Lagunitas Our Own Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen
Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, CA
Alcohol 9% ABV, OG 1.084, 34.2 IBUs
I found out about this beer when my favorite Dayton area grocer, Dorothy Lane Market, just happened to include it in a beer tasting (and my timing was impeccable!). The small sample resulted in an immediate purchase.
This limited release came in a 22 ounce bomber, which I inverted to rouse the yeast sediment (my standard procedure with a German-style hefeweizen). I chose a sexy wheat beer glass with big curves to serve the beer. It poured a beautiful bright orange/light amber color, appropriately hazy, with a near-white head that started out almost 2 fingers' width tall but subsided to a thin cover after a few minutes. There wasn't much lacing left on the glass.
The aroma was redolent of banana, bubblegum, and clove; spot-on for the style (and right up my alley, I might add, being a major fan of authentic German-style wheat beers). Body was on the heavy side of medium. Carbonation was very fine and on the lighter side for a weizen.
Flavors were pure Bavarian wheat beer - fruity, with banana and bubblegum, a hint of vanilla, then a nice clovey finish. Gotta love that heffie yeast! Sweetish up front with a bit of a tangy edge, followed by enough bitterness to balance. The malt base showed some light caramelized notes. No hop flavor was evident. Alcohol became noticeable as it warmed but didn't burn or overwhelm by any means.
Very true-to-style, refreshing, and really carried it's alcoholic weight nicely. Another gem from Lagunitas!