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Eighteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 28.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 Greenplastic615
2.12/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me start by saying that Weyerbacher is one of the 3-4 breweries that really got me into craft beer. Because they were local and their cases not terribly expensive, I could justify paying the extra few bucks because I thought they made a good product. That was about 6 years ago.

I really, really wanted to like this beer. I want to like a lot of the things they make. They're local, I know a few guys from the brewery, and they're good people. It's just that other than this year's batch of Riserva...nothing they've made recently has been good, including this.

A - Pours a murky, cloudy brown color that explodes with carbonation when I poured it into the glass. I poured into a 13oz tulip, and with 4oz or so left in the bottle the head was already overflowing the glass.

S - Banana, clove, and yeasty booze. I don't really get weizenbock at all, it's just off flavors from overly hot fermentation and booze.

T - Again, more booze, along with unbalanced clove and banana. The yeast has totally taken over this beer's flavor profile, and not in a good way.

M - Sugary/underrattenuated, sticky, and not very good. Also, massively carbonated, and not very drinkable.

O - Drainpour. I got through about 3 sips, and decided I'd rather drink a glass of water. I really, really wish Weyerbacher could still put out beers like Thirteen, and even Fifteen, but between last year's imperial saison and this weizenbock, it seems they're more focused on making big anniversary beers than good anniversary beers. Really a shame.

For a good local PA Weizenbock, I'd recommend Moonglow instead. Not the booze bomb that this is, and much more drinkable overall.

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Photo of Born_Beerknurd
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this beer. Big fan of other Weyerbacher's i've tried, and a huge fan of Weizenbocks, Dunkels etc. Reviewed this from memory.

Pours a dark mahogany color with NO foam head, tiny ring of bubbles that dissipates quickly. Almost no evidence of carbonation.

Smell is of molasses, brown sugar, carmel, and more sugar.

Taste is extremely sweet, with strong notes of cherry and molasses. Noticeable alcohol presence, but really its dominated by the sugary molasses flavors. Slightly bready maybe?

Mouthfeel is what really made this a 'NO' for me. Way way too sweet and syrupy. Feels somewhat like liquid cough medicine as a kid. No carbonation to alleviate the sweetness on the palate. Reminds me of what would be at the bottom of a Coca-cola vat - syrup with WAY too much sugar.

Overall - a big disappointment for me as a Weizenbock lover. I think they tried too hard to get the ABV up and ended up with an overly sweet beer that didn't stack up in other areas, Like carbonation. Got through about 3/4 of this and decided it wasnt worth the damage to my teeth.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weizenbocks have been hit & miss for me, so picked up only a single for this pending further investigation. I have the file. Time to hit the streets.

The pour is a very dark red that a more refined palate might call mahogany, but I've always been more of a primary colors & adjective guy, so it's dark red. Nose is like a weizen bush berry, wheat, clove. & very distinct sugary dehydrated bananas. Which I hate. Luckily this beer isn't chewy & covered in Crystal Sugar.

Weyerbacher Weizenbock is probably part of the U.S.government sugar cane support program. Large quantities of sugar pit the teeth & abrade the gums in a sweetness washout. Beneath the unfiltered rush of saccharin is a smattering of typical weizenbock special effects. Clove, banana, caramel. All washed away in a typhoon of sweetness. Hard to drink 12 oz. of this diabetes-inducing liquid.

Too sweet, way too sweet, & also sweeter than it needs to be. I can drink this, but am really glad I didn't cough up for a sixer. After the magnificence of Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, & Sixteen, this is a letdown. Just an average beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe this is my first beer ever from Weyerbacher. Reviewed as a weizenbock because the label identifies it as such. 11.1% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy understated label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN, and served into a stem-tulip. Expectations are high; I've heard great things about Weyerbacher.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours no real head, yielding only a weak floater ring of khaki colour. Retention is poor - maybe 20 seconds. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a very dark caramel-brown; nontransparent and non-translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No vibrance here.

