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Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp)Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp)

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rayjay on 01-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 204
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. About a half-inch of head. Lacing was slight on the top. Hardly any film.
Just a slight bit of head, not even ¼-inch. Lacing was light on the top. Cloudy, straw color.

Banana and cloves led the way on the smell. Banana bread in there, too.

Bananas led the way on the smell as well. Smooth feel on the way off the tongue.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Flavorful and smooth throughout.

A good beer that grew on me as it went on. One of the best Hefe’s I’ve had.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, peachy yellow with a creamy white head. Decent retention but little lace.
Smell is amazing. Malt, citrus, pepper, clove and a hint of wet cardboard.
Taste is even more involved. Malt, citrus, vanilla, pepper and other spices, melon.
Rich with a tanginess/tartness and a refreshing aspect that masks the apparent weight of the beer. This is really good. Full bodied with a medium effervescence. Finish is both tangy and mellow. So glad I had this.

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Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reiewed on 6/27/11

Poured in to a weisse glass after a few swirls of the bottle. 2 finger, white head. Very frothy. Good tracing left on the glass. Hazy, dark orange body.

Smell had good amounts of banana and clove. Sweet with a hint of spice and crisp bitterness.

Taste had a strong banana and clove presence. Good sweetness with a mild malty flavor. Slight spicey, peppery flavor. Mild earthy hop presence

Mouthfeel had medium body with medium/high carb. Crisp finish.

Drinkability was very good. Overall a very tasty beer. No signs of abv and had some great flavor.

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Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

4/4 for the pack. Bottled in early April.

A: Pours a hazy apricotesque ale with a single finger of light caramel head. This falls quickly to a sheet of the same. Some spotty lacing.

S: The wheat is king in this nose. Plenty of sweet wheat notes with bready, biscuity malt in the back. Some nice floral notes. The yeast is pretty traditional for the style - earthy, a little sharp, hints of clove. Oddly, the alcohol comes through on this one for me, not good.

T: A little overly yeasty on the palate. The wheat is fun, but adds a little too much sweetness. Some banana. The beer has all the basic parts to make up a nice weizenbock, but they just don't weave quite too well. They seem to all be in combat with one another, rather than weaving properly.

M: Thick with high carb. Long, sweet, wet finish.

O: As above, this has all the pieces, but the puzzle isn't quite finished here. If they took another crack at this, I would give it another go, but as it stands, not quite on the level I would expect for Sierra.

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Photo of Vixie
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange with a thick white head. Classic look for the style, can name the style just on looks alone.

Smell is what I expect, reminds me of bread, with yeast and malt notes. I can also detect a hint of citrus, maybe lemon.

Can very much taste the wheat, and almost has a rye flavor to it, but that may just be me. As in the smell, there is a hint of citrus there, and maybe a touch of pepper as well.

Good feel to it, it's solid without overdoing it.

A very nice wheat beer, seems to be a bit more complex than what I expect for the style. It goes down nice and easy, and I could see drinking more than one at a sitting. Very much worth a try.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Unfiltered and hazy, muddy yellow coloration, big fluffy head that lasted the ride down, and nice clumpy lacing. Presentation sets the bar high.

S - Big yeast nose with some phenol and touches of clove. Sweet but not candy-like.

T - Sweet body, yeasty and ripe with banana flavors. The finish is slightly sour, but it flows well and doesn't seem off.

M - Smooth medium body, mild carbonation level. Very mellow, even for 6.6%.

D - Does not disappoint. Stellar brew from Sierra Nevada. Make this one year round, because I will make a designated area for it in my fridge.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a fluffy head of foam that fills the glass. Aroma is potent banana/bubbblegum.

First sip is... nicely dominated by a banana fruit flavor. Decent malty body, with wheat malt flavor. As it warms, the booziness becomes more prevalant. No hop flavor detected, minimal bitterness.

This tastes like a nice weizenbock to me, although it is not my favorite style or one that I've had too often. Glad to have tried a few as part of this mix pack.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter...this is by far my favorite of the beer camp beers, really an awesome brew...big straw yellow cloudy body with generous head. Tons of nose of wheat and yeast funk...they nailed both the weizen and the bock, so to speak...I mean nailed it, it's great, with just enough noble hops to balance it and nothing more. It's very rare that I would say this about the aroma of an American edition of a German style, but it competes with the best Germans. Taste follows suit, with big wheat and fruity characteristics. Mouthfeel is robust, energetic and quite simply, flawless. Overall, try it if you find it. Great beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, creamy taste, easy to drink with mild to medium body. Only a subtle after taste which is pleasant.

