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Wild Dog Weizenbock - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 10-23-2005)
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours with slight head, color ranges from orange at the bottom of the glass, to amber at the top. Aroma of spiced malt and clove.

Tastes malty, spiced, I do get some wheat coming through. Mouthfeel is ok, the few bubbles seem large, good finish, though. Aventinus is the only other beer in this category that I've tried, this is plenty drinkable for me.

Sephiroth, Mar 24, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of badbeer
2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750mL cork and caged bottle.

Nice dark copper color, with a cream colored head leaving only traces of lacing. Smell of some banana and clove, but mostly there was a sour smell to it of rotten fruit. Taste is very sour, there is a very small amount of clove in the finish, but this just doesn't seem right here. Above average carbonation with light to medium body. I just wasn't impressed with this, seemed more like a sour ale, which is not what I was expecting.

badbeer, May 03, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this 750 ml bottle at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL while there on a business trip and shared with my cousin while doing some craft beer tasting / tailgating at a concert this past week.

The beer poured a rich caramel color with a thick tan head that disapated rather quickly and left some swirly foam in the middle of the beer. The aroma was a bit of coffee or chocolate, some spice notes and a touch of brown sugar running around. The taste was of some dried fruits and also some sweet banana rounded out with a hot alcohol taste. The body was medium to heavy and there was a bit of a malty aftertaste that lingered in my mouth for awhile. I think I was expecting more from this since it said it was a limited release but overall it was a worthwhile experience.

ggaughan, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged big bottle from 2005, when it was just released. Again, getting married in a few days, and with one left in the cellar, I decided to crack one open with a friend in the wedding. Bottle sauys 8% ABV.

Into two 12 oz. glasses.

Appearance: Hazy yet a bit lighter-than-I'd-think amber, with a nice head above and good lacing, especially for the glass and the age. Good gurgling bubbles top-surging. I expected this one to dissolve like Dr. Pepper, and it held its own after four years, so bravo.

Smell: Now this is a bit weird, but expected, as all the semblance of wheat beer aromas is seemingly gone. There's literally none. It's all caramel and toffee sweetness with granny smith apple sourness and some cider vinegar. Like a Flemish Red almost, and nowhere near a Weizenbock, yet I've delved into the realness of the moment here, and am rating it as a beer and not sticking to the style because of the age. Good mild funk going on, almost as if there's Brett involved. IS there Brett involved? I don't think so, but still, I like it.

Taste: Again, the age on this has probably completely changed it. No clove. No banana. Reminds me more of a Wild Ale than a Weizenbock, easily. So I have some things to deal with as far as this review goes. It talks about it being an amber wheat on the label, but it's turned into, seemingly, a Brett-laced Wild Ale, somehow complete with forefront caramel and toffee sweetness, some granny smith apple, and finishing train-wrecked both the aforementioned: caramel granny smith apple drenched in sour funk and toffee. Weird and wild and wow.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I'd expected, but still fairly full-bodied and non-cloying and bringing out the enhanced sour flavors of the four-to-five-year-old brew.

Drinkability: This isn't a beer that probably should've held up for at least four years, but it has. That said, as I have said numerous aforementioned times, there are many who would not like what they're tasting. But the fact that beer can do this, and change so freakishly and deliciously, makes me realize just exactly why I like it so much. With a 2005 bottle, it is not a Weizenbock, and that is for certain. But there's some wild things that have been happening in the bottle, and I'm thrilled with it. Like a mistaken Wild Ale, almost. Sweet and sour beer, mistakenly, again, almost. I still have a bottle. If ity turns to vinegar in a year or two, then so be it, but I'll see what the Wild Dog can do in that time. Bring it.

asabreed, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russet copper brown with a intermediate gray-yellow foam.
Grain-heavy aroma, sprinkled with hefe underlings of clove, banana, and vanilla.
Enters full of honey roasted nuts, then fattens to the broader fruitiness of fig cookies, prunes, and carob. Yeast nuance brings a heavy vanilla influence with scrapings of clove, and glints of banana bread, as it closes with a black peppercorn spiciness.
Thickened, but spritely of carbonation. Well structured, and easily consumed. This is nice, but spendy.

cokes, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of expatsteve and shared along with him, dirtylou and blackie over an impromptu bock tasting.

Pour: hues range from amber through garnet/mahogany with a yeasty suspension under a finger of foamy white head that fades to a skim.

Nose: lightly smoked jerky, raisins and dates, and sour, dusty wheat.

Taste: raisins and roasted malt, dark fruit booze, smoked jerky, and sour wheat malts.