Overall, it's a bit underwhelming for a weizenbock. There's just nothing remarkable about it and it doesn't scream German. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws here

Sm: HEAVY on the malts. Wow. Caramel, toffee, brown malts, cream, and syrups - maybe birch. Wisps of dark fruit - plum, fig, prune, cherry. Bready. Some light banana - probably from the yeast. There's some alcohol presence here, but I wouldn't say it's boozy or hot. The dark fruit is a definite highlight.

I'm not finding any wheat, strangely. No hop character is detectable. A pleasant inviting big aroma of above average strength.

T: The dark fruit is dominant: plums, faint fig, prunes, maybe some dates. Not finding much wheat in the body - mainly malts including German brown and dark malts. Caramel. Light toffee. Caramelized nuts. Light doughiness and buried banana from the yeast. There's some alcohol presence, but it works for this build. A very cohesive beer, but it isn't gestalt. Fairly balanced, but not ideally so.

No yeast character or hop character comes through.

Average intensity, duration, and depth of flavour for the style. Could use more complexity and subtlety.

The dark fruit is a highlight. I'd really like to get some wheat from the flavour profile, but strangely I can't find any.

Mf: Syrupy. Thick. Smooth and wet. Full-bodied. Has a big heavy presence on the palate. Enjoyable but unrefreshing. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it. A biteen overcarbonated. Certainly filling; almost a meal in a glass.

Not oily, astringent, boozy, gushed, hot, or rough.

Dr: It's a sipper, alright. A big German style beer which doesn't always feel traditional for the style. It's a tasty beer and is very filling, but I wouldn't want to take on more than a single bottle. I'm glad they sell this in the 12 fl oz format. As an introduction to Weyerbacher, it's interesting enough to make me curious about their other beers but doesn't quite live up to the reputation of these brewers. I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends, but I'm glad I got to try it. Not a world class weizenbock by any means.


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Photo of Ego
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

mud with head, a 2 finger crown of white, literally this looks like muddy river water, light barely penetrates this, the lacing is super nice leaving trails in its wake, the head fades at a decent pace retreating into the oh so well known o-ring of beerdom, interesting looking brew

bananas flam-bayed in bourbon, some yeasty dryness, sweet dough, the nanners are the boss here though, really heavy in that department, pretty strong

taste etc...
thick as mud, pretty heavy in the mouth in other words, really up front with the banana flavor that is just enough to temper the heavy ABV, you sort of get a peek at the alcohol for a second but then you kind of aren't sure if you actually spotted it, the problem is that hiding the ABV with big flavor can back fire if you don't particularly love that big flavor, I think this meets
the criteria here, it is a little much, it doesn't quite reach the undrinkable category but it is not something that is a flavor that makes you want to keep going back for more

definitely boozy but the ABV is sort of held in check but in doing so the flavor is a bit much for this taster, the mouthfeel is great but man after a while it is just too much banana tone, worth a try if you see it but don't go nuts looking for it

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Photo of iLovehops23
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy brown, good head for a high ABV.

Smell: Nice banana sweetness! My favorite weizenbock aroma.

Taste: Sweet fruitiness dominates. Banana, grape, apple. Very boozy. Not too pleased after the aroma.

Overall: I love weizenbocks so picked up this one from Weyerbacher. Started out strong with the look and smell, but the taste was a disappointment. Just too much alcohol, and the grape/apple flavors remind me of high gravity malt liquors rather than weizenbock. Bummer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep mahogany colored brew bordering on brown with a tiny white fizzy head. The head fades very rapidly leaving only a very trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite sweet overall with lots of cherry, prune and plum as well as some more sugary smells of a more molasses nature. With the sweeter smells there are also a decent amount of wheat and brown bread aromas. Rounding out the aroma is a light spice smell, some banana and a alcohol aroma which overall add more sweetness and a more warming smell to the brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and wheaty taste with lots of dark fruit flavors of cherry, plum and prune. While smoother upfront, as the taste moves on it becomes more grainy and harsh in nature. Quickly following the initial tastes the wheat flavors grow more grainy in nature with the bready flavors becoming more roasted and brown bread in nature. All the while a boozy and burning alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. The alcohol starts out lighter but gets quite strong in the end with a rather potent banana and peppery spice flavor coming as well. With the combination of flavors that are left on the tongue at the end a hot and boozy, grainy brown bread and sweet dark fruit flavor, which do not meld all that well, are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The chewier nature is nice for the wheat and brown bread flavors of the brew, but gives way to much time for all the hot boozy flavors to linger on the tongue.

