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

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Bock - Weizenbock
4.01 | pDev: 9.98%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp)Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp)
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold color with substantial haze, just right for style. Nose had all the Euro phenolic yeast aspects, lots of banana bread and wheat.

Taste and mouthfeel dropped lots of wheat on the gumline, more of the banana bread feels, plenty to chew on. Mild citrus notes, not bitter. When you talk about producing a good, consistent product, regardless of the style of beer, Sierra Nevada sure can tear it up.

Mar 11, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Press a murky, ruddy medium brown with a frothy cream head that lingers as a thin foam layer.

Banana, citrus, and clove dominate the aroma, with notes of toasted malt adding contrast. Bubblegum surfaces late.

Flavor reveals more citrus, with lemon tartness and orange rind underlying a wheat and lightly toasted malt base. Notes of caramel and toffee are overpowered by esters of bubblegum, banana, and clove. The finish is dry and fairly bitter.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a bit on the high side, and modest alcohol warmth.

I prefer a little less bitterness, but the esters are nice and complex. They definitely dominate. I think the bitterness in the finish almost makes the beer taste flat/stale. That's what kills it for me.

May 01, 2014
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a stein. The beer is amber in color and very hazy (even unattractively so). Nevertheless, is well-carbonated and sports a nice 3 finger bloom that doesn't last quite as long as it should. The nose has some faint, but pleasant, bready aromas and some dark fruit. Smells like a traditional bock.

Medium body and a nice, rich malty flavor. I get a little of the wheat near the front and middle of the palate, a nice tart sensation, but mostly this beer is about the malt. There are lots of toffee and treacle flavors, some clove-like phenols, and a nice lemony wheat flavor to balance it out. No real hop character, just enough for spice.

I thought Sierra Nevada's take on this style might be an abomination. That is, that they might hop it to the gills. Fortunately, this is a very traditional interpretation. I like it a lot. It's sweet and malty and not too lemony. Bravo!

Apr 30, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy brown colored body.
The aroma is caramel and apple cider. Interesting but good.
The taste is a mild bitter start with a late malt sweetness. Great balance.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

Apr 15, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Mar 19, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell, but the flavors are more earthy than I was expecting.

Mar 12, 2014
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i4ourgot from California

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy beer with great head retention. The beers almost looks like real New England apple cider that is a little foamy. Similar in color and cloudiness. I got a yeasty aroma of clove, and just strait up yeast. For the flavor I was picking up on some wheat and other malt flavors with a slightly sweet finish. Not sure if the looks of the beer caused my to think this, but to me the beer almost tasted like graff. A malty mixture with some slight apple notes and a similar mouth feel minus the acidity. Very interesting beer I would love to know how they brewed it.

Feb 26, 2014
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artoolemomo from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Received with a bunch of head which is bulging from the pint glass and looks to have really good retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a dark brown which shows as a light dark brown with a hazy yellowish brown base when held up to the light. The retention is quite persistent. The lacing is practically sheeting with rings of lighter sheeting.

Nose- Initially, I get lots of banana. The cloves are faint and I hope that continues on the palate. Very warm and well rounded banana. Light apple notes start to come out.

Taste- It does appear that the palate is pretty reflective of the nose. The banana is pervasive and pretty much takes up the entire flavor profile. There are some cloves but they act as more of a counterpoint. Light bubblegum to caramel to oddly compatible popcorn taste. This is mostly on the finish. I haven't had a lot of Wiezenbocks but if they are like this one, I will be trying more. I've had the top two on Beer Advocate and I will definitely be searching out more, especially Ayinger's. I was skeptical about the rating of 4 on Beer Advocate and attributed it to Sierra Nevada love but this beer is pretty much that good. Some coriander and cinnamon with light pepper on the finish gives this a little bit more character. I'm fine with a beer being mostly dominated by banana but I need a little something extra to keep me drinking. This beer has that. Very light and easy. A good to really good beer that I wish was in bottles. Definitely a step up from some of the phenolic beers that I've had recently. Some grain and wheat but nice and complex phenols make these hard to discern.

Mouthfeel- Just below medium bodied with light to appropriate carbonation. Some smoothness and creaminess. Really shows that Sierra Nevada has gotten this style down.

Drinkability- Very easygoing especially since the cloves are a minor note which contribute to the overall complexity of the beer. I imagine it's standard Sierra Beer Camp prices but even 6 bucks a pint seems reasonable. Alcohol doesn't show at all.

Overall- Good to really good beer which seems to be fairly representative of the style. It's been a while since I've had comparable beers but I seem to recall this is one of the German ale styles that I prefer. Definitely worth a try and a beer I wish to drink again.

Jan 12, 2014
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dirtylou from New York

3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on-tap, duckworths

Weizenbock is definitely one of the most unheralded and underrated styles out there that lends itself to higher alcohol wheat beers that burst with flavor. Sierra Nevada didn't hit the mark on this one - bland and watered down and lacking any sort of cohesiveness. The yeast profile just needs to be much tighter than this - some clove, peppercorn, sweet bread struggle to stick out. Very disapointing.

