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Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
131
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
19.89%
 
 
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5
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11
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 131
Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium off-white head, no lace.

S: Winter spice, cookies, cinnamon, light banana bread.

T: Heavy cinnamon early on with notes of cherries. Christmas cookies for sure, quite tasty.

M: Medium to full-bodied, fairly creamy though with a thin overall body.

O: The spice character is really nice here. Don't count on a weizenbock in the traditional sense. This is a big American style dark wheat beer with some heavy spice flavour. Drink it as a winter beer and you'll like it.

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Photo of Popp24
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had never tasted any brews from this brewery before this one. I thought this beer was rather tasty and perfect for the holidays.

A - Cloudy brown with sediment floating around. Small white head.

S - I get lots of spices.

T - A little different for the style but I like it. It has a sweet taste but not too sweet. The alcohol is hidden nicely in this one. A little sour too but I like sours and tarts so I didn't mind.

M - Very nice and smooth and creamy.

O - A tasty beer that I will definitely look for in the future.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with hints of light coming through on the edges. Half finger light tan head with sub par retention yet still leaves a decent lacing.

S: Coffee. Bubblegum. Some light fruits. Touches of wheat. Toffee. Very different smelling beer, seems complex.

T: Bread, wheat, caramel, cloves, toastiness, toffee, nuttiness, touches of fruit. Alcohol. Pretty complex, but it all just doesn't work that well together. Not bad but not good either.

M: Medium light body. Higher carbonation. A touch crisp and a touch dry.

O: Definitely different from the other couple Weizenbock's I've had. Although this isn't a bad beer, it's definitely not great. Don't be in a hurry to grab one of these off the shelf.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Shiner Holiday Cheer. Not a Weizenbock, but close.

A: Dark brown with particles and a one-finger, tan, creamy/foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Some lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. Just a hint of sweetness.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Rich roasted flavor. Coffee and chocolate. Nutty. Finish doesn't seem to linger as long as I would like, but not bad.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly warm and pretty smooth.

O: Pretty good overall. The alcohol is well hidden in this one. I like the roasted flavor. This isn't as comparable to the Shiner as I had hoped, so I won't compare.

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Photo of timmos1
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

until I found out this is supposed to be a weizen bock, I was really liking this beer. It doesn't say any description on the bottle label except "ale". I guess they must be embarrased by the beer. It doesn't taste like a weizen bock,so I won't repeat all the other reviews listed here. However, if you didn't know what it was SUPPOSED TO BE, I would say it's not a bad drinking beer.It was located with all the seasonal winter brews at the local total wine, not with the bock's. Didn't know exactly what to expect. Not a weizen bock though. But for $1.75 a bottle, I wouldn't expect ayinger.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Guinness pint and the brew is a medium dark brown and hazy and has a 1 finger off tan head that clears fairly quickly and leaves a minimal hit and miss light lacing.

The aroma is malted grains with a hint of wheat.

The flavor follows the nose wih the addition of some unpleasant sourness, especially for a Weizenbock.

Not picking up any dark fruit and the malt profile is one dimensional.

Medium mouth feel and carbination makes the sourness stand out more. In my opinion, this is drinkable, but that's about it. A C brew for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an almost opaque murky brown with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily film. Small dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, cocoa, and some cinnamon spice notes. Taste is surprisingly sour (I think there may be an issue going on with this beer). I am getting some malt, sour fruits, and weird spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a higher level of carbonation which makes the sourness somewhat worse. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer and I am pretty sure that I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of Jesstyr
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this beer as part of a tremendous winter haul from Total Wines. What a disappointment. Served in a Forst beer glass.

Pours dark ruby and brown with nice bright white head that fills a minimum of two fingers. Good first impression. Nose is heavy on sugar with some light sourness that is somewhat inexplicable. I get some wheat and perhaps some citrus in there as well.

Taste is painfully sour, nothing like the weizenbock is meant to be - and certainly not malty as its look would suggest. Drinks very dryly, it covers the mouth completely. Some light citrus, seemingly orange, adds some flavor to this sour beer. Almost as if this went bad - I might even have to grab another one based on the other reviews.

Altogether a heavily disappointing beer, I couldnt even finish the last couple ounces.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter.