Cloudy, yellow-amber color. Formed good foamy head.

Compatible with multiple foods. The first I have had of this style. Look forward to trying others.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours murky dark gold with a two inch head of dense white froth. A thin foam cap and stringy lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics are chock full of bananas, sugar-dusted proofing dough, and cloves. Fresh and quite estery.

Medium bodied with a pillowy, soft mouthfeel.

Plump, juicy malt, banana skins, clove dust, and some earthy spice fill the palate.

Finishes with brown-sugar dusted bananas and drizzeled malt.

Tasty, tasy brew. A pitcher please, on a hot summer day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada "Best of Beer Camp" Weizenbock

Appearance: Typical appearance: orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of white. Average head retention and lacing.

Smell: Clove. Doughy malt.

Taste: Sweet, doughy, wheaty malt. Sugary. Clove. The alcohol never shows.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Crisp carbonation.

Overall: Quite pleasant.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was light, there was lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure.The flavor was brilliant, full of life and grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. very light with huge carbonation. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure. Very light bright flavors mixed in with a ton of carbonation to give it just that right feel really made this a winner. I could have easily had a few.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big creamy and fluffy head of almost 2 fingers rises and fades at a medium pace, with a bit of lacing, over ridiculously hazy nectar orange carrot colored beer.

Nose has a nice weizenbock, lots of wheat, light yeast, plenty of citrus, orange rind, floral, light spices, touch of banana.

Taste starts slightly sweet, plenty of wheat, almost creamy, light yeast, tons of citrus, little bitter and sweet orange peel, light spices, touch of coriander, light floral like flower taste, little banana, little sticky syrupy sweetness. Finishes still a bit sticky, slightly dry but not as much as I expected, lingering spices and orange.

Mouth is medium bodied, a little creamy, decent carbonation but lower than I expected and a creamy carbonation not the small bubbles and lots of carbonation I expected in a weizenbock.

Overall not bad, not what I expected, the mouth is a little flat and not what I expected.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is packaged in this instance as 'Best of Beer Camp #37'

A - It pours a hue quite like the flesh of a peach, and is capped with a decent white froth that recedes to an encircling ring, depositing small lace.

S - Light and pale wheat notes offer ripe fruitiness, minerality, and a slight herbal quality. As it airs out, notes of banana and bubblegum become available.

T - The brew has a slight Belgian feel about it, as it suggests some mineral, fruity and herbal notes that I associate more with golden Belgian styles, than Weizen braus. There is a good deal of dry pale wheat flavor, and is somewhat bready. Vaguely tart lemon notes and a hint of bitter astringency appears near finish. Hops linger after finish.

M - The feel is nice, softly carbonated and just about medium of body.

O - Nice.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good take on a Weizenbock form SN, a bit too sweet maybe but a tasty brew.

Presentation: 12 oz. brown capped bottle. Sierra Nevada´s Beer Camp branding with a recognizable if disconnected Sierra seal on the neck label, and the more contemporary and whimsical motive of the camp and quirky machines from the Camp identity in the main label, here in a light muddy green and brown range. Notes Camp #37, year 2011, and 6.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a Weissbier glass.

A - Hazy pale to medium amber pour. Rich frothy head, good retention, surface memory and lacing.

S - Wheaty, sweet… Caramel. Spices, clove and a touch of banana.

T - Taste follows with a wheaty range, yeasty banana notes, clove, sugar and caramel dominate the fruity sense.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation fading with a slightly sticky, sugary sense.

O - Pretty good flow of a Weizenbock, all things considered although maybe a bit too sweet this is a nice surprise from Sierra.

Notes: Not something that will make the Beer Camp mixer that memorable but a reliable inclusion. Lighter in color and with a sweeter palate than other interpretations, but likable nevertheless.

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Photo of fsimcox
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, hazy golden color. Firm foamy head dissipates to a thin white layer. A little lacing, but not much.

Smells of sweet bananas and cloves. Hints of sweetness in the background.

A wonderful banana and clove taste. A little citrus in the end. Some banana that lingers. Reminds me of a traditional German Hefe.

Mouthfeel is creamy up front. Full body, with carbonation that lingers in the end. A smooth delightful beer.

I love German Hefe's, and I wish I could get this beer year round!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good cloudy inviting gold color, ample head. Yeasty nose, banana, all the traditional hallmarkes of a decent weizenbock.

