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

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 201
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 6.27%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Press a murky, ruddy medium brown with a frothy cream head that lingers as a thin foam layer.

Banana, citrus, and clove dominate the aroma, with notes of toasted malt adding contrast. Bubblegum surfaces late.

Flavor reveals more citrus, with lemon tartness and orange rind underlying a wheat and lightly toasted malt base. Notes of caramel and toffee are overpowered by esters of bubblegum, banana, and clove. The finish is dry and fairly bitter.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a bit on the high side, and modest alcohol warmth.

I prefer a little less bitterness, but the esters are nice and complex. They definitely dominate. I think the bitterness in the finish almost makes the beer taste flat/stale. That's what kills it for me. (740 characters)

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! (901 characters)

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. (256 characters)

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. (826 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell, but the flavors are more earthy than I was expecting. (653 characters)

Photo of i4ourgot
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy beer with great head retention. The beers almost looks like real New England apple cider that is a little foamy. Similar in color and cloudiness. I got a yeasty aroma of clove, and just strait up yeast. For the flavor I was picking up on some wheat and other malt flavors with a slightly sweet finish. Not sure if the looks of the beer caused my to think this, but to me the beer almost tasted like graff. A malty mixture with some slight apple notes and a similar mouth feel minus the acidity. Very interesting beer I would love to know how they brewed it. (567 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Received with a bunch of head which is bulging from the pint glass and looks to have really good retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a dark brown which shows as a light dark brown with a hazy yellowish brown base when held up to the light. The retention is quite persistent. The lacing is practically sheeting with rings of lighter sheeting.

Nose- Initially, I get lots of banana. The cloves are faint and I hope that continues on the palate. Very warm and well rounded banana. Light apple notes start to come out.

Taste- It does appear that the palate is pretty reflective of the nose. The banana is pervasive and pretty much takes up the entire flavor profile. There are some cloves but they act as more of a counterpoint. Light bubblegum to caramel to oddly compatible popcorn taste. This is mostly on the finish. I haven't had a lot of Wiezenbocks but if they are like this one, I will be trying more. I've had the top two on Beer Advocate and I will definitely be searching out more, especially Ayinger's. I was skeptical about the rating of 4 on Beer Advocate and attributed it to Sierra Nevada love but this beer is pretty much that good. Some coriander and cinnamon with light pepper on the finish gives this a little bit more character. I'm fine with a beer being mostly dominated by banana but I need a little something extra to keep me drinking. This beer has that. Very light and easy. A good to really good beer that I wish was in bottles. Definitely a step up from some of the phenolic beers that I've had recently. Some grain and wheat but nice and complex phenols make these hard to discern.

Mouthfeel- Just below medium bodied with light to appropriate carbonation. Some smoothness and creaminess. Really shows that Sierra Nevada has gotten this style down.

Drinkability- Very easygoing especially since the cloves are a minor note which contribute to the overall complexity of the beer. I imagine it's standard Sierra Beer Camp prices but even 6 bucks a pint seems reasonable. Alcohol doesn't show at all.

Overall- Good to really good beer which seems to be fairly representative of the style. It's been a while since I've had comparable beers but I seem to recall this is one of the German ale styles that I prefer. Definitely worth a try and a beer I wish to drink again. (2,328 characters)

Photo of heymikew
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a sucker for a cool wheat brew on a hot summer day and this fit the bill nicely, Labor Day 2011
I only wish it was deemed worthy of further production,' cause I'd buy it regularly.

Pours out cloudy and thick, straw-yellow, with a foamy heady that doesn't last long. A little swirl halfway through helps open it up

Creamy banana shake mouth feel. Yummy with a hint of clove.
Perfect for the style

Dear SNBC, Please make more! (431 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden color, with a large dirty white head, which is quickly gone. Appears highly effervescent, with many streams of bubbles moving up the beer.

Smells of the wheat, yeasty, bready malts, and lightly fruity.

Taste is a bit sweet malty. Tangy fruitiness lingers.

Texture is medium bodied, almost viscous, yet bubbly as well. Not high on my drinkability scale.

It's alright, a bit sweet, but I can handle that.

DOA (425 characters)

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

Oooh a weizenbock. I think back to the last time I had a weizenbock, and I keep thinking back...and think back some more. And can't remember the last time I had one. This one works pretty well. But what the hell is in this? A lemon peel or something? Either way, the beer is solid. Hard style to pull off well, but it happens here. I can dig it. (345 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Hazy apricot body. White head sits low with ok retention and lace.

S – Great nose. Mimosas, cherry jello, and banana jump out of the glass with a nice, light, boozy backdrop.

T – Sweet and fruity up front with a nice acidity. Honey, blood orange and grapefruit. Huge banana bread center loaded with bananas, bready malt, and walnuts.

M – Bright, refreshing carbonation does a great job of keeping the huge flavor profile in check. Medium light body. (464 characters)

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

This was one of the beer I had at the Sierra Nevada beer dinner at Kickbacks. ni ce bneer, big banana, medium bodied. Was a great night. Had amazingly paired food with one of my all time favorite breweries. I would love to have this beer again as well as others from the night. (277 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rusty orange colour, fairly cloudy. Off-white head of small bubbles dissipates quickly but leaves a thin film of lace behind. Moderate bead. I like my weizenbocks dark, but I'm also aware that styles are open to interpretation. Still, not overly exciting anyway.

