Buzzards Bay Weizen Dopplebock | Buzzards Bay Brewing

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Buzzards Bay Weizen DopplebockBuzzards Bay Weizen Dopplebock

Brewed by:
Buzzards Bay Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by CharlieMopps:
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amberish-brown in color with a thin and quickly dissipating head. Not much lacing to this one.

S: Malty notes shine through with a bit of a spicy and sweet combination, seemed somewhat pleasing to the olfactory senses.

T: Great toasted malt body with an aftertaste that didn't hold. Still, the scents picked up tasted better once sampled. Hints of fruit with a sweet-spice flavor, very nice juxtaposition of these notes, but not what I was expecting for the style.

M: Very light on the palate, with decent carbonation. A clean and enjoyable sensation on the tongue.

D: Due to the taste, I'd have another (and several more if it were a lower abv). Again, the combination of flavors here was key, and make this a worthwhile beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review is from the February 2007 issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

One of our favorite styles is Weizenbock. So it stands to reason that we'll like this Weizen Dopplebock twice as much, right?

Pours a bright, copper color, topped with a slightly off-white creamy head. Clean, aromatic, malty nose that's a bit toasty, with faint herbal notes and a touch of husk. Low-carbonation tingle and smooth on the palate. Surprisingly lighter in body than expected, but round and even, getting a tad chewy as things warm up a bit. Plenty of sweet and toasty malts; breadiness with a watery caramel and vanilla beneath. Wheaty tannins here and there. Kind of Grape Nutty when you put it all together. Fusel alcohols bring a nearly hidden heat to the party. Grape-like undertones. Gentle, herbal hop flavors, but no real bitterness to speak of, which is on par at only 17 IBU. Finishes bone-dry and powdery.

A good brew, but too mellow and toasty for the style and our liking--we like 'em a bit more robust. Apparently, it was lagered for 163 days, so maybe that dulled things down a bit. That would at least explain the well-hidden 8.5 percent ABV. Regardless, we didn't like it twice as much, but we did like it.

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Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for the bottle...
A clear, dark mahogany color with a full finger of bright white head...most which fades quickly yet leave some sporadic lacing.
A hint of smoke and fruit is all that jumps out at me right off...bready yeast with a lingering nose.
Solid in the taste...the roasted flavor mingles with the fruits and spice perfectly, with just a smidge of sweetness. A generous amount of hops to throw in some bitterness, but not enough to deviate from the style.
Mouthfeel is a touch thin for a d'bock and the carbonation is quite high...still, an easy drinker and hiding the alcohol quite well.
A solid offering from Buzzards Bay...well worth the wait.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a mix of warm browns and reds and slightly foggy. White/cream head about 1.5 fingers high fades fast leaving a very thin layer. Nose is sweet, malty, and mildly spiced with fruit in the back. The various smells flow together nicely here. Dank forest comes to mind, with apples, apricots and pears. Tastes are very similar. Wheat, spice and grains come through even more. Mouthfeel has nice sized body, and feels lager clean. Quite easy to drink for 9% too.

Must say I'm glad I have a growler of this.

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Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded hazel color with abundant carbonation and a fading, foamy white head. Smells deeply malty with a dry, spiciness and some hidden fruits. Sweet malts and pomaceous fruits in the flavor - subtle wheat malts. Clean with the impression of alcohol and a faint tartness left on the tongue. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. 9% abv is indiscernible.

Its certainly not a weizenbock - this is a lager - but its not like any doppelbock I've ever had. Still, quite tasty and perilously drinkable. Not sure if they're still going to bottle this, but swing by the brewery if you're in the area and grab a growler...its definately worth a try.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber color with a white head that faded out.

Smell - Malt and spcices hit the nose here.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Toasted malt taste and some dark fruit taste.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, my first from Buzzards Bay. Says limited on the bottle.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zrrbrrt for opening this...
Appears a transparent, dark caramel toned amber with a small, off-white head that slowly fades into a non-existent cap.
Smell is of lightly roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and light fruits.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. I was expecting a Weizenbock with the description but there was no trace of the heavily yeasted, unfiltered, heavy banana, clove, cocoa phenols that you get from the Bavarian Ale yeast. Instead, it's more like an American lager yeast with it's clarity but not as intense. So, did they imply that this should be a doppelbock with some malted wheat? That's what I get from this after having some.
Mouthfeel is not of Bavarian origin with an American yeast presence, medium bodied...arrrgghhh...quite the deceiver. I was hoping for something that would try to emulate Aventinus but to no avail. There seems to be confusion with many brewers/beer enthusiasts lately with regards to Weizenbocks & Doppelbocks. Many are calling their beers "Weizen Doppelbocks" but they should clarify what the beer is. This is an American Doppelbock with some malted wheat and nothing more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, caramelized malt and some dark fruit along with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is on the sweet side with flavors of dark fruit, tea, caramel and a mild bite of alcohol. The malt character is hearty but a bit thinner than I was expecting. There’s pretty decent hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down pretty easily, not very filling, good kick, I’ve only had one other beer in this style and that one tasted very different from this beer, so I’m not sure how well it represents the style, but I thought it was a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of hopdog
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Josh - thanks!

