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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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Ratings: 437
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 ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

Pours extremely cloudy. A golden orange body with a huge, fluffy white cap that rises and falls slowly. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is very heavy on spice; cloves especially. Alcohol, damp hay, and banana round out the aroma.

The spices really jump to the front here with alcohol quickly in tow. Cracked, damp wheat and a lingering mild banana sweetness to finish this off.

Creamy on the palate and a light body. The carbonation hits near perfect here.

Overall, this is a different weizen that definitely re-shapes the mold a bit. The spices are biting along with a huge wheat/wet hay presence that puts me off a little bit, but not enough to ruin the experience. An above average to good example of the style.

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

12oz bottle into tulip – From Notes.
A: A deep hazy orange body, with full levels of carbonation. The white head holds great retention.

S: The aroma has a strong clove, and banana character. The strong malty alcohol presence is shown. A hint at a slight vanilla is well welcomed.

T/M: The front is smooth and creamy, a noble hop variety is evident. The high carbonation, makes the mouthfeel very explosive and very well done.

O: This maybe one of my favorite in the beer camp mix pack, a very spot on beer for style and has a bit of a west coast flare.

Photo of aval89
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy pale orange.. got a nice 2 finger head that sticks around..

s: banana & cloves.. almost like a cinnamon aroma going on as well.. also some yeasty characters & bready tones..

t: upfront its a bit spicy with some fruity esters.. mid palate you get more banana & clove..the yeasty esters come out more on the finish with some banana bread like flavors.. a bit chalky, like cinnamon

mf: medium bodied with just enough carbonation.. dry/chalky finish on the mouth..

o: great beer! i like this over kellerweis

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

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a nice and super cloudy orangy hay color with a nice white head and lacing.

Aroma has tons of cloves. Slight bit of banana.

Taste is the same as aroma. Tons of cloves. Bit of banana. Almost a triple yeasty taste.

Mouthfeel is full bodied. Good carb.

Overall a tasty beer. Not one of my fondest styles of beer but this one is one well crafted version.

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

12oz bottled April 5, 2011.

Pours very cloudy pale orange with a large off white foamy head that maintains a good cap and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is spicy, mostly clove with a good deal of banana and bubblegum, a hint of cinnamon, some bread and yeast. Clove and banana dominate. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is banana, lemon, clove and other spices, bubblegum, a bit of citrus, a pretty strong caramel and toffee backbone lends some sweetness, low bitterness, low alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

You know...for someone who isn’t big into wheat beers, this was pretty darned good. I can see why fans of the style are really diggin’ this brew. Well crafted.

Photo of soze47
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy brown and golden in color. I got a large head on it, but it faded rather quickly.

Aroma: I get lots of fruit. Mostly banana and some citrus tones on the orange side of things. Yeasty spiciness and malt provide a nice nuanced sweetness.

Taste: Pretty much what I expected. Lots of banana, but it doesn't pack enough spice or secondary flavors other than malt sweetness. Yes, there are subtle notes of yeast and spice, mostly clove, but the sweetness and fruit notes are dominating. Not balanced, but not bad.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Could stand a little more carbonation. This one is heavy enough to warrant a little more bubbles to keep it light. Very sweet, but the linger actually allows some nice flavor development.

Overall: Not bad at all, just not my bag. If it were slightly lighter in the mouthfeel or balanced in flavor, I may like this one A LOT more.

Photo of teromous
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange with an eggshell white head that is fluffy and stands for a good while.

S: Smells like oranges and has a slight malty scent, like sweet smelling syrup. The sent is very light though.

T: It has a very nice taste to it, with a lot of spiciness. There's a wheat character but it's not bready. The spice gives it a great character, and it has a date-like flavor to it.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. I feel that for this style of beer it could have been a tad bit heavier. It has a nice coating on the mouth delivering flavor to the entire palate.

O: Overall I would love to drink this beer again. By no means is it perfect, but I would definitely buy it and drink it again.

Photo of PDXHops
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. We're well past cloudy into murky territory here. Huge initial head, but it's a thick skim that lingers. Attractive streaks of lace.

Massive fresh banana aromas backed up with hearty doses of clove and lemon. Yeasty and very lively. Somehow juicy and bready at once; it sounds odd, but works quite well. Bubblegum and clove bring the sweetness, but the wheat's up to the challenge and provides a nice bite. Thickish with a coating feel. A fruity mix of bananas, apples and grapes tossed with lemon juice lingers.