Overall – A little too hot in boozy flavors with all the tastes never really come into concert with each other. This was not one I would likely go to again or recommend for regular production.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown-amber color with a barely-there soda-like head that never amounts to more than a ring around the edge of the glass. No retention; no lacing.
It is high ABV, but nonetheless, meh.

Smells a lot like a strong dark Belgian to me. Vanilla with banana notes from the yeast (definitely the dominant smell), dark fruits, licorice, oak, and brown sugar. Very nice smell.

Very sweet. Cherries, cola, candi sugar, caramel malts, licorice, and the faintest vegetable taste at the long, sticky finish (not entirely bad, a little like celery or cucumber-- fresh, but not what I would expect).

Thin and sticky with aggressive carbonation and a long, cloying finish/aftertaste.

Okay, I guess.
First of all, this beer is entirely too sweet for my tastes. It isn't undrinkable, but it definitely had me a little worn out by the end of it. It is nothing to look at, but has a very nice nose with a lot of good yeasty phenols and a subtle underlying wine aroma. The taste is almost like drinking pop and is very clean and sweet (lots of cherry flavors). The palate is quite sticky and thin and nothing to write home about.
Overall, this is a beer that I think has some very nice qualities (the nose particularly) but could use to be tightened up (it could use to be a little heartier and a little fuller, I think). Since it is a one-off it makes total sense that it is just shy of being the complete package and--based on the other Weyerbacher beers I have had--I have no doubt that it could be tightened into a lovely beer. But I digress.
Probably wouldn't have it again; on the other hand, if I had it to try again I wouldn't NOT try it...

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Photo of Act25
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unless you really want to try 11% ABV heavy handed sweet hammers, you can safely skip this one. Besides, this is a Jan, not a July beer.

A: Poured into a .5l cyl named Spaten, becomes a murky dirty river brown with minimal carbonation, and no mahogany highlights. The beer sports a half finger beige head that reduces to a medium patch of thin film and a ring at the edges. Only a little lacing are observed. Not an appealing brown.

S: Dominant clove & Banana, it's a weird milkshake with alcohol.

T: Interesting mouth tingle right up front with clove mostly underpinned by malts and dark fruits (figs, over ripe banana). I found it more alcoholic in the finish that other reviewers. (And I am not a fan of Doubles usually as I find heavy alcohol leadens the flavors and aroma of great beer).

M: Milkshake like, Motor oil mixed with old cider? It's full bodied with moderate carbonation. Much alcohol warming in the finish, makes me wish it would snow. Too sweet. I need a triple cream soft cheese and figs rather than a thin slice of cheddar.

O: This is a overly dramatic, big beer with a high ABV that's only suited for winter. Skiing, or perhaps carry it in a flask?? .... not a very easy beer to drink - there are some odd ball flavors and nice stinky aromas to the beer. I am going to repour it into a chalice and drink it like sherry.

Safely pass on this one.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just accidentally erased my whole write up so here's a shortened version:

Deep chestnut color with no opacity and no head even with an aggressive pour. Complex nose of dark fruits, toasted whole wheat breads and faint banana. The taste isn't as complex as the nose but flavors are good, lots of dark dried fruits, plums, raisins, hearty grainy breads and a touch of yeast snap to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is deceptive, medium bodied and smooth, almost no detection of the 11% abv. Flavors are a little muddled and blurry but work together. Weyerbacher isn't really known for making really clean beers anyway with the exception of simcoe and the new last chance ipa. Pretty good overall a little different in regards to style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a two finger khaki shade. Retention is damn excellent for such a big beer, but it's whipped cream-like texture means it leaves no lacing behind.

S: Quite a bit going on here. There's the typical 'banana and clove' ester character as expected, but it's what lies beyond that which make it interesting. Vanilla, cream, nuts, and dark fruits all coalesce on the nose quite well. The alcohol isn't perfectly concealed, but has a defined character to it (in this case, dark fruits) which makes it much better.