Poured a dark amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of sugary bananas, wheat, yeast, light cloves, and some caramel. Tastes of bananas, sweet fruits and caramel.

Notes from and tasted on : 10/20/06

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Photo of bjohnson
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to warriorsoul for handing this one off to me. Gotta love the local stuff. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark amberish almost chestnut color with a white head that left a thin skim on top.
S: Fruits--apples, prunes all coated with spices with a toasted grain malt background.
T/M: Dark fruit of plum, fig, and raisins. Cloves are apparent. Slight toasted grain malt with a sweet caramel twang. Grassy hop presence also. Smooth on the palate with a slight buttery presence.
D: A nice one from a local brewery. Interesting style choice from Buzzards Bay but they did a good job with it.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear mohagany beer with a small, short-lived fizzy head. Aroma is not strong, but rather nice once the beer warms. Light cocoa, bubble gum, band aid, pepper, and cherry. Flavor is doughy but pleasantly spicy. Chocolate-chip cookies. The malt is stunted in this beer - I can't tell what it is, but just a plasticy, dullness to the malt character that stops it from being great. Pasteurized? Oxidized? I don't know, I bought it straight from the brewery and stored it well, so it is hard to figure out. Finish is pepper and warming alcohol, rather clean. Body sizzles a bit and then lands thickly, then finishes clean.

Not a bad beer, though not a great one either. The "Weizen" part is definitely misleading, as this seems to be correctly categorized here on BA as a doppelbock. Perhaps they wanted people prepared for the strong spiciness of the beer, but otherwise the wheat charateristics do not show. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Foxman
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very clear and liberally carbonated iced-tea coppery amber. A loose finger of light tan head dashes away in a flash. Lacing is minute and ephemeral.

In the aroma, a toasted malt sweetness, with cherry and candy sugar, joins a tart wheat earthiness. Mild bubblegum esters waft from the yeast along with a distant spiciness, and there is a glint of alcohol as well.

Upon tasting, the fruity malt sweetness meshes with tangy wheat to produce pie cherry, currants, candy sugar, and melon. The yeast offers a general spice note and mellow baked dough crustiness. The alcohol presents more poignantly here. A crisp, airy dryness carries through a moderated finish. It's fairly tasty, and a bit thin.

Medium bodied, it starts creamy before it pops away with a bubbly spirit.

It wasn't exciting, but it wasn't boring. It wasn't real good, but it wasn't real bad. I wasn't impressed, but I wasn't disgusted. There's a fair flavor, albeit a thin one, sparse of nature and character. The kicker is an ABV that is a touch bigger than the rest of the profile can support or mitigate. Will I drink it again? Sure, if it finds me, but I won't work to find it.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to TheManiacalOne for sending this as part of BC2.
It poured a clear, burnt orange with a whitish head that produced only a thin skim of fine bubbles and a ring around the glass. Lacing was short lived. Caramel aroma with a light roast, toasted marshmallow, buttery, with a hint of fruit. Low bitterness, sweet and malty, with lots of toast and caramel. Medium/light bodied with a texture that thinned towards the end - otherwise the mouthfeel was quite pleasant. Faint warmth with moderate carbonation. A decent drink, but nothing out of the ordinary. A little weak for the style.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this throw-in.

For the style, this beer is a bit of a dissapointment. Where is the wheat flavor and texture?

Pours a mahagony red in color. Almost perfectly clear that no shaking of the bottle would have helped (you who this is directed at knows of what I speak). White head that dissolves to a thin half-lauer of bubbles on one side of the glass. Nose is more toasted malts and biscuits than wheat.

Flavor is very straightforward with none of the wholesome heartiness I associate with the heavier and darker wheat styles. Can hardly taste any what just lightly toasted malts and some bits of biscuits. Some daker plum and fig flavord as well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and does not ahve the heavy wheat texture I like for the style. Perhaps one of the easier drinking examples of the style but a bit off as well. Perhaps it was filtered a tad too much?

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Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buzzard's Bay Weizen Dopplebock
12 oz brown bottle
Limited - 6. 138
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a light amber brown with an off-white head on top. Decent sustain with the head, but wheat beers typically provide more body. Some trails and spots of sticky lacings cling to the side of the glass.

Whiffs of spices, sweet sugars and malts.

Flavors of juicy caramel & brown sugar with a bready crust quality. Strong hints of dark fruits, mainly plums or raisins. The mouthfeel is soft for the style and the wheat presence is rather low key.

Maybe not the best representation of the style, but very drinkable. Deceptively smooth at 8.5% ABV which is very well hidden.

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Buzzards Bay Weizen Dopplebock from Buzzards Bay Brewing
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 16 ratings