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

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 203
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 15.54%
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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Beer added by: rayjay on 01-01-2009

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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 203
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?

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After 3 successes, I was excited to try this last bottle. However, I was greeted with a bit of early disappointment. completely impenetrable orange liquid with a smallish head. bananas and bandages, a little clove. a bit offputting on the nose. flavor improves though, slightly sweet, bananas, vanilla, clove, licorice. Sweet banana is nice, but overall I'm just not all that jazzed about this brew. Cold and cool the bandage aroma was apparent, warm, it faded into the background behind the clove. Glad it wasn't a total fall, but much lower than the other 3 beer camp performances. Maybe I'll try another bottle..

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Photo of Overlord
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Did. not. like. While I appreciate Sierra Nevada branching out, this was a clear misfire for me.

Pours a hazy golden yellowish. Doesn't look like a weizenbock. If anything, looks like a wit or hefeweizen.

Smells like a bit of spices, and maybe some malt. Faintly. Not much going on with aroma. Some breadiness to it.

Taste was thin, weak, and just not appealing. There was a muddled spicy cloviness to it, maybe just a tad of bready malt ... but it really wasn't special or memorable.

Too thin, as well.

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Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

4/4 for the pack. Bottled in early April.

A: Pours a hazy apricotesque ale with a single finger of light caramel head. This falls quickly to a sheet of the same. Some spotty lacing.

S: The wheat is king in this nose. Plenty of sweet wheat notes with bready, biscuity malt in the back. Some nice floral notes. The yeast is pretty traditional for the style - earthy, a little sharp, hints of clove. Oddly, the alcohol comes through on this one for me, not good.

T: A little overly yeasty on the palate. The wheat is fun, but adds a little too much sweetness. Some banana. The beer has all the basic parts to make up a nice weizenbock, but they just don't weave quite too well. They seem to all be in combat with one another, rather than weaving properly.

M: Thick with high carb. Long, sweet, wet finish.

O: As above, this has all the pieces, but the puzzle isn't quite finished here. If they took another crack at this, I would give it another go, but as it stands, not quite on the level I would expect for Sierra.

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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.

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Photo of silentjay
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy and murky straw color with a huge pure white head that raises to three fingers, retains well, and laces okay.

yeasty aroma of pepper and clove as well as a plethora of fruit aromas with banana leading the way.

the banana/clove flavor dominates with not much in the way of malt sweetness to counter it. tasty, yet one-dimensional, with a slight bit of smokiness.

medium bodied with fluffy carbonation and a spicy aftertaste.

overall, its just meh for me. falls well short of the epitome of the style (Aventinus, or Weihenstephaner Vitus) in complexity and flavor. its good, but not notable. a rare let-down from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a VERY murky, unfiltered golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very yeasty with some strong clove and banana aromas. Also a bit of floral as well as earthy notes reach my nostrils. Taste is very yeasty, with nice balance of green apples, banana, spices, and light citrus. A little overly sweet for my liking though. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied, almost thick, yet refreshing. Drinkability is fairly high, as if it were less sweet, it would be a much better beer. Overall, not a bad weizenbock. Not even close to being my favorite style, but not bad for what it is.

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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.

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Photo of younger35
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a mix 12 pack of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp to keep myself occupied on Sunday afternoon while watching some golf. They all look really interesting so this should be fun. Drank from my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Pours a super hazy yellow orange with a beautifully fluffy one finger bright white head. A beautiful cap and collar remains along with tons of thick rich lacing.
Smell- Nice soft banana esters trickle out of the glass as the beer smells subtle and nice. It’s not as spicy as one might think as I don’t get as much of the usual clove or mace associated with the banana smell. A bit of doughy wheat adds a soft sweet undertone and that’s about it for the nose. Simple and nice.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a big bubblegum and banana presence, more in the taste than nose. Still not all that spicy although there is sort of a lingering clove flavor. The beer seems to sweeten a bit as it warms and it gets slightly cloying. Wheaty and soft in the finish as the damn near 7% is hidden very well.
Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy with a sort of milky thickness and soft ticklish carbonation.
Drinkability- Not the most complex beer in the world but it’s decent. A tinge too sweet for my liking but I’d never guess this beer was almost 7%. Maybe a bit more yeast spiciness would add something else to kick it up a notch. Decent but not my favorite.

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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.

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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.

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

The beer pours light orange with a creamy white head. It's cloudily opaque.

The aroma is nice but lacks depth. It's all sweet wheat with a fairly simple but balanced mix of banana and clove notes. Lots of easy sugar and light stone fruit flavors in there.

The taste is similar, pleasantly sweet but lacking the depth of better weizenbocks. It starts sweet with some wheat spice and pretty much stays that way. It's not really cloying and leaves a pleasant aftertaste, but there just isn't much complexity.

Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on. It's smooth and gentle. No booziness. Coats the mouth well.

It's a good beer but it just lacks the layered flavors of better light weizenbocks, like Vitus.

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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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/21/2009. I had this on draft. This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. The aroma is of wheat, melon, and clove. The flavor is more fruity with tropical fruits, lemon, and citrus. It is rather light and refreshing. A nice surprise!

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - a nice hazy yellow/orange brew with a thin half finger head thats gone quite quickly.

S - smells of spice, yeast, lemon, cherry. lots going on and very inviting.

T - sweet caramel malts hit up front. followed by yeast and lemon and a good but not overpowering hop finish.

M - lots of carbonation on this which i think goes well. medium body with some puckering from the lemon flavor and hops. little bit of alcohol noticed on the throat.

O - this is a damn fine brew. seems to do everything really well.

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Photo of wcintula
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a delight to have on tap, especially at this time of year. Poured into a tumbler, the beer was a hazy amber/brown color with ecru colored, finger and a half head that reduced to a thin film that laced the glass nicely. The smell was a little spicy but big on banana. The taste reflected some banana and had some very tart citrus notes in there as well. There is a sweet bready malt character behind it all which just keeps it together. The aftertaste was of spicy whole cloves which I enjoyed in this instance. The body was thickish, velvety and smooth.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden color into my glass with a small head as well.

Lots of clove upfront with just a hint of banana as well. Come to think of it, it's sweeter than I thought.

Taste is bursting with clove, wheat and banana flavors that coat the tongue. Very delicious. Sweet but delicious.

Lingering clove and banana at the back of the throat. Very palatable.

I like this example of the style. It's highly drinkable.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

Had this on 2011-05-07 in Columbia, PA from the 2011 beer camp mixed case.

A - Hazy, russet-gold with a 2-finger head and moderate lacing.

S - Very aromatic; even from a distance. Yeasty bread, banana and clove.

T - Smells are echoed in the taste with the addition of some sourdough and citrus. Mild alcohol. There's some residual sweet-and-sour and mild bitterness as it partially dries out.

M - Medium+ body and medium carbonation yield a thick, chewy feel.

O - I like the big, bold smell and flavor. It's a little too big to be a thirst quencher but if you like a strong wheat beer taste, this is good stuff.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a fluffy head of foam that fills the glass. Aroma is potent banana/bubbblegum.

First sip is... nicely dominated by a banana fruit flavor. Decent malty body, with wheat malt flavor. As it warms, the booziness becomes more prevalant. No hop flavor detected, minimal bitterness.

This tastes like a nice weizenbock to me, although it is not my favorite style or one that I've had too often. Glad to have tried a few as part of this mix pack.

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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.

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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!

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