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

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very good

434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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:
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 zoolzoo


2.38/5  rDev -40.5%

This is a banana party and I wish I wasn't invited. Medicinal, spicy, yeasty, banana....approaching sickly sweet. Im missing the grainy, bready malt base that makes beers like this a bit more balanced, and a lot more drinkable. Finish is banana cough syrup and black pepper. Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style though. Viscous enough to carry along these big fat flavors. Not really a fan, easily the worst of the Beer Camp pack.

06-13-2011 22:43:02 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of SteelCityHops89


2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

12-22-2011 01:35:30 | More by SteelCityHops89
Photo of jfcaa193


2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

01-30-2012 02:58:48 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of Beaver13


2.65/5  rDev -33.8%

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.

10-06-2011 04:55:48 | More by Beaver13
Photo of portia99


2.9/5  rDev -27.5%

12oz bottle that got lost in the back of the fridge for a couple of months...poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a well hazed golden orange color with a thin finger of foam cap with a white color. Head dissipates fairly quickly down to a rocky uneven collar.

S - Hmm...not getting much of anything. With a struggle, I pick up some cloves and a bit of wheat...but really not much of anything there.

T - Bubble gum, cloves, wheat, spices, sugary sweetness, a bit of alcohol, grainy and cereally.

M - Tingly mid level carbonation over a medium body. Fruity and bubblegum flavors dominate and linger well past the swallow.

O - Not my favorite style and certainly not one of the best examples of the style out there. Seemed very simple and lacking in complexity and/or nuance. Definitely drinkable, but lacking anything extraordinary. A rare miss from Sierra Nevada for me.

10-29-2011 22:30:32 | More by portia99
Photo of stampfler07


3/5  rDev -25%

02-05-2012 01:23:38 | More by stampfler07
Photo of akttr


3/5  rDev -25%

01-10-2012 04:51:01 | More by akttr
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3/5  rDev -25%

12-20-2011 03:31:42 | More by joshlara
Photo of RichBeer


3/5  rDev -25%

11-16-2011 09:26:26 | More by RichBeer
Photo of ZAP


3/5  rDev -25%

I expected a little more out of this one. Lacks the weizenbock characteristics I associate with Aventius...no dark fruits...no dunkelweizen characteristics...

Kind of like an Imperial Hefe..a little sticky sweet....some banana and vanilla...light cloves...

Not a bad beer but not what I am looking for in a Weizenbock. Schells Snowstorm weizenbock was 100 times better.

06-04-2011 19:37:52 | More by ZAP
Photo of JAHMUR


3/5  rDev -25%

01-14-2012 19:25:44 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of TicoCali


3/5  rDev -25%

11-15-2011 07:48:39 | More by TicoCali
Photo of harrymel


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.

05-10-2012 06:20:44 | More by harrymel
Photo of foles


3.05/5  rDev -23.8%

Cloudy, minimal head and carbonation. Typical weizen nose characteristics which die off with the head - some alcohol present on the nose. Some spice, clove, but with overbearing alcohol on the palate.

Not rich enough in flavour to justify its bock status, but hits you with alcohol which is not well hidden. To be honest the regular SN kellerweiss was tastier for me.

10-28-2011 12:57:04 | More by foles
Photo of crossovert


3.1/5  rDev -22.5%

12 oz bottle.

It pours a hazy gold with a frothy foamy head. Looks pretty good for a Weizenbock.

The smell is okay for a weizenbock. There is lots of banana and clove and malt.

The flavor is a little off for a traditional Weizenbock, especially one of only 6.8%. It is hot and boozy, overly fruity. The body isn't perfect either.

From what I understand these recipes aren't necessarily made by the pros, so it isn't as good. Good to tick though and not the worst beer.

08-25-2011 01:27:45 | More by crossovert
Photo of racer2k


3.13/5  rDev -21.8%

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!