Taste was again, wheaty, yeasty banana-y. Very bready. Light sandwich in a bottle. Good creamy and chewy aspects. Other slight citrus flavors as well, but not from hoppiness, which is all but absent, as it tradionally should be. I'm not a weizenbock guy by any stretch of the imagination, but you'd be crazy not to realize this is a legitimate beer.

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Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the SN Beer Camp Variety Pack.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Prima Pils pilsener glass.

Beer pours an extremely cloudy orange amber. It almost looks like a tall glass of carbonated apple cider.

Smell is of bananas, Belgian yeast, some wheat, and something sweet which smells close to bubble gum.

Taste is very similar. The beginning of the sip is banana heavy with some spicy Belgian yeast notes. It has a dry finish which highlights the wheat malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The carbonation is higher than average with a prickly quality. Very drinkable at 6.6%.

Overall, this the first time I've had a weizenbock and I liked this interpretation of the style. Nice beer to enjoy on a warm Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy, cloudy. liquified golden smog

s: smells of wheat, yeast and some banana.

t: very nice taste that goes along with the smell. sweet wheat flavor. bit of banana in there.

m: creamy, medium body.

o: Great beer. I don't have much experience with this style but this was excellent - from the appearance to the taste. One of the beers available within the SN Beer Camp 12 pk mixer. This one is a winner.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it took over 2 years for it to finally happen, but the other day I was able to sample again the excellent SN weizenbock I had in SoCal a few years back.

On tap at Max's.

The SN weizen pours a somewhat cloudy amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is textbook weizenbock, with banana, clove, brown sugar and a hint of chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, though I was happy to see that it was not overly sweet or spicey. Also, while the beer had something of a creamy mouthfeel, it was still light on the palate and very drinkable.

Don't see all that many domestic weizenbocks, and frankly I'd be hard put to think of a better one than this. Impressive stuff...

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Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Hefe Waizen-like beer, even though this is a Weizenbock, from a well known and respected brewer, Siearra Nevada Brewing Co.

Comes in a variety pack with four other speacial brews made for the 12 bottle pack, under the "Beer Camp" theme.

1. Nice color
2. Not as aromatic as some other beers in this category.
3. Beautiful, rich taste that goes well with hot summer days here in South Florida.
4. Has a nice smooth taste and a cloudy, light yellowish color that one would find in a Waizenbock-style beer.

Well worth trying out.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

into a weizen glass. pours a nice, evenly cloudy golden straw with a two-fingered crisp bright white head. thick and frothy. impressive retention. not as much lacing as I'd hope.

aroma is potently sweet, estery, yeasty and hefty wheat. lemon, a touch of wet hay. a bit of pepper. smells clean and smooth. crisp... almost fresh.

hefty wheat up front, lemon and some herbal spice up front. It fades into an intensely sweet, honey like middle that finishes with hints of alcohol, more sweet caramel notes, and a bit of yeasty, earthy and dry grassy funk.

mouth is creamy, almost heavy on the carbonation. very fine and fluffy... a touch syrupy and thick. nice herbal bitterness on the finish is lightly drying.

A bit potent, a bit sweet, and a bit intense as a weizenbock, but certainly delicious and approachable. not one I would regularly drink, but as a mix in the pack, it's certainly not doing any harm.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy orange/tan, trace head, good lacing.

S: sweet fig/plum, big malt aroma

T: big sweet malt, fig plum, sweet wheat, mild crisp finish

M: medium body, semi-dry finish

O: Another fine brew from this Beer Camp Pack.
Filling, flavorful, and interesting. Good newbie
brew to share with others.


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Photo of SkipWeathers
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The star of this Beer Camp 12 pack, in my opinion.

A - very cloudy orange with dissipating white head

S - sugary, cotton-candy-like

T - orange, apricot, bold up front but quickly fades with some bitterness, pepper

M - bitter, sweet, and sour, very complex

O - Big citrus flavor with good balance. Again I feel it is the best of this multi-pak. #2 would go to the Double IPA, but that tastes much like many of their other special selections (which are of course pretty good). I was not blown away by this but nice foray for Sierra Nevada. I would like to see more varieties which are not so piney and hoppy. I look forward to seeing what the next Beer Camp consists of.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to be able to find this Beer Camp 12 pack around my area....

This beer shocked the hell out of me frankly... I was expecting it, along with the California Common, to be the beer I least liked out of the pack but it's easily the best and I mean easily... Creamy and delicious with loads of banana presence in the aroma and flavor... Spicy and wheaty and slightly yeasty with a delicious banana finish... I drank all 3 of these in one sitting and wanted more... Were this available in sixers, I'd buy it fairly regularly....

Great little brew....

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Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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