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Der Weisse Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

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Der Weisse BockDer Weisse Bock

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very good

105 Reviews

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 140
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a deep mahogany with a very creamy and smooth looking mocha cap. Evaporates to nothing and leaves zero lace.

Aroma - deep roast, almost a soy-like smokiness. A buttery yeast component too. Very interesting smell.

Taste - a very nice roastiness and burnt sugar combination, like molasses. Very unique and tasty. The wheat is understated but weaves in and out of the other flavors nicely. A little alcohol warmth, this baby is smooth and delicious.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness, slightly heavy body, modest carbonation level.

Drinkability - very enjoyable from the first sip to the last. I'll remember this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” light tan foam cap that clings to the side of the glass. A touch of wine aromas and flavor, tart sherry, a touch of chocolate, and then the initial sweetness finishes dry and tart.

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Photo of John_M
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed this beer previously, but it was so superior to what I had had previously, decided to update my review. First sampled on 5/25/07, but tried again last night (9/12/08).

On tap at the German beer festival at Max's last night. For me this was the beer of the night, absolutely stunning.

The beer pours a dark cola color with good head retention. It really looks more like a dopplebock then weizenbock, but that's not big deal. Nice looking beer, but nothing really special, until I took that first sniff. Amazing. This is easily the most complex dopplebock I have ever seen. I don't know what the hell Mahr's did to impart this kind of aroma, but it was amazing. One initially gets smoked bacon, grilled meats and smoked salmon. However, as the beer sits in the glass the aroma picks up some sweetness, and as God is my witness, gives off an aroma of barbeque potato chips. There is also some clove and banana in the nose, which just adds to the fun. On the palate one still gets that smokey flavor, but it's a bit more subdued. However, there is a fascinating interplay of chocolate and tartness, coupled with some banana and more clove. The beer is fairly smooth on the palate, with the alcohol pretty well disguised.

This beer was just excellent. Wish it were available on tap all the time, but doubt I can expect that. Oh well....

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Photo of crenegar
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ, not a speck of dust on the shoulders. Although they usually carry Mahr's Bock this was a nice find.

This product is a bit more like their regular Bock beer than their Weizen and is quite a bit different than Aventinus or Vitus. The malts used here are more earthy and the grainy bread like flavors are paramount. Not nearly as much of the banana, clove flavors typical of regular Weizen beers. The use of Weizen yeast is just noticeable, it lightens the body and provides just enough of effervescence to make this beer really drinkable.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a a dark brown with good carbonation.

The smell is big caramel malt with a wash of alcohol and a clear smoky aroma.

The taste follows well, a very nice bock, with chocolate notes in a huge malt bill, some alcohol mixed with a nice smoky flavor close to a scotch ale.

The mouthfeel is big with good carbonation.

The drinkability is great, I will be looking for more of these.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of avalon07
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, dark consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Surprisingly, not much lacing.

S: A big aroma of malt, bananas, phenols, and wheat. Very sharp.

T: Tasted of malt (lots of malt), a touch of bananas, wheat and phenols. Had a slightly acidic character, along with a noticeable amount of alcohol. Very tasty and vibrant.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the best example of the weizenbock style I've tried in a while. Drinkable.

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Photo of Ardon
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only my second Weizenbock after Aventinus and that's tough competition. Pours with a nice thick head that dissipates pretty quickly. A rich mahogany/cherry colour that seems pretty impervious to light. Smell is out of this world; a rich raisiny banana. Taste is a little different to the nose however, still raisiny but I'm not getting the banana anymore; especially surprising due to the amount of reviews here that claim it's like liquid banana bread. I do, however, detect faint molasses and that strong raisin character coming through. Starts sweet, finishes dry with a semi-sweet chocolate flavour. Basically a delicious brew. I'd recommend this though, especially to anyone who is a fan of Weizenbocks or even Dubbels.

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Photo of putnam
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark brown with a noisy, brief topping befitting a 7.2% ABV wheat beer. Aromas of fruits and gums along with surges of butter, cream and cinnamon roll. An explosive tide of prickly gas leads to woodland and berry scented back flavors. Cleansing, mellow acidity powers the fruit. A sheer ribbon of dusty, tactile bitterness emerges late. The finish is astonishingly clean and limber considering the doughy, rich aromatics and reported ABV. Must be the acids. Old-school Rodenbach and Goudenband fans may find a sister wheat beer in this.
Mahr's standard Weisse can be quite tart and this is too, but with more weight this should be at least as broadly appealing.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The goat on the label looks pretty psyched to get his own beer...

Pours with strong carbonation into a weisse glass. Once the yeast is swirled, four fingers of foam rise and slowly settle. Faint aroma suggests tart green apples, and light gingerbread.

Taste is lively and fruity, similar to a Belgian dark ale. There's a strong nuttiness that comes across, some caramel, and vague clove. The effervescent mouthfeel mixed with the slightly sweet esters support this comparison, while it's wheaty fullness diverges from Belgian territiory. Despite the richness of flavor, this weizenbock is light on the palate.

