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

12oz Bottle, Rogue Pint Glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw orange color that's opaque, with big fluffy, creamy & soapy off white head that has good retention. Good carbonation.

S: Best description; it smells like a non-funky Tripel mixed with a fantastic wheat beer. Banana, banana cream, spices and clove come to the forefront, with tons of heff yeast and wheat characters as well. Honey, light pear flavors, and crystal malt sweetness hover underneath.

T: Tons of wheat, banana and banana cream on the forefront, with sweet bready malt character and some candy sugar-like flavors. There is a little spice but no bitterness really, and the only others flavors are light honey and hints of mild green fruit.

MF: Unimpressive but solid. Wet, a little creamy. Not really sticky or dry. Medium body, good carbonation.

O: Honestly impressed; this is a great lighter beer, with nice sweeter flavors and a smooth finish.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IMO, the best of the beer camp mixed pack. A rough pour rustled up a thick foamy head that left plenty of lacing in the glass. Mega cloudy with a deep yellow color with orange highlights. Insane hefeweizen yeast aroma that had a nice balance of banana like esters and pleasantly smoky band aid phenols which also presented a melange of tropical fruit, floral, and even a bit of a soapy (like kid's bubbles) background. Balanced yeast flavor carried over into the flavor making it somewhat similar to a sweet apple pie. A little sweet and thick to the palate, but not enough to become too cloying. Only critique I have of this beer as that it needs more hop character to give a bit more dimension and drinkability - a bit more bitterness and just a little hop flavor would put this into another tier of its own.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden color into my glass with a small head as well.

Lots of clove upfront with just a hint of banana as well. Come to think of it, it's sweeter than I thought.

Taste is bursting with clove, wheat and banana flavors that coat the tongue. Very delicious. Sweet but delicious.

Lingering clove and banana at the back of the throat. Very palatable.

I like this example of the style. It's highly drinkable.

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

Pours a beatiful clouded banana smoothie hue with a bright slightly off white head forming thick with creamy textured head. Fine speckled lacing with chunks mixed in the pattern. Labeled as The Best of Beer Camp: Weizenbock #37. Aroma has sharp wheat with banana bread and citrus notes arising strong. Flavor is everything I enjoy about kellerweiss with a bit more punch to it. Sharp citrus/wheat combonation with hints of spicy yeast/banana/clove esters coming forth this is a very satisfying wheat beer, I had not idea that Sierra Nevada were actually wheat beer pros that hid behind the the Sierra Nevada Wheat with the red label for years, which was a dull American Wheat without any yeast fireworks from the German versions. Mouthfeel is satisfyingly carbonated with enough texture and girth the keep any craft beer drinker happy, a touch of alcohol in the back end but it's well orchestrated within the context of different flavors offered from this beer. Overall damn quality Weizenbock that I wish more craftbrewers would perfect like this.

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Photo of younger35
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a mix 12 pack of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp to keep myself occupied on Sunday afternoon while watching some golf. They all look really interesting so this should be fun. Drank from my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Pours a super hazy yellow orange with a beautifully fluffy one finger bright white head. A beautiful cap and collar remains along with tons of thick rich lacing.
Smell- Nice soft banana esters trickle out of the glass as the beer smells subtle and nice. It’s not as spicy as one might think as I don’t get as much of the usual clove or mace associated with the banana smell. A bit of doughy wheat adds a soft sweet undertone and that’s about it for the nose. Simple and nice.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a big bubblegum and banana presence, more in the taste than nose. Still not all that spicy although there is sort of a lingering clove flavor. The beer seems to sweeten a bit as it warms and it gets slightly cloying. Wheaty and soft in the finish as the damn near 7% is hidden very well.
Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy with a sort of milky thickness and soft ticklish carbonation.
Drinkability- Not the most complex beer in the world but it’s decent. A tinge too sweet for my liking but I’d never guess this beer was almost 7%. Maybe a bit more yeast spiciness would add something else to kick it up a notch. Decent but not my favorite.

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

Poured into Duvel tulip with a heavy white head that left some lacing.

Very hazy pour with plenty of yeast at the bottom.

Aroma of heavy overripe banana, cloves, white pepper, belgian yeast, and Bazooka original bubblegum.

Taste is great, nice and spicy with mild spices, strong banana and clove flavors and an unreal bubblegum flavor. This is by far the strongest "original bubblegum" flavored beer I have ever had and i would say this is the best beer in the mixed Beer camp package. There is a medium to thicker body for a weizenbock which is really done well. I would get this year round if they were to offer it.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy dark-yellow, light orange with thick,fluffy cloud-like white head,leaving cute scribbly foamy lacing on the glass. Nice.

Very sweet aroma of bananas,nuts,fruit. All sweetness,very pleasant aroma,while big on the sweet side, it is fairly restrained to keep the sweetness from being overpowering,which is a plus.

Sweetness continues from the nose onto the tongue, only pineapple comes through,with nuts and some decent malt.Lighter on carbonation(always a plus in my book),the body is fair/medium, maybe a little light.

