Terrapin MoonRay - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Keith_R on 04-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by thecheapies:
Photo of thecheapies
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy mahogany brown. My snifter hugged out about two fingers of bone-colored head. Laces like a keeper.

Fresh nose with orange peel, dark plummy fruit, dunkel wheat richness, chocolate shavings, carob powder, fusel alcohol, floral hop bitterness, bubblegum, pine, and perfumey mint. Very strange nose. Not ideal weizenbock sniffin'. As it warms, the chocolate gets a little darker, a little more bitter, a little more mysterious.

Clearly, we're missing malt richness. This beer is still perfumey with tart fragrant dried orange peels and flowery hop yield. The dark wheatiness is bready, but overtaken by the spices. Clove, raisin, and some browned banana, but otherwise, the yeast needed to eat its Wheaties. Even the alcohol note looks naked in the limelight.

The carbonation separates from the beer a little. It's a good level, but it's on the coarse side. You can feel the bubbles. Body is just light of hefty. Booze is moderate.

Chocolate Orange Weizenbocks aren't really turning out to be the best idea, after all. Stick to the Germans, they won't do you wrong.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ThickNStout
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from RDMII (thanks man). No bottling date but this was released quite recently. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a murky, opaque deep brown with slight gold highlights and almost two full fingers of manilla head. Despite the fact that there is almost no retention whatsoever, there are a few spots of lace here and there.

Citrus zest and bannana bread dominate the aroma. They make room for other notes of clove, an almost cinnamon character and very faint cocoa.

Now this is not your momma's weizenbock. A strange semi-bitter floral rose flavor almost dominates. Cloves, bitter orange peel, bannana bread, mild chocolate and vague brandied raisins. A bizarre mixture for sure with almost no alcohol detected. The floral and rindy bitterness is almost too much by the end of the bottle.

The feel is on the lighter side of medium with fairly mild carbonation. Floral, citrus rind, clove and bannana finish.

An interesting experiment and departure from the style that ultimately didn't do it for me. Thin and overly bitter without near enough sweetness to balance.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a heffe glass.

Pours a nice, rich amber color. Aggressive pour yielded an inch of head which settled fairly quickly into about a half inch head. Kinda off white, not quite a khaki color. Decent lacing.

Smells like a chocolate covered orange. A little bit of banana. the banana is not as prevalent as in other weizenbocks I've had. Not my favorite smell. Kind of an odd mix from the orange and banana.

Tastes like a chocolate covered banana. And as a wise man once said: "There's always money in the banana stand." And the taste of this beer is money. Not as much orange in the taste as there is on the nose. The orange-banana flavor mixes well on my palette. At least better than on the nose. Good maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated. Malt provides a medium creaminess to the body.

Overall a good beer. Good take on a weizenbock.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours absolutely thick with sediment from a cellar-temperature bomber; indeed, "chunky floaters", as a previously reviewer described them, is pretty apt: it really gives the appearance that a tablespoon of orange zest found its way into the bottle. I know better, but the taste matches that notion: a buoyant bitter-orange florality is the primary flavoring component, backed by a silky chocolate backbone that's pretty entirely fused with the expected malt-fruitiness expected from a Weizenbock—fused to an extent that the Weizenbock characteristics are pretty overridden.

It's an interesting beer—not unpalatable, certainly—but it's a little too much along several axes, and a little not enough along others. The mouthfeel is somehow both a bit syrupy and a bit thin; the prominence of the chocolate exaggerates as the beer warms and sits with you; and while there is a "hint of banana from the yeast" on the nose, there's much more than a hint of the yeast in the beer itself. Still, Terrapin admits this Side Project (#22) "is clearly a hoax" of a rendition of the style, so some deviations are forgivable; nonetheless, it seems "the addition of cocoa nibs and orange peel for a greater depth of flavor" failed to actually provide much depth of flavor, beyond big orange and thick cacao notes, so it's hard to be especially enthused about this Moonray.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a reddish brown color. one to two fingers of a tannish head that fades slowly and leaves a solid lacing. strong hazy makes it completely opaque and a fair amount of sediment that floats around and settles to the bottom.

Smell: german chocolate wheat malts, fruity mixture of orange and banana, and a slight german yeastiness

Taste: opens up with a weizenbock yeastiness, a kick of orange followed by a german yeast banana flavor. end is full of chocolatey wheat malts. no signs of alcohol but some fruity to clove-like esters

Mouthfeel: medium body. slightly dry but still refreshing.