Overall impression: Explosively fresh and flavorful. Well done. My favorite of the Beer Camp brews.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew at all nice banana taste with a nice 1 finger head nice lacings on the side hazy brew crisp nice carbination lots of bubbles as well.

The nose picks up on the the banana smells as well again not bad at all.

All in all a nice representation of the style worth trying not bad worth trying.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours super cloudy, murky orange-brown-gold, with a creamy, thin off-2hite head on top. Nice lacing, though head quickly fades to a thin, soapy cap.

Nose is packed with graham crackers, banana pudding, candied orange citrus. and cloves. Light alcohol. Definitely on the sweet side.

Taste is definitely way on the sweet side - wow. Sweet, citrusy, more graham crackers, more banana pudding - bananas and vanilla are huge players, though this time infused with a dose of juicy, candied clementine citrus - with the citrus moving towards lemonheads on the long finish. Not entirely unbalanced, but certainly sweet enough that I would consider it almost candy-like.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body, softly carbonated, a bit sticky. Sugar comes through in the feel just like in body.

Overall, a nice entry, though not quite what I expected - the sweetness of this one kind of overwhelms the balance provided by the phenolics a bit. Could certainly be a good bit dryer, though not bad as is.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazed golden orange color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: Big time banana to the nose. A moderate spice character, mostly clove, with plenty of sweet bread and caramel malts. Nice wheat character and a hint of bubblegum.

T: Great banana flavor along with some hints of orange. Clove gives a nice spiciness to the beer and there is plenty of sweet bread, toffee, and wheat. Really a nice flavor.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Easily the best beer in the Beer Camp pack and a pretty solid beer all around.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

12oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Orangish golden in color. Big creamy moussy, long-lasting ivory head. Very cloudy. A lot of yeast sediment in the bottle.

Big banana-like fruity esters, bread, clove and pepper-like spicy aromas. Slightly phenolic. No hop aroma and diacetyl.

Complex wheat bread banana-like flavors, a hint of spiciness, clove, pepper. No hop bitterness.

Medium full body, high carbonation.

Sierra Nevada never disappoint me. Weizen beer is my least favorite, and this beer has rich Weizenbock characters, however it's delicious aromatic beer. Nice for weekend breakfast. I love it.

Photo of homebrew311
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very hazy orange with thick, dense white head. Heavy lacing and great head retention. Seems a bit light in color for a weizenbock.

S: the nose features a large amount of clove, notes of orange peel along with some banana character, a mellow wave of vanilla makes an unexpected appearance which seems to hold the spicy character in check.

T: the taste feature orange creamsicle along with banana Runts, some orange character comes in as well. This is an incredibly balanced brew and it has loads of fruit character with a slight touch of wheat on the finish. Delicious.

MF: smooth and creamy

O: Wow, very impressed. Weizenbock isn't a style that I'm crazy about due to the sometimes overwhelming clove character. This brew has given me a new outlook on the style.

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 flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pour, bright and cloudy gold color, with a nice sizable fluffy white head.

Aromas are spicy, some cloves, cream, and yeast.

Taste is very creamy up front, with a nice blend of spices, wheat, cloves, yeast, and faint banana. I like how the beer is balanced, without too much of that banana flavor. Finish is crisp, with light mineral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, very smooth, creamy, with nice full body.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. This is very tasty, and I'm glad a couple more of these and chilling in the fridge.

Photo of aasher
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very cloudy, medium bodied honey gold in color with a light white head that laces the glass. It looks beautiful in a glass. The aromas are of very heavy yeast, fresh bread dough, oats, with a moderate amount of alcohol. The yeast is in your face. The flavor is predominantly of a yeast bomb with light spice and moderate alcohol. For being 6.6%, it isn't hidden very well. It tastes good but lacks complexity for the style. It drinks medium in body and leaves a resonating yeasty flavor behind in the aftertaste. It's a solid weizenbock but not spectacular. It's a solid beer and definitely a nice option in Beer Camp.

Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th review on BA
bottle to taster

App- A very nice darker orange with a good 1/2 in of foamy white head. Even in a taster glass its a pretty beer.

Smell- SN's weizen is brewed like a hef. Well, hell sure smells like a better one too. Big banana, clove, citrus and pepper

Taste- A very good tasting beer. The bigger cousin to a hef in this is well pronounced. From the sweet notes to the malt profile. A well crafted beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Leaves that bubblegum/banana taste.

