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 Sweasty
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas' Doppel Weizen poured into my weizen glass. This brew is a nice hazed copper. Things are topped of by an inch worth of bone white head. Head settles to a ring. Spotty lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is classic weizen. Tons of phenols strike the nose. Banana notes take a strong hold up front. Clove notes seem a bit subdued. Sweet bubblegum laced with a slight touch of alcohol round out the nose.

The taste follows the nose. The strong banana notes in the nose seem to take a bit of a backseat. Spicy clove notes take control up front. Bananas push through mid palate. Bubblegum notes follow suite. The finish is sweet with lingering bubblegum notes tinged with alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with an adequate carbonation.

Lagunitas' Doppel Weizen is a tasty enough beer. All the basic notes are there. This brew strikes a bit unrefined. It's rough around the edges. Some cleaning up and this could be a top notch weizenbock. Props to Lagunitas for another tasty brew.

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Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy but bright orange with billowing foamy white head.

Smell: Massive banana and bubblegum, with some clove, wheat and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, with loads of sweet banana and bubblegum, at least at first. Then the hops and clove come in and provide some great balance. Ends with lingering pepper and clove.

Feel: Creamy full body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish after the initial sweet onslaught.

Overall: This is a great Weizenbock, and I seriously do not know what is wrong with the reviewers to date. I usually do not like it when Lagunitas steps away from their hoppy comfort zone, but this is incredible.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a half-liter mug, this beer is a very cloudy orange-amber with a small but persistent head. The nose has just the right fruitiness for a weizen, together with very medicinal phenols: they're certainly emphasizing the weizen more than the bock here, so far.

Pretty good flavor as well. It's really most strong on the clovey phenols, which suffuse it from start to finish. It's highly fruity, and offers lots of wheat malt. Bitterness blends in very well, keeping it from being sweet, but otherwise you don't really notice it. It's a little hot at the finish, giving a hint of the 9% ABV, but otherwise it's pretty light-bodied and spritzy for the strength.

Well-designed beer. I don't think I would particularly seek it out again, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of vkv822
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a cloudy orange with light golden edges when held to the light. The head is quite thin, and light tan in color.

The nose is light banana and clove notes.

The taste follows the nose, with slightly sweet banana upfront followed by very faint clove and a solid wheat backing giving it a medium body and closed with nice carbonation.

A pretty simple beer and one I probably won't feel the need to seek out again, but one I still found enjoyable overall.

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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 hoppyweasel311
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with off white colored head that doesn't last long. Smells of clove and banana... good amount of carbonation.. nice mouthfeel... tastes just as it smells... banana, clove, a little hop bitterness at the end which is nice. For a 9% abv you can't really tell that it's that strong. I really like this beer... don't know about the other reviewer saying it smells and tastes like ham... I would love to try this one on-tap.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the COOP on Friday night... Poured into my Corsendonk goblet (where is my weiss glass??) Decent 3/4" head... little lacing and still there is spotty lacing... the brew is hazed golden orange.

Nose shows big pulpy overripe banana ... lite clove balances slightly in the phenol dept....

Flavor is more in the lite clove and background spice phenol element.. banana comes out swinging with some lite toasty bread points... pink bubblegum meshes with everything on the finish making for a complex yet sorta messy end.

Body is sorta thick even given the style.. needs more than a lite carbonation... decent at best..

This brew shows all the bones of a good brew that was pushed through too quickly.. too sweet with the heavier esters and phenols... the malt sweetness brought them up front too quickly and made them linger.... drier malt profile would help significantly.


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Photo of yankeej13
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Lagunitas so any beer they put out I will totally try.

A- A light almost orange like color. Has a big head of foam and a ton of carbonation.

S- Has the smell of a hefewiezen beer. A long lingering spicy flavor. Light orange or citrus smell. Very mild hops and malts.

T- A light orange upfront flavor. A really unique malt balance. Has a very creamy mid palette with a sweet finish.

M- Pretty creamy, has a rather rough drinkability. sweet finish.

Oerall- Not really sure what I think of it. I don't really understand they style so I don't wanna say anything negative. Will try it again once I better understand it.

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Photo of AdamToomey
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was definitely excited to see this brew at my local beer store and the under six dollar price tag was pretty hard to resist.

A - Poured this beer into a Weizen glass. The beer pours a beautiful translucent honey color with a minimal white, creamy head. Great lacing throughout. It definitely has that signature wheat cloudiness which I have come to enjoy.

