Hefe Doppelweizen | Marin Brewing Company

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Hefe DoppelweizenHefe Doppelweizen

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: German 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
Reviews by ManuelHerrera:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Drunkenass
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

Very cloudy orange/yellow with a full 2 finger or better white head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aromas are pretty typical American wheat with biscuit or bread hints and wheat peppery spice but no banana found in German wheats.
Taste is again fairly typical for an American wheat but more so....sweet blonde or pale malts with softly sweet spicy wheat...light white pepper with a slight bite at the end.
Aftertaste becomes very clean and refreshing as all of the malt leaves the mouth and just spices and hops bitterness remains.
A very slight alcohol aftertaste as well.
Fairly drinkable and an interesting brew I would try again.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: opaque dark yellow color in which large random clots of carbonation kicked slowly to the underside of a smallish white head that sputtered and faded down to nothing in short order. Certainly looks nothing like a German-styled hefeweizen.
Smell: lemony citric tang overlaying a modest bready malt aroma. Has a sharply acidic aroma. Banana and clove aromas? Nope.
Taste: hmm, lemon zest and soggy grains. Touch of spice and soured fruit and parting shot of alcohol to the back of the throat.
Feel: thin, rather watery and weak.
Drinkability: despite the (barely) average smell and taste and enhanced alcohol content relative to nearly all other hefeweizens, this is reasonably drinkable. That said, this is a major disappointment as I expected much more from Marin. Try it if you must; otherwise, move past this brew to something better.

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

A: Cloudy straw color with a somewhat fizzy head.

S: Smells like a standard wheat beer - straw, wheat, some banana and citrus.

T: Also pretty standard - nothing exceptional. It's got a good amount of wheat flavor, and again some banana and lemony flavors. Maybe a bit of clove. Flavors are altogether decent, and they aren't too weak.

M: Nothing special - kind of a standard hefeweizen lightness without it feeling too thin.

D: It's drinkable enough, but I probably would opt to open a different beer if I needed a second bottle of something.

It's enjoyable, but relatively basic. This won't be a beer that makes you sit back and say "whoa!" It is, however, tasty enough to have a glass of.

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Photo of Gusler
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a transpicuous golden amber color, the head modest in size, bright white in color and the texture creamy and the lace sufficient to coat the glass. Dominated by malt, light hint of yeast, citrus crisp and fresh, sweet as is the start with oodles of malt, the top middling in feel. Finish is strikingly acidic, the hops scarce and the aftertaste dry. A drinkable beer, but not what I would call a good beer, stretches my tolerance to call it “Average”.

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Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that seems to slowly fade out. Little spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge creamy wheat, bubblegum, banana, light citrus, and fruity esters.
Taste is of the same great aromas but there is a mild bit of soapiness fill wheat preventing this from entering the upper level of great wheat beer.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin with some mild citrus notes coming through.
I seemed to like the bottom of the bottle the best. Seems to be less of the off flavor and some nice sweet and crisp balance deep down in there.

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Photo of baiser
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, golden, hazy body, with a frothy and foamy white head. Good retention. Creamy mouthfeel - very light and refreshing as well. However, nothing about the taste resembled a decent hefe. Just a tiny amount of spiciness, dominated by an overpowering sweetness from the malt. Not much fruit either. Finsihes dry and watery. Not the greatest from Marin.

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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 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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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

boom into an allagash wit glass. thanks mike. this beer sits a semi-cloudy hearty pee colored yellow with a soapy, quickly vanishing foam. lacing is watery but present in small amounts leaving not much more than dots and specks.

aroma, contrary to previous reviewers, seems more lagery. noble hops shine in the forefront, followed closely by a lemony clove hint. rather sour for a weizen with little-to-no banana notes to be found anywhere in my glass.

man, this is a weird tasting beer. i get new-wave belgian out of it much more than imperial wheat. first sips are lemony-sour with mellow hop freshness and sweet malts.. very much like a green belgian pale ale. continues with a finish that displays mushy fruit, some banana.. and even some watermelon. mouthfeel is crisp due to perfectly excessive carbonation and drinkability for a 7% beer is through the roof. it's a shame this is such a mess- marketed differently, this beer could live up to more expectations and please more people.

not a bad beer by any stretch, just a painful misnomer. hefeweizen fans, stay away!