A little too sweet for me,nonetheless it is very pleasant esp for hot and/or humid summer days and nights. A little more complexity and maltiness would help restrain the sweetness and balance it out.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-05-07 in Columbia, PA from the 2011 beer camp mixed case.

A - Hazy, russet-gold with a 2-finger head and moderate lacing.

S - Very aromatic; even from a distance. Yeasty bread, banana and clove.

T - Smells are echoed in the taste with the addition of some sourdough and citrus. Mild alcohol. There's some residual sweet-and-sour and mild bitterness as it partially dries out.

M - Medium+ body and medium carbonation yield a thick, chewy feel.

O - I like the big, bold smell and flavor. It's a little too big to be a thirst quencher but if you like a strong wheat beer taste, this is good stuff.

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Photo of jera1350
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing and cloudy pale/golden yellow. The head is easily two fingers thick and has awesome retention.

Wheaty nose with notes of honey and lemon.

Wow, this is damn tasty. Like an imperial hefe, this a rich and creamy wheat presence, honey, clove and banana milkshake. So rich and tasty, I'm loving it!

Milky and creamy feeling. Carbonation is beautiful and the finish is extremely dry.

Really, really liking this. What an absolute perfect summer beer. The drinkability is outstanding. An all around terrific beer with a slight exception to the nose. I would love to be able to buy sixers of this bad boy!

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Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours light orange with a creamy white head. It's cloudily opaque.

The aroma is nice but lacks depth. It's all sweet wheat with a fairly simple but balanced mix of banana and clove notes. Lots of easy sugar and light stone fruit flavors in there.

The taste is similar, pleasantly sweet but lacking the depth of better weizenbocks. It starts sweet with some wheat spice and pretty much stays that way. It's not really cloying and leaves a pleasant aftertaste, but there just isn't much complexity.

Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on. It's smooth and gentle. No booziness. Coats the mouth well.

It's a good beer but it just lacks the layered flavors of better light weizenbocks, like Vitus.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy appearance with creamy white head atop a deep dark golden cloudy body of weizenbock. Nose is a delight with loads of bready/yeasty aromas, along with some spices & citrus. Palate is quite creamy, yet not too heavy to loose drinkability. Gorgeous mingle of wheat, bready flavors, citrus, spice, and a zesty carbonation level that carries nicely through the finish.

Brewed in the lighter weizenbock way, similar to Vitus, compared to the more dunkel versions like Aventinus.

A must try.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a vintage 2008 keg that Wes & Joseph stashed!!!Poured from growler a hazed out golden color with a nice thick white head that receded quickly leaving minamal lace.

Wheaty bananna esters and sweet breadiness. Minamal hops here.

Alot going on with the flavor. A touch boozey up front that fades quickly to a nice bready flavor. A long banannas fosters finish that is dry,Banannas booze vanilla = banannas fosters. Very interesting indeed.

Akin to drinking bananna bread, thick creamy velvety goodness & filling.

I like this beer, what can I say.

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

Pours a bright and hazy light gold color with a decent bright white head.

Aromas are of bananas, bubble gum, and sweet cream.

Taste is just like the nose. Notes of bananas, bubble gum, clove, and some general sweet creamy malt flavors. Finish is dry, with a peppery hop taste.

Mouthfeel is full. Beer is smooth, thick, and feels good in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. Nice Weizenbock, fits the style rather well. While this isn't really my favorite style, it reminds me of Weihenstephaner Vitus. Not quite as good, but still a fine example.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/21/2009. I had this on draft. This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. The aroma is of wheat, melon, and clove. The flavor is more fruity with tropical fruits, lemon, and citrus. It is rather light and refreshing. A nice surprise!

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

My first weizenbock, so take it for what it's worth.

A: cloudy. yellow-orange in hue. A thin white head.
S: Malt and bananas.
T: Bread, malt, banana with a yeasty finish.
M: Medium-think mouthfeel to add to the breadiness.
D: Sweeter than I usually drink, but I didn't mind in this case. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Overlord
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Did. not. like. While I appreciate Sierra Nevada branching out, this was a clear misfire for me.

Pours a hazy golden yellowish. Doesn't look like a weizenbock. If anything, looks like a wit or hefeweizen.

Smells like a bit of spices, and maybe some malt. Faintly. Not much going on with aroma. Some breadiness to it.

Taste was thin, weak, and just not appealing. There was a muddled spicy cloviness to it, maybe just a tad of bready malt ... but it really wasn't special or memorable.

Too thin, as well.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these ontap at Bar Bleu I State College. This beer is dangerously drinkable, given the high abv.

Pours a very nice hazy light yellow orange. Very wheaty looking, with a nice creamy white head that lasts the duration and leaves a slight trail of stickiness.

The smell is a little bit sudued, but I mostly got clove and light orange, in addition to wheat.

Very smooth and light. Really smooth lemon, orange, yeast and wheat. This beer went down so easy, and was very enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surely surprised to see a growler of this beer sitting in front of me. I didn't expect to see this beer so soon.

