Weizenbock - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA
Poured a dark golden-orange with some haze and a nice finger of white head. Powerful aroma of bananas and cloves. The banana scent hits you as soon as the glass gets near your face. Similar taste, with banana bread and cloves and a toasty malt base. Earthy with some light caramel. Slightly bitter, but not much in the hop department. Medium bodied and nicely drinkable.
05-12-2011 13:49:50 | More by Rifugium
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Somehow this review slipped through the cracks. Visited Iron Hill on 06JUN09 with daughter Caitlin to meet up with Woodychandler and watch some Penguins-Red Wings Stanley Cup action. The Wings were already up 4-0, so Woody was in a sour mood. That allowed me to review this bier more thoroughly.
My glass was filled with a cloudy, dull, muted copper liquid. Head was beige and thin, an edge-clinger, leaving nice stick behind. Nose was clovey, with banana hanging around in the background. Body was solidly medium, and it was easy going as it traversed the tongue.
Flavor was top-shelf. A touch of bready malt hit the palate, with a super banana/clove combo. Just the right level of sweetness was present, and there was a touch of bubblegum, too, though it was restrained. Quite an appetizing bier, indeed. Only had time for one, though...
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5
09-17-2009 12:18:35 | More by Bierman9
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Served on-tap in a goblet glass at the Lancaster brewpub.
A: The weizenbock is a dark orange-brown melange with an autumnal glow. The darkness leaves the ale opaque. A decent head doesn't lace.
S: The nose is delicious, heavy with fruity esters of banana, clove and some apple for good measure. The wheat body is evident, a tart counterpunch to the clove.
T: The weizenbock's flavor follows the nose, fruity with a strong clove and banana essence. The sweetness stands in contrast to the wheat's tartness. The strength of the ale lies just below the surface, augmenting the weizen flavors. The fullness of each sip is heavy but refreshing.
M: Mmmm, fortified hefeweizen. This is a big ale that tastes very delicate. The banana and clove will not disappoint.
D: Yes, please, I'd love some more.
07-11-2009 19:51:10 | More by akorsak
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
While at home before undertaking this summer's (relatively short) month-long foray to the west coast and back, I have been diligent in reviewing the local wares. This is the latest in the series.
It had just a short, off-tan head with decent retention. The color was a reddish hue, like fresh-squeezed apple cider with a good deal of cloudiness. The nose was very berry fruity (blue-, black-, rasp-, straw-). It reminded me of the current Tastykake seasonal pie, "Summer Berry". The mouthfeel was medium with a riot of fruit flavors on the tongue - all of the aforementioned, plus banana. Phew! The finish was equally fruity plus some clove and even a little black pepper at the extreme finish. Wow! If you like that sort of thing, you will love this! As a self-avowed hophead, this was at the other end of the spectrum.
07-03-2009 22:45:02 | More by woodychandler
4.63/5 rDev +14%
Big thanks to Dim for sending me down this growler. One of my favorite styles and I was thrilled to death to be able to get a hold of this one. Served right out of my fridge and enjoyed in a tall pilsner glass. This one was consumed on 10/17/2008.
The pour was very nice, a rich, very hazy and cloudy, mudded amber color, if you can call it that came forward. Almost tan in color. A nice inch and a half of white foam then rose up over the top and settled down gently into a thin line of lace that hung on to the top throughout the session. Some light carbonation was witnessed throughout as well.
The aroma was just heavenly. Rich notes of banana and cloves, with the light peppery spices literally dancing through the air. Nice robust grain bill was easily brought up as was a nice bready base. The flavor was just about as good as it gets for the style. Nice notes of banana and grain, hints of pepper like cloves, and a slight tinge of alcohol. Very robust flavor here, with a long lasting light fruit flavor that I easily could have enjoyed throughout the rest of the evening. The feel was just as good, rich, and almost medium bodied with a wonderful amount of carbonation that just kept the whole thing feeling lively throughout the day. Really just as solid as they come, and for something over 7% I found myself drinking this one a lot faster then I probably should have.
In the end, I have to say this one stands out for me. I try a lot of beer, and lately it seems more then that, but this one snuck up on me. One of the best American versions of this style I have seen, and just a fantastic all around beer. If you can get this you really should.
