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Bayern Face Plant Doppel Weizen | Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

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Bayern Face Plant Doppel WeizenBayern Face Plant Doppel Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Montana, United States
bayernbrewery.com

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheBishop on 12-01-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
19.84%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 60
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea brown; while it creates about a finger of head, this is nowhere near what one would expect from a weizen; leaves a trace of lace behind

Smell: More spice cake than banana, with some fig and date elements, as well

Taste: Opens with the spice cake and fig elements detected in the aroma but by mid-palate, the Hallertauer hops add a nice balance; lots of spice cake elements linger all over the tongue into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Having now sampled two Bayern beers, they both seem to lack the requisite mouthfeel/carbonation elements of their respective styles, but the taste profile is rather good and I particularly enjoyed this one

Thanks, sholle, for the opportunity

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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Derek. Higher ABV not readily apparent. Nice silky body, medium creamy head. Toasty malts, decent weizenbock. Need to see more of this style in the US.

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Photo of tempest
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer, but it's plain in comparison to Aventinus. The flavors seem muted by comparison. There's still sweet caramel malts with a hint of fruit esters. It's very smooth, and I get a hint of toast, but it's not your best doppelweizen option.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a very dark red brown, two finger fine light tan head with great retention and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of sweet malt with a hint of wheat. Flavor is rich sweet malt and dark fruit, only slight wheat and clove weizen elements. A slight rye-like sourness, but melds with the sweet malt nicely. Medium bodied with slight creaminess. Finish is a bit dry and has a slight hop kick with lingering malt flavors. Nice flavor integration. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up from Brooks Market in Lewistown Montana. Poured into a big wine glass. tan head with good lacing... the brew is deep walnut.... pretty hazy.

Nose shows caramel along with some minor clove and banana...

Flavor has more of the expected flavors, but seem a bit thin overall... a little roast adds to the show and the banana finishes things out on the finish.

body is also a little lite with lesser carbonation. All of the bottles I picked up had different carbonation levels... this one just barely touched the neck of the bottle.

This is a good take on a Weizenbock, but completely in the wrong category right now.... nowhere near a doppelbock.

3.5/3.5/3/3/3.5

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a pretty heavy haze and two thick fingers of frothy tan head. Quite good.

Smell: quite malty aroma with a big grainy character. Not much wheat aroma, but it's definitely got that sickly-sweetness of a strong lager. Not bad for the style, but not outstanding either.

Taste: flavor is a little wheatier than the aroma, but it's still got that bock-y over-sweetness and some not-so-great yeasty fermentation byproducts. Again, within the style, but a bock (and even a doppel or weizenbock) can be done a lot cleaner.

Mouthfeel: big body with a decent carbonation and a rich smoothness. Not exactly creamy, but not bad.

Overall: if you are really into bocks in general, this beer might work for you. I just think it could be a bit cleaner.

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Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very dark (just translucent around the edges) brown/mahogany with a thin cap of tan head that had low retention and medium lacing.

The aroma was malty/sweet and average for the style. The same can be said for the flavors, with the addition of a slight tang (a touch of hops?).

The body was thin for the style, a bit too thin IMHO. Drinkability was OK, I enjoyed the couple I had, and would have more, but it's not the first example of the style I'd seek out. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a brownish color with a one finger head of a tan colored foam floating atop. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel sweetness mixed with a decent showing of a wheaty and toasted malt smell. Along with these aromas comes some other lighter chocolate and toast smells adding a bit more roastiness to the aroma as a whole. Other darker fruit aromas of cherry and raisin are there as well adding a touch more sweetness to the smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and malty flavor with the mix being of some toasted malt, a little bit of wheat, and a rather decent showing of caramel. Some other flavors of a dark fruit nature are there as well enhancing the other flavors nicely. The dark fruit start out almost entirely of a raisin taste, but as the taste moves on, it gains a bit of a cherry flavor as well. The wheat grows stronger and stronger as the taste advances with the increase in the fruit and a little bit of more roasted malt tastes coming to the tongue, one is left with a nice sweet and malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the darker and roasted flavors of the brew the feel is good and accentuates the flavors rather decently.