I've had exceptional bottles and older ones that may have diminished in quality, so be sure to give it a second chance!

One .5L bottle is satisfying, but I wouldn't refuse a second.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, 4880 bottle code. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, date, banana, chocolate, brown sugar, dark bread, molasses, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with incredible complexity and balance of big dark/bready/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, date, banana, chocolate, brown sugar, dark bread, molasses, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, date, banana, chocolate, brown sugar, dark bread, molasses, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible weizenbock style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to Bierman9 for allowing me to try this solid German brew.

This Bier poured out a rich-looking, and very hazy brownish colour. The head was all talk initially, but quickly faded to a lacey ending. The aroma was very, very malty and sweet, perhaps citrus. After the first sip, I felt I may have initially over-estimated this Bier. However, about 1/3 of the way through, the aroma and flavor, specifically, the way the bready and almost chewey flavor melded together with the lemony overtones. A solid combination, and a great way to spend an early Sunday afternoon, watching Bundesliga action (Bochum at Borrusia Dortmund, in case you were wondering). A very, very good Bier.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rich mahagony brown beer with a thick and creamy foam head that seems like it'll last forever. This beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized ... so it's not 100% clear.

Faint spice, soft malts in the aroma and a massive cold banana bread nose.

Smooth mouthfeel with an upfront dose of malty dextrin sweetness, with some esters. A warming alcohol and its spice melds with a sweet herbal-like hop spice (tea-like), more distinct banana bread and phenols/clove. Hops aren't bitter at all, it's all spice and how it plays with the mouthfeel with this beer. Crisp, dry with a prickly carbonation feel. Notes of dry chocolate around the edges and some fruit that combines to create a faint chocolate covered cherry flavour. Finish leaves a "root beer" -like flavour on the palate.

A most interesting, complex and tasty Weisse Bock. The depth of spice character is amazing. Without a doubt one of the best -- within the sytle -- to have hit my palate in years!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous brew, redolent of chocolate-laced banana bread. Deep and dark, this is a weizenbock to spend a romantic evening with. What? That was weird? Fair enough. Regardless, take my word for it and snag this one should you ever see it, particularly on draught.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark clouded ruby that is almost opaque with a massive tan head. Nose is sweet and pungent with an almost wooded malt on there it seems. Flavor is thick and sweet with an almost berry like quality to it. Feel is almost a bit too tingly on the mouth from a sharp layer of carbonation. Definitely very drinkable. Worth trying. Goes down smooth and is very well made. I could go for these over and over again.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Pours clear mahogany/ruby with a billowing light beige head. Hiuge banana and clove on the nose, with a bit of graininess and tang from the wheat. The wheat character is much stronger in the taste. Banana and clove are still there, along with some other spice. A bit of hop bitterness, which is surprising. Slightly roasty, dry finish. Thick, almost creamy feel with perfect carbonation for the style. This is great; drinks way too easily.

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Photo of buyaa
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Unfiltered, dark coloring like slightly used motor oil. Not black but a brown. Dark tan head that disappeared fairly quickly in my glass.

S: Malty and sweet raisin bread. some hits of alcohol

T: Here is where this beer makes it's case. A wonderful beer, a heavy malt backbone but with many other flavors adding to the complexity, but not overly sweet or alcoholic. A yeasty somewhat dry finish, but nothing that overpowers

M: You can feel the thickness of the sediment as your roll it around in your mouth. It looses some of its carbonation bite as you get to the bottom of the glass.

D: Very easy to drink for an 8.5, but I would only want to enjoy this one at a time.

O: Do yourself a favor, buy this beer and enjoy it!

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Photo of rye726
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with shades of amber and a thin beige head. Nose has cloves, fresh fruits and wheaty malts. Taste is also quite fruity balanced by spicy herbs and peppery yeast. Clean body is lightly carbonated. A tasty Weizenbock that drinks quite easy.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance; dull and dark, cloudy brown. Light tan head that quickly dissipates but a collar remains around the edges. Very sparce lacing. Overall quite flat in appearance but this is understandable due to the higher abv.

smell; deep, wet, roasted malts. Hints of cocoa and mild spicy hops almost absent. Not much alcohol but just a bit brings out a soft dark fruit sweetness. Yeasty bread sweetness comes around from time to time.

taste; watered down dark rum and raisins and molasses but as the sweetness tries to take control, roasted malts bring an aged bitter and toasty flavor out. Bitterness tries to take control but the sweets hold it back, making a dark chocolate and almond finish. Really a nice balance, perhaps the roasted malt flavors could be slightly stronger but no complaints here.

mouthfeel; thick and a bit creamy. Smooth and slightly tart in the finish, leaving a warm sticky film behind.

overall; not overly extreem; a solid a example of the style. The toasty flavors of malt are quite advance and distinguish the beer. Would certainly reccommend.

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Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at the brewery.

A: Very murky, chestnut colour; off-white head, some retention and lace.

