Buffalo Bill's Strawberry Doppel Weizen

California
United States
Buffalo Bill's Strawberry Doppel Weizen	 by Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Enjoyed best on a warm Summer evening, this traditional Double German Wheat Beer is brewed with sweet strawberries. We’ve left it unfiltered to enhance the characteristic flavors of wheat, banana, and cloves.

Profile

ABV: 
8.8%
IBUs: 
13
Served at: 
45º
Hops: 
Magnum and Mount Hood
Malts: 
Pale, Munich and Caramel
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluated as a BJCP 2015 29A Fruit Beer (Strawberry declared) with the underlying style of a somewhat hybrid 'imperial' 10A Weissbier (being declared as a Doppelweizen or Double Hefeweizen). Pours with a large ivory colored head of small and medium bubbles. The head is not as tight as a typical weizen, with less head retention than a typical weizen possibly because of a substantial alcohol note. The beer is a deep amber color, and very hazy (but typical for a weizen). Bready and slight toasty malt notes lead off the aroma, with slight black pepper phenolics, moderate fresh strawberry notes, and a medium level of overripe banana. The flavor brings out banana as fairly prominent, but nicely balanced by the strawberry, and a bready, almost doughy, malt character that supports the fruity melange. There are some typical weizen-like phenolics in the flavor, but more leaning to freshly cracked white pepper than clove. A medium body and moderate carbonation (a bit low for a weissbier) work with the malt and fruit to tame the fairly substantial (8-ish percent?) alcohol warmth and slight heat. In the fairly dry but fruity finish, the strawberry lingers - just short of syrupy. This is a very enjoyable strong fruit wheat beer that should be treated with respect - it will sneak up on you! With overall strawberry and bready flavors of a strawberry shortcake, I'd pair this beer with bratwurst or ballpark hotdogs slathered with sauerkraut, and some healthy red-cabbage coleslaw.

Brewery Introduction

Perhaps no other brewery better personifies the maverick attitude of the microbrewing industry than Buffalo Bill’s Brewery. One of the first brewpubs in America, started in 1983, Buffalo Bill’s helped launch the U.S. craft beer movement.

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