Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Der Weisse Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

Not Rated.
Der Weisse BockDer Weisse Bock

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

105 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 105
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mahrs-Bräu visit their website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Der Weisse Bock Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 105 | Hads: 140
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.

 258 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

7.3% ABV for this batch.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and wheat flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice sweet banana flavor.

 621 characters

Photo of metter98
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.

 715 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

 472 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These beers typically have everything in them, even the kitchen sink, and all going a different direction. This beer is no different, but the flavors and characteristics seem to come together more than most. The beer opens with an expected hazy, rusty, dirty hue, great head formation that faded rather quick for a wheat beer. Aromas of strong wheat malt wrapped into the barley well, leaving a nice base for intense fruity esters and complimentary phenolics. Bannans, grapes, berries, dates, figs, plumbs, prunes, and apples round out the esters, while a clove, peppery, smokey character is given with the phenols. Quite rich and full palated with warming alcohols that thin the beer for easy drinking. The carbonation fell quickly, leaving the beer a bit flat late. It's not quite Aventinus, but it's a nice Weizenbock.

 821 characters

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

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Burgundy colored with a moderate haze. The head is light tan, ultra-dense and lasting - almost looks like this was poured on nitro.

The nose reminds me of sweet plums and concord grapes. A nice tangy wheat character is present beneath the esters. As it warms, I can pick out the banana bread sweetness that's characteristic of the style.

Much like the nose, there's a big plum and grape flavor present right alongside the more expected flavors of banana, cocoa and caramelized malt. There's a mild phenolic spiciness that brings to mind star anise and clove. It's a semi-dry beer, especially so in the finish where the phenols seem to take over more and dry out the palate, lingering alongside notes of plum and baked banana. 8.5% alcohol is nowhere to be found, for better or worse.

Another fine beer from Mahr's. This brewery can seemingly do no wrong.

 888 characters

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.

 810 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, almost murky, tawny with brighter orange edges. The golden ecru cap is large and airysoft. It deflates fairly rapidly, but will no doubt continue to threaten to overflow the glass on all subsequent pours. Unfortunately, it isn't the least bit sticky and is a poor lace generator. With a better lid, this could be a looker.

The nose is wonderfully aromatic and reminds me of some of the better dunkels and dark weizens that I've run across. It's primarily dark wheaty with swirls of caramel, chunks of bruised banana and substantial sprinkings of ground clove. Actually, it smells like the beer equivalent of black bottom banana cream pie.

Der Weisse Bock is a little (okay, a lot) more sour on the palate than expected and will take a few ounces to get used to. Tangy wheat mixed with melted caramel is still the star of the show. What tastes like hefe weizen yeast makes a valued contribution as well. Pungent clove spice and banana esters do their best to get noticed in the midst of the impressive sourness.

The various members of the flavor profile increase in intensity throughout the mouthful and are best appreciated on the back end as the sourness finally begin to fade. Have I mentioned that this beer is sour? The mouthfeel is medium to slightly more full and the finish is lightly sticky and slick. I wish there was a little more sweetness present since the unrelenting puckery tartness becomes wearing after a while. Brisk carbonation keeps things lively.

Mahrs Der Weisse Bock is a good rendition of the weizenbock style that could be great if it wasn't for the overwhelming (take a guess)ness. All the necessary elements are in place, they just need to be allowed to strut their stuff unimpeded. This is oh so close to a stellar rendition.

 1,771 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

 570 characters

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass a deep tawny brown with some chunkies and floaties swirling in the bottom of the glass a foamy 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop fading into a creamy mass.Inviting aromas and quite complex notes of green apple and clove show thru most up front with hints of caramel and bitter chocolate as well and a lingering banana character,a nice mix of weizen and bock going on quite sweet with a bit of an alcohol zip to go along with a clovey,banana character its not boozy but the sweet alcohol has a presence.Solid nothing to complain about more of a winter season beer but its good no matter what season really.

 635 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big fluffy off-white head offers fairly good retention and a nice Belgian-lace. Brownish in color with amber highlights. Less hazy than expected, but there are some larger particles in suspension suggesting the yeast cake had been quite compacted - probably an old bottle. The aroma is limited with some caramel-like maltiness and a bit of a bready character. There are some very light notes of brown sugar and citrus, matbe some spice. The body is somewhat thin but the high carbonation level compensates in the mouthfeel. The flavor is restrained with a lighty sweet malt character. Very basic, no real fermentation characteristics seem to come through. Gently balanced hop bitterness finishes slightly dry. Although this beer is from Bamberg it doesn't seem to display the characteristics normally associated with the region. This may just be an old bottle that's lost some of its complexity.

 895 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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

 1,377 characters

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.