Feel: medium body with velvety carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: smooth, balanced, well-meshed. Great drinkabilty for the style and strength. It's no Aventinus, but a solid specialty from a brewery who is hit and miss in my limited experience with them.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to get a hold of this for two reasons. #1, it's the only beer from Flying Dog that I hadn't tasted, and #2, their last Wild Dog release, the double IPA, was really good. Fortunately, this one has lived up to that expectation. Oh, and I also got it on sale for $9!!!

750 ml, corked & caged. Nice label. Nice hang tag. It opened with only a minor "pop", although that was straight out of the fridge and it was a little bit colder than it would normally be.

I carefully poured it into a large weizen glass and found that the head was quite easy to control. The yeast, however, needed to be roused. When all was said and done, a cloudy, dark mahogany and caramel body rested gently beneath a tall, creamy head of khaki-colored foam. The head retention was very good, even very, very good considering that it's a weizenbock; and it slowly dropped to a short but solid surface covering. As I progressed through the glass it would diminsh a bit, but with each sip the stir of moving the glass roused the carbonation and it brought the head back up again. Some very nice rings of lace were left at the outset, one for each sip, and it then produced wide, craggy swaths of lace. Pretty nice appearance overall.

The nose stood out. In many cases, the nose of a weizenbock is not quite as rich as the flavor behind it, but that didn't happen here. It's spicy, malty, caramelish, and fruity with notes of black pepper, green pepper seeds, clove, wheat, caramel, banana and some soft melon.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth, with a very fine, median carbonation. I was expecting a little more zest based on most of the other examples of the style, but this suited me just fine. Standard weizens are normally quite effervescent, but the bocks are more restrained, and this seemed a touch softer than that. Very nice. It allows more of the maltiness to come through, and the smoother, softer mouthfeel lends to drinkability.

The flavor starts with a combination of fruit and peppery spice. There's initially some darker red/black fruit (plum, perhaps sweet cherry, ...grape even) that I didn't find in the aroma, and then the spice kicks in with black pepper, clove, coriander, and even some green pepper. As it warms in the mouth more fruit arises with banana and melon, and maybe even some low-level papaya. At the same time the maltiness has hit it's peak and your mouth is almost completely awash in caramel and wheat. It's rich and full, but not overwhelming as a thread of alcohol and some underlying leafy, floral, and spicy hop flavor and bitterness cuts through. It finishes dry with a flicker of yeasty pepperiness, a spritz of alcohol, and a smear of lingering bitterness and leafy hop flavor. Quite impressive... a little too much malt, a slightly high or low fermentation temperature, a bit too much residual yeast, a finger's nudge too much alcohol, or a bump of extra bitterness can throw a beer like this out of balance, but there's none of that here - well-balanced, clean, superbly brewed.

Highly recommended! Get it while you can! One of the best weizenbocks I've ever tasted. In fact, considering the intensity of the flavor and balance, it's basically a weizen doppelbock. I'd put it right up there with Aventinus! Whoever brewed this really knows what they're doing!!!

NeroFiddled, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled, sampled with blackie and golden2wenty1 courtesy of expatsteve

appearance: poured into a 2006 great taste samplig glass a rich dark amber mahogany, light beige head, nice full body...

smell: sweet malty aromas, apple, caramel, light honey, plum, light spice

taste: pretty nice bock...light wheat flavour, booze pretty well hidden for 8.6%, toasted malt, sweet fruity flavours, apple, caramel, light nutty character

mouthfeel: rather smooth, medium body

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours chestnut with effervescence & 1 finger of sand collored head. Slight lacing & head retention

S: Bubblegum, bandaids & some fruittyness

T: Bubblegum & fruittyness up front. Some apricot flavor along with a hint of chocolate. Finishes fruitty, warming, & quenching with hints of cinamon

MF: Medium bodied with some spirtzyness

Drank pretty easy for tha ABV. Not a bad take on the style. Looks like this one has improved with age

russpowell, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The wild dog is 750 ml and corked; served at near-room temperature, as I don't pay attention to that temperature stuff when serving my beer. Hazy, calm bubbly light brown with a foamy sizzling tan head. The head maintains the course, and spider web lacing dominates the glass. A clear and enjoyable nose--spices and hints of alcohol are noted immediately, and warming reveals some banana bread and zesty wheats, with undertones of cloves and caramel malts. The body is bordering on full, the flavors are rushing slick--they coat your palate, and then move down to present a decent warming affect. The flavorings are very nice--a decent blast of dark wheat malts, pepper and a lingering effect of light oak. Medium carbonation which detracts, but only a bit. Some yeast, brandy and raisins that are combined nicely. The finishing swirls will produce some caramel and yeast, with a slick and refreshed palate. This stuff is pure liquid gold; if you can still find it, you won't be disappointed. Served as a toast for my best friend, Buster, who passed today; a friend who loved good beer in his prime! Salud!

