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 mconz
5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Derek
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold, white head, thin ring of retention leaves a little lace.

S: Vanilla, cloves, papaya, mango, intruiging aroma.

T: Vanilla, cloves, wheaty biscuits, candied pineapple and mango, slight tartness, fairly integrated bitterness, some alcohol heat.

M: Highly attenuated and dry with a warming alcohol finish.

D/O: Okay, but a little dry & boozy. I'd prefer a Weihenstephan or Howe Sound.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More in the direction of Vitus than Aventinus, this one pours a shade or two darker than a traditional weizen, plenty of haze, and large off-white head. Boozy nose with mixed fruit, banana, and bready notes. Palate offers big flavors of bread/wheat cracker, some banana clove, and juicy fruits in the background. A little boozy on the palate. Finishes with some heat as well. Suffers in drinkability, but unfortunately that's no longer a reviewing criterion.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into Schneider Weisse glass 2/11/11

A hazy golden orange with lots of bubbles feeding a two finger off white head that retains well leaving lots of random lace

S lots of dry cereal with some pineapple and clove with just a little booze but I wouldn't believe 9%

T more booze and a mesh of fruits mostly tropical and a little caramel, slightly sour but not too bad

M it has good carbonation and a fairly heavy body but a little heat takes away from it, some faint banana on the finish

O a little intense but decent stuff, not sure what some aging would do and I'm scared to find out

I'm glad I tried it and I'm stoked I keep getting new stuff from these guys but I prefer the hop bombs that keep rolling out

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Photo of Psilo707
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark yet lucid yellow and gold hue. Lots of lacing, very spread out but prominent in its size and shape. Doesn't actually look as good as it tastes which is mostly a rare situation imo.

S: Smells sanguine. Smells like a sweet fruit without any sort of candy appeal. I love the aroma. I want to drink the entire bottle in one gulp after a quick whiff of the mug.

T: Tastes just like it smellls!... Delicious. Hoppy, malty bread and banana flavor. A lot of spice to it. Lots of kick for a beer of this nature. A lot of reviewers said it was too bitter but I think it's just right. You have to love hops to enjoy this fully though.

M: Very full and complete. Absolutely no corny or flat aftertaste in any way. Keeps going long after the initial swallow. Good stuff here!

Overall: I love these Double hefeweizen styled beers and this was no exception in any way. It has a very strong kick, especially at 9%, but doesn't taste like it's overly filled with alcohol in any way. I like the mature fruity nature of it and the hoppy, malty feeling that occurs all the way through. The bitterness suits me fine but I understand that it might be a bit much for many people. I recommend this if you've never had a dopple weizen (the term still makes me giggle), can't go too wrong even if you don't prefer it over others.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of WhiteOak
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my good friend Scott for putting this on my radar.

A- Deep golden yellow with the opalescent gray-olive of the decoction mash. A big soapy, sticky white head.

S- Huge, seductive Hefe aromas of soft banana, clove and bubblegum soar up out of the glass. Big points here for a world-class nose, correct and spot on.

T- Wonderful, rich sweet banana and clove flavors make up the attack. But unfortunately the mid-palate and finish are thrown off balance by too much hop bitterness.

M, D- Creamy, rich, and concentrated with ideal CO2. The overly dry, bitter finish shocks the palate after the lovely initial sweet wheatiness.

Had this "Doppel Weizen" not been over-bittered, it would have been knocking at the door of the Weihenstephaner Vitus and Ayinger Weizen-Bock, two of the greatest beers of their kind in the world.

Clearly, the expert hands of Bavarian masters were involved in this beer, but was it a hop-centric American who had the input to jack up the IBU?

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Photo of hiku7
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber for my birthday and enjoyed it this evening before, during and after dinner.

Pours a deep clear gold with a dense foamy perfectly level one-finger white head. The head is permanent. Nice carbonation streams charging up the side of my tall pilsner glass (I don't have a hef glass so a pilsner glass had to do). Fantastic lacing.

Aroma is dominated by overripe bananas and acidic sour funk, a bit like unripe cherries. The yeast funk overwhelmed any malt flavor, which was minimal. Definitely a strong pepper presence too.

Flavor is a big blast of bananas followed by a finish strong in alcohol plus a noticeable lingering peppery bitterness. Alcohol is fine at first but piles on over time. Dirt-like hops definitely present in the aftertaste. The malt taste is more texture than flavor; it's a wheat graininess that adds some chewiness to an otherwise creamy mouthfeel.

