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Friday, November 25, 2011

Lagunitas Baravian-Styled Doppel Weizen

Lagunitas Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen, another unlikely, European-inspired one off from the typically hop-centric Lagunitas Brewing, poured a hazy dark orange into the glass, capped with a thin, bright white head fed by a mild amount of carbonation.  The nose carried candy-sweet Belgian yeast notes of banana, clove, candied-orange peel, and a noticeable amount of alcohol.

Lagunitas Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen opened sharp and sweet, with aciduated wheat tang lying under layers of candi sugar and glaze sweetness.  The cloves came through in the beginning, but were quickly overtaken by bananas and alcohol.  The Weizen went through a series of transitions through spices and dried fruit as it firmed up and ended on a sweet and peppery creamy fade.

Lagunitas Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen accomplishes what Lagunitas set out to do, and tastes miles away from their typical offerings.  Leaning on the sweet side of the spectrum and not hiding the alcohol well, I don't see this being beer one would go back to in the same night, but as a sipper it works just fine.

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