Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #21 - Weizenbock - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
A light copper-brown colored brew. The minor off-white head completely disappears within a minute or two and the lacing is doomed. The aroma is chocolate licorice malt, toasted wheat bread. Quite decent. The flavor brings lightly carbonated smoked melon and clove and molasses. There's lots of sour orange and some light clove and pomegranite. I do enjoy the complexity of this beer, it's sort of fun but it needs some help to give this more meat in mouthfeel. It seems a bit dead, but I still recommend it for anyone that enjoys the smoke family of brews.
05-07-2009 05:05:12 | More by Durge
4.3/5 rDev +15%
On a whim, I picked up a single bomber of this while I was in Athens after touring the Sweetwater brewery. One of the better impulse buys I've made in recent weeks.
Appearance: Interesting, but ultimately not the beer's strongest suit. This stuff looks like really strong Lipton's tea. Even after swirling and pouring the yeasty sediment from the bottom of the bottle, the beer is translucent (but dim, due to its dark mahogany hue). A respectable three-finger head was easy to raise, even with a careful weizen pour, but it faded rather quickly into little more than a faint film. Carbonation is ample and visible. Lacing is non-existent.
Smell: I'm intrigued from the first whiff. There was I time when I'd had Celebrator and Korbinian, but never a weizenbock. During that time -- the years before I tried Aventinus and Vitus -- this is exactly what I thought weizenbock would smell like. The most prominent aroma is roasted malt, just like a dark doppelbock. Fermented wheat is also in the foreground, alongside a beautiful maple-like sweetness. A hint of that strange metallic note that is common among wheat beers is there, but it's not strong. I like what I smell here.
Taste: Follows the nose perfectly -- just as it should. To paraphrase myself, this is just what I used to think a weizenbock would taste like. Roasted malt and wheaty twang are the stars of the show, but they're carried by a molasses-like sweetness that really works well. As the beer warms, the sweetness becomes more prominent. Now that I think about it, the taste is more doppelbock than weizenbock, but that's okay with me. It's unusual among weizenbocks, especially American ones, and I like it.
Mouthfeel: A LITTLE weaker/waterier than I'd like, but still pretty full and smooth. Brisk carbonation lifts the flavors along the tongue and throat, leaving a lasting memory of fermented wheat on the taste buds. Not hard to swig heartily, which is unique among darker weizenbocks.
Drinkability: Better than you might think, at 7.80% ABV. Alcohol is not perceptible in this one, which makes it as drinkable as those excellent doppelbocks I mentioned above. Now, for my tastes, it's not as drinkable as Vitus or Aventinus, but most beers aren't. Still, this is a 22-ounce bomber, so drinking more than one on your own, in one sitting, probably isn't advisable.
Overall, I found this beer to be a refreshing change of pace from the average weizenbock -- and the vast majority of weizenbocks are indeed average. At best. Perhaps the way this bridges the gap between weizen and doppelbock has particular appeal for me...regardless, I strongly recommend this beer, if you can get your hands on it. I hope I can find some more locally!
03-12-2009 03:44:33 | More by UGADawgGuy
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
I poured this from a 750 ml bottle back in early 2008? (this review is taken from my notes)
Nice brown head, dark red color
definitely banana aroma, banana tastes... esters?
full taste of a good bock, but citrus crispness of a hefeweizen. nice fruity taste, but not overbearing. Delicious beer. highly recommended.
01-13-2009 06:30:49 | More by Dantheman4162
3.43/5 rDev -8.3%
Rusty kumquat with bright tangerine trim. Although the crystal clear beer looks fantastic, the same can't be said for the head. A good-sized collection of light brown sugar colored bubbles fizz down to a slim disk inside of two minutes and leave the pint glass completely untouched. Headless beer looks so forlorn.
Weizenbock isn't the world's best smelling weizenbock, but it's pleasant in its own way. It's toasted caramel malty, fruit peel musky and lightly spicy. Oddly enough, the classic duo of banana and clove aren't appreciated per se. Here's hoping the flavor rights the ship.
It does... and it doesn't. I can now taste bruised banana and the spice is obviously clove-like. The problem is that the lack of carbonation keeps the beer deflated and doesn't allow one to appreciate what complexity and depth might have been present. The first beer of the day was too bubbled and this one isn't bubbled enough. Argh.
