Hefe Doppelweizen | Marin Brewing Company

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Hefe DoppelweizenHefe Doppelweizen

Brewed by:
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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 harpus
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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 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 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 rkhaze
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light gold color. Huge bubbly white head that became cloud-like as it fell. Seemed over carbonated.
Fresh grainy aromas of both wheat and barley. Fruity with citrus smells and a bit of clove.
Clean tasting but a bit light on flavor. Wheat, citrus and spice. A decent blend of flavors but quite subdued.
Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel and perhaps a bit to much effervescence.
The 7%ABV was well hidden but this was much lighter than I expected. Would be refreshing on a warm day.

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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 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 beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, large bubbled head that sits atop a hazy, straw-gold colored beer. The beer has light aromatic notes of banana when I pop the cap as well as some notes of clove. There is a lightly tart note of lemons as some wheat-grain notes and perhaps some lightly spicy hop notes. This is quite light in the aromatic department, though it is not bad in any way. As with most Hefeweizens the aroma seems to fade pretty quickly no matter what one does. The components are here, I was just expecting something a bit more concentrated in something with Doppel in its name.

The beer is quite dry up front with a nice tart note to it. Spicy hop notes are quite a bit more prominent than in the aroma finishing off with a light bitterness. The finish is actually fairly sharp, which is a combination of tart wheat & yeast notes as well as a sharp yeasty bite and the aforementioned hop notes. This is quite light and easily quaffable, certainly the qualities one would want in a standard Hefeweizen. There are some light fruit notes here that remind me of apples and pears; these notes seem to be the major contribution of this being a Doppel, though they are fairly soft and well integrated with the rest of the beer.

Interesting, this beer is quite different than I was expecting. For some reason reading the bottle name I thought this would be a Weizenbock, once I poured it I was expecting a concentrated big Hefeweizen. Neither of these things really materialized. I am amazed how light and refreshing this beer is, despite its alcohol percentage. It does not have nearly as much character as I would expect from a traditional Hefeweizen yeast (perhaps it doesn't use a traditional version). In the end, this is quite drinkable and even enjoyable, but I wish it had a touch more character.

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Hefe Doppelweizen from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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