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 Shadman
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good with the ckloudy aprocot orange color, sturdy head that fades to a cap and then never departs, and some nice web-like threads of lace.

Aroma consists mostly of banana, with a healthy dose of cloves, and at 9%ABV, booze.

Took some getting used to the blast of banana and astringent alcohol in the initial few swigs. Once the beer warmed and breathed a little the flavour profile broadened to include some clove and (slight) citrus peel( with may have given it a slightly annoying aspirin taste). Quite sweet and thick in consistancy. Definitely a full bodied Weizenbock in the mouthfeel dept.

Glad I tried it, but it's not something I'd reach for on a regualr basis

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Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas, a touch of spice. Taste is also banana up front, some spices, a touch of alcohol coming through. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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

Naturally cloudy with an orange amber color. Interestingly, the head is understated but it leaves a blanket of lace.

An interesting combination of barley malt and malted wheat. This is also slightly sour.

Very nice sweetness with a tartness from the wheat. The aftertaste is brief but strong. The alcohol is notable but in the background.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle

A - nice one finger head, color clear orange gold.
S - Big wheat flavor initially, followed by citrus and coriander tones.
T - As smell indicates, also with overwhelming sweetness. Too many banana esters throughout.
M - Nice light mouthfeel with medium body and light carbonation
O - Overall too sweet for me, I used to like the heavy bananas in a hefe, but this was just too much.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Cloudy, dark orange, nearly brown, with a thick, tight, off-white head that eventually leaves messy lines of lace down the glass.

A big aroma consisting of mashed up bananas, a tiny bit of clove, wheat, and a bit of bright citrus.

A more sweet and sugary example of the style, or at least compared to others I've sampled before. The banana and clove flavor is present, but there also seems to be a lot of caramel and sticky toffee, candied oranges, and a big wallop of wheat. Big and flavorful, though a bit too sweet.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average example of the style, but this doesn't rank as one of my favorite offerings from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 22oz bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $4.39 in late 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a slight fluffy head. Scents are very floral with hibiscus, banana, and yeasty tones. Taste is smooth and flavorful. It has a wheat and slightly bitter taste with some flavors of biscuits. Quite fulfilling and tasty. Definitely a must try, especially since it's a limited release.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fluid brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; the style doesn't seem to my liking methinks.

A: Pours a one finger head, a bit thin, without any cream, and of average retention. Colour is a hazy orange. Appealing for a hefeweizen, and welcome for this style.

Sm: Citrus esters: orange especially. Quite pleasant. Wheat is also present, obviously. Really appealing. Maybe light hidden peach? A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange and wheat (predictably). They're balanced, but overall the flavour is a bit weak and definitely simple. I find it boring but pleasant, and a bit too high ABV for what it needs to be. There's not much to say about such a simple beer. It's fresh and pleasant, but in a way disappointing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick. It suits the flavour in a general manner. It doesn't feel custom-tailored or anything.

Dr: Decently drinkable, but too high an ABV for the flavours. There isn't a lot going on in this beer, and it comes off as uninspired and boring as a result. It's like a hefeweizen with a high ABV. That said, it's pleasant and enjoyable all around. Fans of the style will likely enjoy it.


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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap once, bought a bottle of it to try and review it.
Poured into a 23oz Wheat Beer Glass. Beer was kept in refrigerator.

A- Very orange/golden, more orange than golden.
very hazy, light comes through the beer, but it is very filtered
light. Very small bubbles are rising from the bottom of the
glass. Head dissipates quickly and is gone leaving no lacing.

S- Yeast. Strong breads like sourdough. A little banana.

T- Strong breads. Banana notes come out later, as an aftertaste.

M- Thick and creamy. very filling beer. Low to moderate

O- not my favorite, but good beer none the less.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewing a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a hazy copper hue, looks similar to an unfiltered apple cider.
A fizzy eggshell white head foams up minimally and is completely gone within seconds. The beer looks like a still beverage almost immediately after the pour looks more like unfiltered apple juice now than beer.

Aroma is a mix of some caramel and some spicy hops. I also get a bit of green apple I think. Not sure if that last part improves the beer, it doesnt seem to be infected, but something is a little funky here. I also get some mild clove notes mixed in the background.

First sip reveals a crisp bodied beer with fine tingly carbonation. Very easy drinking and mild texture.

Flavor is some sweet malt with caramel and some grainy notes, rolls to a bit of spicy hop bite and again some sort of green apple notes that are a little funky, not quite tart, but on the verge. Cloves are in the finish and linger a bit. No where is the booze evident from start to finish.