10-27-2008 10:39:47 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Had this in a 12 oz. snifter at the Lancaster Pub.
The beer is a not-quite-opaque burnt orange with a one finger head. The smell is bready yeast, banana and clove. The taste is wheat grain, slight citrus, banana and clove. It is a bit creamy and the warmness of the higher alcohol is really well balanced with the rest of the hefe flavors. I was quite surprised and pleased how good this beer is. Bravo.
09-14-2008 02:56:55 | More by Tucquan
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
I thought this was one of the best beers Paul has put out. I couldn't tell what it looked like as I got it in the ceramic mug club mug so I had to pour a little into a glass to see it. It was lighter looking than I anticipated, sort of dark golden and hazey. It's very creamy going down and very smoothly carbonated. It's hard to detect the alcohol until it was too late. There were nice clove flavors mixed together with the bock style but all vert appoachable. A really nice beer !
09-06-2008 21:25:43 | More by BeerIsland
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
On tap at Iron Hill Phoenixville on 9/1/08.
A - Cloudy burnt orange body with a hazy tint, reminiscent of iced tea or unfiltered apple cider. Thin off-white head diminished to a slim ring of retention and left no lacing. Virtually no carbonation present.
S - Flavor profile includes burnt caramel, wheat malt, a bit of yeast and some clove and other spices. Pretty muted nose overall with just a touch of alcohol pushing through as well.
T - Begins with a spicy character with clove and coriander and a yeasty zing paired with some bready malt. Overall, this has an earthy flavor. Finishes with burnt biscuits, caramel and sugar.
M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and average carbonation resulting in slight tongue prickle. Finish is mildly bitter with an earthy, yeasty quality and traces of burnt malt on the tongue.
D - Decent weizenbock that's a little heavy on the burnt character. Pretty tasty overall, but I enjoyed the witbier much more. Still, the ABV isn't too noticeable, giving this a fairly decent drinkability overall.
09-02-2008 12:31:38 | More by ffejherb
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
a: This was a dirty, muddy looking brown color. It was served to me with no head, just a little whispy white froth.
s: Sweet wheaty bananas and some mildy sharp cloves. No alcohol to be found here.
t: Pretty much spot on for the style. Big sweet wheat, ripe bananas, and moderate levels of spicy cloves.
m: This has to be one of the chewiest beers I've tried. Creamy and thick to the point of reminding me of a rye beer. Big foamy carbonation combined with the body made my mouth feel very full.
d: I picked this place for dinner because I wanted to try this beer. It was as good as I hoped.
08-27-2008 10:42:23 | More by DIM
4.1/5 rDev +1%
On tap at the brewpub. 8/21/08
Pours a hazy, burnt looking orange with a thin layer of light orange sherbet colored head. Retains around the edges, with some thin wisps across the center, leaving some nice, thorough lacing behind. The aroma is distinct wheat character with caramel sweetness, orange citrus, pepper & clove, and finally, yeasty banana notes.
The taste is similar to the aroma, with a beefy mix of wheat, bread, sweet caramel, a splash of orange, peppery spices, and a nice bloom of yeasty banana esters across the back of the palette. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm feel and crisp carbonation yet seems to move effortlessly across the tongue and down the throat.
I'll be the first to admit that Weizenbocks just aren't one of my favorite styles yet this one won me over big time! Lots of robust flavors with a fuller body, yet this stays incredibly crisp and easy drinking. A very pleasant surprise! Kudos!
08-22-2008 17:46:50 | More by Kegatron
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a nice looking, somewhat murky brownish gold colour with a fair sized frothy head that has moderate retention time.
The aroma is a very nice combo of banana, yeast, clove, bready malt and a general candy sweetness.
The flavour is sweet up front, with candy coming through again, mixes with bread, banana (and other berry notes perhaps) and yeast in the middle before incorporating clove and a general spice bite at the finish of each sip. The balance amongst all of the flavours here is quite nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a touch of slickness to it.
I liked this beer a lot. It hit all of the key aspects of a weizenbock and balanced them nicely. Good balance and good flavour equal a brew you should definitely try.