Overall – This is a quite tasty doppelbock. Not super wheaty, but smooth, sweet, slightly fruity and rather easy drinking. And for the nice price, this is a good winter go to.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Cloudy leather brown

SMELL: Toasted malt, dense dark bread, lemongrass, fainted roasted grain, spicy, herbal

TASTE: Smooth, silky, fullish body, malty, warming, toasty, husky, bready, biscuity, dried hay, ripe pears, slightly sweet, herbal hop, cocoa powder, dried coffee, spicy alcohol, grainy finish

This is what we in the beer-geek world would call a “malt bomb.” Explosively complex, the decoction mash is tooled here with precision to create this amazing brew with tons of malt depth. Another beer that shows that German Wheats brewed by American brewers don’t have to be clove-and-banana palate killers.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single from "LifeSource" Salem. $1.79 Pours very dark brown almost black with a quarter inch tan head..daker than all the weizen bocks i have had. Very little aroma..which is a surprise for style what there is is spicy bubblegum Again the flavor is very poor for a Doppel weizen..its non-descript..yeah iots pleasant anough but not what i expected..malty,sugary. Palte is fine to be sure..soft and thick Very very dissapointed

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Photo of jdense
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace served during Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting 12/22/09.

Dark brown body 1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation and minimal lacing. Big malt presence in the nose, not too sweet more bready, but some subtle hops on the back end. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel, it's obvious this brewery does lagers right. Too heavy tasting for my liking have to admit this isn't my favorite style. A big burly bock to be sure.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To quote Lloyd Christmas, "I like it a lot." I have enjoyed Face Plant on tap and from bottles during my last two Montana ski trips. Both versions pour nicely, with about a inch of foamy head that does not hang around. The strength of this beer is the taste - wheat, dark malt, and what I can only describe as "Cadbury Fruit and Nut Bar." I enjoyed this on a chilly New Year's Eve while watching he torchlight and fireworks.

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Photo of Shadman
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Blake @ Trackside in Medicine Hat...the place to buy beer in the SE corner of Alberta...

Damn! that's one dark looking weizen..hazy, with so-so head and lacing. My wife said it looked liked someone dissolved a bunch of those old coke bottle cap candies and then added a little milk...can't argue..it does look like that.

Aroma is all faint weizen, slight banana and clove spice. maybe a bit darker malt roast in there, but overall...faint

Herbal, almost medicinal taste..hints of weizen, banana, et al...alcohol is well masked until the finish, when it tends to leave a certain astringent feel on the inner cheeks of the mouth.

Given the style, quite thin with an almost medium light feel..

Would like to make the trek to SW Montana an try this on tap..not a bad substitute if the better Bavarian beers are not available..

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Photo of Murrhey
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger light brown head, small bubbles, but a fluffy head. Decent retention, chocolate brown color with high clarity considering the darkness.

S- Toasted malts, some chocolate and roast smells. Warm malts, very low hop profile until the end of a good sniff.

T- Somewhat bitter with a strong toasted malt backbone to calm down the bitterness of the hops.

M- Thick, wet and sticky feel.

O- Not my favorite style, but not bad by any means. Balances the hops and sweet malts well. Above average. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark amber brown supporting a steady healthy head leaving spotty lace. Smell is faint with dark malt, dark fruits and yeast. Taste of the dark malt, prunes and a little spiciness from the yeast. Mouthfeel has a medium body with a good spike of carbonation. For an American Weizen its not bad with the extra kick.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very muddy dark brown that is clearly from the yeast suspension. The head is tan colored and starts out about one finger in thickness....it retains quite well, eventually settling to a thick foamy layer over the brew. Lacing is quite nice too, with some sticky bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. As for carbonation, well, it's much too hard to see what is happening.

S- Gooey sticky toffee pudding/caramel sweetness is dominant....quite succulent! There is some toasted malt, dry wheat, nuttiness, chocolate covered cherry, banana esters, yeasty bread....just overall rich! The finish is sweet and lingering...no hop bitterness!

T- The flavors follow suit to the aromas, with plenty of toffee sweetness! Malt dominance as well, with nutty barley and grainy wheat that lead into some chocolate fondue banana slices, cooked brown sugar, raisined dark fruits and bready yeast to help round everything out. The finish is surprisingly clean and just leaves a hint of roasty malt character on the palate...no hop bitterness.

M/O- Creamy texture, smooth carbonation, well hidden alcohol....yup, this is a very nice beer! I could happily enjoy several of these without tiring out the old palate....there's so much going on here....sweet, robust and a filling body make this drinkable with or without a meal to accompany it. I highly recommend it and will seek this one out again!!

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark brown with a brief white head. Aroma is heavy with sugars, yeast, caramel malt and well-pronounced banana. Flavor is consistent with the smell as the banana and yeast are very prominent. There's also a light roasted malt component and a touch of lemon tartness. Finish is long and heavy on the sugars and yeast. The body has a medium feel with moderate carbonation that is a bit prickly. Sweetness limits drinkability somewhat.

