Review: Face Plant, Bayern Brewing

Face Plant
Bayern Brewing — Missoula, MT

  • Style:  Doppelweizen Ale
  • Bitterness:  No provided 
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Malts:   Wheat, Pilsner, Caramel, Munich, and Chocolate
  • Hops:  Hallertauer
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "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. Bayern’s only decoction-brewed beer, the recipe uses five types of malt and has an O.G. of > 17 % Plato, producing a stout 7.5 % ABV. 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." — Bayern Brewing

Random thoughts:   This is part of my series on Late Winter seasonals.  Bayern specializes in German influenced beers and tends to avoid the typical Northwest style beers.  They have a unique lineup.  Check it out at their website.  

The tasting:  Very dark brown.  When held up to the light, I see some dark reddish-orange colors lurking.  It has a tan head that dissipated slowly, leaving no lacing on the glass.  Aroma is very maltysmoke, bread, and yeast predominate.  Flavor of sweet and roasted malts, banana, with a subtle hint of smoke (not as strong as in aroma).  No strong hop flavor or aroma.  Medium bodied with medium carbonation, it has an effervescent mouth feel.  It finishes with sweet malt and a subtle banana flavor.  For a 7.5% ABV beer, the alcohol is nicely concealed!

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again.  I enjoyed this beer.  It's an unusual style and different from what I usually drink.  I think that's what made it memorable for me.  If you're looking for something different, give Face Plant a try!  Bayern has found a unique niche and I look forward to trying more of their beers.  In fact, I just picked up their spring seasonal Killarney (red lager) a few days ago and will review it soon.   

Have you tried Face Plant Doppelweizen or any other Bayern beers?

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