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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Bottle: Dark leathery brown with a bubbly beige head. Smells malty, husky, and grainy. Light florals. Lots of carbonation at first and brisk. Mellows out after a few minutes into a toasty, caramel, toffee, and floral piece. Light yeast presence. Finish is dry and somewhat grassey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Received single 12-oz bottle from trade with 5000. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored brew with a thick and rocky off-white head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt, a hint of chocolate, fruit, some caramel and a touch of banana esters. Taste is quite complex, medium to full bodied, with flavors of chocolate, banana esters, a hint of clove, toffee, some cotton candy, and a touch of blackberry. Finish is slightly dry and has a mild bitterness at first and then a chocolate, brown sugar and banana aftertaste. A little alcohol presence in the finish but not overpowering. Hope to see this beer again next winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (1166) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2010
malt, hops, chocolate. thick, creamy light tan head on clear orange brown. tastes sweeter than it smells- a line of white sugar, mostly caramel, almost cherry, salt. sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2010
Pours a dark hazy brown color. Aromas of bread, malt, and some fruit. Flavor has a touch of sweet malt and clove, I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2010
on tap-pours a tan head and murky brown color. Aroma is medium malt/wheat-some roasty. Taste is slightly sweet medium malt/wheat-some roasty, hint of spice hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 23, 2010
@ Taphouse Grill. Clear mahogany color/ tan head. Dark wheat toast, banana clove aromas. Smooth medium body. Sweet bread, brown sugar molasses flavors with mild tart wheat, mild spices. good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Face Plant Doppel Weizen Ale--2009-10 Release--12 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--25 IBU’s? (4.6 / 5.0) Weizenbock--Thick loose dark pellicle. Light tan mild lace head. Hazy dark red brown color. Rich complex toasted banana fruit chocolate front. Creamy mild sweet smooth rich mellow chocolate caramel wheat fruit zesty malty tasty body. Clean Noble hop spice bitter hint end. Sampled 1/12/2010. 6-Pack--$8.99.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured dark brown with thin off white head. Aroma of cloves and citrus. Medium yeasty body with a sweet note. More spice and citrus. Finish is cloves and citrus with breadiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle... Poured dark brown with a thin, off-white head. Aroma of cocoa, grains and fruits. Light bodies with a decent, foamy carbonation. Nicely hopped with a refreshing quality, dark wheat notes, tea-like flavors, cocoa, toffee, berries and a light, fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2009
12oz bottle: Appearance is very dark but not like a stout, with no head, Aroma is malty, wheat and caramel dominate this aspect, Flavor is again a mix of caramel and wheat, not overly complex and somewhat light bodied, covers the 7.5% ABV pretty well though.

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