Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rayjay on 01-01-2009

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good cloudy inviting gold color, ample head. Yeasty nose, banana, all the traditional hallmarkes of a decent weizenbock.

Taste was again, wheaty, yeasty banana-y. Very bready. Light sandwich in a bottle. Good creamy and chewy aspects. Other slight citrus flavors as well, but not from hoppiness, which is all but absent, as it tradionally should be. I'm not a weizenbock guy by any stretch of the imagination, but you'd be crazy not to realize this is a legitimate beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beatiful clouded banana smoothie hue with a bright slightly off white head forming thick with creamy textured head. Fine speckled lacing with chunks mixed in the pattern. Labeled as The Best of Beer Camp: Weizenbock #37. Aroma has sharp wheat with banana bread and citrus notes arising strong. Flavor is everything I enjoy about kellerweiss with a bit more punch to it. Sharp citrus/wheat combonation with hints of spicy yeast/banana/clove esters coming forth this is a very satisfying wheat beer, I had not idea that Sierra Nevada were actually wheat beer pros that hid behind the the Sierra Nevada Wheat with the red label for years, which was a dull American Wheat without any yeast fireworks from the German versions. Mouthfeel is satisfyingly carbonated with enough texture and girth the keep any craft beer drinker happy, a touch of alcohol in the back end but it's well orchestrated within the context of different flavors offered from this beer. Overall damn quality Weizenbock that I wish more craftbrewers would perfect like this.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada "Best of Beer Camp" Weizenbock

Appearance: Typical appearance: orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of white. Average head retention and lacing.

Smell: Clove. Doughy malt.

Taste: Sweet, doughy, wheaty malt. Sugary. Clove. The alcohol never shows.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Crisp carbonation.

Overall: Quite pleasant.

Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow/orangish color with an off-white head with excellent lacing and retention qualities. Looks fantastic.

S- The aroma is fantastic! The aroma is sweet and malty with some spices (clove), banana, and yeast. There is no sign of alcohol in the nose whatsoever. Smells great!

T- The taste is equally as good as the aroma. The taste starts out with a lot of sweetness with some wheat and banana. The clove flavors come in next along with some yeast and a touch of warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Really nice!

O- Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I would love to see this one in the regular rotation from Sierra Nevada. Highly recommended!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy brown colored body.
The aroma is caramel and apple cider. Interesting but good.
The taste is a mild bitter start with a late malt sweetness. Great balance.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Hefe Waizen-like beer, even though this is a Weizenbock, from a well known and respected brewer, Siearra Nevada Brewing Co.

Comes in a variety pack with four other speacial brews made for the 12 bottle pack, under the "Beer Camp" theme.

1. Nice color
2. Not as aromatic as some other beers in this category.
3. Beautiful, rich taste that goes well with hot summer days here in South Florida.
4. Has a nice smooth taste and a cloudy, light yellowish color that one would find in a Waizenbock-style beer.

Well worth trying out.

Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the Beer Camp mix pack. Pours a muddy golden color, choked with yeast. The off-white head is huge, dense, and creamy. It slowly settles into a solid cap leaving plenty of lacing.

The aroma is of sugary bananas, light clove, and a doughy wheat malt. Much like a banana creme pie.

The taste is of a banana smoothie and light clove. There is a bit of a mineral aspect to the beer which was unexpected, especially for the style. There is also a slightly sour note, kinda lemony. These flavors take away from what is otherwise a really smooth beer.

A very smooth and very drinkable weizenbock. The flavor isn't up to snuff against the german counterparts, see Aventinus, Ayinger, Vitus.

The feel is well bodied and very smooth. Sweet on the palate but not cloying. Again, very smooth.

Photo of Jaycase
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy, cloudy. liquified golden smog

s: smells of wheat, yeast and some banana.

t: very nice taste that goes along with the smell. sweet wheat flavor. bit of banana in there.

m: creamy, medium body.

o: Great beer. I don't have much experience with this style but this was excellent - from the appearance to the taste. One of the beers available within the SN Beer Camp 12 pk mixer. This one is a winner.

Photo of jrnold
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first weizenbock, so take it for what it's worth.

A: cloudy. yellow-orange in hue. A thin white head.
S: Malt and bananas.
T: Bread, malt, banana with a yeasty finish.
M: Medium-think mouthfeel to add to the breadiness.
D: Sweeter than I usually drink, but I didn't mind in this case. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to weizen glass. Beer Camp #37. Sampled 6/28/11.

A: Four fingers of an off-white, yellow tinted foam fades slowly into a lumpy cap. The texture is creamy and frothy. The color of the body is a cloudy gradient ranging from medium-light to medium-dark, and from golden yellow to orange. Deposits of thick, loosely slung lace adorn the glass.

