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 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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Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Brewer's Haven. Weizen bock, really? If I tasted this blind I would have sworn it was a Belgian ale. Nice sharp bitter finish with minor alcohol burn, delicious!

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

From my tasting notes: The Lagunitas version was a much lighter cloudy orange color. There were lots of bananas and cloves in the aroma and my first taste was amazing. I really love this style. Despite the light color the taste was very full and heavy on the caramel malt, banana, and wheat with lots of complexity that hid its high alcohol content well. I thought this was a fantastic beer and Lagunitas treated the style with respect.

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Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into chalice

look is a cloudy deep orange gold, with a small ring of head. smell is wheat, bubblegum, spice, sugar. creamy full feeling medium feel with the perfect amount of carbonation, taste follows the smell: cream of wheat, candied malts, bubblegum, coriander, clove, english hops, with some juicy fruit and a hint of lavender.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into a Carlsburg Weizen glass.

Murky straw with about a finger of white head.

Honey, straw, wheat and yeast make up the aroma.

A little bit of booze, more bitter than a normal weizen, I guess that’s the bock speaking up.

Crisp and clean, very drinkable. Just a bit of an aftertaste.

Very satisfying, but not an extraordinary weizen.

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Photo of Ego
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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...

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.

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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Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber, Liquor Depot, Rock Springs, WY

a: bomber poured roughly into a stubby chalice, a short head quickly falls to only a thin layer, the beer itself a slightly clouded honey amber in color

s: caramel malt sweetness on a full wheat body, bavarian yeast brings heavy notes of clove and intense banana, big bubblegum, a variety of candied fruits, grassy citrus hops

m: carbonation on the higher end of the medium range, prickly on the tongue, body medium with some slick sugars

t: body loaded with wheat and a hefty dose of caramel malts, sugars run through the midpoint, lots of ripe banana and clove that lingers well into the finish, grassy hop flavors, heavy on the yeast output throughout, some alcohol, long finish

o: a nice enough doppel weizen, satisfying malt structure, aromatic clove and banana, well structured, like this

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly strong in taste and effect's Lagunitas' calls this beer Bavarian-style, but aside from Schneider Aventinus, this type of "imperial" strength double wheat beer is rare in southern Germany but is right on cue for newfangled American microbrewery creation.

The beer opens with a viscous pour that shares amber-orange hues with rust-stained reds and browns. Hazy in its portrayal, the beer pours only a mid-statured head that dissolves relatively soon and leaves minimal intermittent lace behind.

Complex aromas are chocked full of banana and clove character. The fruit and spice battles it out over a base of caramel, toast, baking bread, and cookie dough. Peripheral scents of citrus oranges, lemons, apples, figs, sultans and apricots give rise to the fruit aromas while white pepper, white wine-like acidity, herbal hops, vanilla, and mint keep the aromas varied and even keel.

Flavors are lead by sweet malts that are partially of caramelly pale malt but richly bready from wheat. Powdered sugar allows a candied-type of flavor to rise and support all of the yeast fruit-spice interplay to come. Fruit esters are lead by banana but also bring in the citrus, tropical and orchard fruits which seem to amplify the sweetness. But the rebuttal of clove, earthy hops, pepper, mint and rummy alcohols offset the sweetness and fruit and grow in intensity as the taste comes to closure.

Full bodied, the beer's ample carbonation wraps around the dextrin-rich wheat body and an ordinate amount of residual sweetness for bread-like fullness from early to middle palate. The beer quivers slightly late, allowing the spice pang, alcohol warmth, and fleeting sweetness to offer up a hint of refreshment to the palate even though the beer eclipses 9% abv.

Ultimately, I would like to see a bit more of the "bock" beer to show. This could balance the beer further and give the beer a toastier dryness to make the sugary sweetness much less of an issue. It's a very complex beer as is and will likely win over the most skeptic wheat beer omiters.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 4000qtrap
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Tons of juicy and ripe burro banana. Moderate smooth clove/spice with hints of lemon, sour orange, tropical fruit, and wild herb. Alcohol is peppery and punchy, but smooth.

T: Smooth malts with toffee, prune, raison and added complexity of banana and a general juiciness to the ripe, red fruit. Mouthfeel is very full. Wheat comes through nicely. Sweetness subsides in the middle, evenly balanced and balanced by booze. Finish is somewhat dry and breast crust - with moderate-low levels of herbal hoppines and a lingering wheat note.

Notes: A dynamic doppelbock with a tropical twist.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Clem’s Bottle House and Deli
Price: $5.99
Misc.: N/A

Poured an amber, orange, hazy color with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal lacing and poor retention.

Lots of different smells that came together rather nicely. Got sour fruit, melon, peach, mango and other tropical flavors, banana, cloves, caramel, floral hops and citrus hops (orange, tangerine and lemon). Some unknown spices late.

Tasted very smooth. Got cloves, peach, mango, melon, lemon and tangerine, just a tropical feel. Could taste the alcohol. Surprisingly bitter finish.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Astringent, bitter finish.

Really enjoyed this beer. A sweet doppel weizen with a nice alcohol bite.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in my fridge, thought it would be fun for New Year's.

Vigorous pour yields a decent head. Had to stop, shake the bottle and then empty the remainder into the glass.

Lots of clove on the nose. Hints of ethanol.

Sour wheat character. Metallic tang. Typical american interpretation of a wheat beer. Slight alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is average. Not sure what a "doppel weizen" is supposed to feel like. But I do think it should be slightly more carbonated. Other than that, it's reasonable.

Overall a little disappointed that this sat in my fridge for months only to taste like this. Not sure if the metallic tang is part of the beer, or part of the fact that is has sat in my fridge for so long. OK beer. Won't be seeking it out again though.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light lace on a orange-brown body. Nice bone white head settles relatively quickly. Low retention and lace.

S - Huge banana note, caramel, lemon, and just a hint of booze.

T - Big banana bread body. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Light booze and lemon center. Tangy, bready finish.

M - Thick body with tangy carbonation.

O - I really dug the banana bread on the profile.

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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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