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

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Best Of Beer Camp: Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37Best Of Beer Camp: Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37

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Reviews: 296
Hads: 438
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 6
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:
Beer added by: Hojaminbag on 05-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 296 | Hads: 438
Photo of spicelab
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mulder1010.

Murky apricot with a healthy just off-white porous head. Flecks of lace and a slight ring.

Loads of caramelised malt and fruity esters. Rich toffee, banana, clove, glace cherries, cola, boiled candy. The pungency of the wheat prevents it from becoming cloying. Delish.

Rather sweet. Custard apples, banana, fairy floss and clove. Nice flavours, but some darker fruit character wouldn't go astray.

Light to medium bodied. Deceptive carbonation and a touch of dryness. Nice.

Good stuff. A smorgasbord of confectionery aromas and flavours made to order for a sweet tooth.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.67/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of Heatwave33
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/pale amber with a large, fading head.
Nose is sharply phenolic, lots of cloves and an almost medicinal character. Underneath is a hefty amount of doughy wheat and soft banana notes.
Very sweet tasting, with loads of wheat and confectionery-like sugary notes. The phenols are pretty overpowering.
Carbonation is much too high.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 95 of 2011 (April 5). 2011 Wiezenbock.

Appearance: First things first, thick layered ring of yeast sediment visible in bottom of the bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin weak head head that disappears in seconds. Soft carbonation visible.

Smell: Clove and holiday spices. Not too aromatic.

Taste: Clove with a little banana. Tastes like a holiday beer! No alcohol taste whatsoever in this 6.8% ABVer. A tasty, refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and mouthfeel is relatively thin.

Overall: Overall ok. I am not sure if a fresher example would be more impressive as this one has 6 months of age to it. The taste was the best thing about this beer and I guess that is what matters most, right?

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting sample- pours a cloudy yellow-orange.

Nose has a lovely and dense fruitiness including oranges, lemons and bananas with, fortunately for my tastes, not too much banana. There's some wheat malt, some flowery tones from the hops and that characteristic and awesome clove note.

Palate is medium-bodied and moderately sweet with a frothy carbonation and a moderate bitterness- more lemony fruit and cloves lingering on the very mouthwatering finish.

Definitely my favorite from the Beer Camp box. The bigger bitterness is a touch out character for the style but it also balances out that bit of sweetness up front which is a very good thing. That juicy finish, though, is where most of the points come from.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ML into a tulip

A-- Poured a hazy honey orange color. Lots of small carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. Quick fading white head that goes straight to film. Better head retention on swirling but still fades pretty quick.

S-- Strong clove smell, followed with banana and then coriander. Good nose.

T-- Spicy clove followed by more banana. Get a lot of banana cream pie taste with touches of coriander as well.

M-- Prickly, active carbonation. Brimming with life. Finishes a bit dry and crisp with a dried banana taste. Medium feel to this. Very crisp and lively.

O-- Good beer. Well made, very enjoyable even though this is not a style I am big on. Something I would very much buy again.

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Photo of engisch
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange haze. Decent head retention.

Smells spicy sweet with cloves and a hint of banana.

Flavor is nice. Rich clovey banana with a velvety mouthfeel. Reminds me of a weird and spicy banana cream. Taste and mouthfeel are by far the most interesting aspects of this beer.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy dark orange, almost brown. The head is very big, but light. There is great lacing and soapy retention. The smell is kind of spicy and sweet. The flavor is very pungent and sweet. This whole beer feels pretty heavy and complex. There is some citrus present here, but I really just taste a lot of soapy sweetness. Upon buying the beer camp 12 pack, I knew this beer would be the weak link for me. I just don’t like any of these cloudy wheat style beers. I don’t really like any wheat or white beers as a rule. I will certainly try them if presented and I can enjoy them for their different uniqueness, but you won’t see me reaching for these styles in the beer isle.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml into a stein.

A-Beautiful cloudy burnt orange with a 2cm white head, fading quickly.

S-Strong ripe banana and bubblegum.

T-Very sweet, candy rich, and heavy almost syrupy but enough carbonation to keep it from cloying. Dense and moist like banana bread, with a hint of bitterness that was similar to unripe fruit, but this provided a nice complement to the banana/gum sweetness.

M-Extremely creamy, almost like drinking a milk stout on nitro. Velvet.

O-An amazingly rich and warming beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes extremely slowly into a ton of lacing. The aroma is of banana, clove, and hints of citrus. The taste is has a lot less banana and clove, and a lot more citrus than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chewy texture, and moderate-high carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer. It is more of a stronger version of an American Pale Wheat Ale than a hefeweizen.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit hazy (might be a bit cold) with a 1in head that quickly settles to a very light lacing. The aroma is strong of banana, yeast and wool blanket.

