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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: 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: 728 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead on 10-9-17 for $4.99. No bottling date visible. Received at TW in 6-6-17 - took a chance on the 4 months residence on the shelf.

Beer poured orange with a solid white head that has some hang time.

Nose has hints of bubble gum and citrus.

Taste is bubble gum and citrus over a large wheat base. Finish is surprisingly a citrus hop.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing special.

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Photo of DesertFox24
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBen5
1.3/5  rDev -66%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ICTguy21
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not what I was expecting, more hoppy, almost reminiscent of an IPA. This beer gets major bonus points for being a great value though.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 RobTheKnob
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotiks
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutBruin2
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mortuus_Sonos
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

I’ve been wondering how Lagunitas' offerings have been stacking up since Heineken International bought them out and figured this cost-effective, seasonal bomber would be a good way to find out. Yea, it’s OK. Upfront there’s some bready wheat and caramel notes, which fades into mild citrus hops and pepper. It’s drinkable and fairly inoffensive. My biggest complaint was the mouthfeel; the carbonation was off and it made things feel soapy, thoroughly coating the palate. On the positive side of things, the 8.70% is nicely disguised. For a bomber under $5, it may not be the best, but it’s also not the worst.

Review originally posted at: http://mortuussonos.blogspot.com/

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Photo of migwell
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, I'm Migwell from Northampton, Massachusetts and my profile includes an actual picture of me, a human person. For some unfathomable reason, these facts are minimized or hidden on this site. Annoying, probably because I came over from the more user friendly and international Rate Beer after they sold out to the Budweiser conglomerate.

Lagunitas, a brewery that I like very much, sold a half share to Heineken, which characterized the buyout as a take-over, while Lagunitas characterized it as a 'partnership'. Whatever. Heineken is not ABInBev, clearly out to destroy craft brewing. The fairly recent buyout of Wicked Weed by the Bud crew, however, has caused me to forever eschew their production.

Anyhow, those of us who love Lagunitas are aware of their gender bending misnomers they conceive for their new brews, often quite confusingly off the mark. The only brews I'm familiar with in this category are the Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus and the Weihenstephaner Vitus, neither of which I encountered after a year and a half living and drinking beer in the Franconia region of Bavaria. And neither of which resemble this Lagunitas mish-mash.

Drinking a Unibroue Trois Pistoles alternating with this. *I was under the impression that Unibroue's stuff was call wheat... certainly tastes that way, and at 9% would clearly be a doppel weizen... forgive me if I'm incorrect, but the Pistoles is so clearly the superior, more subtle, more drinkable brew that if this is a fair comparison. The Lag product is as so often the case, a poor facsimile. More power to Sucks, Little Sumpin', Maximus and their various seasonals.

I don’t see how they can call this a Bavarian Style Doppel Weizen, the aroma is dominated by citrus, grass, and floral from too much high alpha American hops, and smells quite boozy. Pours dark gold with a small white head that leaves slight lacing. Taste is dominated by grain, excessive hops, syrup, and hot alcohol, like some poser version of a Bavarian beer on steroids. Leaves a really bad aftertaste from the hop flavor and bitterness. The description has nothing to do with the beer and is almost unreadable. They want to turn everything into an overhopped IPA.

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3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajm5108
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a traditional muted gold, moderate cap, slight carbonation. Aroma is a clash of old world / new world - it has traces of warm baked bread from Bavarian malt, but there is a hop addition that spoils the smell. Not extremely off-putting, but lacks that hearty embrace a good German bock should have. A little fusel in there too.

Flavor starts very malt heavy, big flavors of sticky pudding, butterscotch, and rye. The finish lacks the same punch, those big flavors fade quickly & it finishes with a bland hop sputter. Should have kept it classic, but Lagunitas always has to push those hop additions, and it really does no service to this particular brew.

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Photo of hopfrog
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At only 34.2 IBUs, the bitterness is atypically low for Lagunitas. Very big, boozy, and sweet with a thick, chewy mouthfeel from the wheat. The yeast imparts estery banana and pineapple notes that come together with the mouthfeel to give it a somewhat like a fruit juice cocktail-like quality with some hoppy spice peeking out from the background. As with most wheat beers, I recommend it with a lemon slice to cut the grainy finish and—in this case—brighten up the heavy sweetness. At its best, you get a tangy lemon slice pastry with a wallop that was brewed to knock your block off. Enjoy!

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


A Lagunitas bomber oldie but one I have overlooked until now. Just purchased at a store known for its extensive stock, first I'd seen this one on a shelf for awhile.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed pilsner.

a: Nearly clear dark gold with an inch and a half frothy white head which receded to dense lacing and heavy surface foam.

s; Fruit cup leaning to pear.

t; Follows the nose with hefty biscuit malt undertones and a mild hop bite. Sweetish finish.

m; Medium plus, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o; A substantial (even tempting to call it chewy) brew which is good for the style and covers its higher ABV well.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - hazy orange copper color with a slight white head
Smell - does not smell like a dopple Bock, it's hoppy and smells like a floural pale ale
Taste - Carmel malty with a very slight piney citrus note
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - doesn't taste like Germaine anything, more like a American pale ale

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, I can see what they are going for, but it has this muted and cardboard like flavor that makes me think that it might be the on the older side. The alcohol was well hidden and the drinkability wasn't bad, I just wish the flavors were a little brighter. I would buy this beer again, but I would make sure it's fresh.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle slowly into a chilled glass mug. Nice cloudy amber colour with virtually no head until I was finished pouring. At that point a nice half inch of off white head developed. Smells of smooth wheat with some citrus and slight fruit. Taste is very crisp. Piney wheat and citrus. Great mouthfeel. Prost!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark gold with 1/2" head and mild lacing. Smells sweet, getting fruit, bread, wheat, citrus. This tastes amazing, very smooth with loads of sweetness, lots of fruity notes, bread/biscuit, some light citrus, and honey. This is a very full flavored beer but very easy on the palate. I am really happy with this one, it was way better than I expected and would get more of them whenever I see them around, awesome stuff.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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