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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Photo of zeledonia
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of wesley14
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of jeremy13586
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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 keepitsimple1990
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CSFerrier
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -6.3%
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 Antnyd82
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 695 ratings.
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