Smells quite Belgian, actually. Plenty of clovey spice with a hint of nutmeg, pepper, but it has an almost saisony funk to it as well, possible just because of the green-ness of the fruit esters it's giving off. Maybe needs a bit more sweetness to add a 'bock' element - it's all spiced pear and maybe a hint of banana, but all spice and just slight sourness.

Taste is again largely spice and fruit. Quite fruity on the front - apple and pear with a good quantity of banana coming up behind. Sweeter, with the fruit dominating to late-mid with a warm kiss of booze to accompany it - sherry and a touch of brandy. Finishes with a pleasant weizeny spice - green pepper with clove and cinnamon. Quite tangy on the back with a touch of astringency from the spice, but it's a pleasant fruity palate overall - not too big that it loses the development of flavour. Enjoyable, but not mind-blowingly good.

Bit of zip on the back, from the yeast. Bit of carbonation, bit of booze, but no hegemonic texture so it's quite well balanced. Good for style.

Yeah, a good, big weizen. I did love the Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss, and the question must be raised as to whether this is just a big version? It's bigger, but not really more complex or interesting. It's only 6.6%, so I feel like if they upped the malt a bit more, made it even bigger and sweeter it could be spectacular. (1,643 characters)

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Im not a big fan of weizenbock's to begin with but i decided to trade my buddy for one of these anyway. This beer pours a very cloudy burnt orange color, with a fingers width of off white head. The beer smells of yeast spice and citrus. Taste does pack a punch of yeast spice, banana, some cloves and citrus. Way to much banana and yeast spice for my liking. On the other hand It does leave a nice lingering tangerine after taste. It hasn't swayed my taste for this type of brew but I tried to note it fairly. My friends love it.. Go out and try one for yourself. (563 characters)

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. (972 characters)

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. (920 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Mellow orange/yellow, very cloudy, 1/2 creamy head, fizzy with some lacing.

Smell - Very floral, yeasty. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon. Some sugar and spices.

Taste - Much like the smell, lots of fruits, plenty of sugars and yeast. Theres a real sweet malt and hop flavor mixed in also. Very floral and smooth, a mix between a tripel and belgian witbier.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and sweet on tounge. Lemon and orange really sweeten up mouth. Slight bitterness from the hops but nothing to ruin mouth.

Overall - A real summer time beer. I could see drinking this in 90 degree weather after mowing the grass or at a cookout. Its a little to sweet for me but bluemoon fans would enjoy this. Very easy to drink and to enjoy. (775 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Fresh out of the fridge, but not too cold. Acquired as part of the beer camp pack, at Wally's Wine.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy copper.

Sm: Definitely a wheat foundation. Some citrusy notes are present: orange and light lemon. Also, banana and clove are in there to be sure. No alcohol comes through. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: The wheat base is complemented nicely by the banana and clove. The orange is present but unfortunately restrained. Well balanced, but a bit simple and without any bold dominant flavours. A bit boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit undercarbonated. Also, a touch thin. It does complement the flavour, but it doesn't feel tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable enough, but lacking a bold or inspired quality. It's fairly priced, but boring. Where's the beef? (1,015 characters)

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 (616 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, slight alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, yeast, slight citrus, slight spice, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, lacking in appearance, but good aroma, feel, body, and blend. (402 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a lovely hazy peach amber with a nice pool of off white head and good sticky lacing.

S-Fruity with banana and juicy stone fruits taking the lead. Some clove as well.

T-Delicious. Juicy fruit notes, sweet with a good underlying yeast note.

M-Medium bodied and appropriately rich.

O-Delicious.

HV (307 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange, with a slightly bigger than half finger firm white head. There is some lacing.
S- There is a banana, clove, peach, and apricot aromas. It's mostly just banana at first but as it warms it gets more complex on the nose.
T- It's initially banana and spice, but this gives way to a peachy note. The finish has kinda of a Belgian Pale quality to it.
M- A bit light for the style but it's not too much so. It's a bit sticky in the finish.
O- A pretty enjoyable beer. I'd like to have this again. (515 characters)

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

The beer is very slightly hazy and light orange hued, with a smallish head that leaves some caked on lacing on the pint glass. The aroma brings banana, sweet malt, fruit, wheat. The flavor is decent. Sweet and fruity, with emphasis on bananas. Medium-thin in body, with adequate carbonation. A decent beer, but not in the same league as Aventinus. (347 characters)

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! (780 characters)

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Hazy dark golden orange in color. 2 fingers of white head that sticks around. Good lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove, and wheat. About par for the course. Nothing jumps out as extraordinary.

Taste: Wow this is delicious! Bold, creamy flavor loaded with sweet wheaty goodness, banana, yeast, and a hint of clove. Almost like liquid banana bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy body. Slightly chewy. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: Easy, smooth drinking beer. Good flavor and balance. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Final Notes: One very good wheat beer. Lots of flavor, smooth, deliciously sweet. Reminds me of grandma's homemade banana bread. Highly recommended. (686 characters)

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