Terrapin Side Project #22 Orange Chocolate Weizenbock - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.34% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GeorgiaBeerGuy on 05-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by Dreizhen:
Photo of Dreizhen
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the same beer as Terrapin Moon Ray.

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into my weizenbock glass a deep murky chestnut brown with a thick creamy light beige head atop that left a frothy mass as it settles slowly.Some brown sugar and banana in the nose but nothing that makes you say wow,a bit of roasted chocolate beans is there as well.The chocolate plays a big role on the palate and it goes well with some of the spiced phenols ,the orange comes into play late giving a juicy finish,as I drink more it stands out more.This beer is pretty cool with it's different flavors,do I like it?Yeah I do but it's different....in a good way.

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served at about 45F. (revisited with 2nd 22oz bottle in Jan. 2015).
Very dark clear orange-brown body covered by a bubbly tan head. limited lacing; good retention.

Smelled a bit off at first but this was probably just the mix of orange (peel?) and weizenbock wth 8.3% ABV. Some mid chocolate too. Improved as it sate for a while.

Flavor is a bit disappointing. Orange and chocolate are in prudent levels with an obvious weizenbock base, but don't gel as hoped. The orange seems a bit artificial. Lighty sweet overall.

Feel: medium body with medium soft carbonation.

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer really deserves some props. Very unique. The name is inviting and it delivers! The chocolate is quite prevalent with mostly dark chocolate notes. The orange is on the back and smoothes over the beer nicely with a great aftertaste. Easy to take a bomber to the head. One of my favorites by Terrapin, fantastic job!

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, I wasn't too terribly impressed with this beer.

Upon my first sip, I could get notes of chocolate and a little bit of citrus. I was taken aback by the light mouth feel of the beer. I guess with chocolate-y beers, I almost expect a more stout like consistency.

As I worked my way through the glass, any flavors became less noticeable. I'm chalking this up to palate fatigue.

Also, when I poured out the rest of the bottle, I noticed a lot of sediment and large chunks of something. Maybe it's orange peel? Perhaps, I just got a bad bottle and this contributed to my meh attitude towards this beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass.

A frothy to creamy big head is made of the pour easily three finger stall, with a pancake top and solid retention, slowly settling. Body color is a dark mahogany, with some orange highlights towards the bottom, and lighter chestnut brown. A couple bit of floaties, but nothing too crazy.

Big aroma of chocolate and orange. Dig that whiff! Kind of has a bit of cheap Easter bunny chocolate notes to it, but also some spice classic clove as well. Orange comes out a bit more candy like as well, but it's a very neat sensation. Some caramel rounds out, not much hint of a dense body it seems coming.

Palate comes a little light for the bock. Spritzy and somewhat clean finish, but there is moderate carbonation and some malt depth to push the flavors out. Small toffee like quality, slightly wet, but with a large candy chocolate and orange finish. Tolerable sweetness as well, not really overblown luckily. Not much chewy texture to this either, and the aftertaste doesn’t really last either.

Overall, though drinks well with a bit of an interesting fun angle. Decent and enjoyable, I would have this again.

Photo of SebD
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: It has a nice reddish/brown color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of loads of rich dark chocolate, oranges and some spicy yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has dark chocolate, oranges, some dark fruit and some spicy yeast on the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a hazy brown color with a short 1/4" head that falls to nothing in a minute.

Smell: chocolate and orange are detectable here but are a bit muted.

Taste: wheat, bread, mild dark chocolate tones, some soft orange citrus, mild bitterness, and a bit of alcohol are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Sweetness and breadiness lingers long in aftertaste.

Overall: a so-so weizenbock. Decent flavor but just a bit too sweet.

Photo of nmann08
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours a dark cola brown. Carbonation is almost soda like. It could easily be mistaken for a glass of root beer.

The smell is burnt cocoa and orange citrus. Some banana, sweet molasses and a little bit of raisin. The chocolate smell lingers at the end.

At first taste, the flavors bounce all over. Tropical fruit, banana, and citrus with a smooth chocolate finish. The cocoa is balanced and creamy, almost milky. As it warms, the chocolate powers through, and dominates the beer.

Mouthfeel is thin, but balanced. Carbonation lingers in your mouth, but overall, not bad. Just average.

Photo of cvm4
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium brown cola body in appearance with a light khaki two finger head.

