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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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 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 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 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 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 RootedFool
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours with a dull gold body, hazy and translucent. The head is short lived, barely half an inch tall and no lacing to mention. Some bubbles linger on the surface of the brew -- pea-sized and unimpressive.


Lemon zest rapidly turns into a Lemonhead tart sweetness. The finish smacks of grapefruit juice and menthol cough drops.


Opens with a flat spread of slight bitterness, backed up by a rather hearty push of cirus zest bite. The middle is rather nice, where these two flavors combine into something that resembles a coherent taste. The finish isn't bad: blunt background of lemon rind, a chewiness to the yeast, and a receding flicker of high-pitched hops.


Somewhat thin, like skim milk; carbonation, I could use more of it here.

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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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Hefe Doppelweizen from Marin Brewing Company
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