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Photo of sevenshubby
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of DogFood11
2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a pounder glass forms a loose, white head that leaves sporadic lace. Yellow and cloudy with some orange hue towards the core. Head fades rapidly.

This is basically an American Wheat Ale thats been kicked up a bit although only in the ABV department because the rest was standard wheat beer. Hay is the prominent flavor that gets attacked by what tastes more like lemon extract than actual lemons. Few little spices here and there and a touch of pepper on the finish and into the aftertaste. Orange citrus creeps into the picture as it warms a bit but not enough to save this.

Notes: I picked this up as a flier and it produced as such.

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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 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 TheLongBeachBum
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: I’ve had quite a few of the Marin brews, but something drew to this one, it didn’t look familiar at all, sure enough this is a new one. Comes in a 22oz Bomber which has the familiar looking Marin style label. Labeled as ‘Hefe Doppel Weizen’, with a prescribed strength of 7.0% ABV on the label. The label on my bottle is different to the one pictured, the wording is different and the background is a light brown and not dark blue as depicted.

Appearance: Cloudy body, funky golden marmalade appearance, some light dregs in the base on the glass but nothing extreme. Decent sized white head rapidly forms on the pour and builds into a 4” thick monster that takes a little time to settle down. When it does, it to relaxes to a ¼” thick stable cap. Above average carbonation. Tonnes of lacing litters the sides of my glass.

Nose: Lots of lemon soaked wheat, tart lemon meringue pie filling and some sharp acidic grapefruit, aromas are rounded

Taste: Lemon curd start that rolls into a wheat beer middle, sour tang in the center, sharp-sour see-saw until the yeasty ending gains a controlling hand and wraps up the whole show with a curtain calling grapefruit finish that has a mild hop character.

Mouthfeel: Despite the 7%, this has a rather thin mouthfeel. Creamy yeasty feel nevertheless, but nondescript and lacking ooomph.

Drinkability: The Bomber was welcome, but the last third was a bit of drag, it’s not a bad brew, just a very boring one, I lost interest halfway through the 22 ounces.

Overall: Cost $3.59, and it wasn’t worth it. Akin to a Wheat-Lite. Rather disappointing - given its strength, I expected much more taste and body.

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Photo of SuperMario
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

04/12/06- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Dark brown in color. 1/2 inch head with light lacing.

Smell- Mostly sweet malt. Limited banana and clove, but it is there.

Taste- All malt in this baby. Banana comes through in the beginning, but the clove seems lacking. I do like the sweetness though.

Mouthfeel- Not as thick as I was expecting after the malt hit me. Seemed kinda thin. Fairly well carbonated though.

Drinkability- Not up to my standards, but still drinkable.

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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 clickpush
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 22oz bomber to weizen glass. Can see some individual bubbles coming from the bottom, but no streams. Lays down a thin one finger white head that's gone very quickly and leaves only a tiny amount of lacing. It's an average looking semi-cloudy pale orange color.

Nose: Floral and acidic, mixing brambles and citrus. In spite of the acidity there is a sweet smell as well that gets carried in on the alcohol and shows up at the end of the whiff. Hints of vanilla.

Mouth: Slightly sour at first, like an unripe peach, but moving back the beer leaves some sweet notes to be discovered at the tip of the tongue, like maple syrup or brown sugar, and a considerable hop presence in the swallow to balance the whole thing out. It leaves a mild plastic taste along the sides of the tongue and contains a gentle spiciness from the warming powers of the alcohol. A bit weak on the carbonation, but what is there lasts through the whole experience and doesn't wimp out in the back of the mouth. Enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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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