Bavarian-styled Doppel Weizen

Weizenbock Lagunitas Brewing Co.

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Bavarian-styled Doppel Weizen is a German-style Weizenbock brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Co.

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Bavarian-styled Doppel Weizen is a German-style Weizenbock brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The Weizen pours a clear marigold capped by a tall, fluffy stack of white foam that recedes very slowly. An abundance of sticky lace clings to the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is bright with a scent of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango.

Flavor

The palate follows the nose with fruity flavors of pineapple, mango, and banana atop a mild caramel malt base. Taste finishes with a bite of citrusy hops and just a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel is somewhat smooth with a medium body and medium-light carbonation.

Overall

The Doppel Weizen offers well-balanced tropical flavor and hops that are more akin to a Double IPA than a Weizenbock. This isn’t surprising when considering that Lagunitas is the brewer.

But do you care? It’s more important to say that tasty flavor abounds, even if its palate isn’t exactly traditional.

About this Beer

Introduced in 2014, the Doppel Weizen was crafted with the assistance of Bavarian brewers who also just happened to be the ones who built and sold to Lagunitas the brewery in which it was brewed.

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About the Weizenbock

The original Weizenbock was Aventinus, the world’s oldest top-fermented wheat doppelbock. The ale was crafted in 1907 at the Schneider Weisse Brauhaus in Munich. It’s a strong, malty, and fruity wheat ale whose color can be pale or dark. Pale versions range from gold to deep copper while darker versions range from amber to dark brown. Both have dense, long-lasting heads that range from white to tan. Usually unfiltered, its clarity is cloudy, sometimes with suspended yeast. The aroma and palate of pale versions will feature toasted bread, banana, and spice. Darker versions can be smoky or roasted with dark fruits and caramel. Its feel is typically creamy with a medium-full to full body and moderate to high carbonation. A mild warming sensation from the high alcohol content is common. Comparatively, it’s similar to the Doppelbock style and is stronger and richer than a Hefeweizen or a Dunkelweizen.