Eighteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 35 | FT: 5
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Knapp85 on 06-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Smooth, balanced, malty.... Delicious.

Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Let's see: One of my favorite breweries making one of my favorite styles? Yes please!

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought for $3.75 at Save-On in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago into my Voodoo Brewery pint glass. No observed "best by" date but the ABV is sure to keep this good for a long, long time.

A Light brown creamy head that lasts for about one minute over an absolute gorgeous body which is dark brown and opaque but in front of direct light kind of glows a dark caramel around the edges. Wow, this is one of the best "looking" Weizenbocks that I have seen in a glass and that is saying something since I have seen probably hundreds of them. 4.5

S Bananas, cloves and sweet goodness of wheat malt abound in a cornucopia of scents that are completely inviting. This is not the classic greatness of Aventinus but it certainly reminds of of that great beer. 4.5

T Great deep complexity of banana, clove and sweet wheat malt that almost has a twinge of apple in the finish (wow that is cool!). This is a beer made by people who have a lot of experience and probably a lot of patience to capture the great taste of this beer. It is "darker" than most Weizenbocks that you will encounter but that is not a complaint, just a description really. Bravo, Weyerbacher, Bravo! 4.5

M Thick, rich, heavy and awesome. 5.0

D/O Drinkability is fair since the ABV is so high. The only "heat" detected by my is late, very late in the taste spectrum and it certainly would be missed and therefore could really catch up to you after a few of these. Nah, this is a sipper but you will enjoy each and every one of those sips, believe me. Driving down the drinkability too would be the price. At nearly $4 a bottle it would get very expensive very fast to drink too many of these. Overall, I don't think that I am going too far to suggest that this might be a World Class Weizebock. 4.0

Notes: Thanks Weyerbacher!

Photo of krs0123
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown, nice head, carbonated appropriately for the style. Big bready, dark fruit flavors...figs come through. Nice and boozy per the style. Some of the other reviewers complained about this being a winter beer released in July....so what. Leave it in he basement il December.
Overall, a really nice beer and original for the style.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy and dark brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which quickly fades away. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, bready, and very fruity malt driven aroma with big hints of banana and dark fruit. Toasted and pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, biscuit, chocolate, straw, cracker, smoke, and lots of yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar and molasses. Huge scent of bananas along with some pear and apple fruit. Some bubblegum hints as well. Big presence of dark fruit with hints of raisin, fig, prune, plum, and dates. Hops are light. A very good German style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very yeasty, toasty, and fruity malt driven taste with big notes of banana and other fruits. Upfront taste of toasted and pale European malts with notes of wheat, biscuit, grains, chocolate, straw, cracker, yeast, and a little smoke. Sweet taste of brown sugar and some molasses. Big taste of bananas as well as some apple and pear fruit. Big dark fruit taste with notes of prune, raisin, plum, fig, and dates. Some bubble gum taste and subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and fairly syrupy and chewy. Alcohol heat is fairly tame considering its 11.1.

Overall: A very good take on a Weizenbock. Great fruity banana and dark fruit taste. Sweet but far from cloying.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07/25/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Yikes! This is a huge beer. A mouthful of flavor. Dried fruit, sweet yet bitter, adult sweetness, which is a big surprise because there is very little given away under the nose.

Close your eyes, take a sip you're already there. I went into this not knowing what an Weizenbock is but soon found out. Ta Da! Go there.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never tried this before but loving this style and hoping that this would live up to the lofty expectations that I had for this. Sure enough, it did and while it was indeed a strong beer, it was nowhere as strong as the bottle would have indicated and this was a great example of a style that isn't brewed nearly enough!

The pour to this was what I expected - a dark raisin hue with some light seeping in around the edges and a tan head that wasn't large but certainly held its own for a while. Not a lot of lacing to be seen here either but what was left behind after each sip lingered for a bit before sliding down the sides of my pint glass. As for the aroma, it was that of dark fruit and banana with the latter becoming quite pronounced int he taste. Toss in some currant, plum, cherry, with a nice and beautifully creamy undertone and the result was quite divine. A hint of candied sugar helped to give this a Belgian feel but this wasn't dark enough to be a Dubbel or a Tripel. There was enough wheat here to settle at the bottom of the bottle but more importantly, it gave this beer a good amount of body without ever weighing it down too much.