Drink- I liked this a lot. Too bad it's not in a single bottle format.

Photo of babaracas
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dull amber with two fingers of white head, fades to a thin ring leaving spotty lacing. Smell: tons of clove, milk caramel, banana bread. Quite sweet, balanced only by a little toasted grain and wheat. But that's fine in the aroma... Taste: again quite sweet, clove, milk caramel, bready, soft banana. Medium bodied, syrupy with a creamy carbonation towards the finish. While the aroma and flavors are nice, the sweetness becomes a bit much even with a 12 oz bottle. April 19, 2011 bottling.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with 2 fingers of white head. Foamy cap and nice lacing paterns.

S: First thing, banana. Funky, Belgian type yeast, clove, lemon and spice. Nice smelling beer.

T: Banana, bubblegum, yeast, clove, some citrus. I don't normally like any beer with "weizen" in the name, but this is very enjoyable.

M: Good carbonation and tingly.

O: Going into this pack, this was the one I was least looking forward to, but it's a really nice beer. I probably couldn't drink more than a couple though as the style tends to wear on me quickly. If you like unfiltered, wheat based beers, you should really like this one.

Photo of JizackFH
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a very hazy yellow color that has some orange tints too it. It has a small 1-finger white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some decent lacing behind.

S - It has a big smell of banana right off the bat. There are also notes of lemon, clove, and other spices. Mmm this smells excellent.

T - The taste also has a big banana flavor right away. Other than that there are some nice lemon and spice notes that accompany it. Also, there is some nice light maltiness, some yeast funkiness, wheat, light hops, and some clove. The finish leaves some lingering spice notes behind.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down smooth, and it has a super creamy feel to it. This is a super refreshing beer. There are some spice notes left lingering in the finish.

O - This has awesome drinkability. I could easily drink a bunch of these. It is just a great beer overall. I really hope they consider keeping this beer around. I definitely recommend trying this. I look forward to having more.

Photo of MacQ32
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange, cheers!

A - Pours a nice cloudy golden straw color into my tulip glass with ~ 1.5 fingers of thick fluffy head that has moderate retention and splotchy lacing.

S - The aroma is exceptional. Lots of banana, clove, lemon and spice.

T - Bananas, lemon and spice come through immediately. very well rounded tastes

M - Smooth and creamy a great Weizenbock

O - Overall this is one of my favorite Weizenbocks (which I am not normally crazy about) - I would certainly encourage those of you who like this style to try this SN creation

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

2011 bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada wide mouth pint glass

Dirty butter-orange-ish color, can't see through it at all. White head that sticks around for the whole beer, decent lace.

Smells like banana bread and spice

Taste like banana, hops, smoke, sour yeast and spice

Feels sharp at first, then chewy, then leaves a creamy coating on the tongue

Highly drinkable, I really like this one. I can and will drink more of this one. I would love to see it in constant production.

Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Camp: Weizenbock
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a tall Yuengling glass

Pours a hazy and murky orange/yellow blend. Nice fluffy white head forms on top.

Whiffs of freshly baked banana nut bread and unique yeast funk.

A dry wheat quality with some syrupy sweetness. Flavors of bubblegum, prime banana, raw sugar and caramel. Sierra Nevada does a nice job here with that funky yeast quality to a nice Weizenbock. The 6.8% ABV is very well hidden. SN does a good job with the style, the flavors are spot-on.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a completely translucent honey/amber hue. Literally looks like apple cider. Head forms then recedes leaving a thin layer. Not too much lacing. Remarkably cloudy.

S-Very aromatic! The most aromatic of the Beer Camps. Big whiffs of bananas, cloves, spices, and wheat. Smells quite like banana bread. Juicy fruits, yeast, and some sweet, subtle maltiness. The aroma is great, really begs for you to stick your nose into it.

T-The taste is quite like the nose with a bit more punch to it. Big spicy banana flavor. Cloves, and that bubblegum taste sweep in as well. A bit of tartness too. The malt is light. The flavors are more powerful than I am accustomed to tasting in such a style.

M-Smooth and medium bodied. The carbonation is vibrant. Nice lasting quality here.

O/D-This is my third of the Beer Camp 12 pack. Once again this one is great. This beer has some pretty assertive flavors. But it is still light enough to enjoy thoroughly. This is not my favorite style, but I really enjoy this interpretation of such stye. Awesome job.

Best Of Beer Camp: Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.