Weizen Bock | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Weizen BockWeizen Bock

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2003

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 47
Photo of hman43
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours dark copper with a light brown head. The head retention is good.

Smell: There are strong sweet aromas. The aromas feature strong caramel, wheat, and sweety fruity esters that is closest to cherries. There are low aromas of spice that intermix with the other aromatics.

Taste: The flavors are more subtle with wheat, caramel, fruity esters, and a mix of spice.

Feel: It has a moderate body towards the full side with a moderate level of bitterness and some alcohol warmth.

Overall, the is a malt and wheat forward beer with a strong spicy element and fruity esters.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle, it pours a hazy darkish amber with a nice head. Lacing as you enjoy it. Smell is a bit of yeasty bread, followed by the mouthful of boozy bread. Yum! Hic!

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours deep brown color with a high tan head. The smell and test initially muffin, morphing into musty, boozy wheat as you drunk on. Imagine drinking a piece of old bread, only you like it. Slightly sour.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some spices. Taste is malty, bready, alcohol is present, a bit of mild spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of KyleVick4
1.54/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

16 oz pint glass

A: Pours deep brown/red with little or no head. A thin film of bubbles around the edge grants an appearance of dilute motor oil. No bubbles apparent throughout the beer.

S: Smells sweet apple, molasses and roasted malt. Slight spice of hops, but very faint.

T: Almost spit this one out the sourness is so overwhelming. Tastes less of a beer and more of an apple cider. Whew. Tough for me to get past the mouth pucker. Actually I can't. This is a terrible beer with a certain harshness in the taste.

M: This is a very thick beer with miniscule carbonation. Very tough to drink. Gross.

O: For me there is no redeeming quality in this beer. It is cold for once in Florida and I should have gotten Old Rasputin. Tried something new and immediately regret it. This is an awful beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy beige head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with caramel/toffee and apple aromas. Taste is much the same and like others have mentioned there is an apple cider flavor in this one. There is a slight bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a decent beer for what it is but not something I would get again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dirtied white head, which spreads to a crowning around the top pretty quickly. Color is really nice, a reddish copper color with some haze but also sparkles like hard candy.

Good smell, a balanced mingling of musty red apples, toffee, cherry pipe tobacco and a pinch of alcohol. Autumnal and welcoming.

High hopes for the flavor, based on the nice look and smell, but no, this is not a great Weizenbock. An oddly flat sort of taste, papery kind of, although not really exhibiting the usual oxidation flavor/feel. Apple cider is the prevailing flavor, and it comes with a sourness that is not appreciated. Something somewhere between gingerbread and sweet carrot cake is here too, but geez, without a solid, quality base, it has no chance to impress. Puckery finish. Pretty good feel, soft and smooth with decent but not overbearing carbonation.

Not the best Weizenbock experience out there, not by a long shot. I guess bombers for $3.99 are too good a thing to be true, unless they're totally local, and this one definitely is not. Oh well.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a weizen glass. Amberish brown with all sorts of chunky stuff floating in the haze. Modest off-white head, modest lacing.

Nose is pleasant enough, although a fairly tame combo of caramel, tangy wheat and whiffs of raisin. Tastes more or less as advertised, but with more oomph, thanks in no small part to a nice fluffy feel. Small-bubbled carbonation is right on target. Modest spicy and banana bread notes in the finish. Not bad at all, but a fairly pedestrian take on the style.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny copper, trace head, patchy lacing

S: wheat, malt, spices, figs/

T: big malt, sweet berry crisp finish

M: light/med body, smooth,
hint of semi-dry mouth

O: Interesting nose and flavor,
could be little heavier mouth.
Worth trying.


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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass, chez white; had this thing stored for a few months

A: modest carbon; reddish brown; no head; floaters evident
S: sweet, powerful; hints of grape; inviting
T: very sweet; tasty bock, sort of like a pumpkin beer without the pumpkin; semicomplex
M: a bit thin bodied

yum yum

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Photo of Hex92
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first tasted this beer I thought I was onto something special, but as it warmed some flavors showed up that I didn't like as much.

A: nothing special.
S- great boozy caramel smell.
T- very malty, but as it warms more hops creeps in. Maybe too much hops.
M- good coats the mouth just right.

Overall, I think its a good value. So I think I will get this one again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy coppery brown with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. Malty aroma has strong yeasty, molasses and caramel notes and is a bit sweet. Flavor has a sweet caramel overtone and a malty core with hints of apple and molasses and just a touch of cloves. Body is about average, and texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a tingly and somewhat complex finish.

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Photo of droomyster
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter, I get a dark copper body with a deep haziness and a small head that settles to a collar. Aromas are predominantly of prunes and plumbs, with notes of sweet wheat and something reminiscent of bread pudding. The taste is initially sweet, with raisins and a bit of brown sugar, buts quickly gives way to increasingly bitter notes, first of toastiness and then of wood and leafiness. It doesn't finish as well as it starts, and leaves me with the taste of burnt biscuits. The body is quite full and carbonated in a way that lends an appropriate austerity to its complicated flavor and gives a smoothness to what would otherwise be a mostly astringent beer. I love the texture and think that the flavor is good for the most part, and ultimately hope this beer is improved in the batches to come.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark amber/brownish color with an off-white head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma smells a lot like banana nut bread. There is some wheat, banana and fruity esters.

T- The taste is malty up front with some sweetness and fruitiness along with some alcohol  in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent Weizenbock but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber to brown with CHUNKS of yeast dancing around. Nose has a fresh bready/toasty aroma, and some holiday spice cake. Palate has plenty of carbonation, tangy interplay oif toasty malt and sourness. Wheat is clearly noted too. Finish has some warmth.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber-brown, off-white head, some retention, good lace.

