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Heineken Tarwebok - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-02-2004)
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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.83/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite simply one of the finest beers I've ever sampled. I can't believe how far Heineken, makers of one of my least favorite beers (the lager) have hit it out of the park. Pours a deep brown with a nice head that quickly tapers off to a nice lace on the glass. Smell is of figs, cinnamon and malt. Taste is unbelievable... malty with hints of plum sweetness, brown sugar, a touch of coffee and a bit of rum. Mouthfeel is rich and fulfilling. An amazingly complex beer with a slightly sweet, smokey finish. By the way, I had to bring this back from Aruba. Unfortunately Heineken does not seem to import this to the US.

ChrisBowers, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of mcoh1030
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just picked up a Holiday Case. Which is to say I just purchased a Heineken Holland's Heritage Limited Edition 24 Pack for the 2011 Holiday Season. The entire case consists of all of Heineken's line, Lite, Regular, Dark and Tarwebok.

The only way to purchase the Tarwebok in my area is to purchase this limited edition case. It's a treat for the holidays and last year Heineken got smart and offered an 18 pack of Lite, Regular and Dark. This year they got smarter and offered, all 4 styles. A real hit. And my local Total Wine was nearly sold out by the time I got around to buying it.

The Tarwebok is something special. I'm, a big fan of Spaten Dopplebock, (Optimator) so this stuff is definitely on par with that. However, the big difference lies in the sweetness. Heineken's Tarwebok is very very sweet and is a traditional bockbier. So much so that unless your familiar with "sweet" beer, it may knock you off your socks.

It's appearance is near perfect. A deep dark amber, bordering on pure brown. The aroma is that of pure Malt with a hit of Hops.

Taste, well let me say this...there any nothing on the market that compares. It's unique. If someone can tell me of another product that falls into this category Please let me know. This beer is UNIQUE. Sad tale is that Heineken hasn't figured out how to capitalize on what they do best and that's ashame.

Mouthfeel... in a word...Heavy. Not at first, but shortly there after. And with that said, the heavyness that comes with the mouthfeel, lends itself to drunkness. It's one of the heavyest beers I ever had to carry..lol

Taste, now I could right a book on the taste. Only because it'so damn unique. I haven't had a beer of this quality that's so interesting. So I'm going to spell it out.

a) Hints of Morning Blend Maxwellhouse Coffee and English Breakfast Tea.

b) Deep, Ripe Cherries

c) Toffee

d) Caramel

e) A form of Liquor. Although I can't place the variety or brand. But possibly Kahlua.

f) And of course the very best of "that morning after sweet beer taste/smell" that all of us are familiar with. You know what I mean, the smell that lingers till the next morning, when you wake up and smell the aroma coming from your mug that was left in the kitchen sink, unwashed and sinking of beautiful Beer.

In conclusion, it's nearly the perfect Bock Beer.

Heineken, Executives...if you have dared yourselves to work to this level, (actually reading the reviews of the people who count) listen and listen good. You are missing the boat. You have no idea of your own potential. Stop, look and listen. This review is as much for the novice drunkard as it is for the Vice President of Heineken itself. No make that the President.

First I commend you on your strategy to "limit" distribution of this special product. Second, you disgrace the beer drinking world by not offering this product more regularly. Third, knowing what matters most to you is profit, I sincerely suggest you recalibrate everything for the betterment of everything.

Drink up.

Always yours...,

mcoh1030, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Very solid beer. Clearly underrated.

Wobbly, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of wagenvolks
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

30 cl bottle into a wine glass. Found this at a grocery store in Aruba.

A thin khaki head disappears quickly above a transparent, amber-brown colored ale. Nothing spectacular to write about...yet. The aroma picks up the slack a bit. Sweet toffee malts hit the nose, rich in molasses and caramel. Also some lavendar florals and clover honey notes present.

The flavor is fantastic, I was definately not expecting the bum-rush of hops, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and alcoholic notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing, as the medium body of the Tarwebok finishes with a little hoppy bite to remember it by. Overall, this is a tasty beer with a moderate amount of complexity. If anything, it's a bit too sweet, but I was willing to overlook that fact and give it a decent rating. I hope I run into this one again.

wagenvolks, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +11.1%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ChrisPratz
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of a Weizenbock, and I love Heineken so I couldn't get to this bottle fast enough. Cracked it open as soon as I got home from the Beer Store.

A: Very deep dark reddish amber coloring with about a finger and a half worth of head. Head disappears to a nice even layer of lacing that covers all around.

S: Mostly sweet malt aromas coming thru here, with a faint hint of sweet fruit, cherries and maybe some very mild apricot tones.

T: Wow. Nothing at all like I expected, its very sweet. Tasting some toast malts and cherry. Second taste, it reminds me of a flat cherry coke or pepsi. Still think i'm getting some light apricot notes here as I was with my nose. Light bitterness of hops towards the end but its very unique mixed with flavors. The sweetness sticks around, as you lick your lips you can taste it. Almost has a syrupy quality to it.

