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Weizen-Heimer-Bock - General Lafayette Inn & Brewery

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Weizen-Heimer-Bock
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90
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12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-29-2002)
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Photo of DrJay
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another delicious beer from the General Lafayette. This one was dark brown and hazy, with a thin tan head that left some spotty lacing on the glass. Great head retention too. Flavour and aroma were dominated by malty sweetness and banana, with toffee and wheat providing depth. It had a bit of clove in the spicy finish and some lemony citrus throughout. There was also a hint of tartness. Medium/full bodied with lowish carbonation, this was a smooth and tasty beer, very easy to drink.

DrJay, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is wonderful. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of pale, wheat, and crystal malts along with fruity weizen yeast aroma. The crystal malts meld well with the banana/clove esters. It's malty and a bit warm. The taste is great. It has a smooth and flavorful malt profile as well as a very nice yeast taste. It's quite rich and easy going down. It finishes with a bit warm with a yeasty/malt wallop. This is a damn good beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer. It full flavored and full bodied; a damn fine weizenbock.

WesWes, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of raven3131
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers you enjoy so much you wish you could reset your liver, go back to stone sober and drink more! Every characteristic about this beer is great - it has a beautiful color, tremendous nose, and the flavor is just awesome. It has that hint of banana and chewey malt flavor that sticks to your tongue. I would drink this all night if I could stay on the bar stool - somewhere around 9%...

raven3131, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip glass. Came dark with thick head. As you drink more of this and light can penetrate, it goes from black to murky brown.

Strong banana apparant on nose. Strong banana and cloves in the tast, but the taste is not cloying.

Very drinkable, esp. considering this one checks in at a little over 9 %.

GeoffFromSJ, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft in the home kegerator...
Appears a dark, murky, apple cider toned brown with a two finger lush tan head that sticks around and slowly fades into a tan collar on the inside of my Delirium goblet. Small bubbles try to make their way up to the top. Tiny amounts of lacing and webbing are left behind.
Smell is of an enticing aroma reminiscent of a banana split that is laden with creamy caramel and fudge chocolate. Upon a second inhale, there are traces of cinnamon and clove coated candy apples making for a moderately complex and expected authentic German style by the General.
Taste is of the same wonderful aromas within a sticky, yeasty brew that gives it that signature General high ABV punch. Nice fruity tones inside a caramel wheat brew with just the right amount of conditioning.
Mouthfeel has a rich, molasses sweetness that starts at the front of the tongue and runs along the palate with a hidden but lightly represented hop presence towards the swallow. The sticky sweet yeastiness makes you lick your lips and anticipate the next delectable sip. Carbonation is perfect in this mix. Truly exceptional and mouthwatering.
Drinkability is great. The alcohol percentage of 9.1% is slightly noticable but this brew is outright addictive. It's everything you could ask for and more when looking for a German weizenbock. As this is one of my favorite styles of beer, I may be a bit biased but the General again solidifies themselves as being able to produce a standout brew that is worthy for American connoisseurs and purveyors of well done brews. I've said it before in a previous posting of the General's beers. Chris is the new sheriff in town of the high ABV(refuse to say extreme) beers within the Philly area beer sector. This was, by far, the best batch of The Weizenheimer to be produced. I will be enjoying and enjoying!

weeare138, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The new year of the GLI Weizenheimer is out like shout. I've been drinking it all week and it just gets better each nite. Pours a dark beguiling murky mahogany hue into a deep tulip topped with a wafer thin khaki head and at 9.1% it creeps.

Banana aroma and slight cinnamon with a boozy nose touch.

First swigs: Caramel and banana initial front, followed by apple butter, and molasses sugary yeast. Long linger of spice wafer and orange juice. Detectable rum awl-kee-hawl, and a whisper of berry and Dr. Pepper.

Last swigs: Ripe banana, rum, apple butter and yeasty dough. Not a totally hidden ABV beer, but a sneaky treat. ***WARNING: Served a bit cold. Allow this to sit for a spell and enjoy. ***

Beer is good. Happy local brewpub beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of ithacabaron
2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brought up from the cellar, as one of the General's special vintaged offerings. One year old from the bottling date.

