Volks Weizenbock
Appalachian Brewing Company

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Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #55
Ranked #27,057
3.81 | pDev: 9.97%
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable weisenbock. Had on tap at Gettysburg pub. Taste has a very characteristic banana and clove with some hop bitterness and maybe a touch vanilla bean. The flavor is a bit sweet..more ripe banana than green from a sugar point of view. Aroma matches taste. I thought mouthfeel was very good. Not as rich as a doppel but still some nice medium body. Carbonation was nicely medium and refreshing not soda pop bright/burning.
Was disappointed in look. Expected a big billowing head...and instead was small, quickly dissipated.
Overall though a nice version, and definitely worth having trying if you like the style.

Aug 15, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on draft at the Collegeville location. pint glass

hazy medium brown in color, white head. herbal spicy aroma from the yeast with some dark malts in there. similar flavor. medium bodied.

Dec 29, 2014
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

22 ounce.

Pours a clear brownish golden with a sudsy white head, dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of honey and banana esters as well as a bit of citrus and some grassy malts.

Tastes of crisp grassy malts with a mellow honey and banana fruit sweetness.

Medium body with tingly carbonation throughout.

Very nice and tasty weizenbock, lots of good flavor in this one and goes down very easy. Definitely worth trying this one and I hope to have it again.

Sep 12, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Very light brown with a cream head, high carbonation visible. Clove is strongest in the nose and sits upon wheat, brown bread malts, and black pepper. Taste is more yeasty in complexion, missing the dark fruit depth, but has everything else you are looking, wheat and earth interplay is the best part. Feel is light, fizzy and thin for style, a gateway to the style

May 05, 2013
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wattoclone from California

4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a big fan of the weizenbock style I was pleased to see them available from local brewers. Poured a cloudy medium brown with a moderate head. Aroma of caramel and bananas with some ripe fruit. Taste was fruit and spice with a pleasant bitter hop finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Not as balanced or explosive as the Bavarian originals which I love, but an interesting US version which I would buy on a regular basis.

Mar 20, 2013
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a murky dark brown color. It was served to me with a small frothy cap.

s: On the mild side, I found bready bananas with hints of chocolate.

t: All the right elements are here, just not enough of them. Sweet caramelized bananas with some cocoa and a little spice.

m: A bit thin for the style, kind of watery.

o: Not bad, but there are better weizenbocks to be had.

Dec 14, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a muddy looking brown color with a thin white head on top. The retention and lacing are minimal. The smell of the beer gives off the yeasty bread aromas along with the mixture of clove and banana. The taste of the beer is similar to the smell, the clove and banana with a touch of cirtus and wheat bread all blend together. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a good attempt of the style in my opinion. I feel there are better choices out there but this one isn't terrible.

Dec 02, 2012
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I've had this on tap at the brewpub and it had more carbonation to it, delivering a pillowy khaki head. From the bottle, however, even a rough pour didn't bring up much. As I recall, the draft version also offered much more head retention. Beyond that, the body is a nice auburn/russet brown color. It's fairly hazy but not quite cloudy, which means there's less yeast present than might be expected; and I'm assuming that's for bottling, although they may normally keep it at a lower level.

Aroma: Caramelish malt dominates with a slight hint of burnt-sugar that's glazed with notes of clove (which, combined with a soft note of vanilla, also suggest a sugary edge), black pepper, and some dark-skinned fruit.

Taste: As the aroma suggests, the yeast character is kept in check, which is quite often the case with weizenbocks, delivering more dark fruit than ripe banana. There's some actual "yeast" flavor to it, but the phenols produced during fermentation are restrained allowing the malt to come through more clearly. Clove is present, and there's a bit of still slightly green banana but I find lots of juicy dark-skinned fruit, and there's also a mild note of vanilla. In the background there's a hint of burnt-plastic but it barely shows. The caramelish malt takes on an almost burnt-sugar character towards the finish, and it finishes dry and fairly short lingering. There's not a lot of residual malt left, but there's a thin layer of residual browned sugar and a spritz of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: You might expect a bit more body in the mouthfeel for a bock but it still fits the style. It's medium with a dextrinous edge. Where the bottled version fails, however, is the carbonation. It's lower than it probably should be, and that leaves it feeling kind of flat rather than creamy or zesty on the tongue.

Overall: A tasty, well-brewed, and very drinkable weizenbock.