NO doubt this this was brewed strong and it felt it but at no time could I directly taste the alcohol. It made itself felt as I worked my way through this, and slowly felt a warming effect. Like the Aventinus and the Moonglow , this was one of those beer that I couldn't get enough of and couldn't recommend enough. A must-try for any lover of full-bodied dark beers that are worth savoring every sip of.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tap

Pours a hazy dark brown with an off-white lacing for a head.

Smells of rich caramel, sweet bananas, and cloves.

Flavor is of bananas, vanilla, cloves, a bit of bourbon and a bubblegum sweetness.

Medium, chewy body with a tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really good tasty strong wheat beer that's a bit overly sweet, but otherwise quite enjoyable and definitely worth trying.

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottle date is 6/6/13 so its a little over a year and a half old.

Pours dark brown with some cherry highlights when held up the the light. Looks like a quad color. The head is tan , reached about an 8th of an inch before deflating to a tan ring around the glass. Lots of sediment and floaties milling around. Left the yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle but a large amount of sediment remains running around the glass. Looks good.

Aroma: Lots of banana and clove, dark fruit , dried plumb, fig , caramel , slightly boozey aroma. Some more bread notes in there as well, what a great nose. Smells like a quad as well with a lot of banana to it.

Taste: Flavor is much bigger on the dark fruit, dried plumb, sticky dates and prune, some clove spice and a little banana as well. Much more boozey on the pallet even with its age it still has some alcohol heat. Also some caramel and toffee notes. Flavors are well rounded and consistent tastes like a weizenbock should with just a touch more alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Its a bit thinner than I would like, letting it warm to a bit to see if that improves, carbonation is great especially for its age.

Overall: A good beer, tastes as it should without any error or imperfection. I do feel they could have made a better beer by dialing back the ABV or increasing the malt to carry the alcohol better. 11% is a little excessive at 9% I bet this would have been excellent. I have another bottle cellaring now maybe it will be better at the 2 or 3 year mark.

Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like a good representation of the style. That said, this style doesn't always sit that well with most people. It has too much going on. So the challenge is to make it work. I think they at least came close.

It looks like it should. The most exceptional thing about it is the fine little bubbles that continue. Dense.

The aroma is that fruity yeasty beastiness you expect and that rolls into the taste only much heavier. The heaviness continues and gets stronger on the aftertaste. Its big and bad, like doing shots.

I think its a good one and I would buy it again except for the crazy price. I would love to try it on tap.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark red/mahogany color with translucent red outlines. Maybe an 1" worth of head that quickly fades to absolutely nothing

S: Fairly phenolic and yeasty, with notes of banana, clove, and other lighter fruits. Some sweet maltiness also come through along with the alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the phenolic and yeasty notes which impart a nice fruitiness, some banana, and clove. Goes into a light sweetness followed by a light hit of alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely on the strong side for a weizenbock at 11.1%, but it is hardly noticeable. The banana and clove notes are solid along with the fruitiness that the yeast imparts. Very nicely done for an Americanized version of the style, and worth picking up

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, not quite opaque. Cola highlights. Decent size tan head, especially given the high abv.
Smell: dark fruits and yeast. I would have guessed I was sniffing a quad if I didn't know better.
Taste: very nice. Dark fruit. Nice malty backbone. Some spice and fruit blossoms in the finish.
Overall: kudos to Weyerbacher. Always something new and interesting in their anniversary brews.

Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 27 May 2014.

Pours a murky deep brown with rusty edges. Half a finger of yellowish head, gone pretty fast, okay lacing. Not all that appealing.

Smell is delightful. Rich fruity esters, combining the banana bread of a hefeweizen with the darker fruits of a Belgian quad or strong dark ale. Deep, full, potent, varied, and just delicious.

Taste has much the same character that the smell does, but it's brought down by the bite of the alcohol. Yes, I know this is a high-ABV beer, but it'd be better if it had all the same flavors without the pinch in the finish. Otherwise, it's really nice. Fruity, again with bananas and some stone fruit (combo of plums and peaches), and some tobacco. Yummy.

Feel is fine. Pretty heavy, carbonation a little on the low side. But good enough to handle the flavor explosion.

Very tasty, with only small off elements in the taste from the alcohol. Deliciously fruity and strong, like a jacked-up darkened hefeweizen. Good stuff.

