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

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437 Ratings
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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 6
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:
Beer added by: Hojaminbag on 05-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 437 | Reviews: 297
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.

Photo of wajacobs
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With all the fanfare about the beer camp 12ers I finally picked one up at our local BevMo.

I oured it into a small pilsner glass. Its murky brown-orange and it didn't generate nearly as much head as I had expected and the head dissapated too quick. The clove and nutmeg aromas dominate the nose but a crisp hoppy citrus note is very evident and inviting. It slides nicely across the tounge is fairly dry and slightly bitter with some typical bavarian banana notes and crisp citrus hoppy tones as it works its way back.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden straw color into my snifter with almost two fingers of thick fluffy head that has moderate retention and splotchy lacing.

S - The aroma is just so delicious and inviting. Lots of banana, clove, and spice. Subtle hints of coriander, wheat and malt as well. It has an overall bubblegum aroma with little to no alcohol.

T - Bananas and spice right out of the gate for me. Clove, coriander, a bit peppery, bubblegum, some toasted malt, and wheat, just really well rounded and pleasing.

M - Relatively smooth and creamy, however the carbonation is a little on the bright side in my opinion.

O - Overall I am rather confident this is my favorite from the 2011 Beer Camp Sampler. Super tasty, smells great and is just awesome to drink.

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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 avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, fluffy, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very fragrant aroma. Bananas are evident right away, with some traces of malt and wheat as well.

T: Tasted of malt, bananas and some spices up front, with wheat in the finish. A well rounded flavor that has just the right amount of bite.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made beer and one of the better weizenbocks you're going to find outside of Germany.

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

the smell of banana bread was actually apparent as soon as the bottle was cracked.

tastes strongly of bananas and the breadiness of the wheat. has a rich heavy mouthfeel. the taste lingers for a long time(though not unpleasantly so).

overall- its a little difficult to put into describe since i have never tasted a beer like thin before. it reminds me of the old medieval days when beer was known as 'liquid bread.' if this beer were to be my only source of nourishment for the rest of my life, i would probably still live to be 85.

this beer is obviously a wheat. though if i did not know it was a bock i would not have guessed it.

do not walk away from the chance to drink this beer!

Photo of thespaceman
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass (Purchased in Sierra Nevada's 2011 Best of Beer Camp mix pack)

Appearance: This thing pours a super cloudy medium straw hue in color. Big, huge head slowly bubbles up and sticks around for a while. Lacing is extra thick and soapy. Very good head retention.

Smell: Up front is your typical weizen-like properties, big bananna flavors, clove and bits of malt spice. Very aromatic to say the least, this one has a slight alcohol rip in the nose which is actually pleasing.

Taste: Nicely aligned flavor wise, lots of clove, bananna & bubble gum like flavors floating around here. Small malt backbone adds a touch of toastiness to the backbone here. Again, from the nose I can taste a bit of ester and slight alcohol burn which is just what the doctor ordered.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light, light bodied and decently carbonated. This one gets wet on the tongue as it sits but still keeps it's bite.

Drinkability: Overall, a very good stab at the Weizenbock style. A good spring/summer sipper, as it clocks in over 6% - I love how the alcohol burn comes through here, it just makes it interesting. Overall, one of tastier and more sessionable beers in the Beer Camp pack.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from The 2011 Best of Beer Camp mix pack served in a weizen glass.

L - murky amber/yellow with a creamy white head that stayed as a thin layer leaving behind some lacing.

S - very good blend of spices and wheat.

T - the blend of flavors is very tasty, you get bubblegum and banana but never loose sight of the wheat.

F - medium/full bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a very good example of the style.

Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a mixed case of the Sierra Beer Camp series and this was among them. It was pretty good and pretty true to style (i.e. not some "americanized, less wheaty version).

The look was a very hazy, dark amber color with a very active head.

Aroma was of both yeast characteristics (banana and coriander) as well as a pronounced malt aroma.

Flavor was pretty intense but quite well balanced, again combining the yeast, malt and a definite alcohol presence.

Overall, I enjoyed this a lot and am glad I have a couple others in my fridge.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for splitting up his pack and sharing

Enjoyed this with dinner, weizenbocks can take many forms so I was weary of this from the get-go. This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a short white head. The way I would expect any wheat beer to look. The aroma actually had more banana and clove than I had expected from previous beers of the same style. The taste of this beer was like that of a clean hefeweizen. What I mean by that is all of the flavors were the same, but they were more subtle and living harmoniously. The wheat came through very nicely not too strong. It went down really smooth, and honestly I wish all weizenbocks tasted at least this good. I'm sure perfections can be made but damn this was really tasty.

Photo of MrOH
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark straw with a thick, single finger head (much smaller than I expected), that doesn't really stick around so well. Good lace.

Doughy pilsner and wheat malt aroma, heavy banana esters, some clove, and a hint of citrus in the nose.

BANANA!!! Nice malty flavors, some spice at the back of the palate. Slightly tart.

Fluffy body, very clean tasting. Spritzy carbonation.

Overall, with the exception of the head, almost everything you could want from a lighter weizenbock.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Camp Weizenbock has a cloudy body, almost opaque. Surprisingly it is a very light colored body, with golden edges and an orange center. The head is white and at least two fingers tall. It is thick, rocky and creamy. Retention and lacing are both quite good. I have to admit though, I am surprised by how light the body is.

The aroma is packed with banana and bubble gum, with an equally large dose of wheat.

The flavor has a good deal more spice to it than the aroma. Lots of coriander and pepper, but not in an overwhelming way. The fruit comes back to, with banana and other generic fruit. The wheat really drives this beer though, with tons of wheat twang and a bit of sweetness. The malted wheat backbone is great actually. Overall, the flavors in this beer are really well-balanced and smooth, quite tasty. I'm used to more dark malt in a weizenbock, but I can't complain about this one. It reminds of a bigger kellerweis.

Smooth and creamy with a really full body: great.

Left up to my own devices, I'm pretty sure that I would not have called this a Weizenbock. There aren't any dark malts or dark fruits, and certainly no roasted flavors. The body is a light color. The ABV seems a little bit low based on what I found in the label approval material. With that said, I'll go with what Sierra Nevada says. I'd say it's an understatement to say that they know beer better than I do, especially their own beer.

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