Eighteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | FT: 4
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Knapp85 on 06-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (461 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,745 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,400 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
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. (721 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (965 characters)

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. (529 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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! (813 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (1,864 characters)

Photo of maximum12
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,637 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
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. (1,512 characters)

Photo of DIM
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. (617 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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... (1,359 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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 (774 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of adamette
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! (1,922 characters)

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4.1/5  rDev +9%
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. (636 characters)

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Eighteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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