Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
306 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by goodbyeohio on 09-14-2011

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 306 | Ratings: 619
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!

 173 characters

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.

 436 characters

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.

 345 characters

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.

 364 characters

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

 988 characters

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

 838 characters

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.

 2,047 characters

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.

 1,065 characters

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.

 618 characters

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.

 805 characters

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.

 756 characters

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.

 378 characters

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.

 821 characters

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on August 9, 2012.

The pour is orange-amber, slightly cloudy, with a huge, puffy off-white head that ultimately settles down but keeps bubbling.

A wide array of scents dance on the nose including wheat, pale malts, brown sugar, yeast, pear, and a slight spicy character akin to Allspice or coriander. Im a blind taste test I might think it smelled like an Abbey Dubbel.

The body falls into the medium range but there is a pleasingly smooth creaminess to it.

The taste begins with many of the same pale malt, yeast, wheat, and spicy characters as the nose with a zing of bitterness and a tocuh of alcohol playing up the tail end.

This is a beer I will remember in a positive way.

 694 characters

Photo of Pahn
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3inch white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy orange and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Mild banana bread, some solvent-like alcohol, sugary aromas, lots of yeast influence, some suggestions of citrus (orange, or chewy orange candy). Too restrained, but all the different notes work great together.

Taste: Potent yeasty and phenolic flavor up front, moving to high apparent bitterness (too high) and a crushingly hot (but sugary) finish. Bit of banana bread in the aftertaste.

Wow, what a miss. None of the complexity of the nose. Some good stuff happens at the beginning of a sip, then it just gets bitter and boozy. I like this less every time I take a drink of it. If I actually finished the bottle (just had 1 full glass), it would probably receive a few 1s by the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Sugary, almost chalky. Very hot. Mild carbonation. Not that bad, not that great.

Overall: One of the worst Lagunitas beers I've had, and easily the worst weizenbock I've ever had. Poorly made in so many respects, with the final result being too bitter, wayyy too boozy, and not very good otherwise.

They shouldn't have bothered releasing this.

 1,219 characters

Photo of TownDunkel
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this one just speaking to me (it was on sale for around 4 bucks...) so I figured time to try one of these

Appearance - A very nice color of a murky orange/brown. Nothing spectacular but definately a beauty

Smell - I was hoping for some more on this, but it seemed to have such a light smell that it was hard to make out. Mainly hops and a earthy overtone

Taste - At first taste I wasnt sure about this one, but after a few sips I found myself appreciating the strong and simple flavors. Mild at the first second but the left hook comes in with hops

Moutfeel - There is scant carbonation here but with its hoppy flavor it doesn't need much. Good for the style

Overall - This would be a nice daily drinker for a pint. Well priced way below its value. I could wish for more, but for the price I wont.

 808 characters

Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange/brown with maybe one finger of head. Head has decent retention and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Smells a bit like sweet banana bread with a bit of alcohol thrown in. Also a faint bit of spice. Pretty nice, but a bit of a heavy aroma.

T - Sweet bread malt with a lot of banana ad a bit of spice. A bit sweeter than I would like. It does begin to dry out with more spice, mostly pepper and clove, near the finish, but still quite sweet.

M - Slightly slick, medium mouthfeel. Some earthy dry bitterness on the finish.

O - Pretty good, but a bit too heavy and sweet. There are others in the style that I like quite a bit better, but this certainly isn't a bad beer.

 697 characters

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.

 362 characters

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

A: This poured a slightly cloudy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like banana nut bread, and that's about it.
T: It tasted like banana nut bread too. Surprisingly light on the Belgian hops. Nice mostly sweet aftertaste, with a bit of bitterness for balance.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: There was nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing special about it either. Good scent and taste and body, with a very smooth finish and well hidden alcohol. So it was quite easy to drink, but not as easy to remember. Good to try at least once.

 583 characters

Photo of t420o
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas doppelweisen 

A- pour produces a 1 finger fizzy off white head resting atop a hazy golden/orange body. Head dissapates quick leaving no lacing 3

S- banana, banana bread, clove, mollases, brown sugar, honey, pepper grains, slight alcohol. A little to sweet smelling for me and I like sickly sweet beers 3   

T- luckily the taste is far better than the smell in my opinion. This is a full bodied doppelweisen. Pepper and spices are throughout and play well off of the sweet banana bread and clove taste. Also hints of bubblegum and a slight bitterness 4   

M- good mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Good viscosity 3.5

O- a good doppelweizen by lagunitas who is one of my favorite breweries. I'm not a Huge doppelweizen fan but this was very good and drinkable. Well done lagunitas 4


 816 characters

Photo of zeledonia
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden-orange, with one finger of off-white head. Gone pretty quick, okay lacing.

Smells yeasty, warm, and sweet. Nice light clove spice, some fruity esters (over-ripe bananas). Quite a pleasant combination.

Tastes like a nice strong hefeweizen, until that alcohol comes in near the finish to bite my tongue. Loads of yeasty esters, bananas and peaches and other rich sweet fruits galore. The alcohol bitterness in the finish definitely brings it down a notch, though. Would be better if it were a little less strong.

Mouthfeel is pretty viscous and chewy, but not exactly thick. It's a little like syrup without the sticky. Carbonation wells up midway through to keep things bouncing around. Does good things for the beer.

I started to really like this beer, but the high alcohol content really doesn't work well with these flavors. It adds a bitterness that I don't like, and masks some of the subtler yeast flavors that would otherwise be more enjoyable. I get hints of what this beer could be if it were, say, 7% instead of 9. But it's not.

 1,060 characters

Photo of jeremy13586
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a weizen glass. Cloudy orange in color. One finger of white head dissipated rather quickly. A nice layer of bubbles did lay on the glass as the head settled, and there was some decent lacing as well.

Banana, cloves, and some spices. Nose is totally on the sweeter side of things. Kind of yeasty as well

The yeast becomes much more apparent while drinking, but banana and clove is still dominant. Some cinnamon and nutmeggy spiciness with a sweeter, fruitier finish. Prune, raisin and bubblegum come to mind. A bit of bitterness that I can't quite put my finger on.

Heavy/sharp carbonation and a medium-heavy body. Nice boozy warmth as it's being consumed.

I've never really had the chance to delve in to the weizenbock world, but I found this very enjoyable. It was a plain looking brew and didn't really strike me in the nose, but I definitely dug this beer. Not too bad for a beer that I decided to pick up on a whim.

 937 characters

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.

 849 characters

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a strong mix of banana and clove with some bubblegum, wheat, spice, and yeast.

T - Starts off with some banana and bubblegum with wheat and a touch of light spice. Through the middle, the clove and yeast flavors start to come through with a bit more bubblegum flavor and some more sweet wheat. The finish is a mix of sweet wheat, banana, yeast, bubblegum, and some lingering spices and a hint of citrus and other fruity esters.

M - Medium-full bodied with fairly heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very good weizenbock with some really nice yeast flavors with a great balance throughout.

 801 characters

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-tangarine color with one fingered off-white head and no lacing.

Smell is richly molasses, banana, and bubblegum.

Taste follows the smell pretty well. Ripe fruit is present (bananas and plums). There is some cinnamon and other spices. Moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

Overall this was very good. Much more complex than I expected.

 399 characters

Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 619 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.