Buffalo Bock
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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German Weizenbock
Ranked #13
Ranked #4,414
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
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Notes: Weizenbock aged in an Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel barrel.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 85 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler. Fill date marked on cap as '2.23.18'.
Clear, deep amber colored body. Brief fizzy head. No lacing. The second pour into the glass changed the body to cloudy.
Aroma of toasted malts, cherry, grape, oak, vanilla, and bourbon.
Taste is strong with the bourbon barrel. Nuanced with cherry, grape, and vanilla. The woody oak is there, with a good malt base. Just a touch of cloves but no banana.
Medium mouth feel. Okay carbonation (probably because of time in the growler.
The time in the glass has likely dulled the beer's true expression. What is left is strong with bourbon and fruit. A creamy texture is what comes to mind when drinking this, and a slight sting from the bourbon.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

2012 vintage.

Mahogany body with hints of ruby. Small beige cap. Citrus, oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Moderate sweetness. Pretty good.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark beige body with an off white head. Scattered spots of lace.

The bourbon is front and center in the nose with vanilla and oak. Some light bready notes is about all that's left of the base.

The bock shows up more in the flavor with a light tart apple, banana, and bread pudding. Then back to the bourbon, which is long in the finish.

I was quite impressed by the way this lower abv, lighter bodied beer held up
to the barrel aging. It's a medium body, but relatively lighter than most bba. Smooth.

The bourbon really dominates and I would have liked to have experienced more of the bock, but still a very good drink.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(Re-review 2/18/18, original score 4.0)

Look: murky, red-brown, small head which we expect from a BA beer. Aroma: strong barrel presence, oak, live bourbon and lots of it, no showing of the base beer, very unbalanced. Taste: yes, I can taste the base weizenbock. Estersbof banana bread, with cocoa, vanilla, and oak from the active barrel. Finish: long, and balanced. Not quite cloying, but still sticks there. Feel: full bodied, lowish carbonation. Comments: very good BA beer. If the aroma were more balanced I'd call it great.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: beautiful burgundy coloring, clear, with no head at all.

Aroma: vanilla, toffee, cherries, oak…bourbon barrel flavors screaming out of this nose. The weizenbock's particular flavors are fairly smothered by the power of the barrel.

Taste: More vanilla and cherry, caramel and toffee, and the sharp twang of alcohol. Just below, the sweet wheat flavors of the weizenbock start to shine. It's a lovely marriage. You never forget for a second that bourbon is involved here, but the base beer is both full-bodied enough to hold it's own against the barrel effects, yet still show off it's own character. I know I said the opposite when speaking of the aroma, but that's just how it went. A delicious beer that sent me to bed peacefully.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Buffalo bock pours a redish like color, with a nice large white head. There are strong alchool, and wood like aromas. The taste is much the same, rather boozy, strong wood like flavors, and a profound sourness. Full flavors, but the more I drank, the less I wanted this. Overall I found this a tough beer to finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a Town Hall chalice glass.

Appearance: Color is a deep dark brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A whiskey barrel forward aroma with solid hints of sweet caramel and fruit undertones. Big hints of bourbon whiskey upfront with some vanilla, oak, and wood. Toasted bready malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, and wheat grains. Some candied burnt sugars along with a slight hint of cloves and pepper. Hints of banana and apple as well as some dark fruit hints of fig, prune, plum, raisin, and dark cherry. Hop scent is very light. Very good aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty well, big taste of the bourbon barrel with lots of caramel malt and fruits. Big bourbon barrel taste throughout with notes of oak chip, vanilla, and wood. Sweet toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, yeast, biscuit, and wheat grains. Some brown sugar and candied sugar. Notes of banana and apple fruits along with some dark prune, fig, plum, cherry, and raisin. Light presence of earthy hops in the back end. The bourbon notes blend nicely with the malts. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat chewy and syrupy. A little booze heat is felt.

Overall: A very good bourbon barrel aged version of a Weizenbock. Nice creamy notes of bourbon, caramel malt, and fruit.

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Photo of billab914
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a tasting glass. It poured a darker, amber orange color with a thin sticky head leaving it's mark all over the glass. Pretty nice looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of oak and vanilla at first. I'm getting some good notes of bourbon, brown sugar and caramel though as well. There is some sweet, sugary, candied fruits though that when combined with the sweet bourbon are a little much.

