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): 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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Reviews: 284 | Ratings: 548
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.

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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.

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Photo of zeejay27
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review, so here goes:

A: Pours a cloudy golden hue with a half-inch head with little retention.

S: Strong banana and clove. I'm also getting honey, a little bubblegum and spice.

T: Rich banana and clove smacks you in the face right off the bat. Some funkiness from the yeast but goes down pretty well. Alcohol is well-hidden - quite rich but hard to believe this is 9%.

M: Nice level of carbonation. Creamy and rich mouthfeel that finishes pretty dry.

O: Lagunitas always makes solid beers and this is no exception. I could easily drink a bomber of this by myself, but after that it would be a little too rich and cloying. An interesting beer that I would definitely try again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pleasantly hazed light golden orange colour, with a fine head of white that settles to a decent but uninspiring film. Body is really nice and thick, and the carbonation is powdery and fine. It's not outstanding, but it's solid.

Nose is slightly wheaty, but also peppery and spicy with a really strong alcohol presence. In fact the boozy astringency almost strips out everything else, leaving only hints of banana and spice as a battered afterthought. Not bad, but a bit brusque.

Similar on the palate: the booziness, while not providing much heat or prickle, actually provides a lot of the spicy astringent flavours, leaving a slightly bitter spiritous taste in the mouth above the moderated banana sweetness. Feel is thin but hot and chewy, leaving the astringency in the flavour to work itself on the inside of the mouth.

Meh. I mean, it has some true weizenbier characteristics. It also has the "bigness" associated with a weizenbock. But overall, it's a bit too unbalanced and a bit overwhelming. It doesn't have the complexity it needs to justify the heat.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Fine white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Delicious aroma of caramel, banana, fruit and clove. Flavor is complex, wheat, caramel malt, banana, light fruit, clove, orange citrus. Somewhat bitter finish takes a slight edge off a very tasty beer. Nice creamy, medium to heavy body and nice carbonation. It is a bit heavy bodied for the style, so the "Bavarian-Styled" is a bit off. However, I really enjoyed this take on a weizenbock. I will definitely buy this again.

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

More notes from during the site remake...

This brew is an extremely clouded dark yellow, short of amber. A good sized fluffy white head holds itself well and remains a thick foam after falling off a bit, leaving patchy lacing.
There's no doubt this is some kind of Weizen; lots of bubble gum, banana, and clove are all over this. Underneath is some wheat, and the light, bready malts are allowed to come through. Just a bit of hops are detected.
The flavor is much less subtle, as the yeast seems to overcome everything else. This is a banana/bubble gum bomb with a twinge of hops to it. Not bad, but it's not allowed to shine.
The feel is light to medium, heftier than a regular Weizen and I suppose appropriate for an Imperial. It's crisp, almost spritzy, and goes just a little too prickly.
Overall this is a pretty good beer. I'd like to see the yeast tamed down just slightly and open up this beer.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bleary orange peel color with an off white two finger bubbled head. not see thru in the slightest. Almost appears two toned under the right kind of light. Very dark and distant in the middle, but a light passing on the outside.

s- sweet malt out front, banana, sweet fruits, tart.

t- up front quite boozy. masks alot of the sweet flavors that i'm getting slightly at the end. The banana seems to stay around, almost an orange peel to it. dark fruits only sting for a second.

M- Not as carbonated as i thought it was going to be, very viscous, and lingers on the palate. medium to heavy bodied, and at no surprise the 9% is present.

Overall I'm not very pleased with it. There is little carbonation to counter part the boozyness. All i'm tasting is bananas, and i know its common with the style, but there should be more malts. This is a supposed to be a step up from dunkle but the taste just is not there for me. I've had way better from Lagunitas, and i guess i was expecting more then this.

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Photo of django24
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes

Appearance: Light, glowing golden. Kinda dull but not overly cloudy. Despite the picture of the beer on the label showing a big creamy head I got no head at all. I know how to pour a beer correctly so I'm not sure what the problem here is. Maybe a broken seal or maybe just old? Not impressed but it might not be the brewer's fault though.

Aroma: Sweet maltiness followed by strong bubblegum/banana aroma, some yeast and just enough hops. Very nice.

Taste: More of the bubblegum/banana thing with yeast and fruity alcohols followed by a mild floral hop bitterness in the back. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with carbonation starting out somewhat lively and then fading to a faint bubble and finally to flat. Nice warming alcohol effect though. Really long finish of hops and yeast that won't go away. Very interesting, makes me want some cheese or something to go with this.