T: It starts off very sweet...really sweet, actually. Lots of vanilla cream character to open this one up. The yeast presence is fairly mild, but does provide slight hints of banana near the middle. Some tart dark fruits (think plums) and a slight alcohol burn finish it off. Maybe it's because I'm drinking this at a lukewarm temperature, but there really isn't too much alcohol in this. My problem with it is actually this: it's way too sweet without a significant amount of complexity. Ergo, it kind of tires the palate after, say, 6 oz.

M: The feel is wonderfully creamy, lush, and soft. The finish really lingers on the palate, also. It could use more body, though, and maybe a touch more carbonation. At least the alcohol presence on the palate isn't ridiculously harsh.

O: This wasn't bad at all, in fact it was quite decent. Thank Jebus this was only a 12 oz bottle, though - the thought of finishing 750ml of this doesn't exactly fill me with joy. You could probably split a bottle of this between two people and everything would be peachy.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

It's been awhile since I have had a new Weyerbacher beer.Poured into a weizen glass a deep murky chesnut brown with a half finger off white head that was gone pretty quickly,a menacing looking weizenbock if I have ever seen one.The banana notes really jump out at ya in the nose along with some gummy fruitiness and nut,there is a big alcohol presence wich is par for the course when it comes to Weyerbacher in my opinion.It's big and chewey in the mouth unlike any of the style I have had.It's an alcohol bomb with big medicinal sweetness and alcohol,the banana and clove spice is there but it's hindered a little by the sheer size and burn of this beer.The biggest weizenbock I have had,Iam not sure what some of my friends from the south of Germany would think of this.There are good points to this beer but it's to big a monster for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a dark brown color with a miniscule tan head. Not good retention or lace, especially for a wheat beer.

Nose has lots of clove and yeasty aromas. Dark, sweet malt is there and more alcohol that a beer of this ilk should have.

Big yeast and big alcohol...sweet wheat and malt make it smoother than I thought it would be. Not bad for such a high ABV wiezen. That said, I still think a few percentage points off the ABV would have made this a much more enjoyable brew. The mouthfeel is decently smooth, though undercarbonated for a wheat beer. Overall, I see what Weyerbachr is going for here...an imperial weizenbock, and it is not a half bad attempt all things considered. I wont have any problem finishing my 12 oz sample, but wont have any desire to seek out again.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a murky brown with a finger of head which quickly diminished. sweet malt aroma, grapes, raisins, cherries, caramel. the flavor is a lot like a quad.. very sweet, dark fruits (plum, dates, raisin), caramel, lots of wheat flavor, very booze heavy.
medium to full body, low carbonation.. feels heavy at first but thins out on the palate. a bit more carbonation would do this beer good.

i think the saison from last year was a lot better than this anniversary beer.. not very familiar with the style, but it is very reminiscent of a quad.. quads and tripels, i really have to be in a certain mood for.

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Photo of DIM
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: On the darker side, just the way I like my weizenbocks. Murky and muddy, this poured with a small, short lived fizzy head.

s: Lots of sugary toffee pretty well dominates here. Some boozy vanilla and a hint of yeasty banana.

t: Very sweet overall, but this still works. Almost sugary toffee and caramel dominate. Hot, boozy finish with a faint banana exhale. I was hoping for some cocoa and dark fruit, but I couldn't find any. Not as complex as some.

m: A bit undercarbonated, this feels a little light bodied.

o: Whenever I finish an Aventinus, I wish I had more. While I did enjoy this, 12 ounces was enough.

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Photo of themind
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A quality brew from a quality brewer. I stopped by the brewery and picked up a growler of this stuff. The mouthfeel was a little thick for me. It has a decent aroma and crisp carbonation along with a good taste that lingers on your palate. I had several glasses of this stuff and enjoyed each one. The ABV is hidden fairly well. The beer seems to have hints of banana, clove and dark fruit. overall I like it.

Bottom Line: Decent offering from the Easton boys.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a murky brown color with a thin cream colored head on top. The retention fades not leaving anything behind to really look at. The smell of the beer is loaded with clove and malt, there is a sweetness and hints of booze on the nose. The taste is malty, lightly roasted and very spicy with clove. The mouthfeel is thick and dense, there is a healthy amount of booze. Overall it's a big beer, it's a powerhouse and it should be... Here's to 18 years!