06-24-2011 22:53:37 | More by racer2k
Photo of Heatwave33


3.13/5  rDev -21.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish head Snifter.

Color: Cloudy orangish-yellow

Smell: Sweet note from the banana and a nice wheat smell.

Taste: Clove, banana and wheat in that order. I can't get past the clove.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Overall: A great brew besides the clove taste. I had a traumatic childhood experience with clove. There is a lot of clove that's hard to get past. But besides that everything about the brew is great. Cheers!

10-05-2011 15:22:11 | More by Heatwave33
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.15/5  rDev -21.3%

Pours a very thick and creamy. A lot of yeast in this one. 1 finger of white head with good retention and lace. Color is a super hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Orange peel., bananas, lemon zest, cloves, spices, yeast, bready malts, and some caramel. More of a wheat.

Taste: Matches the nose but, but it has a much fruiter flavor and a more developed malt profile bring out a lot of bock flavors. A lot of caramel and toffee with some darker fruits.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and spritzy. High carbonation..way to much. Light to medium bodied. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, it wasn't my favorite weizenbock, but it wasn't bad. Too much wheat flavors and not enough bock flavors. Missed the chocolate on this one.

07-13-2011 03:00:29 | More by mothman
Photo of dirtylou


3.19/5  rDev -20.3%

on-tap, duckworths

Weizenbock is definitely one of the most unheralded and underrated styles out there that lends itself to higher alcohol wheat beers that burst with flavor. Sierra Nevada didn't hit the mark on this one - bland and watered down and lacking any sort of cohesiveness. The yeast profile just needs to be much tighter than this - some clove, peppercorn, sweet bread struggle to stick out. Very disapointing.

12-29-2013 19:41:34 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Blakaeris


3.2/5  rDev -20%

Pours cloudy orange-yellow with a dense creamy head that hangs around awhile.

Aroma is bready caramel malt, hints of toffee, lemon grass and orange rind.

Taste is more bready malt and dark fruit sweetness up front. Then lemon grass, coriander, and allspice make an appearance. Finishes with an orange rind bitterness and vague yeasty funk.

Mouthfeel is a very soft and creamy medium body.

Overall, a very mild version of a weizenbock. There are no off flavors, but there isn't anything to keep your attention either.

05-30-2011 20:38:04 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of Nickfellow007

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

08-15-2012 15:58:48 | More by Nickfellow007
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

04-15-2012 12:46:33 | More by dgeebs07
Photo of ArrogantB


3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

I am not a big weizenbock drinker so maybe I was not ready for this but I have never had one that was so damn yeasty. Dark and turbid orange color. The smell was all yeast and bananas. The flavor was yeast, banana, clove, yeast, bubblegum, yeast. This was not bad but I'd rather have a vitus any day of the week.

06-07-2011 02:16:55 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of PicoPapa


3.28/5  rDev -18%

12oz bottle. Pours an insanely cloudy orangey swamp water kind of color with a decent sized head. It almost looks like someone left the beer in the freezer, forgot about it for a bit, and then poured it out and it was semi-frozen. Aromas of booze, yeast, banana, and some orange peel. Taste is boozey upfront and then tastes like banana bread. A lot of yeast flavor. Mouthfeel is super thick and heavy. This beer isn't a style I buy often and although there are some I really like out there this one is just alright. Overall, probably my least favorite of the pack but not a bad beer by any means.

05-23-2011 06:16:08 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of GregBlatz


3.28/5  rDev -18%

A - Pours a golden orange opaque color. Thick white rocky head.

S - Bready, citrusy and phenolic. Slight banana notes.

T - Very similar to a hefe but without the esters. Alcohol warmth is apparent. A cloying sweetness lingers.

M - Very full mouthfeel with strong carboonation. Alcohol heat.

O - A very tasty beer. Not a warm summer beer, this is a bit more substantial.

07-18-2011 23:16:07 | More by GregBlatz
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Best Of Beer Camp: Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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