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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Since we brew beer in the Bavarian tradition at Bayern (which means Bavaria in German) our list of beer styles would not be complete without our most recent addition: Face Plant Doppelweizen. This top-fermented, unfiltered Wheat Bock beer is the counterpart to Bayern’s famous Doppelbock Lager and is decoction-brewed, a technique used often in Bavaria but seldom in the US. The recipe uses five types of malt (Wheat, Pilsener, Carmel, Munich and Chocolate), and has an o.g. of > 17 % Plato, producing a stout 7.5 % Alc. by Vol. As with all Bayern wheat beers, Face Plant surprises with its complex flavor. German Hallertauer Perle hops give this hearty Bock beer a perfectly balanced sweetness. The formulation for this delicate beer came from the Brauerei zum Schiff in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria. Bayern Brewing’s proprietor, Jürgen Knöller, was one of the last of five brewers that brewed this special beer in 1979 before the brewery, which was founded in 1540, sadly closed its doors due to the owner’s passing. In fall of 2007, when it became apparent that the crisis of extremely high raw material prices would continue, the Bayern team decided to test the market with a brew that uses a very large amount of energy and raw materials while being the most difficult, labor-intensive, demanding beer that anyone could create. We told our distributors that we would do two brews at 1000 gallons each to see whether the market could handle the premium price that we had to charge due to these factors. Our "Super Brew" lasted only a couple of months and then completely sold out. So Bayern Brewing continues to brew Face Plant while its popularity continues to grow. Thus Doppelweizen has been revived here in Missoula, Montana, USA. We hope you will enjoy a piece of living beer history and a specialty beer that is truly rare, even in the Northwest’s highly diversified beer landscape.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Brown pour with a beige head. Nice wheat, roasted pecans, brown sugar cookie, spice cake aroma. Flavor is sweet and malt forward, roasted nuts, sweet cake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
idedek (157) - USA - JUL 6, 2012
a nice nutty and wheaty aroma. a good body for a wheat with a bit of malty flavor. a nice creamy finish with a hint of hops again stronger than a normal wheat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle from Connor MT. Mildly spiced and yeasty nose. Some cloves and banana. Not the most full flavored weizenbock, but it is pretty tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle: Poured a brown with Carmel bottom and reddish edges. The head was thin beige. The aroma is malt. Taste is sweet malts with a nice hoppy hint to break up the sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle. Muddy amber pour with a smaller creamy head. Nose and aroma of yeast, caramel malt, banana, and dark fruits. Really nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Dark brown in color, slight haze with a thin head. Nice wheat and hops aroma and flavor. Nice easy flavor this was very drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2011
12 oz. bottle from a six pack that I purchased from the PCC in Fremont. Dark cola body, with relatively no head. Light banana and a little yeast come through. Also, I get a subtle dough aroma, as well. Subtle hints of wheat and chocolate actually come through. This aroma is growing on me. Taste is of subtle, banana, a hint of yeast and chocolate, and a small amount of wheat. Just on the border of too much carbonation. I’d like this to be a bit softer, texture wise, but what can you do. The complexity of the aroma doesn’t carry over into the flavor. Overall, fairly good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DannyInMT (1) - Whitefish, Montana, USA - DEC 4, 2011 does not count
The Face Plant is without question a great beer for after long runs on the slopes. With it’s warming notes that will tickle the senses, one can only do one better by pairing this with a beautiful girl and a warm fire after a day on the snow. The beer is well crafted and holds it’s integrity throughout an entire glass never leaving the consumer with a bad after taste. Definitely a favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooterbub (1031) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUN 11, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a rather dark brown-red with a large 2 inch, foamy, clingy, tan head that slowly fades. Taste is of malt, chocolate, smoke, caramel, some hops, some citrus and some resin. Similar aroma. Has a nice full body that is creamy. Has a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden and I would never guess it was 7.5%. An excellent brew, that is well balanced, drinkable and well worth having again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   Heavy garnet, almost brown, huge fluffy tannish head, fairly nice lacing.   Certainly looks the part.   Subtle aroma of dark pitted fruit, heavy bready malts, and toasted wheat.   Wheaty start, mild dark pitted fruit and dark breadiness on the tongue.   Smidgen of sweetness.   Has more in common with a bock than a wheat.   Airy on the tongue, but body feels a bock with hits maltiness.   Not very bright, seems a little dull.   Hard to compare when one of my favs is Schneider Aventinus.   For what it is, its entertaining and certainly flavorful.   Wished it to be more wheatish with some minor bock attributes, instead of vice-versa.   Decent however.

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