S: The nose is textbook weizenbock. Wheaty, lightly spicy, clovey with a strong estery banana at the center of it all. The hop character is masked completely. Deeper layers of aroma reveal overly ripe honeydew.

T: The balance between clove and banana is much appreciated. Too often I am overwhelmed by one or the other. This beer manages a slick transformation between the two, where it starts out dominated by banana and, as the beer warms, fades into clove forward notes.

M: Creamy and thick but with a disappointingly gentle effervescence.

O: Nowhere near a miss, but not the highlight of the mixed case either.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was light, there was lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure.The flavor was brilliant, full of life and grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. very light with huge carbonation. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure. Very light bright flavors mixed in with a ton of carbonation to give it just that right feel really made this a winner. I could have easily had a few.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

into a weizen glass. pours a nice, evenly cloudy golden straw with a two-fingered crisp bright white head. thick and frothy. impressive retention. not as much lacing as I'd hope.

aroma is potently sweet, estery, yeasty and hefty wheat. lemon, a touch of wet hay. a bit of pepper. smells clean and smooth. crisp... almost fresh.

hefty wheat up front, lemon and some herbal spice up front. It fades into an intensely sweet, honey like middle that finishes with hints of alcohol, more sweet caramel notes, and a bit of yeasty, earthy and dry grassy funk.

mouth is creamy, almost heavy on the carbonation. very fine and fluffy... a touch syrupy and thick. nice herbal bitterness on the finish is lightly drying.

A bit potent, a bit sweet, and a bit intense as a weizenbock, but certainly delicious and approachable. not one I would regularly drink, but as a mix in the pack, it's certainly not doing any harm.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Included in the "Beer Camp" mix pack. Big punch of banana ester at the front, followed by more fruity esters and a candy-sugar sweetness that veers perhaps a bit toward Belgian influences. Substantial malt body leaves no question as to the bock aspect of the beer. Quite nice.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a stein. The beer is amber in color and very hazy (even unattractively so). Nevertheless, is well-carbonated and sports a nice 3 finger bloom that doesn't last quite as long as it should. The nose has some faint, but pleasant, bready aromas and some dark fruit. Smells like a traditional bock.

Medium body and a nice, rich malty flavor. I get a little of the wheat near the front and middle of the palate, a nice tart sensation, but mostly this beer is about the malt. There are lots of toffee and treacle flavors, some clove-like phenols, and a nice lemony wheat flavor to balance it out. No real hop character, just enough for spice.

I thought Sierra Nevada's take on this style might be an abomination. That is, that they might hop it to the gills. Fortunately, this is a very traditional interpretation. I like it a lot. It's sweet and malty and not too lemony. Bravo!

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a full, hazy orange body with a huge fluffy white head. off to a good start!

S: The average German wheat beers are here: banana Foster, brown sugar, yeast, and that unmistakable scent of high ferm temps and a bit of booze.

T: Follows the smell to a "T" its actually pretty unnecessary to point out the flavours because they are identical to the scents.

D: Well, its a proper-done Weizenbock, but it just strikes me a slightly weak. The best in this style manage to up the ABV by one or two points and thus, intensify the flavour, without limiting the drinkability. This one seems to have the same booze profile as an 8.0 Weizenbock, but not nearly enough flavour.

Overall: I enjoyed this, but I don't know if I would buy a sixer. This was probably my least favorite from the Beer Camp case, however, that doesn't mean it wasn't good. Still a very solid brew.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle part of the 2011 Best of Beer Camp Variety Pack

Sierra Nevada Weizenbock Camp #37 poured cloudy amber with a generous 2-finger white foamy head that left behind sticky lacing. The nose was first hit with bananas; then clove, and a touch of yeast. The taste matches the fragrant aroma, nice banana flavor with a hint or orange and yeast followed by just right clove spiciness. There is an aftertaste of clove, yeast and banana. Mouth feel is medium, smooth and creamy.

I wish Sierra Nevada would make Beer Camp Weizenbock #37 a regular offering – to date, my favorite American brewed Weizenbock

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -1%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weisen glass. Pours a cloudy gold, like the color of mango juice, with a thick, creamy 1" white head.

Has a spicy, fruity aroma, with white pepper, coriander, lemon grass and hints of tangy kumquat.

The malted spiciness carries through to the taste, with an herbaceous, aromatic flavor. Though slightly tangy, there is little to no bitterness in this smooth brew. A grassiness starts to come through as the beer is quaffed, with hints of buttery creme flavoring the mid-flavor.