S: Light aroma of bready, caramel malt and banana.

T: Very bready, some banana, slight spicyness. I liked this a lot... not sure why I didn't have more to say?

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 16.9 oz bottle, the bottling date on the back is smeared out. Der Weisse Bock pours a hazy, dark brown color. Head is tall and thick. The aroma is of rich, dark European bread with a distinct banana smell. This is very strong and inviting. Taste is complex. Banana and clove notes are joined by big bready malts. Flavors are noted on multiple levels. Finish is sweet and slightly nutty. A mild alcohol taste is also noted. This is great stuff, and is sadly from another great brewery that we're missing out on in Houston.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour an entirely opaque, cola colored brew. It supports a one and a half finger head the color of raw sugar, that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. A sweet explosion dominates the aroma, which is composed of butterscotch, figs, and dark fruits. The flavor profile begins with roasted malts, and an almost salty breadiness. This yields, and some of the aromatics, namely the figs and dark fruity flavors, begin to come through in the taste. The sip gets progressively sweeter, as it concludes on a coffee note that stays with you for a pleasant aftertaste. We are left with an uncoated mouth, that is dry, but not puckered. The medium body is surprising, and the carbonation is faintly noticed.

Overall, this was an enjoyable brew. We detected little wheat character, and it was darker and sweeter than the average Weizenbock; it was actually more like a light Doppelbock.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9 oz long slender Euro style brown bottle, a bottled on date on the back label. This was bottled on 01-10-00. Thin layer of brown sediment on the bottom of the bottle stay compacted while pouring. Mystical looking goat holding an over flowing beer glass and licking the foam over on the front label.

Appearance: Deep and rich brown colour with undertones of amber, slight chill haze which is a given factor to ales. Big bubbles of carbonation rush to the top and help keep a pancake like head for the duration.

Smell: Smell of freshly cooled banana bread, bit of spicy alcohol and huskiness in the nose also. Phenols are big with waves of clove and pepper. Obviously fruity with esters to boot.

Taste: Full malty body with a medium high carbonation that brings a refreshingly and slightly harsh crispness, prickly mouth feel from the carbonation that quickly goes dry. Big maltiness with cracker and vague rye flavours. Spicy upfront with both phenols and alcohol duking it out for domination, neither prevail though they seem to meld into one spiciness that holds true far into the finish. Hops are innocent bystanders and only add the element of balance the big picture of wheat bocks. Mild yeast flavour brings some earthy flavours. Dry rounded husk seems lightly toasted and lingers far and wide. Fruitiness is strong but vague in variety, only banana and tangerine can be picked out. Alcohol starts to kick in with a peppery flavour and a warmth. After taste leans towards husky with a bone dryness.

Notes: So complex and so dry, does not seem like a 7.2% abv brew being that the warmth comes late. This is certainly big enough to wash down a juicy corned beef Ruben on marble rye layered with Swiss cheese. Even better with some long aged cheddar and whole grain crackers.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a new arrival at our store, so I decided to try one. The beer pours a rich brown. Slightly hazy with a thick off-white head that thake forever to calm down. Aromas at first were that of wine. It had a sour, yet earthy character reminiscent of young Chateau Margaux. It dominated most of the boquet until I really stuck my nose into the glass and detected the aromas of the grains that were used to make this brew. The flavor was amazing. Fruity, yet at the same time mellowed out with sweet caramel and toffee overtones. Followed with a touch of dried fruit and a nice dry finish. This beer is definitely one to leave its mark. It's been almost five minutes since my last sip and I can taste it like it just came off my tongue. This was one unique brew. My standard for thisstyle is Aventinus, but I can almost put this there if not in front. A great sipper for these cold winter nights.

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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dinner beer that went with most food. Complex: wheat and chocolate bitter with subtle fruity sweetness. Robust so can store for a few months. Clear expiry date on back of bottle with top ten picture. Bit too high on alcohol but satisfying neverthe less.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a weizen glass. 750 ml bottle that says the beer was bottled on 02 04 04.

Appearance -- Very impressive in my tall weizen glass. The head is just incredible. Easily over three fingers. Very creamy and not going anywhere anytime soon. The head is actually kind of annoying because I can't reach the beer. Have to wait for it to go down just a little bit.

Color is a hazy light brown. Small bubbles are visible rising from the bottom in thin columns. A very nice beer to look at!

Smell -- Smells like a heavy oat kind of cereal to me. The kind of oat cereal that is very dense and heavy when milk is added. Dark fruit bread. Brown sugar.

Taste -- Tastes kind of like a sweet bread. Reminiscent of a heavy oat cereal. Pretty mellow.

Mouthfeel -- On the light side of the medium spectrum. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability -- I would drink this beer again if given the opportunity. I found it to be quite mellow for the style although it may just be that I bought an old bottle. The bottle I purchased was the last one and it must be pretty old given the bottled on date in early 2004. I'd like to try a fresh one to compare with. I'll have to wait and see if the store gets more in.

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Der Weisse Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
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