Eighteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
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!
06-16-2013 03:55:45 | More by Knapp85
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
08-07-2013 21:18:30 | More by oberon
3.81/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
10-30-2013 17:26:48 | More by jlindros
3.13/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
12-01-2013 05:15:11 | More by kojevergas
3.79/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-27-2013 01:34:36 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
04-25-2014 04:25:30 | More by superspak
3.99/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-04-2013 23:26:48 | More by Stinkypuss
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-12-2013 23:28:06 | More by beerthulhu
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