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Eighteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.


Photo of zapahoppa
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of krs0123
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown, nice head, carbonated appropriately for the style. Big bready, dark fruit flavors...figs come through. Nice and boozy per the style. Some of the other reviewers complained about this being a winter beer released in July....so what. Leave it in he basement il December.
Overall, a really nice beer and original for the style.

Photo of Act25
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Ego
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of larryi86
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Eighteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.