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Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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 kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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 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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Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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 oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Schneider&Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse glass a hazed deep orange infused golden with a thinner than expected white head that did hold well,I was expecting more of a large bloomer.Hefty sweetness,green apple,and spiced bananas in the nose,its quite boozy I gotta say.Sweet with a big shot of clove-spice on the palate,the alcohol is large but it doesnt over power,there is a decent drying note in the finish.It's a robust weizenbock,a little on the hot and sweet side at first,above average but not great.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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 mactrail
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely cloudy golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Fine lacing and a wonderful mouthfeel. Creamy and rich like the German versions. Maybe a little too crazy with the clove and fruit flavors but it helps stand up to the alcohol. Quite boozy in the nose. So fragrant, and every sip renews the smell. Really spicy.

Sensational powerful sipping beer without the hop overdose of some Imperial monsters. Not as sweet as a barleywine. So I call it a very drinkable and interesting stong ale. I haven't seen this before so I'll try to remember where I got it and stock up. One of my favorites of 2011.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 superspak
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle date but it was released last month. Pours hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense 3 finger white head with nice retention that reduces to a lacing cap. A good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of huge banana, clove, bubblegum, pepper, spices, bread, and some wheat tartness. Some outstanding and complex aromas here with big strength. Taste of big banana, clove, bubblegum, bread, pepper, spices, and tart wheat. Small amount of bitterness noticed on the finish; with lingering notes of big spices, clove, banana, an bubblegum for a good period of time. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcoho lis well hidden for 9%, only a slight warming after the finish. Good amount of drinkability but is still a sipper because of the gravity. Overall this is an excellent weizenbock with a ton of flavor and nice balance.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $4.29 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, darkened orange body with a small, short-lived, pure white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, tangy-accented wheat malts with a generous helping of cloves, mashed-up 'nanas, some wafting traces of alcohol, and even some bitter orange rind.

Taste: Sharply sweet, a bit sugary even (like doughnut glaze), atop some bready, honeyed malts. Twangy wheat flavor, a bit grainy, but quickly the heavily phenolic, clove-like spiciness shoves that noise right oughta the way, which itself is firmly butted up against the warm alcohol giving a drip of 99 Bananas. Some orange peel hints that, like the banana esters pairing with the alcohol, also hits the booze, hinting at Cointreau, soon becoming belly-warming. A drop of vanilla cream. A few Chiclets. Sweetish, fruity finish. Quite heated at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not as well-rounded and refined as its German counterparts; it's kind of a slow sipper. Might be one to let sit in the bottle for a bit. Still, it's a decent beer, not great, no, but is available at a comparatively lovely price (God bless ya for it, Lagunitas).

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

On-tap 11/19/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong wheat flavor followed by sweet flavors of citrus, spices and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is good for the style creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful and solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Hazing clears over time, but doesn't go completely bright. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Intense green banana, bready notes that tone down as bit as this warms

T: Follows the nose, a touch of phenols & cloves up front. Much banana, yeasty & sweet bready notes play together very well as this warms, There's almost a banana bread mixed with cloves vibe here, it works very nicely. Finishes with slight herbal & clove bitterness & nice ripe banana

MF: Rich malty body with firm carbonation that goes creamy. Nice warming sensation to this

This is as good as any Weizen bock I can remember having here or in my 3+ years in Germany. Well done Lagunitas!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Considering how poorly the team played today, this glass is getting an awful lot of work... Anyway, this brew pours a hazy golden amber topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises freshly-cut grass, white bread, orange peel, banana, light clove, and honey. The taste holds notes of banana, clove, wheat, light rye bread, orange flesh, greens, cucumber, honeydew, and about a half-piece of bubblegum. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, though nowhere near bad, the banana is a but much here (as though the fruit was a bit too ripe or something) for things to really pop. Something tells me a couple months of aging might do this guy plenty o' good...

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Naturally cloudy with an orange amber color. Interestingly, the head is understated but it leaves a blanket of lace.

An interesting combination of barley malt and malted wheat. This is also slightly sour.

Very nice sweetness with a tartness from the wheat. The aftertaste is brief but strong. The alcohol is notable but in the background.

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Photo of billab914
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a hazy, light orange color with a half inch of frothy white foam covering the top of the beer. The head faded to a thin ring around the edges of the glass after a minute or so.

The aroma shoes a good amount of banana to it with some notes of clove and nutmeg coming out of the yeast spices. A little zesty lemon is there as well. I also get the sweeter, bready wheat malts playing a pretty big role in it. Very nice aroma for the style, It's definitely full of flavor.

