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Der Weisse Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

Der Weisse BockDer Weisse Bock

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BA SCORE
87
very good

121 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%


Brewed by:
Mahrs-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
"4880" is the bottled on date
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of lightly burnt tan bubbles, very small in size, creating a dense meringue-like, frothy head. Gradually recedes to a persistent head throughout, surprising and impressive due to high ethanol content of the beer. Leaves no lacing on sides of glass. Body is a dark mahogany stain color, or gem-brown if you prefer. In the light, this shows off some dark ruby highlights. Semi-hazy with visibly active carbonation.

Aroma is deeply of toasted malts and butterscotch, with some banana bread in heavy syrup. Quite different from other weizenbocks I've tried, but quite enjoyable.

Taste begins with rich, syrupy barley maltiness, which gradually transitions to a deep caramelized sugar and toasted malt base that lingers throughout. Very mild, in the background, are roasted flavors, contributing a bit of twang alongside the wheat. Bit of spiciness on back of tongue, indicating subtle hop usage or ethanol. Lingering finish of very mild bitterness and more subtle caramelized sugar flavors. Overall very nice, but would have enjoyed some more banana esters and, possibly, spices.

Medium-bodied with a moderate to moderate-high level of carbonation. In the beer, this doesn't come across as aggressive due to the heft of the body. Instead, the resulting mouthfeel is foamy, creamy, and somewhat pillowy. Finish is dry

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 17:04:43 | More by falloutsnow
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan foam head. Light spotty lacing.

Toasted malt. Fermented scents, like a dark bready dough base, or some tart fruit. Some spice.

You get good dark toasty wheat, some spice and light fruit, somewhat cherry-like, light malty bitterness, long toasted grain finish, maybe even a bit nutty. Alcohol? Not even a hint. Nothing overdone, perfectly balanced.

This has some body, but has some carbonation too. As your palate clears, this dries out to a slight pucker. Nice structure.

Great brew. Domestic brewers go extreme with this style. This is completely balanced. Really enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 20:18:28 | More by OtherShoe2
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out darker than I thought it would. The color was a murky brown with a pretty nice looking bubbly head on it. The smell of the beer was of strong malts and some wheat in the background. The taste of the beer had a slight acidic bitterness to it up front, possibly from the dark malts used. The aftertaste though was a smooth wheat flavor that I found to be quite refreshing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and overall I found this beer to be pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 17:48:59 | More by Knapp85
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown in color, tan foam, and a slight reddish hue. The beer is appealing. The smell is nice...chocolate, vanilla, and raisin-bread. Nice stuff. Following the first few sips, a lot of spicy phenols come out. The beer is semi-sweet and has a pleasant alcohol warming. A bit yeasty...chocolate and vanilla in the flavor. Medium-full in body, with notable carbonation. This is a satisfying beer, although it could be a bit more intense in its characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 01:24:26 | More by Suds
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:29:47 | More by Sachsenfreude
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buyaa

New York

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:10:43 | More by buyaa
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Bobby12many

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, almost completely opaque ruddy amber colored with an underwhelming head that fleets quickly. No Lacing to be found, only a small veil of micro beads that float atop the surface. Light sediment is suspended throughout.

S - Sweet caramel, figs, and raisins. Also a hint of the wheat backbone in the end, slight nuance of yeast

T - Quite sweet up front with caramel malt taking most of the spotlight. The finish has a tinge of clove and a light spiciness that offsets the sweetness somewhat. Not nearly as complex and rich as I was hoping.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin and could use a bit more carbonation. This really lacks the big bodied punch I expect from a good Weizenbock.

D - I found this Weizenbock to be quite one dimensional, and a bit too sweet for my palette. It does a good job of hiding its ABV, albeit without much complexity. I will easily finish the bottle, but doubt I will ever pick this one up again. A decent beer, but one of the least interesting Weizenbocks I have had the chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 01:37:56 | More by Bobby12many
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:22:26 | More by TheBrewo
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color. It poured into a weizen glass with a finger high tan head that has good retention properties. There is a very high amount of carbonation visible in the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts and wheat in the nose along with some hints of bananas.
T: Malty flavors are more evident in the taste compared to the wheat; there are some notes of cloves and dark fruits plus hints of chocolate. Unlike the smell, there is only a hint of sweetness in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: For the most part the alcohol is relatively well masked, although this is a beer that needs to be sipped.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 15:30:12 | More by metter98
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 12:14:12 | More by avalon07
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a good deal of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It had a small, bubbly tan head of foam.