GeoffRizzo, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of Beertracker
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wild Dog Weizenbock pours up "wild" with an "untamable" tannish-white head that towers over the cloudy deep amber-murky brown body. The lightly roasted aroma has a spicy/phenolic (allspice, cloves, nutmeg) character with a less desirable rubbery edge. Low-moderate fruitiness (apple, banana, pear) with a pleasant melanoidin toastiness. No bubblegum. Touch of warm vanilla. Hint of winey (sherry) oxidation and warming alcohol. The surprisngly sour flavor starts off with a light caramel sweetness that is supported by a moderate roasty wheat graininess that's marred by a "heavy-handed" bitterness and underlying spiciness which coupled with the tartness (acetic acid) creates an unbalanced, overly dry, robust warming finish. This medium bodied weizenbock has effervescence, but lacks finesse (smoothness, creaminess) and is overly roasty for my tastes. Overall, I find this a big bottle infected mess that's just too wild & a bit long in the Canis tooth!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Procured from NBD in Manhattan a year ago, making this bottle 2 years old.
I'm curious about how it has aged, so we're about to find out. Cork was not budging, it was finally extracted by twisting it a few times with a rubber glove.

Pours in to a Moinette chalice a rusty reddish brown, with 1/4 inch of foam. Big bubbles in the middle, it reduces itself to a skim in a few minutes.

Initial aroma of raisin, molasses, a little gingerbread and clove. Slightly dusty, it reminds me of Corsendonk Abbey a little. Sweetness carries through in the taste, but is rounded out by an earthiness and slight woody bitterness in the finish. Raisin, caramel, aged hops that have faded a bit, it all comes together smoothly, but encourages slow sipping. It really starts feeling like a Dubbel without the extra yeast and full body of typical Weizenbocks. Carbonation is still present, thanks to the stubborn cork. I preferred the bottle I had over a year ago, but this has held up pretty well.

Overall, it was a nice brown ale, well suited to a cool autumn evening.

emerge077, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep redish brown body with a thick tan head with slow fading bubbles. Very attractive overall. Very zesty, spicey nose with hints of richness and underlineing floral notes. Rich soft maltiness with bold spicey wheat notes that are not to raw. Belgium barleywine style is well represented here. Oh so slightly lacking the boldness I was hoping for though. May age well. Mouthfeel leaves a slightly soured tingle on the buds. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

SPLITGRIN, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, with nice reddish highlights that circled the bottom and the sides of the glass. Rich head of off white, eggshell color comes up about an inch before settling down and leaving in its wake a nice an well rounded cap of foam and lacing.

Aroma is ripe with dark fruits, chewey caramel and rich toffee notes. Warming brings up even more fruit, dark figs, plums, lots of sweet bready malts and lots of funky flavors coming through now. Butterscotch mixed with a lightly tart fruit note, this was very complex and has held up remarkably well. Smooth, steady carbonation and while not being too light or heavy, it certainly won me over with its well balanced

mikesgroove, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of wcudwight
2.33/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy caramel color with a carbonated 1/2" head that leaves rather quickly and forms a ring around the top of the glass.
Smell is rather weird. Bananna bread oder is good but it also smells like a wet hay bale.
My palate ask, "What's this?" Some bananna and spice in the taste. Cloves. Bananna. Whole wheat bread. Mostly it taste like rotten fruits. A very carbonated finish with a slight alcohol warming.
Way too carbonated in the mouth to be enjoyable.
Not drinkable.
This beer is just not for me.

wcudwight, May 07, 2006
Photo of santoslhalper
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Fathead's.

Appearence: Pours a nice, dark burgundy with a thin tan head that dwindles after a few minutes. Cloudy as hell, with a decent amount of slow-moving carbonation.

Smell: Nice, strong sweet notes. Bubblegum comes to mind, as well as caramel and bready notes. Well balanced, with a tiny bit of spiciness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first, it's initially sweet with a little alcoholic spice. The bubblegum notes are still present, as well as molasses and caramel. It blends slowly into a little bit of lavender-type spices, then ends smooth and clean, with a wonderful bread aftertaste. The mouthfeel is rich and full.

Drinkability and Overall: This, by far, the best Flying Dog brew I've had. It's balanced, complex, and smooth. Plus, it tastes amazingly. Hopefully I can pick up a few more of these, and I can't wait to see the rest of the Wild Dog series. Cheers!

santoslhalper, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a fluffy, khaki colored head with nice retention. The beer is a slightly hazy medium brown in color.

smell: The crisp wheat malt flavors are easily found, backed up by a barley sweetness. There is a touch of citrus and some light yeast character. Light, papery hops and a small spike of ethanol round things out.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is around the lower end of the high range, and smooth. The body is a thicker medium.

taste: The flavor is moderately sweet with considerable notes of lightly toasted wheat and somewhat subdued barley malts. There is a touch of yeast character in the slightly dry finish.

drinkability: pretty easy, and the alcohol is well hidden

750ml bottle first in line at the doppelbock tasting during my stay in Madison with dirtylou, expatsteve, and golden2wenty1

blackie, Aug 18, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Amalak, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy butterscotch in color and poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are aromas of apples and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of apples, spices and wheat. Some hints of alcohol are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink for the style because the alcohol is mostly masked from the taste.

