Hefe Doppelweizen | Marin Brewing Company

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Hefe DoppelweizenHefe Doppelweizen

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Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by stirgy on 10-25-2002

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little bit darker on the SRM scale than your average hefe, this one leaned darker yellow, almost amber. Aroma was wheat first, then hops, yeast kinda absent.

The yeast did contribute in the taste and mouthfeel. Hops were amply present for style. Some apple and lesser banana notes. As always, in an expensive and somewhat inconvenient bomber format.

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of SuperMario
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Drunkenass
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of sevenshubby
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd call this a wheat malt liquor. It's really an American wheat style with a slight bump in alcohol. For that style, it would rate really high, IMO, but it's not much of a Hefeweizen. Only some faint fruity flavors, a very modest spiciness. Some citrus flavors, a hint of bubblegum. Malty but thin bodied. Sharp taste with not much weight behind it. Attractive light foamy appearance in the big chalice.

22 oz bottle from Beer Revolution in Oakland. Seems like a rather nondescript beer, whatever style this may be, but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Three inches of billowing white colored head formed when this was poured, and it was a long settle. The beer is a bright and cloudy orange color. Once the head settle & retained a quarter inch, a half inch of light sticky lacing remained.

S: Mild clove, kiss of banana, some orange peel.

T: Light orange peel, yeasty, bread, biscuits. Malt and grains are on the light side, taste wise anyway.

M: Medium to high carbonation, mild dryness, and a light heft mouth.

O: Average, or just decent. A draft experience might change my opinion, since this was off a non-refrigerate shelf (at purchase, beer was served chilled) and Hefe's are better fresh.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Damn you Bevmo sales!

Marin Brewing is always a mixed bag in my experiences - either I'm going to be stoked by an underrated beer....or I'll be drinking doppel weizen.

A - Pours straw yellow with visible carbonation and a fat head.

S - Soapy apple juice. Sweet, but thin ... yeah kinda like apple juice.

T - Apple and mild citrus, with yeasty wheat flavors. Fruity but without any refreshing qualities that I like in lighter beers.

M - Thin. Thin. Thin. And highly carbonated.

D - Ultimately I wish it was more zesty and refreshing, but alas they can't all be winners.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on my recent trip to San Diego. I have always been a huge fan of Marin's beers, and they are one of the breweries I miss most from California. This one poured a ruddy brownish color, with a good fluffy off-white head. Malty, refreshing, good bananas and brown spice.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy light brown and dark yellow. Wheat aroma.

Appreciated the addition of hops that you don't see in this style. Apples and something else fruity. Lemon and banana possibly. Saaz and cascade hops. A neat foray and change of the style, another good effort to smackdown boring purists with. Still not my cup of tea, but gotta respect the change. A good price, especially for a Marin beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy brown with a touch of gold. Nose has some bruised banana and toasted wheat cracker. On the palate the bruised banana comes through as well but the focus is more on the wheaty flavors. Finishes malty sweet. Comes across unlike a true to style hefe-weizen.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured into a glass was a medium, hazy, deep yellow with a orange hue and no foam. The first sniff showed evidence of sweet fruit, with a hint of yeast. The taste had a sweet/tart yeasty flavor, with a hint of orange and banana's. The tart/acidic is from the orange. I like it because it was sort of a different flavor than other Doppelweizen's.

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Photo of mjl21
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a 10 oz glass. Comes in at 7.9%.

A-Pours a cloudy brownish yellow with an extremely timy spec of white ring.

S-It was served with a lemon in the glass so that took away from some of the aroma. I get a little wheat and a smell that reminds me of canned fruit cocktail.

T-The initial taste is of lemon and pineapple soaked in some booze. There is some wheat but the boozy citrus quickly erases that flavor. It is somehwat grainy in the back.

M-Lighter bodied and lightly carbonated.

D-Meh. Boozy fruit cocktail.

This beer used to taste better. I'm not sure if this was a recipe change or just a bad batch.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.94/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy light orange/gold color with little carbonation and a poor whote head. Nose is of some citrus, wheat and malt. Taste is malt heavy, not really crisp as this style probably should be but it is a doppel. Some citrus, faint wheat and thats all folks.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the Hefeweizen version, not the Weizenbock. This beer has the right photo, but the wrong name. Poured cloudy orange-gold with a lot of brown sediment in the end. Strong off-white head. Aroma is musty wheat with some clove. No banana or bubblegum in the taste. Lots of wheat with... hops? In a hefe? All in all, this was a good beer, but not really what I had in mind for a German Hefe.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, same price as the regular Hefe, so I thought I'd try this out,

A: Pours much lighter than expected, thinking this was a weizenbock by the label I expected a much darker beer. Ale is a clear yellow with a very fizzy short-lived head, not what I expect out of a hefeweizen.

