Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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

BEER STATS
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#14,165
Reviews:
348
Ratings:
733
pDev:
13.61%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 733 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of Ryan1423
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of therica
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= slightly cloudy rich golden with a nice foamy white head that rims & laces after a few minutes.

S= nice and bold, hefty yeast hit me up-front, then nice spices, some coriander, slight honey.

T= bold like a typical Lagunitas. Some traditional Weizenbock fans might think it's too potent for its style but it's great if you enjoy a good wheat beer with boldness. Yeasts, malts, light honey, complex spices.

M= somewhat cloying in the finish which is a detractor for me. Also a slight tinny flatness on the tongue.

O= a very decent beer in its style with some great high points. I have this feeling that it would be totally fantastic if aged for another half a year.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, no code.

Pours a deep, hazy straw-orange. The head is maybe a quarter-inch and short-lived. Not very Weizen-like.

The aroma is full of esters and alcohol, with notes of banana and vanilla.

The first thing I notice about this beer is a huge malt sweetness. Wow, this is a sweet wheat, probably too much so. But there's a lot of other great banana and spicy flavor going on. Big notes of clove and overripe fruit. The mouthfeel had some dextrinous weight to it, but no real carbonation to support it. These German wheat beer styles need more gas than 2-2.5 volumes, the standard for American ales.

Overall, I like the attempt at a Weizenbock, and this beer has a lot going for it flavor-wise. Dry it out and give it some more bubbles, and Lagunitas, we'd have a winner.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a BitBurger nonic pint glass.

A: Dark, cloudy, orange yellow beneath a one and half finger head of white foam. Bits of sediment can be seen floating about the hazy, dense brew.

S: Very fruity and spicy with a bit of minty gum thrown in with the citrus fruits, banana, clove and wheat.

T: Sweet juicy and bready malts hit the palate first releasing a wave of fruity, citrus esters with a funky wheat twang. Lemon peel, coriander, white pepper and an ethyl alcohol flavor fuel the bitter, hot and slick sweet malt finish.

M: Full-bodied, slightly chewy and hot with alcohol and strong, malty spices. Bitterness is fairly low throughout but the boozy, fruity profile remains viscous.

O: A pretty enjoyable doppelweizen with the American brashness and unrefined wheat funk not found in its German ancestors. Standing at a hefty 9% ABV, this weizenbock if fruity and warming, nice for the fall season.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A shade lighter than most weizenbocks I've seen (or maybe it's just been too long since I've had this style), it's a bit cloudy and doesn't sport a very large head, but what's there is just a shade off white and nice enough. Liquid is washed-out rusty orange in color.

A healthy dose of musty, soggy banana in the aroma, and other, less definable fruit characteristics. Also bready, in the way weizens of various stripes can be. Nothing to suggest a beer of mindblowing proportions, but let's not judge until...

...the taste. Which is equally as fruit-laden as the aroma. Even more so, as it takes the banana, plus lots of pear, lots of peach, and some apple, and magnifies it against a foundation of rather sweet caramel-y malt. There's a hint of white pepper and a pinch of black pepper too, and without this subtle spicy character (which is surely partly thanks to the 9% alcohol) I'm afraid this beer would be too one-dimensional. But it's not, and I'm enjoying it.

Plenty of spritz in terms of carbonation, and the liquid itself is smooth and light-to-medium bodied. Even a little bit sticky. The alcohol/spice factor is up front most in the finish, where cinnamon also flashes across the tongue, and banana isn't far behind.

A sweet take on the style, both in terms of sucrose-like flavor "sweet" and just plain, "yeah, sweet!" Only complaint is that it's, well, a little too sweet. Would have liked a breadier, heartier element to shine through stronger, and maybe a tad less alcohol presence, but as is, more than good enough.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured in a pint glass was a hazy banana yellow with very little white foam a some lace on the side of the glass. The smell had a sweet caramel aroma with a hint of yeast. The flavor was of sweet caramel, bread yeast and hints of fruit and spices. Nicely balance compontents. Not overpowering with such high (9%), alcohol. What a pleasant surprise for this Doppel Weizen!

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Photo of JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 11/17/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color. It has a nice finger of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass. The nose starts off with some nice wheat and caramel aromas. There are some notes of clove, hops, banana, bread and a touch of booze. The taste pretty much follows the nose. There is some bread malts, banana, and caramel in the forefront. There are also flavors of clove, allspice, a bit of citrus, and a bit of alcohol. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness, banana, booze, and spice flavors on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth and has a nice feel to it. There is some tingly spice and some nice sweetness. There is also a small mild hop presence. I found it to be nicely refreshing. This has good drinkability. I think it is a really nice beer, and different from what I usually see Lagunitas do. I would definitely buy more of this one, and I recommend trying it out.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The typical 22 ounce bottle presentation of a not so typical style brewed in the US. On to the beer:

Looks burnt orange with a hazy body, yet not super hazy as bubbles can be seen racing to the top. Not much of a head on top, nor is the retention much ot talk about. It has a very spicy nose; a lot of clove and spicy/peppery alcohol upfront with a little fennel and wheat in the backseat.