Overall: Not really sure on this one. The little carbonation and no head was very disappointing but I could have had an old bottle so I won't mark it down that bad. There are some redeeming qualities to this beer though. Freshness indication on the label would help. Would like to try another bottle or tap to see if that makes a difference.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden/orange body, finger white head,
fine lacing

S: big wheat, ripe fruits, dates/figs, spices

T: sweet ripe fruits, Uber wheat malt, sweet smooth finish

M: med body, smooth, nice carbonation

O: Lagunitas has done it again.
A fine US made German style beer.
Will get again; recommend it.


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Photo of chadmoe1
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 1/15/12...part of a beer exchange...thanks Salim!

A -- Gold with small ~1/8" head, no lacing (though I had it a bit cooler than it probably should have been)

S -- Sweetness mixed with solvent-like alcohol (but not horrible); some banana and yeasty flavors, but very light

T -- Very sweet, low hop profile but bites slightly at the finish

M -- Med-high carbonation, a bit thick

O -- Very sweet beer; alcohol hides in the taste if you ignore the aroma. Fairly flat malt and hop profile; yeast adds some esters. Easy to drink a pint, but the big 22oz bottle was way too much.

22oz bottle, pint glass

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrives from the tap with a fluffy, one-finger thick, pale tan colored head that is quite tight and creamy textured. The beer is a clear, hazy, gold-straw color that shows more of the same, though a litte lighter, when held up to the light. The aroma smells like an expressive HefeWeizen with notes of clove, soft banana, some softly tart wheat, hay like grain and sweet, honey-like malt notes. This is quite nice and at first blush reminds me a lot of New Glarus’ Weizen (though this is a bit lower in alcohol than that one, despite that one being labeled as a regular HefeWeizen).

Soft and creamy feeling up front, it picks up some carbonic prickliness towards the middle, but finishes with a linger, light viscousness that sticks a bit to the palate. The clove flavor really lingers in the finish, and there is also a spiciness to the finish that is accentuated by the phenolic clove character and even picks up a touch of peppery spiciness (though some of that is likely accentuated by the pizza I just had). Hay like grain notes mix with a touch of herbal-honey like malt character and even a touch of seeming herbal hop character. The hop character contributes a touch of bitterness that isn’t quite biting. Other traditional HefeWeizen notes of banana, a hint of tartness and a nicely rounded pale malt and wheat flavor also play a role here.

I doubt this beer was decocted, but it is big enough that it does mimic the rich malt character that traditionally decocted HefeWeizens achieve. This is definitely quite nice and I am really enjoying this beer right now. The phenolics can get a touch spicy and plastic like (perhaps) in the finish at times, but this is reasonably held in check. This has a surpisingly complex yeast character (coming from an American Brewery, hell even your typical German one) that I am really enjoying.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fairly solid beer, with nice and traditional yeast notes and a bit of sweetness. The pour is okay, with a slightly hazy golden color with a nice glow to it, but it lacks head, and what head there is fades utterly after a short while. Some banana and pear in the nose along with some clove, but there is also a hint of raw alcohol in the nose that lends a solvent note to the finish. Somewhat gentle in taste, but it has a nice balance. Some sweetness, but not over the top, and some spice notes as well as a hint of bitterness and some pear and apple that lends some vibrancy. Not bad at all.

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

Pours a magnificent hazy honeyed apricot color with a sturdy rusted mocha head. The nose effuses ripe orange, coriander, candy sugar and loads of fresh tart yeast.

The mouthfeel is exquisite, rich, viscus, slimy and velvety but not necessarily sticky. Very refreshing, with hints of lime zest and a touch of sweetness making for a super quaffable brew.

Simultaneously dry and ever so slightly sweet, this brew screams from within of the quality components that went into creating this fine beer.

Once again Lagunitas continue to deliver the goods by producing quality, refined and memorable beverages.

A tour de force of the style and an admirable effort by one of the best brewery's out there. Bravo!

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a Rich hazy golden color with a stout bubbly head that dissolves rather quickly.

S- Smells strongly of bananas. very esthery and sweet. Has a nice spiciness to it.

T- Has a very rich taste to it. Very fruity with an almost malty backbone. The beer is very sweet without being too overpowering. Has an almost intense alcohol kick right at the end that leaves a slight burn.

M- Very smooth and thick. Has a nice carbonation to it that adds to the alcohol kick at the end. Feels almost creamy in a way.

O- An incredible beer and the fist of the style that I have reviewed. A nice and heavy wheat beer that can best be described by the word: RICH.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to someone who has just started to drink craft beer, but this is definitely a must have for anyone who considers themselves a wheat beer lover! Very unfortunate that this beer was only a limited release.

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

22 oz. bottle tried 23 Oct 2011. Served in the 22 oz. Shiner wheat glass.

Large thick parchment colored head. Medium carbonation. Hazy dark amber in color. Aroma is bready, cloves and very ripe bananas. Starts pretty spicy, cloves and ethanol. Bananas permeate throughout. Chewy body, warming ethanol. Bananas. Yeasty. Aftertaste is quite warm, peppery and clovey.