 1,807 characters

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.

 414 characters

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

Appearance: Deep caramel brown hue with a big viscous tan head leaves behind heavy patches of lacing. Aroma: Butterscotch sweetness very rich with an air of smokiness. Taste: Sweet fruit undertones sharp sweet malted wheat and the peated malts used here are great I would call it a near smoke beer. MouthfeeL Silky big chewy mouthfeel medium to full bodied brew in my opinion. Drinkability: Extremely unique weizenbock that I'm glad I picked up the smoked malts added to the experience but didn't overshadow the dark weizen bocks key characteristics.

 550 characters

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.

 1,617 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A wheat bock, so I'm nearly tempted to compare it against Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock, but that's a lofty standard to hold any beer against...
A small head, disappears quickly. A color of deep violet. The aroma? Grapes are predominant, plus spices, vanilla. Taste is deep and rich, rather dry, but compromised by an unfortunate over-carbonation. Halfway into the 16.9 oz. bottle, all I can think of is "grape soda". Not too pleased by this one, sorry

 450 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft but I've also had this in the bottle. I love the goat on the label, its so cool when Bocks have goats on the labels.

Big pour, 20 ounces at a local beer bar, served in an imperial pilsner glass.

Beer is dark, off white head (thick) that falls away slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. All is well. Its too dark to tell what the carbonation levels but based on head retention I hope they are high.

The aroma is a mixture of roast and sweetness. I am hoping for some nice banana hidden in there and after smelling the beer half a dozen times before tasting it, I finally convince myself that there is some esters in there and that they smell inviting.

I've been trying a lot of weizenbocks lately and unlike the others in this catagory, this beer is not sweet, at all really. I question what the aroma is telling me about the beer but the flavor is slightly roasty in the back, almost flat in the front with perhaps a slight hint of sour. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is medium body and the carbonation works well in the mouth, I just was expecting something else in the front of the palate to bring it all together.

I would order it again and recommend it.

 1,192 characters

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

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and fruity wheat malt scent that boasts of clove and banana along with crystal malts. The taste is decent. It has a tart wheat malt and yeast flavor with a dry, sweet finish. It has a crystal malt sweetness with a dry, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I like the aroma, but the mouthfeel needs more body and less carbonation.

 564 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice find on tap at the Blind Tiger. Poured a hazy/murky shade of dark plummy brown with a soft puffy head, that showed moderate retentive powers. Sticky and fine lacing left on the glass. The nose was strongly fruity with a wiff of sourness and alcohol . This is a slightly sour, mellow, yeasty and musty concoction. Lots of complex fruit, spice and yeasty notes floating around. Interesting, sophisticated, old world brew. If you like a complex, strong German style Wiesse Bock, this one is well worth a try. I'd like to try a fresh bottle for a comparison.

 567 characters

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears cloudy and orange/brown. Totally unfiltered brew, so there's lots going on in this glass. A ton of carbonation with a big head for about a minute, which soon fades.
Smells like bananas dipped in caramel.
Tastes like...a spicy bananana dipped in caramel! Tons of malt in the taste followed by citrus about a quarter of the way into the glass.Lots of fizzy bubbles rushing around my mouth from sip to swallow. Not overly crazy about the finish to this one. Slightly acidic and dry. Seems to cover up the alcohol real well. Authentic German style beer! I really dig the label a bunch. Cool looking goat lapping up the suds from an overflowing brew. It takes a while but this one will taste better and better as you start getting to the bottom. I still love my Aventinus for the weizenbock standby but this one is a decent brew to try out. It has it's own life that you certainly won't find from many others.

It was ok, dog.

 934 characters

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....

 1,343 characters

Photo of wl0307
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
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!

 1,257 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered faint brown head, fades quickly and leaves no lace. Cloudy amber color, chunky bits on the bottom. Nose is raisiny. Starts sweet and raisiny, finishes tart but watery 6/27/2004 - did not finish watery this time. Very low carbonation and light bodied. $3.29 for a 500ml bottle.

 297 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17 oz bottle picked up today at the Coop for about $5.75... shared with my carpool buddy... my half into my Chimay goblet.

3 finger head atop a dark cloudy porter like brew... foamy head with little lacing.

Bready banana spiked with light clove... spicy raisin bread.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with quite a bit of caramel... body is fairly thick and the carbonation is fairly smooth.. making a very easy drinking brew... a little cocoa throughout.. more brown sugar than caramel as it warms mixes well with the banana bread flavors.

Pretty excited to see the Coop got another weizenbock in... but that said I would probably only ever pick this up again if I was brewing a weizenbock and needed some inspiration or probably for a style tasting.

 750 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Der Weisse Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.