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Photo of Mdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy brown, good head for a high ABV.

Smell: Nice banana sweetness! My favorite weizenbock aroma.

Taste: Sweet fruitiness dominates. Banana, grape, apple. Very boozy. Not too pleased after the aroma.

Overall: I love weizenbocks so picked up this one from Weyerbacher. Started out strong with the look and smell, but the taste was a disappointment. Just too much alcohol, and the grape/apple flavors remind me of high gravity malt liquors rather than weizenbock. Bummer.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark mahogany with almost no head.
S: It smelled like alcohol and banana nut bread, with a little sweet toffee and earthy dark fruit.
T: It tasted like earthy banana nut bread and sweet fig and spicy clove, with some bitter copper and fresh wheat. It had an earthy but clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly think with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a heavy but enjoyable weizenbock, with more emphasis on the bock. The scent was rough, but the taste was good, and the body was solid. The finish was surprisingly smooth without much heat, so it was easy to drink. Seems built for aging, although it was decent fresh. Good brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a dark ruby red/brown color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like cloves, bananas, dark fruit, wheat, and some caramel. It tastes pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some chocolate and toffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, definitely worth a try. $3.99 for a single bottle.

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Photo of larryi86
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into weizen glass

A- A hazy brown with a one finger tan head.

S- Bready, wheat, dark fruits, some alcohol, yeast, bananas, spices.

T- Sweet, bready, wheat, spicey/earthy finish, dark fruits, rich, bananas.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice Weizenbock, a little boozy. Not sure if it would pick it up again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very murky medium brown in color with minimal amounts of carbonation and some light mahogany highlights. The beer has a creamy half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of malty sweet with banana and a light amount of clove.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet wheat malts with moderate notes of banana and some light notes of clove. Very light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a big beer with a high ABV and as a result it is not a very easy beer to drink - there are some nice flavors and aromas to the beer but it is a sipper.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky, muddy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing at all.

S: A decent enough aroma of malt, wheat, and that bubblegum quality.

T: Tasted of wheat, first and foremost, the bubblegum quality, a sugary element, and a hint of malt. A bit on the boozy side, especially in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but a tad on the off balance.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat smooth finish (aside from the booziness of it). Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting take on the weizenbock. A bit uneven, but worth a shot.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smaller slightly darker colored fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that disappears at a med to quicker rate, typical for this high abv beer, high water mark lacing that also doesn't stay long, very dark beer with just hints of caramel molasses light sneaking through at the thin parts.

Nose is pretty nice, some dark wheat like aromas, biscuit, caramel, nutty, toffee, some candy like notes but doesn't seem too sweet, into candied raisins, slight hint of fig, as well as mild booze, esters, and just at touch of phenolic booze. The longer I nose the more the booze comes out and tickles my nose, as well as a creamy wheat.

Taste starts with some sweetness but not too sweet, a big creamy wheat flavor, darker wheat too with some biscuit and lots of toffee, nutty characters, candy with some caramel and caramelized sugars, a little candi sugar too, little overcooked caramelized almost burnt toffee. then booze, big booze kick with warmth, tingle, and a definite booze taste that's almost fusel but not quite, with lots of phenols too, and a mild ester component. That leads to the fruits again which are much more background than anything, more candied raisins and hint of fig paste, bit of cooked vegetable. It's fairly creamy and wheat based. Finish is a bit sticky and syrupy, bit of bitterness but not much, little toffee and nutty flavors, more mild dark candied fruits, and more phenolic booze lingering.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, lower but decent carb for the style, and lots of warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, a big sipping winter beer that will warm you while not going overboard with malts, a nice wheat base, creaminess, good sweet characters and fruits, but overall a bit too much on the booze and phenolic characters.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer, it has a dark brown color body with a small tan head. The aroma is sweet and also some banana is present. The taste has a banana and dark fruit up front, then a strong malt flavor on the back of tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth for being a 11% brew. Overall it is very tasty and decently a sipper

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Eighteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.