Dang, each sip is just as good as the first. There is a sweet but good balance of malt, bread, bubblegum and then just a little of the banana that comes thru. The carbonation is just right and this is very drinkable. As it warms the sweetness becomes a bit stronger but still is enjoyable.

Another very good offering from the Beer Camp 12pack.

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

Pours a hazy golden light orange hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is banannas,fruity yeast esters,a touch of toffee and some mango,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with tastes of ripe banannas,fruity yeast,mangoes,paw-paw,candied wheat and finished with a lemon/bananna/wheat dryness and overall this is probably my equal least favourite out of the best of beer camp pack but in saying that its nice for the style and tasty enough for a hot day like today cheers.

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Photo of ms11781
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/13/2011. Bottled on 04/05/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely cloudy, yellowish orange with a 2 finger, fluffy white head. Almost murky looking. Foamy lacing clings for a bit and slowly slides back down the glass.

The aroma is unmistakably banana-like. Some yeast and clove are here in addition to some more spice-like characteristics. There also seems to be a slight fruity sweetness as well.

The taste is almost identical to the nose. Starts off with a banana flavor and the clove and spice give it a pleasant bite. A soft, fruit-like sweetness mellows out the finish.

A medium body paired with lower carbonation give the beer a fuller mouthfeel that expected. The lack of carbonation does give it an extremely smooth finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Towards the end of the beer the flavors and aromas seem to drop off a bit, otherwise it a solid take on the style.

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Photo of afdempse
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle; many thanks to Huhzubendah for his generosity.

Remarkably frothy head of three fingers, leaving a sticky lace all the way down the glass. Liquid is slightly hazy, with a dark blond hue.

Very yeasty aroma, with clove coming out strong. Banana is there, but relegated to the background.

Sweet, luscious, bready wheat malt flavor that provides a solid canvas for the well-balanced clove and banana esters. Slightly peppery in the finish, with a nicely hidden alcohol that warms the breath.

Creamy, smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Hop bitterness at the end of the finish that provides good balance to the malt and dries the palate just enough to make you want to come back for more.

Easily the best US-brewed weizenbock I've tried. Would like to see this in regular rotation.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my fancy new Duvel tulip on 8/17/11

Honey colored and densely cloudy. The one finger head thins in short order; a large island remains clinging at places to a decent ring of retention.

The aroma is rather full in nature; smells good, too. Lots of wheat and some toasted grain notions. Lightly spiced hits bounce back and forth with light fruit notes; seems on the ripe side in that respect. Honey-sweet overtones. As it warms it has an aroma of random what-have-you that comes out of an aerosol can. Reasonably full-flavored, too (and nearly identical to the nose). Lots of toasty wheat with sweet fruit flavors rounding it out. Some peppery spice lingering on the finish. Maybe a hair or two over above medium body. Carbonation is a bit too harsh at times, but the overall heft of the beer tempers it some. Coating feel toward the finish.

Overall, this is a really nice beer.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very hazy burnt orange color. Definitely (and thankfully) unfiltered. The tall, densely foamy head has a soft orange tint. Retention is very nice, and splotches of sticky lace stick to the glass.

S: Tangy notes of bready wheat malt and the trademark yeast esters. Banana, bubblegum, and peppery spice are quite vibrant. There's also some orchard fruit (golden apples/pears) for good measure. Light clove. Highly enjoyable so far.

T: Some bready maltiness up front, with a pleasant wheaty crispness. Yeast flavors take center stage. Bubblegum, banana, clove, pepper, and some mild fruitiness are all readily available. A low level of hop bitterness keeps things relatively balanced. Alcohol is undetectable, although the abv seems to be on the lower end of the spectrum for this style.

M: Medium bodied. Quite creamy overall, with smooth, light carbonation. A light level of crispness up front prevents it from becoming too soft overall.

D: This is an excellent American weizenbock. The aroma and flavor are vibrantly, complexly yeasty. Despite the complexity, this drinks very easily and boasts a refined mouthfeel. There's a lot to like about this one - definitely the standout from the Beer Camp mixed pack.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. An extremely light brown, close to yellow and very hazy (maybe sort of a butterscotch color). The liquid portion actually almost looks like a dirty glass of water. Fortunately there is a nice white that sticks around awhile, good lacing too.

Smell is decent I guess. Lots of grains, sort of bready, a bit of nuttiness, yeasty, and some dry/earthy hops. Pretty straight forward, not much beyond this.

