Dunkel Weizenbock | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TheBeerAlmanac on 10-17-2011

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13
Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Clybourn brewpub.

Finishing my day at GIC with a dunkel weizenbock. It pours a clear dark topaz topped by a finger of light sandy-tan foam. The nose comprises bananas foster (the menu was deadly accurate on that mark), light bourbon-soaked oak, dark chocolate, and light roasted malts. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, cocoa powder, rum spice, light French oak, dark greens, clove, very light maple syrup, and cinnamon. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a very nice w-bock, one that delivers on all counts.

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Photo of Etan
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at GI Wrigleyville. New batch is 8.3% ABV. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a brownish red with a small light tan head.

S: Heavy banana esters, crisp yeast, caramelized sugar and dark grain.

T: Slightly nutty grain, caramel, banana, cream, light yeast. Dry with a bit of an alcoholic bite and a good amount of hop bitterness on the end.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: A decent dunkelweizen. The alcohol and hop bitterness are a bit too sharp and drying, but not so much so as to ruin the beer.

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Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a Growler from the Clybourn Brewery after the tour w/ Trevor for $35 (bit pricey but we found this out after they already capped a Growler for us. The price then was forgotten after enjoying this!). Poured from the Growler into a Bordeaux Wine Glass w/o the Stem.

Aroma- Strong and rich from the beginning of the smell. Great banana and light peppery aromas in the background. May have a ton of alcohol strength but we will soon find out later in the drink.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that stays for good time. Has an amber/copper body with some haziness. Leaves decent lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Strongest malt and complexed amounts of spice, caramel, and banana once again! Tons of alcohol is present (noted in the aroma) and isn't a problem seeing its a 8% brew. Low hop presence and only a small amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, good amount of alcohol warming at finish, and very rich finish.

Overall Impression- One of my top 5 Brews I've enjoyed from Goose Island ever! Great amount of strength, character, and content while it is still a good brew for many to try that haven't gone out of their comfort zones for hitting new ABV levels. Reminds me a ton of the Unibroue Maudite but much more complexity and strength. Go for this if you are at the Brewery! I'm glad I got to get a Growler of this and enjoy over 2 glasses of it.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Goose Island Wrigleyville. Served in a taster glass.

A - Thin white foam, but mostly because this was filled to the brim. Slightly transparent dark copper brown, with no lace, cap, or collar.

S - Roasted grains, molasses, chocolate, bananas, and a touch of phenolic yeast and spicy alcohol.

T - Taste is actually superior. Tastes like banana chocolate chip muffins, with a bit of roasted grain character as well. There's a touch of allspice, and thankfully less booze than the aroma.

M - Gritty, roasty, medium-full body, with pleasant medium-low carbonation, and a dry, toasty finish. No obvious alcohol warmth.

D - This was a pleasant surprise. It really tasted like a whole grain banana muffin, and is one of the better takes on this style that I've had the pleasure of trying. The alcohol could be a bit better hidden, but it's not excessive for 8%.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a mini pint glass

A: Pours a deep, translucent brown color with a small amount of eggshell hued head.

S: Aroma is strong with caramel malt, some dry grain, and some soothing alcohol warmth, like a hot toddy.

T/M: Tastes nutty up front followed by very light chocolate, maple syrup, heavy plum and blackberry and a medium amount of carbonation. That alcohol warmth bites at the end but doesn’t overbear.

This would be a great beer during winter.


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Dunkel Weizenbock from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.01 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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