1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp)Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 195
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rayjay on 01-01-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 103 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of silentjay
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

silentjay, May 15, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Eriktheipaman, May 14, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

celticfutblclub, May 14, 2011
Photo of Jmamay22
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

Jmamay22, May 14, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Gmann, May 14, 2011
Photo of Natural510
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Natural510, May 14, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

jjanega08, May 13, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Dan3279, May 13, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

TenHornsProud, May 12, 2011
Photo of y0crystal
3.88/5  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.

y0crystal, May 12, 2011
Photo of BilbosNuts
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

BilbosNuts, May 12, 2011
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Brent, May 11, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
3/5  rDev -25%
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..

dragonWhale, May 10, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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.

DovaliHops, May 10, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

BretSikkink, May 10, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Trilogy31, May 10, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

TheHoppiest, May 10, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Scotchboy, May 10, 2011
Photo of Longstaff
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Longstaff, May 09, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Brad007, May 09, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 08, 2011
Photo of younger35
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

younger35, May 08, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel tulip with a heavy white head that left some lacing.

Very hazy pour with plenty of yeast at the bottom.

Aroma of heavy overripe banana, cloves, white pepper, belgian yeast, and Bazooka original bubblegum.

Taste is great, nice and spicy with mild spices, strong banana and clove flavors and an unreal bubblegum flavor. This is by far the strongest "original bubblegum" flavored beer I have ever had and i would say this is the best beer in the mixed Beer camp package. There is a medium to thicker body for a weizenbock which is really done well. I would get this year round if they were to offer it.

alpinebryant, May 08, 2011
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

happy4hoppybeer, May 08, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Tucquan, May 07, 2011
Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.