S - Spice, spice and more spice. The spices definitely dominate the aroma, followed by banana and the sweetness from the malts. While all the other breweries are busy releasing Oktoberfest's, the aroma from this beer definitely makes sense for this time of the year.

T - The taste is on par with the nose. Tons of spice, banana and sweetness from the malts. The taste is nothing that will blow you away but it is still pretty delicious. It is definitely fun to drink and a great change of pace if you are looking forward to enjoying a seasonal that is not an Oktoberfest. The spicy characteristics work so well with the cooling weather.

M - The crisp and light-body of the beer really help to accentuate the spicy characteristics and also help lend the beer a very easy drinkability. At 9% by volume this could be potentially dangerous but makes it all the more fun.

O - This is not one of my favorite styles but I was looking for something different and this is definitely something I enjoyed drinking. The spices and banana like qualities was delightful. I highly suggest trying this beer if you are looking for a good seasonal that is not one of the the thousand Oktoberfest's currently on the shelves. The spice like quality of this beer make it perfect for the changing seasons. Pick it up, kick your feet back, and enjoy. Just don't expect to be completely blown away by a complex/unique take on the style.

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Photo of crusian
1.87/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I really dont understand how Lagunitas gets label approval and distribution so quickly in texas while stone has so many problems. I am going to start a thread about this...

anyway, bottle from local shop. pours a light amber color with a minimal head.
nose smells like smoked ham... honeybaked ham... gross. I was hoping for the typical lagunitas hop.
taste is VERY ham like... almost turns my stomach. after my gag reflex, there is a bit of a hop profile coming through, nice bitter finish, but seriously, this ham flavor is making my stomach churn, I think this is going down the drain...

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Photo of Reidrover
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle ftom Roths Sunnyside Market in S.Salem. $3.99 Lovelly cloudy orange beer, with a large thick creme coloured head. Nice looking beer in my half liter Germen mug Aroma is of yeast ,spices ..phenolic,leather and earth nice stuff. Thick semi bitter..spicy,peppery, alcoholic, slightly nutty fine. Nice an smooth on the palate..low carbonation. Nice sipping can tell this is 9%

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Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served into a weizen glass. Shows a hazy lemon orange with an inch or so of white foam. Retention is moderate, keeping a light cap and lacing a bit better.

Nose is heavy on the banana and is a bit sweet though not unexpected given the gravity of the brew. Touch of spice and fruitiness rounds things out with some wheat and pale malt. Decent yet lacking somewhat in complexity, though expands a bit with warming.

Flavor leans more toward the fruity/spicy end of things. Light on banana at this point and more of a sweetened lemon/orange bread. Bit of banana returns on the finish along with a lingering spice. Feel is full though a bit too creamy for my preference and lacking the coarse texture I was expecting. Perhaps just a bit too big. Overall not picking up any Belgian influence or any sourness I often find in wheat beers. In fact I'm liking the yeast though I might like it better at 5%.

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Photo of Elimination
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw the label approval for this months and months ago and have been waiting patiently for it

Pours a copper orange yellow, with a ominous darker center of the glass as the light passes through, a good amount of a white head.

Smell of clove, strong spice, a bit of bubblegum in the background and some definate earthyness, dirty almost mildew like

Taste is anything but what I search for in a weizen. Strong harsh spice, a bit of a sour twang, almost infected of a taste. It comes across more belgian yeast character. The bitterness is very strong, it jumps out with a bite of a very mealy hop that makes it a bit hard to swallow. There is even a chicken broth taste that I would say even turns to a vomit like character in the aftertaste. Some buttery character is thrown in the mix as well.

It has such a strong carb, and a lot of viscocity that it covers the tongue and sticks to you.

Overall, this seems strange to come from lagunitas, It was a try, but does seem to fall short.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

it's got all your typical hefeweizen flavors in the proper proportions. the body, as expected, is dirty blonde and hefty. booze is there (9% on the label i had) but hidden somewhat by pleasant levels of dryness and carbonation. something in here is touching upon a belgian strong golden profile.. maybe it's a non-banana fruitiness to the yeast or the champagney zip in the finish. whether or not this looks like a hefe, it is not a chugger. took me >2hrs to drink 16oz of this.

the negative here: way too hoppy. doesn't really get you on the palate, but a pronounced sharp bitterness is there when you swallow. label puts it somewhere close to 35ibu (again, different than the label pictured), which sounds too much for a weizen to me. it is lagunitas, after all.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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