S - There are two smells I expect in a weizenbock: malt and wheat. This brew delivers those aromas in a big way.

T - In terms of flavor the malt is a little strong than the wheat. There is some mild bitterness from the hops in this one.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

D - This is a very solid weizenbock. I'm glad it arrived in MO because this is a style I'd love to see more often.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 17:22:02 | More by zeff80
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. There is also suspended sediment present. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, slight hop, and some acidity. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight dark citrus, slight tartness, and slight grain. Overall, a good body, but high carbonation hurts the feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 23:13:29 | More by Tone
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel like color and in fact reminds me of cola in many ways. Thin to no head is there upon pour and a few moments afterwards. Disappointing. Nose has a dark bread-like character. Rather yeasty & chocolatey on the taste. Easy drinking, much like a plain ole dunkel or dunkleweizen.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:42:52 | More by yemenmocha
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glid02

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a chestnut brown color with a two-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramel and grassy wheat first and foremost with mild spices and even milder banana aromas lurking in the background. As it warms the wheat aromas intensify a bit and become more tangy.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep caramel and wheat flavors up front are joined quickly by hints of over-ripe bananas and less quickly by good amounts of spices. Midway through the sip hints of mildly sour soy sauce come out before a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the bottle however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a much more caramel-oriented weizenbock than most others that I've had. Don't expect loads of spices and bananas in this one however it remains worthy of a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 21:37:12 | More by glid02
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danadeny

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly body , dark brow, sedement floating everywhere. Lots of carbonation. Smells like a malty German wheat beer. I was hoping for some smoked malt. The flavor is a bit off. I know my store may be selling old stuff from other German imports I have bought. This flavor has a tangyness and no balance which I belive is uncharacteristic for the style. So I am not going to give this beer a full review because I belive I have a past prime bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 01:12:12 | More by danadeny
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crenegar

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 19:02:33 | More by crenegar
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Cape Wine & Spirits in Lewes, DE. Poured chilled from the 16.9oz bottle into a goblet.

A - A deep garnet shade w/ practically now-you-see-it, now-you-don't head of tan. The clarity is translucent w/ absolutetly no lacing

S - A creamy smoky sweet nose w/ dates, sugar dusted nuts and gentle fig aromas. There are odors of vanilla, toffee and a light alcohol presence

M - This is a potent beer and doesn't care if you know it, viscous with moderate carbonation to lighten the sugary malt feel more like port to me than most beers of this ilk I can think of. The feel has slight smoky texture w/ dry tinges, but finishes slightly sweet and has a warming quality

T - I was impressed with the flavor which is a mix of malty/nutty candy-like tastes and a strong smoky bock. The wheat gives a smooth essence to the flavor w/ light caramel and toast notes. The hints of mild gentle sweetness at first that then move to a dark toffee, vanilla, dark fruit- like raisin and mild smoke flavors. There are hints of molassess and brown sugar as it finishes with an herbal flavor and taste of alcohol, with residual sugars of candy-like malt.

D - For an 8.5% ale/lager hybrid this is very smooth. The qualities of Weizen are not lost, but it has a very bock influenced character. There is plenty of malt and strong lager flavor for a cold, wet fall day it was perfect

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 19:52:38 | More by Slatetank
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't find the date on this one.

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $5.99/bomber

Appearance: Hazy deep amber color. Thick head if poured too aggressive. Not much sticking to the sides. No lacing.

Smell: Spices and Banana come to mind with this one.

Taste: Definate malt up front with a hint of Lime almost tangy. As it warms it gets a little peppery.

Mouthfeel: Crisp dry finish. Alcohol well hidden at 8.5%.

Drinkability: A worthy weizenbock. Not my #1 choice in the style but very good never the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 00:10:06 | More by 05Harley
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 00:27:52 | More by philipquarles
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rye726

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 17:48:24 | More by rye726
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Things I like:

Great bottle art with the cool ass goat licking up the beer spilling out of the glass.