The beer opens with a golden-straw color, assertive haze, fantastic head formation and lacing that lasts the session. Although I expect a bit darker color, the beer has an impressive appearance.

Rich, fruity aromas of cookie dough, yeast, and fresh baked breads are backed up with bananna, apples, pineapples, mangos, appricots, and papayas. Spicy, yeasty aromas also deliver a lot of clove and pepper notes. The spices twirl around a significant hop scent as well.

The aromas blend well into flavor. The fruitiness and bready malts swirl into a richly sweet taste, also bringing bubblegum and Fruity Pebbles cereal. Decorated with the clove, cumin, corriander, white pepper; this beer pulls no punches with complexity. Hop flavor is also abundant and gives a lot of freshness to the taste.

The beer is very full, rich, and almost too sweet upfront. As the fruits and breads subside and allow the peppery spices and hop bitterness to set in, the beer balances out quite well. Very smooth, creamy, and a joy to drink.

This is a terrific beer, but I would think that the fruity, bready sweetness would wear on me after any more than a pint at a time. I would prefer a more Bock-like toastiness, boldness, and melanoidin character to add even more complexity and balance to the beer. On the other hand, I love the fresh hop character of the beer for a snappy and clean texture and finishing flavor.

Thanks Mike.

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

Aroma: Light banana esters, background clove notes, and a bready malt base.

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow pour with a pillowy white head.

Flavor: Spicey notes up front- allspice, moderate clove and banana esters follow up and are balanced by a bready malt base. Apple esters and wheat bread flavors emerge as the beer warms. Finish is crisp, clean, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slight carbonic bite, high carbonation.

Overall impression: A light, refreshing, spicy, weizenbock.

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Photo of adamette
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a clean, clear pint glass at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio last night. Review from notes taken while enjoying the beer.

A Minimal light colored head with hazy light straw body.

S Nice sweet malt and a very inviting great Weizenbock smell, one of my favorite styles.

T Malt sweetness with nice, pleasing spices of maybe coriander, allspice tastes. Not really complex but a nice, pleasing taste.

M Full with big tastes and sort of "soft" if that is possible with that hazy, Weizenbock fullness.

D Very good drinkability. I could easily have 3 of these in a row and if I did the alcohol, as it is well hidden, would likely really sneak up on me.

Notes: My favorite SN offering but not my favorite Weizenbock. That might be Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory or maybe Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on draft at Bukowski's Back Bay. Served in a pint glass. Bright yellow color, with a haziness to it not unlike a hefeweizen. Thin white head. Well carbonated. Smelled a lot like fresh squeezed lemons and coriander. Taste was excellent. Flavors of grass, citrus, and wheat shone through. Very easy beer to drink. High abv was noted, but since it was such a light and smooth beer, I didn't care. I'd love to see this bottled for summertime. A great new offering from SN.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a hazy yellow color with a fluffy head that recedes to lacing. the aroma is quite lovely with the little yeasties making there presence know with a very noticeable amount of esters. the sweet malt flavor, full body and good carbonation make this a really good beer.

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

Wow, a SN beer that I found on tap that isn't bottled, haven't had many of these findings.

Pours a very bright peachy color with a thin wispy head. Look at it, sitting there, wanting to be drank.

Smelly a bit spicy, like a Belian Wit. Lemon grass, musty barn, coriander with a maple sugar sweetness as well.

Taste is sweet, sugary, grassy with some wheat spiciness. Easy drinking with a rather desirable dry alcohol kick at the end. It continues to get better as it warms.

Great beer, when will they bottle this in bombers and stock my local beer store?

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Photo of khiasmus
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more golden and more cloudy.
Thy head is as a pillow against the sky,
Thy lacing scorns the maidens of old.

Banana becomes thy aroma as a shroud of fine silk -
Yea, and fresh grain on the threshing-floor.
Thy flavour is of honey-comb, yet with spice.
Thy hops are clean, and shine in thy finish.

Thy warmth lingers in the throat,
Complimented by thy carbonation.
Thy body is a thing of beauty,
And smooth as monumental alabaster.

Thou dost pleasure the lips, and cheer the head.
Thy sweetness o'erwhelms, yet thou art balanced.
Would that I could bask in thy beauty,
Yea, and spend many a summer's day with thee.

(Not as good as Vitus. But you should try it.)

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Photo of NEhophead
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Sunset Grill on 01.14.09; served in a tumbler.

Slightly hazy, darkened golden in color beneath a creamy white head. Stable ringed lacing throughout until the last sip. Clean, strong banana esters with notes of mild tropical fruit. Semi-sweet, creamy malt with hints of vanilla. The bright banana and melon esters are rounded and clean. Clean clove spice that leads to a smooth finish. Medium bodied; smooth and rounded, which matched the flavors perfectly. I'm a sucker for a Weizenbock anyway, and this one doesn't miss the mark at all. Pronounced flavors, balanced alcohol, and smooth texture.

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