Lots of spice and lots of alcohol. You could close your eyes and pretend you were eating out of the baking spice cabinet. There is some banana wheat bread which attempts to break the spiciness of the beer. This is not something that encourages fast drinking.

It is a reasonable attempt at a helles weizenbock. If the alcohol were hidden better (or lowered), then Lagunitas has another fun drinking beer in their portfolio. Right now the alcohol is over the top.

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Photo of lackenhauser
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" very light custard yellow head with average fade. Hazy fleshy yellow body, kind of grapefruit. Smells of malt, spice, cloves, a bit of banana. Taste follows the smells but it's also rather sweet and salty. Fairly rich body and quite a long finish. The higher alcohol is obvious. Pretty good.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished off one of these at the Bronx Alehouse after my shift at The Yardhouse last week. Poured into a goblet glass...

A: A quite cloudy/hazy grapefruit color w/finger plus wide lacing head. A much lighter weizenbock as compared to an Aventinus or even Sam Adams Winter lager....the yeast cloud is impressive indeed.

S: Spice & clove at first then hops which does not surprise me w/Lagunitas...why not throw more hops into the recipe...Clear malt & booze undertones but not offensive at all

T: Following nose quite spicy almost in the style of a tripel. The yeast, clove or even banana character are masked by the hop-follow up & then the nose stinging booze infusion.

M: Medium to thick with cloying nature in the back jowls. While light as compared to other styles, the cloudy yeast nature prevails.

O: A great take on the style & a California influence in my humble opinion. Not on the sweet side but more of spice then minor hop bomb & boozy follow-through. James Langstine, the owner of the Bronx Alehouse mentioned this was Lagunitas' first shot & I look fwd to downing the next & thereafter>>>

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Photo of FJP1812
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of gkangas
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of IPAnoah
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KidRagnarok
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Vitus glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark apricot color. Very hazy, but with a few visible bubbles. Off-white 1/2-finger head dissipates very fast into a light film, with some lacing.

Smell: Good bready aroma with cloves, nutmeg, and bananas.

Taste: Has a strong malty component, with mild sweetness, on top of the banana/bread/clove flavors (which are rather mild). Alcohol is definitely present in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp feel; lacks that "softness" that many weizen beers have. Prickly, yet light, carbonation; relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Rather strong ABV; alcohol flavors noticeable.

A decent attempt at a weizenbock, but it doesn't feel quite right and there's too much of an alcohol flavor. I don't notice many bock-like characteristics either.

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Photo of kpattonunc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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

On-tap 11/19/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong wheat flavor followed by sweet flavors of citrus, spices and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is good for the style creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful and solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an opaque, dark orange color with a small, but stiff cap of off-white head. Nice lacing.

Nose is big on the banana and clove and hides the alcohol very well. The wheat is not very prominent, its hiding behind all the other rampant yeast esters.

Ahhh, theres the alcohol...although it is pretty smooth and blends in well with the yeast flavors. The wheat and other malts are pretty tame, just a light grain husk and toffee character. Mouthfeel is plenty full and the beer comes across as moderately sweet. The beer is maybe just a bit too big for a lighter-styled weizen, perhaps a darker, maltier beer could support the yeast and alcohol better? Maybe more Aventinus and lass Vitus? Still, I am enjoying this one and am drinking the second of two that I purchased. A non-super hoppy Lagunitas offering is always welcome in my fridge.

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

Poured from their bomber bottle into my 12oz beer glass, here we go...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of yellow gold fluffy cumulus, color of the beer is a gorgeous golden apricot. Nice fluffy lacing on the glass.

Smell - Really BIG Banana nose on this, with faint citrus and yeast.

Taste - Much like the nose, the start is really big banana flavor, slightly sweet, turns to banana bread and yeast at the center, then touuch of bitter orange, then spices appear at the sides and the back of the mouth, nutmeg, coriander, and a touch of white pepper. Dry citrus peel and crusty bread long into the finish. I don't get Any of the 9% ABV on this one at all, extremely well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and a bit juicy, carb is low-to medium, but renders a smooth foamy feel vs, crisp edges. Very pleasant to drink.

Overall - I was a big Hefe and Wit fan before joining BA, and this was a pleasant reminder except with much bigger and stronger flavors. I really like this beer alot, and I really this is available next year during the summer.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is cloudy of course, a dull orange in color, with a modest head that showed little retention.

Smell – The sharp banana and weizeny yeast are strong at the smell and the light malt aroma makes this one true to its name.

Taste – This fell apart at the taste. It’s not a bad beer, but the banana came across as cheap and the yeast, while tasty, failed to carry longer than half a millisecond. The bock portion of this beer was burnt and harsh.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and lacked the fluffy mouthfeel required of the style and the excessive bitterness was completely out of place.

Drinkability – I actually didn’t mind drinking this one it just didn’t live up to the billing. Since there’s really no such thing as a double weizen I tried to use my imagination. It certainly didn’t pull off the official Weizenbock designation on BA and struggled to justify making a double version of a dunkel weizen.

Comments – The brewery said that they had a German brewer create the beer then send it over to the US then they mimicked it and made it in the “Lagunitas style” but I find it hard to believe that any German brewer invision this.

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 733 ratings