May 24, 2011
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magine from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy, deep dark tea like amber. Nice fluffy off white head that sits a finger width thick. Head settles to a thin lace wispy island. Leaves some decent lacing. Decent looking brew.

Brew smells of clove, yeasts, apples, banana, caramel. Pretty good smelling brew.

Brew is smooth; sweet maltiness initially. Shortly after slightly spiced, cloves and tart apples. Good medium yeasty chewiness to the mouthfeel. Brew finishes dry and smooth. A good solid tasting brew.

This is a solid brew, nice drinkability and a very well hidden alcohol presence. My first brew from ABC, good stuff.

Apr 29, 2011
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rdub from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz into my Newcastle Brown schooner. Copper color with not much head to speak of. Minimal lacing. Nice, sweet smell. Taste was more malt than hops. Mouthfeel was medium and easy drinking. Overall I liked it but it seemed basic. not bad at all. Would love to try it on tap.

Apr 03, 2011
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TaiPan from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at brewery in Harrisburg. Tried this one a couple times before reviewing, and one of my more common drinks there.

Deep amber in color. A caramel/clove aroma with a subtle sweetness. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet upfront followed by a cohesive yeast and malt richness through the middle. Finishes up with a return of the sweetness, but milder as it is tempered by molasses. Overall, very drinkable and refreshing for a higher ABV beer and a good representative of the style.

Jun 24, 2010
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 12/10/09

Poured into an oversized mug a cloudy amber brown with a slight thin layer of tanned head. Nose is yeasty, little bit of clove and a touch of hops. Taste is sweet upfront with yeast and spice throughout most of the body and into the finish. Somewhat crisp in the finish with mild hop bitterness. Highly carbonated with a medium feel. Overall not bad but nothing exciting either.

Mar 04, 2010
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Round two at lunch on 27JAN10 was a small, sample glass, perhaps 6-8oz ($1.35) of this weizenbock.

This bier was an opaque, deep, dark brown. Dense, for sure. Topping the liquid was a creamy, frothy tan head. Lasted quite well, and excellent lacing was evident. Nose was mild, with some choco present. Body was almost medium, though the feel on the tongue was fair.

A crispy, wheaty nature starts things off here. Choco comes forth, along with some clove flavors. A hint of banana rises up, as we head to the dryish finish. There's a touch of fruitiness, as well. Improves as it warms, without a doubt. Solid, all-in-all. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4


Feb 02, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Harrisburg location on 12/5/09. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a deep hazy amber, with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a rich look around the edges and some thin wisps across the center, leaving a cascade of lace on the sides of the mug that quickly slide down. The aroma is sweet and a bit heavy in the nose, with strong notes of clove and yeast. I'm not quite getting banana out of the fruitier aspects of this but there is definitely some darker elements at play. I'm pleased to find some floral hops hanging on the outer rim of this, helping give this a fresh pop.

The taste has a big roasty sweetness, with plenty of bitterness and a nice yeasty bloom of spice and fruit. A getting a bit more banana here than I did in the aroma. Finishes fairly dry and roasty, with a bit of lingering fruit. The mouthfeel is medium, maybe a touch fuller, with a quality firm prickliness to it that gives this a livley feel in the mouth. Touch of alcohol warms the face but overall it's fairly well restrained.

Nice. This is one of the better seasonals they do here during the year and it's a good choice to put on around the holidays. Lots of sweetness, roast, spice, and fruit make this a great festive quaff.

Dec 22, 2009
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lilbuddha from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank this before lunch at their brewbarrestaurant or w/e its called.

A - Deep brown, slight reddish hue, has a slight off putting haze to it.

S - My nostrils are bad at detecting "good" smells, but I didn't smell any bad ones, thats always good :-) It smells like other weizenbock's I've had.

T /M - Great balance, tiny bit of sweetness on my tongue, medium bitterness mid tongue, flavor hangs around. Initial taste of alcohol, smooth going down.

D - Drinkable, I would enjoy this with food, and when I got my food with about 1/3 of the glass left the enjoyment went up. I felt my stomach filling before then though, and I feel like I couldn't stomach a bunch of these.