The taste shows more of the banana and bready, sweet, wheat malts to it up front. In the finish more of the yeast spice comes out with a little bit of a balancing bitterness. Some boozy alcohol is there in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of the style with carbonation being high. Overall it was a pretty good beer. I liked the aroma a lot. The taste had some big flavors that came together decently enough, but at times they felt a little harsh and boozy as well. Good beer overall but not one of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Stateline 2 weeks ago. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a large weizen glass,

a - Pours a hazy dark orange brown color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, bananas, cloves, bready malts, and sweet caramel malts. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, spice, bready malts, yeast, caramel malts, and alcohol. Alcohol is there unlike the nose, a small step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

o - Overall a pretty good weizenbock. Really nice nose with the bananas and bready malts. Nice taste too but the alcohol comes out. Would have it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle insanely priced, meaning about five bucks or a little under. I poured this one into a Weihenstephaner glass and it looks great dead sexy wheat beer. My beer mirrors the image set on the label behind the wording it looks appetizing and beautiful at the same time. Deep orange copper body heavily clouded yeast suspsension well refined, with a big cloudy head forming thick and rising above the rim of my tall hefeweizen glass. The long lasting head sits well above the glass and slowly dwindles leaving even bands of lacing as the head fades away. Head smells rich of banana and residual sugars it's actually pretty amazing alcohol combinations causing banana bread combinations. Mild nuttiness and a bit of booze alcohol in the finish with each smell. Flavor wise it's stronger than expected...very german in nature but again the booze qualities take away from the overall 9% it's extreme sweetness and alcohol booze flavor also detract from it's likeable components overall. Hey, who I'm I to judge that this isn't to style or the right alcohol it's a great beer brewed on a German Rolec system. Okay more banana/glazed sugars think bananas foster lit on fire with some brandy then soaked in sweet malt sugars then bottled it's a bit hot in nature...but again I'm enjoying this...Overall go get some before this hulking hefeweizen is all gone.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears very hazy and light orange in color. The head is dense and pure white, measuring an inch thick. The aroma brings alcohol, fruit, yeast, spice. Banana and clove in the flavor. Pretty sweet. Malt and spices are secondary to sweet bananas. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of the beer. Overall, a decent example of the style, but I much prefer Aventinus.

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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with very little head. The nose has notes of banana, pepper, and clove. The taste is bananas and clove up front with some wheat undertones in the finish. There are some light phenols that add warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, and moderately carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid beer. The flavor is on point and the spiciness and alcohol warmth really make for a big beer. The name confuses me a little as this comes across like a really solid weizenbock with little if any notes of a dopplebock. This is worth checking out if you like the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited Release Lagunitas Our Own Bavarian-style Doppel Weizen. This special brew was designed by our Freistadt Bayern Brothers Who Also Built the Brewhouse Upon Which We Brewed It. . Alc. 9% by Vol.

Utterly clouded, deep orange coloring, big white head, slips down quickly.

Aroma, banana cream pie & orange rind. Light spice. Creamy, fruity, perfectly pleasing.

Taste: Minor hop attack at the front, starts bitter, subsides in time. Then that banana cream pie factor floods in, and also fades. Orange, pepper and clove come in, surrounded by the texture of wheat malt. Full-bodied, with a rising sweetness, only slightly tempered by the mild hop content. Alcoholic content on the other hand shows it's stripes soon, and roars in the membrane. 9% is typical for this brewery, but not for this style. Wait, what style? Is this meant to be a wheat doppelbock, a weizenbock, albeit a blond one? It doesn't really act like one. An Imperial blond hefe weizen?

This is tasty, but it's also clumsy and indelicate. I can't figure it out, and worse, the alcoholic sting is just a bit too awkward and out-of-place. I may be destined to never like "imperial weizen" beers, no matter how many I try, or who makes them. The mouthfeel is soft and lovely, I want to drink it like a regular weizen, and then the booze stands out, screaming for attention. Boom, boom, boom, bopping on the brain. Those aren't the right flavors for a 9% beer. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

A dull cloudy orange and yellow body, with a simple off white foamy head. Head has got lots of retention and snapping foam. Some good noticeable rising carbonation also.

Typical banana esters and a very dry clove sense on the nose. Extremely arid, but very nice smelling.

Sugary and alcohol sweet, with fruit mush banana. Malt and sugars give off a very strong sweetness that is almost like candy syrup. A good noticeable hop bent on this as well in the finish sort of a lingering small pine. Some noticeable carbonation and fizz for the texture, but with the sugars comes a syrup thick angle.

I am finding this just way to sweet, practically Southern Tier sweet if I may say so. It's also a little noticeably boozy, so this doesn't really appeal to me at all. Considering I just had the Mein Nelson Sauvin on my mind not too long ago, this feels even more disappointing.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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