The beer is easy to drink, but the slightly funky flavors and murky showing take away from some of my enjoyment.
A decent beer, but I wonder if mine was a little off?

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

Apperance: hazy orange with a this white head that dissipated very quickly

Aroma: strong banana and wheat with no spices or pepper notes

Flavor: more strong banana nots with a very slight alcohol stringency that dies quickly as you sip this one. The finish is big and bready. The body is perfectly weighted, slightly chewy and very pleasant.

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

A-Cloudy, dirty light brown with white head

S-Banana esters, cloves, wheat, hefe weizen for sure

T-Banana bread! Yeasty, malty and heavy. Nice flavor

M-Pretty full bodied. Heavily carbonated, a little alcohol end note but never would have figured this beer was this strong. Well done!

D-A little heavy, but is definitely a souped up Hefe.

O-Nice flavor, strong wheat taste, heavy on yeast and malts. A really good beer, a good beer to start the night with.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber (2011 vintage) poured into a tulip pint glass.

Look- Cloudy butterscotch with a loose finger of foam that dissappeared pretty quickly.

Smell- Sour, somewhat flowery, plenty of banana and a hint of clove. About what you would expect from a robust hefe.

Taste- Sweet! Banana dominates, along with light toasted rye bread. Ends with a hint of cloves and cinnamon. Nice, but too sweet for my liking and rather plain for Lagunitas.

Mouthfeel- Chewy, almost syrupy. Starts tart with a moderate amount of carbonation, ends somewhat cloying, just a few hairs shy of sickeningly sweet.

Overall- I have to say that the alcohol is well hidden, but the sweetness and heavy body made it rather tough to finish the bomber on my own. I was also expecting something more complex from this brewery. It is just what the bottle says- a doubled-up hefeweizen without a lot else going on. Probably wouldn't pick it up again, though I'd try it if I saw it on tap.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, weizen glass, 2011 version.

Clear sunset goldenrod yellow that glows pleasantly. My buddy poured softly, so the head is not what it could be. Swirling and rising bubbles show that it has potential.

More banana than clove dominant nose. Sweet wheat, sweet.

Salty banana bread, again, the clove is subdued. A peppery bite and a soapy sweetness. Lagunitas hit all the classic notes, no more, no less.

Slick and slippery and honestly, syrupy. It's a tad too much.

This beer checks almost all of right boxes for a weizenbock. It is too sweet for me. This is one Lagunitas brew that doesn't have a twist though.

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Photo of raffy313
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Weizen glass.

A somewhat cloudy amber/orange color, with very little half inch off white head. Some slight lacing, but otherwise appearance was quite uneventful.

Smells are bananas, cloves and wheat. Very sweet, fruity lemon/orange like aromas. AND... I've heard this as a description before to describe a beer's aroma, but have never actually had the pleasure of experiancing it until now... HAM! Honey-baked ham, to be exact. Kinda weird.

Flavors are intense. Similar to the nose. Quite alot going on here, but sadly... abit one demensional... not very balanced. Just sweet!

Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Has a weird unpleasant artificial sweetner(saccharin)-like, dry aftertaste that definately takes away from the overall drinkability.

Oddly enough, I enjoyed this beer quite abit initially, but the more I drank, the less I liked. Hard to explain, it just went nowhere. Odd aftertaste kinda killed it for me.

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

First review of the new year. I really like Weizens, weizenbocks, etc..
After living two years in Germany I judge this style by pretty hard standards, studying at Weihenstephan will do that to ya.
Pours a slightyn murky orange tone. Good carbonation, foamy frothy head sticks around a while. Not quite the Bavarian foam cap level, but good.
Smell is phenominal.This is stright up German, clove, Banana in a huge way, wheat mustiness, dried figs,hay,grass,a nice touch of smokiness like oak chips on the end.lemon,orange, really a nice spiced grain profile. Pepper and clove add the needed spice profile.
on to the first sip..pepper, clove,orange,banana,wheat,yeast,sourdough starter,sweet honey-like,maybe mead.Sour femented wheat, fresh yeast, alocholic phenol, lingering slight spicy sourness, nice balance, sweet and fruity upfront, sour and spiced on the finish.
Carbonation is perfect, alcohol is quite a bit stronger than German versions, but in turn it adds a nice sour spicy finish I find highly enjoyable.
Great brew and start to the new year.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white. In the aroma, lemon citrus and wheat notes. In the taste, a lemon citrus note, a nice wheat presence and a small dry alcohol presence at the end. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry alcohol and small wheat notes in the aftertaste. Smells like a standard hefe, but boozier in the taste.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Serves in a weizen glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, but there isn't much lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like cloves, bananas, wheat, and a little bit of orange peel. The brew tastes like cloves, sweet spices (maybe allspice?), wheat/bready malt, bananas, orange and orange peel, and some bubblegum. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a decent overall brew, but there's nothing that's memorable about it. Not bad for $4.99 a bottle, for that price it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Hex92
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm always looking for a cheaper version of Aventinus. Upon opening the bottle I thought I was on to something. It has a very similar smell, I like it alot.