S: Quite spicy, plenty of bubblegum, hints of banana & bready.

T: Spicy, banana bread, dark fruit, hints of alcohol warmth, a good example of the style.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light acidity.

D: A good drinker (inhibited by its strength).

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Photo of Bobby12many
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into my Sam Adams "supersize" perfect pint.

A - Very nice hazy copper color with a thin head that is gone quickly. Slightly oily and slick looking with some thin sporadic sticky lacing. Somewhat disappointed by the head.

S - Wheat and hops both come through strong with a floral note in the nose. Hints of alcohol.

T - Not what I was expecting. The first thing I notice is the hops. Bitterness and astringency take the front seat and the yeasty breadiness is overshadowed, albeit still detectable. Tastes more like an off balance Amber than a true wheat bock.

M - Thin, sticky, and somewhat limp. Not much carbonation to speak of.

D - One and done. Not a beer I would go out of my way to recommend. Not a terrible beer by any means, but certainly no where close to other Weizenbocks out there. If you are into hoppy ambers, check this one out. But dont feel bad if you pass on by.

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Photo of cokes
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opague and dusty, muddy, sandy river water orange colored with a low beige head of good staying power but little lace.
Caramel apple, doughy crustiness, clove, allspice, and grocery bag aroma.
Lots of Granny Smith apple notes through the mouth. It brings a good amount of soft, bready wheatiness. Spice hits with vanilla, cardamom, and allspice. Load of black cherry fruitiness. Thus far, it seems alright, but the brown paper bag of oxidation is all over this. And everything is torn down. It ends up like an astringent, papery, funky, banana bread, squirted with lemon oil.
Low carbonation, flaccid bodied.
It's weird enough to be interesting to a degree, but the yeast flavors and their oxidized notes tear it apart.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scuttlebutt serves their Weizen Bock in full pints, a welcome but surprising gesture for an 8.0% ABV beer. It is shadowed crimson with a soft beige head and has a fruit-spice aroma hinting at an oddly appealing cinnamon-fig. The taste shows nice wheat spice character with dry, lagered qualities enhancing drinkability.

Though brewed as a lager, the Bock expresses greater flavor upon warming when a substantial influx of malt sweetness and noble hop spice step forward. Not an everyday beer, but that's by design.

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Photo of grumpy
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber purchased at the brewery in Feb 2009. 7.9% ABV

Pours a slightly yeast-cloudy amber producing surprisingly little head and lace.

Aroma is, again surprisingly, tart cherries, followed by yeasty bread dough, molasses, and a faint hint of the expected esters from a weizen yeast.

Some of the flavors are a bit unusual for a weizenbock. First the aforementioned cherry, which comes across more tangy than tart on the palate. Next up, the bread dough thing is detectable until the sweet molasses flavor takes over. Then comes a bit of wheat and spiciness. The aftertaste is where the flavor and aroma really diverge. This beer finishes with a pronounced bite and dryness that seems to be a combination of wheat tartness, alcohol, hops, and carbonation that was not visually apparent.

Mouthfeel is full for the style - being pretty oily until the dry finish registers.

All in all, an unusual, tasty, and very drinkable beer. And it was inexpensive, to boot. Should have bought more.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Roaster's near the Seattle-Tacoma airport. Listed as "Old No. 8", ABV 8%.

Pours a hazy amber body reminiscent of iced tea. The custard head is creamy and dense, with the occasional large bubble slowly rising up through the foam...something like swiss cheese. Nice retention and great lacing. The aroma has some fruity notes of peach, grape, and mango; otherwise, it's clean and wheaty.

Yum. Pretty good weizenbock here: fruity yeast esters bring notes of pear and pineapple while the hop finish is slightly citric. A bit too hoppy for the style, but it works. Some alcohol heat is detected in the finish as well. The creamy, full-body is smooth and has a spot-on carbonation level. Overall, a drinkable Weizenbock, especially at 8% ABV. I would probably have this again given the proper circumstances.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a thin, dissipating, whiteish head.

Smell: Caramelly, malted wheat aroma with hints of toast, clove, and raisins.

Taste: Malted wheat with a spray of toasted, sweet caramel. Dash of cloves. Light taste of raisiny fruitiness. Restrained spicy hops with a light bitterness. Bitterish finish with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: So-so as far as weizenbocks or even beers in general go!

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Photo of RJLarse
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Scuttlebutt Weizenbock at the brewery in Everett. Poured in to a pint tumbler. A poor choice. and if I had this one to try again I would go for the weizen glass.

Pours a burnt orange/copper color and is hazy. A smallish off-white head is gone in a flash, leaving virtually no lacing on the glass.

Smell is an acidic sweet aroma, like a sweet vinegar. Bit of bite on the nose with this one.

The taste is an acerbic vegetable like flavor. There is a sweet malt presence, that gives way to the bitterness. There is a bit of a warn alcohol flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly clean and light, with moderate carbonation.

Average drinkability on this one. The taste is a bit unusual, strong and for me not real pleasing. It's not a very sessionable ale. I'm not much on the style, and some people might well like this brew. I can drink it, but it's not my pint of ale.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one is light brown in color with some orangish tints and a big head that left some good lacing.

Smell – I can pick up a faint malt that kind of reminds me of yeast. There aren’t any bockish notes though, just some cheap grain.

Taste – There’s a little bit of yeast flavor here but no bock to speak of. There’s that grain again, though. What is this, an Adjunct Weizenbock?

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied with some light carbonation and no sense of the traditional fluffy weizen mouthfeel.

Sinkability – I’m not really sure what this is, but I sure as hell am not going to finish it.

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Weizen Bock from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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