Hefe Doppel Weizen AleMarch 1, 2001 Larkspur, CA
Marin Brewing Co.
Available: CA, VA, Pa, DC
This is a strong, unfiltered wheat ale made with North American malts (65 percent wheat malt) and European hops.
An American style double wheat with good clean aromatics--a fresh clean taste with a delicious, crisp wheat character--and no brash or assertive elements. This beer is a thoroughly pleasant and enjoyable libation needing only the company of an orange chocolate truffle square to complete its mission.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer pours hazy gold with a pillowy white head. The aroma is hoppy with some nice exotic fruits--passionfruit, mango. Bitterness is restrained up front on the palate, leading to a medium-bodied silky smooth center. The beer finishes clean and dry with a pleasant, slight acidic zip. Despite the misleading moniker, this is not a “hefe doppel weizen,” but a strong American-style wheat beer. The fake German name annoys me, but the beer certainly doesn’t; it’s brewed with great finesse and would pair well with anything from a salade nicoise to a shrimp quesadilla. Makes you proud to be an American, or at least it should.
- Garrett Oliver
It is unusual to find a pale (iridescent gold, in this case) wheat beer at double bock strength, but this one is, by the standards of microbreweries, an old-established product. In addition to being stylistically distinctive, it is a well-composed beer. I have enjoyed it on several occasions and did again this time. Very fruity, with suggestions of Seville orange peel, lemon juice and fresh apple, but syrupy, tasty in its maltiness, and beautifully rounded. Some tannin in a robust, balancing dryness.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.