Taste is really good. I'm not a fan of this style, but this is pretty decent. Dark roasted nuttiness and maybe some dried/dehydrated fruits. Yeast/bready with some slightly sweet grains. Hops are present, earthy and bitter. Slight tropical fruit (like tropical trail mix) with a hint of that banana flavor.

Moutfeel is pretty good. Good carbonation level, no alcohol bite, not really even noticeable. Pretty dry overall yeast leave sort of a waxy feeling at the end. Overall a pretty decent beer. Always good to try a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this Beer Camp box for my friend's birthday a few weeks back and when we tried all four beers inside, this was my favorite one. I love Weizenbocks even though they're not the popular and when I saw that Sierra Nevada attempted something like this outside of their comfort zone, I was a bit skeptical as to how it would stack up. Thankfully, my doubts were quenched (literally) as this beer was an absolute treat both to behold and enjoy, and I can honestly say that they did a great job with this!

To say that the pour was stunning would be an understatement. The glowingly opaque apricot hue was worth holding up to the light and beholding for an extended period of time and the head had to be one of the longest-lasting I've seen in quite some time. The sea foam-like head was partially retained in the lacing and the aroma repeated the apricot that was present in the appearance. The taste also had plum, sugar, and a bit of wheat in it, with a strong boozy aftertaste that the flavors faded into nicely. As for the mouthfeel, it was balanced nicely and the carbonation that the other Sierra Nevada beers are known for was also present here.

Even though there will always be a spot in my heart for Aventinus and the Victory Moonglow, this was just as good as them while tasting different at the same time. Anyone who bought the Beer Camp box can vouch that this was just as good as Sierra Nevada's hoppier beers and should be available year round. There's no doubt I'd add it to my rotation!

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Photo of zhanson88
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy straw color with light carbonation. About 3/4" of off-white head forms, very little retention and no lacing.

Smell: Smells awesome. Lots of fruity (citrusy) esters, overripe banana, and a touch of clove. Not a ton of complexity, but it is extremely aromatic. Extremely nice.

Taste: Wheat malts, overripe banana, some clove and other spices. Lots of cirtusy esters on the back end. A bit sweet and sugary on the finish, or I would rate this even higher.

Mouthfeel/Overall: A touch under medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. This was hands down my favorite in the Beer Camp pack. I was very impressed. Wish SN would make this full time. I would certainly buy plenty of it.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my mug. This beer pours a cloudy, hazy light copper color. The foamy white head that appeared when it was first poured sure did last long, as it turned into a nice ring lining the inside of my glass almost instantly. Decent lace. Aromas of wheat, toasted banana nut bread, a hint of coriander and other spices. Has a nice wheat malt sweetness upfront along with the aforementioned banana bread flavor, followed by a bit of the coriander spice, and then a bit of a somewhat fruity flavor (figs and plum perhaps?). Rounded out with a slight touch of earthy hops. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I like how this beer coats the inside of your mouth and linger on the tongue and all around! Finishes nice and smooth. I really enjoyed this one!


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Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy orange body with some cloudiness...gold highlights were visible...two fingers of white, creamy head slowly settled into thin cap...some lacing was left

S - A true Weizenbock with aromas of ripe banana, spices (cinnamon and clove), yeast, wheat, and more fruit

T - The banana flavor is really creamy throughout the beginning of the beer...there are other fruity undertones...the spices are present throughout as well with clove standing above the rest...there is a sweet caramel blast in the middle that calms the spices down a notch...the yeast never comes through strong which is a good thing

M - Medium bodied...creamy with the softest carbonation...the caramel sweetness lingers

O - This was my favorite in the Beer Camp Mixed Pack...the flavors were of a true Weizenbock...I could drink this to cool off in the summer or warm up in the fall

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Photo of crossovert
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of adam42381
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a cloudy orange gold color with a 2 finger sudsy snow white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove, lemon and sweet fruits with a touch of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Clove and banana up front followed by fruit esters and light bready malt in the middle before ending with banana and a touch of bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could drink a few in one sitting.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I'd rate this as my second favorite of the Beer Camp pack behind California Common. If you can still find it, I'd recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy orange body topped by two fingers of extremely creamy white fluff. Thin drippy lace.

Enticing assertive clove and banana nose.

Taste is strong assertive wheat characteristics: banana, clove, pepper, and a firm wheat tang. Sense of alcohol, almost a delayed belly warmth.

Firm mouthfeel has a little bubbly to it too.

A highly enjoyable weizenbock, a great example of the style.

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Best Of Beer Camp: Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.