Dec 08, 2009
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thain709 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy reddish brown body...very nice...off white head that was around for most of the drink...great lacing

S - Very spicy in the nose...a slight metallic aroma

T - The spices are there...but they aren't overpowering...a nice wheat taste that is covered up/balanced with a caramel flavor...I guess that's the bock part of the beer...very well balanced

M - Creamy...but does nothing lingers...a little watery at times

D - I'm glad they still had this on tap...I'll be making it back next winter to get another pint of two

Mar 08, 2009
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trbergman from England

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy brownish copper with a thin off-white head. Plenty of large bubbles.

S - Clove, banana, perhaps a hint of allspice. Some malty sweetness lingers in the background.

T - Pronounced yeasty taste with banana and clove esters. Reminiscent of a slightly spicy banana bread. Subtle bitterness in the middle gives way to a malty finish.

M - Despite having a gentle bite from the carbonation, this beer is rather smooth and round in the mouth.

D - Satisfying, not boring, with alcohol well hidden. Good from start to finish.

Dec 30, 2008
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IronCitySteve from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark, very murky and cloudy, amber/orange color. Gives a 1 1/2 finger tan foam head.

S: Lots of spice and fruit come to the forefront. Clove, cinamon, dark fruits and some banana.

T: A good amount of spice and fruits come out. Some clove as well. A very good version of a Weizenbock.

M: Leaves the palate with a spicy sweet tone. A good medium body beer.

D: One of the better Weizenbock's I have had. I believe it is a seasonal at ABC. A very good beer with a higher ABV.

Dec 29, 2008
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

Poured a medium to deeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of bananas, light bubble gum, cloves and a trace of wheat. Tastes of bananas, cloves, cramel, and wheat. I found this to be an enjoyable weizenbock!

Notes from 2/21/07

Nov 20, 2008
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, dark yellow color with good head retention and lacing.

S: Sweet, fruity and some spice

T: Fruity, banana mostly a bit of bubblegum.

M: Full feel, and somewhat chewy, good carbonation making it have a creamy feel.

D: Very east to drink, and incredibly tasty.

Feb 26, 2008
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

2.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served as part of a sampler tray out of 3oz glasses.

A--only slightly cloudy yellow.

S--Strong clove scent

T--strong clove flavor, creamy

M--full mouth feel

D--Not a bad representation of the style. Not very complex. Very straight forward. Probably better when its summer.

Feb 20, 2008
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ABC Harrisburg on 1/26/08. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A - Hazy deep amber/orange body with some ruby hues and solid one-finger creamy off-white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S - Pretty sweet and spicy nose with clove and dark fruits as well as sugar and a spicy yeast aspect.

T - Spicy yeast with some sweet, fruity esters and clove. Sweet bubblegum in the finish and a slight bit of mint as well.

M - Full bodied and chewy, creamy texture with a sweet and spicy finish. Warm spiciness on the palate. Soft carbonation provides minimal prickle on the tongue.

D - Alcohol remains well-hidden in this brew. Nice blend of spicy and sweet flavors with a full mouthfeel. Highly drinkable brew from ABC... one of their best.

Jan 27, 2008
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iceviper22 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler a dark red/copper brown with a one finger tan head that lasted a few minutes.

Smells very fruity..especially of bananas and cloves with some maltiness to it. It also smells like it's spiced with nutmeg or cinnamon. There is little to no hop presence in the smell.

The taste is spicy and of bananas also. That spiced smell comes through into the taste also. I seemed to be a lot more sweet and fruity tasting on tap thanit is in the growler.

Mouthfeel is pretty typical, not real light and carbonated or thick and syrup-like. Just full and drinkable.

Overall, I think this is a solid sweet refreshing brew that I could drink more of. I really liked it better on tap though. It seems to have lost something by the next day in the growler.

Jan 17, 2008
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DrJay from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite cloudy, hazy caramel colour with a fine, thin head. Some lacing, decent retention. Yeasty, bready aroma with plenty of malt, fruity notes with a bit of banana. Mild bitterness, malty, caramel, fruity esters, with some clove spiciness in the finish. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, fine bubbles providing a creamy texture. Not bad overall with nothing really out of place. A solid beer.

Jun 04, 2007
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served with amber/brown body and a slight tan head that didn't last all that long. The nose is slighty sweet, caramel and a touch of spice. The taste is similar to the aroma with a caramel sweetness and spicey and also slighty fruity taste. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the body is medium. Easy to drink.

Jun 02, 2007
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