Eighteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.49/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
10-17-2013 21:39:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.6/5 rDev -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.
10-11-2013 00:59:53 | More by twiggamortis420
4.24/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
09-25-2013 08:55:12 | More by JerzDevl2000
Eighteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.