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

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89
very good

437 Ratings
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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hojaminbag on 05-14-2011)
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Photo of Rippeddisc
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the last 12 pack on the island...yes.

A - sexy yellow/amber color, huge head

S - everything you want a wheat beer to smell like...germany...but yet california, banana, clove, hint of citrus

T/M - malty, creamy, sweet but not over powering

o - wheat beers are hard to session for long periods but this is just damn tasty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse glass a murky mix of lemon and tea with a large blooming head that never really goes away,multiple chunks of lace left behind.Mainly phenols in the nose with a little toasty wheat malt,the alcohol seems to be well hidden with no real sweetness of it showing thru.Lighter on the palate and feel for the style but its not a bad thing,phenols and a little vanilla,with some of the toasted wheat malt.Its drinkability for the style is very high,pretty darn good.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on Beer Camp, thanks to Tully's. It does not disappoint.

In a pilsner glass this beer was a hazy orange color with a thick white head that left a little bit of lace.

Caramel malt aroma. Very fresh and outdoorsy. Fruity.

Caramel taste. Bananas and orange. Malty.

Sweet, but refreshing.

A good beginning for my Beer Camp.

Photo of Beaver13
2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a big rocky off white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some grainy wheaty malts and musty earthy yeast with some banana and clove and some floral hops.

The flavor is grainy wheaty malts with a little sugary fruity sweetness, and a musty earthy finish with some banana. As it warms, the sweetness starts to overwhelm. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation.

Overall, it's OK. It's a bit subdued and a little too sugary sweet. I don't really care for the banana notes either.

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of JayEvans813
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel and bananas, with some brown sugar and wheat mixed in. It smells what I expect a weizenbock to smell like. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of caramel-covered banana notes with some brown sugar adding some nice sweetness to the beer. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: I reviewed this on 5/8/11 under the old listing for this beer before everything was fixed.

Best of Beer Camp #37: Weizenbock

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass. Bottled on 1095 (April 5, 2011)

Appearance: Looks like thick orange juice with nice initial white head, which mostly recedes, leaving light lacing.

Smell: Sweet banana and bubblegum, with light notes of wheat, clove and pepper.

Taste: Very sweet, with mostly bubblegum and banana (similar to the aroma). Ends with a light noble hop spicy kick. Not much refreshing wheat or clove characteristics.

Feel: Chewy body with moderate carbonation. Sweet throughout, even on the finish.

Overall: Great flavor, even if it is too sweet. Since I already knocked it slightly on taste and feel for the sweetness, I will be more generous here. But honestly, I expected a little more based on the Kellerweis yeast, which is such a refreshing beer.

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011- the best of beer camp #37- weizenbock

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass. bottled roughly at the begining of MARCH 2011, about 3-4 months old.

pours out a super hazy, opaque cloudy deep golden color. lots of yeast in the bottle. big 2 fingers of creamy, just slightly off white colored head. bits of lace, god retention.

mostly aromas of alcohol and fruit. right next to that there is some of that weizen yeast, with some wheat and a touch of spice.

in the taste, a nice range of fruits, from dark to lighter fruits, clovey spicey weizen yeast, a nice little hop kick towards the finish, more on the herbal side with some apparent bitterness.

the heavier side of medium bodied, creamy carbonation that seems to be just around the right level.

overall: a solid weizenbock, IMHO just as good if not better than aveintius. not my favorite style, so not something i would come back to, but i definatly enjoyed my one bottle. i would definatly suggest the beer camp sampler, from what ive had so far, some solid brews.

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

BevMo!
Oceanside, CA

A deep hazy orange with a quickly foaming off-white head that falls away relatively quickly. Not much lacing on the glass.

Belgian yeast character in the nose, a lot of sweet fruits, namely banana, along with some pronounced wheat character.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma, but the banana is far more pronounced and the Belgian yeast character adds a nice finish. Slight bitterness; it all comes together very nicely.

Medium to thick bodied. Sierra Nevada always scores well here.

A surprisingly complex weizenbock to come out of the beer camp. Not a very accessible beer for a rookie to the style, but this beer packs plenty of aroma and flavor, and it all comes together nicely to make a complete, cohesive, delicious package.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A very cloudy and murky yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Decent aroma of bananas and clove with some spices (maybe some coriander). Also a good amount of yeast, wheat, and bready malts. Aroma is fairly mild overall.

Taste: A good mix of banana, clove, spices, and yeast with a surprisingly sharp earthy hop bitterness that I didn't detect in the smell. Decent backing of bready malts. Hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Weizenbock. Very tasty.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm loving this beer this should become some type of seasonal specialty for Sierra Nevada, solid esters/fruit/clove going on withing moderate strength wheat beer. Appears like a clouded ripened banana orange smoothie with a bright white head glowing bright. Speckled lacing scatters the sides of my Weihenstephaner glass. Aroma let's a bit of booze hit my nares but a nice spicy banana/clove and mild citrus twang flows pretty nicely with each sniff. Flavor is a robust kellerweiss which I happen to love just enough alcohol strength peaks through with the waves of banana bread/clove/and mild citrus notes. Super sweet mix of alcohol/ripe banana/clove and mild citrus left behind, a big beer from Sierra Nevada in flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth for how much malt and sweetness in the flavor, juicy ripened bananas explodes on the palate. A soothing layer of alcohol with nutty dry yeast notes. Overall flavor is pretty satisfying along with expressive big wheat beer something you don't find very often from an American craft beer producer.

