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

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of white frothy head on top. The head fades down slowly to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of wheat and fruit smells with some strong banana notes. There is also spices (clove and pepper) and some yeast mixed in.

T - Starts out with light lemon flavor and some wheat. There is a touch of banana in the background. Through the middle, more banana as well as some yeast and spices come in. Light pepper and clove. The finish is a mix of wheat, banana, lemon, pepper and some yeast that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and super crisp. Never feels watery. The finish has some spices that tingle the tongue as the beer finishes and lingers.

D - Very drinkable. Flavors are really well balanced and complex enough. The banana and spices really work well together here. The spices in the finish are also really nice.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from The 2011 Best of Beer Camp mix pack served in a weizen glass.

L - murky amber/yellow with a creamy white head that stayed as a thin layer leaving behind some lacing.

S - very good blend of spices and wheat.

T - the blend of flavors is very tasty, you get bubblegum and banana but never loose sight of the wheat.

F - medium/full bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a very good example of the style.

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a murky orange/amber color with a big, bright white, fluffy head filling a good portion of the glass. The head faded a little but kept a nice layer covering the beer as I drank it.

The aroma has a lot of bready, sweet, wheat malt flavors to it. The yeast plays a big role too adding some notes of clove and nutmeg spices as well as a little banana. Very nice balance between the malt and yeast flavors, and a very appealing and inviting aroma overall.

The taste starts off with more of the bready, wheat malts coming through. Midway I start to get more of the yeast spice, which leads into some citrusy and banana flavors coming through in the finish. The wheat malt flavor was very nicely done and flavorful.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall it was a very good beer, definitely the best out of the beer camp 12 pack. They got a great balance between the wheat malt and yeast spice, where it seems a lot let the yeast spice overpower the beer. Very solid beer overall, and one I really hope makes an appearance again in Sierra's line up. There definitely is not enough good versions of this style around, especially under 7%.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Stella Artois goblet. From the SN Beer Camp, #37.

Pours a vibrant tangerine body, hazy like a melted orange creamsicle. Superb-looking head, as the meringue foam slowly retreats to a thick cap of bubbles. The aroma throws out a bouquet of bubblegum, vanilla, banana, coriander, and wheat bread dough. Everything you could want in a Weizenbock...this beer is firing on all cylinders so far.

The taste does not disappoint. Far from it, as it turns up the banana and vanilla notes (banana pudding anyone?). Seriously, this stuff is like the beer-form of vanilla wafer & banana pudding. Succulent finish of orange peel and creamy wheat malts. Mouthfeel is perfect, with a medium body and light carbonation level. All in all, this is not only the best of the SN Beer Camp 12-pack, but one of the best Weizenbocks I've had (it helps that it is uber-fresh). Not exactly typical of the style, but definitely in the same vein as Brooklyn/Schneider's Hopfen-Weisse. If Sierra Nevada released this beer in six-packs or bombers I'd be all over it.

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.

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

Pours a murky gold with giant white head.

The smell is on the spicy side, not a whole lot of banana but clove and maybe cinnamon.

The taste is great. A little different than a standard Hefe but I love it none the less. Very much a clove oriented beer with a slight alcohol taste on the back but it adds a nice depth to it.

Uses differnt yeast that their normal Hefe for sure.

Pour me another one please!

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.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy (please note I'm sure to add the yeast from the bottom of the bottle) orange tinted amber. Thick fluffy head eventually settles to a thin cap. The smell is an intense banana and clove experience with a slight hint of raisin.

Tastes similar to the scent with and increased focus on the spices with the clove coming forward and the fruit sitting back. I suppose the enjoyment of this would be personal preference, but this works for me. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side of merit with good support of a effervescent carbonation.

This may not be a beer for comparison against more classic German seize hocks, but still manages to harken back to the style with a more American viewpoint.

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 Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, from the new Summer Camp 12-pack.

Interesting look; very thick and cloudy consistency with a pale, orange color. Nice creamy head with solid ring of lacing on the glass.

Pungent scent, heavy with banana and yeast, with slight citrus overtone.

Flavor thick with yeast, sweet malt and big fruit flavors of banana and orange. Malt, yeast and a subtle hop bite all meld well together for a big, but balanced, weizenbock.

Full in body, but not too thick to be refreshing. Excellent beer.

This is the best American weizenbock I've tasted yet. Flavor, body, and scent are all there. The Bavarian masters would respect this offering from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of jjanega08
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a beautiful hazy glowing orange color with a huge thick creamy off white head that holds great retention and lacing on the glass. Looks like one of the most delicious things I've ever seen.

