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BA SCORE
85
very good

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Knapp85 on 06-16-2013)
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 00:57:41 | More by DaveBlack
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:
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.

S:
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.

T:
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).

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

O:
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 04:38:27 | More by TheDoctor
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 02:15:04 | More by chefhatt
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:25:39 | More by Mdog
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 07:56:24 | More by MattyG85
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Born_Beerknurd

Georgia

2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 18:09:40 | More by Born_Beerknurd
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kojevergas

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

C+

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:15:11 | More by kojevergas
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:03:01 | More by bluejacket74
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maximum12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 06:05:12 | More by maximum12
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adamette

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:19:48 | More by adamette
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.81/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 17:26:48 | More by jlindros
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Date indecipherable. Thanks again Tim.

Filled the tulip beautifully. A small off white head kept going by the generous carbonation flowing along the curves of the glass. Dark brown body, murky, but when held up to the light, shows some coper tones around a dark core.

Smell was most appetizing. Sweet malts with bananas and bubblegum

In addition to the above, the taste also delivered a nice surprise. Alcohol not strong, as you might expect from an 11.1. In fact it seemed to present as a warming centre among a wrapper of banana and bubblegum, with a few light spices amongst the malt. Pretty interesting taste.

Mouth was a bit on the thin side, but not unappealing. Finished dry.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. Will have to hunt out some other weizenbocks for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:17:58 | More by MikeWard
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 15:19:58 | More by BethanyB
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 00:59:14 | More by DIM
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 21:39:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:59:53 | More by twiggamortis420
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 08:55:12 | More by JerzDevl2000
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:04:18 | More by philbe311
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 14:52:42 | More by thecheapies
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Weizenbock. 11.1%

A: Cola pour with a monstrous 3+ finger peanut shelled colored head that was smooth and frothy all day long. Leisure rise of carbonation bubbles creep up along the inner walls of the vessel while a thin, spongy film coating exists for lace.

S: Bananas, cola, toasted caramel and some nuttiness exists on the nose along with some chocolate and a bit of mustiness.

T: Flavor of chocolate, cola-banana flair, dry pinch of coffee, nuttiness, and an earthy, musky bitterness. Yeastiness of banana, doughy bread, with some alcohol spiciness of black licorice, mild anise twang but is otherwise very well hidden in character for 11.1%. Spices of cardamon, and sweet chocolate flashes come about.

M: Warm anise alcohol warmth, medium full body, creamy texture, slightly oily feel with a soft presence of carbonation.

O: Overall a nice layering of complexity from the yeast and alcohol combine to give this a warming glow of spiciness. very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 23:28:06 | More by beerthulhu
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 21:18:30 | More by oberon
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:26:48 | More by Stinkypuss
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Pencible

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:00:32 | More by Pencible
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BB1313

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy dark brown; fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and great retention. The aromas are full bananas, cherries, and cloves. There's some bubblegum and sweet malts in the mix as well. The yeast is there in the flavors and aromas, but seem to blend harmoniously with everything else going on. The flavors sweem to match the nose. More banana and lots of spices. Molasses is there. Lots of cherries and raisins. Lots of dark fruits and bread notes. Subtle hints of cocoa. Flavors are spicy, but not overboard. There are subtle alcohol notes, but nothing overwhelming or diminishing the flavors. The mouthfeel is absolutely wonderful. It's extremely fluffy and creamy. It feels light for a pillow even though it's clearly full-bodied. The carbonation is on the lower side. This makes a nice sipper and it seems to open up as it warms up. It's actually an easy drinker despite the ABV. This one would probably age well.

I like it. This is a solid example of the style. They make it work, although the ABV is kind of high for the style. There's not a ton of weizenbocks on the market, so this is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 23:05:30 | More by BB1313
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:32:18 | More by schoolboy
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