Medium bodied with low bitterness and only thte mildest of dryness at the finish.

Weizenbocks are one of those styles that I like, but only in small doses. This beer is no exception, as I enjoy it, but would not want to have another this evening. I bought this as part of SN's Beer Camp mixed 12 pack. I'm looking forward to see how the other offerings taste.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy dark-yellow, light orange with thick,fluffy cloud-like white head,leaving cute scribbly foamy lacing on the glass. Nice.

Very sweet aroma of bananas,nuts,fruit. All sweetness,very pleasant aroma,while big on the sweet side, it is fairly restrained to keep the sweetness from being overpowering,which is a plus.

Sweetness continues from the nose onto the tongue, only pineapple comes through,with nuts and some decent malt.Lighter on carbonation(always a plus in my book),the body is fair/medium, maybe a little light.

A little too sweet for me,nonetheless it is very pleasant esp for hot and/or humid summer days and nights. A little more complexity and maltiness would help restrain the sweetness and balance it out.

Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle from the Best of Beer Camp 12 pack to a pilsner flute. Poured a cloudy honey gold color with a tall white head.

Smell is banana and funk, plus slightly phenolic, plus wheat. Taste is bubble gum and banana with a noticeable peppery finish. Mouthfeel is mostly creamy with a bit of chewiness.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. (Disclaimer: I very little experience with the style, but I will certainly be exploring it.)

Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reiewed on 6/27/11

Poured in to a weisse glass after a few swirls of the bottle. 2 finger, white head. Very frothy. Good tracing left on the glass. Hazy, dark orange body.

Smell had good amounts of banana and clove. Sweet with a hint of spice and crisp bitterness.

Taste had a strong banana and clove presence. Good sweetness with a mild malty flavor. Slight spicey, peppery flavor. Mild earthy hop presence

Mouthfeel had medium body with medium/high carb. Crisp finish.

Drinkability was very good. Overall a very tasty beer. No signs of abv and had some great flavor.

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big creamy and fluffy head of almost 2 fingers rises and fades at a medium pace, with a bit of lacing, over ridiculously hazy nectar orange carrot colored beer.

Nose has a nice weizenbock, lots of wheat, light yeast, plenty of citrus, orange rind, floral, light spices, touch of banana.

Taste starts slightly sweet, plenty of wheat, almost creamy, light yeast, tons of citrus, little bitter and sweet orange peel, light spices, touch of coriander, light floral like flower taste, little banana, little sticky syrupy sweetness. Finishes still a bit sticky, slightly dry but not as much as I expected, lingering spices and orange.

Mouth is medium bodied, a little creamy, decent carbonation but lower than I expected and a creamy carbonation not the small bubbles and lots of carbonation I expected in a weizenbock.

Overall not bad, not what I expected, the mouth is a little flat and not what I expected.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy, almost creamy, deep golden color. It has a thick, medium sized white head which it retains throughout the drink. It doesn't look very carbonated. Some spotted lacing is left throughout drinking.

S: The smell is dominated by wheat and spices. It has a sort of fruity finish to it.

T: Again, it has a strong wheat taste with prevalent spice notes.

M: Its body is on the lighter side. It has is limited carbonation while drinking very smoothy. It leaves a crisp and refreshing feel.

D: It is very easy to drink and you won't mind drinking a few of these. It is quite tasty without being overpowering. It successfully blends the wheat and spices to create a fine example of a weizenbock.

Photo of PhageLab
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Unfiltered and hazy, muddy yellow coloration, big fluffy head that lasted the ride down, and nice clumpy lacing. Presentation sets the bar high.

S - Big yeast nose with some phenol and touches of clove. Sweet but not candy-like.

T - Sweet body, yeasty and ripe with banana flavors. The finish is slightly sour, but it flows well and doesn't seem off.

M - Smooth medium body, mild carbonation level. Very mellow, even for 6.6%.

D - Does not disappoint. Stellar brew from Sierra Nevada. Make this one year round, because I will make a designated area for it in my fridge.

Photo of Vixie
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange with a thick white head. Classic look for the style, can name the style just on looks alone.

Smell is what I expect, reminds me of bread, with yeast and malt notes. I can also detect a hint of citrus, maybe lemon.

Can very much taste the wheat, and almost has a rye flavor to it, but that may just be me. As in the smell, there is a hint of citrus there, and maybe a touch of pepper as well.

Good feel to it, it's solid without overdoing it.

A very nice wheat beer, seems to be a bit more complex than what I expect for the style. It goes down nice and easy, and I could see drinking more than one at a sitting. Very much worth a try.

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Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.