Dec 29, 2013
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blackie from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

review entered from notes taken awhile back...

a: poured into a weizen glass, after rousing the yeast, the beer pours a hazy amber the color of dark honey, nice fill, white head that retains as a good layer

s: full malt aroma with a slew of dark breads and lightly toasted sugars, lots of wheat and sweet fruits, huge yeast influence - sweet/spicy clove and lovely overripe banana, bready, herbal noble hops, richly complex and aromatic

m: carbonation around light-moderate, medium bodied

t: a delicious weizenbock - the sweet and bready malt base holds flavors of toasted sugar and grain, heavily yeasted with deeply ripened banana flavors and lots of clove, starts sweet and slowly works towards a finish of grassy noble malts, clove, banana, and more yeast - lingering long, juicy fresh banana bread with a heavily toasted crust

o: a very well crafted example - one of the better stateside samples I've had alongside Victory Moonglow, among others, the best of the beer camp mix

Apr 04, 2013
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a hazy orangish-gold color with two fingers of white head that quickly receded back to a 0.5cm lid, leaving medium amounts of lacing behind. Body is on the heftier side of medium thickness, carbonation is on the lower side of medium.

Smells of banana, cloves, lemon zest, and a touch of pumpkin pie spicing with a yeasty garnish. Tastes of banana, cloves, and yeast as well, but also has a medium amount of yeasty bread in the midsip and a touch of drying ABV hotness in the finish.

If only it hid the ABV just slightly better than it already did, and expressed the spicing better upon the palate, this could have been one of the greats.

Sep 06, 2012
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heymikew from California

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a sucker for a cool wheat brew on a hot summer day and this fit the bill nicely, Labor Day 2011
I only wish it was deemed worthy of further production,' cause I'd buy it regularly.

Pours out cloudy and thick, straw-yellow, with a foamy heady that doesn't last long. A little swirl halfway through helps open it up

Creamy banana shake mouth feel. Yummy with a hint of clove.
Perfect for the style

Dear SNBC, Please make more!

Sep 04, 2012
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a muddied pale tangerine with two full fingers of creamy white foam. A little aggressive on the pour, but it settles down, leaving dots and spots of lace behind.

Aroma - powdery grain with a yeasty, estery banana peel scent.

Taste - sweet grain and the yeastiness of a traditional weizenbock. On the swallow there is a tang of sorts, not sure if its hops or something else, but it's a good counterbalance to the sweet grain and yeast. A light breath of abv on the finish, ends clean and dry.

Mouthfeel - crisp with some decent smoothness. Nice enough body for the style.

Drinkability - a good weizenbock. Maybe a touch hoppier than most, but it's a good take.

Aug 24, 2012
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Drinkerofales from California

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden color, with a large dirty white head, which is quickly gone. Appears highly effervescent, with many streams of bubbles moving up the beer.

Smells of the wheat, yeasty, bready malts, and lightly fruity.

Taste is a bit sweet malty. Tangy fruitiness lingers.

Texture is medium bodied, almost viscous, yet bubbly as well. Not high on my drinkability scale.

It's alright, a bit sweet, but I can handle that.


Aug 14, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh a weizenbock. I think back to the last time I had a weizenbock, and I keep thinking back...and think back some more. And can't remember the last time I had one. This one works pretty well. But what the hell is in this? A lemon peel or something? Either way, the beer is solid. Hard style to pull off well, but it happens here. I can dig it.

Aug 05, 2012
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Brenden from Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy gold-orange brew sits in the glass while a fluffy finger-and-a-half of yellow-tinted head. There's a sturdiness to it, and some patchy lacing is dropped on the glass as the beer recedes.
Plenty of banana in the nose here belie the yeast strain, and other yeast elements come out: clove, light dusty sort of earthiness, and a hint of bubble gum. Gentle spiciness is underlying, breads and caramel added from the malts finishing it out. There's a honey note and a bit of quality dark liquor coming out more as it sits, and more of a slight citrus element in the flavor. A very light floral note lets us know yes, there are some hops in here.
Smoothness makes this beer easy sipping. There's a light nip of crispness up front. Carbonation is moderate in about a medium body.
Some good stuff from the Beer Campers here.

Jul 16, 2012
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: I reviewed this on 5/8/11 under the old listing for this beer before everything was fixed.

Best of Beer Camp #37: Weizenbock

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass. Bottled on 1095 (April 5, 2011)

Appearance: Looks like thick orange juice with nice initial white head, which mostly recedes, leaving light lacing.

Smell: Sweet banana and bubblegum, with light notes of wheat, clove and pepper.

Taste: Very sweet, with mostly bubblegum and banana (similar to the aroma). Ends with a light noble hop spicy kick. Not much refreshing wheat or clove characteristics.

Feel: Chewy body with moderate carbonation. Sweet throughout, even on the finish.