The sugary, candy fruits play an even bigger role in the taste, but I'm also getting a bold tart green apple like flavor to it as well. There is a little bourbon and oak but it's unfortunately overshadowed by the sugary sweetness and tart candied fruits.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it just didn't come together well for me. The sugary, candied flavors and the tart fruits just dominated too much for me and made it almost cloyingly sweet. It wasn't awful, but it definitely isn't one of the better barrel aged beers I've had.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy brown with a nice white head that fades to ring with nice lacing.

S: The nose is beautiful on this one. Huge notes of vanilla, caramel, buttery toffee, bourbon, banana bread, and malt waft out of the glass with every sniff I take.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with excellent notes of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, banana bread, and caramel. This is really tasty.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium with nice creamy carbonation.

O: Amazing aromas, flavors, and feel. I'd put this closer to a Doppelbock but there were some weizenbock elements like the banana bread element. I hope they release this again and in larger numbers.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed brown color with an off-white head. Really nice bourbon aroma, plenty of oak and vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. Mild oxidation, lots of caramel and toffee, maybe a bit of brown sugar. The flavor is sweet bourbon, vanilla, and caramel malts. Brown sugar, oak, and a mild fruitiness in the background. The barrel really drowns out most of the base beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Frank!

A - Pours a muddy brown color, thin off-white head, thin collar.

S - Oak, whiskey, burnt sugars, caramel, toffee. The booze is pretty evident for only 7.2%, but really doesn't detract too much from the nose all that much.

T - Pretty much spot-on with the nose, perhaps the booze is a little more smooth as well. Caramel, whiskey, oak, burnt sugars. Alcohol is noticeable but again, doesn't detract. Finish is booze & sweet caramel.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - A nice treatment by TH. The bock works well with the whiskey, allowing both the booze and base beer to shine though. It's not a mind-blowing experience that Czar Jack was a couple years back, but it's a good beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, David.

Muddy dark amber body capped by two fingers of head. Solid head retention and lacing. Smells strongly of red apples, whiskey and oak. A little yeasty and hot, not overly complex. Palate has banana and red apple, oak and whiskey. Surprisingly, this has pretty harmonious flavors, and the barrel doesn't completely dominate the base beer. Body is about medium, decently hefty for the ABV. Solid stuff for what it is.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast) for sharing this one. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - A nice finger-plus of white tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and a few spots of lace. Lightly hazed amber-orange body.

S - Oak, faint whiskey, more oak. The base bock seems to have been obliterated by the barrel-aging - perhaps some wheat and other neutral bready flavors.

T - The taste has a little more nutty and caramel flavor that I associate with the base beer's style. Some pleasant whiskey and vanilla flavors, particularly as the beer warms up. Some sour mash whiskey bite and wet oak in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium body, with some pleasant barrel tannins and dryness, and a lightly chewy finish. No real alcohol presence. Sufficiently hefty for 7.2%.

D - It's a tad unexciting, with a disproportionate amount of oak and barrel presence and not enough base beer. Thankfully it isn't very boozy, so it goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little head. Color is a caramel bronze orange.

Aroma: Coconut and caramel. Bananas, oranges, cloves, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, and dark fruits.

Taste: Dark fruits, plums, molasses, cloves, bananas, oak, bourbon, toffee, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warming. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and clean.

Overall, a solid brew. I really liked the nose on this one. Kind of drank like a fresh old ale but with barrel flavors. Very well done.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub, on release day, 20 Feb 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a muddy medium brown (muddy in both the color and the texture). Looks kinda dingy and hazy. Brought to me with little head; not much lacing. The color really doesn't do it for me.

Smells like light bourbon with a hint of wheat, some sugary sweetness, and a touch of banana. The bourbon smell is really smooth, with lots of vanilla oak - gentle and emphasizing the soft, tasty side rather than harsh alcohol. I don't get a ton beyond the barrel, though - I don't think the base beer is quite potent enough to penetrate beyond it.