Note: 2005 vintage

metter98, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of carln26
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color, mildly hazy, topped by a thick tan head that dissipates quickly. The nose reminds of the Bell’s Wheat 6. Intense clove, banana, and toffee come across. Taste is very different from the Bell’s. The banana and clove is much less pronounced, but the toffee and caramel from the malt is accentuated. Very well balanced. Sweetness really comes out on the finish. The mouth feel is a little thin, but it has a great drinkability. Alcohol doesn’t come across as heat. Great stuff.

carln26, Dec 14, 2005
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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with a light white head that fizzles out. At first, it doesn't appear unfiltered but after some more sloshing of the bottle and a heavier pour, there seems to be a tiny bit of yeast coming into the glass. Tiny lacing is left.
Smell is a funky mix with caramel wheat and canned malt syrup. Maybe some Pils malt mixed in, which seems kind of weird for a Weizenbock. There is also a bit of a cleanser smell in the background.
Taste is slightly bitter with caramely corn syrup. Where's the rich wheat I was expecting from this "strong wheat" beer? Very little evident.
Mouthfeel is smooth...from whatever wheat is in there, slight sweetness, a bit too much bitterness with the hops. Occasional lingering right in the middle of the back of my tongue.
Drinkability...too funky and not good enough to play among the big boys. I have to measure all weizenbocks against a solid winner like Aventinus. This doesn't even come close in my opinion.

weeare138, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle is sampled due to the efforts of tsmthrs and Secret Santa BIF 2006.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown colored ale with a small tight tan head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a prominent cloves and banana scent. Lesser scents of nuts. Mostly this is scented of cloves.

Taste is sweet and nutty with a strong clove flavor. Additional flavors of leather and tobacco leaf. The flavor does have a few defects. There is a soapy and soy sauce taste here. In sum this tastes like Aventinus with some flavor defects.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Honestly the drinkability here is just so. I made a better Weizenbock the first time I tried using only extracts. REALLY your money is better spent on Aventinus but this is worth a try if it isn't too expensive.

Zorro, Jul 17, 2006
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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised when a friend and I stopped into Helga's in Augusta, GA and sat down at the bar to find a few bottles of this sitting in the cooler along with all of the other beers. I enjoyed this one earlier in 2008, and being somewhat hard to find (having been brewed once only in 2007), we got the pricey $19.99 price tag down to $15.99 and split it between the two of us. Poured into a (frosted) pint glass, yeast sediment and all.

Pours a murky chocolate brown, with yeast swirling around and giving rise to a creamy head of mocha foam that settles and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells spicy, with nutmeg and anise notes and a little pepper. Pleasing to me, no real clove is apparent.

Medium-to-full in body, without much carbonation detected (unsurprisingly, this corked bottle having sat in the cooler for nearly two years). A little sweet caramel and chocolate first pops in up front, moving to a middle of spiciness similar to the aroma and a bit of lactic-like sourness. Dark fruits toy with the other flavors as well, and it all leads into a rather spicy finish, with a bit of sweet to balance the edge.

Not the most drinkable beer, thanks to the high level of alcohol and a bit of overwhelming spiciness matched without much carbonation. Perhaps a better beer when fresh, but even after two years, this one still has a nice, unique touch, and is a fairly nice representation of the style.

superdedooperboy, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of jwolfie70
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a dark amber color, with little head. Smelled of cloves, bananas, yeast and molasses. Taste was pretty standard for a weizenbock (i.e. concentrated hefe characteristics), but it was missing a little spice. I enjoyed the beer and was happy to try it. Thanks go out to Pimpp for the bottle.

jwolfie70, Feb 26, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml. Murky brownish amber with a decent sized tan head. Clumpy lace was left on the glass. Bananas and a big malt sweetness dominate the aroma. Some spiciness and yeast notes show through as well. Sweet bananas and yeast seem to come on strongest in the flavor. Good amount of sweetness as well as clove spiciness. There was definitely something different going on in the flavor that I didn’t recognize in other weizenbocks but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Pretty thick body with ample carbonation. Easy enough drinking overall, but not my favorite example of the style. Solid stuff overall though a bit expensive.

meathookjones, Feb 14, 2006
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Wild Dog Weizenbock from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.