While it's no Aventinus, this a solid beer and as best I can tell, a pretty authentic Weizenbock. Maybe just a little more malt to balance that sweetness, but this beer definitely grows on me the more I drink it.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brooks & Brown where we won trivia night.

This pours a murky brown with a decent khaki head rising up for a bit. On the nose there is the characteristic soft and fuzzy wheat aroma plus toasted, nutty malt, with some clove further back. In the mouth there is a slightly bitter beginning to the taste quickly moderated by the hazy wheat. There is wheat toast here. The body is medium and fuzzy with a long finish of toast.

Overall, this is very similar to Bayern's other beers in that it is a very solid, highly drinkable representation of the style without standing out in any particular category. I'm happy to drink this at $7 a pitcher.

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Photo of chumba526
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a very dark brown color with a thin brown head.

Smells of smoky, roasted malts. There is also a tad bit of a banana like flavor to the ale as well.

The taste much like the smell is smokey. There is a mild coffee flavor and a banana hefe taste to the beer as well. There is also a mild caramel malty taste as well.

The carbonation is moderate. Even though there is a strong smokiness and sweet malt flavor the drinkability is quite good because the smokiness and the sweetness were not overbearing.

Overall nice ale that is worth trying. It is quite unique because of the hefe aftertaste for such a heavy beer.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The bottle has a freshness date of May 2013 (reviewed on April 16).

Appearance: pale reddish brown with a 1/8 inch tan colored head with minimal lacing. Thin strands of carbonation rising to the surface. Lovely swirls as the head recedes- reminiscent of a spiral galaxy or a caramel roll.

Smell: malty, fruity with a hint of apple. Quite subdued, with barely a hop aroma.

Taste: Malt bomb, baby! Deliciously complex, with herbal spice, subdued bitterness. The aftertaste is of spice, warming alcohol, maybe a little brown sugar, and a slight bit of sourness. Possibly some diacetyl. The hops are present, but allow the natural sweetness and bitterness of the malt to come through.

Mouthfeel: Crispness, lingering, even down into the throat, giving a brief feeling of fullness in the stomach.

Overall: I've been drinking Bayern beer since the 80s, and have never been disappointed. This genuine brewmeister makes the best lagers in this region, hands down- and perhaps in the entire country.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pours a dark brown, almost cola like with a thin head.

S a hint of banana, and a bit of what I think is coffee. Interesting aroma to this one.

T some banana again, along with more coffee, maybe a hint of coco.

M pretty thick.

Overall this is a decent beer that is worth a try. It is definetly different as you get bock like notes along with some traditional weizen notes.

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Photo of olmatty
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-A cloudy brown with amber at the edges. Low head with poor retention.

Smell-Slight creamy honey sweetness with a bit of sour aroma

Taste-Front end is an earthy German malt character which is followed by a burst of honey sweetness with a roasty pumpernickel bread quality to it and a characteristic lingering sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Drinks a bit fuller than it looks. A little more body and complexity would be good. carbonation was somewhat prickly which detracted from smoothness.

Drinkability-A tasty beer and about as faithful representation of a German style as an American brewery makes. Overall nice, but not outstanding.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a pint glass...

A: Dark brown body with a two finger cream colored head that falls fairly quickly but maintains a nice foam cap. Very little lacing.

S: Huge bready caramel malt nose, faint presence of banana and clove, along with a little toffee. Not bad...

T: Follows the nose pretty well with a touch of booze on the mid-palate that lingers into the finish. Pretty well balanced, the malt is fairly dominant, but the typical bavarian style hefe flavors rise up.

M: Medium light body with active carbonation, bubbles are very fine, pretty smooth, but just a hint of a metallic finish, any more and it would take away but its not bad.

D: At 7.5% this is very drinkable and smooth. Overall, pretty good especially for the price point in a sixer...

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Photo of TheFlern
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: black with hints of brown. Bone white head that dissipates to a thin layer, decent lacing.

Smell: Heavy wheat, a little alcohol. Some dark fruit notes.

Taste: Follows the nose, slightly more pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Low bitterness of course, good amount of carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Overall: Drinkable beer but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Elimination
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Described on the bottle as a doppleweizin, listed as a dopple bock...I would say more of a double dunkel

Pours a considerable dark brown, slight light hues pouring but fairly deep almost black

Very little smell, faint cocoa, slight toffee, a bit of bread.

Taste is a mix of cocoa, coffee, wheat bread, subtle sweetness of a very german yeast like taste

It has a very light moutfeel, very easy drinking for the 7.5, something that really seems to warm up a winter night.

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Bayern Face Plant Doppel Weizen from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
3.68 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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