M: Not much carbonation doesn't do much to help any of the flavors. Leaves a creamyness on the tongue immediately after you swallow and then that fades to a dryness on the tongue.

O: First try with this style of beer, I def. enjoyed it. I've read up on it a bit and it seems this style can run the gamit on the sweetness. I'd be very interested in trying another to compare this to and also try this on tap and see if I can notice much of a difference.

ChrisPratz, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of NeutroMan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

NeutroMan, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +11.1%

tbeer40, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of akkohly
4/5  rDev +11.1%

akkohly, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of BeerNutta
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer in the bar or my hotel in Holland:

Appearance: Dark brown, to reddish colour. With 1 inch head.

Smell: Sticky sweet with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Like Liquid caramel, with a hint of coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Silky Smooth!!!

Drinkability: Would love to have more. Although 1-2 beers per session. Definitely not the beer of choice if you want to binge drink. (Binge drinking is bad by the way). Sip beer. Defenitely recommended.

BeerNutta, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

rekel, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brown lager with a good foamy head. Looked appealing.

A nice dark malt aroma, not really too much sweetness to it. A bit of hoppiness.

The taste was quite bitter, dry, and lightly roasted. It was not heavy at all.

Mouthfeel was all right, would have liked it a bit chewier

Overall a pretty drinkable brew.

connecticutpoet, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise from Heiny. This is a nice, balanced yet sweet bock from the makers of a crappy mainstream beer. The amber/clear/a bit dark body is topped by a really nice, perhaps sparse, head. It quickly died though, but it looked good for a while.
Caramel and sweet bread are in the nose; perhaps some scratchy grains as well.
Taste has a good balance, while not totally balanced, of hops and malt. Bitter enough to keep it tame, and the sweetness is followed well by a clean finish.

Mebuzzard, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at my in laws. It was part of a Heineken holiday pack. Never heard of this brew before.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A) This is a dark amber. A fairly aggressive pour yielded roughly a finger of off white head. The head dissipated rather quickly, leaving behind just a collar of foam. No lacing noted.

S) Big malty sweetness, and really not much else. The sweet aroma definitely dominates the nose on this one. I have to say, that I found it appealing.

T) It was as sweet as the nose led me to believe it might be. Sweet roasted malt, caramel, a little bit of like a nutty coffee blend. I picked up a bit of booze on the backend. The aroma was one thing, but this was just a tick too sweet for me. Pretty good though...

M) This was pretty full bodied, and it did not have much carbonation, which suited this beer quite well. It was very smooth, and despite the fact it was just a little to sweet for my tastes, I found it very easy to drink. The finish and aftertaste were very satisfying.

O) This was a nice after dinner sipper for sure. Likely the highlight of the holiday pack from Heineken. I would recommend giving this beer a try.

RoamingGnome, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Drunkenass
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

generallee, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Kinzei
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Kinzei, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of LittleCreature
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I'm not sure where the "weizenbock" comes from, this looks, smells and tastes like pure bock beer to me.

Appearance - 3.5
A thin beige head sits atop the clear, deep ruby-brown body.

Smell - 4.0
Malt dominates the aroma; roasted and candied hazelnuts, sweet dark bread and hard toffee.

Taste - 3.5
Much the same as the smell, but with a gentle fruitiness from the malt and elevated alcohol. Very clean and rather sweet, but balanced by its strength, finishes with more peppery alcohol than desirable.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium bodied and silky smooth with just a little, fine carbonation - some may call it flat, but I think it is appropriate for the style.

Drinkability - 4.0
Bocks were never supposed to be session beers and this is no different. However, as winter sipper, I could see myself drinking a lot of this beer.

Bock beers are rather hard to come by in Australia, so this is a rare treat and a far more interesting beer than Heineken's usual product.

LittleCreature, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of chasmandocharles
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

chasmandocharles, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we are, the alleged Heineken beer that doesn't suck. Let's see if I share the same taste for this beer, as the late Michael Jackson had:

I poured this brew into a tulip glass, and it made a good appearance with a sticky and clumpy tan head, as well as a dark ruby red colored body with great clarity.

Aroma was it's very perfumy. There are also subtle hints of chocolate, and perhaps maple syrup.

Taste wise it's in line with the chocolate flavor, and has a slight cola flavor to it.

Feel wise, it's creamy and full in body with a warming alcohol finish.

Okay, for a beer brewed from a brewery that's somewhat shunned by most beer geeks or snobs, this is a great beer. Heineken really should try to market this beer a bit more, and shed light to the masses that they can make a very good beer.

Note: This is actually a weizenbock, as it is brewed with 17% wheat malt.

TheSarge, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a murky, burgundy color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat and roasted malt with some boozy notes.

T - Very malty and sweet with biscuity flavors. There were some wheat, banana and clove notes.

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

O - This is okay. A little too sweet for my taste in Weizenbocks.

zeff80, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Glopez
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Glopez, Sep 01, 2012
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Heineken Tarwebok from Heineken Nederland B.V.
80 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.