S: Wheat bread, some perfumy esters, apple.

T: Tastes a lot at first like a light version of Star Brew. A lot of bread, with some medicinal alcohol character almost malt liquorish, but not that harsh. Not a lot in the way of esters typical to this style.

M: Silky and solventy, alcohol is evident, but I like the feel overall.

D: A beer that was quite different than I expected. Fair, but not something I'd spend $3.99 on in the future.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This came in a 22 oz bottle that says 7% and comes with a purplish version of the label shown on this page.

This beer poured a very wheatbeer color, that is it was yellow/tan color that was hazy. The foam was a nice white but died off real quick. I had a hard time telling apart the wheat smell and the alcohol smell. Maybe it was both, who knows.

The taste was alright, it had some definite wheat flavor and a considerable alcohol burn for something of this strength. Quite sweet. Some noticeable bitterness and possibly some lemon-like sourness from the wheat. Despite the strange balance of flavors, it had a nice body to it. Not too thick and not too thin. Not overly drinkable on account of the burn and the smell but its worth trying as it is in one of those unexplored catagories of beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my standard tulip

A - Straw gold, nice head, persistent lace. Murky like a hefe.

S - Almost German, or Belgium nose , with that grassy wheat hefe blend.

T - I get a mix of hefe and complex Belgium.. candy and wheat. A very different beer.

M - Foamy, not exceptional.

D - Not cloying, fun to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from jgaston courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, banana, wheat, yeast and light malts.

T: The taste is decently balanced, with flavors of banana, wheat and lemon. There’s a good background of yeast and a light but hearty malt character along with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Pretty smooth with a little crispness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style even though it might not be one of the better Hefeweizens that I’ve had, it’s a decent beer to drink if your in the mood for a Hefe, but I don’t think I’d want to drink more than one and there are several others that I would pick first.

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Photo of loren01
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow straw color, good sized effervescent white head, slight lace down the glass
S: Smell is very yeasty, sour like sourdough bread
T: Pretty much same as smell, very yeasty. Sour like apple cider.
M: Light to medium bodied, finishes slightly dry
D: Tastes like a typical American wheat beer with a little more yeast in it. Was not impressed, not sure if the sour cider taste is what they are going for here or not?? Would not get this again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Polished goldenrod with a mini splash of orange juice. Perched atop the beer is a chalk colored cap that is persistent because of its tight-bubbled texture. A sudsy short collar is the extent of the glass coverage, although I'm sure there will be more to look at eventually.

It's hard to believe that a true hefe weizen yeast strain is in use because I smell no clove and no banana. Not even a hint. In fact, Hefe Doppel Weizen smells like an American pale wheat ale... and a lackluster one at that. Lightly sweet pale malt is all that reaches my nose.

After drinking their standard hefe weizen (and not liking it much), I had doubts about how good this beer would be. 'An extra strength version' of an average beer isn't necessarily an improvement. It turns out that my doubts were well-founded because Marin HDW isn't outstanding beer by any measure. For starters, it isn't very hefe weizen-like.

The focal point of the flavor profile is sugared blonde malt, just as the nose suggested it would be. Other than a moderate amount of hop bitterness (too much for the style) and a lesser amount of hop flavor, there isn't much going on. I would have thought that Chinook and East Kent Goldings would have acquitted themselves a bit better. Again, if a bona fide German yeast was used, it's one of the least estery that I've ever tasted.

A slight alcohol bite adds nothing of value. The mouthfeel is bigger, more slick and less carbonated than most hefes. That's to be expected, I guess, since this is meant to be a supercharged version of the style. I just don't like the way the beer's various attributes match up with one another; nothing goes with anything else.

Marin BC is capable of brewing good-to-great beer. Trouble is, they're also capable of brewing forgettable beer. Unfortunately, both Hefe Weiss and Hefe Doppel Weizen fall into the latter category. A more extensive overhaul is needed, but a good place to start would be to use higher quality, more highly powered yeast.

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