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4/5  rDev +5%

Wowza! Booze bomb. Like a hefeweizen/quad hybrid with a half-ounce of brandy added.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pilsner glass this beer was a red/brown, mahogany color. There was a small tan head.

Fresh-baked bread aroma. Caramel malt. Dark fruit.

Great taste. Molasses, sherries, plums, and raisins.

Very malt-forward. Couldn't notice the alcohol, but could definitely feel it.

Enjoyable.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher 18

LOOK: Pours a cloudy brown color. Very much an unfiltered wheat beer. Short lived head forms with little to no lace.

SMELL: Banana, bubblegum, and general wheaty aromas upfront, giving way to alcohol, citrus and a bit of toast.

TASTE/FEEL: Well balanced between wheat malt and fresh tasting hops, with more bubblegum, clove and soft banana notes met by a sturdy bitterness. Little alcohol flavor, finishes nice and even. Well carbonated and full bodied. Nice clean wheat beer that has a punch but drinks easily.

OVERALL: A tasty, fresh Weizenbock. More well hopped than most suggested by the hop flowers on the label. I'm glad I have more of these. Another well done Anniversary beer from Weyerbacher.

Photo of GrinkoN
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To come later later ter

Photo of DaveBlack
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2 finger of tan head on top of a beautiful deep ruby beer. The beer is almost opaque, but the light coming through is brilliantly red.

S: Big aroma on this beer, can smell dark fruits and alcohol as soon as the bottle is opened. Closer examination brings out the aroma of sweet malts and leather.

T: Big flavor on this beer as well. No surprise at the 11.1% ABV, because the alcohol is incredibly prominent, but in a good way. Sweet malts, candied plums, raisins, and alcoholic phenols all play together to give a rounded, fruity beer.

M: Thick, almost syrupy, and low carbonation make it a very smooth, if heavy, brew.

O: A big beer, very heavy on the fruit flavors. A mix between a Belgian and a bock, this brew has a lot of barleywine and wine qualities to it. A sipper, and one I'm liking a lot.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled on 7/1/13.

A - Pours a dark brown chestnut color. Shows serious cloudiness on the stream to the glass, but this isn't nearly as apparent once it gets there. Just under a half finger of eggshell colored head holds steady for the duration. Tiered lacing paints the interior of the glass.

S - Sweet candied nuts, fig, and serious brown sugar. The combination of booze and fruit creates a bananas foster aroma. Extremely rich aroma, but I guess that was to be expected from a Weizenbock north of 11%.

T - Not overwhelmingly or cloyingly sweet as I anticipated. Nice, delicate wheat character along with a whole fruit bowl of other flavors. Some rich, shoo-fly pie maltiness on the back end. Banana stands out amongst the complex flavors. The alcohol goes almost entirely unnoticed. Well done.

M - Smooth with a surprisingly middle of the road body. Easier to drink than most of the other, lower ABV, Weizenbocks I have tried.

O - Weyerbacher is always creative with their anniversary series beers and an 11% Weizenbock fits the bill. This beer was complex and flavorful without being cloyingly sweet. The alcohol was well hidden and I wanted another after my first. Well done. Among my favorites in the series thus far.

Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany. It had a purple-red glow to it before the bottle yeast was swirled in. The head is a sheet of tan; small, as most big beers would don. This one is no exception.

Rich aromas of plum, clove, banana bread, toffee, fudge, raisin, alcohol, cough medicine, and roasted wheat. Quite the deep, permeating nose. Indulgent and sniping down the style.

Hard booze, heavy clove, dark wheat, rummy fruits, medicinal phenols, hefe yeast, ripe banana, Belgian chocolate, toffee, grape, and pumpernickel loaf. Latent spiciness with a carbonated tickle, to boot. Dries out a little bit, lacks the juiciness that the nose premised. Still full-on richness supported by a medium-thick body heft. Deep and complex. No sip is obvious. Authentic, up until the 11.1% rides full-steed.

A dutiful weizenbock. Perhaps, heavy-duty. Delivers with a nose full of flair and a sipping-speed tastiness. Savor the flavor, because the faults are few.

