Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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2.65/5 rDev -33.8%
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?
10-10-2011 08:21:32 | More by kojevergas
2.98/5 rDev -25.5%
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.
05-20-2009 05:11:16 | More by Overlord
3/5 rDev -25%
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..
05-10-2011 06:14:35 | More by dragonWhale
3.03/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
07-13-2011 07:23:58 | More by harrymel
3.15/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
11-10-2011 19:56:52 | More by JustinMatthew
3.33/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
05-15-2011 06:46:18 | More by silentjay
3.48/5 rDev -13%
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.
05-10-2011 05:36:42 | More by DovaliHops
3.55/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
05-25-2011 03:59:08 | More by djeucalyptus
3.6/5 rDev -10%
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.
10-30-2011 16:23:50 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.6/5 rDev -10%
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.
05-08-2011 21:14:01 | More by younger35
Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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