S= Tasty tasty bannana bread. There's a bit of clove to it and even a bit of a dirty grassy sort of smell that I typically don't get in a weizen but I'm getting here and I don't mind it. It's almost a funky note. Not brett but dirty still.

T= The taste is mouth wateringly delicious. Bannana and cream and bread all the way. The dirty smell doesn't come through in the taste at all making this taste about as perfect as possible.

M= The mouth on this is like drinking milk it's so smooth. Amazing.

D= I love Weizens and this is among the best I've had. Smooth and complex without being over bearing. I wish I could buy a 12 pack of this for summer time.

Photo of Dan3279
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle out of the Summer Camp pack and I actually saved it for last on purpose and it turned out to be my second favorite of the four styles. I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a hazy, golden honey colored body. I had a small white head that disappeared quickly and left little lacing.

The aroma was heavy on banana, hefe yeast, and some hints of sweetness.

The taste matched up with the aroma, you notice the banana flavor along with the hefe yeast first. You get a quick hint of bitterness that quick gets washed away by the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is good, the beer is on the heavy, creamy side, but very smooth with small hints of the carbination. I enjoyed drinking the beer I would love to have this on draft and sit back and enjoy a full pint.

This is the first Weizenbock that I have official reviewed but I do want to note that Aventinus is one of my all time favs but never got around to reviewing it.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with white head that dissipates quickly. Really pleasing color.

Smells of banana, acidic fruit, some bread/wheat in the back. Fruity smell overall.

Tastes of sweet, tart fruit with some bitterness. It is almost creamy if not for carbonation.

Highly carbonated, which makes this go down way too easy.

This is a fantastic beer that has a nice fruity yet dry mixed with wheat profile. It is quite sessionable and perfect for warmer weather. First one out of beer camp is quite promising!

Photo of y0crystal
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It pours a very cloudy, deep orange/ golden color, with a medium head with some lacing.

Smells of strong of wheat and banana aromas.

Taste of wheat with some banana thrown into the mix, its sweet but not too sweet, just right; it may not be for everyone but overall, im digging it. Sierra Nevada beer camp, let's see what else you have to offer.

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 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 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..

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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very murky, orange-brown body with lighter highlighting. Good look. Strong nose of phenolic clove and enough esters to qualify for balance. Coriander is there, along with some fresh herbs and citric zest. Alcohol heat.

The flavor is a little less assertive than the nose. Clove is strongest, with an astringent black pepper note. Very drying. Banana is way back in the mix, a hint toward bubblegum, and some citric and spice notes.

A little dry and thin to be considered among the giants of style. Kudos to the effort.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a classic milky, dark golden orange with a frothy cap. Nose hints you in the face with clove and coriander followed by sweet spicy yeast notes, classic banana and maybe a touch of foreign citrus (kumquat yuzu?). Taste brings more of the same along with some a bit of pepper and cinnamon. It does finish a bit dry and astrigent and that would be my only knock against it - it doesnt leave my palate refreshed and ready for more. Very nice beer overall 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 Scotchboy
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, Rogue Pint Glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw orange color that's opaque, with big fluffy, creamy & soapy off white head that has good retention. Good carbonation.

S: Best description; it smells like a non-funky Tripel mixed with a fantastic wheat beer. Banana, banana cream, spices and clove come to the forefront, with tons of heff yeast and wheat characters as well. Honey, light pear flavors, and crystal malt sweetness hover underneath.

T: Tons of wheat, banana and banana cream on the forefront, with sweet bready malt character and some candy sugar-like flavors. There is a little spice but no bitterness really, and the only others flavors are light honey and hints of mild green fruit.

MF: Unimpressive but solid. Wet, a little creamy. Not really sticky or dry. Medium body, good carbonation.

O: Honestly impressed; this is a great lighter beer, with nice sweeter flavors and a smooth finish.

Photo of Longstaff
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IMO, the best of the beer camp mixed pack. A rough pour rustled up a thick foamy head that left plenty of lacing in the glass. Mega cloudy with a deep yellow color with orange highlights. Insane hefeweizen yeast aroma that had a nice balance of banana like esters and pleasantly smoky band aid phenols which also presented a melange of tropical fruit, floral, and even a bit of a soapy (like kid's bubbles) background. Balanced yeast flavor carried over into the flavor making it somewhat similar to a sweet apple pie. A little sweet and thick to the palate, but not enough to become too cloying. Only critique I have of this beer as that it needs more hop character to give a bit more dimension and drinkability - a bit more bitterness and just a little hop flavor would put this into another tier of its own.

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.

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.

Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.