A- Somewhat heavy pour yields a 1/4 inch thick off-white head that's eventually reduced to an 1/8 inch thick ring around the glass's edge and a snow-cap of foam on the surface. Little to no lacing.

S- Dark, coffee-like malts emanate from the glass. Actually, a lot of coffee and some semisweet chocolate.

T- Heavy, dry and strong on the malt end of the spectrum for a weizenbock. Some sweet wheat character in the back of the intense malt bill. Definitely an original flavor profile. I get a faint wet glass taste when I swish.

M- Once again, dry and a bit thick with medium carbonation.

O- Not a whole lot going on with this one but definitely enjoyable on a cold night in front of the fire.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rather dark, fairly hazy brown. Orange highlights appear when help up to light. The light caramel-colored head is moderately sized, with a reasonably dense, frothy texture. Retention is solid but not outstanding. Some inconsistent lace is deposited onto the glass as it fades.

S: Some definite sweetness - some caramel and toffee for sure. Esters are prominent, with some clove/spice notes and pleasant fruitiness. Herbal/leafy hops are evident but not extreme. Toasted wheat and faint nuttiness are also present.

T: Toasty malt up front, with some slight tanginess from wheat. Some medium caramel/toffee sweetness is noticeable but not overdone. Lightly nutty, with some faint cocoa detectable. Yeast notes provide some mild spicy/clove flavors and a general fruitiness. Light herbal hop flavor and bitterness provides some balance.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is somewhat light, but there's still a slightly drier-than-average finish.

D: A pleasant, enjoyable weizenbock that lacks the complexity of many better options. Surprisingly malty for the style - unusual nutty and cocoa notes seem to overpower the yeasty character a bit more than I would have preferred. Straightforward, but worth a try.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown

smell: clean, dark breads

taste: no banana flavor, american yeast, clean dark wheat

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: nice smooth easy drinking dark wheat ale without the fruit flavor usually seen in german wheat ales.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Medium brown color, small tan head.
Caramel malt aroma, some sweet fruit. A bit of herbal hops.
Very malty taste, also some raisin/dark fruit. Piney hops at the finish.
Pretty thin in the mouth.
Nice enough beer, just not very special. Would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this sample with a fellow beer drinker who isn't very fond of dark beer. We were both impressed with the appearance and smell. It's got an aroma that gives away the rich, malty goodness that lurks within.
The flavor is all about the rich, almost chocolately roasted malt. It really hit the spot for a beer to sit down with after work. My friend was also pleasantly surprised, now he has a dark beer that he can point to and say that he likes. At $3 for a bomber this is a nice little treat and I'll surely have it again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy off-white head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, fruity esters and a hint of molasses and brown sugar.

T- The taste is very malty up front with some spices and a touch of hops the finish. The taste starts out sweet from the malt and finishes dry with a little bit of bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, 10 Degrees Below was enjoyable but not something I would purchase again. Worth a try.

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Photo of Duff27
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very thin, quickly dissipating white head atop a dark brown bier. Some noticeable effervescence if you look closely. No lacing.

S- Licorice.

T- Very dopplebock-esque. Molasses, licorice. Nice flavor.

M- Pleasant. Slightly syrupy.

D/O- This doesn't taste too bad and the mouthfeel is well-received by my mouth. Unfortunately the appearance seems to be the major downfall of this beer, to me anyways. Glad to have tried it, would have another down the line.

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Photo of Derek
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Supposedly an Imperial Weizen bock.

A: Deep amber/copper with an off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Big bubblegum fruitiness, with some grassy & floral hops. Intriguing but different.

T: Very fruity and hoppy. Lots of bubblegum, banana and mango along with grassy, floral and slightly steelie hopping. Underlying sweet maltiness (caramel, sponge toffee, hints of bread).

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slight residual sweetness.

D: I really liked their Weizen bock, I though the hopping in this just seemed weird.

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Photo of Bfarr
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with medium tan head with okay retention and no real lacing. Strangely sharp hop aroma. Molasses and pronounced citrus peel with light toffee and caramel sweetness finishing lightly medicinal. Smooth crisp feel with a slight mouthcoating.

