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 Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Almost liquid banana. Banana aroma, mouthfeel consistency, and in the taste. That and the cloves, and herbal orange peel aspect to it are not my favourites, and were counter to a style I like a lot better. The mouthfeel is above average. Dark brown bodied. Better after spicey food.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Two finger head on a hazy crimson body. Some lacing.

S: wheat, breads, clove and banana fruit.

T: follows the nose nicely with more wheat, banana and clove with the addition of spiciness and booze

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy.

Overall: not very memorable but a nice beer to try. The booze is stronger than I want in the flavor.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, yeast, spices, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of wheat, yeast, sugar, spices, and a slight banana flavor. A very sweet flavor on this beer. There is a medicinal bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel but a somewhat thin body. Overall, this is a pretty good beer from Lagunitas but it is mighty sweet and the medicinal taste is a bit off putting.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color with some amber highlights and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but left a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, some lacing on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of banana in the nose along with notes of bubble gum and hints of clove.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of banana flavors along with notes of bubble gum and wheat. There are some initial hints of malty sweetness and the finish has notes of clove.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation
O: This beer is rather easy to drink for the style because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It tastes just like an authentic German weizenbock.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. A little hard to discern from this particular side-label rambling, but is this offering actually brewed in Germany?

This beer pours a dark golden yellow hue, with one finger of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves a low ebb of lace around the glass as sinks away. It smells of sweet bready malt, banana smoothie, mild clove and white pepper, a bit of pitted orchard fruit, some musty hops, and a lurking alcohol edge. The taste is more sweet, well, sweet stuff - malt, tropical fruit, and edgy phenolic booze, with that banana character lording uber alles. The carbonation is on the low side of moderate, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth amongst a tugging alcohol edge. It finishes still pretty damned sweet, the booze and yeast providing the only counterbalance.

The weizen in this one is strong, to be sure, but it is the doppel that truly stands out - big booze, bit malt, big Lagunitas messing about in Bavaria. Still a good tipple for your hard-earned dough, though.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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 emerge077
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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 superspak
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with a one-finger off-white head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cracked wheat, yeasty and toasted malts. Very nice with a touch of banana and clove.

T - It had a strong banana presence with a good dose of clove, wheat and yeastiness. Nice toasted malt backbone, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and a sneaky alcohol presence.

O - This is a great weizenbock. And at $3.99 for a bomber, it is an awesome value. Lagunitas is so good and so affordable.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure what to say about this beer, not because of what it's lacking, but what it has. I wasn't expecting it at all, but these guy from Cali have pretty much nailedit. It's got a golden, lightly caramelish and sweet malt; light hints of floral, grassy, and gently citrusy (?-might be the yeast) hops; and lemon, green apple, banana, and clove flavors from the yeast. The body, mouthfeel, and appearance are there. There are two drawbacks: the head drops rather quickly in a style that should hold for at least a little bit; and the alcohol shows a bit too much. Still, it's really drinkable. It's certainly worth checking out for fans of the style!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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 jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over very hazy orange-red kinda bright rosy color.

Nose is like a huge bock or German wheat beer, tons of wheat, wheat upon wheat, sweet malts, reddish Munich like malts, then the typical wheat aromas banana, clove, light fruit like almost fig and white raisin, and a bit of an earthy herbal malt aroma. There is a bit of a phenolic aroma that gives almost a plastic and solventy aroma.

Taste is strong as well, tons of wheats and malts, with a nice big doppelbock like flavor but lighter malts. Some light reddish malt flavors but mostly wheat. Fairly sweet with tons of malts big and bold. The wheat and yeast brings more fruit as well, banana, dried apricots, hints of white raisin, touch of dried plum even, and a bit of clove and spice. The yeast also seems to bring a bit of esters and phenols. The sweetness and malts bring a little bit of warming booze that almost tingles. As it ramps down towards the finish it gets a slight bitterness and almost like grape skin tannic flavor. it's a bit drier on the finish and then a big kick of earthy herbal malts kick me in the balls. I wasn't expecting that at all, as tannic almost briny earthy hops just take over, with a slight sticky finish.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, good carb, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, a bit bigger than I would like but that's what they were going for and they essentially nailed it. Nice wheat flavors, great yeast fruits, nice overall until the big earthy herbal hop kick at the finish reminds you that it actually is from Lagunitas, what were you expecting?!

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with a slightly hazy orange-copper body with a short, and short-lived head. Minimal spotty lacing.
Aroma: sweet; a bit boozy but otherwise this drinks like about 8% ABV at most.
Flavor: lightly sweet with some caramel and light but spicy hops. Little wheat.
Feel: partially hidden alcohol in a medium body with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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