wheat. Very easy to drink for being 8.7%, but definitely heftier than a regular wheat. Good for the spring to summer transition

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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 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 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 Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper to light brown in color with a solid two inch thick creamy off white head. Exceptional lacing. The aroma is of surprising citrus hops (it's a lager) and pale wheat. I'm tasting a nice blend of citrus hops and pale wheat. The mouth is very creamy and smooth. This is very hoppy for a weizenbock and that telltale banana aroma/flavor is not there.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/25/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon, pear, banana, pepper, clove, light bubblegum, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon, pear, banana, pepper, clove, light bubblegum, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate floral/grassy bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon, pear, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.7%. Overall this is a great hoppy weizen bock style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. It feels quite different than I remember from the original batch years ago. More hoppy and less hazy/yeasty, but is really well balanced between the two. Still a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of futiledevices
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly hazy, deep orange, moderate lacing, and a white head. A nice looking beer.

S: Bready, dark citrus, and a little herb - almost fresh oregano. Very light spice and banana.

T: Very sweet, with a pretty par for the course Lagunitas hop profile and some grapefruit and lemon characteristics. Biscuity malt, nutmeg, wheat, straw, and more sweetness. Slightly boozy finish.

F: Pretty slick and smooth, but a little sticky.

Overall, really quite nice. Definitely tastes like a hopped up take on the style, which as someone who likes both IPAs and Weizens, is enjoyable. Would pick up again, especially at the price.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.03/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. Just whatever.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with thin white cap that clings. Aroma is slightly boozy with some hop scents of citrus rind and a hint of sweet. Smells nothing like a Weizenbock. Flavor is good, and as with most items from these folks, it's unique. More like a wheat-based IPA, though none of the telltale wheat characteristics. Flavor follow the nose mostly. It's ever so slightly sweet and never too bitter, but still citrus-rind-ey. Long way from Vitus as others have mentioned.

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Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "056 7 2", hopefully Feb. '17. Served in a Hacker-Pschorr Bräurosl Weisse glass.

Aroma is light, but some biscuit and lemon cookie citrus zest come through as it warms.
Color is a hazy saturated orange, slowly rising carb trails visible.

Tastes fairly hoppy for a Doppel-Weizen, more like an IPA. AKA If they mated: Hefeweizen & IPA edition.
Lemon, orange, grapefruit citrus notes, creamy wheat to back it up. Yeast isn't too dominant, and the typical clove and banana esters are nowhere to be found. Creamy and smooth feel with a bitter resiny citrus bite. Finishes very dry.

Overall it's pretty drinkable, not malty or sweet at all. Odd how many reviews call this a side by side with Paulaner or Hacker-Pschorr then revisit.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my Spiegelau IPA glass and has a golden amber hue with a thick head

smell is sweet, slight hops but i get honey in this. not overpowering at any level but a sweetness to it

taste is slight clovey and has honey in it. lots of wheat malt to it, the hops are mellow but present.

not bad at all, i wouldn't get again but it's worth trying. a hopped up German style ale

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours cloudy and burnt orange in color with an sandstone colored, near two-finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer of suds. Not much for lacing; just a few small spots found around the glass.

Smell - Sugared sweetness with notes of caramel, banana, bread and a hint of spice.

Taste - Sugary sweetness upfront and throughout, highlighted by some strong caramel and banana flavors. Just a hint of spice and bready wheat notes. The back end gets decidedly hoppy, with some red grapefruit character that's more sweet than bitter. Aftertaste lingers mostly with sugary sweetness and red grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of full-bodied with low, bubbly carbonation. Fair slickness with a mostly dry finish. It drinks easy enough.

