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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 10 – Face Plant Doppelweizen: presented by Alan McCormick


Beer Advent Calendar – Day 10 – Face Plant Doppelweizen: presented by Alan McCormick

To celebrate the Holiday Season, and have teamed up with beer bloggers around the country to host the first annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. 31 Bloggers Blogging – click here for the running list of beers/bloggers. Let’s see who is spreading holiday cheer today!

Blogger: Alan McCormick
Blog Name: Growler FIlls: Craft Beer Enthusiasm
Twitter: @GrowlerFills
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Beer: Face Plant Doppelweizen
Brewery: Bayern Brewing, Missoula, MT
Beer Details:

  • Style: Doppelweizen
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: unknown

Commercial Description: 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.


Why I selected the Face Plant Doppelweizen by Bayern Brewing:

This is a fantastic seasonal selection from Montana’s first craft brewery that serves as a signal that winter is here – at least by the temperatures, flying snow, and the start of ski season.  It’s dark brown color, ruby highlights and biscuit colored head suggest you’re in for a stout-ish treat, but the beer surprises with its smooth, roasted wheat flavor, complex depth, and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Bayern prides itself on brewing German styles not often seen in American craft breweries and this one has a wonderfully different flavor and character.  It just feels like winter, and even our “light beer” friends anxiously await the arrival of Face Plant each year.  It’s so smooth and tasty, in fact, that it’s a beer to be careful with, lest you end up like the drawing on the label.


About Growler Fills

Craft Beer Enthusiasm, is a blog about all things craft beer in Montana and beyond. Founded in 2009, Growler Fills seeks to inform, engage and entertain its diverse audience with news, events, discussion and commentary about great beer, the people who make it, and the places to drink it.  Alan is a co-founder of Missoula Craft Beer Week. Please visit to learn about his quest.


About Bayern Brewing:

Bayern Brewing began in Missoula, Montana, in 1987 and is 100% locally owned and operated. From brewing to filtering to bottling, every part of the process in the production of our beer is done right here in Missoula, Montana. We produce according to German quality standards and our dedication to the art of brewing combined with technologically superior equipment and old-fashioned hard work produce a product second to none. Visit for more information

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