Nice lager feel for a winter warmer but a little too much hop in the wrong places. Good but not one to search for too hard.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/31/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Also some fruit and citrus hops.

t - Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy.

d - A nice weizenbock. Would try again.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam drinking to the end of the Rich Rodriguez era..here here!Poured a hazed deeper russet color with one finger clingy beige head,nice retention.Aromas are pretty light,I picked up some clove-like spice mainly,maybe a little toasted wheat.Flavors are pretty light for the style as well,cocoa flavors were what stuck out most,light clove,even lighter banana.A pretty full mouthfeel and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for the most part but it lacks any real complexity.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a beautiful very dark brown with a ruby glow when held to the light and an off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty, some roast, a bit of booze, chocolate, and a little yeastness. The flavor is a bit tart upfront, some chocolate and roast, even some citrus. The beer finishes smooth with a bit of warmth, and a nice lingering malt. The carbonation is medium and body medium-full. Overall this is flavorful brew and would recommend.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass froma bomber the beer is dark chocolate brown with an enormous three finger head. Plenty of lace left behind.

The aroma is spicy floral hops. Has that sort of dry dusty smell. Light hints of chocolate malt.

The flavor is chocolate malt and toasted bread. Almost no hops to be found. After the nose I figured there would be. I'm not saying that's bad just surprising. Light spice in the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall an average beer with no real faults. Just not real memorable.

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Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red and brown, decent bubbly head with great lacing. Smells very floral and almost like perfume, nice citrus flavors, pine, some chocolate, touch of vanilla. Tastes of sweet banana like malt with lots of rum and vanilla flavors. Some dark fruits as well. Chocolate and roastiness makes its way after a fairly mute bitterness. Decent medium to full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

A really nice beer and very unique. I think of Weizenbocks having lots of banana and clove like flavors while this had a lot of complexity. Love the rum undercurrent and the chocolate in the finish, really is great as a winter warmer. A real treat and a great surprise, highly recommend.

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Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle from Whole Foods up in LaCamas, WA. Ryan the newer beer manager there seems to be bringing in some fantastic brews as of late.

- Nice cloudy molasses brown color, with a creamy tan head down to a mound of larger bubbles resting about a thin bed of lace making fizz.

- Certainly a nice spicy fruitiness to it... blended well with a zesty hop, almost cannabis-like, earthy, grassy, and fragrant... almost floral, like jasmine. Nice subtle chocolate malt, biscuit... little caramel.

- Smooth brown sugar and caramel malt... surprisingly light.. subtle spice, zest... and bitter pine hopping. The scent and taste are very far apart from one another. Sweet oats, fruity hop zing, little fig and citrus.

- Medium bodied, and a tad creamy.. smooth, and light tasting. Slight dryness and chewiness... not so much oily.

- Rather drinkable, and hides any sign of alcohol extremely well. Tasty, balanced, unique, and certainly good. I bet this would be even better on tap.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scuttlebutt calls this winter seasonal an "imperial dunkelweiss". I can't profess to much knowledge of German, but usually in brewing "weiss" is used as a shortened version of "weisse" meaning "white." Thus hefeweissbier is literally a yeasted white beer, and "dunkelweiss" means "dark-white." This makes no sense. Confusion reigns.

Regardless, I will drink this beer. And when I'm done I'll drink it again. 10° Below has a dusty, porterish aroma, a tall head yielding camel hair lace, and a fluffy mouthfeel. It is dark brown with strong roasted character and makes me wonder if I wasn't served a porter by mistake. A fruitiness also emerges but more like skins than flesh.

Casual, quaffable, and smooth with a distant smokiness.

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Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pony keg purchased from brewery poured a thick, velvety head of a tan brown. The beer is dark in color, but held to light shows hints of orange and red. produced excellent lacing and head retention.

smell is great. citrus, spices

taste of chocolate, malt, with a nice roasted flavor. the tastes are well balanced, nothing over powering but enough leaving you wanting more.

I personally have found this a great session beer. I've served it among family who normally do not care for craft beers but find this beer easy to drink and enjoy. It has become our tradition on thanksgiving to serve a pony keg and it's always a huge hit. I think that is my favorite part about the beer, I can think of too many beers I enjoy to drink that the rest of my family would enjoy as well.

UPDATE 12/03/2009: I purchased a 6-pack from local grocery and have to agree with the lower grade reviews... out of the bottle the beer did not taste the same! It reminded me too much of a porter and did not have the character it does out of the keg. I suspect the 6-pack was fairly old and hope to dry a bomber from one of the local beer stores soon.

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