Did we mention bananas?

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

Pours a cloudy, orange/gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of citrus (orange), and spice (clove?). Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight orange, yeast, hint of hop, and slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of leaddog
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an opaque golden orange/wheat colour with a thin bubbly head. Slight bubbles present.

Smell - Banana, clove, plum, cherries, sweet tropical nectar.

Taste - Holy banana! Banana and clove flavours are most predominant, with a bit of spiciness and bitterness from the malts. Quite a unique flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light, tingly bubbles.

Overall - An enjoyable Doppel Weizen by Lagunitas. There are some very unique flavours in this brew, particularly the strong flavour of the bananas and other fruits. The ABV is pretty well concealed in this one. Very nice.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle

Laguntias Bavarian Styled Doppel Weizen filled my Weihenstephaner weizen glass with a cloudy/hazy orange gold color and produced a smaller [for the style] off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma hit the nose first with clove, then bananas in the background. The flavor begins with a nice ripe banana ‘breadyness’ and a little orange and yeast, followed by just a touch of pepper/cloves that builds as you consume the brew. A pleasant light fizzy type of carbonation with a light creamy mouth feel leading to an enjoyable warming at the finish…doesn’t drink like a 9% abv.

I sure would like to see Laguntias make this a regular offering…I think I just found a new favorite weizen bock.

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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 hosehead83
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy orange/gold in color, with a rather short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Bananas and wheat
Taste-Sweet malt, bananas, bananas and more bananas! Subtle orange cream. Vanilla wafers. Very smooth, with a slightly warming finish.
Overall, a slow, pleasant sipper. Go bananas!

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Photo of GetMeAnIPA
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bomber into pint glass.

A – Poured a heavy orange, amber color. You can tell right off the bat that this is a heavier strong wheat beer. Not too much head or lacing. Actually almost zero head or lacing, but I did use a light pour. The light head that is there is a creamy bubbly head.

S – Good aroma of wheat, banana, sugar, and alcohol. Most wheat beers smell the same to me, but this one has a little more bite. I can smell the alcohol which causes an ever so slight burning of the nostrils. I take it it’s the high ABV.

M – Heavier mouthfeel than most wheat beers. You can tell you aren’t drinking a standard wheat beer here. A nice full bodied beer, but still very drinkable. Light on the carbonation. It’s almost like drinking a dark wheat beer the body is so full….I am loving the body on this one. The mouthful is full, creamy, and barely carbonated.

T – Similar to the smell, strong wheat flavor comes through first, but then paves the wave for the alcohol finish. The three flavors that come through the most are the wheat, sugar, and alcohol.

O – I liked this beer. I was looking for something different and saw this one for a reasonable price. I love Lagunitas, so I thought I would give this one a shot. I even asked one of the guys working at the store if they recommend it, and they replied it’s good, worth trying considering the price and ABV. I guess I wasn’t expecting too much but I would defiantly recommend this and would drink it again. To like this beer you have to like strong, sweet wheat beers. It’s like an “imperial weizen”…not sure if they brew those or not, but this one would be the blueprint.

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Photo of AZbelgian
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Pours a cloudy golden color with a small foamy white head.

S - Crisp aroma of banana with a hint of clove

T - True to the aroma, tastes of banana and clove are the most notable at first. This moves quickly into the strongest unfiltered flavor I've ever experienced in a beer. The flavor is tingly and biting on the tongue and overpowers and drowns out everything else. This lingers uncomfortably long on the tongue.

M - medium mouthfeel, unfiltered flavor gives it an undesirable flavor and an uncomfortable tingle

O - This beer would have real potential if the unfiltered character didn't overpower everything else. Overall I was not impressed. Some re-tooling on this one might improve it substantially.

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Photo of Long813
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale orange-green some cloudiness. Two fingers of white fluffy head with little retention and lacing.

S: Bananas, bubble gum, some oranage mixed with a blend of spices.

T: Banana and cloves mixed with a unique yeast character. Booze really adds to it when it warms up.

M: Light bodied and medium bodied. Low carbonation with a strong dry peachy-clove after taste. Alcohol comes in strong and lingers for quite some time when the beer warms up.

O: Interesting brew. It definitely is a very strong version of a style weizenbock. I feel as though some character of the style lacks because of it.

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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 EnJeiBee
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It poured with a cloudy pale golden hue, almost no head and very visible carbonation

S - Overall, the scent is quite muted. The scent is of your typical wheat beer with a slightly pronounced banana character

T - The banana is extremely intense and the brew is overly sweet for my taste

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated

O - This isn't a "bad" beer by any means, but I'm not a huge fan of this brew. The muted nose and overly sweet flavor made this bomber hard to finish. There are definitely better examples of the style out there.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 548 ratings.
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