It has an odd aftertaste that isn't good. The initial flavor is real nice, but then...not good.

I like the moutfeel, but in the end the taste is what its all about, and this just isn't going to do it.

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Photo of plfahey
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden orange copper color with medium haze. Short cream colored head has poor retention.

Aroma-Heavy spicy phenolic character-extremely clovey with background notes of ginger and allspice. Light toast, honey, caramel and raisin malt aromas. Extremely light banana aroma. Also noticeable booze in the aroma with a slightly solventy character.

Flavor-Sweet toasty caramel and slight raisin flavor with a light bananas foster type character. In the midpalate bigtime clove flavor comes through. Mostly spice character in the finish with a some alcohol in which carries into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is soft on the palate-gives a smooth and creamy feel to it.

Pretty extreme spice character and not that much else to it. Not bad and pretty drinkable, but I'm not a huge fan and there are much better examples of the style. One of my less favorite beers from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Jammies
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a deep golden orange with minimal foam that slowly disappears.

S- sweet with a strong malty odor.

T- sweet and malty.

M- watery and smooth. The malts destroy the palate.

O- not my favorite style. The malts leave a sticky and sour feeling in my mouth, not a huge fan.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, off-orange color. Off-white foamy head dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Some lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and banana, hints of sweet fruit, and cloves. Some hints of bubblegum, and an overall wonderful aroma.

Tastes of banana and citrus, with some tart sour notes in the finish. I think they overdid it a bit with the alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with some carbonation in the finish. A very full bodied beer. A warm finish with the alcohol.

I was very excited to try this beer, and the wonderful aroma made me think this beer would not disappoint. But the alcohol finish was a little too much for me.

Still, a very good example of the style.

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Photo of industrialswill
2.27/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

They might as well label this stuff "High Strength Banana Beer.
Appearance wize, all beer is beautiful and this one is no exception. As a matter of routine, this beer gets a rating of "good" from me for appearance.
Aroma is a different story..the smell of this beer is simply unappetizing. I smell banana and alcohol fumes. Like Banana Aftershave Lotion..?
Tastes like it smells, but with a pinch of disgusting clove thrown in. If this stuff was made in prison in a ziplock bag from left over banana peels, I'd be pretty proud of it...but otherwise it just isn't what I'd call "good beer".
The saving grace is the relatively high alcohol content. I was able to fight my way through this bomber, but I would have found a bottle of just about any malt liquor to be much more enjoyable.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on Xmass even 2011.

Amazing pour, thick thick thick creamy head with a cloudy light amber. Cool.

Smell is basically 100% ripe banana's. Dam. That is some banana there!

Taste, amazing. Almost like sweet banana cream pie. It is SO strong in the Banana departement. However, there is a biting clove flavor at the end. A really nice beer for sure.

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Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Almost liquid banana. Banana aroma, mouthfeel consistency, and in the taste. That and the cloves, and herbal orange peel aspect to it are not my favourites, and were counter to a style I like a lot better. The mouthfeel is above average. Dark brown bodied. Better after spicey food.

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Photo of SolarMikey
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found while on a Central Florida vacation, perfect for a warm winter afternoon while the pig is roasting away. The beer is a deep golden color, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation that visibly continues for a while after pouring. The medium white head lingers well.

It smells of banana and cloves, but not overwhelmingly, and malty yeast and wheat contribute to the aroma.

Flavor is dominated by esters, yeast, and sweet malt, though there is some bitterness in the background. An initial hoppy bite gives way to a nice long sweet finish.

The beer is somewhat thick and creamy without being syrupy in the least, and the carbonation is lively.

It is a solid example of a Bavarian weizen and extraordinarily drinkable for being 9% ABV (I was surprised to learn this after the fact), though the flavor profile doesn't stand out among those of other beers in its class.

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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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