The flavor profile consists of toasted wheat bread (and a few rye toast crumbs), ripe banana, orange peel and a light sprinkling of clove. Nothing out the ordinary, steady as she goes. An improved mouthfeel would most likely have increased the scores on either side of it.
The usual 'pffft' on crown cracking gave no hint of what was to come. Shortly thereafter, the rapidly disappearing, unsticky crown did. At the risk of beating a dead horse, the mouthfeel is thin, not the least bit creamy and needs significantly more lift. Since I prefer too few bubbles to too many... average score.
The 100 Barrel Series is often a bright spot within the drabness of Harpoon's regular lineup (Summer Beer and a few others excepted). Too bad Weizenbock #21 doesn't live up to my somewhat high expectations. Thanks to Vermonthiker for the extra.
12-08-2008 14:48:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
Big thanks goes out to some kind BA's who sent me some of the newest 100 barrel offerings. The gold wrapped twenty two was served cold and poured into a large pilsner glass. Consumed on 12/04/08.
The pour was decent enough, a rich caramel color with some nice clarity to it. Nice carbonation was visible throughout the session which bubbled up to a small head that graced the top for just a few seconds.
Rich malty aroma, lots of hints of sweetness lying underneath as well. Earthy with a light grain and bready profile that was very rich and full. Carried over well into the flavor which was again very nicely done here. Nice notes of caramel, earthy malts, hints of grass like hops in the finish were all but drowned out by this monster.
Overall a very solid beer here. A bit sweet and one sided with the profile but still very solid. Another good one in this lineup.
12-05-2008 01:04:44 | More by mikesgroove
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours an amber/brown color with a huge fluffy head.
Smell is primarily spicy yeastiness with some noticeable alcohol. Taste is caramel with a slight bitterness and a bit of butterscotch that makes for a nice finish.
Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but not great.
11-21-2008 07:25:41 | More by daythree16
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
A-Dark copper with a medium light tan head that quickly reduced to nothing and left no lace.
S-Caramel malt and fruit. A nice waft of spicy clove in the background. Overtones of brown sugar too.
T-Sweet caramel malt, toffee, spicy clove and a finish of banana, green apple with a finishing hint of lemon zing.
M-Medium-light bodied marking it too thin for the style. This one lacks the meaty backbone that I love in weizenbocks. Flavours linger decently.
D-Despite the lack of body this is a flavourful and easy to drink brew. The taste is there too bad the rest of the beer can't match it....if so this would be a winner. Good, but certainly needs some tweaking.
11-08-2008 22:39:48 | More by Deuane
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
Appearance: Pours a clear copper-red color with a very small head and little lacing. The head remains throughout but stays thin the whole time.
Aroma: Sweet, honey, estery with a wheat nose. Very rich and warm with just a touch of alcohol. Slight banana notes and only a touch of spice.
Taste: Light up front with same coriander, clove flavor followed by filling sweet malt and wheat flavor. Some touch of fruity esters.
Mouth: Light bodied with a slightly thick feel. More sugary sweet than I would like.
Drinkability: Not bad, pretty well balanced with nice mix of flavors.
10-31-2008 21:30:45 | More by NoLiberty
4/5 rDev +7%
Many thanks to beertruth for the bottle.
Appearance: It's a little hazy and a nice looking brown-rubyesque color. The head is off-white in color and stands about a finger tall. It didn't stick around very long and left a very light lacing on the glass.
Smell: It's fruity and sweet smelling initially. Apple and pear are the prominent fruit aromas. It's a little grainy and earthy. Cinnamon and clove spices are readily apparent. There's a healthy amount of sweet caramel malts on the nose. It's got a nice smell, but is lacking just a tad in strength.
Taste: A combo of fruit and spice flavors appear initially. It is mostly apple, pear and grape flavors on the fruit side. Spices are cinnamon and clove. They mix well and produce a nice flavor. There's a lingering banana taste, as well. It's slightly grainy and has a nice floral aspect to it that's mostly attributable to hops. They give it a slight bitter kick toward the end. Finishes sweet.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has pretty high carbonation. It's smooth, but carbonation is too high to reach a higher level. Drinkability is good, but it feels a little heavy. I'm having no trouble with the bomber, but couldn't do any more.
