Monday, December 12, 2011


It's new, it's limited, it's rare - and it's pretty stellar. We talked about the LAGUNITAS BREWING "Bavarian-Style Doppel Weizen" last month, having been pretty floored by it, and committed to go out a bottle for ourselves to contemplate solo. Did that. Drank that. And while our estimation for the beer may have dipped a little bit, we still find it very much worthy of discussion and of consumption. Allow us to explain.

This is a German doppel weizen, also known as a weizenbock. This means, in layman's terms, "big and bold wheat beer", with a higher alcohol content than typically found in a hefeweizen. So far, so good. Bavarian-Style Doppel Weizen is a 9% ABV beer. It comes out of the 22-ounce bottle with a small and somewhat non-frothy head, but is creamy and ultra-grainy in its taste. Wheat malts dominate - that and alcohol. There's a slight butterscotch taste that lodges itself at the sides of your cheeks. Hops seem to be way in the background, if they're there at all. It tastes like a cloudy, unfiltered and bold wheat ale, which is pretty much what it is. Once again, Lagunitas delivers. It's been a long, long time since they haven't. 7.5/10. 

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