This is a full-bodied and luscious brew with a pleasant foamy carbonation. It is somewhat sweet throughout and noticeably boozy, but that was to be expected based on the 9% abv.

Overall, this is an interesting and creative offering from Lagunitas. Full disclosure: I love most of their beers. That said, it's not really enough my cup of tea to be one I would seek out repeatedly. I sure enjoyed it this evening though.

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Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden orange with tangerine hues and a two finger off-white head that very slowly fades into a thick lasting ring.

Complex aroma with a nice balance of zesty spice, light fruit, citrus rind and bready yeast. There's a peppery clove presence that is countered by hints of banana, orange peel, bread and chocolate.

Full bodied with a nice creamy texture and a blast of zesty spice up front that lingers over the sweet fruit and yeast notes into a tart, dry finish. Lots of peppery clove followed by a prominent bready yeast character that gives fullness to the palate. This is followed by faint banana and malt sweetness before the citrus fruit kicks in. Lots of zesty orange and lemon peel rounding which in addition to providing sweetness, is a nice compliment to the heavy spice character. The ABV is excellently masked with no heat to speak of but there is a lot going on here and it's very full bodied making it a bit of a sipper.

Overall this beer was a success. Usually I'm not into American Imperial versions of German styles but this beer is well balanced and really tasty. It's a bit heavy handed but they managed to capture some great flavors that are characteristic of the style. Nice job Lagunitas!

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Photo of scootny
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice burnt orange with an off white head. Fades a little too quickly and not much lace but a good size to begin with. Fair amount of carbonation and a good cloudy complexion. Smell is right in style with a healthy amount of wheat malt and lots of ripe banana. Pepper and a nice whiff of alcohol to give notice to the discerning. Taste is jammed with bananas and clove. Peppery spiciness is followed by alcohol and a fusel dryness that flows into a mild bitterness. Dry and clean finish with a touch of caramel sweetness and toasted bread with cinnamon. Feel is full and gently creamy with a mild carbonation and slight stickiness. Quite drinkable and well priced for great value. These days value counts more than ever and Lagunitas scores well here with a solid beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hazy orange with an off white head.

Sting of carbonation hits the nose, followed by banana, a floral bouquet, musty yeast, and orange/coriander.

It is full flavored with rounded mouth feel. A complex chewy brew.
Hits first with a sting of carbonation, then bitter herb hop flavor hits in the back of the mouth giving way to a bitter orange bite. Banana and rum flavors come through reminding me of Banana's Foster. Spice hits on the roof of the mouth with notes of cumin/nutmeg. Has a nutty, earthy flavor. This is a lively, interesting, complex beer. For me all the flavors don't quite come together in unity, but it is full flavored and worth a try.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Doppel Weizen is a limited release, so let's see if that a good thing or a bad thing.

A - Pours mostly headless with a hazy, almost pulpy tangerine body. I'm surprised by the lack of head given the Bavarian inspiration.

S - Strong plantain and overripe fruit sweetness with underlying iron aroma. The nose is all upfront, not much more blossoms out over time.

T & M - The flavor is very German, although a bit heavy on the malts. Ripe banana flavor dominates the palate, although the Lagunitas twist adds a kick of hop bitterness on the back end. A pretty straight-forward brew overall, with lingering bitterness and alcohol to throw off the balance just a touch on this effort.

O - A decent effort that I won't crave anytime soon. Still it's worth a try if you're wanting a 22 of a decent Bavarian style.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pony Bar, NYC. 8oz pour into mini nonic style glass.
Looks fantastic...hazy/cloudy deep orangey honey color with a nice thick head. Smells fantastic, orangey, weiss typical but alcohol is obvious. guessed it, fantastic. Absolutely packed with flavour. Aroma matches taste...easy finish with the high ABV. I absolutely loved this brew. Great personal twist on a beer staple.

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Photo of kraypd
2.69/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy orange color with white head that dissipated way too quickly. No head left after a few minutes from pouring.

S= spicy aroma with a hint of banana-hefe.

T= Very bold, with spicy notes. Finish displays way too much alcohol flavor to claim that this is a Bavarian style. This is an overly amped up Weizenbock that went a little too far in this reviewers opinion. Bavarian styles are about balance.

M= somewhat flat.

O= Up to this point I have been very fond of the Langunitas recipes but this one fell far short of the Langunitas reputation.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 708 ratings.
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