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from 2011 Beer Camp mix pack that had just arrived at retailer. Served in a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden orange color with a super creamy and very high bone-colored head. Head has excellent retention and more than 2 pours were required to get this in my glass. {A 2nd bottle only produced a modest but durable white head} Cloudy, unfiltered look. Limited lacing.

S: Yeasty and wheaty with clove, citrus and banana tones. Perhaps not bad for style but not to my taste.

T: Low levels of bitter, sweet and sour largely in balance, but with a sweet start and a sour finish. Hints of citrus under clove, banana, and light malt. Well done but not really my cup of tea.

M: medium/thin body; low but fine carbonation; after a bit of crispness initially it is quite soft

O: My first beer from the Beer Camp. Given my love for Sierra Nevada Brewing, this one was a little disappointing but ... Not a favorite style, but clearly a step above average for style IMO.

(revised 6/15/2011 with 2nd tasting)

Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beerpours a cloudy orange color with a yellow head. The head is thick and fluffy, and fades very slowly, leaving a lot of lace.

This beer has a mild spicy aroma. I get cloves and banana. It has an earthy yeast aroma as well. It is slightly grainy.

This beers flavor matches the aroma exactly. Cloves with banana and grain. Some earthy yeast.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a spicy, clovelike aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It isnt to high in alcohol, and the flavor wouldnt get overly aggressive for a while.

Overall: Thias is a pretty good beer. Although I am not huge into the style, I still know a good Weizenbock when I taste one.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the mixed 12-pack purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a large white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth light malts with hints of wheat and large amounts of light fruits and clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth light malts up front backed by light wheat are joined by robust light fruits – almost exclusively bananas. Midway through moderate amounts of clove and hints of white pepper come into play, carrying through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was another solid beer from SN, a larger, sweeter, and more robust version of their Kellerweis. Very much worth a shot.

Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 12oz poured into a flute.

A: Cloudy orange creamsicle with a fluffy white head. It has a core of darker orange almost honey, and it leaves very nice lacing.

S: Malty and yeasty with fruity esters. It has clove, banana, and orange.

T: Starts out with strong malt clove and other spice. The banana kicks in during the middle. Some orange joins the clove in the maltier finish. Fruity esters, alcohol, and malt control the finish.

M: Creamy and on the heavier side of medium bodied.

O: This is a great beer because it is balanced. It has nice spice and fruit, but there is a malt and bread backbone that asserts itself during the finish. As it should be, it is heavier than a normal hefe and the flavors are stronger. Also, the mouthfeel is creamier and not as dry. This beer would be enjoyable with heavier fair. It would work well with some heavier soups, lamb, and chicken dishes.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a very hazy deep caramel body with strands of racing bubbles up the side of the glass. There is a creamy white head that turns a bit rocky and last for a good bit.

S- The aroma of bread crust and dry caramel take on a soft baked apple note and club soda hint in the finish.

T- The wheat bread crust flavor is followed by a green bitter note that is soft and has a club soda quality to it. There is a soft alcohol bite in the finish with a fruity apple ester and some green juicy noble hops that carry over a bit after the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a full fizz in the finish and a soft heat from the alcohol.

O- The nice bready wheat character has some big flavors without any real typical banana or clove qualities. The alcohol is a bit to much for the taste but it is nice in the mouthfeel.

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy gold-orange brew sits in the glass while a fluffy finger-and-a-half of yellow-tinted head. There's a sturdiness to it, and some patchy lacing is dropped on the glass as the beer recedes.
Plenty of banana in the nose here belie the yeast strain, and other yeast elements come out: clove, light dusty sort of earthiness, and a hint of bubble gum. Gentle spiciness is underlying, breads and caramel added from the malts finishing it out. There's a honey note and a bit of quality dark liquor coming out more as it sits, and more of a slight citrus element in the flavor. A very light floral note lets us know yes, there are some hops in here.
Smoothness makes this beer easy sipping. There's a light nip of crispness up front. Carbonation is moderate in about a medium body.
Some good stuff from the Beer Campers here.

Photo of rdilauro
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored a nice cloudy yellow hue with a good 1 1/2 inch foamy head. Typical wheat beer. Love that cloudy hazy look and the full bodied smell. Almost like freshly turned wheat. First sip was without anything and it was just what I expected. In fact, this wheat beer was like many of the great German Hopfen-Weisse,
The second sip I added just a twist of fresh lemon which really brought the weat flavor up a notch
There was a nice spicy orange overtone to this one, but not a lot of coriander which I find in many other wheat beers.
I like this one a lot and have found each one of the beers in the Beer Summer Camp by Sierra to be fun and tasty

Photo of racer2k
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz beer in to my favorite pint glass

A - Chill Haze cloudy light caramel pour with decent carbonation action in the glass. The head is white and frothy which adds to the presentation.

S - Fresh baked bread, caramel malt and a hint of fruit and spices in the finish

T - A strong wheat bread like flavor with a sharp hoppy bitterness that is fruity and clove like. Hints of banana are everywhere! A bit of an alcohol warmth to this beer which is present in the finish. A nice hop and wheat balance to this beer.

M - Medium carbonation coupled with a warming sensation from the alcohol presence.

O - If you like complex front end wheat centric beers with a banana and clove backbone then this beer is for you. Personally I am not a fan of wheat beers but this is definitely a consumable beer. Nice job beer campers!

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