S - Banana, slight chocolate, brown sugar and a little bit of citrus. Definitely has the core weizenbock smell to it too.

T - Spices abound with watered down chocolate and citrus notes. Not really awe inspiring.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a juicy mouthfeel.

O - Nothing to go bat crazy about. It's almost like lets throw some stuff at a weizenbock and see what sticks.

Photo of argock
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a weizen glass. No freshness date but marked Side Project #22. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dusky chestnut with a lot of yeast floaties and pancake batter-like 1-finger head with pretty good retention and some blobby lacing.

S: Very weird citrus juicy aroma with chocolate overtones, it reminds me of a chocolate orange julius. There is a weak banana yeast ester component in the aroma, and plenty of spicy phenolics.

T: The flavor is unique but really to me doesn't resemble most of the strong banana bread notes I expect in a weizenbock -- the chocolate and especially the orange really overwhelm those basic elements. The fairly strong phenolic mix weirdly with the chocolate and the orange, leaving an almost piney mid-palate flavor. The chocolate is strong throughout and does leave a nice finish.

M: The feel is reasonably light with a creamy texture. The body is medium at most with light carbonation overall. Pleasant feel overall.

O: A unique but weird beer that veers too far from the weizenbock style for me. The citrus is too strong and overpowers the basic elements of the style. The chocolate is a nice touch and alone would probably work pretty well with the style (who doesn't like chocolate banana bread). This beer has some potential but needs to leave out the citrus.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Jadjunk
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Sometimes things get a little weird when there's a full moon. Floating into 'Side Project 22" comes 'Moonray' Chocolate Orange Weizenbock. Our rendition of this traditional style is clearly a hoax with the addition of cocoa nibs and orange peel for a greater depth of flavor. With its big malt presence and hint of banana from the yeast, this beer may just make you howl at the moon." Brewed in the style of a German Weizenbock with chocolate and orange added. Entry number 22 in the side project series, this beer is available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a mocha cream head of a frothy foam consistency over a dense hazy maple brown body. Sediment is plentiful in this beer and clarity is fairly low. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Spritely tangerine and clementine orange juice with sharp acidity and mellow sweetness follows through against a moderate cereal wheat body. Any notes of chocolate are under sweet against subtle hints of banana and clove that nod to traditional German wheat styles. Potency is moderate. A very interesting aroma. 3.5

(Taste) Fluffy cereal wheat malt, orange peel, cocoa nibs. The chocolate comes through much better in the flavor joining a prevalent orange rind character, although the orange doesn't come off quite as juicy and ripe as it should, rather it's very vegetal, tart and underripe. The wheat malt is paired with a hint of clove and banana. Altogether it's a curious concoction, and I'm undecided whether I think it works out or not, but I enjoy the originality of it. I think the clove, banana, orange and chocolate come through the best in the flavor, and if you can fathom the idea of those four ingredients somehow intertwining, this may be a drink you could consider trying. To a select few, this will undoubtedly be a chaotic amalgam of flavor. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, chewy, mildly acidic. Carbonation generates a light frothiness for a soft mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium/heavy overall. Balance is equally bitter vs. spiced. Alcohol presence is low and off characters are to a minimum. 3.5

(Overall) It's either the clove vs. the chocolate or the banana vs. the orange peel that has me second guessing how I feel about this beer. Perhaps one of the most curious side projects that Terrapin has done in a while, as there's a lot going on in this beer. Perhaps worth a try if you can get a bottle but I don't think this will be universally loved. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Moonray: Chocolate Orange Weizenbock

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%

$ 8.99/bomber at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA.
2014 vintage bottle at 35 degrees into standard pint glass.
Aroma of chocolate and orange with some yeast phenolics.
Head large (6.5 cm), very light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring with 1 mm layer
Lacing OK – partial rings of small to medium bubbles.
Body dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor begins with strong chocolate, a hint of orange appears and quickly disappears, leaving behind a slight alcohol burn; no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

OK, but probably not worth the price. It’s pretty much like a chocolate porter.

Photo of dankspank420
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really unique beer. Maybe a little too much carbonation which creates a foamy mouthfeel, but that about the only negative for me. Lots of banana and orange, chocolate up front. I'd say banana is the second flavor you get and orange appears in the middle and finishes stronger. I'll definitely try to get some more of this one before its gone. One of a kind beer.

Terrapin Side Project #22 Orange Chocolate Weizenbock from Terrapin Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.