Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Bavarian-Styled Doppel WeizenBavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Tons of juicy and ripe burro banana. Moderate smooth clove/spice with hints of lemon, sour orange, tropical fruit, and wild herb. Alcohol is peppery and punchy, but smooth.

T: Smooth malts with toffee, prune, raison and added complexity of banana and a general juiciness to the ripe, red fruit. Mouthfeel is very full. Wheat comes through nicely. Sweetness subsides in the middle, evenly balanced and balanced by booze. Finish is somewhat dry and breast crust - with moderate-low levels of herbal hoppines and a lingering wheat note.

Notes: A dynamic doppelbock with a tropical twist.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Clem’s Bottle House and Deli
Price: $5.99
Misc.: N/A

Poured an amber, orange, hazy color with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal lacing and poor retention.

Lots of different smells that came together rather nicely. Got sour fruit, melon, peach, mango and other tropical flavors, banana, cloves, caramel, floral hops and citrus hops (orange, tangerine and lemon). Some unknown spices late.

Tasted very smooth. Got cloves, peach, mango, melon, lemon and tangerine, just a tropical feel. Could taste the alcohol. Surprisingly bitter finish.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Astringent, bitter finish.

Really enjoyed this beer. A sweet doppel weizen with a nice alcohol bite.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in my fridge, thought it would be fun for New Year's.

Vigorous pour yields a decent head. Had to stop, shake the bottle and then empty the remainder into the glass.

Lots of clove on the nose. Hints of ethanol.

Sour wheat character. Metallic tang. Typical american interpretation of a wheat beer. Slight alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is average. Not sure what a "doppel weizen" is supposed to feel like. But I do think it should be slightly more carbonated. Other than that, it's reasonable.

Overall a little disappointed that this sat in my fridge for months only to taste like this. Not sure if the metallic tang is part of the beer, or part of the fact that is has sat in my fridge for so long. OK beer. Won't be seeking it out again though.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light lace on a orange-brown body. Nice bone white head settles relatively quickly. Low retention and lace.

S - Huge banana note, caramel, lemon, and just a hint of booze.

T - Big banana bread body. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Light booze and lemon center. Tangy, bready finish.

M - Thick body with tangy carbonation.

O - I really dug the banana bread on the profile.

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Photo of tencents
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance - not sure if I got a bad bottle but it poured pretty flat and whatever head there was dissipated immediately leaving a flat looking hazy orange amber and unappealing-looking beer.

smell - none of the complexity of the authentic Bavarian wheat beers and even a touch of soap.

taste - Full, complex, fairly pleasant.

mouthfeel - flattish but also a certain warm softness. Finishes decently.

overall - Really not sure what this beer is supposed to be, and as mentioned, I may have gotten a bad bottle, but it is neither a weizen nor a doppelbock in color, aroma, or taste. The label mentions that it was "designed" in Bavaria but it tastes nothing like anything I ever had in my ten years in Munich. In this case that is a bad thing. Very disappointing. The last beer I had from this brewery was outstanding.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on August 9, 2012.

The pour is orange-amber, slightly cloudy, with a huge, puffy off-white head that ultimately settles down but keeps bubbling.

A wide array of scents dance on the nose including wheat, pale malts, brown sugar, yeast, pear, and a slight spicy character akin to Allspice or coriander. Im a blind taste test I might think it smelled like an Abbey Dubbel.

The body falls into the medium range but there is a pleasingly smooth creaminess to it.

The taste begins with many of the same pale malt, yeast, wheat, and spicy characters as the nose with a zing of bitterness and a tocuh of alcohol playing up the tail end.

This is a beer I will remember in a positive way.

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Photo of Pahn
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3inch white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy orange and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Mild banana bread, some solvent-like alcohol, sugary aromas, lots of yeast influence, some suggestions of citrus (orange, or chewy orange candy). Too restrained, but all the different notes work great together.

Taste: Potent yeasty and phenolic flavor up front, moving to high apparent bitterness (too high) and a crushingly hot (but sugary) finish. Bit of banana bread in the aftertaste.