Overall: Great flavor, even if it is too sweet. Since I already knocked it slightly on taste and feel for the sweetness, I will be more generous here. But honestly, I expected a little more based on the Kellerweis yeast, which is such a refreshing beer.

Jul 15, 2012
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving a bubbly blanket, and plenty of rising effervescence. Slight lacing mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Fermented wheat, caramel, and raisin.

T: Sourdough roll, with a bittersweet flavor of raisin.

M: Pungent and musty. Full bodied, approaches a cloying quality, dry and mossy finish.

D: The pungency and sweet nature of this brew, dictate a slow pace.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Interesting golden, orang-ish hue. Slight head, and not much in terms of lacing. Full nose of musty, fermented sourdough, with some bitter and sweet components. Full flavor, heavy syrupy body, characterized by sourdough and raising. Almost a little too sweet. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Jun 23, 2012
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Duff27 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Full inch tall fluffy white head on a effervescent-fueled murky, dull golden colored body. Good head retention throughout and some spotty lacing left behind.

S- Lemony citrus met with clovey esters.

T- Cloves on the forefront finishing with bright citrus notes. Slight funk. Present alcohol, would guess at 7% to 8%abv.

M- Medium to medium thick mouthfeel for the style perhaps, good carbonation.

D/O- Omnom, a nice spring/summer treat. This one was gone before I knew it. Beer camp #37 had enough going on to keep my on my toes throughout the twelve ounces. Put this one out in six packs, I'd buy it.

Jun 12, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 4/5/2011. Pours hazy golden orange color with a foamy 2 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace. Minimal wisps of lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grape, banana, pear, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, herbal, floral, earth, and yeast spiciness. Some pretty nice aromas that are a bit faint. Taste of banana, clove, grape, lemon, bread, wheat, pepper, floral, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Quite dry on the finish; with small lingering notes of banana, bread, wheat, pepper, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors with decent complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very easy to drink as well. Overall this is a nice weizen bock. Nice flavor balance and very easy to drink. It was not as robust as I was hoping for, and a it feels a bit basic. Enjoyable, but lacks character.

Jun 01, 2012
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harrymel from Washington

3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

May 10, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.
Pours a very cloudy orange amber. Thin white head, but nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, wheat , clove and light citrus. Sweet caramel malt, citrus, wheat. Everything comes together for a pleasant flavor combination and finish. Somewhat complex flavor. This is an excellent wheat beer. It leans more towards a hefeweizen to my taste, but really enjoyed it and I'm not going to argue.

Mar 21, 2012
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at 1702, Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a pale tan colored head that is about a half-finger in height. The beer is a hazy, pale amber color that shows a really murky hue when held up to the light. The beer smells of toothsome crushed pale wheat, a touch of green apples, clove, a touch of earthy grain character, some dried hay like notes and a general fruitiness that perhaps has a touch of banana to it.

Smooth feeling and somewhat thick as it hits the palate, there is a touch of a carbonic prickle from the carbonation and the finish has a big note of banana and then clove. Chewy pale wheat malt notes, a touch of hay like grain, and some starchy honey sweetness. There is a touch of yeasty (meaning the flavor of actual suspended yeast)flavors to this beer, but not as much as the deep haze might suggest, and it actually seems to get wrapped up in the chewy grain character that so defines this beer. The Phenolic character in the finish has a hint of plastic character to it at times, though this is quite subtle. I definitely like the chewy texture of this beer, it is perhaps not quite as toothsome as one might expect in a Weizenbock, but it is exactly what I like to find when I am in the mood for a chewy Hefeweizen. There is also a hint of tartness to the finish that keeps this fairly quaffable.

This really seems more like a chewy HefeWeizen than I Weizenbock (this is lower in alcohol than New Glarus’ regular Hefe); I find that the pale Weizenbocks really need to be beefed up substantially before they can differentiate themselves from regular strength Hefes. Still this is definitely quite a tasty beer.

Feb 12, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark orangey/amber color bock with a good size foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of residual sugar and light wheat notes with some caramel also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some deep caramel malt notes with some residual sugars with some wheat malt. A bit low on ester for the style in my opinion. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not bad though I find that additional focus on ester with less residual sugars would be best.

Jan 30, 2012
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HalfFull from California

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a classic hazed golden orange into a globe glass from a 12 oz. bottle. More pale than many of the style. Offers an inch of creamy foam with decent retention and good lace. While the cap does settle out somewhat there is adequate carbonation to kick up a good surface film at any time.

Aroma is spicy with clove and some light pepper notes along with a bit of banana and a lemon drenched wheaty bready aroma. Flavor continues with a wheaty lemon twang on the finish along with a light yeast funk. Nice full body with a spicy finish and with a good carbonation though perhaps a bit light for the style. Overall pretty solid offering though not as vibrant as it was fresh, losing a bit on the aroma and the back end. But then not likely preserved as many German bottled versions likely are.

Dec 28, 2011
Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 612 ratings