Photo of ksimons
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a murky brown with sediment in the bottom and a thing layer of light tan head

S-smell is full of banana followed by bready malt, caramel, and a bit of spice

T-taste is similar to the smell with sweet banana, wheaty malt, light dark fruits, and a bit of spice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 11%.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, sweet fruity finish

Overall a good take on the style and well hidden alcohol makes this a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/3/2013. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, raisin, plum, fig, bubblegum, clove, molasses, caramel, cocoa, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big banana, raisin, plum, fig, bubblegum, clove, molasses, caramel, cocoa, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, raisin, plum, fig, bubblegum, clove, molasses, cocoa, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice weizenbock style. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Already I am impressed I get a rocking two fingers of head completely topping off my Samuel Adams perfect pint that seems to stick around forever. One of the darkest Weizenbock's I ever had a dirty muddy chestnut brown.
S - Smell has a distinct peppery bite of alcohol, Banana + peel, figs, raisins. and just sweet caramel all over.
T + M - I just had to point out how thick this is holly crap! The ABV only smacks the palate every other sip as well. Banana and bitter peel with hops highlight with some dark fruits mid palate, a touch of sour cherries, and it finishes with fruity yeast esters.

Overall I quite like this it's as big and bold as their Merry monks ale and more balanced than their Blithering Idiot. I think what I liked most was the massive ABV that didn't taste like ethanol. Well done guys!

Photo of LI_PO12
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance- hazy dark brown, 1 finger white head that fade quick

Aroma- Chocolate, dark fruits, some banana, malty sweetness, slight amount of smoke, and some booze

Flavor- Sweet malt, not overbearing, some dark fruits, plum, some spicy phenols, less complex than the aroma, booze, but its drinkable for sure.

Mouthfeel- Full and thick, almost too much but not bad, alcohol heat

Overall- Its a bit heavy even in the style, a sipper but very enjoyable, probably my favorite of the their last few anniversaries. Worth a try.

Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A slight partial finger's worth of slightly late to develop audibly fizzy medium khaki colored head with a slightly darker brown swirl mixed in... Limited to no retention... The lacing is limited with only a bit of splotchy lacing and thin collar... The color is medium to dark brown teetering on mahogany... There is a slight murkiness / haziness to this brew... A bit of light leaks in around the edges... This beer has an assertive and inviting appearance...

S - A nice very "Belgiany" nose... Belgian yeast... Brown sugar... A slight booziness... A hint of bubblegum... A hint of banana as well.... Lots of depth and complexity... A very appealing aroma...

T - The nose didn't lie one bit... Belgian yeast... Loads of brown sugar... Hints of chocolate... Banana... Bubblegum... Perhaps even a slight berry character buried way beneath the surface...

M - On the lighter side of full bodied... Rather lush... A bit sticky... Limited carbonation... Coats the entire the evenly... The finish has a slightly chalky texture..

D - A big assertive brew that shouldn't be taken lightly... Another welcome addition to the Weyerbacher Anniversary collection... A sipper with loads of character and complexity... Dangerously quaffable given the 11+% ABV... I can recommend without hesitation and will have no problem polishing off the rest of my 4 pack...

Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky chocolate brown which,when held to the light, takes on an ombre effect, starting as a dark brown at the top of the glass, and fading into a light caramel color towards the bottom. Hundreds of tiny bubbles whiz to the surface to create a smooth, yet fizzy tan head that melts from a four-finger width to a slim film in approximately two minutes. My assumption is that this dissipation, which is not quite "to style" is due to the high alcohol content. 11% ABV!

Smell: Complex malt with dried fruit, particularly dried cherries and prunes. The alcohol smell is prominent, but with an ABV that high, how could it not be? The bouquet lacks the typical clove-like spices and melanoidins, but is still rich and inviting.

Taste: In comparison to the smell, the malt thins out a bit here, tasting of toasted Vienna-like malt and not much else. The yeast, phenols, and melanoidins, however, open up to include banana, clove, and caramel flavors along with the dark fruit experienced in the aroma. At first the taste is boozy and sugary, but a light bitterness heightened by a low level of lactic sourness (fine for style) takes over midway through the palate and lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy, delectable. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. The alcohol warming is surprisingly light, but is still there, contributing to the slightly dry finish the lasting light bitterness creates.

Overall: A well-made beer that manages to hit almost every aspect of this incredibly complex style on the head. Despite my minor criticisms, it really is a delicious big beer that I would highly recommend. I enjoyed how the flavor changed just like the color, although this effect also made the taste come across as being a little unbalanced. Increase the maltiness in the taste and the spices and melanoidins in the smell and bring down the cane sugar sweetness just a bit, and I think this would be a WORLD CLASS beer for sure.

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