Wow, what a miss. None of the complexity of the nose. Some good stuff happens at the beginning of a sip, then it just gets bitter and boozy. I like this less every time I take a drink of it. If I actually finished the bottle (just had 1 full glass), it would probably receive a few 1s by the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Sugary, almost chalky. Very hot. Mild carbonation. Not that bad, not that great.

Overall: One of the worst Lagunitas beers I've had, and easily the worst weizenbock I've ever had. Poorly made in so many respects, with the final result being too bitter, wayyy too boozy, and not very good otherwise.

They shouldn't have bothered releasing this.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this one just speaking to me (it was on sale for around 4 bucks...) so I figured time to try one of these

Appearance - A very nice color of a murky orange/brown. Nothing spectacular but definately a beauty

Smell - I was hoping for some more on this, but it seemed to have such a light smell that it was hard to make out. Mainly hops and a earthy overtone

Taste - At first taste I wasnt sure about this one, but after a few sips I found myself appreciating the strong and simple flavors. Mild at the first second but the left hook comes in with hops

Moutfeel - There is scant carbonation here but with its hoppy flavor it doesn't need much. Good for the style

Overall - This would be a nice daily drinker for a pint. Well priced way below its value. I could wish for more, but for the price I wont.

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Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange/brown with maybe one finger of head. Head has decent retention and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Smells a bit like sweet banana bread with a bit of alcohol thrown in. Also a faint bit of spice. Pretty nice, but a bit of a heavy aroma.

T - Sweet bread malt with a lot of banana ad a bit of spice. A bit sweeter than I would like. It does begin to dry out with more spice, mostly pepper and clove, near the finish, but still quite sweet.

M - Slightly slick, medium mouthfeel. Some earthy dry bitterness on the finish.

O - Pretty good, but a bit too heavy and sweet. There are others in the style that I like quite a bit better, but this certainly isn't a bad beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Two finger head on a hazy crimson body. Some lacing.

S: wheat, breads, clove and banana fruit.

T: follows the nose nicely with more wheat, banana and clove with the addition of spiciness and booze

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy.

Overall: not very memorable but a nice beer to try. The booze is stronger than I want in the flavor.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a slightly cloudy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like banana nut bread, and that's about it.
T: It tasted like banana nut bread too. Surprisingly light on the Belgian hops. Nice mostly sweet aftertaste, with a bit of bitterness for balance.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: There was nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing special about it either. Good scent and taste and body, with a very smooth finish and well hidden alcohol. So it was quite easy to drink, but not as easy to remember. Good to try at least once.

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Photo of t420o
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas doppelweisen 

A- pour produces a 1 finger fizzy off white head resting atop a hazy golden/orange body. Head dissapates quick leaving no lacing 3

S- banana, banana bread, clove, mollases, brown sugar, honey, pepper grains, slight alcohol. A little to sweet smelling for me and I like sickly sweet beers 3   

T- luckily the taste is far better than the smell in my opinion. This is a full bodied doppelweisen. Pepper and spices are throughout and play well off of the sweet banana bread and clove taste. Also hints of bubblegum and a slight bitterness 4   

M- good mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Good viscosity 3.5

O- a good doppelweizen by lagunitas who is one of my favorite breweries. I'm not a Huge doppelweizen fan but this was very good and drinkable. Well done lagunitas 4


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Photo of zeledonia
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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 jeremy13586
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -6.6%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pleasantly hazed light golden orange colour, with a fine head of white that settles to a decent but uninspiring film. Body is really nice and thick, and the carbonation is powdery and fine. It's not outstanding, but it's solid.

Nose is slightly wheaty, but also peppery and spicy with a really strong alcohol presence. In fact the boozy astringency almost strips out everything else, leaving only hints of banana and spice as a battered afterthought. Not bad, but a bit brusque.

Similar on the palate: the booziness, while not providing much heat or prickle, actually provides a lot of the spicy astringent flavours, leaving a slightly bitter spiritous taste in the mouth above the moderated banana sweetness. Feel is thin but hot and chewy, leaving the astringency in the flavour to work itself on the inside of the mouth.