10-12-2007 20:24:52 | More by SixpointJMH
3.45/5 rDev -15%
Clear brown body with a white patch.Huge lacing on the glass.Spray starch taste and smell.Unique taste and smell with fruity wheat notes.Light body.Easy to drink and sorda enjoyable.Ok in my book.I would have again next time I go to IH .This was my first time trying this style.Im glad it wasnt overly sweet.
09-09-2007 15:20:46 | More by MmmIPA
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks to weeare138 for sharing a home bottled bottle of this with us. It still had plenty of carbonation and was a nice treat. Thanks friend.
Appearance: Pours a golden orange apricot color with a white fizzy head.
Smell: the hints of toffee, caramel wheat bread banana and splash of clove are very pleasant and what I expect from a Wiezenbock.
Taste: Sweet wheat malt, fruity esters, and light phenolic aroma of bananas, toasted sugars and bubble gum. Overall, friendly and easy.
Mouthfeel: Creamy medium body.
Drinkability: Very nice easy drinking beer. Solid representation of the style.
Hope this is helpful.
02-21-2007 08:03:04 | More by Phatz
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Presented as a slightly cloudy dark apricot colored beer with moderate slightly off-white head. Smell is an inticing mixture of clove, bananas and maltiness. Taste is initially a bit overpowering with too much alcolhol noted, but as the beer slowly warms toward rioom temperature, the taste improves greatly, and the fruits (bananas, apricots, peaches) and spices (cloves) really begin to show through and present a very pleasing taste sensation. Finish is nice and fruity and leaves a very pleasant sensation in the mouth. Very drinkable, nice job.
03-12-2006 02:11:59 | More by tgbljb
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance has a deep plum brown amber tint forms a nice sized off white head leaves behind caramel brown hue even lace is left around my glass. Aroma contains banana, clove, vanilla, raisin, tart apple, and a touch of brown sugar laiden chocolate very nice esters sharp malted wheat sweetness finishes with some soothing alcohol notes. Taste has more soft banana, raisin, clove with some herbal German hops very quality weizenbock very growler worthy. Mouthfeel is creamy textured with a bit of a spritzy carbonation silky smooth going down nice. Drinkability is very tasty has you wanting another as soon as the glass empties beware of the abv but enjoy it b/c I know I did.
02-18-2006 14:48:19 | More by WVbeergeek
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for picking this up...
Appears a dark gold with a small ivory head that fades out. Spotty lacing appears on the inside of the glass.
Smell is of bubblegum, spicy black pepper, clove, and mild bananas.
Taste is of the same aromas, perhaps toned down slightly.
Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy, with the Bavarian yeast shining through.
11-11-2005 18:55:02 | More by weeare138
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Cloudy yellow gold pour with little bits of brown at the edges and a thin white head of fizz.
Smell is nice and weizen-bocky, with lots of clove and banana, some little whiffs of alcohol, and a little bit of an almost raisiny scent on top of some sweet bubblegum scents.
The taste is similarly heavy on the banana phenols, but the cloves and spice round things out nicely. A creamy mouthfeel that's buttressed by ample carbonation dancing on the tongue. The clove and spiciness is met by a pretty standard for the style bite of alcohol, and some yeasty bananas linger.
Overall: Quite nice, not a big booze bomb like some others in the style, but just a solid, nicely-done weizenbock with some great fruit flavors.
10-18-2005 02:23:47 | More by whartontallboy
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Its cloudy (unfiltered), light brown body displays amber and orange highlights beneath a short but creamy head of off-white foam. The head retention is limited (possibly by its alcohol), and itdrops readily to a razor-thin surface covering but still leaves some splashes of lace about the glass. The nose is quite phenolic with notes of clove, juicy fruit, bubblegum, spice, and sweet banana. The body is medium and it's very fine and natural carbonation gently caresses the tongue. The flavor is rich and exciting with its sweetish, lightly caramelish malt awash in gently spicy fruit and bubblegum. It's well-balanced by a solid bitterness, and enlivened by splashes of alcohol. It finishes dry, but with some residual phenolics; and the alcohol is kept in-check. Very nice!
12-14-2003 04:45:20 | More by NeroFiddled
Weizenbock from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
89 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.