Overall - I've always style to be a bit too sugary sweet for my tastes, so it's no surprise that I find this one too sugary sweet as well. They actually did a fair job in sticking to the style here, though it wouldn't be Lagunitas if they didn't sneak their signature red grapefruit hop character. I don't think I'll be buying it again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a big foam head that retains well. It disapated into a sudsy film and leaves plenty of lacing.
The aroma is a bouquet of fruit flavors, with pineapple and mango in particular. Smells more like an IPA and with none of the banana and clove qualities associated with the style.
As with the aroma, the taste is oddly enough more IPA or DIPA like in that it is filled with citrusy and plump juiciness and a good dose of piny and spicy hops that have a significant kick. It also has a strong malt profile that adds a lot of sweetness. It feels like one of those malt forward DIPAs. The mouthfeel is medium to full.
I'm not sure how to rate this because it seems so miscatwgorized per style, yet, I thought it was really tasty. If it were properly labeled as a DIPA I suppose it would be great. How is this a Lager if everything about it screams Ale? Oh well....I guess in the end all that matters is whether or not you enjoyed it, which I did. I can see myself buying it again.

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Photo of hiphops
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

looks golden orange small head
smells like cheddar or gouda at first then pee
taste sweet citrusy and boozy some metal.
feels heavy and smooth and viscous
kind of a mess but not terrible. none of the qualities of a good weizenbock. but it's an ok strong wheat ale. it reminds me of a thicker smoother and more boozy hopfen-weisse only not on that level.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is wheat, fruit/lemon and big sugar/candy. The flavor is citrus/light lemon, wheat, fruit, slick texture and a mix of spicy and slightly nutty in the finish.

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Photo of zshaft
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

so this is a great beer. great wheat iipa with tons of hops and good mouthfeel etc. problem is its no weizenbock. I was expecting banana and clove with some malt but nope...... vitus rules. this beer is great but not great representation for style.

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Photo of steveh
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I'm admittedly no big fan of Lagunitas, but there was a lot of Weizenbock talk on the boards last week and this one came up, so the $4 bomber sale at a local retailer prompted me to pick one up for a review.

22 ounce brown bottle with no visible freshness date. Poured into my Libbey Weizen glass.

L -- Hazy gold with a dense, off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Hmm. Citrus and piny hop notes right up front -- not terribly Bavarian (at least traditionally for a Hefeweizen).

T -- Citrus fruit notes with peppery alcohol following and finishing with a light pineapple character. Biscuit and grainy malts fighting to balance the big hop character with a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste. Resiny, lightly bitter, pine hop characters dominate the aftertaste with a touch of hot alcohol bite.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp without that big soft character usually found in a Hefeweizen. Body is medium-robust.

O -- Bavarian? There's nothing at all reminiscent of a Bavarian Hefeweizein -- let alone Weizenbock, in this beer other than the haziness and body. Where's the clove, bubblegum, banana? I see others commenting on those characters in past renditions, but there's none of it in my 2017 bottle.

This beer should be labeled an IIPA -- or maybe an Imperial American Pale Wheat Ale -- more than a Weizen. I shake my head in wonderment that any brewmaster would call this a Bavarian-styled Weizen. Maybe it's the qualifying "Our" determiner in the "Our Bavarian-Styled" tagline that should set the stage, but this is no Vitus.

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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 GarrettB
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

January 28th, 2012 - I haven't seen this since my sampling back in 2012, but I'd love to see it around again. It lacks some of that hard-edged sweetness that appears now and again in batches of beer from Lagunitas, exhibiting a yeasty flavor with a touch of bitterness, though a crisper kind of bitter, less hop dependent. That's wreathed by dry toffee and light caramel notes, and with a sticky string of butterscotch. But the draw for me is the yeast, which in the flavor grants a great fermentable depth and umami. Meanwhile, the smell also employs the yeast, where it goes off more of a wheat and fresh dough kind of scent, complemented by a little white grape and even a smear of peanut butter. Curious, but the taste is the star here, and the object of focus. I hope this comes back someday - would love to see how it tastes with a few more years of sampling beers under my somewhat larger belt.

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