Overall: a very tasty and pretty unique beer, lots of dark beer character, but still remains light and slightly refreshing. fully captures what it claims to be with good orange and chocolate flavor with the full effect of the weizenbbock. a great intro to the side project series for me.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Fat Heads Head Hunter pint glass.

A: Pours a medium brown that's quite hazy with TONS of big chunky floaters despite careful decantation. Forms a half-finger of light tan head that fades quickly, and fairly low level of visible carbonation.

S: Roasted brown malts, some chocolate as well, lager yeastiness, some pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg in the background. No particular orange or citrus in the aroma.

T: Toasted brown malt sweetness, light chocolate flavors, and almost a pumpkin bread impression with the cloves from the yeast. Finally I find some light orange citrusy sweetness as well. There's some more chocolate in the hang with some citrus hop bitterness.

M: Fairly light-bodied, average carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence is well-hidden.

O: This was a fairly ugly beer, with tons of yeast floaters. Not a deal-breaker there, but needs to be pointed out. The flavors were decent, but neither the chocolate nor orange had the large presences I expected. It also lacked some of the clean lager flavor appeal that makes the weizenbock a good style. An interesting concept, but I feel like the execution could have been better.

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a lovely deep brown color with a thin toffee colored head that retains well and leaves almost no lacing

S-Esters hit the nose at first and precedes a sweet, dark fruit and chocolate smell couples with alcohol and some spice

T-Cloves, bananas, and alcohol hit the palate at first as it fades into a sour finish with a spicy, alcoholic bite with a twinge of orange at the end

MF-A little overcarbonated and dry. Crisp, bubbly finish.

O-Neat concept, but the chocolate and orange don't come through well enough which leaves it a bit too sour for a weizenbock.

Photo of Metaldude05
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried a cask of this beer with vanilla at terrapins anniversary fest and didn't like it all. Tried again on tap a few weeks later and really enjoyed it. It pours orange and is very light in texture. It was very sweet with a strong orange taste until the end where you get the chocolate. It did get a little stale tasting after the finish.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy. Terrapin Side Project #22

A- Amber red with no clarity. 1 finger of head, and yeast floating ALL over the brew. I either got a bottom of barrel bottle or its extremely unfiltered!

S - Orange peel dominates. Lots of citrus..

T - Fresh, easy to drink, hidden ABV. Orange dominates, I wonder how many they put in it!?!? Not getting much chocolate, but thats ok. Easy to drink and probably very nice in the summertime. Where's the ABV? I know its 8 % but no boozy flavor at all

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O - I was a little doubtful as the Weizenbock is not in my top 10 styles, but adding Orange is an awesome twist with a side of sugar

Photo of QuentinCall
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The disparate elements of this beer are akin to having one's power-pop and post-rock phases at the same time. Like straight crushing The New Pornographers on yr way to school, noting the sharp leap between Mass Romantic and Electric Version, playing mad air drums. Then, once home, taking walks, being a for reals teenager, all studio headphones, all Godspeed You Black Emperor!
Not a bad thing in any way but definitely possessive of a clear delineation.

Photo of benloho
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was such an interesting brew. Really glad I got to try it!

Beer pours a muddy orange color, not super clear and not a whole lot of head on it. I smell the orange and get the strong malt component as well. Smells a little funky. The first few sips are just strange to me. Each seeming different, getting more orange or more chocolate. However, with time, as the beer warms up it seems to hit its stride. I definitely am tasting the bock-like profile with the taste of an orange dipped in chocolate. Really enjoyable and super interesting.

Perhaps an odd concept but I've got to give props...the beer is exactly what it says it is. A weizenbock with an orange chocolate character. Intriguing, bold, and tasty!

Photo of Dreizhen
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Terrapin Snifter.

Appearance: Darker, somewhat translucent, slight head.

Smell: Heavy banana, slight chocolate and malt notes.

Taste: The slight chocolate and malt from the nose are joined by some orange notes (think essential oils from the peels, not the juice from the flesh). This menage a trois quickly gives way to rich banana and demerara sugar with a hints of caramel, vanilla, and the spice that accompanies a well aged rum.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, mostly smooth, rather middle of the road for beers.

Overall: Reminds me a lot of a cellared Terrapin Gamma Ray. AKA: bananas foster in beer form, but with a touch of coco and orange on the front end.

Terrapin MoonRay from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.