This is a pretty good Weizenbock. It could use a little refining. I think the fruity aspect of the beer is a little too strong and the spicy elements a little too weak. An adjustment there would be an improvement. It's still a very solid beer that's well worth checking out if you happen to run across it.
10-01-2008 01:49:33 | More by prototypic
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured a clear dark tea color with very little head to speak of.
Aroma is caramel malty with some tropical fruit...pineapple maybe.
Taste is rich caramel malts, very light fruitiness, and bready yeast.
Mouthfeel is adequate although possible a sense of being thin because the wheat works very well at drying your palette as soon as you swallow. I think it is more an impression than actually being thin. Some nice hops bitterness follows everything and keeps this beer surprisingly clean and dry in your mouth when you consider the large amount of sugary, caramel malts in the brew.
Really nice take on something unusual. Nice afterdinner or desert brew.
08-30-2008 06:01:19 | More by IntriqKen
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
Now Listening to: Verve - Love is Noise
A - a friend and I shared this as an after dinner beer on a dark patio. Any appearance that I saw was reflection off of a candle.
S - This was a nice nose to cut a humid and otherwise earthy smelling CT evening. Dare I say hints of pineapple, carmel and hops?
T - carmel, yeast and less hops than in the aroma
M - Thick malt with a bit of an alchohol bite
D - I found this to be a perfect beer to have as a desert after spicey sausage and grilled chicken, but I would not have wanted a second one, just like I wouldn't have a second serving of ice cream.
08-12-2008 08:32:51 | More by opwog
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Continuing my survey of Harpoons 100 barrel series with this 22 oz bomber I got at Green's off Ponce in ATL. Poured into a weizen glass.
A: Poured a dark amber that has some really nice red hues when held to the light. Poured a nice inch of head that had some mediocre retention, but it still displayed some nice lacing. The brew is clear with very little carbonation activity.
S: Smell is of some roasted malt, yeast, and a bit of hops. There was really very little smell when cold but the aroma came out as it warmed. There are also notes of caramel and apple.
T: Taste is of roasted malt, toffee, bavarian yeast, slight touch of hops. Yet again with these brews, still the flavors are very subtle and subdued. This beer could be so much better if they amped up these notes just a bit.
M: Medium bodied brew that is a little thin for the style. Roasted malt really lingers in the aftertaste and this brew has very little carbonation.
D: This brew is very well balanced making it very easy to drink, but the subdued flavors really leave me wanting. Yet again, not a bad beer but still needs work to be a better beer.
07-27-2008 06:01:56 | More by everetends
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
appearance - Nice dark amber color with a thin head that faded out and left a little bit of lace on the glass.
smell - Malts, spices, and yeast here.
taste - Nice malt taste with spices and some hops present. Has a sweet aftertaste for a nice balance.
mouthfeel - Medium body.
drinkability - Was a nice beer to drink after a hot day near a camp fire. Would buy this one again. I love the 100 barrel series.
07-18-2008 01:56:01 | More by auxiliary
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
22oz. bottle: This one pours with a fizzy, beige head that went away almost immediately. It pours a clear, darker amber color with perhaps a tinge of ruby to it. Somewhat sweet aroma. There are notes of toffee and caramel, some subtle fruits and a hint of clove. The taste is good. A nice mix of caramel, a hint of roastiness, faint bananas and clove. Somewhere between medium and full bodies, with a slight slickness on the tongue. Pretty decent brew.
06-24-2008 00:20:53 | More by Boto
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
a: pours a low khaki head that recedes to a thin ring, zero retention so I've got to dock it 0.5, the beer is a clear, deep ruby-brown in color
s: fruity toffee malts upfront with notes of dark fruit cake, nice banana aroma with a touch of spicy clove, very mild ethanol, smells great imo
m: light-medium carbonation and medium body
t: rich bock malts dominate and bring fruity toffee with a touch of banana-clove in the background, various dark fruits, moderate sweetness, quite good bock flavors, a little more "weizen" would be nice but the subtlety kinda works out, nice long finish
d: very enjoyable
22 oz. from ppoitras in No BS 3
06-19-2008 04:55:35 | More by blackie
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a ruby red deep plum color leaving a thick tan head frothy and inviting. The aroma is all bock sweet dark pitted fruit. Caramel, plums, prunes, tart sweet earthy gentle aromas.