Taste is somewhat similar, but with a little more of the base beer coming through. Sweet, only mildly boozy, with good dark fruit (plums). The bourbon comes through quite clearly, but it's one of the smoothest barrel-aged beers I've ever tasted. No sharpness at all, and a lovely combination of flavors. Again, main complaint is that the base doesn't have quite enough kick to hold up to the barrel aging, but the effects of the barrel are so good, I barely mind.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, silky, with great persistent carbonation that's really spot-on. Finish flows gradually away.

Good stuff. My only complaint is that the base beer needs a little boost to keep up with the barrel. IMO, tastes and smells mostly like a very nice watered-down whiskey (about 75% that, and 25% weizenbock). I guess part of that is that it integrates well with the base beer, but I'd like more of the beer to come through.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- minimal tan head on a dark toffee-colored beer. Lacing slowly recedes after each sip.

S- bananas, caramel, cloves and a faint cinnamon and bourbon.

T- caramel apple with a hint of clove. Banana is present at the finish, along with a smooth bourbon and vanilla.

M- on the thin side of medium, very little carbonation.

O- Kinda pissed at myself for only getting one bottle of this. I actually only bought the bottle so I could get the free Czar. Now I have to discipline myself to hold onto it for a while!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured into a small goblet. Slightly cloudy carmel color with a light tan head, head tries to stay but minimal head retention. Collars. Caramel, apple, slight spice, vanilla all in the nose. The Bourbon is there too but not overbearing. Sweet caramel not transitions to a slightly hot booze note but doesn’t overpower that much, will be nice to see this settle in the bottle for a while and smooth out. This was my least anticipated barrel release from town hall and I’m really surprised how well I like it. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of terabin
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in a 10 oz goblet.

Cloudy muted look to his one.

Not much aroma coming off the beer: some booze, banana, and clove.

Taste is surprising. Great bourbon flavor, yet so drinkable. Some fruit melding w the bourbon but bourbon and brown sugar prevail and linger for a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation starts slow but then condenses into a bit of foam w the swallow. Not perfect but w such a great tasting beer no need to dwell on this point.

Ultimately I care about the taste of the beer. I'm a bourbon lover and I love the notes that come through from the Eagle Rare barrel. Who would have thought that a weizenbock would age so well in a bourbon barrel! But on second thought the sweetness of the fruits present in a good weizenbock meld perfectly w the bourbon adding that brown sugar booze taste. Wonderful.

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Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the February 20th release at Town Hall in a 10 oz. goblet. Should have been much larger!

Pours darker than expected, warm oak in color, heady. The smell is the beer's weakest aspect, tough to pick much off the surface of the brew, maybe vanilla, light spices.

Buffalo Bock's taste certainly does not fall into the weak category. The base beer's bananas & cloves are strong, & there are healthy notes of caramel & vanilla. The bourbon in my first glass was repped by the vanilla; in the second, there was a stronger presence on its own. Incredibly smooth drinking, went in for one glass, split a second with my wife, & could have happily had more.

This was the beer I was least looking forward to during 2012 Barrel-Aged week, & it's simply marvelous. Wish they'd have had the base weizenbock on to compare it against (they did earlier this week), that would have been fun. Excellent beer, sorry I didn't capture a bottle of this for myself.

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Photo of tewaris
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dirty garnet with a wispy tan colored head... head retention and such are tough to comment upon but the beer looked appealing. Obscure fruitiness and oak/bourbon notes at the beginning that are taken over by strong over ripe banana notes with temperature.

Slightly boozy in a very good way... the barrel character shines, especially at slightly colder temperature. Low carbonation, medium body and silky feel, with a clean finish. An example of barrel aging done right.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at The bottle release day.

Pours a nice hazy dark amber color, nice 1mm head quickly resting to a thin ring, mild lacing, consistently murky

Smells of slight banana, some bourbon, a cherry almost sherry smell, red grapes, a little red wine, and wonderful boozy hints.

Tastes of wonderful sweet booze, sweet bourbon, cherries, floral and sweet sugar finish

Medium thick body, medium low carbonation, nice tingle of the booze, mildly hot,

This is very nice beer. Sweet and boozy! It is wonderful if you like a hotter feeling beer. And for me, I love the bourbon in this. Is does lose some of the traditional fastest with this style, but man is it a beautiful finished product.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 85 ratings