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.