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)
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
204
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 204
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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Photo of kkipple
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled right here in Columbia from a keg at Green's. Score!

A. Attractive. Very hazy dirty yellow-gold, a fine fluffy full (3F!) head piles up and settles down giving up generous amounts of lace. Like Vitus, this looks more like an unfiltered Hefe than a dark Weizenbock, but I like the way this looks and you will too.

S. What the...? Body odor and banana runts?! I sez to my friend as I smell this one. Too much... I put the glass down and come back in a minute. Yup, still there. Bizarre... but now there's clove too, and some malt sweetness, although this lacks the dark bread and prunes I'd expect from a Weizenbock... this isn't really to "style", but who cares? It certainly smells weird, but as the beer warms it opens up and tones down somewhat.

T. More banana. Runts candy this time, smooth, solid honey-clean malt profile with nary any hops or roast, just smooth slightly grainy mellow malt... and then the clove and banana come back again for a second round and there's just a tad bit of lemony-citrus. Interesting, but more Hefe than Weizenbock. Finish is clean and a little sour lemon. I like it.

M. Mild and a little crisp, tart and fully carbonated. Rather thin, but it's alright. Easy and smooth with a pleasing sweetness that lingers. I can dig it.

This is odd, and actually mislabeled, but is enjoyable and coming from Sierra Nevada rather surprising - I don't believe I've had a German brew from them before. Recommended, let it sit and warm up and you can drink quite a lot of these - I'm on glass number two!

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Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Tusk 1/14/09

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an awesome pale and wheat malt scent along with a monster banana and clove aroma. It has a large malt aroma with just a hint of hops. The taste is good. It has a super smooth malt flavor that goes down with ease and finishes with a really nice yeastiness. It appears quite simple, but it's not lacking in flavor. The mouthfeel is near perfect. It is a medium/full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is one of the easiest drinking weizenbocks I've ever had. It hides the warmth well and is so damn smooth.

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Photo of rayjay
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Very pale and very hazy. Big white wheat beer foam with great staying power. I suppose I was expecting a darker beer (I come from a Victory Moonglow background) but this looks great.

Loads of esters, clove, banana, roasted plantains, noble German hop aroma, vanilla, cilantro, bubble gum, and a touch of alcohol.

Extreme drinkability! Alcohol is barely noticable, and the firm malt body doesn't weigh down your stomach like some SN beers do. Gentle sweetness and strong bitterness, traditional German beer done American style. Flavors come together perfectly; rich esters, malty sweetness, hop bitterness, great spicy wheat beer yeast characters. A touch of black pepper and bubble gum.

This venture outside the pale-and-hoppy-ale-with-carmel-malt realm proves that SN is way more than a one trick pony. i hope they continue to produce quality German style beers, mostly to feed my German beer kick I'm on.

Seek out this along with the Ruthless Hefeweizen.

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Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.
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