Eighteen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.29/5 rDev +13.2%
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
2.91/5 rDev -23.2%
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
3.13/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2013 05:15:11 | More by kojevergas
Eighteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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