Pours a murky brown, with a well-supported, wheat-driven head that fades after a bit. Not too attractive, but not ugly either.

Smell is deep old bananas, leather, rotting plums, and stale allspice. Not fantastic, but not horrible.

Taste is more promising, as the flavors blend together into a cohesive and more recognizable weizenbock profile. The rotting fruit is more muted here, but still comes around. Finish is flabby, and lingering. One note, as I might have gotten an odd bottle, but I doubt it -- there seems to have been a little oxygenation here, as there is a slight stale cardboard taste.

Mouthfeel is a little less than pillowy, but still active.

Drinkability is fine -- finishing off the 22 oz. bomber was no problem, but if given the chance, I would have just ordered a 12 oz. bottle.

All in all, a lot of stuff is going on in here. Even Chris admits he doesn't know exactly what's going on as this ages, and this evolution is not perfectly to his liking, but hey -- it's interesting enough to sample and examine...to see how this rarely cellared style looks after a little time of being laid down.

ithacabaron, May 24, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewpub, and the menu stated it has a 9.1% ABV. The brew looked deep bronze in color with a 1" head. Some nice lacing developed which surprised me for a higher alcohol brew. The aroma was of malt and wheat. The flavor was huge, as the malt level was kicked up and wheat, banana, spice, caramel, and alcohol all added to the overall complexity of this.

The mouthfeel was smooth at the start, but finished crisply. The maltiness lasted well into the aftertaste. Drinkability drops a notch or two, as the alcohol was a little too high for a afternoon sippin' beer. Gotta try this one - really a good weizenbock.

Gavage, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled this beer at their brewpub. This poured like a murky brown ale. Looks unfiltered. A head of creamy tan foam topped the beer off. The aroma is wonderfully complex. Malty and full of earthy hop notes. Smells sticky sweet with fermented fruits. The taste is highly palatable with some fabulous complexities, including green banana, soft spices, fermented black cherries, sweet chocolates and even some tangy lemon zest. I really was blown away by the taste here. The high hopping rate is evident and matches flawlessly with the strong sweetness. Full bodied and ultra smooth tasting. The strong alcohol just seems to coalesce effortlessly into the sweet flavors. Very smooth and almost creamy. A beautiful beer.

pezoids, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of sublimesipping
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip glass, this beer had one of the most beautiful ,attractive presentations of any beer that I have had in longtime. Color a beautiful deep burgandy with swirls of ochre, amber, cherry, and purple. Initial presentation if a big WOW! Rest of beer pales a bit to the visual cue, aromas of cherry and banana and cognac and lemon. Tastes initally of a cherry essence followed by a caramel-like lemon with hints of banana and an alchoholic warmth at the finish. Excellent balance and mouthfeel offers silky smooth headiness. wonderfullly complex beer and a great way for me to reacquaint myself with the general under new command. Bravo!

sublimesipping, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional beer,pours a deep hazy brown with a great rocky had,smells very clovy and sweet.The taste up fron t is of bubble gum with a nice spicy finish, very nice and sweet.Its nice to try different styles from a place thats not afraid to try.Very well done.

oberon, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, reddish-brown with a foamy, deep-tan head that holds well and leaves some lace. The nose offers all of the traditional aromas of a dunkel weizen: light spice, clove, banana and some minimal bubblegum - as well as a soft, dark-fruity tartness. The body is medium-light with a somewhat high level of carbonation (@2.6 volumes CO2). The flavor is well represented by the nose with the addition of a mild chocolate-like maltiness and distinctly wheaty flavor. The finish is lightly tart and briefly spicy. The alcohol is very well cloaked as is the supporting bitterness. A very well done and drinkable dunkel-weizen-bock. Kudos.

NeroFiddled, Aug 29, 2002
Weizen-Heimer-Bock from General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.