The taste is tarter than expected followed by a medicinal, herbal, grape juice taste, plum, prune juice with a vague hoppy essence decent brew.
06-16-2008 17:54:27 | More by Franchise
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from 750ml bottle into weizen glass.
A - Nice, dark red/brown, but very clear, no yeast sediment as far as I can tell. Smallish head recedes quickly to thin collar, no lacing.
S - Huge banana and caramel aroma with buttery notes as well.
T - Sweet banana at first, but quickly begins drying out. Very metallic, but agreeable taste accompanies a woody flavor. Alcohol shines through late palate, and the brew finishes with a noticable earthy hop bitterness.
M - Moderate to low carbonation, which is good, but overall it was relatively thin in body.
D - Not a bad beer, but closer to a session ale than some slick sipper as the bottle would have you think. Fairly cheap all things considered, so if it was still around I might give it another go.
06-13-2008 05:18:45 | More by PatrickJR
3.4/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, yeast, some bananas, some spice and a touch of hops, but it smells a bit metallic.
T: The taste is on the malty side with flavors of wheat, yeast, bananas and caramel. There's a mils hops presence that provides a little bit of balance but overall, the taste just seems kind of bland. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's worth drinking if you're in the mood for the style, but overall this beer just seemed rather ordinary to me.
05-29-2008 03:23:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
Color of brandy, a glassy reddish copper that exhibits excellent clarity. The off-white head isn't big and doesn't stick around long.
Aroma is a mixed bag...mostly good, as the banana scent is huge. Clove is also mentioned on the label and indeed that solidly backs up the banana, so there's no false advertising here. A nice sweetness somewhere between caramel and chocolate gives the nose further reasons to dig right in and sniff like there's no tomorrow. However, there's a medicinal sharpness overlying these more attractive smells, so the alcohol needs to be reeled in a bit. Had it been tamed, I would've easily scored this higher.
Flavor is pretty much what can be gleaned from the aroma. Banana, clove, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol. And like the nose, a good bit of alcohol, but here it works (and it's true to style). At 7.8% I wouldn't expect a booze-bomb, and it's not, rather giving a glowing hit of warmth to the key flavors. Malty goodness wins out. If you want an easy-going sipping beer (ie. not a Grand Cru Barrel-Aged Quadrupel Barleywine or some such thing), this is your ticket.
Mouthfeel stays on the lighter, airy side, with just a tad too much carbonation zip, edging it toward soda territory, but that's not a major deterrent.
Good stuff that is most definitely not for pounding. A slow sipper, not because it's the biggest beer ever, but due to its medicinal alcohol presence. Let it warm, give it a few good swirls, contemplate, and enjoy.
05-28-2008 21:48:57 | More by Metalmonk
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
A: Pours a brownish amber with very little head and little lacing
S: Smell is banana, nuts, roasted malts, and vanilla. I got a little bit of citrus hops but the sweetness of the wheat and banana was more evident.
T: Taste has big caramel sweetness with the roasted malts and banana. As in the aroma, only the faintest hint of citrus hops. This is definitely on the sweeter side of weizenbocks.
M: Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a creamy sweetness and very little bitterness at all.
D: This is my first Harpoon Barrel Series sampling and it was a decent brew. I will definitely try some of the other beers in the series.
05-21-2008 02:05:34 | More by gford217
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
A: I split this bomber with my lovely wife... Poured into two pils glasses, there is about 1" head that recedes within a minute to nothing. The beer is a clear(?) ruby red with hints of straw color.
S: Bubblegum and nothing but... maybe a hint of cherry tobacco in the background.
T: There's a lot of banana up front from the yeast profile. The malt kicks in late with slight notes of toasted nuts (almonds?)
and mild cocoa. I get an aftertaste that makes me think of sweet pipe tobacco, even though I don't smoke at all.
M: This one feels just a bit thin, which makes the carbonation a bit harsher than I'd prefer.
D: This is an interesting brew, but not something I'd reach for every day. I think I'd prefer a standard Weizen.
05-07-2008 01:23:57 | More by ewright
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #21 - Weizenbock from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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