Nice unique aroma...more doppelbock than wheaty...dark fruits (red grapes, cherries, prunes) along with molasses...

Sweet sticky flavor(but not cloying at all)....sweet malts and dark fruits again....

Low carbonation allows the flavors to jump out...

Things I don't like:

Really lacks weisse characteristics...I'd love to see the flavor of this combines with some yeasty banana and clove components.

Looks flat...like day old cola left in a glass overnight...

Final Thoughts:

Very unique...not up there with Aventius or Ramstein but a beer I would love to drink more of...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 04:30:21 | More by ZAP
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Troyone

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coca cola color (before I swirled in the sediment, then cloudy) with an off white head, biege, and lots of action.

Sweet molasses and florals smell with a roasted malt aroma.

Molasses and dopplebock malt taste with a wheat grain background and multi floral flavor.

Medium to full bodied, resinous and slightly buttery feel, with a crisp comfortable carbonation.

IMO this is more of a doppelbock with a wheat background/finish, similar to Aventis, and I like Doppelbocks particularly this type.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 05:23:58 | More by Troyone
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 05:25:14 | More by WYVYRN527
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle, BB 13/05/08, served chilled in a weizen glass 6.5 months way past the expiry date (oh well...).

A: pours a murky, deeply-dark russet brown hue, topped with a sharply-hissing, puffy tan head with surprisingly good retention, while the carbonation remains lively.
S: salty-sweet prunes, dark cherries, wheat-malts, a very light touch of overripe bananas, and a pinch of chocolate powder. The slightly sharp sour-fruity estery note actually rings a bell of a farmhouse Belgian dark ale! Overall, slightly too sharp in terms of sour fruitiness.
T: tea-ish bitter hops and a lightly metallic touch comes with sour cherries, then settling to a mainly weizen-taste of sour mangos and a whiff of lactose drink. Just a little, almost negligible, brown-sugary sweetness manages to emerge at the corner of the palate. In many ways, this is like a poorly bottle-conditioned and overly yeasty example of Belgian dark ale.
M&D: the palate is spritzy upfront, slightly "loose" in terms of the bubbly texture, while the flavour is in a mess and shows no "gravity", or a main theme, at all. All these, I hope, are due to the expiration issue of this bottle, otherwise I really can't find it worth production at all. Got to try it again!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 20:47:46 | More by wl0307
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AltBock

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tall 1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle with a realistic drawing of a goat licking the side of a Weizen glass full of foamy beer. It's fuuny the first time you see it, but then it gets old. The back label only contains the mandatory US information. They didn't bother to stamp the bottle with any kind of date.

I poured this Weizenbock into my Ayinger Weizen glass. Out of the bottle came a beer that was a dark cola brown with a massive 3 to 4 inch head of foam. It wasn't a pure white color, but more of an off white color. This head had great retention that left behind a spotty 1/2 inch film and about 2 spots of lace. It's funny, it left behind spots, but not any lace.

The aroma of this Weizen was lightly malty with a sour undertone. Not too sour, but enough was there that I could detect it. The aroma was malty with toasted caramel malts, a drop of molasses, a subtle touch of coffee, and then the aroma finishes up with some sour cherries. Very interesting aroma. There wasn't any wheat, cloves, banana, or spices in the aroma.

The taste of this Weizenbock was malty and chocolately with roasted malts, a hint of milk chocolate, a subtle touch of coffee, and then this malty/chocolately beer ends with some herbal hops and a small bite of alcohol. This Weizen beer still didn't have any wheat in it. I guess it liked the malts more than the wheat. There also wasn't any banana, cloves, or spices in here. I like those flavors in my Weizen, but I guess the chocolate and malts will do.

This "Wheat" beer was medium bodied to full bodied with a mild aftertaste of roasted malts, a touch of roasted coffee beans, a hint of milk chocolate, herbal hops, and alcohol.

I would have liked some Weizen characteristics come through at the end, but they never did. This was my first Weizen beer that didn't have any wheat, banana, or cloves in it. Would I drink this again? Probably not because if I want a Weizen beer, I will pick up a beer that actually has a wheat taste to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 17:21:26 | More by AltBock
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