Meh. I mean, it has some true weizenbier characteristics. It also has the "bigness" associated with a weizenbock. But overall, it's a bit too unbalanced and a bit overwhelming. It doesn't have the complexity it needs to justify the heat.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Fine white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Delicious aroma of caramel, banana, fruit and clove. Flavor is complex, wheat, caramel malt, banana, light fruit, clove, orange citrus. Somewhat bitter finish takes a slight edge off a very tasty beer. Nice creamy, medium to heavy body and nice carbonation. It is a bit heavy bodied for the style, so the "Bavarian-Styled" is a bit off. However, I really enjoyed this take on a weizenbock. I will definitely buy this again.

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

More notes from during the site remake...

This brew is an extremely clouded dark yellow, short of amber. A good sized fluffy white head holds itself well and remains a thick foam after falling off a bit, leaving patchy lacing.
There's no doubt this is some kind of Weizen; lots of bubble gum, banana, and clove are all over this. Underneath is some wheat, and the light, bready malts are allowed to come through. Just a bit of hops are detected.
The flavor is much less subtle, as the yeast seems to overcome everything else. This is a banana/bubble gum bomb with a twinge of hops to it. Not bad, but it's not allowed to shine.
The feel is light to medium, heftier than a regular Weizen and I suppose appropriate for an Imperial. It's crisp, almost spritzy, and goes just a little too prickly.
Overall this is a pretty good beer. I'd like to see the yeast tamed down just slightly and open up this beer.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bleary orange peel color with an off white two finger bubbled head. not see thru in the slightest. Almost appears two toned under the right kind of light. Very dark and distant in the middle, but a light passing on the outside.

s- sweet malt out front, banana, sweet fruits, tart.

t- up front quite boozy. masks alot of the sweet flavors that i'm getting slightly at the end. The banana seems to stay around, almost an orange peel to it. dark fruits only sting for a second.

M- Not as carbonated as i thought it was going to be, very viscous, and lingers on the palate. medium to heavy bodied, and at no surprise the 9% is present.

Overall I'm not very pleased with it. There is little carbonation to counter part the boozyness. All i'm tasting is bananas, and i know its common with the style, but there should be more malts. This is a supposed to be a step up from dunkle but the taste just is not there for me. I've had way better from Lagunitas, and i guess i was expecting more then this.

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Photo of django24
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes

Appearance: Light, glowing golden. Kinda dull but not overly cloudy. Despite the picture of the beer on the label showing a big creamy head I got no head at all. I know how to pour a beer correctly so I'm not sure what the problem here is. Maybe a broken seal or maybe just old? Not impressed but it might not be the brewer's fault though.

Aroma: Sweet maltiness followed by strong bubblegum/banana aroma, some yeast and just enough hops. Very nice.

Taste: More of the bubblegum/banana thing with yeast and fruity alcohols followed by a mild floral hop bitterness in the back. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with carbonation starting out somewhat lively and then fading to a faint bubble and finally to flat. Nice warming alcohol effect though. Really long finish of hops and yeast that won't go away. Very interesting, makes me want some cheese or something to go with this.

Overall: Not really sure on this one. The little carbonation and no head was very disappointing but I could have had an old bottle so I won't mark it down that bad. There are some redeeming qualities to this beer though. Freshness indication on the label would help. Would like to try another bottle or tap to see if that makes a difference.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden/orange body, finger white head,
fine lacing

S: big wheat, ripe fruits, dates/figs, spices

T: sweet ripe fruits, Uber wheat malt, sweet smooth finish

M: med body, smooth, nice carbonation

O: Lagunitas has done it again.
A fine US made German style beer.
Will get again; recommend it.


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Photo of chadmoe1
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 1/15/12...part of a beer exchange...thanks Salim!

A -- Gold with small ~1/8" head, no lacing (though I had it a bit cooler than it probably should have been)

S -- Sweetness mixed with solvent-like alcohol (but not horrible); some banana and yeasty flavors, but very light

T -- Very sweet, low hop profile but bites slightly at the finish

M -- Med-high carbonation, a bit thick

O -- Very sweet beer; alcohol hides in the taste if you ignore the aroma. Fairly flat malt and hop profile; yeast adds some esters. Easy to drink a pint, but the big 22oz bottle was way too much.

22oz bottle, pint glass

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